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springfield townhouse with the then 13 and 17-year-old daughters inside the home. harrington called police and a standoff ensued for 45 minutes when adam torres one of the first officers on the scene fired one shot at john geer, killing him almost instantly. it then took 17 months for fairfax county police department released any information about the case. now after the guilty plea of adam torres, it's nearly all come to an end. >> it will never be fully accepted. it's something that will be with me forever. it is moving along. hopefully i can get back to a more normal life. >> i wanted him to be convicted of a felony. i wanted him to serve time. i wanted him not to be a police officer anymore. i wanted mora and her daughter to have a sense that some justice was done. although it's not a perfect or an ideal situation. jeff: not perfect or jail but the widespread sentiment from the prosecutors and
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family. adam torres did a make a statement in court saying, "i am truly sorry for my actions. i am heartbroken for mr. geer's children. there are no words i can say to adequately express my remorse." adam torres will be sentenced formally on june 24. at that point he will have served ten month of the 12-month jail sentence. so it will depend what the judge decides how much longer if at all he will serve of the jail time. coming up at 5:00, we hear from don geer, the father of john geer with reaction to the in-court apology from adam torres as well as some of the words that john geer said prior to being fatally shot. a lot more coming up. until then, jeff goldberg, abc7 news. michelle: breaking news out of montgomery county where police announced the person whose body was found in a hotel over the weekend was murdered. montgomery county reporter kevin lewis is live in gaithersburg with the details.
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kevin? kevin: the red roof inn staff found the person before noon on saturday. we are told the individual was murdered. they are now identified as 22-year-old kenneth blakeny. the police just revealed that blakeny was a transgender female. and was most likely working as a prostitute when she was murdered. multiple stab wounds to the upper body we're told as the cause of death. we can tell you that police are looking at a number of factors including surveillance video and any type of evidence in the hotel room, whether that is a cell phone or any sort of evidence that may lead them back to the person that ended up actually killing this 22-year-old. blakeny does have a criminal record according to maryland k-search. we can tell you that the police are offering a reward of up to $10,000 for anyone who helps them find the killer or killers. much more at 5:00. for now we are liv
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gaithersburgs at police headquarters. i'm kevin lewis. abc7 news. michelle: the search is on for a local firefighter who hasn't been seen since friday. that is when nicole mittendorf didn't show up for work in fairfax county. the woodbridge woman's car was later found in madison county in shenandoah national park. suzanne kennedy has the latest on the search. suzanne: this is where the search is taking place in the chantilly national park. a hundred searchers for the local, state, federal encies have been looking for nicole mittendorf since saturday. this is the scene from white oak canyon where authorities are searching in the air and on the ground. the last time anyone heard from the fairfax firefighter wednesday the 13th. she was reported missing two days later. state police won't comment on her state of mind or what she was doing in the park. police say they are searching in the area of te miles. >> it's really a steep and a rocky terrain out there. it's about probably from
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head is probably 2,500 vertical drop in elevation. so it's rugged. if you were to get off the trail i assume it would be difficult to get around. suzanne: mittendorf's car was found saturday at 8:00. there is no reason to believe her disappearance is suspicious. they are treating this as a missing person's case. suzanne kennedy, abc7 news. jonathan: there is new information today to tell you about in the investigation in to the shooting that killed a firefighter and injured another. prince george's county fire and police chief held a press conference with the state attorney a few hours ago. maryland bureau chief brad bell was there. what did they have to say? a lot of people have a lot of questions on this one. brad: a lot of questions. you know the people here at the fire house have questions. it's pretty sad here, landover hills. this van being prepared for the funeral procession. inside you c
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the casket in the funeral procession. the firefighters trying to figure out exactly what happened to their colleague. there is no answer today as i knock on the same door firefighters broke through friday night. plywood covers the hole they made to get in to potentially save the life of a man they believed was in medical distress. tonight, prince george county fire chief is standing by that decision. >> they did what they were trained to do. they did all of the right things based on the information they had in front of them. brad: tragically, a firefighter was killed. firefighter kevin swain critically injured when the man inside opened fire. sources say the 61-year-old had been asleep or affected by his medical condition and didn't hear the firefighters and his own brother who called for help knocking. and yelling. identifying themselves. he awoke to them breaking in his door. grabbing his legally owned gun
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dropping the weapon as he realized who he shot. he was released saturday. the shooting considered a horrible mistake but likely not a crime. tomorrow, the man must testify before a grand jury. the police still gathering evidence. >> circumstantially how it played out inside the home who was in what position, what was the position of the door, how many shots were fired to a certainty. those are the questions we need answers to. brad: the man we call the shooter is not charged and not being publicly identified. 61 years old. retired. lives alone at the house. when we come back at 5:00 we talk about how firefighters are considering changing the procedures when they approach houses like this. brad bell, abc7 news. michelle: thank you. not one but two countries working to recover after deadly earthquakes rocked residents.
