tv Eyewitness News This Morning ABC October 7, 2015 4:30am-6:00am EDT
have a great wednesday. this is new york's number one news, channel 7 eyewitness news with lori stokes and ken rosato, heather o'rourke with traffic, and bill evans with the exclusive accuweather forecast. now eyewitness news this morning. developing at 4:30, a mystery in central park, a dog is dead after going out for a walk with its owner and this morning police and the owner trying to figure out what happened. >> a mother and child are fighting for their lives after a car plows through a red light killing another woman. the driver told police she couldn't see the light. >> and getting a live look outside, a beautiful fall day on tap, plenty of sunshine.
i like when you say that. >> i'm lori stokes. >> i'm ken rosato. halfway to friday. you're never more than 7 minutes away from weather and traffic. >> we've got some beautiful weather outside this morning, going to be a perfect weather day. temperatures starting out at 60 degrees. that is really comfortable for this hour of the day. we're looking at 52 up around newburgh. we're looking at 48 around kingston, poughkeepsie. all these are nice, comfortable numbers here, these overnight hours. 54 around belmar. 62 by 10:00, and we're looking at 74 with sunshine this afternoon. already got some problems on the gwb, the george washington bridge. debbie duhaime looking at that this morning in for heather. >> good morning everybody. construction just being cleared at the inbound george washington bridge on the upper level. moving slowly level getting into town.
lower level under the apartments. over at the lincoln tunnel, construction continues in both direction. holland construction continues as well. let's go to the bayonne bridge. that's closed until 5 with ongoing road work. at the brooklyn bridge construction continues as well. alternate side parking rules back in effect. back over to you. thank you very much. at 4:32 we're following a bizarre story out of central park. a man was walking his dog and let the dog run free. moments later the dog was dead. it happened inside the park near 110th and central park west. that's where eyewitness news reporter kala rama picks up the story. >> reporter: good morning. a few hours ago this whole area of central park was roped off. we're told by police that a man was walking his dog off the leash around 11:00 when something went horribly wrong. when he caught up with his dog, his dog had been killed. take a look. you can see the police
police say the call came in as shots fired and reports of a dog suffering head trauma around 11:00 last night. the dog possibly a black lab was off leash and had run down a hill. the dog owner told police he thought something came out of the bushes and by the time he caught up with it the dog was dead. based on the response you can see police took this very seriously. officers flooded this area of the park and looked for ballistic evidence but here's the thing. they didn't find any. they didn't find anything in the bushes and the owner never actually heard any gunshots. at this point police can't say for sure if the dog was shot in the head until a vet can go over the dog's head injuries. later today a necropsy will be done. hopefully they can figure out the exact cause of death. also in this area, there are surveillance cameras so police will be going over that later today.
able to see something. live outside central park, kala rama channel 7 eyewitness news. overnight we learned the identity of the woman who was hit and killed by an out of control car in queens. witnesses say the driver ran a red light and struck three people including a mother and her 2-year-old. eyewitness news reporter dray clark is live at jamaica story. >> reporter: all of the people involved in the crash last night were rushed here to jamaica hospital. the 2-year-old little girl sustained the most serious injuries. this morning she's listed in critical but stable condition. her mother and two other people are listed in stable condition, but sadly 52-year-old mina mahavier was pronounced dead at the hospital. a driver ran a red light in the richmond hills section of queens. the suv was then struck by another vehicle which caused
hit a family of three who were standing at the bus stop. a 52-year-old woman, a 48-year- old woman, and her 2-year-old baby girl were all hit. witnesses say the 2-year-old suv. they also say the 52-year-old woman who was the little girl's aunt saved the 2-year-old's life because she shoved the little girl out of the way allowing herself to bear the brunt of the crash that killed her. >> people here heard her screaming. saved the baby's life, yeah, she did. >> i seen a little girl like under the car and right after that hit, the other woman hit the wall of the building and stopped. you could see the tire marks on her stomach. >> reporter: investigators say there's no doubt that the driver of that suv ran the red light because when the accident happened there just happened to be an nypd sergeant and another police officer there at the
intersection, and they saw everything happen. the driver of the suv told police that she was blinded by sun glare and that also the red light is positioned at an awkward angle making it hard to see the light. so far she has not been charged. we should also note the 2-year- old and her mother are expected to survive. we're live outside jamaica hospital this morning, dray clark channel 7 eyewitness news. >> hopefully they'll get well soon. thank you very much. newly released video showing a driver on a demolition derby in brooklyn. dashboard cameras recording the whole thing, a mile long hit and run on saturday night. at least a dozen cars. the driver stops at a dead end street where some people stepped up and tried to intervene. the first night of freedom for a man who spent 25 years in prison for a crime he says he
cheers and a hug from his mother greeted johnny kapiay as he walked out of a court last night free on jail. just hours before a judge threw out his conviction and granted bail. he was one of seven young men convicted for the murder of a tourist in 1990. >> the first thing that they do is whatever comes in front of them they want to prosecute, and that's wrong. that's not doing justice. and you know, if you're really going to ascertain information from the beginning to the end, you want to do it correctly and thoroughly. >> a retrial was granted based on new evidence including testimony from a codefendant who said that capiay is innocent. 4:37. charges of assault have been dropped against a rutger's football player and now he
rutgers suspended wide receiver leonte caru. now the woman doesn't want to testify. a restraining order was lifted because the woman said it was not needed. 4:37. a not guilty plea from a priest in new jersey accused of pointing a gun at an 8-year-old boy, dozens of parishioners joined father kevin carter during his arraignment in hackensack yesterday. prosecutors say carter pointed a civil war era musket. it was apparently over a sports rivalry. the priest is a giant's fan, and the little boy is a dallas fan. >> the family brought the young boy to the rectory specifically and for the sole purpose of engaging in good natured banter. >> my concern at this moment is for the young boy and his
family. >> carter's attorney says eight people were in the rectory at the time. one witness says he didn't see the priest point a gun. 4:39. investigators looking into that deadly explosion in brooklyn now believe it was not an accident. officials are focusing on one of the two victims, francisca figueroa. she reportedly had a significant amount of debt and was being evicted from the apartment. officials are confirming there was no natural gas in the apartment. it had been turned off in june. debris now being tested for chemicals that may have been used as an accelerant. two of the biggest sports fantasy websites are under investigation for fraud. draft kings and fan dual were asked for internal data and details on how they prevent fraud and whether employees won lucrative payouts based on inside information. both companies say they're temporarily prohibiting workers from playing the games. 4:39.
