<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Top Stories]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.com en-us Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:48:18 -0400 Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:48:18 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Man Tried to Grab Boy in Front of Va. School: PD]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 08:33:40 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/216*120/springfield+school+attempted+abduction.jpg

Fairfax County police are looking for a man who grabbed a boy in front of a Springfield elementary school Friday afternoon.

The attempted abduction happened 3:15 p.m. Friday in front of the main entrance of Ravensworth Elementary School. The man came up behind the boy, grabbed him and tried to lure him away from the school.

The victim fought back and escaped the man. The boy was not injured.

The suspect is described as a blond, white man between 20 and 30 years old, 6 feet tall, and weighing between 225 and 250 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black long-sleeved shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call police at 703-691-2131.

<![CDATA[Thousands Without Power After Prince William Co. Crash]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:10:48 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WEB+Power+crew.jpg

Thousands of people in Prince William County are without power after an early morning car accident damaged two power poles.

Nearly 2,000 customers are currently without power, according to Dominion Virginia Power.

The car accident, which happened at about 2:30 a.m. Monday, damaged two poles on Grand Park Road so badly that they will need to be replaced, a Dominion spokesman told WTOP.

Traffic lights in the area are also affected by the outage.

The power company hopes to restore power by Monday afternoon.

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<![CDATA[Police Find Car of Missing 95-Year-Old Md. Woman]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:00:19 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/gertrude+haugan.jpg

Montgomery County police say they have found a car that belongs to a missing elderly woman, but the 95 year old is still nowhere to be found.

Gertrude Marion Haugan was last seen on April 22. On Sunday, police found her blue 1996 Toyota Camry in an alley not far from her home on South Chelsea Lane in Bethesda.

Haugan is 5 feet 2 inches tall, weighs 110 pounds and has light brown hair. Police do not know what she was wearing at the time of her disappearance.

Family and friends told authorities it is unusual for Haugan not to have regular contact with them.

If you have seen Gertrude Haugan, call police at 301-279-8000.

<![CDATA[Man Found Shot to Death in Stafford Co.]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 08:17:31 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/police-lights-day-shutterstock_143047037.jpg

A man was shot to death in Stafford County early Monday morning.

The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office was called to the area of Clint Lane just after 5 a.m. Monday after someone in the area heard multiple gunshots. When deputies arrived at the scene, they found a man lying on the ground.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police believe there's no danger to the community.

Stay with News4 on-air and online for more on this developing story.

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<![CDATA[Wizards Sweep Raptors With 125-94 Win]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 08:20:38 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/20150426+Wizards.jpg

This was not just a sweep. It was more like an old-fashioned rug beating.

The Washington Wizards dominated the Toronto Raptors in Game Four of their playoff series, winning 125-94 and moving on to the next round of the NBA playoffs.

The Wizards were out in front all night and led by more than 30 points in the fourth quarter as the Raptors struggled. Meanwhile, the Wizards -- who were deadly on offense -- looked like playoff veterans.

This is the second year that the Raptors have left the playoffs after the first round.

Stay with NBC Washington for updates and News4 at 11 for player interviews and highlights.

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<![CDATA[Local Woman's Family in Nepal Loses Everything]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:40:17 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010272308_1200x675_434890307882.jpg Many people in our area have relatives who live in the quake zone in Nepal. News4's Darcy Spencer spoke to one woman who's worried about her loved ones.]]> <![CDATA[Hotel Fire Forces Evacuations]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 19:34:37 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Fairfax+County+Alexandria+Quality+Inn+Hotel+Fire.jpg

A Fairfax County, Virginia, hotel caught fire early Sunday morning, evacuating residents and needing 100 firefighters to battle the blaze.

Fairfax County Fire Chief Randy Bittinger said several floors in the hotel collapsed; the entire building has been condemned and declared a total loss. Due to the threat of recurring hot spots, Fairfax County will keep a fire truck at the site Sunday night.

Crews arrived around 2:18 a.m. to the 8800 block of Richmond Highway in Alexandria. About 100 people were evacuated to a hotel across the street.

Bittinger said the fire is an electrical fire, which made it tough to battle. Virginia Power also responded to the scene.

