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for years, james "whitey" bulger was the most notorious mobster in boston. then with the fbi on his trail, he and his long-time girlfriend just disappeared. they eluded the law for 14 years by hiding in plain sight in santa monica, california. they were pretending to be a husband and wife couple. steve kroft spoke to their neighbors and the agents who caught them for "60 minutes." >> reporter: if you're forced into retirement with a desire to be left completely alone, there is no better place than santa monica, california. this low-key, seaside suburb of l.a. is shared by transients, tourists, hippies and head-onists, celebrities, and lots of senior citizens. attracted to the climate, and an abundance of inexpensive, rent controlled apartments just a few
street, which is where charlie and carol gasco, a childless couple from chicago, lived for 14 years, without attracting much attention from long-time neighbors or landlords. josh bond is the building manager. what were they like? >> they were like the nice, retired old couple that lived in the apartment next to me. >> reporter: good tenants? >> excellent. never complained, always paid rent on time. >> reporter: in cash? >> in cash. >> reporter: janice goodwin lived down the hall. >> they had nothing. and they never went out. they never had food delivered. she never dressed nicely. >> reporter: you thought they were poor? >> yes, without a doubt. >> reporter: the one thing that everybody remembers is they loved animals. and always made a fuss over the ones in the neighborhood. barbara remembers that carol always fed a stray cat after its owner had died. >> she would, you know, pet it and be sweet to it. and then they would put a plate of food like out here.
>> you know, he always had a hat on and dark glasses. i have to say, it was mysterious to me why a lovely woman like that was hanging out with that guy. that old, grumpy man. i never could figure that one out. until i heard they had $800,000 in the wall. and then i went oh, okay. >> reporter: money wasn't the only thing found in the apartment on june 22, 2011. when the fbi stopped by and ended what it called the most extensive manhunt in the bureau's history. >> weapons all over the apartment. i mean, weapons by the night stand, under the window sill, shotguns, mini rugers, rifles. >> reporter: what started out as a routine day for special agent gariola, would turn into one of the most interesting days of his career. after getting a call to stake out a building in santa monica, he notified his backup team with
>> i had four guys working that day. i said we got a tip on whitey bulger, i'll see you there in about an hour. invariably, texts were returned, who's whitey bulger? >> reporter: really? >> a few of them. i had to gently remind him who he was. >> reporter: that he was number one on the fbi's most wanted list. >> number one, yeah. big east coast figure, but the west coast, not so much. >> reporter: the cops in l.a. were focused on gang bangers and cartel members, not some retired irish mobster who hadn't been spotted in 16 years. but then few mobsters have ever been as infamous in the city as whitey bulger was in boston. and his reputation was for more than just being grumpy. besides extortion and flooding the city with cocaine, he routinely performed or ordered executions. some at close range, some with a hail of bullets. and at least one by strangulation, after which it's
the special agent who ran the whitey bulger task force had heard it all. >> bulger was charged with 19 counts of murder. he was charged with other crimes. he was a scourge to the society in south boston. his own community. >> reporter: he was also a scourge to the fbi and a great source of embarrassment to the fbi task force. years earlier, he had infiltrated the boston office of the fbi, and bought off agents who protected him and supplied him with information, including the tip that allowed bulger to flee just before he was indicted. >> we had to catch this guy, to establish credibility after all the other issues. it was just a matter of bringing this guy back to boston. >> reporter: they joined the task force in 2009. the joke was, bulger was on the fbi's least wanted list. there hadn't been a credible
their efforts in bulger's old neighborhood in south boston were met with mistrust and ridicule. >> some people told us you aren't looking for that guy. people made the assumption that we had him stashed somewhere. people really thought that kind of thing. >> despite that mindset we're not going to help you, the fbi still got it done. >> reporter: it took 16 years. >> it took 16 years. this was not a typical fugitive. >> reporter: the fbi said bulger planned his getaway years in advance, with money set aside and a fake identity for a thomas baxter. during his first two years on the lam, bulger was in touch with friends and family, shuttling between new york, chicago, and the resort town of grand isle, louisiana, where he rented a home until his identity was compromised. after that, it seemed as if he had disappeared from the face of the earth, except for the alleged sightings all over the world. how many of these tips do you think might have been true?
