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anne arundel county lockup. >> reporter: when delegate don dwyer's boat collided with another in 2012, people were hurt, including broken bones and the concussion to a 5-year- old girl and her 7-year-old brother. >> it is true that i was drinking while operating my boat yesterday. >> reporter: then this past august, on route 100, he was pulled over for drinking and driving. today in court, he was sentenced to 30 days in jail for each conviction, a total of 60 days behind bars. >> bare minimum of a sentence, compared to what i think he deserves. >> reporter: mark harbin was piloting the other boat with his grandchildren. and in court, they said it was harbin's fault, the accident happened. >> be speed and to be drunk and not even to be watching where you're going, seems to me to be a crime. >> would have been nice for him to arc knowledge, a -- acknowledge, apologize, stop denying and apologize for what happened. had he not been driving drunk, the accident probably would not have happened.
>> once you're willing to admit you're an alcoholic, it's not something that goes away. it's something you deal with the rest of your life. >> reporter: dwyer's efforts to do that helped the jail time go down. >> he will take the judge's words and put them into action by making sure he is sober for the rest of his life. >> reporter: at least the next three years on probation. he is ordered to stay away from any place that sells alcohol. step inside, and the judge says he will serve a year in jail. >> reporter: dwyer will begin his weekends on the 9th. >> dwyer says he plans to continue serving out his term as a delegate in anne arundel county. a man at a local fire department is behind bars, accused of sexual abuse. denise has the startling details from the niewfers room for us. -- newsroom for us. >> the man is a member at the ferndale volunteer fire
department. police say preston lamont scott is known for abusing children. he is accused of sex abuse, sodomy and pornography. he was come -- in charge of teen dances at the house. but there is no word on how scott knows the alleged victim at this time. >> scott is being held at the anne arundel county detention center, on $22 million bail. the man accused of shooting a howard county officer is released from the hospital and is now in jail. tonight, wjz learns more about exactly what happened, along route 1, wednesday evening. wjz is live at shock trauma, where the injured officer continues to recover. meghan mccorkell has details on this case. meghan? >> well, kai. charging documents, just released to wjz, revealed new insight on the minutes leading up to that shooting. >> reporter: in is a surveillance photo of stephan
prather, moments before he opened fire on howard county police. >> reporter: according to court documents, it was an employee inside an auto max that first called 911. prather had come to test drive a car. but the employee noticed a gun in his pocket and was worried he would be robbed. prather saw the officer and pulled out a gun. >> he wasn't shooting or yelling or anything. it -- it just seemed odd. >> reporter: aaron was driving at this time. he watched as prather opened fire on officer hawk. >> reporter: officer hawk was shot once in the torso. he is still recovering here at shock trauma. praghtder ran into the woods and officers fired at him for 17 hours. police combed this area, searching for the gunman. early thursday morning, he was spotted along route 1, by a man working nearby. >> i stopped right there.
