<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Top Stories]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.com en-us Sat, 04 Jul 2015 05:25:47 -0400 Sat, 04 Jul 2015 05:25:47 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Customers Still Without Service After Water Main Repair]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 22:50:56 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000011054395_1200x675_476304451590.jpg

Despite reports of a broken water main fixed in the Laurel-area before 6:30 p.m., customers continued to call News4 to report they still don’t have running water.

Crews started fixing the break near the Little Patuxent River about 3 a.m.

The Department of Public works has not returned calls from News4. The emergency dispatch number forwards callers to a voicemail acknowledging the broken main but not offering an ETA for restoration.

WTOP reported before 9 p.m. that Anne Arundel County officials acknowledged no everyone’s water is back on.

About 30,000 people were without water Friday.

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<![CDATA[Ministry Furnishes New Home of Family Displaced by Fire]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 21:05:13 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Carlins+and+Muhanyis.jpg

After living almost a month without a place to call home, a Fairfax family of 13 is all moved into its new space.

News4 has tracked the Muhanyis' journey from fire victims to house guests to their newly furnished home.

Shortly after the fire in mid-June, a local Marine family, the Carlins, opened its doors and made room for Pastory Muhanyi, his wife Alphonsine and their 11 children.

This past week they finally signed the lease on a new rental home, allowing them to move out of the Carlins' home.

However, the fire didn’t spare any furniture.

That’s where Gracing Spaces came in to help.

The group, a ministry of Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Clifton, Virginia, furnishes homes of needy families across northern Virginia.

A couple of times a week, more than two dozen volunteers load up donated furniture.

Friday, after they sweat, they prayed together, then headed out to change the Muhanyi family’s life, the transformation from house to home now underway.

“We’ve made one little step for them,” said Kathie Baumgart, a Gracing Spaces co-founder.

Curtis and Mitzi Carlin also spent much of their day helping the family for which they’ve already done so much.

Even the children’s school principal, Barbara Dalmut, lent a hand.

Then there’s 8-year-old Dylan Holt, who carried his weight and more. It was the fifth home he’s helped furnish this year.

“To help people and be nice,” Dylan said. “It makes me feel good that we’re giving people who don’t have furniture and stuff like that (deep sigh) a new home.”

“People are so generous,” Pastory Muhanyi remarked.

Pastory, a refugee from genocide, had one more thing to hang for the house to really be home.

“Before everything is done in the house, that flag has to be there. Only one flag, the United States of America flag,” he said.

Perfect timing to celebrate Independence Day.

Gracing Spaces has furnished 146 homes in northern Virginia this year alone.

To make a donation to help the Muhanyi family, click here.



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<![CDATA[9 Hurt as Fireworks Hit Crowd in Colo.]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 05:06:19 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Fireworks-Show-Avon-Colorado-3-July-2015.jpg

A set of fireworks malfunctioned at a Colorado fireworks show Friday night, sending fireworks into a crowd of people and injuring nine spectators, fire officials said.

About 17 minutes into the "Salute to the USA Fireworks Show" in Avon, a shell in the middle of a rack of fireworks exploded in its tube instead of shooting into the air, the town confirmed to NBC News.

The explosion then caused the rest of the shells to tip over, sending "two or three" fireworks over Nottingham Lake and toward the tightly-packed spectators.

"There was not a lot of room in between groups of people, so when it happened no one could really get up and run," a spectator, Jane Imber, told NBC News. "It was so scary."

The nine injured people suffered "minor abrasion burns" at the scene, and were quickly helped by police and medical teams who were at the event, the town said in a statement.

"This is Avon's 29th year of presenting one of the most spectacular fireworks displays in Colorado, and we have never had any failure in the production," said Deputy Chief Greg Daly, who oversaw the response. "It is wonderful news that the injuries were very minor."

The town also said the "safety distance" between the crowds and the fireworks, as well as the firework crew's rapid shutdown of the show, likely prevented any further harm.



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<![CDATA[Trump Blames Border for SF Shooting]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 04:14:40 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/DonaldTrump_Getty_07032015.jpg

Donald Trump on Friday blamed the United States' vulnerable southern border for this week's fatal shooting of Kathryn Steinle at Pier 14 in San Francisco.

“This senseless and totally preventable act of violence committed by an illegal immigrant is yet another example of why we must secure our border immediately," the Republican presidential hopeful said in a statement.

Steinle, 32, of Pleasanton, was gunned down Wednesday evening near the Embarcadero and Mission Street in the city's South Beach neighborhood. Police arrested Francisco Sanchez following what they believe is a random incident.

New details emerged about the suspect Friday when the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency reported that Sanchez is an undocumented immigrant with nearly a dozen aliases and a long criminal history. He has previously been deported to Mexico five times, according to authorities.

For his part, Trump deemed the situation “absolutely disgraceful” and blasted his fellow candidates for lacking the “guts to even talk about it.”

“The American people deserve a wall to protect our jobs, economy and our safety,” he added. “I am the only candidate who would build it. I will make America great again!”

