<![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 Tue, 06 Oct 2015 04:39:58 -0400 Tue, 06 Oct 2015 04:39:58 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Man Shot, Killed in Forestville Gas Station]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 23:38:57 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/100515+gas+station+shooting.jpg

A man was gunned down inside a Forestville, Maryland gas station Monday night in what police believe was a targeted attack. 

The victim, who was not identified immediately, was shot about 7:15 p.m. inside the BP station at 3332 Walters Lane, close to Pennsylvania Avenue, Prince George's County police said.

A man walked inside the gas station, fired at the man -- who was a customer -- and then fled, police said. A clerk was present at the time of the shooting, and the attack was likely caught on store surveillance cameras. 

The victim was rushed to a hospital, where he died. 

Police did not release any information about a suspect.

Stay with News4 for more details on this developing story.

<![CDATA[Fantasy Football: Game of Skill or Chance?]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 23:50:19 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/100515+fantasy+football.jpg The debate is heating up over whether fantasy sports should be considered a form of gambling. News4's Jim Handly speaks with people who place wagers and a gambling addiction specialist.]]> <![CDATA[Officer Saves Baby Off Md. Highway]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 23:56:56 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/100515+kenzlee+Mae+Cushman.jpg

A baby had a seizure on a Maryland highway Sunday afternoon and a Montgomery County police officer was able to save her life.

Nine-month-old Kenzlee Mae Cushman was headed home to Charles Town, West Virginia with her grandparents on Sunday when she froze and then became unresponsive, her family and the Montgomery County Police Department said Monday.

Kenzlee's grandparents spotted a police officer on the northbound shoulder of I-270 in Gaithersburg, near the Muddy Branch Road exit, and her grandmother ran toward the patrol car with the child in her arms.

Ofc. James Herman cradled the infant and performed CPR, seeing she was ashen.

"It was amazing how fast the baby came back," he told News4. "The eyes came back. The baby became responsive, tracking our fingers." 

As Herman radioed for an ambulance, a good Samaritan stopped to offer help. The man said he was an out-of-state firefighter, but no one caught his name, police said. 

Kenzlee was rushed to a hospital and on Monday evening was recovering in a West Virginia hospital, where she previously had heart surgery. Her family lives in Charles Town.

MCPD said Monday afternoon the department sought to identify and locate the good Samaritan who stopped to help. Within hours, members of the Firefighter Nation Facebook page said he was Brody Channell, a firefighter in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Channell had travelled to Maryland because his father, Capt. Dennis A. Channell, was honored by the National Fallen Firefighters Association at a cermony attended by President Barrack Obama. Channell's father died in the line of duty Feb. 10, 2014 while responding to an EMS call.

On a phone call Monday night, Channell said it was fate that led him to little Kenzlee. 

"I think it was meant to be. It was a right place, right time situation where I could assist the officer in what he was doing and save a life," he said. 

MCPD thanked Herman and Channell. 

"A tip of the helmet again to Officer James Herman and to Firefighter Brody Channell for stopping to help Officer Herman and the young child," the department said.

Cmdr. David Falcinelli praised Herman, an 11-year veteran of the department who now works in the Second District.

"He followed his training and his efforts resulted in a positive outcome," Falcinelli said in a statement. "He is an excellent representative of the dedication and professionalism that Montgomery County Police officers possess.”

<![CDATA[Woman Sexually Assaulted on Arlington Street]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 23:05:23 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_185887181_police_lights_generic1.jpg

A woman was sexually assaulted this weekend in Arlington, Virginia in at least the eighth attack on a woman in the area since late July.

A 23-year-old woman was walking home about 2:30 a.m. Saturday when a man who had been following her pushed her into bushes on the 1800 block of N. Scott Street in Rosslyn, Arlington County Police said Monday.

The man touched the victim inappropriately and implied he had a knife, according to police.

Arlington County Police described the suspect as a black man in his 20s who stood about 5-foot-10 and was wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt.

Just days earlier, a man pushed a woman into bushes about 2 miles west, in the Ballston area, after she got off a bus. Police do not believe this attack is connected to the attack Saturday.

In other attacks this summer, a man wrestled a woman who was walking with her daughter in a park, a man threw a pillowcase over a woman's head and jumped on her, and a man tried to push his hand into a woman's pants.

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<![CDATA[Woman Whose Car Plowed Into Building Also Shot]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 19:52:49 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/215*120/2015-10-04_0912.png

A car hit an apartment building in District Heights, Maryland, late Saturday night -- but the driver, who died, appears to have suffered a gunshot wound before the crash.