thousands of tips and i don't think any of them were true. >> reporter: one of the obstacles is there were no good photographs of bulger or his long-time live-in girlfriend, catherine greig, a former dental hygienist. the fbi noted that they shared a love of animals, especially dogs and cats, and asked veterinarians to be on the lookout. in were reports that greig once had breast implants in boston, so the task force reached out to physicians. eventually they got a call from a dr. donally, who located her files in storage. >> i was trying to leave the office early to catch one of my kid's ball games. i said listen, i'm going to swing by in the morning and pick those up. they said, do you want the photos, too? i said, you have photos? they said yeah, we have photos. i said, we'll be there in 15 minutes. >> the breast implant lead
high resolution catherine greig photographs that would help crack the case. the fbi decided to switch strategies, going after the girlfriend in order to catch the gangster. >> this is an announcement by the fbi. >> reporter: the fbi created this public service announcement. >> 60-year-old greig is the girlfriend of 81-year-old bulger. >> reporter: it ran in 14 markets on daytime talk shows, aimed at women. >> call the tipline. >> reporr: and it didn't take long. the very next morning, the bulger task force got three messages from someone that used to live in santa monica, and was 100% certain that charlie and carol gasgo, apartment 303, were the people they were looking for. the descriptions and the age difference matched, and u.s. marshal neil sullivan, who handled the lead, said there was another piece of tantalizing information. >> the tipster described that they were caring for this cat and their love for this cat. so that was just one piece of the puzzle and the tip that just
isn't them, it's something we better check on immediately, because it sure sounds like them. >> reporter: the search of the fbi's computer database raised another red flag. not for what it found but for what it didn't. >> basically, like they were ghosts. no driver's license, no california i.d. >> reporter: that's the apartment? >> that corner on the third floor. side? >> yep. >> reporter: by early afternoon, the fbi had set up a number of surveillance posts and had already met with the apartment manager josh bond to talk about his tenants. >> he closed the door, threw down a folder, opened it up and said are these the people that live in apartment 303? >> reporter: did you say anything when you saw the pictures? >> my reaction was holy [ bleep ]. roim you're living next door to a gangster. >> i still can't really know who he was. >> reporter: but it didn't take long to figure it out. while the fbi was mulling his options, bond logged on to the
>> i'm scrolling down, it's like, oh, wow, this guy is serious. murder, extortion. then i get to the bottom and there's this thing from one of his old people saying, the last time i saw him he said when he goes out, he's going to have guns and be ready to take people with him. i thought maybe i shouldn't be involved in this. >> reporter: bond told the fbi he wasn't going to knock on the door because there was a note posted expressly asking people not to bother them. carol told neighbors charlie was showing signs of dementia. >> so we were back there. >> reporter: so he devised a ruse involving their storage locker in the garage. >> it had the game gasco across it. and apartment 303. >> reporter: he had the manager call to tell them their locker had been broken into and he needed someone to come down and see if anything was missing. carol said her husband would be right down. you just rushed him? >> guns out, fbi, don't move. fbi, get your hands up, hands
and then at that moment we told him to get on his knees and he gave us, yeah, he gave us i ain't getting down on my "f"-ing knees. >> reporter: didn't want to get his pants dirty? >> didn't want to get his pants dirty. wearing white, seeing the oil, he didn't want to get his pants dirly. >> reporter: even at 81, this was a man used to being in control. >> i asked him to identify himself. that didn't go over well. he didn't me to "f"-ing identify myself. i said are you whitey bulger? he said yes. >> you can see the full report on our website, cbsnews.com. the "overnight news" will be right back. (cell phone rings) where are you? well the squirrels are back in the attic. mom? your dad won't call an exterminator... can i call you back, mom? he says it's personal this time...