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Trump’s candidacy announcement June 16 had a similar flavor.

"The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else's problems," he said. "And these aren't the best and the finest. When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best...they're sending people that have lots of problems...they're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people."

But several business organizations — including NBC, Univision, Macy’s and NASCAR — have disassociated themselves from Trump after his incendiary comments came to light.

Hispanic leaders have also pressed the rest of the GOP presidential candidates to condemn Trump. So far, most of the candidates have either stayed mum or quietly sidestepped his statements. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has even defended him, saying that "I salute Donald Trump for focusing on the need to address illegal immigration."

Only Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who is Hispanic, denounced Trump's statements as "not just offensive and inaccurate, but also divisive."



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<![CDATA[Md. Woman Charged With Giving Children Marijuana]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 13:37:49 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Cassidy+Tabitha+.jpg

A Maryland woman was arrested Friday morning after police say she gave marijuana to several children, ranging in age from 6 to 14,

Officers were called to a home in Lexington Park at about 1:30 a.m. to check on the welfare of several children. Someone told police that Tabitha Cassidy gave marijuana to several children at a birthday party at the home. 

Police say Cassidy, 45, gave marijuana to three teenagers and a 6-year-old child. She allegedly tried to teach the youngest child how to inhale marijuana through a smoking device. 

She has been charged with four counts each of second degree child abuse, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and possession of marijuana. She is being held on no bond at the St. Mary's County Detention Center. 

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<![CDATA[Parents Petition for Full Military Academy at Forestville High]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 22:40:44 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/forestville+fight.jpg

Some parents and students in the Forestville High School community say recent changes may be the cause of violent attacks there this year, and they want the school to go back to a full military academy.

Charmaine Scarlett, a Temple University student who graduated from Forestville High in 2014, said it was just a military academy when she was a freshman but changed in 2013.

The school opened to neighborhood children to increase dwindling enrollment, a Prince George’s County Public Schools spokesman said. As it stands, the school’s building is still underused.

Military academy students dress and act like military personnel while regular students have school uniforms and a more relaxed structure. Some call that a distraction.

Teacher Marq King told News4 he’s noticed a deterioration in the atmosphere of the school since the change.

Hundreds of parents are petitioning to have the school return to a full military academy.

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<![CDATA[Body Found in Anacostia River]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 22:12:20 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Generic+DC+Police+Lights+Close+Up+Generic.jpg

D.C. police are investigating after the discovery of a body in the Anacostia River underneath the Benning Road Bridge Friday morning.

The decedent has not been identified but is described as a 20-30-year-old black man, police said.

The Harbor Unit recovered the body in the 2600 block of Benning Road NE.

The Officer of the Chief Medical Examiner will perform an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death, police said.

The investigation is continuing.

Anyone with information about this case should call the police at (202) 727-9099. Anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.



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<![CDATA[Water Trickles Back on After Massive Main Break]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 21:07:13 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000011054395_1200x675_476304451590.jpg News4's Meagan Fitzgerald reports on how the water main break impacted local businesses.]]> <![CDATA[Loudoun Fast-Tracks Safety Improvements for W & OD Trail]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 20:59:52 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000011054475_1200x675_476276291881.jpg Loudoun supervisors approve safety upgrades for W & OD Trail at Sterling Boulevard.]]> <![CDATA[People Line Up for a Look at Declaration of Independence]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 20:45:42 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Declaration+of+Independence+at+National+Archives.jpg People line up at the National Archives for a look at the Declaration of Independence. News4’s Zachary Kiesch reports.

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<![CDATA[New 'Beach' Installed at National Building Museum]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 20:25:26 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/National+Building+Museum+Beach.jpg Forget the sunscreen! You can now enjoy a day at the beach -- inside! The National Building Museum built a "beach" using one million plastic balls. Tom Sherwood reports.

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<![CDATA[Missing Tenn. Girl Seen in Va.]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 20:17:09 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Benjamin+Shook.jpg

Federal authorities are offering a reward for information on the location of a missing 14-year-old Tennessee girl who is believed to be with a wanted sex offender.

The U.S. Marshals Service said it is offering a reward of up to $5,000 in the search for Hayleigh Wilson, who was last seen with 41-year-old Benjamin Shook.

Marshals in Tennessee also want Shook for failure to register as a sex offender.

Witnesses reported seeing Wilson with Shook on June 24 near a campground in Sugar Grove, Virginia, where a driver dropped them off after picking them up earlier. Marshals believe the girl met Shook online.

Anyone with information on Wilson's or Shook's whereabouts is urged to contact the nearest U.S. Marshals Service office or call 1-800-336-0102.



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<![CDATA[Man, 22, Fatally Shot in Alexandria]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 22:24:31 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/216*120/shakkan+elliot+tibbs.jpg

Alexandria Police are investigating the city's first homicide of the year. 

Officers were called to the 700 block of N. Fayette Street just after 11:30 p.m. for a report of a shooting. 

