<![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 Sun, 23 Nov 2014 19:17:27 -0500 Sun, 23 Nov 2014 19:17:27 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Marion Barry, "Mayor for Life", Dies at 78]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 19:02:14 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP070613024655.jpg

Marion Barry, an icon of D.C. politics good and bad for more than 40 years, has died at age 78.

"It is with deep regret that the family of former four-time D.C. Mayor, and Ward 8 City Councilman, Marion S. Barry, Jr., announces that he has passed," read a statement early Sunday from Barry's family.

Barry had been hospitalized at Howard University Hospital Thursday after complaining of a urinary tract infection. He was released Saturday, and family members said he seemed to feel well. "In his own words, he was 'fantabulous' -- his words, not mine," said Barry spokeswoman LaToya Foster at an early-morning press conference at United Medical Center.

Sunday morning, Barry visited with his son, Christopher, and then stopped to eat. On his way back into his home from the car, Barry collapsed. His driver brought him inside the home, unresponsive.

Barry was taken to United Medical Center at about 12:15 a.m. Sunday, and was pronounced dead at about 1:45 a.m.

Reaction poured in as news of Barry's death spread early Sunday morning. "He loved the District of Columbia and so many Washingtonians loved him," D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray said in a statement that expressed "deep sadness" and promised "official ceremonies worthy of a true statesman of the District of Columbia."

Gray ordered flags at all D.C. buildings to be flown at half-staff beginning Sunday in Barry's honor.

In a statement released Sunday, incoming D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said, "Mayor Marion Barry gave a voice to those who need it most."

Barry had recently taped an interview with Oprah Winfrey for her show, "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" The Barry family statement indicated that the interview — which included his new book, "Mayor For Life: the Incredible Story of Marion Barry, Jr." — still would air Sunday at 9 p.m.

Barry served four terms as mayor and had a lock on the D.C. Council’s Ward 8 seat. But along with that huge political success, many personal failures marked his turbulent life.

Early on in his career, the Washington City Paper dubbed him “Mayor for Life.” He confounded critics who railed against his melodramatic life, even as he basked in the admiration of forgiving citizens who looked to him as their champion.

The son of a Mississippi sharecropper, Barry emerged from the student and civil rights activism of the 1960s to serve on the elected D.C. school board and D.C. Council.

In 1979, Barry began serving the first of three consecutive terms as D.C.’s second elected mayor. His pro-business policies helped spur economic development. He built civic programs for youth and senior citizens, and opened the city government to many African-American professionals, who previously had been shut out.

But lackluster city services, like slow snow removal and lost city ambulances, dogged Barry's administration. He battled a soaring homicide rate among the worst in the nation, and vowed a war on illegal drugs even as rumors about his own drug addiction swirled around Washington.

Barry's stature crumbled spectacularly in 1990, when an FBI sting videotaped Barry smoking crack cocaine in Washington’s Vista Hotel.

Barry famously complained that he had been set up by former girlfriend Rasheeda Moore, an FBI informant.

Barry’s federal trial turned into a drama of prosecution charges and persecution complaints. Out of 14 drug charges, a jury convicted Barry of a single misdemeanor possession charge. U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson sentenced him to six months in prison, the maximum punishment.

Many thought the scandal would finish Barry's political career.

But in 1992, Barry emerged from prison and began his comeback right at the prison gate. Just months later he won the Ward 8 council seat from longtime ally and four-term incumbent Wilhelmina Rolark.

In 1994, he swept back into the mayor’s office for a fourth term, trouncing failed reform Mayor Sharon Pratt Kelly. Congress reacted sharply to concerns over another term for Barry and Kelly’s massive debt by creating a five-member federal control board to run the city over Barry.

Barry appointed then-obscure Anthony Williams as his chief financial officer. Acerbic and shy compared to Barry, Williams won the mayor’s office in 1998 when Barry chose not to seek re-election.

Barry returned to the political limelight in 2004, winning Ward 8 over another former ally, Sandy Allen. Waving off criticism of disloyalty, Barry said it wasn’t personal — it was politics.

In recent years, Barry easily won re-election in Ward 8. But he suffered from declining health, and received a kidney transplant.

Other controversies endured: failing to file income taxes, being censured for steering a city contract to a girlfriend, and making insensitive remarks about Asian storeowners and Filipina nurses, to whom he later apologized after stinging public criticism.

In August, Barry was involved in a wrong-way accident on Pennsylvania Avenue. Barry blamed low blood sugar that had made him disoriented.

But of the six mayors who’ve served the city since home rule began in the 1970s, it was Barry’s Mayor for Life personality and rollercoaster career that helped define D.C. politics for decades.

Barry first came to D.C. with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. He later helped establish and run Pride, an inner-city help group. When Congress granted limited home rule to D.C., Barry won a first seat on the D.C. Council in 1974.

Shot in the chest by Hanafi Muslims when they overran at the Wilson Building in 1977, Barry used the publicity to help launch his 1978 campaign for mayor. He was a brash reformer, equally eloquent on the streets and in boardrooms. He narrowly won a three-way battle after The Washington Post editorial page heavily and repeatedly endorsed him.

But his terms in office were marred by investigations into cronyism, those drug abuse allegations and his image as a self-professed night owl.

Despite his faults, Barry is credited with opening the city’s government to black citizens; for creating a massive summer jobs program that while wasteful in many cases offered a job or paid internship to any city youth who wanted one; and for treating senior citizens as a top priority with homes and programs for those in the twilight of life. His pro-business stance helped fuel the downtown real estate boom in the 1980s and helped fill his campaign war chest. He completed the city’s first convention center on time and on budget. In his last term as mayor, Barry landed the deal to get the MCI Center (now the Verizon Center) built downtown.

In his final days on the Council, Barry suffered from ailments including diabetes, high blood pressure and infections. On the Council he was once again pushing for summer youth jobs, development east of the Anacostia River and help for senior citizens.

Still, his national reputation is one of a promising politician undone or diminished by his personal failings; a politician who rose against seemingly hopeless odds to win and stay in the life of politics, often in spite of himself.

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<![CDATA[Obama, Colleagues, Friends Remember Marion Barry]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 15:12:40 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP090706040269.jpg

Friends and colleagues remembered former four-time D.C. Mayor Marion Barry who died early Sunday morning at age 78.

