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arrests. >> reporter: a rapidly unfolding burglary investigation led police to this townhome on the 5,000 block of clifton avenue in west baltimore. investigators say a couple who lived there called 911 after they went home to discover 10 exotic animals inside. >> it's like a movie. you got everybody standing on their doorstep, watching as they carry stuff away. >> crews carry stuff back to them. worried they might die. >> they need specific heating, lighting. specific foods. if they don't, they're going to become sick again and not make it. >> reporter: police say over the weekend, someone snatched up several large hissing cockroaches. five water turtles, an iguana, and five geckos. and two baby chameleons like this one were taken. >> i can't believe it.
it was amazing. i mean, awful. >> reporter: the preserve has been a staple for youth, since orioles legend eddie murray founded it 22 years ago. he wanted kids to learn about the animals. and now, they are glad a piece of it is back. >> nothing sacred anymore. these are so that your kids and uncles and cousins can come and look at this stuff and learn. >> reporter: police are not saying how old these juveniles are or their relationship. but now, they are saying charges for them are pending. we're live in baltimore city. weijia jiang, wjz eyewitness news. >> we'll continue to follow it, then. police say the suspects entered through an unlocked window. they are reviewing fingerprints at this time. seconds from death. a woman drives in an ocean city canal. and a quick-thinking samaritan jumped into action. a tough choice for some was an easy decision for a restaurant employee. he dove into a bayside canal to
save a woman from her car. taylor drove her are -- car straight into the water last night. after several attempts, he was able to break the car's back window, allowing vander hood to escape. one minute after i got her out of the car, the car sank. she would have been dead. i'm glad she's alive. i wonder if she realizes just how close to death she came. ocean city police say after vander hook was rescued, she left the scene before being found at a bus stop. she now faces dui charges. >> police plan to recognize sullivan with their highest civilian award for outstanding service. a gruesome find. the discovery of a body prompts an investigation inside howard county. police found a body off of westbound i-70. state police are only saying the body was an adult. and it was inside a box. no other details have been released. authorities are now waiting for an autopsy report.
squeezed for cash tonight. the attorney for a howard county couple, is speaking about their ties to prince george's county executive jack johnson. wjz stays on this story live at federal court in prince george's county. mike hellgren has the latest development for us in this scandal. mike? >> reporter: thethe allegations are damaging. government lawyers say they paid big bribes to prince george's county officials for their businesses. and they caught it all on wire tap. >> reporter: federal authorities revealed new information about their indictment of amreek and ra vinda melib. the feds searched their mansion in clarksville, where wjz has learned they found $400,000 in cash in a closet. both face conspiracy and extortion charges, in connection to the corruption investigation, that has already led to the arrest of jack johnson and his wife. family members spoke to wjz about the ordeal. >> is it difficult for you to see her if through this?
>> i have no comment. she's my sister, of course it's difficult. no comment. >> reporter: so who are the melibs, and what their connection to johnson? they lived in india, moving to the u.s., building up a small empire of liquor stores n. prince george's county, they owned tick tock liquors. officials say they bribed to get their license. >> mr. johnson is the county executive. and the mehlies are business people. >> reporter: they found they contributed to jack johnson's campaign. >> the allegation is public officials. and we know what happened. >> reporter: christian went on to say the mehlies know johnson personally. and the county executive squeezed johnson.