One person was injured, but the injury was considered non-life-threatening.

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<![CDATA[Rescued Baby's 25-Year Reunion]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:34:30 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/dumpster-robin-barton-dads.jpg

A man who was rescued from a Southern California dumpster as an infant has been reunited with his birth father after 25 years, thanks to the Santa Ana police officer credited with once saving his life.

Robin Barton's adoptive family only recently told him his infamous origin story: that he was left to die in a  dumpster until his rescuer discovered him and resuscitated him.

Barton, known as Baby "Adam" in the news reports surrounding the 1989 rescue, was barely breathing when officer Michael Buelna found him in Santa Ana. Buelna was investigating a stabbing in the area when neighbors waved him down, saying they'd heard a baby crying.

Barton, now 25, and Buelna reunited earlier this week. "When I first met him, it was slightly overwhelming. But it was just a wonderful moment," Barton said.

Barton said he and Buelna caught up on each other's lives when they reunited.

In their meeting, Barton mentioned that he was looking for his birth mother, who served time in prison for abandoning her child and was eventually deported.

Bartone hoped his mother might hear the story of his reunion with his rescuer and find him. Instead, news reports caught the attention of Barton's birth father, Marcos Meza, who'd been looking for him for years.

On Sunday, they finally met, along with two of Barton's five sisters. The reunion was thrilling, he told NBC4.

"Shock and awe, joy, happiness. I'm just overwhelmed," Barton said.

He was able to speak with his mother as well by phone, he said -- Santa Ana police said she was deported to Mexico after being released from prison.

Sunday morning, Barton was able to pose for pictures with both of his fathers -- all thanks to the police officer who stopped what he was doing when residents told them they'd heard a baby crying.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo Credit: Beth Slepp-Paz/Archival photo]]>
<![CDATA[9-Year-Old Attempts Aerial Record]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 21:42:37 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/182*120/042615+Guinness+Aerials+Record.JPG

A 9-year-old girl from Orange County, Califronia, was head over heels Saturday as she attempted to break a world record for most consecutive aerials.

Ollivia Nguyen completed 42 of the handless cartwheels on a mat in an Anaheim gym in front of a cheering crowd and a Guinness World Record camera, according to her mother.

"In the beginning it feels easy because I have a lot of oxygen but at the end my breathing kind of gets heavy," Nguyen said in a practice before the record attempt.

Nguyen practiced for over six months to accomplish the feat, said her current coach, Sarah Eshom.

"We've worked on different techniques," Eshom said, "and once we found the technique that best fit her we started building up the numbers. We went from 10 to 20 to 30 and then now she's doing 40 consecutive with no problem."

The current record for “Most Consecutive Aerials-Breakdance,” is six, Anthony Yodice, a spokesman for Guinness World Records North America Inc., told the OC Register.

The idea of Nguyen breaking the record came from a conversation her mother, Nicholle Aguilar, had with another of Nguyen's coaches.

"(He) said, 'You know I think that she can really do this,'" Aguilar said. "He kind of put this in her heart or the inspiration in her heart."

The attempt was recorded and sent to Guinness World Record officials to verify the two-and-a-half minute video, according to the OC Register. Two certified gymnast instructors and a notary were present at the event.

"I believe in her and I knew she could do it, so we pursued it," Aguilar said at the pre-record attempt practice.

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<![CDATA[Raw Video: Truck Goes Up in Flames]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:35:40 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/bell-gardens-tanker-fire-710.gif

A huge ball of flames engulfed a gasoline tanker truck on a freeway outside of Los Angeles on Sunday, sending black plumes of smoke into the air that could be seen for miles and causing a traffic nightmare.

The double-tanker truck was hauling 8,800 gallons of gas on the southbound 710 Freeway when it jackknifed near the Florence Avenue exit in Bell and exploded in flames, California Highway Patrol officials said.

Dozens of firefighters arrived just after 3:30 p.m. to battle the huge fire, which could be seen as far as downtown Los Angeles.

Crews managed to extinguish the flames about an hour later. No injuries were immediately reported.

The driver escaped the crash with minor bumps and bruises, fire officials said. A passenger in the truck was also OK.

