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facing a long list of the charges including second degree murder for the alleged role in friendly fire death of the officer colson in the ford caught on camera attack. ford's gun traced. originally sold legally in georgia. today would have before officer colson 29th birthday. the memorial for him at the police headquarters continues to grow. >> a neighbor stops by to thank the police for the sacrifice. it means a lot to us. where this sign will stay as a reminder of the dangers cops face every day. >> that is our job. we accept that. that sign puts into words the feeling we bring to work with us every day.
this will continue to grow a few minutes ago. we saw a woman show up and put a balloon on the car. literally in the last two minutes the prince george's county police announced funeral arrangement for the officer colson here and in his home. of pennsylvania. next thursday and friday. viewings in beltsville and upper marlboro. the burial is monday in pennsylvania. brad bell, abc7 news. leon: thank you, brad. 600 underground cables over 100 miles of the track closed metro for 29 hours this week. in the end investigators found 26 areas where the cables connected need to be replaced. three of them were so bad they were called show stoppers. was it all worth it? brianne carter covering it for us. you asked the general manager paul wiedefeld that question today.
brianne: wiedefeld says yes. for the safety of all of the folks getting on the rails tonight. it was the right move. as wiedefeld says now is to get to in bottom of why it is happening. >> clearly this one weighed on me heavily about what is going on here? brianne: 24 hours after 26 defects were found along the rails in the emergency inspections, metro's general manager says policy changes are coming. >> i will review everything we have done. it's unacceptable to me. we are going to come up with the other ways to make sure that this does not occur. >> wiedefeld says routine track inspections, including new resources and the technology will likely be part of a plan to detect potential hazards before they lead to another tragedy on the tracks. >> there is asth
employees who don't see the need to report potential public safety issues shouldn't be employee. >> that has to be address and why some heads need to roll. >> his call for personnel changes. >> i look at it from that perspective, too. to me this is not a witch hunt. we will get the people that understand what we are doing. either they can do it or they can't. >> the riders tonight hoping this is one step to continue effort to make the safety priority. >> it's a concern. >> i hope they get to the critical issues. management and if maintenance has been poor. >> the shutdown cost the agency $2 million in lost revenue. the improvement from the bottom to the top. brianne carter,
alison: thank you. late night police chase in montgomery county ends with three people in the hospital. police say a driver sped off in a traffic stop in silver spring. moments later they spotted it again. it was engulfed in flames after it ran off the road and into a tree. >> it ended in the police department policy. >> the officers risked their lives to save three occupant of the vehicle. car was engulfed in flames. >> the driver suffered life threatening injuries. two passengers were hurt. they don't know why the driver ran from police to begin with. leon: woodbridge crews search for a missing person after town housefire wednesday morning. neighbors told crews there might be someone inside. the flames were under control in an hour. the firefighters weren't able to start the search for hours. because of
building might collapse on top of them. >> the american trail at the national zoo is still closed right now. this is after a chemical explosion that took place this morning. suzanne kennedy live at the zoo with the latest with what is going on out there. they have moved in the barricades that wi have moved ie barricades that will remain in place. this will remain closed down for the rest of the day. >> this happened at popular habitat for the beavers and the otters. >> a big loud bang that sounded like something falling off of a crane. >> the zoo officials say the situation took place at a small mechanical building that houses
filtration at the american trail. discovered by a con track that smelled chlorine while working. >> he left the area and following that there was a bang. he was not overcome. he has been checked out by the e.m.t.'s and the health unit. >> e.m.s. responded to bring in has doz response team. they spent hours to figure out the source of the problem and if it's safe to reopen to visitors. >> with chlorine it can be dangerous. if in high concentration. >> sarah tidwell visiting from texas. she and her 12-year-old was near the exhibit when it took place. >> it sounded like metal or banging on the door. >> it was concerning. it startled my daughters.
