<![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-usSat, 30 Jul 2016 17:08:39 -0400Sat, 30 Jul 2016 17:08:39 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Severe Weather to Hit DC Area Tonight, Sunday]]> Sat, 30 Jul 2016 15:37:51 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/CapitolRain.jpg

Rain and thunderstorms are expected to move through the D.C. area Saturday evening and into Sunday.

A flood warning is in effect for parts of Fauquier, Rappahannock and Warren counties in Virginia until 11 p.m.

A severe thunderstorm warning is also in effect for Loudoun, Fauquier and Rappahannock counties in Virginia until 5:30 p.m.

Storm Team4 Meteorologist Tom Kierein expects more severe weather alerts for the region Saturday night and said thunderstorms may produce damaging winds.

Stay with News4 as we continue to update you with the latest forecast.

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<![CDATA[Teen Falls into Crevasse at National Park]]> Sat, 30 Jul 2016 10:41:22 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/197*120/103008+Maryland+State+Police+Helicopter+Trooper+2.jpg

A teen was seriously injured after they fell into a crevasse at a national park in northern Frederick County Friday afternoon, according to the Maryland State Police.

A state police helicopter was called to a rugged and remote area of Catoctin Mountain National Park called Chimney Rock for reports of an injured person. Ground emergency personnel discovered the teenager in the crevasse.

Police said the teen suffered traumatic injuries in the fall. The victim was hoisted up into the helicopter due to the severity of the injuries and remote location, according to police.

The teen was taken to Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Their identity and condition has not been released.

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<![CDATA[Taco Bell Testing Cheetos Burrito in US]]> Sat, 30 Jul 2016 11:03:25 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/186*120/cb_fde1a182cbf17d69c9bd784c3ea3faf2.nbcnews-ux-2880-1000.jpg

Taco Bell has confirmed reports that it is indeed testing a Cheetos Burrito.

The Cheetos Burrito is stuffed with beef, rice, nacho cheese, and, of course, Cheetos.

The chain had tested out the Cheetos Crunchwrap Slider earlier this year in Canada, but this is the first time Cheetos are being used on its products in the U.S., the company said in an email to NBC News.

Tests will start mid-August in Cincinnati, and the burritos will cost $1.

This is the second Cheetos and fast food combo of the summer. Earlier, Burger King launched a Mac n' Cheetos dish.

In 2012, the taco chain debuted the Doritos Locos Taco, another fast-food and highly palatable salty snack food mash up.

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<![CDATA[Two Dead, Five Injured in Six Shootings Around DC]]> Sat, 30 Jul 2016 07:30:38 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/212*120/2016-07-30_0723.png

Seven people were shot, killing two, in six separate locations around Washington, D.C. Saturday morning, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.

The first shooting occurred in the 900 block of Emerson Street in Northwest D.C. A man was shot, but authorities said he was conscious and breathing.

The second shooting occurred in the 5300 block of Georgia Avenue near The Macombo Lounge. A man was shot in the leg, but he was reported as conscious and breathing by authorities.

Two men were shot along Suitland Parkway in Southeast around 2:35 a.m. There is no word on their conditions. Police closed Suitland Parkway after the Howard Road Southeast Exit southbound and closed northbound at the on ramp to southbound Interstate 295 as part of the investigation.

A fourth man was shot at the 2400 block of Elvans Road in Southeast. Police said he is conscious and breathing.

One man was killed when he was shot in the back in Northwest D.C. around 3:40 a.m. Police said the man was unresponsive at the scene with gunshot wounds in his back, and he was later pronounced dead.

A woman died after she was found shot in an apartment in the 2300 block of Good Hope Road in Southeast. Police responded to the scene around 3:51 a.m. and found the woman in serious condition. She later died.

In all cases, the victims have not been identified, pending notification of next of kin. Investigators had no information about possible gunmen information on any of the incidents.

<![CDATA[Metro Lines to Reopen Monday After Train Derailment]]> Sat, 30 Jul 2016 13:09:29 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/072916+metro+derailment.jpg

UPDATE: Metro has updated information about Orange and Silver Line usage this weekend.

Riders west of Ballston on those lines are encouraged to use alternate travel options. There will be no train service between McLean and Ballston on the Silver Line and no train service between West Falls Church and Ballston on the Orange Line.

Normal service is expected to resume when Metrorail opens at 5 a.m. Monday morning.

Bus shuttles have been established between the stations. East Falls Church Station will remain closed.


A Metro train derailed in Northern Virginia early Friday, injuring one man and causing delays and disruptions that will continue into the weekend.

Metrorail service will remain suspended on the Orange and Silver lines between the West Falls Church/McLean and Ballston stations "at least through the end of the day Saturday," Metro announced Friday afternoon. 

Commuters headed to parts of Virginia during the morning and evening rush hours took Metro trains, waited in line for shuttle buses and then boarded Metro trains again. 

Commuter Seenu Addandi said his commute from D.C. to Vienna, Virginia, usually takes 20 minutes. When News4 spoke with him outside the Ballston station during rush hour Friday, the trip had already taken him three hours.

"It's messed up," he said.

