<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Top Stories]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.com en-us Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:35:08 -0400 Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:35:08 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Thousands Attend White House Easter Egg Roll ]]> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:05:52 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/485901889.jpg

More than 30,000 people from across the U.S. rolled eggs, did yoga and learned healthy eating habits as they participated in the 136th annual White House Easter Egg Roll.

First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative inspired this year's event, and the "Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape" theme was apparent in most of the events, including an "Eggtivity Zone Obstacle Course," Yoga Garden, basketball and tennis on the presidential courts, and Hop to It! -- an instructional dance party.

Twelve-year-old singer Cam Anthony performed the National Anthem before the president and first lady spoke briefly to the crowd.

"Just enjoy. All you have to do from this point is have fun," Michelle Obama said to the White House guests and event volunteers.

President Obama quickly moved on to preside over an egg roll race as children -- some of the tiniest assisted by parents -- used spoons to roll eggs from one side of the course to the other. The Easter Bunny also looked on.

Singers Ariana Grande and Candice Glover and DJ Beauty & the Beatz are set to take the Rock 'n' Egg Roll stage Monday. Other special guests will include former Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan, former NBA start Adrian Dantley, Olympic fencer Maria Cruz Garcia and sports journalist Bonnie Bernstein.

Tickets were distributed via an online lottery back in March.

Guests were in for "egg-cellent" weather; sunny skies and temperatures nearing 70 degrees are on tap for Monday.

The event ends at 6:45 p.m. Monday; guests move through in waves according to their timed tickets.

The Easter Egg Roll is held annually the Monday after Easter on the south lawn of the White House. The tradition of rolling colored eggs down the White House lawn was started by President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1878. 

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<![CDATA["Yeezy" Sneaker Shooting]]> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:17:23 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/yeezy+sneaker.jpg

A Brooklyn 15-year-old was shot in the foot after cutting a line of customers waiting to buy a pair of coveted $250 sneakers Saturday morning, police say.

The boy was shot outside a Foot Locker on Knickerbocker Avenue in Bushwick about 6 a.m. as he and other customers waited outside the store for the chance to buy a pair of Nike Foamposite Pro Premium "Yeezy" shoes, named for Kanye West, police say.

After the boy cut in line, one of the customers left and returned with a handgun, police say. The shooter fired the gun four times, with one of the bullets hitting the 15-year-old in the foot.

The boy was taken to the hospital and is expected to survive, according to the NYPD. The shooter has not been arrested.

Earlier this month, there was nearly a riot after hundreds of people lined up outside a Soho sneaker store for the debut of a different model of Nike Foamposite sneakers, according to the New York Post. The store canceled the sale after customers got unruly.

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<![CDATA[Would-Be Robber Crashes Vehicle Into Md. CVS]]> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 06:56:41 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/215*120/car+into+cvs.jpg

A would-be robber ran their vehicle into the storefront of a Forestville, Md., pharmacy in an attempt to rob it, Prince George's County Police said Monday.

Officers were called to the CVS in the 7000 block of Marlboro Pike around 3 a.m. Monday. According to police, the suspect tried to use their vehicle to smash the business' storefront.

While the building suffered some significant damage, the ATM was not taken from the store.

No suspect information is available at this time.

The incident is under investigation.

<![CDATA[Abducted Toddler Found Safe in Virginia]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:23:25 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Rodney+Bryant+Tamiyah+Elssy+Bryant.jpg

North Carolina has cancelled issued an Amber Alert for a 10-month-old girl after she was found unharmed in Emporia, Va.

Emporia police said a customer at a McDonald's restaurant spotted the suspect's vehicle and dialed 911. Officers arrived and arrested her father, Rodney Francis Bryant, 26.

The baby, Tamiyah Elssy Bryant, was unharmed. Durham, N.C., police are transporting the mother to Emporia to be reunited with her baby.

Durham police said the child was taken early Saturday morning, and Rodney Bryant had made threats to kill himself and the child.

Prince George’s County, Md., police said earlier Sunday they thought Rodney Bryant may be passing through in the area, but did not provide any further details. There were also indications he may have been headed to Atlanta.

Rodney Bryant will be extradited from Virginia to face charges in North Carolina.

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<![CDATA[Historic Athlete, Publisher William "Bill" Blair Dies]]> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:40:58 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/041914+Elite+News+William+Blair.jpg

William "Bill" Blair, a man who made history and later helped record North Texas history as a newspaper publisher passed away Sunday, according to family members. Blair was 92.