>> they still haven't been able to pinpoint why the chlorine exploded. but they will reopen tomorrow. >> does it mean i don't have regrets? >> that is a whole different standard. everything can say that. that is cheap. yeah. we just got regrets. >> that is cheap. >> tense moments as the current head of the protection agency and the michigan governor testified about the water crisis in flint. jonathan elias with more. jonathan: contentious doesn't describe the moments we saw in the hearing room.
>> we have two studies that caused the problem. i have accepted the responsibility because they work for me. to say it's solely us. it could have been stopped sooner. >> the responsibility of the state. >> that is a different standard. that is cheap. oh, yeah, we have regrets. that is cheap. you failed. jonathan: while we are talking about flint we find this is not the only city dealing with the toxic
new jersey will start to test school system lead levels as the pipe and the fittings start to age. alison: also on the hill today, president obama pick for the supreme court began meeting with the senators. merrick garland met with harry reid and leahy. republicans are blocking the nomination. >> we are going to have a supreme court justice. it is the right thing to do. they will rue the day they fall in over the cliff. >> the republicans say with a year left in president obama's term, the next president should pick the nominee. garland was nominated to fill the seat of antonin scalia. >> we had sprinkles today but a nice st. patrick's day
outside. >> warm. doug: we have a live look from belle haven country club. 63 there. we have showers. most remain north and west of metro washington. warmer and 60 degrees in charlottesville. 62 in baltimore now. most move on a track north and west of the metro. clearing skies. 39 to 47. a nice day tomorrow. for the weekend big changes.
>> i laid in basement for 12 days with no heat. >> the "7 on your side" team investigates a veteran's claim about the system that left them leon: let's look live at the eagle nest at the national arboretum. two eggs could be cracking at any time. we're show you what the cracks look like under the bird. >> i'm mike carter-conneen. live in arlington. how locals celebrate this st. patrick's day holiday. live look at that coming up.
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ve with geico. leon: people all around the world are celebrating st. patrick's day whether or not they're irish. alison: today they honored the patron saint of ireland. leon: we can top that. we have a reporter with three of the most irish names you will find. our own mike carter-conneen live in arlington with a sea of green. hey, mike. alison: hi, mike. mike: i think i ju
and a'trophy to make it more epic. i'd say top of the morning but it's well in the afternoon. finding guinness, this is the only day of the year they drink guinness. a lot of demand on the bar. they have dozens of the pints of guinness lined up ready for the crowd. i'm joined by a bar extender. what is the most popular drink they order? >> guinness. mike: what is second? >> jamison and fireball. mike: that's not irish. >> it's american whiskey. mike: a great festive environment here. they have been open since 9:00 a.m. a big crowd. they will be open through 1:00 a.m. a short time ago they had irish step dancers and the live musicians. sea of green here. you want to celebrate responsibly tonight. sober ride offering free rides home. up t
call 1-800-200-taxi. really important that folks celebrate responsibly. the irish step dancing a short time ago. i did some digging and i appreciate the hard sole shoes and the fabulous skills here on st. patrick day. i will enjoy my pint of guinness and enjoy the live music. cheer! leon: wait. you are still on the clock. that is not fair. alison: enjoy it. federal scientists say they are struggling to find the right words to describe the month of february. yes it broke records in terms of being warmer than the february
but it obliterated the record. this is why the largest margin since they started keeping records in 1880. the average global temperature was more than 56 degrees. that is two full degrees higher than average. the federal scientists are blaming a super el nino pattern. leon: two degrees worldwide is massive. huge jump. alison: that is what they are saying. leon: what does it bode for the summer? doug: it depends. i don't see anything other than average summer across the country. wild card and what happens with the tropical weather season and the hurricanes. that is enough. i don't have time for weather now. i do. a lot of sunshine south of the city. this is evidence from the time lapse.
