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new york's number 1 news. channel 7, eyewitness news >> no coats needed tonight and the feel-good temperatures continue into the work week. a woman struck by by a car in queens. the driver tried to drive off but fast-acting samaritans helped her out. >> under arrest tonight, the victim is in critical condition. >> she has not yet been identified, but witnesses say this crash could have been so much worse. it happened in rockaway. eyewitness news reporter has
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>> reporter: the impact of the cars sent her flying several dozen feet. she was sent to the medical center with head trauma clinging to life but before she was struck, she likely saved a little girl's life. >> i'm happy she pushed her away. >> reporter: eyewitnesss in far rockaway describing a horrific scene. it was just before 1:00 p.m. when this driver came barrelling down the road at more than 50 miles an hour. a 21-year-old woman was holding a little girl's hand and the suspect trying to beat the red light slammed into the young woman and she pushed the young child out of the way. >> i was shocked and in awe because when you see a person do that, you don't see that. >> reporter: several others
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the suspect was arrested about 25 blocks from here by the nassau county border. heavy damage to the front passenger side of the mustang showed how hard she was struck. a busted side-view mirror and massive dent to the front, right tire. the victim was hit just steps from his home. . >> i was saddened to hear this. >> once i saw that, i turned my head and tried to cover my kids eyes. because to have my kids see that, my kids, no. >> reporter: it's still unclear at this hour what the relationship is between the victim and the little girl but, again, that little girl is likely alive tonight because of the actions of that woman. in jamaica, stefon kim, channel 7, eyewitness news. new at 11:00, a teenager is in the hospital in serious condition after being hit by a car this evening. that car did remain on the
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investigation. . in manhattan, police are investigating after a teenager was shot in east harlem. somebody riding a dirt bike pulled out a combun and shot the 19-year-old. the teen was taken to harlem hospital and is expected to survive. police have not made any arrests. another day of record- breaking temperatures in december. take a look, folks outside tonight eating outside, no heavy winter coats and while you won't have to wear a coat tomorrow, you might need an umbrella. meteorologist jeff smith is here with details. >> we typically see these temperatures in the early part of may. we were blowing records out of the water today. central park, beating a record set back in 1923. jfk airport getting up to the
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those were places like tom's locations a little bit cooler to the east. we'll cool down overnight and they'll stay at that level through 7:00 tomorrow morning, there might be some patchy fog and spotty drizzle into tomorrow. during the daylight hours of tomorrow, we're not in the way of rainfall, just a little cloud cover. mid-60s west of the city. i think some heavier rain comes in around 6:00 p.m. over western parts of new jersey and spreads over the rest of the region throughout the evening hours and it'll feel a lot different next weekend. we'll talk about that in the accuweather seven-day forecast. >> we'll see you in a bit, thank you. new at 11:00, a scarsdale man has been charged in a deadly crash in westchester county. zachary thompson was going the wrong way when his car hit another car on i-684 in bedford this morning. the driver was pronounced dead
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he and his passenger was treated for their injuries. he is charged with criminally negligent homicide. new questions tonight about the use of excessive force by police after deputies shoot and kill an armed man on the street in california. this video has sparked outrage as it showed him firing a dozen rounds, even after the suspect is already on the ground. lucy yang is here with the latest on the investigation. lucy. >> reporter: well, sandra, he was walking around a busy los angeles boulevard, moments before police arrived, now he's dead. did sheriffs make the streets safer, or did they go too far when they fired their weapons 33 times? the pops you hear are the shots fired. 33 by two sheriff deputies in los angeles. tonight, a storm is brewing over this fatal encounter. >> he's crossing the street with no real apparent regard
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>> reporter: the armed man identified as 28-year-old nicholas robertson. authorities say he had a criminal background, walking erratically sunday morning with a gun in hand. witnesses say he fired the weapon about a cosen times before they arrived. they ordered him to put his weapon down and stop but the video shows him ignoring the commands and continuing towards a crowded gas station. >> as he's making his way northbound towards the gas station, there are two people and three children in a carat a gas pump within five feet of him at the time. >> reporter: the deputies fire and keep shooting even after he is down. tonight, robertson's family and members of the community protesting what they call excessive force. >> they shot him in his shoulder, and he's crawling, at
