tv Eyewitness News This Morning ABC January 1, 2016 4:30am-6:00am EST
>> highly anticipated film. >> magical. >> and this is what's making good morning, it's 4:30 and breaking news, a man is killed when an elevator malfunctions on the lower east side. we have a crew live on the scene with the very latest. plus an arrest is made in the attack of the man in brooklyn that was caught on camera. and it's 2016. times square lit up. fireworks in a million cheers at the stroke of midnight and now that the party is over, it
to come in and get to work. and good morning, i'm lori stokes. >> and thank you for joining us, i'm ken rosato. today is friday, january 1st, happy new year and happy new year and you are never more than seven minutes away from weather and traffic -- >> thank you. >> thank you. even on new year's day. meteorologist bill evans with the accuweather forecast. >> happy new year gang and we tee it up and do it all over again. still a party at the empire state building. still going on here in the overnight hours as we head into 2016. temperature 41 degrees right now. this is really comfortable this time last year it was 21 and the windchills were in the single digits. so it feels pretty good out here this morning. as a matter of fact, that up the hudson river valley even it's 40 poughkeepsie and kingston. 41 bridgeport and 41 on long island and 39 down the shore. today great day a nice start to 2016. going to warm up to 345 degrees this afternoon and still warmer than normal for the seasonal averages this time of the year. we're going to talk about the weekend next and debbie duhaime is up in the traffic center looking at things this morning i think they got times square cleaned up by now you think?
out is there and still in the process and let's see what's happening. good morning bill, good morning everybody. still seeing reduced schedule on the metro-north, long island railroad, and new jersey transit for today. path, staten island railway and b line buses all on time. delays still on the 2 and 4 in brooklyn. broadway closed 59th to 47th and also a closure between 59th and 47th. basically blocked off between 6:00 and 8:00 for the clean-up and let's go outside and a look right now at the southern state parkway. a pretty serious accident only one lane getting by. alternate back to you, lori, ken. we have breaking news at this time. a man is killed while trying to escape a broken elevator just moments after midnight. he was inside a building on the lower east side with his friends. the elevator then stopped working and eyewitness news reporter kala rama live on broom street with the details of what happened next. good morning. >> reporter: ken good morning
this story is disturbing on just so many levels. right now, we've learned this morning there were three active violations on the elevators inside the building where that man was killed. the building inspectors are here now working on those elevators where that 25-year- old man was killed. the victim was in the elevator with his friends when it got stuck on the third floor just after midnight. they were headed out to a new year's party. police say his friends were holding the door open for him to get out onto the floor. when that elevator suddenly started moving again. the victim was severely injured from that moving elevator. we just talked to a man who rode the elevator down earlier in the night and didn't know anything was wrong with it. >> apparently the guy got stuck in-between the elevator -- like -- so i don't know exactly what happened because i wasn't there. >> reporter: the victim's name hasn't been released and the friends he was with are still
figure out how this happened and then of course lots of answers need to come from the building department to figure out how long these elevators have been damaged. what the issues were, and when of course they'll be fixed. we're live on the low ergoset side -- lower east side, kala rama, eyewitness news. just hours ago a million people were counting down the already seconds until the start of 2016. it took a massive security response to keep everything in order and now the police have cleared it out and the crowds have been replaced with crews. eyewitness news reporter dray clark is live in times square with a look back on last night. dray? >> reporter: good morning lori. happy new year, you know right now we're in the midst of that clean-up behind me. you can see crews breaking down the stages and wrapping up miles of cords and wires here. and close to 200 sanitation workers are sweeping and blowing and cleaning up tons of
behind from the big celebration last night. a million people squeezed into times square covering 20 blocks to watch that 11,000-pound crystal ball slowly come down at midnight and ring in the new year 2016. by the looks of it everyone had a great time. no worries, no fears or concerns about their safety. that's because the nypd cast a very wide security net to keep times square covered. police officers were in helicopters, on rooftops, and on the ground, 6,000 officers many of them heavily armed while others blending into the crowd, were all here to make sure they had every corner covered. the nypd said this would be the safest place in the world to ring in the new year. and they delivered on that promise. >> more cameras, more dogs, secondary screenings to get into a pen, you go through two screenings.
pens -- officers in the pens in plains clothes. >> reporter: and back here hive in times square, again there is a very busy place with sanitation workers trying to get up all the trash and confetti left behind. also still a lot of people milling about and left over from the big party last night but again, no problems, no incidents at all. the nypd considering their operation a big success for the big celebration to ring in the new year. we're live in times square, dray clark, channel 7 eyewitness news. >> all right dray thank you. and times square wasn't the only place in new york city holding a big new year's eve party. people packed luna park at coney island last night and fireworks went off at midnight parachute jump. families were also treated to free rides on the b and b carousel and the thunderbolt roller coaster. and if you were anywhere
year's celebrations, this was happening. thousands of runners raced into 2016 with their feet to the pavement. fireworks lets up the sky the stroke of midnight for the 37th annual new york road runners' midnight run. they received glow in the dark shoe laces for the four mile trek and of course afterwards they enjoyed sparkling cider. well it is 4 : 37 and it is already 2016 and much of the world, here's a look another some of the -- at some of the big celebrations. the west coast just wrapped up the festives, lights up -- festivities, lighting up san francisco bay. a barge stock with nearly 5,000 devices floated out to pull this colorful midnight light show. paris rang in the new year with a different kind of celebration. tribute was paid to the victims of the november terror attacks. thousands marched down the
watched a projected video performance at the arc detree only of. and on to rio. a summertime celebration the koa pa cabana was full of beach partiers, the crowd wore white to symbolize new beginnings and purity for a new year. well, no fireworks went off last night in the city of rochester where an alleged terror plot was thwarted. the 25-year-old emmanuel hutchman busted in an undercover fbi sting operation, agents claim that he is an isis sympathizer and an informant says that they together purchased black ski masks, zip ties, knives, a machete. duct tape and latex gloves. >> these disaffected individuals can be anywhere. and they will try to hurt people who are nearby. we have to figure out the best ways now to focus on the internet as the means by which
