Skip to main content

tv   ABC7 News at 4  ABC  April 20, 2016 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT

4:00 pm
when it would happen. they say the change would take place in 2020. coming up at 5:00, a group of women celebrities and the sportswoman reaching out saying they want to see a change with the $10. that's tonight at 5:00. brianne carter, abc7 news. jonathan: thanks. breaking news out of the district. we are standing by after arrests from a shooting in southwest that took place in december. he was off-duty when he was shot and killed but police say he was killed by a robber. we will get more information on the announcement about an arrest as soon as it takes place. michelle: today marks a week since anyone last saw nicole mittendorff alive. the fairfax county firefighter wasn't reported missing until friday. in the last hour we learned search crews picked up a few hits. kevin lewis is live in madison county with the
4:01 pm
kevin? kevin: michelle, this is day five in the search for nicole mittendorff. i can tell you the weather is cooperating. but the search area is still quite large. this is a map of shenandoah national park. skyline drive cuts across the mountain ridge for a hundred miles. but this area i'm circling is the spot that the crews focus the effort on. this is because the black dot represents a park ranger saturday evening found nicole mittendorff's 2009 mini cooper abandoned. close to a hundred people from more than a dozen state, local and non-profit agencies are now on the ground here at shenandoah. there is a makeshift command post tracking the search crews in real time with the g.p.s. technology. the park service has placed yellow tape at many of the trail heads here to ensure hikers do not hamper the operation by accident. as of an hour ago the authorities told me the search dogs go
4:02 pm
but no one has stumbled across any physical evidence such as mittendorff's clothing or jewelry. because the search zone is 3,500 feet above sea level crews are traversing steep wooded terrain and working against the sunlight. >> it's tough. as an example, yesterday we had a crew of special operations folks who were repelling the canyon. this is a very, very rough area. it's a canyon. it's called white oak canyon for a reason. we are searching the canyon areas. this is very, very, very rough terrain. kevin: the sun is scheduled to set around 7:56 tonight. that is less than four hours away. all new at 5:00, i'll share the big revelation nicole mittendorff's firefighting shift commander made in a press conference this morning. but for now we are live in madison county, virginia, i'm kevin lewis, abc7 news. jonathan: prince george's county firefighters paused today to remember
4:03 pm
own. maryland bureau chief brad bell was in hollywood as people paid their respects to john ulmschneider. >> forward. march. brad: honors for john ulmschneider. a hero's sendoff and a tribute for his family. >> i want the family to look and see how we respected him. brad: the assistant fire chief became close friends. he had to organize the memorial. honored to do so for the widow and his 2-year-old daughter. >> i want them to see we're there with him that night and today and there with the family as long as they need us. brad: ulmschneider a 13-year veteran prince george's county firefighter killed a week ago when a man the fire department believed to be in medical distress opened fire after they made entry into his home. firefighter kevin swain seriously injured by the shooter so far faces no
4:04 pm
tragedy weigh on the hundreds of the firefighters gathered here. >> we are here for the people when someone calls. we're there. brad: the catholic church he and his wife attended filled beyond capacity. most are strangers. the close friends say ulmschneider would have liked skillet. >> he was the most down to earth person i have ever met. the guy that found a way to make you smile. brad: after a funeral procession led by a fire truck they are in his capture. now lieutenant john ulmschneider is laid to rest in a private ceremony. he was 37 years old. in hollywood, brad bell, abc7 news. michelle: several other area fire departments offered to help respond to calls in prince george's county today so john ulmschneider, his colleagues could attend his funeral. as stephen tschida reports five of them sent crews to
4:05 pm
on silver hill court. it started in a basement unit and quickly spread. thick smoke. filled hallways. >> very quickly in a matter of minutes. >> brooks pulled the fire alarm. >> i saw fire, i notified the sheriff. it started to get out of hand at that point. >> the sheriff's deputy was on the property and called in the fire. they arrived to help those escape the building. >> i'm praying that don't let anybody be hurt. >> crews joined forces so prince george's county firefighters could attend the funeral of the colleague john ulmschneider shot and killed while responding to a call last week. >> we had firefighters from the baltimore city, montgomery county. alexandria, fairfax, d.c. >> residents are thankful for the quick response and no one got hurt. >> just like anybody in the family are scared. you know, want to make sure they were fine. everything is okay. >> though everyone got out safely as many as two dozen people have been displaced by the fire.