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ft. hood, texas remains in mourning over the christmas eve eve death of a woman named elizabeth laird. she was a fixture at the base. a retired air force veteran who gave strength to the troops with the power of her hugs. jim axelrod reports. >> she was a wonderful, wonderful lady. >> reporter: she was the beloved hug lady. and for the last dozen years, elizabeth laird was there for them with open arms. more than half a million of them actually. soldiers from ft. hood anxiously heading off to war and some with
coming home. >> she meant a lot to a lot of us and had a wonderful, wonderful impact on everybody that she met. >> reporter: last month when word got out that elizabeth was losing her long battle with it their mission to return the hugs, and to thank the 83-year-old air force veteran for her service. former president george w. bush sent her a letter. >> thank you for all you have done at ft. hood. >> reporter: last tuesday, elizabeth was honored with a big award for her devotion to the troops. two days later, on christmas eve, she passed away. >> she was a smiling face, you know, in a time where people could have possibly been afraid. >> reporter: elizabeth laird,
the most popular gifts this holiday season, despite stories of them catching fire and being banned from airplanes. but it turns out one of the most dangerous things a kid can do with a hoverboard is let their parents ride it. ben tracy reports. >> this is a piece of cake. >> reporter: it's the gift that keeps on giving, especially for kids enjoying seeing their parents hop on their hoverboards and finding themselves cruising for a bruising. in social media videos, helmets and knee pads are nowhere in sight. so when many parents go down, it does not end well. this teenager tweeted, my dad sprained his arm riding the hoverboard this morning. merry christmas. florida congressman carlos g,
in a sling. tweeting -- hoverboards is for kids. my daughter got it. i ended up in the er. most adults are finding the thrills are not worth it. baseball free agent dan uggla tried to roll with his kids, but had a hard time getting into the swing of things. that's just one reason the #hoverboardfails has gone viral. just before christmas, the u.s. consumer product safety reported the number of injuries associated with hoverboards spiked 35%. that is expected to rise dramatically in the post holiday tally, and worries some safety experts. >> you have a product that doesn't have to meet any safety requirements. and it's finding its way to the u.s. market. >> reporter: nathan furnace sells the boards in los angeles. he thinks the problem is overconfident adults who don't realize the boards are self-balancing scooters. >> they try to pal bans them -- balance themselves up. stop, chill out. just stand straight up.
>> try to stand straight up. >> reporter: i thought i got the hang of it quickly, until i didn't. his cell phone caught he movering on the ground. have you seen a lot of adults wipe out on these things? >> i have to be honest, yes. my mom, in fact, was one of the adults that wiped out on them. >> reporter: and that may be the lesson of this holiday season. something that seems like child's play is probably best left to actual children. for "cbs this morning," ben tracy, on the pavement of a los angeles parking lot. and that's the "overnight news" for this tuesday.
officers in the shooting death of 12-year-old tamir rice in cleveland. also tonight, a giant storm system crawls across the country dumping snow and ice after tornadoes tore through texas. >> we are at nature's will, whether we're going to live or die. an environmental disaster with no end in sight. thousands flee a methane leak in southern california. and he was king of his court. farewell to meadowlark lemon. >> he's up to something. he's done it. this is the "cbs overnight news." good evening. scott's off tonight. i'm jeff glor. an ohio grand jury declined to indict two white cleveland police officers, timothy loehmann and frank garmback, in the shooting death of 12-year-old tamir rice. rice was shot in november of last year after being spotted waving a gun in a park. it turned out to be a toy.
incident an absolute tragedy, but not a crime. demarco morgan is in cleveland. >> simply put, given this perfect storm of human error, the state's miscommunication by all involved that day, the evidence did not indicate criminal conduct by police. >> reporter: cuyahoga county prosecutor tim mcginty says this enhanced video shows 12-year-old tamir rice was pulling a pellet gun out of his waistband when he was shot. >> he either intended to hand it over to the officers or show it wasn't a real gun, but there was no way for the officers to know it. they saw the events unfolding in front of them from a different perspective. >> reporter: the prosecutor said the radio dispatcher was to blame for not telling the police that the gun may have been fake and the suspect may have been underage.
