<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Local News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.comen-usThu, 25 Aug 2016 21:42:56 -0400Thu, 25 Aug 2016 21:42:56 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Washington Gas Customers Experience 'Residual Effects' of Billing Glitches]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 21:36:15 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015899760_1200x675_751342659678.jpg More complaints from Washington Gas customers after months of ongoing problems with its online billing system. The utility's senior vice president sat down with Consumer Reporter Susan Hogan to answer questions about what went wrong and whether the problems have been fixed.]]> <![CDATA[DC Residents File Housing Lawsuit Against Developer]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 21:29:50 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015899302_1200x675_751191107928.jpg A new development coming to a neighborhood in Northeast is upsetting current residents who say they will be forced out of the neighborhood. Residents of the Brookland Manor Apartments say the developer is discriminating against large families. News4's Mark Segraves reports.]]> <![CDATA[Sex Assault Charges Dropped Against Virginia Teacher]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 20:51:31 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015899337_1200x675_751203395726.jpg Sex assault charges have been dropped against a math teacher at Northern Virginia Community College in Manassas after prosecutors couldn't vouch for the credibility of the witnesses. News4 Northern Virginia Bureau Chief Julie Carey reports.]]> <![CDATA[NB Lanes of I-270 Reopened After Serious Crash]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 19:05:59 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/270+Crash.jpg

All northbound lanes of Interstate 270 were closed between the Beltway and Rockledge Drive due to three separate crashes during Thursday's evening rush, fire officials say.

Some police vehicles were struck during the crash, according to Pete Piringer, a spokesman for the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue. The collisions happened just before 6:30 p.m., Piringer said.

All lanes reopened about an hour later, authorities said.

Five vehicles were involved in the collisions, Piringer said.

Medics evaluated three injuries. None are life-threatening.

Photo Credit: Pete Piringer/Montgomery County Fire and Rescue]]>
<![CDATA[Man Accused of Scaling White House Security Barrier]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 18:22:07 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20160616+white+house+fence.jpg

A Bowie, Maryland, man is charged with scaling a security barrier at the White House.

According to court filings, 22-year-old Ryan Cain is accused of deliberately climbing over a barrier marked “Restricted Area Do Not Enter.” 

In those same court filings, investigators said Cain claimed he had come to the White House to “collect his money” after hearing his name on a popular Washington, D.C., radio station.

A police report said Cain was stopped and questioned by Secret Service just before 7 a.m. Wednesday while walking along Pennsylvania Avenue.

Shortly after, Cain returned and breached the secure barrier, according to the police report.

He pleaded not guilty to unlawful entry in D.C. Superior Court Thursday. He is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 28.

Requests for comment from Cain's defense attorney were not immediately returned.

<![CDATA[NBC4 Raises Money for Backpacks 4 Kids]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 18:13:31 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015899087_1200x675_751171139963.jpg NBC4 is working for you in the community to help get school supplies for kids in our area with our annual Backpacks 4 Kids campaign. News4's Chris Lawrence explains how you can help the cause.]]> <![CDATA[Cheaper Alternatives to the EpiPen]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 18:10:02 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015898860_1200x675_751158851711.jpg Consumer Reports found less expensive alternatives to the EpiPen. News4's Susan Hogan reports.]]> <![CDATA[2 Women Escape Attack Attempts on W&OD Trail]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:47:48 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/229*120/082516+trail+assault+suspect+sketch.jpg

An off-duty sheriff's deputy fled a potential attack on the popular Washington and Old Dominion Trail in Virginia on Thursday, a little more than a week after two men assaulted a woman nearby.

A sheriff's deputy was taking her morning run on the trail about 6:30 a.m. Thursday when she saw a man with a box cutter heading toward her, the Leesburg Police Department said.

“The deputy recognized [the weapon], turned and ran, and the suspect fled in the opposite direction," Lt. Jeff Dube said. "There was no physical contact between the suspect and the victim, and the victim was able to get away and call in and report it.”