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>> reporter: we're told the .45 caliber gun did not belong to robertson and was not loaded when he was shot. extra bullets were found near his body and he may have been trying to load his gun. >> anytime there's a deputy- involved shooting, we've seen the sentiment across america has been critical. that's what we're doing today, trying to be as transparent as we can. >> reporter: authorities will away autopsy reports and the two deputies have been reassigned from field deputy pending investigation. one deputy has been on the force a year, the other 18 months. . >> lucy, thank you. happening tomorrow, the anniversary of the sandy hook elementary school massacre will fall on a school day for the first time. middle and high school principals in newtown will note remarks over public address systems while parents at lower grade schools will have talking
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shootings with their children. flags will fly at half staff in honor of those who were killed three years ago. the anniversary was remembered today in manhattan by mothers for gun control. participants say it's time for common sense solutions to address our nation's culture of gun violence. >> mothers and fathers added to this, it's on us, and it's time. i don't feel like our children are safe nowhere, not at school, not at church, not in the movie theater, nowhere. >> meanwhile, governor cuomo calling on president obama to release the federal no-fly list for restrictions on guns and people on terror watch lists. tonight, the new york city buildings say it's sticking
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portion of first avenue closed to be opened by tomorrow's rush. crews have been working to remove the remaining bricks at the building on 61st street. it has been closed since the facade first fell last week. fortunately, no one was hurt. christmas thieves caught on camera. a family's huge light display hit by thieves. the heartbroken owners tell us why the vandalism ruined his holiday spirit. >> a priest resigns over claims he stole church money. tonight, cardinal dolanspeaks out about the investigation and
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new tonight, christmas grinches strike in new jersey. a family holiday light display, a long-time tradition for the community destroyed by vandals. those thieves caught on camera ripping out lights and stealing decorations. the homeowners were disappointed but not letting it ruin his holiday. malory is in ocean township with that story, malory. >> reporter: rob, the man behind the lights here on timber drive says this display is his gift to the community, but it appears early in the morning when the lights were off, there was an attempt to steal christmas.
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christmas lights designed to spread holiday cheer was met by thieves. >> i can't just go to the store today and buy a lot of the stuff that's been collected over the years. >> reporter: shane mccary's 68,000 lights and dozens of figures have been a tradition outside of his monmouth, new jersey home. also outside the home, watch as a lexus suv drives up. three men make their way onto the property at 3:30 in the morning. this candy cane is tethered to the ground and wired to a power supply. he appears to get spooked and makes wrong for it. the sticky fingers make their corn way to the corner of the property. >> he grabs the snow man. >> reporter: frosty didn't have a say in the matter.
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worth about $1,000. the loss isn't his alone, he says. >> i always enjoyed looking at all the houses lit up. so one year, i was like i'm going to put the lights on my house and each year i added more stuff. >> reporter: it's that holiday cheer that can't be stolen, but when the thieves drove off, one would have to think santa was watching. >> there's a lot of time and effort put into it. all year, i'm thinking what can i gain? can i move around? it's a year-long process, to bring the magic. . >> reporter: the magic, it certainly is, shane tells us. a police report has been filed. no leads are right newtown now. he says, right now, he'd just like his things back and in the spirit of christmas, and an apology would be nice. channel 7, eyewitness news. >> thank you very much, malory. in the race for president,
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two days away, and this time, new jersey governor christie will be back on the main stage. he'd been dropped to the undercard event for the last debate. he's one of nine republican presidential candidates to qualify for the main debate this time. as for frontrunners, the shift at the top in the key state of iowa. a new des moines register bloomberg poll has ted cruz surging to the lead ahead of donald trump. trump is now taking aim at his new chief rival, cruz. >> i don't think he's qualified to be president. you can't walk into the senate and scream and call people liars, and not be able to cajole and get along with people. he'll never get anything done, and that's the problem with ted. >> the other big story, dr. ben carson's drop in the polls. his number is down at 13%. he also brushed off the poll numbers saying they go up and down.