911 call. >> reporter: but the radio dispatcher told the officers this: >> reporter: officer loehmann shot rice within two seconds of pulling up to the scene with his training officer frank garmback. the county's public corruption unit chief says officers trained to shoot quickly when they believe a suspect may open fire. >> it is clear that had these officers known this was possibly a child and the gun was possibly a toy, that would not have considered this incident to have been so serious and most certainly would have used different tactics. >> reporter: walter madison represents the rice family. >> there was an expectation that this would be the outcome of the grand jury process, but there's nothing like knowing. it's real now and they have to live with that.
family of tamir rice complained the officers were allowed to give statements to the grand jury and were not asked questions, something they say would never happen if a civilian were accused. the officers remain under restricted duty. >> demarco morgan in cleveland tonight. in another major story tonight, the storm system that left a path of devastation in the south is heading north and east, adding more ice and snow to the lethal mix of severe weather. at least 47 deaths are reported in seven states since an outbreak of tornadoes in the south last week. the storms also brought flooding to alabama and significant travel delays. mark strassmann begins our coverage in el reno, oklahoma. mark? >> reporter: jeff, take a look at this branch, iced over like so much of this community. police have urged residents to stay off of iced roads, but that often means staying inside houses that have no heat.
ice one inch thick coated roads and made driving treacherous. tractor-trailers skidded into trouble. nearly 200,000 people are without power. brad and sarah ayers and their three kids need someplace warm to sleep tonight. without power, their house feels almost as cold inside as outside. what's the worst part? >> having little ones and it being cold, getting real cold. i mean, the outside, you can get rid of all the limbs, but in here it gets pretty cold. >> reporter: the huge winter storm's impact stretched from oklahoma to new mexico. interstate 40 closed for more than 200 miles from albuquerque to the texas state line. in amarillo, texas, winds gusted up to 50 miles per hour, nearly 15 inches of snow created drifts that buried cars. in eastern oklahoma, that same storm system brought heavy rains
the illinois river is expected to crest at 29 feet. since saturday, nearly ten inches of rain has fallen in talaqa, where brian berry lives. >> we normally get 40 inches a year. we got a fourth of that this weekend. it's a crazy year. >> reporter: and a crazy month for the ayers family. they lost power for five days over thanksgiving when another ice storm hit el reno. >> it's starting to get old. oh, definitely. they're trying to do what they can, but it that takes a long time to get this many people p with power. >> reporter: this massive pile is el reno's official dumping ground for folks who live here over the last two ice storms. the residents have brought all the branches and limbs that have fallen on their property and stuck them here, and, jeff, this pile just keeps on growing. >> mark strassmann, thank you. texas bore the brunt of the weekend storms where at least 11 tornadoes were reported.
texas. >> reporter: it was pitch black when the tornado hit. >> oh, my gosh, it's big. >> reporter: this one was 550 yards wide with winds of nearly 180 miles per hour. for 13 miles, it plowed through the cities of garland and rowlett. constance rose's home was nearly demolished. two rooms were untouched, the closets where she and her family, including her two-year- old granddaughter, took shelter. and the house is a mess. >> i know. it's a miracle that we got out alive. >> reporter: nearby, karen swearingen also hid in a closet with her boyfriend and her son trevor who is deaf. >> and it's dark. we had no electricity. and i'm trying to comfort him, and it's the only way i could communicate is to hold his hands and i just kept signing, god
save us. >> reporter: eight people were killed, most in their cars as vehicles went airborne. tossed by the tornado. back in rowlett, mike girouard and his wife nancy took us to their damaged home on sunday. >> we were on our patio on the back of the house. >> reporter: what was that? >> that was the ceiling falling in. >> reporter: nancy, are you okay? >> no. my boys grew up in this home. everything's gone. >> sorry, baby. we went from happy to homeless in a minute. >> reporter: the family of four that lived inside this home that i am standing on top of tonight were trapped when it collapsed on top of them, rescuers pulled them out with only minor injuries. jeff, tonight they are back here at home with the help of neighbors, salvaging what they
texas. all of this is creating huge problems at airports. since yesterday more than 10,000 flights have been delayed. about 4,100 canceled. many of those in chicago and dallas-fort worth. eric fisher is chief meteorologist at our cbs boston station, wbz. he joins us now. eric, where are these storms headed next? >> reporter: jeff, this whole huge storm system starting to move its way off toward the north and east. tonight, we're watching heavy snow and ice in the upper midwest. all this moving into the northeast tomorrow. places that were 70 degrees on christmas eve now getting their first winter sto of the season, a mix of sleet, freezing rain and snow that will cause travel issues out the door tomorrow morning before all this finally moves off to the north and east and out to sea as we head into late tomorrow evening. so across the northeast, new york city will actually a punch into the warmer air, above 50 degrees, but the boston area across new england and interior
wintry mix that's going to cause quite a few travel issues. now, the lingering thing, even after this whole storm system moves off shore, we have river flooding that's reaching historic levels. take a look at the scenes we've been tracking around the mississippi valley in particular. we've had very heavy rain in that basin. so the river flood warnings are out across a broad area. some of these crests will be at record levels as we head into the next couple days some, jeff, that's very unusual thing. normally in spring you'd expect mississippi flooding but not in winter. >> eric fisher in boston. eric, thank you. in chicago, outrage after another police shooting. two people were killed over the weekend. police admit the death of one was an accident, but they're not saying exactly what happened inside an apartment building. families of the victims are demanding answers. anna werner is there. >> reporter: police went to this home on chicago's west side early saturday morning after the father of 19-year-old quintonio legrier called to say his son was threatening him and swinging a baseball bat.
