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not a lot of people out as we travel the outer loop looking at between whitemarsh boulevard and providence boulevard. not a lot going on out there. however, downtown, they are still working on the gas main at north charles street at west eager street, has the left lane blocked, probably won't impact the commute much. about to pick up that harbor tunnel lane closure, that harbor tunnel northbound tube closed with two-way traffic in the southbound tube. and route 70, and route 1, there's downed trees, so expect a detour and use caution. 95 southbound through howard county, it is indeed time to make the doughnuts, we have moderate traffic headed southbound towards the capitol beltway but not a lot going on right now. back to you. 5:30. here's the deal -- two people from middle river under arrest for child pornography. >> police say the victims were 2 years old to 13 years old but there's concern there may be more. abc2 news cheryl conner live in
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towson. >> reporter: baltimore county police say their first priority is to locate all of the victims. right now we know there are at least three. last week police arrested 34-year-old john nicklas and his fiancee shannon honea. police say the couple made videos of the children ranging in age from 2 to 13 and sexually abused them in their middle river home. during a search of the home detectives also discovered several prescription bottles in the couple's bedroom and they say one of the videos shows a preteen girl apparently unconscious during the abuse. we talked to christine, who says she's the ex-wife of john nicklas, doesn't want her face shown but still lives with the couple, now in jail. >> i never thought he would do something like this. >> they must have got their search warrant and came back and took everything they need. a lot of stuff they took in bags. >> reporter: we have learned the couple are both emts for
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transcare. a company spokesperson tells us they were fired last week when they didn't show up for work. bail denied for john nicklas, set at $5 million for shannon honea. coming up at 6:00, more on why police say there could be victims in atlanta, georgia. live in baltimore county police headquarters, cheryl conner, abc2 news. >> again, police have not been able to identify the children seen on the videos. they are asking anyone who knows of a child who may have come in contact with this couple to call baltimore county crimes against children's unit right now at 410-853-3650. megan? an eastern shore attorney who once ran for state senate has been arrested this morning for sexual assault. police in cambridge arrested 53-year-old grayson john allen echol after an officer says he saw the lawyer holding a woman down against her will in his law office this weekend. he ran for state senate in 2002
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but lost. a former high-ranking nasa official in trouble. police say courtney stad tried to get money to his own clients and lying to ethics officials about it. he lives in bethesda and faces 18 years in prison if convicted. 5:33. st. mary's county authorities charged one teen as an adult with second degree rape. 17-year-old shawn clark of lexington park arrested and charged with kidnapping and second degree assault. police say on friday clark awrd to give a 19 -- offered to give a 19-year-old woman a ride from lexington park to ridge, maryland. instead, police say he drove her to a secluded area, raped her and left her there. the baltimore coalition came out to stand against violence. sunday night police say a man walked into an auto store and shot another man in the back of
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the head. organizers say they know why the violence is happening. >> realize that anger is a problem and senseless and even worse. so what we are doing is saying that there is an alternative and that alternative comes to god. >> another vigil planned for this coming saturday. may not sound like it but there's good news about crime in our state. state police report a drop in murders across the board. the uniform crime report shows an 11% drop in murders from the year 2007 to last year. it also shows that violent crimes dropped about 2%. 10 people are recovering after a carbon monoxide leak, this happened in whitemarsh. it happened at the commons of whitemarsh on ship friend road. bge says that the leak came from two hot water heaters with clogged filters. six adults and four kids were treated at area hospitals. this complex is owned by sawyer realty, the same company that owns a townhouse complex in
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essex which has a long history. of c.o. leaks. and here's a look at what is happening. today's august 4th. the man charged with fatally stabbing a lesbian couple is scheduled for arraignment today. police say mark floyd killed alicia royster and lydia steed in june. and governor martin o'malley will announce the details of a long awaited purple and red line. and the return of the hospital ship usns comfort for the fourth month of assistance to latin american as well as the caribbean. day one of the white marlin open, dan deere of st. michaels with the catch of the day. he's been in the tournament 22 years. this year he was first on board the true grit when he reeled in a 67-pound white marlin and right now he is sitting on top of a $1.5 million prize. keep it going, danny. they will be out there again, right now as a matter of fact.
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incredible. a question for you. could your credit card company be making last-minute changes to their terms before that new law goes into effect? >> what do you think? what you need to look out for so you don't waste your money. let's take a look outside at the temperatures now. 68 degrees. 93% humidity. justin berk will have a full check of the forecast when we come back. and here's mark jones with a look at the mta report. >> the commute start is good on the metro subway but light rail is presently 20 minutes late southbound to bwi marshall. allow extra time in your light rail travels. on the bus, number 8 running 10 minutes late. 17 diverted at nursery and winterson. on the marc, on time on the camden, penn, brunswick lines. for the mta transit team, i'm mark jones. carol!