"(The driver) heard a loud pop. He looked in his rearview mirror and he noticed that the rear trailer had overturned," said CHP Officer Juan Galvan.

Northbound lanes of the 710 Freeway reopened about 9:30 p.m. after an hours-long closure that backed up traffic for miles.

Southbound lanes were expected to remain closed through mid-Monday morning, CHP officials said.

Crews were working to clean up what was left of the charred tanker and Caltrans officials were assessing the severity of the damage to the road.

The cause of the crash was unclear. CHP officials said no other vehicles were involved in the wreck.

NBC4's Kate Larsen contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Man Had 18 lbs of Pot at Airport]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 08:50:17 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Cocaine-Pot-Drugs-LGA-Arrest.jpg

A leaky suitcase led to the arrest of a New York man who is accused of attempting to board a flight at Laguardia Airport with several pounds of marijuana and a few ounces of crack cocaine in his baggage.

Airport screeners contacted Port Authority police at about 11 a.m. Saturday after noticing liquid leaking from a checked bag that emitted an odor of marijuana, investigators said Sunday.

After finding marijuana inside the bag, police traced it to Kelvin Smith, 55, of the Bronx, who was waiting for a flight at a US Airways gate, investigators said. Police learned that Smith had checked in an additional bag and found that it contained more marijuana wrapped in plastic and 2.8 ounces of crack cocaine.

Smith's two bags contained 18 pounds of marijuana, investigators said.

Smith was charged with first-degree criminal possession of marijuana and second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, police said. It was unclear whether he had retained an attorney who could comment on the charges.

Court records indicate that Smith has 41 prior convictions for drug offenses, investigators said. 

<![CDATA[College Network End Classes for 16K]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 08:54:55 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP726758529250.jpg

Roughly 16,000 students enrolled in a chain of troubled for-profit colleges are no longer able to take classes after the schools' parent company, Corinthian Colleges, Inc., announced Sunday it is ceasing all of its operations.

The Orange County-based school network has not yet made arrangements with other schools to find "continuing educational opportunities" at its 28 remaining campuses, which are closing effective Monday, the school said.

CCI added that it would rely on the help of regulatory agencies and partner institutions to place students enrolled at Heald College campuses in California, Hawaii and Oregon, as well as Everest and WyoTech schools in California, Arizona and New York.

“Now we're going have to make a mad dash to find another option. For some of us this was our last resort," said Krisa Mata, a student who said she took out loans to attend CCI's Everest College in Reseda.

"It's the first thing I saw on my phone when I woke up. I have no idea what I'm gonna do now," she said.

The announcement occurs less than two weeks after the U.S. Department of Education said it was fining the institution $30 million over misrepresentation. The department contends that Corinthian has not addressed allegations of falsifying job placement data and altering grades and attendance records, The Associated Press reported.

The school was unable to sell off all its schools under a deal with the U.S. Department of Education, it said in a statement, though it has sold 56.

"Largely as a result of recent state and federal regulatory actions, we were unable to complete a sale, and our only option was to close our schools," CEO Jack Massimino wrote in a letter to students posted on the school's website. 

California Attorney General Kamala Harris sued Corinthian in 2013 for allegedly misrepresenting how many of its graduates were placed in jobs in actions she called “unconscionable” and “predatory." She also alleged that the chain advertised that it offered classes it did not.

It agreed the next year to sell 85 campuses and close a dozen more in an agreement with the Department of Education, which was closely monitoring school data, according to information submitted to a federal regulatory agency.

Corinthian was one of the country's largest for-profit educational institutions, according to the AP. It collapsed last summer amid a cash shortage and fraud allegations.

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<![CDATA[One Dead, One Injured in Shooting in NW D.C.]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 15:30:05 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/butternut+street+homicide.jpg

One man was killed and another injured after a shooting in northwest Washington, D.C., early Sunday morning.

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department said Darryn Conte, of Waldorf, Maryland, was shot and killed in the 400 block of Butternut Street, Northwest shortly before 2 a.m.

Police also found another man suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken to the hospital, but his condition is not known.

Detectives said they are treating the investigation as a homicide.

