<![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 Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:54:56 -0400 Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:54:56 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Thousands Without Power After Prince William Co. Crash]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:10:48 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WEB+Power+crew.jpg

Thousands of people in Prince William County are without power after an early morning car accident damaged two power poles.

Nearly 2,000 customers are currently without power, according to Dominion Virginia Power.

The car accident, which happened at about 2:30 a.m. Monday, damaged two poles on Grand Park Road so badly that they will need to be replaced, a Dominion spokesman told WTOP.

Traffic lights in the area are also affected by the outage.

The power company hopes to restore power by Monday afternoon.

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<![CDATA[Police Find Car of Missing 95-Year-Old Md. Woman]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:00:19 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/gertrude+haugan.jpg

Montgomery County police say they have found a car that belongs to a missing elderly woman, but the 95 year old is still nowhere to be found.

Gertrude Marion Haugan was last seen on April 22. On Sunday, police found her blue 1996 Toyota Camry in an alley not far from her home on South Chelsea Lane in Bethesda.

Haugan is 5 feet 2 inches tall, weighs 110 pounds and has light brown hair. Police do not know what she was wearing at the time of her disappearance.

Family and friends told authorities it is unusual for Haugan not to have regular contact with them.

If you have seen Gertrude Haugan, call police at 301-279-8000.

<![CDATA[Man Found Shot to Death in Stafford Co.]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 08:17:31 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/police-lights-day-shutterstock_143047037.jpg

A man was shot to death in Stafford County early Monday morning.

The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office was called to the area of Clint Lane just after 5 a.m. Monday after someone in the area heard multiple gunshots. When deputies arrived at the scene, they found a man lying on the ground.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police believe there's no danger to the community.

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

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<![CDATA[Man Tried to Grab Boy in Front of Va. School: PD]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 08:33:40 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/216*120/springfield+school+attempted+abduction.jpg

Fairfax County police are looking for a man who grabbed a boy in front of a Springfield elementary school Friday afternoon.

The attempted abduction happened 3:15 p.m. Friday in front of the main entrance of Ravensworth Elementary School. The man came up behind the boy, grabbed him and tried to lure him away from the school.

The victim fought back and escaped the man. The boy was not injured.

The suspect is described as a blond, white man between 20 and 30 years old, 6 feet tall, and weighing between 225 and 250 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black long-sleeved shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call police at 703-691-2131.

<![CDATA[Local Woman's Family in Nepal Loses Everything]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:40:17 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010272308_1200x675_434890307882.jpg Many people in our area have relatives who live in the quake zone in Nepal. News4's Darcy Spencer spoke to one woman who's worried about her loved ones.]]> <![CDATA[Wizards Sweep Raptors With 125-94 Win]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 08:20:38 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20150426+Wizards.jpg

This was not just a sweep. It was more like an old-fashioned rug beating.

The Washington Wizards dominated the Toronto Raptors in Game Four of their playoff series, winning 125-94 and moving on to the next round of the NBA playoffs.

The Wizards were out in front all night and led by more than 30 points in the fourth quarter as the Raptors struggled. Meanwhile, the Wizards -- who were deadly on offense -- looked like playoff veterans.

This is the second year that the Raptors have left the playoffs after the first round.

Stay with NBC Washington for updates and News4 at 11 for player interviews and highlights.

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<![CDATA[One Dead, One Injured in Shooting in NW D.C.]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 15:30:05 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/butternut+street+homicide.jpg

One man was killed and another injured after a shooting in northwest Washington, D.C., early Sunday morning.

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department said Darryn Conte, of Waldorf, Maryland, was shot and killed in the 400 block of Butternut Street, Northwest shortly before 2 a.m.

Police also found another man suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken to the hospital, but his condition is not known.

Detectives said they are treating the investigation as a homicide.

