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5 injured in shooting at Morgan State University, police searching for suspect


Created: Tue, Oct 03 2023 10:23:59 PM

Author: Briana Trujillo, Tom Lynch and The Associated Press

Students of Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland, received an emergency alert that warned of shots fired near a residence hall on Tuesday night. 

Read more: 5 injured in shooting at Morgan State University, police searching for suspect


Fairfax County police present recommended reforms to elected officials


Created: Tue, Oct 03 2023 09:00:27 PM

Author: Drew Wilder, News4 Northern Virginia Reporter

Fairfax County put together a couple of community workgroups to establish recommended police policy reforms, and the police chief presented these reforms to elected officials Tuesday afternoon. Out of about 65 recommendations, there were only nine the department didn’t already have in place. A lot of the discussions stemmed from concerns about police shootings and officers chasing people, like the...

Read more: Fairfax County police present recommended reforms to elected officials


Congressman's carjacking puts focus on continuing DC carjacking spike


Created: Tue, Oct 03 2023 06:45:53 PM

Author: Ted Oberg, News4 Investigative Reporter

According to D.C. police reporting, when Rep. Henry Cuellar says he was carjacked Monday night, he became at least the 754th carjacking this year in D.C. in 2023.

Read more: Congressman's carjacking puts focus on continuing DC carjacking spike


Middle schooler's jaw broken by punch in gym class; parents share alarm over school discipline issues


Created: Tue, Oct 03 2023 05:28:10 PM

Author: Julie Carey, News4 Northern Virginia Bureau Chief

Warren County school board member Melanie Salins said she was shocked by what she witnessed there. She says she saw a student cursing and threatening a teacher, and students refusing to participate in gym class.

Read more: Middle schooler's jaw broken by punch in gym class; parents share alarm over school discipline issues


Senior Defense Department official charged with helping run dogfights


Created: Tue, Oct 03 2023 05:07:41 PM

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Frederick D. Moorefield Jr., the Pentagon’s deputy chief information officer, and co-defendant Mario Flythe were charged with helping to run a dogfighting ring in Maryland.

Read more: Senior Defense Department official charged with helping run dogfights


Already 3 years behind schedule, new Acela trains have some serious defects: report


Created: Tue, Oct 03 2023 05:02:38 PM

Author: Adam Tuss, News4 Anchor & Transportation Reporter

The first new Acela trains are now more than three years behind schedule, with the first trains expected to go into service next summer year.

Read more: Already 3 years behind schedule, new Acela trains have some serious defects: report


Pepco to pay $57 million to DC for dumping chemicals in Anacostia River


Created: Tue, Oct 03 2023 04:53:31 PM

Author: Mark Segraves, News4 Reporter

Pepco has agreed to pay $57 million to clean up pollution in the Anacostia River after the utility company admitted to released harmful chemicals into the river over several decades.

Read more: Pepco to pay $57 million to DC for dumping chemicals in Anacostia River


James Smith-Williams pushing other men to become allies for sexual assault victims


Created: Tue, Oct 03 2023 03:23:42 PM

Author: Max Molski

James Smith-Williams of the Washington Commanders has partnered with sexual violence survivor Brenda Tracy in the pursuit of turning more athletes into allies.

Read more: James Smith-Williams pushing other men to become allies for sexual assault victims


You can visit the White House gardens this fall. Here's how to get a (free) ticket


Created: Tue, Oct 03 2023 02:55:18 PM

Author: Thayma Sánchez

The White House is offering garden tours this fall. Here's how to get tickets.

Read more: You can visit the White House gardens this fall. Here's how to get a (free) ticket


Man dies from injuries suffered in fiery Sterling crash


Created: Tue, Oct 03 2023 02:40:39 PM

Author: Gina Cook

A truck driver has died two weeks after a crash in which his truck went up in flames on Route 28 in Sterling, Virginia, and the driver accused of causing the crash is facing new charges, authorities say.

Read more: Man dies from injuries suffered in fiery Sterling crash


Haunted houses and ghost tours for a frightfully fun October in the DC area


Created: Tue, Oct 03 2023 02:20:25 PM

Author: Sophia Barnes

The scariest haunted houses aren't far from D.C.

Read more: Haunted houses and ghost tours for a frightfully fun October in the DC area


Hyattsville residents raise concerns about plastic pellets spilled in train derailment


Created: Tue, Oct 03 2023 08:58:56 AM

Author: Walter Morris, News4 Reporter

Hyattsville neighbors said they have grown tired of the lack of information from CSX about the derailment and the inconvenient road closures along Baltimore Avenue. 