President Barack Obama added his thoughts to the many reactions on the passing of Barry.

"Michelle and I were saddened to hear of the passing of Marion Barry. Marion was born a sharecropper's son, came of age during the Civil Rights movement, and became a fixture in D.C. politics for decades. As a leader with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Marion helped advanced the cause of civil rights for all. During his decades in elected office in D.C., he put in place historic programs to lift working people out of poverty, expand opportunity, and begin to make real the promise of home rule. Through a storied, at times tumultuous life and career, he earned the love and respect of countless Washingtonians, and Michelle and I extend our deepest sympathies to Marion's family, friends and constituents today."

Barry collapsed early Sunday morning and was taken to United Medical Center where he was pronounced dead around 1:45 a.m. ET.

"He loved the District of Columbia and so many Washingtonians loved him," D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray said in a statement that expressed "deep sadness" and promised "official ceremonies worthy of a true statesman of the District of Columbia."

“Marion was not just a colleague but also was a friend with whom I shared many fond moments about governing the city,” said Gray. “He loved the District of Columbia and so many Washingtonians loved him.”

Gray ordered flags at all D.C. buildings to be flown at half-staff beginning Sunday in Barry's honor.

In a statement released Sunday, incoming D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said, "Mayor Marion Barry gave a voice to those who need it most. I – along with all Washingtonians – am shocked and deeply saddened by his passing, and we send out condolences to Cora Masters Barry, Chris Barry and the entire Barry family. He has been a part of my family for decades, and he will continue to be an example to me and so many others.”

While speaking on News4, Ward 1 DC Councilmember Jim Graham lamented Barry's passing and its impact on the city he loved.

"The city has lost a huge chunk of its soul today with the passing of Marion Barry," Graham said.

Radio station host Donnie Simpson added his thoughts as well.

"Marion Barry was always about the people of DC from day one, long before he got that Mayor's seat."

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton offered condolences to Barry's family.

“From my earliest encounter with Marion Barry, when he was the first chair of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee until I came back home and found him mayor of my home town, I have seen Marion take hold and write his signature boldly on his own life and times and on the life of the nation’s capital. Many took his struggle to personify in some way their own, endearing him and making him a larger-than-life figure as he became a creator of post-home-rule D.C.”

Councilmember David Grosso issued the following statement on the passing of Mayor Marion Barry:

"I was saddened to learn of the passing of my D.C. Council colleague. Marion Barry was a strong advocate for Ward 8 and devoted his life to the residents of Washington, D.C. His strong passion for making our city a great city was only surpassed in effort by his incredible commitment to ensuring that the poorest of our residents were never forgotten. It has been an honor for me to sit next to Mayor-for-Life Marion Barry on the dais and serve with him on the education committee for the past two years. I learned a lot about my beloved city from him and a lot about him. I will forever respect what he has done for this city in spite of his many challenges over a 40-year career."

Barry's annual turkey giveaway will go on despite his death.

Barry's spokeswoman LaToya Foster said Sunday at an early morning press conference at United Medical Center, where Barry died, that the annual Thanksgiving turkey giveaway for needy residents would continue because ``that's what he would have wanted.''

The giveaway is scheduled for Tuesday at Union Temple Baptist Church in southeast Washington.

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<![CDATA[1 Dead, 30 Hurt in Calif. Bus Crash]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 18:53:47 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/212*120/bus+2.PNG

One man is dead and at least 30 injured in a Northern California charter bus crash, authorities told an NBC affiliate.

The bus was traveling from Los Angeles to Pasco, Washington when it ran off the road on the 5 Freeway in northern Shasta County Sunday at 7:41 a.m., California Highway Patrol officials told NBC affiliate KNVN.

Three people were in critical condition, according to the Sacramento Bee, which reported that 32 people were taken to the hospital in the crash.

The bus had apparently been involved in a minor crash at a Denny's earlier Sunday morning, CHP officials told KNVN, and the driver appeared fatigued.

The driver went into CHP headquarters for questioning voluntarily, according to KNVN.

Photos of the all-white bus showed no large logos, but a sign on the door said the bus belonged to a company called Transporters Yellow Arrow.

Flecha Amarilla del Norte, meaning Yellow Arrow of the North in Spanish, is a bus line based in Los Angeles, according to business listings online. It appears to be related to a Mexican bus line.

Refresh this page for updates on this developing story.

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<![CDATA[Man Steals Airport Vehicle: Police]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 17:38:36 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/sjairportinvestigation.jpg

San Jose police are investigating a security breach at San Jose airport Sunday and have arrested a suspect.

A man breached the airport and stole a maintenance worker's vehicle at around 10:15 a.m., police said.

Police said the suspect breached the airport on the Coleman Avenue side of the airport. Employees of Atlantic Aviation captured him and alerted police.

While waiting for police to arrive, he ran from the company's lobby to the public side of the airport and asked an employee driving a maintenance truck for a ride. When the airport worker said no, the suspect stole it, according to police.

Police caught up with the suspect, 39-year-old Miguel Zaragoza, and arrested him at Terminal B.

No flights were affected because of the incident.

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<![CDATA[911 Service Returned to Parts of Stafford Co.]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 16:17:24 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/smart_phone.jpg

911 service in parts of Stafford County was disrupted early Sunday due to technical problems, the Stafford Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

A press release from the office Sunday afternoon said the problem was fixed and the 911 systen is opeating correctly. Calls to the emergency number will connect to the Stafford County Emergency Communications Center.

Most problems were in White Oak and Berea, the sheriff's department said.

<![CDATA[Bombing Victim Out of Hospital]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 12:27:26 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/218*120/141109-rebekah-gregory-boston-marathon-245p_dcc82314c6be1ae7336460e9b55c0ca7.nbcnews-fp-1360-600.jpg

A woman injured in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing who had several surgeries before having part of her leg amputated recently was discharged from a rehab facility Saturday and has vowed to run the race next year.

Rebekah DiMartino said she looks forward to getting her stitches out in early December and being fitted for a prosthetic left leg.

"The prognosis is great. I chopped off what was holding me back," DiMartino said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press as she packed up to leave. "The prognosis, is you'll see me running the Boston Marathon next year."

