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announcer: from abc 7 news, this is a breaking news alert. >> we begin with breaking news out of four fax county. adam torres, charged in the fatal shooting of an unarmed man, pleading guilty just minutes before he was set to go on trial. our bureau chief is live outside the
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case. >> this was certainly a surprise to those of us who have been covering this case since the beginning. the prosecutor said that this plea agreement was presented to him yesterday, was negotiated between the defense attorney for adam torres and the attorney representing john geer's longtime partner. prosecutors saying that mara harrington had made it clear she did not want to testify during a trial and she did not want their daughters to have to testify either. former fairfax county police officer adam torres pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of john geer and a jail sentence of one year. it was on august 20 9, 2013, prosecutors say, that -- on aug 2013, prosecutors say, that john geer had been drinking and acting belligerent. police arrived.
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townhome, prosecutors say adam torres fired one shot at geer's chest, killing him almost immediately. fores was set to be tried second-degree murder, but did a great -- but today pleaded guilty to manslaughter. >> i wanted him to be guilty. i wanted she and her daughter to have some sense that some justice was done. >> he has admitted to at least a felony. , as farps the situation as i'm concerned, a little bit. it's a no-win is what it really boils down to. adam torres did read a statement in court saying that he was truly sorry for what has happened, said that he was heartbroken, that he was responsible for the loss of the father of john geer's
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children. he said that there were no words to express how adequately -- no words to adequately express how terrible he feels. adam torres will be officially sentenced on june 24. at that point, he will have already served 10 months. he will be sentenced to one year in jail. it will be up to the judge as to how much the time served will go into consideration to the sentence. much more coming up on later editions of abc news. live in fairfax county, jeff goldberg. autria: thank you for the update. breaking news now in prince george's county. news chopper seven over an industrial accident in brandywine. this involved a bulldozer in the 8900-block. they are investigating a potentially fatal injury. we are still working to get more information. stay with abc seven for updates -- abc 7 for updates as they come into our newsroom. now to the high court.
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the supreme court that could impact 4 million immigrants living in the u.s. illegally. the judges are hearing a challenge to obama's sweeping immigration plan. sam sweeney is outside the court, where people have been rallying since we first saw you this morning. sam: the crowds continue to grow here. it just seems to get noisier and noisier. take a look behind me. there are about two dozen people not in support of the executive action, but everybody else supports immigration reform. meantime, inside the court, about a half-hour ago, oral arguments wrapped up. this case surrounds the lives of about 4 million undocumented people living in this country, who has children here, that are u.s. citizens or permanent residents. in 2014, president obama signed an executive action that would shield those parents from deportation. stas and 25 other
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court, saying the president overstepped his boundaries. when the arguments began about 10:00 this morning, chief justice roberts quickly questioned the top u.s. government appellate attorney saying, look, i don't believe the president has the authority or the power to do this. justice anthony kennedy saying the same thing. meantime, outside, the children of undocumented immigrants say this is not a political issue, but if human issue. >> i think they should give -- it will help many people. it would give them a better life. it would help them get a better job. >> i think the greatest thing greatest fear right now is not to complete your life with your parents. your family is everything. it's what's holding you together. it's what carries you through life. sam: you can see how emotional those children are, fearing everyday
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might be deported. we do expect a decision to come down on this case sometime in late june. reporting live outside the supreme court, sam sweeney. back to you. autria: thank you, sam. our other big story today, we are heating things up with temperatures heading into the 80's. meteorologist jacqui jeras is here with a look at your forecast. just get outu can for even three minutes, it would be great to get out and breathe a little fresh air. for allergy sufferers, that problem is going to build. here we are at the lunch hour, 76 warm degrees, already way above are average high of 68. we have very light wind coming out of the east-southeast. look how low our humidity is, down to 29%. this is dry air. even 30's and 40's in many spots this morning. we are ending the day very warm. 77 in leesburg.