this was not the scene the yankees wanted played out on their own home field. the houston astros celebrated a 3-0 win in the bronx to end the yanks season. the astros dallas keuchel struck out 7. after it was over a quiet yankee clubhouse reflected on the very short playoff run. >> it's baseball, i mean, the team fought hard all year, and sometimes it comes down to one game, and today wasn't our day. >> this was a club that fought all yearlong, and there's a lot of character in that room, and this hurts. >> houston meets kansas city in one al division series. toronto plays texas in the other. bummer. 4:40. you're never more than 10 minutes away from weather and traffic. >> hey, let's go mets. >> yes. >> here we go.
at least we have an alternative. we have another team in there. clear skies this morning, 60 degrees, very comfortable all around this morning. temperatures 60 right around the five and 40s to the north and west. beautiful day today, a perfect weather day. just a few clouds are here. cooler drier air to the north that will slide down. you can barely see the line around the front here heading towards ottawa. this will come through tonight virtually unnoticed, except tomorrow will be a little cooler. eventually there's a front along calgary. we have a couple of great days of weather still ahead. 67 by noontime, 74 by afternoon, a perfect day. debbie duhaime says the george washington bridge is getting all cleared up now. >> they're just cleaning up that construction. overnight construction cleared on the upper level heading into town. it was 15 to 20 minutes.
that's easing out to a 5 minute delay inbound. lets go over to the maps, outbound lower level construction continues. still construction at the lincoln and at the holland tunnel and at the ed koch 59th street bridge into queens. alternate side parking rules are in effect. back to you. thank you. 4:42. still ahead on eyewitness news this morning, the death toll continues to climb as dams break in the wake of that devastating flooding that's going on in the carolinas, and this morning officials are saying the threat -- there is threat of more flooding and that still looms. >> 6,000 federal drug offenders will be set free from prison in just a few weeks, and that number is expected to grow. we're going to tell you why. >> and it takes stock legs to -- strong legs to play soccer
. 4:44: we're seeing the incredible damage left behind by historic flooding in south carolina. a drone shows roads washed away and some homes still submerged in water. 17 people have been killed in the carolinas, and officials say the threat of flooding isn't over. 11 dams have already been breached, and another 18 dams are on the brink of bursting. >> just one disaster scene after another. this. >> absolute mess. >> we were so lucky to be spared entirely from that. 4:45. meteorologist bill evans with the accuweather forecast. >> it's a crazy weather phenomenon called a river of moisture. it happened to land between three weather systems right in that area. we have a beautiful day today, a perfect weather day is on tap for you. degrees. the humidity dry, 67%. the winds northwest at 3, and
that's our mark of fair weather. yesterday's high was 73. does anybody recall the forecasted high yesterday? >> 73 bill? >> yeah. it was 73. now the sun's going to come up just before 7:00. temperatures today are going to peak past 73, maybe 74, but tomorrow we're even at 70. rain returns friday afternoon. rain exits friday night early weekend. 52 in sayreville, 54 wrightstown. 54 around monticello, 48 poughkeepsie. a beautiful day today, light winds out of the northwest, pretty across the area. i added the wind. little wind barbs to show you that light northwest wind. sunny and nice today, we're at 74. patchy clouds and comfortable tonight. 56 around the five boroughs and then sunny skies, a bit cooler tomorrow. the high is 70. here's your accuweather seven- day forecast. it's going to be warm on friday.
we're looking at 76, and the rain starts really in the afternoon. there might be a couple showers in the morning. the rain's in the morning and evening. it clears up and gets out of the way. saturday, breaks of sun, 65. and 66 on sunday. >> there you go. that's not so bad. >> pretty nice weekend. >> debbie duhaime you're looking at decent mass transit. >> that's for sure. everything's on or close to schedule. lirr, metro north, new jersey transit, on or close to schedule to start the morning off. also on the a train downtown express on the, 125 to 59. that's overnight track work. hudson river crossings, traffic is very light. the 59th street bridge headed into queens has ongoing maintenance. over at the bayonne bridge they just reopened the bayonne bridge. the overnight construction cleared.
goethals bridge and the outer bridge okay. let's take a look at the fdr drive southbound getting into the 70s. ongoing construction down through the 70s. we'll keep an eye on that as well. as we head to our other camera, the inbound george washington bridge, the overnight construction completely cleared from the upper level. alternate side parking rules are in effect. back over to you. back over to you guys. >> debbie thank you. it's 4:48. the new jersey man returning from peru was stopped at newark airport after police say he had cocaine stuffed inside food products. william anthony sanchez was busted for hiding 10 pounds of coke inside cheese, coffee and other food. they pulled him inside after spotting 88 oxycodone tablets in his bag. it is 4:48. and it's going to be an early thanksgiving for thousands of
federal inmates. they're getting an early release from prison. close to 6,000 federal prisoners convicted of drug crimes are going to go free next month. it's being done under a cost cutting measure intended to reduce the prison population. students joined first lady michelle obama at the white house in the vegetable garden for her annual fall harvest. mrs. obama in 2009 to highlight healthy eating. it led to her let's move campaign. sweet potatoes, carrots and peanuts were among the produce pulled from the ground. some of it went to a lunchtime chicken vegetable salad. >> yum. looks beautiful. it's 4:49. federal prosecutors put the former president of the u. n. general assembly behind bars.
