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it's 50 degrees. 57 for millville and dover, while wildwood is 59 degrees. so, at the bus stop, a much milder start. we've got fog and low clouds. 50 degrees in the suburbs, 59 degrees in the city. and the clouds, the fog will all clear out, just like we saw yesterday. lots of sunshine, but a gusty wind this afternoon. high temperatures in the 60s. we'll go through it hour by hour with the future weather when i come back in less than ten minutes. first alert traffic reporter jillian mele is standing by this morning. good morning, jillian. >> good morning to you, bill, to you at home as well. it's a busy morning if you're just waking up. northeast philadelphia, cottman avenue is blocked off in both directions here. you can see that police activity. two-vehicle accident that we have out here in the northeast. so, cottman is closed between summerdale and whitaker. you can take tyson avenue as an alternate. as our photographer, john, zooms in, you can see the damage on this one vehicle. so, just keep that in mind. that is right outside of northeast high school. that intersection is going to be blocked off. let's take you back to the maps
because we are following another serious accident. we have monique braxton headed to the scene in bensalem, lincoln highway at old lincoln highway. so, route 1 southbound is blocked off as a result. we're hearing that accident involves a pedestrian. take bridge town pike or brownsville road. a live look at route 13 at state street. you can see thick fog out there. use caution if that's part of your commute. thank you, jillian. new in overnight, a man shot overnight in philadelphia dies at the hospital. nbc 10 was on the scene at north colorado street. the victim in his early 20s was gunned down at close range just after 11:00 last night. so far, there are no arrests nor motive. also new from overnight, investigators are looking into the cause of a fire at a vacant row home in philadelphia. this broke out shortly after midnight on mayfield street in kensington. crews put it out quickly. fire officials tell us there were squatters inside at the time. they made it out and left the
scene. the man accused of kidnapping a philadelphia woman and taking her to maryland will be in federal court this morning. nbc 10's jesse gary is live in center city. and jesse, delvin barnes is being held in the federal corrections center. where is that in relation to the courthouse? >> reporter: vai, the federal corrections center is the building you see off in the distance, kind of behind me, that white building. that's the federal detention center or prison building. there is an underground passage to transport prisoners. and no matter how this case is adjudicated, delvin barnes is going to be in custody for a long time. we learned that after this case is over, he will be sent back to virginia to answer charges for an alleged crime down there. 37-year-old barnes is charged with kidnapping of carlesha freeland-gaither last week. this video of the alleged crime went viral, prompting a massive response from local, state police and federal agents. investigators were able to track down and arrest barnes and rescue freeland-gaither in maryland. barnes will likely be assigned a
lawyer during his arraignment here in federal court in philadelphia. we're live outside federal court this morning in center city, jesse gary, nbc 10 news. it is 6:03. the pennsylvania state police barracks where a trooper was killed in an ambush back in september will officially reopen today. the state trooper who survived the shooting is now in a new york city hospital. alex douglass was taken there monday for surgery. the hospital specializes in orthopedics, and douglass was shot in the pelvis. and corporal bryon dickson, as you know, was killed in the september 12th attack at the blooming grove barracks. the man accused of the ambush, eric frein, was arrested after a manhunt in the poconos. prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. happening today, sentencing for the first person convicted under a new pennsylvania law named for fallen police officer brad fox. a jury found stacy dawson of chester guilty of buying two handguns for a convicted felon. that transaction is known as a straw purchase. under the new law, the crime carries a mandatory five-year sentence. the law is named for plymouth
township police officer brad fox, who was shot and killed in 2012 while trying to arrest a suspect. police determined the gun used to kill him was supplied to the suspect through a straw purchase. officer fox's widow, lindsey, joined governor corbett as he signed the bill into law last year. officer fox's canine partner, nick, who was wounded by the suspect, was retired and given to fox's family. happening today in southwest philadelphia, a rally for safety will be held outside bartram high school after the third assault of a teacher at bartram in the past month. take a look at this cell phone video. it's a substitute english teacher lying on the hallway floor. that was last thursday. police said he was attacked by a student. the teacher is recovering from a concussion. now parents, teachers and students are expected to rally outside the school this afternoon. the president of the teachers union says the big problem is that budget cuts mean there is insufficient security in the school. meantime, the school district provided these stats to the state about violence. in 2013, students committed
