tv Eyewitness News This Morning ABC December 17, 2015 4:30am-6:00am EST
have a great thursday. good morning, it's 4:30. 516-year-old girl is ambushed and slashed on her way to school. we're live with video of the down. and developing this morning, new video of flames home. displacing several people just a week before christmas. also major victory for first responders who put their lives on the line after the september 11th attacks. and good morning, i'm lori stokes. >> and thank you for joining us, i'm rob nelson filling in today for ken rosato.
>> and you are never more than seven minutes away from weather and traffic with meteorologist bill evans. >> we should get through the morning commit fine but we are going to be looking at some very mild temperatures and we're going to be looking at what's going to be a rainy day. eventually. starting around midday today. so it's 53 degrees right now really mild for this hour of the day and 48 around montclair and 47 around hopatcong and 46 around poughkeepsie. the numbers are way warm and should be 33 in the park at this time. you see it's 20 degrees warmer. and it's about 20 degrees warmer everywhere. there have been a couple of showers just before midnight but the rain we're looking at today is back there. right there. gets here around mid day. the morning commute is fine and rain gear by lunchtime you'll need that through the afternoon. temperatures in the upper 50s to near 60. it's going to get blustery and much colder, that's next coming up in the accuweather seven day forecast. debbie duhaime, how's it going
subways are running on or close to schedule. metro-north, lirr, on time. george lincoln and holland ongoing construction. we'll keep an eye on that for you and also at the brooklyn bridge, watch out for some ongoing construction heading inbound. we'll keep an eyen that as well. let's go outside and i'll show you a look at the new jersey turnpike, this is exiting by exit 13 and if you're heading over to the goethals bridge, the bridge getting into staten island, one lane is blocked with some ongoing road work. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect. back over to you. lori, rob? all right debbie thank you very much. and developing right now in new jersey, an overnight fire has destroyed a home in paterson, here's video just into the eyewitness newsroom and flames tearing through the home on east 19th street around 12:30 this morning. the heaviest fire was at the back of the building. thankfully no one has been hurt. but an unknown number of people have been displaced. 4:32. 16-year-old girl is attacked and slashed while walking to school and now police have
looking for. eyewitness news reporter kala rama is live now in queens with the latest for us, kala? >> reporter: lori, that 16-year- old girl was slashed from her ear down to her throat all while walking to school on this very street. the community here is concerned because the attacker is still out there. take a look at this. he was caught on camera. he's seen wearing a surgical surveillance footage of the attack. police say he didn't say anything but followed the teen who is a foreign exchange student from china. while she was walking to whitestone academy. just off-camera he pushes her and then slashes the teen twice across the face with a box cutter and then turns the other way and takes off running. the victim was able to run home and call 911. it appear this is a random attack, the girl and suspect did not know each other. this has the community worried. >> i was in total shock because we live in a quiet area. never no trouble.
never heard anything like that before. >> reporter: the victim who's been in the u.s. for just eight months is in the hospital still, she is in stable condition but we're told the scars will be deep. clearly she's traumatized. we're live in section of queens, kala rama, channel 7 eyewitness news. >> that is so frightening. thank you. and other news now, a toddler's death has been ruled a homicide following a medical examiner's report that revealed abuse. 2-year-old are seed washington's moa called 911 from the east 126th street apartment last march. she told police she heard him fall and put him back and bed and late found him not breathing, the autopsy results show bruising to the boy's liver and also spleen and also a large amount of blood in his abdomen. so far though, no arrests. legal problems may emerge for a school district in new jersey. prosecutors say the district did not report crimes on campus to police. middle section
perth amboy school officials saying that several crimes were either not reported in the timely manner or not reported at all. the actions include gun possession and a knife assault. school district has not commented. the nypd releasing new surveillance images of two men wanted far road rage sat gosh for a road rage shoot -- for a road rage shooting in manhattan. police say they were involved in a car accident in the meat packing district last week. the suspected gunmen tried to rob the other driver and then shot him during a struggle. the victim survived. we have new pictures of this morning -- from that deadly and fiery crash between a metro-north train and an suv. in westchester county earlier this year, the ntsb released photos showing ellen brody's suv after it was hit by the train the february. suv was -- in suv. suv was pushed -- in february.
parts of the third rail killed five passengers in the inferno. brody was also killed. happening today, one of the men involved in a highly controversial and deadly police shooting is receiving a promotion. nypd officer kenneth boss is being elevated now to detective. the 21 year veteran was one of four officers acquitted in the 1999 shooting of am due kia low. the unarmed african immigrant was shot to death in his bronx building as he reached for what turned out to be his wallet. he is the only one of the officers still with the nypd. and also happening today first responders to the september 11th terror attacks could find out if their health benefits will be extended. congress is expected to approve an extension of the zadroga act. the measure for more than $8 billion has -- also been included in the year end tax and spending bill. the act aims to revive money --
compensation fund through 202 # but no caps on awards. the world trade center health program will also be renewed until 2090. >> good news for those guys. you are never more than seven minutes away from weather and traffic. back over to bill. >> we're looking from our roof camera over to midtown manhattan. oh so it cloudy. going to be a cloudy day and going to be a mild day. but going to be a rainy day starting around midday today. the current temperature now in the low 50s. really mild to start your day at 53 degrees. so normal temperature about now would be about 33. so we're going to be looking at a very warm overnight period. couple of showers are bridgeport to just -- the east of new haven here and on up into litchfield and windham county in connecticut but this is the cold front we're talking about that will slide through today. as that pushes through rain starting around midday. a cloudy morning commute and temperatures in the upper 40s and we're looking at you know 50s this afternoon to near 60 with the rain.