Read more: Hyattsville residents raise concerns about plastic pellets spilled in train derailment


Pandas could be gone from America's zoos by the end of next year


Created: Tue, Oct 03 2023 06:56:18 AM

Author: Didi Tang and Ashraf Khalil | The Associated Press

The National Zoo’s three giant pandas are set to return to China in December with no public signs the 50-year-old exchange agreement struck by President Richard Nixon will continue.

Read more: Pandas could be gone from America's zoos by the end of next year


Texas congressman says he was carjacked in Navy Yard by 3 armed suspects who ‘came out of nowhere'


Created: Mon, Oct 02 2023 11:28:57 PM

Author: Tom Lynch, Briana Trujillo and The Associated Press

A congressman was the victim of an armed carjacking in Navy Yard in Southeast D.C. on Monday night, two law enforcement sources told News4. 

Read more: Texas congressman says he was carjacked in Navy Yard by 3 armed suspects who ‘came out of nowhere'


Three shot, including teen, in Southwest DC: Police


Created: Mon, Oct 02 2023 10:19:34 PM

Author: Tom Lynch

Three people, including a teenager, were shot Monday night in Southwest D.C., according to the Metropolitan Police Department. 

Read more: Three shot, including teen, in Southwest DC: Police


4 teens killed in stolen Kia crash after police pursuit in Prince George's


Created: Mon, Oct 02 2023 09:02:37 PM

Author: Paul Wagner, News4 Reporter

Family members identified two of the four teenagers who died when a stolen car crashed into a tree in Glenarden, Maryland, Friday evening.

Read more: 4 teens killed in stolen Kia crash after police pursuit in Prince George's


Melted wax statue of Lincoln sparks discussion in Northwest DC neighborhood


Created: Mon, Oct 02 2023 08:25:58 PM

Author: Derrick Ward, News4 Reporter

A wax sculpture of Abraham Lincoln outside a Northwest D.C. elementary school was melted over the weekend as part of Art All Night. The sculpture is the work of Richmond-based artist Sandy Williams IV, who works in ephemeral mediums like skywriting and wax. “For Sandy, this is really about sparking a conversation with the community,” said Kristi Maiselman of CulturalDC....

Read more: Melted wax statue of Lincoln sparks discussion in Northwest DC neighborhood


Oysters teach Maryland students about protecting the Chesapeake Bay


Created: Mon, Oct 02 2023 07:48:41 PM

Author: Megan McGrath, News4 Reporter

Montgomery County students learn about the importance of keeping the Chesapeake Bay clean at this three-day camp.

Read more: Oysters teach Maryland students about protecting the Chesapeake Bay


DC considers tossing social work exam over concerns it fails too many people of color


Created: Mon, Oct 02 2023 07:27:52 PM

Author: Ted Oberg, News4 Investigative Reporter, Katie Leslie and Steve Jones

The D.C. Council is considering doing away with the exam requirement for certain types of social workers over concerns of racial bias.

Read more: DC considers tossing social work exam over concerns it fails too many people of color


DC mayor's office to update sexual harassment executive order


Created: Mon, Oct 02 2023 06:47:25 PM

Author: Mark Segraves, News4 Reporter

Over the past five years, almost 300 D.C. government employees have filed workplace sexual harassment complaints, but for the past year, the District government officials who investigated those claims were not always following current D.C. law that defines sexual harassment in the workplace.

Read more: DC mayor's office to update sexual harassment executive order


Lyft driver, passenger hurt in hit-and-run crash in Northwest DC: Police


Created: Mon, Oct 02 2023 06:42:16 PM

Author: Tom Lynch

A rideshare driver and passenger were injured in a hit-and-run crash in Northwest D.C. on Monday, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.  First responders found that an alleged stolen car crashed into another car that was operating as a Lyft at around noon at 11th Street and Florida Avenue NW, police said. The scene was directly in front of a longtime...

Read more: Lyft driver, passenger hurt in hit-and-run crash in Northwest DC: Police


Prince William County middle school teacher charged for allegedly restraining student by the neck


Created: Mon, Oct 02 2023 06:02:01 PM

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A middle school teacher in Prince William County, Virginia, is facing an assault charge for allegedly restraining a student by the neck. Police say it happened last week in the school cafeteria at Beville Middle School.

