<![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 Sun, 29 Nov 2015 20:10:43 -0500 Sun, 29 Nov 2015 20:10:43 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Post-Holiday Travel Complicated by Light Rain, Crowds]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 19:37:21 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000012788467_1200x675_576015427672.jpg Millions of people across the country return home after the Thanksgiving holiday. News4's Derrick Ward reports.]]> <![CDATA[Redskins Hold On to Beat Giants, 20-14]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 16:51:19 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/172*120/499191408.jpg


For all of their deficiencies and inconsistency, Jay Gruden's Washington Redskins are right there at the top of the NFC East.

Kirk Cousins connected with DeSean Jackson for a 63-yard touchdown pass and scored on a fourth-down quarterback sneak, Washington intercepted Eli Manning three times, and the Redskins held on to beat the New York Giants 20-14 Sunday, pulling into a tie for first place.

New York trailed 20-0 before making things interesting as Manning threw fourth-quarter TD passes of 40 yards to Rueben Randle and 21 yards to Odell Beckham Jr., who made a fantastic diving catch, corralling the ball with his left hand while parallel to the ground.

The Giants came into the day with a chance to create some space in the standings. Instead, they're 5-6, just like the Redskins, with five games remaining. The Philadelphia Eagles (4-7) and Dallas Cowboys (3-8), both routed on Thanksgiving Day, are the other members of the mediocre division.

Setting the tone on a chilly, dreary day, New York's first two possessions ended when passes by Manning went in and out of receivers' hands and were picked off _ first by linebacker Perry Riley Jr., then by cornerback Will Blackmon.

On the Giants' first drive of the second half, Manning's throw on third-and-goal at the 4 was intercepted in the end zone by rookie Quinton Dunbar, who switched from receiver to cornerback in training camp.

It was the 20th three-interception game of two-time Super Bowl MVP Manning's career. He wound up 26 for 51 for 321 yards with the pair of late scores. Beckham had nine catches for 141 yards.

Cousins was 20 for 29 for 302 yards, including the long TD to Jackson _ who taunted the Giants by strutting along the goal line before actually crossing it _ and zero interceptions. When the fourth-year QB avoids getting picked off this season, Washington is 5-0; when he throws at least one interception, the team is 0-6.

The Redskins have been about as up-and-down as can be in Gruden's second year. They are 5-1 at home, including five consecutive wins, and 0-5 on the road. They have not won two consecutive games. Entering Sunday, their previous two results were a 33-point victory, followed by a 28-point loss.

The Giants were coming off their bye and looked rusty, particularly on offense.

Manning had miscommunication issues with Beckham in the first quarter, and with Dwayne Harris in the second, resulting in throws that did not match the receivers' routes.

It didn't help matters that the Giants began the game without two injured starters along the offensive line, then lost a third in the first half when guard Geoff Schwartz left with a fractured lower leg.

New York's first 10 drives culminated in three turnovers and seven punts. On the team's 11th possession, Manning finally put some points on the board, hitting Randle. Then came Beckham's highlight-reel grab.

But it was too little, too late.

Washington led 17-0 at halftime, thanks in part to Cousins' 1-yard TD sneak with under 2 minutes to go that generated a full-throated chorus of ``Hail to the Redskins!'' As the teams headed to the locker rooms soon thereafter, fans gave a standing ovation, a rare salute to a club that has finished last in the NFC East in six of the past seven seasons.



The Redskins won the toss and deferred to the second half. The opening kickoff went into the end zone and the Giants started their opening drive on their own 20.

Despite converting on two third-down plays, Manning’s third attempt at a conversion was batted into the air and picked off by Perry Riley Jr. He was able to return it past the 50 and give the Redskins a short field for their first drive.

However, a short run and two incomplete passes forced the Redskins to punt it away. Way was able to deaden the ball inside the Giants 10 yard line, pinning them back.

Faced with another third down deep in their own territory, Manning threw to Harris, but a strong hit jarred the ball loose and it was picked off by Will Blackmon. He brought it down to the Giants 26 yard line.

But Cousins and the offense couldn't get first down. Hopkins came out for a 51 yard field goal, but it was blocked. The Redskins were unable to score after two Giants turnovers.

Manning and his offense was able to pick up a first down, getting into Redskins territory. A holding penalty pushed them back and a screen pass wasn’t able to get another first down.

A Giants punt appeared to be stopped on the 1 yard line. A challenge by the Redskins showed the punt defender actually had a foot on the goal line, bringing the ball out to the 20.

Alfred Morris was featured heavily in the ensuing Redskins drive, rushing and catching passes. While a Cousins pass to the end zone fell incomplete, a swing pass to Thompson put the team in good position again as the first quarter ended.

