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great public servant. commissioner fred bealefeld epitomizes the cop on the street. >> i'm just a blue collar kid with a modest education, that has poured his soul into his job for the last 31 years. that's what i know. >> reporter: his may be one of the most unexpected retirements. rather than issuing a statement together, they issued statements in a single news release. >> mayor rawlings-blake said, while i am saddened to see him retire, i respect his decision to retire after three decades, to spend more time with his family. i know he was proud to serve ask served with honesty and integrity. he has an extremely effective one. >> commissioner bealefeld said this was a very tough decision for me and my family. but it's now the right time for me to bring my career with the baltimore police department to a close. i am very proud of the men and women from the bpd, for all
that we have been able to accomplish over the last five yes. and i am looking forward to retirement. >> they now begin to look for the new commissioner. he is retiring august 1st, again, after 31 years. and during his five years as baltimore city police commissioner, there have been dramatic drops in gun crime and homicides. reporting live from city hall. i'm pat warren. back to you. >> complete coverage continues. mike hellgren has ray look at fred bealefeld's successes and scandals. in that interview, commissioner bealefeld said he had no plans to step down any time soon. this is a man who was passionate about the job. he spent his life in the bp and had several family members in the department. >> commissioner bealefeld has spent three decades.
rising to top cop, he survived several scandals and several mayors. >> last december, i asked him whether he planned to step down. >> i heard people say, now is a good time, to leave on a high note. this is who i am. this is what i do. and i still love doing it. >> reporter: known for tough talk and focusing on the worst of the worst offenders, people he called knuckleheads and bad guys with guns, bealefeld earned credit for raising the rate dramatically. >> i have a lot things left in this police department. i love the men and women who work here. they're out there, every day, right now, while we're having this conversation. they're risking their lives for people they don't know. no one else does that. >> he dealt with corruption, too. personally taking the badges of officers in a towing scheme that ripped off unsuspecting drivers and changed the way plain clothes cops are trained. he also faced criticism for getting involved in politics and placing a campaign sign in
his yard, supporting gregg bernstein for state's attorney. through it all, beal field has reportedly told wjz, he's proud of the force he leaveses and sums it up this way. >> until people can look out their window from the place that they live and feel that sense of security, we haven't gotten the job done. >> i was just looking at an interview wjz did with bealefeld, shortly before he was confirmed to the top job. he said it's something that he wanted. but if there was someone better, god bless them, he would step aside. >> reporting live, mike hellgren, wjz eyewitness news. >> stay with wjz for complete coverage of bel bealefeld's retirement. we will bring you the latest tonight at 6:00. on wjz.com. >> a judge reaches the verdict. weijia jiang explains. one is convicted. another is cleared.
weijia? >> this has been such an emotional trial. especially for the park heights community where it happened. and now, both sides can claim partial victory. the judge says she believes both were at the scene of the attack. but says only one of them was involved. in a split decision, a judge convicted 24-year-old eliayahu werdesheim. but acquitted his 22-year-old brother avi. >> i'm relieved that avi was acquitted of all charges. needless to say, we're devastated for eli's results. >> the judge said that eli used his training as israeli special forces. >> she said we are gratified by the result that the judge imposing this case. >> reporter: it's a victory, despite a dramatic blow to their case on day one of the trial.
while on the witness stand, osbee stood up ask said passionately quote, i don't want to testify the to that end, osbee's lawyer has dismissed a civil suit against the werdesheims. >> the young man is not durable to make it through the rigorous process of a civil case. and there is no amount of money that would allow his mother to let him go through this process again. >> reporter: the attack happened in november 2010, when the brothers were responding to a call for shomrim, an orthodox jewish watch group. the werdesheims say osbee was peer -- peering into homes and looking through unlocked cars. eliayahu testified osbee charged at him first with a wooden plankful of nails and hit back only to protect himself. but the judge didn't buy it. >> we should mention elia hue werdesheim was convicted of one charge only. that was carrying a deadly weapon. of the two charges he was found guilty of are both
misdemeanors. assault charge carries a maximum of 10 years in prison. >> weijia, thank you. eliayahu werdesheim will be sentenced in june. devastating blow to the baltimore ravens. one of the team's star players, terrell suggs, tears his achilles tendon and is expected to miss the upcoming season. sports director mark viviano joins us to explain what caused the injury and how it will affect the team. >> reporter: the impact is certainly immediate in terms of fan and league reaction. a severe achilles injury is a potential season ender and would be a harsh blow to the ravens. but suggs said today, don't count him out yet. >> reporter: in recent years, terrell suggs has dedicated himself to improved fitness. and it's helped him become one of the most feared pass rushers in the nfl. but it's the pursuit of fitness that brings him down. suggs suffered a torn achilles tendon during off season training in arizona.
