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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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[000:00:59;00] investigators so far believing this is aer thal mistake. though all the facts will be presented to a grand jury. >> we don't operate as a department on circumstantial evidence. when we have the facts we will make decisions on those facts. brad: tonight the fire chief is anding it be his people. >> we charge the people with the responsibility to make decision in crisis on the fly. they did that. brad: but promising a new look at how they handle a routine and a common call. >> we will have a process that more clearly identify what is the folks should do. brad: back live at the landover hills fire department it has been sad here this afternoon. watching firefighters prepare for the funeral of the colleague. the truck you are looking at there is stripped of the hoses. cassette carrier put on top to prepare for the funeral procession which will take place wednesday. now, as for this man who we
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are referring to as "the shooter," he will be before a grand jury tomorrow to answer questions about what went on in his home. landover hills, brad bell, abc7 news. alison: thank you. meanwhile a surprise guilty plea today in the deadly police involved shooting that forced changes for fairfax county police. former police officer adam torres pleaded guilty to charges that he shot john geer during a standoff in 2013. geer was unarmed. northern virginia bureau chief jeff goldberg covered this case from the beginning. how is geer's family reacting tonight? jeff: mixed reaction. john geer's father saying that the sentence is not harsh enough but he can accept the deal. john geer's mother vehemently opposes the agreement. the plea deal came together late yesterday afternoon. the attorney representing john geer's long-time partner saying she wanted to avoid a trial while defense attorneys for adam torres proposing the guilty plea of involuntary
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manslaughter with a year in jail. prosecution saying it's not perfect but it is acceptable. >> not long after torres pleaded guilty the shooting and killing john geer, geer's father don was asked whether the justice was done. >> i will never feel justice is done. but that is just a personal feeling of a father. >> august 29, 2013, geer, 46 was angry over marital problems with his long-time partner mara harrington with the 13 and the 17-year-old daughters in the house geer who had been drinking was yelling and throwing furniture out of their springfield townhome. when harig called police -- harrington called police geer said, "tell them i'm waiting with this." pointing to a.r.-15 assault rifle. standoff ensued. after 45 minutes of improving negotiations with geer standing in the doorway under armed hands and arms up, adam torres fired one shot at geer's chest. killing him almost
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immediately. >> in a situation like that, ten, adrenaline is flowing. decide. >> prosecutor ray morrow said he accepted it at the request of harrington who wanted to spare her daughter and herself from testifying. >> i weighed it all and this is my decision and i stand by it. >> 234 the hearing, adam torres voicing an apology. "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." >> i little late in coming. i would liked to see it a long time ago. nothing on this has been done in a timely manner. jeff: it took fairfax county police 17 months to release any details about this case. a huge source of anger and frustration for the geer family and the prosecution. adam torres will be formally sentenced on jewel -- june 24. at that point torres will have already served ten months out
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of the 12-month sentence. live in fairfax, jeff goldberg, abc7 another local police department is a step closer to outfitting every officer with body cameras. the police department budget request includes funding for cameras for each of the 1,000 officers and the 50 members of the executive staff. the montgomery county council began reviewing this budget request this afternoon. leon: we have new information tonight on the disturbing case of the child pornography at a prince george's county public school. attorneys for the suspect council on american-islamic deonte carraway want key pieces of evidence thrown out. jonathan elias has a look at the argument. what is the angle here? jonathan: they want the case thrown out. this comes whether deonte carraway was capable of understanding his rights. the defense says that carraway has an i.q. of 63. meaning when he confessed he didn't understand his rights. in filings obtained by abc7, carraway's defense team says that means that his confession should just be tossed out. they also want evidence that was seized from the cell
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phones to be off-limits. you may remember carraway from child pornography that was found on cell phones. they allege that he gave phones to children at judge sylvania woods elementary school and instructed them to take videotape of sex acts. carraway is accused of shooting some of the vdeo himself with more than 17 children now coming forward. carraway is facing more than a dozen criminal charges in this case. i should say dozens of criminals charges. if convicted he could face more than 100 years in prison. court date to rule on the filings has not been set. we're keeping a close eye on this case. alison: thank you. a man is in critical condition after a piece of a bulldozer that he was working on felon top of him. this is -- fell on top of him. this is in brandywine. we are working to get an update on his condition. he was rushed to the hospital.
