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tonight, several developing stories as we come on. this just in, "empire" actor jussie smollett indicted. now facing 16 felony counts tied to what prosecutors say was a made-up hate crime attack. the stiff sentence he could face if convicted. also breaking tonight the new major storm set to strike. alerts stretching for 17 states into the east. the avalanche risk turning deadly and the tornado threat in the south. president trump visiting the tornado disaster zone, but not before slamming michael cohen, accusing his former fixer of asking for a pardon. and what the president said about former campaign chairman paul manafort now heading to prison. a new r. kelly accusing speaking out alleging the r&b star sexually abused her when
she was just 13 years old as kelly remains held behind bars. why he can't get out. plus, u.s. dad who says isis has his children. our reporter with him in the region as he attempts to find them. new space race. and the space race is on. nasa and spacex teaming up sending a capsule to the international space station. the victorious splash down and the big question tonight, are american astronauts on the way? good evening. it's great to have you with us on a very busy friday night. i'm tom llamas in for david. we begin with breaking news out of chicago. new charges for empire actor jussie smollett. a federal jury indicted him with 16 felonies. smollett originally blaming it
on these two men seen on the surveillance image. tonight he's free on $100,000 bond. hisut grte jeopardy. steve osunsami starts us off. >> reporter: the actor and singer who police say made up a racist attack and then lied to america is now facing 16 new felony charges tonight for lies police say he told during two separate interviews with chicago investigators. >> i'm left hanging my head and asking why. why would anyone, especially an african-american man, use the symbolism of a noose to make false accusations? >> reporter: each new charge is for each alleged lie when he told police how he was attacked on his way home from a sandwich shop to his chicago apartment in the early morning of january 29th. he told them that he was beat up by two men with covered faces who poured a chemical on him and were yelling out racial and homophobic slurs. >> he's supposed to be well known.
requesting a report. said a noose was placed over the front's neck. >> reporter: in the second interview, police confirm that this is when the actor said that his attackers screamed "maga country," an allegation that has turned this whole incident into a political controversy. >> he said, "this is maga country, [ bleep ]. and punches me right in the face. i punched his [ bleep ] back. >> reporter: police say he paid these two men to stage the attack. in this instagram post from director lee daniels, who created the series that made the actor famous, you see a wound underneath the actors eye, which police say was likely self-inflicted. >> all right steve osunsami joins us now. steve, these are felony charges. what kind of prison time could smollett be facing? >> he could get up to three years in prison if he's convicted. he's not yet entered a plea on the current charges. he's pleading not guilty on the original charge. tom? >> steve osunsami with that new indictment. steve, thank you. the brutal new storm taking aimosbl tornado.
it could be a travel nightmare. a school bus sliding sideways down this icy street in seattle. the storm striking the midwest. then a new tornado threat for parts of the south before the storm strikes in the northeast. here's clayton sandell. >> reporter: a powerful western storm is on the move. slick roads in washington sending a school bus full of kids sliding. in colorado the rockies are bracing for new snow with new avalanche warnings. this is a view above an avalanche that buried multiple vehicles. officials say it's the worst avalanche season in 50 years. >> these slide pads don't have a history of hitting the highway. >> reporter: this marks the spot near jones pass colorado.
teams are out avalanches like this on purpose before they become threats. this spot hasn't seen a slide this big since eisenhower was president. those slides sometimes triggered with explosives. we watched ski patrollers working to make the slope safe. >> how much snow does it take to immobilize you? >> nothing. two or three inches. >> reporter: severe weather could spin up in the south bringing high winds and possible tornado. after three dozen twisters last weekend struck four states. here in colorado we're expecting another round of heavy snow tonight. that increases the avalanche risk. tom? >> clayton out there. rob marciano tracking the other weather. rob, what's coming up next? >> not only snow but wind coming with the system. very powerful. it's all coming east. it emerges in the plains
tomorrow. that brings heavy snow to the northern plains. 6 to 10 inchesest eorrow afternoon potentially lasted overnight into sunday. chicago and into new york starting as snow and turning into rain. tom? >> thank you. with that new tornado threat looming president trump and the first lady visited lee county today. at providence baptist church the president signing bibles. outside stopping by a memorial with 23 white crosses. president trump weighed in on paul manafort and on michael cohen's claim he didn't want a pardon. here's abc's terry moran. >> reporter: president trump today ripped into his former lawyer and fixer michael cohen for declaring, under oath, that
he never sought a pardon. >> michael cohen lied about the pardon. it was a stone cold lie. he has lied about a lot of things. >> reporter: before congress, cohen was clear. >> i have never asked for it, nor would i accept a pardon from president trump. >> reporter: but later, his team acknowledged cohen had, in fact, asked his lawyer to reach out to the president's attorney rudy giuliani to discuss the possibility. >> he knew all about pardons. his lawyers said they went to my lawyers and asked for pardons. >> reporter: and then on twitter, trump went further. >> he directly asked me for a pardon. i said no. he lied again. at stake in this unseemly feud is michael cohen's credibility, already shaky, and he fired back at the president tweeting "just another set of lies." today abc's kyra phillips asked trump if he'll pardon another former associate facing prison, his former campaign chairman paul manafort. >> kyra, are you ruling out a