4:06 pm
to find them temporary housing. stephen tschida, abc7 news. jonathan: in the last half hour we learned that the fire started with some or the of malfunction with an electronic device. there is new information now about the deadly plane crash in queen ann's county. maryland police identified the two killed in the crash. 63-year-old richard hess and 56-year-old janet mess. the crash happened near the bay bridge airport yesterday afternoon. at this point the federal officials are looking for a cause. michelle: there are new developments in the freddie gray case. a baltimore judge held a hearing today as the prosecutors try to force a second officer to testify against his colleague. prosecutors want officer miller to testify against officer edward nero whose trial begins may 10. last month the court of appeals of maryland ruled that officer william porter must testify against his colleagues as he awaits retrial. jonathan?
4:07 pm
richmond the virginia general assembly deciding whether to veto governor mcauliffe's proposal to keep secret the name of the companies providing drug in lethal injection. this is to take place of a bill that the governor vetoed that allow the state if and when they could use the electric chair for executions. so far today, lawmakers rejected mcauliffe's proposed changes to the ethics law. they upheld the veto of a bill that would have protected clergy and religious groups for penalties for opposing same-sex marriage. the house overturned a veto of a bill to prevent local government fromremoving civil war monuments. all veto override must pass both houses by a two-third majority. michelle: michigan attorney general is promising more charges after investigation into the lead water crisis in flint. today steve schuh announced -- today they announced charges against three people. we have more at 4:30.
4:08 pm
damage from the wildfires in shenandoah national park that reached more than 4,000 acres. the fire continues to grow. state forestry officials say 15 to 25 fires are burning now. it's not just one big fire. it's smaller ones that a growing. so far five counties in virginia are affected by the fire. one fire forced a high school to close yesterday in buchanan county. michelle: part of the problem is a lack of rain. no rain in our area again. but at least it wasn't as windy. chief meteorologist doug hill now with a check on the forecast. doug: it's looking great. not as warm as yesterday. that means going forward through the late afternoon and the early everything. you may need a jacket or weather. it -- jacket or a sweater for the weather. the winds are light. cloudiness is well off to the rest. leading edge of the next cloudiness across kentucky and southwestern and west virginia. crystal clear skies in our area. delightful it can be. through t
4:09 pm
that is expected. with lows that eventually reach between 40 to 50 degrees overnight with the clear skies. friday we have a chance of rain. we'll tell you more coming up. jonathan: president obama met with the saudi king for two hours as part of a 24-hour trip to include the persian gulf summit. they posed pictures following the meeting. some say that the king snubbedded the president not meeting him at the airport. saudi arabia isn't happy with president obama now. they oppose his outreach to iran and are skeptical of his approach to syria. michelle: donald trump and hillary clinton are getting close to the party nomination. they both won most of the delegates in the new york primary last night. spokesperson for senator bernie sanders campaign said the democrat isn't ready to call it quit and they will reassess after five prim
4:10 pm
next week. penelopeted cruz and kasich sayy are in it for the long haul, too. coming up in ten minutes, political correspondent scott thuman will take a look at the role the maryland primaries could play in the presidential race. jonathan: plus -- >> hopefully it doesn't rain much longer. jonathan: no end in sight. historic flooding in the lone star state. michelle: the three letters that the d.c. council hopes will make a difference in the push for a voting voice in congress. >> a new 911 tape tell a different story about a local sheriff who denies hitting his wife in a drunken fight. i'm joce sterman. what she said to dispatchers and the detectives that hav
tv-commercial
4:11 pm
kids: he came here from rocky married 27 years. raised 6 kids. including 5 boys.
4:12 pm
we loved having him as part of the family. it's what you do. kids: in congress, dad will protect president obama's legacy. he'll fight for jobs and protect social security and medicare. glenn ivey will never quit on you; and we should know, we're his kids. glenn: i'm glenn ivey and i approve this message. i'll take on the republicans for all of us.