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<![CDATA[Police: Burning Car at Golf Course Contained Body]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 20:30:53 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/enterprise+golf+course.jpg

A body was found inside a burning car early Sunday morning in Mitchellville, Maryland, according to police.

A Maryland-National Capital Park Police Department spokesman said police officers were called to investigate the report of a body inside a burning car at the Enterprise Golf Course in the 2800 block of Enterprise Road.

The Prince George’s County Police Department, the Prince George’s County Fire Department, and the Maryland-National Capital Park Police Department have launched a joint investigation into the circumstances leading up to and surrounding the person’s death. The person’s identity has not been released.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Homicide Unit at 301-772-4925.

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<![CDATA[Fire Truck Overturns, Seven People Injured]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 08:51:44 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Prince+George+County+Fire+Truck+Overturns.jpg

Seven Prince George’s County firefighters were injured after their truck overturned early Sunday morning.

A representative said officers responded to Branch Avenue and Curtis Drive in Hillcrest Heights, Maryland, for the accident. Seven people were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The representative said the truck apparently swerved to avoid another vehicle in the road. The road was closed to clear the fire truck from the roadway, but has been open for a while now.

Investigators are unsure about the circumstances prior to the accident.

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<![CDATA[Who Were the Americans Killed in the Everest Avalanche?]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:39:49 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Americans-Died-Avalanche.jpg

As the first group of survivors from Saturday’s earthquake-triggered avalanche on Mount Everest were flown to Nepal's capital, the U.S. State Department confirmed that three Americans were among the 17 people killed in the disaster.

Filmmaker Tom Taplin, Google executive Dan Fredinburg, and camp doctor Marisa Eve Girawong all died in the avalanche. Here’s more about their lives:


Google issued a statement Saturday confirming the death of executive Dan Fredinburg who was the head of privacy for innovation lab Google[x].

Fredinburg had been scaling the mountain for the past three weeks with three other Google employees through U.K.-based tour company Jagged Globe, according to NBC News. The three were found safe, according to Google.

"Sadly, we lost one of our own in this tragedy," the statement read. "Dan Fredinburg a longtime member of the Privacy organization in Mountain View, was in Nepal with three other Googlers, hiking Mount Everest. He has passed away. The other three Googlers with him are safe and we are working to get them home quickly."

Actress Sophia Bush, who Fredinburg dated from 2013 and 2014, expressed her sadness over his passing on social media.

"Today I find myself attempting to pick up the pieces of my heart that have broken into such tiny shards, I'll likely never find them all," the actress said in a statement on Twitter and Instagram. "He was one of my favorite human beings on Earth.”


Marisa Eve Girawong, from Edison, N.J., was described as an emergency room physician assistant. A Seattle-based mountaineering company said she was serving as a camp doctor for its team on the mountain when she was killed in the avalanche.

She was an avid rock climber and mountaineer who was pursuing an advanced degree in mountain medicine, Madison Mountaineering said in a statement. She attended school in Chicago and had successfully reached the summits of Mt. Washington and Mt. Rainier.

"Our hearts are broken," the company said in a statement.


Tom Taplin, 61, was a Denver-born filmmaker working on a documentary about the Mount Everest base camp at the time of the avalanche, NBC affiliate KUSA reported.

His wife, Cory Freyer, told NBC News he was a photographer, filmmaker and mountaineer, and had written a book about his experiences climbing South America's tallest peak, Aconcagua, in the early 1990s.

She also said that it was on that trip that Taplin broke his arm after falling into a crevasse. However, he was able to pull himself to a place where he was reached by other mountaineers, she added. He was able to successfully climbed the mountain the next year, she said.

"It sounds trite, but he died doing what he loved doing," Cory Freyer told NBC News.

Photo Credit: Madison Mountaineering, Cory Freyer, Getty Images
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<![CDATA[NY Daily News Truck Driver Dies]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:09:27 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/daily+news+driver+killed+crash.jpg

A 24-year-old driver for the Daily News was killed Sunday morning when his delivery truck collided with a green outer-borough taxi in Brooklyn, police said. 

The accident happened around 5:45 a.m. at the intersection of Nostrand and Flushing Avenues in Williamsburg.

