<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Top Stories]]> Copyright 2016 http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.com en-us Sun, 14 Feb 2016 12:05:46 -0500 Sun, 14 Feb 2016 12:05:46 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Winter Storm Warning, Watch in Effect for DC Metro Area]]> Sun, 14 Feb 2016 09:51:26 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/12687913_1085114924853839_3881797248697073710_n.jpg

A winter storm warning and a winter storm watch is in effect for areas around and to the west of Washington from late Sunday night through Tuesday morning.

The National Weather Service said this is in addition to wind chill advisories for most of the entire D.C. metro area. Winds from the northwest are expected to drive “feels like” temperatures down to near or below zero.

On Sunday, temperatures will only be in the single digits during the morning and rising into the teens by Sunday night. Snow is expected to being late Sunday night and will continue into Monday morning.

Storm Team 4's Tom Kierein said the snow should begin in the D.C. metro area around midnight, but the bulk of the snow will fall throughout Monday morning into Monday afternoon. The temperatures will start warming up in the afternoon, changing to snow into freezing rain before becoming all rain by Tuesday.

The NWS said there is a potential of 1 to 3 inches of snow and sleet and a potential for around ¼ inch of ice from the freezing rain.

The dangerously low wind chills could lead to frostbite and hypothermia, if precautions are not taken. The snow and ice will make travel difficult from slippery roads. However, Monday is a holiday and shouldn’t cause massive problems with the reduced number of commuters.

Stay with Storm Team 4 as they track the storm and provide the latest information on what and when the precipitation will fall.

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<![CDATA[Fallen Harford County Deputy Remembered by Sons]]> Sun, 14 Feb 2016 11:58:21 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/slain+harford+county+deputies.jpg

The family of one of the sheriff’s deputies killed in Harford County, Maryland, released a letter about the man the community calls a hero, but the man they call dad.

Senior Deputy Patrick Dailey and Senior Deputy Mark Logsdon were shot and killed by David Evans, who was fatally shot by other deputies, on Feb. 10. Dailey worked in the Harford County Sheriff’s Office for 30 years, while Logsdon worked for the department for 16 years.

Dailey had two sons, Bryan, 20, and Tyler, 17. On Saturday, they released an open letter to the community, thanking everyone for the support and remembering their father.

Dear Community of Family and Friends,

We wanted to take a moment to say how much we appreciate all the kind words and support the community has shown our family this week. There is not a single word that describes how we feel, but please know that our spirits are lifted with the knowledge that this community loved our Dad. He loved each member of Harford County, right back. Please know that we are ok. Our family is strong and we will get through this together.

He is being called a “hero” for the job he did and the lives he saved. To us, we have called him hero for a long time – just for being our Dad. People continue to remind us how much our father loved us. Believe us when we say, we know. His love for us was apparent and we consider ourselves fortunate to have been loved by a such a hero.

When a law enforcement officer dies, it is often said, “gone but never forgotten.” We know that is true, because he will live in our hearts and the lifetime of memories he has created with each of you. Our Dad died doing a job he loved, serving the community that he called home.

In closing, we ask for privacy, and understanding that we will not be accepting any interviews right now. Next week will be a difficult chapter in our lives, probably the hardest we will ever encounter. We want the opportunity to be alone with him, one last time. We ask that you give us the space to grieve, honor, and remember our hero – our Dad.

Respectfully,
Bryan and Tyler Dailey

Services for Dailey are scheduled for Feb. 17. Logsdon’s funeral is set for Feb. 20.



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<![CDATA[Dems, GOP Battle Over Next SCOTUS Pick]]> Sun, 14 Feb 2016 09:17:03 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/supreme-court-GettyImages-187128584.jpg

The death of Justice Antonin Scalia has set up an important, controversial question: Should President Obama, in his last 10 months in office, be allowed to appoint a justice who would likely create a liberal majority on the Supreme Court?

The Supreme Court has long been divided between five justices appointed by Republicans and four by Democrats.

If Obama appoints a fellow Democrat to replace the deeply-conservative Scalia, he would tip the Court's balance, giving the liberals an advantage that could endure well beyond the president's tenure.

But Republicans, including five out of six GOP presidential candidates at Saturday's GOP debate in South Carolina said Obama should either not nominate a justice and leave the decision for the next president, or the Senate should block any pick.

The importance of this potential nomination fight explains why the reaction in the wake of Scalia's death quickly become very political and divided along partisan lines.



