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deal is far from perfect but it's acceptable. adam torres standing up and apologizing in court saying he is heart broken for john geer's two children around he is truly sorry for his actions. this deal was worked out late yesterday between the attorney for the geer's long-time partner harrington and the defense attorneys for adam torres. the deal completed late yesterday. this morning torres 33 years old pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter a sentence of one year in jail. august 29 of 2013, 46-year-old john geer had been drinking and was angry over marital problems with harrington. he was throwing furniture out of the springfield townhouse with their 13 and the 17-year-old daughters inside the home. later after police arrived a standoff lasted 45 minutes when adam torres fired one shot at john geer, killing him almost immediately. geer had his hands up and was not armed at the time that the shot was fired. prosecutors accepted this plea deal of mar
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she wanted to avoid a trial so she and her daughter would not have to testify. >> i just couldn't bring myself really to again cross them and force their daughter to testify. in my judge, i think it was the right thing to do. >> we have a couple more waiting. >> i keep hoping we'll have a complete closure on it. >> we released a statement from the daughters of john geer saying adam torres' wife and children did not murder our father. robbing other children of time with their father would make us complicit in another wrong. adam torres is now a convicted felon. he will never be a police officer again and will not be allowed to own a firearm in the future. he will be formally sentenced june this at which point he will already served ten
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out of 12-month jail sentence. jeff goldberg, abc7 news. leon: new details now on friday's shooting in temple hills that killed a firefighter and wounded another. sources are telling abc7 that the homeowner did not hear the men identify themselves when they knocked. we are told the man was asleep inside and/or suffering a medical condition. investigators say the homeowner feared for his life when they began breaking down the door. that is when he opened fire. despite what happened the fire chief says the decision to enter the home was the right one. >> they did exactly what they were trained to do. they did all of the right things. based on the information they had in front of them. leon: the funeral for veteran firefighter paramedic john ulmschneider is wednesday in hollywood, maryland. firefighter kevin swain's condition is improving after he was shot four times. the homeowner's brother was wounded in the shoulder and he is also recovering. no charges have been filed. i have jill is held tonight for a missing fair -- vigil is being held for a
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maryland county firefighter. nicole mittendorf was last seen wednesday when she went out for a run at shenandoah national park. her disappearance is not considered suspicious. maureen: "7 on your side" fighting back against crime. spike in consider break-ins has alarmed d.c. residents. suspects caught on surveillance cameras are hitting dozens of cars in minutes. they are going after the cars parked in garages which are supposed to be secure. stephen tschida joins us from logan circle to tell us what is going on. stephen? stephen: three minutes ago i spoke with a realtor who worked the neighborhood and she told me people are paying as much as $100,000 for a private parking space. some place you can only get in with a remote like this. but suddenly the secure parking spaces are not that safe. bashed in windows. something that you see a lot of on d.c. streets. one reason why city residents ha
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parking spaces. >> you pay for a spot in a garage and you think it's secure. that is the issue. stephen: a big issue for some residents. suddenly the safe parking spaces are less secure. >> some strange situation going on. stephen: in recent weeks someone hit a string of buildings. the suspect like this man follows a resident in building, fa flaggals someone to buzz him in or they break-in. then the overnight visitor goes from car to car smashing windows and taking whatever they can get. >> that is a crime where the person goes out and doesn't just one crime. they hit seven or eight or nine cars at one time. >> as many as 20 cars got hit in one gar ran in a matter of minutes in the past couple of weeks. since several recent break-ins are within a few blocks of each other some residents believe the same suspects or suspects are responsible. >> if he did the same thing a block away and broke in the
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>> the victims are dealing with the damage of a crime committed in seconds. >> it's a shame. you come to your car and you get ready to go to work and you are delayed because the window is smashed. you can't get in. you work here and try not to leave vatables in the car but people are looking for something. it's a real inconvenience. stephen: since there are so many surveillance cameras like this one here at the parking barrages chief cathy lanier says she is confident in the near future the police will be making some arrests. reporting live, stephen tschida, abc7 news. maureen: a former student teacher in fairfax county is accused of pursuing inappropriate relationship with a 13-year-old boy. kathleen capitano was a student teacher at coats elementary school last year. the boy was a student at that school. capitana allegedly tried to meet the boy saturday at a hearndon hotel w
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were waiting for her. she is currently in jail. leon: we are following a developing story out of ecuador where 350 people are dead following the weekend's 7.8 magnitude earthquake. among the dead is one american. the quake was the latest in three-day continuation of the deadly tremors. in all the destruction there had been signs of hope. a woman found alive under rubble with a 7-year-old girl seen here. maureen: still ahead, new bus lanes are now up and running in go local jurisdictions. what the drivers need to avoid a ticket. leon: severe flooding in texas. power outages there. the rescues. how it's looking tonight. doug: feels like the middle of june even though it's the middle of april. what will it feel like tomorrow? we have that still to come at "abc7 news at 6:00". leon: before we go to break, check in on the famous eaglets at the national arboretum. we remember the bald eagle mrs. president and first lady. they had two eaglets hatch last month. the onlin
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the guys is over at the end of the month. you can check in on the nest through the live stream at wjla.com
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i don't believe that big money can buy votes -- not in our district. and i won't claim to have single handily passed just about every bill in annapolis. we can't settle for the same old politics, not when our basic rights are being threatened by trump and cruz. i'll stand up to their bigotry and be a passionate voice for maryland women and families. in tv and in business, i built relationships. as a woman in the house, i'll do the same to get things done. i'm kathleen mathews and i approve this message. guess which airline added more nonstop straight-shot flights hey, d.c., than any other out of reagan national last year? here's a hint. did ya catch it? no? here's another. their colors are yellow, red, and blue, and they save you tons of green. still nothing? that's okay.
