<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.comen-usFri, 26 Aug 2016 06:28:48 -0400Fri, 26 Aug 2016 06:28:48 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[String of Home Robberies Reported in Montgomery County]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 00:23:44 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Lock_Door.jpg There have been seven home burglaries in less than two months -- all within five blocks of each other, Montgomery County police say. News4's Shomari Stone reports.]]> <![CDATA[Photos, Video Released After Deadly Hit-And-Run in DC]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 05:20:28 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DC+Hit+And+Run.jpg

New photos and a video have been released of a vehicle that police say struck and killed a 29-year-old man near Dupont Circle in D.C.

David Narvaez of Arlington, Virginia, was crossing the street in the intersection of New Hampshire Avenue and M Street NW when he was hit by a car about 2:40 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 19, D.C. police said.

The driver of the car didn't stop, police said.

Narvaez was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Police are searching for a dark colored sedan with a light-colored, possibly yellow, rear license tag. The vehicle has damage to its driver's side hood, fender and windshield, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at (202) 727-9099 or submit an anonymous tip by text messaging 50411.

Photo Credit: Metropolitan Police Department
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<![CDATA[Meth Dog Works at Rehab Center]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 06:22:32 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/meth-dog--rehab-082516.PNG

A Chihuahua named Jack Sparrow, who was once hospitalized and put through rehab after vets found meth in his system, now serves as a comforting pup to patients recovering from alcohol and drug abuse, his owner said Thursday.

Jack Sparrow made headlines in July after his owner brought him into the Inland Valley Emergency Pet Clinic in Upland. Veterinarians said the dog was acting erratically, suffering from seizures and convulsions.

They tested him, and found methamphetamine in his system.

Jack's owner, 21-year-old Isaiah Nathaniel Sais, told the veterinarians the dog may have eaten meth, according to Fontana police.

When the test results came back positive, Sais took off with Jack.

Police arrested Jack Sparrow's owner, and he was taken to doggie rehab.

After Jack Sparrow's detox, a woman who works at an alcohol and drug treatment center adopted Jack.

The patients benefiting from his company renamed him Micah, which means "new beginnings."

"I think they had an instant bond with him. When he first came in and they heard his story, many of them could relate to him. They seemed to have that instant connection with him, wanted to bond with him and wanted to show him love," said Erin Hill, the pup's new owner.

NBC4's Tony Shin contributed to this report.

Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Family Wins Suit Over Lost Ashes]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 21:14:45 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/082516+annie+hughes.jpg

A jury awarded a South Florida family $3.5 million Thursday, blaming a funeral home for mixing up their mother's ashes with someone else.

The state revoked the license for the funeral home permanently, but there's another one operating in the same location with the same owner and the same woman working inside, who the family blames for causing them so much pain.

Ronda Mitchell was in court hoping for answers as to what happened to their mother, 54-year-old Annie Hughes, who died two years ago.

"Right now I still cry for her," said Mitchell.

Hughes' body was turned over to the Taylor Smith West Funeral Home. Her family from Homestead and Belle Glade, where the funeral home was located, were in court Thursday in West Palm Beach.

The family's attorney, Vincent Paravato, says the ashes given back to the family in the box were not their mothers.

"They did not give her back her mom's remains," said Pavarato. "They strung her along, lied to her, fabricated documents, committed crimes, and five to six months later they gave her somebody else's remains. Basically a monster of a funeral home."

Two years ago the family started a search to find what happened to Hughes.

"Where is my sister, where is she?" asked Mayley Michel, Hughes' sister.

The place where the funeral home said, in their documents, the body was cremated never had Hughes' body.

"It's devastating. I don't have any closure, (but) I still have more questions," said Ronda Taylor, daughter of Hughes. "My mom's body is still out there. I don't know where she's at and it's heartbreaking."

The state revoked the funeral home's license calling it a danger to the public and said it delivered a body in a body bag wrapped in a blanket to a consumer. They added that on multiple occasions the funeral home provided consumers with incorrect remains.

