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jonathan: sean urbansky accused of killing collins. alison: brad bell is in upper marlboro. what changed their mind? >> in july, sean urbansky was indicted on common law murder charge and we were told they didn't have enough evidence but now they are telling us they do have enough evidence for a hate crime. this murder happening may 20. on the campus of the university of maryland late at night after the bars closed. the victim richard collins iii, bowie university student. commissioned after his rotc program as a second lieutenant in the army, waiting for a bus when according to authorities and they say it's on camera, sean urbansky appears, says a few words and without warning stabs collins in the chest.
almost immediately the campus community and the investigators found on ubansky social media footprint evidence that he looked to racist and hate-filled websites. now the state's attorney says they looked at all the digital evidence and they believe that that is, in fact, the reason why collins was murdered because he was black. >> there was lots of digital evidence, including a phone in this case. other evidence. after analyzing all the evidence we are comfortable now we have enough evidence to file a hate crime charge. brad: the judge just signed the indictment at 5:00 we'll have reaction from the campus. in upper marlboro, brad bell, abc7 news. nancy: thank you. prince george's county police making an arrest in connec
to saturday's shooting in college park. marriott charged with attempted robbery and assault. they believe it happened in a drug deal. the victim's injuries are not life threatening and they are still looking for a second person believed to be involved. jonathan: we have been monitoring breaking news since 12:00 noon as the police descended on howard university after report of a shooting. look at the presence on campus. d.c. police cleared the scene and lifted the lockdown about two hours ago. d.c. bureau chief sam ford live on the scene. how did this get started? sam: according to the howard university police and the d.c. police, they both received calls around the same time saying there was an active shooter. in the case of the d.c. police, they say the active shooter was in the administration building. the howard university police told us it was a medical school building. the police scrambled en masse from all points. the university said it had police in the medical school at the time they got the call. they heard nor saw anything a
police were over at the administration building. the calls came in around 12:00 noon. howard police said they sent out text alerts for people to stay in place. though some students complained the text 40 minutes after the initial call was too late. police said the searches of several buildings found nothing. a number of howard students have been can concerned after an incident two years ago when a texter threatened to shoot people here. an an alexandria man was arrested. but so far, nothing here, just hoaxes. >> we will do an investigation because this is the beginning. we have found no evidence, no witnesses, nothing that supports there was a shooting on the campus on any location. but our investigation is continuing. sam: so, it's calm here
police are gone. they received a threat over the weekend. not just a threat but there was an incident that got attention here where there were swastikas painted in a women's bathroom at the medical school so they have a lot to look at. no one hurt here. there was no active shooter. reporting live from northwest washington, i'm sam ford, abc7 news. jonathan: thanks. be amongst the first to find out about breaking news. do it at the website wjla.com. alison: well, developing now. a slight backtrack today for president trump after saying other presidents didn't call the families of u.s. military personnel killed in the line of duty. president trump: now as far as other representatives, i don't know. you could ask general kelly, did he get a call from obama? you can ask other people. i don't know what obama's policy was. i write letters and i also call. i don't
obama did. alison: q mccray is at the "live desk" with reaction to this. q: the recent comments have people talking about the d.m.v. today i reached out to a number of groups that cater to individuals and families who have losted loved ones in the armed forces at battle or otherwise. bonnie carroll the founder of t.a.p.s. short for tragedy assistance program for survivors. she has helped more than 70,000 grieving loved ones. carroll says from her experience, presidents have always shown their sadness and gratitude with a phone call or a letter and a memorial certificate. people we spoke to at the world war ii memorial today had a lot to say about the president's comments. >> he is wrong. every president as far as i can remember, and i go pretty far back, has always called grieving families. >> he said that is what he was told. i don't know if he should have quoted that
the source or not. but you would think when you say something you'd have facts to back it up. q: i also spoke to a woman today who lost her husband in vietnam. you will hear what she received from president johnson coming up in the 5:00 hour. from the "live desk," i'm q mccray, abc7 news. nancy: thank you. now overseas where the taliban killed 74 people in a series of coordinated attacks across afghanistan. dozens more injured, many of them critically. the attackers targeting police stations and government building and suicide bombings in the southeast and the western part of the country. the attacks are the deadliest in afghanistan this year. jonathan: drone video shows what remains of the syrian city of raqqa. they gained control of the isis self-described capital. residents went out in the streets and celebrated the group's retreat. isis now controls a small sliver of territory along the