disaffected individuals to try and do these dastardly acts. >> well, it's believed that he became a radicalized muslim while serving time in a state prison. fbi says that he was trying to prove that he was worthy of joining isis. it's 4:39 no. interruption at the festivities in dubai despite a major hotel fire. check out the video. the blaze broke out at the luxury high-rise in the center of the city. the flames quickly climbed up the 63 story tower. the world's tallest building is just blocks from where the fire happened. 4:39 and new this morning, and police have arrested two men in connection with assaulting a 60-year-old man in brooklyn on monday. surveillance video shows to suspects walking down a street. police say robed the man on avenue m. in midwood. the robbers punched and kicked the man knocking him to the ground and beating him. the two ran off with the man's
the victim was treated at the hospital and released. 4:9 and air national guardsman from our area who died in afghanistan is being remembered a wake held yesterday on long island for staff sergeant louis bonacasa. he leaves behind a 5-year-old daughter and a wife and three sick littles. he joined the air force in 2002. this was his fourth tour overseas and he promised his family before he left that this would be his last tour. sergeant bonacasa's funeral will be tomorrow at new beginnings christian center in coram. long island. 4:40 and you are never more than seven minutes away from weather and traffic. and meteorologist bill evans with your accuweather forecast. >> we start by looking from our camera on the roof and we are looking at all the way, you can see all the way across the park and all the way out there toward thing there neck bridge. what a -- throggs neck bridge. what a great visibility this morning. whitestone and throggs neck bridge. a beautiful day and going to be a nice start to 2016 weather-
the empire state building. here's what's going on this morning. temperature 41 degrees and normal overnight is 28 and starting out warmer with some clouds and that's kind of holding that heat down you know during the day doesn't allow that to escape. we have a few clouds with the clouds and sun today and some great weather. we're look at temperatures this morning about 40 at 8:00 and 41 10:00 and 44, 45 degrees this afternoon. a great start to the weekend. and a beautiful night tonight. we'll talk about the first weekend of 2016 coming up next. it's weather then debbie every seven minutes in this week for heather o'rourke. looks like 42nd streetages reopened here in -- street just reopened here in town. but remember 59th to 38th also closed and 6 to 8th and broadway to 7th avenue remains closed. 37th closed broadway out to 8th avenue. also taking a ride to the subways 2 and 4 some delays with switching problems. an accident just being cleared and watch for a problem right now as you head to 110 south
a crash and the southern state east at 110 a collision. let's go outside and i want to show thaw problem and look at the volume here, this is the southern state eastbound into 110. very busy. most of the activity is now off on the shoulder but do expect some delays. alternate side parking rules are suspended. back over to you lori, ken? all right debbie thank you. 4:24 and still ahead on eyewitness news this morning -- 42 and still ahead on eyewitness news this morning, ethan couch may be able to delay his deportation a little longer. the new defense strategy his legal team is mounting many mexico. >> the chicago police department released thousands of e-mails related tot shooting death of the -- to the shooting death of the unarmed teenager, hear what the messages are revealing. >> a pilot pulls off a bold act of kindness before takeoff.
find out how the accuweather forecast -- >> i'm sorry? >> never mind i'm not saying anything, you go ahead. >> you said let's check in with bill evans and you know me. >> i know, you're raring to go. >> i had two pots of coffee. >> i got you, go for it. >> i'm pretty good. here we this morning's sky condition which is showing up cloudy at the park but we have a great availability. all the way down to the east river and the battery and there's one world trade and a pretty morning mere where we have some -- here where we have some great visibilities, all the glow celebrating the new year with all the beautiful lights, the light show is still on and we see down to lower manhattan the temperature 41 degrees the humidity is dry. the winds are rest at 9 -- west at 9 and mostly the wind at about 9, 10, 15 miles an hour for a little bit and yesterday's high was 48 right in line with the forecast. normal high is 39. going to be a little cooler today. there'll be a little wind so it might feel al bit chilly but we'll have a beautiful sunrise at 7:20 and a gorgeous sunset at 4:39.
minute by the way if you notice. seasonal light daylight hours. 41 around norwalk and smithtown to babylon to brookhaven. you see we're right here in the low 40s and oyster bay 42. to the north even 40 in poughkeepsie. the temperature stays pretty close with the cloud cover. normally a ten degree split from down here to sea level and to the north and west. so we're looking at you know temperatures pretty close with that cloud cover. a westerly wind coming in here 9, 12, 13 miles an hour so this is what we call breezy and that's what we'll have today. just wanted to check only windchills to -- some windchills to see the real feels out here and most folks in the 340s with the -- 0s with the real feel -- 30s with the real feel. up early and traveling, just dress warmly. clouds and breaks of sun today and more sunshine coming for the weekend back across the great lakes. so this morning at 4:00 a.m. you see the temperatures in the low 40s. by the time we get to 9:00, still hugging the low 40s upper 30s. then it warms this afternoon into the low and mid- 40s. still warmer than normal for
-- of the year and then tomorrow to start the day, it's going to be a little colder. saturday morning, 24 monticello and then by afternoon once again back to those 40-degree temperatures. but we got a real cold coming for monday and tuesday. coldest air of the season is coming but wouldn't you know it? it will warm right back up. as we head into next weekend and on into january. your weekend looks great. 42 on saturday and 43 on sunday. sunshine breezy 45 today. 22 tonight. we're looking at that in the suburbs and clear and chilly weather as we go into the rest of the weekend but you know it's very nice. temperatures are warmer than normal but look at tuesday. bada bing be a da boom. it's going to be cold. coldest weather of the season. the evans' household is proud to kick off a new addition to our family. >> oh. >> our family addition yesterday. that -- is our new puppy. >> oh my god. >> and his name is bo. >> aww.
birthday and they wanted to be responsible. and adopt a pet. >> uh-huh. >> we adopted beau. the french spelling by the way. b. e. a. u. from the north shore animal league. >> meaning handsome. and what a little angel. >> that is a beautiful dog. >> what's his character like? >> he is -- he's a lab mix. and he's a snuggler. you know right there under your neck. nuzzles and he's funny. he's got green eyes. he looks just like me. [ laughter ] >> i got your genes huh? >> my grandpa. so thanks to all the nice works at nice shore -- folks at north shore animal league. go there if you want a pet. they're so helpful and ronnie and the whole staff there. i mean they really do it right and make sure the pets have all the shots and it's just a wonderful reputation and you know it's free. >> what does sandy say about this? >> well, she's all good with it. >> that's good right now.