tonight. weather then heather every seven minutes but hitter has the day off -- heather has the day off. >> a little bit of bronchitis and needs to rest. >> you want to rest with that for sure. debbie. how's it going out there? as we head over to the taconic bill. to the taconic southbound slowing down into putnam county all due to -- valley all due to construction. all lanes subject to closure there and stop and go traffic here on morris avenue route 82 in union. at salem road. that's an accident with a downed pole. and some downed wires. going to the george washington bridge, upper level some ongoing construction on the upper level. we'll watch that. 1, 2 and 3 overnight road work just trapping up. if you're going to the goethals bridge into staten island, some ongoing road work staten island bound. to the camera and show you a look at the l.i.e.. l.i.e. westbound stop and go traffic getting out toward maurice avenue and some overnight
here on the l.i.e. west heading out towards the queens midtown tunnel and going over to the other camera again, the upper george construction just wrapping up. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect and it's a gridlock alert day. back over to you. still ahead on eyewitness news this morning, professor is punished after making a bold religious statement. why she was pulled from the classroom for her act of solidarity. >> and the u.s. justice department is launching a probe into the chicago police department. what the city's mayor has to say about the investigation. >> plus the reason behind a
colorado took advantage of record-breaking snow. you're watching snow para boarding also known as kiteboarding. essentially it's para gliding without the water, now one other thing you may not know, kite boarders can go uphill and downhill dependingen how the wind -- on how the wind blows. >> i didn't know that. >> i didn't know that either. >> i'm not a -- extreme sports person and i don't do anything in the snow. >> no. >> that looks fun. >> i've never seen that during my time on the bunny slopes, that's -- that's unfamiliar to me. good luck with that. >> i know someone who does know all about that. meteorologist bill evans. that's fun stuff. we look from newark right here across thunder road right to the field newark airport. the tower here. the iron, the steel, the structure that holds together this control tower. drawn by one david james evans. whom i know personally. here's what's going on this morning. it's my brother. here's what's happening this morning, we have clouds and
we have a warm temperature at 53 degrees once again. equipped of chuckle because it -- i kind of chuckle because it should be a 33. high humidity in advance of the front and we have an east wind here, looking at 50 around brookhaven to he is hampton to east -- west hampton to 50 around bridgeport and 40s up here to the north and west. so we're looking at what's going to be this wind coming in this morning. that's kind of out of the south and southeast very light but it has been just pumping up the warm air overnight out ahead of this front. so with the southeast wind there were a couple of sprinkles that were around midnight. but that's kind of pushed east to northeast and gone. so today we're looking at the low 50s this morning. here comes the rain. overspreading us by 1:00 temperatures are in the upper and mid 50s. rain pushes on through early tonight and you can see by 11:00 tonight the temperatures still in the 50s. but after midnight, after midnight, it starlets to cool down -- starts to cool down tomorrow and gets windy with a northwest wind and the temperatures are going to drop like a rock where they should be.
so saturday is going to feel like the 30s. less wind and sunshine on sunday. we're right around 46. so it's cloudy and mild today. we've got rain by midday. starts about 11:00 in new jersey. 1:00 -- noon up the hudson river valley is steady and then 1:00 coastal connecticut and long island. really midday lunchtime and into the first part of the evening temperature mild near 60. rain ends early tonight and it's cloudy and windy overnight low of 48. breezy and chillier tomorrow. clouds and sun 49 but it's going to feel like the 30s. your accuweather seven day forecast. it is blustery and much colder on saturday. saturday a december day. but we get a december day for one day and actually well north and west so cold there might be a few snow flakes. it's a cold day but notice we warm right back up. 46 on sunday. warming to 65 by wednesday. in there somewhere there might be a shower with that -- that warm air. but you know as we go to
and then thursday christmas eve and friday christmas, still going to be looking at no kite skiing around here. >> no. [ laughter ] nice haircut bill. >> i did it myself. >> you know, it's different >> no it's not. start wearing dog tags. [ laughter ] drop by -- >> you and maximus. my tags. let's check in on the morning commute. >> thank you lori and good morning guys, we're going to head to the taconic and tell you what's happening here. the southbound taconic getting down to pudding street and putnam valley, watch out for some ongoing construction and traffic really building through that area already. now morris avenue is route 82 at salem road in union. accident with a downed pole and some downed wires. so definitely use caution. new jersey turnpike south by 8 a getting reports of the accident there and subways on
just wrapping up. metro-north, long island railroad, and new jersey transit are all on time. it is a gridlock alert day here in town. so allow some extra travel time. and let's also see what's happening here again george, lincoln and holland overnight construction just wrapping up. let's go over to our camera and i'll show you a look at the inbound side of the holland tunnel. into 139 some overnight construction just wrapping up here and also going over to the other camera, 495 getting out towards the lincoln tunnel and traffic is moving fine and you can see the taillights going out towards the helix. no problems at all here at the lincoln. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect again it's a gridlock alert day. back over to you rob, lori. mother in queens is in serious condition can have she and her -- after she and her two children were hit in the street by a cement truck. this happened yesterday afternoon in corona. the truck him the flat turning -- family turning on the 55th avenue. the mother took the brunt of the impact. in charges have been filed --
the children were not seriously hurt. executions in this country declined this year to the lowest level since 1991. 28 inmates were put to death. now that's down from 35 last year. it's far below the peak of 98 in 1999. there were 49 defendants who received a death sentence this year. and that is the lowest number since the early '70s. a nonprofit group that tracks capital cases says that states are imposing fewer death sentences and defendants are getting access to better legal help. president obama will visit san bernardino tomorrow. he'll meet privately with families of the victims from this month's terror attack. 14 people were killed and 21 others injured in the rampage. the meeting was added to the president's long scheduled trip to hawaii for the christmas vacation. meanwhile the killers have been buried in a grave side funeral guarded by the fbi.