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<![CDATA[One Dead After Head-On Collision in Clinton, Maryland]]> Sun, 14 Feb 2016 07:38:04 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ambulance_generic21.jpg

One person was killed after a head-on collision in Clinton, Maryland, Saturday evening.

Maryland State Police said the crash occurred along Branch Avenue at Malcolm Road shortly before 9 p.m. They said a vehicle crossed the center line and struck another vehicle head-on.

Troopers said the driver of the crossing vehicle died at the scene. The driver of the other car had to be extracted but refused treatment at the scene.

Investigators have not released the identities of the drivers. They said alcohol is not thought to be a factor in the collision.

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<![CDATA[Murdered Mother and Daughter Remembered]]> Sat, 13 Feb 2016 18:53:18 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000013683554_1200x675_622568515913.jpg News4's Derrick Ward has more on the funeral of a mother and daughter murdered in front of their home in Prince George's County.]]> <![CDATA[Presidential Candidates Respond to Scalia's Death]]> Sat, 13 Feb 2016 22:38:08 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/debate-moment-of-silence.jpg

The 2016 presidential candidates Saturday reacted with surprise and sadness to the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, but that soon gave way to a debate over his succession.

Even before President Barack Obama vowed Saturday evening to nominate a successor "in due time," Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Ben Carson had called for the next U.S. president to make that decision.

Cruz took to Twitter to call Scalia "an American hero."

"We owe it to him, & the Nation, for the Senate to ensure that the next President names his replacement," Cruz said.

Cruz said at a Republican debate in South Carolina later that the "Senate needs to stand strong" against confirming Obama's pick. Cruz, a former clerk to then-Chief Justice William Rehnquist from 1996 to 1997, made the case that conservatives were at risk of losing the Supreme Court for a generation.

Donald Trump, who tweeted that Scalia's death was "a massive setback for the conservative movement and our country," also called for a fight over Scalia's successor.

"Delay, delay delay," he said during Saturday's debate.

On Facebook, Ben Carson said that Scalia's "towering intellect and trenchant wit has characterized the deliberations and decisions of the high court."

"Given the dire condition our democracy currently finds itself under Obama's lack of leadership, I call on the Senate to stop any attempts to fill this crucial seat until We The People elect a strong Constitutionalist this November," Carson wrote.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio argued that holding off on a nomination would not be unprecedented.

“In fact it's been over 80 years since a lame duck president has appointed a Supreme Court justice,” he said.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich also argued against a pick before the general election. He said he hoped Obama would nominate someone with "unanimous approval" but he didn't think that would happen.

Jeb Bush conceded during the debate that the president "has every right" to nominate who he wanted, but he doubted that person would be a consensus pick.

Bush earlier called Scalia "a brilliant defender of the rule of law."

The Democratic candidates also weighed in before the Republican debate.

Senator Bernie Sanders sent along his thoughts to Scalia's family and colleagues, "who mourn his passing."

Hillary Clinton, the last major candidate to release a statement online, sent her thoughts and prayers to Scalia's family, but also castigated Republicans for urging Obama to leave the seat open.

"The Republicans in the Senate and on the campaign trail who are calling for Justice Scalia's seat to remain vacant dishonor our Constitution," she said. "The Senate has a constitutional responsibility here that it cannot abdicate for partisan political reasons."

--Daniel Macht contributed to this article 



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<![CDATA[Number of Children Victimized in Porn Case Rises to 16]]> Sun, 14 Feb 2016 08:05:53 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Judge+Sylvania+Woods+Elementary+School.jpg

Two more children are victims of a school aide and youth choir director who made child pornography in a Maryland school, police said Saturday.

That means 16 children have been idenitifed as victims in the expanding case.

Police also idenitified the church where they say Deonte Carraway victimized some of the children. It is Zion Praise Tabernacle Lutheran Church on Laurel Bowie Road in Bowie, Prince George's County Police said.

Carraway has also been accused of victimizing children in Judge Sylvania Woods Elementary, the Glenarden Municipal Center, the Theresa Banks Memorial Aquatic Center and in private homes.

Carraway, 24 and of Glenarden, is accused of having filmed "vile sexual acts" between children ages 9 to 13. Earlier Friday, sources told News4 that Carraway had a juvenile sex offense record from his early teens, sources say.

Sources told News4 on Friday about his apparent juvenile sex offense record. It wasn't immediately clear what the offense entailed.

Nothing criminal was found in Carraway's background check before he started working for the school in November 2014, officials have said.

