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campaign finance case has declared a mistrial. edwards was found not guilty on just one of the six counts against him. >> reporter: at the heart of the case was the edwards' campaign use of mimillion dollars and secret donations donations to hide his mistress, rielle hunter. the prosecution said that money counted as campaign contributions because the goal was to save edwards' candidacy. they pinned much of their case on their star witness, andrew young. as edwards' campaign aide, young was charged with keeping hunter hidden. he claim even claimed he was the father of her baby. the government's witnesses revealed painful details of the affair and how it devastated his wife elizabeth as she battled cancer. before the case went to trial, edwards said leafs looking forward to telling his side of the story. but in the end, he decided not to testify in his own defense. >> in fact, it took less than three days days to present its
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case. attorney abbey bow lowell chose not to call. he argued the campaign contributions were not -- were personal gifts, not for the campaign and that he did not intend to break the law. in his closing arguments, edwards said he had confessed to his son but not to breaking the law. >> reporter: there is no word yet on whether prosecutors will retry edwards. >> reporter: and you're looking the steps of the courthouse, waiting out front for john edwards and his defense team. and possibly for prosecutors to come out. the jurors left the building without making any comment. live in greensboro, north carolina. i'm manuel gallegus. now back to you. >> and we will continue to bring you any developments tonight at 6:00 and 11:00. an update and breaking news in baltimore county. movements ago, police locate the man who is accused of
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displaying the gun on the campus. derek valcourt is there. just finished speaking with police. >> we can tell you that police will only confirm that that suspect is in fact, a student here on campus. and they say that gun he was wielding was actually a starter pistol. makes a loud noise like a gun. not actually capable of firing bullets. >> police swarmed around the umbc west hill apartments after a student called to report a man she knew and had been sitting in a car with, showed her gun. >> it was not a threat. >> immediately sent out text message alerts to all students. >> police in the area of west hill apartments and walker avenue, for a report of a man with gun, stay inside and out of area. >> reporter: when police arrived, they found no -- the gun but not the man they were looking for. >> reporter: as police began looking for the suspect, cell phone text messages warn
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students who were not yet on campus to delay their arrival, and warned those who were already here to stay indoors. >> the first thing i thought, i was really shocked. i didn't know what to do. >> reporter: before i was actually on campus, i was sitting in my car for a while. just wondering whether or not i should get out. >> reporter: campus wasn't closed because we ascertained that the threat was isolated to a specific area of campus. and we didn't feel that it was necessary or prudent to close the whole rest of the campus. >> reporter: a door-to-door search of student housing came up empty handed. police believe the suspect left campus and students carried on their day. >> just makes me wonder why it happened. just seems weird it happened here. because it is relatively safe. >> reporter: again, police confirm they are currently interviewing the suspect, who is a student here at umbc. and they say that gun he was wielding was simply a starter
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pistol. we'll keep you posted. derek valcourt, wjz eyewitness news. >> campus police are getting help from baltimore county police. in this case. again, no charges have been filed. maryland state police accuse a man of taking videos of children at rest stops of children along i-95. vic is in the newsroom with more on the search for possible victims. >> police say a pennsylvania man used a cell phone camera to record at least 11 boys using the bathroom. 28-year-old brian williams is facing charges, after investigators discovered the videos in his possession. the recordings were taken in the men's rest rooms at the chesapeake house in cecil county. any potential victims or witnesses who visit those locations on may 6th should call police to help them identify the children. >> williams is free on bond. he is now awaiting trial. a morgan state university student is accused of murdering his roommate inside their harford county home. then eating some of the victim's organs. wjz is live in harford county. mike hellgren explains what the suspect told police about this
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gruesome crime. mike? >> reporter: kai, i was at the suspect's bail review today. he was calm. he said very little, other than he was originally from nairobi kenya, but had been in maryland for nine years and has strong ties to the community. but the reasons behind this, frankly stunning crime, remain a mystery. >> investigators say 21-year- old college student alexander kenyua killed his roommate and cut out his heart and brain, cutting them up. family members there declined to speak about the chilling crime. police say his brother found the remains, and his father called police. >> there was inconsistencies in the stories of both the parents that were there. we found out that their stories, when they were interviewed a second time, did not match up with the first time. >> reporter: but what's the motive? police haven't ruled out
