<![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 Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:16:47 -0500 Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:16:47 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Man Shot Multiple Times in Northeast D.C. ]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:30:32 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/216*120/24th+street+shooting.jpg

A man is in critical condition after he was shot multiple times in Northeast D.C. early Friday morning.

Officers were called to the 700 block of 24th Street just before 1 a.m. for a report of a shooting. When they arrived, they found the victim suffering from gunshot wounds to the abdomen and arm.

He was transported to an area hospital in critical condition.

Investigators say they have identified a suspect, but that person is not in custody at this time. Police have not released any information about the suspect.

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<![CDATA[Report Recommends Major Changes to Secret Service]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 23:23:21 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/172*120/456595274.jpg

A new report calls for physical changes to the White House and new leadership for the force that protects it after the September fence jumping in which an Iraq war veteran with a knife got far into the mansion before being tackled.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson ordered a panel review of the U.S. Secret Service after that embarrassing failure.

The panel issued its eye-popping recommendations Thursday.

It recommended the White House fence be changed "as soon as possible," suggesting it be built 5 feet taller.

It also suggested the agency beef up its force with 200 hundred more agents and several dozen more on the detail that protects the president.

A new leader and a cultural change in the agency were recommended, too.

And it suggested more training. For the president's detail it wants two weeks of training every two months.

“Acting Director [Joseph] Clancy has already taken a number of steps to enhance security around the White House compound and do a number of other things which are very positive,” Johnson told MSNBC. “We’re encouraging him to continue that, but there are more fundamental, systemic issues with the Secret Service that I think need to be addressed and that cannot be addressed overnight.”

The panel said the Secret Service badly needs more agents, and that once it has more agents, it will be easier to provide more training to the force.



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<![CDATA[Hundreds Ticketed Over Streetcar Violations in D.C.]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:56:35 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/1217-dcstreetcar.jpg

Hundreds of drivers have been ticketed in the past few months for blocking the D.C. streetcar's testing process.

According to D.C. Public Works, between Aug. 1 and Dec. 15 this year, 468 tickets were issued for blocking the streetcar path, i.e. double parking and parking over the designated white line. Each tickets costs about $100, including towing. 

James Rios makes deliveries to H Street NE businesses, and said he has racked up the tickets in recent months.

"It's kind of unfair... the government is kind of screwing us over here," Rios said.

Officials with the D.C. Department of Transportation say the ticketing is necessary because they want drivers to get used to the new traffic patterns -- once the streetcars are operating.

"It's a tight space already and we have to have people park consistently within the white lines," a spokesperson told News4.

For the most part, drivers and residents understand the testing process, but some argue the city is dragging its feet in launching the streetcar in the first place.

"I wish the process had been accelerated because the detractors will use this as an opportunity to say, well, look this process is taking so long, it's expensive," H Street resident Justin Wyss said.

DDOT officials maintain the streetcar will open to the public by the end of the year.

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<![CDATA[Blaze Over NoCal Refinery "Normal"]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 03:01:12 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/212*120/chevronmain.JPG

Fire officials and Chevron said the large dramatic flames seen over the Richmond Chevron refinery in Northern California Thursday were a result of "normal flaring." But that didn't do much to comfort people living near the troubled refinery, who called the flares anything but "normal" on social media.

Both Contra Costa fire department officials and Chevron said there was no need for alarm, calling the flaring normal procedure to vent gas. They added that fire crews had not been called to the scene. The official Twitter account for @ChevronRichmond tweeted Thursday evening that "there was some visible flaring" to allow for equipment de-pressuring.

"We understand that the community has been concerned about the flaring activity," a Chevron spokesperson said. "We had a process unit that needed to be depressurized, creating a visible flare. The flare is part of our safety system which enables us to safely shut down a unit. We are in the process of shutting down this unit now."

Some Bay Area residents tweeted about the flares, with one of them asking: "Gigantic fire balls are now normal flares?"

Another said: "If it's 'normal,' then why don't we see this regularly?"

Jamal Vaughn, who lives near the Richmond refinery, expressed concern about the flames coming out of the stacks.

"No alarm went off ... It's Kind of strange, there should have been a warning," he said. It's an alarming sight for the Vaughns, who remember the 2012 Chevron refinery fire.

"I worry about our health — last time we were at the hospital for four hours because I have asthma and needed breathing treatment," Vaughn's wife Michelle said, adding that the family will be shutting all their windows tonight.

Chevron's statement said that in flaring conditions, it is normal practice to release quantities of water vapor to assist with the flare quality, which can sometimes take on the appearance of smoke, but it is not smoke.

"The flaring has now stopped. There may be intermittent flaring this evening as we continue to safely bring down the unit," Chevron said in the statement. "There has been no impact to the community and the refinery fence line monitors are showing that any detections are well below state and federal health standards."

Contra Costa Health Services said on its website that there may be intermittent flaring Thursday evening. According to health officials, hazardous materials staff are monitoring the situation and there is currently no shelter-in-place.

NBC Bay Area viewers said they could see the fire from as far away as the El Cerrito Hills, San Rafael, San Francisco and the Bay Bridge. A photo taken by Twitter user @bluerabbit77 from the Oakland Hills shows the flares creating an orange haze over the night sky.

NBC Bay Area's Jean Elle contributed to this report.

 

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<![CDATA[Experts: WWIII Looks Like Sony Hack]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 23:08:08 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/N6P-SONY-KOREA-HACK-PKG---03282609.jpg

The term “cyber warfare” has been thrown around for years, with security experts wondering what the effects of a damaging cyber attack might look like. Now we know: a Hollywood studio left paralyzed, and the center of the tech world is wondering what's next.

As the billboards advertising Sony Pictures' "The Interview" were pulled down in Hollywood on Thursday, concerns about cyber terrorism shot up in Silicon Valley.

"World War III looks like this,” said Michelle Dennedy, Intel Security's chief privacy officer. She said technology is the new battlefield, and our gadgets are all potential targets.

"This is the wave of the future,” Dennedy said. “Bank robbers robbed banks because that's where the money was. Data is currency. Hackers are going for it because it's valuable."