60 now. clouds increasing through the day. most activity and the heavy cloud cover is northwest. warmer where there is more sunshine. 59 in hagerstown. the winds are a story from the west. westerly winds will keep us behind the frontal system to keep assimilated tomorrow. the wind speeds are 15 to 20 miles per hour. temperatures in the mid-60's. if you wake up it's chilly and clear. low to mid-40's. the winds from west to east. the numbers are tapering off. you can see washington indicated here that most of the activity remained north and west of town. we have a coup
approach the blue ridge. inside this cell they picked up hail the size of tennis balls. this will tap in and that is a weather maker for saturday and sunday. all signs point to a form developing. what we know, this is how it will work out. tomorrow pleasant enough. the cold front will slip in saturday. area of low pressure develops. by that we will have the highs in 40's here. we will see the increasing clouds late.
storm gets it will bring us colder air. a few thousand feet off the ground. the exact line is impossible to predict. this time of year you have to do a lot of work to get it to accumulate. the grassy area accumulation are likely for areas seeing several inches of snow. north and west of the d.c. metro. most of the area is too warm for anything other than rain. the temperatures are marge fall for any real accumulation. the exact track or timing will determine what happens. we could get a quarter inch. heavier snow bands. give that a 2
anything that falls is on the grassy areas. small chance to be more than that. generally a very low impact event across our area. 65 tomorrow. clouds increase saturday. it will be chilly and near 48 with the rain developing late in the day or the evening. during the day and most of the area is rain. highs of 40. alison: we remember what it feels like. leon: enjoy it, folks. a brand of tuna issuing a recall for a popular brand. and a look at what is coming up tonight from abc.
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alison: well, right now we are back with a live look at the eagle cam. here it is. this is the one at the national arboretum. the eggs under the eagle are on the way to hatching. cheryl conner visited the arboretum today for the inside scoop. cheryl: sitting high in a tree at the national arboretum, there is a crack in a shell. we know the bald eagles and the first lady and mr. president, the couple is waiting to meet one of their babies. >> i didn't even know bald eagles live in the area. cheryl: not exactly a white
of sticks. the first lady laid the eggs in february. the first nesting pair of bald eagles in d.c. since 1947. the eagles camera showed us the cracked egg around midnight. and it will soon reveal an eaglet. >> over the next up to 12, 24, 48 hours this eaglet will be doing everything we can to force its way through the hole to make it bigger. cheryl: unlike labor and delivery mom and dad won't help the eaglet break free. the first step in the survival of the fittest. this is like open textbook for kids. >> we learn about the birds at school so it is exciting to see things in the sky. we can tell them there is an eagle nest. cheryl: the public is held back 330 feet from the tree that holds the nest. we learn the eaglets will eat fish from the anacostia river brought back from mom and dad. we watched a change of the guard on the eagle cam today. mr. president returned. the first lady took a break from protecting the
to fetch her own food. >> i'm so happy. cheryl: or to get a break from the spotlight. in northeast d.c., cheryl conner, abc7 news. alison: they seem to be a good team. doing a tag team. leon: very coordinated. alison: you can watch the live stream. this is it right here. happening now. of the eagles. watch it anytime on the website wjla.com. leon: of course the pandas are angry because they get more air time. alison: they are jealous. leon: throwing shade on the pandas now. alison: maybe they happy for the break. tired of everybody looking at them. leon: nationally gallery of art up and running to celebrate the 75th anniversary. the andrew melon memorial fountain turned on today in a ceremony in northwest. i hadn't operated since 2008. it's at the federal triangle complex. gallery officials say it helps usher in spring. >> a wonderful moment of
but to see this fountain back operationally, anchoring constitution and pennsylvania avenue, the middle of the triangle it is a thrill. >> the national gallery negotiated with the national park service to take over the property and restore the fountain. it will operate from march through november. alison: still to come on "abc7 news at 5:00" -- big changes. seaworld takes steps to change something it has been doing for decades in hopes of turning the tide of bad publicity. leon: but first, our i-team investigates where the tax dollars are going. when money is spent on helping the homeless veterans. alison: as we head to break word of a big discovery in egypt. scans of king tut's tomb have revealed two hidden rooms. these are rooms that could contain the tomb of queen nefertiti. but the minister of antiquities isn't releasing more details about what is
