<![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 Wed, 01 Oct 2014 22:59:09 -0400 Wed, 01 Oct 2014 22:59:09 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[6-Year-Old Struck by FedEx Truck, Critically Injured]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:12:51 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/1001-fedex-crash.jpg

A 6-year-old child suffered life-threatening injuries when he was struck by a FedEx truck in Fairfax County Wednesday evening.

Police say the crash was reported in the 9300 block of Mount Vernon Circle in the Alexandria section of the county. 

The child was playing in the driveway of a home and rode a scooter into the street when he was struck.

He was airlifted to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. 

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<![CDATA[19-Year-Old Suspected in Bowie Slaying]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 20:13:31 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Deon+Eugene+Warren.jpg

This story has been corrected.

A man shot and killed outside a Bowie, Maryland, tennis and swim club Tuesday apparently was trying to break up a fight in the parking lot involving his son, Prince George's County Police said.

Police have an arrest warrant on a first-degree murder charge for 19-year-old Deon Eugene Warren in the fatal shooting of 39-year-old Mitchell White.

At 5:34 p.m., officers responded to the rear of the Belair Racquet and Swim Club in the 12700 block of Midwood Lane, police said. Officers found White lying on the ground unconscious and suffering from trauma to the upper body. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:04 p.m.

Police interviewed several witnesses and determined that when White went to the area to pick up his son, his son was involved in a fight with another unidentified individual. When White tried to break it up, Warren allegedly shot him, police said.

Though White's son attends nearby Bowie High School, no connection between the fight and the school has been established, police said.

The fight stemmed from a party last week when two groups of kids got into an argument.

"We're still trying to determine what the cause of the dispute was," said Chief John Nesky of Bowie Police.

Witnesses told News4's Darcy Spencer they saw a lot of younger people scatter after the shooting.

"We heard a shot, and then we saw the different kids running in different directions," said a witness.

"It's frightening, upsetting, shocking," said the witness. "Definitely hard to see."

Parents told News4 there have been minor incidents in the parking lot when teens have been hanging out after school, but never a shooting.

"It's a shortcut to the school from our houses over here, and I'm really concerned about my kid going to the school there, too," said a neighbor.

Late in the night, a four-door Chevy Malibu was towed from Bowie High School parking lot near the scene. Police are not saying how it's connected to their investigation.

Extra security and a police presence was planned for Bowie High School on Wednesday, said a spokesperson for Prince George's County Public Schools.

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<![CDATA[Ebola Patient Flew to Dallas Via DC]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 20:16:43 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Thomas-Eric-Duncan.jpg

The patient diagnosed with Ebola in Dallas has been identified as a Liberian man named Thomas Eric Duncan, NBC News has confirmed.

He is believed to have flown to the United States via two United Airlines flights, first flying from Brussels to Washington, D.C., and then taking a connecting flight to Dallas-Fort Worth.

United said Wednesday that it believes the patient, whom it did not identify, flew from Brussels to Washington Dulles on Flight 951 on Sept. 20, and then, three hours later, from Washington Dulles to Dallas-Fort Worth on Flight 822 that same day.

The airline, reiterating what health officials have said, said that there was "zero risk of transmission" on any flight Duncan flew, because he didn't begin to show symptons until several days later.

The New York Times reported that Duncan may have become infected in Liberia on Sept. 15, when he helped carry his landlord's gravely ill daughter to the hospital. She died the next day.

Earlier this month, Duncan was completing an employment contract with a shipping company in Liberia's capital city of Monrovia. When that contract expired, he used a visa to travel to Dallas to visit family, well within the virus' 21-day incubation period.

Duncan arrived in Dallas on Sept. 20 and began showing symptoms on Sept. 24, U.S. health officials said Tuesday.

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas said Wednesday that Duncan sought medical care after 10 p.m. Sept. 25 and had only a low-grade fever and abdominal pain.

"His condition did not warrant admission. He also was not exhibiting symptoms specific to Ebola," the hospital said in statement Wednesday. "The patient returned via ambulance on Sunday, Sept. 28, at which time EMS had already identified potential need for isolation. The hospital followed all suggested CDC protocols at that time."

A specimen sent to a state lab in Austin confirmed Tuesday that Duncan had contracted Ebola. Those test results were then confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

In the days since Duncan left Liberia, his landlord's son, who had helped them carry his sister to the hospital, also died after a short, severe illness, the Times reported. Two other people in Liberia who may have had contact with the woman have also reportedly died.

Meanwhile, health officials in Dallas are monitoring as many as 18 people, including five children and an ambulance crew of three, who have been in contact with Duncan.

The schoolchildren and firefighters are all being isolated at home and will be monitored for 21-days from their date of exposure.

The four schools attended by the five students — Dan D. Rogers Elementary School, L.L. Hotchkiss Elementary School, Sam Tasby Middle School and Emmett J. Conrad High School — all remain open but will be thoroughly cleaned, Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Mike Miles said Wednesday.

None of those being monitored are currently showing any signs of Ebola, and state and federal health officials say no other suspected cases of Ebola exist in the United States.

NBC 5's Scott Gordon contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[NJ Man Shoots Down Drone: Police]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 22:48:28 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/drone+generic.jpg

A man with a shotgun took matter into his own hands to bring done a drone flying over his neighbor’s home, according to police along the Jersey Shore.

Lower Township Police said they received a call Friday around 5:30 p.m. from the drone’s owner, who said he was flying the device over his friend’s home along the 1000 block of Seashore Drive in Lower Township, Cape May County, to gather some aerial photographs of construction being done at the home when the drone suddenly went down.

Right before the man lost control of his drone he heard what sounded like several gunshot blasts, said investigators.

When he recovered the drone, the owner found several holes in the device, police said.

When police arrived, the victim pointed them in the direction of where he heard the blasts. Police then went to 32-year-old Russell Percenti’s home.

There, officers found the shotgun used to shoot down the drone, police said. Police didn’t say why Percenti, a waiter at a local eatery, allegedly pulled the trigger.

Percenti posted $250 in bail after being arraigned on criminal mischief and weapons charges.

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<![CDATA[Slain SoCal Mayor's Brother Speaks]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 21:24:00 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/file-bell-gardens-mayor-daniel-crespo-wife-lyvette.jpg

The brother of the Bell Gardens mayor police said was shot dead by his wife said Wednesday he will always love his sister-in-law, though he wishes she hadn't taken "matters into her own hands."

Daniel Crespo, 45, was gunned down at his family home Tuesday afternoon after punching his 19-year-old son, Daniel Jr., in the face when the teen tried to intervene in a fight between his parents, investigators said. Police said Crespo's 43-year-old wife, Lyvette, then grabbed a gun and shot the mayor multiple times in his upper body.

The mayor died at a hospital. His brother, William Crespo, said he's conflicted about what happened.