What happened at Sony should, according to cyber security experts, be a warning to us all.

"This is the first time we've seen it at this scale,” said Truman National Security Project’s Mike McNerney.

The goal of hackers is not just disruption, it's fear, McNerney said. "This is different. The way they were able to combine this online attack that got them the attention they wanted, and then mix this with threat of physical violence, it's something we really haven't seen before."

But it’s likely something we'll see again, as hackers try to invade banks, retailers, anything with an easy to open virtual door.

"I think everyone needs to be worried about this," McNerney said, “whether it's an organization, government entity, or an individual.”



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<![CDATA[Va. High School Increases Security Due to Fighting]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:34:48 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Lee+High+School+121814.jpg

Stepped up security is in place at one Fairfax County, Virginia, high school this week after a series of fistfights led to a threat on social media.

Robert E. Lee High School Principal Deirdre Lavery sent several emails to parents informing them of the incidents and detailing the response.

Students told News4 the fights had been going on for a few weeks.

"People getting jumped, three on one," replied senior Joey Poole when he was asked to characterize the fights. He said he wasn't too alarmed by the incident. "I don't really care too much because it's usually during class. People are doing it in the hallways or after school, so I feel safe."

But some students said this week their fears increased this week when there were also threatening words posted on social media along with a picture of a gun.

"It had me really worried. It was like, 'Do I really want to come to school if there's going to be a threat?'" said Sonia Carcamo. "I'm trying to get my education and then there are threats."

Other students said they suspect the threat wasn't serious.

"I think it was meant more like a joke," said senior Aaron Myers. "I think the school took it pretty serious and brought enough security to take care of it."

Students said they saw a group of students placed in handcuffs after one of the last fights this week. A Fairfax County police spokeswoman said no charges had been filed yet.

About 200 parents attended a regularly scheduled PTSA meeting Wednesday night to learn more. After the meeting, Lavery sent an update email outlining the response for the rest of the week, which includes additional security, and additional supervision at arrival, dismissal, and during all transitions and lunch periods.

"I will address the students to assure them they are safe and that we will be vigilant in maintaining a safe and orderly educational environment," Lavery wrote.

Students said the added police officers and Fairfax County School security personnel calmed nerves.

"There was definitely lmore security around," Myers said. "There were about 10 police officers and security in the cafeteria when I was at lunch. That was a pretty big help."

Students said the principal addressed them Thursday, urging them to bring an end to the fights.

"She was just pretty much saying that we need to stop the fighting, we're all in this together, we go to the same school, we should all be friends," recalled Carcamo.

In her email to parents, the principal also credited students. "I applaud our students who came forward with pertinent information that allowed us to quickly address the incidents we experienced," wrote Lavery.

The school atmosphere had returned to normal Thursday, students said. The two week holiday break that begins Monday will also help calm concerns, they said.



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<![CDATA[Brooklyn Rapper Arrested in Sting]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:51:02 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shmurda+walk+copy.jpg

The up-and-coming Brooklyn rapper who performs under the name Bobby Shmurda was part of a gang that allegedly sold drugs, dealt guns and committed violent crimes, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said in a news conference Thursday detailing the investigation that led to his arrest.

Ackquille Pollard, 20, was taken into custody with seven others shortly after he left a recording studio near Radio City Music Hall in midtown Manhattan on Wednesday. Police recovered crack cocaine and three guns from a stairwell inside Quad Studio, Bratton said.

The Brooklyn-born Pollard is best known for the hit song "Hot Boy." He also put out a music video that popularized a dance craze called the "Shmoney dance," and reportedly signed a lucrative record deal with Epic Records. 

Pollard was stopped in a vehicle with another defendant, Nicolas McCoy, soon after leaving the studio Wednesday, prosecutors said, and there were two guns and a small amount of crack cocaine inside the car. There were other passengers in the car who are not named in the indictment but face separate criminal charges. 

Five other defendants named in the indictment were arrested at the same time elsewhere in the city, and two others are in custody outside the state, authorities said.

Pollard was arraigned on conspiracy, reckless endangerment, and weapons and drug charges Thursday. Twelve other defendants are named in the 69-count indictment, including Chad Marshall, another aspiring hip-hop artist known as Rowdy Rebel. 

Pollard pleaded not guilty in court Thursday. His attorney, Howard Greenberg, failed to convince a judge that his client should be released without bail because he was framed and had no reason to run.

"He is a legitimate entertainer,'' Greenberg said. "He is rich. He is busy. He is always on tour.''

Greenberg claimed Epic had agreed to help Pollard make his $2 million bail. A spokesman for the label declined to comment.

Bratton said Pollard was tweeting about a secret concert days before his arrest.

"I don't think he was aware that location is going to be state Supreme Court," Bratton said. 

Pollard did not comment to reporters as he was led from a Manhattan police station in handcuffs Wednesday night. 

G Stone Crips, or GS9, the gang Pollard was allegedly part of, is tied to the murder of a 19-year-old rival gang member on Feb. 8, 2013, and to gunshots fired outside New York and Miami nightclubs in recent months, according to Bratton. The investigation began after 24 shootings were traced to the gang since 2013.

Most of violence stemmed from an ongoing dispute between GS9 and members of rival street gangs, including the gang known as Folk Nation and the gang known as Brooklyn's Most Wanted, or BMW, according to prosecutors. 

The deadly February 2013 shooting inside a Brooklyn bodega capped a series of violent confrontations between GS9 and BMW, according to prosecutors. Pollard was at the scene of the shooting, they said. 

Pollard is also accused of firing a gun towards a crowd of people outside a Clarkson Avenue barber shop on June 2, shattering a glass storefront. Prosecutors said a recorded phone conversation between other GS9 members revealed that Pollard had fired the gun during an argument with his brother Javese Pollard, also an alleged GS9 member. 

Prosecutors said in another July 2014 incident, just before he performed at Barclays Center, Marshall and another defendant allegedly fired shots at rival gang members while driving on a street in Boerum Hill.