[ laughter ] >> and -- and he's not there. so as long as you got separate places. >> exactly. correct. all right. congratulations. >> yes. greet dog. all right debbie. >> best of luck with beau. how adorable. >> oh, yeah. >> good luck and let's see what's happen right now as we head over to midtown. about the closures, 42nd street just reopened but you're still seeing closures on broadway and 7th and also 59th at 38th subject to closure and 6:00 through 8:00 and also 37 is blocked off. keep an eye on the clean-up for you. delays on the 2 and 4 with switching problems over in brooklyn. and watch for a problem on 17 north all lanes subject to closure now getting up toward union avenue and rutherford, accident with a downed telephone pole. what's happening on the island. 110 ramp to the l.i.e. just being cleared with that accident. and that accident just cleared and a look at that as we go to the cam. look at this everything moving fine now. we had all the delays earlier.
the southern state east getting out toward 110 just some activity off on the shoulder and alternate side of the street parking is suspended city wide. back over to you. thank you. it is 4:50 and new details this morning on the texas teen known for using affluenza as his defense in a deadly car crash. experts say the 18-year-old ethan couch may be attempting to stall by claiming that mexican authorities violated his human rights. couch won a delay in the deportation based on a constitutional appeal in mexico that could lead to a trial process that could last for months. any flaw in the process can be considered a violation of due process and of his human rights. officials in chicago have released thousands of e-mails relate to the fatal shooting of a black teenager by a white police officer that triggered massive protests. the documents were made public a day after mayor rahm emanuel said the police officers need to be better trained. e-mailings also show city
the video of an officer shooting 17-year-old laquan mcdonald. more than 100 protesters marched down michigan avenue yesterday demanding emmanuel's resignation. well, an airline pilot's act of compassion helped bring peace to a grieving family. the short family's flight -- the short flight to minneapolis was delayed leaving them only ten minutes to make their connection. when they arrived at the terminal, the plane was already heading to the runway. the family was devastated because it was the last flight to memphis of the day. their father's funeral was in the morning. when the pilot saw their tears listen to what he did. he made the rare decision to turn the plane around came back. >> i said seriously my mom and sister were sitting there in tears and i was sitting there just screaming through the glass. >> i was sitting there crying and we were very, very thankful for the pilot. >> wow. the pilot had radioed into the tower to find out why the flam
when he heard about it he got clearance to return saying it was quote just something he needed to do. >> that comes back to you. >> abetted. >> what a nice man. coming up on eyewitness news this morning, when the clock struck midnight, a new baby was born. we're going to tell you who is the first baby of 2016. >> cute 678 also ahead a fire -- cute.
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fo you are never more than seven minutes away from weather and traffic. here on eyewitness news this morning. happy new year, good morning i'm meteorologist bill evans today we start out with temperatures around 38 in new city and 37 around morristown and monticello is about 32 and we're at 42 to 43 around the five boroughs. so the urban areas of new jersey. so we've got just a little wind here west 13, 9, 8 miles an hour so dress warmly. it will be a great day today. a great sunrise is on the way. weather and traffic together every seven minutes. debbie duhaime up in the traffic center and already busy this morning. that's for sure and happy new year to you bill and to everyone. we're going to start off on route 17 right now. northbound all lanes subject to close your union avenue in rutherford.
145 a collision reported there on the subways delays on the 2 and 4 and clean-up continuing here on broadway and 7th avenue. so we're going to watch that for you. 42nd street though just reopened and again avoid that whole times square area with clean-up continuing. alternate side of the street parking is suspended city wide. back over to you. lori, ken? debbie thank you. it is 4:56 and authorities in the bronx are searching for four men accused of impersonating police officers and stealing a minivan. police have released surveillance video of the suspects approaching the vehicle in fordham heights. the victims say the men were wearing what looked like police shields and protective vests. they allegedly identified themselves as officers and ordered everybody out of the vehicle. when the driver and the passengers got out, one of the suspects drove away. >> you think you're getting pulled over. and your vehicle is gone afterwards. that's -- that's kind of spooky.
