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we have the information about what happened this morning in southeast baltimore. linda so reports on why police felt they had no choice but to use deadly force. would you know a gang member if you saw one in front of you? those who protect us are having trouble with legales, we'll
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explain. and the stamp of approval for the swine flu vaccine next month. we'll have the details. thank you for joining us. i'm megan pringle. >> i'm jamie costello. let's look at the weather with meteorologist justin berk. >> good morning. 6:30. let's start off here, 6:31 with maryland's most powerful doppler radar. we've had some heavy rain come through. if you're watching us in baltimore city, anne arundel county, you're likely dry but we've had heavy rain on the top side of the beltway, now pushing through aberdeen, here's havre de grace, 95 in harford county is slow because of heavy rain through periman, this is coming down really heavy and the point that it's going to make you slow down on the roads, you just had it on fallston and bel air, it's moving east. top side of 83 from cockeysville, timonium and along the york road stretch in central baltimore county another shot of rain. looks like we had that on in through the north side of reisterstown, just clipping the top side or at least the
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intersection of 795 and route 140. overall though we've had ourselves some wet roads because of the rain that already passed through. you're dry now in owings mills at 63 but some wet pavement and looks like we're going to a high of 74 this afternoon with the chance of more showers. 6:31. let's check the roads with kim. >> no problems to let you know about on southbound 95 or southbound on the bw parkway or southbound on route 29 for all our friends heading to the dc area. like he said you will see slowing approaching southbound 95 headed to the whitemarsh area coming from harford county, also southbound on 83 out of timonium approach the beltway. traffic is moving at reduced speeds but again no incidents so far this morning. we're looking pretty good. we have a lane closure in pikeville, northbound reisterstown road approaching old milford mill road. doing construction so the northbound lanes will be closed, alternating traffic gets by southbound. and utility crews still on 22 and 136 repairing the gas main break. we have a disabled vehicle 195
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at aviation boulevard out by bw -- bwi marshall. jfx, traffic great at cold spring lane. looking for a business you know you can trust? let your better business bureau do the work for you. log on to for more information. back to you. "good morning maryland" news time now 6:33. six hours ago, orleans street in southeast baltimore words and then gunfire. >> abc2 news linda so reports on city police saying they had no choice but to shoot a man who threatened them. >> reporter: the shots were fired when police say a drug suspect stabbed an undercover officer in the back. two officers with the monument street initiative on midnight were making a drug arrest on the 2800 block of orleans street. this is exclusive video from our overnight photographer pete "on the street" o'neill. police say they were forced to shoot the suspect after he attacked one of the officers with a knife. the officer was wearing a bulletproof vest that protected him from getting hurt.
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the suspect later died at the hospital. >> the subject tried to stab an officer in the back. the officer's partner witnessed this, withdrew his service weapon and fired multiple shots in defense of that officer. >> reporter: both officers have been placed on routine administrative leave. police have not released the name of the suspect who was shot and killed. in the studio, linda so, abc2 news. maryland prosecutors say they want tougher anti-gang laws. the state's gang prosecution act went into effect back in 2007. in annapolis the state's top law enforcement officials including baltimore state's attorney patricia jessamy met with the house judiciary committee. prosecutors say the language of the act makes it too difficult to legally define a gang or its members and the punishment is not serious enough. >> we need a comprehensive statewide strategy to deal with gangs in our community. >> prosecutors also discussed ways to prevent gang activity. there's a vaccine now to protect us and your family against the h1n1 virus.