radio. >> reporter: officers shot and killed legrier, a college student home for christmas break. his mother said his behavior recently changed. they also shot and killed a neighbor by mistake, bettie jones, a mother of five, had been asked by legrier's father to keep an eye out for the arriving officers. jahmal cole was her nephew. >> a 55-year-old lady was shot down by a chicago police officer. in the climate we're in, in chicago, that's almost unbelievable. nobody should be shot down on their doorstep, but my aunt especially was not a person that deserved that. >> reporter: there have been weeks of protest over police shootings, including that of 17- year-old laquan mcdonald, who in october of last year was shot 16 times by an officer now charged with first-degree murder. over the weekend, legrier's mother, janet cooksey, stood with others wearing anti-rahm emanuel t-shirts, calling for an
>> when is the mayor going to step up? when is he going to step up? >> reporter: responding to the shooting, mayor emanuel issued a statement saying, "it is clear changes are needed to how officers respond to mental health crises." in a measure of the seriousness of the problems here, jeff, mayor rahm emanuel said today he was cutting short his family vacation trip to cuba to return to chicago. >> anna werner in chicago this evening. in the presidential campaign, a front-runner feud continues, but donald trump is not limiting his attacks to hillary clinton. major garrett has more on this. >> reporter: bill clinton is always a popular draw on the democratic campaign trail, but donald trump is warning hillary clinton to keep her husband under wraps. if hillary thinks she can unleash her husband with terrible record of women abuse, trump said on twitter, while playing the women's card on me, she's wrong. trump raised the specter of bill clinton's previous sex scandals
has "a penchant for sexism." today the clinton campaign announced the former president would campaign on his wife's behalf starting next week with two stops in new hampshire, the state that in 1992 famously made him -- >> the comeback kid. >> reporter: in most national polls trump either trails clinton or runs neck and neck. trump wants to move ahead and signal to gop voters he's eager to challenge the clinton brand. >> you see hillary. i mean, did you watch that? what happened to her? >> reporter: but in the republican primary, trump is facing his own incoming. today the largest newspaper in new hampshire compared him to biff tannen. >> how do you know where i live? >> reporter: the arrogant, money-grubbing bully from "the back to the future" movies. in an interview with a new hampshire tv station, trump called the publisher, "a low life." >> the paper is failing. he's doing a terrible job. this man is absolutely terrible. >> reporter: and the clinton
statement saying hillary clinton will not be bullied or distracted by the slings trump has thrown at her and the former president. jeff, the campaign called trump's comments demeaning, his policies destructive. >> major garrett, thank you. tonight iraqi troops are on the verge of retaking a key city from isis, a city where americans fought and died during the iraq war. david martin reports on the new battle for ramadi. >> reporter: iraqi soldiers planted their national flag atop ramadi's government center. [gunfire] breaking the death grip isis held over the city just 70 miles west of baghdad. iraqi officials declared ramadi liberated, but u.s. officials cautioned isis still holds neighborhoods in the north and east. that will have to be cleared by house-to-house fighting against snipers and booby traps. fighting has reduced parts of the city to rubble and a return to normal life any time soon is difficult to imagine. still, taking back this city
army which last may had abandoned ramadi in the face of an assault by a much smaller number of isis fighters. it also validated the american strategy of training and equipping iraqi ground troops and backing them up with strikes from the air. a total of 630 in and around ramadi. pentagon officials said the operation was a complex one which required the iraqi army first to encircle the city and then to cross rivers where the bridges had been blown. the american strategy for dislodging isis seems to be gaining traction. but no u.s. official is willing to second the iraqi prime minister's bold claim that 2016 would see the final defeat of isis in iraq. defense secretary carter called the retaking of ramadi's government center a significant step but added, "the fight against isis is far from over." >> david martin tonight.