The incident between Valley View Avenue and South King Street, which police called an attempted assault, follows the assault and attempted sexual assault of a woman walking on the trail on Aug. 17.

The woman told police she was walking about 8:30 p.m. Aug. 17 just east of Sterling Boulevard when two men emerged from a wooded area. They "pulled at her and her clothing before physically assaulting her," the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

The men fled when a cyclist passed, police said.

Investigators do not believe the two incidents are connected, and are seeking three men. Police released a sketch of the man seen with the box cutter. Anyone with information is asked to call police.

People who use the trail are advised to stay alert, carry a cellphone, avoid wearing earphones, let someone know where you are and avoid the area after dark.

More police will patrol the area. 

Photo Credit: Leesburg Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Mother: Head Start Gave No Apology After Son Wandered Off]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:26:57 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Playground13.jpg

One mother in Prince George's County, Maryland, experienced what is probably a parent's worst nightmare last fall when her 4-year-old son managed to wander from school and walk to a busy road. But it was what happened after her son was found safe that shocked her.

"There was no apology. There was no... there was just no answers," Davis said.

Chamanikia Davis said the Head Start program at Overlook Elementary in Temple Hills had no explanation and did not apologize after her son wandered away from the playground in September 2015 -- nearly reaching a Metro stop.

The boy was found standing near the edge of the road on Branch Avenue, Davis said.

"It was a little numbing that he would have been able to leave school - period," Davis said. "It should have been somebody watching him. Just really numbing and you don't know what to think. You don't know what happened."

Davis said she sent a letter to Prince George's County Public Schools after the incident.

"I did make a complaint. I did write a letter. I did notate the incident in the letter so someone knew," Davis said.

The incident happened during the same time the federal government was investigating other allegations of abuse and neglect at Prince George's County's Head Start classrooms.

A report of the investigation detailed another incident in which a 4-year-old managed to make it all the way home after wandering from school.

However, there is no mention of Davis' son in the report.

Davis said she questions whether school officials properly reported the incident.

The county's Head Start program lost a $6.5 million federal grant after the review by the Administration for Children and Families.

According to the review, a teacher at the H. Winship Wheatley Early Childhood Center in Capitol Heights forced a 3-year-old boy to mop up his own urine after he had a bathroom accident during naptime on Dec. 17, 2015.

As the child mopped the floor in urine-stained clothes, the teacher sent a photo to the boy's parent with a caption explaining the punishment. The message included the abbreviation "LOL." Another text sent to the parent said, "he worked that mop tho."

<![CDATA[Is Screen Time Damaging Children's Vision?]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:13:09 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/082516+eye+test+vision+test.jpg Optometrists have seen an uptick in nearsightedness among children. Is the use of cellphones and tablets to blame? News4's Angie Goff spoke with Dr. Andrew Morgenstern. "We're putting a lot of 'near' [vision] demand on young kids at an early age," he said.

Photo Credit: NBC Washington]]>
<![CDATA[NVCC Math Teacher Cleared of All Charges in Sex Assault Case]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 16:59:21 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/charges-dropped-1.jpg

One day he was teaching community college classes. The next, he was jailed, accused of sexually assaulting two students. But now all charges against Youssef Taleb have been cleared -- even before a preliminary hearing -- and he's hoping to put the nightmare behind him.

Taleb had once hoped for a full-time position at Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC). That dream was shattered when he was jailed in May, accused of sexually assaulting two of his female students.

"It was the worst time of my life," he told News4 on Thursday. "Yeah, I'd never faced anything like that before.... I always know that the truth is going to reveal itself as soon as the investigation would be over."

Taleb's attorney said there were red flags with the case immediately after two students said in early May that they'd been sexually assaulted.

A community college officer performed the original investigation, but when a Prince William County detective and the prosecutor began to dig into the details, concerns emerged. For example, one student alleged she was raped during a tutoring session inside a campus conference room.