and i saw one of the cops on the street. and i was like, hey, it's him. it's him. >> reporter: prather was taken to the hospital, shot in both legs. >> clearly he knew the heat was on him. because he eventually walked out and surrendered, knowing that the officers had surrounded him. >> reporter: tonight, stephan prather faces multiple charges, including three counts of first- degree attempted murder. >> reporter: and praghtder does have a lengthy criminal record, including another attempted murder charge in prince george's county. meg acan mccorkell, wjz-- megan mccorkle, wjz. >> he has been charged with assault and firearms violations. >> wjz is following breaking news. several people injured during howard university's homecoming festivities in washington, d.c. this is a picture from twitter of the outdoor, homecoming concert, known as yard fest. at least three people have been injured. today's concert included performances by artists,
including big sean, juicy j., and bone suggs in harmony. wjz will have more information as it becomes available. police in ann anne arundel county are investigating a case of possible animal abuse, after a dog is found dead by his owner. police the owner let his dog -- say the owner let his dog outside this morning but the dog never returned. when the owner went out to look for the dog, in the 6,000 block of alwine avenue, they found the dog dead. it had suffered an unknown wound to its shoulder. anyone with information is asked to call. attorney general doug gansler says maybe he should have done things differently. for the third day in a row, the democratic governor candidate said maybe he should have known what was going on. growing debate over parental responsibility. pat? >> reporter: that's right,
mary. gansler said that he dropped in at the party to give his son some information. then he took off again, without noticing any evidence of underaged drinking. >> doug gansler faces a battery of questions about what he should have done about underaged drinking at a beach house party. >> i was there as a parent. what is the appropriate thing to do in that situation, where there's 19, 20-year-old kids that are having fun, having a party. and some of whom may be drinking other parts of the house. >> reporter: two parents have options. >> we're in charge, not the teenagers. >> it's your child, so you're responsible for your child. nobody else. >> me, personally, i would definitely stop it. >> reporter: to the extent that people are looking at this as an issue, i think it's a good thing. because i think it confronts every parent that has 19 or 20- year-old kids. >> reporter: parents face tough
questions. but the responsibility is there. >> to contact the chaperones there. to reassure. i'd probably do it to reassure myself if things were going well there. >> that's exactly what she should have done, he said, contacted the chaperones. i'm pat warren, reporting. back to you. >> the party took place at a beach house in delaware in june. >> cool temperatures around the area. at the baltimore zoo, maryland zoo in baltimore. parents and children are all bundled up in coats and hats and getting a head start on their trick-or-treating. look at that little lion. and i think that was from monster's inc. and nearby at mondawmin mall, people are waiting for the school bus. for the buses dressed to cool weather. bundled up and walking around to keep warm. it's cooling down. but the sun is still around.
and there's another freeze warning on the horizon. meteorologist tim williams is at the wjz mobile weather lab, at the spooky, sillboo arboretum. but first, let's check with bob at the first warning weather center. >> you see that three or four time, you'll get it wrong each time. temperatures went up 1 degree from last hour. in fact, oakland finally got above freezing. dew point, however. very dry air. 53, ocean city. we did stay above freezing most spots. looks like tonight, a much better chance. 28 in oakland this morning. airport was 36. elkton. and ocean city at the airport there. 33 degrees. tonight, from midnight to 9:00 a.m. we have another freeze warning or frost advisory in some areas.
by morning, i do expect to see quite a bit of that activity in the morning. frost or freezing conditions means those tender plants. if you still have them out there, may not make it through the night. speaking of making it through the night, tim is in out there. going to be with a lot of kids out there at this sillburn arboretum, with some reports for us. tim? >> absolutely, bob. by day, it's arboretum. by tonight, it's arboo retum. this is the first year for their halloween event. we'll talk about that in a moment. we're here with the wjz mobile weather lab. temperatures around 53 degrees here in north baltimore. we're across the field. getting a little wind. slight wind chill, goes down by about 4 degrees or so. if we definitely get that wind. but we're looking at temperatures getting down to about 32. and that's the reason for the freeze warning tonight. the record is 28. so we expect to be close but not quite at the record. now, as far as the weekend ahead, high pressure is in control of our forecast. it's directing right now that northwest wind into the region. and it's going to continue to keep these temperatures a little below our normal high of
64. we're going to be down in the 50s again. but tomorrow, with that high, allowing for milder air, expect the activelies to get up closer to about 60 degrees. a little milder. good bit of sunshine. and if you expect to use this weekend to go out maybe and take advantage of some of the fall colors and see them out toward the western portion of the state. that's the best place to see them. down the lower eastern shore. colors are slightly changing now. if you head up the 95 corridor, you're starting to see a bit of a change. but it's still pretty green. and as you head out from, say, frederick, to allegheny county, you're starting to see the best colors, at least for now, for the fall foliage. going to continue to keep you posted on what's going on out here at the arboo retum. all of the festivities are expected to start around 5:30. from now, tim williams, sending it back to you on television hill. >> all right, tim. thank you. well, elephants get in the halloween spirit. the maryland zoo, by taking part in the annual pumpkin
smash. >> yes. excited kids, watched. they ate the pumpkins. special treat. elephants only get once a year. the maryland zoo is hosting zoo boo today through the weekend. events include games, crafts, crick -- trick-or-treating and pumpkin smashing by the elephant. >> would have been the perfect musical guests for pumpkin smashing. >> they would be perfect. >> where are you when you need them? >> i don't know. it's like the beatles. >> i don't think they are. still ahead. cold case unsolved. a grand jury decision about jonbenet ramsey's parents. plus, big changes coming to food stamps. the cuts that are sure to affect thousands. i'm ron matz. it's a bargain hunter's pair dice. the story coming up here on wjz.