DiMartino had more than a dozen operations but still dealt with lingering pain. She had surgery Nov. 10 at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital to remove her left leg below the knee. She entered rehab Nov. 14 and was going home Saturday to nearby Richmond.

Rebekah Gregory was watching last year's Boston Marathon when bombs exploded. Her son, now 7, and her then-boyfriend, Peter DiMartino, were also hurt. The couple wed last spring in Asheville, North Carolina.

Their Houston-area home still needs some modifications for accessibility, she said.

"I have been wheelchair bound for the last 18 months basically, so when we built our house we built it with wider doors," said DiMartino, 27.

She does not expect her loss of a limb to adversely affect the rest of her life.

"This is about to be Rebekah unleashed. They haven't seen anything yet. This is the good part of the story," DiMartino said. "Not only am I moving on, I am trying to do my part in changing the world while doing it."

A suspect charged in the bombing, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, awaits trial. His older brother, Tamerlan, was killed in a shootout with police after the bombing that killed three people and injured more than 260.

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<![CDATA[Mom Who Killed Kids, Dies: Police]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 13:20:54 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/212*120/Tabernacle+NJ+shooting-2.jpg

A Burlington County, New Jersey, mother accused of shooting her three kids in her bedroom before turning the gun on herself has died, according to New Jersey State Police.

Jeaninne LePage, 44, died at Cooper Hospital in Camden, New Jersey, Sunday morning, police confirmed to NBC10.

LePage, who was hospitalized since she and her three children were found shot in her bed last Thursday, is the responsible for killing two of her kids before turning the gun on herself inside their Holly Park Drive home in Tabernacle, said New Jersey State Police.

Police found the weapon — which has been in the family for a long time — close to LePage.

Eight-year-old Nadia Harriman and her 14-year-old brother, Nicholas Harriman, died, according to New Jersey State Police.

Alexander Harriman, 11, remained in severely critical condition at Cooper University Hospital Sunday, officials said.

Neighbors identified the victims Thursday, but authorities waited to confirm their names until they family members, including the children's father who was located in Maryland, were informed of the deaths.

Another relative who lives in the house found the victims around 9 a.m. and called for help.

"When police got there, they found a really horrific scene,’ said Jones. The victims were found in the same room and police believe they were shot with the same handgun, which was found at the scene."

Neighbors said that LePage shared the bed with her children and was in financial troubles.

Investigators believe the shootings occurred sometime between 5 and 9 a.m.

Nine people live in the house. They have all been accounted for and were interviewed by police, who assured neighbors early in the investigation that there was no manhunt and no reason for anyone to feel threatened or alarmed.

LePage tried to hide the shootings, according to police.

"A pillow was used to muffle the gunshot sounds, which we believe is why the other members of the house didn't hear the gunshots," said Noble.

The shootings shock the quiet community.

Members of the community organized a candlelight vigil Thursday night at Tabernacle's Town Hall, located at 163 Carranza Rd. At the vigil, children remembered their classmates.

Students and staff at Seneca High School — where Nicholas attended — had a moment of silence for the family Friday morning. Grief counselors were also on hand at local schools Friday to talk with grieving students and staff.

A trust fund was set up at PNC Bank under LePage-Harriman Memorial Fund.

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<![CDATA[Boy Awakens From Coma After Fall]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 11:45:44 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2014-11-23+at+11.37.01+AM.jpg

After nearly 10 days, a 4-year-old boy who fell off a cliff in Bodega Bay, Northern California, has woken up from his coma Friday.

Sebastion Johnson fell more than 200 feet down a seaside cliff nearly two weeks ago, as he was throwing rocks into the ocean with his family when he slipped over the edge.

"I wanted to jump off and and grab him and make sure he's alive," Sebastion's father, Daryl Johnson, told NBC's "Today" show of the ordeal.

Rescuers rappelled down the cliff to save him. They slowly lifted him to safety. Sebastion ended up with a broken leg, arm and jaw.

But, on Friday morning, Johnson's father said his son was breathing on his own and had his neck brace removed.

"We're amazed he's pulled through," Sebastion's mom Jamie Guglielmino told "Today." "We've given him a nickname,'miracle monkey.' Everyone in our family has a monkey nickname."

Sebastion was still recovering on Sunday.

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<![CDATA[Food 4 Families Campaign]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 08:30:09 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008602513_1200x675_362426947906.jpg Collecting non-perishable food to provide a Thanksgiving meal for families in need.]]> <![CDATA[Four Protesters Arrested After UVa. Suspends Greek Life]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 13:33:05 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP136880906224.jpg

All University of Virginia fraternities and sororities and associated social activities have been suspended until January after a 2012 alleged sexual assault incident was highlighted in a "Rolling Stone" article.

The suspension led about 200 people to protest Saturday outside the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house, the location of the alleged rape detailed in the Rolling Stone article. Four protesters were arrested.

In an email message to the university community on Saturday, school President Teresa Sullivan called the actions in the article, “appalling,” and said the community as a whole needed to reexamine their responsibilities to stop rape and sexual assault on campus. Sullivan has also asked the Charlottesville Police Department to investigate the assault described in the article.

In the article published on November 19, a student named Jackie describes being raped by a group of people at a Phi Kappa Psi fraternity party while she was a freshman at the University of Virginia in 2012.

The article describes the pressure she faced from other students after the incident not to report it, as well as the university’s response to the issue.

The school is one of 86 under federal investigation for inadequately handling sexual-violence complaints, and one of a dozen under a proactive probe launched by the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights, according to the report. "They are targeted efforts to go after very serious concerns," says Office of Civil Rights assistant secretary Catherine Lhamon in the article. "We don't open compliance reviews unless we have something that we think merits it."

In her email to the university community, Sullivan said she has heard the opinions and reactions from the "Rolling Stone" article, and is imploring the community uphold the honor of the University and bring the truth of the 2012 incident to light.

“I write you today in solidarity. I write you in great sorrow, great rage, but most importantly, with great determination,” Sullivan wrote. “Meaningful change is necessary, and we can lead that change for all universities.”