"If it was that, she should've called 911. She shouldn't take matters into her own hands. She's not the cops," he said. "I love her; I still love her. She's still my sister-in-law; I'm always going to love her."

Neighbors told NBC4 they were in shock and never expected their friend would be shot and killed.

"I don't believe what happened in here, because he is my neighbor, and he was a very friendly person," Laura de la Cruz said. "I don't believe it."

Crespo's wife and son were questioned at the Bell Gardens police station. Several hours later, sheriff's detectives said the pair had been released and that no arrests had been made.

"He was working so much and helping the community so much, and I remember he would always give out gifts for the children," Cruz's daughter said. "I didn't believe it was Crespo, because he did so much for this community. He just helped so many people."

Sources told NBC4 the mayor lived at the two-story condominium with his wife, 19-year-old son and 26-year-old daughter, who was not present at the time of the shooting.

"I'd see them as a normal family," said Janet Morales, who said she's known the couple for 25 years. "Never have I seen violence before. That is the reason why I'm in shock."

Investigators have not released additional details about the shooting, and prosecutors will decide whether to press charges against Crespo's wife in his death.

"We don't know exactly what happened," said Alberto Bernal, who met Crespo during his campaign for City Council in 2001. "Only the people involved at the scenes know exactly what happened and to take images and information out of context, it's sad.

"It's just heart-breaking that my friend is no longer with us," Bernal said.

According to the city’s website, Crespo was a Brooklyn, New York, native who had been married to his high school sweetheart since 1986. After moving to Bell Gardens, he worked as a Los Angeles County deputy probation officer for 15 years. He was elected to the Bell Gardens City Council in 2001.

The city issued a statement Wednesday and said Tuesday's shooting "have stunned this very close-knit community."

"This is a tremendous loss for Bell Gardens," City Manager Philip Wagner said in the statement.

Grief counselors were staffed at City Hall on Wednesday to help city employees and will be made available to community members, the statement read.

Bell Gardens is a suburb of about 42,000 residents. It's located roughly 18 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles.

Willian Avila and John Cádiz Klemack contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Escalator Replacement Coming to Metro Center Entrance]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 21:00:49 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008035940_1200x675_336460867761.jpg

One of the entrances at the Metro Center station soon will close for about eight months as two escalators are replaced.

The escalators at the 12th and G Street entrance are about 20 years old and constantly exposed to the elements. The new escalators will be covered by a canopy.

About 4,000 people per weekday use the 12th and G, but there are three other entrances to the station.

Riders should get used to seeing such projects throughout the system after a new contract was just awarded, Metro spokesman Dan Stessel said.

"It's about a $150 million contract over several years for the full replacement with brand new escalators of up to 128 units,” Stessel said.

Metro has more escalators than any transit system in North America, more than 600 of them.

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<![CDATA[Wilson Building to Go Red for Nats Playoffs]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 21:16:44 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/1011-wilsonbuilding.jpg

Washingtonians are seeing red -- Nats red, that is.

Starting Wednesday night, the Wilson Building in downtown D.C. will be illuminated in red lights as a symbol of support for the Washington Nationals.

After a record-breaking season, the Nats start their MLB playoff run Friday night. So long as they remain in the playoffs, the historic city hall -- also known as the John A. Wilson building -- will be red.

Mayor Vincent Gray and D.C. Council members announced the change in a news release Wednesday.

“As a lifelong baseball fan, I am extremely proud of the Nats,” Gray said. “We’re going to turn the Wilson Building red to show everyone that the District is behind them 100 percent.”

The Nats were last in the playoffs in 2012 before they were knocked out in the National League Division Series.

But if Mayor Gray’s predictions are correct, this year will elicit more favorable results.

 

“I’m excited to cheer them on all the way to the District’s first World Series win since 1924," Gray said.

Natitude, indeed.

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<![CDATA[D.C. Plans to Do More to Reduce Infant Mortality Rate]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 20:45:58 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/pregnant+african+american+black+woman+its+a+girl+shutterstock_207947656.jpg

Special programs have delivered results, but D.C. plans to do more to reduce the number of babies who die before their first birthday.

Rebekah Brown, a college student and mother of 8-month-old Roman, benefitted from the city's prenatal care. At Mayor Vincent Gray’s news conference on infant mortality, she spoke of the many support resources available to mothers in the city. She appears in a new video on prenatal care.

The city announced a slight uptick in infant mortality in 2012, but health officials said infant deaths within one year of birth have been reduced by 27 percent since 2008 and are expected to decline further.

Gray said city prenatal programs will continue despite the loss of a $4 million federal grant and 38 grant employees. Other health programs will take up the loss.



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<![CDATA[Dr. Jackie: How Concerned Should We Be About Ebola, Enterovirus]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 20:07:11 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/cdc-ebola.jpg Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet, of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Maryland, discusses how concerned we should be about Ebola and enterovirus.]]> <![CDATA[Chicago Mayor Blasts FAA]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 20:04:27 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/FAA_fire_1.jpg

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel blasted the Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday, pounding the podium as he urged the agency "work harder and better and smarter" to restore service and wondered how one man had managed to cripple the city's air travel for days.

"How can this happen? How can you have an airport that is so integral to the national and international system with no back-up capacity, that one individual can have this impact?" Emanuel said.

He weighed in on the city's transportation woes during an unrelated Q&A with reporters at the Chicago Cultural Center, after announcing a new scholarship program for Chicago Public Schools students.

 
 

Emanuel said the agency's primary local job is to get the area's radar facility, heavily damaged nearly a week ago by a saboteur, up and running at full capacity.

"It’s not where it needs to be, and they’ve got to work harder and better and smarter and get it there," he said, as he commended the agency for its efforts to restore service.

Federal officials on Monday set Oct. 13 as their target date for having operations 100 percent restored.

Prosecutors say Brian Howard, 36, of Naperville, entered the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora early Friday morning and caused incredible, strategic damage to the radar facility that handles high-altitude traffic above a large portion of the country's midsection.

They said Howard, who had worked at the facility for eight years and was involved with the facility's communications systems, was upset about recently being told he was being transferred to Hawaii.


Howard's alleged actions forced the cancellation of thousands of flights and cost an estimated hundreds of millions of dollars in lost productivity. If convicted, he could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison.


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<![CDATA[Facebook Apologizes to Drag Queens]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:40:35 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/drag-city-hall.jpg

Less than two weeks after a group of Bay Area drag queens met with Facebook to protest how the social networking giant had suspended their accounts for not using "real names," Facebook's chief product officer Chris Cox apologized for their ordeal, promising change.

And Mark Zuckerberg "liked" it.

“I want to apologize to the affected community of drag queens, drag kings, transgender, and extensive community of our friends, neighbors, and members of the LGBT community for the hardship that we've put you through in dealing with your Facebook accounts over the past few weeks,” Cox said Wednesday in a post on his own Facebook page.

