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wjz crews are on the scene. meghan mccorkell has the latest on the man's condition. >> reporter: denise, we have just learned that the lexington subway market station has just reopened. things have significantly calmed down here. but take a look at this video from sky eye 13. this is just from half an hour ago. a man pulled out from under a train. we know that man has been rushed to shock trauma. witnesses tell us the man was in a wheelchair, and he just tipped forward and seemed to fall right on the tracks. now, firefighters tell us they did find a wheelchair on the tracks with that man. we talked to one witness who was on the platform and saw the whole thing go down. >> when the dude fell on the train, like when he tipped over, and when the train was coming, like a lot of us, we were trying to tell the train to stop. and that's when the train ended up on top of them. >> reporter: now, amazingly, when firefighters reached that man, they tell us that he was conscious. he was able to talk to him. -- to them. they had to put him on a back
board and free him, then drag him on that back board, underneath the train for about 100 feet. that's how they wound up detting him out. now, we know that he suffered both bruises and abrasions. tonight, he was rushed to shock trauma. but you can see, lexington market subway station, back open and in business tonight. for now, i'm meghan mccorkell, wjz eyewitness news. >> all right. thank you, meghan. and of course, we'll bring you the latest on the victim's condition as the information becomes available. another developing story tonight. a judge denies bail for the young man accused of killing his father. >> reporter: well, kai. that teenager is charged as an adult. in court today, he appeared very timid, polite and yufnlgt but prosecutors -- young. but prosecutors call him a serious danger to the community. >> reporter: 16-year-old robert richardson iii was ordered to
custod's custody after the judge denied his bail. he is accused of killing his father and dumping the lifeless body into a pond. in court wednesday, the judge said the issue is too serious for bond to be considered. he also called richardson a flight risk, based on the chase he led police on through harford county. >> when the vehicle approached. the vehicle fled away from him, southbound on 24, through the town in bel air. >> reporter: richardson crashed into a cinder block wall, outside a bel air church. that's when he admitted to the murder and told officers he hid bethe -- the body behind the pond. also, they had breaking and entering and possessing drugs. my motherly instinct told me something was wrong. >> reporter: neighbors say the teen acted out of desperation. and say his father often had
fits of rage. >> towards his family want. -- family. and he'd be working in the yard. and terrible cursing. and horribly, verbally abusive. >> reporter: charging documents name richardson's sister as the one. she was in court as well, and tells we'll, some of -- tells wjz, some of that report is false. is >> reporter: richardson faces several charges, including first-degree murder. and because his confession was videotaped, he could be eligible to receive the death penalty. the judge jeaz advised -- judge advised him of that in court. we are live tonight in bel air, weijia yang jaij -- weijia jiang, wjz eyewitness news. >> a preliminary trial for richardson is scheduled for next week. >> a trial that could test maryland's revised death penalty law is under way in annapolis. >> reporter: opening statements started today in the trial of lee edwards stevens. he is one of two corrections officers charged with stabbing to death in 2006.
the murder was a primary factor in the decision to close for capital correction. it requires a videotaped confession or scientific evidence, linking the defendant to the crime. denise, back to you. >> thank you, vic. the trial will resume tomorrow, with testimony from first responders to the scene of the crime. a fallen maryland soldier gets a heroa welcome -- hero's welcome. police escorted the flag-draped coffin to the funeral home. he was killed by an explosive device in afghanistan. he will be laid to rest at arlington national cemetery with full military honors. a damp rain continues. bob is tracking radar and first warning weather. >> it's been very light around the baltimore area. but heavier south of us. take a look at this display. you can see a lot of rain across virginia. and it's all moving generally toward our area. heavy rain to the west of us.
