<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Local News]]>Copyright 2018https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington https://www.nbcwashington.comen-usThu, 19 Jul 2018 07:31:12 -0400Thu, 19 Jul 2018 07:31:12 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Virginia Man Pleads Guilty in Deadly Drunk Driving Crash]]> Thu, 19 Jul 2018 06:15:59 -0400 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/andre+glenn.jpg

A Virginia man is facing a dozen years in prison for a drunk driving crash that killed one of his passengers. 

Andre Michael Glenn, 27, of Sterling, Virginia, pleaded guilty Tuesday to involuntary manslaughter, driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license. 

On February 20, 2017, Glenn attended a party at a restaurant with some friends and co-workers. As the party wrapped up, he offered to take a few people home. 

According to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, Glenn was driving northbound on Route 28 when he allowed his jeep to drift to the right. Glenn hit his brakes to avoid hitting a concrete divider, but it was too late. 

Glenn's jeep crashed into the lane divider anyway and veered to the left. He then overcorrected to the right, causing the jeep to roll over several times. 

When deputies arrived at the scene at about 2 a.m., the found two women who had been ejected from the jeep. One of them was Gabrielle Miranda Perry. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The other woman suffered serious, but non-life-threatening injuries. 

Glenn and another male passenger were not seriously injured. 

After evaluating Glenn, deputies noticed he had bloodshot eyes, alcohol on his breath and was so unsteady on his feet that he had to be assisted.

Investigators say Glenn's blood alcohol content was well over the .08 legal limit. Officers also discovered that he was driving with a license that was suspended on February 2016. 

Glenn faces up to twelve years in prison when he is sentenced Oct. 19. He is being held without bond.



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<![CDATA[2 Women Killed by CSX Train in Germantown]]> Thu, 19 Jul 2018 05:23:52 -0400 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/csx+fatal+crash.jpg

Two woman have died after a CSX train struck them in Germantown, Maryland, police say.

The crash happened just before 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in the area of Waring Station Road and Peach Crest Drive, Montgomery County police said.

Investigators say the women were in the area of the tracks when they were struck. Police do not know why the victims were in that area. 

Police say the train operators saw the woman, sounded the train's how and applied the breakes, but it was too late. 

The victims have not been identified. The incident is under investgation. 



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<![CDATA[Ford Recalls Vehicles Over Roll Away Risk]]> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 21:46:47 -0400 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/Ford_Recalls_Vehicles_Over_Roll_Away_Risk.jpg

Ford issued a safety recall involving more than a half million cars after more than 30 customers complained their cars could roll away without warning. Consumer Reporter Susan Hogan has the important safety information.

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<![CDATA[Brothers Arrested in Stabbing at Gaithersburg Hotel]]> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 21:28:14 -0400 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/sean+wilson+robert+wilson+diptych.jpg

Two brothers have been charged in a hotel stabbing and robbery in Gaithersburg, Maryland, police say.

Sean Wilson, 31, and Robert Wilson, 33, assaulted and tried to rob a woman and a man at the Extended Stay America hotel on Professional Drive on Sunday, Montgomery County police said in a release Monday.

Police said the brothers attacked the man with a baseball bat and a knife then attacked the woman with the bat. A hotel employee who heard the attack called the police.

Officers found the victims in their hotel room with non-life threatening injuries and then found the Wilsons in a separate hotel room suffering from non-life threatening injuries they got during the assault.

Investigators believe the Wilson brothers knew the victims.

The Wilsons were arrested after they were released from the hospital and charged with home invasion robbery, two counts each of first-degree assault and two counts each of second-degree assault.

Robert Wilson is being held without bond. Sean Wilson was released after posting a $5,000 bond.



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<![CDATA[Straw Bans Raise Concerns for People With Disabilities]]> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 20:30:24 -0400 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/People_With_Disabilities_Raise_Concerns_About_Straw_Ban.jpg

Since companies like Marriott and Starbucks have announced plans to ban plastic straws, many people with disabilities have spoken out against the movement. News4's Aimee Cho spoke with one woman with muscular dystrophy who said she depends on straws to drink.

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<![CDATA[School Bus Video Was Key Evidence in Fatal Food Truck Crash]]> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 20:10:43 -0400 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/food+truck+crash1.jpg

Video from a school bus showing a food truck speed by the bus and two children became key evidence in the case of a fatal crash that took place moments later.

Driving a red, converted school bus for his company Dane's Great American Hamburger, Tony Dane ran a stop sign on Evergreen Mills Road in Leesburg about 4:50 p.m. Sept. 8, 2017, police said. He slammed into an Audi station wagon carrying a family of five. Erin Kaplan, 39, was killed. Her teenage son, Ben, her two daughters and her mother also were hurt.

Moments earlier, the food truck roared past a school bus driven by Charity Dokos, who stopped to drop off two students. Dokos slammed on the horn, and those children froze as the food truck nearly hit them.

"Did you see what that was?" Dokos is heard saying on the video. "Oh my God."

As she continued on her route, she came upon something worse: the scene of the fatal crash.

"There is an accident at Evergreen Mills Road," Dokos reported. "The vehicle is one that ran my red lights and almost hit two of my kids."

A recording of investigators interviewing Dane at a hospital revealed he knew his brakes were failing but kept driving until it was too late.