“In the two weeks since the real-name policy issues surfaced, we've had the chance to hear from many of you in these communities and understand the policy more clearly as you experience it,” he added. “We've also come to understand how painful this has been. We owe you a better service and a better experience using Facebook, and we're going to fix the way this policy gets handled so everyone affected here can go back to using Facebook as you were.”

Mark Snyder, a spokesperson for the Transgender Law Center who met with Facebook Wednesday over the real names policy dispute, called the meeting productive. "We are excited to continue working with them on solutions so we can all be our authentic selves online," he said. Local drag queens have turned a protest rally initially scheduled for San Francsico City Hall Thursday into a victory celebration.

Bay Area queer performance art group The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and its supporters first met with Facebook on Sept. 19 after some users received messages saying their account had been “temporarily suspended” because it looks like “you’re not using your real name.”

Facebook's stance is that the "real names" policy is designed to "keep the community safe."

But Bay Area drag queens called the policy discriminatory, saying that by requiring performers to use their legal names, Facebook may be compromising their safety and making them vulnerable to attack.

The group said it would mobilize against Facebook if the social networking giant didn’t address its concerns.

“Facebook is discriminating by basically not allowing a large part of the community access to a public forum because of this policy,” said Lil Miss Hot Mess, who reluctantly had to identify herself as Harris Davis on her Facebook page.

Heklina, a 47-year-old drag queen from San Francisco, said she would boycott Facebook if she could, but “it’s too ingrained in our everyday lives.”

A growing coalition of people who support the Bay Area drag queens — including artists, immigrants, domestic violence survivors, activists and members of the transgender community — delivered a letter to Facebook at Wednesday's meeting, requesting that Facebook update its policy to allow everyone to be their "authentic selves online," end the requirement to show ID and make it easier for users to appeal account suspension.

“Many people need to use a chosen name in order to feel safe or to be able to express their authentic identity online,” the letter said. “While drag queens have experienced a rash of reports of being in violation of the 'real name' policy, many others remain at risk of being reported.”

In his post, Cox explained that it all started when an individual on Facebook decided to report several hundred of these accounts as fake. The reports were among the several hundred thousand fake name reports Facebook processes every week, 99 percent of whom he said are "bad actors doing bad things," including impersonation, bullying, trolling, domestic violence, scams and hate speech.

"So we didn't notice the pattern,” Cox wrote.

Cox wrote that Facebook's "authentic name" policy was put in place to act as a safeguard against impersonators: “Everyone on Facebook uses the authentic name they use in real life.”

“For Sister Roma, that's Sister Roma. For Lil Miss Hot Mess, that's Lil Miss Hot Mess," he added. "Part of what's been so difficult about this conversation is that we support both of these individuals, and so many others affected by this, completely and utterly in how they use Facebook."

Cox said Facebook is working on building better tools for “authenticating the Sister Romas of the world."

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<![CDATA[Police: Man Accused of Theft Killed Employer's Wife]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 20:04:05 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2014-10-01_0659_001.jpg

Police believe a man who had been accused of stealing from his job at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation may have killed the wife of a foundation executive -- before killing himself.

The stunning events unfolded Tuesday afternoon in Potomac, Maryland, not far from the foundation's headquarters in Bethesda.

Investigators believe that Andrew Racca, 42, of Chevy Chase, killed 57-year-old Carolyn Mattingly in her home, according to a statement from Montgomery County police.

Mattingly's body had been set on fire, and was discovered when rescuers responded to a report of a fire in the home's garage.

That wasn't the first time police had been to Mattingly's home that day: Earlier in the afternoon, Mattingly reported that someone had slashed the tires on a car at her home.

And just one hour previously, police had found Racca, dead, in a car that had crashed nearby, on Piney Meetinghouse Road. A gun was also found in the car.

The cause of Racca's death has not been determined, but police said they are investigating the case as a murder-suicide.

There was no known relationship between Mattingly and Racca, police said -- other than the fact that Racca worked at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, where Mattingly's husband, C. Richard Mattingly, is the executive vice president and chief operating officer.

On Monday, management of the foundation had met with Racca, "regarding allegations that Racca was involved in workplace theft," the police statement said. Management also told Racca that they would have to report the allegations to police.

"We are devastated by the tragic death of Carolyn Mattingly," the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation said in a statement Wednesday afternoon, adding that the foundation was cooperating fully with the police investigation.

"Our greatest concern is for the welfare of the Mattingly family, and we share our deepest sympathies with them during this extraordinarily difficult time," the statement read.

As they work to unravel the cases, Montgomery County Police revealed the suspected timeline of events.

At 1:15 p.m. Tuesday -- slightly more than an hour before the deaths -- police were called to the Mattingly house on Great Elm Drive for a report of vandalism. Carolyn Mattingly told police that all four tires of a car in her driveway had been flattened. She spoke with police, telling them her husband was at work. The police then left the home.

At 2:23 p.m., authorities got a call about a crash. Racca's body was found in a Mercedes sedan that had crashed into a tree at the intersection of River Road and Piney Meetinghouse Road. There was a pistol on the seat next to him, sources told News4.

Just one minute later, another emergency call came in, this one about a fire at a nearby house on Great Elm Drive. Authorities found the body of a woman in the garage after they extinguished a small fire there.

Investigators soon suspected a connection between the deaths because of the timing and proximity of the scenes.

"It's a tragedy out here," said neighbor David Andrukitis. "We've never had anything like this."

Authorities said Wednesday they weren't sure whether Racca was associated with the vandalism case, but they're working to determine more.

Autopsies will be performed to determine the cause and manner of the deaths.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[D.C. Bartender Joe Madden Missing Since Monday]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:03:48 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Missing+Bartender+Joe+Madden.jpg

A popular D.C. bartender has been missing since Monday morning.

PoPville posted the following email from Joe Madden's father:

My son, Joe Madden, has been missing since Monday. Joe is 23, about 6’1″ and 170lbs. Hazel eyes. Last seen in NE Washington, DC on Monday morning Sept 29 around 10:30 am. We have filed a police report but there’s nothing else the police can do. None of his friends have heard from him since Sunday. He doesn’t have his phone with him.

If you have seen him or have any information that might help us find him, please let me know. And share widely. Help.

Madden has worked at Brookland's Finest, The Pug on H Street NE and Solly's U Street Tavern in Northwest.

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<![CDATA[UVa. Abduction Suspect Eyed in '03 Sex Assault]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 21:05:10 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP702814643380.jpg

Jesse Matthew, the man linked to the abduction of a University of Virginia student as well as the death of another young woman, was investigated for a campus sex assault years ago.

According to officials with Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia, Matthew was a student there from January 2003 through Oct. 15, 2003. He was investigated in connection with a sexual assault on campus that occurred Sept. 7, 2003. 