"The most significant things seem to have occurred where the public either should have been able to see what was going on or could have stepped in at any point, and it just seemed to be very suspicious," said Taleb's attorney, Benjamin Griffitts.

Prosecutors quickly asked that Taleb be given bond.

The charges were dropped last month.

Commonwealth's Attorney Paul Ebert said prosecutors could not vouch for the credibility of the witnesses, and there were inconsistencies in their statements.

Taleb got emotional when he received the phone call telling him he was cleared of the charges.

"As soon as she said that [charges were dropped], I started crying, actually, and I don't cry much," Taleb said. "Actually that was the most wonderful day of my life. It's like a new life for me."

Now he's hoping a new headline -- reporting he's clear of charges -- will show up in social media searches of his name. He had five job offers pending when he was arrested, so he hopes to return to teaching.

"I love teaching," he said. "I don't think I'm going to give up on teaching ever."

<![CDATA[Immunization Records Missing for 3,700 Pr. George's Students]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 16:09:16 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/082416+young+children+prince+georges+county.jpg

Prince George's County Public Schools are asking students to stay home if their parents can't prove they've received the required vaccines.

Immunization records were still missing Thursday for more than 3,700 students, although that number had dropped by nearly half since a day earlier.

Student services director Dr. Adrian Talley said Wednesday that records were missing for more than 6,000 students. Tuesday -- the first day of school -- was the deadline for parents to provide immunization records.

Some of the children may be vaccinated and their paperwork just may be missing, Talley said. Still, students without the required paperwork on file with the district are asked to stay home.

"If they can't prove they have immunization, then they are excluded until they can prove it," Talley said Wednesday. 

At this time last year, about 2,700 students were missing vaccine records, NBC4's Tracee Wilkins reported.

Students are required to be vaccinated against polio, measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox and hepatitis B.

It was not clear whether students without vaccination paperwork were excluded from class Tuesday. 

There are some exceptions. Students with medical conditions or religious beliefs that prevent them from getting vaccinated can apply for exemptions.

Photo Credit: NBC Washington]]>
<![CDATA[DC Jail Was 85 Degrees When Inmate Collapsed, Died]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:18:40 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/071916+lester+irby.jpg

The temperature was dangerously hot inside the D.C. jail cell block where a 70-year-old inmate collapsed and later died last month, News4 has learned.

The average temperature inside the Northeast 3 cell block of the D.C. Central Detention Facility was nearly 85 degrees when Lester Irby collapsed on July 14, records provided by the D.C. Department of Corrections (DOC) show.

Irby, who was a father and a published author, collapsed in the jail and was taken to a hospital, where he died.

The medical examiner determined he suffered a heart attack, and the DOC has said Irby's death was unrelated to the sweltering temperatures in the jail.

"We have no reason to believe that there is a correlation between elevated temperatures and the recent death of an inmate," spokeswoman Sylvia Lane previously said in a statement.

Jail officials declined to provide the hottest temperature recorded in the jail and instead provided daily averages.

After News4 reported on Irby's death, the DOC relocated dozens of inmates and brought in crews to repair the overtaxed cooling system. Reports of excessive heat also led to protests by prisoners' rights advocates.

Photo Credit: Akashic Books]]>
<![CDATA[Man Sentenced for Dragging Police Officer 300 Yards With Car]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:55:27 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Danny+Lee+Harvell+071615.jpg

A Maryland man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for dragging a Prince George's County Police officer more than 300 feet with his car.

Danny Harvell, 27, of Temple Hills pleaded guilty last month to first-degree assault, the county State's Attorney's Office said.

Prosecutors say police received a tip about a drug house in District Heights on July 15, 2015.

An officer on a routine patrol noticed Harvell in a car near the home and approached the car. After smelling marijuana, the officer asked Harvell to get out of the car, prosecutors say. 

