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>> ♪ >> this is fox5 local news at 6:00. >> right now at 6:00, hurricane irma moves closer to the united states after leaving deadly destruction behind in the caribbean. we have team coverage tonight with the latest on the record setting storm. >> ♪ plus, a man accused of killing his young sister and his two young cousins returns to court. the testimony and ruling from a judge ahead in a live report. >> ♪ and new details in the 1975 abduction and murders of the lyon sisters. what we are learning now about the man charged in the case less than a week before his trial was set to begin. the news at 6:00 starts right now
>> ♪ >> we begin tonight with hurricane irma as that category five storm sets its sights on florida. i want you to take a look at some of the damage it left behind in the caribbean. we have video from barbuda. take a look at this. nearly every building was damaged when the hurricane's core crossed almost directly over this island. >> so far this storm is being blamed for at least 13 deaths. we have team coverage of irma tonight. sue palka will have an update on the storm. >> let's go live to tampa florida. chris cato has the latest. what is the situation right now, chris? >> reporter: well, guys, right now things are actually looking very good from an evacuation standpoint. this is i75 north. we're north of tampa as you guys know we're on the western side of florida. this traffic is moving well. this is like you would find on a typical thursday evening. it's not like we saw yesterday when some 30,000 people evacuated the florida keys and monroe county and we had traffic that was really jamming up right here.
state it's a bit of a different story as you look at i-95 and the florida turnpike, we are hearing reports of bumper-to-bumper traffic there and certainly about 60 miles north of here where 75 merges with the turnpike we're hearing that things have really slowed down and that's really because of two things. number one, miami dade county is in the middle of carrying out the largest evacuation they've ever ordered the largest mandatory evacuation some 600,000 people told they have to leave their homes. many are not sheltering in the regional shelters but are choosing to hit the record. secondly and i think this is why we'll see this traffic pick up tremendously tonight into tomorrow as your meteorologists are watching this we're seeing somewhat of a western shift in the track of this storm that could affect central florida and perhaps the western part of the state, more so than it looked like yesterday. and if that's the case, i imagine a lot more people on this
decide that this is the time to make a decision and they may decide to hit the road so we certainly think we'll see a lot more traffic on 75 north tonight into tomorrow, guys. >> let me ask you, i know that there was some talk of there being fuel shortages people running out of gas. what's the situation right now in that area? >> reporter: yeah, that's interesting, that's where you're getting some contradictory reports. you have the governor telling people that we got plenty of fuel barges into ports overnight and the trucks have taken that fuel and that most convenience stores now have gas again, but we're not hearing that from drivers here at this particular rest area. i just spoke to a gentleman who evacuated on his own from west palm, drove across the state. he was taking -- he wasn't taking the main thoreau fares, he was going kind of secondary highways and he couldn't find gas anywhere. in fact, he had to dip into his reserve tanks that he had with him in the truck.