members refused to attend. a professor at a christian college says she was suspended for wearing a muslim head scarf and now speaking out about her decision. hawkins is now on administrative leave from wheaton college in suburban chicago. she began wearing a hee jab to counter the recent national rhetoric stand in solidarity with her muslim neighbors. >> theoretical solidarity is not solidarity. being with people requires sacrificing our bodies and that's what i'm doing. >> well, in a statement wheaton says that hawkins was not suspended for wearing the hijab. the school says that she was disciplined because of her facebook posts about similarities between islam and christianity. chicago mayor rahm emanuel meets today with federal
mcdonald. mayor emanuel says he welcomes the investigation and chicago of course has been on edge since the release of that dashcam video showing mcdonald's final moments. during the mayor's visit to a city school, students actually started chanting "16 shots." that's the number of times that mcdonald was shot. the officer who killed mcdonald is now charged with murder. well, there are new e-mail problems for another top member of the obama cabinet. "new york times" reports that defense secretary ash carter used a personal e-mail account to conduct a portion of his government business during his pentagon. the times also reports he used it for two months after hillary clinton's personal e-mail use was revealed. carter stopped in late spring after the white house found out. campaign stop took a minister of spain. he was campaigning in his hometown when the teenager face.
flying and nearly knocked him over. attacker. his face was bruised you can see but he is okay. his glasses however, they were >> politics gets ugly sometimes. now coming up on eyewitness news this morning, a recall alert for a soda with a little too much pop. why trader joe's is yanking this fizzy drink from its shelves. >> also new this morning, three nypd officers make a daring rescue on the subway as a train -- was pulling into the station. hear how they stopped the on
you're never more than seven minutes away from weather and traffic here on eyewitness news this morning. thank you for joining us. happy thursday morning to you, here we go we look down the beach here this morning. from asbury park. got a good visibility, we can see way down the beach this morning. well, we're watching rain that's going to be coming eastward today and watching seize thundershowers and as the -- these showers is as the showers come eastward today the rain is kind of moving southwest northeast but the whole front itself just kind of
going to move pretty quick because it's going get here about 11:00 today. this rain will be sliding eastward today and this t temperatures this morning are really on the mild side. 48 around paramus and 41 here monticello. we've got this east/southeast wind coming in here that's kind of -- made for a couple of showers at the coast but the front you know eventually comes eastward today. so that has front comes eastward you know we'll be seeing you know nor of the showers really -- more of the showers really developing into midday. temperatures today 52 by 5:00 in the morning and warm into the upper 50s and rain is going to start around 11:00 today. and as we go to the afternoon, you'll see that mostly the next seven hours 50-degree temperatures getting into what's going to be the low 60s and then for this afternoon, you see here around newburg, even 50 degrees and rain. by lunch, weather and traffic together every seven minutes. debbie duhaime is live for us in the traffic center this morning for heather o'rourke. right to the goethals bridge into staten island. some overnight construction and one lane is blocked.
now over on route 82 morris avenue at salem road if union it's an accident with a downed pole and wires. new jersey turnpike south at 8 a getting reports of a collision there and traffic is busy on the taconic southbound. this is getting down toward pudding street right into putnam valley. all due to the ongoing construction there and watch that. on the g. no service to court square and let's go outside and show you the l.i.e. westbound. moving okay through lakeville road and eastbound getting out toward the northern state construction clearing. it's a gridlock alert day. allow extra time. back to you. lori, rob? all right, debbie thank you. in this morning's health alert, new research says the speed in which a child eats may impact their weight. researchers say waiting 30 seconds enbetween bites of food -- in-between bites of food allows children to realize they're no longer hungry. that scientists in california say helps keep hem from overeating and eventually becoming overweight. the department of veterans
a robotic leg for more than three dozen wounded veterans. at the rewalk device costst $77,000. and many veterans in need of the powered exoskeleton can't afford on their own. veterans have been petitioning after it was approved last year by the fda. well, line of soda is being recalled by trader joe's after some bottles exploded. the chain recalling some of its triple ginger brew. this, after customers reported that unopened bottles had shattered or burst. and there were no reports of any injuries. the bottles in question were on sale from november 9th through last monday. >> stick with the two buck chuck. most of the year it's otherwise unassuming neighborhood in brooklyn. and then comes december. and diker heights becomes electrified with christmas decorations. bedazzling holiday lights and characters adorn the homes across the neighborhood. some residents even take the
professionals to pull off their elaborate holiday visions. >> why haven't we been here before? >> it's astounding. >> it's amazing how many they can fit into such a small area but these people go all-out. i wonder where they keep it all year. >> uh-huh. >> all-out indeed. although some residents choose not to participate, most actually do. still no word on how much the electricity bills are come january. i do wonder about that. that's got to jack up the bill. >> crazy. it's just save during the rest of the year i guess. just ahead on eyewitness news this morning, closing in on 5:00. the search for an attacker in queens, video and images that police want you to see as they hunt down the person who slashed an exchange student across the face and we're live on the scene. >> and new this morning, quick thinking from a trio of nypd
what he was wearing across his face and the video police want you to see. and new this morning, a commuter who somehow fell onto the subway tracks in times square is saved by quick thinking and quick moving nypd cops. and we're tracking rain heading this way. expecting to move in a little later in the morning. and good morning, i'm lori stokes. >> and i'm rob nelson filling in again today for ken rosato. thank you for joining us on
and you are never more than seven minutes away from weather and traffic. and meteorologist bill evans. >> good morning everybody. grab your umbrella you need that and it's going to be a very mild day. temperatures are going to get near 60 degrees. but it is going to be a rainy day starting about midday today. temperatures already mild your 5:00 temperature? 53. 51 smithtown west hampton 50 and 50 around norwalk and 53 in nassau county to the park. temperatures 20 degrees warmer than normal. here's the rain to the west and southwest. that gets here around midday. into the afternoon, we're going to have some super soaking rain this afternoon. it will be breezy with a wind out of the south. we can get a half inch to an inch of rain. overspreading the area but it ends early tonight and then it gets cold and talk about that next. debbie duhaime is in the traffic center looking at the commute this morning, what's going on? i'll tell you what's happening. starting off in new jersey on the new jersey turnpike, it's an accident as you head to 8a.