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we are working to get more on how this accident leon: a family is safe after an afternoon house fire. news chopper 7 flew over burtonsville. we are told that several family chickens were killed. the cause of the fire is under investigation. alison: to the weather now and it is beginning to feel like late spring outside. no rain in sight. but we will feel some changes overnight. our chief meteorologist doug hill has a first look. this is gorgeous. doug: it is. i will take the late spring and up you one to mid-summer in a couple of spots. mid-80ed today. take a look at the numbers and the weather condition. gorgeous as we look live on the campus of the high school in laurel. 82 there now. crystal clear skies. yet again this is day eight of the sunny afternoons. 86 in luray. 88 in charlottesville. that is hot. 84 in manassas and leesburg. 85 in fredericksburg. closer to the bay cooler with a little air flowing over the bay.
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cooling down the numbers to 75 in annapolis. tonight we will a while. maybe a few shreds of high clouds. clear. 45 to 55 in suburban areas but it wouldn't surprised me if downtown washington stayed closer to 60 by early tomorrow morning because the high pressure. very friendly weather system with a big blue h denoting the center of it. as that moves off we see some changes. a cold front will slip through. no clouds, a bit of a braise. but still near 80 tomorrow. beautiful weather. average high up to 68. we'll see the cooler weather later in the week. that is part of the seven-day outlook. i mention raindrops in the seven day. we haven't seen that in a long time. leon: all right. get back to you in a bit. in the meantime we are following a developing story out of montgomery county where police call a weekend death a homicide. we have learned the victim was a transgender woman. montgomery county reporter kevin lewis just spoke with police. kevin: well, a maid at the red
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roof inn motel around shaddy rock road found the transgender woman noon on saturday. we are told the victim had multiple stab wounds to her upper body. late this afternoon, police identified the murder victim as 23-year-old blakeny of northeast d.c. rawlings-blake was likely work -- blakeny was likely working as a prostitute friday night. they are following up on loads but they have -- a number of leads. >> they believe she may have been involved in prostitution at the red roof inn. the detectives have been and will continue to work around the clock. kevin: the police would not say what evidence they recovered from the motel room or if there was any
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surveillance video that is helping them i investigation. i can tell me crime stoppers is offering $10,000 reward for anyone to help them net the kill earl. at police headquarters in mon county i'm kevin lewis, abc7 news. alison: the war on terror is getting more help. the u.s. has agreed to deploy more than 200 additional troops to iraq. with eight apache helicopters. the u.s. defense officials say this is the first major increase in u.s. forces in a year. the purpose of the increase is to help the iraqi forces retake mosul from the islamic state. most of the troops will be army special forces. rescue crews rush to the scene in jerusalem where a bus exploded injuring at least 15 people. a local rescue service says two of the victims have been seriously wounded. it's not clear how many people were on the bus at the top it
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exploded. but police are calling the bombing a terrorist att firefighter missing for days in a virginia forest. where investigators are focusing their efforts. alison: plus a new medical study finds a type of hand dryer is like dropping a germ bomb in the bathroom. why the company that makes the dryer says the study is flawed. leon: devastating flooding in texas. heart-stopping moment when a live tv news crew saw a car and the man inside sinking. >> security parking garages in the district.
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suddenly not that safe. i'm stephen i'm chris van hollen, and i approve this message. narrator: an attack ad from the campaign for donna eards. so untrue. so outrageous
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that president obama said, "pull it down." ad on chris van hollen and the nra "misleading." the sun says van hollen and president obama have the exact same position. the post praised van hollen as a "leading champion on gun safety," and condemned the edwards ads that "mislead" voters. donna edwards. will she say anything to win an election? alison: indoor secure parking spaces are a hot commodity in the district. but they're becoming a hot new target for vandals and thieves. dozens of vehicles have been hit. stephen tschida live with what is happening and how the companies behind the garages are fighting back. stephen? stephen: alison, in d.c. are paying tens of thousands of dollars. a lot of money to have a secure parking garage. something that only opens when the owner of the parking space has something like this.