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welcome back to "good morning maryland." thank you for joining us. >> let's look at the weather and traffic now. justin berk starting it off. >> the big cahuna, talking about the big tuna. >> good. >> and the white marlin. amazing. the blue marlin are so much bigger but the white actually brick in the big prize in ocean city. as we begin day two. this is day one.
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well, no, this is not what day one looked like. don't you love it when we plan this on live television? boardwalk hotel, at rehoboth, 73 now, a nice start on the shoreline. it will be a gorgeous day, 68 easton. 68 in baltimore. you want to have some chill in the air? back in oakland, 59 degrees in garrett county. we're relatively clear. a few high clouds passing through the mountains now. we'll have a quiet day as we shoot for our two-degree guarantee of 91. there could be a shower late afternoon or evening. we'll talk more about that coming up. otherwise at 5:40. we're going to sound the all clear for most of the day and temperatures in the lower 90s. let's see what's happening on the roads with kim. >> one of the overnight construction projects all clear at both tunnels. harbor tunnel and fort mchenry tunnel checking in incident-free. however, downtown, still working on the gas main break, that is north charles street at west eager street. that has the right lane blocked. and rising sun, route 1 at
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route 273, downed trees in the road. police are probably giving a detour. use caution there. as you check downtown, this is light at conway streets, no problems there. mdot camera shows 95 southbound through howard county headed to the capitol beltway, traffic flowing freely at this time. this traffic report brought to you by baltimore's country station 93.1 wpoc, country for the work day, listen to stars like taylor swift, kenny chesney and keith urban. back to you. this morning, you want to know, am i going to be able to get money for the gas guzzler? >> the "cash for clunkers" fast running out of money. will the senate save that program? i'm sherrie johnson. that story is next. all prescription nsaid pain relievers, like celebrex, ibuprofen and naproxen, help treat arthritis pain and have some of the same warnings. but since individual results may vary, having options is important.
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...those delicious oats in cheerios can help naturally lower cholesterol. (cheerios spilling) cheerios. how can something so little... you do something so big. the senate plans to talk today more about the $2 billion extension for the popular "cash for clunkers" rebate program. abc2 news sherrie johnson always what this means for you. >> reporter: friday could be the last day of the popular $1 billion "cash for clunkers" rebate program. the white house says it will run out of money unless the senate follows in the house's steps and approves another $2 billion. "cash for clunkers" was set to end november 1st or when the billion dollars in government money actually ran out. now the government is assessing what to do next if the cash is gone. the house approved continued funding for the program. now it's up to the senate to pass an additional $2 billion
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or the program will be suspended. "cash for clunkers" allows car owners to trade in their own gas guzzlers and receive up to $4,500 in government assistance. so far it's working. car sales are up. >> the good news is that apparently people are buying more cost-efficient vehicles. the best solution is to continue and extend the program as it is. >> this is a horrible policy idea. and the fact that people buy cars when you give them free money does not mean that's what the federal government should be doing. >> reporter: today president barack obama invited democratic senators to the white house to encourage them to participate in that program. coming up at 6:00, we hear what car dealers have to say about the program. sherrie johnson, abc2 news. 5:45. a look now at some of the other top stories we're working on. a baltimore county couple accused of sexually abusing young children, are behind bars
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now. police say 34-year-old john nicklas and his 26-year-old fiancee shannon honea taped and abused children as young as 2 years old. investigators say some of the assaults happened in their home here in the 9700 block of conmar road in middle river. baltimore city paramedics under fire after they pronounced a man dead but he was still alive. police answered to a burglary alarm and found 51-year-old michael quarles in the store. they say he lunged at them with what they thought he was a knife so an officer shot him once in the head. he was pronounced dead at the scene but an hour later detectives saw he let out a sigh. the paramedics could face demotion, suspension or possibly termination. the suspect is in critical condition now. police searching for a man who robbed a woman at arundel mills mall. authorities say the victim was walking to her car when the suspect pulled out a knife and took off with her purse. police say the suspect left the area in a brown pickup truck
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with a loud exhaust. police know who the man is but will not release his name until he's arrested. if you live in baltimore county you are one step closer to seeing speed cameras in your rear view mirror. county council last night introduced a mesh they're would put -- measure that would put speed cameras in school zones. it includes a 25 mile-per-hour buffer and grace period and police were issue warnings for the first 30 days. speaking of transportation, airline travel is getting a little cheaper for your four-legged friends. you got to love this if you have a dog or cat. through the month of september jetblue airways is offering a 50% discount on pet travel fees. so you can visit any petco store or go on-line to get information about the savings. you may want to double check your next credit card statement with the new federal law out about to be putting tough limits on your credit card company. there will be last-minute changes to terms. consumer reporter john matarese shows you what to look out for so you don't waste your money.
