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pops, i'll be home. >> a marine makes the ultimate sacrifice. his father speaks to abc 2 about the heartbreaking loss. >>reporter: breaking news out of west baltimore. i'm linda stow, a house fire causes a partial building collapse. why that truck you see right there will no longer be in service come next week as part of the mayor's plan to save money. it is wednesday morning, the middle of the week. thanks for joining us. we have a lot to talk about, everything from tieups on the road to some pleasant weather. >> i have the nice end of the stick today. it is going to be absolutely gorgeous once again. temperatures just a little bit warmer, but nice and seasonable as you head out and about. as we look at maryland's most powerful radar this morning, we are nice and dry. and we can see that. all five sweeps are on. they're going to stay that way as we head through the remainder of today. make sure you get out there and enjoy it because i promise you a change is on the way. some of you may like it, some of you may not. temperature in glen oak coming in at 62 degrees, buoy right around 62. easton right around 59 degrees right now. this is what it looks like in
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glen oak. we're seeing plenty of blue sky, a nice sunrise this morning. make sure you do take advantage of it. also what we need to talk about this morning, the fact that the wind, it's a little bit breezy out there. so with that we do have concerns, we're talking about a house fire. so right now i'm going to send it over to lauren cook. she has a check of that traffic. and, lauren, with that house fire, the winds might not be helping so much. >>reporter: well, lynette, the house fire happened just before 4:30 this morning. it continues to shut down west baltimore street at stockton street. if you are traveling in the area, do use lexington street as your alternate route. abc 2 new' linda stow is on the scene right now. she'll bring you a report in a few minutes. a deadly crash on 295, shut down at 648. drivers will want to use 95 or washington boulevard as their alternate route. if you are headed out to the harrisburg expressway, here's what it looks like in cockiesville at shan road. not too many cars out there just yet. a nice easy ride as you travel down to the beltway.
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once you get onto the beltway, just 11 minutes to travel the outer loop from 95 up towards 83. that is a look at your abc 2 news time saver traffic. megan and charley, over to you. as lauren just mentioned, we are on the scene of a developing story that's happening right now in best baltimore, a two-alarm fire on west baltimore street. this is a map of the area that we're talking about. that's where we find abc 2 news' linda stow live on the scene this morning. linda, what can you tell us? >>reporter: the fire is now out. you can see firefighter from truck 10 over there using their ladder truck, they're spraying the building to wet down the building, making sure there are no hot spots. what happened here is a fire broke out around 4:00 this morning. it was a vacant three-story building. the third story collapsed onto the second. no one was inside, no one was hurt, but there was some damage next door to the chinese food carryout. a pregnant woman, we're told cut her hand. there was also a firefighter who cut his foot as they were trying to fight this fire. both were treated and taken to a local hospital. joining us this morning is rick hoffman. he is the president of the
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firefighters union to talk specifically about truck 10 which is the truck you see right there. it is set to go out of commission as part of the closure set to happen on july 1st. rick, thanks so much for joining us this morning. >> good morning. >>reporter: this is a prime example of why you wanted truck 10 not to be closed. >> absolutely. truck 10, truck 15 and squad 11, this plan is absolutely a dangerous plan. this fire right here is a prime example. truck 10, we rarely have our own badges when one of our own is deceased. that's how the guys feel about this company it's one of our own and the chief's plan is a dangerous plan. it's not going to work. someone's going to get hurt. >>reporter: truck 10 is on lafayette avenue which is about 15 minutes away and happens to be the closest -- >> not 15 minutes. 15 blocks maybe. >>reporter: 15 blocks away which is the closest to this. >> that's right. >>reporter: what happens when this shuts down next week?