4:13 pm
jonathan: troubling and upsetting. that is what they are saying as they ask their sheriff to step down. ron bateman accused of hitting his wife. this new information is the reason why. "7 on your side" i-team investigator joce sterman is at the "live desk" with the details. joce: that call and the text
4:14 pm
anne arundel county detective shows the sheriff wife changing her story about what happened. >> are you injured? do you need an ambulance? joce: that features the wife of ron bateman who is claiming he hit her in a drunken incident. both the sheriff and his wife later deny he hit her. after hearing the call and reading the text messages exchanged between mrs. bateman and the detective, county leaders today say they want the sheriff to step down. they call the case troubling and upsetting. including police documents that show bateman had 12 guns in his home at the time of the alleged assault. >> if i have any weapons -- >> guns everywhere. yeah. >> he has guns everywhere? >> he's the sheriff. joce: at 5:00, find out what bateman attorney has to say about the call for the sheriff
4:15 pm
michelle: thank you. d.c. councilman charles allen wants to tweak the city's license plate. he introduced a measure to and the word "end" to make the word "end taxation without representation." councilman allen say it lacks a call for action. if approved the residents ordering the new plates would be charged one-time fee of $51 for the change and then $26 a year after that. we want to know what you think about the proposed change? weigh in on the poll on twitter. the abc7 news twitter feed. jonathan: all right. time now for a check of the traffic situation. jamie sullivan keeping an eye on things. it's mid-week. folks looking ahead to the weekend. jamie: that is nice. on 66, get ready for the accident. slowing you down as you head outbound through centreville. this is near route 28. of course, you can see that our left lane is taken out. everyone getting by over using the three right lanes. but let's talk about the backup. as we move to
4:16 pm
centreville. we will see it of course. currently at 20 miles per hour. a little heavier than what we are used to in the stretch before route 28. yes, slow through fairfax. it's not terrible, though. if you are traveling on 66 outside the beltway near gallows we are in the 20's. traveling in d.c. is not terrible. but we have a crash. look at this. a big backup on the outer loop of the beltway. route 202. the right lane is blocked. it will take you 24 minutes to get from route 4 to route 50. this is not the only beltway issue. we have an accident on the interloop. right near college park. the waze map, the wazers are checking in with the accident but it's just a minor accident. as we pull out. slowing from 95 continuing closer to college park where we have the accident. it's not a big backup. nothing major to worry about right now. that is a look at traffic. back to you. michelle: thank you. severe storms are wreaking
4:17 pm
look at that. hard to watch. houston was drenched with more than a foot of rain and more is expected today. flooding has already caused more than $5 billion in damage. number of drivers stranded in the trapped vehicle on the highway. they had to be rescued. the flood victims stayed in their homes because they are afraid that looters would move in if they left. >> it's heart-breaking. we have people that want out now because they don't have electric. the current is strong. hopefully it won't rain much longer. michelle: they need a breakfast. the national guard is on standby. ready to rescue anyone who needs help. seven people died as a result of severe flooding. jonathan: situation there is dire. michelle: yeah. doug: these are the scenes you expect to see in august and september after an area hit by a hurricane or tropical storm. not in april. not like this. jonathan: this just a rainstorm.
4:18 pm
doug: the upper level front moving through. we will get your first chance of rain in a long time on friday. start with a time lapse. yesterday we were at 82. we are expecting the cooler air. it's still comfortable. 72 at silver spring. 74 in ashburn and dale city. 70 reported in fort washington and 71 in waldorf. the high mve
4:19 pm
we will start to get the warmer temperatures back. i don't think we get in the 80's like 86 in charleston. warm front is bringing clouds. cold front late tomorrow night. the western zone could be a shower. it will be during the day on friday we see scattered showers and maybe the afternoon thunderstorms. after that front passes through, back on track for a beautiful weekend weather. here we are moving through the day on id from. scattered showers by 5:00. isolated thunderstorms possible. the front goes through. clouds may be cloudy saturday morning but clearing skies and the weather will get better. a beautiful day tomorrow even with the clouds. for the next 70 days -- that is my nightmare forecast. seven days. jonathan: you're that good.
4:20 pm
get that right. we have a nice weekend on friday. hot day. 80 for monday. the next chance of shower is tuesday. jonathan: if you give three-month forecast people will be happy with you. doug: yeah. michelle: thank you. coming up at 4:00 -- >> i'm kellye lynn in arlington where a high school teacher has been selected to take a trip to the south pole. we will tell you about the upcoming expedition in "spotlight on education." scott: after resounding victories in new york are other candidates in the field reconsidering what they are doing?
tv-commercial
4:21 pm
i'm chris van hollen, and i approve this message.
4:22 pm
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. will she say anything to win an election?