ash reportedly used money for custom made suits, rolex watches and a private basketball court built at his home in dobbs ferry. he served as president of the general assembly from 2013 to 2014. it takes quick reflexes and strong legs to be a star in soccer. emmanuel hilton is doing just great without legs at all. a year ago he was in a orphanage in the african nation of congo. now he's a junior in beaver falls pennsylvania. he's the soccer team's goalie in spite of being born without legs. >> my mom take care about me and she didn't like me because i was a handicap and then she thrown me in the middle of the night in the road, and then she on the middle of the road like when the car passed somebody can hit me and i can die. >> a lot of love right now though. emmanuel was rescued by a woman
who took him to an orphanage and that led to his adoption and his pennsylvania. he's learned english, and his teammates say he's an inspiration. world. >> yep. >> there's a reason why he's 4:51. coming up on eyewitness news boosting your brain power is not a game. do controversial video games make you smarter. >> the ntsb has launched an
state ford dealers thank you for helping protect our children. 4:54. welcome back. in this morning's health alert do not let your kids see or hear this, especially if they're sitting near their xbox. researchers at the university of wisconsin have found that video games can improve brain power. all of that action, especially in first person shooter games such as call of duty apparently improve cognition and critical thinking. we have to keep track of lots of moving things at once. you have to identify targets among clutter.
you have to make very quick decisions. >> researchers also found no connection between violent video games and increase in aggression. all those moms out there who tell their kids stop playing that violent game, i'll never hear the end of it today. >> it just doesn't stop. 4:55. you're never more than 7 minutes away from weather and traffic and bill. >> it's like having an 8-year- old next to you. >> maybe not the game but that invokes violence i guess. [ laughter ] here's what's going on this morning. take a look at temperatures, 60 right around manhattan this morning. it cools off around sussex, 49, over to newark and the urban areas of new jersey. jamaica queens and over towards jfk. a little northerly wind, a nice morning but taking the ferries moderate. the wind is light and now the northwest going to be a great ride. 74, sunshine, pleasant today, a perfect day. sun's up just before 7. heather's got the day off.
debbie duhaime talking the commute this morning, how's it looking out there? everything still moving smoothly, lirr, metro north and new jersey transit. on the a train downtown express, overnight track work. hudson river crossings minor with construction wrapping up. outbound george, lower level, let's go outside. wyck. the van wyck northbound moving smoothly into kew gardens. alternate side parking rules are in effect. back over to you. thank you. a student at fordham university is sending a big thank you to tom hanks after the oscar winning actor went out of his way to return her lost id badge. now this out of the incredible but true file. you see hanks found a student's id badge on the ground yesterday in central park with the name lauren on it. yesterday he tweeted a message saying lauren, i found your student id in the park, if you
still need it my office will get it to you. hanks. >> a short time later, a girl tweeted hanks saying lol, this is my friend. when lauren found out she says she was shocked and a little bit skeptical. >> i guess i was a little apprehensive. i didn't know okay is this really him. i don't have twitter but i think that's what it is, this little blue check. i was hoping for that and then seeing how many re-tweets there were, i was like okay, wait, this is probably really tom hanks. >> you can catch the full interview with lauren today on good morning america. >> what a story. >> it really is. it is coming up on 5:00 this morning. we have a lot ahead on eyewitness news. a late night walk turns tragic for one dog owner after his dog mysteriously dies. >> and police release surveillance video in their
this is new york's number 1 news, channel 7 eyewitness news with lori stokes and ken rosato, heather o'rourke with traffic, and bill evans with the exclusive accuweather forecast. now eyewitness news this morning. >> good morning, it's 5 a.m. developing right now police are investigating a frightening incident at central park where a minnesota's dog was mysteriously killed during an evening walk. >> police trying to find two thieves accused of opening fire while breaking into cars in brooklyn killing one man and hurting a 13-year-old. >> plus candidates fighting for the white house put their focus on gun control after last week's deadly shooting at a college campus in oregon. >> good morning i'm lori stokes. >> i'm ken rosato. it is wednesday october 7th
halfway there, and you are never more than 7 minutes away from weather and traffic. meteorologist bill evans with the exclusive accuweather forecast. >> you know, you started saying that on monday. >> yeah, i did. i wasn't halfway there then. >> it's like a yogiism. it's monday, we're halfway to the weekend. look at this, 60 by 8:00, 70 by noontime today. 74 this afternoon, a really pretty morning, going to be a gorgeous day. you've see we got those clear skies. light wind out of the it's weather then heather every 7 minutes. debbie duhaime is talking about the merritt parkway in connecticut. how's the nutmeggers doing up there. some volume on the merritt parkway heading through new canaan. stick with 95 at this point. let's see what's happening right now as you take it over to the fdr drive south into the 70s wrapping up some construction as well. and over at the ed koch 59th street bridge it's ongoing
maintenance heading into queens. the inbound bqe slowing down at the brooklyn bridge, inbound brooklyn bridge ongoing construction. still okay lirr, metro north and new jersey transit. alternate side parking rules are in effect for today city wide. back over to you. lori, ken. thank you. at 5:02 we're following a developing story in police investigating the mysterious death of a dog during a late night walk. it happened last night at 110th street and central park west. kala rama live at the scene with the latest information. >> ken, just a few hours ago, this whole area of central park was roped off here by police tape,s something so bizarre happened while this guy was walking his dog. he let him off the leash. the dog runs down the hill, and by the time the owner caught up with his dog, the dog was dead. now police are trying to figure out how this could have happened. take a look here, you can see police say the call came in as shots fired and reports of a
around 11:00 last night. the dog possibly a black lab was off the leash and ran down the hill. the dog owner told police he thought something came out of the bushes, and the next thing you knew by the time he caught up with the dog the dog was dead. based on the response police took this very seriously. officers flooded this area of the park and looked for ballistics but didn't find anything. that's what's so bizarre here. even though this call came in as shots fired, police did not find anything in the bushes. the owner said he never actually heard any gunshots either. at this point, police can't say for sure if the dog was actually shot in the head until a vet can go over the dog's head injuries. now a necropsy will be done later today to hopefully figure out an exact cause of death of this dog. police are still investigating the area wondering where shots could have came from if any at all or if the public could be in danger. we're live here in central park on the upper west side. kala rama channel 7 eyewitness news. >> thank you.