it is mostly sunny. 54 degrees in central maryland right now. the complete first warning weather forecast is coming up. nearly 17 years after 6-year- old jonbenet ramsey was bludgeoned to death, a colorado court releases documents that for the first time reveal charges a grand jury made against ramsey's parents. bigad shabanbigad shaban has more for wjz on what is inside those documents. >> reporter: john and patsy ramsey never faced murder charges in the death of their 6- year-old daughter, jon jonbenet. but newly released documents
shows a grand jury indicted the couple six years ago. then the d.a. refused to press charges, citing a lack of evidence. the grand jury accused the ramseys of child abuse. they allege that they allowed her to be unreasonablably placed in a situation which posed a threat. in another count, the couple was accused of accessory crime, for trying to delay the capture of their daughter's killer. while that person is not named, the ramseys are cited for rendering assistance to a person suspected of a crime of murder. please, if you know anything, i beg of you, to call us. >> reporter: the ramseys always maintained their innocence. jonjonbenet's mother, died of cancer in 2006. two years later, a district attorney publicly exonerated the couple, saying new dna tested showed the killer was a
stranger, not a relative. john ramsey is now saying this is not telling the whole story. he is rede -- demanding all documents now be released. >> a colorado journalist sued for the release of those documents. delays on the beltway continue to be major. on the inner loop of the beltway, you're looking at delays delays from reisterstown road to perring parkway. the outer loop is jammed back to 95. on the west side inner loop, watch for brake lights there, from 95 to liberty road. 70 westbound, also very heavy in that direction from the beltway over to marriottsville road. watch for some slowing as well, in the eastbound direction, heading towards the beltway. as far as 95 goes, that continues to struggle. delays stretching from 32 to 895. then it will slow down again for you from moravia road, past
whitemarsh boulevard. average speed, about 27 miles an hour. a few accidents to watch for. loch raven boulevard at argon drive. eastern avenue, between sowghtz conklin and south highland. and north charles at 28th street. you can see things a little congested there at dulaney valley road. this traffic report is brought to you by bge smart energy saver's program. 2.25 off cfl, $10 off l.e.d. visit bge smart energy.com. back to you. if you love great clothes and bargains, this is the place to be this westbound. ron matz reports, it's time to shop at the annual best dressed sale, for the benefit of johns hopkins. >> reporter: at evergreen, they're getting ready for the annual best dressed sale. from jewelry to handbags, dresses and vintage. men's clothing, too. sponsored by the women's board,
at johns hopkins hospital. >> all the proceed goes to the johns hopkins hospital. and last year, we raised $200,000 on this sale. >> who are you wearing, laurie? >> i am wearing st. john's. >> laurie's red jacket is just one of the hundreds of bargains you'll find here. >> the best dressed. >> st. john's typically sells a jacket like this for hundreds of dollars, hundreds of dollars. we are selling this for $175, which is a bargain. >> reporter: everything is donated by local individuals and boutiques. most of the work is done by volunteers. you can't miss this sale, now in its 46th year. >> reporter: more men's clothing than ever before here this year. right, duffy? what do we? >> that's right. ron, we have suits from joseph banks, donations from samuel parker. this suit is -- this is actually a custom-made suit. and it's $25. >> reporter: it's happening all weekend. i picked up a few $5 ties. >> i mean, you're a shopper here yourself. you know.
