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>> glor: >> glor: no charges against police officers in the shooting death of 12-year-old tamir rice in cleveland. also tonight, a giant storm system crawls across the country dumping snow and ice after tornadoes tore through texas. >> we are at nature's will, whether we're going to live or die. >> glor: an environmental disaster with no end in sight. thousands flee a methane leak in southern california. and, he was king of his court. farewell to meadowlark lemon. >> he's up to something. he's done it. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> glor: good evening. scott's off tonight. i'm jeff glor. an ohio grand jury today declined to indict two white cleveland police officers, timothy loehmann and frank garmback, in the shooting death of 12-year-old tamir rice. rice was shot in november of
waving a gun in a park. it turned out to be a toy. the prosecutor called the incident an absolute tragedy, but not a crime. demarco morgan is in cleveland. >> simply put, given this perfect storm of human error, the state's miscommunication by all involved that day, the evidence did not indicate criminal conduct by police. >> reporter: cuyahoga county prosecutor tim mcginty says this enhanced video shows 12-year-old tamir rice was pulling a pellet gun out of his waistband when he was shot. >> he either intended to hand it over to the officers or show it wasn't a real gun, but there was no way for the officers to know it. they saw the events unfolding in front of them from a different perspective. >> reporter: the prosecutor said the radio dispatcher was to blame for not telling the police that the gun may have been fake and the suspect may have been
911 call. reporter: but the radio dispatcher told the officers this: >> reporter: officer loehmann shot rice within two seconds of pulling up to the scene with his training officer frank garmback. the county's public corruption unit chief says officers trained to shoot quickly when they believe a suspect may open fire. >> it is clear that had these officers known this was possibly a child and the gun was possibly a toy, that would not have considered this incident to have been so serious and most certainly would have used different tactics. >> reporter: walter madison represents the rice family. >> there was an expectation that this would be the outcome of the grand jury process, but there's nothing like knowing.
live with that. >> reporter: now, jeff, the family of tamir rice complained the officers were allowed to give statements to the grand jury and were not asked questions, something they say would never happen if a civilian were accused. the officers remain under restricted duty. >> glor: demarco morgan in cleveland tonight. in another major story tonight, the storm system that left a path of devastation in the south is heading north and east, adding more ice and snow to the lethal mix of severe weather. at least 47 deaths are reported in seven states since an outbreak of tornadoes in the south last week. the storms also brought flooding to alabama and significant travel delays. mark strassmann begins our coverage in el reno, oklahoma. mark? >> reporter: jeff, take a look at this branch, iced over like so much of this community. police have urged residents to stay off of iced roads, but that often means staying inside houses that have no heat.
ice one inch thick coated roads and made driving treacherous. tractor-trailers skidded into trouble. nearly 200,000 people are without power. brad and sarah ayers and their three kids need someplace warm to sleep tonight. without power, their house feels almost as cold inside as outside. what's the worst part? >> having little ones and it being cold, getting real cold. i mean, the outside, you can get rid of all the limbs, but in here it gets pretty cold. >> reporter: the huge winter storm's impact stretched from oklahoma to new mexico. interstate 40 closed for more than 200 miles from albuquerque to the texas state line. in amarillo, texas, winds gusted up to 50mph, nearly 15 inches of snow created drifts that buried cars. in eastern oklahoma, that same storm system brought heavy rains and flooding.
to crest at 29 feet. since saturday, nearly ten inches of rain has fallen in talaqa, where brian berry lives. >> we normally get 40 inches a year. we got a fourth of that this weekend. it's a crazy year. >> reporter: and a crazy month for the ayers family. they lost power for five days over thanksgiving when another ice storm hit el reno. >> it's starting to get old. oh, definitely. they're trying to do what they can, but it that takes a long time to get this many people up with power. >> reporter: this massive pile is el reno's official dumping ground for folks who live here over the last two ice storms. the residents have brought all the branches and limbs that have fallen on their property and stuck them here, and, jeff, this pile just keeps on growing. >> glor: mark strassmann, thank you. texas bore the brunt of the weekend storms where at least 11 tornadoes were reported. david begnaud is in rowlett, texas.