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anything, including drugs. they say while he was cooperative, confessed, would not say why he did it. he recently posted statements about cults, ethnic cleansing and school shootings online. >> human remains, specifically a head and hands, were recovered on the main floor of the residence. >> reporter: wjz obtained the missing persons report on the victim, 37-year-old cujo cody who disappeared last week. both he and kinyua attended the university of maryland. kenyua was out on bond who he was arrested for this murder. >> by no means is the investigation over. we are looking at every angle. we are looking at, is there a possibility that there are other suspects? >> reporter: and that lead investigator told me he has no reason to believe that kenyua
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was lying about eating those body parts. this investigation, though, remains wide open. live in harford county. mike hellgren, wjz eyewitness news. >> all right, mike. thank you. police found the rest of the remains inside a dumpster at the town baptist church, less than a mile from the home the victim and suspect shared. a maryland marine is killed in afghanistan. the pentagon says 22-year-old sergeant julian chase died while conducting combat operations. the edgewater native was -- fighting in the helman province. chase was the fourth member from maryland killed this year. the decision to label pit bulls dangerous in maryland has many dog owners upset. now, lawmakers are looking into the controversial ruling. wjz is live. gigi barnett explains the plans to address the concerns. gigi? >> reporter: kai, this has been an emotional issue on both sides. pit bull owners say the court's ruling is discrimination. and victims say they just want more protection from the breed. now, lawmakers are weighing in. >> reporter: maryland's highest
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court rules that pit bulls and pit bull mixes are inherently dangerous. the decision came last month. dog owners soon fired back, rallying on the state house steps, calling their pets harmless. >> a lot of them are just so sweet. >> reporter: now, state lawmakers are adding to the debate, with the bipartisan task force. designed to weigh the consequences and what it means for owners, victims and ultimately pit bulls. >> what i'm seeing right now is that the shelters are overrun with pit bulls. >> reporter: senator lisa gladden is on the task force. she says they'll look at everything, even when others say they're doing to reign in pit bulls. >> in some counties in florida, they outlaw the ownership of pit bulls. i think that's probably too much. but i think that the owners should, if they love their dog, they would take any kind of training class. >> reporter: under the court's ruling, dog owners are much more liable now if their pit bull is attacked. that's because a victim doesn't have to prove if the dog has
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bitten before. they say this rule suggest causing some landlord to evict pit bull owners. and he's concerned where that leaves the dogs. >> thousands of pit bulls may be put to sleep because of this ruling. so we have to come up with a decision. because it's important to a very large segment of people who live in the state of maryland. >> reporter: and lawmakersmakers have tried before to address the court's ruling with other laws. meanwhile, the task force plans to wrap up its work before an expected july 9th special session. kai, back to you. >> gigi, thank you. now, three of the five delegates on the cask force, introduced bills during this month's special session to overturn the court's decision. desire more financial troubles for rg steel. the company files for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, just days after idling operations at sparrows point. they list more than $1 billion in debt. nearly 2,000 of the company's employees will be laid off in
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maryland, starting june 4th. we're enjoying beautiful weather this evening in maryland. dry, sunny and beautiful. let's check in with bob turk. he's updating our first warning weather. bob? >> take all year. this stuff, just so comfortable. this is the kind of dew point. low humidity that you normally experience, way out west, where you don't have a lot of moisture. 82 now. 72, oakland. 71 in ocean city. but the dew point is way down at 48 degrees. tomorrow, it's going to be back up in the 60s. going to feel a lot more humid tomorrow. but the 82 degrees now, when you add that dew point in at 48. make its actually feel like 81 degrees. a little lower than the actual temperatures. so there's no heat index this afternoon. tomorrow, a big change coming. big storms possible. we'll talk about that in a few minutes. mary? >> all right, bob. thank you the. a big surprise for a carroll county couple, when they come across a bear just feet away from their car. weijia jiang reports from manchester, they have the pictures to prove it.