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use of drones are on the rise and near misses with planes. tonight, the new report on the number of close calls at local airports and the new report on the top-five scams this year, including the one americans lost the most money to. plus, warm temperatures continuing to the start of the work week. there's rain in store. jeff smith is back with the accuweather forecast. first, a message from a member of the military from our area who can't be home for the holidays. . >> we're the gibson family. i'm stationed in japan. i want to give season's
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all right, jeff. you have been the man of the hour this whole weekend. . >> not for skiers. >> good point, good point. >> maybe come february or march, the way this winter is going. we have some more mild weather coming up as we head into the day tomorrow. there's going to be a lot of cloud cover out there and eventually going to be some rain coming in tomorrow evening but still temperatures getting into the 60s and well into the 60s, south and west of new york city. we head outside right now, look down towards the empire state building. there's going to be some fog developing overnight. i'm especially concerned about areas of new york city and new jersey, some dense fog could hamper the morning commute. temperatures at 55, getting up to 67 for an afternoon high. transporting some moisture off
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that's the reason for some of the fog out there. 44 is the normal high. we were a full 23 degrees above that today. score, that record has fallen by the way side. it was set back in 1923 and the sun coming up at 7:11 tomorrow so cloudy but still mild tomorrow. during the day, but the steadier rain really waits until night fall to move on in. temperatures stay mild tuesday and rain returns thursday. we could be near record levels of warmth as well and more seasonal in the weekend. temperatures in the mid-40s, will feel a lot different. it's going to be a shock to the system by next saturday. 54 in morristown, lower and middle 50s on long island. check out visibility. most of the city is not having a problem points north. but to the south, a different story. one mile visibility in tom's river. fog is developing in these areas and there's a dense fog
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weather service through 10:00 a.m. on monday, south and west of new york city, much of new jersey, as a matter of fact. you can see the stream lines coming off the atlantic ocean. it's a cloudy night. not going to have very good viewing conditions, and a meteor shower is peaking out overnight tonight, unfortunately. the clouds lasting into tomorrow morning, might be a spotty drizzle. could definitely be a dense fog, south and west of the city and we wait for the rain to come in, probably around 5:00, the delaware water gap and overspreading the rest of the region during the evening. it's going to be a quick but fairly heavy shot of rain, could be a rumble of thunder and we clear out as we head into the day on tuesday and stay very mild. eventually, colder air comes into the picture, at least down to normal conditions by the weekend. so here's your accuweather forecast, mainly cloudy, mild, areas of fog, dense, spotty drizzle, down to about 54. same deal around sunrise,
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degrees. areas of fog burning off and remaining cloudy, a passing shower, 63, and the rain comes in full force tomorrow evening, maybe a rumble of thunder out there, 55, the seven-day forecast, clearing things out rapidly, 62 for a high, 54 wednesday, a mild mix of sun and clouds. rain on thursday, 59 approaching a record of 62, set back in 2000 and cooling off towards the weekend. still above average for saturday and sunday, highs in the mid-40s. but you have to prepare for it because it will be blustery out there saturday. a whole different ball game from what we have been through. >> and they're plotting. >> 30 in december? what a concept. holy cow. the start of the nfl weekend is here. >> it is, and it doesn't feel like december football. the giants have to wait until tomorrow to make their case for
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the jets have won two games in a row to get themselves back into the afc playoff hunt, the perfect makings of a trap game. new york tries to avoid that fate. ryan fitzpatrick finding eric deker in the end zone. this is just a preview of what turns out in the 2nd. fitzpatrick, another touchdown. before the half, it's brandon marshall making the catch along the sidelines, he's off and running 69 yards, they led 27-0 the titans couldn't get anything going offensively
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wildcat here. the pass to marcus mariotta, the touchdown. 30-8 is your final. third win in a row. with some help from an audible that led to the score. >> ready or not, we're going to take off and go. they've been around a while and saw some things. >> it's a head's up play for brandon to run down the field and whatever he was doing. you know, knowing that i kind of saw it as well. >> the four-win cowboys entered today one game out of the division lead. green bay was struggling too but not today. the cowboys could not stop the run either. starks here finding a wide-open field, goes untouched 30 yards. that made it 21-7. 28-7 is your final, so the cowboys are
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two losses before today. but they're not going easy on them. derek carr for the lead in the 4th. the pressure, cannot complete the pass and turned it over on downs. that's it, 15-12. the raiders win. so the broncos now 10-3. giants are in miami tonight with less than 24 hours standing between them and a date with cowboys on monday night football. the eagles and washington both won today so they cannot afford a loss tomorrow in order to stay in the division hunt. >> divisions come and go so it's only a matter of which ones you seize and which opportunities you take advantage of so we definitely lost many opportunities. >> and we have one more reminder for you. you can catch all the monday night football action on channel 7. kickoff is set for 8:30. we'll have much more ahead in sports. when we return, two of three
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>> it may be warmer here. >> yes, i know. >> thank you, laura. a priest resigns amidst allegations he stole from the church.