Blair was the publisher of The Elite News newspaper, which focused coverage of the black community for decades. The newspaper was the primary sponsor of the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day parade, one of the largest events in the nation honoring the slain civil rights leader.

Blair's family told NBC 5 that he will be laid to rest on Friday, April 25, but further details are pending.

Blair was born in Dallas on Oct. 17, 1921. He attended Booker T. Washington High School and Prairie View A&M University.  He enlisted in the United States Army and became the youngest black first sergeant during World War II.  Between 1946-1951, Blair pitched for the Indianapolis Clowns and other Negro League baseball teams.

In 1947, Blair founded the Highlight News. That was followed by the Southwest Sports News, which published scores from black college games. In 1960, the newspaper was renamed The Elite News.

In 2010, NBC 5 profiled The Elite News for a story. In an interview with NBC 5's Kristi Nelson, Blair's son Jordan said, "our niche is the church community and doing things within our community, covering our stories that people normally don't cover."

William Blair later lost his son Jordan in February 2012 to cancer.

In June 2012, Blair donated his collection of newspaper materials and Negro League memorabilia to the University of Texas at Arlington.

In addition to being a publisher and athlete, Blair fought for civil rights and helped recognize church leaders with the Religious Hall of Fame that began in 2004.

The City of Dallas renamed Rochester Park William "Bill" Blair Jr. Park in 2011. 

Blair’s son, Darryl Blair, has been handed the legacy of the family’s print business.

“My dad — his challenge was to us, once a task has begun, never stop until it’s done,” he said, adding that his father’s vision for the paper was to “promote people” and “the good of our community”.

Blair said his father’s message to his children, as well as the politicians and community leaders he supported in its pages, was simple: “Do what you can do.”

“His failure was that he didn’t know how to say no even in light of insurmountable opposition and obstacles. He would try to overcome. He just believed in what he could do.”

A memorial service for Blair will be held Friday at Concord Baptist Church at 6808 Pastor Bailey Drive in Dallas. The service is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.

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<![CDATA[Group Sought in Triple Shooting in SE]]> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 00:12:03 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/triple+shooting1.jpg

Metropolitan Police are searching for a group of people who were involved in an Easter Sunday shooting that injured three men in Southeast D.C.

The shooting occurred just before 5 p.m. in an alleyway near the intersection of 14th and Cedar streets SE.

A woman said she heard 20 shots in rapid succession, although it's unknown how many people may have been shooting.

Authorities said all the victims were males in their late teens or in early 20s.

All three victims were shot in the lower extremities. Two of the victims walked to a fire station about a block away from the intersection. The third victim was found lying in the street.

All were transported to local hospitals. Their injuries are described as non-life threatening, reported News4's Darcy Spencer.

Violence coming on Easter Sunday left some neighborhood residents shaking their heads.

"It's a day of peace; you know, a day of love," said one man. "To have something like this happen, I don't know.... Twenty-something shots, that's incredible."

"I think it's terrible.... I mean, Easter, come on, you don't have anything better to do?" said another man, who volunteers at a nearby church.

The investigation is ongoing. A motive in the shooting is unknown.

U.S. Park Police, whose jurisdiction includes the Frederick Douglass House near the scene of the shooting, were assisting MPD via a helicopter search of the area.

"Right now we're doing a canvas; we're using Park Police assets to look on the Frederick Douglass House, for their land, and right now we're just conducting the scene with our detectives," said Lt. John Alter of the Metropolitan Police Department.

<![CDATA[D.C. Runners Return to Boston Marathon]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 23:23:12 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000006193719_1200x675_232541763763.jpg News4's Erika Gonzalez found out the D.C.-area runners headed to Boston all had a different reason for running the race this year.]]> <![CDATA[Two Deputies Hurt as Shoplifting Suspect Flees]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:46:29 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/costco+suspect.jpg

Two Loudoun County Sheriff’s deputies were injured when they tried to stop a shoplifter from fleeing the scene on Saturday afternoon.

Police said a suspect was trying to take televisions from a Costco store in Sterling, Va., when deputies confronted him. The suspect got into his car and closed the door on one deputy’s hand.

A second deputy tried to grab the suspect through the window, but the suspect began driving away. The deputy was dragged about 60 feet before the vehicle hit the patrol car.