Seventy-five people were on board a westbound Silver Line train about 6:15 a.m. when the fourth and fifth cars of the six-car train collapsed in the middle like an accordion and jolted off the tracks. The train was about 100 feet east of the East Falls Church station. 

Chandler Davis was dozing on his way to work when he noticed something was not right. 

"You felt a little rumble and you think it's the normal rumbles, but then it got really bad," he said. 

"The train car I was in it seemed like it was going to tip over. And then it tipped to the other side. And then when it came to the last side, that's when I smashed my head against the glass," Davis continued. 

As the train stopped, he heard a hissing sound. 

"We were all looking around to see what that was that we heard. We didn't want to catch on fire or anything like that," he said. "We were really trying for people to get us out of there." 

The train remained upright. A Metro employee escorted everyone out of the train within minutes, Davis said.

Davis went to a hospital and was told he had a concussion and needs to stay off his feet, he said. No other injuries were reported, according to Metro.

Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld said it was too early to tell what caused the derailment. The derailed train cars remained on the tracks Friday evening.

"We're going to find out what the root cause of this is," he said. "And to do that, we did not want to move any of the equipment until we had that investigation done."

The derailment occurred at a "switch-point" where the train moves from one track to another. Metro said the incident happened outside the SafeTrack work zone. 

The National Transportation Safety Board is sending two investigators to the scene to determine whether there is a need for a more extensive investigation. Officials will investigate, remove the derailed cars and repair infrastructure damaged during the incident, Metro said. A third-party expert also will investigate the cause of the derailment.

Metro is providing free shuttle buses between the Ballston, East Falls Church, West Falls Church and McLean stations. But riders are encouraged to avoid the rail system if they can. 

The lines for shuttle buses were long Friday morning and evening.

Riders on the Orange and Silver lines have been coping with delays for more than a week. Trains have been running on a single track between the Ballston and East Falls Church stations since July 20 as a part of Metro's fifth SafeTrack safety surge. That work was scheduled to be complete on Sunday.

Davis, who was hurt when the train derailed, said he likely needs to keep taking Metro. 

"I may have to if I want to keep my job, but I'm not really looking forward to it," he said.

How Metro Compares to Other Heavy Rail Systems (Data From FTA)

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<![CDATA[Man Suspected of Robbing DC Yoga Studios Arrested]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 23:37:57 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Michael+Turner1.jpg

Police say they have arrested a man suspected of robbing multiple yoga studios and other businesses in the District.

Melvin Turner, 48, was arrested Thursday in Northeast and charged in connection to 18 robberies that occurred between April and July of this year -- many of them at yoga studios.

Turner was allegedly spotted on surveillance video taking several hundred dollars from Bikram Hot Yoga in the Ivy City neighborhood.

"It was real money. I mean, he took food right out of the mouths of our children and people who work for us," said Omekongo Dibinga, the owner of the yoga studio. "It was very brazen. Very bold."

D.C. police said Turner had been arrested on July 24, but he failed to show up to get his court-ordered GPS monitoring bracelet. Officers later recognized him in Columbia Heights and arrested him again.

"When we see upticks in crimes, especially in crimes of the nature of these burglaries and these armed robberies, it typically is one person that is responsible for a very large number of crimes," said Police Chief Cathy Lanier.

Some of the burglarized yoga studios have made security changes.

Dibinga said Turner's arrest means his business can return to focusing on fitness.

"Everything is fixed and, actually, it's better than it was before," Dibinga said.

<![CDATA[Disabled Residents Sue Prince George's Co. Housing Authority]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 19:02:52 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Kenneth+Galloway.jpg

A group of disabled residents have filed a federal class-action lawsuit against the Housing Authority of Prince George's County because they say the county has refused to make their apartments handicap accessible.

Residents in public housing told News4 that simple tasks like bathing, cooking and dressing have become huge challenges for them to perform in their own homes.

Kenneth Galloway lost both of his legs a few years ago due to complications from diabetes.

While slightly modified, Galloway’s public housing unit is not handicap accessible, according to the standards set by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

"I have never bathed in the shower. I come here to the sink and take water to my bed on my service tray and bathe in the bed," Galloway said.

For years now, Galloway has not been able to fit his electric wheelchair into the bathroom in his apartment and he said the kitchen cabinets are too high for him to reach.

"There are some modifications that could be made to Mr. Galloway’s unit that are very easy," Attorney David Prater said.

Prater is with Disability Rights Maryland, a non-profit organization that does advocacy work for people with disabilities. He represents Galloway and the four other disabled residents involved in the lawsuit.

"The housing authority has received millions of dollars over three decades in order to perform modifications to make its units accessible," Prater said. "We don’t know how they’ve been spending their money, but clearly they haven't been spending it on accessibility modifications."

Since the lawsuit has been filed, the housing authority has made some changes to Galloway's unit, providing him with a new stove that has dials on the front, rather than the back, and changing the refrigerator doors so that he can reach what is inside.

"You have to address the need of people with disabilities. You can’t opt out of it, which we believe that's what the housing authority has attempted to do," Prater said.