you have gotten amazing deals. and it's just like that throughout everything. through men's, through the boutique. furs, vintage, everything is just a bargain. >> reporter: ron matz, wjz eyewitness news. >> the best-dressed sale, benefiting johns hopkins hospital, continues through sunday at evergreen museum and library on north charles street. for more information, go to cbsbaltimore.com. >> would gufor the tie? -- go are the if -- go for the tie? >> i'm telling you, there are some really good bargains there. >> for a good cause. >> i heard ron matz got a nice coat there last year. >> i remember, he wear its all the time. >> for like $100. let's take a look at temperatures around the region. we went up 1 degree last hour. northwest wind at 12. and they're calming down. barometer still rising. chilly night on tap. milder weekend after this. presents...
bob will tell you that. take it, bob. >> that's a good, safe place to bring the kids. should be a lot of fun. yeah, it will be chilly. as soon as the sun goes down. temperatures drop down in the 40s quickly. right now, we're at 54 degrees. that's pretty much the warmest i've seen today. we did get up to 55 for a little while this afternoon. 34, oakland. 36, ber land. and 55 in d.c. the dew points still in the mid-20s. which means it's possible, some areas north of town, could get down to 27, 28, 29 by tomorrow morning. this morning, the airport was at 36. but some neighborhoods north of the city, particularly, had 31, 32 degrees. and there was frost in many spots there. 55, annapolis, kent island now. and up in bel air. westminster, 32. still the breeze, it will eventually calm down tonight. down to the west of us. that 12-mile-an-hour breeze, with 54. makes it feel like 49 on your skin. so it comes down a little bit with that breeze, cooling things off. north and west of us. much milder air.
62 degrees in bismarck right now. 52 in winnipeg. so there's milder air that will be coming our direction over the next couple of days. by the weekend, it will be a lot more pleasant. a lot more enjoyable probably to be out. and it will be sunny, too. 66 there in denver. so we've got nice temperatures headed our way. in the meantime, not much in the way of cloud cover at all. just stuff here to mexico, headed toward texas. for our part of the world, generally sunny skies. still a little lake-effect clouds and sprinkles across new york state. but for most of the area, we'll have a good weekend. overnight tonight, however, as you mentioned, because temperatures in the upper 20s to low to mid-30s. still freezing conditions or frost. many areas overnight tonight. that's basically from midnight, until about haiti:00, 9:00 in the morning. but milder air comes in for the weekend. and early next week, temperatures get close to normal or average this time of year, which is around the low 60s. southwest winds at 10 to 15. and a small craft advisory on the bay tomorrow.
bay temp, still around 62 degrees. overnight tonight. there will be frost by morning. 32 to maybe 38 down by the inner harbor. and then tomorrow, back up with sunshine. but so breeze again. leaves blowing around again. tomorrow's high, near 59. all in all, a nice fall weekend. >> all right. >> for most of us. >> thank you, bob. sounds good. cbs radio is bringing some country flavor to baltimore. welt come to new country on 106.1. my name is fast jimmy. we want to welcome everyone to a brand new baby radio station. >> that's right. new country on 106.1, officially launched today. the new station features today's biggest artists. new country on 106.1, can also be heard online and on the radio.com app for mobile devices. maryland has a sizable country music following. >> it does. >> absolutely. still a need for sure.