Carraway was arrested Feb. 5 after after the uncle of a 9-year-old boy saw a disturbing image on the child's phone, in the app Kik, police said. Carraway admitted to being involved in producing child pornography, police said. 

On Friday, Carraway's family released a statement expressing their "extreme shock and deepest sorrow."

"As a family who loves him dearly, we must stress that we do not condone the behaviors in question that has victimized numerous families and brought unimaginable fear and sadness to our community as a whole. Our prayers and thoughts are with the innocent victims and their families during this trying time," the statement read in part.

The family said they were "in complete support of the ongoing legal investigation" and they will help law enforcement however they can.

Michelle Williams, the principal at Judge Sylvania Woods Elementary, has been placed on leave.

The family of the 9-year-old boy filed a lawsuit Wednesday, claiming the child was told by Carraway that he would be part of a "club" if he participated in sex acts the school volunteer filmed. 

The boy's family said misconduct by Carraway had been reported but that Williams took no action, saying teachers had no proof.

Prince George's County Public School officials told parents on Thursday officials will work to ensure children's safety.

"I, like many, was shocked, appalled, disgusted, and disheartened by the allegations that a former PGCPS employee harmed students and vulnerable children," school district CEO Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell said.

The family of another alleged victim, an 11-year-old boy in the choir at Judge Sylvania Woods named only as John Doe 2, filed for a class-action lawsuit on Thursday against the Prince George's County school board and the school's principal.

The family's lawyer, David Simpson, said the case against Carraway seems to be growing.

"Unfortunately, the more we keep looking, the more we keep finding and the broader the whole matter seems to be getting," he said.

Parents flocked to the school Thursday night for a meeting with administrators.

"We go to work hoping that everything is safe, and we don't feel any safety now," one father said.

Carraway's pastor, Dr. Henry Davis of First Baptist Church of Highland Park, said that looking back, he sees some red flags in the young man's behavior.

"The strange part was that I never knew his family. He used to come by himself," Davis said.

Carraway was always alone at the church, the pastor said.

Parents at Judge Sylvania Woods Elementary said at the school he was often surrounded by kids.

"He was just always around children -- at the playground, walking to and from school with them," mother Monique Ganntte previously said.

Anyone aware of other possible victims should call Prince George's County police at 301-772-4930, or the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI.

Carraway's family released the following statement:

"First and foremost, we would like to express our extreme shock and deepest sorrow over the actions of Deonte Carraway that have been reported over the last few days. As a family who loves him dearly, we must stress that we do not condone the behaviors in question that has victimized numerous families and brought unimaginable fear and sadness to our community as a whole. Our prayers and thoughts are with the innocent victims and their families during this trying time. We ask that the media takes into account that we are also victims of what has transpired and respect our privacy as we continue to cope with this new reality. Lastly, we want the public to know that we are in complete support of the ongoing legal investigation and will continue to assist law enforcement in any way we can. Please keep our family in your prayers."

Here's what PGCPS officials said in an update Thursday that they will do to keep students safe:

At the administrative level, PGCPS leaders met with the Judge Sylvania Woods community to share information on the incident and review policies and procedures for reporting abuse and suspicious activity. Counseling and psychological support will be provided to students and families upon request, and those services will remain in place as long as they are needed. A second meeting will take place at the school this evening.

Dr. Maxwell will also convene a taskforce of internal and external partners to review current policies and procedures and identify areas of immediate improvement. The district will also consult with national experts in this field to ensure the taskforce recommendations are aligned with best practices from across the country.

Next week, staff from the PGCPS Office of General Counsel will address principals during a systemic principals' meeting and review all laws, policies, and procedures related to an employee's obligation to report abuse and suspicious behavior.

At the school level, principals will hold mandatory meetings with staff to review the August 2015 training materials and October 2015 memorandum on procedures for reporting abuse and suspicious activities. Professional school counselors will reach out to students and conduct lessons in the classroom that address the differences between appropriate and inappropriate physical contact; personal body safety rules and when to use them; and how to identify trusted adults to whom they can report when they feel unsafe.

"We will work closely with our community partners and use all possible resources to foster a safe and supportive environment for all students and families," added Dr. Maxwell. "It goes without saying that these type of acts are intolerable and unacceptable."

If parents or community members have any additional information regarding this case, they should call 1-800-CALL-FBI.