Two consecutive penalties, one for holding and one for pass interference, pushed the Redskins back close to the 50 yard line. They could only get it back to the 24 yard line.

Hopkins came out again, this time for a 41 yard field goal attempt. He was able to drill this try, giving the Redskins the early lead. It was a 12 play, 56 yard scoring drive.

Redskins 3, Giants 0 - 2nd quarter

The Redskins defense rose to the occasion, batting away a long Manning pass and Ryan Kerrigan getting a sack to force a punt. The kick was downed at the Washington 37.

It took one play – a 63 yard, play action pass – to put the Redskins in the end zone for the first time today. Cousins threw a perfect strike to DeSean Jackson, who got behind the defense for the touchdown.

Redskins 10, Giants 0 - 2nd quarter

The Giants offense was still searching for a spark, but not finding one. After a 5 play drive, they punted again, pinning the Redskins inside the 20 yard line.

The Redskins tried to take another deep shot down the field, but it was just overthrown by a few yards. Three plays and out forced the punt.

Two Manning passes failed to hit the mark after completing one. For the fourth time in the game, the Giants had to punt and giving the ball to the Redskins on their own 20.

Instead of going deep, Cousins hit Matt Jones with a short screen pass. Jones ran for 45 yards, taking the offense into Giants territory once again.

After two completions and a couple of run, the Redskins got into the Red Zone for the first time with a Jordan Reed catch, taking the ball down to the 5.

A pressured pass fell incomplete and the 2 minute warning arrived.

A Morris rush took it down to the 4. Cousins found Jason Crowder on a pivot route for an apparent touchdown, but a review showed Crowder’s knee was down short of the goal line.

Cousins called his own from about 2 inches out on fourth down, just getting the ball across the goal line.

Redskins 17, Giants 0 - 2nd quarter

The Giants took over after the ensuing kickoff with about 1:45 to go in the half. Manning was a bit off target on a couple of passes, and the Giants had to punt again – this time, pinning the Redskins on the 1 with less than 40 second to go.

The Redskins were content to let the clock run out.

Redskins 17, Giants 0 - Half

Getting the ball to start the second half, the offensive line has been doing a great job of giving Cousins time to throw. With Morris power running between the tackles and Cousins finding open receivers, they moved the ball downfield quickly.

However, the drive stalled, but they weren’t close enough for another field goal try. On fourth down, Cousins attempted to hand off the ball as it squirted free, giving the Giants the ball on downs.

Manning seemed to find his rhythm, hitting a couple key receptions, including a 31 yard completion to Beckham, to move the offense inside the 10. A tipped pass was nearly intercepted, and a short pass to Jennings took the ball inside the 5.

Manning tried to throw a dart, but it was picked off in the end zone by Quinton Dunbar, keeping the shutout in order.

The Redskins took over at the 20 yard line. After only managing 4 plays, the Redskins punted the ball away. In a game of field position, the Giants were pinned back on their 8 yard line.

A face mask penalty got the Giants away from the shadow of the goal post.

Three consecutive passes. Three consecutive knock downs by the Redskins defense put the Giants back into a punt formationfor the sixth time in the game.

The Giants defense stepped up, forcing a three and out and getting the ball back to their offense. The Redskins defensive line continues to put heavy pressure on Manning, forcing two quick throws and a sack. The Giants had to punt out of their end zone to Crowder, who brought it back to mid-field.

Morris continued his strong running and Reed just put his head down to move the offense down the field as the third quarter ended. A couple of short runs and a penalty ended the drive short of the goal line. Hopkins came on for a 33 yard field goal and extended the lead.

Redskins 20, Giants 0 - 4th quarter

The Giants started working a no huddle offense. Manning found Beckham for 31 yards, which was added onto by a horsecollar tackle penalty. But a couple of incomplete passes and another sack brought up fourth down.

Manning found Randall on 4th and 16 for 40 yards and a touchdown. The Giants quarterback had plenty of time to find the crossing wide receiver for the score.

Redskins 20, Giants 7 - 4th quarter

After getting the ball on the 9 yard line after the kickoff, a roughing the quarterback penalty helped the Redskins offense get away from their own end zone. However, a couple of short passes was unable to sustain the drive.

Continuing to hurry up the offense, Manning was able to find a couple of soft spots in the defense. They were able to convert on another fourth down for a 28 yard pass.

In a move that is starting to become commonplace, Beckham snagged a Manning with one hand, secured it with the other and fell into the end zone. The Giants moved 9 plays for 77 yards in less than 2 ½ minutes.