Both deputies were taken to a local hospital, where they were treated and released. The suspect was seeing leaving the scene in a 2004 to 2006 Acura with New York state license plates.

<![CDATA[Nurse Stabbed at L.A. Hospital]]> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:25:46 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/160*120/LAgenerics+crime+scene+police+tape+do+not+cross.jpg

A nurse was in critical condition after allegedly being stabbed by a man who bypassed a hospital’s weapons screening area in Sylmar early Sunday.

Authorities said 26-year-old Romero Carnailla ran into the Olive View-UCLA Medical Center, located in the 14400 block of Olive View Drive around 2 a.m., according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Security and law enforcement officers were searching the hospital for the man until they heard a woman screaming. They found her a short time later suffering from stab wounds to her upper and lower torso, officials said.

She was taken to a trauma center in critical condition.

Authorities took Carnailla into custody. A knife was found at the hospital, deputies said.

Officials said it appears the attacker did not know the victim.

Carnailla faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon and battery, sheriff's officials said. He was being held on $55,000 bail.

County Services Bureau, a law enforcement operation that presides over nearly 200 Los Angeles County facilities, was handling the investigation.

The incident marked the first of two stabbing attacks on an on-duty nurse in Southern California on the same day.

Later Sunday morning, another nurse was stabbed by a man at a Torrance hospital. She suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

<![CDATA[Discovery Channel Scuttles Everest Stunt After Tragedy]]> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 06:40:55 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/mount+everest+climb.JPG

A televised stunt on Mount Everest that was supposed to have aired on the Discovery Channel next month has been canceled, days after an avalanche on the world's highest peak claimed the lives of at least 13 Sherpa guides.

Veteran climber Joby Ogwyn, a wing-suit flier and BASE jumper, had been planning to attempt the first wing-suit jump off the summit on May 11, a feat set to be aired live, NBC News reported. He said Saturday he had lost his Sherpa team in the Friday tragedy.

"In light of the overwhelming tragedy at Mt. Everest and respect for the families of the fallen, Discovery Channel will not be going forward with Everest Jump Live. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the whole Sherpa community," Discovery spokeswoman Laurie Goldberg said.

The avalanche that swept down the mountain's upper slope Friday was the deadliest disaster ever recorded on Everest.

<![CDATA[Easter Sunday Services in D.C.]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:54:59 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000006192246_1200x675_232384067713.jpg Families in the District headed to church for Easter Sunday services. Derrick Ward reports.]]> <![CDATA[One Dead, Three Hurt as Truck Hit in Side]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:40:41 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/police_and_ems_for_pic_1200x675_168888387588.jpg

Maryland State Police said one person was killed and three others injured when a truck trying to cross Route 15 in Emmitsburg was hit by an oncoming car Sunday afternoon.

Troopers said a Ford truck on Motter’s Station Road attempted to cross northbound Route 15 when it was struck in the side by a Ford Explorer. The driver of the truck, Charles Stambaugh, 87, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Explorer, Mary Hilton, 44, and two other people were injured in the accident. They were taken to Gettysburg Hospital. Their conditions are unknown.

<![CDATA[Teen Dies After Falling From SUV]]> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:31:03 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Memorial-for-Arlington-teen.jpg

A 17-year-old Texas girl died Saturday morning after she was hit by a moving vehicle that she fell from, police said.

At about 2:45 a.m. Saturday, police responded to a call on the 1500 block of South Cooper Street in Arlington. When officers arrived at the address they found Lelys Leyva-Monreal injured in the roadway; three others were trying to help her.

According to police, Monreal and four other passengers were inside a sport utility vehicle traveling southbound on South Cooper Street. As the vehicle was moving, Monreal began hanging out of an open window.

One of the passengers attempted to pull Monreal back inside the vehicle but was unsuccessful. The young woman exited through the window and landed on the roadway. She was then struck by the moving SUV, police said in a news release.

The driver stopped and three of the passengers came to her aid. However, the driver went back to the vehicle and took off, leaving the other passengers on the roadway with Monreal.

The young woman was transported to Medical Center in Arlington by an ambulance and died a short time later due to her injuries, police said.

Officials do not know if alcohol was involved and it's unknown if Monreal fell or jumped from the SUV window.

Crash investigators have been able to locate the driver of the SUV after speaking to witnesses, said police. 