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<![CDATA[Trump Slams RNC for 'Deceptive' Fundraising Email]]> Sat, 13 Feb 2016 16:25:17 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/TrumpSouthCarolina-AP_446723142501.jpg

Donald Trump criticized the Republican National Committee Saturday for “illegally” using his name in a fundraising email sent to party supporters, NBC News reported.

In a press release and a series of tweets, the GOP frontrunner accused the RNC of “deceptive Washington tricks,” saying he never authorized the use of his name to fundraise.

"The RNC, which is probably not on my side, just illegally put out a fundraising notice saying 'Trump wants you to contribute to the RNC,'" his campaign said. "The RNC does not treat me well and then they use my name, without my knowledge, to raise money for themselves." Trump said much the same in a tweet from his personal account.

The RNC did not respond to MSNBC’s request for comment, but communication director Sean Spicer told CNN that the email was in response to a star poll that allows supporters of all candidates to contribute to the “presidential trust.” 



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<![CDATA[Extreme Wind Chill for Midwest, Northeast]]> Sat, 13 Feb 2016 10:44:45 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/PolarVortex-AP_968687082427.jpg

Brutally cold air sent temperatures plummeting to “life-threatening” lows across the Midwest and Northeast Saturday, with millions of Americans warned of dangers, NBC News reported.

The arctic blast is being driven by the cold air system — a polar vortex — that sits around the North Pole year-round, with the biggest danger being from frostbite, according to the Weather Channel.

Forecasters warned that wind chill readings could drop “below minus 30 degrees by Saturday night.” Sunday morning is likely to be the coldest for many, but it won’t be until Tuesday until temperatures reach normal levels for many.  



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<![CDATA[Cuba Returns Missile Mistakenly Sent in 2014 to U.S.]]> Sat, 13 Feb 2016 15:36:21 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/HellfireMissile-GettyImages-503831582.jpg

American officials said Saturday that Cuba returned a dummy U.S. Hellfire missile that was mistakenly shipped to the country in 2014, NBC News reported.

The weapon was an inert training missile that was sent from Europe, where it was used in a NATO training exercise. Officials had been trying to recoup the missile for several months, according to the Associated Press. 

While it didn’t contain explosives, there were concerns that Cuba cold share technology with American advisories like North Korea or Russia.

The Hellfire is a laser-guided, air-to=-surface missile that weighs about 100 pounds.
 



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<![CDATA[John Lewis Clarifies Comments on Sanders' Civil Rights Participation]]> Sat, 13 Feb 2016 13:19:46 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/JohnLewis-AP_845681499037.jpg

Rep. John Lewis on Saturday clarified comments he made earlier this week saying he had never met Bernie Sanders during the civil rights movement, NBC News reported.

"I was responding to a reporter's question who asked me to assess Sen. Sanders' civil rights record. I said that when I was leading and was at the center of pivotal actions within the Civil Rights Movement, I did not meet Sen. Bernie Sanders at any time," Lewis said in the statement.

Lewis also clarified that he crossed paths with Hillary and Bill Clinton in the South in the 1970s, and not during his time as chairman of the SNCC in the 1960s.

On Thursday, Lewis, along with members of the Black Congressional Caucus, supported Hillary Clinton in the Democratic race.  



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<![CDATA[Al Shabab Claims Responsibility for Plane Bomb]]> Sat, 13 Feb 2016 12:09:55 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Somalia-Plane-Explosion-GettyImages-507985404.jpg

Islamist extremist group al Shabab has claimed responsibility for the bombing of a passenger jet earlier this month in Somalia, NBC News reported.

In a statement on Saturday, the group said the explosion targeted Western intelligence officials and Turkish NATO forces on a plane bound for Djibouti on Feb. 2. The bomb went off shortly after takeoff, blowing a hole in the fuselage and sucking out the suspected instigator.

The bomb was meant as “retribution” for acts against Somali Muslims.

The plan, according to al Shabab, was to destroy the entire plane, but it failed. The group has vowed to continue such attacks.  



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<![CDATA[ISIS Fighters Seize Homes, Shave Beards ]]> Sat, 13 Feb 2016 10:10:32 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/217*120/AP_817556148506.jpg

ISIS fighters are seizing civilian homes and even shaving their beards to take cover from Western airstrikes, according to Syrians who have fled militant occupied territory.

Many jihadist fighters are moving out of state buildings in Raqqa to blend into the community and avoid detection by drones, NBC News reported. Civilians say ISIS fighters will knock on doors and take over rooms or whole houses. Anyone who refuses entry may be executed.