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<![CDATA[Police: Burning Car at Golf Course Contained Body]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 20:30:53 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/enterprise+golf+course.jpg

A body was found inside a burning car early Sunday morning in Mitchellville, Maryland, according to police.

A Maryland-National Capital Park Police Department spokesman said police officers were called to investigate the report of a body inside a burning car at the Enterprise Golf Course in the 2800 block of Enterprise Road.

The Prince George’s County Police Department, the Prince George’s County Fire Department, and the Maryland-National Capital Park Police Department have launched a joint investigation into the circumstances leading up to and surrounding the person’s death. The person’s identity has not been released.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Homicide Unit at 301-772-4925.

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<![CDATA[Fire Truck Overturns, Seven People Injured]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 08:51:44 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Prince+George+County+Fire+Truck+Overturns.jpg

Seven Prince George’s County firefighters were injured after their truck overturned early Sunday morning.

A representative said officers responded to Branch Avenue and Curtis Drive in Hillcrest Heights, Maryland, for the accident. Seven people were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The representative said the truck apparently swerved to avoid another vehicle in the road. The road was closed to clear the fire truck from the roadway, but has been open for a while now.

Investigators are unsure about the circumstances prior to the accident.

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<![CDATA[Hotel Fire Forces Evacuations]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 19:34:37 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Fairfax+County+Alexandria+Quality+Inn+Hotel+Fire.jpg

A Fairfax County, Virginia, hotel caught fire early Sunday morning, evacuating residents and needing 100 firefighters to battle the blaze.

Fairfax County Fire Chief Randy Bittinger said several floors in the hotel collapsed; the entire building has been condemned and declared a total loss. Due to the threat of recurring hot spots, Fairfax County will keep a fire truck at the site Sunday night.

Crews arrived around 2:18 a.m. to the 8800 block of Richmond Highway in Alexandria. About 100 people were evacuated to a hotel across the street.

Bittinger said the fire is an electrical fire, which made it tough to battle. Virginia Power also responded to the scene.

One person was injured, but the injury was considered non-life-threatening.

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<![CDATA[Va. Rescue Team Ready to Search for Quake Survivors]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 07:34:31 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010265053_1200x675_434441795867.jpg The Fairfax County. Va. urban search and rescue team waited Saturday to get word on when they would go to Nepal to help look for survivors of the deadly earthquake. News4's Darcy Spencer reports from Chantilly where the team is on stand-by.]]> <![CDATA[Virginia Man Recounts Surviving Deadly India Quake]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 07:27:56 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010265613_1200x675_434517059743.jpg As the search for survivors continues in Nepal, an Ashburn, Va. man who survived a different deadly quake is recounting is story of survival. He tells News4's Darcy Spencer how the experience has changed his life.]]> <![CDATA[GW Parkway Reopened After Fatal Accident]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 14:36:43 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/police+lights+generic.jpg

The northbound lanes of the George Washington Parkway are reopened after a fatal accident early Saturday morning.

U.S. Park Police said the lane closures were at Spout Run, but the lanes are now flowing with traffic.. The southbound lanes remain open.

Authorities said one man was killed, but did not provide his identity. The road was closed for most of Saturday morning

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<![CDATA[More Than 3,000 Volunteer in DC Area Saturday]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 12:35:59 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NBC4+Cares.jpg

More than 3,000 volunteers helped revitalize neighborhood parks, beautify schools and stock food banks in the Washington area as part of a national volunteer effort led by Comcast.

The company says about 500 volunteers joined D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser on Saturday to help clean up and improve Houston Elementary School in Washington. Volunteers painted murals, planting flowers and building vegetable gardens.

Members NBC4 and News4 joined the effort at the school, leaving behind inspirational messages to students.

The Comcast Cares Day volunteer effort also included hundreds more volunteers at projects in suburban Maryland and Virginia.

In Maryland, volunteers worked on projects with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Maryland, with the Downtown Frederick Partnership and with Interfaith Works in Rockville.