The house authority gave the following statement to News4:

"The Housing Authority of Prince George's County (HAPGC) has been made aware that a Federal lawsuit has been filed alleging a violation of the Rehabilitation Act, Fair Housing Act Amendments and the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). While the HAPGC has not had an opportunity to review the specific allegations, The HAPGC has a policy of complying with applicable laws regarding fair housing and ADA, which in some cases may include offering reasonable accommodations where necessary for individuals and families with disabilities. The HAPGC does not discriminate in its housing policies and practices."

<![CDATA[Cannabis Giveaway Held in D.C.]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 20:11:11 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/MamaJuana+Edibles.jpg

More than 1,000 people stood in line Friday to get free marijuana seeds, plants and edible marijuana treats.

The organizers of the giveaway said they did it as a response to the growing tension between police departments and communities across the country. An organizer who goes by the name Scroger and posts digital videos in which he talks about the benefits of marijuana said the diverse makeup of the people who attended the giveaway proves it.

“I know there are a lot of frustrated people out there, but cannabis does heal and brings smiles to people’s faces, and that’s what I tried to do today,” he said.

The diversity of the crowd was not lost on those standing in line.

“The community is strong and everyone helps each other and it’s a beautiful thing right now,” Jemal Anderson said.

“It’s just a reflection of the overwhelming support that this was voted in,” Charles Osborne said.

While it’s legal for adults to have small amounts of marijuana and smoke it in private in D.C., it’s still against the law to sell or buy it. So adults who want to smoke pot in D.C. either have to grow their own or have someone who does grow pot give it to them.

“You are legally able to grow your own medicine. That’s the key and that’s what we’re pushing to show,” said Carlos, aka “The Green Thumb.” “It’s easy and fulfilling.”

Organizers also collected donations for autism research at Friday’s event.

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<![CDATA[Man Assaulted in 'Happy Slapping' Incident on Metro Train]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 20:15:03 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015599131_1200x675_734996035616.jpg News 4's Chris Gordon talked to a man who claims he was assaulted this week by a group of young men on a Metro train who shot video as they hit him in the head and ran. It's called "Happy Slapping," a trend that started in London and may have moved to the Washington area.]]> <![CDATA[Grandmother, Mother Charged After 7-Month-Old's Death]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 20:18:08 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Generic+DC+Police+Lights+Close+Up+Generic.jpg

A grandmother and mother face child cruelty charges after the death of a 7-month-old boy.

On Feb. 9, Terri Hooks dropped her five children off at their grandmother Tracey Hooks' home in Washington, D.C., but their grandmother told Hooks she had to work an overnight shift, according to court documents. So the two women left the boy in the care of a 10-year-old sibling, investigators said.

When the 10-year-old tried to wake the baby the next day, he wouldn’t move. The 10-year-old called for help, but the 7-month-old died, police said.

An autopsy found pneumonia, sharing a bed with siblings and an unsafe sleep environment contributed to the death.

“The cruelty to children is with regards to how the children were left in the apartment at that time,” Assistant Police Chief Peter Newsham said.

In November, Terri Hooks, 28, texted an unidentified person that she was stressed out with her kids and wanted to give them up, police said.

The women turned themselves in Friday morning. They appeared in D.C. Superior Court and were released.

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<![CDATA[1.5 Million Gallons of Sewage Spills Into Maryland River]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 17:00:12 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Riverfront+Park.jpg

Riverfront Park in Laurel, Maryland, has been closed Friday after 1.5 to 2 million gallons of sewage spilled into the Patuxent River, Howard County Public Works officials say.

WSSC crews are pumping water to clear the waste, which will flow through Laurel and eventually out into the Chesapeake Bay, Laurel officials said.

“Until this is resolved, residents are urged not to allow their children and pets anywhere near the water," said Laurel City Administrator Marty Flemion.“People should absolutely avoid fishing in Riverfront Park until we sound the all clear.”

The park is closed until further notice, Flemion said. Crews are posting signs along the river to warn visitors of the hazards.

Howard County officials said the sewage leak has been stopped. They have not released other details about how the spill happened.

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<![CDATA[MARC Service Suspended After Train Strikes Car; 1 Injured]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 17:44:15 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/marc_train.jpg

One person is injured and MARC Camden Line service is suspended during the Friday evening commute after a train struck a vehicle in Beltsville, Maryland, fire officials say.

The train struck an occupied vehicle in the 5700 block of Sunnyside Avenue, according to Prince George's County Fire and EMS spokesperson Mark Brady.

Firefighters extricated the driver from the car. They were taken to a trauma center with non-life threatening injuries, Brady said.

No other passengers were in the car and no one on the train was hurt, Brady said.

MARC Camden line service was temporarily suspended due to the crash, the Maryland Transportation Administration said.

MTA said Metro will honor tickets for Camden line passengers.

Some MARC trains are experiencing delays. See MTA's website for updates.

Stay with News4 as we continue to update this developing story.

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<![CDATA[Va. Man Pulls Gun After Basketball Game, Police Say.]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 20:23:57 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Police+Siren+Generic+123.jpg A Virginia man pulled a gun out after a basketball game in Fort Belvoir, police said. News4's Scott MacFarlane reports.]]> <![CDATA['Pokemon Go' Email Scam Offers Paid Version of the App]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 21:14:10 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/575424400-pokemon-go-generic.jpg

Email scammers are attempting to capitalize on the "Pokemon Go" craze by asking users to pay a monthly fee for a nonexistent version of the game, which has reached millions around the world.