stay tuned. in the meantime, homelessness is ongoing problem in america especially among veterans. tonight the federal government is estimating ',000 of them will be -- 50,000 of them will be sleeping on the street. alison: the government spends hundreds of millions on the tax dollars every year to help but where is it going? leon: "7 on your side" i-team investigator chris papst dug in and found a veteran who says the money is helping the landlords more than it is helping them. >> this couch belongs to clarence smith's mother. it has been his bed recently. in 2013, the disabled former marine was homeless. so he went to the v.a. in d.c. for help. from the list of housing options he chose a group home, apparent non-profit 501(c)(3) to help veterans with the mental illness. >> i felt real good about being able to move in to my
where i could have peals. >> funded for a v.a. community partner as part of a 6federal housing program. from that peaceful haven got $2500. but in the house he would not find peace. in court papers he cites awful living condition, leaking roof, cockroaches and the utilities often shut off. >> i laid in that basement for 12 days with no heat. one year after moving in he was again homeless. >> i was depressed and embarrassed. scared. i slept in cars and trucks. >> do you believe they failed this marine? >> there is a failure in the process. >> she represents smith against the founder martin. >> this population is vulnerable there
mechanism to ver faye who the person is -- verify who the person is doing business with. >> the item -- i-team did digging. we learned it was not inspected as a rental property. the i.r.s. told us that peaceful haven is not 401k as advertised -- not a 501(c)(3) as advertised. we were found that they were aided and abedding bank theft and sentenced to three years probation. she was recently sued for breach of contract. martin declined an on camera interview. in a statement said, "the allegations are completely inaccurate. the vast majority of those housed had positive experiences. the big issue is they don't receive money for rent to create the tension between the landlord and veteran." >> i understand it
but they have a lot of them. >> they helped 9,000 veterans get housing. but maria, the associate chief of staff for mental health says the v.a. can't do it alone. it relies on community partners. >> there has to be an element of trust at some point in time. >> could the trust be violated? >> i got a raw deal. >> he has moved in the department with the help of the v.a., not through the community partners. that is going much better. meanwhile, martin continues to get government money. last year despite being sued by the district for breach of contract. the district awarded another one of the companies $340,000 to provide mental health services. in the district, chris papst, abc7 news. alison: meanwhile ever seat was filled at the wilson building this afternoon as the district leaders discussed new homeless shelters. family shelters. in each ward would be
mayor bowser says the plan is a better way to fight homelessness. coming up why one member of the counsel and the residents object to the idea. leon: "7 on your side" consumer alert. bubble bee foods recalling 31,000 cases of the five ounce chunk light tuna. they have recalled the tuna canned in february. throw it out immediately and call bumble to get a refund. or click on the story on the website wjla.com. alison: well, amid pressure from animal rights activists seaworld is planning to end its breeding of orcas. the 29
the last to live in captivity at the theme parks. seaworld plans to phase out the orca theatrical shows. it comes after the 2010 death of the whale trainer and release of the cnn scathing documentary called "black fish." seaworld is making changes with the support of the humane society. >> this is something every animal advocate in the nation can celebrate as progress. alison: seaworld building larger more natural orca enclosures with a message of conservation. the changes will start next year at seaworld san diego followed by san antonio and then orlando in 2019. still to come on "abc7 news at 5:00" -- right in time for st. patrick's day. we are going to talk about the best green foods you can eat. and how they can help. >> as law enforcement in northern virginia gathers to honor those who have shown great valor, there is remembrance of one who made the ultimate sa
leon: coming up new at 2:00 -- equipment designed to save firefighters' lives intentionally destroyed. what some fear is behind it and what is done to stop the risdy vandalism. alison: we go to break with this. live look at the eagle cam. we see both eagles and they brought a fish back to the nest. we are waiting for the eggs to hatch. it could happen anytime now. we will keep a close eye on this live picture for you from the national arboretum. leon: sushi. not bad.