still ahead on wjz's eyewitness news at 5:00. international spying scandal. the growing allegations by the u.s. by some of our closest allies. blaming the game. how brett favre says too many blows to the head is impacting his life now. making a difference, with the story and a day of service. the united way's program that helped volunteers take action. >> i'm gigi barnett, at moravia park elementary school. that story is next. and here's today's report from wall street. we'll be right back. ,,,,,,,,,,,
it's 5:30. 54 degrees and mostly sunny in central maryland. good evening. thank you for staying with wjz eyewitness news. here are some of the stories people are talking about tonight. a corrupt baltimore city cop is sentenced for his role in what prosecutors call a series of criminal acts. wjz is live. monique griego has more on the investigation. monique? >> reporter: 36-year-old kendall rich burg was part of a special violent crimes unit. and this week, he was sentenced to eight years in prison for drug and weapons charges. >> reporter: federal prosecutors say former baltimore police officer, kendall rich burg, used his authority in the northwestern district, to take part in a list of criminal activity. >> he was conspiring to protect a drug dealer.
and third, he was falsifying police reports for arrests of that drug dealer's customers. >> reporter: investigators say rich burg acted as a lookout, letting a local heroin dealer know when and where to sell in exchange for information. this year other a judge sentenced him to four years supervised release. they believe other officers had also lied on their reports. but rosen stein said they did not find widespread corruption. >> our investigation did not uncover any evidence of a widespread practice. we did find two instances in which there was reason to believe officers may have included false reports. >> they are conducting internal investigations into the claims. >> despite the fact that federal prosecutors believed rich burg acted alone, law enforcement experts say his conviction sheds a bad light on the entire department. >> trust within policing is always an issue. and any time an investigation like this is thrown out into the court of public opinion, police departments have to work
that much harder to earn the public's trust. >> and again, rich burg was sentenced to eight years in prison, with four years of supervised release. 10 months of that will be spent in home detention. kai, back to you. >> monique, thank you. the two are the cases of false reports have been turned over to the state's attorney's office, to determine if charges will be filed against officers. police across the state encourage residents to turn in their unneeded prescription drugs in an effort to keep them off the streets. the city held an event today, to let people know about tomorrow's program. it partners police and local governments with the dea and allows proper disposal of their out-of-date prescriptions and other medications, at various sites with hopes to reduce the drug's abuse and theft. >> one of the most successful to play believes he suffers from memory loss and believes
it may be to blame from the concussions. >> reporter: 44-year-old brett favre said he can't remember some personal family moments and that has him scared. far says he fears he has been affected by some concussions during his long career. and he's not the first player to think so. in august, the nfl agreed to pay $765 million to settle lawsuits from more than 4,000 former players who claim their conditions were caused by repeated concussions in the game. favre played in a record 297 regular-season games in a row. mary? >> doctors say what favre is experiencing is common for the type of head injuries he has had. the former player says he is just trying to enjoy time with his family. as millions of americans try to sign up for health insurance, some are turning to application counselors for help. they working in local communities to get people covered before the march 31st deadline. danielle nottingham reports for wjz from the bridge virginia. >> reporter: problems with
healthcare.gov haven't stopped nassia from helping virginia residents sign up for health insurance. >> a lot of the patients are uninsured. it's their first time having insurance. a lot of them. >> reporter: casiano is a certified application counselor. one of four serving prince william county and its nearly half million residents. she thought she would be assisting people with enrollment on the website. but started handing out paper applications. >> it takes a little more time. but it's well worth it to help our clients out here in the community. >> reporter: felicia was on medicaid until last year. now, the expecting mother is here to sign up for affordable healthcare insurance. >> i'm able to get all of the information i need. so it's been pretty easy so far. >> virginia is one of several states where the federal government is running the healthcare exchange. and the obama administration is not saying how many people have successfully enrolled yet. >> reporter: but in states running their own exchanges, cbs news has learned a large number of people are signing up