4:23 pm
michelle: donald trump is the only republican who can mathematically get to 1237 before the convention. but is it likely? chief political correspondent scott thuman at the abc7 capitol hill bureau. what do you say on this? scott: even if he doesn't get to the magic number of 1237. he will continue to say he is the main candidate and the only one that has a realistic shot and the only one to be considered. ted cruz will argue the contrary with john kasich. they are thinking fine, we may not get to that number either but as long as
4:24 pm
could have issues on the convention floor in july. that is why they are staying in it. on the flip side, we are hearing on the left from bernie sanders. hillary clinton had a big win in new york as well. she continues to net more votes and delegates than he does. result, she sounded a bit last night like saying this is my race now. bernie sanders saying they are staying in this until the final vote are cast. but at the same time we heard from chad devine, a senior adviser saying they have to reassess after the next five state vote. that is maryland on the 26th. michelle: moving forward for clinton, does he shift the focus from sanders to zeroing in on trump? scott: we are seeing that already. some of the lines that she puts out are really more against trump than they are against bernie sanders. i think you will see more super pac ads in that direction as well.
4:25 pm
wrapped up need to focus on the general election in their minds. they are doing that but trying to do it with the subtlety not to overlook bernie sanders who put up a spectacular fight so far. michelle: all right. thank you so much. we'll be watching trump event on the eastern shore of maryland. jonathan: thanks. coming up at "abc7 news at 4:00" -- take a load off. we will explain what they are and how they could make a difference the next time you fly. michelle: later, get out the brooms. live in philly as the caps try to go for the sweep. jonathan: but first -- >> we will get you the answers. we will hold those accountable. we're not targeting any persons or people. nobody is off-limits either. jonathan: the first criminal charges in the flint water crisis. find out why michigan's attorney general says it is just the be
4:26 pm
tv-commercial
4:27 pm
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.
4:28 pm
4:29 pm
stefs 29-year-old charles simpson charged in the case. the 17-year-old, the same 17-year-old who is charged with shooting washington. the 15-year-old at the deanwood metro station. here is what the chief had to say. >> first-degree murder while armed. the 29-year-old charles sims. and 17-year-old bellamy. stephen: the 17-year-old linked to the shooting death of a 15-year-old at the deanwood metro station in march. as f
4:30 pm
case, baldwin was suspended from the secret service because he, himself, had been charged with the attempted burglary. but the charges against the 17-year-old already in d.c. jail. he will be facing the charges very soon before a district judge. reporting live, stephen tschida, abc7 news. jonathan: thanks. two years ago it was supposed to be a simple move in an effort to try to save money. what it has turned into is a monumental nightmare. today, the first criminal charges were filed on what has become a water crisis in flint, michigan. allen is here with the -- alison starling is here. alison: it touched off a chain of events that left the city's drinking water contaminated with lead. the first wave of criminal charges filed in the flint water crisis. >> there are so many things went so terribly wrong and tragically wrong in flint. alison: michelle attorney general announcing three officials charged with
4:31 pm
misconduct and evidence tampering. the environmental regulators and the supervisor face up to five years in prison. >> they failed innary responsibilities to protect the health and the safety of families of flint. >> flint's drinking water became contaminated when the city switched to the flint river as the water source for more than a year. the attorney general allegedly say officials knowingly lied about the water test required before the transition. leaving 100,000 residents exposed for months to potentially hazardous levels of lead. >> no one is above the wall. not on my watch. the investigators say it does not end here. for them it's personal. >> it hurts
4:32 pm
friends personal close friends. -- they live here. alison: before the charges were announced more than 20 senate democrats called for massive new investments in the water infrastructure systems. this is because of the concerns over lead contamination all over the country. they say this water crisis in flint was a wake-up call. michelle: eck qua dore was shaken up as they recover from the deadly 7.8-magnitude quake that hit last weekend. this morning's tremor was 6.1. it was enough to drive people from the homes to create a panic. this comes as the death toll reaches 553. that number is expected to rise.