a a collision. also morris avenue route 82 union right at salem road. accident with a downed pole and downed wires, watch for energy construction at the goethals bridge into style. traffic building -- staten island, traffic building there. and over on the taconic southbound, right at pudding street. some emergency construction there as well. now keep in mind that metro- north, long island railroad, and new jersey transit all running on time. some overnight track work on the g. train just wrapping up. no service between the avenue and court square and also it's a gridlock alert day here in town and allow that extra travel time and let's go outside and i want to show you a look at the l.i.e. westbound. really bunching up right into wood haven boulevard. getting out toward the queens midtown tunnel. so we'll keep an eye on that whole area for you as well and again alternate side of the street parking rules in effect and it is that gridlock alert day. allow the extra time. back over to rob and lori. all right debbie thank you. a teenager is recovering from surgery this morning after an attacker slashed her across the
to school. right now the search is on for that suspect. this is just one of the images police want to bring to your attention. as they search for him. eyewitness news reporter kala rama is live now on the scene in whitestone, kala? >> reporter: lori, that 16-year- old girl was slashed in the face twice. one from her left ear all the way down to her throat. a huge gash. this has the community concerned because this attack was random while she was walking to school in the very street and this attacker is still out there. take a look at the picture here. this suspect here is described as wearing a surgical mask and white gloves and surveillance footage of the attack. police say he didn't say anything but followed the teen who's a foreign exchange student from china. while she was walking to whitestone academy. just off-camera, he pushes her and then slashes the teen twice across the face with a box cutter. he ten turns the -- then turns the other way and takes off running.
it appears that this is a random attack. and the girl and system do not know each other -- suspect do not know each other. that has community worried. >> there's no execute for a -- excuse for a young girl that's going to school to be attacked and they shouldn't feel fearful of the authorities, we want to make sure they feel comfortable just working with us in trying to catch the felon. >> reporter: we're told the victim suffered some serious scars and she's in the hospital still. we're told that she's been here for eight months in the u.s. she's now in stable condition. we're live in the whitestone section of queens, kala rama, channel 7 eyewitness news. glad she's okay. thank you. a suspect is behind bars this morning after a mother was found strangled in her home in new jersey. 36-year-old roberto grillo is charged with murder in the death of 35-year-old yolanda via goo. she was found dead inside her home in rahway bakken december 27 -- back on december 27th. a family member reportedly witnessed a gunman run from the
authorities didn't yet release a motive behind the killing. new this morning, a new trio of nypd officers are being called heroes after their quick thinking helped save a man who fell on the subway tracks. eyewitness news reporter dray clark is live now in times square. dray? >> reporter: good morning lori. i'm not sure if it's good training or simply having great instincts but the officers knew what to do under some very hectic circumstances and that's very important because they had very little time as a train was speeding in that man's direction. now here's a look at the officers getting all the credit this morning for their heroic act last night. lieutenant william moore and officer anthony tafano and officer richard naponsi. they were wrapping up conducting bag checks here at the times square station last night around 7:00 when they heard someone yelling that a man had fallen onto the 2 and 3 express tracks.
one ran to the front of the platform and used his flashlight to signal to the conductor to slow the train down to a crawl. meanwhile lieutenant moore and the other officer reached down and grabbed the man by his jacket pulling him safely off the tracks just in the nick of time. now that man who had fallen onto the tracks told the officers he had no idea what caused him to lose his footing and fall onto the tracks. he refused medical attention and then left the station. we're live in thymes square, eyewitness news. >> all right dray thank you. now a developing story and reaction to the mistrial in the death case. the same baltimore neighborhood that exploded in riots after gray died in april re-- overnight. over three days. yesterday, they notified the judge they couldn't agree on
police officer gray's family thanked the jury and called on the public to remain peaceful. >> we asked the public to remain calm, patient, because we are confident that there will be another trail with a different jury. we are calm, you should be calm too. >> well, two activists were arrested during protests. a judge in the case meets with both sides today to discuss a possible retrial. porter was the first of six officers to stand trial. one day after sharing a packed stage for the latest gop debate, republican front runner donald trump was the solo guest on the jimmy kimmel show. now trump admitted he had been in his own words quote a little bit divisive. and now he wants to see republicans come together. now in an extremely funny moment, trump loved a book that kimmel said he had ghost written for him in the style of dr. seuss. >> now, here are some frogs i do not like at all, we must kick these frogs out and then
[ laughter ] ooh, the places you'll go on your yacht on your plane, with your suits from milan and your wives ukraine. [ laughter ] >> oh the buildings you'll build, the wealth you'll amass, oh the people around you all kissing your ass. there are two kinds of people. which kind will you be? which one will you be? a loser like them or -- >> a winner like me. >> on that note trump said that tuesday's debate drew 18 million viewers. that is one of the highest ratings for presidential debate ever. meantime hillary clinton's use of social media and her campaign is pretty intense. but it is not always planned. >> my dad is a donald trump supporter. can you tell -- give him a message? [ laughter ] my daughter -- >> what is your dad's name?