right now, not much going on in delaware. heading to easton and came bring. that's heading -- cambridge. that's heading in your direction. that's where the steady stuff is. it's washington, down to fredericksburg. all of virginia. that southeast section of virginia. it's moving up. we'll look for a wet night tonight. temperatures going to to hold above the freezing mark. during the day, we'll get sun and mild temperatures. ahead of that front. that's the arctic front, with much colder air coming in on friday. maybe cold enough. we'll see a few rain or snow showers early friday morning before it begins to clear out. denise? >> thank you, bob. we're following more breaking news from downtown baltimore. sky eye chopper 13 is live over the scene. and captain mike perry has details. what's going on, mike? >> reporter: hello, denise. we're over the top of pier 5. it's the home of ruth's chris steakhouse. fire crews called to the scene
for a possible kitchen fire. we did see some smoke coming from the ruth's chris side of the building. it's not clear where the fire was contained in the kitchen. but it appears this did take care of it. we did see several puffs of smoke. there's a significant amount of fire personnel that remain on the scene. they have a whole first-alarm assignment. just at this time, sort of cooling their heels. we did see firefighters returning briefly. there's no reports of injuries at that time. -- at this time. and it's not clear how it's affecting either one. >> thank you, captain mike perry, live in sky eye chopper 13. lawmakers have a lot on their plates as they gather today for the start of the 2012 legislative session. wjz is live at the state house. derek valcourt is there and explains some of the general topics, the general assembly expects to tackle. hi, derek. >> reporter: some big battles
this year. >> number member -- members, please take your seats. >> reporter: with the hammer of the gavel, they roll up their sleeves for what promises to be hot topics. chief, to raise the gas tax, by 15 cents over three years, in order to pay for major transportation projects the state doesn't have money for. >> the need isn't there. the public doesn't like tax increases. but that doesn't mean we don't try to raise the transportation trust fund. it hasn't been raised since 1992. >> reporter: republicans blast the idea of a gas tax increase that is out of touch with reality. >> i'm sure that they got sugar plums and taxes dancing in their head every night. there's a tax and spend crowd here. but that's the worst thing for this economy. >> this is one of the most punishing of all taxes. it hurts the working families of maryland. and the governor should take it off the table. >> reporter: another battle
looming, same-sex marriage. supporters see this as their year to win approval in the general assembly, now that they have the full support of governor o'malley. >> the governor has weighed into it. and we'll see exactly where he believes he can help get some votes and educate some people and why we should have same-sex marriage in the state of maryland. >> reporter: but same-sex opponents say they are not going down easily, promising a voter referendum, if it does pass in the legislature. >> we're going to tight it until the end. -- fight it until the end. and i don't think it's going to be successful. >> reporter: governor o'malley, creating a minor stir here in annapolis this morning when he said on a radio show, he would raise the sales tax by 1%, rather than having a gas tax increase. but his aides insist he was just speaking off the cuff, that there are no proposals to do that. and senate president mike miller insists, raising a sales tax is not going to happen. we're live in annapolis, derek valcourt, wjz eyewitness news.
house speaker michael bush was also recognized by the legislature today, for being the longest-serving speaker in maryland history. back to practice for the ravens, as they prepare to face the houston texans in the divisional round of the play- offs this weekend. wjz is the place for complete coverage of the play-offs. gigi barnett is there, where they are still continuing to paint the town purple. hello, mark. >> hi, denise. first official play-off practice for the ravens included full participation. all ravens present and accounted for as they get ready to take on the texans, coming up on sunday. four straight years for the playoffs. that is the longest current streak going in the nfl. and the players talking today say they believe that this year's team is the best that they've had. >> reporter: the focus is play- off football. and it is intense. but these confident ravens also had a lighter side.
ray rice showed up for his press conference, sporting a joe flacco mustache, made out of tape. good for a laugh to lighten the mood. >> no, this thing is hurting my face. i have to get it off. i can't do it. ow. >> reporter: but make no mistake, these ravens are serious about being championship contenders, on the road to a super bowl. >> i think this team is ready. we have been in the play-offs for the last four years. we have been spoiled. but getting there is not good enough anymore. everybody knows the expectation. and we expect to make the play- offs. but we also expect to compete for the ultimate goal, and that's the super bowl. >> i've always told ray rice this. i've told haloti this, i've told ed this, i've told nata this. to win a super bowl, it's a very, very special thing. it's a special group of men that you win a super bowl with. this group we have now, we have
been building, building, building. and now we have a special group of men. >> we all know what this team's potential is and what everybody is expecting out of us. so we just gotta go perform and play. >> reporter: and while the ravens are healthy, there is one injury to -- note to pass along. marshall young revealed today that he had emergency surgery on his calf. back on christmas eve, he was injured in the browns game. if nothing else, the ravens continue to prove they are durable. we will have more on the health status and how that is an advantage for them, coming up on sports at 6:00. back to you for now, kai. >> mark. thank you. complete coverage continues in baltimore. gigi barnett shows us the building excitement. >> hi, kai. it is growing, indeed. and ravens' fans say if their purple birds make it all the way to the super bowl, it's here to stay. >> reporter: in the hollowed -- hallowed halls of baltimore government, purple reigns.
