tv Eyewitness News This Morning ABC December 15, 2015 4:30am-6:00am EST
"gma" to come. . 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. gallon it's 4:30. an mta bus strikes a woman on the street. >> have you seen this man, police say he attacked and robbed an 81-year-old man and now they need your help tracking him down. >> and let's take a live look outside. the day is just getting started. we've already hit a record high that was overnight. we can tell you what to expect for the rest of the day. good morning, i'm lori stokes. >> thank you for joining us.
today is tuesday december 15th. >> high overnight? >> very rare. that front brought us rain last night. now that front has pushed through and skies are going to start clearing out. temperatures are still warm. 64 degrees. the temperature's going to continue to drop now from the hours that we hit that record high, which was around 3 in the morning. now it's 60 at kingston and poughkeepsie. it should be 22 degrees there, it's 60. 58 around bridgeport. 60 around islip. today we'll see the temperature dropping on down. then it's going to warm up. we'll have a high this afternoon in the low 60s. we're going to talk about the weekend which is going to get brisk and chilly. all that and your accuweather seven-day forecast in just a moment. debbie duhaime is in the traffic center for heather this morning. >> downtown delays with signal
also on the g, no service between court square and nostrun avenue. new jersey transit, metro north lirr on time. it's ongoing maintenance. up at the the tappan zee bridge speeds reduced to 45 miles per hour because of the wet pavement. deegan moving okay. keep in mind at the mcqumes dam bridge it's ongoing road work. alternate side parking rules are in effect for today city wide. thank you. an mta bus hit and killed a woman in brooklyn. this is the latest in a string of deadly incidents involving city buses in the past few weeks. now the nypd is cracking down on dangerous driving. eyewitness news reporter kala rama is live in sheepshead bay with details for us. >> i can tell you this is the
bus in six weeks, and the latest here was killed in the crosswalk just behind me. we're talking about 62-year-old eleanor a shelkina. an mta bus making a left on to east 16th from avenue z hit and killed her. the bus driver remained on scene and has not been charged. one man who lives in the area decided to bring his young son to the scene to use this tragedy as a lesson. >> i think it's good for a child to be aware that when you're crossing the street you have to be careful, and you have to pay attention, and tough look for cars and buses. >> just after the 62-year-old woman was struck, the new york police department launched their holiday pedestrian safety initiative. it run this is week through sunday and targets vision zero
or those who don't yield to pedestrians in areas near senior centers during congested hours. the nypd points out that pedestrians being struck and killed is at a lower rate that be last year. it has dropped 4% year-to-date. live in brooklyn, kala rama channel 7 eyewitness news. thank you. and new this morning, police want your help catching a robber who beat up an 81-year- old man in brooklyn. here is a picture of the person police are looking for. the attack happened earlier this month. police say the suspect walked up behind the victim on louis avenue on bedford steve son. the victim is expected to be okay. an education teacher in new jersey is free on bail after being students. police charged ashley farbizio with two counts of child abuse and assault. she works at the 16th avenue
she was arrested in elmwood park after the school notified police about possible abuse. 4:35. a reactor at the indian point nuclear plant in westchester county has been shut down. energy officials say an electrical disturbance on the non-nuclear side of the plant caused the main generator and reactor in unit 3 to shut down automatically. no radio activity was released. happening today, the man accused of killing 6-year-old etan patz will face a judge again today. attorneys for pedro hernandez have asked a judge to dismiss the charges against him. hernandez is facing a retrial of the 1979 kidnap and murder. his first trial ended with a hung jury. hernandez confessed to killing the boy after luring him into a bodega where he worked in 1979. a long island woman is accused of taking a page of the
police say this summers video shows 31-year-old tiffany fisher plucking lightup lollipops from a lawn in island park. the home is a few blocks from her own. investigators tracked down fisher but the homeowner says he just wants to know why someone would steal his family decorations. >> there's little children involved with christmas. you don't think of the consequences of now as a parent, i have four girls that i have to explain to my children what happened here. >> another holiday thief was caught on camera in nassau county. a family in massapequa is hoping to once again see an inflatable penguin stolen from their home's front yard over the weekend. it is 4:36, and you're never more than 7 minutes away from weather and traffic and meteorologist bill evans. >> here's a camera view from the roof looking across to midtown manhattan. that's 59th street south and central park south as we call that. as we look across we've got
pushing through now and we'll start to see skies brighten today. here's our view from our camera. we'll see our camera bouncing around a little bit. got some wind out of the west at 12 to 25 miles an hour. temperatures 64 and will continue to drop this morning for a few more hours. last showers are out across nassau county right there around eastern westchester county. high pressure will build in today making for a windy day, but it will still be a very mild day. we're looking at temperature cooling down to 58 by 9, 10:00, 8 lunchtime temperature 61. the temperature warmer than normal. a clear sky tonight and it's going to be chillier. we'll talk about that and brisk weather for the weekend. debbie duhaime in for heather this morning. >> we'll tell you what's happening on the number 1 train, still seeing delays heading downtown on the 1,
heading to the g no service between port square and knows at&t avenue. ongoing maintenance getting into queens. george looks fine, no problems at the lincoln or holland. here's the l.i.e. westbound getting out towards the grand central. this is the construction zone so you can see l.i.e. as bunching up westbound getting right through queens heading out towards the queens midtown tunnel. the southbound van wyck moving okay through the construction zone. alternate side parking rules in are in effect for today city wide. thank you. 4:38. this season has been about finishing or the lack of it for the giants but odell beckham junior, his second touchdown an