things, who want to steal a minivan? >> the other three suspects jumped up in the car they sped up in and got away. new york city piece bike sharing program closed out with a milestone. the service marked ten million rides for 2015. around 1:00 p.m. yesterday. and it was a good year overall for citi bike. citi bike ridership increased 24% last year and there were also seven days that clocked more than 50,000 rides. two of those days were during pope francis' visit back in september. favorite story of the day. new york city welcoming its first arrival of the year. >> yeah, coney island hospital announced that zadn noel was born at exactly midnight. he weighed in at 7 pounds and 1 ounce and here's a picture of the new year's baby and his mom stephanie. both mom and son are doing well. congratulations to the entire family. >> awesome. and we are closing in on 5:00 and just ahead on nudes this morning, follow -- eyewitness news this morning,
good morning, and breaking news, one man is dead after trying to break free from a trapped elevator in manhattan. hundreds of thousands of people pack into times square to welcome 2016. and they were greeted with a lot of ebb traffic security. and quiet -- extra security. and quite a different look this morning after all the folks cleared out after the stroke of midnight. it's time to clean up now and
good morning, i'm lori stokes. >> and i'm ken rosato, happy new year, today is january 1st, 2016 and you are never more than seven minutes away from weather and traffic. meteorologist bill evans and the exclusive accuweather forecast. >> i just love looking at the empire state building this time of the year when it's all lit up with the lights and partying going on to kick off 2016. it's absolutely beautiful this morning as we look from the -- we look south here. lights are still firing on up here and we start the new year with a temperature of 41 degrees and cloudy skies. we've got a little west wind here. 37 long branch and wrightstown. there's still partying in rom toms river. -- toms river. 37 around wrightstown and the numbers are a little warmer than normal although it's breezy and a little chilly. you need the coats and the sweaters and the scarves and all that kind of stuff. the hat. but it will be above normal for the temperatures today and a great start weather-wise to 2016. debbie duhaime has had her hands full already. big mess on long island. a really serious accident
they just cleaned that one up and southern state east at 110 accident cleared. to the camera now and show you the fdr drive. heading northbound into the 70s it's an accident you can see all the flashing light haaser, again northbound fdr drive here at 79th street. pretty serious accident as we head over to the maps i'll tell you what else is happening. as you head over to midtown, clean-up continuing over on broadway 7th avenue. basically 59th to 38th between 6:00 and 8:00 and all subject to closure as they clean everything up and 17 north closed in rutherford accident with a downed pole. alternate side of the street parking is suspended. back over to you. ken, lori? all right, debbie thank you. 302 and we have breaking news in manhattan. a man is dead after trying to get out of a trapped elevator this happened inside a building on broom street on the lower east side. eyewitness news reporter kala rama is live on the scene now with the latest for us. >> reporter: lori, the story gets more and more disturbing the more details we hear. we have learned this morning
violations on those elevators inside this building from the building department. they were issued back in may 2014. the building department is here working to fix that elevator where that man was riding when he was killed. that was a 25-year-old man that was killed. the victim was in the elevator with his friends when it got stuck on the third floor just after midnight. they were headed out to a new year's party. police say his friends were holding the door open for him to get out onto the floor when the elevator suddenly started moving again. the victim was severely injured from the moving elevator, you can imagine how disturbing it was for his friends to see that. those friends are talking to detectives to explain exactly how this happened. then it's up to the building's department to answer a lot of questions on how many violations were issued here and what those violations were for. we're live on the lower east side, kala rama, channel 7 eyewitness news. thank you.
2015 now a thin of the past. -- thing of the past around new york city and across the globe people gathered to ring in the any year. fireworks shot out over central park last night at midnight. but of course the biggest party was here in times square. >> three, two, one! happy new year! about a million people packed times square for the annual celebration. now the massive clean-up is underway. eyewitness news reporter dray clark is live in times square. the heart of it all. dray good morning. >> reporter: good morning ken. and happy new year, you no it's really amazing to see how well coordinated the clean-up effort here is in times square. the guys waste no time getting down to business. you have two different things happening at once. on one hand breaking down the stages that were put up for the entertainers and international media and on the other hand, just down block behind me, you have close to 200 city
street sweepers and trash trucks to clean up tons of con fete fee and other track -- confetti and other trash left behind. what a party last night. a million people squeezing into times square roughly covering 20 blocks or so. this is an iconic event that brings people together from around the world. and no doubt they had a great time last night. although there were some concerns after the recent attacks in paris and in san bernardino, california. there were some people who had concerns about terrorism. but the nypd assured revelers that when it comes to partying, times square would be the safest place in the world to ring in 2016. >> actually do feel safer with like -- the police and being wanded on the way in. i feel safer and a lot better about the situation than i did before i got here. >> i feel comfortable with all the police here.
so -- new york has done great job. -- a great job. >> reporter: now the nypd really put on quite a display in terms of security implementing an unprecedented show of force here. 6,000 officers on the ground mixed in with the crowd and some of them heavily armed and then you had officers in choppers and on rooftops with snipers. this really was a very safe place. they wanted to cast a very wide security net to try and put people's minds at ease so they might feel comfortable and safe here in times square. and they certainly delivered on that promise. no major incidents at all and that's pretty impressive when you have a million people squeezed in together all in one place but after all we've been doing this for a very long time. live in times square, dray clark, channel 7 eyewitness news. >> all right, dray thank you. and on a new year's eve haunted by fears of terrorism,
dubai's tall towers captured the world's attention. while most displays went off without a hitch. abc's megan hughes takes a look now at the celebrations and the tensions on this holiday. >> reporter: around the world, 2016 got a warm and safe welcome from sydney harbor to moscow. in dubai, a massive hotel fire lit up the sky three hours before the fireworks were to begin. >> i can see a lot of debris coming down from the building and it's getting bigger and bigger. >> reporter: no mention of arson or terrorism as investigators search for a cause. terror threats caused two munich train stationings to be evacuated in germany. in paris no fireworks display due to threats, the same in brussels. back in the u.s. authorities stopped a plot in rochester, new york. emmanuel lutchman is accused of planning to attack people at a restaurant in the name of isis and even though the ball dropped. security is expected to be high at another new year's tradition. >> don't do something illegal. chances are you'll be standing next to an undercover officer.
pasadena was designated a top tier security event by federal officials even before the san bernardino attack. and an estimated 700,000 people are expected to line the route and don't seem deterred by potential threats. >> we've been at 48 consecutive parades. real fun. we enjoy it every year, always something new and refreshing and beautiful. >> reporter: pasadena police are partnering with the fbi and homeland security for today's parade. that event kicks off at 11:00 a.m. eastern. in washington, megan hughes, channel 7 eyewitness news. >> and celebrations still going on at abc7 ny. there you can find the slide show of new year's eve celebrations and be sure to send us your pictures. we want to see them. just use the hashtag bcny72016. go goingtobeweirdforthefirstmon th. going--. going to be weird for the first months. 5:08 and you are never more than seven minutes away from weather and traffic.