When they arrived, they found 22-year-old Shakkan Elliot-Tibbs of Woodbridge suffering from a gunshot wound. Elliot-Tibbs was transported to an area hospital, where he later died. 

Elliot-Tibbs had been hanging out with a cousin and was on his way to Metro to meet his mother at the Springfield station and continue home to Woodbridge together. His mother, Linda Tibbs, told News4 her son was very protective of her.

His girlfriend said Elliot-Tibbs planned to finish school, marry her and start a family.

No arrests have been made. 

Police believe there were witnesses to the shooting. Anyone with information that can help police is asked to call 703-746-6689.

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<![CDATA[Howard Grad's Life Was Changed by Brutal Beating]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 19:48:56 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Victor+Ehienulo.jpg Victor Ehienulo is going to work for Microsoft after graduating from Howard University's business school, but his future didn't look so promising before a brutal beating changed his life. Aaron Gilchrist has his story.]]> <![CDATA[Fourth of July Traffic, Parking and Metro Service]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 17:35:25 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000011050498_1200x675_476177475965.jpg Traffic Reporter Melissa Mollet previews the holiday weekend's traffic and transit.]]> <![CDATA[2016 Hopefuls Flood NH for July 4 Weekend]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 16:33:21 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP136093298170.jpg

Presidential hopefuls are going on parade throughout the Granite State this July 4. 

At least seven 2016 candidates will spend Independence Day courting residents who will vote in the nation's first presidential primary contest next year, according to scheduled logged in necn's 2016 New Hampshire Primary Candidate Tracker, making a combined 14 stops.

While parades are by far the most popular stops during the holiday tour — at least 11 such appearances are expected — candidates' Saturday calendars also include breakfasts, cookouts and grassroots events. Revelers along the routes in Amherst and Merrimack will watch no fewer than three candidates strut by. The resort town of Wolfeboro, where 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney owns a home, will be greeted by at least two GOP hopefuls.

For some candidates, one parade just isn't enough. Republicans Jeb Bush, Lindsey Graham, and Rick Perry, as well as Democrat Lincoln Chafee, are marching in two apiece. Perry, the former Texas governor, appears to have the busiest public schedule on Saturday so far, stopping by parades in Amherst and Merrimack before greeting crowds at the Windham GOP July Fourth Cookout later in the day.

The holiday hand-shaking isn't limited to July 4 itself. Christie, New Jersey's Republican governor, has been barnstorming the state since making his official entry into the race on Tuesday, including several events on Friday. Perry and Democrat Hillary Clinton are also getting their patriotic partying started early with Friday events, while former New York Gov. George Pataki and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, both candidates for the GOP nomination, will join New Hampshire residents wishing America a belated birthday with Sunday celebrations.



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<![CDATA[Double-Decker Bus Strikes, Pins Man Walking in NYC]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 21:09:47 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/bus+sightsee.jpg

A double-decker sightseeing bus struck a man walking in Greenwich Village Friday afternoon, dragging him several feet and pinning him beneath the vehicle, fire officials and witnesses said.

A witness told NBC 4 New York the bus was turning left onto West Fourth Street when it struck the man in the crosswalk near Sixth Avenue and dragged him several feet. The witness said the man was screaming as he was being dragged; photos showed blood streaking the pavement near the bus.

A woman who works nearby and ran to help said the man was conscious. She said she repeatedly asked his name, but he kept screaming "at the top of his lungs."

"He really couldn't say his name because it was so, so much excruciating pain," said Shante Service. "When I looked under the bus, his leg was dislocated. I could see flesh and bone." 

Another witness said emergency responders had to use blocks to lift the bus off the victim. Police said he was taken to Bellevue Hospital in critical condition with severe injuries to his leg.

Images on social media showed a crowd of bystanders around the scene as police cars and emergency vehicles swarmed the area.

The bus driver remained at the scene. He has not been charged, according to police. 

In a statement, a spokesman for the Twin America bus company said, "We are aware of this the accident this afternoon and deeply regret this very unfortunate incident. We are fully cooperating with the authorities while this accident is being investigated."



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<![CDATA[JetBlue's First Flight to Cuba]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 21:55:43 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/flight+to+cuba.jpg

JetBlue officially began direct flights to Cuba out of New York's Kennedy Airport Friday, becoming the first major carrier to make the trip after travel restrictions were eased by the White House earlier this year and making passengers who got to be on the virgin flight feel like part of history.

The Queens-based airline announced its plan to offer the weekly direct flights in May, but the first flight, on an Airbus 150-seat A320, was made Friday. It left JFK at noon en route to Havana's Jose Marti International Airport. 

Carlos Infante, a Cuba native who lives in Brooklyn and was aboard that first flight to Havana, said before he boarded the plane that he felt like he was a part of history.

"This is something we're gonna talk about for years and years and years; this is an opportunity for American people to go to Cuba," said a smiling Infante, holding his boarding pass in front of him.

Infante said he treasured the freedom to travel to his country of birth, direct from New York, for the first time in at least 50 years.