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the fda approved a vaccine yesterday and expected to be delivered to us by mid-october. data from the university of maryland was used to license the vaccine. and data collected eight days after the first dose was administered showed no major side effects, just soreness and maybe some flu-like symptoms. researchers also learned that one dose is all you need to prevent the virus, not two like we originally thought. you know kids do a lot of crazy things but -- so they don't have to show their parents the report card. >> an 11-year-old in huntsville, alabama may have gone too far. he told his parents that he was kidnapped and forced into a car on his way home from school. he told them that he was able to escape, didn't have time to grab his backpack which had his report card in it. police were obviously suspicious of the story and the boy managing to escape with his band instrument but not his bookbag in something wasn't right. so his parents still haven't seen the report card this morning. the boy admitted he made up the
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whole story. coming up next on "good morning maryland" - >> an 8-year-old girl's quick thinking saved her momg and siblings. and ray lewis bringing family fun to hunt valley. we'll tell you about a new place you can enjoy as soon as next spring. 6:36. always fun when jamie is driving. we're looking to -- at the bus stop forecast. we're expecting showers. now plan nor the wet weather. it's already raining now in baltimore and harford county. could be more showers throughout the day. it will be cool and a little wet. let's check the roads with kim. >> thank you. you do have building volume all around the area, especially on the beltway between 795 and route 70. no problems to let you know about on southbound 95 and howard county. now let's check the buses and trains with mark jones. >> good morning. we're dealing with a diversion on the number 53 and number 59, at reisterstown at seven mile due to a watermain break repair.
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the number 17 diverted at corporate drive and international. light rail and metro subway looking good. marc on time. for the mta transit team, i'm mark jones.
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courage and quick thinking from an 8-year-old saved her family's life. two men broke into her louisville home and took her mother and two siblings hostage while the 8-year-old saw her family was being tied up and quickly grabbed the phone, hid in the closet, knew exactly what to do and who to call. >> i talked to a lady and told her everything and then she told me was there any way i could run to the door and lock it -- i said yes. i reached for the door. >> police came to the house a few minutes after the 911 call. the two suspects were shocked and surrendered as soon as police came inside. the 19-year-olds were arrested. the little girl is being hailed
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a hero. her mother and siblings are ok this morning. we see chases on tv all the time. hard to turn away. >> this morning, incredible video of a dangerous car chase overnight. we'll show you. 6:40 now. we're looking at maryland's most powerful doppler radar. let's go full screen. i want to highlight a couple of areas. we've got this rain band we've been watching in reisterstown. looks like it's going to be heading through butler road, perhaps through cockeysville and hunt valley. also on the top side of the beltway, near towson and heading through glenarm. perry hall already had hefty rains and rolling up 95 from killings -- kingsville and up through periman. we have slow stuff even through cecil county as well. areas of wet weather to deal with. we have a cloudy start. mid-60s and cool day ahead. more to come. stay with us.
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trying to get drugs off the streets of baltimore. two plainclothes cops find themselves forced into a deadly situation. another reason to hang out at hunt valley ray lewis is
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moving in. see what he's done to the place. and there's a delay in tom delay's dance. former congressman gets hurt on the dance floor but says he'll recover before show time. 6:44. thank you for joining us on this wednesday morning. >> let's look at the forecast now with justin berk. >> good morning. 6:45. we've already had rain roll through, some roads wet and frontal boundary draped across the area. 74 ocean city but 64 easton. 62 york but right here in baltimore back into the upper 60s. boundary draped across the area, responsible for the rain and check it out on our statewide view. you can actually see the rain we highlighted just earlier on maryland's most powerful doppler radar. reisterstown heading over towards hunt valley, we've got it, timonium, north side of towson and that heavier nod of rain off 95 from perryville over to havre de grace, cecil county also getting wet weather. the frontal boundary draped through the area, we have an increase in the east-to-northeasterly wind. no major storm system here but