ISIS may also be taxing citizens to make up for the hole in its finances created by coalition attacks on occupied oil refineries.

"They have introduced new taxation for cars," one civilian said. "There are now fines for crossing red lights. All the motorbikes now have new plates with the ISIS title on. Most of these new charges have come in the last three months."  



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<![CDATA[Florists Cope With Cold Ahead of Valentine's Day]]> Sat, 13 Feb 2016 09:42:18 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000013678843_1200x675_622126147809.jpg Flower shops in the D.C. area are working overtime to prepare for Valentine's Day and protect arrangements from frigid temperatures. "Valentine's Day to florists would be the Super Bowl," a manager in Northern Virginia said. News4's David Culver reports.]]> <![CDATA[Police, FBI Search for Missing Teen Boy]]> Sat, 13 Feb 2016 08:39:32 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/John-Thomas-Parker.jpg

Police and the FBI are searching for a missing teenager.

John Thomas Parker, 14, walked away from the Devereux Leo Kanner Learning Center in West Chester, Pennsylvania around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and hasn’t been seen since. The Learning Center is a facility for children with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

Police say Parker may have walked to a nearby train station to try and leave the area. Officials notified his family who live in Washington, DC.

Parker was captured on surveillance video as he was leaving the facility. He was wearing a t-shirt, jeans and black sneakers. He was also carrying a bright green backpack. Police say Parker may have changed his clothing however to khaki pants and a black jacket. They also say he may no longer have on the green backpack.

Parker is described as a black teen standing 5-foot-7 and weighing 110 pounds. He also has tattoos on his left arm. If you have any information on his whereabouts, please call 610-692-5100.
 



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<![CDATA[Uber Passenger Billed $171 After Falling Asleep]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 20:11:49 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/Uber+Ride.gif

A Washington D.C. man expected a quick ride and a small bill when he got into an Uber driver's car -- but he woke up to a steep charge, because the driver cruised as the rider snoozed.

The Uber rider, Mekele Baucom, told News4 he was billed $171 for a 71-mile ride when he asked to be taken home 1 mile away but fell asleep in the car. The driver drove back and forth on the Capital Beltway, Baucom's receipt shows.

Baucom said he summoned an UberX car about 2 a.m. Feb. 5 on 7th Street NW, in the Shaw neighborhood, after a night out with friends. He said he told the driver his home address near NoMa, rather than entering it into the app, and then dozed in the backseat.

"I think I must have fallen asleep in the car pretty fast," he said.

He woke up about 4 a.m. and was stunned to realize he had been in the car for so long.

"This dude literally just took me on a ride," he said. "Anything could have happened."

According to Baucom's receipt, the driver picked him up on 7th Street NW in D.C., drove into Bethesda, Maryland, cruised on the Beltway to Prince George's County and then backtracked to D.C.

Two hours and 6 minutes, 71 miles and $171 later, he was home.

Baucom, who works in retail, said the experience made him uneasy.

"I was asleep -- granted, my fault -- but I was asleep for two hours," he said.

Uber refunded Baucom his money but declined to specifically address the incident to News4.

"Uber expects riders and drivers alike to have a shared standard for respect, accountability and common courtesy during rides," the company said in a statement. Uber suggests that passengers enter their destinations into the app before their trips.

Asked whether he fell asleep because he was drunk, Baucom said no, that he just had been tired.

"I was the designated friend," he said.

Baucom said he doesn't think he'll ever have a repeat of his 71-mile ride.

"I definitely don't think I'm going to use Uber anymore," he said.

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<![CDATA[Domestic Violence Survivor Cheers VA Gun Compromise]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 21:05:11 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000013680003_1200x675_622133315624.jpg

Some domestic violence victims are encouraged about the progress of a bill that would take guns away from abusers who face permanent protective orders.

Both the House and Senate versions of the bill took another step forward Friday in the Virginia General Assembly.

The proposed measure is part of the compromise gun law plan announced recently by Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Republican leaders. Activists on both the gun rights and gun control sides have weighed in.

A domestic violence survivor who broke free from her abusive husband nine years ago told News4 the abuse began first with verbal threats, then escalated.

"It started as yelling, threatening," she said. "It progressively got worse. He came home from drinking and got into a physical altercation and I ended up with a slice under my eye."

More incidents followed until her husband was arrested and went to jail for hurting her. When he was released, she hoped to reconcile only to be injured again and again. One day when she answered a call from him, she hid a weapon they had in the home.