>> i decided i changed my way this year, just go ahead and write 2015 and i'm practicing making the five into a six. >> there you go. >> close the loop on the side. >> yeah. here we go. we take a look from our camera here at four times square looking south the lights are on. it's still a partial the way down you can -- party. all the way down you can see the verrazano narrows bridge. a pretty sunrise just after 7:00 this morning. 41 degrees cloudy skies and west winds at 9. they'll be some breaks in that cloud cover today. we'll have sun and clouds a nice start to 2016. 39 degrees by about 8:00 and 41 by 10:00 and then we have temperatures in the mid 40s for this afternoon. which is still warmer than normal for this time of the year, we have clear skies tonight and we've got a beautiful weekend coming up and i'll tell you about that next in your accuweather seven day forecast. got problems on 79th street. a real problem isn't it debbie duhaime? that definitely is a
year, right to the fdr drive and fdr drive northbound two lanes closed at 79th pretty serious accident reported southbound one lane is blocked with emergency activity. avoid the drive. as we head to the maps what else is happening? as we head to midtown, clean-up continuing here over on broadway and 7th avenue. 59th to 38th basically subject to closure and 6:00 through 8:00 and 42nd street reopened. 17 northbound as you head into east rutherford by union avenue an accident with a downed pole and over on the garden state parkway south of 145 an accident still being cleared. delays on 2 and 4 and path and staten island railway all running on a reduced schedule but on time. alternate side of the street parking is suspended. back over to you. thank you. 5:10 and happening today, and a tradition lives on in coney island.
we have some other news. some commuters -- some commuters -- in connecticut will be paying more to get around in 2016. fares on metro-north, new haven line are going up by 1% starting today. the actual cost change varies depending on the type of pass purchased. the increases are across all rail fare types including tickets that combine bus service. lawmakers approved the fare hike to pay for new rail cars on the -- cars on the line. still ahead on eyewitness news this morning, it may not be as cold as usual this time of year but it is still cold enough to make the idea of doing this cringe. a cool new year's day tradition about to take place. >> also ahead george lucas
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cr 5:13 and happening today a tradition lives on in coney island for those brave enough to endure it. the coney island polar bear club will hold the annual new year's day swim this afternoon. it's open to the public and will raise money for camp sunshine in maine. it provides support to children with life-threatening illnesses and their immediate family. >> that is nice. it 5:14 and extra security will be on hand to keep the crowds safe at the annual rose bowl parade today. pasadena police will have the assistance of the fbi and homeland security as well as k- 9 units and undercover officers, people began lining the route last night to get the best view. you can watch the parade live right here on wabc tv at 11:00. and watch espn. notre dame takes on ohio state -- excuse me the ohio state. i knew that was coming.
bowl and i wonder who lori is rooting for? the rose bowl is at 5:00 with iowa against stanford. and at 8:30, ole miss, bill, takes on oklahoma state in the sugar bowl. >> we went to some good schools. >> yeah there you go. >> of course i should say nyu is not playing in any of them. >> and which is a great school. >> but we don't have a football team. >> the fighting violin. lets check in with bill evans. [ laughter ] >> violin? i like to take on one of them in the mean streets of lower manhattan around here. here's what's going on this morning. hey it's violence right here. at -- the empire state building all the colors of the new year, absolutely gorgeous. such a great job there. we can see down to the verrazano narrows bridge. sandy hook, new jersey a good visibility. even though we have cloudy skies at about 1200 feet. we have 40-degree temperature
and the winds are west at 9. normal high temperature is 39. yesterday we were at 48. and we're going to be looking at temperatures in the mid 40s today a little cooler than yesterday but still above normal temperatures right through the weekend and into next week. next week is a different story we'll talk about that. 40 degrees right now around teaneck to the middle end and 39 montclair. 36 hopatcong. it's 12, 13-mile an hour winds here out of the west-northwest. that will make it feel a little bit cooler and you can see some cloudy skies here but breaks for the catskills. so we'll get breaks in there. and we'll begin seeing more in the way of sunshine coming and by the time we get to 9:00 we're looking at 39, 40 degrees here. 35 to the north. warming into the upper 30s and low 40s this afternoon. to around 45. you can see we've got clear to partly cloudy skies tonight and tomorrow we start the day in the low 30s and 20s in the suburbs and back into the low
and sunday. 45 this afternoon. sun is up at 7:20 this morning. tomorrow and sunday we're looking at 42. 43 respectively. and we'll still breeze. it's breezy today. clouds and sun 45 degrees. normal high is 39. clear and chilly tonight and 22 in the suburbs and 32 in the five boroughs. lots of sun tomorrow which means temperatures pretty close to normal. and with a breeze it will feel cool and you'll need jackets and sweaters but these numbers are above normal. these numbers are below normal. and we're going to be looking at the coldest day of the year so far on tuesday. or at least the coldest day of winter when it's 31 degrees and below normal and below freezing. all day on tuesday. but you'll notice we warm right back up next week. to 45 by thursday. so you know, no real harsh long- lasting cold. we're looking at cold that will be you know, just in spurts this year. a few days cold and back to warm and back -- you know just that kind of weather in now el nino year.