for medicaid, not private insurance. >> either the private insurance enrollments come up somewhere around the expected amount or there's going to be a problem. >> reporter: the numbers are troubling because insurance companies are counting on healthy people signing up to offset the cost of covering the sick and the poor. in washington, danielle nottingham, wjz eyewitness news. >> reporter: on a conference call update, the new person appointed to fix healthcare.gov said he expected to have all of the problems worked out by the end of november. millions of americans who rely on food stamps will soon see a change in benefits. starting friday, food stamp benefits will be cut. more than 47 million people currently receive food stamps. that's about 15% of the u.s. population. the average benefit per person is a little more than $133 a month. now, that amount will be reduced. the cuts add up to $5 billion. demolition is under way at the site of one of the nation's
greatest tragedies. crews started leveling sandy hook elementary school in newtown, connecticut today. 20 children and six adults were killed at the school last december. the demolition process is expected to take several weeks. newtown is taking a 50 million grant to build a new structure on the property. the new school is expected to start accepting new students in about three years. the obama administration is trying to contain a diplomatic crisis over intelligence leaks. european lawmakers will travel next week to investigate widespread spying allegations. tina kraus reports for wjz with more. >> reporter: together at a summit in brussels, germany and france are demanding the u.s. agree to a no-spying deal with their country by the end of the year. they reportedly tapped german chancellor angella merkel's cell phone. merkel said trust between the
u.s. and germany has been shattered. despite assurance that the u.s. is not and will not monitor her calls. they will trito find out how many leaders, countries and citizens u.s. agents may be listening in on. . >> spain is asking the u.s. ambassador if it's being spied on, too. former nsa contractor, edward snowden, leaked a memo, suggesting the agency was able to monitor the calls of 35 world leaders. britain's prime minister slammed snowden and newspapers reporting his intelligence leaks, saying exposing state secrets only helps terrorists. >> that is not going to make our world safer. it's only going to make our world more dangerous. >> reporter: e.u. lawmakers are vowing to keep strong transatlantic ties, over anger that the u.s. is snooping on them. tina kraus, wjz eyewitness news. the united states has a snow-spying deal with britain,
australia, new zealand and canada, an alliance known as 5is that was struck in the aftermath of world war ii. time now for a quick look at some of the stories you'll find in tomorrow morning's edition of the baltimore sun. a look at linebacker brian aia bedejoe. and bill epiridge, boast known for his portrayal of bobby kennedy, seconds after he was assassinated. and a preview of saturday's football game, against maryland and clemson. for more, read the baltimore sun. remember to look for the updated forecast from wjz's first warning weather team. scores of volunteers around the state take a day off to give back. it's part of the united way's annual day of action. gigi barnett explains, for students at one school, the service day comes with a free gift. >> i heard somebody cough. did somebody have a little cough? >> it's the sound dr. patty
vining knows well. she spent the last 45 years, treating the youngest patients at johns hopkins hospital. back in june, she retired. but today, vining surrounded herself with children at moravia park elementary school, volunteering in the united way's annual day of action. >> so it's fun to come here and play with them, when they're all feeling well. >> reporter: volunteer readers is just one of 33 different community service projects across the region. and thanks to the mayor's reading club, each first and second grader here gets a book to take home. >> it's important for them to see that somebody outside their teacher is talking about reading is very important. it helps that they're also getting a book to take home. so they're super excited about that. >> this group of children reads superbly. for first grade children, they're remarkably good. and they love it. you can feel it. >> reporter: but how on do these -- how do these first graders feel about their volunteer readers. >> she read the book nice. >> reporter: and about 150 volunteers participated in the service day across the state.
