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alison: we begin with breaking news. this is in the search for missing firefighter nicole mittendorff. michelle is in the newsroom. there is a surprising find? michelle: we are learning a body has been found. female body has been found in shenandoah national park. this news release just coming down minutes ago. here is what they say. the ground team of the national park service and virginia state police located the body at 2:00. i'll read this off for you. just getting it here. national park service says that they found the body about a mile from the white oak canyon parking area. that is significant because that is just a short distance away from where nicole mittendorff's vehicle was found just a few days ago. while there is no confirmation that this body is that of nicole mittendorff, it is significant that this body that has
located just a short distance from where her vehicle was located. we are expecting a news conference to happen at 7:30. we are told that this is going to be a news conference involved with several agencies that have been involved in this search. our jeff goldberg is currently at the park but that park is so enormous that it will take him some time to get to this area where the body was found because we are told it's very rocky terrain, difficult to get to. remote section of the shenandoah national park. as soon as he is there and in position and can relay new information we will pass it along to you. back to you. leon: all right. thank you, michelle. big development there. another big one worldwide we are following today. r&b, pop, rock 'n' roll, prince was a performer who rarely comes along. a true music legend found dead at 57. reaction pouring in now
across the world. reporters descended on his home in minnesota. stephen tschida is outside the black cat club in d.c. with more on how prince is being remembered there. what are you seeing and hearing there? stephen: a lot of people grieving tonight. the black cat hosts the prince dance party, one of the most popular events at the venue. so many people touched by the loss of the music superstar. we caught one a man that said one of the highlights of his life came last summer when he had an opportunity to work with prince. ♪ ♪ ♪ my mind says prepare to fight ♪ >> prince, a musician, performer and song writer. a man who changed music and had an impact across the globe and right here in the nation's capital. >> he is the reason that i even kind of noted music at an early age and the reason i learned to play music. stephen: d.j. dread hosts the ever-popular prince dance party. last summer prince asked him to
>> i was able to do that gig. it was great. it was a highlight of my career. just being able to, you know, interact and, you know, play music, watch prince react to what i was playing. ♪ ♪ stephen: the prince dance parties remain popular today with young people. some not even born when "purple rain" reigned at the top of the charts. d.j. dread says there is a reason why prince's music remains so relevant today. >> he has meant the world to me musically. and i don't think the wonder will ever see another prince as far as his ability. so talented and gifted in so many ways. >> ♪ tonight i'm going to party like it's 1999 ♪ stephen: a true musical superstar. producer, musician, vocalist, writer, an actor. an artist who may have left this world but his music certainly wi
reporting live, stephen tschida, abc7 news. leon: thank you. music will live on. there is so much of it, as a matter of fact. it has to live on. the fans are calling in to request made for every one of his hits. at the colleagues among them at the hour playing prince songs back to back. joining us live from the studio is the afternoon host jake west. this has to be one of the moments you will always know where you were when you heard the news. how was it when you did hear the news? >> i tell you what, i was going to say the same thing. it was shocking. i will always remember sitting at my desk about to pop up and grab lunch. one of the guys from one of the rock stations is like hey, prince is dead. this is for real. you have to get on this. whoa! what? we did digging. got the official confirm. and you know, you see every person you tell had the same, had the same reaction of wow! this is such a tragic loss. especially at
so young. leon: with the diskography, the catalog is huge. it would take you two minutes to produce maybe a day-long back-to-back marathon for him. what are you going to do over there? >> well, i tell you what. right now we just kicked off a few minutes ago the tribute to prince, playing prince songs in a row. especially if you are still struck in traffic trying to get home. prince will cheer you up, especially on a day with tragic news. we have been playing a ton of prince all day. we have been getting phone calls. we have been getting facebook messages. tweets as well. everyone has the same matter of being shocked. leon: everyone has a special song. what is yours?