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another 350 dead in ecuador. rescuers around the world are heading to help. alison starling is at the live desk with the latest. alison: an awful situation. the 7.8-magnitude quake hit on saturday. aid workers are in place from mexico, bolivia and switzerland. we check in with the search and rescue team virginia tars one and they have not been activated in the area. john kerry says the u.s. will help in any way it can. >> i have gratitude for all the workers who haven't slept or eaten as they work hard to save lives. alison: this morning a 7-year-old girl
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were rescued. international aid group are setting up plants to provide clean drinking water there. doctors are also in the area to help people cope with the disaster. michelle: the u.s. is airlifting water, and supplies to remote southern japan rocked by two earthquakes late week. another thousand injured and ten people are still missing today. 180,000 people were evacuated from the shelters over the weekend as the aftershocks hit the region. one caused a mud slide that made it harder to search for the survivors who still may be trapped. now coincidently, today marks 110 years since massive earthquake hit san francisco. memorial service was held in the city that included a wreath laying for the more than 3,000 people who die
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jonathan: on storm watch, just unbelievable video from texas today after 16 inches of rain fell in the houston area in less than 24 hours. that is the result. the storm brought hail this morning. dallas, the brazso river is overflowing the banks. we have more on the storms coming up at 4:30. but in the meantime check in now with chief meteorologist doug hill. we have had glorious weather. this felt like summer. mid-80's in spots. as of 4:00, it's impressive. 87 in charlottesville. 86 in luray. winchester, martinsburg, manassas and fredericksburg. these are the numbers for the middle of june. this everything we will keep mostly clear skies and cool-off through the evening.
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52 tomorrow in germantown. 53 in waldorf. high pressure is in control. frontal system will affect us through tomorrow with the slightly cooler air and no rain. when we will see rain, we need some. that is coming up in the seven-date outlook in a few minute. michelle: developing story where a bus explosion wounded ten people. the smoke from the explosives could be seen for miles away. this comes after a number of palestinian attacks on israelis, most of those attacks were stabbings. a local rescue service says two of the victims have been seriously wounded. police are calling the bombings a terrorist attack. jonathan: let's talk politics. maryland primary a week away. senator cruz getting a head start. 30 minutes ago the senator was
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wrapping up a speech. former candidate carly fiorina was campaigning for cruz in bethesda. maryland primary is on the 26th. the other remaining candidates are in new york. they are campaigning for tomorrow's primary. huge delegate count there. rich for them. john kasich held a campaign in syracuse today. he is trying to close a 33-point gap between himself and trump. that is who will be introduced at the rally tonight by the buffalo bills head coach rex ryan. bernie sanders met with community leaders at a restaurant in the bronx. hillary clinton met with staffers at a new york hospital. michelle: the supreme court appears divided over the challenge to president obama's immigration actions. the eight justices are considering the 2014 executive order that could shield roughly 4 million people from deportation and make them eligible to work in the united states.
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summer. jonathan: the fight is on how you stream your favorite shows. michelle: that is right. we will explain that. plus new information and how much it could cost to renovate one of the most popular museums in the country. jonathan: the role of a virginia university is now playing trying to keep planes safe from the drones. michelle: then coming up later, crossing the finish line. a look at this year's boston marathon binners and some of the other runners making an impact.