i'm gigi barnett, wjz eyewitness news. the first and second graders at moravia park elementary, received free books, thanks to the wineberg foundation. >> that is fantastic. still ahead. thrill ride scare. several are injured when a ride flips at air state fair. the results of the investigation. the results are in. and the parents of maria are identified. what happens to the little girl now? meteorologist tim williams, along with bob turk, putting the finishing touches on your last forecast for the weekend for october. believe it or not. it's coming up here in just a few moments. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
stir all right. it's going to be a clear and chilly night tonight. maybe just a couple of degrees colder. which will help create the frost and freezing conditions in many spots. tim has a look at the warming temperatures, we think will happen here on saturday. tim? >> well, finally, we're going to start to see the sun, less wind, and the temperatures reflecting a bit of a shift in
the wind. we'll stop getting so much from the northwest. and start getting a little more of the west/southwest, which brings in milder air. for tonight, we're going down to about 32 degrees. that's where we start tomorrow. we'll call it around 33, with the sun coming up. and we'll get up to a midday temperature of about 51 degrees, before topping out right around 60 degrees. we'll call it 55 by around dinnertime. for the next five days, the last weekend of october, as we mentioned, sending it in to bob. >> close to average. 59, 59. 62 on monday. that will feel pretty good. 58 tuesday. ask 64. maybe a shower by late wednesday. but all in all, pretty nice weather. >> thousands are forced to flee towns and villages in india's southern states as flood sweeps through the area. the rain pushed water levels up in rivers, forcing water over their banks. rain has inundated farm lands. many areas are now inaccessible, forcing emergency teams teams to use boats to
rescue team. -- people. 33 people have been killed across india in all with this flooding. residents get a rude awakening. an suv crashes into a town home, sparking a huge fire. an investigator said an suv slammed and crashed into a house. the blaze destroyed the suv and caused damage to both levels of the town home. fortunately, everyone inside made it out safely. >> a thrill ride at the north carolina state fair leaves five people hurt, two critically. the ride started up as passengers were exiting. taratara lynn has the latest for wjz. >> reporter: state inspectors are checking out an amusement ride that left several people injured, some critically, at the north carolina state fair. the ride, called the vortex, came to a stop, and suddenly started up again, throwing passengers to the ground, as they were trying to get off. witnesses say several people were knocked unconscious. >> we did have one complaint monday night. the ride inspectors did what they were supposed to.
they went and check today out -- check today out and everything was working properly. >> it spins, twirls and flips riders upside down. officials want to know if the vortex got regular inspections. it would >> it would be great if we could stand up here this morning and tell you exactly what happened. unfortunately, we're not to that point yet. a company in georgia owns the vortex. but another company was in charge of managing the ride. despite the act, the fair is opened. and people are here today. in raleigh, north carolina, i'm tara lynn. cbs news. >> the injured riders ranged in age from 14 to 39. police in north carolina say a gunman who was held up inside a cvs pharmacy. scott russ took three employees inside the store hostage around 2:00 a.m., during an attempt to commit an armed robbery. he was armed with a scope mountain rifle. when officers arrived on the scene, the gunman opened fire.
the employees held hostage were released early this morning. well, students return to class at danvers high school this morning. it follows tuesday's death of math teacher colleen fritzer at the school in massachusetts. police say one of her students, phillip chism, is accused of beating her and cutting her with a box cutter inside that bathroom. and that is the only part of the school still close. parents, teachers, students are still trying to cope with what happened. >> i think a lot of us are at a loss for how we're supposed to deal with it. like what we're supposed to do, what we're not supposed to do. >> reporter: a moment of silence was observed in the teacher's honor at boston's fenway park before game 1 of the world series. dna tests confirm a bulgarian gypsy couple are the parents of a mystery child, discovered in greece. lucy mcdonald reports from london, with more more on what's happening now. >> reporter: bulgarian authorities say dna tests confirm this 35-year-old woman
