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breaking news from northwest washington, where the metro center station is closed because of a power outage and smoke in the tunnel. alison: roz plater is live on the scene. what is the latest? roz: smoke in the tunnel is something we heard earlier this morning. all the fire department response , but for now the metro center station is closed, all trains are bypassing. we are told to expect delays on the blue, yellow, orange, and silver lines because they are going around this area. for now, as we were told earlier, this started as a bunch of folks were coming out from the wizards game. there were a lot of people on metro at the time. they are trying to look for the
source of the smoke and the power outage. we are told they are bringing in bosses to shuttle folks around -- they are bringing in busses. again, power outage and smoke spotted at the metro center. as we get more information, we will bring it to you. roz plater, abc 7 news. leon: thank you, roz. tonight's top story, standing room only as hundreds of neighbors speak out about roadwork on i-66. hundreds of property are being impacted by the plan, 18 families could lose their homes. some residents say they have not been officially notified. alison: vdot said they have reduced the number of houses that would be affected by this lane widening project. that is not quieting the anger. leon: tom roussey has the story.tom: the plans would radically transfer -- transform i-66
outside of the beltway but also come at a cost. some of the homes to the left of where you are looking would have to go under the current plan by vdot. tonight, hundreds came out some looking over maps to learn if their homes are still on the chopping block. vdot originally said 37 homes could be taken by imminent domain for its i-66 project. now that number is down to 18. some residents learned their homes would still be taken. >> when your house is being taken and your community destroyed for a project when you learn more about it will not do anything to help transit, it's very disconcerting. tom: vdot's plan is to have three free lanes and several toll lanes from the beltway all the way to haymarket. besides the homes being taken hundreds of other properties would be affected. >> i've been in my house 41
years. tom: she said this would kill her property value. and she was not told. >> they could have sent me something in the mail. tom: others were critical about the communication as well. >> we only found out from word-of-mouth from neighbors. tom: vdot said they are trying to get the word out. >> we have held over 30 meeting such as this. tom: vdot said even the new plans are not final and they pledged to work with the community to minimize the impact on homeowners. some homeowners tonight said they feel if even one home is taken by eminent domain for this project, that is too many. reporting from fairfax county, tom roussey, abc 7 news. leon: 7 on your side goes undercover tonight with a hidden camera to look at contractors on the job. we rented a house in the district for a week.
we hired eight electricians to fix a simple problem created by our own expert. there is homes watched all eight try to diagnose the problem, then confront them after. you would not believe what they told the homeowner how much they would charge to fix it. horacel:: it's the type of thing most homeowners fear they will hear when they hire a contractor. >> that is where we start. horace: we hired eight electricians and received eight estimates for the problem, with eight solutions. our expert, a licensed electrician with 35 years in the experience, created the problem. he loosened the connection to the electric panel. the outlets and microwave stopped working. an easy fix for almost anyone just tighten the breaker connection. next, we set up hidden cameras and watched as the electricians
attempted to diagnose the problem. our producer posing as the homeowner called in the electricians. they went through the yellow pages. he sat down in a downstairs bedroom to watch. >> i would like an estimate. >> [inaudible] horace: it was sometimes a bit surprising. >> i don't know what is going on. i cannot give you an estimate. horace: every homeowner should not be surprised to be charged a service fee. that range from $75 to $135 just to come to the door. for such a suppose it's simple problem -- >> i could have fixed this myself. horace: but really, it is breaker number 10. the problem is the connection. you did not look at that. you would think it would be an
easy problem to diagnose and fix. >> it will take multiple days. horace: we are with abc 7 news. we are putting contractors to the test. >> there is a big problem with the wiring in this house. horace: we created the problem. you said it would be a big job. >> no, i did not. it takes several times to do this. and, um, this is really awkward. horace: of the eight electricians, only one correctly diagnosed and fixed the problem and he did it five minutes after he walked in the door. we are putting contractors to the test. how do you think you did? >> i guided pretty good. horace: what did he charge? just his $80 service fee. the other estimates, $450, $750
and $1250. getting a simple problem fixed can be costly. what matters the most is if the contractor is licensed. maryland, virginia, and the district can help you get your money back if things go wrong with a licensed contractor. also check with the better is this bureau, where they rate contractors. one of the best references comes from somebody you know who use the contractor before. horace holmes, abc 7 news. leon: that is stunning. alison: it's scary. and who has the time to call that many? leon: that is why 7 on your side . alison: exactly. leon: nice job horace, and mr. helton. alison: tomorrow could be the first day reaching 90 degrees but there is a change of the forecast. leon: steve rudin has the outlook for us. steve: it will be hot tomorrow.
