<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Breaking News]]>Copyright 2017https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/breaking http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington https://www.nbcwashington.comen-usMon, 20 Nov 2017 09:10:48 -0500Mon, 20 Nov 2017 09:10:48 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Alabama GOP Senate Candidate Roy Moore Holds News Conference After Two New Accusers Emerge]]> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:25:12 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_ROY_MOORE_PRESSER_111617-151086703980900002.jpg

Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore held a news conference surrounded by religious leaders Thursday after two more women accused him of pursuing them when they were teenagers.

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<![CDATA[Senate Candidate Roy Moore Speaks at Baptist Church Amid Ongoing Scandal]]> Tue, 14 Nov 2017 23:25:29 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_ROY_MOORE_2-151071877962400002.jpg

The GOP Senate nominee from Alabama, Roy Moore, spoke for crowds at a Baptist church revival service Tuesday in Jackson, Alabama. Moore held the campaign event amid public allegations of sexual abuse from multiple women.

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<![CDATA[Deadly Shooting Spree Ends Near NorCal Elementary School]]> Tue, 14 Nov 2017 15:51:53 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+TEHAMA+SHOOTING+THUMB.jpg

At least five people, including the alleged gunman, have been killed following a shooting spree in Northern California that ended near an elementary school. Two children were wounded and have been transported to local area hospitals.

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<![CDATA[Transgender Woman Makes History With Virginia House Win]]> Fri, 10 Nov 2017 13:52:02 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+DANICA+ROEM+THUMB.jpg

Democrat Danica Roem made history Tuesday with her win for Virginia’s 13th District House of Delegates seat. She will be the 1st out transgender member of the House of Delegates and the 1st out transgender person to win and serve in a state legislature. Roem defeated long-serving GOP incumbent Bob Marshall, who refused to debate Roem during the campaign.

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<![CDATA[Former MLB Star Roy Halladay Dies in Florida Plane Crash]]> Tue, 07 Nov 2017 18:55:09 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/SAMPLE+TIMELINE.00_00_04_02.Still002.jpg

Former MLB pitcher Roy Halladay died when his plane crashed on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in the Gulf of Mexico near Tampa, Florida. He was 40.

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<![CDATA[Texas Officials: Church Shooter Had 'Mission and Purpose']]> Mon, 06 Nov 2017 20:30:33 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+SHOOTING+PRESSER+THUMB.jpg

The gunman who killed 26 at a Texas church had a “mission” and a “purpose,” law enforcement officials said. The gunman was shot twice before shooting himself in the head, officials said.

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<![CDATA[President Trump Calls Terrorism Suspect an 'Animal']]> Wed, 01 Nov 2017 14:50:33 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DIT+TRUMP+REAX+THUMB.jpg

During a cabinet meeting Wednesday, President Trump referred to terrorism suspect Sayfullo Saipov as an "animal," and called for "swift justice" instead of regular due process.

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<![CDATA[‘Cowardly Act of Terror’: 8 Dead After Truck Rams Crowded NYC Bike Path]]> Tue, 31 Oct 2017 19:33:20 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DIT+NYC+INCIDENT+103117+THUMB.jpg

At least eight people were killed and at least a dozen were injured after a truck driver deliberately mowed down pedestrians, cyclists and a school bus in lower Manhattan Tuesday in what authorities called a "cowardly act of terror."

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<![CDATA[American-Canadian Family Out of Captivity After 5 Years]]> Thu, 12 Oct 2017 10:35:45 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DIT+US+HOSTAGES+FREE+THUMB.jpg

American Caitlan Coleman, her Canadian husband Joshua Boyle and their three children have been released by a Taliban-linked group after being held captive for five years. The couple was captured while hiking near Kabul, Afghanistan in 2012 and held by the Haqqani network. Coleman was pregnant at the time and gave birth to three children while in captivity.

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<![CDATA[Video Captures Dramatic Moment During Mexico Quake]]> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 18:02:25 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DIT+MEXICO+EARTHQUAKE+SB.jpg

Ana Paula Hernandez captured the moment a deadly 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck Mexico as she attempted to hide under her office desk.