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take a look at tonight's top stories. a woman in critical condition after she was struck by a car in queens. it happened at seeinger boulevard and 19th street. a driver tried to beat a red light and he is under arrest investigations over a deadly shooting involving sheriff's deputies in los angeles county. deputies fired 33 rounds killing a man seen minutes before firing shots into the air. authorities say the officers kept firing after the man fell to the ground because he was still holding the gun a teenager in serious condition after he was shot in east harlem. police say somebody on a dirt bike opened fire striking the teen. no arrests have been made there topping our news this half hour, a catholic parish reeling from an unholy sex scandal. >> a priest just resigned after being accused of fleecing two city parishes to finance a kinky sex life.
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worshippers about the scandal rocking their church right before christmas. >> we're dealing with a lot of innuendo, a lot of rumor and gossip. what we have to deal with is the truth. >> reporter: after morning mass, timothy dolan addressed allegations, talk of stolen money and sex parties, not by worshippers, but by the man who once led them, father peter mcquelly. >> i'm so disgusted because i've heard him over and over again say how we have to be more generous, for what, for his acts? >> reporter: frustration felt by many at st. francis church. so as not to be a distraction, he abruptly resigned this weekend voluntarily stepping down from his post. just days ago, parishoneners sued the embattled priest for allegedly steal $1 million from st. francis and his prior church. one woman claims she has proof
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this home in new jersey and to fill a drug-filled lifestyle for him and his alleged boyfriend. cardinal dolan tells me he forwarded those e-mails to the bronx district attorney. >> they're terrible. when i read them about three months ago, it was she saying this is what i'm telling you. i have photographs, i have evidence and i said, oh, i'm glad, looking for data. please come give them to me and the police. she didn't. >> reporter: the archdiocese of new york, also named in the lawsuit is investigating all of this and says it's found no evidence of embezzlement. the district attorney's office tells eyewitness news it has been tracking things and is waiting for the archdiocese to complete its financial audit. >> i think if it's true, it's very sad and we have to pull together as a community and as a parish. >> reporter: all day long, not
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the parishonener heard was a reading of the delegation. cardinal dolan told me he admired him for doing it. channel 7, eyewitness news. police in pennsylvania possibly preventing a mass shooting at a wal-mart last night. they say the man entered the store and began pointing a gun at customers. officers surrounded the building, then went inside, fired at the man and hit him in the chest. he was pronounced dead at the nobody else inside the store was hit. a routine traffic stop on long island ended when an suv crashed into a building. a police officer pulled in front of the suv this afternoon and tried to stop the driver for texting behind the wheel. instead, the chief rear ended the police car and hitting another vehicle. the officer suffered minor injuries. the driver was arrested on drug charges. investigators are looking into the cause of a fire that damaged six postal trucks in
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the fdny says it all started on a third floor of a parking garage in chelsea. about 10:30 last night, firefighters got it under control around midnight. nobody was hurt. the postal service says there was no mail in any one of the trucks. also, a newly released report suggests there may be reason for concern around recent drone sightings around the area. the airports in the new york metropolitan area have the highest number of close encounters between drones and planes. the barred college analysis of federal and government data identified 327 close encounters december 2013 and september of 2015. of those, 86 were in this area. a close encounter being defined as an event where drones presented some level of hazard to a manned aircraft.
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nearby businesses were evacuated, road shut down and a nearby marathon had to be closed. a harrowing experience at the dmv. a florida state trooper was trying to get a woman to leave peacefully after she got upset. instead, she fought back. the officer took her to the ground and the woman spent several minutes kicking and screaming. finally got her into handcuffs and she faces one count of resisting arrest. a new warning for consumers tonight. the better business bureau reveals the top scams of the year, including one you probably haven't heard of. the scheme cheated americans out of millions. gloria riviera has details. >> reporter: from threatening phone calls to pressure to act now. . >> the issue is extremely serious and time sensitive.
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bilking americans out of millions. tonight, a consumer advocate reveals the five biggest scams of the year. the better business bureau giving abc news the first look at the scam tracker measuring complaints and what it reveals in all 50 states. >> you can see real time what's happening with the scam. >> reporter: number 5 on the list, fake government grants sold to consumers for a small fee. number 4, fake tech support. andrea hahn was browsing online when a voice came through her laptop saying it was infected. she called the number on the screen. >> they took control of the computer. >> reporter: she shut it off before the scammer stole her personal information. number 3, the fake sweepstakes asking for a small fee to collect a prize. number 2, aggressive debt collectors impersonating authorities. number 1 on the list, the irs scam. still surging this holiday season, 2,000 reports a day.