>> it's a sad day for all of us. >> reporter: and a judge just ordered ravinda melee detained, saying she was a flight risk. and also, we found that their corporation donated to rashin baker who will replace mr. johnson. >> lots of twists and turns to this, mike. thank you. new at 6:00, wjz speaks to one of mehlie's close friends and business partners. what he's telling us about them and the indictment. and stay with us for more on the charges and the investigation. going to wjz.com. a teenager sexually abused. now, the 36-year-old suspect in the case pleads guilty in carroll county. thi nguyen pled guilt to fourth degree sex offense. prosecutors say from january to july 2009, she had sexual
conduct with a teenage boy. she cannot have any conduct with the victim. -- contact with the victim. hundreds of heart patients could have undergone problems. wjz is live. adam may has details of this new push. >> reporter: yes, this afternoon, a house committee heard from doctors, hospitals, and state health officials on what they can do to try to increase patient safety. >> reporter: the kickback scandal, involving st. joseph's medical center, billing the government for unnecessary stent surgeries, placed in patients to weaken arteries, led to a $22 million. >> we very strongly want those outwires to be evident. >> he testified on behalf of two cardiology groups. he told his house committee that his fellow doctors favor some sort of new legislation to repair patient trust. >> i think merlin can really
take the lead with their legislation here, to try to move forward with very strong, pure processes. with good, external oversight. >> reporter: they also want to include reforms that improve communication between various oversight agencies. >> what exactly is the goal here for the people of maryland. >> i think the goal is to find that balance to make sure people have access to needed, appropriate, and affordable healthcare. and at the same time, they are not receiving services that they ought not to. because there are financial and other services for the provider. >> he also told me that he hopes any new legislation would have the support of doctors and hospitals. they certainly have a while to try to hammer out these new laws. next session starts january 12th. last year, state lawmakers also pass the the law that tackles medical fraud. a big drop on wall street. concerns over inflation in asia, caused the dow to plunge.
at one point, it was below the 11,000 mark. here's a look at the closing numbers. dow was down 178. s&p down 19. nasdaq off 44. a damp tuesday around maryland tonight. clouds are lingering. when will things dry out? bob turk and meteorologist bernadette woods are tracking live doppler radar. we'll start with bob. >> particularly in the baltimore area. take a look at radar. you can see all of this stuff moving in from the south and southwest. still more stuff south of washington, on the 95 corridor. we still have to deal with this through late this evening. heavier batch east of the city. west of columbia, montgomery and frederick county, not much going on. heaviest rain there, from galena. that's going to move into delaware shortly. to the west of us, much lighter rain activity.
very, very spotty. we'll be dealing with this, probably until at least 9:00, 10:00 tonight. bernadette woods has a look at what we can expect for our wednesday and beyond. bernadette? >> reporter: the storm is going to stick around until early tomorrow morning. when it starts to pull out of here tomorrow, no winds kick up. and winds will turn around to the west. and we'll have wind gusts. even further west, we have wind advisories that go into effect in the overnight hours and will continue through most of tomorrow. the thing is, these winds will bring in dryer and eventually cooler air. and we'll have the forecast shortly. right now, back inside. >> thank you, bernadette. a name change for maryland institution. school officials at the college of notre dame, held a pep rally to announce a new name for the school. starting next fall, it will be known as notre dame university. you can see they spelled out the name on the t-shirt.
>> the baltimore ravens are known for their moves on the field. but today, some of the biggest names on the team made a major impact in their community at the helping up mission in east baltimore. >> reporter: ravens quarterback joe flacco is leading teammates on a mission that is not about winning. it's about giving. >> it's good to be here. get out in the community, see some faces. and you know, hopefully we can make it a little fun for these guys to be here today. >> reporter: 300 coats are given away, along with scarves and gloves. the men serve in the helping up mission in east baltimore. many struggle with homelessness, something the ravens' michael orr has dealt with and helped -- done with a helping hand. >> i was, you know, once in the situation similar. so just to give back and help out, it's always good. >> i got me a ravens jacket. got a nice little sporty jacket.
and hat and gloves. >> it will keep you warm this winter? >> yeah. very warm. i'm very thankful to the ravens. >> reporter: the ravens anquan boldin told me he tries to give back every chance he gets. >> there is a need out there. it's definitely a blessing. >> reporter: it's a lesson the next generation of football stars are learning from their heroes. pay it forward. >> makes me want to give back to the community. >> reporter: and he was a football player at dunbar high school. this was the 7th annual coat giveaway on east baltimore street. many of the coats were donated from katherine's closet, and the lady ravens association. just a great event out there today. >> very nice. still ahead on eyewitness news at 5:00. crucial evidence. a break in the natalee holloway case. gone too soon. a promising local musician dies suddenly. teachers talk about her special gift.