<![CDATA[1 Dead in SUV Apartment Crash]]> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:07:45 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/web-giselle.jpg

A vigil was held Sunday night for a beloved teenage girl who was killed in her sleep when an SUV plowed into her bedroom at an apartment building in Southern California.

Emergency personnel responded around 3:50 a.m. Sunday to reports of a vehicle into a building near Avenue R and 10th Street in Palmdale, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Two affected units of the apartment complex were evacuated after the Nissan Pathfinder careened into the complex.

Giselle Mendoza, a 16-year-old sophomore at Palmdale High School, was pronounced dead when firefighters arrived at the apartment, officials said. Officials said she likely died on impact.

Authorities arrested 20-year-old driver Roberto Rodriguez on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. Preliminary reports indicated that his blood-alcohol level was twice the legal limit, sheriff's officials said.

Rodriguez faces charges of DUI and vehicular manslaughter. He was released on $100,000 bail Sunday night and was due in court Tuesday, April 22.

At the time of his release, Rodriguez expressed condolences to the family, but would not respond to NBC4's questions over whether he was drinking or what caused the deadly crash. 

“Sincerely, I’m sorry. It wasn’t my intention. Just, I'm sorry," Rodriguez told NBC4's Gadi Schwartz.

Mendoza’s grieving family members said they want justice. The father said it seemed too soon that Rodriguez had been released.

“Me and my brother loved her so much,” said the girl’s sister, Yadira Mendoza, as she struggled to hold back tears. “She passed away and they couldn’t do nothing for her.”

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sgt. David Sauer said Rodriguez, pictured right, may have been driving home when he missed his turn.

"We just heard a witness who said that he estimated the speed to be about 80 miles an hour," Sauer said.

About half of the 11-unit complex was eventually evacuated due to leaking fuel, officials said. Residents would be allowed to return once the SUV was removed from the building.

A candlelight vigil was held for Mendoza at 8 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Maryland State Trooper Injured in Accident]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 09:34:20 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/160*124/maryland+state+police.jpg

A Maryland State Police trooper was injured when her cruiser was hit by another vehicle on the Washington Beltway Sunday morning.

Police said the incident occurred on the outer loop near Route 202 in the Landover area. The trooper was stopped behind a bus when her vehicle was struck.

The trooper suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Two lanes on the beltway were closed due to the accident.

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<![CDATA[6 Shot During Easter Party]]> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:44:30 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/montgomery+easter+shooting.jpg

Six people were shot Sunday while attending an Easter gathering in a Chicago suburb.

Officials said a group of people were in a garage for an Easter party around 12:30 a.m. in the 1300 block of Jackson Street in far west suburban Montgomery when someone started shooting.

Four men and two women were shot. Five people were transported from the scene and one person was taken to an area hospital by a friend, according to Montgomery Police Chief Daniel Meyers.

It was not immediately clear what their conditions were.

Children were in the home at the time of the shooting, but no children were injured, according to authorities.

Meyers said the residents of the home had not had prior incidents involving shootings or gangs, but noted police plan to look into any activity at the home over the last few weeks.

“This area is pretty quiet,” he said.

Police are searching for a male suspect, Meyers said.

“We’ll continue this [investigation] for days until we have a suspect or someone in custody,” Meyers said.

Police ask that anyone with information on the shooting call area crime stoppers at (630) 892-1000.

<![CDATA[Father of Slain Boy Seeks Justice]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:20:36 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/%5BNECN%5DJeremiah_Oliver.jpg

The father of 5-year-old Jeremiah Oliver, whose body was found Friday off a Massachusetts highway, is seeking justice for his murder.

Jose Oliver, Jeremiah’s father, is sad, angry and demanding answers as to how his young son ended up wrapped in a blanket, stuffed in a suitcase on the side of the road.

“I want answers,” said Oliver, outside his New Britain, Conn., home just hours after receiving the news from the medical examiner. “It brings some kind of peace but not no closure because he’s dead. I didn’t get to enjoy him.”

The Worcester County District Attorney confirmed Saturday that the body found along Interstate 190 in Sterling, Mass., was that of the missing boy.

The active, happy-go-lucky kid lived with his mother, two siblings and his mother’s boyfriend. His father says it’s been two years since he last saw his children.

“He was always happy. He had that puppy dog look in his eyes and that smile. Just innocent. An innocent kid.”