"When I tried to stop my brakes, just went right to the floorboard," he said.

A judge sentenced the owner of the food truck, Tony Dane, to 11-and-a-half years in prison last week.

Others had complained the intersection was dangerous before the crash, and the county will release the results of safety audit to the community next week.

Dokos said she is haunted each time she drives past the intersection.

"It is a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach, and I will tell you, both those times during the day, I pray for the people involved," she said.

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<![CDATA[Parents Mourn Deaths of 2 Young Women in Reston Crash]]> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 19:16:14 -0400 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Parents_Mourn_Deaths_of_2_Young_Women_in_Reston_Crash.jpg

Tonnisha McCoy, 21, and Joselyn Herndon, 23, were killed in a car crash early Sunday on Fairfax County Parkway in Reston. Both women had bright fugures. Herndon had a daughter. News4's David Culver reports.

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<![CDATA[Man Says Frisk by D.C. Police Felt Like Sexual Assault]]> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 20:20:10 -0400 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/MB+Cottingham.jpg

A D.C. man feels like a police officer sexually assaulted him during a search recorded by a friend’s cellphone on the man’s 39th birthday.

The American Civil Liberties Union of D.C. filed a lawsuit against the officer Wednesday, accusing him of “an unconstitutional and exceeding invasive” search “without a warrant, reasonable suspicion or probable cause.”

M.B. Cottingham said he was hanging out with friends in front of his aunt’s house in southwest D.C. the afternoon of Sept. 27 when police stopped to question them.

When officers asked if they had any weapons, they said they did not, according to the lawsuit.

When asked about a bulge in his sock, Cottingham presented a legal amount of marijuana, according to the lawsuit. He then asked if police wanted him to do the “hokey pokey,” street slang for turning around and holding one’s shirt up to show they aren’t armed.

Officer Sean Lojacono had him turn around and started to search him. The lawsuit says Lojacono then touched Cottingham’s butt and genitals.

Cellphone video shows the officer touching his butt and crotch.

“You just stuck your finger in my a--,” Cottingham is heard saying on the video. “Yeah, don’t do that. He stuck his finger in my crack. Man, don’t do that, man.”

The officer then cuffed Cottingham behind his back, had him spread his legs and resumed searching.

Cottingham reacted again and said, “Stop fingering me, bro.”

“I’m outside your pants, bro,” the officer said. “Relax.”

Cottingham later is heard saying the officer was trying to emasculate him.

When the search was over, the officer uncuffed Cottingham, police poured out an open bottle of alcohol and left the area.

“I was sexually assaulted by the officer, in my opinion,” Cottingham told News4.

He said the officer made the encounter more traumatic with what he said over his loudspeaker as he drove away.

“How you all doing WorldStar?” he’s heard saying on the video. “How you all doing WorldStar?”

That references WorldStarHipHip.com, a video aggregating blog where people post videos including fights and police encounters. Cottingham said he took it as a threat.

“I think it’s emblematic of a larger problem with policing culture here in the District where MPD treats members of the community — and particularly African-American members of the community — presumptively as suspects,” said Scott Michelman, the ACLU-DC senior staff attorney representing Cottingham.

Police Chief Peter Newsham was asked about the officer’s actions at a D.C. Council hearing last week

“I have seen the video,” he said. “I haven’t seen that kind of detail that you’re explaining. It looked like it was an inappropriate touching by the officer.”

Lojacono has been with the Metropolitan Police Department for four years and is on full duty status.

“He’s been removed from that particular unit, and he has been disciplined for that matter,” Newsham said at last week’s hearing.

For Cottingham, discipline is insufficient.

“I would like to have him fired, to be honest,” he said. “He shouldn’t be an officer on the force if he doesn’t know how to deal with and address the public.”

“Due to pending litigation, we are unable to comment at this time,” D.C. police spokesman Dustin Sternback said in a statement.

Mayor Muriel Bowser’s office also declined to comment.

“It’s humiliating,” Cottingham said. “It’s something that I relive over and over. It happened on my birthday, so it’s a memory that I’ll never forget.”



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<![CDATA[Baker, Jealous Unite to Get Out Vote in Maryland]]> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 19:14:32 -0400 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Rushern_Baker_and_Ben_Jealous_Unite_to_Get_Out_the_Democrati.jpg

Just weeks ago, Rushern Baker and Ben Jealous exchanged harsh words in the race to become the Democratic nominee for governor of Maryland. Baker lost to Jealous, but he's urging voters to get to the polls in November. "The primary's over. Now we've got to come together and make sure Ben is the next governor," Baker said. News4's Tracee Wilkins reports.

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<![CDATA[Bad Batch of K2 Likely Linked to More Than 100 DC Overdoses]]> Thu, 19 Jul 2018 05:21:24 -0400 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DC+Overdoses.jpg

Fire and rescue crews have responded to more than 100 overdoses in D.C. in just a span of four days and the spike is likely linked to a "bad batch" of synthetic marijuana, the city's fire chief says.

"Since July 14th we've had over 100 people that we've transported," D.C. Fire & EMS Chief Gregory Dean said Wednesday.

Dean said the cases are connected to K2 or Spice, brand names for synthetic marijuana. The drugs are illegal in D.C.