Last month, Matthew, 32, was charged with the abduction of 18-year-old Hannah Graham, who was last seen with him just after 1 a.m. Sept. 13 on Charlottesville's downtown mall. The search for Graham continues.

Since then, Matthew has been forensically linked to the death of Morgan Harrington, a Virginia Tech student who disappeared after attending a concert in Charlottesville in 2009. Her body was found several months later.

In addition, police have said there is a link between Harrington's death and a 2005 Fairfax City sex assault, though they have not named Matthew as a suspect in that incident.

Matthew was also investigated in connection with an alleged sex assault at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia in 2002 but charges were never filed.

Matthew is due in court Thursday for a reckless driving charge in Charlottesville that led to his arrest last week.



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<![CDATA[Artist Creates Huge Portrait in the Ground of the National Mall]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 20:57:38 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/215*120/20141001+Mall+Portrait.jpg

The National Portrait Gallery is unveiling a giant portrait of a young man created in the landscape of the National Mall.
 
Cuban-American artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada says he created the portrait as a compilation of American faces after photographing 30 young men in Washington. It's entitled  "Out of Many, One.''
 
The six-acre portrait is made of sand and topsoil and can be viewed from the Washington Monument or from space.
 
The artist used GPS technology to mark 10,000 points onto an empty field and then linked them with twine to help create precise lines for the portrait made of dirt. Beginning Saturday, visitors will be able to walk along the portrait's features.

The soil and sand eventually will be reused to improve the National Mall's turf.
 

Copyright Associated Press / NBC4 Washington

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<![CDATA[Police Arrest Man After Eight-Hour Stake Out]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 18:53:34 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20140907+Police+Lights.jpg

A man who was barricaded inside his home from Sunday night until early Monday morning was arrested and charged with gun and other charges.

Jerome Arrington, 45, was charged with brandishing a firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and driving on a revoked license after police arrested him at about 5:50 a.m. Monday.

The standoff began hours earlier, at approximately 9:20 p.m. Sunday, when Manassas City Police responded to a report of a man brandishing a gun on the 9300 block of Tarra Lane.

Arrington, 45, had appeared at another person's home and asked him to meet outside. When the victim did not comply, Arrington allegedly displayed a handgun.

The victim contacted police while Arrington fled towards his home on Scarlet Oak Drive and barricaded himself inside.

Police established a perimeter and remained on-scene until the suspect was apprehended without incident.

Arrington is being held on a $3,000 bond and has a pending court date in Prince William General District Court.
 

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<![CDATA[Notary Pleads Guilty to Immigration Fraud]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 17:53:28 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008035055_1200x675_336391235854.jpg Ramon Escarfullet pleaded guilty to charging thousands of dollars in cash for help with immigration services. Consumer Reporter Erika Gonzalez reports he is a notary, not a lawyer.]]> <![CDATA[Doctor: Police Officer's Shooter is Paranoid Schizophrenic]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 20:17:52 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20141001+Peter+Laboy+and+Wife.jpg

The man who shot a Alexandria police officer in February 2013 believed the FBI was controlling his behavior and that he was dead already, a doctor testified in court Wednesday.

Testifying for Kashif Bashir's defense, psychiatrist Dr. Daniel Scheneman testified that Bashir is a paranoid schizophrenic who had lost touch with reality. Bashir, who was a cab driver at the time of the shooting, has pleaded not guilty by reasons of insanity to all charges against him.

Bashir, 29, is charged with attempted capital murder and aggravated malicious wounding for the February 27, 2013 shooting of motorcycle officer Laboy during a traffic stop.

During Bashir's defense, his attorneys highlighted a history of mental health issues in the Bashir family, and Scheneman testified that mental illness is genetic.

Witnesses described one horrific incident when the family lived in a small village in Pakistan: the family found Bashir's mother had set herself on fire. It was Bashir who ran to get buckets of water to put the flames out. She died 10 days later.

Also during testimony Wednesday, Bashir's father, Mohamad, said he shared the cab with his son. He testified that in 2012 he found a gun under a seat of the cab and accidentally discharged a shot.

Mohamad Bashir reported the gun to Prince William County police. Kashif Bashir has said he knew nothing about the gun.

Bashir's father also testified he was surprised Kashif had been drinking the day of the shooting because because their Islamic religious beliefs prohibit alcohol. Mohamad admitted he was sometimes concerned by his son's behavior.

Bashir's sister testified that Kashif was quiet and kept to himself. Friends from high school testified that Bashir used to be social, but had become withdrawn in recent years.

Laboy is recovering from the injury

and has had to relearn how to speak and walk. The prosecution presented doctors who testified Peter Laboy suffered traumatic brain injuries as a result of the shooting.

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<![CDATA[U.S. Marine Missing in Persian Gulf]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 21:23:13 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/uss-makin-island-0725.jpg

A search is underway for a Marine airman missing in the Persian Gulf, the U.S. Navy confirmed.

On Wednesday, an MV-22 Osprey lost power when taking off from USS Makin Island, an amphibious assault ship homeported at Naval Base San Diego. Two crew members bailed out into the water. One of those Marines was rescued safely, but the other is still missing, according to the Navy.

The pilot managed to gain control of the plane and return to the ship, the Navy said. The MV-22 Osprey can carry two dozen troops, though it appears only three were on board at the time of the incident.

The aircraft is part of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) based at Camp Pendleton in northern San Diego County. 

Planes from aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush and smaller Navy boats have joined the search. The missing Marine's name has not been released.

The Navy and Marine Corps are investigating what went wrong and why the crew members jumped out of the plane.

The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group and the 11th MEU deployed last July to support operations in the Middle East.

Refresh this article for the latest on this developing story.

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<![CDATA[13-Year-Old D.C. Boy Killed by Best Friend: PD]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:55:55 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Tyrin+Caldwell.jpg

D.C. police say a 13-year-old boy was shot and killed by his best friend Tuesday night in what is being investigated as a tragic accident. 

Police say Tyrin Caldwell was playing with a 14-year-old friend at a third-floor apartment in the 1400 block of Downing Street NE around 7 p.m. when he was shot. At the time of the shooting, Tyrin's father and the 14-year-old's mother were outside the apartment talking.

When he heard the shots, Tyrin's father ran inside to help. He said his son kept crying, "Daddy, hurt" over and over again. Tyrin was later pronounced dead.

Tyrin's father told News4 Wednesday he hoped no charges would be brought against his son's friend, who was placed in police custody immediately following the shooting. 

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<![CDATA["Contact Tracing" Explained: How to Stop Ebola From Spreading]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:09:31 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/160*147/contact-tracing-550.gif

Ebola can only be spread by infected people who show symptoms, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. If an exposed person does not develop symptoms within 21 days of exposure, the person will not become sick with Ebola, according to the CDC.