In Virginia, projects were planned with charities in Alexandria and across the area.

<![CDATA[MCPS Employee Accused of Sex Abuse of Student]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 08:20:54 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20150424_Robert_Otis_Wilson.jpg

A former Montgomery County paraeducator is accused of sexually abusing a 14-year-old female student.

Robert Otis Wilson III was arrested Thursday night for sex abuse of a minor, Montgomery County Police said.

Wilson was a paraeducator at A. Mario Loiederman Middle School in Silver Spring. A charging document says the abuse occurred between approximately Oct. 1, 2014 and March 31, around the time he left the school to start a new job.

The document said Wilson gave the victim his cellphone number while he was helping her with homework at the school. The two began speaking on the phone and then began meeting under a stairwell in the school, where they would kiss and touch, according to the document.

The victim also told police that on one occasion, Wilson met her at her apartment building.

"We are very concerned and disturbed about the allegations against Mr. Wilson and that some of the alleged conduct that led to his arrest may have occurred on school property," Montgomery County Public Schools (CPS) said in a statement in part.

MCPS said Wilson is currently on administrative leave.

Wilson had worked for the school district since August 2013, when he started as a special education paraeducator. He later applied for a job at the Division of Food and Nutrition Services warehouse, and began that position March 30.

Wilson also worked as the assistant track coach at Wheaton High School for the past two years.

Members of both school communities are being notified about the arrest, MCPS said.

MCPS said the sex assault allegation came to the attention of a staff member at Loiederman Middle School earlier this month. The claim was then reported to Child Protective Services and the Montgomery County Police Department.

Authorities interviewed Wilson on Tuesday. They say he admitted he had feelings toward the victim and that he knew it was wrong due to their age difference and his position as a paraeducator.

Police said they got a warrant for Wilson's arrest and found him at a fast food restaurant in White Oak around 9 p.m. Thursday. He is charged with one count of sex abuse of a minor and three counts of third-degree sex offense.

Wilson is in police custody and has a bond review at 1 p.m. Friday.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 22 in Montgomery County District Court.

The Montgomery County School Board is cooperating with police on the investigation.

<![CDATA[Falls Church Tops List for Highest Rate of Drinking]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 08:13:37 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/beer+bottles+generic+edit.jpg

A new study finds Falls Church, Virginia, has the highest rate of drinking in the country.

Researchers at the University of Washington said more than 78 percent of adults in Falls Church drink more than one drink per month.

They also found more people, including women, are drinking more. They said heavy drinking is up more than 17 percent since 2005.

The study found the most binge drinking happens in Menominee, Wisconsin.

While it may not hold up in court if you get pulled over, there is an online tool that can help you determine your blood alcohol concentration. Users can enter their weight, what they ate and how much they drank in the Virtual Bar.

Click here to visit the website.

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<![CDATA[Fairfax Co. Schools Consider Protections for Transgender Students]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 08:00:19 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Charlie+Cranford+Teague.jpg

Charlie Cranford Teague feels respected and accepted at South Lakes High School. Now, the gender-fluid teen from Reston, Virginia wants the same respect for transgender and gender-fluid students throughout Fairfax County schools.

"No one's entitled to take away my rights based on who I am," said Charlie, 16, who identifies as a girl and a boy. "I am not confused. I am not going through a phase."

Charlie attended the Fairfax County School Board meeting last night, where the board heard public comment on a proposal to add gender identity to the district's non-discrimination policy. That policy already included age, race, national origin, disability and religion; last November, the board added protections based on sexual orientation.

The comments at the podium seemed evenly split between support for the proposal and concern.

Supporters said the change would be a powerful statement of acceptance from the school district.

Transgender and gender-fluid students "would take that as complete support from the adults in their community," said Tara Cranford Teague, Charlie's mother, in an interview. "They need that support."

Charlie's father, Jason Cranford Teague, said, "It's difficult to see people who are so against a lifestyle that doesn't harm them in any way."