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<![CDATA[Deadly 7.1 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Mexico]]> Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:26:47 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DIT_MEXICO_EARTHQUAKE_091917_1-150585103631000002.jpg

A magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck Mexico Tuesday in the state of Puebla, which is about 80 miles southeast of Mexico City. This latest quake comes less than two weeks after an 8.1 earthquake hit the country, killing nearly 100 people.

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<![CDATA[Japan Reacts to North Korean Missile Fired Over Country]]> Fri, 15 Sep 2017 15:26:03 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DIT+JAPAN+REAX+NK+MISSILE+THUMB.jpg

North Korea fired another missile over Japan Friday. The missile flew over the island of Hakkaido and landed in the Pacific Ocean. Experts estimate the ballistic missile flew over 2,300 miles, which would mean it is capable of reaching Guam.

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<![CDATA[Hurricane Irma’s Path of Destruction]]> Fri, 08 Sep 2017 14:53:16 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+Hurricane+Irma+THUMB2.jpg

Hurricane Irma has cut a huge path of destruction through several Caribbean islands on its path toward the United States. See what the aftermath looked like as some of those islands began to recover.

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<![CDATA[Ahead of Irma, Florida’s Key Largo Is a Ghost Town]]> Fri, 08 Sep 2017 15:25:05 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DIT+IRMA+KEY+LARGO+THUMB.jpg

A time-lapse video of the drive north on US-1 from Key Largo shows near-empty roads after Floridians evacuated ahead of Hurricane Irma. The storm is expected to slam into the area early Sunday morning as a Category 4 storm.

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<![CDATA[Cellphone Video of Hurricane Irma Over Turks And Caicos]]> Fri, 08 Sep 2017 09:33:08 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DIT+HURRICANE+IRMA+TURKS+CAICOS+THUMB.jpg

Dramatic cellphone video captures Hurricane Irma as it approached Turks and Caicos. The storm is responsible for at least 11 deaths and is expected to hit Miami early Sunday morning.

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<![CDATA[Photos: Deadly Terrorist Attacks in Barcelona, Cambrils]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:14:03 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-833993788.jpg At least 14 people were killed and many more injured in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, after a white van jumped a curb and slammed into people on a busy sidewalk, police said. The alleged driver fled the scene of the crash. South of Barcelona in Cambrils, police killed five suspects after authorities said they also drove a car into people, injuring six, in a linked attack. Those suspects wore fake bombs.

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<![CDATA[Country Music Artist Glen Campbell Dies at 81]]> Tue, 08 Aug 2017 16:49:31 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DIT+GLEN+CAMPBELL+DEATH+THUMB.jpg

Country music legend Glen Campbell died Tuesday following a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. The musician was 81. During his recording career, Campbell released more than 70 albums and sold more than 45 million records, including the popular hits “Gentle on My Mind” and “Rhinestone Cowboy.”

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<![CDATA[Explosion at Minneapolis School]]> Wed, 02 Aug 2017 17:15:24 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DIT_MINNEAPOLIS_SCHOOL_EXPLOSION_080217-150169756219600001.jpg

One person has been found dead and another is still unaccounted for after an explosion Wednesday morning caused the partial collapse of a Minneapolis college prep school. Authorities say it was a natural gas explosion.

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<![CDATA[May: UK Threat Level Raised to Critical]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 17:20:48 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/TheresaMay-149557577419400001.jpg

Prime Minister Theresa May announced the United Kingdom's threat level has been raised from severe to critical, its highest level, on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, a day after a suicide bombing in Manchester left 22 dead and 59 wounded.

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<![CDATA[Trump Denies Asking Comey to Close Flynn Probe]]> Thu, 18 May 2017 16:53:13 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DIT+TRUMP+PRESSER+051817THUMB.jpg

President Donald Trump responded to questions about the Russia investigation at a news conference Thursday with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. Trump denied the allegation that he urged former FBI Director James Comey to back off his investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.