Contact tracing is the process health workers use to find everyone who comes into direct contact with a sick Ebola patient. If the contact develops a fever or other Ebola symptoms within 21 days of the last day they came into contact with the Ebola patient, the person is isolated and provided care. All of the new patient’s contacts are then found and watched for 21 days.

The CDC warns that even one contact can keep the outbreak going.

Check out below a graphic the CDC prepared to explain how contact tracing works.

(Info: CDC)

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<![CDATA[Teen Killed in Northeast Shooting]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 21:15:08 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/dcpolice2.jpg

Police say a teenager who was shot near the Rhode Island Metro station Wednesday afternoon has passed away.

The shooting was reported a little after 3 p.m. in the 200 block of Adams Street NE. The 18-year-old victim, identified as Johnie Lee Resper of Upper Marlboro, was initially in critical condition but was later pronounced dead.

Police say three men were seen driving away from the scene.

No suspect or motive information has been released and a $25,000 reward will be given for information that leads to an arrest. 

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<![CDATA[World Leaders Watch Hong Kong Protesters Closely]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 14:55:04 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP856523298624.jpg World leaders are closely watching the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. NBC Senior Political Editor Mark Murray discusses that and a new poll on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

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<![CDATA["Evita" at Kennedy Center Opera House]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 14:53:07 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008032506_1200x675_336314435865.jpg "Evita" stars Caroline Bowman and Sean McLaughlin tell what audiences can expect from the musical now at Kennedy Center Opera House.]]> <![CDATA[W. Africa Travelers Warned on Ebola]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 15:05:57 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP645337997349.jpg

All people traveling to the United States from countries with Ebola are being warned as of Wednesday about the potentially deadly virus' symptoms, and how it is spread.

The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol will hand out a flyer with information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to all U.S.-bound travelers from those countries. 

That flyer also contains a card that any passenger who starts showing symptoms in the following days can hand their doctors, to alert them of the risk.

The first case of Ebola in the United States has been diagnosed in Dallas, in a patient who had arrived days earlier from Liberia, one of the West African nations at the center of a massive outbreak.

The announcement Tuesday by officials sparked immediate concerns about who may have been exposed and helped shed light on how the potentially deadly virus is, and isn't, spread.

Ebola can only be spread by infected people who have a fever and other Ebola symptoms, the CDC says.

Symptoms appear between two and 21 days of exposure to the virus. If an exposed person does not develop symptoms within 21 days of exposure, the person will not become sick with Ebola, according to the CDC. 

The virus can be spread to other people through direct contact with an infected person's bodily fluids, contaminated objects or infected animals, including by eating infected meat.

See the flyer that customs officials are giving travelers below.



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<![CDATA[Caps' Second-Line Center Race Becomes More Clear]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 18:17:09 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/1876312031.jpg

One of the Washington Capitals' potential second-line center options is out of the four-player race as forward Marcus Johansson will start the season as a winger, according to coach Barry Trotz.

"Marcus was going to play the wall [Wednesday against the Buffalo Sabres], he's going to start the season on the wall," Trotz said. "Just because we don't have a lot of centermen right now, he's going to play the middle tonight, but he's going to play wing this year."

Johansson spent the past two seasons primarily skating alongside Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin on the left side of the first line. Yet the 23-year-old was ineffective offensively despite his plum assignment, scoring five combined goals at 5-on-5. In fact, Johansson became the first forward in NHL history last season to play at least 1,400 minutes and score two or fewer even-strength goals

It seems that Eric Fehr will join Backstrom and Ovechkin to start the season, while Johansson skated with fourth-line forwards Michael Latta and Chris Brown at the Capitals' most recent practice Tuesday. 

Though Johansson is a natural center, he has hardly that position over the past few seasons and, anyway, Trotz believes his skill set is better suited for playing the wing.

"I think with Marcus's speed, he's less in the battle," Trotz said. "With his speed, it will open up things for him. Middle of the ice -- he hadn't played that position -- so maybe he's consciously thinking, 'I gotta play center, I gotta play low, I gotta get low,' but I really think with [Evgeny Kuznetsov] and [Andre] Burakovsky, the way they play center, it will be best for Marcus to go back on the wing.

“But I think it was a good experience for him to be at center, because you never know when you have an injury, you never know where you have to put a player. Like tonight, I don’t have enough centermen for back-to-back, so I’m going to put him in the middle. So he’s learning every position, it’s like Eric Fehr — Eric Fehr got to play left, right, center, so he understands the whole game from every aspect. It’s probably helped his game a lot, and it won’t hurt Marcus’s game.”

That leaves rookies Kuznetsov and Burakovsky as well as versatile veteran Brooks Laich as Trotz's remaining choices. Despite the inexperience, Trotz did not seem apprehensive about slotting in two rookie forwards -- one of whom, 19-year-old Burakovsky, is just learning the position -- on his opening-night roster as his second- and third-line centers, respectively. 

“They’re not just average talent,” Trotz said. “They’re high-level talent. Both of them are very mature.  ... So I don’t have a problem with either of them starting, they’re both high-level talents.

“The biggest thing is going to be patience, waiting for the young guys to do what they’re capable of doing. And I can be patient. I think we’ve got enough quality people around, good people on the back end as well, the coaching they’re getting on a daily basis from the coaches here, they’re going to adjust fine. There’s veteran savvy, and then there’s just good hockey sense, and both those guys are high-level at that. There’s going to be the odd ‘Oh, he got tricked into that.’ But really, in the long run, they’re just going to get better and better as they play more and more.”


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<![CDATA[Ex-Madam Sentenced to Jail]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:42:05 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/219*120/040309+Madam+Kristin+Davis.jpg

Kristin Davis, the former madam and candidate for governor and New York City comptroller, was sentenced Wednesday to two years in jail after she pleaded guilty to illegally distributing prescription pills, the U.S. Attorney said.

Davis was arrested in August 2013 for selling hundreds of powerful painkillers and other prescription pills to a drug dealer wearing a wire, federal authorities said.

According to the United States Attorney's Office, Davis sold drugs on several occasions to an FBI cooperating witness between January and March.

Davis, 38, pleaded guilty in March to one count of distributing and possessing with intent to distribute controlled substances, specifically alprazolam, zolpidem and carisoprodol.

Davis was one of several people charged as part of an investigation conducted by the FBI, the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, the NYPD and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The once long-shot Libertarian candidate is perhaps best known for claiming to have gotten call girls for former Gov. Eliot Spitzer before a prostitution scandal forced him from office. But the claims have never been proven.

Before she was arrested, Davis was running for New York City comptroller against Spitzer and former Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, who went on to win the election. 



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<![CDATA[Missing 16-Year-Olds Believed to Be Together]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:00:34 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Angelina-and-Royce.jpg

A pair of 16-year-olds missing from Prince William County, Virginia, are believed to be together.

