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Good Morning El Paso: 06.30.15

getting “”you grab your family, kids a our animals” wildfires in the west are destroying homes and sparking evacuations this morning. another tragedy on the road. a family of six ripped apart following a crash on i-10 near fort stockton. friends gathered last night to rember one of the victims. and, new developments on a home invasion case. one of the men involved on trial this week. we’ll hear the dramatic 9-1-1 call. / wildfires are chasing residents from their neighborhoods in washington state. the wildfire started sunday near wenatchee and spread out of control in the hot and windy weather. rainfall on monday provided some relief, but hot, dry conditions and wind posed continuing challenges. the flames have burned more than an estimated 4 square miles, officials said. we’ll get to the latest on that developing story in just a bit. in the meantime— a very good morning el paso, las cruces, and juarez. i’m stephanie valle. and i’m hillary floren. good morning, everyone. . good morning! today we’ll be similar to yesterday! warming into the upper 90s in the afternoon. this am we’re again starting in the 60s and 70s outside but we’ll heat up. today a little lower chances of rain. we saw rain overnight roll across the area with a few pocket tstorms just as forecast. today only a 10% chance of rain in the forecast. coming up we’ll discuss rain chance increase for the fourth of july holiday and your weekend! a rollover crash just outside fort stockton takes the lives of several el pasoans. . a recent graduate of franklin high school and three of her family members were all killed. 18- year-old taylor garza’s best friend sent abc-seven this picture of taylor. also killed in the crash, taylor’s mom 39-year-old stephanie ann and her little brothers — peter and jesse. taylor’s dad and six- year old sister survived the crash. this morning–, both are out of the hospital. state troopers say one of the tires on the family’s s-u-v blew out, causing it to rollover. coming up later in the show we’ll hear from taylor’s friends who we spoke about losing their best friend new developments on a story that we have been bringing you complete coverage on for more than a year. from our new mexico mobile newsroom … this man, joseph torrez, was at home with his family, when a group of four men allegedly broke into his dona ana county home on new year’s eve. torrez, a mixed-martial artist, fought all four of them off…killing one of them. the fifth person charged is now on trial. leonard calvillo faces various charges including attempted murder, child abuse and aggravated battery. s this is video of calvillo entering the court room yesterday. when torrez took the stand he showed a lot of emotion. he said that calvillo and three other gang members broke into his home. the defense says that not once did torrez call police. but we have a 9-1 recording of torrez’s wife calling for help: 911 caller: “get off of him. ge off of him.” operator: “mam, how many people are fighting? ” 911 caller: “we need somebody here now. please!” operator: “mam, we ha them on the way. we need you to calm down.” if convicted calvillo faces about 30 years behind bars. the trial continues later today. another update this morning– on the two former las cruces police officers accused of police brutality. danny salcido and richard garcia both pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated battery. the men were caught on tape beating an inmate inside a jail cell. the man in that video, ross flynn, is suing the las cruces police department for 12-and-a-half million dollars. another gang member tied to an el paso prostitution ring — learned his punishment monday timothy mccullouch was sentenced to 18 years in prison. mcculloch was a former juvenile probation officer. this is youtube video from 2008 when he was a member of the utep football team. he joins the three other members of the gang who were sentenced last week. one of them got life in prison. prosecutors say the men ran a sex trafficking ring that extended from el paso to california. some of the women were minors — and were forced by the men to prostitute themselves. a former el paso police officer is sentenced to 5 months in prison after reaching a plea deal with prosecutors. in 2012 investigators accused ricardo huante of defrauding several u-s insurance companies. they say huante ran a side business where he handled health care billing for several juarez doctors. as part of the deal — he was ordered to pay a little more 20- thousand dollars in restitution. at the time of the investigation huante was a 14-year veteran of the force. he was placed on administrative leave and then eventually resigned. abc-7 was awaiting the results of about 90 tuberculosis tests… … out of frank macias elementary school in horizon city. that’s where 163 students and 8 staff members were potentially exposed. the health department said the results of the first 100 tests would be out yesterday… but now, they won’t release them to the public until all the results are in. the city says the kid’s parents have the results. and as of friday, about 70 more students needed to be tested. this story broke last week when the health department announced someone at the school had active t-b and the school’s second graders could be at risk. while the department of health works on the t-b cases … it now has its first west nile case of the year. an elderly man from el paso’s lower valley tested positive for the virus most commonly transmitted to humans by mosquitoes. no other details are being made public at this time. there were 15 west nile cases in the city last year. we’ll have more details coming up in our second have hour about how you can protect yourself el paso’s state representative joe pickett is asking the city to get rid of the toll roads on the border highway. pickett says there is no need for any toll roads in el paso. pickett’s plan to get rid of the toll roads hinges on txdot support, which he says he has … and also dealing with funding and debt, which not everyone is convinced has been addressed yet. today’s city council meeting will have a new face. district one’s newly-elected representative takes his seat for the first time. good morning el paso’s denise olivas is live with the story …denise? peter schwarz- bine’s campaign run was a little longer than expected. after the general election, he was forced into a run- off. last night he was officially sworn in. some familiar faces also return to city council– representatives claudia ordaz and doctor michiel noe were also sworn in last night at the plaza theatre. schwarz-bine now takes over for ann morgan lilly– the longtime rep for district one which covers the west side of el paso. he admits it was a hard race to win– with six other competitors in the general election. but schwarz-bine says he’s ready to take on his new role. “i think we have to wor hard…our district, our city and our region as well” among the issues schwarz-bine will have to deal with today… the san jacinto plaza reconstruction … and a case similar to last week… involving a business that wants an exemption to sell liquor close to a daycare. now to those western wildfires wrecking havoc along the west coast. record breaking temperatures will enflame the northwest today as firefighters continue to fight the blaze. abc’s kenneth moton has the latest on this story developing now. / the firefight continued overnight. the firestorm in washington state fueled by strong winds, dry conditions and triple digit temperature in wenatchee. in the light of day, incredible scenes of destruction — a 3000 acre fire leaving behind charred earth. so far more than two dozen homes, some mansions, destroyed. thousands of residents evacuated. sot chief mike burnett, chelan county fire dept. “ember were going from one house to another, catching the roofs on fire.” mos julie smith, wenatchee evacuee “you grab your family kids and our animals. friends across the wenatchee river and watched this area burn all night.” embers from the massive wildfire have also reached businesses — sparking explosions and industrial fires. ammonia leaked from buildings sending thick , toxic black smoke into downtown wenatchee. a red- flag warning remained in effect late monday night as firefighters gained ground. mos unidentified wenatchee resident “i think the wors is over, but you have to be vigilant.” that vigilance will be need throughout the summer. right now across the west, nearly 75 wildfires are burning from alaska to arizona. in california, a much smaller but still destructive fire has burned 300 acres in mesa. fire crews have been working from the air and the ground. 1400 people have been evacuated. no homes or other structures have been lost, but emergency officials say the fire has the potential to do a lot of damage. investigators in washington state are still searching for a cause of that wildfire. several firefighters suffered heat related injuries. no residents have been hurt. kenneth moton, abc news, washington. now it’s time to take a look at the tx-dot traffic cams… the u.s. women’s soccer team is gearing up for a tough match today. how the players feel about going head- to-head with germany in the world cup, and what the win could mean for them. and, looking for a way to test your wrestling skills this fourth of july? arm wrestling, that is. well this tournament might be for you. we have details for you, coming up. meteorologist krystal klei has your detailed forecast. krystal… and this is abc-7, where news comes first! we’ve all done it…

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