According to prosecutors, a distinctive system of code words and phrases allowed GS9 members to communicate with one another while hiding the nature of their communication from others. Among the code words for firearms were “tone” and “socks." “Crills” referred to narcotics, and “suntan” or “scoom” referred to shootings.

The gang is mainly based at 95th Street and Clarkson Avenue in East Flatbush, Bratton said. The bust was made by the Brooklyn South Violence Reduction Task Force, which was formed this year. 

The case carries some "deeply disturbing themes: The gang members' enthrallment with guns, and a cavalier disregard for human life,'' Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan said at a news conference.

The hip-hop artist's songs and videos were "almost like a real-life document of what they were doing on the street,'' added James Essig, head of the NYPD task force that made the arrests.

Greenberg told reporters he believes Pollard and the other defendants were targeted because "the government hates rap and hates rappers and hates lyrics." 

Pollack's video for "Hot Boy" was posted on YouTube in August has been viewed tens of millions of times, and Pollard performed the song for a national television audience in October on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon." 

"My music is straight facts," Pollard recently told New York Magazine. "There are a lot of gangsters in my 'hood.'"

Pollard's criminal history included two arrests for gun and drug possession, authorities said.


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<![CDATA[Petroleum Found in DC Water, Advisory Continues]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 23:24:31 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/216*120/2014-12-18_0635.png

A "do not drink" advisory will likely stay in effect for portions of D.C.'s Shaw and Logan Circle neighborhoods after officials detected petroleum in tap water.

Someone first reported a foul odor in the water at Cleveland Elementary School on 8th Street NW Wednesday afternoon. Since then, D.C. Water officials have been going door to door, and distributing water to residents affected by the "do not drink" advisory.

A "petroleum or tar-like" substance was detected in the water Wednesday, and officials confirmed Thursday it is in fact petroleum. As of Thursday evening, they said they did not know how or why the substance got into the water, and that the advisory will likely continue Friday.

Three D.C. Public Schools elementary schools -- Cleveland, Garrison and Seaton -- will be closed Friday due to the advisory. Crews "flushed" out the system Thursday, and will do so again Friday.

Residents can use the water to flush toilets, wash clothes or water plans. According to D.C. Water officials, skin or eye irritations could occur if the water is used for hygiene.

The area affected is bordered by: 

  • South: Q Street NW and Rhode Island Avenue NW
  • East: 8th Street NW
  • West: 13th Street NW
  • North: S Street NW between 9th and 13th streets, and T Street NW between 7th and 9th streets

Water service has not been interrupted. There is no timeline for when the water will be safe to drink.


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<![CDATA[Plane Crashes in Dallas; Pilot Dead]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 06:59:55 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/plane+crash10.jpg

A small plane crashed in Seagoville, killing the pilot, as it tried to land Thursday evening.

The plane went down just after 6 p.m. Thursday in the 1600 block of Bent Tree Lane near Malloy Bridge Road, officials said. Dallas sheriff's deputies are investigating.

The pilot, who was the only person aboard the plane, has not been identified. There are no other known injuries.

The plane, a 1967 Beech Bonanza, was trying to land at Mesquite Metro Airport when air traffic control operators lost contact with its pilot, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson said.

"It's broken to pieces. There's a lot of debris around," Captain Ray Calverley, of the Seagoville Police Department, said Thursday night.

Despite initial reports that the plane had hit at least one house before it hit the ground, investigators on the scene have not been able to confirm that, Calverley told NBC DFW. Officers went door to door asking neighbors if their homes were damaged in the crash, and no one has reported that they did, Calverley said.

"We heard a real loud engine," neighborhood resident Fred Baugh said. "It wasn't like a normal approach, it was just all of a sudden a real loud engine."

The FAA confirms the plane departed from South Arkansas Regional Airport Wednesday at 3:35 p.m.



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<![CDATA[Arson Sparked Downtown LA Inferno]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 01:50:11 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/downtown-la-structure-fire.jpg

Last week's massive downtown LA fire at an apartment complex that was under construction was an act of arson, authorities said Thursday.

Investigators said they recovered an accelerant, pointing to arson. The fire on Dec. 8 at 900 West Temple Street destroyed a seven-story complex under construction, damaged a nearby high-rise structures and the Harbor (110) Freeway.

Flames billowed into the air, making smoke visible for miles and radiating enough heat to shatter the windows of nearby office towers.

The blaze caused up to $30 million in damage to the DaVinci Apartments. Total damage estimates to nearby businesses and Caltrans property remain undetermined.

Local and federal Investigators sifted through 75,000 square feet of debris, took photographs, recovered potential evidence from the scene for analysis by the ATF's National Laboratory and conducted many interviews throughout the community.

The team finished combing through the debris on Wednesday, and will continue to follow up on the case to identify the culprit or culprits.

"The work at the crime scene is finished, however our investigation is not over," said ATF Special Agent in Charge Carlos A. Canino. "ATF will continue to work together with our state and local partners to investigate this crime and bring those responsible to justice."

Los Angeles Fire Department Battalion Chief Robert Nelson, who heads the agency's arson/counter-terrorism section, said the department will continue to work with the ATF, the LAPD and other law enforcement agencies to "vigorously pursue this investigation.

"Arson is a serious crime," he said in a news release. "We will use all of our available resources to arrest and prosecute any individuals involved in any arson fire in Los Angeles."

Investigators continue to seek information on two potential witnesses seen in video footage taken the morning of Dec. 8.

They are not considered suspects nor persons of interest. Investigators have identified them as being in the area of the fire, and want to interview them.

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<![CDATA[Woman Threatens Kids With Gun: Cops]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:49:34 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/barnegat+rifle+pointed.jpg

A 35-year-old woman has been accused of pointing a rifle at several children after getting into an argument with them outside of her New Jersey home Wednesday afternoon, police say.

The woman was charged with making terroristic threats, endangering the welfare of a child and several weapons crimes after police say she threatened the children with a Remington 597 rifle outside her home on Schooner Avenue in Barnegat.

"She was waving the rifle around. She was leveling the rifle at people," said Barnegat Police Lt. Keith Germain. 