Police believe Royce Ratcliff and Angelina Occhiuzzo left their homes voluntarily, and may be in Angelina's car.

Family members said Ratcliff was last seen around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday at home on Gullwind Drive in Dumfries. He is believed to with Occhiuzzo, of Woodbridge, who has also been reported missing.

Both teens are believed to have left their homes voluntarily and may be in Occhiuzzo's car, a white four-door 2011 Kia Forte sedan, with temporary Maryland tags of 223376T.

Police said Ratcliff may be in need of assistance, which qualifies him as being endangered. They said Occhiuzzo is not considered to be endangered at this time.

Ratcliff is six feet one inch tall and weighs 150 pounds. He has dark blond/light brown hair and blue eyes.

Occhiuzzo is five feet one inch tall and weighs 96 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 703-792-6500.
 

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<![CDATA[How Is Ebola Spread?]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 20:29:45 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/456202288.jpg

The first confirmed case of Ebola in the United States sparked immediate concerns about who may have been exposed and helped shed light on how the potentially deadly virus is, and isn't, spread.

Ebola can only be spread by infected people who show symptoms, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. If an exposed person does not develop symptoms within 21 days of exposure, the person will not become sick with Ebola, according to the CDC.

"There is no risk to people who have been in contact with those who have been sick with Ebola and recovered, or people who have been exposed and have not yet shown symptoms," the CDC's director Dr. Thomas Frieden explained Tuesday, after confirming that a patient in Dallas had tested positive.

That patient recently flew to the United States from Liberia, one of the West African countries now grappling with a deadly Ebola outbreak. Because he showed no signs of sickness until four days after landing in the U.S., however, officials are not worried about travelers who were on the plane with him.

The initial spread of the Ebola virus to humans is unknown, although researchers believe that "patient zero" in the recent West Africa outbreak became infected through contact with an infected animal, possibly a bat, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Once a person is infected, the CDC said there are several ways Ebola can spread to other people via direct contact with:

  • Blood or body fluids of a person who is sick with or has died from Ebola, including but not limited to urine, saliva, feces, vomit and semen
  • Objects contaminated with the virus, like syringes or other medical equipment
  • Infected animals, by contact with blood or fluids or infected meat

Direct contact through broken skin or mucus membranes is key, as the CDC said Ebola cannot be spread through the air or by water or food. However, that may not have been the case in some cases in Africa, where Ebola may have been spread through the handling of wild animals hunted for food and contact with infected bats, according to the CDC.

The following symptoms can appear from two to 21 days after exposure:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach pain
  • Unexplained bleeding or bruising
  • Muscle pain

Generally, after 21 days, if an exposed person has not developed symptoms, he or she will not become sick, the CDC said.

However, the Ebola virus has been found in semen for up to three months after exposure, so those who have recovered from the virus are advised not to have sex, or else only to have sex using condoms, during that time, according to the CDC.

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<![CDATA[Marine Jailed in Mexico Could Be Released Within Weeks: Mom]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 21:52:44 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Jill-Tahmooressi-Marine-Mom.jpg

A dismissal or acquittal may be close for a U.S. Marine jailed in Mexico on weapons charges his mother said Wednesday.

Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi's attorney expects action after psychiatric evaluations from both defense and prosecutors were filed in court late Tuesday.

"I believe we are just several weeks away. We are very hopeful," Jill Tahmooressi said.

Many have been following the case of the 26-year-old inactive reservist who served two tours of Afghanistan and was seeking treatment for his PTSD in San Diego when he was arrested in Mexico six months ago.

As she testified before a congressional hearing, Tahmooressi revealed she has not been contacted by President Barack Obama and does not know if the president has intervened on her son's behalf.

She also shared several conversations she has had with her son since he was jailed on charges of weapons trafficking.

On April 14, she said her son told her, “Mom. I tried to kill myself because the guards and the inmates were going to rape, torture and eventually execute me for information.”

Mexican officials report that Tahmooressi crossed the San Ysidro Port of Entry south of San Diego on March 31 with a 12-gauge loaded shotgun, a 5.56-caliber rifle loaded with a 30-round clip and with two additional clips, a .45-caliber loaded pistol, loaded with 10 .45-caliber rounds and with two additional clips.

Supporters have said the Marine accidentally entered Mexico after making a wrong turn.

Mexican officials say the weapons constitute a federal crime. They also claim Tahmooressi made the same crossing three previous times and would not have gotten lost.

On Wednesday, Jill Tahmooressi was one of several who pleaded with Congress to help the Marine who has been diagnosed with PTSD return to the U.S. to seek treatment.

Lieutenant Commander Montel B. Williams, USN, Retired and former talk show host who now works as a veterans advocate testified that he spoke with Tahmooressi two days ago.

In that conversation, Williams recalled hearing the Marine say, “I have a hard time keeping the bad thoughts out.”

He called the delay in getting Tahmooressi home "an abomination" and said the Marine has been treated like a POW, not a person incarcerated for making a mistake.

Several times they noted that the incarceration in Mexico can be detrimental to someone with Tahmooressi's medical condition.

Sergeant Robert Buchanan, USMC, Retired served with Tahmooressi in Afghanistan.

“Isolation is the last thing anyone needs,” Buchanan said of those living with PTSD. “Please help us get him home and the treatment he direly needs.”

Attorney Fernando Benitez filed a motion earlier this month on behalf of Tahmooressi arguing that the Mexican government does not have the resources to treat his client's PTSD.

Since the purpose of Mexican sentencing laws is to rehabilitate prisoners, Benitez argues his client’s case should be thrown out and he should go free.


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<![CDATA[Sandy Hook Elementary Evacuated ]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 22:58:57 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Bomb+threat+at+Sandy+Hook+in+Monroe+1200.jpg

Sandy Hook Elementary School in Monroe, Connecticut, was evacuated Wednesday morning after a bomb threat was called in and students were dismissed around noon.

Supt. Dr. Joseph Erardi said at a public meeting Wednesday evening that a secretary took the call shortly after 9:30 a.m.

Due to the "uniqueness of the call," Erardi said, the school was evacuated to the Jockey Hollow building on campus around 10:45 a.m. and parents were notified through reverse 911 calls.

Teachers told students they were practicing an evacuation drill. The children were sent home at noon and parents were urged to disclose only the necessary details to their kids.

Erardi said teachers will acknowledge the early dismissal in school Thursday morning and will "make sure kids feel safe" but will not go into detail about the incident.

Officials did not elaborate on the phone call or the timing of the evacuation and dismissal. Town officials said in a statement Wednesday that the incident was considered "no threat-low threat," but the superintendent acted out of an abundance of caution. 

"All students and staff are safe," First Selectman Patricia Llodra said in the statement.