Jeremiah was last seen by relatives in September but wasn't reported missing until December after his 7-year old sister told school counselors she hadn’t seen him in weeks. Authorities have said they feared he was dead.

Jeremiah's mother, Elsa Oliver, 28, pleaded not guilty in March to charges including kidnapping, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and reckless endangerment, according to The Associated Press. Her boyfriend, Alberto Sierra, 23, pleaded not guilty to similar charges.

The fallout from Jeremiah’s disappearance got three Massachusetts Department of Children and Families employees fired.

According to police, Jeremiah’s demeanor hid an allegedly tumultuous home life. The family was being monitored by state social workers for two years after allegations of abuse and neglect first surfaced in 2011.

An investigation following the disappearance found that the assigned social worker missed mandatory monthly visits for months leading up to the disappearance.

The grieving father places a lot of blame on the state.

“The three people from DCF that got fired? I don’t think that’s enough. I believe they should go to jail too for neglect on my son,” says Oliver, who refused to discuss the potential of any future lawsuit against the state.

Olga Roche, DCF Commissioner, released a statement saying they’re deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Jeremiah and their focus is now on his two remaining siblings.

However, with the shock still settling in, Jose is left to only wonder what could have been.

“I asked him once, ‘what do you wanna be when you grow up?’  He said, “I wanna be a police officer,” Oliver said, holding back tears.  “They took that away from him.”

Oliver says he’s heading to Fitchburg, Mass., on Sunday. No funeral arrangements have been made at this point.

<![CDATA[New Sketch Released of Convenience Store Clerk Shooter]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 07:46:27 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/spotsylvania+clerk+shooter+suspect.jpg

The Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office released a composite sketch of the suspect in the shooting of a convenience store clerk in March.

The sketch was released on the Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page.

Deputies said the suspect shot clerk Kelly Wood twice in the head in the Fas Mart store of Brock Road shortly before 3 a.m. He then grabbed a locked cabinet containing ephedrine from the counter.

The suspect is described as a white man, 25 to 40 years old, 5’6” to 5’8” tall, weighing 200 to 230 pounds with a reddish brown bear or goatee. He was last seen wearing a black hoodie, khakis pants, and gloves.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Spotsylvania County Crime Solves at 540-582-5822 or 1-800-928-5822.

<![CDATA[Fourth Grader Wants to Build Bridges as Junior Mayor]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:10:11 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/junior_mayor_emma_leath.jpg

A fourth grader will debut as Gaithersburg's junior mayor this week.

Emma Leath will join Mayor Sidney Katz for the State of the City address Thursday. Next month, Emma will be sworn in as the official junior mayor at a City Council meeting.

She won the job in an "If I were Mayor" contest out of more than 200 submissions.

When asked to name a big problem the people of Gathersburg face, Emma chose pedestrian safety. She suggests pedestrian-only bridges and tunnels as a possible solution.

If you want to read her essay, you can find it here.


<![CDATA[Boy and Girl Die in NY House Fire]]> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 06:57:36 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/siblings+killed+queens+fire.jpg

A brother and sister, both 4 years old, died Sunday after a fire erupted in a Far Rockaway home that may have been sparked by one of them playing with a lighter, officials said.

The blaze began in the basement of the home on Bay 30th Street just before midnight. 

Within minutes of police and firefighters arriving, the children were carried outside and rescue workers tried to resuscitate them as neighbors watched. They were pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

Officials said the children, half-siblings, died of smoke inhalation. Authorities have identified the boy as Jai'Launi Tinglin and the girl as Ayini Tinglin.

Another 4-year-old girl, Jai'Launi's twin, along with a 55-year-old aunt and their 63-year-old grandfather, were also inside the home at the time. They were taken to hospitals, were listed in stable condition.

A firefighter who suffered a minor injury was treated and released from a hospital.

One of the aunt's coworkers said the family is devastated.

"It's a very close-knit family, they are really upset, just trying to put the pieces together and figure out what the next step is going to be," said Joseph Ferramosca.

Authorities said there were no working smoke detectors in the home.

At St. Patrick's Cathedral on Sunday, Cardinal Timothy Dolan offered prayers for the children who died in the fire.

"We hold up to the Lord the needs of those for whom this Easter Sunday morning might still seem like the darkness of Good Friday. We think of that family that lost those two little children in the fire last night here in New York," Dolan said.