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a college class. >> i have spoken some peabody professors. and they are just as shocked as we are. she did -- definitely had a very promising future in music, whatever path she would want to take. and her passing is troubling and sudden. >> the high school music students who know casey met this morning to discuss her death. and counseling is being offered. the kids are so -- it's such a family. and they have been upset as have i. >> casey chose the basoon, even though her band director says it is not an easy instrument. but she enjoyed the challenge and would tutor younger people. ♪ [ music ] >> the choir director listens to an audio director. a company by the choir she was
a great musician. >> casey was doing very well as a freshman, according to her dean. >> she collapsed and died during a best moon class monday. >> do solos in the community. >> casey butler was a dr. ben carson scholar. and her teacher said she played private gatherings at home. >> her former teacher says they don't know of any illness casey suffered that might have caused her death. if you are waiting for someone to get home from work, here's sharon gibala. it's been a bad one. rain is definitely not helping things. too many to mention all of them. accident on the east side outer loop, still there at eastern boulevard. another on 295. crash on 95.
another on old court road at winans road in bel air. there's an accident there. route 24 at plum tree road. too many accidents to mention all of them. north utah. and liberty rights at north rogers. 100 eastbound. and a vehicle fire to watch out for on 795. there is a look at your speeds around the beltway. 19 miles per hour on the top side. and only 22 miles per hour. taking a live look outside, you can see the northbound lanes of the harrisburg expressway, also have delays there at shawon road. there's a look at 95 at 295. and typical look at delays there. this traffic report is brought to you by the all-new 2011 sonata.
just a $1.99 a month at your baltimore hyundai dealer. well, we might tend to forget there are many rural areas of maryland that are hard to get to with a car. as mike schuh reports, state police have to literally pluck the victims with their trees out of the chopper. these are pictures hovering. >> this person fell approximately 30 feet, between sliding and falling. >> broken bones and a head wound. it's too remote and dangerous to carry the 17-year-old out. what they're going to do is similar to rescue this spring. the victim is hoisted up to the police chopper, taken to another chopper, and flown to shock trauma. sergeant mike perkins took those pictures. >> this is out of the ordinary. we only do probably 20 or 30 of these a year. compared to thousands of
medivacs we do a year. >> a spot they earned by hours of training just for this scenario. but -- >> these are few and far between. so you might think the adrenaline is flowing. not so. when you get involved with this, you go into training mode. and everybody is like, it's exactly the way we trained to do it. so i hate to disappoint. >> and there will be no doubt. due to patient confidentiality laws, the condition of that 17-year-old is not available. we have rain still in the region. take a look at radar. looks like it could probably stay wet, at least probably until about 9:00 or 10:00 tonight.