Police say the woman went inside her home to grab the gun after getting in an argument with the children after a basketball game. 

Neighbor Beverly Meila said the woman had been driving her SUV down the street when she saw her son playing at a basketball hoop on the street. She yelled at him to get in the car, according to Meila.

"The kids were all screaming and yelling, and the kid got in the car and she tore off down the street," said Meila. 

Moments later, she came out of her house with the rifle, according to police. 

Several people called 911, and the woman was allegedly still in the street holding the gun when police arrived at the scene.

"They were able to talk to her, get her to place the rifle on the ground and take her into custody with no force," said Germain. 

She was arrested at the scene and was being held at the Ocean County Jail in lieu of $175,000 bail, police say. The woman did have a permit to own a rifle. 

"The children did abolsutely nothing wrong," Meila said. "They were just playing basketball like kids do. They're good kids." 

-- Brian Thompson contributed to this report. 

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<![CDATA[Holiday Vandals Caught on Camera]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:43:38 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008880362_1200x675_374720067743.jpg A Montgomery County woman wants people to see a couple of vandals who messed with the elaborate Christmas display she puts up every year for a good cause.]]> <![CDATA[Teen Mugged Do-Gooder, 99: PD]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:34:51 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Windsor+Senior+Center+1200.jpg

Police have arrested a 17-year-old boy accused of knocking a 99-year-old woman to the ground and stealing her purse while she was delivering homemade Christmas cookies to a senior center in Windsor, Connecticut.

The woman was bringing treats to the LP Wilson Community Center when authorities say the teen came up behind her, pushed her down, took her purse and ran off while she was still on the ground.

Windsor police took the teen into custody in Hartford at 10:30 a.m., about half an hour after obtaining the juvenile arrest warrant. 

The teen's name has not been released because of his age. He has been charged with third-degree robbery, sixth-degree larceny and assault of an elderly person and will appear in juvenile court.

"This guy took advantage and made her a victim," Capt. Kelvan Kearse, of the Windsor Police Department, said Wednesday.

The senior center where the woman was attacked, located at 599 Matianuck Avenue, includes a senior center, a youth service bureau, the recreation office and social service.  



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<![CDATA[Possible Rabbi Voyeurism Victim Feels "Betrayed, Duped"]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:52:36 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/rabbi-barry-freundel.jpg

The latest woman to join a class action lawsuit against Georgetown University, Kesher Israel synagogue, the National Capital Mikvah and an Orthodox rabbi accused of secretly recording women during ritual baths described the suffering she's gone through since learning about a hidden camera that may have captured her naked.

Emma Shulevitz, who is 39 weeks pregnant and due any day, said when she went to the Mikvah to convert to Judaism in 2012, rabbi Barry Freundel told her not to put anything in front of a clock radio when she disrobed, News4's Chris Gordon reported. She said she has suffered greatly since learning it contained a hidden camera

"I feel betrayed,” she said. “I feel duped. I feel taken advantage of. Unfortunately this is a very, very sad situation."

Freundel was charged with six counts of voyeurism after Shulevitz reported her fears that she had been caught on camera and went public. He was accused of recording at least several women at a ritual bath next to Kesher Israel in Georgetown, where he was the rabbi.

The class action lawsuit claims at least 100 women may have been videotaped. It claims Georgetown, Kesher Israel and the National Capital Mikvah ignored warning signs about Freundel.

Lawyer Allan Siegel filed another class action lawsuit in D.C. Superior Court Thursday. It seeks money damages from Kesher Israel, the National Capital Mikvah and the Rabbinical Council of America for possibly hundreds of women who may have been photographed without clothes at the mikvah since 2005.

"He violated their trust at a time when they were most vulnerable, when they were nude in the mikvah at their closest moment with God," he said.

Freundel is due for a court hearing Jan. 16. He has pleaded not guilt.

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<![CDATA[Collecting Gifts for 10 Kids Left Motherless by Crash]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:25:48 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/215*120/2014-10-14_0630.png

Gifts for children left motherless by an October crash in Oxon Hill, Maryland, will be collected Saturday afternoon in Suitland.

D.C. sisters Typhani Wilkerson, 32, and Tameika Curtis, 34, were among the five killed when the Acura they were riding in was struck by a Mercedes while they were stopped at a traffic light, according to the preliminary investigation.

Wilkerson had two toddlers; Curtis was a mother of eight, the youngest just six weeks old.

“They’ve been through a traumatizing situation – more than any young children should ever go through,” said Lloyd Hardy, father of two of Curtis' children.

Dozens of gifts have been generously donated to the children by friends, organizations and strangers, News4's Darcy Spencer reported. Family friend Davona Marshall opened her home in Prince George's County to collect the donations and host a wrapping party.

“They’re going to be some excited and happy children,” Hardy said.

Between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday, donations of unwrapped clothing and toys, gift cards, and money will be collected at the YMWE Center at 5627 Allentown Road #200.

The following items are requested:

  • Three to six months of clothing and pampers size 1 or 2 for an infant boy.
  • 3T clothing, 7/8y shoes, 5T shirt, 4T pants and 9y shoes for a toddler boy.
  • Boys mediumm shirt, 5-6 pants, 12y shoes.
  • Men medium shirt, 34 x 34 pants and 12 adult shoes.
  • Girls 6T clothing, 13y shoes, 7/8 shirt, 7/8 pants, 13y shoes
  • Women 1XL-2XL shirt, 34 x 34 pants, 24-26 pants, 8.5 adult shoe, 11 women wide adult shoes

For more information or guidance, email heartsofsisterhood@gmail.com.

Or email Corey Baskerville of YMWE or Lloyd Hardy.

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<![CDATA[8-Year-Old Girl's Shooter Gets 16 Years]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:31:05 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20140222+Makayla+Darden.jpg

A 20-year-old D.C. man has been sentenced to 16 years behind bars for shooting and critically injuring an 8-year-old girl. 

Karie Brown and another man were attempting to rob a person they believed sold marijuana in a Southeast apartment complex on the night of Feb. 14, 2014.