the giants ahead for good with just over 11 minutes to play. eyewitness news sports anchor laura behnke has reaction to the 34-21 win from sun life stadium. >> perhaps the giants found the key to their success this season last night, don't take a lead into the fourth quarter. instead of blowing that they had to work for that lead which they kept. as a result their playoff hopes live to see another week. >> our guys have hung in there. they're taken all the shots from the outside and they've continued to work hard and believing they can win and, you know, tonight that's what it took. we played a bunch of games where at halftime we were leading many of the games. >> this game was far from perfect for the giants. there are plenty of things they need to work on. tom coughlin stressing he was
battle but did admit this win very much keeps this team alive, and right now that is all that matters. with the giants at is the sun life stadium in miami, laura behnke channel 7 eyewitness news. >> it is 4:40. still ahead, a blockbuster awakens, the new star wars movie premiers in hollywood overnight and the first reviews are coming in. >> a man rescues a driver trapped in the raging flood. this morning the emotional reunion between the survivor and the man who saved his life. >> disgruntled may be an understatement for this driver.
pickup truck right through the lobby. why? well, because he was upset about his bill. the driver apparently exchanged words with the hotel workers and then he jumped in his truck, drove straight into the building. two workers were able to jump out of the way but just in time. that driver is now facing several charges. no one was hurt. >> lucky for him no one was hurt. he'd be facing even more serious charges. anger management, yeah. 4:43. meteorologist bill evans joins us now with the exclusive accuweather forecast. >> we take a look from our camera in astoria, down to 1 world trade, high cloudiness over us this morning. we're going to be looking at a morning where we start out with temperatures that are really mild. 64 degrees. normally we would be around 32, 33 degrees. the humidity has dropped off now. that high pressure is building in. the winds have dropped off and picked up in the west at 12 to 17 miles an hour.
25 miles per hour. the pressure is at 29.42. when you have the pressure that low it's going to be very windy. notice the 68. that we hit at 3 a.m. ahead of the front. that's our high, record high for today. we're looking at 60 at smithtown. 62 babylon around oyster bay and 62 around hempstead. even these numbers are way warm for this hour of the day. the wind is out of the west, 6 miles an hour teterboro. the front is slowly pushing through now and sliding eastward. what we'll see is these showers that are left behind that are just kind of sliding through parts of the area. spritz or sprinkle gone by 6. this high pressure ridge builds in for the rest of today and tomorrow. we'll probably get another front coming through on thursday. by the time we get to 6:00 this morning the temperature cools into the upper 50s. by afternoon we're back to around 60 degrees.
as we get into tomorrow temperature's 37. we're starting out at 60 in poughkeepsie. 37 tomorrow and then in the afternoon we'll have temperatures in the upper 40s and low 50s. a little cooler. as we get to friday and saturday, this cooler air really pours in here. it actually kind of gets cold on friday and saturday. we're going to be looking at, you know, a cold shot. next week we're going to see, you know, temperatures warming back up again as we head toward christmas day. we've got an early shower this morning. sunshine returns with a gusty breeze, high 62. bright and breezy. clear, chilly tonight, less wind, low 45. tomorrow it's sunny and cooler with a high of 52 degrees which is still warmer. thursday is going to be a rainy day. then the front moves through thursday night. it's brisk and cooler on friday. the weekend sets up chilly. a wintery wind, ooh, did i say the w word. wintery wind on saturday and look at sunday. 44, 48 on monday.
next week. next week. this weekend is going to feel like the 30s. so, you know, dust off the warm weather gear, you know, check for moths. you haven't been using any of your warm gear stuck back in the closet. you'll need it coming up this weekend. >> take those coats out of that closet. >> that's right. it's like back and forth, take them out and in, you never know. flip-flop yesterday you saw. >> yeah, a guy walking his dogs in flip-flop and shorts and a t- shirt. >> exactly. >> he looked at me like,. >> this is normal. >> amazing for december. >> i bought all these nice fuzzy hats and i can't take them out yet. good morning, everybody. let's see what's happening as we head over to the subways still seeing this delay on the downtown 1 train, delays with signal problems at 145th. also keep in mind if you're taking it over to the g they're
let's go outside, i want to show you a look at the l.i.e. westbound moving slowly getting out toward the grand central all due to this ongoing construction. i'll keep an eye on this, l.i.e. west moving slowly through queens and going over to our other camera the southbound fdr drive overnight construction wrapping up. alternate side parking rules are in effect. back over to you. >> thank you. 4:47. this morning a new coalition is forming to fight terrorism. 34 muslim majority countries are joining forces. saudi arabia leads the group which includes muslim countries from several continents. brooklyn borough president eric adams is calling for tolerance in accepting refugees from syria. adams returned sunday from visiting a syrian refugee camp in turkey. last night they had a tree lighting ceremony, and he called on others to embrace
victims of war. >> courage is found in every generation. courage will not skip our generation. we will stand up for the refugees of syria. >> adams with dozens of local clergy members issued a joint interfaith call to help the refugees. 4:48. the first of six baltimore police officers accused in the death of freddie gray could learn his fate as early as today. jurors will resume deliberations today in the trial of officer william porter. investigators say gray died after his neck was broken during a 45-minute ride in a police van. gray was not buckled in and repeatedly asked officers to be taken to the hospital. time and fate were on the side of a man who found himself trapped in a car that was sinking into a flooded ditch.