Those behind the phishing scheme send emails to "Pokemon Go" users that say players need to upgrade to the "full version" of the game for $12.99 per month or else their account will be frozen.

"Due to overwhelming response to our new 'Pokemon Go' app and the need for more powerful servers, we can no longer afford to keep your account as free," the email states, according to a statement from the Better Business Bureau.

The email asks users to click a link that will supposedly redirect them to the App Store, where they can purchase the monthly package. Instead, the link leads to a third-party website the scammers use to steal victims' "Pokemon Go" account passwords.

Tens of millions of people have downloaded the app since it launched earlier this month. It exceeded Twitter's 65 million downloads in the week following its launch in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand, according to The Guardian.

It is unclear how many passwords may have been compromised in the scheme. The Better Business Bureau warns users to look out for emails from unfamiliar addresses and to never click on suspicious links in such emails.

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<![CDATA[Dental Clinic to Provide Free Services in Maryland]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 19:07:34 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/dental_clinic.jpg

A free dental clinic will help hundreds of "underserved, uninsured, and under-insured" people on Friday and Saturday in Maryland. 

Dentists and dental hygienists will provide services ranging from teeth cleanings to root canals to as many as 800 adults. 

More than 200 volunteers will perform dental procedures Friday and Saturday at North Point High School at 2500 Davis Road in Waldorf. The hours are 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

The event is hosted by Southern Maryland Mission of Mercy and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington.

Patients, who must be age 19 and older, are encouraged to get in line early.

"You don’t realize how many people are living in pain every single day without a way to pay for dental care," Deacon Jim Nalls of Catholic Charities said in a statement.

"What we’ll be accomplishing on Friday and Saturday is vital, but it’s only a start to the need all around us," he continued. 

No work related to dentures will be provided at the dental clinic. Prescriptions written by the dentists will be available. 

The clinic cannot provide dental care to people age 18 and younger, and children will not be allowed to enter the building.

Patient Christina Sita, who goes to school and works full time, said she could not afford much-needed dental services without help from the clinic.

"I couldn't be more grateful for that," she said.

For more information, see the Southern Maryland Mission of Mercy website.

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<![CDATA[Why Were Charges Dropped in Chandra Levy Case?]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 17:11:08 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015597109_1200x675_734918723882.jpg A Maryland woman says she gave police key information on the man who told officials that Ingmar Guandique confessed to being involved in Chandra Levy's death. News4's Scott MacFarlane has more. ]]> <![CDATA[Northbound GW Parkway Briefly Closed After Body Found]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 16:56:55 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Traffic+Generic2.jpg

A section of George Washington Memorial Parkway in Northern Virginia was partially closed Friday afternoon after a body was found near the roadway, officials said. 

No information was available immediately on the person's cause of death, an Arlington County fire department spokesman said.

Northbound traffic on GW Parkway was diverted north of Spout Run Parkway, the Metropolitan Area Transportation Operations Coordination (MATOC) Program said about 3:40 p.m. Drivers were diverted onto Spout Run Parkway. 

All lanes had reopened by 4:50 p.m. Delays remained. 

Stay with News4 for more details on this developing story.

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<![CDATA[Body of Missing Bethesda Man Found, Police Say]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 08:20:39 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/alejandro+arlia.jpg

UPDATE: Arlia's body has been found in a wooded area near the George Washington Memorial Parkway, United State Park Police say.

Police have found the body of a 51-year-old man who disappeared two days ago in Bethesda, Maryland.  

Alejandro Arlia of Bethesda was last seen at noon Wednesday at his home in the 6800 block of Millwood Road.

Arlia's family and police were concerned for his emotional and physical welfare.

United States Park Police is investigating Arlia's death and does not suspect foul play.

<![CDATA[News4 Team Coverage of Hillary Clinton's Historic DNC Speech]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 00:36:47 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Clinton+Balloons.jpg News4 Northern Virginia Bureau Chief Julie Carey and reporter Aaron Gilchrist report live from the Democratic National Convention where Hillary Clinton officially accepted the presidential nomination.]]> <![CDATA[Women Dems Watch Hillary Clinton Make History]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 00:23:57 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015585633_1200x675_734464579618.jpg News4 Northern Virginia Bureau Chief Julie Carey spoke with women in the Virginia delegation who say Hillary Clinton's nomination is a historic moment.]]> <![CDATA[DC Women's Democratic Group Hails Clinton's Nomination]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 00:22:06 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Woman+Dem.jpg Hillary Clinton is closer than any woman has ever been to becoming president of the United States. News 4’s Meagan Fitzgerald watched Clinton’s speech with some women who weren’t always sure this day would come.]]> <![CDATA[Arrest Made in Death of Man Shot in Md. Apartment Building]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 21:24:08 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Divonta+Gatling.jpg

A suspect has been arrested in the death of a man who was shot in a Maryland apartment building Wednesday.

Divonta Gatling, 23, was an acquaintance of the man who was killed, Prince George's County Police said. He confronted the victim shortly before the shooting.

Officers found Desean Chapman, 28, at about 6:30 a.m. with a gunshot wound in his upper body in an apartment building on Walters Lane in District Heights, near the Penn Mar Shopping Center, police said.