syria. alison: in california, they are scrambling to protect an observatory from a wife. it's at the top of mount wilson. you can also see communication towers as well. farther north, smoke advisory in effect for san francisco. that could last for days. karen kaifa reports firefighters say they are making progress against the flames. reporter: evacuations were ordered today in the santa cruz mountains. as rain shows up in the northern california forecast later this week, it gives help and hope to the wildfires battling wildfires that burned for more than a week. entire supervisors and neighborhoods have been incinerated causing $3 billion in estimated damages. >> it's tragic. even though we feel good about getting a handle on the fire, you can't make the burned houses but unburned. it's driving through downtown santa rosa is tragic. reporter: more than 100 employees at the hospital have st
people are taking in coworkers and the hospital is allowing staff to stay on site. >> providing the immediate housing impact for us just to keep people here on a day-in and day-out basis is the first wave. you are talking about a long road. maybe several years to build back the community. >> several hospitals move to st. joseph creating a baby boom there. i'm karen kaifa, abc7 news. nancy: three days of national mourning after 41 people were killed in wildfires over the weekend. at one point more than 500 fires were burning in the country as well. spain, rain and lower temperatures today are helping crews get the upper hand on the fires. jonathan: well, here at home, you may want to bring your plants in tonight because we could sew the first frost across -- could see the first frost across the area by morning. steve rudin in the weather center and it'
came out of nowhere. steve: it is chilly out there. today we felt it waking up early this morning. we had frost on the west of d.c. now we will see it later tonight for the metro area. and for southern maryland. 64 warrenton, 63 over at reagan national airport. cool evening ahead with the temperatures that will fall in the 50's. eventually the upper 40's by 9:00 tonight. due to the clear sky. the sun will set at 6:28. the latest on the frost advisory that goes into effect at 1:00 a.m. tonight. it includes the district. old town alexander, arlington, southern maryland, montgomery county, frederick, loudoun and the areas in light blue. more on that. plus we are looking ahead to the upcoming weekend. wouldn't you know it? a warming trend on the way. more on that in a few minutes. jonathan: see you then. thanks. developing story out of hawaii in the last hour the federal judge blocked the latest version of the president's travel ban hours before it was set to take effect. hawaii asked for
traveling from eight different countries and the state argued it excludes muslims from the united states. maryland judge heard three arguments today. the ban yesterday yet to rule on that decision. alison: on the hill, possible deal to extend federal payments to health insurance companies. republican senator lamar alexander says he and democratic senator patty murray have a deal. now they just need to get enough support from the colleagues to push it through congress. in the last hour and a half, president trump said that he supports their deal. jonathan: coming up for us at 4:00, the owners have arrived. what the folks in charge of the nfl are saying about the anthem protest sweeping across the league. alison: later, what mcdonald's is hoping you do with the lockers the next time you buy a meal. nancy: plus, the bill that is showing promise in taking the pinch out of type ii diabetes. nathan: i'm nathaniel. one state
sales. several counties and cities have similar ban in place but none in the d.c. area. the california law will ban animal sell from petland that sell animals not rescued by a shelter. we reported this month about a class action lawsuit against the pet store chain with a store in fairfax. a former veterinarian working with petland tells abc7 news the chain knowingly sell puppies. petland denies any wrongdoing. "7 on your side" asked petland to except on the new california law. we are waiting for a response. >> that is a great law. nathan: tomorrow the "7 on your side" viewers come forward saying petland fairfax sold them a dying puppy. we will share that family's story tomorrow at 5:00 on abc7 news. alison: nathan, we will see you then. thank you very much. a month after hu
shows few signs of subsiding. roads still littered with debris. contractors are working nonstop to try to restore power there. more than a thousand homes for damaged in this suburb you are looking at here of san juan alone. there aren't enough tarps for shelter or drinking water to go around. i know my experience is fema has given us a lot of help. we need more help. i see desperation. nancy: another issue is medical care. nancy: news from the virgin islands it's not much better there. st. john's have not had power since hurricane irma hit. that was back on the 6th. jonathan: we can tell you the
help with the hurricane relief. the jerseys for all four teams, they will wear on opening night will be auctioned off to raise money for the effort. the auction will include items autographed by players and the commentators calling the double-header. all the proceeds go to the foundation roven by all five former living u.s. presidents. nancy: right now remnants of hurricane ophelia are weakening and moving away from the united kingdom. alison: look at the damage here. three people died. thousands are without power this afternoon. one sign of how strong the storm was. the you can see the video here, this was a waterfall at a national park in ireland. the waterfall reversed and the water is going up. this happened because of the wind. nancy: that is incredible.