Dash cam video taken from a car not involved in the accident shows the Daily News truck approach the intersection at a yellow light before it collides with the taxi.

The collision was so violent that it sent the Daily News truck toppling over.

When police arrived they found the driver, identified as Jonathan Long of Brooklyn, unconscious and suffering from traumatic injuries.

Long was taken to Woodhull Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival, police said.

“The Daily News offers Mr. Long's family its deepest sympathies,” a company spokeswoman wrote in an email. 

A 58-year-old passenger in the truck was also taken to Woodhull Hospital. He is listed in stable condition.

Delivery truck drivers often don't wear seat belts and drive with their doors open, as they're continuously hopping in and out of their trucks.

The 26-year-old taxi driver was treated at the scene. His taxi license has been suspended just two weeks after he started driving a taxi, the Taxi and Limousine Commission said. 

Police are still investigating what caused the accident.

No arrests have been made.

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<![CDATA[NJ Woman Among More Than 3,500 Dead in Nepal Earthquake]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:02:47 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/042615nepal.jpg

Marisa Eve Girawong, a physician's assistant from Edison, New Jersey, was among the more than 3,500 killed in an avalanche at a Mount Everest base camp, according to a mountaineering company.

Seattle-based Madison Mountaineering's website described Girawong as an emergency room physician's assistant who was serving as the team's camp doctor. She was an avid rock climber and mountaineer who was pursuing an advanced degree in mountain medicine, the site said.

"She is loved by all of us in base camp and a great addition to our team and helped us tremendously," Garrett Madison said in a satellite phone dispatch from the mountain. "She will be missed greatly. We're very sorry for her loss."

East Orange General Hospital, where Girawong worked previously as a physician's assistant, issued a statement mourning her loss.

In New York City, members of the Nepali community were grieving for the thousands of people killed in their homeland.

Luna Ranjit, a staffer at the Adhikaar Nepali Center in Queens, said she felt somewhat at a loss.

"It's sort of a sense of helplessness to be so far away. I wish I could be there with my friends and family and do something about it," she said.

Ranjit said she hopes that even from so far away she can help connect people to resources and bring attention to the tragedy.

An estimated 40,000 Nepali immigrants live in the New York City area. Many were planning to gather for a prayer vigil Sunday.

If you are looking for a loved one or have information on someone who may have been a victim, click here.

<![CDATA[Va. Rescue Team Ready to Search for Quake Survivors]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 07:34:31 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010265053_1200x675_434441795867.jpg The Fairfax County. Va. urban search and rescue team waited Saturday to get word on when they would go to Nepal to help look for survivors of the deadly earthquake. News4's Darcy Spencer reports from Chantilly where the team is on stand-by.]]> <![CDATA[Virginia Man Recounts Surviving Deadly India Quake]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 07:27:56 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000010265613_1200x675_434517059743.jpg As the search for survivors continues in Nepal, an Ashburn, Va. man who survived a different deadly quake is recounting is story of survival. He tells News4's Darcy Spencer how the experience has changed his life.]]> <![CDATA[Islanders Defeat Capitals, 3-1, Force Game 7]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 18:09:05 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/caps+islanders+game+6.jpg

The New York Islanders defeated the Washington Capitals 3-1 Saturday, forcing the playoff series to Game 7 in Washington Monday.

The game was rough and marked by big hits, including Alex Ovechkin's hit on John Tavares in the middle of the third period, which led to the Caps losing track of the puck and the Islanders breaking a tie that had lasted most of the game.

The Caps thought they had tied the game again with a goal later in the period, but under review it was clear the puck had hit the crossbar of the goal and had not scored.

The Islanders scored again on an empty goal with less than a minute to go.

The Islanders played with passion in what could still be the last game of professional hockey in their home, the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The team moves to Barclays Center next season.

Now, the series returns to Washington for the final game on Monday.

Stay with News4 and NBCWashington for updates on this story.

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<![CDATA[Newborn's Remains Found in Ca. Yard]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 15:41:25 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/150425-infant-remains-westmont.jpg

The remains of a newborn were found in a Westmont backyard Saturday, sheriff's deputies said.