<![CDATA[MPD Officer Found Dead, Sources Say]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 07:12:27 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/160*120/BloPnLBCMAAv3iE.jpg

An MPD officer was found dead in his Southeast D.C. in his apartment Saturday afternoon, a high-ranking police source told News4's Darcy Spencer.

The deceased has been identified as 56-year-old Johnny Jones. His body was found inside his apartment building in the 2600 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE.

The cause or circumstances of Jones' death are unknown. Authorities said there were no obvious signs of trauma or foul play.

Sources also tell News4 the officer was under internal investigation for alleged inappropriate activity while he was on-duty in a police cruiser.

He had been a long-time police officer.

Authorities said they received a report of an unconscious person and found Jones' body around 3:15 p.m. Saturday. Around 6 p.m., MPD's public information office confirmed there is an ongoing death investigation, although they had not confirmed the death is that of an MPD officer.

A neighbor told Spencer that police apparently went to the building Saturday when he did not show up at work. A maintenance worker let in police.

Jones was well-regarded in his apartment building, and neighbors told Spencer they had no idea he was facing trouble on the job.

"He was a good person. Everybody's good in their own way," said a neighbor who didn't want her name used.

Neighbors said Jones had lived in the building for about a year and provided security.

"Once we found out that he was there, we had some other type of security that was around here that didn't do no good, but as far as when we found out he was around here, I mean, it helped," said neighbor John McCrea.

Jones' body was send to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and will undergo an autopsy.

Photo Credit: Darcy Spencer]]>
<![CDATA[14-Year-Old Girl Missing From D.C.]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 06:56:58 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/sincere2.jpg

Police are asking for help finding a 14-year-old girl missing from D.C.

Sincere Stewart was last seen Friday in the 600 block of Milwaukee Place SE.

Sincere is 5'3" tall, weighs about 160 pounds, and has black braided hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a gray hooded jacket, black jeans, blue Nike Jordan shoes, and a white headband.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 202-727-9099.

<![CDATA[D.C.'s Snowy Owl Gets New Home]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 06:56:58 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/snowy+owl+released.jpg

A rare snowy owl whose plight drew national attention after it was apparently hit by a bus in the nation's capital has been released to the wild.

The injured owl was found in downtown Washington in late January and taken to the National Zoo before being transferred to a Washington, D.C., wildlife rehabilitation center. It underwent rehabilitation at The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota, which has expertise in replacing damaged feathers.

The owl was released on Saturday into an area where a significant number of snowy owls have been observed over the past few winters.

"The snowy flew off with strong steady wingbeats, showing off the new flight feathers supplied by The Raptor Center,” said executive director Julia Ponder. “He is in great condition and will hopefully head back north in the coming days," said Ponder.

Snowy owls are native to the Arctic, but were seen all along the East Coast this winter as far south as Florida.

Photo Credit: The Raptor Center, University of Minnesota]]>
<![CDATA[Man's Legs Severed by Train]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 06:57:18 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/SEPTA+Generic+Train.JPG

A man had both of his legs severed on Friday after being run over by a SEPTA Regional Rail train.

The unidentified 47-year-old man was struck by a Manayunk-Norristown train near Ross Road, not far from the Bridgeport Station in Plymouth Township, Pa. around 9:30 p.m. on Friday, a SEPTA spokesperson told NBC10.com.

SEPTA said the conductor tried to stop but couldn't in time.

The victim was taken to the hospital in extremely critical condition -- both of his legs amputated, according to the spokesperson.

Several trains on the Manayunk-Norristown line were canceled Friday night due to the incident. By Saturday morning all train service returned to normal.

Plymouth Township Police and SEPTA investigated the incident.

Police told NBC10 that the incident appeared to be an attempted suicide and that the man threw himself in the path of the train.

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<![CDATA[Three Hurt as House Party Gets Out of Control]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 06:56:56 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/montgomery+county+police.jpg

Montgomery County police said a house party promoted on a social platform got out of control early Saturday morning, resulting in three people being injured from knife wounds.

Officials said a party was held on Alloway Court in Potomac, Md., and the invitations went out via Instagram, a social media platform for images and photos. Apparently, the number of people who arrived got out of control and police said the host told everyone to leave.

A short time later, police were called to the scene because of a disturbance and found people congregating outside the house, but no one injured.

Police received a call from a local hospital that two men showed up; one, a 20-year-old, suffering from a stab wound and the other, a 18-year-old, with injuries to his face and body.