Some opponents voiced concerns that a policy change could lead to mixed-sex bathrooms.

"Providing such access is a safety issue," said Andrea Lafferty, president of the Traditional Values Coalition, at the meeting. "It endangers children and violates the rights of both students and parents."

Several other Virginia school districts have recently dealt with transgender students. In Stafford County, an elementary school was permitting a transgender fourth-grader to use the bathroom of the gender with which the child identified. But some parents complained.

In March, the Stafford County school board responded by approving a superintendent's directive giving that student two choices: the bathroom that matched the student's sex assigned at birth or an adult restroom in the school.

Now a group called "Save our Schools" is urging the Stafford school board to formally bar any mixed-sex restrooms.

The Fairfax County school board will vote on the proposed amendment May 7. If it passes, the school district says it would hire a consultant to help plan policies, including bathroom use and locker rooms.

Meanwhile, Charlie, who has identified as a boy and a girl since second grade, believes that the Fairfax policy has to change.

"Why would you want to punish somebody for being who they are?" Charlie asked.

Northern Virginia Bureau Chief Julie Carey contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Man Gets 16 Years for Child Porn]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 00:25:50 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/tlmd_police_generic_police_tape_police_lights_fishtown.jpg

An Arlington man will spend the next 16 years of his life in jail for producing and possessing child pornography.

On Friday, 29-year-old Patrick Joseph Friedel was sentenced after originally pleading guilty in January. Friedel met five young teenagers online and exchanged sexually explicit images with them. According to court documents, Friedel sent the teenagers pictures of other minors engaged in sexual activity. He also threatened the teenagers, saying he would post images online and tell parents about their activities.

In addition to his online contact, Friedel met with one of the teenage girls three times and engaged in inappropriate sexual activity with her. He took pictures and videos of this encounter, “including depictions of violent acts.”

Homeland Security and the Fairfax county police department helped investigate the case. Friedel will spend 129 months in prison for his crimes, followed by 10 years of probation.

<![CDATA[Frederick Authorities Seeking Info on 1989 Death]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 00:11:57 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/frederick+1989+man.jpg

Frederick authorities are looking for information to help discover the identity of a man who died 26 years ago.

Skeletal remains were found in 1989 on Right Hand Fork Road at the Watershed in Frederick. The sheriff's office said the remains appear to be a man between 25 and 40 years old. They said he likely died between November 1988 and July 1989.

A Baltimore forensic artist recently drew a recreation of the person's face based on the shape of the skull.

The Frederick County Sheriff's Office is asking anyone who has information to call 301-600-1046.

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<![CDATA[Is the Apple Watch Worth It?]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 23:55:27 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010260348_1200x675_434180163741.jpg Thousands of people have already shelled out for the Apple Watch. But is it worth it? Consumer Reports is already putting the much-hyped smartwatch to the test and our Consumer Reporter Erika Gonzalez has the initial results.]]> <![CDATA[First-Ever Safety Summit Gathers in Reston]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 23:30:47 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010260181_1200x675_434078275973.jpg Police from Northern Virginia meet with each other and with citizens to strategize safety for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.]]> <![CDATA[Celebrities Descend on D.C. for Correspondents Dinner]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 22:35:41 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/An+Evening+With+John+Legend+042415+471012330.jpg

On the eve of the White House Correspondents Dinner, celebrities and journalists poured into town.

It's become a three-day affair with 10 parties Friday night, the dinner and seven parties before and after that Saturday night, and several brunches Sunday.

Singer John Legend attended a big bash held by Politico Friday night at the Longview Gallery, kicking off the weekend with a live performance and a panel discussion on civil rights. His wife, model Chrissy Teigan, was on hand for the invitation-only event.

The toughest ticket of course is the dinner itself – 26,000 seats at 260 tables. About 1,200 requests for the $3,000 tickets have been turned away.