"I can't explain, it's something that's in your heart," Infante said. "I don't have words to say how I feel -- this is a beautiful day."

The weekly charter flights will leave JFK at noon each Friday, with a scheduled landing time in Havana at 3:30 p.m. Return flights leave Cuba at 4:30 p.m. and land in New York around 8 p.m.

While operated by JetBlue, the flight is being offered by Cuba Travel Services, and travelers should make arrangements directly with the carrier service provider at cubatravelservices.com.

A smaller airline, Sun Country, has been offering direct flights between JFK and Havana for several months. JetBlue is the first major carrier to do so. 



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<![CDATA[Selfie-Snapping Thief Sought in Phone Theft]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 12:27:01 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/selfie+theft.jpg

The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office is working to identify a man who stole a woman's cell phone and used the device to take pictures of himself. 

Authorities say the woman dropped her phone in the parking lot of the Early Bird restaurant on Mervall Dean Road on June 29 at about 2:30 p.m. When she returned to the area a short time later, the phone was already gone. 

According to investigators, the person who took the phone has been using it to take selfies. 

Anyone with information that can help deputies solve this case should call 301-475-3333.

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<![CDATA[Fourth of July Travel Risks Are Up]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 23:47:48 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000011042249_1200x675_475589699992.jpg Low gas prices, drinking and driving, and possible rain make a dangerous combination for Fourth of July travelers.The National Safety Council predicts about 400 people nationwide will be killed on the road during the Fourth of July weekend -- the highest number since July 4, 2008. News4's Shomari Stone reports.]]> <![CDATA[Video Shows Man Punched by Cop]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 10:49:41 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/man+resists+arrest+harlem.jpg

The NYPD says it's investigating a video showing a man getting arrested after a knockout fight with a plainclothes officer Wednesday night.

The video circulating on Facebook, which had more than 1 million views by the next day, shows the arrest near 131st Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard in Harlem. The man's friend, who shot the video on his phone, told NBC 4 New York they were leaving a pizza place down the street to go to the man's apartment when he was stopped by plainclothes officers. 

One of the officers asks the man, Saykour George, for his ID, the video shows. The NYPD said later police saw that George had a knife, prompting the stop.

Jun Iceaa, the friend who shot the video, said George had small pocketknife in his pocket, but "the way [the officer] really approached us, was like he really had a grudge against my man, like he know him from somewhere," he said. 

The video shows police attempting to take George into custody, and he refuses. 

"I'm just trying to do my job," the officer says, taking out his handcuffs and telling George they can talk further in the police car. 

"I'm letting you do your job," George says. When the officer says, "No, you're not," George says, "Y'all not arresting me for nothing. No, no, no," and he begins walking away. 

The officer tries to stop George from walking away, and both move to travel a few steps and then the officer pushes George back. George then pushes the officer, and that's when the officer starts swinging. The two square off, and more police arrive and get George on the ground. 

"The officer did not say, 'You are under arrest,'" said Iceaa. 

"The officer swung at him how many times before my man swung?" said Iceaa. "You have to defend yourself if you know you're not under arrest." 

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton told NBC 4 New York Thursday he'd seen the video. He reminded New Yorkers that "you have no right under the law of New York to resist arrest," and that's what it appears George was doing. 

He said, "The initial encounter -- the individual, all he had to do was surrender, and then we would not have had an encounter. So he didn't surrender, he now has additional charges against him. We'll process it through the courts." 

Bratton said that in a preliminary review of the video, he "saw nothing inappropriate" with the officers' behavior, but that internal affairs is investigating. 

In a statement, Patrolmen's Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch said the officers did what they needed to do to take the man into custody.

"Given the current atmosphere on the streets today, people mistakenly think that they have the right to resist arrest and that inevitably leads to confrontation and potential injury," Lynch said. " The use of force in making an arrest is always ugly but is absolutely necessary and appropriate when the suspect resists. These two officers did their job, they did it appropriately and they are to be commended for a job well done."

Private security consultant Manny Gomez agreed. 

"I don't see anything wrong with this video," he told NBC 4 New York. "He was belligerent, resisted arrest and he was in the wrong, period." 

Watching the video, Gomez said it appears officers used minimum force to avoid close contact and to stop George from leaving. 

"He used the bladed stance to keep his weapon away from the subject, and that's for his safety," he said. 

George is facing several charges, including assault on an officer, possession of a weapon and disorderly conduct. Attorney information wasn't immediately clear. 

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<![CDATA[Fake Valet Swindles Man With Disability Parking Pass]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 22:39:09 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/070215+valet+victim.jpg

A man heading to a hotel in Arlington, Virginia thought he was leaving his car with the hotel's valet service -- but a phony valet driver disappeared with his vehicle.

Louis Wolf was heading to a lunchtime meeting Wednesday afternoon at the Courtyard Marriott in Crystal City, but he couldn't find any parking nearby. He walks using a prosthetic leg and wanted to park close to the door.