A short time later, another hospital contacted police after a 15-year old boy came into the ER suffering from a stab would. Investigators determined all three victims were at the party.

There have been no arrests so far, and police said most of the people attending the party were in their late teens and early 20s.




<![CDATA[Restaurant Charges Thousands]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 09:21:43 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/179*120/del-taco-web.jpg

When Austin Dillon checked his bank statement online Friday morning and found thousands of dollars missing from his account, he thought for a moment that he might be a victim of identity theft.

It only took a couple of scrolls for the 33-year-old Oxnard, Calif., man to realize where the missing money went: His trip to a Santa Paula Del Taco fast food restaurant cost him $4,260.

“On my actual receipt it said $4.26,” Dillon said. “I thought it was funny. I figured it would be an easy fix.”

A quick call to his bank and Dillon’s money was back in his account, but he soon found out that other affected customers weren’t so lucky. About 10 customers gathered at the restaurant Friday morning with complaints of being overcharged, and some had gone into negative balances after a technical error affecting ATM and credit card transactions tacked on thousands of dollars to bills.

“I had the money in my account,” Dillon said. “If it had been before Christmas it might have knocked me out of the water.”

About 150 people who ordered from the food chain were mistakenly charged, but a spokesman with Del Taco said all charges will be refunded.

"They were really cool about it," Dillon said. "They were super apologetic."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Woman Stabbed, Killed; Suspect Arrested]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 00:51:58 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000006186914_1200x675_231346755988.jpg

Metropolitan Police Department detectives have made an arrest in the stabbing death of a woman early Saturday morning in southeast D.C.

India Chapple, 26, of southeast Washington, was found with an apparent stab wound in the 2500 block of Pomeroy Road. Medical personnel transported her to a local hospital for treatment, but she was later pronounced dead.

Detectives arrested Tracy Mathis, 30, of southeast Washington, and charged him with second-degree murder.

Police have not released a motive for the attack.

<![CDATA[Submerged Truck Linked to Cold Case]]> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 06:56:41 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-000053.jpg

The discovery of a submerged pickup with skeletal remains in Lake Granbury, Texas, on Thursday may have solved the mystery of a woman who disappeared 35 years ago.

The truck was found near the Lake Bridge on Business 377 in Granbury.

Investigators believe the remains are those of Helen Hollady who disappeared in September 1979.

According to Sheriff Roger Deeds, a city employee first spotted the truck partially submerged in the lake as they were driving near the bridge on Pearl Street and called police.

"The first thing we were thinking was, 'We've been looking for Miss Holladay for years.'"

Sheriff Deeds said the front and rear of the pick-up truck were sticking out of the water.

"When we pulled the vehicle out, we found the skeletal remains of a person and also found identifying information with the body to tie it to Miss Holladay," said Deeds.

Deeds said old police reports said there was some disturbance at the weekend home of Holladay in the Whippoorwill Bay subdivision north of the lake.

The disturbance was between Holladay and her husband Herman. Herman Holladay was a suspect when Helen was reported missing, according to police. 

"Miss Hollady left the home after the disturbance and was last seen heading South towards Granbury on Highway 51." said Deeds. And that was the last time anyone heard from her or saw Helen Holladay.

Holladay's husband died in the 1980s.

Two surviving daughters have been informed about the discovery, the sheriff said.

Deeds also said over the past 35 years the have been searching for Holladay but couldn't find the 1970s model Chevy truck because it was covered in sediment which has built up on the vehicle over the past 35 years.

Deeds guessed the pickup was submerged in 15 feet of water until the lake levels recently began dropping and was about the same distance from the shore.

He said DNA testing to confirm the identify of the body could take weeks.

"It's not a total closure but at least the question of where mom has been all these years, we think we just solved that," Deeds said.

NBC 5's Scott Gordon contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[One Killed after Truck Hits Ditch, Overturns]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:59:29 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ambulance-shutterstock_12161325.jpg

Virginia State Police said one man was killed after a vehicle overturned in Loudoun County early Saturday morning.

Police said the crash occurred on Route 7, just beyond Yellow Schoolhouse Road. The truck ran off the right side of the road, into a ditch, and overturned.

Investigators said the driver was not wearing a seat belt and was partially ejected from the truck. He died at the scene.

The driver who died was Eddie W. Todd, 45, of Philomont, Va. Investigators said speed was a factor in the crash.

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