>> shawn? >> yes. i have it recording. >> hi shawn, i'm here with your daughter and i hope you can see i don't have horns. and i really do hope that as this election goes on you'll listen to your daughter. thanks, bye. >> the personalized video was texted to dad moments later but we don't know if it will change his vote from trump to clinton. you can stay with eyewitness news and abc news for updates on the race for president and gma picks up the coverage with a live report from washington coming up at 7:00. 5:09 and you are never more than seven minutes away from weather and traffic and bill evans with your accuweather forecast. >> all right, we're going to take you outside. we've got cloudy skies but we've got good visibilities at the moment. you see the clouds are right at building. not going to be the best day if you're just getting up and your lovely tourist in the town, we're glad to have you. this is not the observation deck day. you might want to go to even if you look all the way down south. that's one world trade and
observation deck there as well. it's going to be a cloudy day. rain rolls in about midday. so have your rain gear, temperature 53 right now and cloudy skies. with a southerly wind. couple of sprinkles arnold bridgeport to new haven that's the south wind coming in creating that sprinkle. the rain we're getting today is from this front this batch of rain to the south. that works its way over us as we go to about midday. we've got cloudy skies for the morning commute. that's going to be fine. rain overspreads by midday. afternoon, into the first part of tonight. kiddos grab your rain gear. at the bus stop, these kids don't have their rain gear. you know, but then again, these are not role models actually. just knuckle heads. 352 degrees and cloudy the morning. you need the rain gear after school. they'll have their rain gear after school today. the weekend is going to be cold. that's next and weather then heather every seven minutes but heather is a little sick. debbie duhaime is in this morning. let's see what's happening good morning bill. good morning to everybody. we'll start off by telling you all of the overnight trackwork on the subways all cleared
subways running on or close to schedule. metro-north, long island railroad, and new jersey transit on or close. it is a gridlock alert day. allow the extra travel time today. george lincoln and holland moving smoothly and construction cleared and morris avenue 82 right at salem road if union and -- in union an accident with a downed pole and some downed wires there. be careful. let's go to the taconic south at pudding street in putnam valley. it's construction. l.i.e. moving slowly. reports of an accident by utopia parkway and going over to the other camera, the van wyck southbound moving okay but northbound van wyck at kew gardens accident reported. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect. back over to you rob and lori. thank you. still ahead on eyewitness news this morning, the right place at the right time. find out who stepped in to help the victim of a road rage attack in new jersey. >> plus the story that is sure to touch your heart this holiday season. the emotional surprise for a
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and off-duty officer jumped into action to rescue a driver who was threatened with a bat during a road rage attack. the chaos unfolded in wall township and ryan says he got into an argument with another driver last friday. at some point, the other man came after hen necessary see with a knife. off-duty long branch police sergeant frank passatino came over to help. >> i jumped out and draw my weapon and ordered him -- i said i'm a police officer and he dropped the bat and he stopped and looked at me and he was really angry. >> for a policeman off-duty. that's what they do and that's what they're trained to do. but he was paying attention. if he wasn't paying attention he might have drove right off
>> the 45-year-old douglas morton now faces weapons and other charges. 5:15 and christmas is next week. but the best present of all arrived little early for a preschooler in michigan. >> this is another day, he's just like -- i want my dad. and we told him that he's not coming home until christmas. well today it's going to be a really big surprise for him. >> well, you know what's coming. dad is a sergeant in the army. has spent most of this year in jordan and his son had no idea what was about to happen thanks to the help of his teacher who kept a secret and it was beautiful. >> today -- >> who is that? >> daddy! >> what's up baby? >> go give him a hug. >> daddy! >> hey! [ applause ]
>> i love you. >> oh. the best moment. well, the family is looking forward to relocating to colorado where they will all be together. how cute, daddy. >> those never get old. that's always a good moment. back over to bill for a look at the accuweather forecast. good morning sir. >> that's great. isn't that just great? when they get to college they text you tickets to the rangers' game -- >> and you say okay william. >> i just say okay and here's what's beginning on this morning. we take a look from our camera here at asbury park and all the way down here and great visibilities here you can see to the pier and point pleasant. belmar and looking good. but it is cloudy. and we've got a south wind coming in. that just keeps pumping up the moisture and you can see the humidity is high and the temperature is 54 degrees. way warm for this hour of the day. 20 degrees warmer than normal.
we have the southerly wind coming in and .# 4 in the park. so here's the front we're talking about the real rain. the real deal rain is later this morning. around 11:00 to 3:00 you see the temperatures are way warm look at that we're near 60- degrees this afternoon. the rain is gone by 7:00. 8:00. 9:00 eastern end. then we clear out. but i want to show you the temperatures for the afternoon friday. they start dropping. notice as we go if here 60 today -- from near 60 today to 49 tomorrow afternoon and then look at the futurecast and i want to show you just going to extend this out. here's the rain this afternoon and the futurecast shows the clear skies and sunshine tomorrow. and saturday but with a cold air pouring in saturday look early in the morning saturday. you're here at ulster and sullivan county. maybe a snow shower here up above you know i-84 there. be on the lookout for that saturday. that mate mike it to fair field county and to new haven county saturday afternoon. after school today you have gear. it will be -- rain gear.
59 degrees and rain starting midday into the evening commute and rain ends early tonight around 7:00. 8:00 and then it's breezy and mild. breezy chillier tomorrow. we're looking at about 49 tomorrow afternoon and it will feel like the 30s with the wind. the winds out of the northwest at 25 miles per hour tomorrow and saturday is a really chilly day with those flakes we're talking about. it will feel like the 30s. and then sunday we start that warming trend. again. we're at 46 on sunday. but look at wednesday, 65 degrees. and thursday, christmas eve, i mean, you know, you can -- you can go to the early service christmas eve and wear a t- shirt. >> yes. >> unbelievable. and your flip-flops. >> i like midnight mass. but when you are wearing a t- shirt? you know, you go in there and 67 degrees on christmas eve. >> don't you think we've earned it though after the last two winters? that's how i see it. >> we had four huge snowstorms and temperatures are running 10
running 10 to 12 degrees warmer than normal now. >> okay. >> all about balance in life. >> i balances out. >> i'm sure it will be back at some point. >> exactly. >> oh, yeah. all right, let's check in with debbie duhaime. >> okay thank you so much lori. good morning guys, let's see what's happening here we're going to first of all go to the web cam and show you the volume on the l.i.e. the morning. l.i.e. westbound moving showily as you head right out towards the area of junction boulevard getting reports of an accident so as we go to the maps, l.i.e. westbound at junction boulevard an accident reported there. remember to the sprain, the sprain northbound at 287 is an accident being cleared so expect delays. it is a gridlock alert day. allow the extra time. back over to you rob, lori. thank you. still ahead on eyewitness news this morning, big steps forward in the push to resume commercial flights between the united states and cuba.