boarding with her chicken leading the way. her fine feathered friend loves to go along for the ride. jonathan: paddle boarding with a rooster. steve: i woke up this morning and it was cold. like a jacket and a pool cold. even in town. tomorrow morning is colder yet. nancy: it has been a while. steve: if you like it warmer, you will like it this weekend. the runners might not like it so much. temperatures in the 70's. it's going to be hot. here we go outside right now. bellehane -- belle haven country club. the temperatures will drop for the overnight hours. temperatures departments have traction to deal with -- the temperatures didn't have a lot of traction to deal with. we have the middle 50's in oakland, maryland. show you the stormwatch7
nothing out there at all in terms of any clouds. that will allow the temperatures to drop quickly tonight. commute cast looks like this. 59 degrees, 7:00. by 8:00 tonight, lower 50's. upper 40's by 9:00, 10:00. if you are taking your dog out for a late evening walk, you are going to want to bundle up. all these areas in lighter blue under the advisory and that means you can have plants normally indoor plants have been outside for the summer and the early fall. bring them indoors. if you want to keep them around for another few months. also a good time to download the stormwatch7 weather app. if you have it. if you don't have it, it's a good time to download it. it's free. easy to use. come early tomorrow morning you can check temperatures out as you head out going out
degrees. clear and cold. patchy frost. temperatures early in the morning, upper 30's and 40's. light jacket. you will need it. sunshine throughout the day. look at the temperatures. highs will make it to 70. marine corps marathon. mild start in the lower 60's at 8:00. middle 60's by 10:00. noontime hour, lower 70's. at least we are not looking at strong winds. but it is going to be warm for the marathon. the ten-day outlook for the stormwatch7. wednesday, thursday, friday, howard university homecoming. upper 70's on saturday. marine corps marathon, 77 degrees. showers on the way tuesday with temperatures in the upper 60's. dropping to the lower 60's by wednesday and thursday of next week. jonathan: steve, thank you very much. coming up for us here at 4:00 -- >> normal training for the marathon and throw on the heels every once in a while. jonathan: how this women fared trying to run 26.2 miles in stilettos. alison: i ca
meeting of the nfl owners, 11 owners sitting down with 12 players and their union reps to talk compromise. >> this is not a resolution overnight but i see the issues that are important to the players. that's what we talked about. i talked about things going forward. elizabeth: this as protesters gathered outside singing, marching and taking a knee. they say to stand in solidarity with the players kneeling during the national anthem. to protest racial inequality and injustice. >> the fact the conversation is being entertained right now is disgusting. >> you have colin kaepernick, a person fighting to end police brutality and racism. you should be encouraging this type of activism from your players. elizabeth: former san francisco 49ers quarterback colin kaepernick started the movement last year and created a backlash that intensified
trump suggested the nfl owners fire the protesting players. president trump: get that [bleep] off the field right now. out. he's fired. elizabeth: kaepernick played six seasons in the nfl. once leading a team to the super bowl. while more than three dozen quarterbacks have been signed, kaepernick remains a free agent. now in a grievance filed sunday, kaepernick is accusing the nfl and the team owners of conspiring and colluding to keep him off the field. the nfl and the players met for three and a half hours and both sides called it positive and productive but resolving this issue remains a work in progress. i'm elizabeth hur, abc7 news. nancy: troubling report on youth football. this examines which players are most at-risk and found even the youngest players could be at risk for head injuries. researchers followed 45 youth football players between the ages of 9 and 12 with sensors
the sensors measured how hard they were hit and found out of 7,500 hits, 8% were high magnitude. it's 40 times the force of gravity. >> understanding head impact exposure is an important part of reducing the incidents of concussion. so if we identify high-risk recommendations we have recommendations that maybe it shouldn't be part of youth football. nancy: researchers say they hope it brings a better understanding of what causes concussions in children. jonathan: coming up here at 4:00 -- >> washington one day be the headquarters of a place with 50,000 jobs? coming up, we'll have the latest on attempts to try to lure amazon to the d.c. area. horace: i'm horace holmes in the "7 on your "7 on your side,r action" headquarters in rockville. your opportunity to call in th