back to rain in the day with the highs of 40 degrees. time you look ahead to early next week a sign of the better weather coming. it will be slow. gradual warming trend through the entire week next starting on monday. stay with "abc7 news at 5:00". kathleen matthews: if we want to be heard, we need
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an effort to find school meals to be more nutritious are working but more needs to be done. they found more fruits, vegetables an the salads on the menu than a few years ago. that is the good news. leon: on st. patrick's day, michelle marsh taking a closer look. alison: told the eat the veggies. broccoli, bruce sell sprout and cabbage. michelle: spinach and collard green are great for the eyesight. limes will help wh
hearing. green peppers tackle colon cancer. sometimes the benefits can be mental. >> i take cucumbers and i peel it halfway and cut it up and put it in little salt and pepper with vinegar. i let it marinate for two hours in the fridge rater. it's good, healthy snack. michelle: researchers say combining with cabbage with the corned beef or collard with bacon doesn't eliminate the benefit but it adds calories. leon: if your folks did collards the way mine did collards, it tastes like antimatter. no way. alison: don't go overboard i guess. leon: it's hard to do when it comes to that. thank you. alison: thank you. leon: coming up on "abc7 news at 5:00" -- the virginia cavaliers had a scare on the court today. but didn't have anything to do with the fina
leon: new at 5:00, honoring heroes. northern virginia bureau chief jeff goldberg was in manassas today when the prince william county chamber of commerce said thank you to local officers, firefighters and rescue crews. jeff: the valor awards is a day to honor the men and women wearing the uniform in prince william county and this year comes at a time of great pain. >> we recognize the vast majority of the folks we deal with supportive of the emergency services. >> steve hudson is leading the department as it recovers from the fatal shooting last month of 28-year-old officer ashley guindon. the shooting seriously injured officers jesse hempton and
>> we're doing better day-by-day. >> join me in a silent tribute. >> all three alwaysers receiving prayers and honors today as wellings the sign of sun important in the form of a blue ribbon. >> it reminds me there are people in the world looking out for their fellow man. >> such a tragedy. >> we are thinking about the families. >> on this day, those who did great work are rewarded for the efforts. these day they remember the ones that gave everything. >> there is healing going on. that will continue. >> one officer recuperating at home and the other is under going surgery. chief hudson is hopeful he will make a full recovery. in manassas jeff goldberg, abc7 news. alison: all right, jeff. thank you. ten d.c. students received a big surprise this st. patrick's day.
[cheering] they received hand delivered acceptance letters to george washington university. and that is not all. they receiverred four year full-ride scholarships to cover tuition and room and board. for more than a century they have covered college costs for 160 students. leon: amazing. alison: fantastic. they have great stories the kids. they are so deserving. let's get a check of the roadways. jamie sullivan on traffic watch for us. jamie: we are starting out with 2 crash. waze map. wazers report the accident before the capital beltway. this is slowing you down to 13 miles per hour. 66 may be the better option. sticking with virginia. 95 heading south. a little bit of volume getting past the mixing
we have an accident at 17 miles per hour. 395 is ten miles per hour. driving home you may see the signs. you probably can't see it here but it says wear shamrocks, not handcuffs. driver sober. please drive observer. they make it easy to do with the observer ride program. that is a look at traffic. leon: not the jewelry on your wrist. for sure. ahead tonight at 6:00, a long-time d.c. judge re-signs after being accused of a sex crime on the other side of the country. plus, things get tense in a plan to replace the d.c. homeless shelter. new claim of the scandal surrounding the plan and mayor bowser. we will take you where good samaritans rescued a woman being attacked. that is new at 6:00. alison: but first get another check of the weather on the st. patrick's day. doug? doug: looking good. blue sky and sunshine. looking live now from national harbor across the
river. patches of blue but clouds as well. no showers locally. temperatures are warmer than average. but certainly cooler in the washington metro area than in fredericksburg and shaftsville. 71 in fredericksburg. with the sunshine. they have had a lot of that in the afternoon. 63 in leesburg. 59 in hagerstown. 61 in winchester. we are tracking the showers. the numbers of the showers are diminishing. the blowser to sunset most will go away. tonikies will clear out. out. i will turn chillier. 39 to 47 by morning. winds out of the west at 4 to 8 miles per hour. in the day tomorrow the winds increase out of the west. bling temperatures in the middle 60's. front will cross tomorrow afternoon. no rain. we do expect the temperatures to start falling. with the northerly winds by the time saturday rolls around it will be cold.