windall his life. his car went off a rain soaked road in washington state last week. it landed in a ditch and started taking on water. moments later windom drove by. someone flagged him down. >> his hand came up over the top and i just said oh, my god. i grabbed him and the first thing -- i'm so glad that you were there. >> morta said that he'd run out of air and was holding his breath when winden saved him. >> just amazing. 4:49, and after 14 years of planning, the nation's largest salt water desalination plant is up and running in california.
drought the plant is crucial for the san diego region. >> this facility will provide about 10% of our water supply serving about 400,000 people and producing about 50 million- gallons a day. >> the $1 billion project relies on state of the art technology to use less energy, and it is the first water project in the state to have a zero net carbon fingerprint. happening today, you won't have to travel to a galaxy far, far away to see the newest installment of the star wars series. the force awakens premiers tonight in manhattan. diehard fans lined the red carpets for the world premier. stars and storm troopers lined the red carpet as characters filed in to see the film. fans were very excited. >> it is going to live up to the hype.
my dad first showed it to me. i've always loved it. >> this movie brings back the nostalgic characters. that's what we're all excited to see. >> the fanfare is a far cry from the originals in 1977. star wars opened in less than 50 theaters and george lucas wasn't even there for it. he was so sure that the film would not do well he went on vacation. the force awakens opens nationwide friday. >> i have to tell you, i watched all the movies. >> you do? >> in preparation for this. my daughter's going to go tonight. >> i will see her tonight. i'm going to get a little nap in. >> coming up on eyewitness news this morning, a huge shift in a state's policy on common core testing. is this the victory teachers have been fighting for. >> and also ahead a hit and run driver leaves a man dying on the road.
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of the common core test scores. the legislature had voted earlier this year to actually increase the wait of those test scores and teacher evaluations but an official vote yesterday showed the regions are united in throwing out that policy. 4:55, and new yorkers will continue to get the city's municipal id cards for free next year. and now the museum of modern art and the guggenheim are offering card holders a free year of membership. with hopes of giving immigrants living this country illegally a valid identification. partnerships with city museums and theaters have made the cards more appealing to many residents. 4:55. you're never more than 7 minutes away from weather and traffic beginning with meteorologist bill evans. >> good morning everybody. here we go. we take a look from our camera here looking down the jersey
you can see the end of the pier and right there is the buoy. the navigational buoy. we're looking good here this morning as we start the day. we are looking at some warm temperatures. new city at 60. a couple little sprinkles here along parkway in connecticut. this is the front pushing eastward. we are looking at more temperatures that will be around 60, 58 degrees here. 61 newark, in the park this west to a southwest wind to 23 miles an hour at laguardia. today we are going to be looking at temperatures that are warm. they'll cool down a little bit this morning and warm back up this afternoon to a high of 62. going to get the kids up in a minute for school. we're going to be looking at a jacket and sweater morning because it's breezy the by afternoon bright and breezy. debbie duhaime i give it a b for bright and breezy. >> i love it. i'll never complain about that. good morning to you bill, and good morning to everybody. you may complain about the accident on the garden state parkway. the garden state parkway
142 getting into route 78 it's an accident. also an accident southern state right on the ramp to the cross island and the belt right on that common ramp. watch out for a collision there. still seeing this closure on 63rd between 1st and 2nd after last week's partial building collapse. lets go outside. i'll show you a look at the l.i.e. westbound, very busy out toward the grand central in the construction zone. alternate side parking rules are in effect. back over to you. lori, shirleen. thank you. we're closing in on 5:00. just ahead on eyewitness news this morning, a murder mystery in brooklyn. who left an elderly woman to die in her own apartment and why did it take weeks to figure out it was a murder case. >> and the search is on this morning for the tractor-trailer driver who hit and killed a
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. we're following a developing story at 5 a.m. an elderly woman's death has now been ruled a homicide weeks after she died, and we're live with details on the funeral worker whose work helped turn this into a murder case. >> new this morning, a close call in greenwich village when part of a scaffolding collapsed overnight. >> and we've already hit a record high temperature overnight and the mild weather will continue throughout the day. good morning, i'm lori stokes. >> and i'm shirleen allicot in for ken rosato. thank you for joining us. it was amazing looking at the temperature. oh, how should i dress today
>> it's a gift. >> oh, yeah, and you know what it is december 15th, people, and you're never more than 7 minutes away -- right? remember that, right? >> this is -- >> it's going to be windy. the wind will be out of the west. it's going to feel pretty nice. we're looking at our camera many brooklyn toward wall street, a west wind gusting up to 17. long branch is 59. 58 toms river, 61 sayreville, these numbers are off the chart ridiculously warm when it should be about 33 in the park to 23 around white plains to 20 up at poughkeepsie. poughkeepsie almost 40 degrees warmer than normal at this hour of the day. we're going to be cooling down a little bit. we warm back into the low 60s this afternoon. we're going to be looking at rain on thursday. we're going to talk about the weekend which is brisk and chilly. that's right. debbie duhaime is in for heather looking at the commute this morning up in the traffic center.