Eight-year-old Makayla Darden held the door open for them as she headed out to play in the snow, police said.

When Brown's intended target ran outside, he fired multiple shots, one of which hit Makayla in the chest. Initially in critical condition, Makayla eventually made a full recovery.

Brown and Patten fled the scene and were quickly apprehended.

As part of a plea deal, Brown pleaded guilty to aggravated assault while armed, assault with intent to rob while armed and unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. 

Brown accomplice, Nathaniel Patten, pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial.

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<![CDATA[Bob McDonnell's Son Charged With DWI]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:56:02 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Robert-McDonnell.jpg

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's son Robert McDonnell is facing a DWI charge after he was arrested early Thursday.

Robert Ryan McDonnell, 23, was arrested at about 3:25 a.m. in the 2500 block of Sandpiper Road in Virginia Beach.

McDonnell of Glen Allen, Virginia, was charged with DWI and refusal, said the Virginia Beach Police Department.

Police said he is not currently in custody.

Robert McDonnell's twin brother, Sean McDonnell, was arrested in October 2013 and charged with public intoxication.

Their parents, Bob and Maureen McDonnell, have been dealing with their own legal battles. The couple was convicted in September on multiple counts for accepting more than $175,000 in gifts and loans from a wealthy businessman, although one count against Maureen was recently tossed out.

The U.S. Probation Office has recommended at least 10 years in prison for former Gov. Bob McDonnell.



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<![CDATA[Boston Bombing Suspect in Court]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:08:39 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/Dzhokhar+Tsarnaev.jpg

The man in the orange jumpsuit who appeared in court Thursday is 21-year-old Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Seen on video for the first time since his April 2013 arrest, as he’s transported back to Fort Devens prison following his appearance in Federal Court Thursday.

Among those inside the courtroom for Tsarnaev’s last pretrial hearing were Watertown Police Chief Ed Deveaux, injured MBTA Officer Dic Donohue and bombing survivor Marc Fucarile.

"I'm grateful and happy that I’m able to be here, all my supporters have been amazing," said Fucarile.

Tsarnaev received vocal support in court from the mother-in-law of now deceased Waltham triple murder suspect Ibraghim Todashev.
She was escorted out as she was yelling to him in Russian.

"I said in court, 'Dzhokhar you have a lot of supporters, we pray for you, we here for you Dzhokhar, we know you’re innocent, be strong, son,'" said Elena Teyer, Todashev's mother-in-law. "That's what I said.”

Outside court, a small group held signs alleging the bombing was a government conspiracy.

"I've been to every hearing and there's been no evidence," said Karin Friedemann of Boston.

"I don't support terror or terrorism and never would, but I am here supporting his rights as an American citizen," added Valerie Vanetta, who traveled here from Philadelphia.

Fucarile actually walked up to one of the protestors and showed her his prosthetic leg in an effort to silence her.

"I just asked her if she wanted to maybe look at the evidence and then she could make a choice or decision how she felt," he said.

Jury selection begins January 5, 2015.

Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to all 30 federal charges against him.

He faces the death penalty if convicted.



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<![CDATA[Silver Spring Neighborhood Evacuated Due to Gas Leak]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:49:46 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/216*120/2014-12-18_1308.png

A Silver Spring neighborhood has been evacuated after a gas line was struck Thursday afternoon.

A dozen homes in the 600 block of Thayer Avenue have been evacuated, according to Pete Piringer, a spokesman for the Montgomery County Fire Department.

A construction crew in the area struck the four-inch gas line just after noon Thursday.

Montgomery County HAZMAT teams have been called to the scene.

Several streets in the area are closed at this time.

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<![CDATA[Meet Your 2015 Goals With These Top Time Use Tips]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:00:29 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP73201008.jpg

As we prepare to ring in a New Year, many are clinging to the idea of making life-changing resolutions for 2015. 

Having a good grasp on your time doesn't only help you fit in a new goal like exercising more or keeping a clean house once January arrives. It also improves your chances of making these new habits last all year long. See what experts have to say about managing your time and life to help you achieve your goals and then see how the time you spend on work, shopping, sleep and other activites compares to the national average using our "Time Use Calculator" interactive.

Log Your Time

Trying to declutter your mind and schedule starts with logging your time. People tend to be “ridiculously optimistic” about what they can do in a certain amount of time, according to Laura Vanderkam, author of “168 Hours: You have More Time Than You Think.” Vanderkam suggests taking a look at an average week and timing each task—you will see your patterns and easily be able to pinpoint what can and can’t be changed. You may find that seemingly small tasks like cleaning out inboxes or checking up on Facebook add up, sucking up time that could be spent with a new client, project or goal. See how your time log compares to the average American using the time use calculator interactive below. 

Write Things Down

“Your head is for having ideas, not for holding them,” says David Allen, author of time-management manual “Getting Things Done.”  Your mind should not be used to hold all your tasks because your brain can’t multitask, according to Allen. Allen advises clearing your mind by having calendars and to-do lists for both long- and short-term goals and breaking down those goals step by step. By writing things down you are creating an "external brain," clearing space for more creative ideas. Instead of worrying about what time to pick up the kids from school, for example, your mind can be free to think of innovative ways to spend quality time with them.

The Magic Word Is “No”

“’No’ is the most empowering word in time management,” Tim Harper, The City University of New York journalism professor and project management consultant, said. “’No, but’ is the next best thing you can say.” It’s natural to feel overwhelmed when friends, bosses, or family members want to pull you in all directions. While saying “no” can be difficult, offering a counter plan may help soften the blow. A friend may ask you to go to their child’s birthday party after you already committed to spending time with your spouse. Tell your friend you can’t make the birthday party but suggest bringing a gift over next week. Saying “no” to obligations that aren’t important or urgent also gives you room to say “yes” to the things you actually want to do.