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>> reporter: you knew this was coming, new consumer protection laws will place serious limits on credit card companies. as a result, many of them are now getting a jump on the new law, jacking up our interest rates before the government tells them they can't do it. even credit card customers who have never been late on a bill now receiving letters like this one with bad news about their interest rate. >> one has been raised up to about 22% or more. and they put you under a lot of stipulations in order to get it lowered. >> reporter: muffin jones tells me she had to pay off her card immediately to lock in a lower rate. wanda frias says she's always been a good customer but this year -- >> the interest rate kept going up. >> reporter: the reason according to the group consumer action is the new credit card act that takes effect in february of next year. the group says the good news is the law restricts rate hikes unless your card has a variable rate. the bad news? companies are switching millions of fixed accounts to variable. the good news, the law makes it tougher to raise interest rates
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on existing balances. the bad news? companies are now raising rates before the deadline. and more good news, the law prohibits a rate hike if you're late on another bill. the bad news? they're raising it now. many cards refuse to back down. >> i called the credit card company personally and tried to dispute that but there's not a lot you can do. >> reporter: but consumer advocates say if you get on your phone you can still fight back. argue that you've been a good customer, threaten to switch to a card with a lower rate, finally, ask them to at least keep your existing balance at the old rate. so my advice? even though some credit card companies say their new rates are nonnegotiable it cannot hurt to call and ask. don't take the first no you get for an answer so you don't waste your money. i'm john matarese. i made promise and i like to stick with my word so let's go back to day one of the white marlin open. our view in ocean city.
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we had a little hazy start but overall it was a beautiful day. mostly sunny skies. with a little hazy but temperatures reaching into the low 80s, not much wind. you get that typical sea breeze there and then heading through a little sea spray and haze through the evening hours. overall, what we're starting out with, temperatures around town locally from the upper 60s to around 70. 70 rock hall, annapolis, glen burnie. 71 reisterstown. then a bunch of 60s showing up from fallston and westminster now 68. let's show you the official numbers. 68 baltimore. 60 back towards altoona. low 70s on down towards the deep south. i think we should point out altoona for the rest of the week. the only reason that -- tuna and the white marlin. thank you for someone paying attention to that. yeah. if you need to explain it it's not worth saying it twice. satellite and radar composite basically showing clear skies, cloudiness to the northwest. great lakes, cold front there. that is going to sweep through as we head through tomorrow. there's renegade heavy storms
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ahead of it. not today for us but ohio gets it, indiana and back towards the midwest and northern plains. 71 detroit. then 60s and 40s, back behind the frontal boundary. showers and thunderstorms try to erupt later on into the north today but we should have a mostly dry day at 91 degrees. tonight we settle back to 70. a quick peek at the rest of the week, a chance of showers and storms tomorrow, near 90. 80s with showers and storms thursday and friday. we have a very smooth ride on 95 southbound making your way from about the harford county line through to about 695. there are no problems to let you know about. as you head to the fort mchenry tunnel and harbor tunnel, they are both checking in checking in incident free at this time as well. gas main break downtown, that has the right lane blocked at north charles street and west eager street. rising sun, cecil county, route 1 at route 273, trees down in the roadway, use caution, expect a detour. in howard county, route 1 at
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route 175, just getting reports of a crash there as well. checking downtown, paca street, you can see the lexington market to the right. and not really much going on downtown at this hour. as we check the mdot camera, howard county to the capitol beltway, a little building volume but you can see traffic is without incident right now. back to you. before you walk down the aisle we thought we would walk down memory lane. ok with you? >> no. what are you talking about? >> we'll find out how this lady fell in love with the love of her life, right behind me. back there. let's move along to the 6:00. why did the gator cross the road? well, did he have any idea he would cause such a mess when he did? we have this traffic gam with the gator, straight ahead.
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here we go. >> i have the same dress. >> there it is again. no. how long did you date - >> our babies. >> how long did you date? >> two years i guess. >> when did you know? >> very early on. >> very early on? >> yes. >> you knew he had you? >> yes. >> how did he pop the question? >> canton square. he got down on one knee when we sat on a bench where we always walk our dogs. >> did you see it coming? >> did you know we were rock 'n' roll stars? >> no. >> i did not know. it was shocking. >> does your dad like him? >> he loves him. >> it's over. it's going to last a long time. friday she'll be getting married. what time, 5:30? >> he gave you those pictures? >> yeah. >> he's busted. >> nothing but the happiness for you. >> thank you. it's been a really happy time. we're humbled by how sweet everyone has been. it's been not a reminder of how lucky we are but how lucky we
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are to be surrounded by great people. >> it goes so fast. we were just saying, what? 100 days. look. it's here. >> i know. >> i know. and then it will be five years and 10 years. take your time, enjoy it. >> i will. thank you. we got to do news here at 6:00. exclusive weathernet now outside the door and then we'll start the 6:00. go ahead. that's your town, baby. >> that's right. 71 degrees in detroit, michigan. we'll be right back.
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good morning. i'm jamie costello. >> i'm megan pringle. thank you for joining us. it's tuesday morning. we'll get to the weather in a moment but first the top stories. a child porn case that is an upsetting one. just a disgusting one. and police say there could be more victims. the man accused of stabbing two northeast baltimore wo


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