>> let's see what's happening. good morning everybody. we'll start off with the maps. garden state parkway southbound the ramp at 161 and paramus, an accident, the one down by 142 was cleared already. the 1 train downtown delays, signal problems at 145th. on the g no service between court square and nostrand avenue. watch out for this other problem on the eastbound belt parkway, that ramp to the southern state, an accident right on that ramp. definitely watch out. steer clear of that one if you can. up at the tappan zee bridge speeds still town to 45 miles per hour. reports of an accident northbound thruway by exit 13 as well. let's go out to our camera. show you a look at the l.i.e. westbound still moving slowly. it's all due to overnight construction. alternate side parking rules are in effect. back over to you. thank you. it's 5:02. developing right now. the search is on for a killer in brooklyn.
victim had died of natural causes. that all changed thanks to an observant funeral home worker. dray clark is live in brownville. >> reporter: good morning lori. there are two primary questions that need to be answered here. one is how did the medical examiner miss the mark and second and more importantly is who is responsible for killing the 82-year-old victim. ma that mckenny was found unresponsive inside her apartment here at the woodson apartment here at the woodson house on november 9th and declared dead. police are gone to the apartment for a welfare check. fast forward to yesterday december 14th as mckenny's body was being prepared for burial, workers at caribbean funeral services noticed a knife wound on the back of her neck and notified the police. the medical examiner has now ruled her death a homicide. back here live outside the woodson houses, investigators spent a significant amount of
yesterday looking for any evidence that might lead them to a killer. live in brownsville, dray clark channel 7 eyewitness news. thank you. and new this morning, we have video just in of a partial scaffolding collapse in greenwich village. this happened at the 125-year- old mills house number 1 on bleaker street. the building used to be the home of the old village gate jazz club. the scaffold felled around 2:30 this morning. no one was hurt. in new jersey, the search is on for a tractor-trailer driver responsible for a deadly hit and run. it happened last night in newark. the truck hit a man at chancellor avenue and leslie street. the truckdriver got out of his rig and drove off after he realized what happened. the truck also damaged an suv. new this morning, police say a serial sexual predator has struck again.
was arraigned yesterday morning after police say he molested a 5-year-old and a 6-year-old. they were sisters while queens home. that happened sort. previously ramirez was accused of planting a recording device in the women's room of restaurant on long island and exposing himself to children at a stop and shop store in glen cove. nine candidates are gearing up for the big showdown. the gop presidential debate in las vegas with donald trump set to stand front and center. abc's stephanie ramos is joining us live now from washington. >> lori, there's a new high and a new challenge for donald trump, this as he continues to soar in the polls. >> the stage is set for the last gop debate of 2015. nine candidates will stand on stage for the most critical event heading spot iowa caucuses. >> i think we're doing great in
>> at a rally in las vegas trump took aim at some of his main sticking points like mexico and the wall he intends to build. >> and i know how to build it, and i know how to get them to pay for it. it's very simple. folks you're killing us, you're making too much money. the wall's going to cost $9 billion. >> this talk has trump supporters hanging on. brand new numbers out showing trump hits 41% with republicans. the highest support he's had yet in a national poll, nearly three times as much as his closest rival. this debate may now be a two- man race between trump and senator ted cruz. in iowa the two are in a virtual tie. on the debate stage trump will be flanked by cruz and ben carson. trump recently calling coverage of him dishonest. >> in my case they can't find any scandals.
will be florida senator marco rubio, businesswoman carly fiorina, ohio governor john kasich, kentucky senator rand paul and new jersey governor chris christie. while trump predicts he'll be the punching bag at this debate he also. >> it's going to be good. >> after vowing to release his full medical report trump offered a short note from his doctor saying trump's physical strength and stamina are extraordinary. in washington stephanie ramos for channel 7 eyewitness news. stay with eyewitness news and abc news for updates on the rates for president. good morning america picks up our coverage with a live report from las vegas coming up at 7:00. 5:07. the army sergeant held captive by the taliban after walking away from his post in afghanistan will face a court-
bowe bergdahl was released last year. under a general court martial bergdahl could face a life sentence if he is convicted of misbehavior before the enemy. if convicted of desertion he faces five years in prison. the possibility that he may face light punishment angered many in the military. you're never more than 7 minutes away from weather and traffic. >> we take a look from our camera here at 4 times square looking south. and we can see the bridge all the way down there, the verrazano narrows bridge down to staten island and across the way. sandy hook new jersey a 23-mile visibility, a pretty morning here. it's windy, and it's bright and it's going to be a nice sunrise. we're looking at 64 degrees this hour. we had 68 degrees at 3 a.m. west wind coming in now, 12 to 23 miles per hour. there's a couple sprinkles left as the front pushes through. this high pressure ridge build in for the rest of the day today and tomorrow.