Schedule Leisure, Too

One of the biggest misconceptions people have about time management is the idea that every minute has to be filled with something, experts say.Scheduling your leisure time makes it easier to move things around and planning your time enough in advance gives you room for “things to fall into your lap," Harper contends. Resist the temptation to fill extra time with chores, Vanderkam says. She urges people to make a long list of the things they want to spend more time on, rather than asking what they want to spend less time on, then pursue those interests without feeling guilty. While it's difficult to place your own interests as a high priority, she writes, knowing your self-interests are worthy is key to living a fulfilling life.

See How You Compare

Do you shop, sleep or exercise more than your peers? See how your time log stacks up against the average American like you with this interactive calculator crafted using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' American Time Use Survey. 

"Time Use Calculator" built by Kuang Keng Kuek Ser and Ellie Zhu.



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<![CDATA[Wizards Play Santa for Five Families]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:21:30 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008875948_1200x675_374549571781.jpg The Washington Wizards delivered presents to five families Wednesday. News4's Dianna Russini reports.]]> <![CDATA[Accused Scotty Killer Twiddles Thumbs in Court]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:32:35 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Gary+Fellnbaum+Amber+Fellenbaum+Jillian+Tait.jpg

EDITOR'S NOTE: The details of this case are graphic and may be upsetting for some readers.

A Chester County man accused of beating his girlfriend's son to death twiddled his thumbs as he appeared in court Thursday via video.

Gary Fellenbaum, the boy's mother Jillian Tait and Fellenbaum's estranged wife Amber Fellenbaum said little as each appeared separately in court on charges stemming from the beating death of a 3-year-old Scotty McMillan. Prosecutors called the abuse "an American horror."

The 23-year-old man accused of brutally abusing and killing his girlfriend’s son, twiddled his thumbs, looking down as he waived his right to a preliminary hearing in the death, according to witnesses in the courtroom.

Gary Fellenbaum and Tait face first-degree murder, child endangerment, assault and related charges stemming from the death of the 3-year-old West Caln, Pennsylvania boy last month. Amber Fellenbaum faces child endangerment charges.

Each suspect appeared via video uplink as they waived their rights to preliminary hearings. Fellenbaum wore blue prison pants while the women each wore a green jumpsuit. Tait and Gary Fellenbaum each thanked the judge at the end of their hearings while Amber Fellenbaum remained silent.

All three suspects remain in isolation in state jail, said prosecutors.

McMillan died from what investigators said was abuse at the hand of his mother and her boyfriend inside a West Caln Township trailer home that Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan called an “American horror.”

"(Scotty) was systematically tortured and beaten to death,” said Hogan when he annouced the arrests in early November. "He was punched in the face and in the stomach, he was scourged with a homemade whip, he was lashed with a metal rod, he was tied to a chair and beaten, he was tied upside down by his feet and beaten, his head was smashed through a wall and at the end of that he had bruises on top of bruises all over his body.”

The abuse occurred over a two-week period dating back to October in the Hope Lane home located about 35 miles west of Philadelphia, according to investigators.

Hogan said Scotty's mother sometimes watched the abuse and laughed.

Police said Gary Fellenbaum met Tait at a local Wal-Mart where they worked together. Tait and her two sons — Scotty and his 6-year-old brother — moved in with Fellenbaum in mid-October and the abuse began shortly thereafter, said investigators.

NBC10 is not naming this surviving boy since authorities said he is a victim of child abuse.

Fellenbaum expressed remorse that "his physical assaults caused another's death," according to a criminal complaint obtained by NBC10.

Amber Fellenbaum earlier told investigators she first became aware of the alleged abuse when she saw Fellenbaum spank Scotty after the boy didn’t respond to Fellenbaum. She also said she saw Fellenbaum and Tait beat Scotty with a green frying pan and saw Fellenbaum tape Scotty to a chair and severely pummel the boy’s face and stomach.

The county took the older brother and the Fellenbaums' 11-month-old daughter into protective custody.



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<![CDATA[Police Investigate Smash and Grab at NW D.C. Store]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:18:02 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/218*120/2014-12-18_1102.png

Police are investigating a smash and grab robbery at a Northwest D.C. store.

Someone broke through the glass door at the Arc'teryx store in the 1000 block of H Street overnight.

Once inside, the thief was able to get away with a number of items from the store. 

Arc'teryx sells apparel for winter weather.

Police have not released any suspect information at this time.

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<![CDATA[Man in Video May Have Been Last to See '05 Murder Victim]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:36:23 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/240*120/2014-12-18_1036.png

Authorities are asking for help identifying a man they would like to speak with in connection with a nearly decade-old murder. 

Sheryl "Sherri" Warner was killed in her Virginia home Dec. 18, 2005. She had been on the phone with her dad when a man knocked on her door claiming his car broke down. The mother of three was later found tied up and hanging in the basement; her home had been set on fire.

Officials don't believe the killer was alone.

On the day of the murder, surveillance footage from a Belk store in Culpeper shows an unidentified man speaking with Warner. Investigators believe he was the last person to see her alive.

The Culpeper County Sheriff's Office would like to speak to the man to see if he has any information that would be pertinent to the investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call authorities at 540-829-9750.

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<![CDATA[Prince William Co. Schools to Open Before Labor Day]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:29:17 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/classroom-generic-back.jpg

Students will start the 2015-16 school year earlier than they’re used to in Prince William County.

The school board voted unanimously Wednesday to adopted a school calendar that includes a pre-Labor Day opening. Students will show up for classes on August 31, 2015, a change from the usual September start date. 

The decision also means Prince William County Schools will have a full two weeks for winter break and an earlier last day of school on June 17, 2016. A spokesperson says the change will also give teachers more classroom time before testing.

Prince William County was eligible for a waiver from Virginia’s so-called “Kings Dominion law”. In 1986, the General Assembly passed legislation prohibiting school districts from starting class before Labor Day. The rule gave the state’s tourism industry, and particularly theme parks, more time to see large crowds. Prince William County qualified for the waiver, because it has averaged a significant number of snow days used over the past 10 years.

Other northern Virginia school districts that don’t request a waiver will likely start on September 8, 2015.