Prince George’s County Police said that when emergency crews arrived in the 1900 block of Rochelle Avenue, the driver appeared to be trapped with critical injuries after her car plowed into a ground-floor apartment.

Police Spokesman Mark Brady said the woman was rushed to a trauma center in critical condition, but she died.

Police now believe the woman apparently suffered a gunshot wound prior to the accident. The death is still under investigation.

Monday, the woman was identified as Marquita Wimms, 32, from Temple Hills.

"She's a great person -- a wonderful person," said Douglas Peeples, who said he was a longtime friend of the victim.

The car hit the building hard enough that 27 residents were evacuated due to the structural damage.

<![CDATA[Body Cameras to Be Tested in Montgomery County Schools]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 19:29:06 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/100515+body+cameras.jpg Three school resource officers in Montgomery County soon will be able to turn on their body cameras, officials said Monday about a pilot program. News4's Derrick Ward reports on the use of the cameras and the release of the footage. ]]> <![CDATA[Local Team Helping in South Carolina Flood Response]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 19:17:44 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20151005+Search+and+Rescue.jpg A local search and rescue team is in South Carolina helping with flood rescues. Virginia Task Force One arrived there Monday. News4's Mark Segraves has the story.]]> <![CDATA[D.C. Cuts Income Taxes for Those Earning Less Than $500K]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 19:16:30 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000012150915_1200x675_538950211748.jpg

Many D.C. residents can expect to see more money in their pockets soon.

Following a climb in tax revenues, D.C. Council announced Monday that residents who make less than $500,000 per year can expect to see a drop of as much as 34 percent in their income taxes. Residents who make more can expect to see a hike in the taxes they owe.

"The good news for working men and women is that we are continuing to reduce the income tax program for them," D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson said.

Workers who earn between $25,000 and $50,000 will owe 34 percent less in taxes. People in the $50,000 to $75,000 bracket will owe 17 percent less. And people who earn $75,000 to $100,000 will owe 15 percent less.

Workers who earn $500,000 to $1 million annually will pay 1 percent more, and those making more than $1 million will pay 5 percent more.


D.C. is often thought of as a pricey place to live, tax-wise, Mendelson said.

"The District unfortunately continues to have this reputation which dates back a couple of decades that we are the highest taxed jurisdiction," he said. "In fact, that's not true."

The tax breaks go into effect right away.

<![CDATA[Crash Zones: Mapping the District's Bike Crashes]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 21:02:08 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20151005+Bike+Map.jpg

Each day in the nation’s capital is a hurried, frenzied commute of people spinning their wheels. Fifteen thousand bikers hit the pavement each day for work, mixed in with 124,000 drivers.

Sharing the road sometimes gets too close for comfort. Some frustrated commuters have even started posting their rough rides online. (Here's another. And another. And still another.)

Biker Amy Rizzotto survived a collision with a car earlier this year on a road she's ridden hundreds of times. “It was a split second, and I didn't have time to react in the way I would have hoped," Rizzotto told the News4 I-Team. "Unfortunately, a driver wasn't looking and pulled a U-turn into me without signaling."

The crash sent her flying over the hood of the vehicle. She smashed her left wrist and tore all the ligaments and muscles. The road did not have a bike lane, which is true of 93 percent of D.C. streets.

A lack of bike lanes is just one contributing factor to a dangerous intersection, says Greg Billing with the Washington Area Bicyclist Association. He says there's blame to go around.

"Speed, distractions and non-compliance with the law -- and that's the responsibility that falls on everybody," Billing said. "Anybody who doesn't follow the rules or puts a kink in the cog can send the whole intersection into chaos."

It's something I-Team cameras caught easily: bikers running red lights and drivers blocking bike lanes, pushing cyclists out into traffic. "There are certainly intersections that have a much higher crash rate than any other place in the city," according to Billing.

To get an idea of where most accidents happen, the I-Team got its hands on D.C. police crash reports between cars and bikes since 2013. 

Accidents happen all around the District. But we found more accidents happened in Districts 1, 2 and 3.

"We need better crosswalks. We need perhaps better timing on the lights,” said D.C. Councilmember Mary Cheh, who heads the Committee of Transportation.

Over the summer, she organized a group of advocates and city officials, including Billing, who visited some of the busiest intersections.

“We need better-designed streets that keep people safe so that when people make mistakes -- because we all make mistakes -- that they're not deadly," said Billing.

The group conducted site surveys at five locations identified by D.C.'s Department of Transportation as some of the most dangerous, including M Street and Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown, along with 14th Street and U Street in Northwest.

In Northeast, the group visited First Street and Union Station Plaza, Minnesota Avenue and Benning Road and New York Avenue and Bladensburg Road.