According to court documents, the officer reached into the backseat after he saw Harvell reaching towards the backseat.

The officer's arm was still in the car window when Harvell put the car in drive. The officer's arm got tangled in the seat belt, and he was dragged about 300 yards before the car hit a tree and rolled onto the officer.

Prosecutors said the officer, whose thigh was broken, had to undergo extensive surgery.

Photo Credit: Prince George's County Police]]>
<![CDATA['Black Boy Blues' Debuts This Weekend at Flowers High School]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:04:27 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015894763_1200x675_750899779653.jpg "Black Boy Blues" will debut this weekend at Flowers High School in Springdale, Maryland. The play, created by two brothers, is set in the 1950s in Maryland.Those brothers, Josh and Jimmy Jenkins, stopped by News4 Midday to share more about the big opening on Friday. Click here for more information.]]> <![CDATA[Lebron James' 'The Wall' Holds Casting Calls in Md., Va.]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:38:53 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/lebron+james+cleveland+contrato.jpg

Have you ever wanted to be on a game show? Well, here's your chance!

"The Wall," an NBC show executive produced by NBA star LeBron James, is holding casting calls in Maryland and Virginia next week.

The show is described as a cross between the "Price Is Right" game Plinko and "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire." 

In each episode, a 2-person team will answer trivia questions for a chance to win a "life-changing amount of cash," a press release from the show says. 

If you are interested in attending one of the four casting calls, sign up here

The casting calls will be held at the following times:

  • Thursday, Sept. 1
    3 p.m. until 7 p.m. 
    Alfred Street Baptist Church
    301 South Alfred Street
    Alexandria, Virginia 

  • Friday, Sept. 2
    3 p.m. until 7 p.m.
    Mount Ennon Baptist Church 
    9832 Piscataway Road 
    Clinton, Maryland 

  • Saturday, Sept. 3
    10 a.m. until 6 p.m. 
    First baptist Church of Glenarden
    600 WAtkins Park Drive
    Upper Marlboro, Maryland 

  • Monday, Sept. 5
    10 a.m. until 4 p.m. 
    Maryland State Fair 
    2200 York Road 
    Lutherville-Timonium, Maryland 

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Judge: Jumping Over White House Fence Not Free Speech]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 16:52:49 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WHite-House-Jumper-AP_145425272487.jpg

Jumping over the White House fence is not free speech, a Washington, D.C., judge has ruled.

The ruling came in the case of a Connecticut man who hurtled over the White House fence, draped in an American flag, on Thanksgiving Day 2015. Joseph Caputo had asked the judge to dismiss his case, arguing the fence jump was an exercise in free speech.

A federal judge ruled the case must proceed, and said some of Caputo’s claims are frivolous. In his formal opinion, reviewed by the News4 I-Team, the judge ruled, "There is, after all, no First Amendment right to express one’s self in a nonpublic area like the White House."

Caputo is scheduled to go on trial in D.C. on Sept. 12, charged with a misdemeanor count of unlawfully entering restricted government grounds.

His jump triggered a lockdown at the complex in November 2015. Prosecutors said Caputo did so while the first family was inside the White House.

"It was a serious and dangerous act that put multiple lives at risk, including the defendant’s own," prosecutors said in a court filing.

According to court records, Caputo argued he breached the White House grounds with the "noble purpose" of "calling attention to various deficiencies in the Constitution."

The court records said Caputo was trying to call attention to a government failure "to pay attention to domestic issues."

The fence jump was the first of its kind after the 2015 installation of new spikes atop the White House fence.

Victoria Pena of Houston said at the time the man was standing with other people visiting the White House compound when he rushed toward the fence carrying what appeared to be a binder. 

"I just heard him take a big, deep breath and whisper to himself, 'All right, let's do this,' and he took off," Pena said. "It was chaotic. Everyone around us was yelling, and kids were crying. It was pretty unexpected."

"Casually, I'm just there taking pictures and I see a ninja coming through, climbing," witness Amar Marwaha of London said.