hearing that there are outages and that's one factor that people have to consider as they're deciding whether to stick it out at home or do i get on the road and possibly wind up, you know, a hundred miles up the road in thick traffic and run out of gas. so, everyone is taking this last moment to make a decision, fill whatever reserves they can with gas before they make a call on whether or not to evacuate. tony, shawn. >> let's hope folks heed the warnings. chris cato, thank you. >> we want to continue our coverage of irma with sue palka. >> that's right, sue, this storm it's just -- i'm amazed at how big the storm still is. how many days has this been. >> it's been feels like forever, doesn't it shawn? we have been tracking it since lat last week as a weaker system and then right on the heels of harvey we have this big storm to deal with. here's the very latest. it weakened slightly today but the difference is miniscule. gone from 185 to 175 miles per hour
that's still catastrophic damage and tonight we're going to hear about that as it goes right across grand turk and the turks and caicos. so, still a powerful category five and tonight the track shifted just a little bit west and brings it into south florida with things going downhill saturday afternoon into saturday night. and that is not good at all. so, here's what's next. it's going through the turks and caicos now. it hits the southeastern bahamas friday. the track did shift a little bit west today at 5:00 p.m. and the south florida impact could be devastating late saturday and sunday with not only flooding but additional rain of seven to 12-inches through sunday. predicted storm surge for southeast florida five to 10 feet. and that hurricane watch is up now for south florida and that will include miami, west palm, key west and naples. there is the most recent track. you can see that right there as it brings it into, again, south florida very close to miami and broward county late saturday night and early sunday as a category four. there's still time that
this track could change just a little bit. a right-hand turn is expected at some point but unfortunately not fast enough to make ourselves feel any less uneasy about what is going on with the track of this storm into south florida. shawn and tony, that's the very latest. >> all right, sue, thank you very much. in other news tonight, today a judge in prince george's county ruled an accused murderer is competent to stand trial. antonio williams is accused of murdering three young girls in clinton. they were all family members. today a psychologist testified in court during a competency hearing. fox5's matt ackland joins us live now with more. matt. >> reporter: tony, you know this was a crime that really shocked the community. it also made news across the country. behind me is at the church where a funeral was held for one of the little girls. today in court, you should have seen it. there were over a dozen officers inside and outside of court.
the reason why, last time there was a court hearing for this man, it really got out of hand. this is antonio williams escorted by prince george's county police not long after his arrest. today in court, he sat silent as a psychologist told the court, he interviewed williams and found him competent. the judge then agreed. >> what the judge determined is that he was able to be -- to assist in his defense. she noted today that by her own observations that he was very appropriate and listening to the questions today, that after those questions he would lean over and ask his attorney questions and so he was able even today to assist in his own defense. >> reporter: williams is accused of killing his sister six-year-old nadira withers and his two cousins while they were in bed. he was supposed to be babysitting while his mother was at work. states attorney angela alsobrooks spoke about the impact this case has had on
>> you never forget it. i will never forget the three little girls in this case and how it must affect their families. i cannot imagine how it affects the father who was here today who has driven back and forth from new jersey. the mother of the two young girls who expected them to go back to school this week. >> reporter: unlike the last hearing, this one had no verbal fighting between family members. police stood throughout the courtroom. for williams, he lowered his head as a judge told him he was charged with three counts of first degree murder as well as three counts of and second degree murder. the judge then went on to remind him that he is on no bail status. that means he's not getting out of jail. tony and shawn, his next court hearing will be on september 16th. live in prince george's county, matt ackland fox5 local news. >> ♪ >> new tonight the man accused in the 1975 abduction and
murders of the lyon sisters has agreed to plead guilty in the case. lloyd welch was set to go on trial next tuesday in bedford virginia but the trial has been withdrawn and a motion hearing has been scheduled instead. sheila and katherine lyon vanished from what was then wheaton plaza in march of 1975. their bodies have never been found. fox5's paul wagner joins us with the latest. >> reporter: lloyd welch was that scheduled to go on trial next tuesday in bedford virginia where investigators believe the girls may have been killed and or buried decades ago but a new court motion shows the convicted sex officer fender is apparently willing to admit his involvement in the case that captivated this washington area 42 years ago. it's been more than two years since john and mary lyon the parents of katherine and sheila sat on a bench in a park near where their daughters disappeared and listened as prosecutors and police announced an indictment against lloyd welch a former carnival worker who implicated himself in the case during numerous interviews with