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to $200 million, that's when i play. i take a happy meal but whatever. $200million is not jumping. all right, you're never more than seven minutes away from weather and traffic. and the one and only bill evans. >> we're at the big board right now. let's take a look at the big board. hey big boy is that the big board. here we go this morning and we're looking at down the -- as we've been showing you, you know, asbury park. the christmas lights are all up and down the boardwalk and a really pretty morning here and we're going to be looking at temperatures this morning that are way mild and if you're taking the ferry from staten island or anywhere around jersey city, just got a light southerly wind today. so today we're going to be looking at a nice ride and the water temperatures still warm at 51 degrees. that's warm. i know it doesn't sound like it but it is. the wind is across the southeast here from long island sound. all that looks good. a southeast to southerly wind
front that brings us rain. traffic traffic. to kew gardens, it's all due to an accident getting up toward kew and to the maps l.i.e. westbound, that's moving slowly into junction boulevard. with an accident being cleared and watch for the problem on morris avenue in union. accident on the downed pole and wires and alternate side of the street parking rules in effect. back over to you. rob, lori? all right debbie thank you. it's 5:2 t and still ahead on eyewitness news this morning -- 5:24 and still ahead on eyewitness news this morning, new video of the scene of the devastating house fire in new jersey. we're working to confirm how many people were forced out by the flames. >> and new this morning, a
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on the money this morning, asian markets are on the rise. >> japan's nikkei average grew 300 points and hong kong's index also got a boost. on wall street the dow starts the day up at 17,749. market responding well to the interest rate hike yesterday. s and pa s&p -- s&p 500 also going to point to a higher open as well. and expected the federal reserve raised interest rates
so what does it mean for your wallet? >> abc's richard bacon and reena ninan have this morning's business headlines. >> reporter: hey there, good morning, topping america's money, the interest rate on your credit card may soon be going up. >> thanks to the decision to raise rates and mortgages are going up too. just a quarter point on a fixed rate loan now at 4% could increase the monthly payment from $955 a month to $984. an extra $11,000 over the life of the loan. a deal has been reached to restore regularly scheduled commercial flights between the u.s. and cuba. >> it is unclear when those flights would start. and a happy coincidence for a colorado toy maker. sparrow had been making app control balls for years similar to the new "star wars" film. >> neither knew about the other until the founders had a chance meeting with disney's ceo. the result is the hottest new toy of the season. >> and trust us, these are the droids you're looking for. >> good "star wars" knowledge. >> thank you. >> and that's america's money.
we're live in queens where the search is on for this man. police say that he attacked a teenager on her way to school and an update on what police know about him right now. plus, the big victory for first responders who have been fighting to keep their health insurance after the 9/11 attacks. and don't forget your rain gear. before you head out the door. rain will arrive in just a few hours. and good morning, i'm lori stokes. ken rosato. thanks for tuning in today is thursday, december 17th. >> and you are never more than and traffic. and bill evans with your accuweather forecast. >> well, good morning and happy thursday. we're headed toward a day where we see mild temperatures.
so have your umbrella and rain gear you need it. 54 degrees right now. and it's going to be 53 at sunset park to start the day and ridgewood whitestone 5 #. we're looking at about 50 around bridgeport and a day where rain is coming from the west. here you go it's right there with that front behind it is going to be much colder air. so today, rain starts around 11:00 around new jersey and about 12:00. hudson river valley and the city and the eastward across coastal connecticut and long island by 1:00. that lasts through the evening commute and then we clear out tonight and look how warm the temperatures are near 60. but it's going to be 30 degrees colder for saturday. debbie duhaime in for they are morning. a problem right now as you head over to the new jersey turnpike. if you exit by exit 13 trying to get to the goethals bridge, look at this volume. this is the new jersey turnpike right at the tolls by exit 13. again this is getting to the goethals bridge. let's go to the maps and goethals bridge into staten island is some construction there.
delays exiting to get over to the goethals bridge. l.i.e. heading westbound at junction boulevard an accident blocking a lane there and over on the van wyck northbound moving slowly at main street with an accident approaching kew gardens. subways on time and let's see what's happening here on morris avenue 82 at salem road in union. accident with a downed pole. metro-north, long island railroad, and new jersey transit running on or close to schedule. and do watch out for the problem the northbound sprain heading up at the 287. an accident still blocking one lane. it's gridlock alert day. back to you rob, lori? all right debbie thank you. developing right now, in new jersey an ever night fire destroys a home in paterson flames tore through the home on east 19th street at about the s:30 this morning. -- 12:30 this morning. in fact some of the heaviest fire was at the back of the building, nobody was hurt and an unknown number of people have been displaced. and police are looking at surveillance video this morning showing a vicious ambush attack in queens.
face on her way the school. flush -- to school. eyewitness news reporter kala rama is live now in whitestone with the video that police want you to see. kala? >> reporter: lori, that 16-year- old has an eight minute walk from here to whitestone academy where she was walking to school. the attack not only happened in broad daylight but a brutal attack that will leave her with scars for the rest of her life and the attacker is still out there. he's seen wearing a surgical mask and white gloves and police say he didn't say anything to the girl buffe hollowed -- but he followed that teen walking to whitestone academy. just off-camera hee pushes her and then slashes her twice in the face with a box cutter. he turns and drops the box cutter and takes off running. the victim with a deep gash from ear to throat was able to run home and call 911. she was covered in blood. it appears that this is a
suspect don't know each other. this is the community worried. >> i was in total shock. because we're living in a quiet area. never no trouble. i'm living here 34 years. never heard anything like this >> reporter: that victim has months. she's still in the hospital we're told in stable condition. we're told by her family that her scars are deep but right now, she's being surrounded by family so she can be safe again. we're live in the whitestone section of queens, kala rama, channel 7 eyewitness news. >> all right thank you. and new this morning, the suffolk county police hate crimes unit is investigating a case of burglary and vandalism at a catholic church in mastic beach. the displays statues and candles were all vandalized at the st. jude's candle shrine on hemlock drive. now the break-in happened well before dawn on tuesday. there's a cash reward of $5,000 for information leading to an arrest.