A homeowner in the 1500 block of West 104th Street, an unincorporated area east of Inglewood, reported finding the remains just after 10 a.m., Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said in a statement.

The 1- to 3-days-old baby was apparently dismembered, deputies said. "Significant portions" of the infant's body were missing.

Neighbors were asked to look in their yards and trash cans for "suspicious items that have been discarded," deputies said.

"Detectives would like to speak with any females who were recently pregnant, are no longer pregnant, and the baby is absent," deputies said.

Britany Placencia, 9, said she found a body part while playing with her dog in her backyard, then ran to tell her mother.

"The dog was sniffing the ball... so I was going to get the ball and I got it. I saw the leg," the girl said.

The girl's mother came out, saw the leg near a bicycle and called 911. Then she found a baby's head in her side yard.

"This was kind of shocking to me, when you hear anything about an infant," said neighbor Lawrence Alston.

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<![CDATA[NJ Football Star Shot, Killed]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 09:01:21 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Jameer-Bullard.jpg

Jesse Kato wore his son's varsity letter jacket as he asked the public to help find the person responsible for his death. 

"As a son he's a good person," Kato said. "Anybody, any help. If you know who did this to my son bring him to justice."

Kato's son, 18-year-old Ja'Meer Bullard, was a local high school football star who was shot and killed overnight in Camden, only a block away from his home. 

Bullard's family said he was walking to a nearby store with his younger cousin on Green and Mechanic streets shortly after midnight Saturday when a gunman suddenly opened fire. 

"I just opened the door for him," said Bullard's grandmother. "I opened the door for my grandson and I heard the gunshots."

Bullard was struck by the gunfire but managed to get his cousin to safety. He was taken to Cooper University Hospital where he died from his injuries at 1:11 a.m.

"He shouldn't have to die like that," his grandmother said. "He didn't do nothing to nobody. He always was a good kid. He was going places. They just took him out." 

Bullard was a Junior at Woodrow Wilson High School and a star running back and linebacker for the school's football team. He also received a recruitment offer from Temple University and was set to showcase his talent at a Nike invitational next week. 

"From the moment he touched the football, everyone knew he was going to be a special player some day," said Bullard's coach Preston Brown. 

Brown told NBC10 Bullard was excited to play college football and use his skills to get off the streets of Camden and start a new life. 

"Right now my heart is real heavy having lost Ja'Meer to senseless gun violence in the city of Camden," Brown said. 

No arrests have been made. Police continue to investigate.

If you have any information on the shooting, please call Camden County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Anthony Roccia at (856) 365-3122 or Camden County Police Detective Mark Lee at (856) 757-7420.

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<![CDATA[NY Officer Fatally Shoots Suspect]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 00:11:32 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/42515cops.jpg

A 24-year-old robbery suspect was fatally shot Saturday during a "violent physical struggle" with two detectives in a Manhattan apartment building, police said.

Authorities withheld the name of the suspect pending notification of his family.

As two detectives approached the sixth-floor apartment in the East Village, where the suspect was believed to be, the suspect bolted out a window and down a fire escape, said New York City Police Department Chief Jim O'Neill. The detectives caught up with him in a hallway and a "violent physical struggle" ensued, the chief said during a news conference.

During the struggle, the suspect grabbed a hand-held radio from one detective and struck him in the head with it, O'Neill said. The fight continued for about five minutes before one detective drew his weapon and fired a single shot, hitting the suspect in the torso, he said.

The suspect, who was wanted in connection with the robbery of a woman on Thursday, died at Mount Sinai Beth Israel hospital, O'Neill said.

The incident occurred at 1:45 p.m. at a halfway house at 538 E. Sixth St.

The two detectives, who were not identified, were taken to a hospital, where one was treated for injuries to the head and shoulder.

The suspect was accused of confronting a 21-year-old woman on Thursday as she was giving a presentation at City College, according to the NYPD. The two then argued in a hallway and the suspect repeatedly punched the woman and stole her purse, which contained her keys, cash, credit cards and identification, investigators said. He fled the scene and eluded a police search.