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>> black bear sightings are actually pretty typical in maryland. but for one carroll county couple who spotted one trying to cross the road, it was a shock. >> reporter: eleanor and marvin fresh's home in rural carroll county is a sanctuary for all kinds of animals. >> here we see deer and fox. raccoons, possums. >> reporter: but this week, when the couple was a couple of miles from their house on route 27, they were stunned to see a new one. >> i was on the side. and i looked over. and my god, there was a bear. and i told my wife, i said, oh, my god, there's a bear. >> ee couldn't knowledge it. we just couldn't believe it. >> marvin pulled off to the side for a double take. >> he just stood still and looked alt us. and we looked at him. >> they shared a moment, one eleanor captured quickly. she takes her camera everywhere, just in case there's a story someone won't believe without a picture. >> this was him leaving. going back into the woods. >> reporter: a spokesman for the department of natural resources says black bear
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sightings are normal this time of year. he's gotten a few calls about this one, who he believes is a 2-year-old male trying to find territory to mark as his own. >> he doesn't have a friend or mate or anything. >> reporter: the freshes like to believe that's what bear was really looking for. last year, they celebrated 50 years of marriage their latest adventure, a new tale to share with the grandbabies. >> they all said, wow, nana, that's really awesome. >> dnr says the best thing you can do if you spot a black bear is just to leave it alone. because the animal is probably more scared than you are. in carroll county, weijia jiang, wjz eyewitness news. >> and dnr says male bears usually roam 80 to 100 miles before finding a place to call home. i don't know if the freshes want it in their backyard. >> yeah. that's a bit different. right. still ahead at 5:00. a drastic measure to fight obesity. which major city is launching a war against sugary drinks?
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a maryland woman, tied up and robbed inside a hotel room. how the victim is connected to a famous baseball player. the latest on the controversy over young people at the inner harbor. i'm pat warren, coming up on eyewitness news. delegate pat mcdonogh challenges the mayor to a debate. calm and perfect weather. but are there storms on the way. don't miss the updated first warning forecast with bob. ,,,,,,,,,, i should be arrested for crimes against potted plant-kind.
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♪ think only salon brands can do that? i dare to compare... will you? [ female announcer ] anti-breakage from pantene. hair so healthy it shines. it's sunny and 82 degrees in central maryland right now. the complete first warning weather forecast is coming up. updating the breaking news, a judge declares a mistrial in the john edwards corruption case. the former presidential candidate spoke moments ago outside the north carolina courthouse. >> while i do not believe i did anything illegal or ever thought i was doing anything illegal, i did an awful, awful lot that was wrong. and there is no one else responsible for my sins. none of the people who came to court and testified are responsible. nobody working for the
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government is responsible. i am responsible. >> edwards is found not guilty on one of six counts against him. he was accused of using campaign funds to hide his pregnant mistress. we'll have much more from john edwards, coming up tonight at 6:00. state delegate pat mcdonogh challenges mayor stephanie rawlings-blake to a debate on her crime-fighting efforts. political reporter pat warren has the mayor's response. >> reporter: delegate pat mcdonogh claims mayor stephanie rawlings-blake is sweeping crime under the rug. >> this is an issue about a city that is at risk. about a city that if it doesn't overcome crime, crime is going to overcome it. >> reporter: the del -- baltimore delegate is now chunking the mayor to -- challenging the mayor to a debate. incidents, including this attack on a tourist on st. patrick's day, and the release of this dispatch. >> city confirms, we have a large, large group of
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juveniles. >> this is a long-term problem with awareness. there are problems in baltimore county. problems around the state. >> reporter: but fights, murders and shootings make the city and mayor rawlings-blake his priority. >> probably more useful if he would get the support of his are the colleagues. >> mcdonogh said he voted against it because it included tax increases. but mayor rawlings-blake says funding is critical to crimefighting. >> we would not be able to get there without smart investments. so smart investments, he would have slashed in his budget. so i have no interest in debating him. >> mcdonogh's proposals include legislation that he is including an advocacy fund. if you are waiting for someone to get home from work, let's check on the roads. right now at traffic control.