Photo Credit: Vanessa Pena via AP]]>
<![CDATA[2 Injured After Crash in Md. Intersection]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 06:43:38 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/193*120/2016-08-25_0607.png

Two people are recovering at the hospital after a collision in an intersection in Rockville, Maryland, fire officials say. 

The crash happened just before 6 a.m. Thursday in the intersection of Darnestown Road and West Avenue. 

Montgomery County fire spokesman Pete Piringer says one person had to be extricated from the car. 

Two people were take to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. 

Photo Credit: Montgomery County Fire]]>
<![CDATA[Sherwood's Notebook: A Trump Crowd Up Close]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 05:58:30 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-594346194.jpg

Your Notebook traveled to Fredericksburg, Va., on Saturday for the Donald Trump rally at its Expo Center.

Fortunately, NBC4 cameraman/editor Evan Carr did all the driving. And fortunately, we were in the free-flowing toll lanes going and returning. Even on a Saturday, regular lanes on I-395 and I-95 were horrific displays of Northern Virginia’s biggest problem: traffic jams.

And also fortunately, the rally site in Fredericksburg was next door to a Wegmans grocery. Before covering the rally crowd, we had lunch at Wegmans. It was my first-ever Wegmans experience. Wandering around part of the store (too big to see it all), I understood why neighbors of the old Walter Reed site in the District are upset Wegmans has essentially pulled out of the planned redevelopment there.

The grocer told the Washington Business Journal and NBC4 last week that it couldn’t reach an agreement with developers of the site. But it also told NBC4 that the city’s new $15 minimum wage law, proposed regulations of part-time worker scheduling and possible paid family leave were factors in its decision.

Mayor Muriel Bowser told us Friday on WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi Politics Hour that she wasn’t giving up on Wegmans just yet. The Walter Reed site is about 66 acres of land where a whole new community is slated to be built. And now we are Wegmans supporters, too. Good luck, mayor!

Oh, wait. We were writing about the Trump rally.

It attracted several thousand people. The first person in line told us he arrived at 6:30 a.m. for the 6 p.m. rally.

While there have been many reports of angry Trump crowds cursing and yelling at the news media and its alleged bias, we had none of that on Saturday. Your Notebook, who was both outside and inside the rally and was wearing a media badge, encountered not one angry person. Not one.

We did meet many people who are concerned about the direction of their country and told us only Trump understands them. Whatever their political hopes and fears, it was nice to talk to politically involved people who seemed to appreciate being asked what they thought.

■ “Virginia is lost.” Despite Trump’s raucous rally, the polls show the Republican nominee more than 10 points behind Hillary Clinton in Virginia. She recently postponed her local television ads because she is ahead. Trump this weekend put up his first TV ads in four battleground states. Virginia was not one of them.

On Monday morning, conservative radio host and MSNBC political analyst Hugh Hewitt described the political playing field and said simply, “Virginia is lost.”

As we said on NBC4 Saturday, for this election Virginia may no longer be a battleground state.

■ Presidential outcomes. Many Democrats are (unwisely) talking landslide on Nov. 8. Here is a cool New York Times electoral map looking back to 1964: tinyurl.com/NYT-electoral-history.

■ Bongino’s #%!%#* world. Maryland voters may be interested in an extraordinary telephone call involving former Republican candidate Dan Bongino.

The former Secret Service agent and author, who lost races for the Senate and the House in Maryland, is in a Naples-area congressional seat primary in Florida this Tuesday.

When Politico reporter Marc Caputo called Bongino on Sunday about Bongino’s criticism of a newspaper story, the conversation quickly went downhill. Just know that The Current can’t print any of the salty words Bongino used.

If you want to listen yourself, you can visit tinyurl.com/bongino-youtube — but again, you are forewarned of its extremely foul language.

■ Progress at DCRA. Mayor Bowser spent much of last week hunkered down in what many see as the most frustrating agency in town, the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs.