4:33 pm
jonathan: turn to the weather. today was perfect. doug: yeah. not as warm but crystal clear skies. air was dry. the pollen count is high for trees. low for mold spores. no surprise we are right in the heart of the tree pollen season. the grass pollen go from low to medium and that is next up on the allergy list. 70 degrees for winchester. 73 in cumberland. and 74 in petersburg, west virginia. 7. 63 in the annapolis. it's influenced by the winds acros
4:34 pm
cooler at patuxent river naval air station as well. 42 to 49 overnight. comfortably cool. not bad at all. the cloudiness showing up on the satellite west will overspread. sunshine in the morning. clouds in the afternoon. the front will turn to the warm front and the cold front will move in to town. that suggests it will be cloudy by tomorrow night and the chance to see the showers in the area friday morning and even a chance of thunderstorms on friday afternoon, as the front goes through the region. once we get through the front and the rain is here moving through late night in the mountains to move across the area on friday. the afternoon thunder clears out in time for the weekend. more for you in a minute. jonathan: thanks. michelle: well, if i say crater you probably think deep, dark hole. nasa scientists from finding that is not the case everywhere. this is a photo of a huge crater on the dwarf planet. you can see that it looks shiny and bright. the crater is about 21 miles wide.
4:35 pm
shift don when it was 240 miles from the surface. jonathan: 21 miles wide. i wonder what it would have banged into that planet. jonathan: check this out. time lapse from the national weather service that shows the stars in the night sky. beautiful. swirling around the north star. that is polaris. it's estimated to be 433 lightyears from earth. so that is down the block. michelle? michelle: thank you. arlington teacher is about to embark on a trip of a lifetime. kellye lynn talks to a physics instructor headed to the south pole in the spotlight on education. kellye: we are looking at the tiny particles. kellye: kate miller will go a long way to learn more about these particles. to the south pole. >> if we can defect one of those, they can tell us something about the source. so things like black holes, stars e
4:36 pm
going super nova. >> the trip is offered by polar trek, teachers and the researchers exploring and collaborating. miller is one of 12 teachers selected from a nationwide pool of 200 applicants. there i think she deserves it. she is a great teacher. >> the expedition happens at the end of the year. our winter but summer in the south pole. how cold will it be when miller gets to the south pole? the average temperature in the summer months is negative 20 degrees fahrenheit. to prepare for the trip, miller flew to alaska for a week where she suited up in extreme cold weather gear. once she reaches the south pole, she will continue to communicate with students. >> she is going to have journals that are very interactive for us. >> i hope my understanding of the science and how it is actually done. translate that back to the classroom to make more authentic experiences for my kids. >> in arlington, kellye lynn, abc7 news. michelle: exciting experience f
4:37 pm
lesson plan for the kids. jonathan: don't you love it when you see the teachers passionate about teaching science. especially for kids now. michelle: it makes learning fun. jonathan: it does! thomas jefferson center for the expressino out for the offenders. this year's jefferson muzzle is taking aim at higher education. 50 college and universities are on the list including yale university for warning students from wearing culturally insensitive halloween costumes. the group says in 25 years awarding the jefferson muzzles it has never seen alarming concentration of the anti-speech activity on the college campuses. that while we talk about it is something we'll tackle tonight. the issue of free speech. we are doing it in a town hall from the university of the district of columbia. that is happening tonight. michelle and i are hosting it live from the university of the district of columbia. you can watch it live. at 7:00. on the sister station.
tv-commercial
4:38 pm
discussion. michelle: looking forward to it. coming up at "abc7 news at 4:00" -- overcoming that sinking feeling. update on the house danglalling off of a -- dangling off a precipice. jonathan: but first -- a police officer who is called to action for his own family. we'll tell you how it happened and kids: he came here from rocky mount, north carolina. married 27 years. raised 6 kids. including 5 boys. he had grandpa move in with us. glenn: we loved having him as part of the family. it's what you do. kids: in congress, dad will protect president obama's legacy. he'll fight for jobs and protect social security and medicare. glenn ivey will never quit on you; and we should know, we're his kids. glenn: i'm glenn ivey and i approve this message. i'll take on the republicans for all of us.