Redskins 20, Giants 14 - 4th quarter

With the lead dwindling, the Redskins offense needed to keep the ball and chew up the clock. A key completion on third down to Reed kept the drive alive. A couple of strong runs by Morris forced the Giants to burn the rest of their timeouts.

The Giants defense stuffed Morris on the next two tries, forcing a punt with less than 30 seconds to go.

After another Redskins penalty on the punt, the Giants started the last drive on the 16 yard line with 19 seconds to go. A couple of passes to the sidelines gave them one last shot.

They tried a catch and lateral play, but one of the tosses ended up going out of bounds as time expired.

Redskins 20, Giants 14 - FINAL

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<![CDATA[Reports: Jordan Zimmermann Signs with Detroit]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 13:18:36 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/160*126/490744384.jpg


According to multiple reports, former Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann has agreed to a contract with the Detroit Tigers.


According to Fox Sports and CBS Sports, Zimmermann is expected to receive $110 million over five years with the Tigers.

Zimmermann has been an All-Star for two of the past three seasons with the Nationals. He spent his first seven seasons in Washington.

The Tigers were trying to fill a gap after their pitcher, Max Scherzer, signed a seven year deal with the Nationals.

Zimmermann had Tommy John surgery in 2009 but has consistently started more than 30 games per season for the last four years. He finished 13-10 last year with a 3.66 ERA and 164 strikeouts.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: How Pr. George's Co. Police Train on Use of Force]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 12:25:01 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/112415+use+of+force+training+prince+georges.jpg

With the use of police force under more scrutiny than ever, one local police department is sharing the special training their officers go through to diffuse confrontations.

The Prince George's County Police Department invited News4's Aaron Gilchrist to the police academy and showed him how the department trains officers to diffuse confrontations verbally and use force appropriately. 

Every sworn officer in the department goes through the specialized training every year.  

Sgt. Bill Gleason runs the training unit and says it involves dozens of classroom hours. During the course, officers discuss everything from ethics to constitutional law.

"We spend just as much time training the officers how to de-escalate and use verbal techniques, as we do teaching them how to use physical techniques," Gleason said.

A basic level of force might include giving firm commands to a suspect or anyone an officer encounters while on a call.

"You don't obey those verbal commands; now I can put my hands on you and kind of move you. 'Sir, I need you to step over here. I need you to back away,'" Gleason explained.

If an encounter becomes more complex, the officers are are trained to meet resistance with an appropriate level of force after considering all the factors at play.

Again, the goal is to get control.

An officer could strike a non-compliant person with a hand or a baton. Prince George’s County officers are also trained to execute control holds or takedowns to get a resistant person to the ground and in handcuffs.

Gleason said officers are constantly assessing an encounter and deciding the best tactic to gain control and stop a threat. Sometimes that appropriate response could include pepper spray or a stun gun.

“Most of our Taser deployments are people that are physically assaultive toward the officer or another person. That would justification to use the Taser," Gleason said.

The final step, along the use of force continuum, is deadly force.

"Our deadly force policy says a suspect must pose an imminent threat of death or serious injury to an officer or another person,” Gleason explained.

In Prince George’s County, every officer has a medical kit in their patrol car and is expected to render aid even after shooting someone who was once considered a deadly threat.

Gleason points out that 98 percent of calls for service don't require any level of force.

<![CDATA[Good Samaritan Helps Rescue Family From Crash]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 00:41:08 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000012785819_1200x675_575786563935.jpg A good Samaritan helped rescue a Virginia family after a serious crash. News4's Darcy Spencer reports.]]> <![CDATA[12 Hours of Hockey Benefits Kids on Ice Program]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 08:48:50 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/215*120/2015-11-29_0807.png

Some hockey players in the area played in a 12-hour hockey game to raise money for charity.

The game started at 9 a.m. on Saturday inside the Fort Dupont Ice Arena in southeast Washington. Money raised from the event will help kids get on the ice and off the streets.

The Ice Arena has hockey, speedskating and figure skating programs. The Fort Dupont Ice Arena has been helping kids learn to skate for 40 years.

While the game has ended, they are still accepting donations for Team Blue and Team Orange.

Photo Credit: NBCWashington]]>
<![CDATA[Five Shot Within Hour and a Half in SE D.C.]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 08:40:03 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20151127+Shootings.jpg

Five people were shot within the span of an hour and a half in Southeast D.C. Friday night, and one man is now in critical condition.

Three of the victims were shot in related incidents on Alabama Avenue, one in the 2100 block and one in the 2400 block.

Two of the victims were men and one was a woman. One of the men is in critical condition.