We don’t know what improvements Bowser will come up with, but the agency itself has some good news this week for anyone applying for or renewing a basic business license. You can do it online.

The mayor is due to appear at The Coupe in Columbia Heights on Thursday to promote the online application process.

Agency director Melinda Bolling told the Notebook on Monday, “The Portal is going to simplify the licensing process for businesses. By using the portal and skipping a trip to DCRA, business owners can spend the time saved to work with staff or customers — or just to take some time to recharge.”

During Thursday’s event, the restaurant/bar will renew its business license online.

The regulatory affairs department always draws a huge crowd at D.C. Council oversight hearings. The agency has supplanted the Department of Motor Vehicles and — almost — parking tickets as the major topic of scorn.

Anything that improves the experience there can mean only good things for individuals and businesses that provide services, jobs and tax revenue.

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

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Residents Concerned After Shooting Near DC Rec Center]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:07:09 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DC_Rec_Center.jpg Neighbors in Northwest Washington are concerned about a series of crimes near the Hamilton Recreation Center. News4's Shomari Stone learned new information Wednesday night.]]> <![CDATA[Va. Parents Say Walk to School Unsafe for Children]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 23:51:09 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/216*120/Lorton_Path.png

A group of parents in Fairfax County, Virginia, are urging the public school system to add a bus route to their street and say the walk their children have to take is long and sometimes dangerous.

Students living at a development in Lorton have to walk 1.6 miles to get to South County Middle School and South County High School.

Some parents say the route is isolated and unsafe.

"This is very remote. As we go down the path, there are no homes," said parent Jennifer Lopez. "If you scream for help you will not be heard during normal daylight hours since nobody's home."

In June, police reported that a high school student was the victim of an attempted sexual assault on an adjoining section of the path.

Lopez learned her daughter and other middle and high schoolers from the Newington Heights development were not eligible to ride a school bus because their homes are within what Fairfax County Public Schools considers to be "walking distance."

She says when she asked why they could not ride a school bus that passed a few blocks from the development, she was told the bus route was full.

At Lopez's request, Fairfax County Public Schools transportation officials walked through the path and inspected it.

Their report reads, in part:

"This walk path is an acceptable path free from unusual hazards... Bus service from Koluder Court is not eligible for bus service. You may continue to inquire on the status of your exception to ride request."

Lopez says she chose to drive her daughter to school, but continued to press the issue with the school system. This year, her daughter has been given an exception to ride a bus.

Elizabeth Bradsher, a former member of the Fairfax County School Board, said the issue has existed since the middle and high schools were built 11 years ago.

"Over 111 kids -- they can find that bus. The budget is there. I know it's there. I've been on that school board. I've sat on that board," Bradsher said.

<![CDATA[DC Fire Chief to Announce Major Shake Up in Command: Sources]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 21:46:33 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Gregory+Dean.jpg

D.C. Fire and EMS Chief Gregory Dean is set to announce some major changes for the department's command -- including some of the highest ranking officials, sources tell News4.

Dean will re-assign two of his deputy chiefs, moving them away from day-to-day operations and replacing them.

The president of the DC Fire Fighters Association, Ed Smith, will also be made a battalion chief, which will mean new leadership for the firefighters union.

Smith is credited with winning firefighters thousands of dollars in back pay during a recent contract dispute.

Dean is expected to announce the changes in early September.

A spokesperson for Dean told News4, "Chief Dean is in the annual staff review process."

The moves come as Dean and Mayor Bowser have been working to improve the public image of the department.