She announced that all fraternity organizations and associated social activities -- which, The Washington Post reported, includes sororities and other Greek organizations -- have been suspended immediately until January 9. The Inter-Fraternity Council voluntarily suspended social activities this weekend.

The Board of Visitors is scheduled to meet on Tuesday to discuss the University’s policies regarding sexual assault as well as the 2012 incident, according to the email.

“We are united in our compassion, resolve, and determination," Sullivan wrote. "Compassion for survivors of assault; resolve to make our community better; determination to begin to solve this problem here and now.”

While the "Rolling Stone" report highlighted one woman’s plight on campus, a subsequent piece published on November 21 cast a spotlight on the university’s behavior toward other women – students and alumni – who said they suffered sexual assault on UVa.’s campus.

To read the initial "Rolling Stone" report, click here. To read the second story, click here.

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<![CDATA[Three Dead in Crash on East-West Highway]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 08:19:07 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20141123+Ax.jpg

Three people were killed Sunday morning when a van crashed on East-West Highway at Rosemary Hill Drive in Silver Spring, police said.

Eight people were in the van at the time of the crash. In addition to the three fatalities, two people suffered serious injuries, and three others suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

No other car was involved in the crash, which happened about 3:20 a.m. Detectives are investigating the possibility that speed, alcohol, and not wearing seat belts were factors in the collision.

Police said three passengers, a 21-year-old man, a 24-year-old female, and an unidentified female, were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, a 32-year-old female, and four passengers - a 25-year-old male, a 32-year-old male (with serious injuries), and two, 23-year-old females – were taken to the hospital with various injuries.

Roads in the area were closed Sunday morning.

<![CDATA[Man Arrested after Road Rage Incident]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 16:46:37 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/handcuffs-generic-on-black.jpg

Authorities say they've arrested a man who followed another man to his home and stabbed him after a road rage incident at a Popeye's in Laurel.

Anne Arundel County police say 47-year-old Reginald Terri Dabney of Laurel was arrested Saturday and is facing charges including assault and reckless endangerment.

Authorities say they were called Thursday afternoon to the 3100 block of Lunar Court where they found a 37-year-old male stabbing victim. The victim said he nearly collided with another car at the Popeye's on Laurel Fort Meade Road and that the driver of the other car followed him home, stabbed him and fled.

The victim was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He has since been released.

Online court records did not list an attorney for Dabney.

<![CDATA[Baby Accidentally Shot by Dad]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 18:47:51 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/112214babyshot.jpg

The parents of a 9-month-old girl who was accidentally shot in her Brooklyn home are being criminally charged, investigators said Sunday.

The baby's father, Pedro Rosales, 47, faces a slate of charges, including second-degree assault criminal possession of a firearm and endangering the welfare of a child, according to a court document.

Rosales was cleaning an illegal Colt .45 handgun at about 4 p.m. Saturday when it discharged, police said. His daughter Jessica was wounded in the hip. She underwent surgery at the Bellevue Hospital Center and is recovering in stable condition.

Rosales and Jessica Aguilar, the baby's mother, flagged down a police patrol car outside their home at 580 Sutter Ave. after the shooting and officers escorted parents and child to the hospital.

Police charged Aguilar with endangering the welfare of a child and second-degree reckless endangerment.

It wasn't immediately clear if either parent had a lawyer.

<![CDATA[Jogging Mom Was Stabbed: Official]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 09:08:31 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Melissa+Millan+Iron+Horse+Boulevard+in+Simsbury+daylight.jpg

Police have increased patrols near Iron Horse Boulevard in the center of Simsbury after the death of a woman found injured on the side of the road Thursday was ruled a homicide.

The state's medical examiner ruled the cause of death of Melissa Millan, 54, as "stab wound of chest," an employee in the medical examiner's office told NBC Connecticut on Saturday.

Millan, a Simsbury mother who was a senior vice president at MassMutual and who was also active in the community, was found lying on Iron Horse Boulevard between Phelps Lane and Pent Road around 8 p.m. Thursday. An ambulance rushed her to Saint Francis Hospital, where she died a short time later.

She was jogging on the boulevard at the time of the incident, according to Simsbury Police Capt. Nick Boulter. It's unclear if the homicide was random, he said.

Iron Horse Boulevard is in the center of Simsbury near a highly frequented bike trail, numerous restaurants and the Performing Arts Center at Simsbury Meadows.

Police initially considered the possibility that Millan was injured in a hit-and-run, but found no evidence to prove that theory.

Simsbury police have leads they are following and continue to investigate. No weapon has been found at this time and no suspect has been identified.

The Simsbury Police Department will increase patrols and police presence on the road "for an undetermined amount of time."

Police ask anyone with information to call detectives at 860-658-3145.

The last homicide in Simsbury was a murder-suicide in 2012.

There will be a vigil for Millan on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. near the area where she was found injured on Iron Horse Boulevard.

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<![CDATA[Man Killed While Hunting ]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 23:47:34 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/West-Windsor-Hunting-Accide.jpg

A man was shot and killed during a hunting trip with his father in West Windsor, New Jersey, according to police.

The accidental shooting occurred Saturday afternoon on the 1200 block of Old Trenton Road. Officials have released little information on the incident so far but said a man in his 70's and his 45-year-old son were hunting Canada geese on a large property they owned. The father and son were properly licensed to hunt the birds, according to investigators.

Police initially told NBC10 the elderly man accidentally shot his son in the back of the head. However, they later told NBC10 the victim died from a gunshot wound to the head and neck from his own firearm.

Responding police officers and medics found the victim in a patch of woods on the property. After several life saving attempts were made he was pronounced dead at the scene.

"The initial call was for a hunting accident out here at the farm," said West Windsor Township Police lieutenant Matthew Kemp. "Medics and police officers were immediately dispatched and came across a person who was obviously deceased. Everything appears to be an accident. We're just dotting the "I's" and crossing the "T's" to be sure that's what it is." 

Police also said the father and son were the only two people in the hunting party.

West Windsor Police and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office are investigating the incident. They have not yet released the victim’s identity. An autopsy is scheduled for next week.

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<![CDATA[Sheep Escapes Zoo, Hit by Driver]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 22:37:10 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/141122-escaped-bighorn-sheep-los-feliz.jpg

A bighorn sheep that escaped from the Los Angeles Zoo died after being struck by a hit-and-run driver in a Los Feliz neighborhood Saturday, police said.