degrees when the ball dropped. that's awesome. warmest ever at midnight. 51 degrees and that was back in 1965. >> really? >> oh. >> when they had global warming then too. >> stop. [ laughter ] i wonder if that is even mentioned back then. >> no i mean, like "time" magazine had some stuff in the '70s talking about -- early as the '70s there were articles in the cover stories about global cooling. so the planet -- >> yes. it works out. >> planet does a good job on >> right. duhaime. >> i don't mind -- exactly. good morning lori ken, bill, good morning to everybody. head right outside and show you the fdr drive. fdr drive northbound getting up through the 70s traffic is busy by 79th street. it's an accident being cleared as we pinpoint that on the maps, again, it's the northbound fdr drive in the 70s
accident clean-up continuing at times square parts of broadway and 7th avenue closed that whole area subject to closure. happy new year to everybody of course and to 17. northbound at union avenue into east routherford accident with all lanes subject to closure and delays on the 2 and 4 with ongoing switching problems in brooklyn. lirr, new jersey transit and metro-north on a reduced schedule for path, staten island railway and b. line buses also on a reduced schedule. hudson river crossings still very light. no robs to report -- problems to report another the george -- at the george, hunt or holland tunnel. keep in mind alternate side of the street parking is suspended and metered parking rules are also suspended city wide. back over to you, ken, lori? all right debbie thank you, still ahead on eyewitness news this morning an update to the deadly crash involving caitlyn jenner and a lawsuit filed by a
a woman injured in a fatal crash involving caitlyn jenner settled the lawsuit against the gold medalist. jessica steindorff sought unspecified damages against jenner in the crash from earlier this year. the crash killed a woman and injured several others along the malibu coast. one of jenner's lawyers stated the suit had been settled and dismissed and in tomorrows were mention -- no terms were mentioned. george lucas now apologizing for controversial comments he made about the handling of the "star wars"
see the filmmaker now says that he misspoke when he said that giving the movie rights to disney was like selling his kids to white slavers. lucas made the comments in an interview with charlie rose on pbs and also told rose he didn't care for the new "star wars" movie the force awakens. but he said the franchise is taking great care with it. 5:23 and you are never more than seven minutes away from weather and traffic. and bill evans with your accuweather forecast. >> all right, here we go. let's take a look right around where the staten island ferry will be going back and forth here. so let's say you are going back and forth here and let's say just you're leaving a little bit of the festivities and headed that way or headed coming in. you got to come into the city today. a little wind out here northwest at 17 miles an hour. and it's gusting up to about 21. so we will be seeing what will be some of those winds today that kind of affect things off and on.
forth from the ferry here across from bridgeport over toward port jeff. still lookinged that wind out there. -- at that wind out there. be aware of that and just dress warm think this morning. debbie duhaime is looking at the commute and problems on the fdr still i take right? yes, outside and take a look. the fdr drive northbound in the 70s look at this. that accident just about cleared so things are moving a lot better on the fdr drive. going over to the maps and parts of broadway and 7th avenue remain closed here in town. and as we head to the maps of course 59th to 38th all subject to closure between 6:00 and 58. let's see what's happening as you head over to 17 north subject to closure in east rutherford. that's an accident over by union avenue. and over on the 2 and 4 still seeing delays with switching problems. subways are on a sunday schedule and a reduced schedule on the lirr, new jersey transit, and metro-north. alternate side of the street parking is suspended. back to you lori, ken? all right debbie thank you. 5:24 and still ahead on eyewitness news this morning,
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breaking news in manhattan, one man is dead after a freak accident involving a stuck elevator. and a massive clean-up effort underway after new year's revelers clear out of times square. good morning. i'm ken rosato. >> and i'm lori stokes. happy new year. today is friday, january 1st. 2016. you are never more than seven minutes away from weather and traffic and meteorologist bill evans. >> well, here we go. we've got our skies that are cloudy but yet, we still have a party going on at the empire state building.
looking south and we have a great strict here down to staten island to the narrows bridge and 40 degrees and cloudy skies and a west wind at 10 and 16 miles an hour. and 37 at hanover and 39 montclair. the numbers are way warm and should be about 29 in the park. to about 19 north and west. so it is warm here to start the day. it's going to be a mild day. we're looking at 39 by 8:00 and 42 at noon and 45 this afternoon and temperatures still going to be above normal this first day of 2016. and the weekend looking good too. however, if up to take the 2 and 4 train, well those are not looking so well on the subways. debbie duhaime will tell you more about that right now in for heather this week. we have delays bill on the 2 and 4 trains and all due to some switching problems over at franklin avenue in brooklyn. so watch for delays on 2 and 4. now over on the run everything back on schedule. i'llier problems at times square cleared and 17 north the still closed -- the still closed with an accident. and let's go outside i want to show you a look at times square the clean-up continuing here at times square.
alternate side of the street parking is suspended and metered parking rules also. back to you ken, lori? all right debbie thank you. one million people packed into times square to welcome in 2016. and the party went off without a hitch. now clean-up is underway. eyewitness news reporter dray clark is live now in times square with more for us, dray? >> reporter: well, good morning lori and after every big party there's always a very big clean- up and that's what's happening behind me here right now. you can see dozens of crews breaking down stages but right now it's trying to clean up all of that confetti from last night's big celebration. a million people squeezed into times square here covering roughly 20 blocks to watch that 11,000-pound crystal boll descend -- ball descend at midnight and bring in the new year 2016. and by the looks of it everyone had a great time.