Chapman died at the scene, police said.

Gatling lives on Minnesota Avenue, across the street from Fort Circle Park. He has been charged with second degree murder and assault, and he is being held without bond, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call 301-772-4925 or 1-866-411-TIPS to remain anonymous. You can also text PGPD and your message to CRIMES or submit a tip online.

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<![CDATA[Woman Brutally Attacked by 3 Pit Bulls in Maryland]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 12:49:13 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Caroline+Colbert.jpg

Days after 68-year-old Carolyn Colbert survived her third battle with breast cancer, she decided to soak in the good news by taking a walk near her home in Oxon Hill, Maryland.

"I said 'Wow! I did it!' and I was so happy," she said.

Colbert was swinging her arms as she walked down the street when three pit bulls suddenly charged at her.

"They just came out of nowhere," she said.

Colbert had recently undergone a mastectomy and said her first instinct was to fall down and protect her chest, where she still had stitches.

One at a time, the dogs pounced on her.

Eventually, the owner of the pit bulls came out to try to stop the attack.

"He would grab two, but it left one, and it was like they just tore into [my left] leg," Colbert said.

The dogs bit Colbert more than 70 times.

As the attack progressed, Colbert said she prayed to God that she would survive.

"I though I was going to die," she said.

Prince George's County firefighters and EMTs who responded to the scene said it was the worst dog attack they had ever seen.

"I can only imagine while the dogs are attacking her, what she must have felt at that time," firefighter and paramedic Jason Cruz said. "The wounds that she had -- I can imagine it felt as though she was in great peril."

"These particular dogs could have killed my mother," said Colbert's daughter, Burnetta Simmons.

As Simmons was driving that day to see her mother, she saw a woman lying on the sidewalk covered in blood.

"I initially thought it was just a woman in distress. Then, I noticed my mom’s tennis shoes on the ground and I thought, 'Oh my God! That’s my mom!"

After weeks in the hospital, Colbert was released on Wednesday. She said she still has a long road ahead and her family has to help her do just about everything.

Pit bulls are illegal in Prince George's County.

The three dogs were euthanized the day of the attack, and the owner is facing a $1,000 fine and six months in jail for each dog he had.

Simmons said that isn't enough.

"Are you telling me that that’s the same law that would be applicable if my mom had died?" she said.

"I just want to say for anybody that anytime you own anything that can bring hurt, harm or danger to someone, you just ought to think about it," Colbert said.

<![CDATA[Tiny House, Big Price Tag]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 21:09:23 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Bethesda+Tiny+House.jpg A tiny house is on the market in Bethesda, Maryland. News4's Kristin Wright reports.

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<![CDATA[6-Year-Old Va. Girl Raises $1,000 in 1 Hour for W.Va. Flood Victims]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 20:55:08 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015583434_1200x675_734203971662.jpg A 6-year old Ashburn girl holds a bake sale fundraiser at her school to raise money for flood victims in West Virginia.]]> <![CDATA[Tim Kaine Discusses New Role as Vice Presidential Candidate]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 20:53:38 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Kaine+Carey.jpg WRC Northern Virginia Bureau Chief Julie Carey talks one-on-one with vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine about his role during the 2016 campaign.]]> <![CDATA[New Law Proposals Could Crack Down on Debt Collectors]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 20:47:39 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015582897_1200x675_734180931662.jpg Debt collectors could face a crackdown with new laws proposed that would regulate their practices. Regulations of the billion-dollar industry that affects about 70 million people include limiting calls to six per week, barring collectors from suing for debt and requiring collectors to know for certain how much money is owed before collecting. News4 Consumer Reporter Susan Hogan explains.]]> <![CDATA[New Details About Metro Train Operator Fired for Running Red Light]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 20:03:52 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Red+Light.jpg News4 has learned more information about an incident earlier this month in which a Metro train operator ran a red light. News4's Mark Segraves reports the troubling details.]]> <![CDATA[Woman Waits Months for Fence Damaged by Deliverymen to Be Fixed]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 20:43:03 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/217*120/Responds+Broken+Fence.jpg

A D.C. woman said she waited months for her fence to be fixed by the company that broke it.

In November, Brenda Elliot’s neighbor in Northwest had furniture delivered, and the driver accidentally plowed right into Elliot's fence.

She snapped picture after picture of the delivery guys trying to fix the fence.

“They're pulling it, yanking it,” Elliot said. “They were messing it up worse.”

Then they gave up.

“He said, ‘Don't call the authorities, I'm going to come back this weekend and fix it,’” Elliot said.

But he didn’t show up that weekend.

Elliot said after that she called for months and heard nothing but excuses and empty promises. She had just filled out forms for small claims court when she saw NBC4 Responds on TV.

NBC4 Responds contacted the company the driver worked for and got immediate results.

The company agreed to foot the bill for the repairs, which are scheduled for Friday morning, Elliot said. They felt so bad she waited so long they even sent her flowers.

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<![CDATA[Serving in Silence: Sex Assault Retaliation Complaints Investigated]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 20:31:08 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Natioanl+guard+cropped+copy.jpg

The Department of Defense Inspector General announced Thursday it has launched a “sex assault reprisal unit,” which will now investigate complaints of retaliation within the military following a report of sexual assault.