4:39 pm
4:40 pm
4:41 pm
michelle: we are following breaking news out of montgomery county where firefighters are at the scene of a duplex fire in silver spring. you are looking now at pictures from news chopper 7. these are live pictures. what you see there is very dark smoke emerging. you can still see flames inside that home. they are trying to get that under control. again, stay with abc7 for new information about this breaking news. as soon as we get it, we will pass it along to you. jonathan: dads usually get a chance to see a new baby before mom. but not usually before any doctors. >> i was like no. i have my plan. i want to go to the hospital. jonathan: great plan. baby had other ideas. so that plan got scrapped. so dad had to do the honors on
4:42 pm
here is the thing, though. he is a police officer. so he was able to call in some buddies for reinforcement. >> i kind of caught baby and flipped her over and got her to start breathing. >> she was on top of my chest. i was just like ahh. >> everything i have been through in my entire life this is the craziest and the scariest and the most cool thing i have been part of. jonathan: right answer. it's definitely the coolest. clark says the little girl was born two weeks early and mom and baby are doing fine. you have to love the story. now, when she grows up, she will always owe dad. he will keep reminder -- reminding her. if it wasn't for me! michelle: can't sleep on a plane? how about a nap before you take off? these look cool, right? jetblue unveiled four jet nap energy pods in the terminal at j.f.k. airport in new york city. they play rhythms designed to help bring relaxation and
4:43 pm
reduce distraction. passengers can snooze in the pods for free for 20 minutes. jetblue says is it the first commercial airline to make energy pods available to u.s. travelers. it's only 20 minutes you might miss your flight. jonathan: if they only they give you that leg room on the plane. michelle: that would be awesome. jonathan: coming up for us at 4:00 -- it isn't a new blockbuster sequel. details on a real-life castaway. scott: i'm scott abraham live in philadelphia. game four, caps-flyers. break out the brooms. just m
4:44 pm
tv-commercial
4:45 pm
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. will she say anything to win an election?
4:46 pm
jonathan: tonight the capitals have a chance to win a spot for the second round of the stanley cup. michelle: a hiccup to get past. they need a clean sweep of the philadelphia flyers first. scott abraham is live in philly with a preview. scott? scott a.: the series can be finished tonight. the washington capitals a win away from ending the flyers' season and moving on in the playoffs. caps fans you can br
4:47 pm
sigh of relief. goalkeeper braden holtby is just fine after leaving yesterday's practice early. injury concern over. braden holtby taking the ice for morning skate. >> just one of those things that happened in practice. just want to be cautious with it. not push anything too far. the main focus and i'll be ready. >> good to see holtby back on the ice. caps nation was freaking out. >> you know what? it's great. scott a.: a win tonight in game four and the series is over. >> close-out game is the toughest one to get. how are the fellows feeling? >> good. we got some time off this morning and got rest. momentum is on our side. >> you have a team with the back against the wall. yuf want to make sure that y
4:48 pm
can get -- you want to make sure you get the four. we need to get the four. scott a.: get the brooms ready. the capitals trying to close out the flyers in philadelphia. change in net for the flyers tonight. steve mason is out. former caps backup michael nouberg will get the start. talking to the caps players in the locker room, they would love nothing more than to end the series tonight and get some extra rest. leading in the eastern conference semi-finals. reporting at the wells fargo center, scott abraham, abc7 sports. michelle: thank you. for the first time in nearly a decade, the senate is giving a thumbs up to an ambitious energy bill. the bill promotes a wide range of projects like solar, wind, and natural gas power as well as hydro power and geothermal energy. it updates the building codes and it improves the energy efficiency. now it must be reconcile with a house bill boosting
4:49 pm
energy, an energy startup thinks that the energy wave of the future is just that. waves. columbia power now experimenting with what it calls a sting ray generator. so it floats on the ocean surface and it captures the motion from the passing waves. then an internal magnetic generator passes that current through underwater cable to a power grid. cool. michelle: all right, we have an update now to a story we first told you about back in january. back then a huge el nino storm washed away the backyard of a couple of homes in pacifica california. leaving them hanging off a cliff. homeowner melissa mcconnell had to make a choice to move it or lose it. e chose to move it -- she chose to move it. literally. she hired house movers to move her 7-year-old dream home a few feet off the edge. >> she sent me pictures. i said if we can do it, we have to do it now. the goal is get the house four feet in the air. michelle: after that the
4:50 pm