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>> hi, everyone. a lot of congestion out there. the harrisburg expressway congested. as far as the beltway itself goes, if you're traveling on the outer loop, we do have an accident at security boulevard. the delay, a good 30 minutes back to the harrisburg expressway. on the top side inner loop, another 25 minutes there from greenspring avenue around to providence road. and the west side inner loop, delays there stretch from wilkens avenue in that direction. 70 westbound heavy there, from 29 to marriottsville road. accidents include corner field road at old stage. pennsylvania avenue at west north avenue. and also bel air road at east northern parkway. things pretty heavy. 70 at 29, seems to be crawling along. and there's another look. things slow there in the northbound direction as you make your approach to shawan road at the harrisburg expressway. this traffic report is brought to you by accord restoration. if your property has been damaged by fire, flooding or storms, you can trust the
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restoration experts at accord by visiting the website at accord restoration.com. >> kristy, thank you. just a gorgeous day out today. >> it is. comfortable. that's the big thing. sun is still hot. same sunee have in july. -- sun we have in july. dew point is 42 degrees. that's low. north winds, 6. barometer rising. come back and take a look at a stormy friday, late afternoon and evening after this.
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go a little farther with bp gasoline with invigorate. severe clear. that's what we have. i like that. >> hardly, you can't even find a cloud out there. the sky is so blue because of the dry, dry air that came in yesterday, last night. from canada. it's not going to last too much longer. because even overnight tonight, some warm air is going to start moving in overhead. may see some clouds in the morning. perhaps even a shower before 9:00, 10:00. then things quiet down for a while. but late in the afternoon tomorrow. that's when things get active. take a look at temperatures right now. very comfortable. 82. 72 in oakland. ocean city, the cool spot, only at 71. 84, right now in d.c. the dew point once again in the
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upper 40s. very dry. very, very comfortable air. 83 in annapolis and kent island. 81, rock hall and westminster. right now, a light north wind tonight, with pretty light winds. temperatures will be dropping in the upper 50s to low 60s. a comfortable night. tomorrow, the winds go back to the southeast. that will start bringing some moisture in from the atlantic and also from the gulf of mexico. so it will get a lot more humid tomorrow afternoon. it's not going to be a hot day. but it will get probably close to 80. today, we're at 83, 84. so it will be feeling more uncomfortable because of additional humidity. now, out to the west, low pressure and a frontal system, actually two fronts. a cold front and a warm front is going to start moving across the region. first, we'll get into the warmer air tomorrow. probably in the midmorning hours. and by afternoon, humidity comes up. by late afternoon and evening, that's when a frontal system, a cold front with pretty chilly air aloft, will be crashing into that warmer, more humid air. and we have a good chance, actually, the national weather
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service, severe storm center has us in a slight chance of some severe thunderstorms. so somebody could see hail, maybe strong gusty winds, damaging winds, with those storms and heavy downpours as the front moves across our region. sometime tomorrow evening. so we'll get into the more humid air. the front comes through. then it clears out. just in time for saturday. probably after 9:00, 10:00 in the morning, it should clear out by afternoon. looks like a beautiful day. now, there may be lingering showers saturday morning, particularly on the eastern shore, as the front is going to slow down a little bit. but it will be drying out and getting more pleasant during the afternoon and evening hours. southeast winds on the bay. up to 20 knots. small craft advisory. locked out for any of those storms developing late in the afternoon, particularly. tonight, then, clear, very comfortable. upper 50s to low 60s. could be clouds coming in late tomorrow. back up to 80. look out for those thunderstorms. some could be strong, severe. going down to the beach, water is pretty chilly. but temperatures there will be
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in the 70s. mid-70s as you can see. a little chance of some showers there tomorrow night. and early on saturday. >> all right, bob. thank you. still ahead at 5:00. a star is born at the national spelling bee. how the youngest competitor is stealing the show. the space ex dragon has landed. see the dramatic return after a revolutionary mission. cracking down on school bullies. one teen's sad story leads to criminal charges in new jersey. ,,,, ,
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it is just before 5:30. 82 degrees and sunny. good evening. and thank you for staying with wjz eyewitness news. here are some of the stories people are talking about tonight. a maryland woman is found tied up and screaming for help inside a hotel room of a major league baseball player. she was staying with a cincinnati reds pitcher when she was attacked by an intruder. weijia jiang has more from police. claudia manreek of silver spring, maryland, has been questioned by police for hours. it all started late tuesday night, when someone knocked on the room registered to cincinnati pitcher chapman. he was not inside the room. he was still at pnc park. pittsburgh police say the 21- year-old woman entered the door of chapman's room. a man identified himself as a maintenance worker and said he was there to fix the toilet. upon entering, the man demanded certain items in the room.