you have. 301-652-4357. we'll be right back. alison: when we return for "abc7 news at 5:00" today, losing control on the racetrack. the intentional crash that ended with one driver tased and another one in handcuffs. while the car's owner is (upbeat music) - [announcer] presenting the shark ion flex 2x. the free-standing, cord free vacuum that can live anywhere because it has two rechargeable batteries.
lindsey: i'm lindsey mastis with breaking news live from the abc7 newsroom. there is an incident going on right now on metrorail. train service has been suspended between silver spring and wheaton. that is due to a police investigation over at the forest glen location in the upper right-hand corner of your screen right now. this is all due to a suspicious package left on the platform there. again, they are checking it out. as soon as we get more information we'll let you know. for now, there are shuttle buss that have been requested to bus passengers around that area. at the "live desk," i'm lindsey mastis. back to you. jonathan: the fight is on around the country to try to land amazon's second headquarters. this is a big deal. they have four spots that could work. tom roussey is live with what it could mean for those neighborhoods. hey, tom. tom: hey, jonathan. yeah, d.c. really wants this as do some o
governments around here. one of the areas d.c. is pushing is right behind me. this is a d.c. general homeless shelter. it will be knocked down. d.c. says hey, why not put 50,000 jobs in its place on this giant property out here? much of which is unused. d.c. has other options as well. this is video of a different one, southwest, close to nationals west. also the new soccer stadium going up. another area that d.c. wants amazon to consider. they also want noma considered as well as innyard near howard university -- as well as an area near howard university. this is a big deal. we are talking about 50,000 high-paying jobs. when amazon announced last month it wanted to do this, build a second quarts, it set off a scramble nationwide. does d.c. have a chance to land this thing? we talked to a george washington university professor who says absolutely it does. >> i think this region gets into anybody's f
philadelphia, atlanta, chicago, possibly denver. those would be the main competitors. i think detroit and wind sor. they have a joint combination. they would be a black horse. tom: one of the things that d.c. has going for it, it already has a highly educated workforce which is one of the things amazon says it is looking for. the announcement on where the new second headquarters will land is coming from amazon sometime next year. as i mentioned, there are a lot of places. not just in the u.s. canada, too, applying for this. reporting live in southeast, i'm tom roussey, abc7 news. nancy: thank you. microsoft's latest update started going out today. windows 10 comes as several of microsoft partners launched mixed reality headsets. microsoft also released a new generation of the surface laptop line today as well. michelle: new today from goggle, facial recni
your pets. if you want to show off photo of fido or gus for that matter, you can search your phone and they will search photos with the dogs or cats in specific groups. i will also allow them to search by breed. so you know folks ask can i see your pets? easy way to find it. jonathan: we talk about the dogs. look at the screen. this is a picture of a dog. the pup wandered in the police station this morning so they tweeted out the owner to find the owner. if the little guy looks familiar to you, you might want to head to the station. michelle: a sweet face. in the weather center with meteorologist steve rudin. we were talking pets. it's not quite sweater weather for the dogs. steve: but waking up this morning to walk the dog was chilly. jacket or at least a vest and the hat. michelle: but it warmed up nily
frederick, maryland, notice what is missing. the look of clouds. it will keep us cold overnight and that is why we have expanded the frost advisory for the district and southern maryland. if you have plans on the patio, balcony or the deck, this is the time to bring them in. all of southern maryland, district, arlington, fairfax, montgomery county. you get the point. those are the areas that will see potential for patchy frost tonight and tomorrow morning. it starts at 1:00 in the morning. it extends through tomorrow. waking up tomorrow, a chill in the air yet again. 35 in manassas. 41 if delmarva. -- 41 in dale city. middle 40's for the capital beltway. but patchy frost is the name of the game in the morning. 70 for a high tomorrow. looking better on thursday. we re