Cheh used that information to introduce a new "Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Act," hoping to establish safety enhancement priorities around the district.

"I want to bother DDOT as much as I can and say, 'Have you done this, have you done that, have you done that?'" Cheh said.

A DDOT spokesman said the agency is looking for ways every day to make the streets safer for pedestrians, bikers and motorists. The agency is working to help drive Mayor Muriel Bowser’s “Vision Zero” goal of no fatalities and serious injuries by the year 2024.

DDOT said it plans to achieve that long-term goal through more effective use of data, education, enforcement and engineering. But the agency is making new improvements now as well, including adding fourteen more miles of bike lanes by 2016.

That’s a push in the right direction said Amy Rizzotto, who’s back on her bike after surgery and some intense hand therapy with NRH Rehab Network in D.C.

"I think it's likely that we'll see some positive change," said Rizzotto. “Education and awareness, just that we’re all aware of each other’s modes of transportation and we are sharing these roads morning, noon and night. I’m sure that we can at least move in that direction.”

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<![CDATA[Jingle Ball Lineup Stars Demi Lovato, 5 Seconds of Summer]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 18:11:29 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-489192152.jpg

HOT 99.5 has revealed a star-studded lineup for its annual Jingle Ball concert.

Kane of HOT 99.5 announced Demi Lovato as a headliner during News4 at 4 on Monday -- and he also gave not-so-subtle hints about 5 Seconds of Summer (5SOS) as well. The radio station has now confirmed a performance by 5SOS.

Shawn Mendes, Zedd, Tove Lo, Charlie Puth, Hailee Steinfeld, R. City, Alessia Cara will also take the stage.

CapitalOne cardholders will get the chance to snap up presale tickets starting Tuesday at 10 a.m.; general ticket sales begin Oct. 12 at 10 a.m.

The concert is scheduled for Dec. 14 at the Verizon Center.

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<![CDATA[D.C. Hospital Patient Dies After Clash With Guards]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 19:22:14 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/100515+medstar+hospital.jpg

A patient at MedStar Washington Hospital Center died last week after a struggle with two security guards, officials said Monday. 

The patient, a man whose name was not released, died Thursday after an altercation outside the complex on Tuesday. 

The patient left the hospital without having been formally discharged on Tuesday evening, said Dr. Arthur St. André, the clinical director for Surgical Critical Care Services.

The man was spotted at nearby MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital and was being escorted back to the hospital's main entrance when he encountered two security guards from MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

The patient "became non-compliant and resisted," according to a police report, and was pulled to the ground. 

The patient became distressed and the nurse escorting the patient back to the hospital resuscitated him, St. André said. 

St. André said resuscitation is a general medical term used to describe the correction of a patient's physical state. He would not say whether CPR was used on the patient. 

The patient died Thursday, and the officers have been placed on paid, administrative leave. The Metropolitan Police Department is leading the investigation, and the hospital is conducing its own internal investigation. 

"We're examining the entire event to see what we could have done better," St. André said. 

The hospital would not say what sparked the clash and did not identify the security guards. The officers are employees of the hospital.

“Throughout the week, we have been in close communication with the patient’s family during this difficult time," the hospital said in a statement released Sunday. "We are also providing support to our own associates as needed. Our highest priority is the care and safety of every patient who comes to us for care, and we are deeply concerned for the family.”

No charges have been filed in the incident. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will determine the patient's cause of death. 

Health care lawyer Patrick Malone said it's possible the patient's rights were violated. 

"Hospitals are not prisons, and you cannot be held against your will or restrained," he said. Doctors do have the right to hold people deemed to pose an immediate danger to themselves or others, Malone said. 

St. André declined to speak about why the patient was restrained and said his family had requested privacy.

<![CDATA[Man Accused of Shooting at Offices Worked at 1 Company: Docs]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 19:56:48 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/092915+matthew+malacarne.jpg

A Virginia man accused of shooting into Herndon office buildings worked for one of the companies he's accused of shooting at, court documents reveal.

The documents also claim the suspect, 29-year-old Matthew Charles Malacarne, was driving around with a virtual arsenal in his car. Malacarne was arrested late last month in the shootings.

From late July to September, windows at several office buildings were shattered by gunshots during overnight hours, alarming workers who discovered broken glass the next morning. There were seven incidents in all, spanning from Herndon to Leesburg.

Most of the targets were tech companies off the Dulles Toll Road, although two banks were also hit.

Search warrant documents describe Malacarne as a "low level" employee at ManTech. That company's Herndon office was hit twice. Malacarne is also suspected of damaging a rooftop satellite.

The documents reveal Malacarne had the weapons and ammunition to do far more damage than he's accused of.