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michelle: southwest said in a statement that crew member did follow protocol. he says after a 40-minute interrogation he was released and vows to never fly southwest again. jonathan: there is an investigation that is underway after a british airways pilot says his plane hit a drone while landing at london heath row airport. a very scary situation. that plane which was coming from geneva did land safely. british airways say the airs but a320 was inspected after the passengers got off. it was cleared and it resumed service. experts are worried about the future encounters where a drone could get caught in a plane's engine. this simulation from the virginia tech crash lab shows how a drone can destroy a jet engine in seconds. we have seen a lot of these. people with a drone out of the airport trying to get pictures. joining me via skype is the director of the virginia tech crash
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we have seen so many people with drones at the airport interfering with planes. what do you have for them? >> yes. well, i hit the is like any other new technology. you know, by the time it takes for us to understand the technology better and make sure that the instances will be less. however, you know, depending on the size of the drone and the speed of the drone there is still considerable amount of threat we have to be mindful of. jonathan: what are you asking for introducing that might help the airlines as a whole deal with the things that might get sucked into one of their engines? >> sure. we are not necessarily introducing anything at this stage. with reworking on different strategies to be able to reduce catastrophic, potential catastrophic effects that impact might have. however, the f.a.a. is doing a really good job by regulating the air sa
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for example don't operate near the airport or near buildings or populated areas. jonathan: perhaps you can give us an example of the mitigation you are talking about. what are you proposing? >> i'm not at liberty to discuss it now but it would be an opportunity for future designs to have this in mind when the design basically develop structures. right now, aircraft have the ability to mitigate foreign object impact. the way we see it the drones are a new kind of foreign objects. however they are more solid and compared to the birds that are soft matter. they, of course, need new strategy to be able to deal with them. jonathan: is there anything that can be done to reinforce the blades inside the engines in the aircraft to make so it they survive? michelle: certainly. it's a give and take. the heavier you make the structure, then the less payload the aircraft c
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we have to look into advance structures and see how we can modify the structure so that the weight ratio and the lift from the aircraft could be sustained. jonathan: we appreciate you taking a time. when you get to a place to better explain what you have on the table as far as proposals we'll have you back. >> thank you very much. jonathan: get a check on what is happening on the roads. forget about the skies. which eble in with jamie sullivan to see what it is looking like out there with the commute. jamie: what we're seeing now is volume. starting off in d.c. heavy traffic. move to the maps and show what we have as far as volume. that is all we are seeing. not any crashes. it's heavy outbound and inbound on kenilworth avenue. talk about the travel times. northbound on
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washington parkway is just under 25 minutes from the capital beltway to route 32. between the beltways in maryland, 95, that is 42 minutes. then northbound on 270. getting from the capital beltway to clarksburg, 30 minutes. moving back to the map, focus here on virginia. in the 20's, 395 is not terrible. on 95 you will hit the slow patch to get to mortazavi and trying to get closer to the occoquan. that's a look at traffic. back to you. michelle: thank you. boy, we are on a roll in the weather department. jonathan: what a treat we have had. we have come through rocky roads to get where we are now but this is spectacular. michelle: very nice. doug: it's summertime. we can't keep it this far above average. tomorrow is near 80 and then closer to the reality. michelle: still 70's? doug: about 67. we are getting there. slowly by surely. let's get started with a live look right
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this is in mcclain from hyattsville regency. through the image on the left-hand side to 123 to tysons. the beautiful afternoon with the heat. dry and a haze in the sky. we see the temperatures in the 80's. check this out. 84 in falls church. 84 in clifton. 85 in college park. 85 in dale city. 82 in columbia heights. 82 degrees over here. but then a blizzard over the weekend. that is just outside of denver. drop temperatures tomorrow night to wednesday and thursday. we could see isolated thunderstorms on friday.
