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we are following breaking news out of prince george's county right now. crews are on the scene of an apartment fire in district heights. we were getting reports of people possibly trapped inside. delia goncalves is live on the scene. in silver hill court. with what we know. della? >> reporter: that's why there was such a large response to the two alarm fire because there was a report of people trapped here off of silver
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road. are you looking at the pembroke station apartments. the fire is now out. under control. just a few crews here. however, i can tell you, because of firefighter ulmschneider's funeral today, we had a whole lot of backup. prince george's county had backup from crews, as far away as fairfax county, and baltimore city. now, here is what we know, this all happened around 10:15 this morning. firefighters did in fact have to assist people out of those garden-style units. after heavy fire broke out in a basement, or we are told a terrace level apartment. and we spoke to carlos brooks. he lives in that building. he was the first person to spot the flames and pull the fire alarm to get his neighbors out. here is what he had to say. >> it was just a really strong smoky smell. and it was really abnormal. it caused me to look outside in the first place. i smelled smoke. and like i said, when i came back, i saw fire, notified the sheriff, and then it started to get really out of hand at that point. >> fortunately, we can tell you, the people who ve
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apartment where the fire started were not home. no one was hurt during the two- alarm fire that had some rescues that people had to be assisted out. but we can tell you, right now, there are about a dozen people who have been forced out of their homes. that's the very latest from district heights, delia goncalves, wusa 9. >> thank you. we are now hearing firsthand what may have happened during a domestic dispute involving anne arundel county police chief ron bateman and his wife elise. police have released the 911 call allegedly made by elise that night, take a listen. >> what's going on there? >> the sheriff is drunk and he just punched me in the eye. >> he is trying to tell everybody saying that i smacked him in the face. >> don't come near me, i swear to god. >> this all happened back on april 10. bateman, charged with second degree assault. he is denying the allegations. his wife is now also coming out tr
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himself on administrative duty. investigators have released the names now of the two people who were killed in that small plane crash near the bay bridge. the victim, 63-year-old richard hes. and 56-year-old janet mess. both from ellicott city maryland. hes was at the controls when the plane crashed. federal investigators are looking to determine what exactly brought down the small plane. today, today, you proved once again there is no place like home. [ cheering ] >> i have to say to the people that know me the best, the people of new york, when they give us this kind of a vote, and it is just incredible. >> donald trump and hillary clinton took a big step toward securing their party nominations. both of them racking up more
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the new york presidential primary of last night. trump is now the only candidate who could possibly win the nomination before the convention this summer. hillary clinton has about 80% of the delegates she needs to clinch the democratic nomination. and maryland, one of several states holding primaries next week. so get all of the information you need before you vote. it is all on the free wusa 9 app, including voter guides. it is a great time to download it if you have not done so already. as many as 500 migrants may have died when a large ship sank in the mediterranean between libya and italy. the ship reportedly went down last week, 41 people are listed as survivors, and they were rescued by a merchant ship saturday and taken to greece. the united nations team is now talking to the survivors as they try to find out exactly what happened there. and we have some new developments this afternoon in the miss tear disappearance of a fairfax county -- mysterious disappearance of a fax county firefighter. wusa 9 stephanie gailhard
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rt nicole mettendorf called in sick to work before she vanished. her shift mates are back at work, one week after she was last heard from in a text. >> nicole was upbeat. go, go, go. anything you put in front of her, she attacks it. >> her shift mates are praying for the safe return home, so is the rest of the station of the fire station. >> we are all calling to help. and the ems unit just left on a run. they are going on to help someone. in this situation, we are relying on others to help nicole. >> for five straight days, search and rescue teams have been combing parts of the shenandoah national park, looking for the 31-year-old. her car was discovered abandoned in the park on saturday. family and friends said she would often drive to the shenandoah national park to train for sporting events. her disappearance is tearing her loved ones