the middle of october. cooldown on tuesday. i will tell you about a cold front and the next best chance of rain in the d.m.v. in a few minutes. nancy: new information tonight in the form of newly released 911 calls capturing the mounting crisis at a florida nursing home in the wake of hurricane irma. 14 sick and elderly patients died after the facility lost air conditioning following the storm. this is all as the temperatures started to climb. >> 911, what is your emergency? >> hi. i have a patient coding. we don't have any aid -- we don't have any air condition. she is not breathing. her finger started to change color, slightly blue. nancy: in total six calls were made to 911 in a few hours. the nursing home had since lost the license. criminal investigation is underway. at least one family has filed a lawsuit. michelle: a move is in the works for one of the largest women's shelters in the
the n street village will transfer some of the services to a new expanded facility. stephen tschida is live in northwest d.c. with the story there. stephen: keep in mind, last year the m street village behind me helped out some 700 women. now we have learned that it's the night shelter. that is the fourth floor of the building across the street. that is part of luther place. a church building. it has given the n street village notice that it must move. the women who seek shelter there to another facility within the coming year. it provides an array of services to women in need. now we have confirmed n street village will transfer some of the services possibly the overnight shelter, to another facility. >> we are in the process of currently restructuring and redesigning our programs on our interim side. stephen: in other words, the
move the operation or part of the operations to another building. the sources say the likely shift will be out of the logan circle facility. the logan circle had an abundance of homeless shelter but soaring property values and eager buyers and renters pouring into the neighborhood led some of the facilities to sell the pricy real estate. the rationale, re-establish in lower cost neighborhood. >> maybe the areas gentrifying and maybe there is not as much need here. a lot of people in this community have supported them over the years. i support their mission. stephen: we have confirmed it's the night shelter from this facility, from the church facility. it must move to another location. they stress they will not be reducing the services. just transferring locations. as far as why the church asked or told n street village it had to leave? about 15 minutes ago i got an e-mail fr
they say they need the fourth floor for educational purposes. reporting live, stephen tschida, abc7 news. jonathan: all right. thanks. "7 on your side" now with a call for action phone bank we are opening today. phone lines just opened a few minutes ago. let us know how we can help with consumer concerns or complaints you might have. if you want help or advice, it's free. 301-652-4357. 301-652-help. we'll keep the lines open for you until 6:30 tonight. nancy: still ahead for us at 4:00 -- >> for the first time we indicted major chinese fentanyl traffickers. nancy: the federal crackdown on some of the deadliest drugs in the country. michelle: what prompted people to drag a woman from her car and start beating her in the middle of the street. jonathan: but first, autria godfrey with a preview of tomorrow's "good morning washington." >> thanks, guys. tomorrow on "good morning washingtonsh" -- we take an in-depth look at how women
nancy: this is a mystery in stockholm sweden. some say it didn't allow the sunshine through but it's still a mystery. that is ominous. sunshine from the duke and duchess of cambridge. they say the third khalid should arrive in april. we gnaw she was pregnant but they have not revealed a due date until this morning. jonathan: you love royal news. nancy: i do. excited here. >> you deserve a break today from your cell phone. that is the idea behind the lockers at a singapore mcdonald's. that is a place nancy will never put her phone. they are encouraging customers to put down a phone and interact with other human beings. nancy: what? i have not heard of that. jonathan: the lockers are free to use. mcdonald's says they will see how successful it is before deciding to expand the idea in other cities. my guess is it will fail miserably. michelle: high praises to this woman. tennessee woman trained for years and
to shower it. she ran a marathon in three-inch heels. look at those legs. the retired ballroom dancer turned physical therapist says she got the idea five years ago when she heard a woman trying to run the london marathon in stilettos. why would you do that? guinness said all she had to do was run in heels at least 2 3/4 inches and 1 1/2 cent meters wide in less than seven and a half hours. this weekend, look at her. she pulled it off. jonathan: training the treadmill in heels. michelle: impressive. after four hours i'm ready to take them off. jonathan: i have to believe she is a toe runner. you can't lean back in that. nancy: you'd want a massage after that. jonathan: maybe so. >> coming up at 4:00, it may feel like it. but what will the trees look like this season? will it look like fall.