there's new video and pictures this morning of two of the suspects police say used deadly force when they were caught breaking into cars. investigators point this men from neighborhood summers videos. a gang of thieves had been operating when the men in the meadow shop spotted them and chased them off, and that's when one of the thieves opened fire wounding two people including a 13-year-old girl. he also killed one of the metal shop workers, 53-year-old michael matusiak. you injured him. you didn't have to kill him. that was my man. man. >> police hope someone will recognize the men in a new video and the photo. it's 5:04. now to the latest in the race for the president. white house hopefuls are
joining the gun control debate after last week's mass shooting at a college in oregon. republican candidate ben carson is facing criticism for his comments on gun control. >> reporter: gop white house hopeful ben carson is now making bold statements regarding gun rights from to preferring a body full of bullet holes over gun control. >> dr. ben carson with his soft spoken style is leading in the polls and now topping headlines when it comes to gun control. >> gun control only works for normal law-abiding citizens. >> when asked how he would reacted if he had been sitting in that classroom at the oregon community college with the shooter pointing a gun at him, he says he'd fight back. >> i would not just stand there and let him shoot me. i would say hey guys everybody attack him. he may shoot me but he can't get us all. >> take action. >> not everyone is laughing. carson is now being called insensitive by critics.
on fox news last night he said he wasn't judging the victims. >> i want to plant the seed in people's minds so if this happens again, you know, they don't all get killed. >> the gop candidate also bashing president obama's plan to visit with victims saying if he were elected he'd be too busy to go. >> i would probably have so many things on my agenda i'd go to the next one. >> jeb bush also criticized days after the oregon shooting for his comments. >> look, stuff happens. there's always a crisis and the something. it's not necessarily the right thing to do. >> and others like donald trump saying new gun laws are not the answer. >> this isn't guns. this is about mental illness. >> on the democratic side hillary clinton and martin o'malley speaking with their plan on stricter gun laws. >> ben carson is standing by his words and so is the largest association representing federal law enforcement officers. in a newly released statement
may seem tactically reckless but they actually have great merit. in washington i'm stephanie ramos channel 7 eyewitness news. happening today, thousands are expected to take part in a pro charter school rally. parents, students and educators are gathering at brooklyn's plaza at 9 this morning. they're calling on mayor bill de blasio to honor his promise to end inequality in the city's school system. after the rally the crowd will head across brooklyn bridge to city hall. 5:07. and there is no joy in yankee land this morning. the yanks lost to houston in last night's american league wild card game. that sends them home for the wintered. the astros picked up the only run they would need on a 2nd inning homer. the yankees managed three hits off four houston pitchers after they were shut out 3-0. that left fans shaking their heads. >> what offense. i mean seriously.
obviously it is their last game so now it's tough. >> they didn't show up. fans showed up. they didn't. >> a stadium crowd actually booed as fans will do in the bronx. the yanks have lost five straight playoff games. ouch. >> didn't mince any words. 5:08. you're never more than 7 minutes away from weather and >> i'm with him. i stayed up late last night watching that, three and a half either. [ laughter ] swing the bat. here's what's going on this morning as we take a look outside. we have clear skies, partly cloudy skies, a beautiful view here from the empire state building all the way south down island. 59 degrees, partly cloudy skies, light northerly wind. beautiful day today. a little cold will come through tonight making it cooler tomorrow. this front comes through on friday. it's up there around calgary and edmonton. that will bring us a shower friday afternoon.
feels, 70, 74 this afternoon. a perfect weather day. weather and traffic together every 7 minutes. debbie duhaime up in the traffic center. >> i'll tell you what's happening. they're wrapping up that construction on the merritt parkway. as you head southbound, that construction just wrapping up. now heading into the bronx of the new england thruway southbound slowing down into conner street, construction being cleared from that stretch as well. inbound brooklyn bridge, it's that ongoing road work as well. if you're heading over to the gowanus, traffic is moving slowly on the inbound gowanus by 92nd street. that's ongoing construction as well. we're going to keep an eye on that for you. let's go out to the l.i.e. camera. the l.i.e. westbound moving okay getting out towards commack road. that overnight construction cleared out of the way and going over to our other camera, the new jersey turnpike moving fine here up through 14 heading right through newark. alternate side parking rules are in effect for today city wide. back over to you. ken, lori.
>> still ahead on eyewitness news this morning, it's anything but smooth sailing for a driver trying to avoid getting taken into custody. >> and a police chase comes to a very interesting end. >> stay with us. i'm michael douglas, and new york is my home. there's no place like it in the world. and there's no time to see it like the fall. take metro north to take in the beautiful fall foliage from high above the hudson. swing a club at one of america's greatest courses... see spectacular sights underground... ...or thrilling sights above it. there's so many incredible ways to experience the fun of fall in new york state. plan your trip at iloveny.com.
5:12 and there are new images from the search for a missing cargo ship. still no sign of the vessel. coast guard yesterday released photos from the spot where the el faro is believed to have sunk near the bahamas. 33 people including two with ties to our area were on board the container ship when it left florida eight days ago. it disappeared during hurricane joaquin. the suspect driving away
choice to say the least as he tried to take a look at this driver in australia trying to dodge police on the beach. two hours this happened. he ran out of clever ideas, he then decided to take the car for a dip in the ocean. cars don't usually do well in water. waves crash into the white suv. the driver climbed out. officers dove in and made an arrest. >> yeah, unless it's one of those go go gadget cars that doesn't usually work in the water. >> nope, it didn't work there. that's for sure. >> go go gadget boat. >> we take a look outside. we've got a beautiful morning, partly cloudy skies. [ technical difficulties ] how's that? better? >> we're looking at skies that are partly cloudy, a nice visibility down to staten island. it's a morning where we have low humidity, a temperature around 59.