it's where dutch ruppersberger dons ravens' gear. spireo agnew does, too. with the houston texans game coming on sunday, it's the kind of purple passion that has gripped the state. >> ray rice is in his groove. ray lewis is still good to go. we've got a good team. >> reporter: with ravens decorations everywhere you look, baltimore county are in the middle of a battle themselves, decorating the building. here, workers sport flacco's mustache. >> victory all the way. >> reporter: for enforcement officers, balso hardwood university is in. they've got a schedule of classes, topped by ravens players. >> it's all there. we're winning. we're going. all the way. >> reporter: how fast -- houston fans were already talking tough. >> i don't think they want it as much as we do. >> i think the bad flacco will show up and it's all going to go in the texans' favor. >> to that, ranks -- ravens players say -- >> give it a little ray-ray
right there. whoo! >> reporter: one ravens fan told me the texans' fans are just jealous. this is the first night that the aquarium has turned on its purple lights. it's just one way that fans are showing their purple passion, city wide. back to you, kai, on city hill. >> by the way, you can see the ravens take on the texans, live here on wjz 13. the game starts 1:00, sunday afternoon. then make sure to stay tuned for the season's pizza post game show. and mary will bring you highlights and reactions of the ravens play-off game with the texans. >> boy, if that game goes as we expect it to. >> it's been crazy already, right? >> i think people might be honking their horns in their cars. >> just a little, right? >> still ahead on eyewitness news at 5:00. a hollywood mystery reopened. what are police finding as they take another look at the death of natalie wood. i'm mike schuh, with eyewitness news. this is louie. he was thrown from a balcony, 25 feet in the air.
the person who threw him is now under arrest. the story when eyewitness news continues. i'm alex demetrick. coming ups are they never doubted they existed. and now, maryland agrees. that story as eyewitness news continues. a rainy wednesday. when can we put away our umbrellas? bob has more in his forecast. ,,,,
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we're following breaking news out of baltimore county. sky eye chopper 13 is over an accident in east point. let's go to captain mike perry. >> we're at east point mall, eastern avenue. this is right at 54th street, where we have several-vehicle accident. at least three people injured as a result of this accident. police and fire personnel are on the scene.
they do have eastern avenue closed in the westbound direction. looks more like right east of north point road. and at this point, police and fire are going to remain on the scene as baltimore county police continue the investigation. back to you. >> thank you. captain mike perry, reporting live. mitt romney wins new hampshire. now, the race for the republican presidential nomination heats up in south carolina. randall pinkston reports for wjz with the latest on the campaign trail. >> reporter: newt gingrich is back at work, campaigning in south carolina. after finishing fourth in the new hampshire primary, the former house speaker is looking ahead. >> i think over the next 10 days, we will son sol -- consolidate conservatives across south carolina. and i think as we do that, we will win the south carolina primary. and that will set the stage for a very exciting florida. >> reporter: gingrich is
courting. he is trying to slow mitt romney. romney left new hampshire this morning a winner. >> the support of evangelicals, independents. we were winning among all of those groups. if i could complete elsewhere. >> south carolina is a different state. >> reporter: rick perry and rick santorum are hoping to play to their conservative base here. perry skipped, hoping to jump start some momentum in the state that has a history of picking winners. >> you win in south carolina. and traditionally, you are the republican nominee. >> reporter: wesley donahue worked on mitt romney's 2008 campaign. he said south carolina republicans thought romney was too liberal then. today, their priorities are different. >> too time around, -- this time around, we just want to see someone who can beat barack obama. so i don't think you have to be the most conservative, but you still have to be conservative. >> reporter: for perry and the
other candidates, the stakes in south carolina are high. in columbia, south carolina, randall pinkston, wjz eyewitness news. >> south carolina's primary is saturday, january 21st. if you're waiting for someone to get home from work, let's check on the roads with kristy breslin at wjz traffic control. >> hi, kai. hi, everyone. definitely a big day for accidents. if you're traveling northbound on the harbor tunnel throughway. we do have an accident there on lombard street. that's blocking the right-hand lane. another accident at route 100. and as far as delays go, plenty of them. northbound harrisburg expressway, bumper to bumper there, from pedonia to belfast. west side inner loop, solid half hour now. 95 to security boulevard. and the top side of the inner loop, you're looking at, at least 25 minutes to get from charles street to 95. 70 westbound, heavy from 29 to marriottsville road. and other accidents include thistle town. garrison boulevard at bellevue.