Investigators said they seized a shotgun, two handguns, 22 boxes of ammunition and four magazines from Malacarne's Herndon home, according to the documents. They said they also found a silencer and something called the "Improvised Munitions Handbook."

Inside Malacarne's car, authorities say they found an assault rifle loaded with three full magazines, a rifle, a handgun, 10 boxes of ammunition and three more magazines.

The investigation shows, however, that most of the bullet holes in the buildings seem to come from a small-caliber weapon, not the assault rifle.

Malacarne was buying new weapons as recently as Sept. 5, the documents show.

Court documents say Malcarne was finally identified as the suspect after he drove into the ManTech parking garage Sept. 17 and struck the surveillance camera, causing it to to go blurry. He broke into a lock box and stole a key to the roof, the documents say.

Authorities believe he then cut the power to the elevator, and disconnected and damaged a satellite dish. Another security camera captured images of him leaving in a silver Audi. A few days later, the building engineer saw the same car leaving, with Malacarne behind the wheel, and made the connection.

Fairfax County Police say they can't comment on the new details because their investigation continues.

So far, a potential motive in the shootings is unknown. A detective wrote that he's "learned of no explanation for Malacarne's sinister behavior."

<![CDATA[Prosecutors: Woman Took $600K From Campaign of Va. Senator]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 17:37:04 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20151005+Lynn+Miller.jpg

A Fairfax businesswoman has been charged with fraud after federal prosecutors say she took more than $600,000 from the campaign of Virginia's Senate minority leader.

Lynn Miller, also known as Linda Wallis, also created an autism support organization and used the proceeds to enrich herself, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors filed a federal fraud charge late Monday against Miller, a former treasurer for Virginia Senate Democratic Leader Dick Saslaw (D-Fairfax). They said Miller's schemes collected more than $1 million -- and that she funneled some of the money through phony shell companies.

Federal prosecutors, in court filings, said Miller issued 73 fraudulent checks from Saslaw's campaign account without the senator's knowledge. The money, prosecutors say, was redirected into accounts she controlled.

The News4 I-Team tracked down Miller last week to ask about this case and her work for Saslaw. But she wouldn’t comment.

Prosecutors also said Miller created an organization called the Community College Consortium on Autism and Intellectual Disabilities in 2010, which collected money from community colleges and from a Bulgarian businessman.

Miller used some of the money the organization collected to pay her mortgage and personal and food expenses, prosecutors said.

The federal prosecutors did not specify what work the organization conducted, but said it "purported" to be a non-profit. The I-Team's review with state officials in Virginia found no formal filings by the Community College Consortium on Autism and Intellectual Disabilities to be a non-profit.

Miller's home on a wooded street in Fairfax is listed for sale at about $1.5 million. It includes a home theater and sauna.

When reached by the I-Team, Miller had no comment on the criminal case.

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<![CDATA[Departing Nats, Zimmermann Sends Heartfelt Message]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 14:35:55 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20151005+Jordan+Zimmermann.jpg

Jordan Zimmermann, the Washington Nationals' All-Star pitcher who is entering free agency, says he won't be back to the Nats -- but he had a heartfelt message to fans as he left.

"It's difficult putting into words the feelings of appreciation I have for the love and support I've felt over the past seven years," Zimmermann said in a message tweeted by his agent, Mark Pieper.

"The same level of commitment and passion that you fans showed me every game I took the ball is what I placed in every pitch I tossed wearing a Nationals uniform," he said. "My only regret is that we were not able to bring a championship to the fans of this great city this season."

The news of Zimmermann's departure was expected, but bittersweet to fans who had high expectations for the Nats this season. The team barely finished above .500 and failed to make the playoffs.

On Monday, the Nationals fired manager Matt Williams and his staff.

Shortstop Ian Desmond also is becoming a free agent and is expected to leave the team. Sunday, Desmond grew emotional as he told reporters, “I’m extremely proud to say that I was a Washington National," according to the Washington Post.

Pitcher Doug Fister and center fielder Denard Span also are entering free agency -- making for an interesting off-season for a team, once picked to win the World Series, with nothing to do but personnel moves in October. 

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<![CDATA[LinkedIn to Pay Users Up to $1,500 to Settle Suit]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 15:29:12 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/linkedin+new.jpg

The networking site LinkedIn announced Friday it will pay some of its users up to $1,500 each to settle a $13 million lawsuit regarding one of the website's services.

The lawsuit targeted LinkedIn's "Add Connections" service that allows members to import contacts from their email accounts and send invitations to those contacts to use LinkedIn, according an email sent from LinkedIn.