hours. we've got a light northerly wind and the pressure steady at 29.99. 51 around bridge water, 54 around hackettstown, 53 around montclair. a 3 miles an hour wind here white plains, 2 to 5 miles an hour wind around wrightstown. a light northerly wind over us. we're looking at that wind valley. we've got clouds and we'll have sunny breaks. beautiful skies as we get closer to 7:00. back across to the west, a high pressure ridge comes in, makes for great weather as we go into tomorrow. friday night into saturday, we're going to be -- a cold front moves through and get to the coast. there will be a low running up that front. it's possible the front goes far enough east that doesn't affect us on saturday. our futurecast shows sunshine today. here comes that front, makes it cooler tomorrow and then here
comes the front for friday. about noontime that front gets near and about 5, 6, 7:00 it's right over us friday night, and then you see it pushes off the coast saturday morning, and clouds. 74, jackets and sweaters this morning kiddos, a little breezy and cool. by afternoon we'll be looking at a nice warm afternoon, a perfect day with sunshine and clouds. the front moves through cooler. we're at 70 degrees. nice days. patchy clouds and comfortable as we go into tonight. we'll have about 46 in the suburbs well north and west. then we're looking at a cooler day tomorrow with a high of 70. here's your accuweather seven- day forecast. there's the rain for friday evening, friday night. cloudy skies and breaks of sun on saturday and 65, 66 on sunday. >> all right. we'll be changing the microphone as the crew comes
throughout the cabin, pass around some orange juice and coffee. >> we'll leave you be. i'll let you get your stuff together. >> debbie duhaime you've got gowanus issues today. >> good morning ken, lori, bill, good morning everybody. heading to the airports on time but let's go right over to the map and i'll tell you what's happening here on the inbound gowanus. traffic is moving really slowly through bay ridge by 82nd street. it's construction slowing everybody down. let's also see what's happening here as you head to the bronx. the new england thruway southbound to conner street construction being cleared. taking it up to the merritt parkway southbound through new canaan by exit 37. that construction wrapping up. lirr, metro north, new jersey transit all running on or close to schedule. hudson river crossings very light, george, lincoln and the holland still moving smoothly. the outbound george lower level, that construction wrapping up under the apartments. let's go outside and i'll show you a look at the gowanus. here's the volume getting up through bay ridge.
very busy because of this ongoing construction, and finally going over to our other cam remarks the grand central parkway. alternate side parking rules are in effect for today city wide. back over to you. >> thank you so much. it's 5:17. still ahead on eyewitness news this morning, defense secretary ash carter speaks out about the deadly u.s. air strike in a hospital in afghanistan that claimed more than 20 lives. >> also ahead, police have a clearer picture of the car they're trying to track down in relation to a deadly hit enough pressure in here for ya? i'm gonna take mucinex sinus-max. too late, we're about to take off. these dissolve fast. they're new liquid gels. and you're coming with me... you realize i have gold status? mucinex sinus-max liquid gels. dissolves fast to unleash max strength medicine.
5:20. welcome back, and police release new surveillance video of an suv they say was involved in a deadly hit and run in queens. authorities say a dark colored late model jeep grand cherokee dragged 41-year-old 20 feet. contreras died at the hospital a short time later. >> we learned overnight police have arrested a long island man accused of burglarizing homes in floral park. stanley vasquez is being charged with five burglaries on hudson road weeks. police tracked vasquez down to his home early yesterday. defense secretary ash carter is offering an apology for the u.s. military air strike on a hospital in afghanistan. on saturday a u.s. gun ship
doctors without borders in kunduz. afghans are battling to recapture the city from the taliban. more than 20 people have died from the air strike and dozens more were wounded. the defense department deeply regrets the loss of innocent lives. after so many videos of isis flexing its muscle, counterterrorism experts have a question, where do all the toyotas come from. toyota picks up toyota land vehicle choice. the toyota says it's not aware of any of its dealerships violating company policy not to sell to terrorist groups. the question about toyota is part of a broader effort by the treasury department to keep isis from being able to equip and resupply its army. 5:21. you're never more than 7 minutes away from weather and traffic. meteorologist bill evans with the accuweather forecast. >> we have a beautiful morning, a nice fall morning, a cool morning. 59 degrees, partly cloudy
skies, going to a high today of 74. taking the ferry over from jersey city, a little light wind there, and across back and forth from port jeff to bridgeport looking at temperatures in the water about 64. the water's really cool, a light east, northeast wind here. a light wind all the way around. by afternoon we're looking at 74 degrees. 67 to 70 at lunch, 74 this afternoon. going to be a gorgeous day, a perfect day. we'll talk about rain for friday and the rest of your weekend coming up. debbie duhaime in for heather looking at everything for you right now. at the gowanus? >> still talking about the gowanus. overnight construction as we head to the maps. the inbound gowanus moving slowly out towards 92nd street. it's ongoing construction slowing you down. okay across the verrazano. watch for construction on the new england thruway southbound after conner street in the bronx as well. alternate side parking rules are in effect for today city wide. back to you, ken, lori. >> thank you.
still ahead on eyewitness news this morning, a big deadline for volkswagen. we now know when the automaker will start a massive recall following that devastating emissions scandal. >> also ahead, toys"r"us may be we are the largest and most diverse school district in america! yet we are one! one point one million students! one thousand eight hundred schools! sharing one common goal.