is a biological mother of maria. she's the little blond girl, discovered at a gypsy camp in greece last week. she said she had a baby girl four years ago in greece, but she and her husband gave her away, because they were too poor to care for her. she says, yes, i gave birth there. i gave the baby to a woman to take care of, so i could come back here to my other children. police in greece triggered an international search, after they discovered maria during a raid. they questioned the couple looking after her because they looked so different. wednesday -- when dna tests confirmed the girl was not their daughter, the couple was arrested and charged with kidnapping. now, maria's biological family, who live in bulgaria, want the girl back. >> she said, i'd like maria to come back here. she's my sister. but it's not that simple. police are investigating if the biological parents sold their child. if so, they face up to six
years in jail and thousands of dollars in fines. lucy mcdonald, wjz eyewitness news. >> the greek couple who have raised maria for the last new years, claimed they received the child after an informal adoption and say they plan to fight for custody. a port in new zealand welcomes several tall ships. >> hip hip, hooray! >> seven tall ships from around the world entered the auckland waters. it is the first time in more than 100 years, more than two sailing ships have been seen in this particular harbor. it was part of a race to get to the bay of islands. this weekend, locals can get on board and tour the ships before they leave monday morning. >> check in with eyewitness news at 6:00, for these stories and more, coming up, denise is standing by with a live preview. in the national spotlight. attorney general doug gansler, still answering questions about
another picture after another picture surfaced for him at a party where there may have been underaged drinking. what was its responsibility? his responsibility? and -- bullied in howard county? now, there's an app to report it. i'm christie ileto. check in for these ares ares and -- stories and all the breaking news. coming up at 6:00. now, back to you. still ahead on wjz eyewitness news. long-awaited touchdown. a texas boy's wish comes true. why this is truly the play of a lifetime. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
touchdowns bring football fans to their feet all the time. but this one is different. one texas 8th grader was begging his parents and coaches for playing time all season. even if it was just for a few seconds. brian new reports, this week, he got his wish. >> reporter: it was first and 10, the call 46 power. tyler takes this off and fumbles. but if you thought this would be a setback for the 16-year- old, you have no idea what he's been through. >> eyler has been through
probably 11 different surgeries on different parts of his body. four of them on his legs. and every time, you think, why am i doing this? >> reporter: eyler was born with a brain mal formation. he can't talk, swallow, and some wondered if he would ever be able to walk. >> he would fall down. but he dusts himself off, gets back up with a smile, and get its done. >> reporter: which is why on the next play, coach libby once again drew eyler's number. >> i told him, you don't go down. get all the way to the end zone. >> reporter: and he did. a 40-yard touchdown run, followed by a spike and celebration no one in the stadium will forget. >> i felt really good to the whole team. because we -- because he only gets to do that once in his life. so we wanted to make it super special for him. >> he was these kids' biggest fan. and cheering them on. and, you know, both kids loved it. he loved those kids.
and we thought it was time to flip the script. >> reporter: that night, eyler made this video. he had forgotten to do his touchdown bapsz and wanted to tell everyone thank you. >> when things like this come out of the tough times, it make its easier to get through them. because you see the light at the end of the tunnel. you see why -- why, the tough parts were so worth it. >> eyler's touchdown was so inning, the fans from both teams got up and cheered for him. i'm so impressed with him. but i'm impressed with has teammates, too. they rallied around him. and the other kids, too. >> great story. still ahead on eyewitness news. >> day 2 of the beach party fiasco. i'm pat washen. coming up on eyewitness news, more questions are being asked and answered, about what attorney general doug gansler should have done in this
politics. another picture of maryland attorney general doug gansler, at a party, where underaged drinking may have taken place. what was his responsibility? i'm alex demetrick. coming up, anne arundel county delegate, don dwyer, gets jail time. that story as eyewitness news continues. a howard county police
officer remains in the hospital mentdz i'm meghan mccorkell in the hospital -- at shock trauma, with details about his shooting the. overnight freeze warning. how cold will it get? wjz eyewitness news at 6:00 starts now. judgment day. the sentence for the maryland delegate, involved in two alcohol-fueled incidents. >> how long don dwyer will spend in jail. >> hello, everybody. i'm denise koch. >> i'm kai jackson. in for vic carter. here's what people are talking about tonight. a prominent maryland lawmaker is going to jail. anne arundel county delegate, don dwyer,