Read more: Prince William County middle school teacher charged for allegedly restraining student by the neck


Nationals, District reach deal for updates to ballpark, including a new scoreboard


Created: Mon, Oct 02 2023 05:04:33 PM

Author: Mark Segraves, News4 Reporter

The owners of the Washington Nationals and the D.C. mayor's administration have reached a deal to spend millions of taxpayer dollars for updates to Nationals Park, including a new scoreboard. The team says the improvements are necessary.

Read more: Nationals, District reach deal for updates to ballpark, including a new scoreboard


‘Didn't deserve this': Woman dies after bullet flies into Charles County bar


Created: Sun, Oct 01 2023 10:53:05 PM

Author: Walter Morris, News4 Reporter

Friends and family gathered Sunday to remember a Maryland mother who was enjoying a night out with friends when she was gunned down.  

Read more: ‘Didn't deserve this': Woman dies after bullet flies into Charles County bar


Woman found dead in tent at Burke campground; suspect charged with murder


Created: Sun, Oct 01 2023 10:11:38 PM

Author: Briana Trujillo and NBC Washington Staff

Detectives are asking for help locating a person of interest after a woman was found dead inside a tent on the Burke Lake Park campgrounds on Saturday, Fairfax County police said. 

Read more: Woman found dead in tent at Burke campground; suspect charged with murder


Anacostia River receives failing grade, but hope remains for its future


Created: Sun, Oct 01 2023 06:00:18 PM

Author: Derrick Ward, News4 Reporter

Caretakers of the Anacostia River have set a goal of ensuring the river is clean enough to swim and fish in by 2025. But, in their annual river report card, the Anacostia Watershed Society gave the river a failing grade.

Read more: Anacostia River receives failing grade, but hope remains for its future


Howell proves he belongs even as Washington falls just short in overtime loss to Eagles


Created: Sun, Oct 01 2023 05:19:24 PM

Author: JP Finlay, NBC4 sports reporter

In a city famous for a big bell, Commanders quarterback Sam Howell proved he could answer one.

Read more: Howell proves he belongs even as Washington falls just short in overtime loss to Eagles


ATM stolen from hair salon in Kettering


Created: Sun, Oct 01 2023 10:47:23 AM

Author: Allison Hageman

Employees at a hair salon in Maryland said someone broke into the business and stole an ATM.

Read more: ATM stolen from hair salon in Kettering


Loved ones remember 16-year-old gunned down near Dunbar High School


Created: Sat, Sep 30 2023 10:57:24 PM

Author: Dominique Moody, News4 Reporter

Loved ones of a teenager gunned down in the District poured their hearts out Saturday night during a vigil. 

Read more: Loved ones remember 16-year-old gunned down near Dunbar High School


Men arrested after trying to hit officer with car, crashing into cruiser and leading chase in Alexandria: police


Created: Sat, Sep 30 2023 08:03:46 PM

Author: Briana Trujillo

A driver and his passenger were arrested with help from civilians after the driver allegedly tried to ram into a police officer, hit the officer’s cruiser and then took off in Virginia on Saturday morning. 

Read more: Men arrested after trying to hit officer with car, crashing into cruiser and leading chase in Alexandria: police


National Museum of African American History and Culture welcomes 10 millionth visitor


Created: Sat, Sep 30 2023 06:02:35 PM

Author: Derrick Ward, News4 Reporter and Maggie More

The National Museum of African American History and Culture marked a major milestone this year by becoming the nation's largest cultural destination devoted to documenting the African American experience and impact on world history.

Read more: National Museum of African American History and Culture welcomes 10 millionth visitor


Community celebrates raising of historic Black church made unsafe by 2019 flood


Created: Fri, Sep 29 2023 10:54:49 PM

Author: Walter Morris, News4 Reporter

Construction crews raised a historic Black church Thursday as part of the restoration effort after a flood wiped out its foundation in 2019, making the structure in Potomac, Maryland, unsafe. “Scotland A.M.E. Zion Church has been through the fire, we’ve been through the flood, but we’re still standing here because of His blood,” church member Latisha Gasaway-Paul said to a...

Read more: Community celebrates raising of historic Black church made unsafe by 2019 flood


4 killed in fiery crash in Bowie after leading police on chase in stolen car: police


Created: Fri, Sep 29 2023 10:17:11 PM

Author: Walter Morris, News4 Reporter

Four people died when an SUV that police said was stolen crashed into a tree and caught fire Friday evening in Prince George’s County. The names of the dead were not immediately released, nor were their ages. Authorities said the crash happened shortly after police tried to pull over the vehicle, a Kia Sorrento, for having expired temporary tags. The...