There were two other shootings during that limited amount of time:

  • In the 2200 block of Savannah Street in Southeast, a man was shot. He was reportedly conscious and breathing.
  • In the 4000 block of 3rd Street in Southeast, a man was also shot. He was found conscious and breathing.

"The violence in Southeast has to be stopped," ANC commissioner Anthony Muhammed told News4. "We need more resources for the young people in Ward 8."

Another ANC commissioner, Paul Trantham, said he's considering suggesting a curfew in southeast D.C.

Police are investigating all the shootings.

<![CDATA[Montgomery Co. Welcomes Syrian Refugee Resettlement]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 18:54:42 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20151127+Syrian+Refugees.jpg Montgomery County is breaking with Maryland's governor in welcoming Syrian refugees. News4's Chris Gordon reports.]]> <![CDATA[Maryland State Trooper Charged With DUI]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 14:01:17 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/police-lights-shutterstock_542372568.jpg

A Maryland state trooper who was still on probation has been charged with driving under the influence after a crash in Cecil County, Maryland, police said.

Trooper Thomas C. Hobbs, 26, is assigned to the state police's Aviation Command as a rescue technician at the Frederick Section. 

At about 12:30 a.m. Thursday, other troopers responded to a report of an overturned vehicle on Route 279 in Elkton, Maryland. They said they found Hobbs, who was driving, inside the car. 

Hobbs "exhibited signs indicative of someone under the influence," police said in a statement.

Hobbs was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while impaired, negligent driving, and reckless driving, police said.

He has been suspended from duty with pay. The State Police Internal Affairs Unit was also notified and will be conducting an investigation, police said.

Hobbs has been employed by the Maryland State Police for 17 months. Troopers are probationary until they have served for 24 months. 

Hobbs was hospitalized after the crash.

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<![CDATA[Report: Spotsylvania Co. to Test Police Body Cams]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 08:06:27 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/the+colony+police+body+cam.JPG

Sheriff's deputies in Spotsylvania County are going to start wearing body cameras next year, according to The Fredericksburg Free Lance Star.

The newspaper reported that 14 of the devices were donated to the sheriff's office for a trial program.

Earlier this year, county officials approved $25,600 grant to pay for 50 body cameras.

But County Administrator Mark Taylor says there are competing public safety needs, like hiring more school resource officers.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Firefighters Rescue Dog Trapped in Storm Drain]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 23:33:12 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20151127+Cookie.jpg

Montgomery County fire crews rescued a dog that was trapped in a storm drain Friday -- and it turns out the doggie had been missing for more than a year.

Cookie, a 30-pound Wheaton Terrier, was spotted by a neighbor out walking his own dog, a Great Dane named Leonardo, according to WTOP

It took rescuers about two hours to rescue the dog, including cutting through the bars on the storm drain on Lonesome Pine Lane.

Cookie appears to be in good health.

It's not clear how the dog got into the drain, or how long it has been there. Cookie has not yet been reunited with his previous owners.

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<![CDATA[Caps Power Play Energized in 4-2 Win over Lightning]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 07:43:11 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/498964100.jpg

If Jason Chimera's reinvention as a power-play threat continues, he may have Evgeny Kuznetsov to thank.

Chimera notched a power-play goal off Kuznetsov's exceptional pass, and also had an assist during another man advantage to help the Washington Capitals defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2 on Friday.

Chimera now has three goals and two assists on the power play in the eight games since coach Barry Trotz added him to a second line that includes Kuznetsov. In 15 previous seasons, he had only 10 goals and 14 assists on the power play.

``He makes things a little easy,'' he said of Kuznetsov, whose team-leading 18 assists include two to Chimera on the man advantage. ``It's just one of those things where, he's a special kid, special player. He's making me look good, that's for sure.''

Kuznetsov and Chimera also linked up on Alex Ovechkin's opening goal. T.J. Oshie scored for the third time in four chances against Tampa Bay's penalty kill unit, which hadn't allowed a goal in four previous games. The Lightning had killed 44 of 49 penalties (89.8 percent) over the previous 18 games.

``They do a couple things that other teams don't do,'' said Trotz. ``I think we identified it and took advantage of that.''

Marcus Johansson added an even-strength goal in the Capitals' fourth straight victory, and Braden Holtby made 32 saves in his sixth straight win.

Andrei Vasilevskiy made 33 saves for the Lightning, who had their three-game winning streak snapped.

Brian Boyle and Victor Hedman scored late for Tampa Bay, which rested No. 1 goaltender Ben Bishop in the first of back-to-back games and trailed 4-0 early in the third.