"I can't imagine how many people are out there. The state closed them down and now they are back operating under a different name," says the family's attorney. "Stevens Funeral Home, I believe. Same actors, same location, same story."

NBC 6 went looking for the owners of the funeral home at an official address listed and ended up at the pack and ship store in Pompano Beach.

At at the funeral home itself, no one answered the door. A new name is outside, but when we called the woman we spoke with was Sonya Rumph, the same woman the family says handed them the wrong ashes.

"Justice, I want them to go to jail," said Taylor. "I want them to be closed down and I want everyone that was involved to be locked up, it's like they are still free to do it to other families."

NBC 6 asked the state how this could happen and it told us the license for the current funeral home was transferred there from another funeral home owned by the same company that didn’t have issues.

The jury awarded damages to punish the funeral home and prevent others from doing this and now attorney Paravato is on a mission to collect this money from the owners. Rumph had no comment and the lawyers for the funeral home did not show up Thursday.

<![CDATA[Man Accused of Scaling White House Security Barrier]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 18:22:07 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20160616+white+house+fence.jpg

A Bowie, Maryland, man is charged with scaling a security barrier at the White House.

According to court filings, 22-year-old Ryan Cain is accused of deliberately climbing over a barrier marked “Restricted Area Do Not Enter.” 

In those same court filings, investigators said Cain claimed he had come to the White House to “collect his money” after hearing his name on a popular Washington, D.C., radio station.

A police report said Cain was stopped and questioned by Secret Service just before 7 a.m. Wednesday while walking along Pennsylvania Avenue.

Shortly after, Cain returned and breached the secure barrier, according to the police report.

He pleaded not guilty to unlawful entry in D.C. Superior Court Thursday. He is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 28.

Requests for comment from Cain's defense attorney were not immediately returned.

<![CDATA[Cheaper Alternatives to the EpiPen]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 18:10:02 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015898860_1200x675_751158851711.jpg Consumer Reports found less expensive alternatives to the EpiPen. News4's Susan Hogan reports.]]> <![CDATA[Glimpsing the Colonel's KFC REcipe]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 06:20:31 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/kfc+GettyImages-72301196.jpg

The Kentucky Fried Chicken recipe is famous for two things: being "finger lickin' good," and being incredibly secret. 

It's so secret, in fact, that KFC sued the last person who claimed to have found it. But now, the cat may be out of the bag, thanks to a reporter at the Chicago Tribune who traveled to Corbin, Kentucky, to interview the nephew of Colonel Sanders himself.

Joe Ledington flipped through a family photo album with the reporter, stopping to pull out the last will and testament of his aunt Claudia, Sanders' second wife. 

On the back of the document, the Tribune reports, was the top secret 11 herbs and spices that were notoriously transported via armed guard to a secure location in 2008. 

The full recipe as shown is: 

11 spices — mix with 2 cups white flour


  • 2/3 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon thyme
  • 1/2 tablespoon basil
  • 1/3 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon celery salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried mustard
  • 4 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons garlic salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 3 tablespoons white pepper
After revealing the possible recipe, however, Ledington walked back the claim in a phone interview, saying he did not "know for sure" if it was authentic. 
A KFC spokesperson later told the Tribune via email, "We go to great lengths to protect such a sacred blend of herbs and spices. In fact, the recipe ranks among America's most valuable trade secrets."


"Lots of people through the years have claimed to discover or figure out the secret recipe, but no one's ever been right," the spokesperson added.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[US Navy Ship Fires Shots at Iranian 'Fast Boat']]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 23:03:04 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/IranShip-AP_16238734274681.jpg

A U.S. Navy ship fired several warning shots near an Iranian “fast boat” on Wednesday, according to a senior Department of Defense official, NBC News reported. 

The USS Squall and the USS Tempest were operating in close formation with a Kuwaiti Navy ship when the Iranian boat came dangerously close. The Iranian vessel passed between the two American ships at one point, coming within a couple hundred yards of the two ships. 