Some big names expected to attend are Donald Trump, Jane Fonda, “Walking Dead” cast members and stars of Washington-themed shows like “Scandal,” “Veep” and “House of Cards.”

So, if you're out and about this weekend, you never know who you might spot at a restaurant, hotel, coffee shop or clothing store.

<![CDATA[UMW Remembers a Short Life Well Lived]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:26:32 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/grace+selfie+thanksgiving+crop.jpg Northern Virginia Bureau Chief Julie Carey reports on the University of Mary Washington celebration of the life of Grace Mann.]]> <![CDATA[Gov. Hogan to Sign Police Oversight Bills Into Law]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:18:27 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP131584863180.jpg

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced he will sign nine bills dealing with law enforcement oversight and tort liabilities into law next week.

The bills include a requirement for police to provide state officials with information about deaths of people in police custody and a bill to let officers record conversations with body-worn digital recorders, according to a statement from the governor's office. 

Police in Baltimore have been scrutinized after Freddie Gray died as a result of injuries he sustained in police custody April 12.

Under HB 954, law enforcement agencies will have to provide the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention with information about people who have died in police custody and officers who die in the line of duty.

SB 482 and HB 533 will enable police to record "oral communication" with a "body-worn digital recording device" or "electronic control device." The bill will also create a commission to study body camera use by police.

SB 321 requires police in Baltimore City and Baltimore County to create special units trained to deal with individuals with mental health and substance abuse issues.

Other bills increase the number of police "subject to review" by the Baltimore City Civilian Review Board and require police to provide demographic information about traffic stops.

HB 113 and 114 increase liability limits for civil claims against local governments and the state government.

Gov. Hogan is scheduled to sign the bills into law in a ceremony Tuesday, his office said.

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<![CDATA[How Safe Is Your Shrimp?]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:17:23 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010258688_1200x675_434014275595.jpg Consumer Reports found bacteria and antibiotics in some raw shrimp. Consumer reporter Erika Gonzalez has more on what to look for when buying shrimp.]]> <![CDATA[Senate Staffer Charged With Drug Possession]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 00:09:06 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Generic+DC+Police+Lights+Close+Up+Generic.jpg

An aide to Republican Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi has been charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine after federal agents raided his home.

An office administrator for Cochran, Fred W. Pagan, 49, was arrested Thursday. Court documents say that Pagan allegedly said he planned to distribute the drugs "in exchange for sexual favors."

On April 9, a package from China addressed to Pagan's home in the 5700 block of Colorado Avenue NW was intercepted in Cincinnati with the controlled substance GBL, according to court documents.

GBL has similar effects to alcohol, but also can used in a compound commonly known as a date rape drug.

D.C. police and Homeland Security raided the home Thursday and found more than 180 grams of methamphetamine, according to police.

Pagan told authorities he ordered the GBL from China and knew it was illegal, according to court documents. He also said he received three prior shipments of GBL.

Pagan said he received the methamphetamine from California, according to court documents. He said he intended to exchange the GBL and methamphetamine for sexual favors.

Pagan was released on his own recognizance after an initial court appearance Friday.

“Senator Cochran is disturbed and deeply saddened by the arrest of his long-time aide Fred Pagan and is suspending him of all duties pending the outcome of this case,” a statement from the senator's office read.

The office is contacting Senate legal counsel.

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<![CDATA[Teen Spits on, Punches Man at Eastern Market Metro]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:13:33 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20150424+Metro+Assault.jpg

A teen spat in the face of a 69-year-old man at the Eastern Market Metro station Friday, then punched him in the face, Metro transit police say.

They're still looking for the teen, who fled after the incident.

Police said the incident began at about 1 p.m. as the male teen and the 69-year-old man got into an argument while leaving a train at the Eastern Market station. The argument continued on the escalator.

The teen met the man at the top of the escalator and spat on him, then punched him several times, according to a video released by transit police. The man was knocked onto the escalator and was transported to a hospital for treatment.