He noticed a man standing near the entrance of the hotel at 2899 Jefferson Davis Highway.

"I said, 'Are you a valet parking person?' And he said 'Yes,'" Wolf said Thursday. "I said, 'Well, how much is it?' He said, '$15.'"

Perhaps feeling a twinge of guilt, the man told Wolf he could pay him later. Wolf handed over the keys to his black Toyota Prius and tipped the man $5.

He returned to retrieve his car a couple hours later.

“I don’t see him anywhere. I don’t see my car. And it all becomes clear to me real quick," Wolf said.

The hotel's front desk told him they don't offer valet service.

Wolf -- a baseball fan whose red prosthetic leg is printed with the Washington Nationals logo -- said he's kicking himself.

“I’m disappointed in myself for not realizing. But I’m also sad because that car my late wife and I bought new," he said.

A legit valet at a business nearby advised drivers only to use services where claim tickets are handed out, prices are printed and workers wear uniforms.

Now out of a car, his disability parking pass and his prescription glasses, Wolf had these words for the phony valet:

"You weren’t what you said you were, were ya?"



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<![CDATA[Investigator Killed in World Police Games Crash Honored at Vigil]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 23:40:21 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/070215+Investigator+Carlos+Silva.jpg

Fighting tears at a vigil Friday evening, teammates remembered a police investigator from Brazil who was killed in a bicycle collision at the World Police and Fire Games Thursday.

Thousands of miles from his home in Brazil, 48-year-old Carlos Silva, a member of the Civil Police of the Federal District of Brazil, died about 5 p.m. Thursday.

Organizers crafted a service of solemn dignity and honor for Silva Friday. Teammates and others were brought to tears as a recording of Brazil's national anthem played. Chaplains from the Fairfax County fire and police departments offered words of comfort.

"He loved what he do. He loved to be here. He loved to train. And most of all he loved his career and his daughter," Investigator Alexander Manzan said at a press conference Thursday night. Manzan traveled to the Games from Brazil with Silva.

Silva's body was transported from Inova Fairfax Hospital about 10 p.m. by an honor guard by the Fairfax County Police Department. He is survived by his 13-year-old daughter.

Two other riders were in critical condition after the devastating crash -- a 43-year-old man and a 44-year-old man, police said.

"Investigator Silva and our two other officers are our everyday heroes," Fairfax County Police Chief Lt. Col. Edwin C. Roessler Jr. said, with a black ribbon pinned to his uniform.

A rider in a cycling time trial blew a front tire on a downhill portion of the course in Prince William Forest Park about 12:30 p.m., police said. The rider lost control of the bike on Scenic Drive near Turkey Run Road and crashed, causing a chain reaction, police said. The cyclists were wearing the proper safety gear, police said.

Members of the Prince William and Fairfax fire departments immediately helped the victims, along with two off-duty Fairfax County police officers. 

"We are deeply saddened that an athlete participating in the World Police and Fire Games passed away today at the cycling event in Prince William County," Michael Graham, prseident of the World Police and Fire Games Federation and others said in a joint statement. "Two other athletes are severely injured. Please join us as we keep these athletes, their families and friends in our thoughts and prayers during this tragic and challenging time."

The cycling road race event was scheduled to last from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. Events for the remainder of Thursday were canceled.

The World Police and Fire Games have brought 12,000 first responders from 70 countries to events in the capital area. The 10-day event began June 26 and is scheduled to end with a closing ceremony July 5.

The accident comes a day after the Wall Street Journal released an in-depth and telling story on the dangers of downhill cycling.

Carlos Silva's Biography:

Carlos Eugenio Reino da Silva, “Geno”, was born on April 10th, 1967, in Brasilia, the federal capital of Brazil. He received a degree in Geography and Law. In 1990, Geno entered the Civil Police Service of the Federal District, and was a Supervisor of Special Operations of the Civil Police. Geno is survived by his 13 year old daughter, Leticia Bittes Reino, whom he loved very much. His love extended to his relatives who still live in Brazil. Leticia and Geno were best friends and enjoyed traveling together. People who knew him would describe him as young at heart, amazing person, and a wonderful human being. He was always happy and had a very contagious smile, which could be the origin of his other nickname “DENTINHO”, which means “small teeth”. Geno was an athlete and always enjoyed an adventure. Some of the adventures led Geno to competing in the Ironman and Xterra competitions. Geno was not only devoted to his friends and family, but also to his religion. His favorite saint, Saint Rita De Cascia, was known to be a patroness for abused wives and heartbroken women. This suited the profession he chose to help the people of the community. We have all been touched in some way by this loss. Whether we have lost a brother in uniform, a father, or a friend; in speaking with the people close to him it is clear that this world has lost a great person. Geno has left this world far too soon but he is now with his parents in heaven, watching over all.



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<![CDATA[Georgia Avenue Reopens After Water Main Break]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 22:21:42 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2015-07-01_13271.jpg

Water gushed into homes, streets and businesses on a busy stretch of Wheaton, Maryland Wednesday afternoon after a 68-year-old water main burst -- and crews worked for more than a day to reopen Georgia Avenue.