it's a potentially season- ending injury, depending on the severility of the tear. speaking to the baltimore sun, suggs says he is anased that some people have-- amazed that some people have written him off. he vows to be back as late as october or early november. ravens look at fill-ins. among them are three-year veteran paul krueger. ravens' top draft pick this season, courtney upshaw, who is brand new to the league. and untested linebacker, sergio kindle, who hasn't played a down yet. it's a scenario that has ravens fans concerned about their team's usually dominant defense. they called in today to wjz f.m., 105.7, the fan. >> we have to look at it. they gotta step up. so they can prove themselves. they're not going to get double teamed. so the teams don't know about them. that might be a plus for us. >> it's going be to be a tough year. i think we could make play- offs, but it definitely got a
whole lot harder today. >> i'll have more from one of the ravens who may be counted on to fill in for suggs. that's coming up. >> suggs is scheduled to see a specialist in north carolina next week. baltimore county police are pleading for help in the cold case murder of a towson university student. vic ms. more on the search. >> the reward is now up to $30,000. someone shot and killed 23-year- old 23-year-old lecornu. detectives have been searching for a white bmw that followed the victim into the area. lecornu was a senior and grew up in annapolis. police are hoping the new reward will help generate leads in the case. >> if you know anything about the case, you're urged to call metro crimestoppers. the man on trial for the infamous robonight election calls will testify in his defense. wjz has been following the story. derek valcourt has more.
will you take the stand in your own defense? >> yes. i'm willing to take the stand. probably starting tomorrow. . >> reporter: julius henson awaits his turn about the robocall for bob ehrlich. the robocall sparked controversy by telling 112,000 registered democrats before polls closed on election night that there was no need to go vote because democrat martin o'malley was already winning. >> relax. everything is fine. the only thing left is to watch it on tv tonight. >> that robocall already earned a criminal conviction for ehrlich's campaign manager, paul schurick because the message did not contain the legally required authority line, indicating it was paid for by the ehrlich camp. the state prosecutor says that amounts to election fraud. but henson says he'll tell the jury, it's not his fault. >> what does it say you hope to convince them? >> well, we are going -- hoping to convince them that the call
was not my responsibility. the auto call tag is not my responsibility. it's outside of the scope of an adviser. as a matter of fact, i advised the cap pain to use-- campaign to use an authority line. they chose not to. >> reporter: henson calls the prosecution's case thin. the defense has already begun to call their witnesses. they're calling character witnesses to talk about henson's truthfulness, ahead of his testimony tomorrow. we're live at the courthouse, wjz eyewitness news. >> derek, thank you. the jury is expected to begin deliberating the case next week. major delays for drivers, as a truck overturns and spills lumber onto the beltway. at one point, the crash closed all four lanes of the inner loop, near route 1, in arbutus. traffic backed up for several miles of state highway. crews cleared away all that debris. lots of delays there. but all lanes are back open tonight. also in baltimore county,
school bus crashes in front of deer park elementary school. police say four people are hurt, including two students after a car collided with the bus. all of the injuries are nonlife- threatening. foreclosures on the jones falls expressway begins in a few hours. kristy breslin is live with more on how this will impact drivers. kristy, what can we expect? >> well, kai, it will have a major impact, starting tonight at 10:00 p.m. northbound lanes at 29th street. that will be closed down. the closures will last from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. drivers will be detoured, if you are driving in that direction. you will be detoured from north avenue to sissen street. to 29th street. two lanes will also be closed on the southbound side, from 9:00 to 1:00. the late-night closures are also needed for emergency road work. we'll keep you up to date. back over to you. >> all right. kristy, thank you. once all of the closures are lifted, a single lane will
remain closed in each direction until repairs are complete. spring temperatures are back. outside tonight, it is sunny, mild and just beautiful out there. oh. take a look. take a deep breath. right? question is, will these conditions last? wjz is live with first warning weather. meteorologist tim williams, bob turk, tracking some possible changes. we'll start with bob. take a quick look at radar. around here, it's pretty quiet. nice and warm. to the west of us, a few showers have popped up, very, very isolated. there you see a few there. just south of hancock, west of williamsport. right into the potomac river on i-70. and a few more north. really don't think they'll impact much of central maryland. maybe a change. look at temperatures. we have warmed up to 76. cumberland, 88. it's back up to 80 in washington. coolest spot by the ocean. ocean city, only 59. temperatures right now, running 13 degrees warmer than yesterday at this hour. ocean city, 5 degrees warmer.