pardon for manafort? >> i dont even discuss it. the only one discussing it is you. i haven't discussed it. >> reporter: manafort faced the prospect of decades in prison. federal guidelines called for a sentence of 20 to 24 years for his crimes, but judge ts ellis gave him just 47 months, less than four years. a stunning act of leniency based, the judge said, on what he called paul manafort's "otherwise blameless life." democrats were outraged, but not president trump. >> i feel very badly for paul manafort. i think it has been a very tough time for him. >> terry moran joins us live from the white house. terry, word tonight of another senior staffer leaving the west wing. communication director bill shine abruptly resigning today. >> that's right. bill shine the former co-president of fox news who built the coverage that donald trump loves so much. we're told the president didn't like the news coverage he's getting these days. so shine is out. we hear he may be heading to the
president's re-election campaign. >> terry moran, thank you. former army intelligence analyst chelsea manning sent to jail. manning said she objected to the grand jury's secrecy and she already revealed everything she knows at her court-martial hearing. manning served seven years in prison for leaking documents to wikileaks. a new accuser speaking out against r. kelly. the woman claiming she was only 16 years old when kelly sexually abused her. here's abc's whit >> i have been buriedlive. >> reporter: the singer denying allegheny gagss of abuse.
>> have you ever had sex with anyone under the age of 17? >> no. >> never? >> no. >> reporter: one of his latest accusers speaking out. he needs to stop playing the victim. he was the adult and i was the child. he had no right to take advantage of me when i was a 13-year-old child. >> we're in a relationship with him. >> reporter: this 21-year-old and this 23-year-old instead lashing out at their parents. >> our parents are out here to get money and scam. >> reporter: both families responding. >> that's not my daughter. the woman she is now is like robotic. >> reporter: insisting they were never out for money. >> let me make sure i'm clear. i never received any funds from r. kelly. >> have you asked for funds? >> never. >> tonight r. kelly remains behind bars unable to pay
$161,000 in back child support. tom? >> whit, thank you. we're monitoring breaking news now. a truck crashing the gate at the nuclear submarine missile base. the driver slamming into a pole coming to a stop on the side of the road. facing off against security. the driver then emerging from the truck, a small child. see all this playing out behind them. the driver taken into custody. we'll stay on top of this. overseas to syria where hundreds of isis militants and thousands of their wives and children are fleeing the last isis strong hold and crowding into refugee camps. one american father travelled to the region looking for his children who he said was abducted by his wife and taken to syria. here's abc's jamesapons, and ev.
left behind near isis's last stronghold in baghouz. isis fighters, some of them injured, have been streaming out of that syrian town surrendering. and the wives and children of the so-called caliphate who believed in its fantasy now face the grim reality of its demise. living in makeshift camps like this one, now at breaking point, another 12,000 arriving in just the last two days. we met one american father who travelled to the region desperate to find two faces among the crowd. bashirul shikder says his wife abducted their children yusuf and zahra from their south florida home four years ago to join isis. >> i asked her, how you did this to me? how did you come to this kind of decisions to take my lovely e id that, "i cannot come rom because our passports, my passport, my babies' passport are taken already." >> reporter: his wife now
believed to be dead. but u.s. commanders are warning the seeds of future extremism may be sprouting in those camps. and that father hoping he just finds his children and takes them out of this mess. tom? >> james longman. james, thank you. next a milestone in space travel after spaks x's dragon capsule successfully returns to earth. the dragon could do it again as soon as this summer, but next time with a human on board. here's abc's david kerley. >> here come the mains. >> reporter: a breakthrough in human spaceflight for america. starting -- >> four healthy parachutes deployed. >> reporter: -- with the successful end of this spacex mission. an atlantic splashdown. >> dragon has returned to planet earth. >> reporter: a test to prove this dragon capsule with a mannequin named ripley filled with sensors is safe to carry americans to space from american soil for the first time in eight years. the private space company passing three major tests.
lifting off with the capsule. docking and undocking with the international space station. and surviving the firey re-entry into earth's atmosphere. i talked to the astronauts on the space capsule before they left. >> this is the dawn of a new era in space flight. >> i had these moments of wow. it kind of looks a bit like a business class spacecraft. >> reporter: space x has another test and hopes to carry humans by summer. boeing wants nasa as a paying customer, too. and plans to test its capsule next month. tom? >> david, thank you. news on the economy tonight. a disappointing jobs report. u.s. employers added just 20,000 jobs in february. possibly the effects of a harsh winter and the government shutdown. the unemployment rate is back to 3.8%. the u.s. women's soccer team filing a gender discrimination lawsuit over unequal pay. the lawsuit alleges the u.s.