The adult female sheep went missing from an exhibit about noon and  traversed the Santa Monica Mountains from the area in Griffith Park where the zoo is located, zoo spokeswoman April Spurlock said.

It was struck by a car near the Greek Theatre about two hours later.

Los Angeles park rangers and police found the sheep on a home driveway in the 2200 block of North Commonwealth Avenue.

When zoo personnel and veterinarians got to the sheep, they tranquilized the animal with a dart to bring it back to its habitat but it died at the scene about 3 p.m., Spurlock said.

The sheep is believed to have died from its injuries, but the official cause of death will be determined by an autopsy, Spurlock said.

The sheep was one of five bighorns at the zoo. Officials are trying to figure out how it escaped.

The desert bighorn sheep has been listed as endangered since 1998 due to loss of habitat, disease brought by domestic sheep and cattle and predation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

<![CDATA[Naked Man Arrested at Airport]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 08:12:53 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Logan+Women%27s+Room.jpg

A Boston man has been arrested after police say he ran naked from a women's restroom at Logan International Airport and attacked an 84-year-old man late Saturday morning.

According to police, 26-year-old Cameron Shenk went into the restroom, removed his clothes and climbed into the drop ceiling. Then, police say, he fell through the ceiling and ran from the restroom "naked and bleeding."

After he left the restroom, police say Shenk attacked the victim, who was seriously injured and transported to the hospital. His injuries are not considered life-threatening.

A Massachusetts State Police trooper was injured while Shenk was being taken into custody.

"It's terrifying and sickening that somebody would do that," said Keenan Woods of Washington. "I'm just thankful I don't have my children with me to see something like that, I feel bad for families that were around to witness something like that."

"I can't really imagine being in there and having a man fall through the ceiling," said Emily Watts of Australia. "Glad we are going home, where it will be a little bit quieter."

Shenk faces charges including attempted murder, mayhem, assault and battery on a person over 60, assault and battery on a police officer, malicious destruction of property and a lewd and lascivious act.

The suspect will be arraigned at East Boston District Court.

In an unrelated incident about 30 minutes earlier, troopers said they responded to an assault in a BMW outside the airport.

According to police, the driver of the BMW, 52-year-old Anton Hilton of Boston's Roxbury neighborhood, attacked a 21-year-old female passenger.

Hilton was arrested and charged with assault and battery and kidnapping. The woman refused medical treatment.

In a statement, Massachusetts Port Authority, the airport's operator, thanked Massachusetts State Police for its response to the incidents.

Earlier in the day, former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling tweeted about a bomb squad responding after his son brought a fake plastic grenade to the airport.

NECN will have more as this story develops.

<![CDATA[Police Seek Suspects in Assault of GWU Student]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:04:34 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/police-lights-shutterstock_328107376.jpg

Police are searching for three suspects in the reported sexual assault of a George Washington University student in an alleyway near campus.

The incident occurred shortly after midnight Saturday in the 900 block of New Hampshire Avenue. The victim said the suspects followed her into an alleyway at that location and assaulted her.

The suspects are described as three white men, and between 21 to 25 years old. One suspect was described at 6-feet, 1-inch tall while another was described as 5-feet, 9-inches, according to a university alert.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the George Washington University police department or call 911.

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<![CDATA[Teacher Arrested After Sex Attack]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 11:32:59 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/112214teacher.jpg

A New Jersey substitute teacher has been arrested after sexually assaulting a 16-year-old student in her car, prosecutors say.

Linda Hardan, 21, was arrested Friday on charges of criminal sexual contact and endangering the welfare of a child, the Passaic County Prosecutor's Office said Saturday.

Hardan is accused of assaulting a student from Manchester Regional High School, where she worked as a substitute teacher, prosecutors said. The attack occurred Thursday in Hardan's parked car in Wayne, prosecutors said.

It wasn't clear if Hardan had a lawyer. Calls to a phone number at her address in Prospect Park, New Jersey, went unanswered.

Photo Credit: Passaic County Prosecutor's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Parent Resources for Common Core Homework]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 20:39:56 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/240*120/20141119+Pencils.jpg

Here are some resources to help parents and students doing homework or coursework aligned with the Common Core State Standards Initiative:

  • A Parents' Guide to Student Success – a grade-by-grade guide that explains key items that children should be learning in English and math. This guide features activities parents can do at home to support their child’s learning, and highlights questions parents can ask their child’s teacher.
  • State Assessment Guides – a guide by the National PTA showing states that have adopted the Common Core State Standards. It provides state-specific information about assessment consortium, testing timelines, sample test questions, impacts on students, new accountability systems and ways for parents to get involved and support their child’s learning at home.
  • Learn from the Teachers – a website where teachers, parents, and students can find lessons and information taught in the classroom. Review grade-specific lessons, find practice problems and share resources with teachers to help learn what your child is learning in the classroom. Find math assessments, lessons and more on the website.
  • Parent Road Maps – detailed information for parents from grade to grade. Know what the Common Core expectations are for you're child at every grade in math, science, and language arts to stay one step ahead.
  • Tips for Parents – find tips for math by students' grade and the subject they are learning. This site provides comprehensive guides to each subject with practice problems and explanations.

<![CDATA[Woman Running to Honor Navy Seals]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:18:09 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/christina+runs+america+3+hashtap.jpg

A California woman has been on the road for over four months, running across more than a dozen states and covering 2,700 miles in honor of the Navy Seals. Christina Lee hopes her journey from New York to the Bay Area will raise $100,0000 for the Navy Seal Foundation and allow her to cross another challenge off her bucket list.

The 23-year-old from San Jose was sitting in her New York University dorm room two years ago and thought a bucket list is just what her life needed.

"I didn't want a bunch of things I could do in a weekend," Lee says. "I wanted some real challenges I would have to work for."

That’s when she came across a Facebook post about a woman who was running across the country to raise money for charity. She decided to add that to her list.

"Once I wrote it down I was going to do it," Lee says. "There are no halfsies on the bucket list."


She set out on her trek right after graduating college this spring, hoping her effort will raise money and recognize the work of the Navy Seals in serving our country.

"We don't thank our military enough," Lee says.