it's really colder yesterday. and d.c., 11 degrees warmer. tim in the outback. tim has an updated look at the drought map for the mid- atlantic region. tim? >> important to note that of course, the official reporting station for the state is bwi marshall. but as bob just showed you, we have pop-up showers and thundershowers across the state at any given time. they don't make an impact on the numbers. but they do impact the state. still abnormally dry. central maryland itself, say from middle of baltimore county, right on through the city, and over toward the eastern shore. has now been upgraded, primarily to moderate drought. and that's all the way to the eastern shore. it's only one little corner, right around ocean city, that is still under severe drought. that is a distinct improvement over recent weeks. of course, wjz drought watch will continue to monitor the rain totals as we get them throughout the next few weeks or so. but we'll be watching the chance for showers popping up over the next day or so, tonight into tomorrow.
because of a front that will be dragged across the region. but the temperatures -- changes that are happening will be related. bob will have those complete details coming up in your first warning forecast. now, back inside. tim, thank you. the national aquarium is ending its dolphin shows. the decision will give visitors all-day access to the exhibit. instead of closing it down for scheduled shows that require tickets. dolphin discovery will be open continually, to give observers a chance of playing, eating, and working with trainers. they're not getting rid of the dolphins. but you'll still be able to observe the dolphins in the habitat. >> some of this is fun. it's an interesting idea. still ahead on wjz eyewitness news. at 5:00. mourning a beloved athlete. were junior seau's injuries a factor in his sudden death? i'm alex demetrick. coming up, a man entrusted with the nation's victory steals and
sells it. making money and investing it. how one city curriculum is teaching students how to line their pockets. i'm gigi barnett. that story is just ahead. the weekend is almost here. how it will affect your weather plans. or your plans. how the weather will affect them. don't miss the updated first warning weather forecast. ♪
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it's mostly sunny. 76 degrees in central maryland. the complete first warning forecast is coming up. the maryland man entrusted to protect and care for the historical items in the national archive, has been sentenced for stealing and selling them. the theft involves thousands of sound recordings. >> reporter: the national archives was created to collect
the history of america. big and small. that includes recordings of what were originally live recorded broadcasts. >> and the course for second lieutenant, called, sergeant, will you handle this? i want to lie down. [ laughter ] >> reporter: plays like shakespeare, hamlet. >> it gets the conscience of a king. >> reporter: for 40 careers, leslie lovin, highlighted here in court, supervised those recordings. for the last 10 of those years, he stole 6,000 of those recordings, selling on ebay. most brought in only a few dollars, but it added up to $83,000. >> in the monetary value, i would say it is modest, in comparison to the historical. >> reporter: in court, a tearful laughin admitted he had done wrong and hurt his family, friends and the national
archives reputation. >> reporter: the judge sentenced him to 18 months in prison, not just for the money involved but for violating a trust. when someone violates a trust and they're federal employee and they take from our collections, it damages our institution and it damages the reputation of all federal workers. >> reporter: some of whom are working to track down what laughin stole and sold and return it to where it belongs. alex demetrick, wjz eyewitness news. >> because he has no previous record, he did not receive a stricter sentence. he must report to prisknow ox -- prison next month. here's kristy breslin, live at wjz traffic control. kristy? >> hi, mary. hi, everyone. we have delays pretty much all around the region. harrisburg expressway. delays there from shawan to belfast. traveling top side inner loop. stop and go there. moving at an average pace of 30 miles an hour. west side inner loop, delays from 95 to security boulevard. and 70 westbound, really jammed