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<![CDATA[Rubio, GOPers Discuss Cuba]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:57:23 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/121814+lawmakers+cuba.jpg

Prominent South Florida Republicans held a news conference Thursday to discuss the new change in policy on U.S.-Cuba relations.

Sen. Marco Rubio, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart all spoke at the news conference. They also discussed Wednesday's release of American Alan Gross from a Cuban prison.

Rubio, a Cuban-American, called the opening in diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba a misstep by President Obama.

"It colludes with America's enemies, near and far, to threaten us and everything we hold dear," he said. "But most importantly, the regime's brutal treatment of the Cuban people has continued unabated. Dissidents are harassed, imprisoned and even killed."

Ros-Lehtinen also denounced the policy change.

"The liberalization policies aimed at easing trade and remittances to Cuba is another propaganda coup for the Castro brothers, who will now fill their coffers with more money at the expense of the Cuban people," she said in a statement. "It is quite possible that this unilateral action by the President without Congressional consultation is in violation of the following U.S. laws: Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity (LIBERTAD) Act of 1996, Cuban Democracy Act of 1992, and the Trading with the Enemy Act."

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<![CDATA[Washington Monument to Reopen Friday]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:24:56 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_96961184.jpg

The Washington Monument will reopen Friday after an elevator malfunction shut down the attraction throughout Thursday.

The National Park Service (NPS) said shortly before 9 a.m. Thursday that the elevator would be undergoing repairs at least until noon, but about an hour later, the agency announced the site will be shut down for the remainder of the day.

The agency did not specify the source of the problem.

All tickets will be honored, the NPS said.

The elevator, which takes visitors to the top of the 555-foot obelisk on the National Mall, was rehabbed while the monument underwent repairs following a 2011 earthquake.

The site reopened in May after nearly three years, but the elevator was plagued by problems over the spring and summer. However, no issues had been reported recently.

The NPS said over the summer that there was no single source for the problems.



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<![CDATA[Man to Be Sentenced for Montgomery Mall Stabbing ]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:55:13 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/montgomery-mall-stabbing.jpg

A Potomac man will find out how long he will spend in prison for stabbing two people at a Montgomery County mall last November.

David B. Goldberg will be sentenced Thursday for stabbing a man and a woman at the Westfield Montgomery Mall after a road-rage incident.

Back in August, a jury cleared Goldberg of the first-degree murder charge he faced, but found him guilty of attempted manslaughter. He was also convicted of five counts of first degree assault and two counts of second degree assault.

All nine counts could net Goldberg a sentence of up to 165 years in prison.

Prosecutors said Goldberg -- whose 2-year-old daughter was in the car at the time -- was driving on a street that loops around the mall when he almost struck another car at a stop sign. They said he and the driver of the other car then argued about who had the right of way, before going their separate ways.

According to court documents, Goldberg then tried to hit the other driver, 31-year-old Clifton Bottswere, and his passenger, 28-year-old Rachel Peterson, with his car when he later saw them in the parking lot outside Sears.

Bottswere and Peterson were able to get out of the way, but prosecutors said Goldberg got out of his vehicle and stabbed Bottswere in the back, arm and face and stabbed Peterson in the abdomen.

Witnesses told News4 at the time that Goldberg then drove away, but struck another car before his own broke down on the roof level of a nearby parking garage. Police arrested Goldberg and said they found a five-inch knife at the scene during their investigation.

Both victims recovered from their wounds. Goldberg argued his actions were in self-defense.

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<![CDATA[Arrest Made in String of Taxi Driver Robberies]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 08:43:57 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Brown+Matthew+2.jpg

A suspected has been arrested in a string of robberies targeting taxi drivers in the Manassas, Virginia area.

Matthew Jamaal Brown, 24, was taken into custody Wednesday and charged with three counts of robbery.

Prince William County Police say Brown matched the description of the suspect in several recent robberies and had a knife in his possession when he was spotted by officers patrolling the area of Ashton Avenue and Sudley Manor Drive Wednesday.

On Monday, a 62-year-old driver picked up a man at the Manassas Mall Wal-Mart  and drove him to Sudley Manor Drive, where the passenger pulled out a knife, snatched the driver's cash and took off running.

Police say the same man robbed a driver at Vernon Street and Tower Place the next day.

Three other robberies have been reported since Dec. 9.

Police say additional charges against Brown are pending.

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<![CDATA[Storms Provide "Foothold for Drought Recovery" in California ]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:07:43 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/221*120/12-18-2014-drought-monitor-ca.jpg

A string of storms that marched across California this month provided enough rain to boost reservoir levels and slightly improve drought conditions after three consecutive dry years.

The state still likely needs several consecutive wet winters, but the latest U.S. Drought Monitor report offers reason for "cautious" optimism with several months left in California's wet season. This month's storms brought precipitation to most of California, pushing the Sacramento River to its highest level since Dec. 31, 2005.

Consecutive days of rain and snow led to a decrease in the percentage of the state under the Monitor's most severe drought category, called exceptional drought (D4). Last week, 55 percent of California was in the exceptional drought category. The latest report shows 32 percent of state in the D4 category.

Nearly 95 percent of the state remains under severe drought, according to the Monitor.

California's critically low water reservoirs remain well below historical average for mid-December, but Drought Monitor researchers noted "good capacity increases" of 6 to 10 percentage points in northern and central California's major reservoirs.

"It takes years to get into a drought of this severity, and it will likely take many more big storms, and years, to crawl out of it," said Jay Famiglietti, a researcher at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

A study of satellite data released by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory earlier this week found that at the peak of the drought earlier this year, water storage in the Sacramento and San Joaquin river basins was 11 trillion gallons below normal seasonal levels.

"With several more months still left in the wet season, it is possible that additional storms similar to the ones that just occurred will continue to chip away at the long-term hydrological drought, and the addition of lower temperatures would help build the snow pack," according to the report.

Rainfall has been trending above normal in many places so far during the 2014-2015 rain season that began July 1. As of Wednesday, downtown Los Angeles had collected 4.47 inches, more than 1.4 inches more than normal to date. A year earlier, it had collected just 0.86 inch to date. Downtown San Francisco had tallied 13.40 inches, or nearly 6.5 inches more than normal to date.