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82. 78 in fredericksburg. then the six downtown. 71 in annapolis, a little cooler -- 76 downtown. 71 in annapolis, a little cooler by the water. a few spots could hit mid-80's. even after the sun goes down, just after 7:30, temperatures stay pretty warm. by 10:00, still holding on around the 70-degree mark. we have some very dry conditions. rental flooding in parts of texas -- torrential flooding in parts of texas. major traffic alert in montgomery county. a weekend water main break forcing crews to repair a section of university boulevard in langley park. our john gonzalez has the details now on the lane closures and how long the work will last. john: this afternoon is phase two of what has been a long weekend project. the dust cloud here alda
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long. it has been intense. take a look at that dust. crews are now working on repaving. heavy machinery, heavy agreement has been brought in. what was a water main break, now they are working on repaving a very busy stretch of university boulevard that has been really beaten up. at times, the dust has been so bad, the workers have been doing their best to cover themselves with clothing and masks. you definitely want to avoid this area. it was a 12-inch pipe that ruptured here on saturday. because of that, they are closing several lanes. all of the westbound lanes are shut down, two eastbound lanes are also off limits. >> what happened on sunday -- it happened saturday morning. i went outside and i saw that big mess, water coming out of the middle of the street. it looked like a swimming pool.
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without water through the weekend, including a medical center. we understand they are now back up and running. this same stretch of university boulevard near piney branch road suffered a wider range -- water main break less than a year ago. we are noticing more water mains rupturing multiple times each year. back to you. autria: thanks so much. jamie sullivan has a look at the impact on traffic right now. jamie: we have that issue, of course. if you live in langley park, avoid university boulevard. there is an accident in d.c., southeast southwest freeway, heading eastbound. before the third street tunnel, if you are trying to exit towards the 11th street bridge, let's take a live look and show you what is causing delays. 14 miles per hour. emergency crews blocking off that left lane. you still are able to get by to the right hand
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we are almost backed up onto the 14th street bridge. as we move to talk about what else we are seeing, top side of the beltway, great shape. nothing to worry about for prince george's county. same thing for montgomery county. furthermore on, that's where we have a work some in place just past the icc. -- work zone in place just past the icc. back to you. from the roads to the rails, we are covering metro for you. officials are investigating the incident that caused delays on the blue, orange, and silver lines this morning. a smoking insulator caused a fire on the tracks new the rosslyn tunnel just after 5:30 rosslyns near the tunnel just after 5:30 this morning. we will update you as soon as we learn more. right now, crews continue to search for a missing fairfax county firefighter.
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was reported missing friday. her car was found in the shenandoah national park over the weekend. jeannette reyes is life with the latest on this -- is live with the latest on this bizarre case. jeannette: that search now going into its fourth hour. i have been with virginia state police throughout the morning. they are not saying much. we do now know where that car was located. earlier, they were not even revealing that location. off of the- this is white oak canyon trail, about 90 miles away from d.c. we 31-year-old firefighter, know, was reported missing friday, april 15, after she did not show up to work on a something that was very -- work, something that was very unusual for her, according to family members. her mini-cooper was found on saturday in a remote location in the park. authorities will say that
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spend all of saturday night and sunday conducting searches by ground and on-air -- and air. they have a large amount of search crews out there. the news is spreading quickly on social media. there are quite a few people involved, trying to spread the word. she also has a website up. her sister told us the family is simply trying to hold it together at this point, hoping for the best. we are just hoping that people will see her picture, .otice her picture, be aware if they see anything, please contact virginia state police. the effort pray that of virginia state police and other agencies are successful and that a very safe resolution for everyone is in our future. stressed: authorities to me that this is going to be a difficult search. the terrain there is vy
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road. we are looking at the map. it's about a mile away from the nearest backroad. police can't say there is no reason to suspect foul play. there is not anything that would send them to that conclusion. the search continues this morning. they are telling me it will go on till sunset. if nothing is found, they will continue again tomorrow. reporting live in fairfax, jeannette reyes, abc 7 news. autria: coming up on abc 7 news at noon -- >> we almost got hit. autria: the investigation into a midair scare. why it could have been much worse. and, right now, millions in the past of severe weather -- the path of severe weather. the rescues underway as water levels rise. plus, our forecast. just how long these temperatures will stick around and our next chance of rain