Southbound lanes of Georgia Avenue near Shorefield Road in Wheaton had reopened by 10 p.m. Thursday, 33 hours after a water main break flooded streets with about 2.5 million gallons of water, according to the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission. That's the equivalent of almost four Olympic-size swimming pools.

"What a difference a day makes," the WSSC tweeted

Crews repaired the water main overnight Thursday, but a large hole was still in the roadway early Thursday morning. The southbound lanes of Georgia Avenue were closed between Shorefield Road and Arcola Avenue. All traffic was using the northbound lanes.

"We are hopeful at this point it will be open by the morning," WSSC spokeswoman Lyn Riggins said late Thursday. "We're going to do the best we can. There is a lot of damage to the road." 

The water main break occurred on Georgia Avenue between Shorefield Road and Henderson Avenue about 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission.

One home with six people inside was evacuated as nearly knee-deep water rushed inside. Dr. Wajeed Khan was in his Georgia Avenue office when the water seeped indoors.

"It was truly was like the Mississippi River on both sides of the building, and like Lake Michigan in my office," he said.

The same section of Georgia Avenue flooded two previous times in the past year, Khan and Roger Ramirez, a resident of the flooded home, said.

"This is a classic example of aging infrastructure. When an older pipe like this breaks, we're putting a Band-Aid on it," Riggins said as workers worked to repair the pipe Wednesday evening.

The utility company plans to replace the pipe -- which was installed when Harry Truman was president -- "in the coming months," Riggins said.

WSSC will honor all claims for damage caused by the water main break, the company said.


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<![CDATA[Group Behind Ads Showing Prophet Muhammad Sues Metro]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 21:39:22 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_413603_metro_train_double.jpg

The group that sought to plaster images of the Prophet Muhammad on Washington, D.C., public transportation has sued the Transit Authority on charges it violated the group's First Amendment rights by refusing to post the ads.

Metro banned all political ads after the American Freedom Defense Initiative submitted an image of Muhammad to run as an advertisement on D.C. buses and train stations.

Pamela Geller, founder of AFDI, submitted the "Support Free Speech" ad depicting the winning entry of the controversial "Draw Mohammad" contest to the D.C. Metro Authority. The May event led to a deadly shooting in Garland, Texas.

"Running and hiding is no strategy in a war. Operation Fetal Position is a recipe for disaster," Geller said Thursday in a statement. 

AFDI has run controversial ads on subways and buses in other cities across the country as well — among them Chicago, Philadelphia and San Francisco. In 2012, they were able to get another poster deemed offensive to Muslims on D.C.’s Metro.

The group is listed as an anti-Muslim hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.



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<![CDATA[Child Severely Beaten for Taking Birthday Cake]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 16:59:17 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/070215+Robert+Leroy+Wilson.jpg

A boy is in critical condition after his mother's boyfriend handcuffed him and beat him severely because he was angry the child took a piece of birthday cake, police say.

The juvenile was attacked Tuesday on the 500 block of Lynnehaven Drive, the Hagerstown Police Department said Thursday.

Police were called to the scene Tuesday afternoon after an adult in the home called 911.

When paramedics arrived on the scene, they were turned away by the victim's mother, according to police. She told him the child was simply "congested," police said.

First-responders were called back to the scene about 10:40 p.m. after the child stopped breathing. Officials found him unconscious, unresponsive and not breathing. He had bruises and cuts all over his body, police said.

Officials said the juvenile had been handcuffed and then beaten by his mother's boyfriend, Robert Leroy Wilson. The accused attacker was angry the child had eaten a piece of birthday cake without his permission earlier in the day.

The child was taken to Children's National Medical Center in D.C. because of the severity of his injuries.

Wilson was arrested and has been charged with child abuse, reckless endangerment, and first- and second-degree assault, police said. He is being held at Washington County Detention Center on $600,000 bond.

The victim is just 9 years old, according to WJLA, which was first to report the story. The little boy is not expected to live, a prosecutor said in court Thursday, WJLA reported.



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<![CDATA[VRE Sees Drop in Revenue]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 21:39:02 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20131018+VRE+Trains.jpg

Fares are up but revenue is down on the Virginia Railway Express.

Fare revenue for March and April, the last two reported months, was off by about $150,000.

"People are trying to save money,” said Bryan Jungwirth, of VRE. “We have seen a switch from monthly passes to more 10-ride tickets."

The agency suspects a federal transit benefit to government workers that was cut from $235 per month to $130 per month may also be a factor, Jungwirth said.

Still despite the event setbacks, VRE said it is making improvements and riders are on board. A new station is set to open in Spotsylvania this summer and VRE hopes to double ridership by 2040.