nearly 420 assaults on staff members. when it came to student-on-student assaults, more than 800 were recorded. a convicted former philadelphia police inspector is back in custody after he was released from jail by mistake. danny castro was rearrested after being free for two weeks and getting a job while he was out. in 2011, castro was sentenced to five years in prison for using strongarm tactics to collect debt. his lawyer said a clerical error by a probation officer led to his premature release. tonight in chester county, a vigil and a prayer service will be held in coatesville for murdered 3-year-old scotty mcmillan. police say the toddler was tortured and beaten to death by his mother and her boyfriend. there is also new information into the investigation. coatesville area school officials say they followed procedure in trying to contact the family and visiting the mobile home where the child was murdered. the boy's mother, jillian tait, and her boyfriend, gary fellenbaum, are charged with
murder. fellenbaum's estranged wife is charged with child endangerment in the case. 6:06 right now. this morning the search is on for a guy accused of pushing his wife's corvette into the delaware river. last night, police issued an arrest warrant for him. he's 50-year-old john kramer. his estranged wife, who did not want to be identified, told nbc 10 about their ongoing marital dispute. she tells us a fight over their 1990 corvette led her husband to make good on what he had threatened to do, send her car plunging into the river. >> i saw breaking news come across the news, and it showed that a car just went down the tacony. so, i was on the phone, i hung up and i called 911 and i asked them if that was my car. >> that woman tells us she had a protection from abuse order filed against kramer over the summer, and in october a judge ordered him to undergo anger management therapy. new this morning, city officials in philadelphia are
looking to see if food recycling would be beneficial for the city. the city spends more than $6 million a year sending food scraps to landfills. and officials say food waste recycling programs could save money, conserve energy and create jobs. residents will be able to comment on that during a hearing this afternoon in council chambers. now your nbc 10 first alert weather with meteorologist bill henley. >> clouds are back, fog is back this morning, but the temperatures so much milder with dense fog in delaware and south jersey, but low clouds farther inland, and we've got a mild start and some sunshine this afternoon. but the wind, that will be gusting. that will help get rid of the clouds, but it will also bring the temperatures down tonight. we're headed for the 30s overnight, but temperatures will tumble and stay low right on into the weekend. look at millville, south jersey, 57 degrees. dense fog there. meantime, it's cloudy skies for northeast philadelphia and allentown, and the temperature's not bad at all. in fact, allentown has been warming up. it dropped down to 49 degrees,
now back up to 52. there are the clouds. you can see them clearly over center city. we're watching for a little bit of a breeze to develop during the morning, but the strongest winds will be this afternoon. the thickest fog not north and west, no, it's in new jersey. trenton has 1/4-mile visibility. dense fog also in toms river, atlantic city. and to the south, it's zero visibility in dover. and wildwood had been down to zero. not much of an improvement. it's 1/4-mile right now. these clouds will clear up. they will not last all day. they'll be blown out of here this afternoon. so, stand by for a gusty afternoon wind. this morning, 8:00 this morning might see a little bit of mist or even a sprinkle north and west. allentown at 8:00, 53 degrees in philadelphia, but then the clouds start to break by 10:00 in the morning. by lunchtime, they're gone, and this afternoon middle 60s. so, it will turn out to be a nice day today. but that doesn't last into the weekend. 60s this afternoon with winds northwesterly 10 to 20 miles an hour. you will see clearing skies
today. the temperatures go much lower. the seven-day forecast when i'm back in ten minutes. it's 6:09. this is the hour that volume builds anyway if we've got any accidents, but we've been following this major story out in the northeast on cottman. >> right, and now there's another accident jillian mele's following as well. can you update us on both? >> yes, just for you, tracy. cottman avenue is still closed both directions between summerdale avenue and whitaker avenue. that's not what you're looking at now, though. this is that accident we've been following in bensalem. we just got word that our photographer was there live at the scene. this is lincoln highway, route 1. southbound side is blocked at old lincoln highway. and you can see we have activity on the northbound side as well, so keep that in mind. you can take bridgetown pike or brownsville road if you need to get around it. let's come back out here right now, because we have another accident for you out of new jersey. this is 295 northbound approaching route 168. the left lane is blocked there. and you'll notice, this is actually 295 right at 168. it looks like we have some
police activity right there blocking one lane. it's kind of tough to see through the fog. very thick, foggy conditions on that portion of 295. that accident we just got word of in the last few minutes. so, of course, we wanted to pass it along to you. but again, our biggest problem this morning, the first problem that we had is that closure on cottman avenue. that is still out there right at the intersection of algon avenue, right at the corner where northeast philadelphia is located. so, if you need to get around that this morning, tyson avenue is a good option. the president of a chester county university is now apologizing for a women's-only speech he gave. >> turn out the way they wanted it to turn out, guess what they did? they [ inaudible ] and said he raped me. >> he made remarks about women and sexual assaults on campus, and some students are calling for action against him. you know, how could you do that? >> veteran graveyard vandal. that feeling of betrayal turns to relief for some in bucks county.