up there, from 29 to marriottsville road. as far as accidents go, in bel air, route 1 at route 24. that one involving a pedestrian. 195 westbound at aviation boulevard. liberty road at milford avenue. clifton at dennison. also, harford road at park side. let's take a live look. you can see, that's been a busy spot most of the afternoon. we also have delays on the beltway, west of york road. and no improvement to speak of on the jones falls expressway. still a bit slow, coming out of downtown, past 28th street. this traffic report is brought to you by pizza bolis. stop in and get these for $6 hadn't .99 each. -- $6.99 each. >> pizza outside tonight. >> right. a picnic. beautiful afternoon. 76 now. northeast winds, 8. the barometer holding steady. come back and take a look at your friday warmup after this. ,
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yeah, 76 here. down the road a bit in d.c., it's up to 80. and 75 miles west. hagerstown and 84. cumberland up to 88. they did get up to 90 a few minutes ago. 82, even in oakland. that's pretty warm for those folks. 59. look at the range here. ocean city with the winds off the ocean. still in that cool air. but they were warmer now than they were yesterday. by about 4, 5 dgs. pax river off the bay there. elk river by 70 degrees. still 80 in westminster. and in the 60s, close to the bay, annapolis and kent island. the winds pretty much all over the place. generally tonight and tomorrow, more of a southerly flow. and that will bring most of the region into the really warm air that we have been telling you about. detroit, 89 degrees. chicago, 85. in the 80s. just about everywhere here.
warm air is moving in our direction. record tomorrow is 90. some spots may get close to that. there's cooler air to the north and northeast. winds off the boston bay. eastern quebec. we've got a warming trend for tomorrow. and then over the weekend cool air begins to head down from the north. could create a shower or thunderstorm tomorrow afternoon. probably over by tomorrow evening. then it will begin to cool down and dry out just in time for the weekend. looks pretty good. warmer conditions tomorrow. we'll watch that front. storms, cooler and dryer for later saturday and sunday. looks beautiful. south wind it's the bay. five knots. by the waters. chance for a shower. not a great chance. mid- to upper 80s. and watch out for a shower or thundershower. or maybe a thunderstorm.
gusty winds possible late tomorrow afternoon, as the front comes through the area. >> all right. bob. thank you. painful fees. which airline is going to charge $100 for a carry-on bag. osama bin laden's final words, published on the internet. the revelations and documents seized from his compound in pakistan. a ride and history lesson to millions of -dad, why are you getting that? -that's my cereal. is there a prize in there? oh, there's a prize, all right. is it a robot? no. is it a jet plane? nope. is it a dinosaur? [ laughs ] [ male announcer ] inside every box of heart healthy cheerios are those great tasting little o's made from carefully selected oats that can help lower cholesterol. stickers? uh-uh. a superhero? ♪ kinda. [ male announcer ] and we think that's the best prize of all. ♪
it is 5:30. 76 degrees. sunny and just beautiful out on the water tonight. good evening to everybody. and thank you for staying with wjz eyewitness news. here are some of the stories people are talking about tonight. tonight, the death of nfl great junior seau has many talking about the lingering effects of football's hard hits. no medical evidence yet links concussions and suicide. but a leading university with ties to a baltimore ravens player is gaining ground. >> reporter: in a 20-year career in the nfl, junior seau made more than 1800 tackles, becoming one of the most feared linebackers in the game. seau died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest this. comes after chicago bears safety david doerson shot himself in the chest so his brain would be preserved for science. boston researchers did conclude
that he suffered from degenerative disease in the brain that can lead to concuz. mattberg has pledged to donate his brain to the same university for research someday. >> what concerns me is the repeated trauma. i've had three concussions. >> reporter: more than 1600 players are now suing the 1/2, claiming -- the nfl, claiming for years it ignored studies that showed that repeated injuries to the head triggered things like dementia. >> reporter: just last month, former atlanta falcons safety ray esterling committed suicide. he was suffering dementia at 62. kyle turly, who knew seau, speculated he may have payed payad -- paid a price. >> there is no doubt that the toll his brain took at the position he played, it will