But drought improvement will depend largely on this season's precipitation in the Sierra Nevada Mountain range. Springtime runoff from the melting Sierra Nevada mountain range snowpack supplies water for an estimated 25 million Californians. In November, the southern Sierra had received just 47 percent of its normal rain and snow so far, and the northern Sierra 79 percent.

The report noted that temperatures remained above normal, so more rain than snow was reported at higher elevations.

The tropical Pacfic Ocean phenomenon known as El Nino also could have a say in California's drought situation. The chance of El Nino weather conditions, which can potentially usher moisture into California, developing this winter for the Northern Hemisphere increased to 65 percent in December.

That figure represents an increase from last month's estimate of 58 percent.

Gov. Jerry Brown in January declared a drought emergency, and asked Californians to cut residential water use by 20 percent -- a mark that has not been met, according to recent estimates. Farmers in the Central Valley have fallowed fields and mandatory water restrictions are in effect as California faces a fourth-consecutive dry year.



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<![CDATA[New Metro Signage Confuses Riders]]> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:18:01 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Confusing+Metro+Silver+Line+Sign.jpg

Some Metro riders are complaining new signage installed in stations for the Silver Line shows incorrect transfer points.

A sign appears to show Federal Center SW as a transfer point to the Green and Yellow lines when in fact the transfer point is L’Enfant Plaza. L’Enfant is the eighth station name on the sign, but the eighth dot lines up with Federal Center SW.

At one end of the line, Rosslyn does not appear to line up with any dot at all.

"While we are aware of feedback from riders regarding the alignment of the station names and may consider possible steps to address the concern, the primary purpose of the signs is to give riders an assurance that they are on the correct platform and to show the relative order of stations,” read a statement from Metro. “In that regard, the signs serve their purpose."

Earlier this year News4 told the transit agency about other incorrect signs at Metro Center. Those signs were promptly removed.



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<![CDATA[Judge Bows Out of Garner Hearing]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:24:17 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/eric+garner+death+inset+new.jpg

The state Supreme Court judge who was set to preside over a hearing Friday to decide whether the documents from the Eric Garner grand jury proceedings could be released to the public has recused himself from the case, NBC 4 New York has learned.

Judge Stephen Rooney removed himself from the case because his wife works at Richmond University Medical Center, the same hospital where the EMTs who responded to the Garner call worked, multiple officials familiar with the case proceedings said. 

As a result, Friday's hearing will be postponed until January, when a new judge is expected to be assigned. 

New York City Public Advocate Letitia James said Rooney's recusal raises more questions than answers and "further underscores the need to release the grand jury minutes related to the investigation of Eric Garner's death." 

"The only way to restore the public's faith in our justice system is to bring sunlight into the court system," she said in a statement, adding that she is directing her legal team to continue fighting in court for disclosure. 

NBC 4 New York first reported earlier this month that Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan did not ask grand jurors to consider a reckless endangerment charge in the chokehold death of Eric Garner.

Donovan only asked grand jurors to consider manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide charges against NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo, the cop seen on widely-watched amateur video wrapping his arm around Garner's neck as the heavyset, asthmatic 43-year-old yelled, "I can't breathe!" nearly a dozen times during the July 17 confrontation, the source said.

It's not clear why Donovan left the lesser charge off the table, and he has said strict confidentiality laws surrounding grand jury proceedings prevent him from discussing the details of the case.

Donovan had submitted an application to the court seeking authorization to publicly release specific elements of the proceedings but the only information released when Rooney granted his request a day later involved the number of exhibits the jurors saw, how long they heard evidence and how many witnesses they heard it from. The application was sealed, so it's not clear if he had petitioned the judge to release information about the charges the jurors considered.

Last week, the New York Civil Liberties Union formally petitioned for the public release of the grand jury record, and the hearing on it was scheduled for this Friday. 

The grand jury in the Garner case delivered a vote on Dec. 3 of "no true bill," which determined there was not probable cause that Pantaleo committed any criminal offense the panel was tasked with considering. The decision set off protests in New York City and across the country.

The NYPD said its internal review of the case is ongoing, and the U.S. Department of Justice said it also is investigating.  



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<![CDATA[Cold Weather Kills 5 People in Maryland During Past Month]]> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:47:18 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/jacksnow.jpg

In the past month, five people in Maryland have passed away due to hypothermia-related causes. 

Maryland’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene released a report on Wednesday, citing these incidents as the first fatalities of the winter season. Four of the individuals were men, two of them between 18 and 44 years old and the other two were aged 65 or older.

The last victim was a woman aged 65 years or older. Last year, there were 15 hypothermia-related deaths the entire season.

Other types of winter weather deaths include frostbite, carbon monoxide poisoning and wounds sustained from heat sources. Officials say the elderly, the homeless population and drug or alcohol users are most susceptible to these injuries.

In the same report, the state urges individuals to properly prepare for winter by making emergency supply kits and wearing warm-enough clothing. They also encourage Marylanders to read their weekly weather reports. Anyone in need of housing or energy assistance should call 211 for help.

Click here for more information.



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<![CDATA[$8,500 Charged to Stolen Cards in 8 Minutes]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:22:58 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/stolen+credit+cards+target+surveillance+image+121714.jpg

Two women purchased more than $8,500 worth of gift cards in eight minutes with stolen credit cards at a Target in Rockville, Maryland.

The victim only learned she’d lost the cards when she received text alerts about expensive purchases. The 39-year-old woman was at dinner with her husband when she received a text message about a big purchase. Seconds later, she got another alert.

The victim checked her purse and realized her wallet was gone. She went to her car and didn’t find it there, either. She figures someone took it somewhere between her home and the restaurant.

Two women caught on security camera charged $4,000 to a Visa card, $4,000 to an American Express card and $530.05 to a MasterCard.

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<![CDATA[Finding Help for Postpartum Depression]]> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:29:51 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/generic+pregnant+generic.jpeg News4's Angie Goff shows a new way women around Washington can get help for postpartum depression.]]>