well, as promised. kind of a wet tuesday. we haven't seen that much rain. we haven't seen anything like, you know, flooding or anything like that. so far, at the airport, you've had about a third of an inch of rain. take a look at radar. there is more to come, down to the south. still a batch from laredo. south of washington, we'll take a look around the baltimore region now. very light stuff going on. the heaviest, just moved through the area a little while ago. south of the city, a little solid batch from southern baltimore county to the annapolis area. it's going to move through the next 30 minutes. west of us and northwest of us, it's quiet for the time being. on the eastern shore, that's where the heaviest rain was. now it's moving quickly off to the north and northeast. some breaks in there. and not a whole lot going on
there. to the west of us, also some breaks. particularly over carroll, and frederick and montgomery county. but still decent rain. some of these showers will continue to head off to the east and northeast. so we're not done with all of the rain yet. probably continuing on and off until maybe about 10:00 tonight. and then things will clear out. but tomorrow, once it clears out, we have a very windy day shaping up. we could see wind gusts tomorrow up to maybe as high as 40 miles an hour. it will dry things out quickly. warmed up to 60, washington. 58, pax river. 61 in easton. we're at 55. temperatures tonight, actually may go up a couple of degrees before they start cooling down. but not until tomorrow afternoon. high actually may consider -- occur around noontime tomorrow. right now, we've got a wind out of the east, off the atlantic ocean, keeps us in that moisture, -- moist, moist flow in the atlantic ocean. but tomorrow, once this low pressure that has developed
across the southern mississippi valley, passes to our west, it will get strong up to ontario. and behind it, winds go back to the northwest. dries things out quickly. and call this the dry spot. then there's heavy showers. later tonight, it might see one brief heavy shower. and then things will clear out, late, late tonight. as the front continues to move through the region. you can see how widespread the range is from boston through portions of indiana. it's a pretty widespread event, as far as rain goes. that low pressure, passing to our west. front goes through. and then we dry out with windy conditions. now, on thursday, a weak area of low pressure passes to our south. probably give us some clouds. it will still be mild wednesday. but thursday, the cooler air begins to move in. and we're talking about temperatures where they were today. but a lot dryer. by the end of the week, we might even see some frost tonight. and a gale warning for wednesday. on the bay. with the bay temp now around 53
degrees. so tonight, still some rain until later on. then it will clear out later. 53, mild night. normal low in the mid-30s. tomorrow, clouds and sunshine. but windy. so not a horrible day. just windy. 62 and then cooling off late in the day and tomorrow night. >> all right, bob. thank you. still ahead at 5:00. focus on ethics. the ruling against the long- serving congressman. could charles rangel lose his seat? a special medal ceremony. why this honor is so rare. just how drunk was this young woman when she caused a car crash that killed a baltimore county girl and crippled a rising soccer star? i'm derek valcourt, a wjz exclusive coming up. ,,,,,,,,,,,
it is 5:29. 55 degrees, with just some light rain out there right now. from sky eye chopper 13. good evening, everybody. thanks for staying with wjz's eyewitness news. here's some of the stories people are talking about tonight. it has been more than a year since a crash crippled a baltimore county woman. today, in federal court, a guilty plea from the woman who was drunk at the wheel. derek valcourt speaks exclusively about the victim of the crash and the drunk driver she blames. >> reporter: it is just what they have been waiting 13 months for. and it's a story you'll only see on wjz. >> reporter: the world cup soccer tournament came and went
without rising soccer star charlie davies. what started out as a fun night out with two friends, ended with a drunk driving crash that split this suv into pieces, left davies with crippling injuries and killed 22-year-old ashley roberta, who attended baltimore's mercy high school and grew up at her parents home in phoenix, maryland. >> that night changed her life forever. >> reporter: chandra berta will never forget that night. early that morning, her daughter and davies were riding with this woman, maria espinoza of howard county. the three had just left south of the george washington parkway, when a drunk espinoza lost controlof her suv, slammed into a guardrail, mangling davies' body, and killing another. >> what has this done to your family. >> the pain is so great, we can't even explain it by words.