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the high pressure system is the reason we enjoy preview of summer weather conditions. look at houston area. look at satellite all day long. this is just about to clear out of houston. they will get a break from the intense rainfall they have had. rainfall amounts look at the numbers in the past two hours. in houston area, 17.6 inches at little mound creek. astronomical amounts of rain. for us, not so much. we will see sunshine, breeze tomorrow. near 80. cooler. a lot of sunshine on wednesday and thursday near 70. friday just a chance of scattered showers and isolated rumble of thunder. we should clear out over the weekend. another frontal system could potentially bring a shower to saturday. but it is looking better for the weekend. temperatures will settle down to a fairly seasonal pattern here after a while. jonathan: we will take it. michelle: coming up at "abc7 news at 4:00" -- battling for business. the local high end shopping area fighting for the foothold in the face of competition. jonathan: but first, making the deadline. look at what you can do
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midnight. michelle: here is a look at the 11 of 16 stamps being released to celebrate the national park services centennial this year. this features a water lily at the kenilworth national park and aquatic garden and taken by local
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jonathan: "7 on your side" this evening as the cut off to file taxes is counting down. if you are not going to make the deadline there are options available to you. abc rebecca jarvis has what you need to know about the late filing. >> get it done early. don't wait until april. >> with more than 150 million americans rushing to get the federal taxes filed by april 18. >> i usually file an extension. so, it will be stressful later on. >> a number of us and you know who you are just aren't even close to being ready. >> the question is what happens if you miss the deadline? the answer is don't. >> what you should do is file something. in some cases that will be a return. in others an extension. >> the penalties for non-filing for late filing are far greater than the penalties for late payment. >> filing a return is your best option. if you owe money pay as much as you can. >> if you simply don't have the means ask abo
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contact the i.r.s. right away to discuss the option. they will work with you, especially if there are mitigated circumstances such as personal or family hardships. if you can't file that return you will need to ask for more time. asking for an extension will buy you six months. but one huge caveat. an extension only extends the time to file. it does not extend the time to pay. if you are one of the lucky ones expecting a refund this year you have to file in order to get it. >> the i.r.s. will not send you money unless you ask them for it. >> they are sitting on $1 billion in unclaimed refunds. taxpayers have three years from the time the tax is due to claim one. april 18, 2016 is the last day taxpayers receive refund from the 2012 tax year. rebecca jarvis, abc news, new york. michelle: coming up at 4:00 --
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the wells fargo center. i have best seat in the house. game three caps-flyers. we have a preview next. chris: the price tag is in. how much it will cost to renovate the air and space museum and when venerations
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michelle: the district is filled with memorials and museums but the cost to renovate one of them is heading sky high. chris papst has an update on what it will take to fix up the air and space museum. >> 40 years after opening the air and the space museum is in need of serious renovations. the cost has come in at $410 million. ten time dos of construction in 1976. the 76 million visitors and this is billed as the third most popular museum in the world. but the heating, the air conditioning and the mechanical system in the giant building are original and need to be replaced. plus the outside marble is cracking and warping. four walkways were installed in late 2014. that
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pedestrians. so this is a complete renovation inside and out. the museum remain open during the time. but some sections may close. to put the price tag in perspective the museum of the american indian built in 2004. that was $200 million. half the cost. in the satellite center chris papst, abc7 news. jonathan: the temperature certainly took a nice turn in the upward trend. we needed this. this is a weekend had flip-flops and short slives. it was great. doug: it inched up. feels like summer. tomorrow another day. jonathan: felt like workin
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doug: racing here. look at this time lapse. middle of the screen is i-66 there. it has been a beautiful day. throughout the entire day. we have seen a really fast rise in the temperatures from the 50's to the 80's. 81 degrees. it's gorgeous out. it's a pleasant night outdoors for activities as the temperatures are slow to fall off. in fact, the latest numbers across the maps now are 86 in manassas and fredericksburg. 81 in frederick. 78 in annapolis. keeping them cooler. 83 in baltimore in the hot spot. 87 now at the airport in charlottesville. tonight a slow drop in the temperatures. will stay mild overnight. coolest is 45 to 55. in addition to that we will be back to near 80 storm. it will become sunny, partly sunny through the day. becoming breezy. the cold front will come through but have clouds in the afternoon. so it will still be pleasant. it will turn cooler through the day on wednesday and thursday. but still around 70. the next chance of rain