More than a dozen people overdosed on Wednesday, the fire department said. 

Firefighters responded to a call for three overdoses in the 400 block of Rhode Island Avenue NE and were later called back to that area for three more.

At 4th and E Streets NW medics helped 11 patients and and four of them were taken to a hospital, the fire department said.

"As we walk around, we continue to find more patients," Dean said at the scene of those overdoses.

He said the problem has touched areas across the city.

"We were over at Union Station in Northeast, we've been to the shelter on 4th, we've been here at 441, we've been in NoMa, we've been down in Benning Road, we've been up on New York [Avenue] -- so we're seeing pockets throughout the District," he said.

Dean said the current amount of calls is on par with what the department saw in July 2016, when it took 597 overdose patients to area hospitals. The number of cases had dropped by July 2017, when the fire department responded to a total of 105 overdoses.

In 2015, Mayor Muriel Bowser signed the "Sale of Synthetic Drugs Emergency Amendment Act of 2015" to allow the government and police to take stronger action against businesses caught selling synthetic drugs. Police said at the time the drugs were linked to a string of violent crimes.

Police, fire, the Department of Behavioral Health and the Department of Health and Human Services are working together to address the current problem, Dean said.

"If you see people that are falling down, collapsing, unconscious, vomiting, call 911. Allow us to come and assist them," Dean said. 

Stay with News4 and NBCWashington.com for updates to this developing story.



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<![CDATA[Protesters to 'Occupy' Lafayette Park for Third Night]]> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 19:19:52 -0400 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/071818+avenatti+4.jpg

Protests dubbed #OccupyLafayettePark are set to occur outside the White House for a third night on Wednesday.

Starting Monday, demonstrators decried President Donald Trump's comments on Russian meddling and U.S. elections. 

The demonstrations just north of the White House were organized by Clinton political adviser Adam Parkhomenko and former Hillary Clinton aide Philippe Reines, Parkhomenko told News4. 

"People are looking for a vehicle to voice their opposition,” Parkhomenko said. “I think people are tired of this, and they’re coming out and making their voice heard.” 


A 13-member mariachi band is expected to be at the protest Wednesday, which starts at 8 p.m. Parkhomenko said on Twitter that he spoke with someone by phone about the performance.

"I just got off the phone with an individual who is the coordinator of Mariachi bands and his first question was…Your primary goal is volume right? Yep," he wrote.

On Tuesday, protesters banged pots and pans, used bullhorns and carried signs that read “Don the Con, Putin’s Pawn.” Large orange letters with LED lights lit up the word “Liar," as demonstrators chanted “shame,” “traitor” and “lock him up.”

Michael Avenatti, Stormy Daniels' lawyer in a suit against the president, spoke at the protest. 

“It has long been clear to many of us that this president lacks the intelligence, the compassion, the heart, the fortitude and the competence to be president of the United States,” Avenatti said at the protest, video shows. “But never before has that become more clear than it was [Monday] in Helsinki, standing shoulder to shoulder with Vladimir Putin, one of the staunchest enemies of the United States, and choosing him and Russia over us.”

Actress Alyssa Milano participated in the demonstration and urged the crowd to vote and volunteer in the midterm elections.

“Wherever you’re from, you go and you volunteer in a campaign office. You volunteer in these districts. You turn this around for our country," she said on video. 

At Monday's summit in Helsinki, Trump spoke highly of Putin and said he didn't see any reason that Russia would have interfered in the 2016 U.S. election. 

On Tuesday, Trump said he misspoke. 

"The sentence should have been, 'I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russia'" instead of "why it would," the president said. 

It was this statement that sparked the protests, Parkhomenko said.

Demonstration organizers are unclear on how long the protests could last.

"There were a couple hundred people out last night," Parkhomenko said. "In Ukraine, it happened for months. Not knowing where this would go, we kind of decided to just do day one, day two and day three."



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<![CDATA[All Clear at AU After Report of Armed Man Near Campus]]> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 17:35:57 -0400 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_679780054.jpg

Police lifted the lockdown at American University after a report of an armed man near campus.

D.C. police received a report Wednesday afternoon of a man walking in the area of Nebraska Avenue NW at New Mexico Avenue NW with an exposed handgun on his side. An American University spokesman said the man was seen about 1 p.m.

The school was placed on lockdown out of an abdundance of caution, although the initial report indicated that the person was not on campus.

Metropolitan Police, AU Police and the Secret Service conducted a building-by-building search of the campus, releasing the buildings from the lockdown as they cleared them.

Those under the lockdown were asked to shelter in place.

"If inside, lock doors & stay away from windows. If outside, leave campus immediately," read part of a tweet on the @AmericanU Twitter account.

Shuttle operations were suspended, but the Red Express Shuttle route for the Spring Valley Building has resumed.

AU Police said it continues working with the Metropolitan Police Department to identify the man with the gun. 

An earlier report said the man was seen about 1:30 p.m.



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<![CDATA[Mom Describes Daughter's Final Moments After Shooting]]> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 12:27:47 -0400 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2018-07-18_0943.jpg

D.C. police believe they found the car used by the men who killed a 10-year-old girl on the steps of her own home.

The Infiniti sedan was found in Oxon Hill, Maryland, police said Wednesday morning. An exact location was not immediately available.