biggest today. leon: great choice. good luck. you can share your favorite memories and songs. let us know which performance stood out for you. we have an open conversation running on facebook. we also have a gallery of pictures from some of prince's biggest shows online. that is at wjla.com. alison? alison: now to breaking news. a d.c. police officer is under arrest tonight. michael minor from temple hills is charged now with assault with a dangerous weapon. after an apparent road rage incident. police now are alleging that there was an an altercation on the road. he pulled his gun and was not in his qualitied car or in uniform. we are working to gather more information on this. we will have an update at 11:00. leon: developing in the past hour, an arrest in the death of a 2-year-old child. arlington police arrested fields. the boyfriend of the child's mother. a little girl was left alone in a car in annandale for seven hours. p
off two of the older children in the family and forgot about the toddler in the car. alison: coming up next on "abc7 news at 6:00" -- lead in the water at d.c. schools. the three location where students will now be tested. and how parents found out about this. >> are you injured? do you need an ambulance? leon: there have ron bateman standing firm saying he is not leaving office despite the domestic violence accusation against him. still ahead here, an abuse survivor sees parallels through the case she lived through. alison: plus it's described now as the longest drug tunnel from mexico into the u.s. the distance and just how much marijuana was ready to come into the state. that is just ahead. doug: after ten days of sunshine we have rain and thunderstorms in the forecast. all important timing still to come on "abc7 news at 6:00".
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thed government buildings including the school. the public did not find out about dangerous level of lead until nine months after the test. tests last august showed higher than acceptable lead levels in the water at three d.c. elementary schools. payne, minor, and here at capitol hill montessori at logan. all the parents happen to find out when they saw the results in a blog. >> we weren't notified when they found high lead levels. >> i'm concerned about it and angry as a parent here and parent as everyone in the system. there are problems to other schools and as a taxpayers. >> test by the city department of general services found lead levels up to 20 times the acceptable 15 parts per billion at the montessori. in payne at one faucet 500 times. a lot came out today at a council hearing for education where a councilmember called at it sig
member allen asked why d.g.s. is not sharing results with parents. >> that is unacceptable. unacceptable that the parents weren't told immediately that they could be concerned about the health and safety of the child. >> parents complain after d.g.s. retested at logan and found two faucets with high lead levels and never notified anybody. >> need to be immediately notified when the lead test results come back. positive or negative. sam: they provide testing for hundreds of children in the three affected schools. d.g.s. will be before the d.c. council to answer questions tomorrow. spokesman for the agency says they are going to improve the communication and talk to people about the results. instead of in any cases issuing reports that hae to be deciphered. reporting live i'm sam ford, abc7 news. alison: thank you very much. coming up
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tonight a survivor of do mest vike lens shares her experience and sees a lot of similarities. maryland bureau chief brad bell explains. brad: ten years ago yvette was set on fire by her abusive husband. she survive and is now an advocate for abusessed women. tonight she is speaking out about the charges against ron bateman. >> i'm devastated an official was charged. brad: he is accused of hitting his wife after she made this 911 call -- mrs. bateman and the sheriff now deny there was any violence. >> i never, never, assaulted elsie. brad: while bateman is presumed innocent of all charges yvette says she recognizes her past in the case! she is a
mode. >> and she thinks bateman should resign but he says he won't. even though more and more voters say he should go. >> if you hear about the 911 tapes it sounded like he beat her to me. >> going to continue doing it. >> here at the courthouse in annapolis we're told that sheriff bateman is not in his office. that he remains on vacation. won't be back until next monday. in annapolis, brad bell, abc7 news. leon: cameras are giving us a look at what is described as the longest drug tunnel crossing from mexico to the united states. it is estimated to extend half a mile in tijuana. built completely with an elevator, tighting and ventilation system. inside it's 2,000 pounds. a ton of marijuana folks. this is the second busted between mexico and southern california in less than a year. meantime closer to home, montgomery county is one step cl
the hockey rink a father had in his yard attracted members of the community. it was threatened to be shut down. it was a push to create a place where children can learn to skate and play hockey. now it could be up and running by the fall. alison: let's talk about the changes coming to the weather. doug: we have had ten days of sunshine. rain tomorrow. not all day rain. sun, shower, afternoon storms and clearing out for the weekend. but we need the rain. nothing else to get rid of the pollen. on the front burner no pun intended is this problem. the rocky mountain fire now 5,600 acres. we have our finger crossed that there will be showers and thunderstorms across the appalachian and the blue ridge. this image from larry brown he
things hopefully will improve. numbers today even with the limited sunshine we hit 76. the average high is 69. morning low on the button of 49. at reagan national airport. this hour holding in mid-70's. not going to see a huge drop in temperatures. increasing cloud cover. increasingly southerly to southwesterly winds to keep it mild overnight. there have been showers along west of interstate 81. now moving west. farther west is the cold front. ahead of that more moisture will converge. sun and clouds and afternoon thunderstorms as cold front itself gets close to the area. 60% chance of chance and shower and thunder. 76 tomorrow. clear in the afternoon. 70. beautiful weather on sunday. warler monday. more showers tuesday. by next thursday back up to the 80-degree mark.