out who killed a toddler whose death has now been ruled a homicide. 2-year-old rashid washington's mother called 911 from the east 126th street apartment last march. she told police she heard him fall put him back in the bed and later found him not breathing. autopsy results released show bruising to his liver and also to his spleen. as well as a large amount of blood in his abdomen. prosecutors in new jersey say a school district in new jersey did not report campus crimes to police. in middlesex county prosecutor sent a letter to perth amboy school officials saying several crimes were either not reported in timely manner or not reported at all. the actions include gun possession and a knife assault. school district has not commented. happening today, one of the men involved in a highly controversial police shooting death receives a promotion. nypd officer kenneth boss is being elevated to detective.
four officers acquitted in the 1999 shooting of amadou diallo. the unarmed african immigrant was shot to death in vestibule of his bronx building as he reached for what turned out to be his wallet. boss is the only one of those officers still with the nypd. 5 4:00 36 and happening today, congress is expected to extend the health benefits for 9/11 first responders when they pass the zadroga act. the measure for more than $8 billion has been included in the year end tax and spending bill. the act aims rather to provide money for the victims' compensation fund through 2021. the world trade center health program will also be renewed until 2090. and with that you are never more than seven minutes away from weather and traffic. and back over to mr. bill evans. >> we take a look outside this morning and we have ourselves low clouds at the tops of the buildings. and we're going to have a cloudy day today. as for a while and then the
i think you get through the morning commute fine but you have to take the rain gear with you. need the rain jacket and mild temperatures and you need the umbrella today. and you'll need that this afternoon and through the evening commute. temperatures are really warm. 54 degrees. we should be at 33. with 21 degrees warmer than normal. so 54 at 9:00 and cloudy skies. 11:00 rain starts to noontime. everybody's in the rain by 1:00. through the afternoon, into the evening commute, and then this ends about 7:00 tonight. and it's cloudy overnight. afterschool kiddos at the bus stop, make sure you got your rain gear. just like the huckleberries here. 59 after school with that rain. all right much colder weather coming and we talk about that next. it's weather then heather every seven minutes. this is debbie duhaime doing her heather o'rourke impression, a very good one i might add. thank you. let's see what's happening and good morning bill and good morning to everybody. an issue right now at the
the bridge into staten island some ongoing construction one lane is blocked it's causing heavy traffic on the new jersey turnpike. exiting at 13. subways running on or close to schedule. metro-north, long island railroad, and new jersey transit no problems to report. watch for the problem on morris avenue route 82 closed in union by salem road. accident with a downed pole and wires. and the van wyck northbound picking up a lot of volume getting up toward main street. approaching kew gardens with an accident being cleared so watch for delays there and also remember as we go over to our web cam, here's a look at the l.i.e.. the l.i.e. westbound moving slowly here getting out toward the northern state. the earlier accident on the l.i.e. westbound heading out toward junction boulevard. that was cleared. but still heavy traffic here getting to queens and alternate side of the street parking rules in effect for today city wide. it's a gridlock alert day. back to you. still ahead on eyewitness news this morning, a texas school district is taking action following that massacre in newtown, connecticut.
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newtown, and a public school district has decided to arm its teachers. the school board in king, texas approved its guardian program last night. now the move allows certain staffers to carry concealed weapons. the teachers will not be identified and will receive 80 hours of training. the program could begin as early as february. thousand students attend classes in the district outside of dallas. well, time is ticking down until "star wars" hits theaters around the country and as you know, fans could not be any more ready. the first screening starts tonight at 7:00 here in manhattan followed by 10:00 and even midnight showings i'm guessing the lines may be kind of long. just you know going out on a limb there. chances are if you don't already have a ticket you are not seeing it tonight. presale tickets broke records and actually the tickets sold out weeks ago. there are tickets being sold on ebay and you'll pay a pretty
so if you teal like traveling to -- feel like traveling to massachusetts and have $10,000 to burn, who doesn't? there are four tickets waiting for you there. oh. and even if you don't have tickets to see the new movie when it opens, you can still take part in history. fans are working to break the guinness largest light saber battle. bats are plans for tomorrow -- bats are planned for tomorrow -- battles are planned for tomorrow night in several cities. the battle kicks off at 8:00. just -- >> got to be there. >> big festival for the dateless. bill evans joining us now with the accuweather forecast. good morning bill. >> you know who my date, rob was, to the little premiere week i got to see. >> who was that sir? >> i took max jam imus to the movie. >> my favorite dog. >> he was biting my arm and noise and scared.