the pain is so great. and it was caused by maria espinoza driving drunk. >> reporter: espinoza, barely injured. her blood alcohol at .13. today, she pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter, while maiming someone while driving intoxicated. >> i think it will help a little bit. knowing that maybe it will save someone else. they'll think twice before they'll get into a car after they have been drinking. >> reporter: espinoza faces up to eight years in prison and $250,000 in fines when she is sentenced by the judge on february 18th. in alexandria, virginia, derek valcourt, wjz eyewitness news. >> they are considering filing civil lawsuits against the driver. a terrifying turn in anne arundel county. police say the woman parked outside. as she got out of her car, a man put something against the
back of her head. she offered her purse. anyone with information is asked to call police. a bone fragment is found. could it belong to natalee holloway? >> reporter: tourists found a human jawbone on a beach in aruba. now tonight, dutch forensic experts are testing to see if it belongs to natalee holloway. it brushed up in one of the areas by joran van der sloot in a series of confessions he later rescinded. she was last seen with van der sloot. experts will first establish whether the bone is human before then comparing it to dna to see if it was holloway's. >> van der sloot is in prison in peru, charged with killing stephany flores. somebody e-mailed bomb threats. it involved the campus library, as well as three laboratory
buildings. the initial search turned up nothing out of the ordinary. information of the threats has not yet been disclosed. at this time, university officials do not know why the four buildings were targeted. closing arguments are wrapping up in the murder trial of washington intern chandra levy. they have asked to convict ingmar guandique for the 2001 murder. earlier in the trial, the inmate testified that guandique confided to him that he had, in fact, killed levy. dna evidence was never found to link guandique to the crime, though. the only suspect in the disappearance of an ohio family appears in court today. the three family members are still missing. manuel gallegus has the latest for wjz from mount vernon, ohio. search dogs and rescue teams look for signs of a missing ohio family. investigators collected what looked like a sock, possibly evidence, along a popular
trail. >> me and my friends always run this path. and it's scare to think that somebody would do something like that. >> reporter: the trail is close to where police found the missing mother's pickup truck last thursday. and first questioned the suspect, matthew hoffman. hoffman appeared in court tuesday, through a video hookup at the jail. sitting with the public defender, he did not enter a plea. the judge set his bond at $1 million. he was restrained in what guards call a suicide gown. >> until a mental health professional says otherwise, we put him in the suicide gown. >> reporter: the 30-year-old is charged with kidnapping 13-year- old sarah maynard. police rescued the teenager from hoffman's basement sunday. but her brother cody, mother tina herman, and family friend haven't seen them since thursday. >> residents are looking for anything out of the ordinary that might help police. many have joined in the daily
searches. >> knowing that somebody is missing and knowing it could be my kids. >> reporter: hoffman moved to ohio in 2007, after serving six years in prison for setting fire to this townhouse in colorado. he hasn't spoken with investigators since he was given an attorney. but police say more charges are expected. manuel gallegus, cbs news, mount vernon, ohio. hoffman is currently under suicide watch. a house panel has found new york democrat charlie rangel guilty of 11 counts of financial and fundraising misconduct. the 80-year-old walked out of his ethics trial monday, after telling the panel he had no money to pay for a lawyer. rangel will now face a house vote, denouncing his conduct, but will most likely remain in office. he was reelected this month, with 80% of the vote. the first living service member from the wars in afghanistan and iraq have received the nation's highest military honor today. joel brown reports for wjz from washington. >> reporter: it was a heroes
welcome at the white house. for an army staff sergeant who insists he's done nothing heroic. the commander in chief presented salvatore giunta, with the medal of honor, the nation's highest military award. he's the first living service member from the iraq and afghanistan wars to receive it. >> you charged forward through extreme enemy fire, embodying the warrior ethos that says, i will never leave a fallen comrade. >> reporter: giuntas was in october of 2007. the taliban ambushed his squad. giunta rushed into fire. back to cover. then he rescued sergeant nguyen, who was being carried away by two taliban fighters. he later died from his injuries. >> leading up to the ceremony, honoring him at the white house. staff sergeant giunta said that