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a remote. despite the secre somebody is getting into the garages and doing a lot of damage. >> a common sight on d.c. streets but something you don't expect in a secure garage. >> bashed in windows from smash-and-grabs. >> shattered glass is scattered across a lot of indoor parking spaces in d.c. >> the week after the first break-in the same thing happened again. >> it's very concerning. >> someone is hitting the parking garages across dupont and local circles -- logan circles. getting into condo buildings and then garages where they bust windows in dozens of vehicles sometimes in minutes and make off with whatever they can get. >> surprising that someone can walk in the lobby and go straight down to the garage break in to people's cars and steal all of that stuff. it's scary. >> we have been working the story all day. checking in within doe buildings around the
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neighborhood. surveillance cameras. we track down images of at least one of the suspects in this case. at 6:00, we are going to be bringing yu the images of that suspect. you want to stick around for that. reporting live, stephen tschida, abc7 news. leon: in texas people are dealing with the catastrophic flooding. schools are closed and thousands without power. in houston, the mayor said this is not the day to be on the road. not everyone followed the advice. a news crew reported from a flooding road where a car was submerged. they sat and watched helplessly as another driver sped in and began to float away and sink. >> c'mere. >> thank you. >> yes, we are here -- >> i didn't see it. >> yes. >> hey. we can hear you. are you okay, sir? >> i'm okay. >> you're okay? >> i'm okay. >> watch your step, sir. watch your step. did you just not think the
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water was that deep? that deep. >> the car is under. >> you have to leave the car. leon: can you believe that? at least two people drowned in the high waters there. all the result of what the forecasters are calling a stubborn weather system. amazing. alison: my gosh. leon: we say it over and over again. don't drive. doug: the national weather service had a phrase for years and years and years. turn around, don't drown. what part of that can't you understand? leon: i know. doug: it only takes that much running war to take the car away. alison: that was a lot more than that. doug: if that reporter wouldn't have coaxed him in there, blub, blub, blub. not good. alison: talk about our issue. pollen is an issue but it's beautiful. leon: summer like. doug: normally steve we sent him out so we sent him up a back flight of steps here. alison: fa far away. doug: up to the roof. good vantage point. bright sunshine. steve?
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steve: that is fantastic. a beautiful day. hardly any clouds in the sky. 80's. if your allergies are bothering you, for good reason. notice everything is starting to green up. the tree pollen in the high category right now. not a problem for the grass pollen but you will probably feel it. and the mold that has been low. we haven't had hardly any rain around here. not for the past five what, seven days now? we do have rain in the forecast. it will come toward the end of the week. more what to expect and then in upcoming weekend. we will head back inside for doug hill in the climate controlled studio at 68 degrees. doug: a chill in here. but it is gorgeous. wonderful. nationals park. beautiful scene all day long with the sunshine. 83 degrees. perfect to me. ballpark weather. in the sunshine and enjoy the breeze. now through the day a continuation of the clear -- was that a cloud? look at that!
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we have clouds. sunshine t the week we will notice a dramatic shift in terms of precipitation. 83 at the ballpark. the pollen count no surprise. big numbers again. high level of the tree pollen. oak is still the main offender. so if you are suffering from this, go by an oak tree. give it to them. tell the oak tree what you think about that. lower level of grass. the weeds are absent. low levels of the mold spores. of course you know what happens this time of year? the tree pollen will pollinate out and then the grass will go crazy. look at the deficit rainfall. this is interesting. be low average at the reagan national airport. since march. three inches below at reagan. two and a half below at b.w.i. the next chance of rain won't come until friday. that is giving us a 30 to a 40% chance of scattered showers. look at the summary numbers. 88 in charlottesville. 82 in baltimore. 84 at reagan national. bay water is 58 degrees.
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if you take warm air and even for a short period of time move it over th waters, it will cool it down. annapolis is 75 at lexington park. naval air station is 78. a lot of warm air in eastern part of the country. things are changing out west. active with the frontal systems. it will only change the wind direction. the high pressure is giving us a glorious weather to move out. front will sweep through. a couple of clouds will be breezy. still warm. 80 degrees tomorrow. sunny and cooler to wednesday and thursday. another frontal system will bring us the first chance of rain in a while. that comes friday morning or friday afternoon. the forecast tomorrow is plen till of sunshine. clouds in the afternoon. becoming breezy. highs to 80 degrees. 70 on thursday. friday a chance of showers. near 74. nice looking weekend. temperatures are settling down
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to the seasonal levels. how about if we had a stretch of normal weather? leon: then what would you have to do? alison: you'd have to take a vacation. doug: that would be terrible. alison: still ahead at 5:00, we will tell you where the investigators are focusing the efforts in the search for a missing firefighter. leon: a critical look at the dryers that are supposed to make 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
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and be a passionate voice for maryland women and families. a woman in the house, i'll do the same to get things done. i'm kathleen mathews and i approve this message. 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" chris van hollen met with nra lobbyists to craft a loophole 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.