Read more: 4 killed in fiery crash in Bowie after leading police on chase in stolen car: police


Some voters in Spotsylvania Co. confused by candidate's sample ballot, concerned about armed guard


Created: Fri, Sep 29 2023 08:07:31 PM

Author: Julie Carey, News4 Northern Virginia Bureau Chief and Taylor Edwards

Candidates handing out sample ballots at polling places is common, but in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, some voters are calling out a clerk of circuit court candidate for handing out a sample ballot that’s confusing. Nick Ignacio created a sample ballot claiming that he’s a preferred Republican candidate on one side but the preferred Democrat on the other side. Ignacio did...

Read more: Some voters in Spotsylvania Co. confused by candidate's sample ballot, concerned about armed guard


Video shows encounter between YouTube prankster and food delivery driver who shot him


Created: Fri, Sep 29 2023 07:21:00 PM

Author: Drew Wilder, News4 Northern Virginia Reporter

Video played in court shows the encounter between a YouTube prankster and the food delivery driver who shot him inside a Virginia mall.

Read more: Video shows encounter between YouTube prankster and food delivery driver who shot him


Fat Bear Week could be postponed if the government shuts down


Created: Fri, Sep 29 2023 05:06:34 PM

Author: Mark Thiessen

A government shutdown could postpone fan-favorite Fat Bear Week, set to begin just days after the funding deadline for Congress.

Read more: Fat Bear Week could be postponed if the government shuts down


Baltimore Archdiocese says it will file for bankruptcy before new law on abuse lawsuits takes effect


Created: Fri, Sep 29 2023 04:53:33 PM

Author: Lea Skene

The Archdiocese of Baltimore announced Friday it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization days before a new state law goes into effect removing the statute of limitations on child sex abuse claims.

Read more: Baltimore Archdiocese says it will file for bankruptcy before new law on abuse lawsuits takes effect


Culpeper sheriff asks for public's help funding legal defense; Michael Flynn among first to give


Created: Fri, Sep 29 2023 04:52:28 PM

Author: Ted Oberg, News4 Investigative Reporter and Rick Yarborough

Culpeper Sheriff Scott Jenkins is turning to the public to fund his legal defense. Jenkins pleaded not guilty to federal bribery and conspiracy charges. Among other allegations, federal prosecutors claim Jenkins took bribes from people who then became auxiliary deputies. The News4 I-Team learned Friday the sheriff’s new defense lawyer set up a GoFundMe account for Jenkins’ legal bills. The...

Read more: Culpeper sheriff asks for public's help funding legal defense; Michael Flynn among first to give


Loudoun schools ex-superintendent Scott Ziegler found guilty of retaliation


Created: Fri, Sep 29 2023 03:26:53 PM

Author: Drew Wilder and NBC Washington Staff

A jury found former Loudoun County Public Schools Superintendent Scott Ziegler guilty of retaliation against a former special education teacher.

Read more: Loudoun schools ex-superintendent Scott Ziegler found guilty of retaliation


New laws on guns, cashless businesses take effect in DC area on Oct. 1


Created: Fri, Sep 29 2023 02:55:32 PM

Author: Brian Witte and Andrea Swalec

New laws on guns, child abuse, fentanyl, sexual assault and much more go into effect in Maryland on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2023. In D.C., enforcement will begin for a law that prohibits businesses from going cashless.

Read more: New laws on guns, cashless businesses take effect in DC area on Oct. 1


Meet the woman trying all the local coffee shops in DC


Created: Fri, Sep 29 2023 01:29:25 PM

Author: Juliana Valencia, News4 Reporter and Taylor Edwards

Domonique Panton decided to start her coffee shop journey after retiring from professional track and field.

Read more: Meet the woman trying all the local coffee shops in DC


Smithsonian museums, National Zoo to stay open if government shuts down


Created: Fri, Sep 29 2023 01:19:46 PM

Author: Andrea Swalec

If the federal government shuts down, Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo will stay open, at least initially.