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<![CDATA[Egyptian Forces Clear Cairo Mosque of Protesters]]> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 11:29:27 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/egypt+protests1.JPG
Egyptian security forces cleared a Cairo mosque Saturday where protesters had taken refuge and organized an open-air morgue and makeshift field hospital for injured supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi. As military forces encircled the al-Fath mosque in Ramses Square, gunman positioned on the mosque's minaret fired on the forces below, triggering the ouster of pro-Morsi protesters, The Associated Press reported. Security officials said the raid was prompted by fears that the Muslim Brotherhood planned to stage a sit-in at Ramses Square similar to those broken up by the military on Wednesday. Also Saturday, disturbing video emerged showing an apparently unarmed protester being shot with his arms raised as he walked toward armored vehicles. With Egypt's death toll rising to 800 over four days of violence, the country's interim government said it was mulling whether to ban the Brotherhood. The group, which rose to power in Egypt's first democratic elections a year ago, has been banned for most of its 85-year history, the AP reported.
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<![CDATA[5 Women Die in Limousine Fire on Calif. Bridge]]> Mon, 06 May 2013 05:34:03 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/limofirenew.jpg

Five women in their 30s died Saturday night when a stretch limousine burst into flames on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge over the San Francisco Bay, police confirmed to NBC News.

Four other people in the limo escaped with burn and smoke inhalation injuries, California Highway Patrol Officer Art Montiel said. The car's driver was unhurt. 

Montiel said the women were "probably killed by the fire," though the cause of death has not been confirmed, NBC News reported.

Witnesses told NBC Bay Area the white Lincoln Town Car was not involved in an accident prior to catching on fire. It was not clear what could have sparked the flames. 

The car was driving from Alameda to Foster City, Montiel said.

When asked if an "explosion" had occurred, Montiel told NBC News it was unconfirmed, however he did say the "vehicle was partially engulfed."'

A viewer named David Solomon sent in the picture above that he said of was of the limo.

The fire was first reported around 10 p.m. in the third lane of westbound state Highway 92, according to the California Highway Patrol. 

The bridge, located about 20 miles southeast of San Francisco, connects San Mateo and Alemada counties. The westbound lanes were closed for several hours.

 

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<![CDATA[4-Year-Old Girl Struck by Car in Germantown]]> Sat, 09 Mar 2013 21:28:30 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/police+line+yellow+%5Bgenericsla%5D.jpg

A 4-year-old girl is in the hospital after being struck by a vehicle in Montgomery County, Maryland.

It happened Saturday on the 11600 block of Summer Oak in Germantown. Officials say the girl suffered serious injuries and was flown to a local trauma center. The driver of the striking vehicle stayed on the scene, according to police.

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<![CDATA[White House Press Secretary Discusses Conn. School Shooting]]> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 11:55:05 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/whitehouse4.jpg White House Press Secretary Jay Carney discusses Friday's mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.

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<![CDATA[Arrest in Vanessa Pham Murder]]> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 09:49:17 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Vanessa+Pham.jpeg

Fairfax County police arrested a man in the June 2010 murder of 19-year-old Vanessa Pham.

U.S. marshals picked up 27-year-old Julio Miguel Blanco-Garcia, of Falls Church, Thursday shortly after noon at a house under construction in Vienna, where Garcia was working. They turned him over to Fairfax County police. He was charged with murder and questioned.

Pham was found dead on Arlington Boulevard in Falls Church, Va. Her car was found in a ditch. She had been stabbed multiple times in the upper body.

In surveillance video showing Pham driving her car at the Fairfax Plaza Shopping Center just before her murder, she did not appear to be in distress.

Investigators developed Garcia as a suspect earlier this week through analysis of forensic evidence, police said. Garcia had several prior arrests for public drunkenness and petty larceny. according to authorities.

He was scheduled for an information hearing Friday, but it was rescheduled for Dec. 21 because he didn't have an attorney yet.

Lt. Col. James Morris, Fairfax County's acting chief of police, said they do not believe Garcia and Pham knew each other.