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news. wizards confirm to abc7 sports that the team agreed in principle with scott brooks to be the next head coach. yahoo! sports broke the story. reporting a five-year deal worth $35 million. scott brooks, the former head coach of hometown hero kevin durant. who will be the biggest free agent this summer. interesting. scott brooks, the wizards' next head coach. oh, boy. in baseball, day game for the nats. four-game series finale in miami. this is becoming routine. top of the first. bryce harper, his eighth home run of the season. giving the nats a 1-0 lead. 22 r.b.i. on the season. but that was a solo shot. later, same inning, i'll do you one better. that is gone. it's a three-run shot. marlins go on to win. the final 5-1. all right in hockey not exactly a sweep for the caps. flyers avoid elimination. but the good newsis
game five and have a come fortal three-game to one -- comfortable three game to one lead. players know they shouldn't be too comfortable. >> amazing if you give team hope what they do. they win one game and they are feeling better than being down 3-0. they get the second game and it's a slippery slope. if you have a team on brink of elimination, finish it and take care of business. robert: in football, the carolina cornerback josh norman is a free agent after the panthers rescinded his franchise tag yesterday. here is where it gets interesting. reports say the redskins and three other teams are interested in norman. norman was sticking a megacontract worth $16 million a year. recap our breaking news. scott brooks will be named the wizards' next head coach. the team confirming in the news in the last 15 minutes. leon: that could be huge. robert: have you jumped on the k.d. to d.c.
leon: running through here all summer long. alison: a lot of speculation. final look at the weather? doug: big story is we have getting rain tomorrow, first time after ten days. week ago monday the rain stopped and the sun came out and sin then all sunshine. but tomorrow it changes. scattered showers in the morning. period of occasional showers in the day. glimpse of the sunshine. warm, muggy and breezy. afternoon thunderstorms. hopefully enough to wash out the pollen, put moisture in the ground and he be the fires out west -- help with the fires out west. pleasant sunday and warmer monday. settling down for tuesday and wednesday. warmer again. early summer pat inhere emerging -- pattern emerges. steve rudin will have more at the timing of the showers tomorrow. important to watch. alison: thank you. thank you for joining us. "world news tonight" with david uir up next with more on the death of prince.
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breaking news. prince, the death of a legend. the music superstar, today found dead at his estate. ♪ going to party like it's 1999 ♪ one of the best selling artists ever. the new tour had just begun. tonight, the mystery over his death. the images coming in right now. fans and celebrities in shock. we're live. culture war. the battle over transgender rights rips into the gop race for president. trump and cruz, on opposite sides. and a former world series hero turns up the heat with his explosive post online. also breaking, zika emergency. tonight, a new case. a pregnant woman in america, infected. and the new controversial weapon to fight zika -- the release of genetically modified mosquitoes. now, a community in revolt.