<![CDATA[GW Parkway Reopened After Fatal Accident]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 14:36:43 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/police+lights+generic.jpg

The northbound lanes of the George Washington Parkway are reopened after a fatal accident early Saturday morning.

U.S. Park Police said the lane closures were at Spout Run, but the lanes are now flowing with traffic.. The southbound lanes remain open.

Authorities said one man was killed, but did not provide his identity. The road was closed for most of Saturday morning

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<![CDATA[Google Exec Dies in Nepal]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 22:54:53 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP03050618355.jpg

Google executive Dan Fredinburg was confirmed dead in an avalanche on Mount Everest which was triggered by a massive 7.8 earthquake in Nepal Saturday that claimed over 3,200 lives.

Fredinburg, 33, was a privacy director on the Google X team, and was involved in projects such as the driverless car. He was climbing Mt. Everest with three other Googlers during the avalanche when he received a major head injury and passed away, his sister Megan wrote in an Instagram post.

"We appreciate all of the love that has been sent our way thus far and know his soul and his spirit will live on in so many of us," his sister wrote. "All our love and thanks to those who shared this life with our favorite hilarious strong willed man. He was and is everything to us."

Fredinburg's boss, Google privacy director Lawrence You, wrote that the Google Crisis Response team has launched a "Person Finder" for Nepal, and is working to update satellite images to help with the recovery effort.

Google is also committing $1 million to the response effort and plans to have gift-matching efforts available for their employees soon. "Our thoughts are with the people of Nepal, and with Dan’s family and friends during this terrible time," You said. You added that the three other Googlers who were hiking Mt. Everest with Fredinburg are safe and Google is initiating efforts to bring them back to the U.S. safely.

Fredinburg's Instagram and Twitter page is filled with pictures and posts about his Everest trek. "I want everyone to think like Google [x] and have the heart of an adventurer," his Instagram page says. His last Twitter post is on April 24. "Day 22: Ice training with @michelebattelli means frequent stops for morning cappuccino," it says.

Actress Sophia Bush, who dated Fredinburg from 2013 to 2014, posted on instagram that the loss has left her with "no adequate words." "Today I find myself attempting to pick up the pieces of my heart that have broken into such tiny shards, I'll likely never find them all," Bush wrote. "Today I, and so many of my loved ones, lost an incredible friend. Dan Fredinburg was one-of-a-kind. Fearless. Funny."

Bush described Fredinburg as a "a dancing robot who liked to ride dinosaurs and chase the sun and envision a better future for the world." "His brain knew how to build it. His heart was constantly evolving to push himself to make it so," she wrote.

Mike North, one of Friedenberg's closest friends, said that Friedenberg's passion was climate change. “He is the most incredible person I have ever met in my life,” North said. "His will to do anything is beyond anyone else’s I have ever seen."

North found out early Sunday that Fredinburg was killed in the avalanche triggered by the 7.8 earthquake. Fredinburg’s girlfriend broke the news. “It was pretty garbled but basically what I heard was that the avalanche had come to the camp," North said. "He seemed all right at first but then wasn’t and he ultimately passed away."

North said Fredinburg had "two Everests he had to climb on this trip." "The first Everest, which was the hardest, was getting Google to allow him to go climb Everest — the second, climbing Everest," he said.

Video footage shows Fredinburg zipping himself up in yellow North Face gear, as he gets ready for last year’s Mt. Everest trip. He can be heard saying: “This is how you get ready for Everest.” That trip was also a tragic one, because several of his sherpas died in the avalanche. “After that he went to an orphanage there — so this year he was planning to dedicate the climb to all the orphans," North said.

He also planned to plant a flag on top of Mount Everest with the word “NEAT” on it promoting his organization SaveTheIce.org, a goal he was not able to accomplish. "He was in his early 30s, so if you want to talk about lives affected, if he had been able to live a complete life, we could be talking about a billion lives that could be benefacted by this man,” North said.

Jagged Globe, the company that organized the Everest trek for Fredinburg and his team, issued a statement on the death of Fredinburg on their site.

The first of many private memorials for Fredinburg will be taking place Sunday.


