tv News4 This Week NBC March 2, 2014 5:30am-6:01am EST
♪ welcome to "news4 this week." >> hi, everyone, i'm veronica johnson and we will show you some of the more interesting local stories, sniffing saves the day, why a police say they would not have been able to find a missing grandmother lost in the cold without a dog and his nose. and inside the mind of a potential school shooter. a brave young man reveals why he had thoughts of carrying out a tragedy in his classroom, plus this. that is right, we are there for emotional surprise reunion between a navy dad and his
daughters. it's technology that is supposed to keep you safe, why some worry that pharmacy robots could make medication mistakes even worse. we have the warning. >> next time you go to the pharmacy, peak around the counter, you may see a large machine tucked behind a shelf. that is a pharmacy robot, it's supposed to make medicine safer. but the news 4 i-team is going to show you how these machines can multiple one mistake in to dozens. this is the executive director of the national association of boards of pharmacy and said, more and more large chains are usiing pharmacy robots. >> it moves -- in this sales video from a prominent robot maker, you see how a technician types a prescription in the computer and the arm pulls pills from a cell, and puts it in a bottle and labels it. >> they can help with dispensing and from what we have heard of
the error rate, it's signific t significantly lower if you have technicians or pharmacists filling the prescriptions. >> the medical watch dog public citizens said there was at least two weapon respected stud tieie that show it cuts down on errors but only if they are loaded properly. >> a human being has to fill the machine with various kinds medicines and they could make a mistake. if they make a mistake, even the machine dispenses what is told to, so to speak, it may have been told to do the wrong hingehinge -- wrong things. >> he worked in a national chain that used this type of robot, when was installed, he said that his company upped the number of prescriptions that his store was expected to fill to as many as 900 a day. forcing his staff to rush. >> you get cheated. let's fill that, run over and get the bottle from the stock
area, put the bottle in there. >> but then it happened. an employee put 250 milligrams of a prescription already loaded with 500 milligram pills. >> we were dispensing the 250 with the 500. not a big deal if you think, but if the patient is sick and didn't get well and needed to see the doctor again or needed another prescription, it becomes a problem. >> some mistakes involve doses and others mixing up different drugs. in new jersey, the attorney general found that a machine gave 50 children a breast cancer drug. his company put in place a new system aimed at preventing robot mistakes. he said you may never know you got the wrong medicine because the pharmacy may not catch the mistake if a robot is involved.
>> there had to be 40 to 60 prescriptions that were filled for this prescription. were they all misfilled? we don't know. >> all of the experts we talked about said you should not be afraid of pharmacies using robots to fill your prescription. but look up what the drug looks like and compare it to what is in your bottle. if you think there could be a problem. call your doctor. news 4 i-team. >> and to hear more from pharmacyists about what goes on behind the counter log on to our website and click on investigations. now to a case of a missing grandmother, all solved thanks to a four-legged member of the police force. this bloodhound was called in to find a 62-year-old woman that suffered from dimensia, and why the police could not have saved that woman's life without the dog. >> if we had not had the dog, there's no way we would have found this person.
>> she and her handler, of the police department are heroes. his good guidance and her nose helped to find a 62-year-old grandmother suffering from dimensia. >> critical due to the fact that she was last seen with only her pajamas on. >> the bloodhound tracked her to this neighborhood and past these townhomes and ending up in this part of the neighborhood. police say she was found beyond that playground tangled in a bush. >> in the playground area, there was snow. and you could see where she had walked out and came back out. >> she found her, confused and alone. >> she was so spent from being out in the cold, she didn't say anything but you could tell she was, you know, relieved that somebody did find her. >> a search that could have taken days. only too her minutes. >> it was dark, she was in a clump of bushes. from the road, there's no way
you could see her from the road. >> and at 2-1/2 years old. >> her nose never stops. >> it's just the beginning of her good work on the job. >> she always has her nose down and she is always going. >> news 4. >> well, i know that is a true hound. more than 20 dogs are getting more homes thanks to the animal rescue core. they helped to rescue the dogs from a puppy mill in tennessee, the mutts matter rescue are helping out, you can contact those gruoups if you are interested in adopting pet. a family is back together after a surprise reunion. >> aren't you happy? >> yeah. >> happy tears, lieutenant commander brian harper is home from afghanistan. he surprised his two daughters,
bella and grace at school, he was deployed to kabul last year. and we spoke to him after the emotional reunion. >> did you have any idea? >> no. >> pretty great surprise. >> yeah. >> what do you think about having dad home? >> happy. >> happy for sure. bella and grace's mom, shannon harper said that the separation had been hard on the family. she is a fourth grade teacher at the school and she helped organization the whole big surprise. well, good for her. well, they are looking in to the eyes of heroes through art. still ahead, the exhibit that is letting visitors get to know a group of marines who made the ultimate sacrifice. plus, the causes that brought a list of a-actors to washington, d.c. to get the attention of lawmakers.