She is running without any support, pushing a jog stroller filled with her extra clothing and supplies. Lee says she is doing it the hardest way she knows how because something meant to honor Navy Seals shouldn't be a "walk in the park."

She had chosen the Navy Seal Foundation as her beneficiary because she felt the Seals, working in secrecy, didn't get all the attention and respect they deserve.

The run has also gained a deeper purpose.

Christina, a life-long supporter of the military, had chosen the Navy SEAL Foundation as her beneficiary because she felt the SEALs, working in secrecy, didn't get all the attention and respect they deserve.

She began her run as a way to honor all of them, but her effort gained a deeper purpose along the way.

In the first week of the run, somewhere in Pennsylvania, she received an email from Jennifer Collins, the widow of Navy Seal David Collins. 

Collins wanted to thank Lee for what she was doing for the foundation.

"She just sent me this email that said these people changed my life,” Lee said.

Collins told Lee how her husband has suffered a traumatic brain injury while serving overseas and how the injury plagued him after his return home. Collins shared how David had eventually killed himself and how the foundation had been there to help her and their two children.

"It just put it all in perspective," Lee recalls.

She now says she is always thinking of David during her run, particularly during the most challenging times.

"I think, so what if your feet hurt? At least there's no one shooting at you," Christina says.

Lee has fewer than 300 miles to go in her journey. She hopes to put her feet in the Pacific Ocean on December 6th.

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<![CDATA[Stranger's Photo Washed Up in Sandy]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 21:09:07 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/sandy+wedding+photo+copy.jpg

A vintage wedding photograph that washed up in front of a Long Island woman's house after Hurricane Sandy was reunited with its owner Saturday.

Leah Welsh said that after appearing on NBC 4 New York and elsewhere to share the story of her quest to find the photograph's owner, she was contacted by the family of the woman in the black-and-white photo.

Welsh arranged to return the photo to the woman, Lorraine Hopes, who lives in the same Massapequa neighborhood as Welsh.

The Massapequa resident initially found the photograph about two years ago in a pile of debris on her front lawn. The image shows a woman in a dress pinning a flower onto a man's tuxedo.

"This is my mom," Hopes said, adding that the 65-year-old photo was taken on her mother's wedding day. The man in the tuxedo is her grandfather. The photo was taken moments before he was to escort his daughter down the wedding aisle.

Welsh tried her best to find the owners but had no luck. Two years later, she dug up the photo again in another effort to locate the owners.

"Sandy was a huge devastation for a lot of people, and you can replace materialistic items and personal belongings, but a picture is really special," she said.

<![CDATA[Stranger's Photo Washed Up in Sandy]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 10:59:49 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/sandy+wedding+photo+copy.jpg

When Hurricane Sandy hit Massapequa two years ago, so much was lost but at least one special thing survived all the destruction.

Inside a pile of debris on her front lawn, homeowner Leah Welsh found a vintage black-and-white photo showing a woman in a dress pinning a flower onto a man's tuxedo.

"I called my husband over and I said, 'Can you believe that I just found a picture? And look at the condition of it, it's perfect,'" said Welsh.

The picture is from a different time. Welsh does not know who the two people pictured are, but it's clear the photo captured a special moment.

"I think this is a photo of daughter putting a boutonniere on her father on her wedding day," she said.

She noted how apparent it was the two were happy.

"Just the smiles on their faces and the love you can see between them," she said.

"It actually brought tears to my eyes because... I couldn't believe that I found it," she added.

Welsh tried her best to find the owners but had no luck. Two years later, she dug up the photo again in another effort to locate the owners.

"Sandy was a huge devastation for a lot of people, and you can replace materialistic items and personal belongings, but a picture is really special," she said.

There was a promising development after her interview with NBC 4 New York late Friday: Welsh said she got an email from someone saying they were related to the people in the photo. She's hoping this may finally be her chance to return the photo to its rightful owners.

<![CDATA[Family of Man Shot by NYPD Rallies]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 23:23:31 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Pink-Houses-Accidental-Shooting-NY-Gurley-Inset.jpg

More than 250 people marched Saturday to protest the death of an unarmed man who police say was accidentally shot by a rookie officer in a dimly lit stairwell at a public housing project.

"Bratton must go! Bratton must go!" chanted protestors, calling for the removal of NYPD Chief William Bratton.

The family of the victim, Akai Gurley, including his 2-year-old daughter and mother, joined the Rev. Al Sharpton at the Harlem rally. His girlfriend, present during the shooting, also attended the rally.

"The killer of Akai is still around," said protestor Charles Barron. "We want him arrested."

Gurley, 28, was unarmed when probationary officer Peter Liang accidentally discharged his weapon in the stairwell Thursday night, according to Bratton.

Liang has been placed on modified duty. He and another officer, both with less than 18 months on the force, were part of a violence reduction overtime detail on vertical patrol, conducting floor-by-floor sweeps of the Louis H. Pink Houses in East New York at around 11 p.m.

As the officers entered the eighth-floor landing on the day of the shooting, Gurley emerged on the seventh-floor landing. He heard a noise and turned to look up at the two officers a floor above him, a law enforcement source said. That's when Liang, who had his gun in his left hand and his flashlight in his right, fired accidentally, hitting Gurley 11 feet below.

City leaders have promised an investigation. But angry residents argue that the shooting cannot be written off as an accident.

"How is having your gun out with no provocation and your finger on the trigger, your safety off, an accident," said City Council Member Jumaane Williams. "At minimum, that sounds like criminal negligence."

Mayor Bill de Blasio called Gurley's death a "tragic mistake."

The Brooklyn district attorney's office and the NYPD's Internal Affairs Bureau are investigating. The New York City Housing Authority said it was cooperating.

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson called the shooting "deeply troubling."

"Many questions must be answered, including whether, as reported, the lights in the hallway were out for a number of days, and how this tragedy actually occurred," Thompson said in a statement.

Authorities have interviewed the second officer and Gurley's girlfriend, but have not yet spoken to Liang. The district attorney's office will determine whether it will file criminal charges after interviewing Liang. Then internal affairs officers can question him, a standard policy.