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we want them to grow up stronger. alison: "7 on your side" with health matters now. there is a study out over the weekend questioning the cleanliness of the high-tech hand dryers. you have seen them before. the blade dryers that you dip your hands in them. dyson contends they are more sanitary than paper towels but a study says that isn't true. the research shows the dry spread 35% more germs than using paper towel and some said it was setting off a germ bomb. but dyson denies it and says it was conducted under artificial conditions using unrealistically high level of
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virus contamination. they maintain they have science to back up the dryer. leon: the the search is on for a missing firefighter. nicole mittendorf didn't show up for work on friday. suzanne kennedy has the latest. >> a hundred searchers have been looking for nicole mittendorf since saturday. this is the scene at white oak canyons where the authorities are searching the air and the ground. the last time anyone heard from the fairfax county firefighter was 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 are searching in the area of ten square miles. >> a steep terrain. it's probably 2,500 vertical drop in elgation. it's rugged. if you were to get offtrail i assume it would be difficult
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to get around. suzanne: mittendorf's car was found sat 8:00. authorities say at this point there is no reason to believe that her disappearance is suspicious. they are treating this as a missing person's case. in virginia, suzanne kennedy, abc7 news. leon: a prayer vigil is planned for 7:30 tonight for the st. paul united methodist church in woodbridge. the church says all are welcome to attend. alison: still ahead at 5:00 -- a community known for helping people change their lives is now trying to help the environment, too. habitat for humanity new effort to go green. leon: hope amidst the chaos. nation brought to its knees by
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a powerful earthquake. but sierra club chooses jamie raskin for congress they all talk about climate change. because only raskin wrote laws to reduce our carbon footprint and is leading the fight against fracking in maryland.
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on car insurance. announcer: you're watching "abc7 news at 5:00". "7 on your side." alison: the search continues for survivors after this weekend's 7.8 magnitude eight earthquake that killed 350 people. one american has been confirmed. the quake was the latest in a three-day continuation of
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deadly trimmers. thousands are worried that u.s. may be next because of the active tectonic plates. >> these are reminders that the hazard is real. northwest had magnitude 9.0 earthquake in 1700. alison: there has been signs of hope in ecuador. a woman found alive under rubble with this little girl. she is just 7 years old. devastation hits home for some right here in the d.m.v. amy aubert caught up with a family that is still in the area. the shocking news is hard. >> he has been in virginia for nine years and this is where he spent the rest of his life
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he calls home. the is six-hour drive from his home but they felt small rumbling. >> maybe it's going to be destroyed. amy: he heard the news and he immediately tried to get in touch with loved ones. thankfully they are safe. >> it's impossible to describe the situation. >> workers tell me they have come in to ask about the family. others are asking for what they can do to help. they say couple of people ask. they can do nothing more now. >> keeping busy at the cafe. his thoughts and the prayers with loved ones back home. >> it's incredible. very, very bad. amy: in chantilly, amy aubert,
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abc7 news. leon: the search resumed for the sunking data r the el faro ship. the national transportation safety board is to determine why and how el faro sank. alison: sources tell abc7 the homeowner did not hear the men identify themselves when they knocked and were told the man was asleep or perhaps suffering from a medical condition. he awoke to firefighters breaking down the door. investigators say the homeowner feared for his life and started shooting. leon: attorneys for a former prince george's county school volunteer want evidence in the child pornography case against him thrown out. the defense says carraway has i.q. of 63. meaning when he confessed he didn't understand his rights. attorneys filed motions to have the confession and the information from the phone records excluded. alison: a former fairfax
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county police manslaughter. adam torres accepted plea deal before his trial was set to begin. torres shot john geer as he stood unarmed outside his springfield home in august 2013. leon: jury selection began in tulsa, oklahoma, in the manslaughter trial of former sheriff deputy robert bates who shot and killed an unarmed man. bates said he confused the handgun with his stungun. i was recorded on a police body camera. bates pleaded not guilty. alison: the palm beach zoo reopen today after a veteran keeper was attacked and killed last week. the tiger was tranksized after mauling the zookeeper. there is support to honor the zookeeper.