or concern about their safety. and that's because the nypd really cast a very wide security net to make sure times square was covered and safe. police officers were in helicopters on rooftops, and on the ground, 6,000 officers many of them heavily armed blended in with the crowd as well. again, to make sure everyone felt a tremendous sense of comfort. the nypd maintained all along this would be the safest place in the world on new year's eve and they certainly delivered on that promise. >> more cameras, more dogs, secondary screening to get into a pen, you go through two screenings. and a lot more officers in the pens in plain clothes. >> reporter: and back here live again close to 200 city sanitation workers, sweeping, newsing street sweepers and -- using street sweepers and
machine to make sure they try and get times square back to normal as quickly as possible. it's a really big job. but they do it so very well and they start almost immediately after that ball drops. crews get into place and they start with a clean-up. you got a few more hours to go but it's only a matter of time before things around here get back to normal. we're live in times square, dray clark, channel 7 eyewitness news. all right, dray thank you. times square was not the only place in new york city holding a big new year's eve party. people packed luna park in coney island last night. fireworks went off at midnight and laser lights shined from a parachute jump. families were also treated to free rides on the b and b carousel and thunderbolt roller coaster. and if you were anywhere near central park for new year's celebrations, this was happening. thousands of runners raced into 2016 with the pavement. fireworks lit up the sky at midnight for the 37th annual new york road runners' midnight run. participants received glow in
four mile trek. and of course afterwards they enjoyed sparkling cider to toast with family and friends. celebrations still going on at abc7ny, there you can find a slide show and send us the pictures, just use the hashtag bcny72016. 5:35 and we have breaking news in manhattan. a man is dead after trying to get out of a trapped elevator on the lower east side. eyewitness news reporter kala rama is live now at the scene. kala? >> reporter: well, lori, that crew with the department of buildings just left here. they were here all morning testing the three elevators in this building. we're told two of the three elevators do have emergency brakes that work now. that other elevator where a man was crushed to death is still out of service. the crew here we saw them spend the early morning hours repairing that elevator where a 25-year-old man was killed. the victim was in the elevator with his friends when it got
after midnight. they were headed out of the new year's party and now police say his friends were tolding the door -- holding the door open for him when the elevator suddenly started moving again. the victim was severely injured from the moving elevator, we just talked to a man who rode the elevator just before the victim got inside of it and said they had no idea anything was wrong with it. >> apparently the guy got stock in-between the elevator, like finally -- so i don't know exactly what happened because i wasn't there. >> reporter: those friends who were with him are being interviewed by detectives to figure out exactly how this all unfolded. the victim's name has not yet been released. we're live on the lower east side, kala rama, channel 7 eyewitness news. thank you. 5:36 and bill cosby issued a message after the arrest on charges of sexual assault. he tweeted last night quote -- friends and fans thank you. cosby is free on $1 million
wednesday in a court outside of philadelphia. prosecutors say cosby drugged and assaulted a woman at his home in 2004. meanwhile, coo mill cosby trying to avoid a deposition in a lawsuit against her husband by seven alleged rape victims. tonight -- or last night ordered by a judge to testify. for the newest batch of hillary clinton e-mails from her time as secretary of state is now public, shortly after making them available and portions of 275 e-mails were newly classified. they were in a batch of 5500 pages released yesterday. the state department fell short of the goal to get 82% of the e- mails out by the end of the year. president obama about to start the eighth and final year in office. on the agenda his long promised response to mass shooting. as sources say he will push through a package of executive actions on gun control and expected before the january 12th state of the union. the measure expected to target the gun show loophole which
conducting background checks on the customers. the nra vows to night the move claiming the president is defying the will of the people. 5:37 and you are never more than seven minutes away from weather and traffic. and bill with your accuweather forecast! all right a look outside shall we? >> here we go, still partying on in the new year 2016 and we have cloudy skies and we've got a good visibility all the way down to the bootery and staten island and jersey. temperature is 40 degrees. we have cloudy skies but a wind at 9 to 16 miles an hour. the windchills around the freezing mark this morning going to be out and about dress with the nice warm coat and stuff. but it's not harsh and we're looking at temperatures today that are going to be 39 by 8:00. 41 by 10:00 and we're looking at 43 by noontime. 44 this afternoon. to 45 degrees, so it's going to be a great first day of 2016. we talk about the weekend next and some of the coldest air of the winter coming next week we talk about that too. debbie duhaime is looking at things for you this morning. where do you want to start?
good morning to you bill. good morning everybody. happy new year. we're going to go right to the 2 and 4. still seeing delays with switching problems over at franklin avenue in brooklyn. watch that for you. now also heading over to the 1 train everything back on schedule. earlier problems cleared over by times square. 17 northbound is still subject to closure getting up into east rutherford by union avenue. the problem is an accident with a downed traffic signal. crews are still at the scene there. and now taking a ride right now over to the fdr drive northbound, that accident still being cleared a lot of the volume thinning out but the accident still being cleared and southbound the emergency activity was just cleared out of the way. let's see what else is happening. midtown. broadway and 7th still closed. 50s into the. that whole area -- 30 s. that -- 40s. that whole area subject to closure, and also the other camera a look at times square. again, definitely want to avoid
and on the van wyck northbound at the grand central, an accident just reported as well. alternate side of the street parking is suspended and metered parking rules as well. back to you ken, lori? all right debbie thank you. still ahead on eyewitness news this morning, at 5:39, the man known as the affluenza teen is repairing a move -- preparing a move that could delay his deportation even longer. what his defense team is ready to hash out in court. >> also ahead thousands of e- mails have been released in the
happy new year. >> well, california welcomes 2016 with that fireworks display over the san francisco bay. an estimated 200,000 people turned out to usher in the knew year, the imagine -- new year. the magical display lit up the skies and it took a team of 20 people in two days to set it up and four hours to dismantling the displayoff the show. and atlanta rang in 2016 with the 27th annual peach drop. underground. ti headlined the event and he was followed by several other performers. the peach drop is the largest new year's event celebration in the southeast. >> it sure is larger than what we did in miami. we used to have an orange. an orange down at one of the
covering it then one year. seven people around me. seven people for the orange. >> including anita bryant. >> you're really dating me now. 5:43 and meteorologist bill evans with the accuweather forecast. [ laughter ] you know, sometimes there's stories you just don't tell. >> that is a story. >> tell us the story right now. here's what's going on this morning looking across the brooklyn bridge. all right here to midtown and lower manhattan and down to wall street. that's one world trade all lit up here, we have a good looking morning here. here's the empire state building and lights are on and still going on. we have a good strict here and all -- strict here and all the -- visibility here and all the way down that's looking good too. the humidity is dry the winds are west at 10 going to 16. pressure is steady above 30. that's the mark of fair weather. a fair weather day and normal high is 39 and we were at 48 yesterday.
gorgeous sunrise and sunset 4:39. daylight hours getting longer by a minute. 39 at kingston and poughkeepsie and 367 around new -- 36 around newburg and 41 around norwalk. 37 belmar wrightstown. the numbers are warmer than the normal overnight lows and should be about 29 around the five boroughs to about 19 up to the north and west and we have a little wind out here too this morning. the wind is going to be about 10:00, 20 miles per hour. -- so, 20 miles per hour. the -- 10, 20 miles per hour. bronx 33 the park 33 with real feel. 35 staten island. that's the real feel this morning. 23 monticello. dress warmly. we have a few clouds breaks of sun later clouds keep pushing eastward and these grayer clouds you see the gray coat? those are higher thinner clouds. we'll see the clouds breaking up and the sun will be coming through today and about 5:00 a.m., looking at 40 to 39 by 9:00 and then we have temperatures in the mid 40s low and mid- 40s for this afternoon. we're back to around 32 tonight and then probably mostly 20s in the suburbs north and west.