DODIG is supposed to be the agency to investigate any whistleblower report, including any type of retaliation. But a 2015 report by Human Rights Watch the agency had never substantiated a case brought to its attention.

That finally changed this year, when it released a report substantiating a complaint made by retired Lt. Col. Teresa James of the West Virginia National Guard.

James first came to the News4 I-Team in 2014 after spending years trying to stop retaliation that followed her 2010 report of rape by a superior officer.

As the I-Team reported at the time, James is the highest ranking officer to come forward with a substantiated rape report in the National Guard. “It’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever done,” she said at the time. “I lost everything and did nothing wrong. I know I lost my opportunity to continue to serve and be a full colonel.”

The new report from the DODIG found that her superior should not have made an “unfavorable evaluation report,” which investigators found cost James her promotion, a service award and other related pay increases.

"If they can learn one thing from my story and apply it, then it's worthwhile to me," James said following the DODIG’s announcement.

But James said the military’s system to prove you were first raped, and then retaliated against, is too complicated for the average soldier. “I do believe that people should be able to substantiate and support what they're saying,” she explained. “But it's just an overwhelming amount of resources. I think that one of the things that worked to my advantage was my time in the military. I had 35 years, so I had some knowledge and experience just going into the process. I knew it was going to be a very grueling process."

It’s now been six years since James first reported her rape. As the I-Team first reported in 2015, investigators also substantiated that report but her assailant was allowed to allowed to retire after receiving two letters of reprimand.

The I-Team found this is not an unusual punishment. When the I-Team sent a survey to every National Guard unit in the country, we discovered there had been only one dishonorable discharge and just three incarcerations for sexual assault within the last five years. 

A Human Rights Watch report previously found service members are 12 times more likely to face retaliation than see their offender punished for the crime. DODIG said it’s received 40 reprisal complaints related to sexual assault already this year.

James said after six years, her journey is still not over. She said she now has to navigate yet another military inquiry that will determine if she will, in fact, receive her promotion to colonel and related back pay.

She emphasized it is critical for investigators to never forget the men and women who make these types of complaints are also grappling with the physical and emotional damage of being a rape survivor.

"I struggle,” she explained before tearing up. “I do.” Taking a deep breathe, she then whispered. “But you know, I've got to keep going. I've got to keep going for the others."

Reported by Tisha Thompson, produced by Rick Yarborough, shot and edited by Steve Jones and Jeff Piper.

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<![CDATA[Toddler, Man May Have Died in Va. Murder-Suicide: Police]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 18:44:32 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/072716+fairfax+house+fire.jpg

The two people found dead in a burning house in Fairfax, Virginia, on Wednesday were a toddler and a man, and police are investigating the possibility that the man killed the child and then himself.

Roy Eugene Rumsey, 58, was identified Thursday as the man found dead in the house on the 12100 block of Fairfax Hunt Road, which he owned.

The body of a toddler, a girl, also was found. Fairfax County police have not identified the child or determined what her connection was with Rumsey.

"There’s a strong possibility that this is actually a murder-suicide," police department spokesman Don Gotthardt said. "Very tragic."

Calls to family members of Rumsey went unanswered. 

"I'm just hoping for the best and that the child didn't suffer too much," neighbor Liz Moysey said. She said she had never seen a child at the home.

The house near Piney Branch Stream Valley Park, caught fire Wednesday morning. Firefighters responded about 11 a.m.

"There were 20- or 30-foot flames coming out of the roof over the garage," Moysey said Wednesday. 

Video taken from Chopper4 shows the roof of the house burned down to the beams. From the rear of the house, what appeared to be scaffolding was visible. Sixty firefighters battled the blaze, which took 40 minutes to bring under control amid temperatures in the 90s.

A source who had been inside the house after the fire said it appeared to have started in the living room, which smelled like gasoline. Officials were not confirming information on the source of the blaze.

Neighbors said Wednesday that a man who lived in the house sometimes was not seen for weeks or even months at a time. He moved into the house in the 1980s and worked as a defense contractor, they said.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will perform autopsies, police said Thursday.

Anyone with information for investigators is asked to call 1866-411-TIPS or 703-691-2131.

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<![CDATA[Tim Kaine Dad Jokes Take Twitter by Storm]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:01:47 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_16210125790685.jpg

The Democratic Party may be losing the beloved goofiness of "Uncle" Joe Biden, but they could be gaining a new cult hero.

Tim Kaine, who was tapped by Hillary Clinton as her running mate, introduced himself to the Democratic Party at large Wednesday night at their national convention. And upon doing so, he struck a chord with many for what they interpreted as his ability to crack a corny dad joke.

"We all should feel the Bern. And we should all not want to get burned by the other guy," Kaine said.

Kaine, a dad of three kids, also attempted an impression of Donald Trump, repeating "believe me" a popular line from Trump's stump speeches.

"It’s gonna be great—believe me!" We’re gonna build a wall and make Mexico pay for it—believe me! We’re gonna destroy ISIS so fast—believe me! There’s nothing suspicious in my tax returns—believe me! By the way, does anyone here believe that Donald Trump’s been paying his fair share of taxes?"