i hope that everybody has working order air-conditioners. we have storms to the west. the storms will break apart. live doppler radar, as they move closer to the early morning hours. i don't see a huge impact on the immediate metro. the forecast as we move through tomorrow morning, waking up 74 degrees. a nice mixture of sun and clouds. it will be warm and humid for the noontime hours. the high approaching 90 degrees. it will very well turn out to be the hottest day so far this year. what to expect in the next seven days coming up. leon: scary new details about child abuse inside of a silver spring elementary school. today, a man pled guilty to videotaping young girls. as roz plater reports, parents are firing back. roz: lawrence joins had taught in montgomery county since 1985. monday morning in a montgomery county courtroom, he pled guilty
to making sexually explicit -- sexually suggestive videos of students, some as young as five years old. >> caps on lily had tears in my eyes hearing the horrible charges. -- i absolutely had tears in my eyes hearing the horrible charges. roz: the videos were taped in jhoyoynes' classroom. he would put his fingers and candy canes in their mouths in sexually suggestive ways. multiple parents complained about joybnenes, but the school cap tim on saying that he had to keep his classroom door open. >> the school system had no intention of removing him. roz: montgomery county public schools praise the work of prosecutors and the police saying that mcps has made and
will continue to make significant improvements for policies and protocols related to preventing, recognizing, and reporting allegations of child abuse and neglect. roz plater, abc 7 news. leon: a woman is under arrest for ating her roommate's milk with pieces of skin. this happened in mechanicsville maryland, in st. mary's county. two victims strength the milk and then began choking on a foreign substance. when they drained it, it appeared to be skin shavings. sarah schrock was charged with felony contamination at assault. alison: 11 construction workers were hospitalized after gas powered concrete fixtures being used in the building but ventilation was not sufficient and carbon monoxide filled the warehouse. some of the injuries are serious but are not considered life-threatening. leon: the nfl has come down hard
on patriots quarterback tom brady, it in the wake of deflategate. brady is suspended four games next season. the team will lose two draft picks, one of the first round. the patriots are being fined $1 million. coming up, former redskins coach joe gibbs will speak about the fleet date and tom brady -- will speak about deflategate and tom brady's role. we continue to follow breaking news in northwest d.c. a power outage in smoke in the tunnel has shut down the metro center station. the fire department is investigating.
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has become a symbol of resilience. jay: indeed, leon, we got the strong sense from fans pouring into camden yards that while they remain deeply concerned about the pressing issues in charm city, they are deeply invested in seeing the city succeed. >> it affected all of baltimore. jay: baltimore slowly reclaim its identity after a dark day of rioting last month. >> we had to barricade ourselves in the house. every shopping center around us was looted and set on fire. jay: monday night, the enduring spirit emerged, when fans flock to the orioles' first home game since the violence erupted. >> is good for the city and the region. jay: it was called reopening day. >> we can build it up again, so we chose to reopen it.
let's get the community back together. jay: baseball on this night served as a temporary elixir for a city ailing from generations of stray. despite watching their city plunge into chaos, there is a strong sense of hope, that charm city can and will live up to its namesake. >> it's a great place with a lot of great people. we are working to get them back on their feet. jay: the baltimore orioles beat the toronto blue jays tonight. jay korff, abc 7 news. leon: thank you, jay. alison: definitely some good news. let's talk about the weather. we have a will hot one coming tomorrow. steve: it is only the middle of may. it will get hotter as we move through the month of june and july. just a little sample. 83 degrees the high earlier
today, did not feel that bad. the humidity creeping up, so it's starting to feel like summertime. 74 at reagan national, the wind out of the south. the dew point level, the moisture in the air low 70's. that will feel sticky. 70 in frederick. we have a lot of storms off to the west. this is part of a cold front moving to the east through the overnight hours into the day tomorrow. ahead of the front, warm and humid air, daytime highs in the upper 80's, near 90 degrees. showing where the storms are now, the capital beltway just off to the west, garrett county, allegheny county, a few showers and thunderstorms. some of the storms may make their way a little further to the east winchester and front royal, over the next half hour 45 minutes. then the apart. 65 to 71 degrees, patchy fog
possible in the morning. nothing to cause travel delays for the morning rush-hour. the cold front slips through. behind it, the cooler, drier air settles in. a big difference wednesday with highs only in the lower to middle 70's. we keep that trend going thursday, friday into saturday. the forecast for the day tomorrow, grabbed the sunglasses in the morning, dress comfortably. 89 to 90 degrees very likely to be the hottest day so far this year. breezy at times, the wind out of the west at 10 to 20. 74 wednesday, comfortably cool thursday and friday. back into the low 80 saturday and sunday. a chance of showers and a pop-up thunderstorms. overall, not a bad forecast if you do not mind the heat and humidity tomorrow. alison: just one day. we can take it. leon: the allergies back in town.
scoring in the paint that was the problem. fourth quarter, the wizards fighting back from a double-digit deficit. bradley beal to the rack, he gets fouled. washington cuts the lead to 7. the defense falters. the hawks, find the spot, three ball, center pocket. how about this -- six seconds left down three, paul pierce has a chance to tie it and said it into overtime. great look, but the truth is the series is now tied at 2-2. 106-101, atlanta wins. paul: i thought i had a great look. sometimes you make it, sometimes you don't. we are not going to put our head down. >> it was a great opportunity for us to go up 3-1. you can be frustrated with that, but at the same time we are 2-2 so it's the first to get two wins now. tim: by now you have heard that
super bowl m.v.p. tom brady has been suspended four games after deflategate. everybody has their opinion, but my take is it may be too harsh. brady will probably appeal because there are not many facts. the nfl is trying to protect the integrity of the game. i agree with that. even though the wells report did not have a lot of facts, the nfl has to make a statement. the patriots have been fined $1 million and two draft picks. joe gibbs said this. joe: i think that's the worst statement in all of sports. i don't believe in that. i don't that's the way it should be played. i think there are rules and you play by the rules. i think for the credibility of the sport, and this is the case with the nfl, i think there is a price to be paid for that, and i think there should be. tim: baseball fans, the nats
jumped on the diamondbacks early. home runs by dinar and span, then ryan zimmerman kept the parade moving. -- home runs by denard span, then ryan zimmerman. proceeds will month -- rasheed suylemann will play for the terps next year. work storage and recruited him for texas a&m and now he will go to maryland. -- he recruited him for texas a&m and now he will go to maryland. alison: smoke in the tunnel forces a metro station to be shut down. we are told the situation is now under control.
leon: the metro center station is closed because of a power outage and smoke in the tunnel. alison: roz plater is on the scene. roz: fire crews are expecting to wrap up their work in the next 15 minutes. there was an electrical transformer issue but that is now under control. they will start bringing portable fans as well as equipment. again, this was a power outage and smoke in the tunnel let metro center that led to the shutdown of metro center and all
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