The U.S. fired flares and attempted radio communication, but both were unsuccessful. The Squall fired a few shots into the water as a deterrent. The U.S. rarely fires warning shots, according to the defense official. 

On Thursday, Iran's defense minister said those Iranian vessels were just doing their job and that the American ships crossed into Iran’s maritime region. The U.S. asserts that the ships were in international waters at the time.

Photo Credit: AP, File,]]>
<![CDATA[Washington Gas Customers Experience 'Residual Effects' of Billing Glitches]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 21:36:15 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015899760_1200x675_751342659678.jpg More complaints from Washington Gas customers after months of ongoing problems with its online billing system. The utility's senior vice president sat down with Consumer Reporter Susan Hogan to answer questions about what went wrong and whether the problems have been fixed.]]> <![CDATA[DC Residents File Housing Lawsuit Against Developer]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 21:29:50 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015899302_1200x675_751191107928.jpg A new development coming to a neighborhood in Northeast is upsetting current residents who say they will be forced out of the neighborhood. Residents of the Brookland Manor Apartments say the developer is discriminating against large families. News4's Mark Segraves reports.]]> <![CDATA[Sex Assault Charges Dropped Against Virginia Teacher]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 20:51:31 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000015899337_1200x675_751203395726.jpg Sex assault charges have been dropped against a math teacher at Northern Virginia Community College in Manassas after prosecutors couldn't vouch for the credibility of the witnesses. News4 Northern Virginia Bureau Chief Julie Carey reports.]]> <![CDATA[University in Kabul Will Reopen After Attack]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 20:41:40 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/KabulAmericanUniversity-AP_16238095788048.jpg

The nonprofit that supports the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul said the school would reopen following the attack that killed 14 people on Wednesday, NBC News reported. 

"AUAF is dedicated to its educational mission in service to Afghanistan and has no intention of giving into terror," the Friends of the American University in Afghanistan said in a statement, using an acronym for the learning institution. 

Militants detonated a car bomb outside the university's gate and stormed the complex with guns in a 10-hour attack that ended Thursday morning. 

Fourteen people — seven students, one professor, three police and two security officers — were killed. One attacker died in the car bomb blast and two militants were killed by police, authorities and a hospital official said. Forty-eight people were injured and taken to hospitals, according to a medical official.

The university in Afghanistan is not affiliated with American University in Washington, D.C. 

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Co-Pilot Arrested After Captain Suspects Him of Flying Drunk]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 19:32:46 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/handcuffs-generic-on-black.jpg

A charter plane pilot was abruptly grounded Thursday at a Michigan airport after police discovered he was allegedly too drunk to fly, NBC News reported. 

The captain of the plane notified the Cherry Capital Airport tower in Traverse City that there was something wrong with his co-pilot as he prepared to land. 

When police arrived, the co-pilot was at the controls and preparing to take off for Bedford, Massachusetts, with a dozen passengers on board. 

The co-pilot, who was not named, was fired from Talon Air. Police said he was arrested after registering a blood alcohol content of .30 — four times the legal limit for driving a car.

<![CDATA[NB Lanes of I-270 Reopened After Serious Crash]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 19:05:59 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/270+Crash.jpg

All northbound lanes of Interstate 270 were closed between the Beltway and Rockledge Drive due to three separate crashes during Thursday's evening rush, fire officials say.

Some police vehicles were struck during the crash, according to Pete Piringer, a spokesman for the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue. The collisions happened just before 6:30 p.m., Piringer said.

All lanes reopened about an hour later, authorities said.

Five vehicles were involved in the collisions, Piringer said.

Medics evaluated three injuries. None are life-threatening.

Photo Credit: Pete Piringer/Montgomery County Fire and Rescue]]>
<![CDATA[Mother: Head Start Gave No Apology After Son Wandered Off]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:26:57 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Playground13.jpg

One mother in Prince George's County, Maryland, experienced what is probably a parent's worst nightmare last fall when her 4-year-old son managed to wander from school and walk to a busy road. But it was what happened after her son was found safe that shocked her.