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>> well, unfortunately, we are in the beginning of summer. we could theoretically be so busy some days that we could have truck one from oldtown be the first truck company here. it's one of the surest policy and all he's doing is taking down the insurance. >>reporter: thanks so much for joining us this morning. again, truck 10 you see right there being used by the firefighters to douse some water on this fire. it is set to go out of commission next week as part of the mayor's plan to save money and those fire companies that will be shutting down. again, this fire broke out this morning at around 4:00. no one was injured. excuse me, a firefighter was cut in the foot, a pregnant woman cut her hand. both were treated and taken to a local hospital. but nothing too serious to worry about here. again, truck 10 set to go out of commission. those firefighters there using that truck to douse any hot spots in that building. but, again, rick hoffman with the firefighters union tells us that it will not be a good idea to shut that down. this is a prime example of why
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they want to keep it open. we're live this morning in west baltimore, linda stow, abc 2 news. more breaking news to tell you about this morning. we just learn thad some homes out in colorado are burning to the ground because of that wildfire near colorado springs. roughly 1200 people living in the grounds near an air force academy, they are being evacuated and the tv images that you see right there, they show homes on fire. a ranch southwest of that academy has burned to the ground. so we're closely monitoring this situation. we'll keep you posted. remember, you can always be the first to know about any breaking news, traffic or weather alerts. just download our app, it's free. all you have to do is text 46988. debby has weaken today a tropical depression but still poses quite a threat. those in florida are still feeling the effects. from these aerial photographs, you can see streets in tampa now flooded out. the waters were high enough to get one car stuck in the road. take a look at this. more from florida coming up in just a bit. a man accused of beating a black teenager will be sentenced. eli wordashine is facing up to
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10 years in prison, but city prosecutors are expected to ask for a three-year suspended sentence, probation and community service. woodashine in a orthodox jewish neighborhood, he was a watchman there and a teen says he struck him in the head and yelled you don't belong around here. woodashine says he was acting in self-defense. a new york man who pled guilty for stealing historical documents, clulging one from here in maryland faces 15 years in prison. barry landau admitted to stealing items that once belonged to past presidents including abraham lincoln and george washington. we'll let you know what happens in the court today. police say it's murder, so why has no one been charged? that's what a lot of people want to know this morning about the death of 17-year-old christopher brown. earlier this month brown was with a group of teenagers in randallstown when someone threw a rock at the home of james la board. la board is a baltimore county police officer who was off duty at the time. he came out of the home and
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confronted brown. the medical examiner has determined that what happened was a homicide. brown died of aificationation. >> you still have an officer walking the streets free, don't know what frame of mind he's in. i would say everybody is not safe. >> brown and the officer are both african-american, however, the local chapter of reverend al sharpton's national network is now involved in this case. the mother says a deputy state's attorney's called her on tuesday this week and asked for more time in the investigation. in a few hours the board of estimates will hold a public hearing on the proposed rate hike. the meeting is set for 9:00 this morning at city hall. baltimore's department of public works says the increase is needed to repair the aging system and make necessary upgrades. for a family of four, a 9% hike would raise your annual bill by about $100. and get ready to pay more for those beverages in baltimore city. the mayor signed the bottle tax into law. that money raised will help 50
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city schools that report says they need to be rebuilt or shut down due to poor conditions. the tax on the bottled drinks goes from two cents to five cents and it go into effect next month. tonight michael phelps and ryan lochte, they're going to compete again. lochte won the 200-meter freestyle last night at the trials in omaha, nebraska. it was neck and neck, stroke and stroke, right up until the very end. that's when lochte pulled a victory and both swimmers will advance to the finals. it is now eight minutes after the hour. baltimore county police are investigating what they say is a rather bizarre crime. >> it involves a church van that was basically involved in an alleged robbery. an elderly man, one of the strangest places. we'll have the details coming up. also dieticians reveal the secret behind losing weight. if you're in a rush to drop the pounds, this advice may not be for you. lynette. >> yesterday was a great day.
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take a run or jog. we'll do it all over again for today. baseball, anyone? i'll have that forecast coming up. >>reporter: a deadly crash has shut down a portion of route 295. i'll have all the details coming up in my abc 2 time saver traffic report. it is now 6:09. a live look this morning down at times square. you're watching "good morning maryland." lets head to the big apple now. >>reporter: in today's tech bites, apple wins a round in the tablet wars. overnight a judge ordered a halt to the galaxy 10.1 computers in the u.s. while patent infringement claims are looked at. google is given a broad hint its first tablet will run its new operating system known as jellybean. the announcement is expected today. it will reportedly have a seven inch screen and cost $200. like everyone else, google is aiming squarely at the ipad. players on different devices and even different portals to play one another.