to you? >> oh, yeah. he's loving it. and here's what's going on this morning. we have low clouds and we have some fog in marts of the area. and this morning temperatures are quite mild. as we look from our camera here in brooklyn over to the battery and even up to bowling green and wall street. 54 degrees here the humidity 80%. so the southerly wind popping up the moisture. the barometer 30.05 has been steady but also been falling overnight. normal high is 42 we'll be near 60 today. .04 of rain from the sprinkles we had last night. ask sunrise sunset not going to be much of that today. this afternoon. december for a day on saturday, it's going to be cold with a cold wind. be ready for that. have your gear. records within reach next week and we're not talking about record lows. we're talking about record highs like 67 on christmas eve. 54 long branch and 51 long
the rain today is back here from burg to buffalo -- pittsburgh to buffalo and this comes in through the afternoon into the first hart of the evening. you'll see that and then we see that ending tonight 7:00. 8:00 and then we clear out overnight. the temperatures are going to be way warm and look at this even when the rain arrives it's in the up50s. and then tonight it's still in the 50s at 7:00 and then at midnight, it's around 50 and then tomorrow morning, we start to see behind that front the cooler air starting to pour in and 54 at 6:00 in the afternoon. just wanted to show you here on the extended futurecast a shot of some snow showers early saturday morning with that cold air kind of crashes down with this moisture in the higher elevation and there might be some snow showers here above i- 84. i mean really reaching here to find some snow flakes. rain gear breezy and mild kiddos. after school it's rainy and 59 degrees and give it a d. for damp and we're looking at feels
and it warms back up on sunday. rain by midday into the evening we're at 59. tonight, the rain ends early then it's cloudy and windy. 48. tomorrow, breezy and chillier. we're at 49 and it will sort of feel like with that northwest wind at 29 miles an hour tomorrow. saturday is really chilly a few snow flakes up to the north it will be around 42. but look how everything bounces back. a shot of a shower on monday and 50s. we're 65 wednesday. here's a heads-up. 67 enokis miss eve and probably -- on christmas eve and probably christmas day we could set some record high. >> when do you remember? >> six, seven years. somewhere in there yeah. >> okay. >> is that how often el nino rolls around? >> we had about a 70 for a high on christmas day seven years ago. people's memories are kind of short-term and they don't remember that. >> yes they are. [ laughter ] >> they don't remember that.
>> until next year. >> yeah. >> remember all that snow last winter all the ice, that was buttal. >> it was brutal. it was just the opposite cold last year as it is warm this year. >> uh-huh. >> there we go. >> we'll take the warmth no problem. >> right? and good morning lori. bill, rob, good morning everybody. we're going to start off on the subways, subways running on or close to schedule. no problems to report there. goethals bridge construction into staten island expect delays and going over to the web cam the l.i.e. westbound is building as you get out toward the northern state. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect. back over to you. lori, rob? all right debbie thank you. new this morning, the u.s. postal service grounded hover boards. the popular self-balancing scooters i'm sure you've seen the things around town. they have been in the news a lot lately because they've been overheating and then bursting into flames. studies show it's the size and the strength of the lithium batteries that can cause the fires. the postal service now restricting its mailing options for these hover boards so specifically they will not be shipped on airplanes.
the boards from their flights and a reminder hover boards are illegal on the streets and sidewalks across new york state and the city could cost you a $500 fine if they bust you. the story line ago. $500 if they catch you. still ahead on eyewitness news this morning, a look at one of the most popular holiday displays in the five boroughs. see how some people are stemming up their game this -- stepping up their game this year. >> also the big problem that led it seems that every year, we have to watch out for different types of germs. which is why it's important for your wipes
that comes after customers reported unopened bottles had shattered or burst. there were no reports though of any injuries. the bottles in question were on sale from november 9th through last monday. in brooklyn it's that time of year when hundreds of people flock to one favorite neighborhood to enjoy the electrified christmas decorations. spectacular holiday lights and characters adorn these homes across the neighborhood. some people who live there even take the extra step and call in some professionals to pull off they're elaborate holiday vision. >> why haven't we been here before? >> it's astounding. it's really -- >> it really is. it's amazing. how many toys they can fit into such a small area. but these people go all-out. i wonder where they keep it all year. >> some people choose not to participate. no word on how much those who do -- face in their electricity bills come january. >> a lot. >> uh-huh.
deciding if you're more excited about the new "star wars" movie or christmas, one is proving you don't have to choose. oh, this home featured on abc's great christmas lights fight combines love for the holiday season with a galaxy far far away and even features the led light saber fight on the roof. the man who created it says he did it to bring families >> that's good. both worlds. it is now 5:52 and still ahead on eyewitness news this morning, a secret service agent
clouds are getting little lower here. this is the empire state building and you see the cloud cover is right there and you really can't make out the top. which is about right there. can then you look down south and one world trade is there. with low cloud at the top of that is way up here. so we're looking at a morning where we will start out with the low clouds and fog and we're going to be looking at that you know as the clouds thicken and lower. rain is on the way. and here it is back to the west and to our south and this is kind of working its way into new jersey about 11:00. and then again to the city about noontime today. the temperatures are way warm and just really need the umbrella today. 54 jamaica keens and st. allebans, the wind is east/southeast at 5 miles an hour. the weekend is going to be quite cold. saturday, a few snow flakes up above i-84 and hudson river valley. and it will feel like the 30s. weather then heather every seven minutes. but it's debbie duhaime in for heather this morning, a little under the weather. how's it going out there with the commute? let's see. couple of issues out here bill.
sprain getting up to 287. watch for an accident there. still seeing volume here on 1 and 9 at the hackensack river bridge into jersey city. the bridge just reopened and if you're heading over to the goth illings bridge, traffic is heavy into staten island. morris avenue right at union accident with a downed pole and remember the l.i.e. westbound heavy traffic getting right out toward jericho turnpike with a collision. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect. back to you. rob, lori? thank you. it's 5:56 and federal investigators have released new pictures from the scene of that deadly crash between a metro- north train and an suv. in westchester county. the ntsb photos show ellen brody's suv after it was had the by the train. -- hit by the train. the train was traveling at 49 miles per hour in value hall la when it crashed in february. the suv was pushed the length of two football fields and parts of the third rail flew into the first train car killing five passengers in the
brody was also killed. cause closing in now on 6:00 and just ahead on eyewitness news this morning, the nypd wants you to take a look at the -- good look at photos. the man is wanted for a vicious attack on a teen in queens. >> after a mistrial is declared in the freddie gray case. >> from the debate stage toilette nite tv.
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