most undoubtedly show that this is a factor. >> and tonight, seau's ex-wife is confirming her former husband did sustain many concussions during his 20-year career. a marine turns the gun on four people before turning the gun on himself. >> well, kai, police believe the murder-suicide stems from a domestic violation situation. they believe jt reddy, a man with ties to neo-nazi groups, opened fire at a house in gilbert wednesday, killing his girlfriend, her daughter, the daughter's boyfriend and the child. he then shot himself. reddy was a former marine and was running for sheriff. he ran for political office twice in mesa. and once as a write-in candidate for senate. >> reddy also had long-stemming ties to neo-nazi groups in the united states. >> the military releases the documents seized from osama bin
laden's compound in afghanistan. manuel gallegus reports for wjz. >> right up to the end, osama bin laden was plotting terror. a collection of letters from his final hideout shows he wanted to target airplanes carrying president obama. he said killing him automatically will make biden take over the presidency for the remainder of the term. he described the vice president as totally unprepared for the job. former deputy director of national intelligence and cbs news senior correspondent, john miller, was the last western journalist to interview bin laden. >> i think in the end, osama bin laden was struggling to figure out what al qaeda was at that point. >> reporter: the navy seals who killed bin laden one year ago, gathered the documents from his compound in pakistan. 17 of the letters are now declassified and posted on an army website. they showed bin laden also wanted to go after the war
commander, general david petraeus. he wrote, killing him would alter the war's path. >> reporter: and bin laden worried about dysfunction in al qaeda. fretting about losing trust among radical muslims. >> you can see him struggling for control. struggling for relevance, who are we? and what do we mean? >> reporter: the military says the most compelling revelation is bin laden's frustration, at failing to maintain control over the crumbling net work of jihad. manuel gallegus, week eyewitness news. >> u.s. forces found documents in bin laden's hideout that span from september of 2006 until april of 2011. military experts say the material released today is probably only a fraction of what was taken from the compound. five men are indicted for their alleged plot to blow up a bridge in ohio. the self-described anarchist faces several charges of conspiracy. and attempted use of an explosive device. they are accused of trying to
bomb a bridge over the kaya hoga-- cuyahoga national park. they were arrested after allegedly trying to buy a fake bomb from an undercover agent. more in custody after the hazing death. caleb jackson and ricky whales are arrested on felony hazing charges. police say the two, along with 11 others, beat robert champion to death in november. the university has suspended all band activities. more momentum for mitt romney. and his former rival, michele bachmann is endorsing him as the republican candidate for president. >> reporter: a one-time rival is now supporting mitt romney. former gop candidate michele bachmann arrived at a campaign event, with bob macdonald. >> to lend my voice and my endorsement to mitt romney as
our president, to take the country back. >> reporter: romney has had trouble winning over conservatives. so bachman's endorsement is important. but during the primary season, she was one of romney's harshest critics. >> mitt romney has been on the side of abortion. he's been on the side of same- sex marriage. >> reporter: president obama was the first democratic presidential candidate to win virginia in 44 years. he will be there with the first lady on saturday, to kick off the re-election campaign. >> reporter: the president will also visit ohio, a key swing state. a new poll shows president obama and mitt romney in a virtual tie there, with the president ahead by only 2 points. in florida, another swing state, romney is ahead by just a point. but the president has widened his lead in pennsylvania, to eight points. >> reporter: romney still has primaries ahead. next tuesday, voters in north carolina, indiana, and west virginia go to the polls.