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he always ends with i love you, pops. of course i tell him i love him back and that was it. and the world changed. >> that's the phone call gene mills, jr. remembers just days before his son was killed in action. lance corporal mills was 21 years old and on his second tour of duty when he was fatally shot in the chest. mr. mills said september 11th inspired his son to join the marines and lance corporal mills' younger brother still plans to enlist with the marines. now a police procession is being planned from dover to a funeral home friday morning. all other details are still being arranged. good morning, everyone. hope you are enjoying it so far. but as you step out and about, make sure you do have a jacket or a sweater, especially in westminster right now. you're only at 51 degrees. 53 in towson and ellicott city coming in at 58 degrees. we're seeing the upper 50s in darlington as well, and then we
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start to see more of the low 60s. but that's still below average in aberdeen and also elkton. right now 55 degrees in goldsboro. you get the point. let's take you outside in dundalk right now where we're seeing plement of sunshine, a beautiful sunrise, a beautiful key bridge right there, you see that sun. the plu skies will continue as we head throughout the day. it's going to be a good one. let's talk about tropical depression debby because it has been downgraded to a tropical depression. that's definitely some good news. it did make landfall yesterday evening. the winds still sustained right now at about 35 miles an hour and it is moving off to the east/northeast at about nine miles an hour, so it has finally picked up forward momentum. and look at that track. yes, it stays away from land as it looks like it restrengthens through time. so this is definitely a good scenario, the one that you would like to if you do have a have a tropical depression, tropical storm. now, the weather pattern looks like this as we go through time. high pressure will continue to build in as we go through the next several days here. also look at this cold front. this is the one that moved
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through the area yesterday, the day before yesterday and this has been helping the track of debby. so it's been keeping it away from us and that's exactly what we like to see. we look at the hour-by-hour forecast and for today with 87 we should be right around 86. so we will be nice and seasonable. it will be another breezy day on tap for us. as you head out to the game tonight, that first pitch is at 7:05 and temperature right around 83 degrees. we'll take that, right? seven-day forecast, we will get hotter as we head into the weekend, close to 100 degrees. we have another heat wave on our hands. let's get a check now of the abc 2 time saver traffic with lauren cook. good morning. >>reporter: good morning, lynette. police are investigating a fatal accident on route 295, all of the southbound lanes were shut down at route 648 for some time. it happened just before 5:00. but one southbound lane has just reopened. you will want to expect heavy delays. use 95 or washington boulevard as your alternate route. and in baltimore city there's a two-alarm house fire in west baltimore that has shut down west baltimore street at
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stockton street. you will want to use lexington street as your alternate route. abc 2 news' linda stow is on the scene. she will have a live report in a few minutes. if you are using 95, here's what it looks like in white marsh at route 43. a nice easy ride as you travel down towards the beltway. looking at a four-minute trip. if we can pull up a live shot of 695 here in the overly area at bel aire road, fortunately no problems. you're looking at the beltway right now at york road. traffic starting to pick up a little bit on the outer loop up towards 83 and even more so in this area of overly here at bel aire road. but no significant delays. all together you're looking at a 12-minute ride from 95 all the way up to 83. that is a look at your abc 2 time saver traffic. megan and charley, over to you. 16 minutes after 6:00 right now. in health news this morning, sleep apnea is a common sleep problem that can really happen at any age and it appears millions of people have this have been linked to high blood pressure, heart attack as well
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as stroke. >> throughout the night collapse of the upper airway, so essentially you stop breathing multiple times while you're sleeping, even if you're not aware of it. >> that doctor says if you're getting eight hours of sleep, but you still feel tired or you're waking up for unknown reasons, definitely talk to your doctor. if sleep apnea is diagnosed, treatment usually involves a continuous positive airway pressure machine. if you're looking to slim down, taking the pounds off slowly appears to be the key. dieticians generally recommend losing no more than a pound or two a week to do it in a healthy manner. as far as what you eat, try doubling up on your veggie intake and cut carbo hydrates in half. also consider adding exercise to your weight loss plan. that ensures the pounds are coming off, but you're getting stronger and also building muscle. >> you might try interval training which is just simply taking whatever you're already doing, but adding a little bit more intensity. >> and megan, what you just said, you need to keep this in mind as well, sleeping fewer
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hours a night also yeeses your chance of -- increases your chance of being hungrier, thus making you eat more. fewer than six hours of sleep a night and you could be in trouble. >> i don't know many people who do get six hours of sleep a night. >> that's my goal and i very rarely reach it. stay with us this morning, a houston family should be thankful as their house went up in flames. >> a mailman's quick thinking kept two kids from dieing in that house fire. what he did to get them out alive. and when life hands you lemons, make lemonade. that's what people living in the flood-ravaged areas of florida are doing this morning following tropical depression debby. 3q
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the lysol no-touch kitchen system is the only all-in-one kitchen soap that cleans hands, dishes, and surfaces. try it for yourself. lysol. mission for health. welcome back. time now for our segment "caption this" with lauren. >>reporter: today's picture was sent in by abc viewer lisa newburgh. it's of her brother-in-law charlie and her nephew patrick. the look on little patrick's face is priceless. they spent last weekend at the beach. we posted the picture on facebook. many of you sounded off.