Stay with News4 and NBCWashington.com for updates as they become available.

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<![CDATA[Life Without Parole in 12-Year-Old's Death]]> Mon, 03 Dec 2012 20:23:58 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/hang-nguyen-composite-high.jpg

A Maryland man was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole in the death of his 12-year-old stepdaughter.

David Hang, 43, was found guilty of first-degree murder in August in the stabbing death of Jessica Nguyen, a sixth-grade student at Gaithersburg Middle School.

Hang stabbed and cut Jessica more than 40 times with a small sword in her family’s Gaithersburg home in May 2011, prosecutors said.

In court Monday,  Hang maintained his innocence, News4's Chris Gordon reported.

"I will tell you that I was offended personally by the comments of Mr. Hang, who did not testify in his own trial but took today's opportunity, without being subject to cross examination, to put forth what was his defense," Montgomery County State's Attorney John McCarthy said.

Judge Sharon Burrell passed down the most severe sentence possible due to the brutal nature of the crime, Gordon reported. In Maryland, the death penalty is only a possibility if there were multiple murder victims.

"This child had not a chance, and this man was armed with a weapon, and the savagery in the killing made this sentence absolutely just and fair," McCarthy said.

Jessica's sister Belinda, who found Jessica's body in the basement of the home, said she will be haunted the rest of her life.

DNA lifted from the small sword's sheath found at the crime scene helped lead police to Hang in October 2011. A bloody boot print found at the scene also matched Hang, police said, and Hang, who was a Ride On bus driver in Montgomery County, had taken off from work the afternoon of the murder.

Prosecutors argued that Jessica’s mother had an "immigration sham-like marriage" with Hang, and Hang was angry she would not let him out of it. Despite not getting the divorce he wanted, he married a new wife and wanted to get her medical insurance, prosecutors said.

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<![CDATA[Comptroller Wants People to "Shop Maryland"]]> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 21:04:45 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/222*120/th11.jpg

The holiday shopping season is in full swing, and Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot is encouraging residents to "Shop Maryland for the Holidays" this year.

Visiting local shops today in Bethesda, he kicked off his annual tour throughout the state promoting small business patronage.

“There is something to be said for the personal interactions with other shoppers and store employees at the holidays. It’s warm and inviting, unlike a cold, unfeeling computer,” Franchot said. “Plus when you shop in state and support your community businesses, you are bound to find great deals and help the more than 500,000 Marylanders employed in our state’s retail sector. And really, isn’t the spirit of the holidays all about helping others and kindness?”

Downtown Bethesda is the first of several stops on the comptroller’s tour to promote the great retailers and community shopping areas throughout the state. In the coming weeks he will visit other communities such as Reisterstown (Baltimore County), Cumberland (Allegany County), Chestertown (Kent County) and Leonardtown (St. Mary’s County). In past years, the comptroller has shopped in Queenstown, Hunt Valley, Baltimore City, Takoma Park, Cumberland, Annapolis, Hagerstown, Easton and Salisbury.

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<![CDATA[1 Child, 3 Adults Killed in Car Crash]]> Sun, 18 Nov 2012 18:20:44 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/police-line-generic722.jpg

Four people, including a child, are dead after an accident in Anne Arundel County Sunday afternoon.

It happened around 1:30 p.m. on Marley Neck Road near Freeman Shores Road in Glen Burnie. Officials say two motor vehicles collided. Three adults and one child were killed in the crash, according to investigators.

Traffic safety is currently investigating the cause of the accident. Police have not yet revealed the ages or names of the victims.
 



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<![CDATA[Bowie St. Defense Atty: "We Are Very Gratified"]]> Fri, 16 Nov 2012 17:05:10 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/bowie-composite1.jpg

A jury found former Bowie State student Alexis Simpson not guilty on all seven counts in the fatal stabbing of her roommate Dominique Frazier in September 2011.

The jury got the case Thursday afternoon and had a verdict in about three hours.

Simpson left the court house in Prince George's County without speaking to the media, but her attorney spoke on her behalf.