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on this airline, everybody wins. sfx: clap, clap, ding maureen: breaking news from tennessee where a lawmaker pulled a bill many view as discriminatory toward the transgendered community. bill would have required students in public schools and universities to use bathrooms and locker roo
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the move comes as north carolina faces boycotts and intense criticism for a similar law. leon? leon: tomorrow is a big day in the race for the white house. 291 democratic delegates and 95 republican delegates are at stake in the new york primary. former secretary hillary clinton made stop in queens and yonkers before holding a get out the vote rally. bernie sanders ate lunch in a restaurant in the bronx between campaign stops today. republican side donald trump hosted supporter at trump tower in manhattan. >> this will be a very long little meeting with a few people and it ended up a big monster meeting. that's what we like. leon: the front-runners are focused on new york, senator ted cruz campaigned in maryland. the maryland primary scheduled for april 26. maureen? maureen: a special needs man gunned down in southeast washington last month apparently was caught in the line of fire.
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lanier announced an arrest in the killing of 46-year-old gabriel turner. he was a janitor at the f.b.i. building. chief lanier also denounced the random violence plaguing the city and praised the help from the public in closing this case. >> if people in the city are tired of random violence. they are tired of people being shot and children being shot. and the community. people are working with the police. so, if you are going to commit the crimes in the city you will get arrested. >> gabriel turner left his mother's home en route to the f.b.i. building in downtown d.c. where he worked for 15 years. leon: pricy project coming to the national mall's most popular museum. coming up, how much it will cost and what needs to be fixed there. >> the first dedicated bus lane open for business. how it's not only impact riders but drivers. that story is coming up.
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the wells fargo center. game three caps-flyers. the building is open and look at the orange verseties. the capping better be ready. preview coming up in s
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leon: thousands of people took part in the event here. the 120th running of the boston marathon. among those competing was a dancer who lost part of the leg in the marathon bombing three years ago. in the women's wheelchair place tatian mcfadden defended her title. athletic talent wasn't the only thing on display today. boston native mark wahlberg was dressed as a cop and filmed the scene at the upcoming movie at the finish line. federal judge in cincinnati ruled that a man accused of plotting an attack on the u.s. capitol is competent to stand trial. christopher cornell is using his given name and meets the criteria for trial. he has pleaded not guilty to multiple charges. authorities arrested him in january of 2015. his father said that the son was misled and coerced.
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opening the air and the space museum will be renovated. the cost up -- cost is up to 140 million drivers. it's heating and the air conditioning and the mechanical are original. the upcoming museum of the african-american history and the culture cost $3790 million to build from scratch. leon: transportation reporter brianne carter shows us what you need to know if you are driving along the lanes. >> the region first dedicated bus only lanes are finally
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>> now connecting the commuters in arlington. for the first time monday, rush hour riders got a chance to use the full length ofthe bus transit way to connect braddock and the crystal city metro station. >> we have been waiting forever. good thing i think. >> the first wave opened in alexandria back in 2014. the transit way which is designed to reduce the commute time by ten minutes features real-time bus arrival and information. higher cush -- curb for easier boarding and canopy for weather protection. riders reviewing the service. >> the dedicated lanes made it faster. before the route was longer. then we would get stuck in traffic. >> the route so so short and the time i come in, there is so little traffic it doesn't make a difference. >> some of the lanes are dedicated to buss 24 hours a day, others are only dedicated to the busesser the morning and the evening rush.