On Monday evening, Makiyah Wilson was fatally shot in Northeast D.C. just after getting ice cream.

She had recently completed fourth grade and was enjoying her summer break, her grandmother said.


About 8 p.m., four men jumped out of a car in the 300 block of 53rd Street NE and opened fire in all directions. Wilson was fatally struck. Four other people, including the girl's 18-year-old sister, were shot and wounded.

Police say more than 60 shots were fired before the men got back in the car and sped off. 

"When she actually passed and took her last breath she was laying right there in front of her doorway," Wilson's mother, Donnetta Wilson, told News4.

Danntta Wilson said she panicked when she saw her daughter bleeding and she held Makiyah in her arms during her final moments.

"I held my baby," Donetta Wilson said. "The whole time she just kept saying, 'Mommy, calm down. It's burning.'" 

Makiyah's loved ones and neighbors are reeling as police search for the suspects.

"Makiyah, she was special," Pandora Wilson said. "She loved football; she loved all kinds of sports."


Wilson said her granddaughter was the youngest of four siblings and loved her family. She had recently celebrated her 10th birthday.

"It's so hard to put it in words because it don't feel real, you know?" Pandora Wilson said. "It's so senseless."

Police camera footage shows the moments the masked gunmen pulled up to the courtyard and opened fire while families were outside. 

"At 8 o'clock at night, this is a full courtyard. It's full of children, it's full of families," said Wilson's cousin, Raven Hall.

Pandora Wilson got a devastating call from Makiyah's mother.

"Her mother called me [at] like 8 o'clock, and she was screaming that she was dying and I had to get here, but by the time we got here, they had already taken her away," Wilson said.

The family pleaded for the suspects to come forward.

"God's gonna see that they get their justice," Wilson said. "They are gonna have to answer for it, whether it's down here or up there."

Police released video showing the four men. 

Anyone with information is asked to call 202-727-9099. Those wishing to remain anonymous may text a message to 50411.


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<![CDATA['No More': Family, Community Mourn Shooting Death of DC Girl]]> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 07:52:13 -0400 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/No_More_Family_Community_Mourns_Girls_Death.jpg

Devastated family and community members are remembering 10-year-old Makiyah Wilson, who was killed in a shooting in Northeast D.C. News4's Meagan Fitzgerald reports.

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<![CDATA[Immigrant Dad Builds Dream Treehouse for His Kids]]> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 12:00:09 -0400 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Immigrant_Father_Builds_His_Kids_a_Dream_Treehouse.jpg

Edmundo Ortiz always dreamed of having a big treehouse. But growing up in Peru, that dream never became a reality. Now Ortiz, an architecture student, lives in Prince William County and was able to build his treehouse for his children. The treehouse is so big it can be seen from the highway. 

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<![CDATA[Man Calls Sheriff Over Foul During Pickup Basketball Game]]> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 11:05:38 -0400 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/basketball+foul+police+report.jpg

Without a referee to turn to, a man called police to report a foul during a pickup basketball game at a Virginia gym Monday evening.

“I’ve never, never in my entire life gotten a cop called for playing basketball,” said Thomas Mulabah, who played in the game at an LA Fitness in Sterling and recorded the aftermath.

“First time in the history — anywhere, playing anywhere,” said Marcellus Bowie, another player.

“This is the hardest foul in America, bro,” the caller argued in Mulabah’s recording.

They say they get together several times a month to play.

Mulabah and Bowie said this game was tense.

“To count the fact that it was like 12-12,” Mulabah said. “So the game is on the line; everything is high emotions.”

“Man, I’m telling you, it doesn’t matter if you’re getting paid to play sports,” he said. “People play basketball in any rec center like they’re getting paid for it.”

One of the players got knocked to the ground.

“Once he got hit, he got on the ground, he’s usually a tough guy, so I expected him to get up,” Mulabah said. “He got up though, but he walked outside.”

“He said he was calling the cops, and everybody started laughing, we’re looking around, we’re like, he’s not calling the cops,” he said.

The call came in as an assault, according to the incident report.

The responding deputy from the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office reported neither player wanted to pursue charges, the incident report said.

Mulabah asked the deputy if he’d ever been called for a basketball foul.

“That’s my first basketball foul,” the deputy said.

Management at LA Fitness told the players they had one more chance to keep the game civil or they would be removed from the gym, the incident report said.

“I do want to say though, the guy who called the cops is a good guy,” Mulabah said. “I know him very well. He’s a good guy. It’s not anything where it’s like tension or he doesn’t like somebody for anything, because I know how it can look — it’s basketball, everybody’s playing. Definitely a good guy. I just think he got a little emotional.”

“When we see him, I’m sure we’re going to joke about this,” Bowie said. “He might be a little mad at us.”

The players who spoke to News4 welcomed anyone to the game.

“It’s actually a really good run,” Mulabah said. “So anybody who likes to play basketball, if you think you’re pretty decent, we’re not going to call the cops on you. I’ll dunk on you but not call the cops on you. So just come out and play, man. It’s fun. We need as much people as possible to enjoy our time.”



