a tip in illinois sends the search for three suspected cop killers into overdrive. …but police now say that lead overnight was fake. in el paso… two cars go up in flames overnight! our round the clock crew has video and details from the scene! and korean businesses in los angeles say they’re fed up. why they’re considering trading in sunny california for the sun city. 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 temps are again starting in the 60s and 70s but different from the last few days? we’ve got light rain showers moving over parts of southern new mexico including right in las cruces. these light showers will wet the roads, but not cause any issues for your morning commute. as for winds they’re light now but may bump up to breezy conditions later. temps will be somewhat cooler than they have been and rain chances will be better than they have been. we’ll talk more about what to expect for the rest of this work week and the weekend ahead coming up in your full forecast. fire crews were called out overnight after a car was engulfed in flames. this morning investigators are trying to figure out if someone intentionally set the car on fire. it happened at around 1:30 in the morning on 3600 block of lincoln just outside the arches apartment complex. abc-7’s denise olivas is on the scene with our round the clock coverage. the car that was completely engulfed in flames is gone but you can see just what was left behind. and a this other car here badly damaged in one side. our round the clock crew was here as fire investigators were on the scene but would not give us much information. a police officer out here tells us they were called out for a possible arson, but that had not been confirmed by fire officials. more round the clock news from west el paso. emergency crews confirm four people were taken to area hospitals after a rollover on i-10 west. it happened by the redd road exit ramp after 12-30 this morning. emergency crews say the injuries were not serious. no word on what caused the crash. developing now… the search for suspected killers in illinois is expanding. hundreds of people have joined the manhunt, as law enforcement tries to track down the men who killed a cop in fox lake. andrew spencer has the latest on the search. police swarmed overnight amid reports that two suspicious men had been spotted in volo, illinois — not far from fox lake, where lieutenant joe gliniewicz was shot and killed on tuesday. “it was called in by an individual to dispatch centers. it was not initially witnessed by our units.” police now say that report was fabricated. gliniewicz died after radioing about three suspicious men: two white, one black. officials have given no other description of the men believed to have killed the officer. …but new leads have poured in, as multiple agencies hunt for the men. “we feel like we are making som progress. unfortunately, we haven’t apprehended anyone.” recordings of police dispatch indicated the suspected killers may have run toward a nearby marsh, where the terrain is overgrown and swampy. “this is a very… area that’ got a lot of foliage around it, so they’re turning over every leaf and blade of grass to see if there’s anything else out there that they may have missed.” at a crowded vigil wednesday, gliniewicz’s widow thanked everyone for their support… “the very presence of all of yo here, as well as all the prayers and support from all over the nation, are truly appreciated by me and my family.” “joe was my best friend, my world, my hero, the love of my life for the last 26 and a half years…” “my world got a little bi smaller with his passing. he will truly be missed by all of us. thank you, everybody.” i’m andrew spencer, reporting the officer in illinois marks the eighth law enforcement officer shot and killed in the u.s. in the last month. in el paso… the local police union says it’s clear there is amped up rhetoric against police officers. and it appears to be a subset of an intensified conversation about race in the u-s. the president of the union though says public sentiment toward police always changes depending on current events. the difference now is the immediate spread of shooting videos – often without context: 08:29 you see a three second clip of a video and then you have thousands of people out there being stupid ‘oh we should go kill police officers.’ let’s riot, let’s protest, they don’t realize that their right to do that – a lot of officers have died to give them that right the police union’s attorney said he couldn’t comment on an el paso case where an autopsy recently revealed a man was shot in the back by police who said he charged them. year-to-year… the number of police killed in the line of duty is down. over in san antonio — investigators are looking at a second video that shows deputies shooting and killing a man with his hands raised. in that video — officials say the man appears to be holding a knife. it has not been released to the public. at a news conference — the bexar county sheriff said the video has been forwarded to the state crime lab to see if the footage can be enhanced and slowed down. investigators believe 41-year-old gilbert flores was holding a knife, but it’s unclear. the first video shows flores standing motionless with his hands raised in apparent surrender when he was shot. however a utility pole obscured one of his arms. more details on the shooting that happened in mesilla tuesday. the suspect…. 21- year-old jacob martinez is now facing battery charges. on tuesday…. an officer with the mesilla marshal’s office was looking for martinez in connection with an alleged domestic disturbance. a spokeswoman with the dona ana county sheriff’s office said the officer felt threatened and opened fire. no one was hit — but martinez was taken into custody. the details about the exact threat made against the officer — have not been released. parents in south- central el paso are stunned after a popular daycare center is cutting back on its programs. it may possily close altogether. we are talking about the houchen community center… a cultural and historic landmark. houchen board president laura neill says that leadership tried right up to last thursday’s decision to find a way to keep the daycare going… enrollment declines led to price hikes, which further depressed enrollment. the deficit at the daycare threatened the function of the center as a whole. “but we can’t get grant money t pay for salaries. grant money can’t pay for the lights. grant money has to be used for programs, which is what we want to do, and what we can do. but right now, salaries and utilities are what’s killing us.” if you want to find out more about the houchen center or contact them, you can find the link on our website, k-v-i-a dot com. a story in the los angeles times says korean businesses in the l-a garment district are considering a mass move to el paso! an increase in minimum wage to 15- dollars over the next few years in l-a, coupled with jumps in rent and stricter labor enforcement has businesses looking for somewhere else to set up shop. the story also mentions that a real estate broker from el paso is meeting with the korean american apparel manufacturers association. so why el paso? one of the korean business owners making the pitch for the move says el paso has plenty of skilled laborers, fewer regulations, cheaper rent and direct flights to los angeles. an abc-7 traffic alert… we have some lane closures on the border highway to go over. this will be between u-s 54 and park street in south central el paso. the eastbound right shoulder will be closed… as well as the westbound right lane. these closures are necessary to begin work on the new coles-paisano interchange… which is part of the border highway west project. the lanes will remain closed till further notice. at , here’s a look at how your commute is shaping up this morning. the tx-dot traffic cams at … still to come on good morning el paso … an update on that short lunch break parents and kids were complaing about in las cruces. it looks like there is finally a solution. and a deadly snake escapes from its lair in florida. now authorities are trying to track it down! but first – stormtrack weather! meteorologist krystal kleihas your complete forecast. krystal… and this is abc-7, where news comes first! know anybody
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