If an invitation was not accepted within a certain amount of time, then one or two more emails were sent to the contact to remind them their invitation is pending, according to the email, which contained court-authorized settlement information from the class action suit. The suit claims LinkedIn members did not consent to the reminder emails when they agreed to send the invitations.

LinkedIn has since revised its disclosures to clarify that up to two reminder emails will be sent following the initial invitation. To settle the lawsuit, however, the company agreed to pay $13 million into a fund that can be used, in part, to make payments to LinkedIn members who file approved claims.

Depending on how many people file claims, members can receive up to $1,500 from the fund.

Members who used the "Add Connections" service between Sept. 17, 2011, and Oct. 31, 2014, are eligible to file a claim. An ID to file the claim was sent in an email informing customers about the lawsuit.

Click here to file a claim before Dec. 14, 2015. The final approval hearing is scheduled for Feb. 11, 2016, at 1:30 p.m.

<![CDATA[Military Rd. Lane Closures May Cause Delays]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 12:16:51 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000012141624_1200x675_538530883648.jpg If Military Road is a part of your commute, you may be in for a month of delays. Rolling lane closures begin Monday. News4's Kristin Wright has more on what's shutting the lanes down. ]]> <![CDATA[Daily Metro Ridership Drop 5 Percent in 5 Years]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 19:42:10 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Metro-weekday-boarding.jpg

Daily Metrorail ridership has dropped five percent over the past five years, and the news could spell trouble for Metro, which depends on the rail system for the majority of its revenue.

According to an upcoming presentation from WMATA, ridership initially held steady during the recession of 2008 and 2009. However, since 2010, ridership has been steadily dropping.

The decrease translates into about 30,000 fewer trips daily. In 2010, Metrorail riders took about 750,000 trips per day; this year, people are taking fewer than 720,000 trips per day.

WMATA depends on Metrorail fares, which provided 80 percent of all Metro fare revenue in fiscal year 2014. Another 19 percent comes from Metrobus and 1 percent from MetroAccess, according to the presentation.

Now Metro's trying to avoid a "death spiral."

To make up the difference as ridership slows, transit agencies sometimes have to make up the difference by raising fares -- but that encourages people to take transit less often. Then fares must rise again, triggering more people to avoid riding. Metro's not there yet, but it's something they're concerned about.

Metro said it's looking for ways to increase revenues without a broad fare increase.

The transit agency has come under fire in recent years for unreliable service, breakdowns, a fatal crash and smoke in the tunnels. 

Nine people were killed in a fatal Metrorail crash near the Fort Totten station in summer 2009. And in January, a woman died and more than 80 were sickened after a Metro train became stranded in a smoky tunnel outside the L'Enfant Plaza station.

Last week, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued urgent safety recommendations, urging officials to place Metrorail under the watch of the a federal agency -- something not done with other subway systems in the United States.

Some Twitter users said they felt that they understood the drop in ridership.

"[A]dvances in technologies means more telecommuters now than ever....and Metro has terrible unreliable service," Andy Davis ‏(@aadavis26) wrote.

Greg Hurlman ‏(@justcallme98) said he felt the fares were too high.

"When driving is cheaper than the [M]etro... what else do they expect?" he posted.

More people are also riding bikes and taking car services like Uber and Lyft instead of opting for Metro. But other riders said that because of constantly clogged roads, Metro is still the best way to get around.

"With the traffic on 66 and 28, it's really hard to get into the District," said Metro passenger James Wilson.

<![CDATA[D.C.-Bound Amtrak Train Derails in Vt.]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 12:17:52 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000012146375_1200x675_538707011933.jpg Emergency crews are on the scene of a train derailment outside Montpelier, Vermont. At least four people were injured, Montpelier Fire Department representative Lt. Dana Huoppi told NBC News.]]> <![CDATA[Police ID Man Found Dead on Fairfax Co. St.]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 10:06:56 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/tlmd_police_tape_lights_generic23.jpg

Police have identified the man found dead in the middle of a Fairfax County street.

The body of 34-year-old Jose Anibar Cisneros was found in the 7100 block of Groveton Gardens Road in the Alexandria section of the county just after 3 a.m. Sunday. Police say Cisneros was suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper body.

Cisneros was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead a short time later.

Witnesses reported seeing two men running from the area after a gunshot was heard. 

Police say Cisneros lived less than a quarter of a mile from where his body was found.

<![CDATA[Man Charged in 3 Alexandria Murders to Go on Trial]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 08:52:51 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20151001+Charles+Severance+in+Court.jpg

The trial for the man accused of killing three Alexandria residents over a 10-year span will begin Monday.

One hundred jurors will report to court for jury selection Monday. If officials cannot seat a jury, 50 additional jurors will report Tuesday. 