>> carving a path to freedom. that is what an exhibit show cases and how maryland played a role to end the fight in slavery, it includes individual stories of people involved in the abolishonist movement, there are six galleries filled with artifacts and pictures, and original documents and reenact tors and the exhibit will include films, book signings and lectures. another special touring exhibit is also serving as a memorial to one of the hardest hit units on of the iraq war. we explain the exhibit has a much bigger mission. they are the faces of the american marine corp, summer 2005, they were part of the ohio based unit sent to western iraq. >> 22 marines and 1 navy corpman that we lost. >> it was crafted by an amateur artist that never knew any of
her subjects. she got photos from grieving families and spent two years toiling with dramatic detail. >> the painng, the uniform, the gear is pretty rough and the face is not rough. it's perfect. >> he said that the eyes of freedom exhibit is designed to draw people in to the gaze of each marine's lives, to the smiles on their faces. this marine was 24. lance corpro chris ryans was the same age. >> i didn't know chris, i knew his parents and i know how it affected them. and they are very proud of him. >> as much as this tells a story, it's memorial, an opportunity for us to remember all who served. the lima company organization
placed a pair of each marine's own combat boots at the base of the paintings. >> family members leave items in the boots. photos of the marine, photos of their daughter, wives, childhood photos. >> the marine corp museum is a tribute to every service member from every war. but for these men that sacrif e sacrificed to much, so young, coming here has special meaning. >> bringing them home. and letting them spend time in their museum. >> at the national museum of the marine corp in triangle, virgini virginia news 4. >> serious matters brought some of hollywood's biggest stars to d.c. they drew attention to the suffering the democratic republic of congo, they are hoping to get resources to work toward peace and prosperity in
the african nation. also there, actor seth rogan that day, he as testified to pu for alzheimer's funding. >> a teen opens up about his state of mind when he wanted to carry out a school shooting and what helped turn it all around for him. later we are going for the gold, or maybe the boronze. a lesson in the
♪ >> a brave young man from northern northern virginia is speaking out about his demons, he said that he was planning to kill people at his high school. we have a rare look inside the mind of a potential school shooter. >> if i had a gun, it would have been an 80% chance that i went to school with a gun. >> this 17-year-old from northern virginia ask that we
hide his identity and call him duncan, because he is opening up for the first time about wanting to shoot people at his high school. >> if you had access to a gun, you think you would have used it? >> i'm sure i would have. >> duncan said his struggle began years ago, in elementary school with feelings of sadness and anxiety. triggered by everything from the stresses of school work to feeling like he didn't fit in. >> i was just on a downward spiral after that. >> he said that his parents tried to hp him. they took him to therapy. and he was diagnosed with depression, but the treatment was not enough. this past summer, as he was approaching his senior year in high school, duncan tried to end his emotional pain permanently. >> so i stole my brother's car keys and i went outside and went on the highway and i crashed on purpose. >> but what started on out as depression suddenly took a dark turn for duncan. he began to think about
violence. not just against hinmself this time, but against those at his school. >> i would just go to school and start shooting somewhere in my mind. >> you know it's wrong to hurt somebody else, but the impulse is stronger than that knowledge? >> the opposite on f a runner's high, this downward feeling you get. i got that and i felt terrible. i felt like i wanted to hurt someone. >> people feel trapped. they don't know what to do and feel they have no voice. >> the doctor said young people have difficulty controlling their impulsive behavior, they may not have the brain power to think threw a bad decision. >> that doesn't mature until you are in the mid 20s. that is why kids are more prone to making impulsive decisions. >> they intervened before duncan
could hurt anyone, after months of treatment, including therapy and medication, he said that the haze has lifted. >> people need to speak up. especially me. i need to talk about when i'm feeling depressed and people who are also feeling depressed need to speak up when they are feeling down. >> so duncan is in a better place right now, making plans for college in the fall and looking forward to his senior season with his sports teammates. the doctor said he hopes that parents will try to keep talking with their children, if something doesn't seem right, don't hesitate to reach out for help. well local cancer patients are grateful to have the help of a special cleaning service. two dozen companies are taking part in the c called cleaning for a reason. it provides maid services for people undergoing cancer treatment to give them just one less thing to worry about. >> they come home from the hoital, or even the family,
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♪ >> we know it was bigger than big, team usa brought home 28 medals from the winter games in sochi, including a figure skating medal, it takes years of hard work to reach the olympic level, but you have to start somewhere. >> it's a beautiful sport. when done correctly, it takes years to master figure skating, deb spence a former competitor knows. >> sometimes i joke that i
should take up golf, it will be less frustrating. it's the same aspect of it. there's the perfect jump and spin, like there's the perfect drive, and you are chasing that. >> and i was chasing forness as. what is this? >> it's named for the man who invented it. you take your leg, come around and jump. >> what is a lutz? >> a lutz and the jump that you take off the back outside edge with your toe on the ice like a pole vault. >> the only way to learn is to tral backwards. whoa! that was -- [ laughter ] >> how do you get backwards? it's a moving spin across the ice? >> so they swing out, hug the tree and pull in. yeah. well, technical stuff is coming along nicely, but it's the personality we will have to work on. >> all right, it's show time.
next up, dianna -- what is next? >> do the spin. whoa! [ applause ] >> and now we throw things on the ice. >> they will throw tomatoes at me. god, i stink. [ laughter ] >> something else to tease her abo about, i think with a little more practice, she can hit the road. be safe, be kind, be happy, see you next time, bye-bye.