``You've got to be sharp and for whatever reason we didn't start the way we wanted to,'' Boyle said. ``I don't know if we were too respectful of some of their skill or what, but it wasn't our game for the first 50, 45 minutes.''

It could've been worse after Washington registered 18 shots before the first intermission, its most in a period this season. But it was only 1-0 after Ovechkin's 12th goal, a wrister into the top right corner of the net off Chimera's pass from behind the goal line.

``We drew penalties because of our pressure on them,'' Trotz said. ``We weren't able to capitalize a lot 5 on 5, but I think it paid dividends because of the penalties they had to take. ``

Chimera scored late in the second. Kuznetsov got the puck in the right circle and rose his stick as if to shoot. Instead, he guided a hard pass toward Chimera at the back post, who had position on Anton Stralman and redirected the effort easily past a stranded Vasilevskiy.

``You work on stuff in practice, you work on stuff in games, it's just one of those things that you do (with) repetition,'' Chimera said. ``You just kind of go to the back door and he's going to slide it there. So it was a nice play.''

It was 3-0 just over a minute later when John Carlson's feed re-directed off Johansson's skate, with officials ruling Johansson did not make a kicking motion. Oshie added his sixth goal to make it 4-0 in the fourth on a ferocious one-timer from Nicklas Backstrom's cross-ice feed.

Notes: Tampa Bay C Tyler Johnson played only the game's opening shift in his second game back following an upper body injury. The team did not specify a reason for his departure. ... In his 1,300th game, Capitals coach Barry Trotz picked up his 618th NHL win, passing Jacques Lemaire for 11th all time. ... Washington D John Carlson played in his 400th consecutive NHL game. ... Capitals RW Chris Brown was scratched despite re-joining the team from AHL Hershey on Thursday. ... Stralman played in his 500th NHL game.

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<![CDATA[Celtics Run Away from Wizards 111-78]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 07:38:31 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/498989534.jpg

Jared Sullinger had 18 points and 15 rebounds in three quarters and Isaiah Thomas scored 21 points, leading the Boston Celtics to a 111-78 rout of the Washington Wizards on Friday night.

Jae Crowder scored 17 and Avery Bradley had 16 points for the Celtics, who posted a runaway win against the Wizards for the second time in three weeks.

Kelly Olynyk scored nine of his 12 points in the fourth quarter as both coaches left the finish to their reserves. Boston led by as many as 38.

Jared Dudley scored 19 for Washington, which has lost three in a row. Bradley Beal had 16 points, and John Wall finished with 10 points and six assists.

The Wizards committed 22 turnovers.

The game was so one-sided Boston fans entertained themselves by doing the wave midway through the fourth quarter, with Sullinger cheering them on from the bench. The big center pulled down 15 rebounds for the third time this season while leading the Celtics to a 58-46 rebounding margin.

Two days after rallying from a five-point deficit in the final few minutes for an 84-80 victory over lowly Philadelphia, Boston was in command against Washington from the opening minutes.

The Celtics put together a 12-2 run midway through the opening period, and the Wizards never recovered. Boston led by as much as 17 in the first quarter.

Beal had 11 points in the first period, and then zero in the second. Washington made just six field goals in each of the first two quarters, going 12 for 45 in the half.

Evan Turner added to Washington's woes with a 19-foot jumper right before the buzzer, lifting Boston to a 54-36 halftime lead.


Wizards: Wall was the only Washington starter other than Beal to score in the first quarter, finishing the period with all of one point.

Celtics: Sullinger had his fifth double-double of the season. ... Boston also beat Washington 118-98 on Nov. 6 in Boston. ... G Marcus Smart missed his fourth straight game with a lower left leg injury.


Wizards: Host Toronto on Saturday night.

Celtics: Visit Orlando on Sunday night.

Photo Credit: NBAE/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Local Military Families Treated to Dinner and Show]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 23:36:45 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000012781368_1200x675_575516739820.jpg Local servicemembers and their families enjoyed a special event Friday to show thankful we are for them. They were treated to dinner and a performance at Arena Stage.]]> <![CDATA[Driver Strikes 3 Police Cars During Chase in Va.]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 18:58:09 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/233*120/2015-11-27_1141.png

A man being pursued by police struck three police vehicles during a Friday morning chase, Fairfax County police said. 

A Fairfax County police officer tried to stop the man for a traffic violation in the area of Hunter Village in Springfield, Virginia. The man -- whom police later identified as Zoltan Mogan, 47, of Springfield -- would not stop and led police onto the outer loop of the Beltway, police said.

Police say Mogan took the Eisenhower Avenue exit into Alexandria. He struck two unmarked Fairfax County police vehicles and a Virginia State Police cruiser along the way, police said.