Many to took to Twitter to offer their commentary on Kaine's dad humor:

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<![CDATA[Va. Police Stop HOV Driver Using Dummy as Passenger]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 15:00:44 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/229*120/HOV+dummy.jpg

Fairfax County Police caught a driver in the HOV lane using a dummy as a "passenger," they say.

The department posted a picture on their Facebook page Wednesday, writing, "Our Fairfax County Police Department spotted a dummy aiding an HOV violator. Officers report the hair gave it away."

The image shows a well-dressed mannequin with a long, shaggy haircut seat-belted into the passenger seat of a car. He looks like he's ready for work, wearing a pressed, striped button-down shirt.

But there's something wrong that's not easily visible from the window: he's missing a lower body.

One Facebook commenter said, "The real dummy is the one in the driver's seat ... since he chose to be dishonest ... but he didn't even attempt to make the legless one look real. I'd have at least cut his hair and put sunglasses on him."

Another shared a previous experience, writing, "I actually saw this SUV and dummy last year in the HOV lane ... did a double take!! Couldn't believe someone was actually doing this ... wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes!!!"

According to the Virginia Department of Transportation, the punishment for a first violation of HOV rules is a $250 fine.

A New York woman also recently got caught with a dummy in the passenger seat. She was caught with folded clothes and a hat staged to look like a person.

Photo Credit: Fairfax County Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Celebrate National Cheesecake Day With Chocolate Hazelnut Cheesecake Truffles]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:47:36 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015580220_1200x675_734045763901.jpg National Cheesecake Day is Friday and Saturday, and the Cheesecake Factory is celebrating by offering a slice of one of their over 30 flavors of cheesecake half price for diners. In honor of the special, day, Dave Ferguson, general manager of the Cheesecake Factory in Potomac Mills, shows NBC4's Barbara Harrison how to make chocolate hazelnut cheesecake truffles and showcases the Cheesecake Factory's newest cheesecake flavor -- chocolate hazelnut crunch.]]> <![CDATA[2 Restaurant Workers Fired for Refusing to Serve Officer]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 16:27:40 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Noodles+and+Company+072616.jpg

A Virginia restaurant has fired two employees who refused to serve a uniformed police officer, the restaurant said in a statement.

When one of the cooks at Noodles and Company on Duke Street in Alexandria saw an Alexandria officer waiting in line for dinner, he left the kitchen and approached the cashier, according to Alexandria Committee of Police Vice President Peter Feltham.

The cook pointed to the officer and allegedly told the cashier, "I ain't serving that."

"Discrimination of any kind is never tolerated at Noodles & Company," the company said in a statement Thursday, adding that the restaurant fired the employees involved after an investigation. "The views and actions of these individuals are in no way reflective of the company or team at our Alexandria location."

Alexandria Police Chief Earl Cook said he was angry when he first learned of the interaction, but such incidents are rare for officers in his department.

"I must say we have tremendous support from the Alexandria business community, so this is an anomaly for one of my officers to walk into a business and run into this type of attitude," Cook told News4 Wednesday.

Noodles & Company representatives apologized to the officer involved and issued an apology to the department in its statement.

"We want to extend our apologies to the entire Alexandria Police Department for the comments made by our team members," the company said. "We have the utmost respect for law enforcement officials and value the relationship we have built with the local Alexandria Police Department over the years."

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<![CDATA[Blue Line Train May Have Run Red Signal]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:40:56 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/dc+metro_national.jpg

A Blue Line train may have ran a red signal at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport Wednesday afternoon, marking what could be the ninth incident this year.

The train was traveling outbound at the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport station Wednesday afternoon when the operator overran the red signal and stopped two cars pass the platform, WTOP reports

No injuries or damage were reported. 

Metro and the Federal Transit Administration will investigate, according to WTOP.

Earlier this month, Metro fired a Metrorail operator who ran a red light signal near the Glenmont station and took passengers into the path of an oncoming train.

The operator of a Red Line train overran a red signal while there was another train on the same path and two workers were inspecting the tracks.

Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld called the July 5 incident a "near miss" that showed a "blatant disregard for safety." 

The transit agency also later admitted that three passengers from that Red Line train were evacuated before the high-voltage third rail had been turned off.

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<![CDATA[Phantom of the Opera Takes to Kennedy Center Stage]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:39:45 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015580078_1200x675_734036547573.jpg The longest running production on Broadway, "Phantom of the Opera" has arrived at the Kennedy Center. Chris Mann, finalist on "The Voice" who plays the phantom, spoke with NBC4's Barbara Harrison about the show and what it's like to play such an iconic role.]]> <![CDATA[Maryland Mother Pleads Guilty to Killing 5-Year-Old Son]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 18:55:53 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2015+Narges+Sharfeirad+Daniel+Dana.jpg

"She could not handle her life." 

That's why prosecutors say Maryland woman drugged her young son, put him in her car and then set the vehicle on fire.

Daniel Dana, 5, died June 16, 2015 after prosecutors say his mother, Narges Shafeirad, then 33, forced him to drink a bottle of medicine. She then locked his body inside a car that she set ablaze, officials said.