low 40s so really a nice weekend coming up for the first weekend of 2016. 45 breezy breaks today. 42 tomorrow. 43 on sunday. really a nice first weekend of 2016. little breezy today. so dress warmly. sunset is 4:39 and clear and chilly tonight. 42 in the suburbs and 32 in the five boroughs lots of sun and seasonably chilly. we have 43 on sunday and monday, we start to get this colder air pouring in out of canada and check out tuesday. the cold air yet with a high of 21. that means it's below freezing all day. not to mention below normal. but notice nec week we're looking at 45 degrees as we go into thursday. well, there you go. warming up very nicely by the end of next week but we get a cold shot in here and that's going to be the way the winter goes with cold shot here back to warm. cold shot again. that kind of thing. >> okay. back and forth? >> hoping for a blizzard. >> i know. >> debbie duhaime, you're not
no, no, i'll take the sunshine and the warmth anytime. >> blizzard is not really fun because that's just wind and blowing snow. >> okay. >> we want -- snowstorm. >> still definitely want the snowstorm. oh, yeah. >> go snowstorm, go snowstorm. >> he's getting all worked up about it i know. good morning -- it i know. good morning everybody. and happy new year to everybody. we're going start off by telling you what's happening on the van wyck northbound getting up to the grand central. although traffic pretty light so far this morning. fdr drive northbound in the 70s and an accident still being cleared southbound moving better with the emergency activity cleared. on the 2 and 4 still seeing delays with switching problems in brooklyn. number 1 back on schedule. lirr, new jersey transit and metro-north on a reduced schedule. 17 northbound in rutherford, accident still going on there and let's go outside and show you a look at times square, clean-up continuing here, definitely avoid the whole area
dray clark will of course have more. alternate side of the street parking is suspended. back to ken, lori? all right debbie thank you. it's 5:47 and still ahead on eyewitness news this morning -- >> a woman gets a double dose of goodwill after her car starts to break down. how what if the sweet stevia leaf was discovered... ...before the sugarcane. after people were enjoying truvia in their coffee and everything else... ...sugar would come along and go, "hey, i'm sweet too."
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welcome back. new details this morning on the texas teen known for using so- called affluenza as his defense in a deadly car crash. legal experts say ethan couch may be attempting to stall the deportation to the united states by claiming that mexican authorities violated his human rights, he won a delay basened a constitutional appeal in
trial process and that could last months. any flaw in the process of his detention by mexican immigration authorities can be considered a violation of due process and of his human rights. well, officials in chicago have released shuns of e-mails -- hundreds of e-mails related to the fatal shooting of a black teenager by a white police officer that triggered protests. the documents were made public a day after mayor rahm emanuel said the police officers need better training. the e-mails will also show city hall's growing concerns over the video of an officer shooting 17-year-old laquan mcdonald. more than 100 protesters marched down michigan avenue yesterday demanding emmanuel's resignation. but a good samaritan in michigan gave one single mother a very happy start to the new year. >> yeah, it all started at a saab repair dealership. cynthia's car wasn't safe to drive. it had steering problems. well, the price to fix it was $800.
her jobs and spent everything on christmas for her two young children. luckily for cynthia, the dealership cut the bill. almost in half. and a good samaritan took care of the rest. >> i cried. it was tears of joy of course but i cried like a little baby. >> if we all did that a little bit you know just really pay attention to what's going on around us, then this world would be a whole lot better. >> well, in the end, the final cost to repair the car was $430. >> wow. so a stranger picked up a $430 tab. >> which is huge. >> that is. 5:52. still ahead on eyewitness news this morning, when the clock struck 12:00, this little one right here was born. cutie. hear about the first baby of 2016 and how he's doing this morning. >> also ahead, meteorologist bill evans will be back with
you are never more than seven minutes away from weather and traffic here on eyewitness news this morning. we're coming up on 5:55. five minutes before 6:00 a.m. i'm meteorologist bill evans here and we are looking at what's going to be beautiful weather here across the brooklyn bridge. few clouds this morning. temperatures are 40 in the park. 40 long island and 38 down the shore. we've got a little wind here too that's out of the west at about 10, 14, 16 miles an hour. so dress warmly. the humidities are dry. we got a great ride going on any of the ferries today. hudson river or anywhere that's gain to be across the east river and back and forth to staten island. 42 by noon. 45 this afternoon and sunny breaks and it will be breezy. weather and traffic together every seven minutes. debbie duhaime is up in the traffic center in for heather this week. what's going on out there now? good morning everybody, happy new year. to the maps and an accident on the northbound van wyck. the grand central west at jewel avenue another spinout there. fdr drive northbound in the 70s. an accident still being cleared.
and 4 trains delays with switching problems and also reports of delays on the a., c. and e. because of a police investigation. and let's go outside and i'll show you times square. clean-up continuing here at times square so avoid the area. alternate side of the street parking is suspended. back to you. lori, ken? all right, debbie thank you. and hawaii has become the first state in the nation to raise the legal smoking age to 21. the law goes into effect with the new year. that's today. for those not keeping track. public health officials are hoping that they will keep young people from developing the unhealthy addiction. they say one in four high school students in hawaii tries their first cigarette every year. and in new york, new york city welcoming its first arrival of >> yeah, coney island hospital announced that zayden noel was born at exactly midnight. little zanden was -- zayden was 7 pounds and 1 ounce. mother stephanie. both mom, son doing just great. family.
ahead on eyewitness news this morning, we continue to follow breaking news on the lower east side. a 25-year-old man has died in a horrific accident inside an elevator. we're live with the update on the investigation. >> and also live in times square, where crews have been busy cleaning up after more than one million people came together to ring in 2016. >> and we are in for another big cooldown. meteorologist bill evans has your exclusive accuweather forecast when channel 7