we cool down 10 degrees from 3 a.m., but we warm back up this afternoon. our afternoon high will be in the low 60s. kiddos at the bus stop we've got a couple of hooky players today. >> one's sick and one is playing hooky. >> she's not sick. [ laughter ] >> don't you hate it when people at work do that. not sick, no, she is sick. her voice yesterday was really froggy. >> this morning kids dress a little bit warm. it's kind of windy out there. >> let's see what's happening out here bill. because of that wind and rain overnight, still wet pavement out there. tappan zee bridge speeds down to 45. exit 13 it's a collision reported as well. watch for delays on the garden state parkway southbound, that ramp at 161 and paramus it's app accident. the 1 train downtown delays, but signal problems at 145th. no service on the g between
avenue. if you're heading to the eastbound belt at the southern state it's a collision there, and lets go outside. i'll show you the l.i.e. westbound picking up volume here getting out toward the grand central in the construction zone. watch for slowdowns here. also a look at the fdr drive southbound slowing down through the 70s. that's all due to ongoing construction as well. alternate side parking rules are in effect. back over to you, lori, shirleen. thank you. 5:10, and still ahead eyewitness news this morning, the counter lawsuit filed by actor bill cosby against a group of women who previously accused him of sexual misconduct. also ahead, the giants keep their playoff hopes alive in
5:12 now. boston university has revoked the honorary doctorate it awarded to bill cosby before his sexual assault scandal explode. the university cited cosby's sworn testimony in a deposition saying cosby had brought significant and lasting discredit on himself. meanwhile cosby has filed a counter suit against seven of the women who have accused him of sexual assault. he says the seven made malicious, opportunistic and false and defamatory accusations. three words explain why the giant's three-game losing streak is over, odell beckham junior. he caught two touchdown passes in the second half to lift the giants past miami, 31-24 on monday night football. the win moves the giants back into a three-way tie for the first atop the nfc east with
pretty happy that the team was able to put the game away. >> we talked about playing 60 minutes. we hadn't been finishing. that was a major goal. we did that. >> we obviously knew what happened yesterday in the division, another team so we had to stay on track. >> up next for the giants a home date with the undefeated carolina panthers. >> and game time is 1 p.m. sunday at metlife stadium. today we'll hear from baseball's all time hit leader after pete rose struck of the again in his bid for reinstatement. the commissioner says rose has lied about his continued gambling which led to his lifetime ban. he said allowing rose back into the game would risk the sport's integrity. he cannot be voted into the hall of fame. here we go, this morning we're looking at partly cloudy
high clouds and we've got a good visibility from our camera in brooklyn over to wall street, bowling green down brooklyn bridge. 62 degrees, a dry humidity, a west wind at 12 gusting to 18. the pressure has been rising. it's at 30.44. that's very unstable. very windy. 68 with the asterisk is the this morning. normal high is 43. 25 degrees warmer than normal, 32. we're way warmer this hour of the day. let you know where we should be and where we are. balmy morning with a leftover shower. it's breezy all day, sunny today and tomorrow. rain returns on thursday can it's brisk and chillier over the weekend. that's right, i said brisk and chillier over the weekend. 62, 63 around the five boroughs. low 60s. , upper 50s here. the temperature is dropping a little more, about a degree every hour.
sun's going to pick things up, and temperatures will start to rise. the west wind, 12, 13, 14, 15 miles an hour. what we're having this morning is a few leftover showers. north shore of long island headed toward the twin forks. this high pressure will build in today. it makes for a great day today, and the wind dies down tonight. rainfall from the system heaviest on long island. look at this 6/10 at islip and west hampton. 7/10 montauk, an inch at bridgeport and 4/10 in the park. sunshine today and wednesday on our futurecast. here comes thursday at noontime 1:00, rain comes in thursday, lasts into thursday evening, thursday night, and then is out of the way for the weekend. a shower this morning, a gusty breeze, 62. less wind tonight. wore at 45 degrees. tomorrow it's sunny, cooler. the high is 52.
the front moves through thursday night. it's brisk and cooler on friday, and it's really chilly this weekend when it's a wintery wind out of the northwest. it's going to feel like the 30s. get ready for that. 44 on sunday and 48 monday, but hang on folks. you know, it will warm back up next week. so we'll see the cool shot warming back up as we head toward christmas. >> it will definitely be a shock to the system. that's for sure. >> this weekend, yeah. >> we need that, though. >> we do right? >> feel great. >> the tree, you know, you need the whole scene going. >> yeah. >> have a little fire. >> exactly. >> i've been trying to light one in the newsroom. can't light one in the newsroom. >> let's check in with debbie. >> can only imagine that right. good morning everybody.