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>> reporter: tonight, the man charged with holding 13-year-old jayme closs captive for 88 days after killing her parents saying he intends to plead guilty. in a handwritten letter from prison apparently answering questions from a reporter at minneapolis station kare, jake patterson writing -- "i want jayme and her relatives to know that. don't want them to worry about a trial." >> i have a young lady at my house right now and she says her name is jayme closs. >> reporter: jayme bravely escaping patterson's rural cabin, later telling investigators she was barricaded under his bed for up to twelve hours at a time with no food or water. asked why he did it, patterson claiming, "this was mostly on impulse. i don't think like a serial killer." but police say the 21-year-old meticulously planned the home invasion. patterson ending his letter with an apology. i'm sorry jayme for everything. i know it doesn't mean much. tom, the sheriff says he is aware of the letter but cannot comment on an active case. patterson is charged with two counts of murder and kidnapping.
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finally tonight on this international women's day, america strong. the little girl and the big star. what he did to makeer dremorris skball andheov watching golden state warrior steph curry. >> he's a really good ball handler. i hope to be as good as him when im older. wanted the same shoes curry wears on the court. >> the ultimate upgrade. >> reporter: but when she went to the under armour web site and looked for curry 5s only boys sizes came up. riley telling espn.
>> there weren't on the girls net. boys aren't any better than girls. there's no difference. >> she looked at me and she goes dad that's not fair. i said hey why didn't write a letter to him. >> reporter: and that's exactly what riley did. >> dear stephen curry, i'm 9 years old. i'm from napa, california and i'm a big fan of yours. >> reporter: well, that letter reached curry who usually makes amazing plays on the court. this time he did it on social media. >> i woke up opened my phone and i'm reading this letter and it says riley. it took me a few minutes and i realize this is a letter from steph curry to my daughter about shoes. >> he said he was sorry that they had listed the shoes as boys and that he was fixing the problem and that he would send me a pair of curry 5s. i was shocked. i didn't know what to say. >> she just kept saying he wrote back dad. dad, he wrote back! >> are these mine? >> yes. >> yay! >> she got six large boxes of gear from him and multiple pairs of shoes. amazing.
>> reporter: just last night riley met riley has now even collaborated with curry on another sneaker, her designs right there on the sock liner. >> be fearless. >> reporter: riley morris son by taking charge of her own future teaching a new generation of girls this lesson. >> by simply writing the letter you could change the world and you don't have to be rude. you can be kind and respectful and it will change. >> that is so true. you can see more of riley's story on espn. thanks for watching. i'm tom llamas. i hope to see you back here tomorrow. good night.
live, this is abc 7 news. the plan was either non-existent or poorly executed or -- or. >> it was kind of like all hell broke loose. it was wild. >> we're going to come back. >> a popular outdoor marketplace shuttered by last week's russian river flooding. tenants say there was a plan to prevent that flooding it simply didn't work. good afternoon, thank you for joining us. i'm larry beil. >> i'm ama daetz. more than a week after last week's heavy rain and flooding, the cleanup clooens. >> abc7 news reporter wayne freedman has more on the efforts to get back in business. >> reporter: we felt we owed this place another vichlt this is the bar low. we will give you a look at where some of the work is going on now. it was under water last week. some of the tenants say they are considering a lawsuit against their landlord. they still have many questions. >> please, please get off the
property. thank you. >> reporter: it hasn't been a easy to get inside the bar low market district since last week's flood. today tenants invited us in. they showed us walls, bear electrical crisis. it ise thatlost tir. reporte at the village bakery, 70 more at the community market. >> my thing is workers working paycheck to paycheck. how are they going to pay their rent next month or this month, eat. >> reporter: and at this restaurant. >> it was definitely not executed well. >> reporter: the bar low was built on low ground. everyone knows during heavy rains this area tends to flood. the developer put in a series of flood gates right here. but on the night of the big storm something went wrong. >> i definitely think it was poorly executed. there was no labor, and no training and no plan.