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<![CDATA[Emergency Response Improvements Since 2013 Navy Yard Shooting]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 20:12:44 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000011041597_1200x675_475407939777.jpg Since the 2013 Navy yard shooting, D.C. police and first-responders have greatly improved how they handle emergency situations. News4 I-Team's Scott MacFarlane reports.]]> <![CDATA[Police Officer Sentenced for Assaulting Student]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 20:09:17 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/wilkins_PGPD_survelliance.jpg

A Prince George's County police officer has been sentenced to 60 days of home detention Thursday for assaulting a student.

County Police Officer Charles Pickard was found guilty of second degree second degree assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment after he struck a Suitland High School student in November 2013.

"I thought he was somebody I could run to and talk to when problems [were] going on," Reginald Jacobs, the assault victim, said. 

Pickard worked as a school resource officer at Suitland High School when he approached a student in the hallway. During the incident, Pickard removed his gun belt and placed it on the floor near a crowded hallway as students were being dismissed.

“Anybody could have picked up his weapon, baton or oc spray really creating danger not only for himself but for everyone in that school,” John Erzen, a spokesman for the Prince George’s State Attorney’s Office said.

Pickard punched the student and placed him under arrest. A survelliance video in the hallway captured  the entire encounter. After an internal review of Pickard’s conduct, he was brought to the State’s Attorney’s Office by Prince George’s County Police.

“While we are pleased that Officer Pickard is being held accountable for his actions, we feel that his reckless behavior... was worthy of active incarceration and we are disappointed that he will not serve jail time in this case,” Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said.

However, the Prince George’s county courtroom was half filled with people calling him a great man and mentor.

“It was just stupid and it was something that was an aberration… I’m sure you’ll do the right thing by him," Prince George’s County Court Judge Hassan El-Amin, who was once Pickard’s next door neighbor, said. 

"No one is going to argue with all the good he’s done in the community and the students he’s helped, that’s not in question. On this particular day and with this incident officer Pickard was not protecting anyone he was not helping anyone," Erzen said. 

Additionally, Pickard will have to perform 100 hours of community service and three years of supervised probation. He was ordered to turn himself in and begin his home detention on July 14th.

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<![CDATA[Ex-DC Police Officer Sentenced for Money Laundering]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 19:09:57 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/police_lights_1273673_shutterstock.jpg

A former Metropolitan Police Department detective was sentenced to 15 months in prison Thursday after using money from a drug conspiracy to buy cars and a motorcycle.

Stephanie Ellison, 51, faces a money laundering charge after pleading guilty March 31 with her accomplice Raymond Proctor, 47, prosecutors said.

Proctor was sentenced April 29 to 63 months in prison on drug conspiracy and money laundering charges.

In 2011 and 2013, Ellison conspired with Proctor to purchase a Maserati, a BMW, and a Harley Davidson motorcycle with drug proceeds in order to conceal the nature, source and ownership of the drug money, prosecutors said.

The cars were titled under Ellison’s name, although Proctor used the cars.

In 2010, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Metropolitan Police Department and the Charles County Sheriff’s Department began an investigation.

During the investigation, Proctor sold almost 418 grams of heroin to multiple undercover agents in exchange for cash and export-only cigarettes.

Ellison pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to launder monetary instruments, while Proctor pleaded guilty to to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin and one count of conspiracy to launder monetary instruments.

As part of her plea agreement, Ellison also agreed to the forfeiture of interest in various jewelry items; $5,000 in cash found on Dec. 11, 2012, inside a safe at her residence; the Maserati; the BMW; the Harley Davidson motorcycle; and $47,835 as entry of the forfeiture money judgment.

Additionally, Proctor was ordered to pay a money judgment of $47,835 as forfeiture for the money laundering conspiracy and $41,800 for the narcotics conspiracy.

Ellison, who was arrested in October 2013, had been an MPD officer since 1986. 



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<![CDATA[Wisconsin Is Drunkest State in U.S.: Report]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 18:55:02 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Wisconsin-Beer-Drinking-2-July-2015.jpg

Everything you thought about Wisconsin’s love of beer is true, according to a new report. 

A new study has officially proven what many expected from a state that named its baseball team after its love of breweries: Wisconsinites like to drink.

Detox.net analyzed America’s alcohol consumption from 2011 to 2013 across different states and made a list of states with the most drinkers, based on responses from more than 400,000 interviews.

Wisconsin topped the list, with 65.33 percent of adults saying they had had at least one drink within the past 30 days.

Wisconsin was followed by the District of Columbia (not a state, but considered as one in the survey). Rounding out the top five were Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

And when it comes to binge-drinkers, Wisconsin still tops the list, followed by North Dakota, Washington D.C., Iowa and Illinois. Apparently, the Midwest in known as the “binge drinking belt.”

Among the states with the least drinkers were Utah, West Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama.



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<![CDATA[Dominic Adesanya, White House Fence Jumper, Sentenced]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 17:22:49 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Dominic_Adesanya_courtroom_sketch_sentencing.jpg

A Maryland man was sentenced to time served Thursday after climbing the White House fence in October, 2014 and running through the North Lawn.