>> on the money this morning, asian stocks are showing gains. >> japan's nikkei closed up a fraction. hong kong's hang seng rose more than 3%: the dow starts up 13 points at 16790, nasdaq positive and s&p 500 begin slightly lower. cold cash savings are heating your home will likely cost a little less this winter. >> candace gibson and reena ninan have this morning's business headlines. >> good morning, topping costs this winner. >> heating oil prices are expected to be down 25%, propain 18% and natural gas 10% but electricity 3% less than last year. >> energy prices are down and a mild winter is forecast. volkswagen is ready to
11million of diesel power cars rigged to cheat. the worldwide recall will start next year and could cost vw $30 billion. and this year's top gift in the neiman marcus christmas catalog is a trip, price tag $720,000. >> ouch or a bargain at $150,000 you get a motorcycle designed by keanu reeves and go on a trip with him. >> thanks america's money. >> wow. the american dream project under construction in the meadowlands could be a dream location for toys"r"us. the company says that by the end of 2017, plans to open a store at the long delayed mall in east rutherford. it would be packed with 55,000 square feet of toys over a three-story layout. it is 5:20. coming up in our next half hour, a woman is dead after
out of the path of an out of control car in queens. police are looking into whether a misdirected traffic light played a role in that crash. >> also ahead, a former prisoner is waking up a free man after spending 25 years behind bars for a crime he says he didn't commit. >> and meteorologist bill evans returns with one heck of an accuweather forecast, the your body was made for better things than rheumatoid arthritis. before you and your rheumatologist move to a biologic, ask if xeljanz is right for you. xeljanz is a small pill for adults with moderate to severe ra for whom methotrexate did not work well. xeljanz can reduce joint pain and swelling in as little as two weeks, and help stop further joint damage. xeljanz can lower your ability to fight infections, including tuberculosis. serious, sometimes fatal infections, lymphoma, hn net 3.ncers have happened. don't start xeljanz if you have an infection. tears in the stomach or intestines, low blood cell counts, and higher liver tests and cholesterol levels
have happened. your doctor should perform blood tests before you start and while taking xeljanz, and monitor certain liver tests. tell your doctor if you were in a region where fungal infections are common, and if you have had tb, hepatitis b or c, or are prone to infections. xeljanz can reduce the symptoms of ra, even without methotrexate. ask your rheumatologist about xeljanz. ti now new york's number 1 news channel 7 eyewitness news this morning. developing this morning, police are investigating the mysterious death of a dog during a late night walk in central park. >> authorities in the bronx are looking for a sexual predator accused of luring several boys at nearby schools. >> a rutger's football player wants to take the field now that assault charges have been dropped. >> good morning, i'm ken rosato. >> i'm lori stokes. today is wednesday october
minutes away from weather and traffic and meteorologist bill evans. >> this morning we're looking at some gorgeous weather. we've got clear to partly cloudy skies, 59 degrees. 59 around the park and over toward ridgewood queens, 59 around cambria heights and 60 around whitestone and 40 towards monticello. 65 by 11:00. 71 to 74 degrees this afternoon, a beauty of a day. debbie duhaime is up in the traffic center. she's looking at the traffic for you this morning in for heather looking at the commute, and it looks like it's going to be a day where we start out with great weather. maybe debbie's busy in the traffic center this morning and for heather. how's it going so far this morning? >> it's been very busy this morning already. it's busy on the gowanus as we head over to the webcam as well. the inbound side of the gowanus moving slowly getting up there 92nd street, bay ridge. it's all due to this ongoing construction. it's over in the hov lane causing quite a delay.
maps, i'll tell you what also is happening. inbound gowanus moving slowly right out towards the area of bay ridge. watch out for some delays as you head through the new england -- southbound. alternate side parking rules are in effect. back to you, ken, lori. >> it is 5:31 developing overnight, police are trying to solve a mystery in central park this morning. a dog was killed during a late night walk with his owner. eyewitness news reporter kala rama park with the very latest for us. >> reporter: it's really a bizarre story. the owner was walking his dog in this area. it was roped off by police tape hours ago here. when he let the dog off the leash, the dog ran down the hill. by the time the owner caught up with the dog, the dog was dead. take a look at the police response here. police say the call came in as shots fired and reports of a dog suffering head trauma around 11:00 last night.
was off leash and ran down the hill. the dog owner told police he thought something came out of the bushes, and the next thing he knew by the time he caught up with it, the dog was dead. based on the response, police took this very seriously. officers flooded this area of the park and looked for they didn't find any. they didn't find anything in the bushes. either. at this point police can't say for sure if the dog was actually shot in the head until a vet can go over the dog's head injuries. people have started coming out here this morning very early to walk their dogs already, and they're a little skeptical about the whole thing. >> it's shocking. i'm surprised. like the young lady asked me, was i apprehensive about coming out this morning, when i walk across the street, it makes me wonder is it safe taking him down here. >> reporter: a necropsy will be done later today to figure out the exact cause of death of this dog.
also surveillance video in the area is being collected by police to go over today. hopefully that could have caught something. if anyone's wondering about the laws here, what are the rules for having a dog off the leash, basically you only have to have the dog on the leash from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. the dog owner was fine having his dog off the leash around 11:00 last night. live, kala rama channel 7 eyewitness news. 5:33. a police crash investigation team is looking at whether a misdirected traffic light led to a deadly accident that shattered a family in queens. this happened just before 6 p.m. in richmond hill. an suv ran a red light on atlantic avenue and was hit by a sedan crossing the same intersection. the impact sent the suv on to the sidewalk and into a family waiting for a bus. a mother is in stable condition.