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emotions were raw at a news conference yesterday. >> i have a message to my wife. sweetheart, i love you. i am praying for you. i am not sure where you are. but know we are all looking for you. and i look forward to your safe return. >> police are sifting through nicole's car for clues. at this point, they say they have found nothing suspicious. and it will be an emotional day here at station 32. a prayer vigil will be getting under way at 7:30 tonight. family and friends and people who never even met nicole are expected to turn out and show their support. reporting in fairfax county, stephanie gailhard, wusa 9. and another sad story involving a firefighter. family and friends will be saying goodbye to prince george's county firefighter john ulmschneider. in just about an hour from now, he was shot and killed last week while responding to a routine call. nikki burdine joins us now from his fi
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hills. >> reporter: the investigation into john ulmschneider's death is far from over. but today, it won't be about how he died. it will be about how he lived. >> i don't believe there is any limits to what skill he would have done to help somebody in need. >> reporter: that's how ulmschneider, or skillet, as he is lovingly known, will be remembered. as someone who dedicated his life to giving back. as a firefighter, and a paramedic, but also in his ever day life. as a husband, and father. >> skillet often said when he laid down at night, that if he couldn't think of at least one person that he had helped during the course of that day, that he was unable to sleep. >> reporter: family and friends echoed that entment. and now confident that -- sentiment. now confident that skillet can rest easy because he truly made a difference. today as his ambulance and truck brought him to his final resting place, hundreds and hundreds of people will say their goodbyes. surrounded by fellow firefighters who know the sacrifice he made, all too well. stations across dc, maryland, and virginia, will be stepping in today, to help
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george's county firefighters, so they can attend the service. and the funeral will begin at 1:00, at st. john's parish in hollywood, maryland. open to the public. the private burial will be after, with family only. in prince george's county, nikki burdine, wusa 9. >> ulmschneider was shot and killed while responding to a routine welfare check last friday. the man suspected of shooting him believed the firefighters were breaking into his home. he has not been charged. still ahead at the news at noon, criminal charges could be announced later after a three- month investigation into the water crisis in flint, michigan. coming up, we will take a look at who will be facing those charges. >> but first, another powerful quake, and kids: he came here from rocky mount, north carolina. married 27 years. raised 6 kids.
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he had grandpa move in with us. glenn: we loved having him as part of the family. it's what you do. kids: in congress, dad will protect president obama's legacy. he'll fight for jobs and protect social security and medicare. glenn ivey will never quit on you; and we should know, we're his kids. glenn: i'm glenn ivey and i approve this message. i'll take on the republicans for all of us.
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another tremor in ecuador. the u.s. geological survey reports a 6.1 magnitude quake struck there offshore. no reports of any more damage.
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ecuador this weekend. so far, from that, nearly 500 people are confirmed dead. and hundreds more are missing. the libyan army say they are gaining ground against islamic militants in benghazi. they say several high-ranking militants were killed and now troops are working to drive out other militants in the two remaining strong holds in benghazi. the city was the birth place of the 2011 uprising that toppled and then killed former leader muomar ghadafi. thousands of elephant tusks worth millions on the black market went up in flames. this is believed to be one of the largest burnings of poached wildlife goods in african history. the officials in cameroon say they are now winning the war against illegal smuggling of animal products. experts say central africa's elephant population has declined by two thirds in just 10 years. aside from the tusks, officials burned ivory chess boards an
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sculptures. up next, with the forecast, another beautiful day. >> yes, it is a beautiful day. and check out this. here, we are down by the jefferson memorial, the 14th street bridge. the only negative, if you're an allergy sufferer, the tree pollen is coming in the high category. everything else is low. we could see some rain here. maybe cleaning up the atmosphere a little bit by the end of but jamie raskin is the only abdemocrat for congress who led the fight for tougher gun laws. only raskin took on the nra to ban military-style assault weapons. raskin: i'm jamie raskin, and i approve this message.