"Whatever it was, something in his voice, and I knew I had to hide the weapons that we had," she said. "I hid them so he couldn't get them because I honestly feel if he had been able to access those, I probably would have been dead that day."

The final 911 call that led to more jail time for her husband came when when their 2 1/2-year-old daughter witnessed an attack.

"He was throwing me up against the wall, pushing me on the ground, and she was yelling, 'Daddy no, Daddy no!' That's when I decided, That's it, you're never going to put your hands on me again."

She got a permanent protective order against her husband -- which lasts for two years -- and she got help from Fairfax County Police's Victim Services Section.

Now, she says she welcomes the proposed legislation that would require abusers under permanent protective orders to sell or surrender their weapons. Right now, protective orders only bar the accused from purchasing or transporting a firearm.

"It's nice to know," she said. "It seems to me anyway they are looking at the survivors, trying to make the survivors more comfortable. It's a little late for the victims because some of them have probably already lost their lives to the violence of guns so I definitely think its a step in the right direction."

The gun violence prevention group Everytown for Gun Safety has been critical of the proposed legislation, complaining that it has no explicit language that would require abusers to surrender their weapons.

Right now in Fairfax County, almost 270 permanent protective orders have been issued against domestic abusers.

Sandy Bromley, who coordinates services for Fairfax County's Office for Women & Domestic & Sexual Violence Services, also welcomes the change in the law.

"The impact of this new legislation will be really amazing for victim safety," said Bromley. "What we want to make sure of is we are reducing their risk of homicide so just getting guns out of the picture in cases when violent is already in the home is the most important thing."

She said statistics show when there is a gun in the home, a domestic violence victim is 500 times more likely to be killed than when there is not a gun present.

But Fairfax County isn't waiting for the new legislation. It's already made a big change to try to change lives. In July, the county launched LAP: The Lethality Assessment Program. It's modeled after a program that's been in effect in Maryland for years.

Fairfax County Police officers got special training and now when they make an arrest for domestic violence, they must ask 11 questions of the victim. The first, has he/she ever used a weapon against you or threatened you with a weapon?

If a victim scores high risk they are immediately connected by phone with a staffer in the county's Domestic Violence Services Office, who will immediately arrange for safety planning or an emergency shelter.

Bromley is encouraged by the early results.

"It's been huge," she said. "So far we've had no domestic violence homicides in the seven or eight months since we've had the program going."

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<![CDATA[2-Year-Old Shot in Barbershop on Barracks Row]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 19:09:00 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/021216+child+shoe+barbershop+3.jpg

A father and his 2-year-old son were shot and injured Friday afternoon when three masked men stormed into a barbershop near the Washington Navy Yard, police said.

The toddler and his father were rushed to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, D.C. police said. 

The man and his son were shot about 2 p.m. in Wrenn's Barbershop at 1005 8th St. SE, just south of the busy Barracks Row strip of restaurants and shops. 

The little boy was asleep in his father's lap, waiting to get his hair cut, when three men wearing masks entered the business and one man opened fire, police and witnesses said. Both the father and his son were hit. 

"At this time, we do believe this was not a random event," D.C. Assistant Police Chief Peter Newsham said.

Officers are seeking three men who drove off in a white SUV. No additional information on the suspects was immediately released. 

The little boy's socks, shoes and cartoon backpack still lay on the barbershop floor Friday evening. A bullet hole could be seen in the chair where he and his father sat.

"The boy is alert and I'm told he was able to talk at the hospital," Newsham said.

Stay with News4 for more details on this developing story.



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<![CDATA[Bethesda Group Helps Homeless People Weather Cold]]> Sat, 13 Feb 2016 10:57:36 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/021216+bethesda+homeless+supplies.jpg With temperatures dropping, an outreach group in Bethesda, Maryland, is helping homeless people weather the cold. Storm Team4's Amelia Segal reports. ]]> <![CDATA[Ohio Machete Attacker Watched by FBI 4 Years Ago]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 21:19:29 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/OhioMacheteAttack-AP_297086039208.jpg

The Ohio man who attacked four restaurant patrons with a machete and was later killed by police was under the attention of the FBI, NBC News reported.

Agents watched Mohamed Barry four years ago for making radical comments, but moved on, officials said. They did not elaborate on the nature of the radical comments.

Barry, 30, attacked patrons at Nazareth Restaurant and Deli in Columbus on Thursday. He was shot and killed by police after a chase following the rampage.