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lisa wrote in, pick me up, dad, one of those pinchy things is coming this way. kelly wrote in shark! and reagan wrote in ahh, the ocean is coming at us again, pick me up, pick me up. we really have been enjoying your comments. please keep them coming. if you ever have a "caption this" photo idea, mail it to pix@wmar.com. >> she looks excited. >> mine was already taken. when i saw it the first thing i thought was jazz hands. >> i like that. >> someone had already posted that. 6:22. a houston mailman now being hailed a hero this morning. he's credited with helping two children escape their burning home. >> i'm on the side of town. >> great story. that letter carrier danny thompson and he helped save the lives of a 13-year-old boy and 12-year-old girl. he noticed smoke coming out of the ac unit in the house, knocked on the door, let the people inside know what was
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going on. when the firefighters arrived at the scene, they had a really tough time battling the flames because there were those burglar bars on the home. no injuries were reported. right now they're still try to go determine what caused that fire in the first place. here is a story you can now file under the dumb criminal category, one of my favorites. >> yes. an alleged thief in massachusetts tries to basically burglarize a store and then he gets caught in this situation. and some good news this morning if you're planning a trip to dewey beach or ocean city for the summer. those two oceanfront communities receiving some pretty high marks. we'll fill you in in just a bit. great shot.
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baltimore county police looking for a suspect who stole a church van. details coming up on exactly what investigators are looking for. also ahead this morning, we have new video showing what george zimmerman looked like after he said he shot and killed trayvon martin. we'll have a live report in just a few moments from florida, giving you an update on what's going on with tropical depression debby. those stories and much more coming up on this wednesday, june 27th. good morning, maryland, i'm charley crowson. >> i'm megan pringle. thanks so much for joining us. gorgeous day yesterday. >> did you go outside? >> absolutely. >> take the girls out?
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>> i did. >> take them out and let them run around. >> they're not running around for that. it was perfect for that. >> you gotta do that again today. iamsville is absolutely gorgeous out there. another perfect day for everyone. we see a beautiful sunrise this morning and we're also seeing temperatures coming in right around 61 degrees in iamsville, pylesville at 67 degrees, woodbien at 60. the winds will pick up like they did yesterday. let's get a look at abc 2 time saver traffic with lauren cook. lauren, you've been busy this morning, dealing with a house fire. >>reporter: a house fire and a serious crash on route 295, fatal, actually. it happened just before 5:00 this morning. one southbound lane is getting by at this time at route 648. so you will want to use 95 or washington boulevard as your alternate routes. as you mentioned, lynette, we are dealing with a two-alarm house fire in west baltimore. west baltimore street is closed at stockton street. you will want to use lexington street as your alternate route. and if you are heading out to the beltway, the west side is
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starting to pick up right at liberty road. and as we check in and take a live look at the harrisburg expressway, here in cockiesville, no problems whatsoever, nice and clear from shan road towards the beltway and it will remain that way on the jfx. megan and charley, over to you. we're following news today out of colorado. it's been a big story this morning. massive wildfires are burning through the state, threatening homes. abc 2 news tak landrock is live in colorado springs. what can you tell us? what's the latest? >>reporter: well, megan, we can tell you that the fire is still very active. my photographer is going to zoom into this neighborhood. you can see all those green lights. actually, at the end of those lights to the right is the mountain shadows neighborhood. that is the neighborhood that was burned in this wildfire last night. we believe about 200 homes were destroyed in this wildfire. what happened was around 4:00 yesterday afternoon the waldo canyon fire exploded, went through two different ridges
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coming down to this neighborhood with winds at 65 miles an hour. now, residents were actually given some time yesterday around 10:00 in the morning to go in there and try to get some of their belongings because they've been out since saturday afternoon, so they were told by the mayor of colorado springs steve bach to come in, get their medications, get some other stuff, any essentials they needed. but about halfway into that operation, they were told they needed to get out because this fire was becoming very active. megan. >> tack, thank you very much. also now from colorado, to florida where debby has come ashore in that state and gone from a tropical storm to a tropical depression but still posing a big threat. abc 2 news' george howe joins us now from florida. how are things going there, george? we're trying to get george howl right now. we're going to get him right now, come back in just a bit with

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