and also, edmondson avenue at shawan avenue. let's take a live look. you can see, things are very slow there. this traffic report is brought to you by subway. introducing the new hot pastrami melt. it's freshly-baked bread, flavor-packed pastrami. to satisfy even the biggest appetite. back to you. >> bubbly cheese. that sounds good. >> a little rain out there. it will be pretty wet. right nowing we're at 45. east winds, 10. the barometer just beginning to fall. come back and take a look at the rain. and take a look at the lake measeon building. ravens coming here sunday, of course. you'll be there. go, ravens. [ applause ] ,,,,,, 3q go, ravens.
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be heavy at times. most of it will be over probably around 2:00, 3:00 in the morning. so by tomorrow's driving time, it should be generally cloudy. but it will get breezy. and milder tomorrow than today. right now, we're at 45. but tomorrow, we're going to get even warmer than today. maybe up to 60 for a few hours. and then tomorrow night, it will get colder again. so it's up and down, up and down. 36 now, cumberland, and oakland. 46, washington. and close to 50 in ocean city now. at 48. and 43 up in westminster. close to 50 in annapolis and kent island. 46, 27 today. this morning, we're below freezing. and then the clouds came in. the east winds kicked in. temperatures jumped up above freezing. 41/24. the average records, 73, 1975. and 1 above zero. just 1. in 1982. right now, there's that east wind. continues to bring in moisture. and the ocean water
temperatures, around 40, 41 degrees. so that's the air that is being transported across our region. and that will continue. tomorrow, however, becomes a little more southerly. and that's really warm air down here. temperatures in the 60s. this low pressure is passing to our west. it's going to allow that rain to come up the eastern side of the storm. giving us rain tonight. now, tomorrow, when that storm passes, temporarily, we'll get into a southerly or southwesterly wind. and that's mild air. but further north and west, there's a cold front across northern sections of wisconsin. that will cross our region by late tomorrow night. it may have a rain shower with it. might be just cold enough quickly for a few snowflakes to mix in. early friday morning. and then it just gets colder temperatures, holding near 40, or low 40s friday. and it will be breezy. snow to the north. garrett county, guaranteed to have several inches of lake- effect snow. by friday and most of the weekend, they could see more lake-effect snow. looks like good skiing, finally back to western maryland this weekend.
southwest winds, at 5 to 10 knots. bay temp around 41 degrees. tonight, rain? yes. here comes 42 by morning. not going to move much. but actually during the day, it will get up probably to as high as 60 if the sun comes out. late tomorrow night, clouds come back. maybe a shower. maybe a snowflake or two early friday morning, as temperatures fall back into the 30s. probably staying near 40 on friday and a chilly weekend. we'll have that forecast coming up. >> thanks, bob. still ahead at 5:00. pushing for change. how one teen driver is trying to push safety on the nation's drivers. the natalee holloway suspect confesses to a disappearance crime. the incredible way one man survived this freak accident. ,,
it's 5:30. 45 degrees, with rain in spots. good evening. thank you for staying with wjz, eyewitness news. here are some of the stories people are talking about tonight. neighbors near reisterstown call police, after someone witnesses something being thrown from the balcony. it turns out to be a york shire terrier. mike schuh reports, that dog barely survived. >> a neighbor there reported that she saw a man launch an object from a balcony. >> reporter: it's the higher of the two. >> she heard this object land with a thud. and when she went over to investigate what it was, she found that it was a small dog.
>> reporter: the dog's name is louie. he's a 3-year-old york shire terrier. police say louie was intentionally thrown. >> about how tall was that deck? i'm taking these pictures with a small, handheld camera. when thrown, it takes more than a second for it to reach to the ground. >> he's definitely a lucky guy. >> reporter: louie lived. his eye is bruised and red. teeth are missing. he was in a lot of pain. but louie lived. >> i think if it was just a few feet more, he may have expired due to the head trauma. but he was very, very lucky. >> reporter: lucky, too, he was found and taken to a pet emergency room. he's now on two painkillerless. gary wall -- painkillers. gary wallace was arrested. the doctor can't talk about this specific case, but in general about animal abusers.