Police said Mogan was driving at least 50 miles per hour at times during the chase. One officer told News4 that they believed the driver intentionally crashed into the cruiser.

Mogan turned onto a dead end street, drove through a construction site and crashed into a fence, police said. Officers -- including some of those who drove the cars the man had smashed into -- surrounded him and took him into custody. 

Mogan, who lives not far from where the chase began, was charged with two counts of assault on a law enforcement officer, impeding the flow of traffic and felony speeding to elude police.

No one was injured in the incident.

<![CDATA[ZooLights Now Open at National Zoo ]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 22:40:04 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/zoo+lights.jpg

It's time for ZooLights, the Smithsonian National Zoo's famous celebration of the holidays and animals!

ZooLights will be open Nov. 27 through Jan. 2 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., except for Dec. 24, 25 and 31. Admission is free.

During ZooLights, more than 500,000 environmentally friendly LED lights transform the zoo into a winter wonderland after dark.

You also can take pictures with the popular Panda Claws, plunge down 150-foot-long snow-tubing tracks and warm your spirit with hot chocolate (spiked for the parents), eggnog, kettle corn, and more.

This year, the Zoo is debuting BrewLights, a ticketed microbrew and craft beer event. On Dec. 3, guests 21 and over can also sample food from top D.C. restaurants.

On Date Night, Dec. 10, couples can enjoy a private, VIP reception area at the Elephant House, with exclusive elephant viewing. Guests can enjoy wine, craft beer, hot chocolate, hors d'oeuvres, and a chocolate bar.

A special Military Night will be held Dec. 11. Guests who show a valid military ID will receive 10 percent off all gift shop items. Military families will also receive free hot chocolate, cookies and two free snow-tubing passes.

And Friends of the National Zoo members enjoy a full week of exclusive perks at ZooLights from Dec. 4 through 10.

Proceeds support the National Zoo and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute – including species preservation and animal care.

Click here for more information.

<![CDATA[Black Friday Shopping Continues Into Evening]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 21:58:33 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000012780839_1200x675_575498307625.jpg Black Friday deals -- and Black Friday buying -- continued throughout Friday in Prince George's County. News4 Prince George's Bureau Chief Tracee Wilkins reports.]]> <![CDATA[Shopping Centers Taking Steps to Protect Shoppers]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 20:29:39 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000012780672_1200x675_575481411512.jpg You may not be able to see it, but area shopping centers and malls are taking extra steps to make sure you are protected this holiday shopping weekend. News4's Derrick Ward reports.]]> <![CDATA[Thousands Skip Mall, Head to D.C. Holiday Market]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 18:55:40 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000012780447_1200x675_575450691750.jpg While many people spent Black Friday inside a mall, thousands shopped along the streets of D.C. without ever stepping foot inside a store. News4's Mark Segraves reports on the popularity of the annual Holiday Market in the District.]]> <![CDATA[The Official White House Christmas Tree Arrives]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 18:44:38 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000012780459_1200x675_575450691569.jpg An 18-foot Fraser fir from Pennsylvania is the 2015 White House tree. First Lady Michelle Obama officially accepted the tree Friday.]]> <![CDATA[Stores Work to Improve Black Friday Experience]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 18:43:00 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000012779621_1200x675_575416387906.jpg Even in a world of online shopping, Black Friday is still an in-store experience. And some stores are working to improve that experience. News4's Wendy Rieger discusses this season's retail trends with Washington Post retail reporter Sarah Halzack.]]> <![CDATA[Man Killed in Crash a Week Ago; Family Searching for Answers]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 23:38:30 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20151127+Enrico+Thomas+Go+Fund+Me.jpg

The family of a man who died in a crash last Saturday is mourning him -- and hoping someone steps forward to identify the other driver involved.

"He was everything, he was my world. It's just hard to even talk about him, with him not being here," said Iyesha Thomas, mother of Enrico L. Thomas.

Thomas, 23, of southeast D.C., was killed in a crash in southeast D.C. on Nov. 21 just after 8 p.m.

He was heading to his uncle's house, the family said at a vigil held Friday night. 

Police say a driver of an SUV was turning from East Capitol Street onto Southern Avenue when the car Thomas was driving collided with the SUV.

The driver of the SUV fled from the scene without leaving any information, police said.

That driver is described as a black male, approximately 5’10”, with a light complexion, wearing dark clothing and white tennis shoes. He was last seen carrying a white bag.

Thomas' family has set up a GoFundMe site to raise money for Thomas' funeral expenses. His funeral is planned for Saturday morning.