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showers, thunderstorms, possibility developing through the mid-morning and the early afternoon. right now things are looking good for clearing trend. seasonal temperatures for the upcoming weekend. back to you. jonathan: nice warm temperatures there. on the ice it's hot. hard not to be a caps fan right now because the team is legit the way they are playing. michelle: they have the goods and what it takes to win the stanley cup. we hope they go all the way. it's game three against the flyers. but this time on their home ice. scott abraham is live in the city of brotherly love with a preview. scott? >> the washington capitals are in full battle mode now. the caps are the public enemy number one in philadelphia at the wells fargo center. up 2-0 in the series. the caps better be ready to face a desperate flyers team. i tell you what. this building will be energized later tonight. rapid fan base starving for a playoff victory. before the game they will be honoring the late
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snide erwho died last week. washington needs to weather the storm the first ten minutes of the game. they must come out with the same energy and the urgency that the flyers are expected to have on the ice tonight. >> they are desperate. nobody wants to go behind three games. you will get the best team especially going into their building. it will be loud in here. this is easy to feed off the crowd noise when you start playing. >> get a sense over-confidence is not an issue here? >> not at all. we have our eyes set on winning tonight. that's about it. >> caps fans you may not want to hear this stat. the capitals never led best of seven series 3-0. when they are in this situation 2-0 in best of seven, they are 0-7 all time in game three. but a terrific
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tonight to end the streak. reporting at the wells fargo center, scott scott abraham, ab7 sports. michelle: thank you. the 120th running of the boston marathon in the books now. lemi berhanu hayle of ethiopia won the men's race in two hours and 12 minutes. jonathan: holy cow! michelle: i know. that is fast. fellow ethiopian atsede baysa was the woman's winner two hours and 29 minutes. it was her first boston marathon. for mcfadden of clarksville, maryland, it was her fourth straight win in the woman's push rim race. that is a huge accomplishment. jonathan: the race was poignant for the survivor of the bombing from three years ago. adrianne haslet-davis one of those survivors signed up to run the race this year. she lost her leg in the bombing. this is her first boston marathon. she ra
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four hours and 47 minutes. she is still on the course right now as we speak. remember they start later than the elite runners. actor mark wahlberg was at the finish line for today's race filming a new movie based on the 2013 attacks. michelle: you were in boston covering the marathon the year the attack happened. so many of us recall where you were. you were close to the finish line. jonathan: i was on the finish line. for eight years in piston i covered it every year. it's uneventful, great day. spectacular weather, great runners and great athletes. on that particular day we were wrapped up and i went back to the finish line with a field producer and photographer to do interviews with people who come across. all of a sudden the bomb went off not more than across the street from us. it was denning. you saw a lot of people go down and run away. up the street another bomb went off and you put two and two together quick. i don't
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hours because that's how long we worked non-1207 for the next week. crazy. but nice to see the race come back and the athletes come back. it has gone back to what it was. >> the race means so much to the people of boston and to the entire country. jonathan: no question. michelle: all right. coming up on "abc7 news at 4:00" -- the results are in. jonathan: find out if this boat will be called boaty mcboatyface or no kathleen matthews: in the race for congress, i don't believe that big money can buy votes -- not in our district. and i won't claim to have single handily passed just about every bill in annapolis. we can't settle for the same old politics, not when our basic rights are being threatened by trump and cruz. i'll stand up to their bigotry and be a passionate voice for maryland women and families. in tv and in business, i built relationships. as a woman in the house, i'll do the same to get things done. i'm kathleen mathews and i approve this message.
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jonathan: "7 on your side" to fight back against crime. new clue to a bank robber in the region. jennifer donelan has the details. jennifer: a bank robber featured on "7 on your side"'s wall of justice has struck again. the forever loyal bandit robbed five local banks in two years and then he went quiet for months. the f.b.i. says he showed up again this weekend in falls church. saturday morning the man walked in bank on leesburg. he passed a note and got the cash. he's nicknamed forever loyal bandit. he has a logo on a t-shirt that he wore in a couple of the robberies in 2013, and 2014.