Dominic Adesanya, 23, formerly of Bel Air, Md., also was sentenced to one year of supervised release. He must stay away from facilities under the Secret Service’s protection, including the White House, prosecutors said.

He was arrested on the White House grounds on Oct. 22, 2014. He pleaded guilty on April 17 to a charge of entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds.

After crossing the North Lawn, he was taken down by Secret Service officers and K-9 units and briefly hospitalized after suffering dog bites to his arms, back, chest and knee.

Additionally, Adesanya jumped the White House fence twice in July 2014 and is still facing charges from those prior cases, according to online court records.

He has a previous unlawful entry charge at the White House on July 27 and allegedly assaulted police officers while trying to enter the U.S. Treasury building July 30.

Adesanya's attorney, Jonathan Jeffress, has said his client was suffering from schizophrenia, according to the Associated Press.

Wednesday, crews began installing sharp metal spikes on the White House fence in an effort to improve security and prevent would-be intruders from climbing over the fence.



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<![CDATA[Possible Trump Hotels Credit Card Breach]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 18:29:47 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/trumpsmile.jpg Trump Hotels is launching a "thorough investigation" into a possible credit card breach. News4's Erika Gonzalez reports.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Judge, Suspect Reunite]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 13:52:23 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/070215+judge+mindy+glazer+arthur+booth.jpg

A Miami-Dade judge and one of her old middle school classmates had an emotional reunion in court after he was arrested following an alleged burglary and police pursuit.

Arthur Booth, 49, was arrested Monday by Hialeah Police on several charges including burglary, grand theft, fleeing, and resisting arrest.

On Thursday, he went before Judge Mindy Glazer in bond court. Glazer, recognizing Booth from their days at Nautilus Middle School, asked if he had gone there.

"Oh my goodness, oh my goodness," Booth said, as he covered his head and began crying.

"I'm sorry to see you there, I always wondered what happened to you sir," Glazer said, as Booth continued crying. "This was the nicest kid in middle school, he was the best kid in middle school. I used to play football with him, all the kids, and look what has happened."

Booth continued to repeat "Oh my goodness" as Glazer gave him words of encouragement.

"I am so sorry to see you there. Mr. Booth, I hope you are able to change your ways, good luck to you," she said. "What's sad is how old we've become. Good luck to you sir, I hope you are able to come out of this ok and just lead a lawful life."

According to an arrest report, Booth was spotted driving a gold Honda Accord that was a vehicle suspected of being involved in a home burglary. When an officer tried to stop the Accord, Booth took off, and a pursuit began, the report said.

Booth ran stop signs and was involved in two accidents before crashing the car in the area of Northwest 36th Street and North River Drive, the report said. Booth fled on foot but was caught a short time later, authorities said.

Booth's bond was set at $43,000. It was unknown if he's hired an attorney.

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<![CDATA[Thousands in U.S. Diagnosed With Tuberculosis Every Year]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 18:16:53 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/tlmd_1_tuberculosis.jpg It may seem like an illness of the past, but 10,000 people are diagnosed with tuberculosis every year in the United States. News4's Doreen Gentzler reports.

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<![CDATA[Federal Government Investigates Airline Ticket Prices]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 18:14:07 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/107846319.jpg The federal government is launching an investigation into whether or not four major airlines have been conspiring together to increase ticket prices. News4's Erika Gonzalez reports.

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<![CDATA[Md. Man Used Selfie Stick to Record Woman ]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 15:45:04 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_246499726.jpg

A Bethesda man has been accused of using a selfie stick to record videos of a woman who lived above him, according to Montgomery County Police. 

Donald F. Beard, 60, allegedly recorded the videos through a window using a camera attached to a long, metal pole. Police say Beard continued this behavior for more than a year.

Detectives found 16 videos of the woman, including one clip showing her naked, on Beard’s electronic devices.

He told police he wanted to collect evidence of the woman’s affairs with married men, so he could tell their wives, according to court documents.

Beard is facing four charges, including using a camera to record a private residence.

In a statement to The Washington Post, Beard's attorney Stanley J. Reed said his client will not plead guilty.



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<![CDATA[Bowie Md. Firefighter Remains Hospitalized After Battling Fire]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 15:43:06 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_269827886.jpg

A Bowie, Maryland, firefighter remains hospitalized after suffering a medical emergency while battling a house fire Wednesday.

Prince George’s County firefighters went to a house fire on the 16200 block of Pointer Ridge Drive about 7 p.m. and found smoke and a fire in the kitchen.

After the fire was put out, a 22-year-old volunteer firefighter stated he felt ill, possibly from fatigue and dehydration, the fire department said.

He was transported to a nearby hospital and admitted overnight for additional tests and treatment. He is reported to be in good condition.

Firefighters said food cooking on the stove was the cause of the fire, which is the leading cause of fires and fire related injuries in Prince George’s County and the country, according to the fire department.

The Red Cross assisted the resident in finding temporary shelter.

Firefighters were unable to rescue the four cats inside the house. One pet was found deceased and the others were not located.



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