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it will be in response to the wind, the reason why we have showers developing and nothing very well organized but a chance of showers and on and off rain will continue through tomorrow. this afternoon mostly cloudy, downtown baltimore, 74. we'll be just a little cooler up in harford and cecil county, in the lower 70s in aberdeen. let's check the roads with kim. >> looking for my 250th follower on twitter. help me out., outer loop of the beltway, it's a slowdown. it will be slow on the west side of the outer loop between 795 and the baltimore national pike. no incidents at this time. just heavy volume delays. we have a lane closure in pikesville northbound reisterstown road approaching old milford mill road. the construction took away the northbound lanes, alternating traffic gets by southbound. in harford county gas main work continues at route 22 and route 136. out in hanover 195 at aviation boulevard, reports of a disabled vehicle there. jfx at cold spring lane, traffic is beginning to build as you make your way southbound
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towards downtown baltimore but no delays or problems at this time. 6:46. another exclusive overnight story on "good morning maryland." abc2 is the first to tell but this. >> two officers on leave after shooting and killing a suspect that attacked one of them. abc2 news linda so live in our studio with what happened. >> reporter: two undercover officers were working the drug beat overnight in southeast when police say one of them was stabbed by a drug suspect. it began around midnight, two officers with the monument street initiative were making a drug arrest in the 2800 block of orleans street. this is exclusive video from our our overnight photographer pete "on the street" o'neill. police say they were forced to shoot the suspect after he attacked one of the officers with a knife. the officer was wearing a bulletproof vest that protected him from getting hurt. the suspect died at the hospital. >> shortly after midnight this morning officers from the monument street initiative were conducting a drug arrest in the 28900 block of orleans street.
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officers encountered a suspect, and the suctd tried to stab an -- suspect tried to stab an officer in the back. the other officer saw it and shot in defense of that officer. >> reporter: both officers are on routine administrative leave. police haven't released the name of the suspect shot and killed. linda so, abc2 news. 6:48. new at 6:00 -- many police officers are trained to perform what is called a pit maneuver. we saw it happen last night near los angeles. state troopers used the pit maneuver several times to bring the car to a stop. the suspect kept trying to get away and you can see sparks shooting from the front wheels of the vehicle. officers took the man into custody. the latest on the corruption investigation at city hall. baltimore developer ronald lipscomb paid for a political survey for state delegate carter. carter ran against sheila dixon for mayor in 2007. that is according to court documents filed by defense
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attorneys for councilwoman helen holton cown. carter denies knowledge of the poll saying she doesn't believe in them. councilwoman helen holton cown is charged with accepting a poll from lipscomb. her attorneys say she's being unfairly singled out. 6:48. you saw the story first on "good morning maryland" yesterday. a johns hopkins student killed a robber with a samurai sword when he found him in his house. >> police are now investigating if it was a case of self-defense. sherrie johnson is live with an update on this story. >> reporter: good morning. this morning baltimore city police have stepped up patrols here on university parkway near johns hopkins university and we've been out here all morning long and we've actually seen more and more officers driving through here. this comes after a rash of burglaries in this area and a student killed a suspected burglar yesterday. that suspected burglar, his name, has been identified as donald rice. a man with 29 convictions for breaking and entering. this is exclusive video we first brought you yesterday on
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"good morning maryland." police say after he lunged at the student that's when the student attacked him with the sword and it's been an alarming wakeup call for others. >> this is the kind of thing that students at any urban campus need to be paying attention to. >> this area, it's unavoidable some things are going to happen. >> reporter: the dean of student life sent students a letter reminding them in case of a burglary call 911, do not attempt to confront the intruder but rather secure yourself in a locked area until police arrive. there's no word yet if charges will be filed in this case. reporting live in north baltimore, sherrie johnson, abc2 news. >> i want to stay on top of this story because the next couple of days will determine if the student is going to be be charged in the case. the student and roommate accounts of the incident could help them make this decision. >> people do have a right to defend themselves. samurai swords are not illegal in baltimore city. like going to the garage with a baseball bat.