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robberies in falls church and fairfax he has committed. so far he has gotten away with all of it. if you have any information on who he is, you are asked to call the f.b.i. and coming up in about an hour i will be downstairs. we will ask you to look for the search for fugitives in the area on the wall of justice. michelle: thank you. coming up at "abc7 news at 4:00" -- some are calling it the war on terriers. the day in court for johnny depp and his wife after bringing the dogs where they shouldn't have. >> one of the d.c. area most upscale shopping centers is facing stiff competition. up next we will tell you how it is trying
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michelle: amazon is going to offer stand-alone streaming service as a stand-alone office. it's offered for a dollar net than netflix. they signed the deal for the hbo olde
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premium network epic. jonathan: city center blossomed to high-end shopping center since opening in d.c. a year ago. but up the road in friendship height stores feel the pull as the shoppers head in the city for the pricier places. kevin lewis will look now at what all of this could mean for the strip that used to be home for the snazier stores. michelle: they are facing stiff competition since the city center opened. >> the dior store ditched the long-time wisconsin avenue home. and moved to the glitzy new mixed use development downtown. >> i like the city center because it's smaller. i don't like to walk around that much. there are less cars. >> real estate moguls with pricy property in and around friendship heights are exploring ways to keep customers coming. plans include creating a
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lined with the boutiques, quality dining and the coffee houses. the parking lot behind the grocery store might be revamped, too, make it usier friendly. the mast e plan calls to remove sculptors and water fountain to free up space for outdoor dining at clyde's restaurant. >> that would be great, awesome. a nice switch. a nice change for the area. >> montgomery county will review the design proposal before the renovations begin. >> friendship heights has always been the city's premier shopping district and the restaurant district. it would be a shame to see the tiffany's and the places go. that would really, i wouldn't like to see that. kevin: in friendship heights i'm kevin lewis, abc7 news. jonathan: johnny depp's wife actress amber heard will not go to jail after all. she is accused of smuggling her dogs to australia. prosecutors dropped two serious charges against her after she pleaded guilty to providing a false immigration document.
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her yorkshire terriers in the country while her husband was filming a movie there. >> i am truly sorry that pistol and boo were not declared. protecting australia is important. >> you declare everything when you enter australia. >> we thought letting movie stars, even the sexiest man alive twice to come in the nation, why don't we break the laws for everybody. >> that won't work in australia. jonathan: heard avoided up to ten years in prison by saying she was sorry and agreeing to the terms. michelle: right now take a look, moment and check on the other first family. a live look at mr. president and the first lady there enjoying the sunshine. jonathan: look how big they are. michelle: yes. those are the babies. at the national arboretum. they are growing up pretty fast. yeah. it has been a month. look how big they are. jonathan: now they sit at the edge of the nest waiting for mom and dad to come back. michelle: testing their limits now. you can
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through the live stream at wjla.com. they still have a contest going. right now they're still dc2 and dc3. jonathan: it will happen. michelle: at the end of the month is the cutoff point for the names to come in. jonathan: all right. the university of buffalo may have sent a number of high school seniors on roller coaster ride of emotions after they made a major gaffe. this is no fun. school spokesman says they accidentally sent 5,000 perspective students acceptance e-mails when in actuality the application had not been received yet. the school sent a second e-mail through to four hours later apologizing for the mistake. the students now are still being considered for acceptance. ouch. michelle: update now on a story that swept the internet. remember the online poll to give the state-of-the-art research vessel a name? boaty mcboatface won in a landslide. it wasn't even close. more than 7,000 people opted for the silly
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voting. britain's natural environment council doesn't have to stick with it. they could do away with the online poll result. altogether, whatever the name is, though, the $300 million vessel set sail for antarctica in three years. jonathan: if they go with boaty mcboatface that will be a christening party. michelle: they have to go with the will of the people! jonathan: talk about the weather. spectacular. look who stepped outside. michelle: he didn't want to stay inside. i don't blame him. it is gorgeous and still warm. steve: this is the first time i have broken a sweat so far this season. the sun is out. it will stay out for another couple of hours. look at the temperatures in the lower 80's across much of the area right now. looking at the weather bug camera at the belle haven country club in alexandria. middle 40's in the suburban locations. around 50 to 55 inside the capital beltway under mainly clear skies. tomorrow