when the tornado hit. >> oh, my gosh, it's big. >> reporter: this one was 550 yards wide with winds of nearly 180mph. for 13 miles, it plowed through the cities of garland and rowlett. constance rose's home was nearly demolished. two rooms were untouched, the closets where she and her family, including her two-year- old granddaughter, took shelter. >> and the house is mess. >> i know. it's a miracle that we got out alive. >> reporter: nearby, karen swearingen also hid in a closet with her boyfriend and her son trevor who is deaf. >> and it's dark. we had no electricity. and i'm trying to comfort him, and it's the only way i could communicate is to hold his hands and i just kept signing, god save us, just god save us, god
>> reporter: eight people were killed, most in their cars as vehicles went airborne. back in rowlett, mike girouard and his wife nancy took us to their damaged home. >> we were on our patio on the back of the house. >> reporter: what was that? >> that was the ceiling falling in. >> reporter: nancy, are you okay? >> no. my boys grew up in this home. >> sorry, baby. we went from happy to homeless in a minute. >> reporter: the family of four that lived inside this home that i am standing on top of tonight were trapped when it collapsed on top of them, rescuers pulled them out with only minor injuries. jeff, tonight they are back here at home with the help of neighbors, salvaging what they can. >> glor: david begnaud in rowlett, texas. all of this is creating huge problems at airports.
flights have been delayed. about 4,100 canceled. many of those in chicago and dallas-fort worth. eric fisher is chief meteorologist at our cbs boston station, wbz. he joins us now. eric, where are these storms headed next? >> reporter: jeff, this whole huge storm system starting to move its way off toward the north and east. we have heavy snow and ice in the upper midwest. all this moving into the northeast tomorrow. places that were 70 degrees on christmas eve now getting their first winter storm of the season, a mix of sleet, freezing rain and snow that will cause travel issues out the door tomorrow morning before all this finally moves off to the north and east and out to sea as we head into late tomorrow evening. so across the north east, new york city will actually a punch into the warmer air, above 50 degrees, but the boston area across new england and interior parts of new york state, a wintry mix that's going to cause quite a few travel issues. now, the lingering thing, even after this whole storm system moves off shore, we have river flooding that's reaching
take a look at the scenes we've been tracking around the mississippi valley in particular. we've had very heavy rain in that basin. so the river flood warnings are out across a broad area. some of these crests will be at record levels as we head into the next couple days some, jeff, that's very unusual thing. normally in spring you'd expect mississippi flooding but not in winter. >> glor: eric fisher in boston. eric, thank you. in chicago, outrage after another police shooting. two people were killed over the weekend. police admit the death of one was an accident, but they're not saying exactly what happened inside an apartment building. families of the victims are demanding answers. anna werner is there. >> reporter: police went to this home on chicago's west side early saturday morning after the father of 19-year-old quintonio legrier called to say his son was threatening him and swinging a baseball bat. ten minutes later on police radio. >> reporter: officers shot and killed legrier, a college student home for christmas
recently changed. they also shot and killed a neighbor by mistake, bettie jones, a mother of five, had been asked by legrier's father to keep an eye out for the arriving officers. jahmal cole was her nephew. >> a 55-year-old lady was shot down by a chicago police officer. in the climate we're in, in chicago, that's almost unbelievable. nobody should be shot down on their doorstep, but my aunt especially was not a person that deserved that. >> reporter: there have been weeks of protest over police shootings, including that of 17- year-old laquan mcdonald, who in october of last year was shot 16 times by an officer now charged with first-degree murder. over the weekend, legrier's mother, janet cooksey, stood with others wearing anti-rahm emanuel t-shirts, calling for an investigation. >> when is the mayor going to step up? when is he going to step up? >> reporter: responding to the shooting, mayor emanuel issued a statement saying, "it is clear
officers respond to mental health crises." in a measure of the seriousness of the problems here, jeff, mayor rahm emanuel said today he was cutting short his family vacation trip to cuba to return to chicago. >> glor: anna werner in chicago this evening. in the presidential campaign, a front-runner feud continues, but donald trump is not limiting his attacks to hillary clinton. major garrett has more on this. >> reporter: bill clinton is always a popular draw on the democratic campaign trail, but donald trump is warning hillary clinton to keep her husband under wraps. if hillary thinks she can unleash her husband with terrible record of women abuse, trump said on twitter, while playing the women's card on me, she's wrong. trump raised the specter of bill clinton's previous sex scandals after hillary clinton said trump has "a penchant for sexism." today the clinton campaign announced the former president would campaign on his wife's behalf starting next week with
state that in 1992 famously made him... >> the comeback kid. >> reporter: in most national polls trump either trails clinton or runs neck and neck. trump wants to move ahead and signal to g.o.p. voters he's eager to challenge the clinton brand. >> you see hillary. i mean, did you watch that? what happened to her? >> reporter: but in the republican primary, trump is facing his own incoming. today the largest newspaper in new hampshire compared him to biff tannen. >> how do you know where i live? >> reporter: the arrogant, money-grubbing bully from "the back to the future" movies. in an interview with a new hampshire tv station, trump called the publisher, "a low life." >> the paper is failing. he's doing a terrible job. this man is absolutely terrible. >> reporter: and the clinton campaign just released a statement saying hillary clinton will not be bullied or distracted by the slings trump has thrown at her and the former president. jeff, the campaign called
policies destructive. >> glor: major garrett, thank you. tonight iraqi troops are on the verge of retaking a key city from isis, a city where americans fought and died during the iraq war. david martin reports on the new battle for ramadi. >> reporter: iraqi soldiers planted their national flag atop ramadi's government center. [gunfire] breaking the death grip isis held over the city just 70 miles west of baghdad. iraqi officials declared ramadi liberated, but u.s. officials cautioned isis still holds neighborhoods in the north and east. that will have to be cleared by house-to-house fighting against snipers and booby traps. fighting has reduced parts of the city to rubble and a return to normal life any time soon is difficult to imagine. still, taking back this city marked a major milestone for an army which last may had abandoned ramadi in the face of an assault by a much smaller number of isis fighters.