The survivors of the attack were identified as William Foley, 54, Neil McMeekin, 43, Gerald Russell, 43, and Debbie Russell, 43.

Police are still unclear as to what motivated the attack.



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<![CDATA[Albright Didn't Mean to Condemn Women Supporting Sanders]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 22:01:46 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Madeleine+Albright+Sanders.png

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said on Friday that she regretted the way her support for Hillary Clinton was perceived, NBC News reported.

"I have spent much of my career as a diplomat. It is an occupation in which words and context matter a great deal. So one might assume I know better than to tell a large number of women to go to hell," Albright said in an op-ed published in the New York Times, in which she renewed her call to women to support each other.

Albright said earlier that “there’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other,” a line she has used many times in the past.

During the Democratic debate on Thursday, Clinton shrugged off the comment and said she is running on her own experience.  



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<![CDATA[Car Seats and Cold Weather Warning]]> Sun, 14 Feb 2016 09:42:44 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000013680019_1200x675_622157891825.jpg If you have to head out in this frigid weather you'll likely bundle up your kids, but winter coats and car seats can be a dangerous combination. Consumer reporter Susan Hogan has a warning about strapping your kids into their car seats in cold weather.]]> <![CDATA['Top Chef' Contestant Opening DC Restaurant]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 22:15:41 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Shaw+Bijou.jpg Kwame Onwuachi is one of two local chefs competing on "Top Chef." News4's Meagan Fitzgerald spoke to him about the restaurant he is opening in D.C., the Shaw Bijou.

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<![CDATA[Man Helps Solve Own Disappearance]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 20:18:02 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/160212-edgar-latulip-larger-yh-1022a_828608684cca8b71cca091f66e86fbef.nbcnews-ux-600-700.jpg

A man missing nearly 30 years has been found alive, living just 80 miles away from where he disappeared. He had reportedly been suffering major memory loss due to a head injury.

Edgar Latulip vanished in September 1986 from a group home in Kitchener, Ontario. He was 21. According to local news reports at the time, Latulip, who had developmental delays, was being treated after attempting suicide.  

In January of this year, Latulip told a social worker in St. Catherines, Ontario, that he had a flashback and remembered his name.



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<![CDATA[Local High School Student Spends Week Learning in Antarctica]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 23:15:49 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000013680017_1200x675_622142531893.jpg Potomac High School senior Andrea Mares told News4 about her recent excursion to Antarctica.]]> <![CDATA[Police: Gang Initiation Attack Attempted in Arlington Park]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 23:09:28 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Quincy+Park+Stabbing.png

A teenager in Northern Virginia says he escaped an assault after another teen tried to stab him -- and told the victim the attack was a gang initiation.

The teen boy was cutting through Quincy Park about 8:40 p.m. Thursday in Arlington, Virginia. The park is located between Arlington’s Central Library and Washington-Lee High School, and a quick walk from the Virginia Square Metro station.

The victim was in the park when the attacker approached with a knife, police said.

"He brandished a weapon and told the victim he needed to do this as part of a gang initiation," Arlington police spokeswoman Ashley Savage said.

The victim was able to fight back and started to run, and then three other teens in the park began chasing him. He called the police when he got home and was not hurt, police said.

Police describe the attacker as a slim, white male teen about 5-foot-10. He may have an injury on his head, where the victim hit him. 

The three other teens with him were wearing gray hooded sweatshirts, police said.

Police continue to search for the attackers.

“What we really want to stress, especially at night, is do not cut through any areas that are dark or not well lit. For your own safety, stick to public areas that are well-traveled,” Savage said. 



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<![CDATA[Police: School Aide in Child Porn Case Victimized Children in Church]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 22:20:07 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Judge+Sylvania+Woods+Elementary+School.jpg

Police say two more children were victims of a school volunteer and youth choir director who they say made child pornography in a Maryland school -- bringing the total number of alleged victims so far to 14.

And, police say, one of the locations where Deonte Carraway victimized the children was a church.

Police have not yet identified the church or said what they believe Carraway did there. They said he's also accused of victimizing children in Judge Sylvania Woods Elementary, the Glenarden Municipal Center, the Theresa Banks Memorial Aquatic Center and in private homes.

Carraway, 24 and of Glenarden, is accused of having filmed "vile sexual acts" between children ages 9 to 13. Earlier Friday, sources told News4 that Carraway had a juvenile sex offense record from his early teens, sources say.

Sources told News4 on Friday about his apparent juvenile sex offense record. It wasn't immediately clear what the offense entailed.