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<![CDATA[Men Accused of Driving Women to Clients in Prostitution Ring]]> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 19:45:22 -0400 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Luis+Bonilla-Hernandez+and+Eliazar+Duran-Mota.jpg

Two Virginia men are charged in an alleged prostitution ring in which authorities say women were driven to clients’ doors and replaced with new women weekly.

Luis Bonilla-Hernandez, 32, ran the operation out of his Sterling home, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office said.

He denied involvement Tuesday.

“I haven’t done anything,” he said. “You need to show what you’re saying. Where’s the proof? Prove it, prove it. You need to prove it.”

Bonilla-Hernandez would pay $300 to essentially rent a woman, usually one at a time, from a supplier in Queens, New York, according to court documents.

He allegedly advertised the prostitutes on a card for automotive services that included the word "treinteras," promising a sex act for $30. The women were driven to the clients’ homes Monday through Saturday, then the women would be swapped on Sunday, when a new woman would arrive at a Greyhound bus station.

The sheriff’s office received a tip about suspected prostitution in August. Court documents detail an afternoon when the FBI watched Bonilla-Hernandez drive a woman to a neighborhood and drop her off at four homes. The average visit lasted about 10 minutes.

The sheriff’s office said it identified multiple women used in the operation and has video surveillance, phone records and GPS tracking data from one of the vehicles.

A northern Virginia organization devoted to fighting human trafficking said shuttling the women in and out of unfamiliar cities makes it more difficult for them to break free.

“She walks out the front door, she doesn't even know where she is. She’s in a neighborhood. Where is the closest public transportation? Where is the closest police station? Where’s the closest phone?” said Anna Hansen of NOVA HTI. “It's a cycle, a vicious cycle going back and forth.”

Also arrested was 22-year-old Eliazar Duran-Mota of Herndon, who is accused of being a driver in the operation.

Both men are charged with two felony counts of receiving money from earnings of a female prostitute and two misdemeanor counts of using vehicles to promote prostitution. Each was released on $7,500 bond.



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<![CDATA[Police Look for 'Cowards' Who Shot, Killed 10-Year-Old Girl]]> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 19:30:12 -0400 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ne+dc+fatal+shooting+suspects+gif.gif

A manhunt is underway for four men who opened fire Monday on a Northeast D.C. neighborhood, killing a 10-year-old girl described by teachers as bright and bold.

Police released surveillance video showing the group driving onto the scene and quickly exiting a black sedan. About 8 p.m., they began to fire into a group of people gathered outside to enjoy a hot summer evening.

Four adults and a girl, Makiyah Wilson, were struck, police say. Wilson had been outside playing, just steps from her front door on the 300 block of 53rd Street NE.


Police say more than 60 shots were fired before the four men escaped in the Infiniti sedan. The car is missing its rear bumper, according to police.

A family member cradled Wilson as first-responders worked to save her, but she died. Wilson's mother was at work during the shooting; her older sister was with her.

The four shooters have not been found.

Some of Wilson's teachers from the D.C. Scholars Charter School visited the crime scene and brought flowers on Tuesday. They said Wilson, a 5th-grader, was a star student.

"She made her presence known. She was not shy at all," one teacher said. "It's terrible to see someone that bright be extinguished."

A $25,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the killers.

"Cowards showed up on our streets in D.C. and used illegal firearms to murder a young, precious little girl," Assistant Police Chief Chanel Dickerson.

"We're gonna do everything in our power to find these guys," Dickerson said.

Mayor Muriel Bowser left the Home Run Derby festivities at Nationals Park shortly after the shooting and went to the scene. She pleaded with the public to share any information with police.

It's unclear who the shooters were targeting.

"They probably don't know who they killed," D.C. Council member Vincent Gray "You have to wonder how these people felt when they found out they shot and killed a 10-year-old girl."

Police are asking anyone with information to call 202-727-9099. Those wishing to remain anonymous may text a message to 50411.



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<![CDATA[Photos: Roads, Nats Park Dugout Flooded Before All-Star Game]]> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 19:34:57 -0400 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/_dckernbc4_divvoxtx4ae0tvi.jpg

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<![CDATA[T. Rex Returning to DC]]> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 18:29:59 -0400 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/T_Rex_Coming_to_Smithsonian_History_Museum.jpg

A T. Rex is returning to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. "The best way to plan for the future is to understand what's happened in the past," museum director Kirk Johnson said. News4's Aimee Cho reports. Go here to see photos of the dino bones.

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<![CDATA[Floods Trap Drivers on GW Parkway in Record-Breaking Storm]]> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 23:39:27 -0400 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/071718+severe+weather+Diptych.jpg

Record-setting rainfall drenched the D.C. area Tuesday afternoon, causing flash floods that trapped people driving along the George Washington Parkway.

In about one hour, 2.6 inches of rain fell around the Beltway, breaking the 1945 record of 2.05 inches. The storm also cut power and flooded roads.

George Washington Parkway flooded near Reagan airport, and people were pulled from their car by rescuers. Video from the Arlington County fire department shows water that goes up to the windows of some cars. About 25 cars were stuck, and 40 people were rescued, firefighters said.

About a dozen firefighters responded. The firefighters dragged inflatable boats to the flooded cars while using a paddle to check the murky water wasn't hiding dangers, Joe Tamerantz, an Arlington County firefighter, said.

No injuries were reported. 