>> are often about power and control, someone who feels they don't have enough control, don't have enough power. >> reporter: as for louie. >> he's not in pain right now. he's not uncomfortable either. >> reporter: but had a sharp- eyed neighbor not seen and heard what she did, louie probably would have died. >> reporter: in harford county, mike schuh, wjz eyewitness news. back to you on tv hill. >> the man charged in the case, gary wallace, jr., remains in jail, held on $250,000 bond. two men are robbed at gunpoint. it happened in odenton, around 2:30 in the afternoon. in the 2600 block of cedar elm drive. two armed suspects stole money and other items before fleeing on foot. the crime forced the lockdown of nearby piney orchard school. anyone with information is asked to call police. >> reporter: an update tonight in one of hollywood's biggest mysteries. vic has the latest into the investigation of natalie woods' death. >> reporter: the sheriff's office has found no new
evidence of foul play in the actress's death. detectives reopened the case two months ago after sources came forward with new information. but so far, there is nothing to suggest her death was anything but an accident. >> investigators say they have carried out several interviews and traveled to hawaii to inspect the boat where wood was last seen alive. >> reporter: he is the prime suspect in the unsolved disappearance of natalee holloway in aruba. now, joran van der sloot pleads guilty and confesses to killing another woman in peru. >> joran van der sloot told the court in lima, peru, he is, quote, really sorry for what happened. in spanish, he confessed to the panel of three women judges that he robbed and then killed 21-year-old stephany flores in 2010. the confession ends the trial that started just last week and gives van der sloot the
possibility of a lighter sentence. >> reporter: van der sloot is well known in the u.s. as the prime suspect in the disappearance of 18-year-old natalee holloway in aruba. >> reporter: the 24-year-old dutch citizen was arrested twice but never charged. his lawyers in peru argued that investigation left him traumatized. van der sloot met flores in a peruvian casino and later admitted he snapped her neck in a fit of rage, when she got onto the computer and discovered his connection to the holloway case. >> reporter: lawyers for flores argue that there should be some kind of payback for her life. they don't think the court will go easy on van der sloot because he could be a danger to society. >> reporter: van der sloot's lawyer called his client deeply regretful of the murder. after court, van der sloot laughed with his attorney. when he's sentenced friday, he is expected to get 20 to 25
years behind bars, with the possibility of parole in five years. >> holloway was from alabama and disappeared during a high school graduation trip to aruba, where van der sloot grew up. divers are searching an icy river in maine, as they have been looking for a toddler. no one has ruled out a suspect in the disappearance of ila reynolds. and her disappearance has been declared a crime. police say other bodies of water might be searched in the coming days. >> occupy wall street protestors are back in business in new york city. demonstrators have gathered once again in zucoty park. protestors say they want to have a symbolic presence in the area at all times. they are allowed to stay, as long as they don't set up tents or sleeping bags. the teen driver takes his story to washington. he hopes his near-death experience on the roads will convince lawmakers to pass
tougher highway safety laws. tara mergener reports for wjz with the possible exchanges -- changes in store. >> reporter: 17-year-old joe pelocowitz. >> although i remember the crash the first few months of being in the hospital, i just know how lucky i am to be here today. >> reporter: joe slammed into a tree in 2010, suffering a brain injury, a broken back, pelvis and ribs. >> it's been horrible going through what i have been through. >> reporter: he's now working with the advocates for highway and auto safety, fighting to get tougher safety laws for the road. the group is calling on states to pass 15 laws, covering everything from seat belts, booster seat and motorcycle helmet rules to restrictions on teen drivers and texting behind the wheel. >> reporter: every year, about 33,000 people die in crashes across the u.s. and over 2 million more are injured. >> reporter: advocates say
putting tougher safety laws in place will make a difference. >> reporter: we know that this will save lives and save the states money. and we'd like to see them being more aggressive and serious about getting the job done. >> reporter: joe says tougher laws, including increasing the driving age to 18, might have saved him a lot of heartwake. -- heartache. >> if i had one wish, it would be to go back to the day before my wreck. >> reporter: and that's why he's lobbying lawmakers to force drivers to play it safer. >> the group also grades states on their safety laws. a frederick county bus driver is being punished for driving home with a sleeping girl still on board the bus. camaya myers woke up in a parked bus outside the driver's home last week. the 5-year-old said she went to the house and asked the driver to take her to school. the driver has since been taken off her route. school officials say it is not clear when she'll return. county police are hoping