strategy of training and equipping iraqi ground troops and backing them up with strikes from the air. a total of 630 in and around ramadi. pentagon officials said the operation was a complex one which required the iraqi army first to encircle the city and then to cross rivers where the bridges had been blown. the american strategies for dislodging isis seems to be gaining traction. but no u.s. official is willing to second the iraqi prime minister's bold claim that 2016 would see the final defeat of isis in iraq. defense secretary carter called the retaking of ramadi's government center a significant step but added, "the fight against isis is far from over." >> glor: david martin reporting. thousands have been forced out of their homes-- by a massive gas leak. and-- gone in an instant. 90 years of history crumbles
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>> glor: a slow motion environmental disaster in california where a torrent of methane gas is spewing into the air. thousands have been relocated. mireya villarreal is in porter ranch. >> reporter: this infrared video shows gas rolling off the top of a nearby ridge down into the community of porter ranch. it was shot by a law firm representing several home owners who are now filing lawsuits against southern california's gas utility company. matt pakucko bought his first home in the porter ranch community eight years ago because of the scenic views and his ability to work at home as a music producer. >> i can't work in here. i can't breathe in here. when the wind comes up the hill, the gas comes down here in the fireplace, i can't work. >> reporter: the leak started in october. so far more than 6,500 families have filed for help, but only 2,200 have been relocated. the state agency that monitors
70,000 pounds of gas is being released every hour, roughly a quarter of the methane emissions in california. so cal gas spokesman mike mizarahi. >> once the leak is stopped, we'll be able to evaluate what caused the leak, and we'll be able to evaluate how much natural gas escaped. >> reporter: to fix the problem, the gas company drilled a relief well nearby, using magnetic technology, workers have located the leaking well more than 3,000 feet below ground. now they have to drill another 5,000 feet where they'll intersect the faulty well and pump it with mud, water and cement to stop the leak. it's made pakucko so sick, he had to move out. frustrating for you? >> beyond frustrating. it's a new way of life now. we can't live in our home. how much worse does it get? >> reporter: the leak is expected to be fixed by march, but, jeff, as a precaution, elementary students that go to two nearby schools will be
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>> glor: in pittsburgh today, a bridge that stood for 94 years came crashing down in seconds. it took 1,400 pounds of explosives to turn the greenfield bridge into rubble. it will be replaced by a new bridge in the next two years. a british couple loved their dog so much they paid $100,000 to have it cloned after it died. using the d.n.a. a south korean lab created two identical boxer the first one was born the day after christmas. the second is expected any day now. former outfielder dave henderson has died. he spent 14 years in the majors and is best remembered for his dramatic home run in the 1986 american league championship series.
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>> reporter: during his heydey in the '70s, there was arguably no more well-known and beloved athlete in the world. he starred in commercials. >> i'm a whiz at this whopper biz. >> reporter: and on saturday morning tv. >> i am your leader. i think of those things. >> reporter: but it was on the court that the man referred to by some as "the clown prince of basketball" reigned supreme. meadowlark lemon made it look so easy, the hook shots, the no- look pass, the comic routine. the great wilt chamberlain called meadowlark "the most sensational, awesome, incredible basketball player he'd ever seen." after watching a newsreel of the globetrotters when he was 11, lemon decided that, not the nba, would be his future. during his 2003 induction into the basketball hall of fame, the wilmington, north carolina, native described the moment. >> i made my own hoop out of a coat hanger and onion sack.
carnation milk can. i'd grab that and sing along and learn how to shoot a hook shot. played the larger crowds than most nba teams. they're credited with helping desegregate the sport. after leaving the globetrotters in 1979, lemon eventually became a minister, but every day he would head to the gym to play the game he loved, the game that loved him back. >> i've had a wonderful time and the best is yet to come. >> reporter: meadowlark lemon was 83. don dahler, cbs news, new york. >> glor: and that is the "cbs evening news" tonight. for scott pelley, i'm jeff glor. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by