move the house 20 feet toward to the sidewalk where it will sit until mcconnell can find a vacant lot in pacifica. that is what people with lots of money can do. jonathan: you might want to move it a half-mile inland off the cliff. did you see this? kelly rippa was a no-show on her own show. it comes a day after they announced the exit of her co-host michael strahan. he is switching to "good morning "good morning america." snl alum filled in for her but at end of the show strahan thanked her and the rest of the live team. but the shift won't end until september. they will look for his replacement. >> the crew of animal planet "river monsters" is used to dealing with the unexpected. one thing they didn't expect to find on a recent shoot was a castaway. man had been marooned on uninhabited island off the australian co
4:51 pm
dehydrated after becoming accept at ited from the boat and spending several days on the island in triple digit temperatures. >> we saw a cooler box and some zahn said maybe we'll see tommans -- tom hanks. the next thing we knew was a guy wild and ragged. michelle: the man told the production crew he said a final prayer and was prepared to die. he was taken to the hospital when it reached the mainland. jonathan: lucky catch. steve: there is a lull in the weather. the new hyatt regency camera. looking to the upper northwest d.c. you can see the national cathedral in the back. the trees are starting to
4:52 pm
68 degrees at the airport. the nighttime lows. sun glasses in the morning. keep an umbrella close by. we are looking at showers to muir in. wet day on friday. umbrella all day long. saturday we have the d.c. united game. temperatures fall in the 60's in the game time. on sunday it looks fantastic. daytime high around 70 degrees. passing clouds. check on the commute with jamie sullivan. jamie: we had a crash earlier but it's now gone. we have the crash cleared. not happy to report a big
4:53 pm
delay. it's still bumper to bumper. we will show you how heavy the traffic is. you can see here that the bumper to the bumper delays as you head out and compare it to the traffic heading in not bad. we had an earlier issue on the outer loop of prince george's county. that is gone. heavy from the wilson bridge. same on the top side of the beltway. inner loop is still heavy through college park. that is a look at traffic. back to you. jonathan: thanks. coming up next for us at 4:00 -- kimberly: fuel efficiency tests. mits by --
4:54 pm
4:56 pm
married 27 years. raised 6 kids. including 5 boys. he had grandpa move in with us. glenn: we loved having him as part of the family. it's what you do. kids: in congress, dad will protect president obama's legacy. he'll fight for jobs and protect social security and medicare. glenn ivey will never quit on you; and we should know, we're his kids. glenn: i'm glenn ivey and i approve this message. i'll take on the republicans for all of us.
4:57 pm
michelle: in the last two hours we received volkswagen has a deal about the cars that cheat on the emissions test. but on the heels of the emissions scandal another car company says it may have issues with other numbers. "7 on your side" consumer investigator is on your side to explain. kimberly suiters? kimberly: 71.5 miles per gallon. sound too good to be true? it is. today the president of mitsubishi admitting to the falsification. he said he claims he knew nothing about this wrongdoing. there is a big price to pay when this happens and there is faulty fuel economy testing. in the last hour as you mentioned "7 on your side" learned volkswagen will spend $1 billion to compensate the owners of the cars that cheat on emission tests.
4:58 pm
this involved half a million so-called mini cars in japan. the company is looking into that to restore trust. on the north american website for mitsubishi, in the latest news there is no mention of the campal. they mention that mitsubishi saw the best sales in march. we reached out to the mitsubishi headquarters in north america to ask if it will have an impact on sales. saying we are not aware of the testing irregularity but it will be investigated. reporting in the newsroom, kimberly suiters, abc7 news. back to you in the
4:59 pm
leon: tonight -- >> i love my wife. >> are you injured man? leon: a 911 call flips the script on a local sheriff and his wife who said nothing happened. change for a $20? a new face coming to the $20 bill. announcer: now "abc7 news at 5:00". on your side. leon: we'll begin with breaking news from the district. within the hour a d.c. police announced an arrest in the murder of the secret service officer. stephen tschida is standing by live with the latest on the new development. what have you learned? stephen: 45 minutes ago chief cathy lanier announced the arrest of two individuals in the shooting death of off-duty secret service officer
5:00 pm
which went down in southwest d.c. last december. now from the beginning the investigators said they believe the motive was robbery. today the chief echoes that sentiment. she said that 29-year-old charles sims and 17-year-old maurice bellamy are charged with first-degree murder. bellamy is the same that appeared in court charged with shooting washington, the 15-year-old killed at the deanwood metro station over easter weekend. the chief says witnesses coming forward were crucial to making these arrests. >> you are sick of the violence. the rumor that people won't corporate with the police is not the case. we get a lot from our community. we owe it to them to come back out and let everyone know.

103 Views

info Stream Only

Uploaded by TV Archive on