the tappan zee bridge. bill has been telling us about rain coming through. speeds down to 45 miles per hour because of the wet pavement. northbound new york state thruway exit 13 getting up towards spring valley a collision on the shoulder. watch for a slight delay on the garden state parkway, the ramp at 161 and paramus it's an accident. on the number one train, downtown delays with signal problems at 145th. going outside to the fdr drive, fdr drive heading southbound through the 70s, ongoing construction. alternate side in effect. back over to you. thank you. it's 5:18, and still ahead on eyewitness news this morning, new recommendations from the government. in an effort to prevent people from abusing and overdosing on certain drugs. >> also ahead, why today is so
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morning, the hudson river down towards the harbor a little wind out there, 14, 17 miles per hour. you just need a jacket or a sweater this morning. water temperatures still 53 it's been so warm. 51 here on long island south. i know that doesn't sound warm. should have a good ride back and forth. the wind out of the west and northwest that will be gusting to around 25 miles per hour today. temperatures are in the low 60s. low 60s this morning to start the day. it will cool down a little bit more to about 57 by 7:00. we warm back up to 62 this afternoon. so this morning kiddos you'll need a jacket or sweater for school. after school, wow, quite mild still. it's going to get colder. we'll talk about that coming up in your accuweather seven-day forecast. debbie duhaime is in for heather. >> ferry's running on or close to schedule bill.
some delays downtown with signal problems at 145th. new jersey transit, metro north, lirr on time. if you're going to be taking a ride over to the eastbound belt right on that ramp to the southern state, watch out for an accident right ant ramp. george, lincoln and the holland still moving okay. on the tappan zee bridge speeds down to 45 miles an hour and the northbound thruway accident off on the shoulder. the l.i.e. westbound slowly through the construction zone at the grand central. alternate side parking rules are in effect for today city wide. back to you. thank you. still ahead on eyewitness news this morning, the program underway this holiday season to prevent deadly pedestrian accidents just as tragedy strikes once again. we're live at the scene of an
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woman attempting to cross the street in brooklyn. what this accident has in common with other accidents that is causing big concerns. >> and new this morning, pictures police want you to see as they track down the suspect behind a violent robbery. >> and it's another mild day ahead with a cooldown later this week, but we're not done with the warm december yet. thank goodness. and good morning, i'm lori stokes. >> i'm shirleen allicot in for ken rosato. thank you for joining us. today is tuesday december 15th. >> you're never more than 7 minutes away from weather and traffic and bill evans. >> we're looking here in brooklyn across the watchtower building across the east river into lower manhattan. 63 degrees now. this is really warm. we should be at about 33 this hour of the day for this time of the year. hanover new jersey you're at 59. hopatcong 578. upper 50s through northwest jersey.
56 is the cool spot in connecticut, 50 in monticello and the catskills. we're looking at a few little showers that are still across coastal connecticut and long island. a couple of showers up to the north. that pushes through with the front. we cool town a little more. i think the model has a couple of degrees cooler here than will happen. we'll get to probably 58 and 62 later on this afternoon. then when it cools down it's going to weekend. how's it going so far up there debbie? >> good morning everybody. we'll start off with the subways, tell you what's happening on the 1 train. still seeing some downtown delays with ongoing signal problems at 145th. new jersey transit, metro north, lirr, all on time this morning. george, lincoln and the holland off to a nice start. if you're heading to the tappan zee bridge speeds back to 55 miles per hour. northbound new york state thruway exit 13 a collision, and also if you're heading over to 84 heading eastbound into
finally going out to the camera, the fdr drive southbound. thank you. it's 5:32. a family is heartbroken this morning after a woman was killed while trying to cross a street in brooklyn. police say the victim was hit by an mta bus making a left turn on to east 17th street from avenue z. this is the latest in a string of deadly crashes involving city buses. eyewitness news reporter kala rama is live now on the scene in sheepshead bay. >> reporter: this is actually the fourth pedestrian to be struck by a bus in six weeks. the latest was killed in the crosswalk just behind me here. 62-year-old eleanorasholkina was killed while crossing east 17th vet. an mta bus was making a left on to east 17th from avenue z and hit and killed her. the bus driver remained on scene and has not been charged. one man who lives in the area
to the scene yesterday just to teach a lesson to him about this tragedy. >> i think it's good for you know, a child to be aware that when you're crossing the street you have to be careful and you have to pay attention, and you have to look for cars and buses. >> reporter: just after the 62- year-old woman was struck and killed the new york police department launched their holiday pedestrian safety initiative. it runs this week through sunday and targets vision zero violators like speeding drivers or those who don't yield to pedestrians in areas near senior centers during congested hours. the nypd also points out despite recent events pedestrian fatalities are down by 4% in the last year. we're live in brooklyn, kala rama channel 7 eyewitness news. >> thank you. 5:33. and new this morning, the hunt continues for a thief who beat up an old man enough to be his grandfather.