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>> people are allowed to use deadly force in defense of their home. if there's a felony being committed or about to be committed or if they themselves reasonably believe that they or a family member are at risk. >> our legal experts say the fact that the burglar had no weapon shouldn't really matter. if he lunged, prompting him to defend himself. police are still matching witness statements with evidence found at the scene to make sure there are no discrepancies. again, you want to know what your neighbors are saying about this? go to should the student who killed the robber be charged with anything? right now the response is overwhelming with 95% of you saying no. log on to, tell us what you think. 6:51. president barack obama is pushing his economic and health care plans. he spoke to auto workers at a gm plant in youngstown, ohio, yesterday. he told them the economy is on its way back from the brink due
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to his policies. thursday president obama heads here. he's going to speak at a health reform rally at the university of maryland college park. it will be tomorrow. starts 11:00 a.m. at the comcast center. new at 6:00 -- the group environment maryland is going to release a new report in annapolis on the chesapeake bay. the group claims after 25 years the bay is still contaminated and that watermen are paying the steepest price. they say fisheries collapsed and hundreds of watermen have lost their jobs. the giant food store in the tollgate mall in bel air will close for good next month. that is according to the "baltimore business journal." the closure will affect almost 100 workers will will be given a chance to work at other stores in the area. company officials say there are no plans to close any other plants this year. any other giants, rather. the grocery store chain will close october 29th. no word now if anything will go in its place. and blockbuster making big covetbacks.
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covetbacks -- cutbacks. the rental chain plans to cut down as many as 960 stores by the end of the year. we have not seen the locations yet but the company has struggled with competition from netflix and redbox, less expensive and more convenient. some good economic news. retailers are actually expecting a pretty good holiday shopping season. in fact toys "r" us is working on opening hundreds of holiday express shops. the company is planning on opening a free-standing shop in the mall in columbia. all the nation's babies "r" us stores including the ones in anne arundel county and baltimore county will feature holiday express stores as well. baltimore ravens linebacker ray lewis kicking off a new business venture. he was in hunt valley yesterday. for the groundbreaking for a new family entertainment and dining facility. it's located in the site of the old wal-mart at the hunt valley town center. we're told it will offer upscale bowling, live radio
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broadcasts, private event rooms, restaurants, supports bar, even high-tech golf simulators. mvp entertainment is scheduled to open early in 2010. look forward to that. he's down but not out. at least not yet. less than one week before the season premiere "dancing with the stars" has its first casualty. former house majority leader tom delay, the texas politician who was injured during a rehearsal with a dance partner cheryl burke. he tweeted about it says old age catching up with me. may have a stress fracture in my foot. no worries. it will take more than that to keep me off the dance floor. doctors have to determine whether he can go back on show. that kicks off 21st on abc. in the video gaming world a 12-year-old boy reached rock star status. >> rocking out for a record. meet dylan. making his way to the guinness book of world records but playing guitar hero.
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he racked up more than 19,000 points beating the previous world record by 10,000 points. he has groupies, or at least one, his mom. >> we start singing along. he'll tell me to stop. >> i never expected to ever break a world record for something. i was like -- it was like, kind of important. maybe something really small but not this big. >> incredible. i've never seen anybody play guitar hero like him. >> guitar hero is really hard. the seventh grader says he broke the record playing metallica. we expect to hear back from the guinness world records to find out soon. we'll keep you posted. the whole episode about that on "south park." south park fans know what i'm talking about. good morning. probably the only episode i've
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seen in a while. maryland's most powerful doppler radar, up 95, perryman, aberdeen, rain from the top side of the beltway over through parkville, that will slow you down. cockeysville and hunt valley, wet weather there, too. 66 and showers this afternoon. we try to clear out by friday afternoon. 75. we're slow on the outer loop from 795 down towards past the baltimore national pike. also working a crash downtown at calvert street and centre street. if you're traveling in the pikesville area keep in mind that northbound reisterstown road approaching milford mill road, that lane is taken away, alternating traffic gets by southbound. gas main repair in harford county, route 22 at route 136. a disabled vehicle by the airport, 195 at aviation boulevard. see you for "good morning maryland" at 9:00. obviously at 9:00. >> we'll be in pikesville. >> say hello. this is one way of getting vitamins and minerals.
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