"There was no apology. There was no... there was just no answers," Davis said.

Chamanikia Davis said the Head Start program at Overlook Elementary in Temple Hills had no explanation and did not apologize after her son wandered away from the playground in September 2015 -- nearly reaching a Metro stop.

The boy was found standing near the edge of the road on Branch Avenue, Davis said.

"It was a little numbing that he would have been able to leave school - period," Davis said. "It should have been somebody watching him. Just really numbing and you don't know what to think. You don't know what happened."

Davis said she sent a letter to Prince George's County Public Schools after the incident.

"I did make a complaint. I did write a letter. I did notate the incident in the letter so someone knew," Davis said.

The incident happened during the same time the federal government was investigating other allegations of abuse and neglect at Prince George's County's Head Start classrooms.

A report of the investigation detailed another incident in which a 5-year-old managed to make it all the way home after wandering from school.

However, there is no mention of Davis' son in the report.

Davis said she questions whether school officials properly reported the incident.

The county's Head Start program lost a $6.5 million federal grant after the investigation by the Administration for Children and Families.

According to the review, the alleged abuse included a 3-year-old boy who was mocked and forced to clean up his own urine and teachers forcing two children to hold objects over their head for an extended period of time as a punishment for their behavior.

Parents had their first chance to address school officials about the investigation during a school board meeting Thursday night.

"You broke the law," one woman at the meeting told the board.

Some accused the board of criminal wrongdoing for allegedly failing to report cases of neglect and mistreatment in the county's federally funded Head Start program.

At the meeting, the school board announced it voted to relinquish the federal grant, but the county would continue to provide services to the approximately 900 students who depend on the Head Start program. School officials have not said how the county will continue to fund the program.

<![CDATA[2 Women Escape Attack Attempts on W&OD Trail]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:47:48 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/229*120/082516+trail+assault+suspect+sketch.jpg

An off-duty sheriff's deputy fled a potential attack on the popular Washington and Old Dominion Trail in Virginia on Thursday, a little more than a week after two men assaulted a woman nearby.

A sheriff's deputy was taking her morning run on the trail about 6:30 a.m. Thursday when she saw a man with a box cutter heading toward her, the Leesburg Police Department said.

“The deputy recognized [the weapon], turned and ran, and the suspect fled in the opposite direction," Lt. Jeff Dube said. "There was no physical contact between the suspect and the victim, and the victim was able to get away and call in and report it.”

The incident between Valley View Avenue and South King Street, which police called an attempted assault, follows the assault and attempted sexual assault of a woman walking on the trail on Aug. 17.

The woman told police she was walking about 8:30 p.m. Aug. 17 just east of Sterling Boulevard when two men emerged from a wooded area. They "pulled at her and her clothing before physically assaulting her," the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

The men fled when a cyclist passed, police said.

Investigators do not believe the two incidents are connected, and are seeking three men. Police released a sketch of the man seen with the box cutter. Anyone with information is asked to call police.

People who use the trail are advised to stay alert, carry a cellphone, avoid wearing earphones, let someone know where you are and avoid the area after dark.

More police will patrol the area. 

Photo Credit: Leesburg Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Is Screen Time Damaging Children's Vision?]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:13:09 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/082516+eye+test+vision+test.jpg Optometrists have seen an uptick in nearsightedness among children. Is the use of cellphones and tablets to blame? News4's Angie Goff spoke with Dr. Andrew Morgenstern. "We're putting a lot of 'near' [vision] demand on young kids at an early age," he said.

Photo Credit: NBC Washington]]>
<![CDATA[DC Jail Was 85 Degrees When Inmate Collapsed, Died]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:18:40 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/071916+lester+irby.jpg

The temperature was dangerously hot inside the D.C. jail cell block where a 70-year-old inmate collapsed and later died last month, News4 has learned.

