Local 4 News starts now with a breaking news alert we begin with that breaking news from the East Coast where the U.S military says fighter jets have shot down a suspected Chinese surveillance balloon off the coast of South Carolina thank you for joining us I'm Pamela Osborne new details are emerging after the U.S.
Military shot down a suspected Chinese spy balloon over the Atlantic Ocean a senior U.S military official tells CNN fighter jets from Langley Air Force Base in Virginia were involved in today's operation we're told a single missile was used to bring down the balloon Gloria pezmino has the latest the suspected Chinese spy balloon making.
Its way across the Eastern Seaboard was shot down by the military on Saturday when I was briefed on the balloon I ordered the Pentagon to shoot it down on Wednesday as soon as possible they decided that the best time to do that was it got over water outside within our within 12 mile limit China claims the balloon was a civilian.
Research Airship used mainly for weather research they say the balloon went off course early Saturday morning people in parts of North Carolina also reported sightings of the balloon that thing is not the Moon the Moon is right there top military officials initially advise against shooting the balloon while it.
Was over the continental U.S because of the risk debris could post to civilians and property on the ground this thing is so weird it's definitely moving the first sightings were on Wednesday in Reed Point Montana then again on Friday in Pleasant Hill and Columbia Missouri U.S Secretary of State Anthony blinken postponed his weekend trip to China.
Following a phone call with China's top Diplomat on Friday I made clear that the presence of the surveillance balloon in U.S airspace is a clear violation of U.S sovereignty and international law that it's an irresponsible act a U.S official said a recovery effort off the coast is underway I'm Gloria passmino reporting I got a video I think.
Stay with Local 4 and click on detroit.com tonight for the latest updated information on that story here at home happening right now family members are gathering tonight to remember five-year-old Ethan Belcher he's the victim killed in what prosecutors are calling a case of abuse Jacqueline Franson joins us live from.
Detroit's East Side where a vigil for the child is just getting underway Jacqueline yeah Pamela a lot of emotion out here tonight things are just getting started the candles are lit you can hear that music behind me one of the hardest parts for family they say about being here tonight is the fact that the house that.
They're outside of right now is where police say the child abuse was happening those allegations so troubling as we've been reporting the story for the last few weeks I do want to show you five-year-old Ethan Belcher he was found dead in his home here on January 22nd Ethan's mom and stepdad are charged in his murder prosecutor saying they beat.
And tortured him along with other kids living at this home it's a troubling case of child abuse that's caught the attention of lawmakers in Lansing as people want to know how this could have happened especially after extended family members who are here tonight reported the abuse to CPS and police 18 months ago Local 4 has since learned.
That the Lincoln Park police did launch an abuse investigation but they did not have enough to get an arrest warrant at that time still a lot of questions too about that CPS case but tonight back here live outside of this vigil it's really about remembering Ethan they have not had a chance to lay him to rest so this is one of the first steps in.
Grieving this this tragic loss reporting live in Detroit Jacqueline Francis local 4. all right Jacqueline thank you new at six one man is dead after Highland Park police say he tried to stop a car robbery it happened around five this morning in the area of Buena Vista and Woodward investigators say the man was confronting two suspects trying.
To break into a car they say one of the suspects shot and shot him and killed him Michigan State Police is handling that investigation an investigation also underway after a man was shot and killed by a Michigan State Police Trooper this happened last night around nine in Crawford County that's in northern Michigan near Traverse City officials.
Say a trooper and Cadet responded to a call about a car in a ditch along I-75 we're told during that interaction between the trooper and the driver The Trooper drew his weapon shooting and killing the driver police say a gun was found in the driver's vehicle we're still working to learn what led up to that shooting.
Time now for a check of the weather as we wrap up a cold but Sunny Saturday afternoon you're looking live at our Windsor Sky Camp pointed at the Detroit Riverfront forewarn meteorologist Brian Sherman joins us now for a first look at the forecast hey Brian hey there Pamela and good Saturday evening everyone a gorgeous day across the neighborhood.
Today lots of sunshine but over the past few hours those clouds have started to roll into the region tower cam from Windsor looking across the river into downtown Detroit mostly cloudy skies heading into the six o'clock hour tonight but much warmer today than we were on Friday we made it to the freezing Mark today here in Detroit 32.
Degrees 31 right now working into Hal 28 as you're checking in with us over in Pontiac and 34 right now over in Adrian that's the story for most of Southeastern Michigan Upper 20's to lower 30s with that southerly flow moving into the region that has sent everybody 15 to 20 degrees warmer or better working into this afternoon and.
We will keep those above average temperatures around as we go throughout at least the next five to seven days that thicker cloud cover starting to work off to the east over the past few hours as we are going to have a weak disturbance roll through throughout our Sunday so we'll go mostly cloudy skies throughout the evening hours tonight.
Temperatures slowly dropping into the upper 20s by midnight but we've got some rain on the way as we head into next week as well I'll detail out what you can expect in your complete 4-1 forecast that's coming up in just a few minutes also a good time to download that forewarn weather app Exact Track 4D Future Track and weather alerts all in.
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