"Everyone knew that Rico was the life and light in every room," the site reads. "He wanted to make you laugh. He wanted you happy."

Anyone with information should call police at (202) 727-9099 or text anonymously to 50411.

<![CDATA[Man Dies in Single-Car Accident in Prince George's Co.]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 10:03:42 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20151126+Car+Crash.jpg

Police have identified the man killed in a single-car accident in District Heights, Maryland early Thursday morning.

The crash happened at about 4:45 a.m. on Silver Hill Road between Walker Mill Road and County Road. Police say 56-year-old Robert Williams Jr. of Clinton was heading northbound on Walker Mill Road when he lost control on a right curve. 

Williams struck a curb and the vehicle rolled over. Police say Williams was ejected from the SUV. 

Police officers discovered the accident while on patrol. They are still investigating.

<![CDATA[Shoppers Flock to Tanger Outlets for Black Friday]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 00:38:06 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000012767703_1200x675_575006787936.jpg Shomari Stone spoke with shoppers at Tanger Outlets in Oxon Hill.]]> <![CDATA[Current, Former D.C. Officials Attend Turkey Bowl]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 21:54:04 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Yvette+Alexander+and+Muriel+Bowser+at+2015+Turkey+Bowl.jpg Former and current D.C. officials turn out for the Turkey Bowl. News4's Mark Segraves reports.

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<![CDATA[Man Charged With 8 Taxi Robberies in D.C.]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 00:15:44 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DC+Taxi+062514.jpg

D.C. police charged a Southeast man in eight robberies of taxis.

Some of the drivers were held up at gunpoint, police said.

Detectives arrested 19-year-old Anthony Jones Wednesday.

He is charged in the following cases:

  • Oct. 1 at 4:31 a.m. in the 3500 block of 6th Street SE (Robbery Snatch)
  • Oct. 2 at 6:06 a.m. in the 3500 block of 6th Street SE (Robbery Force and Violence)
  • Oct. 2 at 11:01 p.m. in the 2300 block of 11th Street NW (Robbery Force and Violence)
  • Oct. 14 at 12:30 a.m. in the 2200 block of 12th Street NW (Armed Robbery, Gun)
  • Nov. 1 at 3:37 a.m. at the intersection of 12th Street and Florida Avenue NW (Attempt to Commit Robbery)
  • Nov. 21 at 10:06 p.m. in the 2300 block of 11th Street NW (Armed Robbery, Gun)
  • Nov. 22 at 4:58 a.m. in the 3500 block of 6th Street SE (Armed Robbery, Gun)
  • Nov. 24 at 9:59 p.m. in the 2300 block of 11th Street NW (Armed Robbery, Gun)

Detectives are investigating similar robberies.

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<![CDATA[#WhyI'mThankful: Beating Cancer]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 20:08:57 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Scarlett+Kostun.jpg Three lives linked by a determination to beat cancer. David Culver has a story of gratitude, healing and heart.

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<![CDATA[Shoppers Cash in on Black Friday Deals]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 19:37:00 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000012765994_1200x675_574919235798.jpg Shoppers line up at stores across the region for Black Friday bargains.]]> <![CDATA[Police Seize Items From Apartment in Fatal Triple Shooting]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 19:31:18 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2015-11-19_0544.png

Fairfax County Police seized more than a dozen items from an apartment where a man died in a triple shooting last week.

Investigators took several bullets, casings, syringes and pills from the Alexandria apartment where 21-year-old Marquel Davis was killed and two others were injured Nov. 18.

They also found a box for a Glock and the gun's instruction manual in a nearby car.

Investigators believe there may have been an argument inside the apartment prior to the shooting. 

Police are looking for 21-year-old Andre Wilkins.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 1-866-411-TIPS or 703-691-2131. 

<![CDATA[Black Friday Starts Before Thanksgiving Dinner]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 00:39:08 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Black+Friday+00B8F1CD.jpg

Thanksgiving dinner hadn’t even been served when some people started making their way home from Black Friday shopping.

Shoppers were already in line at 1 p.m. Thursday for the Springfield Plaza Kmart’s second round of Black Friday promotions. The first round began at 6 a.m.

Many were in line at the Best Buy since Wednesday night, and some were equipped for the cold with a stove. The longest wait time: 17 hours.

“It’s actually about $1,500 off,” said Ahmad Shukrey, the first Best Buy customer in line, explaining the savings he seeks.

Other stores joined in the Thanksgiving sales later, opening Thursday evening.

In Oxon Hill, Maryland, News4 spoke with a woman who not only spent the holiday shopping but also drove for four hours to do it.