The average temperature inside the Northeast 3 cell block of the D.C. Central Detention Facility was nearly 85 degrees when Lester Irby collapsed on July 14, records provided by the D.C. Department of Corrections (DOC) show.

Irby, who was a father and a published author, collapsed in the jail and was taken to a hospital, where he died.

The medical examiner determined he suffered a heart attack, and the DOC has said Irby's death was unrelated to the sweltering temperatures in the jail.

"We have no reason to believe that there is a correlation between elevated temperatures and the recent death of an inmate," spokeswoman Sylvia Lane previously said in a statement.

Jail officials declined to provide the hottest temperature recorded in the jail and instead provided daily averages.

After News4 reported on Irby's death, the DOC relocated dozens of inmates and brought in crews to repair the overtaxed cooling system. Reports of excessive heat also led to protests by prisoners' rights advocates.

Photo Credit: Akashic Books]]>
<![CDATA[Judge: Jumping Over White House Fence Not Free Speech]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 16:52:49 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WHite-House-Jumper-AP_145425272487.jpg

Jumping over the White House fence is not free speech, a Washington, D.C., judge has ruled.

The ruling came in the case of a Connecticut man who hurtled over the White House fence, draped in an American flag, on Thanksgiving Day 2015. Joseph Caputo had asked the judge to dismiss his case, arguing the fence jump was an exercise in free speech.

A federal judge ruled the case must proceed, and said some of Caputo’s claims are frivolous. In his formal opinion, reviewed by the News4 I-Team, the judge ruled, "There is, after all, no First Amendment right to express one’s self in a nonpublic area like the White House."

Caputo is scheduled to go on trial in D.C. on Sept. 12, charged with a misdemeanor count of unlawfully entering restricted government grounds.

His jump triggered a lockdown at the complex in November 2015. Prosecutors said Caputo did so while the first family was inside the White House.

"It was a serious and dangerous act that put multiple lives at risk, including the defendant’s own," prosecutors said in a court filing.

According to court records, Caputo argued he breached the White House grounds with the "noble purpose" of "calling attention to various deficiencies in the Constitution."

The court records said Caputo was trying to call attention to a government failure "to pay attention to domestic issues."

The fence jump was the first of its kind after the 2015 installation of new spikes atop the White House fence.

Victoria Pena of Houston said at the time the man was standing with other people visiting the White House compound when he rushed toward the fence carrying what appeared to be a binder. 

"I just heard him take a big, deep breath and whisper to himself, 'All right, let's do this,' and he took off," Pena said. "It was chaotic. Everyone around us was yelling, and kids were crying. It was pretty unexpected."

"Casually, I'm just there taking pictures and I see a ninja coming through, climbing," witness Amar Marwaha of London said.

Photo Credit: Vanessa Pena via AP]]>
<![CDATA[Rebels, Locals Reach Deal to Evacuate Damascus Suburb]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 16:53:53 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DarayaSyria-GettyImages-512324298.jpg

A deal between rebels and Syria’s army was reached Thursday to evacuate all residents and insurgents from the Damascus suburb of Daraya, according to a rebel leader, NBC News reported. 

The country’s army has surrounded rebels and civilians, blocking food deliveries since 2012, and regularly bombing the area. 

It was one of the first places to see peaceful protests against President Bashar Assad’s rule, and fought off attempts to retake it by government fires as the conflict escalated into civil war. 

The evacuation would start Friday and last for two or three days, according to the head of the biggest rebel groups in Daraya. The deal would end one of the longest stand-offs in the five-year history.

Photo Credit: Xinhua News Agency/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[NVCC Math Teacher Cleared of All Charges in Sex Assault Case]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 16:59:21 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/charges-dropped-1.jpg

One day he was teaching community college classes. The next, he was jailed, accused of sexually assaulting two students. But now all charges against Youssef Taleb have been cleared -- even before a preliminary hearing -- and he's hoping to put the nightmare behind him.