security pictures will help them find a vandal. the picture shows him holding bricks. police later found three shattered windows and the brick inside. broken windows were also found next door at west middle school. anyone with information about this man is asked to call 1-888- 399-tip. time for a look at the baltimore sun. efforts by the nfl and the ravens to crack down on counterfeit products. hospitals are turning to alternative medicines and therapies. can towson finally end the nation's longest division 1 losing streak? for these stories and more in the baltimore sun, remember to look for the updated forecast from first warning weather team. after decades of struggle, a native american tribe in maryland is no longer extinct. alex demetrick reports, the piscataway tribe knew it was
here all along. and now the state finally agrees. >> reporter: one of the graveyards overlooks the port tobacco river. land once home to the picata-- piscataway tribe. >> we supposedly died out. we couldn't figure out how everyone died. >> reporter: it's something they have been trying to set right. >> this is something that was kept from us that should have been done 20 or 30 years ago. >> reporter: actually, savoy's father and her mother started the quest for tribal recognition 40 years ago. this week after decades of paperwork and document hunts, governor o'malley made it official. the pis cataway canotices are a -- canoys are a living tribe. >> after all of these years, it's amazing. >> reporter: this comes from records kept by the catholic church. >> reporter: that's because the tribe was converted in 1640. an event remembered with a stained glass window at st.
ignacius church. and detailed record keeping by priests. >> therefore we have proof we were here. >> we have always been here. we never left. >> those that we leave behind, it's a great thing for them. >> reporter: alexalex demetrick, wjz eyewitness news. >> state recognition does not mean the tribe will be opening a casino. there is no interest to that. although it could open the door to federal recognition and funds set aside for education and healthcare. a car bomb kills a nuclear scientist in iran. is it part of a conspiracy to stop the country's nuclear program? an illegal pesticide found in orange juice. what you need to know about it. i'm bob turk. big weather temperatures coming. i'll have the exclusive five- day forecast. wjz wants to see your purple pride. here are some of the your
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rain, coming a little steadier. it will be with us most of the night into early tomorrow morning. i'm talking maybe 3:00, 4:00 in the morning. but during the day tomorrow, the sun will be back. and boy, temperatures are going to shoot up into the 50s. take a look at it. maybe even 60 in some spots, with a mixture of clouds and sunshine. now, late tomorrow night, early friday morning, that front coming through. temperatures will be holding in the upper 30s to low 40s on friday. and there can be a rain or snow shower early friday before we get some sunshine back. but cold at night. 21. only 38 on saturday. around 40 on sunday. a weak system may give us a few snow showers sunday. it's a slim chance. and cold again, with partly cloudy skies. 36 and 22 monday. today is energy saver's focus on windows. open curtains on south-facing
windows during the day to allow heat into your home and then close them at night to reduce any chill. use a clear, heavyduty plastic sheet on your window frames to reduce any draft. and install tight shades on any windows that feel drafty after weatheririzing. go to wjz.com, and click on our special section. alaska continues to be slammed by heavy snow. a series of storms that left cordova buried in more than 18 feet of snow. at least three buildings have collapsed and three have been deemed unsafe by wet snow. using explosives to try to break up the pile. so far, there have been no reports of any injuries. a car bomb in iran kills a nuclear scientist. tina kraus reports for wjz. tehran claims the west is taking aim at iran's nuclear program. >> reporter: security forces in tehran surrounded the car,
targeted in a deadly attack. police say two assailants on a motorcycle stuck magnetic bombs to the car of a nuclear scientist. >> reporter: i saw the bike by, this witness said. they were wearing black hats and had hats -- something in their hands. >> reporter: he is the fourth nuclear expert to die in the attack in a nuclear bomb in two years. iranian officials accuse israel of dispatching hit squads of trying to destroy its nuclear program. they have hibitted about co -- hinted about covert campaigns. tuesday, israel's military chief of staff said iran should expect more unnatural events in 2012. the u.s. and its allies are pressuring iran to stop enriching uranium. they believe it's being used to develop a nuclear bomb. but tehran contends its program
is peaceful, designed only to produce electricity. >> reporter: tina kraus, wjz eyewitness news. >> iranian officials claimed earlier this week, they are expanding nuclear operations, south of the capital with more high-tech equipment. a man cheats death on a california highway. the man was driving along highway 99 when a metal pipe flew off of a car in front of it and came crashing through his windshield. amazingly, his quarter-inch steering wheel stopped the pipe before it struck him. the man said someone was looking out for him that day. >> much greater chances of getting hit by lightning or winning the lottery than to find a 4-foot steel pole in your -- >> windshield. >> yeah. in your windshield. just a micron away from death. >> the man walked away from the incident, with a few minor injuries. police are searching for the driver of that car. in tonight's healthwatch, the fda says it will step up testing for a fungicide that has been found in several brands of orange juice.