her 2-year-old is in critical condition, and mina mahabier the child's aunt was killed. witnesses say she died trying to push the child to safety. she did. she really did. >> i seen a little girl like under the car and right after that hit the other woman hit the wall of the building and stopped. you could see the tire marks on her stomach. >> the driver of the suv says that she was blinded by sun glare and the traffic light was off kilter so she did not see the red light. police have not yet filed any criminal charges. 5:34. new this morning, a sexual predator is on the run in the bronx wanted for terrorizing children in several incidents near schools. eyewitness news reporter dray clark is live in the eden wall section with that story. >> reporter: good morning ken, that suspect, a man believed to be in his 30s is still on the prowl this morning and that has
allegedly happened in this park behind me. this park has two neighboring schools, and there are a lot of children who live in this neighborhood. take a good look at your television screen because this is a good look at the man police are looking for. that bald headed man appears to be again in his 30s, and we're told that he speaks with a foreign accent. the touching incidents began in august when he first approached a 13-year-old inside the park and offered the teenager money to carry his bags. the teen agreed, and that's when police say the man touched that teenager's back side. a month later he made the same offer to a 15-year-old, and police say after the 15-year- old agreed, he exposed himself and tried to touch the teenager, and just last saturday police say he grabbed a 12-year-old boy and pulled him into a wooded area of the park. again, back here live all of the alleged incidents happening here inside seaten falls park
and police say he does the same thing in each and every case. he approaches a young teenager and offers to give that teenager money if they agree to carry his bags, and then police say he'll usher the teen to a remote area or wooded section of the park where he then exposes himself or tries to touch the teenager. police, again, are very concerned that this man is still out here and because of these schools in the area, they're going to be upping their patrol to try and find him before he does the same thing to someone else. we're live this morning in the bronx, dray clark channel 7 eyewitness news. thank you. at 5:36, a man who spent 25 years in prison for a crime he says he never committed is waking up a free man this morning [ cheers and applause ] >> cheers and a hug from his mom greeted johnny hundred capay as he walked out of court
judge threw out his conviction and granted bail while prosecutors decide if they will retry him. hincapie was one of seven young men convicted of shooting a tourist in 1990. >> whatever comes in front of them they want to prosecute, and that's wrong. that's not doing justice, and you know, if you're really going to ascertain information from the beginning to the end, you want to do it correctly and thoroughly. >> a retrial was granted based on new evidence including testimony from a codefendant who says that hincapie is innocent. charges of assault have been dropped against a rutger's football player and now he wants to play ball again. rutgers suspended wide receiver leonte carroo after he was charged in a brawl in piscataway. now the woman he was accused of slamming on to concrete tells a judge she didn't want to testify. earlier in family court a restraining order against
carroo was lifted because the woman said wasn't needed. two of the biggest fantasy sports websites are under investigation for fraud. new york attorney general has asked draft kings and fan dual for internal data and details on how they prevent fraud and whether employees won lucrative payouts based on inside information. both companies say they are temporarily prohibiting workers from playing the games. it's 5:38, and you're never more than 7 minutes away from weather and traffic. meteorologist bill evans with the exclusive accuweather forecast. >> we look outside, and it is not a fantasy. it is reality. it is a really pretty morning, comfortable, light wind, not really breezy or harsh, and the temperature right now is 59 degrees. going to be a beautiful day. clouds are just kind of over the area. what we're seeing all the way back to the great lakes is nice high pressure, a reinforcing shot of high pressure will come down out of the north today. it will come through dry with this cold front back in calgary
headed towards winnipeg. that's going to come to us friday. so by noontime today we're at 70. we're at 74 this afternoon. normal high temperature this time of the year is 67. we have a really pretty day. kids grab a little jacket this morning, it's kind of cool at the bus stop with 40s and 50s in the suburbs. we're looking at 74. i give it an a for the afternoon. debbie duhaime go out and tell us about the gowanus. >> the gowanus does not get an a this morning. we're going to show you pictures from our webcam. the inbound gowanus moving slowly through 92nd street. hov lane is blocked with some ongoing work. we're going to keep an eye on that for you. as we go to the maps, watch for delays on the inbound gowanus up through bay ridge. as you head to 18 southbound getting us to neptune it's an accident being cleared as well. let's go back over to our webcam, and i'll show you what else is happening out here this morning. as you take a ride, watch out for stop-and-go traffic on the l.i.e.
queens heading right out towards the queens midtown tunnel as well. the inbound george washington bridge moving okay, no problems george lincoln or the holland. alternate side in effect. back over to you. thank you debbie. it is 5:40. still ahead on eyewitness news this morning, the fdny make room for diversity. devastating images out of south carolina where deadly flood waters are leaving behind
welcome back, we are seeing the incredible damage left behind by historic flooding in south carolina. a drone shows roads washed away. some homes still submerged in water. 17 people have been killed in the carolinas. officials say the threat of flooding still not over. one river expected to crest 5 feet above flood stage
11 dams have already been breached, another 18 on the brink of bursting. it's 5:42, and following the lead of the nypd, the fire department is starting diversity training for all 10800 of its firefighters. the ndny is overwhelmingly white and male. the new training is an effort to make it welcoming to women and minorities. wall street journal reports the program is part of the $98 million legal settlement last year with a ewe of black firefighters. meteorologist bill evans with the accuweather forecast. >> and a look from the chrysler building this morning as we start our day with partly cloudy skies. chrysler building lights are on. somebody's home, and we're looking across the east river, roosevelt island out towards flushing bay. looking from brooklyn across the east river to lower manhattan, a beautiful morning as we look at 1 world trade, partly cloudy skies, 59 degrees. the humidity is dry. the winds are north at 3, and
the pressure has been steady right at 30. high yesterday 73, normal 67. temperatures peak today at 74, and even tomorrow is still around 70: and that's above normal. rain is going to return friday afternoon. we could get a few tenths of an inch of rain, maybe a half inch if we're lucky. we're still short rainfall about 6 1/2 inches of rain. that rain exits early saturday morning. skies brighten. it looks like the rain depending on timing might exit friday night. the pollen count low to moderate. that's going to be the principal participant in the count. we're looking at 57, smithtown and babylon, brook haven is 53. hampton, 47. especially when you have a clear sky, calm wind, all that heating from yesterday. 54 around monticello, just a northwest wind. going to be a great day. you can see we've got clear skies back to the great lakes.
this little area where you see sprinkles, this is a reinforcing shot of dry, cooler air that comes in tomorrow. this front comes by on friday. your weather system moves fast in the fall as we head into winter. first front goes by. here's the second front. that will start bringing a couple of showers friday morning. it's friday afternoon into friday evening. after sunset we get those showers. after school kiddos, it's gorgeous weather. at 74 degrees, sunny and nice. tonight we're at 56. 40s in the suburbs. tomorrow we've got sunny skies. it's a little cooler with temperatures around 70, and then we're looking at that rainfall friday afternoon. you need your rain gear friday afternoon and friday night. that's gone friday night, and then we've got nice weather for the weekend. >> nice. >> good. >> not so bad. >> at all. >> hopefully our rain gear is dried out from last week debbie duhaime right? >> as long as the weekend's nice we're in good shape. >> living for the weekend. >> that's for sure. good morning lori, ken, bill.