"This is a self-defense case," said defense attorney Christopher Griffiths. "Alexis, in my mind, there is no question, acted in self defense. We are very gratified by the verdict."

Prosecutor Tara Jackson said the jury did its job. "We did the very best we knew how to do -- we presented the evidence as it was, and the jury gave us their verdict."

Simpson, 20, took the stand in her own defense Thursday morning. On Sept. 15, students were preparing for a homecoming comedy show when Simpson and Frazier got into an altercation over loud music playing from the victim’s iPod.

It would be the last in a series of disagreements the two had had that semester.

“She (Dominique) slammed the door and hit me in my face with the door pretty hard … It caused my head to jerk," Simpson testified. "She opened her door and stepped out … She said 'What’s up?' and started to swing. She uppercut me while holding my hair.”

Other witnesses testified that Simpson was the one to throw the first punch. After that initial fight, Simpson went to her room looking for her inhaler, she said.

Her attorney asked: "Did you take anything else out of your room?"

Simpson replied: "Yes, a knife ... It was a pocket knife."

Simpson described the moments leading up to the actual stabbing.

“Kiaira (Johnson, the victim’s friend) began to attack, pulling me by my hair, and I was scared," she testified, sometimes crying. "I did not know what they were going to do next. They continued to hit me, so I swung the knife … Then Dominique stopped swinging and grabbed her neck and blood was coming out, and I just wanted to help her.”

Simpson said she tried to call 911 and when the call didn’t go through, she followed Dominique as she stumbled to the hallway

“I laid down next to her and put my hand on her neck so blood wouldn’t come out," Simpson said. "I started to panic... There was foam coming out of her mouth… I didn’t know what to do.”

During cross examination Wednesday -- Day 2 of Simpson’s trial -- the state’s first witness, Frazier’s friend Kiaira Johnson, described what she saw when the stabbing happened.

“I didn’t even see the knife, but when Dominique hit her, the girl had the knife in her hand,” Johnson said. “I don’t think she meant to cut Dominique, but it just happened.”

Simpson and Frazier stopped getting along soon after the beginning of the school year.

In opening statements Tuesday, the attorney for the defense said Simpson told dorm management, “They are threatening me, and I’m afraid they are going to jump me … I just want to change rooms.” That request was denied.

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<![CDATA[Baby Rushed From Metro to Hospital Pronounced Dead]]> Wed, 24 Oct 2012 14:22:52 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/219*120/PHI+generic+ambulance+350+for+city+worker+shot.jpg

A newborn baby was pronounced dead at Children's National Medical Center Wednesday morning after being rushed from a Metro station.

D.C. Fire and EMS was called to L'Enfant after 8 a.m. for a report of an unconscious baby. Medics attempted to resuscitate the child.

There was no sign of trauma, but the cause of death is awaiting the autopsy, according to the fire department.

The Metropolitan Police Department is investigating.

The child was four days old, according to Metro.

Stay with News4 and NBCWashington.com for more information as it becomes available.



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<![CDATA[1 Killed in Crash With Metrobus]]> Sat, 20 Oct 2012 07:34:50 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/FATALAX.jpg

One person is dead after a car and a Metrobus collided in Seat Pleasant, Md., according to Prince George's County police said.

The bus was struck from behind by one of two Mercedes Benzes that appeared to be racing, according to Metro. The striking vehicle then burst into flames.

Police have identified the deceased driver as 22-year-old Cleon David Wills of Bowie.

About 45 passengers were on the bus when the crash occurred at around 9:30 p.m. at the intersection of Central Avenue and Soper Lane. Police said that eight people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries, none of which appeared to be serious.

The other Mercedes spun out and stayed at the scene, according to Metro. Two occupants of that car were taken into custody on suspicion of DUI. Investigators say that speed and alcohol appeared to be the two main factors in the crash.

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<![CDATA[SUV Driver to Be Charged in Fatal Officer Crash]]> Fri, 19 Oct 2012 23:46:26 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/police-crash21.jpg

The driver of an SUV involved in a crash that killed an off-duty police officer will be charged, Prince George's County Police Chief Mark Magaw said Friday.