The Parkway reopened but was plagued by traffic problems for hours after.

Uber drivers were among those 

Water poured into the Capital South Metro station. Video shows flooding from the ceiling, near an escalator, as a train operates nearby.

Ahead of Tuesday evening's All-Star Game, heavy rain was flooding the dugouts at Nationals Park at a rate of one inch per half-hour, Ricketts said.

Storm Team4 said the rain should move out of the area by the start of the game.

A severe thunderstorm was over National Harbor about 3:40 p.m., moving east at 30 mph, the National Weather Service said. Wind could knock down some trees and large branches, and localized power outages are possible, the NWS warned. 

A lot of lightning is associated with the storm, and the heavy rain is creating low visibility and ponding on roads, said Storm Team4 meteorologist Lauryn Ricketts.



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<![CDATA[Ivanka Trump Visits Prince George's Community College]]> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 19:00:36 -0400 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/071718+ivanka+trump+pgcc.jpg

Ivanka Trump and U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson paid a visit Tuesday to Prince George's Community College.

The first daughter and Wilson met middle school and high school students participating in a a cybersecurity summer camp. Created by the National Science Foundation and National Security Agency (NSA), the GenCyber camp was designed for young people who are underrepresented in science, engineering, technology and math (STEM) fields. 

On Tuesday, students learned to build computer cables. Trump went from table to table talking to the young scientists. 

"If you emerge from this week sharing even a small bit of the passion for STEM fields and cybersecurity, then we are all the better for it," she told the crowd. 

NSA provost Diane M. Janosek praised the first daughter for visiting.

"It is absolutely amazing to have someone at her level come visit a camp like this. It shows commitment from the very top," she said.

For some students, it was difficult to separate the politics of the White House from Trump's visit.

"I don't agree on the things Donald Trump has to say about people in this community. I think everyone is equal in America and in this world," student Kennedy Ramsey said.

Student Bryson Bunns had a different take.

"She kind of shifted my mindset on how I judge and portray the Trump family and the White House staff," he said.

Trump did not take questions from the press. 

Go here to learn more about GenCyber.

Stay with News4 for more details on this developing story.



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<![CDATA[He's Back! Smithsonian's T. Rex Returns to DC]]> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 11:33:36 -0400 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/t+rex.jpg After nearly five years, T-Rex is back in the nation's capital

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<![CDATA[Nats' Harper Wins Home Run Derby]]> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 12:42:16 -0400 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-1000403232_master.jpg

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<![CDATA['We Have to Be Outraged': Girl, 10, Killed in NE DC Shooting]]> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 20:59:31 -0400 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Makiyah+Wilson.jpg

A 10-year-old girl enjoying a summer evening was killed when several men opened fire into a crowd in her Northeast D.C. neighborhood Monday. 

Police released video showing the four suspects. No arrests have been made.

Police are searching for a black Infiniti four-door sedan in connection with the shooting. They said the car is missing its rear bumper. 

Makiyah Wilson was just feet from her front door, playing near a group of 15 to 20 people in a courtyard in the 300 block of 53rd Street NE when four men got out of the sedan and started shooting about 8 p.m., Assistant Police Chief Chanel Dickerson said.

"At 8 o'clock at night, this is a full courtyard. It's full of children, it's full of families," said Wilson's cousin, Raven Hall. 

Wilson, a man and a woman were found injured at the scene, police say. Two additional men sought treatment for gunshot wounds at an area hospital.

"The people that did this, they did this indiscriminately," Dickerson said. "They came out in this community without regard to human life and opened fire, and we have to stand up as a community to say, 'No more.'"

Police responded and reported that Wilson was unconscious and not breathing, according to police. Hall said she watched as first responders worked to save the little girl's life. 

"He was just pumping. She died right there," Hall said. 

"A 10-year-old girl lost here life here today. All the hopes and dreams that her family had for her is gone," Dickerson said. "And we have to be outraged. And we have to work with the police."

Mayor Muriel Bowser left the Home Run Derby at Nationals Park to urge the public to work with police to find the shooters.

"We know that members of the community will continue to work with the police department to let us know anything they know about what happened here tonight," Bowser said.

Police are asking anyone with information to call 202-727-9099. Those wishing to remain anonymous may text a message to 50411.

The shooting happened near Marvin Gaye Park and the KIPP DC Quest Academy Public Charter School.

Authorities initially said four people were injured in the shooting. Sources initially told News4 that the girl was 9 years old.

This was the 83rd homicide in the District this year. A $25,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest in Wilson's death. 



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<![CDATA[Play Ball! DC Hosts MLB All-Star Week]]> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 12:02:09 -0400 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/1280-GettyImages-5777357441.jpg

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<![CDATA[Old Town Murder Victim Remembered as Friendly Man-About-Town]]> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 15:53:04 -0400 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/071618+alexandria+victim+and+suspect.jpg

The man killed on the job in Old Town Alexandria on Friday is being remembered as a friendly presence who was often spotted riding his bike.

Bradford Jackson was found dead around noon Friday in a second-floor business on busy King Street. He was 65. The man charged in his murder is 34-year-old Pankaj Bhasin, of New Jersey. Investigators believe the men were strangers.

On Monday, someone left a card and flowers outside Window Universe, the business in the 1200 block of King Street where Jackson was killed.