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reason to check the district. we will tell you the money coming your way. >> two men wanted for killing people in the area. help in the race to find them next. on the wall of justice. >> coming up at 6:00 -- why police arrested a former student teacher from fairfax county.
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details straight ahead. steve: i'm steve rudin. temperatures in the low 80's. look at the seven-day outlook moving through the next few days. cooldown on the way. the temperatures will eventually fall in the 60's. upper 60's by wednesday. but let's fast forward to the upcoming weekend. d.c. united plays.
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fighting back wall of justice. tonight we have a fugitive located but we have departments who need your help to find alleged murders. maurice caesar wanted for multiple theft and break-ins in northwest was located. now your he is needed for prince george's county where police are looking for christopher crawford. detectives say he got in an argument with a friend and shot and killed him. the race is on in prince william county. police there are looking for 20-year-old murder suspect alexander flores aguilar. he freakens the manassas area. arlington county police looking for jess key kim for assault -- jesse kim for assault and battery. in stafford county they need help to find mack on a felony probation violation. now let's set the wall of justice in motion. tonight the spotlight is on jesus rivera. that is not his only name. he is also known as vladimir rivera. the police detectives say in
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spring ad broke into several homes overnight there. and in fairfax county. police say the 35-year-old last known location was in landmark area of alexandria. but no one knows what he has been up to since. >> he is wanted by arlington county and fairfax county police. he goes by a number of ail aiello -- aliases to look at the picture carefully. jennifer: police want him off the wall of justice and put him behind bars. if you see him or have any information in this case call your local police department. detectives say he could be anywhere. i'm jennifer donelan with the fighting back wall of justice. we will see you next week. alison: we have this just in the abc7 newsroom. we just confirmedded a metropolitan police officer and sergeant have been placed on administrative leave. internal affairs are looking into the allegations.
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it is apparently some type of a dry fire incident. dry fire when the trigger of an empty gun. we will follow this an bring you more information when we get it. leon: look at the must-see video. police are asking for your help to identify two people in surveillance video. it shows one of the people crawling on the ground to avoid detection. they are called persons of interest in the burglary of 200 block of sefin street in southeast. that happened march 18. alison: still ahead at 5:00, the big change that pepco users will see on the next bill. leon: how much money is heading back to your pockets. alison: today habitat for humanity and a local power company flipped a switch on the solar panels on the new
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to expand social security and keep ned parenthood. my mom is so tough she's willing to fight anyone who's going to pay him more than us for doing the same job. i'm joseline peña-melnyk, and i approve this message. leon: check this out. video of a giant solar flare. that manes it came from the sun. nasa solar dynamic observatory recorded this saturday night. it was big enough to fit five earths inside of it. alison: what? leon: can you believe that? it was so huge it disrupted radio signals on earth for a short time. alison: unbelievable. pow!