Officer Kevin Bowden, 28, was driving northbound on Branch Avenue when he was involved in a collision with an SUV at Surratts Road about 3 p.m. Thursday. His cruiser was forced into a utility pole.

"The preliminary investigation reveals that the actions of the driver of the SUV... caused the collision," Magaw said in a press conference Friday. "The driver had originally been in the left turn lane and at some point made a decision to cross several lanes of traffic, colliding with Officer Bowden's cruiser."

Following the crash, Bowden was taken to Southern Maryland Hospital Center, where he succumbed to his injuries.

The driver of the SUV, a 61-year-old woman, was taken to Prince George's Hospital Center. She remains hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. Investigators performed routine toxicology tests, but the results are not available yet, Magaw said.

Authorities were in contact with the state's attorney's office Friday morning. "They have been briefed on this case," Magaw said.

Investigators are continuing to look into all potential causes of the crash.

Based on physical evidence at the scene, Bowden's cruiser was likely traveling above the speed limit, Magaw said. The exact speed has not been determined, but Magaw said the information will become available in the future.

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Authorities have also determined that Bowden was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash.

This was the second fatal crash involving a Prince George's County officer who wasn't wearing his seatbelt in the past two months.

Officer Adrian Morris, 23, died after his cruiser ran off Interstate 95 while he and his partner were pursuing theft suspects Aug. 20.

During Friday's press conference, Magaw said he is very concerned about this issue. Seatbelts have to be worn in accordance with Maryland state law, Magaw said.

"This is a critical piece that we can control, frankly," he said. "There are so many things in this profession we can’t control. We have to control the things we can."

The department will begin a new safety campaign in December to raise awareness of seatbealt use among officers.

Born and raised in Cinton, Bowden was a graduate of Surrattsville High School. He was a six-year veteran of District 4 and leaves behind two children, ages 11 and 5.

"He was loved by his community and his department," Magaw said.

A statement from County Executive Rushern Baker on Thursday read, "Our county government, every community and every citizen of Prince George’s County grieves again this evening. Nearly two months to the day, we have lost another Prince George’s County Police Department officer, Kevin Bowden, as a result of a serious automobile accident. Our condolences go out to Officer Bowden’s family, friends and the Prince George’s County Police Department."

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<![CDATA[Police Officer Killed in Crash]]> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 21:45:24 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Deceased+Prince+Georges+Officer+Vigil+Salute+Close.jpg

UPDATED: An off-duty Prince George's County police officer was killed in a crash in Maryland Thursday afternoon.

Off-duty Officer Kevin Bowden was driving northbound on Branch Avenue when he was involved in a collision with an SUV at Surratts Road about 3 p.m., Prince George's County Police Chief Mark Magaw said. His cruiser was forced into a utility pole.

Witnesses told police the cruiser was cut off, but police have not determined if that caused the crash, Magaw said.

Bowden was taken to Southern Maryland Hospital Center where he succumbed to his injuries. He was 28 years old.

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Bowden was a six-year veteran of the force, according to Prince George's officials who spoke at a press conference this evening. Bowden leaves behind a 10-year-old son and a 6-year-old daughter.

Branch Avenue was closed in both directions while police investigated, backing up rush hour traffic.

This is the second serious crash involving a Prince George's County officer in two months. Officer Adrian Morris, 23, died after his cruiser ran off Interstate 95 while he and his partner were pursuing theft suspects Aug. 20.

“Our county government, every community and every citizen of Prince George’s County grieves again this evening," read a statement from County Executive Rushern Baker. "Nearly two months to the day, we have lost another Prince George’s County Police Department officer, Kevin Bowden, as a result of a serious automobile accident. Our condolences go out to Officer Bowden’s family, friends and the Prince George’s County Police Department."

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<![CDATA[Boy Falls From 9th Floor Apartment]]> Fri, 12 Oct 2012 09:39:58 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/boy-fall-still-10-11-12.jpg

A child fell out a window on the ninth floor of an apartment building in Silver Spring, Md., Thursday afternoon, according to Montgomery County police.