some of them would have to call. >> he has asked our family members to please understand that he realm want -- really wants his men there. >> everyone, from his parents to the president, hails him as a hero, for his bravery in battle. but in an interview with 60 minutes, the staff sergeant called himself a mediocre soldier. >> i don't think that i did anything that anyone else that i was with wouldn't have done. >> reporter: now, staff sergeant giunta returns to duty at a u.s. army base in italy. in washington, joel brown, wjz eyewitness news. >> in all nine of the medals of honor awarded previously for actions since the vietnam war have gone to members of the military killed in action, including three awarded by president obama. baltimore residents can now travel to more destinations for as little as a dollar. the mega bucks company is adding daily service to 10
cities, including buffalo and toronto. it will start at the whitemarsh park and ride light. travelers are encouraged to book early to get the lowest fares. time now for a look at the baltimore sun. a look at the latest recommendations for baltimore city school closings. coverage of tonight's local college basketball showdown between coppin state and towson. for those who don't like to cook. a roundup of restaurants that will serve thanksgiving dinner. for all of these stories and a whole lot more, read tomorrow's baltimore sun. and look for the updated forecast. well, it is one of baltimore's biggest and best events. and it is getting closer. wjz's mammoth manic monday meltdown, voting is under way right now, with wjz.com. and ron matz has more on who has made it to the finals. finalist number 2 for the 2010, mammoth manic monday meltdown. they appeared back on may 24th,
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at jimmy's in fell's point. and of course, here on wjz 13. still ahead on eyewitness news. scary scene. a bull jumps into a crowd. the chaos that followed. into the rumors. there will be another royal wedding. prince william's special proposal coming up. bob turk in the first warning weather center. a dryer end to our week. we'll have the exclusive first warning five-day forecast. here's today's report from wall street. ,, ♪
all right. still dealing with some light rain and drizzle around the maryland area tonight. but big improvement. but, well, some big news coming tomorrow as well. bernadette out in the outback. rain still. what's going to happen on your wednesday. bernadette? >> well, we are going to see some of this rain continue. so here's the forecast for tomorrow. the early morning hours, still a few showers possible. but that quickly gets out of here as we head through the afternoon. sunshine returns and the winds pick up. still mild, though. tomorrow night, though, those temperatures start to pick up. for the rest of the five-day, here's bob. looks like the winds could gust up to 45 miles an hour. we'll be dealing with that. but it starts to cool down. clearing out. and a good deal of sunshine in
the afternoon. clouds thursday. 54. only 50 on friday. warming up for the weekend. looks like a nice weekend. 56, which is normal. and 56 again on sunday. mary? >> thank you. four people are injured when an out-of-control bull leaps into a crowd in canada. take a look at the video. the bull had just finished its event and was exiting the arena when it suddenly jumped the fence and charged into the crowd. three people were treated for minor injuries on the scene. the fourth person was taken to the hospital for treatment. >> fbi averages say -- agents say a notorious bank robber may actually be younger than they thought. the latest robbery happened at a bank of america in bakersfield. agents believe the senior citizen was behind the crime scene. but now, witnesses say the culprit may soon be wearing an old man halloween mask. whoever he is, agents say he's robbed a dozen banks and remains at large. >> check the hands.
that's always a sign. it is music to the ears of beatles fans. the fab four are coming to itunes. apple has finally worked out a deal to carry the music. apple dominates the online store. itunes is now selling copies of 13 beatles albums, as well as individual songs. prince william has put an end to the rumors. the future king of england has finally asked his long-time girlfriend, kate middleton, to marry him. charlie d'agata has more on the royal engagement for wjz. >> reporter: prince william finally popped the question to kate middleton. >> it was a total shock when it came. and i'm very excited. >> reporter: then he produced the engagement ring, the one his own mother, the late princess diana wore. >> i thought it was quite nice. because obviously she is not around to share in the fun and excitement. this is my way of keeping her
sort of close to it all. >> i just hope i look after it. it's very, very special. >> reporter: kate called princess diana an inspirational woman and says she wishes she could have met her. prince william says he is confident his fiance will do a very good job as princess. >> no one is trying to fill my mother's shoes. and what she did is fantastic. it's about making your own future and your own destiny. >> reporter: the royal family has known about the engagement for months. the queen says she is delighted. william's father says he is thrilled. >> reporter: kate's family can't wait to call the prince family. >> we are all extremely fond of him. >> reporter: the pair met eight years ago at andrews university in scotland. they moved in together as friends. and their romance blossomed from there. >> your cooking is all right. it could get better. >> they'll both have to get used to. >> i think we'll have to get over the marriage first. then look at kids. but obviously we want a family.