suspect in the december 2nd attack. it happened on louis avenue in bedford steve sent. the crook walked up behind an 81-year-old man and hit him in the head. the victim is expected to be okay. westchester county investigators are hoping for new leads in a cold case that began with a gruesome discovery. body parts were found inside a plastic bag in a wooded area in yonkers back in september of 2012. the remains were identified as 26-year-old pamela grattick. she was reported missing the month before. police are asking anyone with information to call them. a special education teacher in new jersey is free on bail after being accused of abusing students. police charged ashley forbizio with two counts of child abuse and assault. she works at the 16th avenue elementary psychological. she was arrested in elmwood park after the school notified police about possible abuse. the judge has ordered her to
new this morning, the number of sex crimes reported on new york city subways is on the rise. investigators say that there were 669 sex crimes reported between january and november of this year. now that's 100 more than last yore. the most common crimes are groping, public lewdness and unwanted surveillance. the higher numbers are because riders are more serious about taking pictures about the incidents and reporting them. aright tore at the indian point nuclear plant in westchester county has been shut down. energy says an electrical disturbance on the nonnuclear side of the plant caused the main generator and reactor in unit 3 to shut down automatically. this is the second shutdown at the plant in the past two weeks. 5:35. happening today, the man accused of killing 6-year-old etan patz will face a judge
attorneys for pedro hernandez have asked a judge to dismiss the charges against him. hernandez is facing a retrial for the 1979 kidnap and murder. his first trial ended with a hung jury. hernandez confessed to killing the boy after luring him and a bodega where had e worked in 1979. you're never more than 7 minutes away from weather and traffic beginning with meteorologist bill evans. >> let's take a look from our camera here at 4 times square. got a great visibility. you can see our camera doing the wind dance this morning as we see in staten island over to jersey, the arthur keel, down the staten island, good visibility down to 1 world trade. this morning we're looking across to bowling green and wall street where our temperatures are way warm. 63 degrees, 30 degrees warmer than normal for this hour of the day. a couple showers working across northern suffolk county.
rest of the day and the winds calm down tonight. we're looking at 58. we'll cool down from 63 to 58. as we get to the afternoon we'll warm back into the low 60s. it will be a breezy day with the wind out of the west at 12 to 25 miles an hour. kiddos for the bus stop grab a jacket or a sweater. a little breezy this morning. after school 62 bright, breezy, some really nice springtime weather. we do have brisk weather coming for the weekend. we'll talk about that coming up next. it's weather then heather. we're minus heather. we're plus debbie duhaime. let's see what's happening on the 7 train. some delays with signal problems at willets point. on the 1 train downtown delays with signal problems at 145th. new jersey transit, metro north, lirr on time. george, lincoln and the holland still moving smoothly. if you're going to be taking a ride over to the tappan zee
northbound new york state thruway exit 13 a collision on heading to dutchess county, 84 eastbound exit 17 a collision being cleared. well. let's go outside. southbound van wyck. the southbound van wyck moving slowly into kew gardens. looks like overnight construction just wrapped up. go expect minor delays there. taking a look at the inbound george washington bridge, traffic still moving smoothly level. alternate side parking rules are in effect. thank you. it's 5:38. still ahead on eyewitness news this morning. the early christmas gift for thousands of people across the tri-state with the release of the much anticipated star wars movie. we're going to take you to the world premier. >> the christmas gift fit for the president of the united states.
5:41. you won't have to travel to a galaxy far, far away to see the new star wars movie, the force awakens premiers tonight in manhattan. diehard fans line the red carpet in los angeles for the world premier. storm troopers and many other characters were there for the big event and fans were very excited. >> it is going to live up to the hype.