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80 degrees for a high. thursday around 70. the next best chance for showers will come on friday. hit or miss showers for the day on friday. the upcoming weekend looks great. d.c. united versus new england. we have been so farmnate with the weather with a lot of sunshine and warm temperatures. not the case in texas. especially around houston area. meteorologist brian van de graaff has more. >> more than a foot of rain fell in 24 hours to close schools and
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without power in houston. mayor sylvester turner telling people to stay inside. >> you will ruin your cars. this is not a submarine. don't go through the water. stay home and be safe. >> not everybody listened to the advice. a reporter had to go in the water to save this man. >> thank you. >> yes, we're here -- >> i didn't see it. >> are you okay, sir? >> i'm okay. >> are you okay? >> i'm okay. >> watch your step, sir. watch your step. did you not think the water was that deep? >> i didn't think the water was that deep. >> the car is under. >> you have to leave the car. >> the it dumped foot and a half snow on colorado and the heavy spring snow brought down trees. even power lines and entire carports. they were not expecting
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>> in the end it was more than a dozen carports that collapsed trapping 30 cars underneath. brian van de graaff, stormwatch7 weather. jamie: this is the waze map. pulling out a little bit i want to show you the traffic passing by malcolm x. continuing south to national harbor we are still seeing a solid red line of bumper to bumper traffic. no crashes right now. although we are hearing about a reported accident northbound near malcolm x. talk about how slow the southbound traffic is moving to the map. right now 16 minutes from the 11th street bridge closer to the capital beltway. the big picture, a live look will show you the slowing before you get to the g.w. parkway. is it going to be heavy. that is a look at tra
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john: the better business bureau with a new alert about text alert scams and are targeting anyone with a laptop or desk top computer. a woman who almost tell for it wants others to know what to watch for. suzanne was working on the laptop and it showed dell computers. >> she anxioused and a man told her they found a problem with her computer. >> he started talking to me there was a virus problem on my computer they were getting notifications. he was there to help me walk through it. john: but she had a top of the line antivirus program which showed everything was fine. >> i said no computer company has ever called me in the past. so why are you calling me now? >> he never directly answered that. john: she hung up. go
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where someone calls to claim to be with microsoft, apple, dell, h.p. the goal is to make you pay money to fix a virus that doesn't exist. >> the better business bureau says there are two versions of this scam. one with they will call you on the phone. the other is a pop-up on your p.c. >> they are doing something on the internet and a word document and a pop-up comes up and says warning, you have a virus. >> an dra with the better business bureau says no legitimate company is checking your computer unless it's a virus program that you purchased. so hang up or close the pop-up. remember, they are slick. >> they are frightening. >> bottom line microsoft, apple, dell will never call or e-mail you unannounced about your computer so ignore the alerts so you don't get trapped and waste your money. i'm john matarese, abc7 news. leon: a fire department in shock. one rescuer dead. another injured. both shot on a routine call.
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nightmare. leon: why the man who pulled the trigger is not charged with a crime yet. plus -- >> a no win is what it boils down to. leon: a surprise guilty plea from a former fairfax county police officer after he kills an unarmed man. where the case goes from here. >> get out of the car. you got to get out. leon: the television news crew becomes more than just eyewitnesses. >> now, "abc7 news at 5:00". on your side. leon: it's described as a terrible tragedy spawned from the terrible mistake. tonight we are learning more about the shooting that claimed a prince george's county firefighter life and left two other men injured. right now the man accused of firing the fatal shot is not facing any criminal charges. maryland bureau chief brad bell joins us live to explain why. brad? what is the story here? >> it looks like this is just a case of mistaken identity. a man who was terrified for his own well-being opening
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who we will call the shooter who is not being identified publicly is likely never going to be charged with anything. although the investigation is still underway. >> an ambulance turned into a memorial. fire truck ready to carry the casket of firefighter john ulmschneider, the man known as skillet. a career firefighter. gunned down friday night by a man whose life he was trying to save. firefighter kevin swain hit four times when the man opened fire. swain recovering after life-saving surgery. >> so he is beginning to show positive signs of improvement. he has a long road ahead. brad: fire chief saying they responded to this house friday evening for a medical call. get nothing response from the inside they make entry through the front door. according to the sources the noise wakes the man and he fearing an home invasion he opens fire. the firefighter and the man's brother are hit.

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