Severance is accused of killing Nancy Dunning, wife of then-Sheriff James Dunning, in 2003; transportation planner Ron Kirby in 2013 and music teacher Ruthanne Lodato last year.

Prosecutors say Severance, a former Alexandria resident with a history of erratic behavior, was seeking revenge against what he perceived as the city's ruling class for losing a child custody case.

Defense lawyers say the government's case is weak.  

Severance entered a not guilty plea last week. 

<![CDATA[Police Investigate Man's Death in Hilcrest Heights]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 07:04:51 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/police-stock-breaking-119818994.jpg

Prince George's County Police are investigating the death of man in Hilcrest Heights. 

Officers were called to the 3900 block of 23rd Parkway at 3 a.m. Monday. When they arrived, they found a man suffering from trauma to the body. 

The man was transported to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead. 

The incident remains under investigation. No arrests have been made. 

Anyone with information that can help police is asked to call 1-866-411-TIPS. 

<![CDATA[Va. Rescue Team Heads to South Carolina]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 05:15:09 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000012137876_1200x675_538435139719.jpg Fairfax County Fire Rescue's urban search and rescue team deployed to the flood zone. News4's Darcy Spencer reports.]]> <![CDATA[National Mall Concert Aims to End Addiction]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 05:14:31 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000012137991_1200x675_538440259593.jpg A free concert and rally was held on the National Mall to spotlight addiction.]]> <![CDATA[Last-Minute TD Gives Redskins Win vs. Eagles]]> Sun, 04 Oct 2015 16:19:23 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/redskins+win1.jpg

Dominating the time of possession, the Washington Redskins drove down the field in the fourth quarter before Pierre Garcon caught a 4 yard touchdown pass with 26 seconds left, giving the Redskins a 23-20 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

Kirk Cousins finished with 289 yards on 31 of 46 passing and that last minute touchdown. He also ran in from 1 yard out for a rushing score.

Alfred Morris rushed for 62 yards, Chris Thompson had 52 yards, and the team had 125 yard total. They also possessed the ball for more than 41 minutes in the game.

The Redskins started off slow on their opening drive, plagued by penalties. However, a 42 yard run by Chris Thompson moved the team down the field. The drive stalled as they near the goal line, setting up a short field goal by kicker Dustin Hopkins and an early 3-0 lead.

Three and out for the Eagles after a sack of quarterback Sam Bradford. The Redskins offense moved down the field again but, once again, had to settle for another Hopkins field goal extended the lead to 6-0 in the first quarter.

The Eagles offense sputtered again to start the second half but a great punt pinned the Redskins back at the 2 yard line. This time, the Eagles defense held strong, forcing Washington to punt from their end zone.

The Redskins defense held strong again with a sack against Bradford, forcing yet another punt. Quarterback Kirk Cousins moved the team down the field. Aided by a pass interference call in the end zone, Cousins was able to score after picking up a fumbled snap, giving Washington a 13-0 lead.

The Eagles looked to have some life after a long Bradford to Nelson Agholor, but a fumble on an end around gave the ball back to the Redskins.

The Redskins couldn’t move the ball, punting to returner Darren Sproles, who took it 45 yards and gave the Eagles good field position before the half. A 33 yard field goal as time expired missed.

The Eagles took the second half kickoff down the field and got a touchdown as Bradford threw it over the top to wide receiver Riley Cooper. However, the extra point was missed so the Redskins still led 13 – 6.

Three straight runs by the Redskins resulted in a punt and personal foul. A questionable personal foul on the defense gave the Eagles field position inside the 20. A broken play gave Bradford the chance to find tight end Brent Celek for a TD and tied the game up in the third quarter.

The Redskins responded with a 9 play, 65 yard drive, and Hopkins booted a 33 yard field goal to give Washington the lead again with about 4 minutes to go in the third quarter.

Another three and out for the Eagles gave the ball back to the Redskins. However, a fumble by Jordan Reed gave the ball back to the Eagles just as the third quarter ended.

The Eagles wasted no time, scoring on a 39 yard touchdown pass to Miles Austin after another questionable personal foul call against the Redskins. This time, the extra point was good and Philadelphia led 20-16 with 14:40 to go in the game.

Both defenses tightened up in the fourth quarter and the teams traded punts a couple of times. The Redskins got the ball deep in their own territory with about five minutes to go in the game.

Cousins drove the team down the field, using up as much clock as possible, and got inside the 20 yard line. A quick strike to Pierre Garcon got the team to the 4 yard line.


Garcon then made a sensational grab with 26 seconds to go to give the Redskins the lead, 23-20.