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manreek refused. the man then allegedly tied up her hands with cloth napkins, taking jewelry, clothing, credit cards and id cards. manreek's screaming attracted attention from other hotel guests who alerted hotel security. reds' players signing autographs outside the hotel knew little. >> when you -- what do you think about something like that? >> i think it's terrible. this is all news to me. >> we can't comment on that. i'm sorry. >> manreek, described as chapman's escort, told police that at the time of the heist, chapman was playing the piterates. chapman, cubed the cuban missile, is 24 years old and defected from cuba in 2009. weijia jiang, wjz eyewitness news. >> the cincinnati reds say they are aware of the robbery and assault and are working with police. police charge three teenagers following the suicide
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of a 15-year-old. denise is in the newsroom with details on what police call an environment of intimidation. >> two classmate and a 19-year- old have been charged with assaulting and robbing lennan baldwin in the days before he took his life. prosecutors say baldwin was attacked on two different occasions. first at the school, and several days later in a parking lot. they also say they tried to force the victims to say it was a school prank. new jersey has enacted one of the toughest anti-bullying laws. but prosecutors have not said if they will try the suspects under that law. >> reporter: the two juveniles are under house arrest, while the 19-year-old suspect is out on bail. seattle police are looking for a motive after a man walks into a cafe and opens fire. teresa garcia reports for wjz. six people are now dead, including the gunman. >> reporter: seattle police say the bearded man in this surveillance photo opened fire, shortly after walking into this seattle cafe, near the university of washington, wednesday morning.
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about a minute later, he is seen standing alone, amid overturned stools, holding what appears to be a gun in his left hand. >> it's a very mellow cafe. there's lots of artists there. and musical performanceless and that kind of thing. it's the last place that you would expect for something like this to happen. >> reporter: while police were looking for the gunman, they say he fatally shot a woman during a carjacking in downtown seattle. the stolen suv was found abandoned with a handgun on the driver's seat. >> this was a tragic day for the city. >> reporter: while police were speaking with reporters, word came of a third shooting, involving police and a man fitting the description of the gunman, in a neighborhood near where the stolen car was found. >> the suspect saw the uniformed officers. he apparently knelt down in the middle of the street and put the gun to his head and shot himself. >> reporter: police say preliminary findings suggest all three shootings are connected. seattle is in the midst of a wave of gun violence. it's police and city officials asking for help.
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>> that's also going to take a full partnership with the community to end the culture of violence, where young men believe it's okay to attempt to resolve disputes of violence, including guns. >> it's not yet june. and the city has not yet matched the number of homicides reported in all of 2011. >> teresa garcia, wjz eyewitness news. >> the gunman died at a nearby hospital. police don't yet have a motive for the shootings. but they say they believe the carjacking victim was random. a pornography actor is on the run tonight. he is accused of mailing body parts to political offices in canada. police believe this man, luca rocco, magnatta, may have fled north america. he's accused of killing and dismembering an acquaintance. detectives say he then sent some of the body part toss officers across canada. a warrant is out for his arrest. there is growing pressure on syrian president bashar
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alassad to reel in his troops. syrian residents say this is proof government troops have no intention of halting attacks on civilians. they blame the violence on terrorists. some u.s. lawmakers say military intervention is necessary. a key part of the law banning same sex marriages struck down as un81 constitutional. the defense of marriage act defines marriage as exclusively between a man and a woman. at issue, whether they can deny tax, health and benefits to same-sex couples in states where they can legally marry. today, a u.s. court of appeals rules a law discriminates against same-sex couples. ending a historic voyage splashing down safely today in the pacific ocean. bigad shaban reports today from mission control in hawthorne, california. >> reporter: the world's first commercial cargo space flight ended without a hitch.