Both officers were taken to the hospital for ringing in their ears, according to the NYPD. The housing project they were assigned to patrol has seen several serious crimes over the last month, including two robberies and two assaults. Two people were killed there this year, Bratton said.

Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, said in a statement that the Pink Houses are among the city's most dangerous projects.

"Dimly lit stairways and dilapidated conditions create fertile ground for violent crime while the constant presence of illegal firearms creates a dangerous and highly volatile environment for police officers and residents alike," Lynch said. "Only time and a thorough investigation will tell us what transpired in this case."

Neighbors expressed concern during a candlelight vigil held for Gurley Friday night, chanting "Bratton must go."

Seventh-floor resident Dashwan Lopez said the lights in the hallway had been out for days before they were finally repaired Friday, prompting questions over whether Liang would have even drawn his gun if the lights had been on.

In Lopez's mind, "it could be better managed by housing, but it's still not an excuse to discharge your weapon without knowing what's going on," he said.

The shooting comes as the department is changing how rookie cops are used fresh out of the academy to give them more training and time with more senior officers.

Bratton is implementing a program that pairs less experienced officers with veteran officers on vertical and other patrols, but the program has had to be rolled out over time due to staffing constraints, law enforcement officials said.

Sharpton runs the National Action Network and is a talk-show host on MSNBC, which is owned by WNBC's parent company, NBCUniversal.

--Lori Bordonaro and Brynn Gingras contributed to this report.

<![CDATA[Nurses Collect Food 4 Families]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 18:40:06 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008602761_1200x675_361941059665.jpg The nurses at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital are busy collecting cans of food for needy families. NBC4 will be collecting non-perishable foods and money outside the Verizon Center from 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Or give online here.]]> <![CDATA[Woodbridge Teen Gunned Down Remembered at Vigil]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 23:22:47 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008604114_1200x675_362075203792.jpg News4's Shomari Stone reports from Woodbridge, where family and friends of 19-year-old Christopher Weaver gathered for a vigil Friday night. Weaver was shot and killed last Sunday.]]> <![CDATA[3 Boys Claim Sex Abuse by Ex-Dunbar High School Staffer]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 23:22:23 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Dunbar+High+School+081913.jpg

At least three boys have come forward claiming they were sexually abused by a track coach and former staffer at a D.C. high school.

Charles Allen Young, 34, had worked in the front office at Dunbar Senior High School in Northwest when he allegedly sexually abused a student in November 2013.

That student, D.C. police said, came forward recently after hearing two other boys claim they were sexually abused by Young.

Young had worked as the school's community development director and had also helped with coaching the track team.

He was arrested Friday, but had resigned from his position at the school in October. He's facing first-degree child sex abuse charges.

Officials believe Young may have had more victims during his time with D.C. Public Schools. Prior to working at Dunbar, he held a three-week tenure with United Way of the National Capital Area.

If you have any information, you're asked to call police at 202-576-6768 or 202-727-9099.

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<![CDATA[14th Street Bridge Northbound Backed Up After Crash]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:35:07 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/policelights15.jpg

Your rush hour commute Friday may take even more time -- the 14th Street Bridge northbound is closed off due to a four-car crash.

The accident occurred right before the bridge splits to Interstate 395. As of 4:30 p.m., heavy traffic stretched into Virginia.

<![CDATA[100 Injured or Killed Along Train Tracks Past 3 Years]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 23:06:34 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Railroad+Crossings+1.jpg

Police and safety volunteers have dispatched teams to patrol some of the railroad tracks in Prince George’s County, because of the findings of a News4 I-Team investigation.

CSX police and members of Operation Lifesaver, a national organization established to reduce injuries and deaths on railroad tracks, have sent interdiction teams to monitor tracks near Route 1, after seeing an I-Team report showing frequent trespassers illegally and dangerously climbing over busy train tracks near the road.

More than 100 people have been hurt or killed walking along Washington, D.C.-area railroad tracks in the past three years, including some who tried to cross the tracks in areas that a News4 I-Team investigation found were frequently used by “trespassers.”

The injuries – and the frequency of the trespassing revealed by the I-Team – are triggering calls for additional fencing, signage or patrols of multiple rail road tracks in one local county.The accidents and injuries involved people young and old, including a college girl and a 91-year-old woman. They happened in broad daylight and the dark of night, along rail tracks in Maryland and Virginia, the I-Team reports.

Hidden cameras deployed in public spaces by the I-Team showed a quick and large procession of trespassers near the CSX tracks along Route 1 in Beltsville, Maryland. The cameras, deployed on multiple days, showed images of people climbing over a prohibited area of the tracks, near a chicken restaurant. In some cases, people stood and waited for trains to pass before crossing.

In March, Lourdes Gomez of Beltsville was hit by a CSX train and badly injured, suffering broken bones, a concussion and shattered teeth. Gomez told the I-Team she didn’t know it was risky to cross the tracks because there were no warning signs or fences.

A separate review by the I-Team found trespassers illegally climbing over tracks north of the MARC station in Riverdale and near Rhode Island Avenue in Hyattsville.
The Riverdale location was the same location in which Mary Gaffney attempted to walk along the tracks in summer 2012.

Gaffney was struck by a CSX train and killed. Her father, Wayne Gaffney, said she was listening to music with earbuds at the time.

“She was literally pinned in front of the train,” he said.
Additional fencing and safety precautions are needed along the tracks in Riverdale, Gaffney said.

"That's where people cross or walk on those train tracks every single day,” he said.
The Hyattsville location reviewed by the I-Team, along CSX tracks near Rhode Island, was the site of a 2011 incident in which an elderly woman was hit and injured by a train while trespassing. I-Team cameras captured images of a trespasser in August, within five minutes of arriving at the area.
I-Team crews and cameras were unable to find fencing or no-trespassing signs at any of the three above locations.

Through a study of Federal Rail Administration injury reports, the I-Team found 104 incidents in which “trespassers” were injured or killed by trains in Maryland and Virginia between September 2011 and September 2014.

Overall “trespasser” injuries increased 8 percent nationwide last year, according to a separate study by Operation Lifesaver, a safety group funded in part by the rail industry. But a spokesman for CSX, the owner of a large share of Maryland’s rail tracks, show trespasser injuries declined 14 percent in Maryland and 5 percent in Virginia in 2013.