A tree helped break the 4-year-old boy's fall in the 8800 block of Piney Branch Road about 3:15 p.m., News4's Shomari Stone reported.

The woman who found the child said he was crying in a bush. She didn’t know who his family was, so she called 911, Stone reported.

He suffered head injuries and a broken femur and was taken to Children’s Hospital in serious condition, according to Montgomery County Fire and Rescue.

Family members were in the apartment when the boy fell, Stone reported.

Police and Child Protective Services are investigating the circumstances of the fall.

Stay with News4 and NBCWashington.com for the latest.

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<![CDATA[Nats Clinch NL East Title]]> Thu, 04 Oct 2012 20:29:09 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Washington-Nats-P1.jpg

The following sentiment is something I'm sure Washington sports fans never thought they'd extend: Thank you, Pittsburgh.

The Nationals did not defeat the Philadelphia Phillies Monday, but the Atlanta Braves' 2-1 loss to the Pirates gave the Nats their first-ever division title in D.C. and D.C. its first title in the Major Leagues since 1933. Philadelphia defeated Washington 2-0, but that didn't stop the latter from popping bottles of champagne in the locker room.

With the division wrapped up, the Nationals will now wait for their National League Division Series opponent to be determined. They could either face the Braves or St. Louis Cardinals, who will likely face each other in a one-game playoff Friday, or the San Francisco Giants. 

That depends on whether or not Washington finishes with the National League's best record. The Cincinnati Reds, who entered Monday tied with the Nationals for that distinction, lost 4-2 to the Cardinals to fall one game back. Washington holds the tiebreaker due to more head-to-head victories, so Cincinnati must finish with a better record to earn the No. 1 seed. 

Because of an odd scheduling quirk this year, the Nationals will begin their postseason debut on the road for the first two games. Games 3, 4 and 5 (4 and 5 if necessary) will be held at Nationals Park.


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<![CDATA[NY Murder Suspect Found in Shenandoah Co.]]> Sat, 29 Sep 2012 07:40:00 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Anthony+Robert+Taglianetti+II.jpg

The suspect in the murder of a schools superintendent in western New York was apprehended by the U.S. Marshals Service Friday.

Partnered for the search, Deputy U.S. Marshal John Doss and a Harrisonburg police officer spotted Anthony Robert Taglianetti II's vehicle in the Fort Valley Road area, stopped him and took him in to custody without incident late Friday afternoon. Various leads led them to patrol the area.

The nationwide manhunt for the 42-year-old father of four from Woodbridge, Va., led investigators to Virginia after reports he was in Prince William County earlier this week. He was wanted in connection with the homicide of 51-year-old Keith Reed Jr.

Police found Reed, who was the superintendent in the small town of Clymer, N.Y., shot to death behind his home Monday.

At a press conference Thursday afternoon, authorities said they believe Reed was targeted and that it was an isolated incident.

Sources told News4 Reed was an acquaintance of Taglianetti's wife. Records show Reed was divorced, but his neighbors said he'd spoken of a fiancee with young children who lived several hours away.

Taglianetti received survival training while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, but an official at Quantico said there is no record he received sniper training as was previously reported on News4 and NBCWashington.com.

The U.S. Marshals Service will turn Taglianetti over to New York law enforcement.

The Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office assisted in the search.

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<![CDATA[New Details in Capitol Hill Beating]]> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 21:19:05 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/MASLIN.jpg

The Metropolitan Police Department arrested three people in the brutal beating of a man near Eastern Market in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, officials announced Wednesday night.

Tommy Tyrone Branch, 21, of Fort Washington, Md.; 18-year-old Michael Moore, of Landover, Md., and a juvenile male were charged with armed robbery. The juvenile, 17-year-old Sunny Kuti, was charged as an adult. All are being held without bond.

Additional charges will be brought in the beating of 29-year-old Thomas Maslin, police said.