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welcome back. just moments ago, two michigan state regulators and a flint employee were charged with evidence tampering and several other felony and misdemeanor counts. they stem from that lead- tainted water crisis in flint. hen that daniels shows us how they came to the decision. >> reporter: michigan's attorney general is expected to bring the rs
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criminal charges connected to the flint water crisis. in january, the attorney general appointed a special counsel to lead the probe. >> if laws have been broken, and if violations have occurred, then you will pay the price. >> reporter: one treatment plant supervisor and two mid- level engineers with the michigan department of environmental quality could face felony and misdemeanor charges. including violating drinking water laws and evidence tampering. 18 months after the city switched the water supply to the flint river, blood tests showed some residents including children with dangerously high lead levels. outside experts have linked the improperly treated water to a legionnaire's disease outbreak. the city has been under a state of emergency for more than four months. henna daniels, cbs news. residents have been using bottled and filtered water to drink and bathe in, since the city had warned that the water was unsafe. a victory for transgender
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ruled that a virginia high school bathroom policy was discriminatory. the policy barred gaven grim born female from using the boy's rest room. the ruling establishes a legal precedent in every state in the fourth circuit including north carolina which is facing a backlash over its law banning transgender people from using the bathroom of their choice. so will a three-letter word help dc become a state. you know dc license plates have the phrase on them, taxation without representation. and well now, some dc lawmakers want to change the slogan to say end taxati without representation. supporters say the new slogan represents a rallying cry for equality. dc council member charles allen introduced the bill supporting the change. a las vegas family is warning parents about letting their kids play in those bounce houses. >> she fell in between them. and got her hair stuck. i got in there, kids are still scrumping around, i have no
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where the attendant was. >> the family says their young daughter got her hair stuck in the velcro that holds the two sides together of the bounce house. the girl's father had to use scissors to cut apart part of that house just to make her able to be free. each strand of her hair had to be removed from the velcro and it took four hours to do that. the family is now contacting an attorney. so if regular rollercoasters don't get your blood racing, there is a new ride that could raise some pulses and it could be coming here soon. it is called the daredevil dive. it is six flags over georgia. it has a 95-foot ascent. a scary vertical drop. and it includes a loop. it is also the first virtual reality rollercoaster in north america. >> really kind of takes you away, like you're in a completely different place as opposed to just being on a rollercoaster. >> the virtual reality headset means you can't see the fellow riders, or what is coming up next on the ride that is pretty scary, and six flags will expand the virtual reality
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six flags america in upper marlboro. it will be there this summer. so you can check this out. pretty neat. online voting is now under way to name the two eaglets at the national arboretum in dc. over the past several days, people have submitted thousands of suggestions and now you can help choose among the five most popular pairs of names. you will find a link to the online ballot on our free wusa 9 app. the final two names will be announced coming up april 26, at the national arboretum. crews are working now to rescue the last of four trapped killer whales. near an island off russia's eastern coast. the pod became trapped in ice flows and a team of specialists in a row boat used ropes and long poles to help clear a path through the ice. the rescuers even jumped into the freezing water to help them out. and we have all seen whales breach in the water. but now two surfers captured something on camera even more incredible. you see that in the
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rolling when a great white shark jumped out of the water. after seeing the shark, drew and his friend said you know what, surfing is probably not a good idea. >> seeing them in this kind of manner was a little bit aggressive, and so that was enough for us to say, maybe we will go somewhere else for the rest of the day. >> good call. and experts believe el nino is pushing the warmer water up north and luring the sharks. firefighters around hue are busy saving people -- around houston are busy saving people from homes that have been invaded with water. people are waiting for boats to be carried to higher and safer ground. they are wondering what is left when all of the water recedes. >> i don't know like what we will come back to, whenever this all dies down. i am hoping everything will be okay. and i worry about my neighbors. i hope they can make
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town of ponderosa took in more than 200 people to get them to safety. some refused being transported though. they say they were going to try to ride out the rising waters in their homes. it really is kind of impressive, that dome of high pressure that is keeping all of the weather away from us. >> and it was really stagnant. the west coast was fine. the east coast was fine. and texas seeing more showers and storms. unbelievable rains there. i hope those people, when they get back, have something to get back to. they will have to immediately remove the sheet rock and stuff to keep the mold from spreading. >> and a month of rain in a short period of time. >> a good 15 or 16 inches in place, which in some cases is a quarter of the annual rainfall. so let's get going, because while we're feeling for them, it couldn't really be any nicer than it is right here this afternoon. absolutely stunning outside. the air has dried out nicely. and we are looking at