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>> and the teams have confirmed that the parachutes have been detached. >> reporter: mission control applauded as the dragon capsule splashed down. he glided back to earth, beneath three striked parachutes. >> this really couldn't have gone better. >> and launch. >> california company space ex, built the dragon. its first launch was aborted but the second went off on schedule. dragon became the first privately-owned spacecraft to dock with the international space station. it carried nearly 1400 pounds of old gear back to earth. >> and all eyes on dragon as it continues to head back to earth. >> reporter: space ex guided the vessel's descent into the atmosphere. it splashed down off the gulf of mexico. just six hours after leaving the station. >> the mission was successful. and it was done, i would say, in close partnership with nasa. but in a different way.
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>> the successful splashdown could mean more ambitious projects for space ex. the founder wants to launch the next supply mission in september and carry astronauts in as little as three or four years. >> i believe we're very close to having you provide cargo re- supply services to the station on a regular basis now. >> recovery ships met dragon at sea. next, it will be sent to texas for inspection. in hawthorne, california, bigad shaban, wjz eyewitness news. >> space exhas plans to improve dragon's capabilities and equip it with helicopter landing precision technology. new york's mayor has a new target in the city's fight against obesity problem. they want to ban super sized soft drinks. under the proposal, the sale of sugary drinks, larger than 16 ounces would be prohibited. if the ban goes through, it would take effect march and would be the first of its type
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in the nation. time now for a quick look at the stories you'll find in the baltimore sun. more on the horrific charges against a 21-year-old morgan state university student, accused of killing his housemate in joppa. 10 great ideas for parties honoring the brides to be. and the candidates for colleges, lacrosse heisman trophy has a distinct baltimore flavor. find out who wins. for all of these stories and a whole lot more, read the baltimore sun. and remember to look for the updated first warning forecast from the first warning weather team. how do you spell success? just ask lori madison. she's the youngest contestant ever at the spelling bee. susan mcginniss reports for wjz. she's been knocked out of the competition, but her performance stole the show. >> reporter: 6-year-old lori ann madison said she'll be on stage at next year's national spelling bee. >> oh, yeah. i'll be back here next year. but i won't be the youngest. >> reporter: just half the size and age of most of her competitors, lori ann is the youngest to qualify for the
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competition. she proved she can spell words many adults can't use in a sentence. >> dirigible. d-i-r-i-g-i-b-l-e. dirigible. [ applause ] >> lori ann got tripped up wednesday on a word that you might have to be a bird expert to know. >> ingluvies. e-n-g-l-u-v-i-e-s. >> that is incorrect. >> i was really disappointed that i misspelled the word. i knew the word. >> even though she doesn't qualify for the semifinals, interest in lori ann was so strong, she held a news conference to answer questions for the press. >> it's not being on the stage or anything else. it's not the trophies. it's just something that i like spelling. >> reporter: lori ann is home schooled in lakeridge,
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virginia. and she has big dreams beyond the spelling bee. >> i want to be an astrobiologist. speaking of that, i got an invitation. >> she said the attention is overwhelming but she is still enjoying her celebrity. in oxon hill, maryland, susan mcginniss, wjz eyewitness news. >> she puts a hat on and she's still a little girl and very cute at that. until now, the youngest contestant was 8 years old. the age limit is 15. so lori ann has nine years of eligibility. >> and the prize is like $40,000. >> i think she'll get back in and may win it. >> if not, next year at age 7. >> yes. still to come tonight on wjz eyewitness news. danger at a neighborhood hangup. what happens after a truck plows straight through a bar. protecting passengers from maryland to florida. why several bus companies are being shut down. i'm bob turk in the first warning weather center. a wet friday but a nicer weekend. i'll have the exclusive first warning five-day forecast.