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<![CDATA[Doreen Gentzler Still Trying to Get Home]]> Sun, 04 Oct 2015 16:26:40 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000012135236_1200x675_538234947558.jpg News4's Doreen Gentzler was vacationing in South Carolina when the flooding hit.]]> <![CDATA[Car Hits Gas Meter, Residents Forced to Evacuate]]> Sun, 04 Oct 2015 16:24:26 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/245*120/2015-10-04_0741.png

A Montgomery County fire official said a car struck a gas meter that was attached to an apartment building early Sunday morning, forcing residents to evacuate.

Spokesman Pete Piringer said the incident occurred around 3 a.m. in the 6800 block of Fairfax Road in Bethesda. Piringer said several buildings and dozens of residents were evacuated after the meter was sheared off, causing a significant leak.

Piringer said residents were taken to a nearby Safeway grocery store for shelter. Hazmat crews were able to minimize the gas leak until Washington Gas could seal the break.

The apartment building and surrounding areas were reopened about two hours later.

<![CDATA[Car Slides in Curve, Strikes Two Cars; Driver Dies]]> Sun, 04 Oct 2015 08:54:36 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ambulance-shutterstock_14588648.jpg

Fairfax County police said a teen was killed when his car slid across a road in a curve and hit two other cars Saturday evening.

Police said Jimy Eldair Casto-Rivas, of Woodbridge, Virginia, died at the scene around 9 p.m. Saturday. Investigators said speed and narcotics are being considered as possible contributing factors in the crash.

Police said Casto-Rivas’ Acura failed to negotiate a curve along Telegraph Road, slid across and hit two other vehicles. The two drivers and two passengers in the other vehicles were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

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<![CDATA[Police Find Fatal Gunshot Victim in Road]]> Sun, 04 Oct 2015 08:41:19 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/01generic-police-lights13.jpg

Fairfax County police said a man was found in the road after someone reported hearing a gunshot early Sunday morning.

Police said they arrived in the 7100 block of Groveton Gardens Road in Alexandria, Virginia, shortly after 3 a.m. and discovered a man lying in the road. They said he was suffering from an apparently gunshot wound to the upper body.

The victim was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead a short time later. The identity of the victim has not been released.

<![CDATA[One Dead After Triple Shooting in Northeast D.C.]]> Sun, 04 Oct 2015 08:32:11 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20151003+Triple+Shooting+DC.jpg

A man who was trying to rob two other men was shot and killed early Saturday in northeast D.C., police said.

The two men he tried to rob also were shot, police said.

The shooting happened in the 700 block of H Street at about 1:06 a.m. Police who responded found three men with gunshot wounds. 

Jerome Leroy Wright, 32, of northeast D.C. was pronounced dead on the scene; the other victims were sent to local hospitals. The hospitalized victims are expected to recover.

<![CDATA[Gay Man Who Met Pope Francis Describes Warm Welcome]]> Sat, 03 Oct 2015 16:42:01 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20151003+Yayo+Grassi.jpg

Yayo Grassi has known the man who became Pope Francis for a half-century, since Grassi was a Jesuit student in high school in Argentina.

And, he says, the Holy Father's message of tolerance has been consistent throughout his lifetime.

"He ended up once saying, 'I can guarantee you Yayo, that in my service there is no place for homophobia,'" Grassi said.

Grassi, who is gay, brought his partner of 19 years to the Apostolic nunciature in Washington, D.C. to meet Pope Francis during the pope's historic U.S. visit.

The Holy Father welcomed both men and their friends warmly, embracing Grassi and his partner.

Grassi initially wasn't sure his former teacher would have time for a visit; the three-city U.S. trip had a full schedule. But the Pope made time.

"He was my professor in high school. He taught us Argentine literature and psychology," Grassi said.  "When I hear his speeches today, all I have to do is close my eyes, and it's like I am still in the classroom."

Then Grassi was reluctant to talk publicly about the meeting -- until Kentucky court clerk Kim Davis, who was jailed for refusing to give marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in June -- said she had met with the pope at the nunciature. The nunciature functions as the Vatican embassy in Washington.

That revelation surprised some in the church, as did an interview that Davis did with ABC, in which she said the meeting indicated the pope is "on track with what we're doing."

The Vatican on Friday distanced Francis from Davis, saying his encounter with her was by no means an endorsement of her cause. In the same statement, the Vatican said the only real audience the pope had was with a former student. 

That student was Grassi.

And he wanted to make sure that the world knew his former professor the way he did. 

"He is an icon, a beacon of light in the world," Grassi said.