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look at the video. well, family gaithersburg is now enjoying life in a recently renovated home. provided by habitat for humanity. as mike carter-conneen reports they were happy to see the sunshine they flipped the switch on the newly installed solar panels. mike: they immigrated from ethiopia 15 years ago. he drives a taxi. she works at a local grocery store. with three children they suffered financially moving from apartment to apartment but today they are proud homeowners. >> the american dream. >> words can't describe how happy i am. >> renovated by habitat for humanity of metro maryland the family moved in this house in december but they were shocked and scared by the first few energy bills and reached out to habitat which in turn reached out to columbia base direct energy to install the solar panels. if years they have been building energy efficient homes but across the country
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now local chapters partner provide solar power with the construction teams factor in new design requirements. >> they have to sustain the weight and the roof has to be in the right direction to capture as much solar energy as possible. >> the home and the appliances are elec powered. >> we expect them to save $20,000 in 20 years with energy and expect it to save 70,000 pounds of coal that would be burned for the energy. >> compared to five years ago corey says today's solar panels are much more efficient and less expensive relatively speaking. this system valued at $15,000 donated by his company. ray of sunshine for the new homeowners. in gaithersburg, mike carter-conneen, abc7 news. leon: pepco customers in the district are getting release on the utility bills starting
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this month. in may, customers will receive one of two this is part of the company's recent merger with exelon. customer in prince george began getting credits earlier this month. >> crews are working on phase two of repairs to a weekend water main break in montgomery county. 12-inch water main break saturday on university boulevard. they scrambled to make repairs but the road needed to be repaved. around 2:00, the crews shut down all westbound lanes and two eastbound lanes between piney branch road and new hampshire avenue. repairs are expected to last all day. let's get a check of the roadways now. jamie sullivan on traffic watch for us. jamie: we are seeing traffic not terrible. i'm happy to report that. no major accidents to worry about. this is the traffic crossing the wilson bridge. sun glare is a factor for the drive home. i want to talk about the delay we have getting to the wilson bridge. as we move to the map it is
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heavy on the outer look. dorian street continuing at 12 miles per hour. then you loosen up getting into maryland closer to branch avenue. past the point to the joint base andrews. not bad at all. in d.c. not bad on the freeway. slowing as you head to virginia on 395. 66 we are okay inside the beltway. as soon as you get outside the beltway we have the heavy traffic fighting by nuttily street continuing out. in maryland northbound baltimore parkway. currently 30 minutes is the average from the capital beltway to route 32. 95 northbound in maryland. just under 40 minutes. between the beltway heading northbound toward baltimore. we have heavy traffic in virginia. no accidents to report now. we will keep an eye on the water main break issue with repaving in langely park.
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back to you. >> thank a woman is recovering after frightening moment in metro elevator. this is the rescue crews rushing the woman from the judiciary square straight after getting her free from an elevator. her arm got stuck there. metro tells us the elevator closed the door on part of her forearm. metro has taken the elevator out of service and hope to reopen it on wednesday. a look at what we are working on for "abc7 news at 6:00" tonight. new decision about a man accused of profiting an attack on u.s. capitol. what police are saying about christopher cornell after interview in jail. where to keep an eye out for bus p only lanes or face a ticket. that's new at 6:00. alison: we have a gorgeous day out there. alison: check in on our eagle cam. look at that.
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chilling. leon: getting big already. that is incredible. i love to check in on that. this is a great vantage point of how beautiful the weather is. doug: there are no leaves on the trees when we started to watch this. wintry looking. now the babies will fly the coop before long. we hit 85 for the air station for the high. above average. i didn't get one complaint in the weather center today about being too warm out. it's nice! wood row wilson bridge. we have high level clouds now and then. it's 84 in culpepper and manassas. 84 in hagerstown. 84 at reagan national. overnight to west, mild, too.
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temperatures around the 50-degree mark f metro area stays in the 50's. breezy through the day. more clouds out of the northwest where a front goes through. no rain expected with that. however, we get to friday. we will get another frontal zone to mess with us. showers and isolated thunderstorms. 69 on wednesday. 70 thursday. mid-70's friday. bit cooler over the weekend. in a heartbeat partly cloudy skies near 7 o for the weekend. i will take it any weekend of the year. that is the latest from the weather center. back to you. alison: all right. looks great. ,000. leon: perfect. almost perfect weekend for caps and the nats this weekend as well. alison: okay. robert is standing by with more for sports. robert: perfect so far. leon: so far. robert: up 2-0. but we have seen them in this place before. alison: be positive. robert: i'll do that. 2-0 game over flyers game. three in philly.
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that i we know the team you know to be up 2-0 is not good thing when it comes to the game three. right? scott: the capitals are trying to win a game three when leading best of seven series 2-0. in this situation the washington capitals are 0-7 all time in game three. so to say the least my friends, i think this club is due. trust me. it will not be easy tonight playing in front of a passionate fan base here at the wells fargo center. >> i'm sure that the players are excited to see them in the playoffs. give them, the players an extra boost to play in front of the home crowd. it will be a tough game. >> just playing in the regular season gets rowdy. i imagine the playoffs will be
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elevated more. respond according toly. hopefully we'll watch t energy. play smart tonight. scott: washington will need to weather the storm. the first ten minutes of the game the flyers will be coming out with energy and emotion inside the building tonight. look at this, my friends. every fan here at the wells fargo center will receive one of the t-shirts. it's to honor and to pay tribute to ed schneider the late flyers owner. there will be a lot of emotion. caps need to match it out of the gate. robert: it will be tough tonight. thanks. see you at 11:00. in baseball, bryce harper keeps being bryce harper. he has been named the national league coplayer of the week. four home runs in seven games. the week of april 11-17 he drove in 12 total runs, walked three timings, scored six times and stole two bases. he is crazy. he will try to continue the great play in miami tonight against the marlins.