nancy: a florida woman has a broken nose and fractured eye socket after a group of people dragged her out of her s.u.v. and beat her. crowd saw this woman hit a toddler and then keep driving. the boy later died and the woman told them she didn't know she heard anyone. >> 1-year-old laying there. how did you not see that? if a rock goes under your tired you feel it. nancy: police say the driver was not speeding and may have been distracted by other children playing in the street. the driver has not been charged and the investigators are still looking for her attackers. >> well, the ford motor company offering to inspect and repair more than a million s.u.v.'s because it wants to put owners at ease after reports this year of carbon monoxide leaking in the vehicles. the senior investigative reporter lisa fletcher joining us. why isn't ford just recalling the vehicles? lisa: because ford tells me they are safe. we are talking about ford explorers made between
you may remember earlier this year we reported some police departments across the country raise concerns with exhaust leaking in their vehicles causing officers to get sick and light headed. one this video is part of this. now ford is offering to regret all explorers made between 2011-2017 free of charge. they said it won't exceed the carbon monoxide levels that people are exposed to every day. but they are investigating after consumer complaints regarding the exhaust odor and carbon monoxide concerns. that investigation is ongoing. they say if it reaches unreasonable risk they can escalate the recall. if you own a ford explorer you can call the hotline.
888-260-5575. we will have the info for you as well on wjla.com. ford notes the issue with the police vehicles may happen because of the aftermarket law enforcement modifications. they say most of the consumer complaints involved the smell of exhaust versus the effects of carbon monoxide. michelle: thank you for the important update. "7 on your side" with a call for action. troubleshooter horace holmes is live in rockville to explain. horace: we are at the call for action headquarters in rockville. different number to call if you want to talk to the volunteers and you have a consumer problem. 301-652-4357. 301-652-help. perhaps you have been scammed. call in executive, the director of call for action. >> the f.b.i. is warning people about something called virtual kidnapping. this is a
call and the family member or loved one has been kidnapped and they want you to send money. don't answer the call in the first place. if you do, hang up. whatever you do, don't wire funds. horace: thank you. we will be here from now until 6:30 to answer the calls. this is free. keep them busy. 301-652-4357. nancy: get the phones ringing. thank you. let's start with the good news. d.c. is moving down on the list of the rattiest cities in america. we are talking about rats. the big ones. the bad fuse is we are still in the top five. suzanne kennedy takes a look at how bad the problem is in the nation's capital. suzanne: with the colder weather comes an increased prevalence of rats. that is particularly important here in washington, d.c.
talking the list, chicago, new york, los angeles, san francisco. neighborhoods like logan and dupont circle have a significant number due to the high concentration of the residents and the restaurants and the trash they produce. people living here are not surprised. >> the rats are getting larger and larger so it's scary for all of us. >> the city is trying to address the problem, like deploying cans with sensors so if they are full they can empty them immediately to reduce attraction for rats which can do damage to homes and cars alike. northwest washington, suzanne kennedy, abc7 news.