Students were brought to the neighboring Jockey Hollow school to await dismissal. The building and grounds were checked, and authorities found no evidence of an actual threat.

"Although there was little to no danger at any time with the alleged threat the decision was made to make sure that every precautionary step had been taken for the safety of the Sandy Hook staff members and students," Erardi said in a statement Wednesday. "This same decision would have been made for all other Newtown school."

Students from the Sandy Hook School have been going to classes in the former Chalk Hill School in Monroe since January 2013, weeks after a gunman killed 20 first graders and six staff members during a rampage in their Newtown school.

Police said the building in Monroe has been cleared for students to return at the start of the school day Thursday. No students are in danger, Erardi said.

The Newtown Recovery & Resiliency Team will provide counselors to parents and students who "experience emotional reactions and concerns" starting tomorrow between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at 28 Trades Lane. Call 203-270-4612 for information on after-hours appointments.

Architects have designed plans to build a new school on the Newtown site, but construction has not started. It is expected to begin in spring 2015.

The investigation is ongoing.



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<![CDATA[Missing 13-Year-Old D.C. Girl Found Safe]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 12:50:34 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/destiny-burton.jpg

UPDATE: Destiny Burton has been found safe.


A 13-year-old girl has been missing from D.C. since Tuesday.

Police are calling Destiny Burton a critical missing person.

She was last seen in the 1400 block of Howard Road SE. She was carrying a Hello Kitty book bag, and was wearing a white shirt, black sweater, blue pants and a pink headband.

Destiny is five feet three inches tall, weighs 115 pounds, and has brown eyes and black hair.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 202-727-9099, the Youth Investigations Branch at 202-576-6768, or 911.

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<![CDATA[Minimum Wage Increases in Montgomery Co.]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 06:14:45 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_219935023.jpg

Some paychecks will be going up in Montgomery County, where a new minimum wage began Wednesday.

Minimum wage has increased from $7.25 to $8.40 per hour.

The county council voted to gradually increase the minimum wage to $11.50 over the next four years.

County leaders will join minimum wage workers Wednesday morning at the National Labor College to explain the impact the wage increase will have.

Statewide changes are also coming. Starting in January, Maryland’s minimum wage will begin a similar climb to $10.10 per hour, which it will reach by 2018.
 



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<![CDATA[Bankrupt NJ Casino Sells at Auction]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 13:31:23 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/tlmd_revel.jpg

The defunct Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City will reopen as another casino, a spokesman for Brookfield Property Partners parent company said Wednesday, hours after the firm was declared the winning bidder.

"Our expertise is running casino, hotel properties," said Andrew Willis of Brookfield Asset Management, which operates the Hard Rock Casino & Hotel in Las Vegas and the Atlantis Paradise Island resort in the Bahamas.

Revel officials declared Brookfield Property Partners the winning bidder Tuesday after the Toronto-based company upped their offer to $110 million late Tuesday.

Willis declined to discuss specifics about Brookfield's plan for the property, but did share its expectation for "synergies" between its future Atlantic City casino, Las Vegas' Hard Rock and the Atlantis.

The casino, which cost $2.4 billion to build, opened in 2012 and closed Sept. 2 after filing for its second bankruptcy in June.

"[Revel] and its advisors determined that Brookfield's bid was the highest and the best bid received," a Revel spokeswoman said in a statement. "The company intends to move forward promptly ... to seek approval of the sale."

The sale hearing is scheduled for Oct. 7.

Revel selected Polo North Country Club Inc. as the backup based on its $95.4 million offer, the statement said.

Brookfield first pledged $94 million and then $98 million as it competed with other bidders, like Polo and a real estate developer -- Glenn Straub, for ownership of the bankrupt casino.

Initially Straub appeared to be the only party interested in acquiring Revel, offering $90 million before the bankruptcy auction was even scheduled.

Ahead of the auction, Straub spoke about his ambitious plan to turn the closed casino into a university that would serve ideally "white and over 21" students  -- apparently Straub's way of describing someone with no financial obligations, Reuters reported.

The auction, which began last Wednesday, was suspended that afternoon due to the approaching Rosh Hashanah holiday. It resumed Tuesday.

The bidding process frustrated Straub, who said he waited around for six hours on Sept. 24, "but nothing happened."

He asked the judge to delay the auction, claiming Revel's attorneys failed to keep a promise to share information about other bids they received. A Revel spokeswoman declined to comment on Straub's complaint.

The court refused to suspend the auction, but a hearing was scheduled on Straub's objection for Oct. 20.

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<![CDATA[Michael Gardner Charged in New Sex Abuse Case]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 13:55:56 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Michael-Gardner.jpg

A man whose conviction for abusing girls at his daughter's slumber party was overturned is now facing a charge in a new case, officials announced Wednesday.

Michael Gardner, a former Democratic official in Falls Church, Virginia, is facing one felony count of aggravated sexual battery of a child.

The victim in that case is a family member who was younger than 13 at the time of the assault, authorities said.

Falls Church authorities said the allegations came to light following Gardner's release from prison after the Virginia Supreme Court overturned his conviction in a 2011 case.

In that case, Gardner was accused of molesting three girls who had attended a sleepover party for his daughter's 10th birthday.

He was convicted in 2012 of two counts of aggravated sexual battery and one count of object penetration, charges that involved two of the girls. An Arlington County Circuit Court jury was unable to reach a verdict on a charge related to the third child.

Gardner was sentenced to 22 years in prison. However, in a 6-1 ruling in June, the Virginia Supreme Court said his case will be retried because the trial judge had improperly barred two character witnesses from testifying whether he had a reputation as a good caretaker of children.

In the new case, authorities say the victim spoke of abuse to a person who, by law, is a mandated reporter of child abuse allegations.

Gardner is now being held without bond at the Arlington County Adult Detention Center pending a court appearance.

Gardner had been chairman of the Democratic committee in Falls Church and his wife is a former mayor.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Sherwood's Notebook: Bowser Limits Exposure]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:51:27 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/mayor-composite-3.jpg

We'll get to the triumphant Nationals in a moment. But it's time for you to start paying attention to this unusual general election mayor's race.

Early voting starts Oct. 20. Election Day, Nov. 4, is just 34 days away.

A recent NBC4/Washington Post/Marist poll showed that Democrat Muriel Bowser held a comfortable lead over independent David Catania, but the poll showed 30 percent either undecided or willing to change their choice. Independent Carol Schwartz trailed in third place.

This week, the three will meet for only their second forum of the campaign. WAMU 88.5 host Kojo Nnamdi will moderate a two-hour radio broadcast at the headquarters of National Public Radio on North Capitol Street. (All tickets are taken.) It'll be on the radio from 7 to 9 p.m. and streaming live at wamu.org. The Notebook will be one of the people asking questions.

Early on, Bowser agreed to only four debates, a break from traditional city politics in which dozens are held as communities and interest groups seek to hear directly from candidates.