detectives. welch's name came up early in the investigation back in the 70's but he was never considered a serious suspect until police assigned a new detective to the case. >> over the years many detectives, some who have long since been retired have worked on this case but in fact, it was a younger detective who finally saw the missing piece of the puzzle two years ago. >> reporter: that was police chief tom manger in the summer of 2015. by then a search had been conducted on a mountainside outside bedford where investigators had information the girls may have been buried or burned. bedford commonwealth's attorney randy krantz. >> when you have an operation of this nature one of the things that you have to keep in mind is what your mission is. you have to maintain mission focus and our mission focus is to bring these children home if at all possible. this case will be resolved. >> reporter: in interviews with police, lloyd welch fingered his uncle richard welch as being a partner in the
police named him as a person of interest but he was never charged. however, his wife was. patricia welch testified before the grand jury in the case and lied. she took an alfred plea last summer and received a suspended sentence and probation. >> if this helps the lyon family, this is a happy day for me. these are and wonderful, wonderful people who have suffered an immeasurable loss. >> reporter: that was montgomery county states attorney john mccarthy the day of the indictment. during their investigation, police came to the conclusion lloyd welch and others somehow got the girls into a car outside the mall. they were then held somewhere in maryland where they were sexually assaulted and killed. welch's attorneys have so far not returned our calls. there is a gag order in the case. now, although lloyd welch is that locked up in virginia, he still is serving a lengthy sentence for and sexually assaulting a young girl in delaware. whatever sentence he may receive in virginia, if he goes through with the plea, it
will never get out of prison. paul wagner, fox5 local news. >> new information now in the search for man accused of exposing himself to a young girl in a home depot. >> charges he's now facing as he sits behind bars tonight. >> ♪ >> plus, vandals target a georgetown campus with these messages of hate. we'll have the latest coming up. >> and if you have an idea for a story call the fox5 tip line. the number is (2 (202) 895-3000. even better you can e-mail your tips to fox5 tips at wttg.com. we'll be right back. >> ♪ he's our pediatrician, dr. ralph northam. born and raised in rural virginia went to vmi. trained at johns hopkins. an army doctor who treated soldiers
at a home depot in woodbridge. matthew newton is his name. he's under arrest. police say the 36-year-old is charged with indecent exposure taking indecent liberties with a child and assault and battery. newton is currently being held without bond. he's due in court next month. new details about a student stabbing at a georgetown private school. the attack happened on tuesday at the british international school of washington. a teenaged girl stabbed her 13-year-old classmate in the back twice in the school's auditorium. turns out the girl lured him in there but the motive is still unclear. police recovered the butcher knife used in the attack. the victim is expect of expected to make a full recovery. as for the girl it's unclear if she will face any charges because she has diplomatic immuneimmunity. >> a student spotted a swas
dorm elevator. two additional ones were found painted on the wall of an elevator last night. campus police are investigating. >> here's another reason dogs are known as man's best friend. >> how having them around may help you sleep a little easier at night. >> and if you like a cold beer, then today is your day. we'll explain why this is the day to celebrate. >> ♪ >> ♪♪
>> ♪ >> if you just joining us here's a look at our top six stories at 6:: florida is preparing for hurricane irma. evacuations are under way leading to huge backups on some roads. the category five storm already caused major damage in the caribbean. irma has been blamed for 13 deaths so far. >> the man accused in the 1975 abduction and murders of the lyon sisters signaled he is willing to plead guilty. lloyd welch'sri
begin last week. a motion hearing has been scheduled instead. sheila and kathleen lyon's bodies have never been recovered. >> a man accused of killing three young girls is competent to stand trial. antonio williams appeared for a competency hearing today. he's charged with several counts of murder in the deaths of nadira withers and her two young cousins last week. >> more than one in four middle aged women in the study reported experiencing difficulty sleeping and staying asleep four or more times a week. a third of women report getting less than seven hours of sleep each night. >> speaking of sleep new research out of the mayo clinic shows the impact that having a dog sleeping in your bed has on your sleep quality. researchers. >> what. >> yup. researchers looked at 40 adults tracked their sleep habits and found sleeping with a dog helped people sleep better. not surprised by that. however, there's a catch. don't let the dog get under the sheets because the study shows that had a