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volunteeri morningside firefighter is slowly improving after he was shot four times. the 19-year-old was shot friday while responding to a welfare check in temple hills. that same gunfire killed a fellow firefighter. the shooter has been released from police custody. he told investigators he thought someone was breaking into his home, so he took action to defend himself. so far, no charges have been filed. a funeral service for the firefighter will be held wednesday. a major scare for airline passengers in london. police are investigating a possible drain -- plain and drone collision -- plane and drone collision overnight. >>
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autria: he believes a drone struck the front of an aircraft as it was landing at heathrow airport. no one was hurt. engineers say the damage was superficial. experts say it could have been much worse. a simulation from virginia tech's crash lab shows how a drone can destroy a jet engine in just seconds. banite faa rules that drones from flying within five miles of any airport in the u.s., there are still about 25 incidents every month. millions of americans are at risk as severe storms sweep through the country. funnel clouds have been spotted in several areas. elizabeth hur has the latest. >> oh, my god. elizabeth: a live report turns into a real-life rescue. >> you've got to get out. >> what do i do? >> swim. >>
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moment that water started filling up the car? >> how i going to get out of here? can i open the door? i opened the door. you were kind enough to tell me to swim. that's what i did. elizabeth: this after texas was inches. swamped by 16 >> do not try to drive through this water. stay at home. stay off the streets. elizabeth: strong winds created waves on the streets, keeping emergency crews busy all night and all morning, responding to driver after driver struck -- stuck on flooded roads. so fierce that it struck down this road of power lines. rain and lightning strikes sparked this oil tank fire. >> there were several explosions. i noticed the oil storage
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were completely engulfed. it's going to be another busy day for emergency crews with more rain in the forecast. they are not out of the woods just yet. elizabeth hur, abc news, new york. autria: more ring being forecasted. jacqui: the -- more rain being forecasted. jacqui: they have rain in the forecast the next couple days. 150 different water rescues at least occurred today. autria: at one point, you said there were 30 different communities underwater? to 100,it is now up just to put it in perspective. this is widespread. interstate shut down. it is catastrophic flooding. we've had some breaking weather news unfolding in the shenandoah national park. the rocky mountains fire -- this is a wildfire burning now. 500 acres, 0% contained. this is the view from space.
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is right now. i will pointed out to you on the satellite picture. this is closer toward the charlottesville area. this is an image that was just tweeted out by the national weather service. you can have a better idea of where it is. this is shady grove. this is charlottesville. we are concerned about this wildfire because it is 0% contained, very dry conditions. still a lot of brown out there in the shenandoah national park. a lot of fuel for that to burn up. our wind will continue to get stronger tomorrow. hopefully, they will make progress today. temperatures unseasonably warm, already about 10 degrees above are average high. 75 in hagerstown. 78 degrees in fredericksburg. our winds are like right now -- are light right now. we got some changes ahead. first, our hometown high temperatures, lower 80's across the region.
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82 in fairfax. 83 in largo. today will be the hottest day of the week. clear skies all around. high-pressure blocking everything out. we've been talking for a week about this omega block system keeping us high and dry. this will sneak down our way. are going our winds to pick up, but we don't have enough moisture to squeeze anything out of this. no rain for us. the cold from the nation's midsection will nudge over. this is the latest radar picture across the houston area. lash flooding emergency has been extended until 1:00 central time -- flash flooding emergency has been extended until 1:00 central time. we need the rain. our deficit now about three inches. temperatures will cool down behind that front. this will give away to a beautiful weekend ahead.
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the temperature department. autria: i like that. i love it when the temps overachieve. coming up, the clock is ticking. the three things you need to know about if you have not yet filed your taxes. keep it ri
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autria: this is it. it is tax deadline day. you have until midnight to file your paperwork with uncle sam. if you won't make it, there are some options. you should file something, whether it is a return or extension. the penalty for not filing or late filing is greater than the penalty for late payment. second, pay as much as you can. asked about an installment plan. if you do
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it only extends the time to file, not the time to pay. a final check of your forecast, coming up.
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the nra and its campaign cash are what stands between us and gun reform. "searing tragedy struck in a place parents felt their children were safe"
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that would let the nra skirt a new campaign finance law and block gun control. but democrat donna edwards said "no" to the nra loophole and stood up to the gun lobby. and she would ban assault weapons. democrat donna edwards, maryland's next senator. working for us pac is responsible for the content of this advertising. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] jacqui: fear skies tonight means you will have a good shot to see the international -- clear skies tonight means you will have a good
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