Photo Credit: NBCWashington]]>
<![CDATA[Dad Rides Bike 3,200 Miles in Memory of Son]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 19:14:01 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Dad+Bike.jpg News 4's Darcy Spencer talked to a local man who completed a cross-country trip on his bike to honor his son who took his own life and to raise awareness about teen suicide and depression.]]> <![CDATA[Thousands of Metro Riders Turned to Buses During Red Line Safetrack Surges]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 19:02:12 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015885728_1200x675_750271043783.jpg News4 obtained an internal memo from Montgomery County which shows thousands of Metrorail riders used RideOn buses during Safetrack. News4 I-Team Reporter Scott MacFarlane explains]]> <![CDATA[Katie Ledecky: 'I Never Dreamed I Would Make the Olympics']]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 19:01:23 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/082416+katie+ledecky.jpg

Maryland Olympian Katie Ledecky is back in our area -- with five new Olympic medals.

The Bethesda, Maryland, native returns from Rio with four gold medals, a silver medal and a lifetime of memories from the Summer Games.

"I've been smiling a lot the last couple weeks," she said to News4's Eun Yang in her first interview since the games.

Ledecky spent years training at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart. She graduated from the school last year and at 19 is a legend there.

"I never dreamed I would make the Olympics, but I started setting goals from a really early age and worked toward those, and goal-setting never ends," she said.

Ledecky said that even with a sizable lead in the pool in Rio, she never slowed down.

"You can't take anything for granted when you're out front or favored to win or anything like that. I just had to focus on how I wanted to put together that race," she said. "It was my last race in Rio and I wanted to make it count."

Some of Ledecky's favorite moments at the games involved her fellow swimmers. When asked about the controversy surrounding fellow Team USA member Ryan Lochte, she spoke about the entire group.

"I still feel very honored and privileged to have been part of this team and what we accomplished," she said.

As Ledecky is welcomed home, she is scrambling to move to California, where she will attend Stanford University this fall. She said she hopes that having two Olympic teammates with her will help her adjust.

"I'm trying to get everything ready right now, unpacking from Rio and packing for Stanford," she said.

But Ledecky is used to working under pressure. She credited her parents for supporting her and said she was moved to tears that they shared in her Olympic victory.

"Standing at the medal ceremony and hearing the national anthem the last night as the flag was being lifted, my parents were in the section in the stands that was right under the flag and I couldn't help but cry," she said.

Photo Credit: NBC Washington]]>
<![CDATA[Talk Around Town: Trump Reaches Out to African-American Voters]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 19:00:40 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015885665_1200x675_750267459703.jpg Donald Trump has said he has strong support from minorities and is reaching out to African-American voters. WHUR's Troy Johnson explains how his listeners are reacting.]]> <![CDATA[Pedestrian Safety System to Debut in Fairfax County]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 18:57:20 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015884891_1200x675_750206531833.jpg Fairfax County is about to unveil its first High-intensity Activated Crosswalk.]]> <![CDATA[Popular Playground Firetruck Disappears in DC]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 18:52:10 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Playground+Firetruck.jpg A popular Adams Morgan spot for families known as "Firetruck Park" may need a new nickname after a piece of playground equipment was removed. News4's Pat Collins reports.]]> <![CDATA[Gunman Holds Up 2 Women, Child at Alexandria Beauty Suppy Store]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 18:44:06 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015885651_1200x675_750260803963.jpg A gunman terrified two women and a 7-year-old girl during an armed robbery Tuesday morning at a beauty supply store in Alexandria, Virginia. News4's Mark Segraves spoke with one of the victims about the ordeal. "I said, 'I'll give you everything. No problem,'" she said.]]> <![CDATA[Virginia Parking Garage Will Take Photos of License Plates]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 19:05:44 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/082416+parking+garage.jpg

Have you ever forgotten where you parked?

Technology at a garage at Reston Town Center in Reston, Virginia, soon will snap photos of cars and license plates. Some drivers say the system will be a big help, but others have concerns about privacy.

Once you get out of the car, a motion-activated camera snaps a photo. When you return to the garage, you enter your license plate number at a kiosk and verify the car is yours. Then, the screen shows where the car is.

The system has been tested for a brief period.

"I don't like the idea. I didn't realize that was happening," one woman in the garage said.