impact. >> i don't -- the dog is not getting in the bed period. i know some of you guys do it. my son does it. that's why he has great sleep. if you love cold brew today is national beer lovers today. beer the most widely consumed drink behind water and tea. >> how do they know. >> they probably track it. >> probably like. >> somebody paid for that study. probably a beer company. >> i think i'll stick with the oldest beverage. still my favorite although wow lots of water being pushed along through the caribbean. >> that's one of the big concerns here, too, that storm surge. >> right. and that is -- it's already in motion. it has been for awhile and storm surges is a scary thought. it's kind of like a rapidly rising high tide. >> right. >> and to for florida which woud take it into landfall saturday night or early sunday, south florida, that would be a five to 10-foot storm surge on top of
wow, i'm glad that we are settled around here, though and it gives us the opportunity to focus more fully on what's happening down to the south. we know so many of you care about -- friends here in the islands you visit them or you have friends and relatives in florida that you're worried about so here's the very latest. you can see the storm with 175 miles per hour winds. so, a little weaker than yesterday but still capable of doing catastrophic today much to anyplace that it land false and tonight that could be the grand turk as it's only about 20 or 30 miles away right now as it moves throug the turks and caicos tonight into the bahamas passing by cuba tomorrow and then south florida during the late day saturday and sunday. so winds are still at 175, moving west-northwest at 16, still a category five. late of the track, the models we noticed earlier today were shifting it west. you may recall yesterday most of them were right on the atlantic coast. now they're a little bit more inland and that means we have to brace for the possibility of a direct hit but
the cone is still quite wide. so, we had a reporter just now in tampa, they're still in the cone of uncertainty and it's only thursday and we're talking saturday, sunday and track changes can happen. yesterday this was closer to the charleston area. now it's a little bit closer to central georgia and the coast there and then the remnants go as a tropical storm on tuesday up through kentucky and tennessee, so on a path like that, very little effect here locally. operational models you can see did shift a little bit and as we're getting closer now, this accuracy is going to go way up. what about the winds? well, this is a product from the national hurricane center showing the most intense winds in the red and you can see friday at 7 o'clock they're still pretty much out in open water passing a few islands. when does this start to hit florida? saturday tropical storm force winds would begin around noon in miami if not just before it and then as we go through the day the winds get stronger and stronger. by 8 o'clock we're getting the stronger winds on shore a
6 o'clock sunday, pretty much the full windfield just about on the florida peninsula and then we also have the rain andid as well. last thing i want to show you is that there is a ridge of high pressure blocking irma from moving to the right or making a turn but as that ridge breaks down on friday we think there's going to be a little bit of a turn. there's still a little bit of play in track. on that track we have to make sure everybody is out of the way down in south florida and that appears to be happening. certainly very heavy rain is going to be moving in and this is rainfall expected through sunday on top of all of the wind and the surge. so, fox5 accuweather 7-day forecast, by comparison look how settled we are. we may have a little bit of an increase in clouds on monday. i'm just going to say rain is possible. tuesday, wednesday but that depends on where that center of irma remnants track and if it heads towards tennessee that would be very low impact for
here what about isabelle, remember that one that tracked across our area did so much damage but remember that came into the outer banks, so when it went by us, it was really close and still really strong. this is going to be a very different scenario here locally. >> that's good for us. >> it is good for us and i'm hoping everybody in south florida, they're aware, they know. >> yeah. >> they're out of the way. >> yup. >> fingers crossed. >> yes. >> definitely. >> coming up, could amazon be the key to finding your next date. >> you can find everything else on amazon i don't see why not date, right? the new way the company is trying to help up find your true love. >> ♪
>> as you can see from the run down over there on the side of the screen this is the big story at 6:30. now the storm is still making its way through the caribbean. in fact at last check it is still a category five storm with maximum sustained winds of 180 miles per hour. gusts up to 200 miles per hour. >> the storm brushed past puerto rico overnight dumping heavy rain and packing some high winds. that comes just hours after it hit several other islands. now at least 10 people dead. the number expected to climb as the storm makes its way