Bowser's limited forum approach apparently extends to community questionnaires. This week we learned that the Bowser campaign did not respond to a questionnaire submitted by a group of established organizations, including D.C. Vote, the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute, D.C. Appleseed and the local chapter of the League of Women Voters.

That's a pretty involved group of organizations. They even gave the Bowser campaign extra time, and a response still wasn't forthcoming.

The groups are set to do live interviews with Catania and Schwartz on Wednesday morning. Bowser declined.

As we have reported, Bowser also turned down both the Federation of Civic Associations and the Federation of Citizens Associations, which together represent about 75 neighborhood groups citywide.

It remains to be seen if those left-out groups will hold it against Bowser. But she clearly holds the lead in the race and apparently believes her ground game will be more effective than forums and questionnaires.

Catania and Schwartz fill out the forms and attend the forums, but they still must find ways to rattle Bowser's comfortable lead.

■ Nats to avenge 2012? On Friday, the Washington Nationals begin their second playoff run in three seasons.

The spectacular 2014 season ended Sunday with a spectacular Jordan Zimmermann no-hitter against the Miami Marlins 1-0, thanks to a spectacular day behind home plate by catcher Wilson Ramos and a spectacular left-field catch by substitute player Steven Souza Jr. (who had entered the game in the ninth inning) for the final out. And we used "spectacular" four times on purpose.

It was the first no-hitter recorded by the Nats. Now the hope is that the team makes it to the World Series.

The Notebook shares all the excitement, but we admit to a more base emotion.

At minimum, we'd just like to avenge the heartbreaking 2012 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, who eliminated the Nats in the fifth game of the National League Division Series. On the night of Oct. 12, 2012, we were sitting in the stands when the Nats were an out away in the ninth inning, leading 7-5. The Cardinals came back to life, scoring four runs to win 9-7.

Kick in the gut. Painful. It was a long walk out of the ballpark.

The whole Washington region -- except for those die-hard Orioles fans -- can embrace this year's playoff team with first-year manager Matt Williams. He brought discipline to a talented team that needed it.

Congratulations. But keep an eye on those Cards.

■ Picture this: D.C. police debut body cameras. On Wednesday, 160 D.C. police officers began wearing body cameras to record their interactions with the public whenever the officers are on a police call.

Police Chief Cathy Lanier announced the six-month pilot program last week, saying camera use in other jurisdictions has sharply cut civilian complaints. She says it's not just because officers are behaving better, but also because fewer citizens make false allegations against the officers.

"Now, we'll have the video," the chief said.

Fraternal Order of Place chair Delroy Burton appeared at the news conference to back the chief. (That was news in itself because former union leader Kris Baumann had such a toxic relationship with Lanier that they hardly could be in the same room.)

Burton said the successful use of body cameras in other jurisdictions helped persuade his officers to give them a try.
"It's no longer a he-said, she-said" situation, Burton said. "We can go back and review that film, review the audio and quickly clear the matter up."

The pilot project will test five different cameras and cost about $1 million. The department has studied the issue over the past 18 months, since long before the national outrage over police conduct in Ferguson, Mo., prompted calls for more cameras.
There's still a lot to be worked out.

Will the media have timely access to the video through Freedom of Information Act inquiries? Will private scenes of nudity or other sensitive material be redacted? Who will decide that? Will the department be overwhelmed with video from 160 officers working full shifts?

Chief Lanier said the current plan is to keep all video for 90 days before destroying it.

New regulations for the officers say they are to turn on body cameras the moment they receive a call to a crime scene or when they respond themselves to any incident. The officers are not supposed to turn off the cameras until a senior officer clears them from the immediate activity.

■ Final word. Eric Holder is stepping down as U.S. attorney general. And no, no, no, he's not thinking about running for mayor in four years.

Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.

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<![CDATA[Liberians in Dallas on Ebola News]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 11:22:50 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DFW+Liberian+Church.jpg

Confirmation that a patient at a Dallas hospital is being treated for Ebola after arriving in North Texas from West Africa has alarmed the local Liberian community.

For weeks, NBC 5 has tracked the progress of a local group's efforts to raise money and supplies to help Ebola patients in their native Liberia.

On Tuesday, they learned the virus is now in Dallas.

"We have people going and coming every day, so like I said, this is shocking, because they take all the necessary precautions over there at the airport and even when they get here," said Carolyn Woahloe, head of the local Liberian Nurses Association.

According to the president of the Liberian Community Association of DFW, there are between 5,000 and 10,000 Liberians in North Texas.

Many of them travel back and forth from their home country often.

The president of the LCADFW told NBC 5 he does not personally know the Dallas Ebola patient, but the group is planning an informative meeting to let the public know of the need to seek medical help if anyone had contact with the patient.

"Whoever came in contact with this family of ours, they just don't need to be afraid. They just need to go to the hospital, [and] say, 'Hey, I was there. I greeted him.' Just go get checked out, the family and friends and everyone else who came in contact with him," said Woahloe.

Nine Liberian churches operate in Dallas and Fort Worth, according to LCADFW.



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<![CDATA[Nats Park Preps for Post-Season]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:10:49 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2014-10-01_0909.jpg Even if you're not heading to an NLDS game, consider the celebration at The Yards nearby.]]> <![CDATA[Va. Community Again Targeted With Hate Crime]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:34:20 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/0930-hindu.jpg

A Northern Virginia community has again been targeted by vandals, who police say are targeting those of Indian American descent.

Last week, News4 reported the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office was investigating a handful of vandalism cases involving discriminatory language against Hindus. An Ashburn resident said she was walking along a trail with her children when she noticed graffiti, reading, "No Hindus Allowed."

This week, deputies tell News4 four more cases of similar vandalism have been reported this week, though they say the last case is not connected to the others.

Loudoun County resident Sandeep Punugu said his neighbor's home was "egged," the landscaping damaged and hateful messages about people of Indian descent were written on his garage.

"Targeting a particular community feels sad," Punugu said. "I think we should all live peacefully together. I don't think this type of hate crime should be happening. I don't understand why anyone would target Indians in particular."

Last week, Loudoun County Sheriff Michael Chapman said the incidents are unfortunate and make the community look bad.

"It's disappointing to see this," he said. "It's a lack of understanding of cultural diversity and it is something we have to really understand and embrace."

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<![CDATA[Police Worried About Woman Missing From Rockville]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 06:29:10 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/bonnie-sue-green.jpg

A 55-year-old woman is missing from Rockville, Maryland.

Bonnie Sue Green was last seen around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at her home in the 9700 block of Skyhill Way in Rockville.

Montgomery County Police say they're concerned for the emotional welfare

Green is five feet three to five feet four inches tall, and weighs about 130 pounds. She has red hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with any information is asked to call police at 301-279-8000.

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