"It's a beautiful place to shop," Linda Treadway of Lynchburg, Virginia, said at Tanger Outlets.

But at the Kmart at 14014 Connecticut Ave. in Silver Spring, Maryland, technical difficulties put an end to early Black Friday shopping. The store was supposed to be open from 6 a.m. Thursday through 10 p.m. Friday, but it lost its Internet at 3 p.m., meaning its registers stopped working.

As of 10:45 p.m. Thursday, the store did not have an estimate for when the problem would be fixed, but when it is, the doors will reopen.

In the meantime, a handwritten sign turns shoppers away.

REI was one of the few stores closed on Thursday and Friday. They instead encouraged employees to spend time outdoors during this holiday season.

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<![CDATA[Oven May Have Caused Bethesda Fire]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 14:43:32 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Oven+Fire+IMG_3304.JPG

An oven may have been the source of a fire in Bethesda this Thanksgiving that displaced some residents.

Montgomery County Fire Rescue found smoke coming out of an apartment complex in the 5000 block of Bradley Boulevard when they responded to a call just before 1 p.m.

Residents were evacuated from the three-floor building.

When firefighters made it to the source, they found the fire in and under the oven. They were able to control and put out the flames.

The oven, however, is no longer in commission.

<![CDATA[Police Investigate Fatal Crash in Loudoun County]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 12:37:18 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/police-lights-night-shutterstock_696221173.jpg

A crash early Wednesday morning left one driver dead in Loudoun County.

A Ford F-150 pickup truck was traveling northbound on Route 15 when it suddenly shifted into the southbound lanes toward oncoming traffic.

It slammed into a tractor-trailer that swerved to try to avoid the truck near Selma Lane at 1:06 a.m.

The truck driver, Kristopher F. Lewis, 21, died at the scene. He was from Ft. Stewart, Ga.

The tractor-trailer driver did not have injuries.

Police say both drivers were wearing seat belts. Virginia State Police are still investigating the accident.

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<![CDATA[One Rescued from House Fire in SE D.C.]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 11:26:46 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20151126+House+Fire.jpg

One person was rescued from a house fire in southeast Washington Thanksgiving morning.

The victim was unhurt but was taken to a local hospital for evaluation.

Firefighters responded to the 3100 block of Lyndale Place at about 10:30 a.m. They found smoke and fire coming from the second floor of the home.

The fire appears to have started in a mattress.

<![CDATA[Man Shot, Killed in Hyattsville Identified]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 10:49:53 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/112515+hyattsville+homicide.jpg

A man was shot and killed Wednesday afternoon in Hyattsville, Maryland, police say.

Kwacellus Davis, 23, of Forestville, was shot about 4:50 p.m. near an apartment complex on the 1800 block of Belle Haven Drive, Prince George's County police say.

Davis was pronounced dead at the scene after he was found in the roadway. Police said they do not believe this was a random act.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 1-866-411-TIPS.

Stay with News4 for more details on this developing story.

<![CDATA[Missing Siblings in Their 70s Found Safe]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 16:49:48 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20151126+Missing+Siblings2.jpg

A brother and sister in their 70s, who were missing from Prince George's County, have been found unharmed in Pennsylvania.

James Everett Ward, 76, and Rosa Lee Thomas, 71, were found asleep in a red Jeep on someone's property in Blakeslee, Pennsylvania, near Scranton Thursday morning.

Police ran the license plate and learned they were missing since Monday.

EMTs checked out the sibling and they were find. They were given clean clothes and a meal.

Their family was contacted and drove up to get them. They will go home to Landover Thursday night.

<![CDATA[Food and Friends Volunteers Prepare Holiday Meals]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 08:59:19 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000012763190_1200x675_574729283972.jpg Volunteers at Food and Friends in Northeast D.C. prepare hundreds of complete Thanksgiving meals for people who are too sick to cook themselves. News4's Megan McGrath reports.]]> <![CDATA[Police Find Body in Occoquan River ]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 08:41:20 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20151126+Body+Occoquan.jpg

Police in Prince William County, Virginia found a body in the Occoquan River Wednesday night.

The body was found near the Virginia State Route 123 bridge, which is near Gordon Boulevard and Poplar Lane in Woodbridge.

Little else is known about the discovery; police were not sure if the body was that of a man or woman. Their investigation is continuing.

Stay with NBC Washington and News4 for more on this developing story.

<![CDATA[Thanksgiving Festivities Put Police on Alert]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 09:04:43 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000012759073_1200x675_574555203570.jpg People home for Thanksgiving packed bars in the D.C. area Wednesday night, and officers are making sure revelers get home safe. News4's Jackie Bensen reports. ]]>