Shafeirad pleaded guilty Thursday morning to first-degree murder in exchange for a 50-year sentence. She showed no emotion in the courtroom as prosecutors accused her of killing her child. Information on the court proceedings was relayed to Shafeirad, who speaks Farsi, via an interpreter.

As News4 reported, on the day Daniel was killed, members of a Montgomery County fire and rescue crew initially thought they were responding to a car crash. A white 2003 Toyota Corolla was engulfed in flames about 3:30 a.m. at Sam Eig Highway (Route 370) and Fields Road, near the RIO Washingtonian Center shopping center.

Paramedics found Shafeirad face down outside the car, screaming. As first-responders began extinguishing the flames, they saw Daniel lying on the floorboard in the back seat. They tried to get into the car to save him, but the doors were locked, police said.

Investigators believe little Daniel died before the fire began.

Shafeirad was taken to a hospital with second- and third-degree burns on 40 percent of her body. She initially lied about what happened and then said she gave Daniel medicine because he had a fever, prosecutors said. 

Investigators determined Shafeirad gave the child at least 4 ounces of the antihistamine diphenhydramine, which is the active ingredient in Benadryl. That's more than two-and-a-half times the amount that would kill an adult, prosecutors said Thursday.

Prosecutors believe Daniel fought for his life. He was found with cuts and bruises on his head and mouth.

The mother then doused the inside of the car with gasoline she kept in water bottles and set it aflame, prosecutors said.

Shafeirad and her husband, Hamid Azimi-Dana, were due in court for a hearing on the day she killed Daniel. Also, she had just lost her apartment. 

"She could not handle her life and couldn't take care of the child, and did not want to give the child to the father and his new girlfriend," Montgomery County Assistant State's Attorney Marybeth Ayres said Thursday at a news conference. 

Shafeirad had previously told the court that her husband had physically abused her for years, The Washington Post reported. Azimi-Dana said she had abused the child.

Daniel was bright, kind and inquisitive, the family's lawyers told the Post.

"He couldn't have been a nicer child," attorney David Gavin said.

Ayres said there is a lesson for any parent struggling through a custody battle: "Never, ever let your dispute get in the way of raising your child and putting that child's health and welfare first." 

Shafeirad will be sentenced in December.

<![CDATA[Worker Rescued After Fainting in Metro Escalator Pit]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:59:10 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/204*120/2016-07-28_1041.png

An escalator repairman was hoisted out of an escalator pit at the Foggy Bottom Metro station after he suffered a medical emergency. 

D.C. Fire and EMS says the man was working in the confined space when he fainted. Fire officials initially said the man fell into the pit.  

Firefighters pumped air into the pit to cool it off while they tried to reach the man. 

A video posted on the fire department's Twitter page shows the man being hoisted out of the small hole in the sidewalk. 

The man was taken to the hospital in stable condition. 

Stay with NBCWashington for more on this developing story. 

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<![CDATA[$1 Million Powerball Ticket Purchased in Arlington]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:07:37 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Powerball-AP_16208642336585.jpg

No one matched the jackpot-winning numbers in Wednesday night's Powerball drawing, but one lucky person in Arlington, Virginia, is $1 million richer.

The ticket was purchased at the 7-Eleven at 4223 North Fairfax Drive, near the Ballston Metro station, Virginia Lottery officials said. 

The ticket matched the first five numbers in Wednesday's drawing, but not the Powerball number. The numbers drawn were 10, 47, 50, 65, 68 with a Powerball of 24.  

There were only four $1 million winners nationwide. 

But an estimated $478 million jackpot is still up for grabs. The next drawing will be Saturday.

Nearly three months have passed without a winner of the big prize. If anyone matches the five balls and red Powerball in the drawing, it will be the game's first jackpot winner since May 7. 

The chance of winning the Powerball is incredibly small, at 292.2 million-to-1. But players have much better odds, of about 1 in 25, of winning smaller prizes ranging from $4 to $1 million.

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<![CDATA[Man Shot by Secret Service Facing Federal Charge]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:26:14 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/215*120/2016-07-28_0700.png

The Pennsylvania man who was shot by the Secret Service as he walked towards the White House holding a gun is now facing a federal charge, according to court documents.

Federal prosecutors have charged Jesse Olivieri, 31, of Ashland, Pennsylvania, with resisting or impeding certain officers or employees with a dangerous weapon, a federal offense carrying a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. 

The charge supersedes a police complaint.

Surveillance footage from May 20 shows Olivieri walking towards the south entrance of the White House with a gun on his right side. Officers ordered him to stop, but Olivieri ignored those commands. 

A Secret Service special officer shot Olivieri and his gun — identified in an affidavit as a loaded .22-caliber semiautomatic — was kicked away from him. Officers surrounded him with their guns drawn, then begin rendering medical aid.

Before Olivieri was taken to George Washington University Hospital, a Secret Service officer asked him why he went to the White House. "I came here to shoot people," he replied, according to court documents.

A spent .22-caliber shell casing was found near a Camry on Constitution Avenue, and more ammunition was found in the car.

The incident occurred within view of tourists outside the White House, near sidewalks crowded with families, school groups and government workers.

The White House was on lockdown for about an hour after the incident. President Barack Obama was not at the White House at the time, but Vice President Joe Biden was inside the building, administration officials said.