Anyone with information about the attack should call Metro Transit Police Detectives at (202) 962-2121 and reference case #2015-21061. Tips also can be sent via text message to "MyMTPD" (696873).

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<![CDATA[Foo Fighters Post Jim Vance Tribute Video]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 21:58:01 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2015-04-24_13491.jpg

In the wake of the news that Jim Vance will be signing off from News4 at 11 next month (although he'll remain on News4 at 6), the Foo Fighters created a tribute video featuring one of Vance's most-watched segments.

The clip of Vance's side-splitting reaction to a model repeatedly wobbling and then falling on a catwalk — thanks to her sky-high heels — made him a bit of a YouTube celebrity a few years back.

The Foo Fighters' new video opens with someone kicking back on the couch, donning an Orioles hat and playing off some "Bawlmer" stereotypes. But when he flips on the TV, who should be on it but a News4 legend....

Watch the full video above.

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<![CDATA[D.C. Seeks to Improve Traffic Light Timing]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:46:34 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010255482_1200x675_433835075803.jpg DDOT is changing the timing on traffic lights in a wide swath of downtown D.C., as far south as I-395 and as far north as U Street. The goal: Make getting through traffic more efficient for cars, pedestrians and cyclists.]]> <![CDATA[Traffic Light Tweaks to Help D.C. Traffic]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:31:29 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010253334_1200x675_433748547660.jpg DDOT will begin work Friday to change traffic light timing to help both drivers and pedestrians at 650 intersections. The work will take until next month, but some areas should see improvements by the end of this weekend.]]> <![CDATA[Reporter Tries Out Impaired Driving Simulator]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 13:08:43 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2015-04-24_1307.jpg

Police and other groups from several jurisdictions gathered at Reston Town Center Friday morning to share ideas and strategies to improve driving, cycling and walking throughout Northern Virginia.

The goal is to share safety ideas that are working and address areas that need improvement and listen to the concerns of residents.

More than 20 businesses and agencies participated.

WTOP's Max Smith volunteered to try out the impaired driving simulator.

<![CDATA[Downed Tree Shuts Down Street in Reston]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 07:27:20 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/police-lights-shutterstock_542372566.jpg

A downed tree has shut down a Reston, Virginia street Friday morning.

Sunrise Valley Drive is closed in both directions between Association Drive and Wethersfield Court.

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<![CDATA[Unidentified Man Found Dead in Southeast D.C.]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 07:01:42 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/police-lights-shutterstock_1318124124.jpg

Authorities are working to identify a man found dead in Northeast D.C. Thursday afternoon.

D.C. Police received a call about an unconscious man lying in the 4300 block of Gault Place SE shortly before 2 p.m. When they arrived, they found the man was dead from an apparent gunshot wound.

The body was taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy.

Police are offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction. Anyone with information is asked to call 202-727-9099. Those wishing to remain anonymous may submit information to the department's Text Tip Line by texting 50411.

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<![CDATA[Controversial Decision to Postpone "American Sniper" at U.Md.]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 00:05:33 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/248*120/tlmd_american_sniper_620.jpg A student organization at the University of Maryland is postponing a screening of "American Sniper," and that decision is sparking controversy on campus and online. Shomari Stone reports critics are posting hateful messages.]]> <![CDATA[Group Opposes Plans for More Electronic Billboards in D.C.]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 00:03:55 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010247169_1200x675_433466947604.jpg

Plans to allow huge electronic billboards in more places in D.C. have one group up in arms.

The billboards are permitted outside the Verizon Center in Penn Quarter.

The Committee of 100 on the Federal City is worried about proposed new laws to loosen up the city's tight regulations on billboards and electronic signs. If passed, the laws could allow more of the big, bright signs in certain locations identified as designated entertainment areas, including the streets around Nationals Park.

The proposed laws are tightly crafted to prevent the sign glare from annoying residential dwellers.