CSX spokesman Rob Doolittle said the agency’s police department is empowered to arrest trespassers. The agency patrols tracks in the Washington, D.C. to turn away and “educate” trespassers, he said.

“Our special agents are on patrol most of the time and they are always vigilant for opportunities to educate the public or to intercede to prevent someone from entering railroad property without permission,” Doolittle said. “So far in 2014, CSX police have made more than 150 contacts with trespassers in the D.C. and Prince George’s County area.”

When asked why the company had not installed warning signs or fencing near the locations in Beltsville, Riverdale and Hyattsville, Doolittle said, “We do install signs and placards along the right-of-way when possible, but these fixtures are frequently vandalized. Regarding fences, there are certain locations where they can be helpful. Over time, the Federal Railroad Administration and industry experience has demonstrated that the most effective means of combating trespassing is through education and awareness campaign.”

Photo Credit: News4 I-Team]]>
<![CDATA[National Museum of American Indian Undergoes a Reinvention]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:27:53 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008600930_1200x675_361989699837.jpg News4's Kristin Wright spoke to museum officials about how it plans to teach people about Native American history.]]> <![CDATA[Prince William Co. Official Let Go After Indecent Exposure Accusations]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:23:05 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Raymond+Utz.jpg

A Prince William County, Virginia, official lost his job this week after his arrest on accusations he exposed himself to two women from his vehicle.

Just before noon Monday, a 38-year-old woman was stopped at the intersection of Gideon Drive and Smoketown Road in Woodbridge when a man pulled up beside her, lowered the passenger side window and exposed himself to her, police said. She gave police vehicle information that led them to Raymond Utz, formerly the county’s assistant director of planning.

Investigators also learned of a similar incident earlier in the day involving a 39-year-old woman stopped at Old Bridge Road and Mohican Drive, police said.

Utz, 49, was arrested Wednesday and charged with two counts of indecent exposure and two counts of obscene sexual display.

The county let him go Thursday, as soon as it heard of the arrest, a county spokesman said.

Utz was given a summons and a court date is pending.

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<![CDATA[Report: Adam LaRoche To Sign With White Sox]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:29:42 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/456817646.jpg

Washington Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche has reportedly signed a two-year contract with the Chicago White Sox, according to USA Today. 

LaRoche spent four seasons in Washington, batting .249 with 82 home runs and 269 RBIs. With Ryan Zimmerman expected to become the Nationals' everyday first baseman, LaRoche was expendable and the team did not exercise his option for next season. 

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<![CDATA[Police: Suspect Admitted Killing Hack After Argument]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:01:25 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Shupelle+Gunter+112114.jpg

The suspect in the death of a man found in car in Millersville, Maryland, Monday morning admitted shooting him after an argument, Anne Arundel County police said.

Seydou Alassane Ba was found dead in the driver's seat in the 8300 block of Williamstowne Drive.

Shupelle Rattim Gunter, 21, of Baltimore, was interviewed by detectives Thursday. He is charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder and handgun charges.

Gunter lured Ba to the area where he was found dead, police. Apparently they had some sort of dispute.

Anyone with information that can help police is asked to call Detective Kell Harding of the Homicide Unit 410-222-4743.

Photo Credit: Anne Arundel County Police]]>
<![CDATA[DC Area Doctors Helping Kids Realize Dream of Becoming a Doctor]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 19:40:20 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008602816_1200x675_361957955917.jpg For some kids around the District, the idea of becoming a doctor is only a dream, but as News4's Zachary Kiesch reports, some local doctors are working to change that with a special program including hands-on training.]]> <![CDATA[Former Marine Confesses to Wife's Murder on Chilling Tape]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 09:37:36 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/caleb-crew-andrea.jpg

A former Marine who pled guilty to strangling his wife and dumping her body in a river, confessed to the murder in a chilling recorded interview with two detectives. For the first time outside the courtroom, Caleb Crew's confession can be heard in the audio-taped police interview obtained by News4.

"You're going to feel better when you get this off your chest."
"It's obviously painful she's gone. Just walk us though it."
"Take a deep breath and walk us through it. I know you can do it."

Over and over, in calm, measured voices, Fairfax County, Virginia, detectives Chris Flanagan and Eric Deane turned to those phrases to try to get Crew to tell the truth. Their interview was conducted on Aug. 10, 2013 two days after Crew called 911 to report his wife Andrea missing.

Crew pleaded guilty to murder just last month, the confession a powerful piece of evidence that would have been critical at trial.

In the taped interview, the detectives talk with Crew for nearly two hours, urging him to come clean. He finally gets emotional and begins to provide chilling details about why and how he killed his wife.

Crew tells detectives the couple had gone to court on Aug. 8, 2013 where a previous domestic violence charge against him was dropped. On the way home they argued, and Crew stopped his Jeep in a parking lot. Andrea then threatened to call 911.

Crew tells detectives what happened next:

"I took the phone. I grabbed her out of her chair. She only weights 112 pounds. I grabbed her throat and strangled her in the back seat."

A detective asked whether Crew spoke to his wife.

"First thing I said, 'Goodbye.' I knew once I went down that path I couldn't go back. She said, 'Please Caleb.' I started crying but I couldn't stop," said Crew.

He then tells detectives, though he wife lay lifeless in the SUV, he checked and found a pulse. So he took off the tie he'd worn to court and wrapped it around Andrea's neck.

"Tightly?" asks one detective.
Crew: "Yeah"
Detective: "Why?"
Crew: "To finish the job."

Later that night Crew strapped a backpack filled with weights to his wife's body and threw her in the Occoquon River.

"What was the purpose of the backpack?" asked detectives.
"To take her to the bottom," replied Crew.
"Did you think there was still hope you could get away with it," asked the detective.
"Yeah, that's what I was thinking at the time," said Crew.

Crew tells detectives his biggest immediate worry was the couple's two young daughters, one just 11 months old and still breastfeeding.

"I was thinking, I don't know how else I'll live life after this. I don't want to mess up the girls' lives, of course, I already had. And thinking I have to cover it up," said Crew.

The cover-up lasted just two days until the police interview and Crew's confession. Crew is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 9. One of the most recent filings in his court file -- a certificate of completion for the anger management class at the jail.