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dozens of students are awarded college today through the baltimore community foundation. and seven of those scholarships are named for wjz's beloved former anchor, jerry turner. >> reporter: sarah hermina didn't grow up watching wjz anchor jerry turner. she's too young. but she understands his legacy, as one of the seven winners of the 2012 wjz jerry turner broadcast scholarship. awarded today at a luncheon in m&t bank stadium. sare was also chosen to speak there. >> i'm going to express my gratitude to jerry turner. i think he did have an impact on the field, obviously to this day. and i'm going to tell them a little bit about my experiences at st. john's this past year. >> susan horn established a scholarship in her husband's name, irvin horn, in his death. >> my husband passed away suddenly. and it's very hard for us. but he was such a giving person. and i said, you know, i know we need to do something to continue his legacy. >> reporter: now, harrison lee
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is headed to the university of maryland college park because of it. >> it says a lot about who he was and who i strive to be, you know, every day. and it's just -- for me, it's just so incredible. >> reporter: the baltimore ravens award as well. and former college kicker matt stover. >> basically taking responsibility and not looking back with regrets. so many of us make mistakes along the way. so what i'll do is challenge the students to not look back with regret. >> last ye, the bcf awarded $170,000 in scholarships to 66 students. this is a nonprofit that helps people carry out their charitable giving. to. a gorgeous thursday night. lots of sunshine and perfect temperatures outside. but are there storms in the forecast? bob turk has a look at what we can expect tomorrow and through the weekend. bob? >> big changes tomorrow. take a look at the forecast. in the morning, there's still a slight chance of just slight shower activity. temperatures generally in the 60s.
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midday, probably a little sun. and then some showers. and then late in the afternoon tomorrow night. that's when we get some thunderstorms, some could be strong, or even severe in some areas. but a big change coming saturday. maybe an early morning shower. it clears out. 77. pretty decent. but cooler. sunday, monday and tuesday. back in the 70s. slight chance of a pop-up shower in the afternoon. because of the cold air that is going to be moving in aloft. in today's energy saver tip, water conservation also means saving energy. since showers are a mix of hot and cold water, start by using shower heads with flow rates of less than 2.5 gallons per minute. older shower heads that flow rates at more than 5 1/2. so even if you don't know the rates, it might be a good idea to replace them. for more information on how you can become an energy saver, go to wjz.com, scroll down the right-hand side. page and click on our special section. kai? >> okay, bob. thank you. cleanup efforts are under way in north carolina, after
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remnants from tropical storm beryl spawn a tornado. the national weather service says it was an ef1 tornado, with winds up to 110 miles per hour. at least 70 homes were damaged in catteret county. now, there have been no reports of injury at this time. the local fire department will perform a final damage assessment of the area. the largest wildfire in new mexico's history continues to burn at this hour. fire officials say it's now burned more than 190,000 acres. the dry climate, strong winds are fanning the flames. more than 1200 firefighters are working to contain the blaze, which was sparked by lightning last week. another runway accident at o'hare airport in chicago today. an american eagle plane slid off the runway, onto a paved area. it had just taken off from oklahoma, but returned because of mechanical problems. no one was injured. this comes one day after two planes collided on the runway there at o'hare. shocking video at minnesota. a truck drives into a bar full of people.
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the surveillance video shows people sitting at the bar, when all of a sudden, that pickup truck comes barreling through the wall. six people were injured, including the driver. police say she veered across traffic. hit a utility pole and drove through that bar. everybody is expected to survive, though. >> it's hard to watch. >> unbelievable. amazing everybody survived. federal officials have closed more than two dozen bus operations, calling them eminent hazards to public safety. randall pinkston reports for wjz, they operated along the east coast, including right here in maryland. >> reporter: the department of transportation has shut down 26 bus operations, based in six states. hoping to prevent tragedies like this one. 15 people were killed, as they return to new york from a casino trip last spring. transportation secretary ray lahood, and new york senator charles schumer announced the d.o. t.'s unprecedented crackdown. >> by ignoring safety rules, these operators put both passengers and are the
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motorists at serious risk in shutting them down will save lives. >> reporter: the shutdown applies primarily to three companies. apex bus, i-95 coach. and new century travel, which managed a network of smaller companies. they are accused of using drivers without valid licenses. failing to test drivers for alcohol and drug use. and using buses that had not been properly inspected and repaired. >> the enforcement action involved just over 30 buss that transported 1800 passengers a day. most of the bus routes began or ended here in new york's chinatown. >> i'd say most of them are safe. or they shouldn't be on the road. >> reporter: the department is now working to create tougher penalties for bus companies that violate federal laws. >> the most important piece is allowing them to pierce the veil. unfortunately, these companies keep changing their names and keep going. it's very hard to track them down. >> reporter: under the proposed legislation, fines would
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increase from $2200 a day, to $25,000. in new york, randall pinkston, wjz eyewitness news. >> the new bill would also require bus companies to post their safety records near ticket windows. check in with eyewitness news at 6:00, for all new stories, vic is coming up in the newsroom. gruesome crime. a man murdered in harford county. eats his victim's body. more on what he saying now that it's over. check in for more on these stories and all the breaking news at 6:00. a stressful day for a raccoon in missouri. the furry creature spent several hours, stuck on top of this 25-foot light pole. residents in the neighborhood tried to coax the little guy down, with food and water. but he didn't budge. finally, a construction worker comes to the pole. he pokes the raccoon. and it leaps from its perch. then runs to safety. wow. a 25-foot -- and we think cats have nine lives, huh?