Jackson often rode his beach cruiser bike around Old Town. 

His friend Boyd Walker said he couldn't believe what had happened.

"He was a man-about-town — the kind of guy who said hello to everyone on the street," Walker said.

"Brad didn't have any enemies. Brad was a carefree, loving person," Jackson's friend Christian Myers said.

Jackson used to work on the Potomac River excursion boat The Dandy. Then, he took a job as marketing manager at Window Universe.

News4 learned new details Monday on how people in the area found Jackson's body and helped police catch the suspect.

Before Jackson's body was found, Bhasin left Window Universe and jumped into a silver Mercedes parked on King Street, witnesses said. The driver had just gotten out to pay for parking, but her daughter, an adult, was still inside. The suspect forced his way into the driver's seat.

"We didn't hear anything unusual until a woman started shrieking, and she was very upset," said Joanne Skidmore, who was in the area.

Three men from nearby shops ran outside and saw a trail of blood. They followed the trail upstairs to Window Universe, where they found Jackson's body. Furniture was overturned. 

In the meantime, the woman who owned the Mercedes repeatedly locked the car until police arrived and arrested Bhasin. Officers were called to the scene about 11:50 a.m. 

Bhasin was arrested and charged with murder. Police shut down the block for hours during the investigation. The Mercedes was towed away.

The suspect is being represented by a prominent defense attorney, who referred to Bhasin's mental state.

"We are beginning our investigation into the circumstances of the charge against Pankaj Bhasin, including his mental health condition over the last several weeks," said a statement from Bhasin's lawyer, Peter Greenspun.

Jackson died of multiple blunt force and sharp force injuries, a medical examiner said. Police did not disclose whether a knife or another weapon was used.

Through Bhahsin's lawyer, Bhahsin's family expressed their sympathy to Jackson and his family.

Over the weekend, Alexandria's mayor and police chief walked from shop to shop. They reminded locals that overall crime in the city dropped 13 percent last year. Jackson is the second person to die this year in a homicide.

"This [homicide] is very unusual," Mayor Allison Silberberg said. "It's really an anomaly, so the chief and I wanted to stop by and see how they are doing and provide reassurance."

Bhahsin is being held without bond.

Anyone with information on the crime is asked to call police at 703-746-6689.

Jackson's family is fundraising for a memorial service via GoFundMe. Also, they recommended donations to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in Jackson's name.



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<![CDATA[Police to Crack Down on ICC's Aggressive Drivers]]> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 19:23:06 -0400 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Police_to_Crack_Down_on_ICCs_Aggressive_Drivers.jpg

Maryland Transportation Authority Police have a plan to nab drivers and motorcyclists driving aggressively on the ICC. News4's Derrick Ward reports.

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<![CDATA[School Supply Drive Underway in Montgomery Village]]> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 19:24:24 -0400 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Montgomery_Village_School_Supply_Drive.jpg

Donations are helping Montgomery County students in need. News4's Aimee Cho speaks with a little girl who couldn't be happier about getting the new gear. 

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<![CDATA[Boater Disappears Near Reagan National Airport]]> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 19:12:07 -0400 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Boater_Disappears_Near_Reagan_National_Airport.jpg

A search is under way near Gravelly Point for a missing boater. Pat Collins reports.

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<![CDATA[Flashback to DC's First Midsummer Classic in 1937]]> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 19:06:04 -0400 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Flashback_to_DCs_First_Midsummer_Classic_in_1937.jpg

D.C.'s first MLB All-Star Game, featuring Joe DiMaggio and Lou Gehrig and a first pitch by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, was hosted in 1937. Take a look back to the past with News4's Eun Yang.

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<![CDATA[2 Charged in Alleged Tree-Cutting Scam]]> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 19:08:56 -0400 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/tree+cutting+investigation.jpg

Two men now face charges in an alleged tree-cutting scam.

Michael Edward Jackson and John Samuel Walker face felony and misdemeanor charges, including taking money under false pretenses.

Jackson turned himself in last week, police said. Police tracked down Walker several weeks ago.

Rose Mikus of Reston, Virginia, said Walker randomly showed up at her home and offered to take down dead trees. She and another Virginia woman who told News4 she also got an unsolicited visit from Savannah’s Tree and Yard Experts accepted the tree-removal offers and don't dispute the trees were dead, but they said the crew never returned to remove the stumps as stated in their contracts.

Mikus claims Walker then used scare tactics to try to get her to pay an additional $14,000 to fix her roof. She said he told her the roof had three holes and showed her wet insulation she assumed was from one of the holes.

She agreed to pay but decided to get a second opinion from a licensed roofer before the work started. That roofer told her there weren’t any holes.

News4 learned Walker did not have a roofer's license.

When confronted by News4, Jackson, the owner of Savannah’s Tree and Yard Experts, said he never heard of Walker and never met Mikus.



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<![CDATA[Naked Man Watched Family in Va., Fled Into River: Police]]> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 17:46:55 -0400 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/robert+shannon+woodbridge+naked+man.jpg

A family was eating dinner in Woodbridge, Virginia, Thursday night when they noticed someone watching them: a naked man. 

Prince William County Police say Robert Shannon, 52, exposed himself to the family. 