Taleb had once hoped for a full-time position at Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC). That dream was shattered when he was jailed in May, accused of sexually assaulting two of his female students.

"It was the worst time of my life," he told News4 on Thursday. "Yeah, I'd never faced anything like that before.... I always know that the truth is going to reveal itself as soon as the investigation would be over."

Taleb's attorney said there were red flags with the case immediately after two students said in early May that they'd been sexually assaulted.

A community college officer performed the original investigation, but when a Prince William County detective and the prosecutor began to dig into the details, concerns emerged. For example, one student alleged she was raped during a tutoring session inside a campus conference room.

"The most significant things seem to have occurred where the public either should have been able to see what was going on or could have stepped in at any point, and it just seemed to be very suspicious," said Taleb's attorney, Benjamin Griffitts.

Prosecutors quickly asked that Taleb be given bond.

The charges were dropped last month.

Commonwealth's Attorney Paul Ebert said prosecutors could not vouch for the credibility of the witnesses, and there were inconsistencies in their statements.

Taleb got emotional when he received the phone call telling him he was cleared of the charges.

"As soon as she said that [charges were dropped], I started crying, actually, and I don't cry much," Taleb said. "Actually that was the most wonderful day of my life. It's like a new life for me."

Now he's hoping a new headline -- reporting he's clear of charges -- will show up in social media searches of his name. He had five job offers pending when he was arrested, so he hopes to return to teaching.

"I love teaching," he said. "I don't think I'm going to give up on teaching ever."

<![CDATA[Immunization Records Missing for 3,700 Pr. George's Students]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 16:09:16 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/082416+young+children+prince+georges+county.jpg

Prince George's County Public Schools are asking students to stay home if their parents can't prove they've received the required vaccines.

Immunization records were still missing Thursday for more than 3,700 students, although that number had dropped by nearly half since a day earlier.

Student services director Dr. Adrian Talley said Wednesday that records were missing for more than 6,000 students. Tuesday -- the first day of school -- was the deadline for parents to provide immunization records.

Some of the children may be vaccinated and their paperwork just may be missing, Talley said. Still, students without the required paperwork on file with the district are asked to stay home.

"If they can't prove they have immunization, then they are excluded until they can prove it," Talley said Wednesday. 

At this time last year, about 2,700 students were missing vaccine records, NBC4's Tracee Wilkins reported.

Students are required to be vaccinated against polio, measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox and hepatitis B.

It was not clear whether students without vaccination paperwork were excluded from class Tuesday. 

There are some exceptions. Students with medical conditions or religious beliefs that prevent them from getting vaccinated can apply for exemptions.

Photo Credit: NBC Washington]]>
<![CDATA[Lebron James' 'The Wall' Holds Casting Calls in Md., Va.]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:38:53 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/lebron+james+cleveland+contrato.jpg

Have you ever wanted to be on a game show? Well, here's your chance!

"The Wall," an NBC show executive produced by NBA star LeBron James, is holding casting calls in Maryland and Virginia next week.

The show is described as a cross between the "Price Is Right" game Plinko and "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire." 

In each episode, a 2-person team will answer trivia questions for a chance to win a "life-changing amount of cash," a press release from the show says. 

If you are interested in attending one of the four casting calls, sign up here

The casting calls will be held at the following times:

  • Thursday, Sept. 1
    3 p.m. until 7 p.m. 
    Alfred Street Baptist Church
    301 South Alfred Street
    Alexandria, Virginia 

  • Friday, Sept. 2
    3 p.m. until 7 p.m.
    Mount Ennon Baptist Church 
    9832 Piscataway Road 
    Clinton, Maryland 

  • Saturday, Sept. 3
    10 a.m. until 6 p.m. 
    First baptist Church of Glenarden
    600 WAtkins Park Drive
    Upper Marlboro, Maryland 

  • Monday, Sept. 5
    10 a.m. until 4 p.m. 
    Maryland State Fair 
    2200 York Road 
    Lutherville-Timonium, Maryland 

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Portrait Honors Nation's Oldest Living Veteran]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:50:02 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_overtonportrait0825_1920x1080.jpg An artist known for painting more than 300 portraits of fallen soldiers presented a portrait to the nation's oldest living veteran, Richard Overton of Austin, who turned 110 in May.