Read more: Smithsonian museums, National Zoo to stay open if government shuts down


Metro train derails between Potomac Yard, National Airport. No injuries reported


Created: Fri, Sep 29 2023 12:01:26 PM

Author: Carissa DiMargo, Adam Tuss, News4 Anchor & Transportation Reporter and NBC Washington Staff

A Metrorail train derailed late Friday morning between the Potomac Yard and National Airport stations in Northern Virginia, transit officials said.

Read more: Metro train derails between Potomac Yard, National Airport. No injuries reported


Montgomery County to pay $9.7M to Damascus High School sex assault victims


Created: Fri, Sep 29 2023 09:05:12 AM

Author: Tom Lynch

Montgomery County Public Schools says it will pay nearly $10 million to four former Damascus High School junior varsity football players who sued the school system, saying they were sexually assaulted during a violent hazing ritual.

Read more: Montgomery County to pay $9.7M to Damascus High School sex assault victims


Majority of DC's homicides in 2023 remain unsolved


Created: Thu, Sep 28 2023 10:00:22 PM

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D.C. leaders are feeling pressure to stop the violence as the city's murder rate continues to climb at a staggering pace.

Read more: Majority of DC's homicides in 2023 remain unsolved


Alexandria Public Schools launches app to combat absenteeism


Created: Thu, Sep 28 2023 06:34:29 PM

Author: Dominique Moody, News4 Reporter and Taylor Edwards

Lingering effects from the pandemic are still showing up in classrooms across our region. Chronic absenteeism is one of the leading causes. Chronic absenteeism in Virginia is defined as any student who has missed more than 18 days of school. The number of absences has jumped from 8% in 2019 to 16% in 2021 and it stayed at that level...

Read more: Alexandria Public Schools launches app to combat absenteeism


Law for child sex abuse survivors begins Oct. 1; lawsuits expected against Baltimore Archdiocese


Created: Thu, Sep 28 2023 06:20:06 PM

Author: Tracee Wilkins, News4 Investigative Reporter, Katie Leslie and Jeff Piper

A new chance for justice begins this weekend for some sex abuse survivors in Maryland. The Child Victims Act of 2023 takes effect on Oct. 1, lifting the statute of limitations on abuse cases so victims from even decades ago can pursue justice through civil cases.

Read more: Law for child sex abuse survivors begins Oct. 1; lawsuits expected against Baltimore Archdiocese


Montgomery County superintendent says she was unaware of allegations against principal


Created: Thu, Sep 28 2023 06:17:36 PM

Author: Darcy Spencer, News4 Reporter

Members of the Montgomery County Council grilled the superintendent for the county school system for hours Thursday about the investigation into a principal who was promoted despite being accused of sexual harassment and bullying. Superintendent Dr. Monifa McKnight told the Council’s Education and Culture Committe she did not know about the internal investigation into Joel Beidleman when the school board...

Read more: Montgomery County superintendent says she was unaware of allegations against principal


Virginia Democrats warn Republicans will ban abortion; GOP says their rhetoric is fearmongering


Created: Thu, Sep 28 2023 04:54:08 PM

Author: Sarah Rankin

Virginia Republicans are stepping up their criticism of the rhetoric being used by their Democratic opponents in abortion-focused messaging in this year’s critical legislative elections. A recent flurry of Democratic-sponsored ads and mailers in battleground districts expected to determine political control of the General Assembly have warned that Republicans would use a newfound legislative majority to ban abortion, including in cases where the pregnancy resulted from rape or a mother’s life was at risk. Republicans have largely been publicly campaigning on GOP Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s proposed ban on abortions after 15 weeks with exceptions. Democratic leaders say voters are skeptical Republicans won't eventually push for greater restrictions.

Read more: Virginia Democrats warn Republicans will ban abortion; GOP says their rhetoric is fearmongering


Jury acquits man of main charge in Virginia mall shooting of YouTube prankster


Created: Thu, Sep 28 2023 04:39:36 PM

Author: Matthew Barakat and Julie Carey, News4 Northern Virginia Bureau Chief

A jury has found a delivery driver not guilty in the shooting of a YouTube prankster who was following him around a mall food court earlier this year. Alan Colie was acquitted Thursday of aggravated malicious wounding in the shooting of Tanner Cook, who runs the “Classified Goons” YouTube channel. The jury was split though on two lesser firearms counts, convicting Colie on one and acquitting him on the other. The April 2 shooting at Dulles Town Center set off a panic over fears of an active shooter. Colie said he acted in self-defense.

Read more: Jury acquits man of main charge in Virginia mall shooting of YouTube prankster

 
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