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a slow motion environmental disaster in california where a torrent of methane gas is spewing into the air. thousands have been relocated. mireya villarreal is in porter ranch. >> reporter: this infrared video shows gas rolling off the top of a nearby ridge down into the community of porter ranch. it was shot by a law firm representing several home owners who are now filing lawsuits against southern california's gas utility company. matt pakucko bought his first home in the porter ranch community eight years ago because of the scenic views and his ability to work at home as a music producer. >> i can't work in here. i can't breathe in here. when the wind comes up the hill, the gas comes down here in the fireplace, i can't work. >> reporter: the leak started in october. so far more than 6,500 families have filed for help, but only 2,200 have been relocated. the state agency that monitors air quality estimates nearly 70,000 pounds of gas is being
quarter of the methane emissions in california. so cal gas spokesman mike mizarahi. >> once the leak is stopped, we'll be able to evaluate what caused the leak, and we'll be able to evaluate how much natural gas escaped. >> reporter: to fix the problem, the gas company drilled a relief well nearby, using magnetic technology, workers have located the leaking well more than 3,000 feet below ground. now they have to drill another 5,000 feet where they'll intersect the faulty well and pump it with mud, water and cement to stop the leak. it's made pakucko so sick, he had to move out. frustrating for you? >> beyond frustrating. it's a new way of life now. we can't live in our home. how much worse does it get? >> reporter: the leak is expected to be fixed by march, but, jeff, as a precaution, elementary students that go to two nearby schools will be relocated until that happens. >> all right, mireya, thank you very much.
have it cloned after it died. using the dna south korean lab created two identical boxer puppies. the first one was born the day after christmas. the second is expected any day now. former outfielder dave henderson has died. he spent 14 years in the majors and is best remembered for his dramatic home run in the 1986 american league championship series. that one swing electrified the boston red sox and helped propel them to the world series. henderson died in seattle of a heart attack three months after having a kidney transplant. dave henderson was 57 years old. meadowlark lemon was a basketball legend who made
we'll remember him next. finally tonight, meadowlark lemon famously said it was his destiny to make people happy. that he did through 24 years and by his count 16,000 performances with the harlem globetrotters. lemon died yesterday in arizona. don dahler looks back. [harlem globetrotters theme music playing] >> reporter: during his heydey in the '70s, there was arguably no more well-known and beloved athlete in the world. he starred in commercials. >> i'm a whiz at this whopper biz. >> reporter: and on saturday morning tv. >> that's why i am your leader. i think of those things. >> reporter: but it was on the court that the man referred to by some as "the clown prince of basketball" reigned supreme.
easy, the hook shots, the no- look passes, the comic routines. the great wilt chamberlain called meadowlark "the most sensational, awesome, incredible basketball player he'd ever seen." after watching a newsreel of the globetrotters when he was 11, lemon decided that, not the nba, would be his future. during his 2003 induction into the basketball hall of fame, the wilmington, north carolina, native described the moment. >> i made my own hoop out of a coat hanger and onion sack. for my basketball i had a carnation milk can. i'd grab that and sing along and learn how to shoot a hook shot. >> reporter: the globetrotters played to larger crowds than most nba teams. they're credited with helping desegregate the sport. after leaving the globetrotters in 1979, lemon eventually became a minister, but every day he would head to the gym to play the game he loved, the game that loved him back.