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well, we started the work week out, same mild temperatures, but fall, late fail is coming, right? >> yes, by next weekend. in a transient manner, though. i think by christmas week, we'll have mild temperatures coming back. it's just an unbelievable pattern. we're 9.5 degrees off from december, and we'll have a mild christmas. let's head out right now and check out what's going on. >> not bad, though. >> yeah, listen. this guy. >> he's got some skills. >> yep, he does. [laughter] all right, we'll head outside right now and we see a little bit of fog developing as we look over toward one world trade. the top of the building being obscured by the fog cover and that will tend to expand
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keep that in mind if you're traveling in the wee hours of the morning and the morning commute, there may be fog issues causing airport delays and delays in terms of people traveling a little bit more slowly on the roadways. 55, mostly cloudy skies out there. the wind coming in from the east at about 5 to 7 miles per hour. the temperatures staying steady all night. this is where the fog starts developing in full force in the city. basically from 2:00 a.m. through 6:00, 7:00 in the morning. highs today getting up to 72 in morristown, 73 at tom's river. 67 at the park, broke a record that was set back in 1923. mid-50s across much of the region right now. look at that visibility towards belmar, visibility just .3 miles in tom's river. this is where we have a dense fog advisory in effect where the visibility could go below a quarter mile in some areas, through 10:00 a.m. tomorrow morning, definitely affecting the morning commute
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tomorrow, lots of clouds out there, morning fog. we get into the 60s again during the afternoon, probably not quite as warm as what we had today because we will have more in the way of cloud cover. i don't expect much rain during the daylight hours tomorrow, but by 5:00 p.m., you'll have steadier rain approaching the delaware water, to new jersey, rapidly spreading across the region during the evening hours of tomorrow night before we start clearing things out after midnight, another mild day shaping up for tuesday. and, again, the cold coming in next weekend followed by milder air as we head into christmas week. here's the accuweather seven- day forecast. again, 63 tomorrow, maybe a passing shower during the day, steadier rain at night, breezy, milder, 62, a little bit cooler, 64 on wednesday, more rain comes into the picture on thursday and we'll really cool things off and it'll feel more like mid-december saturday and sunday along with some wind. bill evans has an update in the morning. >> thank you, jeff. finally tonight, the story of how a community came
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the holiday season. >> city workers in louisiana threw out a christmas tree set up by a homeless man claiming it was a code violation but that wasn't right according to some people who decided to do something about it. >> a perfect christmas picture in an imperfect place. saving christmas for a homeless man who spends every night under an expressway and maybe providing some holiday spirit for the people who pass by every day. >> my purpose was to bring hope and restore hope and smiles. >> reporter: john had a tree outside his tent until it was thrown away friday morning, cleared out by city sanitation. >> it's pretty much what they took from me and i wanted it back. >> reporter: oh, and he did, one by one. ordinary people dropped by wanting to give back too, bringing trees, decorations, and even pinning a stocking to his tent.
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says, is what happened next. >> says, well, i want to stop and help decorate. well, that really touched my heart. >> let's do what we've got, guys. >> i don't care what code violation it is. it's the holidays, and these people need everything that can uplift them as much as they can. >> reporter: he ended up with more trees than he can handle so he shared with homeless women living nearby. >> they cried, and -- because they haven't had a tree in a couple of years. >> reporter: and in return, another gift. >> this may not look like value, but to me, it's the reward that i wanted. >> reporter: payback from one of those women who, like him sbound by the kindness of strangers. >> that's what we should do by helping others. you don't have to have thousands or millions to help
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you can have a penny in your pocket, not even a penny, and still be able to touch somebody. >> that's a wonderful story. >> that's something. one by one like dominos, they helped each other out. >> wonderful story. great way to end the newscast. that will do it for us tonight. thanks for staying up late with us. i'm sandra bookman. >> and i'm rob. eyewitness returns tomorrow at 4:30. hey, what are you doing? getting the coats. for a half hour? bob just got time warner cable. he's getting more. more what? more than 25,000 movies and shows on demand, most for free.
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