Maslin’s wife, Abby, said her husband is aware of the arrests. She showed him a news report Thursday.

“He was pretty astounded,” she said.

Maslin was nearly beaten to death a few weeks ago. A passerby found him on the porch of a house in the 700 block of North Carolina Avenue about 8:30 a.m. Aug. 18, almost eight hours after the attack.

Maslin had left the Tune Inn at Fourth Street and Pennsylvania in Southeast about 12:30 a.m. to walk home. At 12:57 a.m., someone attempted to use his credit card at the Exxon station in the 1200 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE.

About 3:30 a.m., three individuals were arrested for the alleged robbery of cellphones from three men on 18th Street. Investigators found the three cellphones as well as a black iPhone. The three suspects were charged with armed robbery but were released by a judge into a high-intensity supervision program, the Associated Press reported.

Days later, police released surveillance video showing three people in a silver Hyundai at the Exxon station where there was an attempt to use Maslin's credit card.

A tip received Sept. 21 led police to the Hyundai and its owner -- Branch. That’s when the black iPhone was examined and determined to belong to Maslin after it had been sitting in the property control division for a month, News4's Jackie Bensen reported.

Anyone with knowledge of the incident should call police at 202-727-9099 or text 50411.



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<![CDATA[Flights Delayed Due to Bomb Threat at Dulles]]> Tue, 25 Sep 2012 12:37:44 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Dulles+Airport+Delays+Bomb+Sniffing+Dogs+Andrew+Pedersen+092412.jpeg

A bomb threat at Dulles International Airport Monday night caused multiple flight delays, though a search found nothing suspicious.

The threat seemed to focus on two daily parking garages, and was received about 9 p.m. Police began searching the garages; a little after 11 p.m., the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority tweeted that the investigation had "negative results" and that the two garages were reopening.

Earlier, police had also searched terminals, but again, nothing was found. Passengers reported seeing bomb-sniffing dogs in terminals during the search.

By 11 p.m., all terminals were open and flights are operating normally, according to Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority representative Kim Gibbs.

However, earlier Monday evening, MWAA had asked all airlines not to approach terminal gates because of a security threat, according to a United Airlines spokesperson. Several departing flights were delayed.

MWAA denied passengers' reports of being told to evacuate at least one plane.

Below, see the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority's Tweets about Monday's events.



Photo Credit: Andrew Pedersen]]>
<![CDATA[CSX Train Derails in Ellicot City]]> Tue, 21 Aug 2012 06:34:22 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/ellicottcitytrainderailment.JPG Two dead in CSX Train Derailment]]> <![CDATA[Planes Touch at Dulles]]> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 17:35:06 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/50800426.jpg

Two planes came in contact with each other at Dulles International Airport Friday afternoon.

The right wing of Lufthansa Airbus 330 departing for Frankfurt, Germany, struck the tail of Colgan Flight 3912 operating as United Express and arriving from Pittsburgh as it taxied near Gate A about 3:20 p.m.

The arriving commuter flight was able to continue to the gate, and its 68 passengers safely deplaned.

The 183 passengers on the Lufthansa flight were taken off that plane, which maintenance is examinging to determine if it can fly. There's no word on when that inspection will be complete.

No injuries were reported.

Stay with News4 and NBCWashington.com for updates as they become available.



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<![CDATA[Teen's Hand Stuck in Metro Escalator]]> Tue, 17 Jul 2012 21:26:51 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Hand+Caught+in+Metro+Escalator.jpg

A 14-year-old boy's hand got stuck in a Metro escalator Tuesday evening.

The boy, who is from Canada and is visiting D.C. with his family, got four fingers caught at the bottom of an escalator at the National Mall entrance of the Smithsonian Metro Station after 8 p.m.

According to Metro, the teen's hand got stuck when he was trying to free his flip-flop, which got caught first.

He was conscious and breathing as crews worked for about 40 minutes to free his hand. He was taken to an area hospital.

The escalator remains out of service for evaluation but will probably be placed back in service Wednesday.

Stay with News4 and NBCWashington.com for updates as they become available.



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