we're going to start off by showing you some pictures of the fdr drive from our webcam really moving slowly through the 70s. it's overnight road work. watch for delays on the fdr drive. you may want to hop to the west sided in. let's go to the maps again. that fdr drive southbound moving slowly through the 70s with construction and still heavy on the inbound gowanus up by 92nd street towards bay ridge with construction in the hov lane. we're going to keep an eye on that as well. 18 southbound in neptune reports of an accident getting out towards wall. inbound george, lincoln and the holland look good. metro north -- alternate side parking rules are in effect. still ahead on eyewitness news this morning, dozens of parishioners show their support for a priest accused of
we're hearing from an nfl i'm bobby flay and new york is my home. there's no place like it in the world. come fall, i like to get a taste of everything the state has to offer. like this famous winery nestled in the hudson valley. or the award-winning vineyards of long island. this cooperstown brewery
you can even try new york's exceptional cider and spirits. this fall, drink in the beauty of new york state. plan your trip at iloveny.com. there's something for everyone. discover the latest from the amop\ premium foot care line, to see why women are admiring their beautiful nails. they have good reason... introducing the latest innovation from amop\, the new electronic nail care system specially designed for your toenails and finger nails with 3 heads for filling, buffing and shinning. an easy way to have natural looking shiny wow nails. wow! the new electronic nail care system from amop\.
tri-state ford dealers thank you for helping protect our children. 5:49. a not guilty plea from a priest in new jersey accused of pointing a gun at an 18-year- old boy. dozens of parishioners joined father kevin carter during his arraignment in hackensack yesterday. carter pointed a civil war era musket at the boy in the rectory of st. margaret of qitona church in little ferry. it was apparently over a sports rivalry. the priest is a giant's fan and the boy is a dallas fan. >> the family brought the young boy to the rectory specifically and for the sole purpose of engaging in good natured banter.
for the young boy and his family. >> carter's attorney says eight people were in the rectory at the time. one witness says he didn't see the priest point a gun. >> it's 5:50. investigators looking into that deadly explosion in brooklyn now believe that this was not an accident. officials are focusing on one of the two victims, fran he is figueroa. she reportedly had a significant amount of death and was being evicted from the apartment. there was no natural gas in the apartment because it was turned off in june. debris is tested for chemicals that may have been used as accelerants. a texas man who lost everything he had to a gun waving thief is now grateful to an unlikely hero. >> lazel koby delivers newspapers in the neighborhood. when he saw there were he stopped. he had found the man's stolen car registration, his wallet,
even a $750 cashier's check meant for rent money. >> it gives you some perspective and also shows you how like a random stranger can help lift you back up in the worst of times. >> isn't that something. police even found the man's stolen car with its glove compartment filled with marijuana. it must have been left there by the thieves. 5:51. when you lose something important, the hope is someone else will find it, get it back to you. >> getting back her id isn't the only thing that's making one fordham student smile. it's the person who found that id for her.
it's 47 at river head, 53 down the jersey shore. 57 newark, elizabeth, and staten island with a little light northerly to a northeast wind. the humidities are where they should be for the morning hours, kind of drying out. great ride on the ferries today. got a beauty of a ride. going to be a gorgeous day with a lot of sunshine. 70 at noontime, 74 this afternoon. debbie duhaime is looking at things for you this morning in the commute in for heather. >> the ferries are running on time. problems with metro north on the harlem line. delays of 30 minutes, lirr new jersey transit on time. watch for a problem on 18 south and neptune as you get into wall township, a collision there. hudson river crossings moving smoothly. stop and go southbound fdr drive into the 70s with construction, and the inbound gowanus by 92nd street, its emergency construction in the hov lane. let's go to the webcam. this is that inbound gowanus moving slowly through bay ridge. emergency construction in the hov lane.
alternate side parking rules are in effect. back over to you. thank you. newly released video shows a driver on a demolition derby in brooklyn. one car after another slammed. dashboard cameras recorded the whole thing a mile long hit and run on saturday night. at least a dozen cars were damaged. the driver finally stopped at a dead end street where some people tried to intervene. the driver faces a dwi charge. a student from fordham university sending a great big thanks to tom hanks after the oscar winning actor went out of his way to return her lost id badge. mr. hanks found a student id badge on the ground in central park with the name lauren on it. yesterday he tweeted a message saying hey lauren, i found your student id in the park. if you still need it, my office will get it to you. hanks. a short time later a girl tweeted hanks saying lol this is my friend. when lauren found out, she says
skeptical. apprehensive. i didn't know, okay, is this really him. i don't have twitter but i think that's what it is. i was hoping for that. then seeing how many re-tweets there were i was like, okay, tom hanks. >> she's so cute. >> and you can catch the full interview with lauren today on good morning america. preservation group is suing the city of los angeles for demolishing a home where marilyn monroe lived for one year. >> the lawsuit says the l. a. city council violated state and city laws when it allowed the demolition to go forward to clear the way for condominiums. the home was torn down days before a hearing on whether to make it an historic landmark. the cost to visit nikki's tomb town and tomorrow land is on the rise. >> disney land increasing the price of its annual passes. the jump in some cases is more than 35%.
disney points out premium passes will offer new benefits including access to water parks and golf courses. just ahead on eyewitness news this morning, we're live are investigating the mysterious killing of a dog during a late night walk with its owner. >> new this morning, something to think about as you are preparing your breakfast. low fat milk, is it really the best option for you. >> and you can leave home with a big smile on the face because meteorologist bill evans will accuweather forecast. stay with us. it'll be here before you know it. hello, halloween. when everybody dresses up. and that includes dinner. unleash the power of dough. give it a pop. i would kill for something sweet. wanna split that? no...soooo much fat... don't fight your instincts. with 150 calories each, try our new rich & creamy cheesecakes.