2015. this is the morning news, a massive snowstorm with snow and ice. more for the forecast and the severe weather is causing major travel delays. cleveland officials are calling for calm after a grand jury voted not to indict the police officer who shot and killed 12-year-old tamir rice. and the affluenza defense. the texas teenage worry skipped out while serving probation for killing four people in a drunk and driving wreck is nabbed in mexico.
i'm anne-marie 14 t. northeast is experiencing a winter blast this morning from the same storm that brought devastation to the south and the mid-west. a dangerous combination of snow and ice is coating areas from pennsylvania to maine. areas farther south are experiencing heavy rain. the massive storm system has forced many rivers and plains to swell. flash flooding remains a concern. at least 47 people have died over the past few days in events ranging from blizzards to tornadoes. don champion is here in new york. don, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, anne-marie. here in new york city the overnight hours have been mostly dominated by rain and a little mixed precipitation. as you mentioned elsewhere in the northeast, people dealing with unseasonably warm temperatures are now bundleing up and pulling out their shovels. snow and freezing rain swept through parts of the feast overnight as a major winter
country ahead of the storm, crews in pennsylvania rushed to treat roadways with salt. while people in parts of massachusetts flocked to hardware stores for shovels and supplies, last winter, parts of the state saw more than 10 feet of snow. >> i have people here at 8:00 in the morning the doors were opened. it was like the black friday edge. >> reporter: the nasty storm system took aim at the mid-section monday covering several places with snow, rain and slush. >> it's been a long time since we had the snow. >> reporter: nearly an inch of ice was left on roadways in oklahoma, powering heat left 2 no. >> my grandmother is els elderly, we're trying to do the best we can. >> reporter: in some places like missouri, they are monitoring river levels. >> if we reach the values we're looking at for this event, they will be record levels for this time of year. >> reporter: in north carolina, crews are investigateing damage
at least 43 people have been killed in the string of wild weather over the past few days. >> don, thank you. residents of the southern plains ravaged by tornadoes are returning to pick up what's left. several twisters last weekend overturned cars and transformed homes into twisted wood. the most severe and deadly ones were in texas. volunteers there delivered supplies to those 52 piles of rubble. victims are sharing their accounts of how they survived. >> if i get in the bathroom, go, go. we went in there, probably ten sec later it sound like a train wreck was going. it was terrifying. we just prayed. we prayed. we grabbed on to each other and we prayed. >> in all, nearly 1,500 homes were either damaged or destroyed. chief meteorologist eric fisher of our boston station shows us where the storms are headed income and what to expect in the
>> reporter: good morning, everyone. a wintry mess, the same areas in the 70s now getting the first winter storm of the season. a lot is freezing rain and sleet causing issues this morning. heaviest snowfall across northern new england as it wraps up in the overnight. may has the highest snow totals. low snow totals in southern new england. heavier snow in northern new york, vermont and new hampshire and maine could see a couple areas. also watching that ice, causing issues, power outages out there, upstate new york, western massachusetts, perhaps into central new england. all things to consider, a multi-hazard type of storm system. we are keeping an eye on the water rising. it leaves numerous flood warnings on rivers, especially in the mississippi valley. i'm meteorologist eric fisher for "cbs news". well, the severe weather has crippled travel plans for
more than 500 flights today are already cancelled so far. yesterday, nearly 2900 flights were grounded him almost 4900 were delayed. 1,400 of those delays were out of chicago o'hare airport. frustrated travelers look for alternate plans. protesters are looking to not charge a cleveland police officer in the death of a 11-year-old boy. demonstrators marched down the streets. 100 more gathered in new york city. >> reporter: an ohio grand jury decided not to run an indictment in the police shooting death of 12-year-old tamir rice. >> the death of tamir rice was unfortunate and regrettable. it was not by the law that binds it a crime. >> reporter: officer timothy
remain on relieved duty. >> if there is a violation of the policies and procedures. >> reporter: the officers say they were fearful when they arrived at a recreation center outside cleveland in 2014, a witness called 911 reporting a guy with a pistol and adding the weapon was probably fake. >> that point was never passed along to the officer. they showed the toy gun next to a real colt model to see how similar they appear. >> reporter: we informed tamir's mother. >> reporter: the family is saddened and disappointed by this outcome but not surprised. the lawyer insists the family is still pushing for justice for tamir. >> he will rest in peace forever not knowing what he did wrong on that playgrounds. >> the mayor promises to conduct an honest city probe.