nancy: the late summer dry spell is to blame so the trees that turned yellow are browning and those that turn red aren't reaching the full potential. last week's rain may help. experts believe this season a dud. nancy: i tried leaf peeping out west. i went to shenandoah. i saw a little yellow but not fantastic. steve: we have a little bit of rain in the forecast a week from today. so dry for another week. it doesn't bode well. farther out across west virginia nice at this point. this is from the torpedo factory overlooking the potomac for national harbor and the wilson bridge. the temperatures did not c
same at winchester. 62 in hagerstown. 64 in cumberland. i want to show you what is going on in terms of the satellite and radar. we have a frost advisory in effect for part of the area as we move through the overnight hours tomorrow morning. gaithersburg, germantown, reston, manassas looking at the frost advisory so bring your plants indoors if you have the option. nighttime lows. grab your sunglasses. the weekend will be warmer. 77 to 79 degrees for saturday and sunday. marine corps marathon on sunday. the fall color change looking better well to the west of us.
29 million americans have type ii diabetes. nancy: spokesperson for johnson & johnson says the company is pleased that the appeals court tossed a verdict for the woman who said the company's talcum powder contributed to her ovarian cancer. it came down three hours ago. michelle: president trump's choice for drug czar says he no longer wants the job. president trump tweeted this morning that republican congressman tom marino was withdrawing his name from consideration. the move comes after a "washington post"/"60 minutes" report claiming the representative helped legislation in congress that would make it more difficult for the d.e.a. to act against drug companies. larry: the move comes as president trump is vowing to declare the opioid epidemic a national emergency. as kristine frazao reports, today, federal grand juries indicted two chinese nationals with distributing and manufacturing fentanyl and other potential deadly op
war on drugs a small win for the department of justice. >> for the first time we have indicted major chinese fentanyl traffickers. >> they are behind the import of the highly potent drug directly to the united states. where death from the synthetic opioid spiked 264% in the last three years. lawmakers on capitol hill say the issue is on their radar. >> we have an emergency on our hands. >> is there anything that congress can do as far as making it so the drugs can't get here from china? >> there is a series of reforms that are in for example making it more difficult to chip fentanyl by mail. i think it will get accelerated. >> priority, especially after an explosive report by "60 minutes" and the "washington post" revealed a law passed by congress and passed by president obama resulted in lessening the power of drug enforcers. >> good afternoon, pennsylvania. kristine: that report may have played a role in t
withdrawing his name from consideration for president trump's drug czar. >> tom marino is a fine man. i didn't want a perception and he didn't want a perception so he won't take the job. kristine: result for ohio with one of the highest rate of opioid death, there is much more to be done. >> as long as there is demand for the drugs, among people in dayton or cincinnati or steubenville or columbus or tee -- toledo, they will find ways to get it. kristine: those dealing with this crisis on a daily basis says new laws should be passed in washington but also more education, treatment and the complete overhaul of the prescription drug culture that gets people hooked in the first place. i'm kristine frazao, abc7 news. larry: right now at 5:00, a new take at the deadly stabbing at the university of maryland leads prosecutors to a new charge. why they say it is a hate
university. racecar drivers come unclued and go from trading paint to trading punches and then to the slammer. announcer: now "abc7 news at 5:00". on your side. larry: breaking right now, sickening revolution in murder of a student. army lieutenant richard control -- army lieutenant richard collins iii was killed because of his race. alison: the prosecutors went back and forth whether this was a hate crime. brad bell has more. what changed for them here? brad: the examination of what they call digital evidence. all of that belonging to the accused in this case. sean urbanski, a white university of maryland student
saying is on his social media footprint, on his devices, they found evidence that this was a hate-based crime. sean urbanski was indicted in july on one count of murder. at the time they said there wasn't evidence for hate crime charges and further investigation led to today's indictment. >> the evidence led us to the conclusion that lieutenant collins was murdered because of his race. >> it happened last may 20 at the campus bus stop near route 1. richard collins was a bowie university rotc student already commissioned as a second lieutenant in the u.s. army. he lived in an apartment in college park and was heading home after a night out when it's alleged maryland student urbanski approached, made a comment and then without warning stabbed collins once in the chest. investigators and students quickly found that urbanski was a member of a racist humor facebook book and the hate crime investigation was