<![CDATA[Weekend Track Work Slows Metro Trains on 5 of 6 Lines]]> Sat, 03 Oct 2015 11:38:17 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/metro-shutterstock_7004017311.jpg

Metro trains will run a little more slowly on all but one line this weekend as Metro does scheduled weekend track work.

Orange, Silver, Blue and Yellow line trains will operate every 24 minutes and Red Line trains will operate every 20 minutes, Metro said.

Green line trains will operate at regular weekend intervals.

As part of the track work, Red Line trains will single-track between the Friendship Heights and Van Ness stations.

Orange, Silver and Blue Line trains will single-track between Smithsonian and Federal Center stations.

On the Yellow Line, riders going to or from stations north of Mt. Vernon Square are advised to use a Green Line train to complete their trip. Also, Yellow Line will single-track between Pentagon and L'Enfant Plaza stations.

<![CDATA[Ocean City Walloped by Rain, Sand and Wind]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 23:35:56 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/100215+ocean+city+flooding.jpg High winds and more flooding are expected for Ocean City, Maryland into the weekend. Storm Team4 Meteorologist Veronica Johnson reports.]]> <![CDATA[Va. Officer Justified in Shooting Man Wielding Crowbar: Prosecutor]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 22:21:00 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Prince+William+County+Police+Shooting+092315.jpg

A police officer acted lawfully in his decision to shoot a man raising a crowbar at officers earlier this month in Manassas, police and prosecutors said Friday night.

An officer shot Jonathan Alexander Diaz-Chavez, 22, in the upper body the afternoon of Sept. 23 after police said the officer raised a crowbar at them several times "in a threatening manner." A statement issued by the Prince William County Police Department says police and county Commonwealth Attorney Paul Elbert believe the officer made the right call.

“I have carefully reviewed the evidence and circumstances leading up to the shooting of Jonathan Diaz-Chavez on September 23rd and have ruled the shooting justified," Elbert said in a statement. "I find the officers were in reasonable fear of death or serious bodily harm when they used potential lethal force in their attempt to apprehend the suspect.”

Diaz-Chavez was treated at a hospital and charged with attempted aggravated malicious wounding of an officer.

A homeowner called police on Sept. 23 and said she saw a man hiding in a bush near the deck of her home on the 7600 block of Lake Drive. When the resident's dog barked at him, the man took off running.

Police responded about 2:10 p.m. and spotted Diaz-Chavez lying in grass. He raised the crowbar at officers and made verbal threats, police said.

Officers ordered him to drop the weapon, police said. When he refused, they sprayed him with pepper spray. He ran away with the crowbar and advanced at officers again, this time raising the crowbar at them, police said.

An officer shot Diaz-Chavez after he repeatedly refused to drop the weapon, police said.

Police Chief Steve Hudson expressed concern for Diaz-Chavez, who police said was homeless.

"Police officers do not desire to use lethal force, but in these rare cases they must act quickly and decisively to protect themselves and others," he said. "I am thankful that the resident and officers were not harmed, and that the suspect will survive to face the criminal justice system and hopefully receive the help he needs.”

Resident Tara Frastak said the disturbance was unusual.

"It's a residential neighborhood. Peaceful. Quiet. It's not what we expect to see," she said.

Diaz-Chavez is due in court Nov. 18.

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<![CDATA[100M Gallons of Raw Sewage Released Into D.C. Rivers]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 20:51:12 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/100215+rain+water+flooding.jpg All of the rain means you and your pets should stay away from the Potomac and Anacostia rivers. News4's Mark Segraves explains why.]]> <![CDATA[Fortunate Driver Unhurt After Tree Falls Onto Car]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 21:44:17 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/wood-IMG_0536.jpg

Salley Wood said she saw the large tree as it came toppling onto her car Thursday and knew she had to make a quick decision.

Slam on the brakes and hope to stop in time, or hit the gas and hope to outrun the tree as it fell?

In a moment, Wood chose speed. “It was coming right toward my car, so I just accelerated,” Wood said.

Wood made a good call. She was unhurt, though her car was totaled, when the large tree fell on her SUV at 3800 Harrison Street in northwest D.C. Thursday evening.

Rain had soaked the ground around the tree, and its roots couldn’t hold.

“It was very surreal,” said Wood, who happens to be the daughter of News4 reporter Pat Collins. “You sort of see the tree coming, and it seems as if it is almost in slow motion although it happened very quickly.”

The scary crash could have been worse: The tree hit the roof of her car just above where her children usually sit in their car seats. On Thursday, her husband had picked them up because she was working late.

The tree also pulled down live power lines, though no one was injured.

And, it turns out, Wood’s gut instinct was the right one.

"Fortunately, it got the back of my car and sort of spit me out,” Wood said.