but he will need to win bigger states like texas and california to get the delegates he needs for the nomination. at the white house, danielle nottingham, wjz eyewitness news. stay with complete coverage for campaign 2012. we'll keep you updated on the issues. one airline will begin charging passengers $100 for some carry-on bags. right now, spirit airlines charges $45 for those big carry- on bags that must go in the overhead luggage compartment. but that price will go up to $100 per bag in november. smaller bags like purses and briefcases that fit under the seat are still free. well, imagine learning about stocks and bonds in the 6th grade. it's what one curriculum in baltimore city aims to do. gigi barnett explains in tonight's school watch. it's a program that is getting the attention of lawmakers. >> it's definitely one of your
vocabulary terms you just learned. >> mount royal middle school in baltimore has a new student today. and the lesson on bonds is a tough one. >> you're absolutely right. 1862. >> johns hopkins university developed a curriculum for students. between 6th and 8th grades. state comptroller peter franchot heard about the class. >> i guarantee you, those kids in that classroom know more about economics and about stocks and bonds than the average legislature -- legislator does. all of us learned in the school of hard knocks. >> don't put all of your eggs in one basket. >> they are already taking financial advice home. >> the government or the company she really likes. >> reporter: and they know which stocks are hot. >> i want to invest in coca cola. because a lot of people buy coca cola's products. and they get money like almost
every day. >> reporter: of course, teaching students how to buy and sell stocks and bonds being how to watch out for the pitfalls, like ponzi schemes and how to learn their investment style. and if they do well, students can learn real cash -- earn real cash and invest it themselves. >> when they get older, they're not going to be afraid of money. and i think that's the most important thing. and that means they're not going to let somebody take advantage of them. >> reporter: so exactly how do students get the cash to invest? by perfect attend asbestos and high grade -- attendance and high grades. every year, they can earn up to $80 to buy stocks and bonds. >> they taught me stuff today, gigi. i love it. that's great. thank you. school leaders say the next step is taking the stocks and the future curriculum to parents. time for a quick look at some of the stories you'll find in tomorrow morning's edition of the baltimore sun. more on the changes at national aquarium, including a ticket hike. and the end of the popular dolphin shows. ghost hunters come to town
this weekend to see what they can find at the podunks. and the guide to the maryland film festival. for these stories and more, read the baltimore sun. and remember to look for the updated forecast from wjz's first warning weather team. an annapolis icon turns 40. monique griego was there, as the harbor queen rang in four centuries of making memories and celebrating history. ♪ [ music ] >> that horn is only part of the legend surrounding this iconic lady of annapolis. >> she's seen a lot of people grow up and move on. and get record. -- get married. proposals, everything. she's done a lot. she's seen a lot. >> welcome aboard the harbor queen. >> captain mel has been commanding the harbor queen for nearly 20 years. and this month, the boat will mark 40 years of memory-filled excursions. >> she has just been a platform for so many people to enjoy the water and enjoy the experience of annapolis. >> reporter: over the past 40 years, it's estimated the harbor queen has given $2.6
million people a tour of the annapolis waters. >> reporter: captain mel has also had a few four-legged friends hop on board. but says for her -- >> the best part is on the boat right now, the kids that we get to see every day, every hour of every day. >> reporter: like most days, the queen is setting sail with a group of maryland fourth graders. >> they actually get to see it. and that's a whole lot more exciting than reading something from a book. >> she'll guide them past the academy and other landmarks. >> anything that they experienced firsthand, they'll remember more. >> reporter: and those memories are why the harbor queen hopes to stay afloat for years to come. monique griego, wjz eyewitness news. >> the harbor queen excursions run from mid-march through november. groups are just people visiting the harbor are invited to ride. what a perfect day for that today. >> very good day. congratulations on 40 years. that's wonderful. >> fantastic. still ahead on eyewitness news.
academy award winners. the 2012 maryland film festival has become a must for movie lovers and the industry. the 14th annual gathering gets under way tonight. >> reporter: charles theater. and nearby streets are ready. for the film frenzy. the maryland film festival is in its 14th year. >> the film community here is growing beautifully. and that's what gets reflected every year. these are high quality. theseers that will play many festivals. >> my mother said, leo, you are in danger. you could be next. >> reporter: it's about baltimore holocaust survivors, leo and glooma. sharing their story, with area school children.
the area of baltimore filmmaker, bernadette weggestine. it's about how important it is to them, to tell the story. and how important it is to receive the story. >> reporter: the tents are up here on charles street. that's where the festival goers can meet the movie makers. >> we've got film makers this year coming in from 15 different countries. so this art form is very exciting. and the filmmakers love coming to baltimore. >> reporter: exciting for this johns hopkins university professor and her movie about suffering and survival. >> so it's an international production. pui really wanted it to premiere here in baltimore. and the maryland film festival is a great festival. i couldn't think of a better place for this film. >> reporter: ron matz, wjz eyewitness news. >> for a complete list of the movies at this year's maryland film festival, log onto our website, wjz.com. it is sunny, mild and calm for now. but can we expect some may showers in the forecast? meteorologist tim williams and bob turk have the answers for
us. we begin inside with bob. maybe a slight chance later tonight. and a better chance, i think tomorrow afternoon, showers. there may be a thundershower. temperatures tomorrow will get back up into the 80s. maybe even the upper 80s in some locations. the record tomorrow is 90. may get that warm in some spots. tim has a look at the five-day forecast. tim? >> well, bob talking about tomorrow. we'll be talking about that. let's take it through saturday and the weekend. saturday going up to about 83 degrees. again with another chance of thunderstorms. 75 on sunday, after the front moves through, temperatures drop a little bit. but 74 and 78. still above our normal high of 70 degrees for this time of year. now, for your energy saver tip of the day. use cooking time wisely. turn off the electric range 2 or three minutes. for more information hohow you can become an energy saver, go to wjz.com, scroll down the right-hand side of the page and click on our special section.