the agency says an unnamed company detected the levels in the orange juice. health officials believe the chemical came from brazil. so far, the fda does not believe it is a public health risk. but it has asked suppliers to stop using the fungicide. the first lady fires back in an interview with cbs this morning. michelle obama talked with gayle king about rumors that she's forced her will on white house aides. mrs. obama also said she has very real goals in mind for her programs with children and military families. and they go a lot farther than photo ops. >> i don't want this just to be p.r. i'm always asking people on the ground, do you feel what we're trying to do? and until they feel it in their own lives and in their own homes, we've got to keep working, we've got to keep figuring out how do we tap deeper, so that we haven't just moved policy, but we've really moved lives.
>> reporter: to see the complete interview with the first lady, log onto wjz.com, select news, then scroll down to national news and click on that link. check in with eyewitness news at 6:00 for all new stories coming up. vic is standing by live with a preview. we continue to follow breaking news out of downtown baltimore. firefighters rescue a man who was run over by a subway train. the latest on what happened. and a man who was robbed and kidnapped at gunpoint opens up about the scary ordeal. check in for more on these stories and all the day's breaking news, coming up new at 6:00. now, back to you. kai? >> still ahead on eyewitness news. two jets nearly collide at a busy airport. how it happened and who is to blame? ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
activist, who were protesting factory farming. the fbi has joined the arson investigation and is looking into the claims. >> a robbery leads to a dramatic high-speed car chase in houston, texas. [ sirens ] >> three men tried to escape police with a stolen safe in the back of their car. officers followed this white car with the 300-pound safe in its trunk. but the chase came to an end when the suspect stopped in the middle of the high and -- highway and tried to run on foot. a man accused of throwing his son overboard a tour boat in southern california will not be spending time behind bars. sloan briles was convicted of child endangerment and sentenced to three years of probation. in august, briles purposely threw his 7-year-old child overboard. another witness saved the child. part of brile's probation includes one year in a child abuser's program. a major drug bust at dulles
international airport in virginia. custom and border protection officers have arrested a 61- year-old nigerian man on alleged heroin smuggling. an expert revealed pellets in the abdomen. he later passed the pellets that police say are filled with nearly 16 ounces of heroin. the drugs have a street value of about $31,000. a few hundred feet. that's how close two jets came to pit hitting -- to hitting each other at chicago's midway airport. dana kozlov reports with what what happened and who is to blame. >> reporter: you can hear the southwest pilot's frustration. >> technology. planes were taking off. >> the ground please. >> reporter: it's a question the traffic controllers did not answer. the clip exchange featured a 737 and a private learjet.
the national transportation safety board says the pilot was told to return right. but another controller told a learjet pilot to take off on the same runway. one saw the southwest jet and yelled for the learjet to stop. >> learjet or something was taking off. we had to hit the brakes and the jet went right over our head. >> the two just narrowly missed each other. >> we look at the size of these planes. anything below 300 to 400 feet, it's really a very close call. >> reporter: and dupaul university transportation experts say the mistake came from the control tower. a mistake that could have cost lives. >> at the very least, what should have happened here? >> no doubt, this regards more vigilance at midway to make sure we have the right controllers arrested. -- rested. >> reporter: 85 members and crew were on board that southwest plane. nobody was hurt.
>> i'm adam may. now, word of another armed robbery in this neighborhood. details coming up. and a man hit by a subway train. i'm meghan mccorkell, live at the lexington market station. details of the firefighters daring rescue. getting ready. fun and games at the ravens complex, as the team hits the practice field for their big play-off game. wjz is the place for complete coverage. wet night ahead. how much rain could we see in the next several hours? the first warning weather team is updating the forecast. check in for these stories and all the day's breaking news. wjz eyewitness news at 6:00 starts now.