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give or take a degree or two. certainly golfable or runnable or tennis, or whatever your pleasure. get out there and enjoy it. southeast winds 5-10 miles an hour. and don't forget the sun screen strong this time of the year. big time cooldown from yesterday at noon, when we had 80s across the board and down almost 20 degrees in spots. and the pax river naval air station. 15. and you can see how much more comfortable, and gentler, kinder air mass, has moved in. with 64 currently in washington. and it is 62 in reedville. and 63 in front royal. and cumberland, 64. and it feels really good. the air has dried out. the michael and son weather camera, lots of sunshine out there. and once again, hardly a cloud in the sky. 64 with that light northeasterly wind at 5. and the dew points, they dip into the 20s. after being almost muggy yesterday. so we will have a pleasantly cool night tonight. 40s and low 50s. although a few isolated spots got in the 30s again. that would not be out of the question. we will e
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afternoon and evening. but again, we will be in the 70s. i'm thinking 75. give or take. and much-needed rain on friday. the morning is okay but the afternoon could be impacted. don't be surprised at 5:00, topper has raised the yellow weather alert for friday. we are watching that carefully. behind that system on friday, it will clear us out and leave the weekend really, really nice. another system, in the middle of the country, another one on the west coast but this is a big area of low pressure spinning over nebraska, trailing front and hoose, exactly what they -- houston, exactly what they don't need. more heavy showers and storms headed their way. and this stuff is moving and i'm not expecting the unbelievable rain totals but they don't need any more right now and as mike said earlier, high pressure in control, coming out of pennsylvania, right now. and we are loving life right here weather-wise, except for the allergens. high pressure with us tonight, guarantees a nice calm college pleasant night. another night -- calm cool pleasant night. another night to leave the windows open a crack. do
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but my house got chilly this morning. and tomorrow night, it won't be as nearly as chilly as tonight. and then on friday, the morning looks okay. in fact here we are at lunchtime. but in the afternoon, daytime heating, boom, showers, a couple of storms will pop up. and that could be with us for the evening hours. and the nats are back in town taking on the twins. home stand starts friday. we have that game on wusa 9. so we have to have the showers out of here and we will by saturday morning for sure. drier air moves in and the weekend looks really nice again. so we are going to get some rain, let's get rid of it and out of the way, before the weekend. and 71 today. and 52 tonight in town. and with some low to mid-40s. even a few spots dipping into the 30s. and tomorrow, it looks pretty good. warm 75. and clouds increase late. and friday, 76. and possibly yellow weather alert day with the mainly afternoon and evening showers and possibly a thunderstorm or two. and over the weekend, we are dipping down into the low to mid-70s, and the drier air returns, and we warm up monday, and 82 a shower late monday and more likely monday night
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and tuesday, clearing out for the afternoon and back in the low 70s. stick around. we have more coming up, on other side of the break. i'm chris van hollen, and i approve this message. narrator: an attack ad from the campaign for donna edwards. so untrue. so outrageous that president obama said, "pull it down." the obama white house called the ad on chris van hollen and the nra "misleading." the sun says van hollen and president obama have the exact same position. the post praised van hollen as a "leading champion on gun safety," and condemned the edwards ads that "mislead" voters. donna edwards. will she say anything to win an election?
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that would let the nra skirt a new campaign finance law and block gun control. but democrat donnaar edwds said "no" to the nra loophole and stood up to the gun lobby. and she would ban assault weapons. democrat donna edwards, maryland's next senator. working for us pac is responsible for the content of this advertising. coming up tonight on wusa 9 at 5:00, there is a new report out of firefighters encountering a gun-toting aren't when they respond to a call. more on that. and also live with the latest on the missing fairfax county firefighter now missing for nearly a week. and a high-tech way for police to track fleeing criminals without putting the public at risk. that's tonight at 5:00 p.m. please join our friends lesli foster and adam longo. we got to say a quick shout- out to the folks, the 5th graders at the merit academy who are visiting at the studio today. and a beautiful day with the temperatures in the
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by friday, much needed showers in the afternoon. hopefully not impacting the nats game. and the weekend looks great. >> and do the nats. grand slam. >> he is howard bernstein. i'm mike hydeck. take care, everybody.
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kids: he came here from rocky married 27 years. raised 6 kids. including 5 boys. he had grandpa move in with us. glenn: we loved having him as part of the family. it's what you do. kids: in congress, dad will protect president obama's legacy. he'll fight for jobs and protect social security and medicare. glenn ivey will never quit on you; and we should know, we're his kids. glenn: i'm glenn ivey and i approve this message. i'll take on the republicans for all of us.
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>> dylan: sage. what's going on? everything okay? >> sage: yeah, i'm -- i'm fine. he was really fussy earlier, but i got him to go to sleep. >> dylan: he looks like he's doing pretty good. you're the one who looked like you were a million miles away. >> sage: well, i didn't want to say anything, but there's something that's bothering me about sully. >> nurse stephens: time for his bottle. >> sharon: no. let me. >> nurse stephens: you heard what dr. anderson said. with the combination of meds you're on, she doesn't recommend breast feeding. now, give me the baby. >> sharon: no! no, don't take him!


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