Photo Credit: KXAN]]>
<![CDATA[Man Sentenced for Dragging Police Officer 300 Yards With Car]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:55:27 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Danny+Lee+Harvell+071615.jpg

A Maryland man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for dragging a Prince George's County Police officer more than 300 feet with his car.

Danny Harvell, 27, of Temple Hills pleaded guilty last month to first-degree assault, the county State's Attorney's Office said.

Prosecutors say police received a tip about a drug house in District Heights on July 15, 2015.

An officer on a routine patrol noticed Harvell in a car near the home and approached the car. After smelling marijuana, the officer asked Harvell to get out of the car, prosecutors say. 

According to court documents, the officer reached into the backseat after he saw Harvell reaching towards the backseat.

The officer's arm was still in the car window when Harvell put the car in drive. The officer's arm got tangled in the seat belt, and he was dragged about 300 yards before the car hit a tree and rolled onto the officer.

Prosecutors said the officer, whose thigh was broken, had to undergo extensive surgery.

Photo Credit: Prince George's County Police]]>
<![CDATA[2 Injured After Crash in Md. Intersection]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 06:43:38 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/193*120/2016-08-25_0607.png

Two people are recovering at the hospital after a collision in an intersection in Rockville, Maryland, fire officials say. 

The crash happened just before 6 a.m. Thursday in the intersection of Darnestown Road and West Avenue. 

Montgomery County fire spokesman Pete Piringer says one person had to be extricated from the car. 

Two people were take to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. 

Photo Credit: Montgomery County Fire]]>
<![CDATA[Fake Black Radio Caller Sparks Controversy]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:19:13 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Dwayne-from-Swedesboro1.jpg

A white producer at the Philadelphia sports talk station 97.5 The Fanatic has sparked controversy after he created a black persona based on stereotypes to call into the station.

"Dwayne from Swedesboro" was a regular caller for the Mike Missanelli Show. The character, who claimed to be an African American man, often talked about his love for white women as well as his fear of having illegitimate children. He even had a Twitter account with a black man in the profile picture.

A recent report from Crossing Broad however reveals that "Dwayne from Swedesboro," was actually Pat Egan, a white producer at 97.5.

“I think the fact that it was a young white kid doing sort of like the stereotype of a black guy made it a lot worse and sort of just like piled on whatever that initial shock was,” said Kyle Scott, a blogger for Crossing Broad who wrote the story.

In a series of tweets, Egan seemed to admit to creating the character as an "exact opposite" of himself.

News that the character was fake sparked a mixed reaction with some criticizing the character’s stereotypical nature.

“It just seems that there are so many racial issues going on in the country,” said Tony Marchionne of Collingswood, New Jersey. “Why do we continue to promote these stereotypes?”

Some fans of the show didn’t find the character offensive, however, and instead believed he was simply entertaining.

“I didn’t take it as being extremely racial at all,” said Dave Whitman of Lansdale. “I kind of saw it more as just kind of a crazy, funny guy creating a reason to talk.”

Mike Missanelli directly addressed the controversy on his show Tuesday.

“The only thing I can do is tell you that I wasn’t in on it and I had no idea about it,” he said. “If you don’t want to believe that, that’s your choice. I could tell you first hand that had I known this was a fake I would have shut it down immediately because I would’ve been sensitive to the racial undertones of it.”

It’s unclear whether anyone at the radio station will be disciplined for the character. NBC10 reached out to 97.5 for comment but we have not yet heard back. 

The Philadelphia Business Journal also reports Josh Innes, a radio host on Sportsradio 94 WIP, was fired for his comments on the controversy.