Day 20: Saving ice on top of Kala Patthar. Everest Basecamp in the background is a climate change hotspot. #Savetheice

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<![CDATA[How to Help Victims of the Nepal Earthquake]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:18:58 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Nepal-Earthquake-25-April-2015-2.jpg

The U.S. Geological Survey said that the estimated damage from the magnitude-7.8 quake and strong aftershocks that killed more than 3,700 people and devastated Nepal could cost between $100 million and $10 billion.

World leaders and global charities offered emergency aid as hospitals in the poverty-stricken Himalayan nation were overflowing with injured people, NBC News reported. The United States is sending a disaster response team and $1 million to help the people of Nepal, The Associated Press reported.

As the world continues to learn the scope of the disaster, here are ways you can donate:


The humanitarian aid group had staff on the ground when the earthquake hit. Members of the organization said survivors need food, water and shelter, spokeswoman Laura Blank told NBC News.

“Infrastructure is down all over the city,” World Vision’s operations director in Kathmandu Philip Ewert also said. “Power is out with limited internet access. Walls and water tanks are damaged. We are also getting reports that people are trapped in temples and other public buildings as there was a large festival here Saturday.”

To make a donation to the organization to address these needs, you can visit their Nepal page or text NEPAL to 777444 to donate $10.


Volunteers and staff at the Nepal Red Cross Society are providing aid, but they have limited stocks of emergency relief items available in the country, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said in a statement.

"We are extremely concerned about the fate of communities in towns and villages in rural areas closer to the epicenter," said Jagan Chapagain, the IFRC's Director for Asia Pacific. “We anticipate that there will be considerable destruction and loss of life.”

For information on how to donate, visit the IFRC website.


The organization hopes to raise 1 million dollars and has created a Nepal-specific page outlining specific issues they hope to address with the funds.

“Initially, the fund will help first responders meet survivors' immediate needs for food, fuel, clean water, hygiene products, and shelter,” the organization said on its page. “Once initial relief work is complete, this fund will transition to support longer-term recovery efforts run by local, vetted local organizations.”

GlobalGiving says it will provide updates about how the funds are being used. You can donate here.


An emergency team from the AmeriCares India office is preparing shipments of medical aid and relief supplies for survivors. The organization stocks emergency medicine and relieft supplies in its warehouses in the U.S., Europe and India that can be delivered quickly in time of crisis, and launches comprehensive recovery programs.

"Our emergency response team is en route to Nepal and we are prepared to help any way that we can," AmeriCares President and CEO Michael J. Nyenhuis said in a statement. "This is a terrible tragedy and our hearts go out to the families suffereing."

To donate to AmeriCares International Disaster Relief Fund, you can click here.


UNICEF is on the ground in Nepal providing critical emergency aid to children and families.

"UNICEF expects children, an estimated 40 percent of Nepal's poplulation, to be among the worst affected by the earthquake. The first priorities are lifesaving interventions—getting essential medicines, nutrition, and safe water to children and families in immediate need," the organization's website said.

To support the UNICEF relief efforts in Nepal, you can donate here.


Mercy Corps' team is on the ground in Nepal working to get a better understanding of the conditions. The team is focused on delivering lifesaving aid to hard-hit communities. Mercy Corps will be helping communities immediately start to rebuild homes, schools, help people return to work and process the trauma.

To support Mercy Corps' earthquake response team, you can donate here.

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<![CDATA[More Than 3,000 Volunteer in DC Area Saturday]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 12:35:59 -0400 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NBC4+Cares.jpg

More than 3,000 volunteers helped revitalize neighborhood parks, beautify schools and stock food banks in the Washington area as part of a national volunteer effort led by Comcast.

The company says about 500 volunteers joined D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser on Saturday to help clean up and improve Houston Elementary School in Washington. Volunteers painted murals, planting flowers and building vegetable gardens.

Members NBC4 and News4 joined the effort at the school, leaving behind inspirational messages to students.

The Comcast Cares Day volunteer effort also included hundreds more volunteers at projects in suburban Maryland and Virginia.

In Maryland, volunteers worked on projects with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Maryland, with the Downtown Frederick Partnership and with Interfaith Works in Rockville.

In Virginia, projects were planned with charities in Alexandria and across the area.