dad first showed it to me. >> this movie brings back the nostalgic characters. >> the fanfare surrounding this film's premier is a far cry from the originals in 1977. george lucas didn't even show up. he was so sure the film would not do well he went on vacation. the force awakens opens nationwide friday. look at that an early christmas speaking of which, president obama probably has a pretty good idea what he's getting for christmas. and a letter to santa won't help. >> what are you giving the president for christmas? >> another president christmas present question. all right. mess, don't tell him, he's going to get stuff. it's not going to be very
>> as for malia and sasha could be a green christmas. first lady michelle obama says they're teenager and it would be a waste of time picking out things they don't want, so they're going to get cash. >> not a bad christmas present for them. >> i know that well. >> do you think the first lady's trying to give the president a hint with that kind of a christmas present. >> no, i think he's a real workout buff. at least he knows what he likes. >> that is the truth. 5:43. bill evans joins us now with the accuweather forecast. >> what guy doesn't like workout clothes? >> that's true. >> there are some. >> i was just wondering. >> hey babe here's some workout clothes, are you telling me to go to the gym. >> guys can't give that as a gift. >> no, no. just saying there's a double standard involved. we're looking at wall street, 1 world trade looking good this morning. the east river going to be great. yesterday we were socked in
and boy the ferries were running great. they were running a little slow. this morning you don't have that problem at all. the current temperature, 63 degrees. a dry humidity, west wind at 12 gusting to 18. the pressure has been rising. it's at 29.44. that's way low. that means the atmosphere unstable. that means wind. all you have to do is look at the wind and it will correlate to being a windy day. 68 is our high temperature set at 3 a.m. it was a record. broke another record high 57 around north port to around north port to massapequa, 59 around the jersey shore. it's way warm for this hour of the day. 13-mile an hour winds to 14, 15- mile an hour winds right here out of the west. that's important to know. it's a wind pushing a front through. there's a couple of showers but that wind keeps guiding us through to the hudson river a shower, shower eastern long island. back here is high pressure and wind die down tonight and then we start to get some winds dying down and warmer weather
for the weekend this front pushes through thursday night. then it gets cold friday, saturday, and sunday. wind out of the northwest and real feels in the 30s. next week as we head towards christmas the jet stream back to north in canada. record warmth comes up from the south again next week. at the bus stop here are the berries of huckle this morning. a couple playing hooky like that one right there. he's not here today, he's on vacation. she however has laryngitis for screaming at all us. your weekend feels like the 30s on saturday, less wind on sunday. look at this, normal temperatures for this time of the year. less wind tonight, really nice weather. it's cool, it's crisp. tomorrow is sunny and cooler. high 52. still 10 degrees warmer than normal for this time of the year. rain on thursday and it's back to 58. it's warm and wet. thursday night the front moves through, starts to cool down this weekend.
free wind that will feel like the 30s. notice the gradual warmup. that warming to 44 sunday, 48, maybe 50 by monday, back into the 60s next week before christmas. so, you know, i got you ladies a snow blower and some ice skates for christmas. >> we can't use either one. >> we're not going to be using them. [ laughter ] >> he had a sale on them? >> yeah. of course on sale. >> exactly. >> that's why he got them for us. >> sounds like my ex. >> i'll take the workout gear bill. i won't complain about workout gear. just like the president. >> let's see what's happening here on the cross island. the cross island northbound at well boulevard watch for an accident blocking one lane there. on the 7 train delays with
point, and on the 1 downtown delays at 145. let's go outside, we'll show you the southbound fdr drive moving slowly through the 70s. alternate side parking rules are in effect for today city wide. back over to you. >> thank you. it's 5:47, still ahead, holiday backfire. we're going to tell you where efforts to this holiday season led to a
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gray may learn his fate today. jurors will resume deliberations today in the trial of officer william porter. investigators say gray died after his neck was broken during a 45 minute ride in a police van. he was not buckled in and repeatedly asked officers to be taken to the hospital. it's 5:50 and a long island woman is accused of taking a page out of the grinch's playbook and stealing some holiday cheer. police say this surveillance video shows 31-year-old tiffany fisher plucking light up lollipops from the yard of a home. the homeowner just wants to know why someone would steal his family's decorations. >> there's little children involved with christmas, you know. you don't think of the consequences of now as a parent i have four girls that i have
>> another holiday thief was caught on camera in nassau county. a family in massapequa is hoping to once again see an inflatable penguin stolen from their home's front yard over the weekend. parents and students are fighting to celebrate the holidays after a ban on decorations at school in brooklyn. students at ps139 say the school is missing holiday cheer after the principal enforced the ban. the principal has reportedly said it was done in the interest of diversity and inclusion. for students it just makes the season feel cold. >> i don't agree with it. >> it made the school feel more like a second home but now it just feels like norm school. doesn't have >> the department of education sent the staff guidelines on holiday celebrations yesterday, and the principal sent an e- mail apologizing.
you're never more than 7 minutes away from weather and traffic together here on eyewitness news this morning. clear skies and camera bouncing around a little bit. we've got that west wind coming in. the wind continues to work its way across the west. the temperatures are in the low 60s here. we're looking at a west wind west, southwest, 13 to 23 miles per hour. the temperature's going to drop to about 58 and start warming back up around noontime and
we're going to be looking at temperatures in the low 60s. nyack looking at 55 by 7:00. these numbers are so warm for this hour of the day. 20 to 30 degrees warmer than normal. debbie duhaime is in for heather this morning taking a look at the commute. how's the roads and rails and subways. >> we're seeing delays on the 7 train hudson yard bound, still seeing delays with ongoing signal problems at willets point. signal problems at 145. new jersey transit, metro north, lirr on time. up toward exit 17 an accident being cleared. i'll show you a look at the fdr drive southbound moving through the 70s in the construction zone and going to our other camera, the belt parkway busy westbound headed towards kennedy airport. alternate side parking rules are in effect. back to you. thank you. 5:55. and new york state board of
student's common core test scores from the equation in future teacher evaluations. board members will cast a vote today in favor of a four-year moratorium on any use of the test scores. the legislature had voted earlier this year to increase the weight of those tests scores in teacher evaluation but an unofficial vote showed the regions are united in throwing out that policy. new this morning, josh groban is taking his talents to the stage. grow ban's first broadway experience will be in natasha, pierre and the greek comet of 1812. that's a mellow drama. we are closing in on where
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