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yeah, a big one leon: he is a beast. robert: crazy! leon: he should have been a game winner yesterday, too. robert: it never stops. he's consistent. alison: we love it. leon: bring it to the caps now. robert: yeah. leon: just ahead at 5:00 the supreme court picks up
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president obama's immigration plan and which way the court might lean on the case coming i'm chris van hollen, and i approve this message. narrator: an attack ad from the campaign for donna edwards. so untrue. so outrageous that president obama said, "pull it down." the obama white house called the ad on chris van hollen and the nra "misleading." the sun says van hollen and president obama have the exact same position. the post praised van hollen as a "leading champion on gun safety," and condemned the edwards ads that "mislead" voters. donna edwards.
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will she say anything to win an election? alison: a major battle over immigration on the step of the nation's highest court. today justices considered whether president obama can enforce the law on his own and allow undocumented workers already here to stay. megan hughes reports. reporter: a lively scene outside the supreme court today. one of the youngest activists 6-year-old sophie cruz held up to the microphone by her
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mother who >> i am an american citizen. i have the right to protection. i have the right to live with my parents. reporter: inside the court lawyers representing texas along with 25 other states argued the president went too far in granting some of the rights. >> we allow a president whether it's this president or future president to make changes in the law without congressional approval, then we will end up with a perverted constitution. reporter: at issue the president's 2014 executive action expanding a program that deferred deportation for those who came here as children and creating a prom for parents whose children are here legally and giving them the right to work. >> real world impact is to be free of the daily fear they might not come home one day. >> the justices seem to be divided along ideological lines. the obama administration best chance may line with the chief justice john roberts.
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who seemed to indicate in court that he may sign off on the program if a key that gives the immigrants what is called lawful presence. the lawyer representing the white house saying, "if the court thinking it's a problem and wants to put a red pencil through it, it's totally fine." democrats in congress support the white house arguing texas doesn't even have the right to bring this case. they worry it will open the flood gates allowing states to sue anytime there is a disagreement with the president. megan hughes, abc7 news, at the supreme court. alison: the right of protesters will be a big part of abc7's next town hall. "your voice, your future: freedom of speech" will be televised life from the u.v.c. theater of performing arts. that is all for us at 5:00. right now on "abc7 news at 6:00" -- his trial was supposed to start today. why did the former fairfax
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county police officer plead guilty in shooting death unarmed man? stephen: private garages in the district of columbia not all that safe. i'm stephen tschida. i will fill you in, in a moment. alison: one of the most popular museums in the country sits on the national mall in need of renovation. so much -- how much will it cost to do fixes at the air and the space museum? that story is straight ahead. announcer: "7 on your side." "abc7 news at 6:00". leon: more than two years after john geer was shot and killed the police officer accused of pulling the trigger is pleaded guilty. maureen: adam torres is no longer on the court and today he offered an emotional apology. jeff goldberg has been following this from the beginning and has developments.
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jeff: john geer's mother vehemently opposed the deal deal is far from perfect but it's acceptable. adam torres standing up and apologizing in court saying he is heart broken for john geer's two children around he is truly sorry for his actions. this deal was worked out late yesterday between the attorney for the geer's long-time partner harrington and the defense attorneys for adam torres. the deal completed late yesterday. this morning torres 33 years old pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter a sentence of one year in jail. august 29 of 2013, 46-year-old john geer had been drinking and was angry over marital problems with harrington. he was throwing furniture out of the springfield townhouse with their 13 and the 17-year-old daughters inside the home. later after police arrived a standoff lasted 45 minutes when adam torres fired one shot at john geer, killing him almost immediately. geer had his hands up and was not armed at the time that the

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