A man called police and said he saw the naked man watching his family. The man tried to confront the naked man, but he ran away and then jumped into the Occoquan River, police said. 

Officers responded to the 13100 block of Marina Way about 10 p.m. and found the accused still naked in the river. Officers determined he was intoxicated. 

Shannon, who lives in Woodbridge about four miles west, was arrested the next day and charged with indecent exposure and public intoxication. In his mugshot, he has cuts and abrasions to his face. 

He is being held on $5,000 bond and is due in court Aug. 15.



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<![CDATA[Nats Cut Ties With Papa John's After Founder Uses Slur]]> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 17:29:35 -0400 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/071618papajohn.jpg

Don't expect to get Papa John's discounts anymore when the Nats win big. 

The Washington Nationals suspended their partnership with Papa John’s after the company’s founder admitted to using a racial slur on a conference call in May, a team spokesman said.

The pizza franchise offered 50 percent discounts on online orders the day after the Nats won and scored at least seven runs. But those are no more. 

“The Washington Nationals do not condone discrimination of any kind,” the Nationals said in a statement. “Therefore, we have suspended our partnership with Papa John's. However, we remain supportive of our local operators who have been fantastic partners for more than eleven years.”

Monumental Sports, the sports and entertainment company that owns and operates the Wizards, Capitals and Washington Mystics, is “assessing our relationship with the company,” business operations president Jim Van Stone said in a statement.

The Wizards and Capitals also have run 50 percent discounts with Papa John’s. 

“These comments are reprehensible and unacceptable and in no way reflect our values as an organization,” Van Stone said. “While we are appalled by John Schnatter’s comments, we have had a long relationship with our local Washington-area franchise ownership and appreciate working with them as partners in our community.”

DC Breeze, the District’s professional ultimate frisbee team, said in a statement that the team will continue to “support these local businesses, rather than cause further damage in response to the actions and words of someone else.”

The Redskins did not immediately respond to NBC’s request for comment.

Further north, the Orioles suspended their advertising and promotions campaign with the company, the team confirmed.

After a Forbes report surfaced, Schnatter admitted to using the N-word on the conference call. The word was used during a media training exercise. 

Schnatter, the founder of Papa John’s, stepped down as the company’s CEO last year. He blamed the company’s financial struggles on the attention NFL players received for kneeling during the national anthem.

Papa John’s CEO Steve Ritchie said in a letter that Schnatter won’t appear in advertising or marketing materials.



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<![CDATA[Water Turns Red in Dupont Circle Fountain]]> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 17:22:01 -0400 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Dupont+Red+fountain+web+thumb+Untitled-1.jpg

The water in Dupont Circle's landmark fountain turned red Monday after someone apparently put dye into the water, the National Park Service said on social media.

Twitter user @vtn shared an image of the fountain on the social media platform Monday morning, writing, "Someone please tell me why the Dupont Circle fountain is currently blood red before I freak out..."

The National Park Service said it appeared that a dye had been added to the fountain, the agency posted on Twitter about 2 p.m.


Brian Hall, an NPS spokesman, said in an email that remnants of red dye powder were found on the edge of the fountain.

It's unclear who dyed the fountain or why, but the U.S. Park Police were notified, Hall said.

The color had been filtered out by midday, Hall said, but the fountain has been drained. It's set to be refilled tomorrow, after it's scrubbed of any leftover coloring.

"Our crews will be draining the fountain today, then cleaning and refilling tomorrow to make sure it is clear of remnants," the agency posted on Twitter.



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<![CDATA[Missing Brothers Found Safe in Gaithersburg]]> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 16:25:46 -0400 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/071618-Wilson_Brothers-2-300x218.jpg

Two brothers missing from Montgomery Village were found safe in Gaithersburg. 

Reginald Wilson Jr., 14, and Laron "Chris" Wilson, 9, had last been seen in the 19400 block of Faber Court in Montgomery Village at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Someone saw them walking in Gaithersburg and called police.

The boys were unharmed. 



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<![CDATA[Practice Your Swing at Play Ball Park]]> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 07:02:33 -0400 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Practice_Your_Swing_at_Play_Ball_Park.jpg

After more than 50 years, the Midsummer Classic is back in D.C.! The All-Star Game is Tuesday, but you don't have to wait until then to enjoy the festivities. Play Ball Park is a free and interactive outdoor attraction where you can play games or practice your swing. 

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<![CDATA[Several Rescued After High-Rise Fire in Alexandria]]> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 06:58:52 -0400 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/alexandria+fire3.jpg

Firefighters in Alexandria rescued several people after a fire broke out at a high-rise apartment building early Monday morning.

The fire started just after 2 a.m. on the 5000 block of Holmes Run Parkway. When firefighters arrived, some residents had evacuated on their own, but several people had to be rescued via ladder. 

Harriet Welch, who lives in the building, says the hallway was so smoky when she was evacuating, she couldn't even see. 

"It was smoke everywhere, just smoke everywhere. There were no lights. I used my phone's flashlight, and I made it out," Welch said. 

Several people were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation. Fire officials say three people were taken to the hospital. 

The fire has been extinguished, and residents who live above the fifth floor have been allowed back in side the building. 

Fire officials say the fire appears to have started on the second floor, but the cause of the fire is under investigation at this time. 

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