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bikes. >> there will be a 30-day grace period for drivers to get used to the new lanes but after that, drive in the dedicated bus lanes and you will face a $200 fine. in arlington, brianne carter, abc7 news. maureen: in houston heavy flooding over the weekend created deep flood conditions. we have video to show you. you might not be able to see it well but this is the stairwell of an apartment complex. floodwaters covering up the hoods of cars. in another community people are canoeing out of their homes. by monday morning parts of houston received 16 inches of rain. more than 80,000 homes and businesses are still without power. leon: that is hurricane type of rain. isn't it? 16 inches of rain. doug: sure!
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that is not going to be moving here. we need rain around here. we start with a time lapse out of charlottesville, virginia. 88 degrees downtown where we have the weather bug perched. watch the sun come up. they will change the camera angle in the day but you can see how it gets hazy in the afternoon. that is all smoke. move it back. skies are crystal clear up above. but this is smoke coming from areas to the north and the west. this is from a fire. just southeast of harrisonburg. rocky mountain fire. the last check it was still out of control. the satellite imagery we are able to show northwesterly winds blowing the fire strange through to create smoke-filled skies in charlottesville. it's dry. no official watches in the area for fire
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in the northeast there are fire watch weather tomorrow, anne arundel, howard, frederick county, baltimore and farther north in pennsylvania. when we go a week, week and a half with the hot sunshine and the warm sunshine and the dry weather, those things happen. be careful outside. as far as what happened number wise 85 degrees at reagan national. 68 is the average high. 51 morning low. the low is warmer than the average low by far. so we are definitely cooking here with a feel of june. tomorrow near 80 degrees. then we will slowly go back to the normal temperatures, the average temperatures by later in the week. here are the 6:00 numbers. 87 at the airport in shortsville. 84 in culpeper, manassas. 81 at andrews. slow drop in the temperatures great outside this evening. if you have plans we will stay in 70's and the 60's for several more hours. overnight we range in mountainous area and the valleys 45 to 55 in the metro area. mostly clear
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tomorrow a front will swing through briefly. it will change the wind direction north strongly. no rain, a few clouds and that is it. still near 80. cooler later in week. partly and sunny, breezy. gusty winds developing through the day. next seven days mild. near 70 wednesday and thursday. frontal system will approach on friday with a chance of the scattered showers. isolated thunder. cooler and partly cloudy skies over the weekend. it will settle down to a predictable pattern maybe. maybe not. we'll see. leon: speaking of the pattern we like the pattern that the caps found themselves in now that they are up 2-0 over the flyers. maureen: game three of the caps-flyers playoff series going to start. scott abraham is there to tell us all about it. leon: hey, scott. scott: hey, what is going on. big hockey game. time to rock the red again. this time in philly. game three.
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players of the caps say they have to play their best game of the series tonight. delores kelley: although we were all one maryland, our schools weren't treated the same way. narrator: with neighborhoods getting unequal funding for schools, something had to be done for our children.
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kelley: it didn't matter where chris was from. he knew that we couldn't leave a child having less just because they lived in a region that was poor. joanne benson: he has not just talked about it. he is going to stand tall for all children to succeed. i'm chris van hollen, and i approved this message.
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announcer: now the toyota sports desk. brought to you by your local toyota dealer. scott: hello, everybody. i'm scott abraham live at the wells fargo center. the washington capitals have a tremendous opportunity tonight to really put a st
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they took care of business at home. now they come in to an absolute hornet's nest in philly. up 2-0 in the series. you can't really call it a series just yet. until a team wins on the road. >> the capitals are bracing for anything but brotherly love. >> you have to be ready for the way they will start. playing a desperate team. we have to be ready to weather the storm. scott: the desperate flyers are down 2-0 trying to make at it series. capitals trying to take care of business. >> play with the structure. stick to what we are good at. >> the goalies are front and center. holtsby has been the star of the series and the caps know the flyers will try to make him miserable tonight. >> they have guys that are big and fisty in front of the net. do a good job. >> a win and they wo
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win away from advancing a loss and road would be tougher. >> overconfidence is not an issue. >> not at all. we have our eyes set on tonight. set on winning tonight. that is about it. >> emotion will be a major theme in tonight's game as we know. well documented. philly fans, rabid fan base. every fan tonight is receiving one of these t-shirts honoring the late ed schneider who was the flyers owner that passed away last week. emotions will be running high. caps need to match it in game three. reporting at the wells fargo center, scott abraham, abc7 sports. leon: thank you. maureen: quick summary. doug: beautiful night. steve rudin will have the latest on the rest of the week and drive to work in the morning. maureen: thank you. "world news tonight" with david muir up next.
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i don't believe that big money can buy votes -- not in our district. and i won't claim to have single handily passed just about every bill in annapolis. we can't settle for the same old politics,
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being threatened by trump and cruz. i'll stand up to their bigotry and be a passionate voice for maryland women and families. in tv and in business, i built relationships. as a woman in the house, i'll do the same to get things done. i'm kathleen mathews and i approve this message.
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