Another driver said the data could come in handy.

"The positive could be if somebody's being taken by force or under the influence, it'll be easier to track them down," he said.

Boston Properties, which is responsible for the garage, says the systems are in place in about 50 places worldwide. A representative said they are not aware of any problems related to stalking.

In fact, they say it is safer to find out where your car is than to wander distracted through a garage.

The system will be in place Sept. 12.

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<![CDATA[Homeowner Frustrated After Warranty Company Denied Repair, He Says]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 18:16:32 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015885360_1200x675_750235715606.jpg Homeowner James Pickens claims his home warranty company denied a claim on his central air conditioning that should have been covered. That's when he turned to Consumer Reporter Susan Hogan and NBC4 Responds for help.]]> <![CDATA[Prince George's Co. Head Start Had Previous Issues: Letter]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 18:11:18 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Preschool+Kids.jpg

Days after an investigation revealed that teachers allegedly abused and humiliated preschool children in Prince George's County's Head Start program, News4 has learned of past federal investigations that found issues with the program.

In 2013, a letter from Head Start to the Prince George's County Board of Education listed several "non-compliances" within the program.

According to the letter, criminal background check files for 103 of 129 of the county's Head Start staff were inaccurately kept and seven employees had no completed background check.

Half of the staff at the time also lacked required health exams or tuberculosis screenings, the letter said.

In addition, several classrooms had undesirable or hazardous materials such as cleaning chemicals, un-insulated hot radiators and broken toilet seats. The letter also states Prince George's County Head Start was not properly reporting meals and snacks provided by the United States Department of Agriculture.

The program managed to keep its funding after all of the issues were corrected by January 2014.

The county's Head Start program lost a $6.5 million federal grant on Aug. 17 after a federal investigation allegedly found poor instructor training and abuse of students.

On Tuesday, the county's school board defended Head Start and vowed to find funding for the program.

Five school board members are calling for Board Chair Segun Eubanks and Vice Chair Carolyn Boston to step down and say the chair and vice chair did not inform the board about the investigation until just before federal funding was terminated.

Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker said he has faith in Eubanks and Boston.

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<![CDATA[Some Video Billboards Going Up Without Permits, Officials Say]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 18:20:32 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Video+Billboard.jpg A local group is complaining about new video billboards popping up around town -- but city officials have already slapped "stop work" orders on some of the projects because they have no permits, they say. News4's Tom Sherwood reports.]]> <![CDATA[Back-to-School Health Concerns]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:26:57 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015884175_1200x675_750157379905.jpg At the start of the school year, Dr. Jackie Eghrari Sabet of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg speaks with News4's Susan Hogan about what to consider about young people's health.]]> <![CDATA[Last World War II Vets of Division Reunite, Visit Memorial]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:59:55 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/082416+veteran+William+McKenzie.jpg World War II soldiers in the 80th Division faced one of the bloodiest military campaigns in American history. More than 70 years later, only 13 soldiers from the division still stand and are now in their 90s. They recently reunited and visited the National World War II Memorial. "It makes me feel very proud," veteran William McKenzie of Maryland said. "Each time, you get the same feeling. It makes you want to cry."

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<![CDATA[Md. Olympic Wrestler Helen Maroulis Dishes About Her Gold]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 12:43:15 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/082416+helen+maroulis.jpg Olympic gold medalist Helen Maroulis speaks with News4's Aaron Gilchrist about bring the gold home to Rockville, Maryland. "It's crazy. It's incredible," the Colonel Zadok A. Magruder High School graduate said.

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<![CDATA[Mother-Son Author Team Talks About Learning Differences]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:23:01 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015880709_1200x675_750026819641.jpg Natasha Moulton-Levy and her son, Julian English, speak about learning differences and how we all are capable of learning. Their children's book is called "No Limits: No Boundaries! My Journey Through the ABCs." News4's Kristin Wright reports. ]]>