Nothing criminal was found in Carraway's background check before he started working for the school in November 2014, officials have said.

Carraway was arrested Feb. 5 after after the uncle of a 9-year-old boy saw a disturbing image on the child's phone, in the app Kik, police said. Carraway admitted to being involved in producing child pornography, police said. 

On Friday, Carraway's family released a statement expressing their "extreme shock and deepest sorrow."

"As a family who loves him dearly, we must stress that we do not condone the behaviors in question that has victimized numerous families and brought unimaginable fear and sadness to our community as a whole. Our prayers and thoughts are with the innocent victims and their families during this trying time," the statement read in part.

The family said they were "in complete support of the ongoing legal investigation" and they will help law enforcement however they can.

Michelle Williams, the principal at Judge Sylvania Woods Elementary, has been placed on leave.

The family of the 9-year-old boy filed a lawsuit Wednesday, claiming the child was told by Carraway that he would be part of a "club" if he participated in sex acts the school volunteer filmed. 

The boy's family said misconduct by Carraway had been reported but that Williams took no action, saying teachers had no proof.

Prince George's County Public School officials told parents on Thursday officials will work to ensure children's safety.

"I, like many, was shocked, appalled, disgusted, and disheartened by the allegations that a former PGCPS employee harmed students and vulnerable children," school district CEO Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell said.

The family of another alleged victim, an 11-year-old boy in the choir at Judge Sylvania Woods named only as John Doe 2, filed for a class-action lawsuit on Thursday against the Prince George's County school board and the school's principal.

The family's lawyer, David Simpson, said the case against Carraway seems to be growing.

"Unfortunately, the more we keep looking, the more we keep finding and the broader the whole matter seems to be getting," he said.

Parents flocked to the school Thursday night for a meeting with administrators.

"We go to work hoping that everything is safe, and we don't feel any safety now," one father said.

Carraway's pastor, Dr. Henry Davis of First Baptist Church of Highland Park, said that looking back, he sees some red flags in the young man's behavior.

"The strange part was that I never knew his family. He used to come by himself," Davis said.

Carraway was always alone at the church, the pastor said.

Parents at Judge Sylvania Woods Elementary said at the school he was often surrounded by kids.

"He was just always around children -- at the playground, walking to and from school with them," mother Monique Ganntte previously said.

Anyone aware of other possible victims should call Prince George's County police at 301-772-4930, or the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI.

Carraway's family released the following statement:

"First and foremost, we would like to express our extreme shock and deepest sorrow over the actions of Deonte Carraway that have been reported over the last few days. As a family who loves him dearly, we must stress that we do not condone the behaviors in question that has victimized numerous families and brought unimaginable fear and sadness to our community as a whole. Our prayers and thoughts are with the innocent victims and their families during this trying time. We ask that the media takes into account that we are also victims of what has transpired and respect our privacy as we continue to cope with this new reality. Lastly, we want the public to know that we are in complete support of the ongoing legal investigation and will continue to assist law enforcement in any way we can. Please keep our family in your prayers."

Here's what PGCPS officials said in an update Thursday that they will do to keep students safe:

At the administrative level, PGCPS leaders met with the Judge Sylvania Woods community to share information on the incident and review policies and procedures for reporting abuse and suspicious activity. Counseling and psychological support will be provided to students and families upon request, and those services will remain in place as long as they are needed. A second meeting will take place at the school this evening.

Dr. Maxwell will also convene a taskforce of internal and external partners to review current policies and procedures and identify areas of immediate improvement. The district will also consult with national experts in this field to ensure the taskforce recommendations are aligned with best practices from across the country.

Next week, staff from the PGCPS Office of General Counsel will address principals during a systemic principals' meeting and review all laws, policies, and procedures related to an employee's obligation to report abuse and suspicious behavior.

At the school level, principals will hold mandatory meetings with staff to review the August 2015 training materials and October 2015 memorandum on procedures for reporting abuse and suspicious activities. Professional school counselors will reach out to students and conduct lessons in the classroom that address the differences between appropriate and inappropriate physical contact; personal body safety rules and when to use them; and how to identify trusted adults to whom they can report when they feel unsafe.

"We will work closely with our community partners and use all possible resources to foster a safe and supportive environment for all students and families," added Dr. Maxwell. "It goes without saying that these type of acts are intolerable and unacceptable."

If parents or community members have any additional information regarding this case, they should call 1-800-CALL-FBI.



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