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>> i think raccoons have 20 lives. >> they must. look at that. wow. >> i'm sorry. i'm glad it's okay. but raccoons are tough. they are tough. they look you right in the eyes. and they say -- >> they're scrappy. >> this is my garbage can. >> they're very scrappy. still to come tonight on wjz eyewitness news. breaking news about the o's and it is bad news. oh, my goodness. a broken bone for star outfielder, nick markakis. >> mark has the injury details coming up. ,,,,,,,,
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the orioles have a day off during the road trip. but there is bad news about star outfielder, nick markakis. sports director mark viviano joins us with the latest on this. >> nick markakis is going to have surgery early tomorrow morning. when doctors will reniewfer a broken -- remove a broken bone from his right hand. markakis expected to be out for about a month. it is the latest blow to an orioles team that has lost five straight games. markakis was out of the lineup for the series finale in toronto last night, having aggravated the injury the night life. now, the injury is believed to
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have first occurred a week prior, when mar markakis injured his hand sliding into a base. then the broken bone worsened, when he swung the bat on tuesday. now, the o's start a series at tampa bay tomorrow. manager buck showalter puts his team's losses and injuries in perspective. >> nobody is picking on us. nobody cares about your challenges. i'm sure, whether it's boston, new york, toronto, tampa. it's part of the job description. and it's not going to creep in the clubhouse. >> it's one of those bumps in the road that we'll work through. this game will be true if you keep grinding it. we have a lot of people. there's some baseball playing son of a guns. and i'm proud to be part of them. >> it appears the orioles avoided what could have been another devastating injury when adam jones took a hit to his left wrist last night. he is still in pain but stayed in the game. he said afterwards, he believes he'll be fine. birds are tied with tampa bay. i'll have more on the o's coming up next hour.
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plus, the ravens, their season about 3 months away in the football birds dealing with an injury to terrell suggs. making plans during mini camp. we'll hear from the ravens in sports at 6:00. back to you for now. >> panic in wrigley field in chicago, after three live grenades are found just two blocks away from the ballpark. a maintenance worker found the vintage world war ii grenades in the basement of an apartment complex wednesday as the cubs game was letting out. surrounding streets were evacuated while a bomb squad removed the explosives. no one was hurt. and still to come tonight on wjz eyewitness news. gruesome discovery. i'm mike hellgren, in harford county. where police say a man ate his victim's heart and brain. the latest on the murder investigation. with xfinity,
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coming up now on eyewitness news. case. cannibalism. a man killed in harford county. the suspect in custody and the unthinkable thing he is accused of doing to the victim. campus alert at umbc. the charges he faces. breaking news in the corruption trial of jun edwards -- john edwards. what happens now? and what's in store for the weekend? don't miss the updated first warning forecast. wjz eyewitness news let 6 -- at 6:00 starts now.
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unspeakable acts. a man killed in harford county. >> tonight, gruesome details on what happens after he dies. >> hello, everyone. i'm vic carter. >> and i'm denise koch. here's what people are talking about tonight. >> an already grisly murder takes an even more grisly twist. a college student tells police he kills his housemate and ate part of the victim's heart and brain. mike hellgren has even more stunning details on this crime. mike? >> police here in harford county say they have never seen a case of cannibalism, never seen a case like this, a stunning crime. and they say they have no reason to believe the suspect is lying about what he said he did. >> reporter: investigators say 21-year-old college student

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