>> reporter: but that won't happen until after royaled withing bells ring -- royal wedding bels ring across britain next year. >> reporter: the prince said he proposed to middle ton last month, during a -- middleton during a vacation last month to kenya. it's the corruption scandal. wjz uncovers the investigation. hundreds of cardiology patients getting unnecessary medical treatments. i'm adam may in annapolis. the new actions the state could take. that's coming up. check in for these stories and all the day's breaking news. back to you. >> thank you, vic. still to come on eyewitness news. should it be an easy win for the ranks this weekend? the coach doesn't think-- ravens this weekend? the coach doesn't think so. >> mark haha,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
>> they are favored to win sunday. if they do, it will be the first. see, the panthers just one of two teams in the nfl that the ravens have never beaten in a regular season game. and why is baltimore a 10-point favorite when they did to carolina? all indications are that baltimore is better. so baltimore is expecting to win. but they won't buy into the notion that anything is easy. >> look at carolina on tape. look at the defense and how they run the ball. they haven't found ways to win games. but they're playing good football. and they're capable of winning football in this league. and that's been proven time and time again with the people we've played already. and we have a tough road ahead of us. >> it is just the fourth time the ravens have played the panthers in a regular football league. carolina has won them all.
coming up next hour, big news about the ravens' rivals in pittsburgh. a record-breaking night. and more baseball awards. a dominating award is honored. i'll have details. back to you for now. the government is scrambling tonight to stop one of the biggest online frauds. the work-at-home ads that turn out to be scams. randall pinkston has more on what to watch out for. >> reporter: katherine joseph is what scam artists look out for. >> i don't like to say desperate. but i guess you could say desperate. >> reporter: like millions of other americans, she needs a job. but with two toddlers to watch, she's looking for work-at-home jobs, the kind widely advertised on the internet. one required her to buy these and other products. >> it was a set for $60. >> reporter: katherine says most of the 20 online jobs she found didn't pay. she had to spend money. >> hundreds? thousands?
>> probably over $1,000. >> reporter: the federal trade commission is cracking down on work-at-home scams, offering tips on the web, including a warning for a man once convicted of taking advantage of desperate job seekers. >> there was ridiculous money being made. you could take down $20 million in 8 months. >> reporter: christine durst screens up to 5,000 job leads on her site. >> for every 62 leads we look at, 61 of them are scams. and only one of them is legitimate. >> reporter: be suspicious if they charge a fee for information. or if the ad says no experience necessary. and if the pay is unbelievably high, don't believe it. katherine joseph admits she should have known better. >> there was that carrot in front of me that i keep chasing after. >> reporter: experts say one of the oldest rules is the best, if it sounds too good to be
true, it probably is. >> reporter: experts also advised to ask for references if you're not sure about a company's legitimacy. a breakthrough in tonight's wjz healthwatch report. for the first time in 50 years, there could be a new drug on the way to treat the disease lupus. an advisory committee is considering whether to recommend the drug binilsta for fda approval. lupus causes the body to attack its own tissues and organs. an unusual link. secondhand smoke can be hazardous to your hearing. a new study found that nonsmokers who regularly breathe in second hand oak -- smoke have a higher rate of hearing loss. almost 27% had high frequency hearing loss. still to come tonight on wjz's eyewitness news. corruption investigation. i'm mike hellgren. what the feds found in their search of this howard county
i'm weem weijia weijia -- i'm weijia jiang. that's next on wjz. it's devastated our family. we'll never be the same. a grieving mother only on wjz. she reacts after the driver who killed her daughter pleads guilty. the change she hopes comes out. tragedy. we're tracking wet weather that soaked the area all day long. when can you put your umbrella away? >> check in for these stories and all the day's breaking news. >> wjz at 6:00 starts now. bribes, corruption, extortion. a scandal grows in prince george's county. >> tonight, wjz uncovers new details about a howard county couple, connected to the controversy. >> hello, everyone. i'm
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