afternoon. it may be overnight to sunday morning the areas north and west could get accumulating snow. we would get briefly heavy rain. the skies will clear beyond that. the weekend forecast. sun and increasing clouds. alison: a big day on local teams. leon: march underway. kicked off today. robert burton handling the university of virginia. you mentioned something about a scare there. robert: definitely. the hoos beat hampton. i don't think tony bennett would have been able to handle the pressure if he lost to hampton. he collapsed 40
the half. team officials say it was mostly dehydration. the good news is he would return in the second half. the game was a rout. malcolm brogdon had 11 points. butler on saturday for the second round game. here is bennett. on the scare. >> i have been under the weather. i was dehydrated. you are squadding down and you get up quick, i grayed out or blacked out. >> you have the first game jitters out now. how huge is this going to the second round? >> we are playing positive basketball. we have to be ready to play. robert: maryland preparing for south dakota state on saturday and scott abraham is in spokane with
underway. the maryland men basketball team took the floor at 5:15 eastern time for the final practice before tomorrow big-time first round game. they realize this is all about surviving and advancing. >> this will bring out the best in us. >> the terps won 11 straight first round games, the second longest active street behind north carolina 13. reporting in spokane, scott abraham, abc7 sports. robert: scott, thanks. butler on saturday. it could be upset alert. i don't want to scare anybody. leon: cut the talk out. stop that. stop that! long run. we look at a long run here. alison: that is right.
alison: "7 on your side" with a consumer alert about the abc hit show "jeopardy." you may have heard several shows will be taped in d.c. but buyer beware. you shouldn't have to pay for tickets to go. suitland joins us live with a quick update on what is going on. kimberly: we heard from folks that some websites are selling the tickets. we found tickets on ebay for $513. here is the kicker. the tickets are supposed to be free. you do not ever have to pay to attend a "jeopardy" taping. the celebrity host of "jeopardy" alex trebek stopped by the studio in advance of
constitution hall in d.c. it's a special venue not just because it's our backyard but a california studio audience holds about 700. constitution hall can pack in 3,000. "jeopardy" has an exclusive agreement with ticket master and abc7. tickets from those outlets only are guaranteed to be legitimate. and again they are always free. "jeopardy" people say if you buy a ticket from another outlet it could be a forgery. the bar code could be invalid. you could be stuck outside constitution hall with a counterfeit. the chances of you getting in could be in jeopardy. i'm kimberly suiters, back to you. alison: good way to put it. great information there, kim. thank you. tune in to "good morning washington" monday for your chance to win some of the free tickets from abc7. this time it will be for the taping for the power players edition. that is it for "abc7 news at 5:00". but right now at 6:00 tonight. claims of possible scandal involving d.c.'s mayor.
closing d.c. general and putting new shelters across the city. new information on the man accused in a prince george's county police officer's death. as we learn when the officer will be laid to rest. and playing with fire. firefighters' gear intentionally damaged. where this is happening and what is being done. "abc7 news at 6:00" starts now. announcer: now, "abc7 news at 6:00". on your side. maureen: first at 6:00, d.c.'s mayor is disputing claims of a scandal in a fight over homeless shelters. at in the center is mayor bowser's plan to replace the d.c. shelter with smaller facilities in every ward. sam ford joins us. we heard it was a packed house as the leaders debated the move today? >> it was.
there. the hearing is still going on with questions over the mayor and the developer. out seems to go the mayor's way. >> the hallway was busy. they took up the plan to close the homeless shelter to put smaller shelters in each ward of the city. the could bees were supportive except for mcduffy who doesn't like the site in his ward. >> is it more important to do this expeditiously? or important to get it right the first time around? sam: an anonymous popped up homeward d.c. demanding integrity and accountability by the mayor saying that the city will rent the land for shelters from developers who support the mayor