back inside. major road changes in new york, after a family veers off a road and lands in the bronx zoo. workers are replacing taller barriers to keep cars from going over the edge. last weekend, an suv hit the curb with such force, it launched over the guardrail and fell 60 feet. no one survived. no electronic warning signs will be posted. investigators find two linked to a charity scam in oregon. one contained roughly $1 million. the other was filled with birth certificates. police believe it's connected to a fugitive named bobby thompson. he's accused of setting up fake charities for military veterans. thompson was indicted in ohio in 2010. and is now in federal custody. well, federal agents uncover the largest medicare fraud operation in recent history. these are agents raiding a suspected office in detroit. more than 100 people in seven different cities are charged in the case. the schemes involve over $450
million in false medicare billings. those accused include doctors, nurses, social workers and healthcare company owners. check in with eyewitness news at 6:00. for these stories and more coming up. vic is standing by with a preview. of course, we'll keep you updated on the breaking news. baltimore's police chief decides to retire. i'm mike schuh. groundbreaking work boy a hopkins astromommer, who captures a black hole eating a star. see this once in a lifetime event. when we return. check in for these stories and the breaking news. coming up at 6:00. back to you. >> thank you, vic. it was only expected to fetch $80 million -- as if that is a small price. but a famed piece of art work sells for much more than that at a new york auction. edward munchen "the scream ," set a record for $120 million, the highest price ever paid for a single work of art at a public auction. the 1895 pastel is one of four versions.
a chase by u.s. border patrol turns deadly. four people, believed to be ilalmost immigrants killed when their suf crashed into a wall. apparently they were fleeing from agents who lost control. the remote area is frequently used as a drug -- as a smuggling route, rather. also in arizona, a privately-owned shop smashes into a neighborhood in phoenix. the helicopter fell nose down. the pilot and passenger are recovering in stable condition. luckily, no one was home when
that occurred. the aircraft was registered to a flight training cool school. a massive sinkhole opens up in a backyard at a home in florida. it's about 50 feet wide. and 50 feet deep and growing. look at that. so far, the sinkhole has devoured four trees and a hammock. now it's threatening to swally a house. fire rescue crews are monitoring the situation. >> a passenger who recorded an incredible video of a bird striking an aaron is now in trouble with the faa. the birds got sucked into the plane's engine last month. you have probably seen the video. the passenger, grant cardon said he filmed it because he thought they were going to crash. >> the plane pitches. i'm thinking i was anything to roll over. grab my ipad. i never thought this would be
the last flight i'd be on. >> a warning letter in the mail and was put on probation by the faa. it's a safety measure. the faa requires all electronic devices to be turned off until the plane reaches 10,000 feed. a video of a little boy's visit to the oregon zoo is becoming a viral sensation. watch as this little guy scratches and claws at the guy. thankfully, there is a thick layer of glass between the two. the child barely notices what is happening. his mother says she didn't even realize her son was dressed like a tasty zebra. >> i mean, when he just opens his mouth like that. it's like -- [ laughter ] >> and we had that other one, right? that was a fepale lioness-- female lioness. but the male lion with the main going ballistic. wow. okay. glad it was glas separated. >> yes. and reenforced.
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will either or both serve prison time? critical blow. the ravens lose a key member of the defense. what this mean for their championship hopes. >> spring-like weather returns. what's in store for the weekend? well, don't miss the updated first warning forecast ahead. >> check in for these stories and all the day's breaking news. >> wjz eyewitness news at 6:00 starts now. change at the top. baltimore's police commissioner is retiring. >> why he is retiring and the reaction to the sudden move. >> hello, everyone. i'm vic carter. >> and i'm denise koch. >> his