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it is 6:14. new this morning, we'll learn more today about a resolution that was reached between a dallas hospital and the family of ebola victim thomas duncan. family members will give details later today. you'll remember, duncan went to texas health presbyterian hospital in september complaining of several symptoms, including a fever, and he reportedly told health care workers he had traveled to liberia, but the attending doctor was not told about that. duncan was sent home but returned to the hospital five days later. he died in early october. authorities in ferguson, missouri, are preparing for the moment when prosecutors announce if a police officer will be charged in the shooting death of michael brown. a grand jury is expected to decide later this month whether to indict officer darren wilson. brown was unarmed when he was shot and killed on august 9th.
county police say they have spent at least $170,000 on new supplies of riot gear, tear gas, helmets, shields and handcuffs. some businesses have also been boarding up, in case protests reignite. and happening today, a preliminary hearing is scheduled in the trial of a white supremacist accused of killing three people at jewish sites in kansas. frazier glenn miller is charged with capital murder in the shooting deaths of a man and his grandson who were killed at a jewish community center. miller's also accused of killing a woman who was visiting her mother at a nearby jewish retirement home. and tonight, a town in massachusetts will hold a public hearing to discuss a proposed tobacco ban. the move would stop the sale of all tobacco and nicotine products within town lines. the board of health says it's expecting a strong turnout for this controversial issue. the american lung association said if the ban is passed, westminster would be the first community in the nation to take this type of action. this morning, police have a
man in custody charged with vandalizing the graves of veterans at two local cemeteries. bensalem police arrested anthony carter yesterday after connecting him with five arsons from over the summer. police say those fires destroyed american flags and veterans' grave markers at rosedale memorial park and roosevelt memorial. investigators say carter voluntarily gave them a dna swab when an officer noticed him acting strangely in a ceremony late at night. >> it matched to the stems of the flags, when he was pulling the flags out of the ground, he must have left his dna actually on the wood. >> investigators tell us that carter being arrested on veterans day was a coincidence. they just got the dna results back this week. if you live in pennsylvania and depend on medicaid, your benefits are going to change. governor tom corbett's administration says it's part of an overhaul of the program's medical coverage plans. the exact plan changes aren't yet available because they don't yet have federal government approval. notices were mailed to employees last week. the corbett administration says
they will be sorted into one of two plans. it all goes into effect on january 1st. democratic governor-elect tom wolf opposes the changes, saying that it reduces benefits for the poor. one exit along the garden state parkway in ocean county is now closed for good. exit 88 on the southbound side of the parkway actually closed monday night. that's part of improvements being made in lakewood. drivers will now have to pay a toll and use exit 89 to get to route 70. we have breaking news. a story we've been following throughout the morning, a couple of accidents. one in bensalem and then the big one on cottman avenue. >> nbc 10's first alert traffic reporter jillian mele has an update. >> both really serious accidents out there, and we have photographers at both scenes right now. so, this is the latest accident into the system. this is a fatal accident involving a pedestrian. and you can see right here in bensal bensalem, a portion of route 1 southbound is completely blocked off right now. you can see that police activity. so, lincoln highway is closed at old lincoln highway. you can take bridge town pike,
route 213. that's going to be a good option for you. you can see some traffic is getting by the intersection there, but it's going to take you a lot longer this morning. and the main lanes are route 1 are blocked off right now. let's transition to northeast philadelphia, where this accident scene is still out there. you can see both vehicles involved in this accident right here. that happened about 4:15 this morning. it's been out there for a while. cottman avenue still completely blocked off in both directions between summerdale avenue and whitaker avenue as a result of that accident. and you can see the police out there blocking off that portion of cottman. so, if you need to get around it, tyson avenue is going to be a good option for you. now your nbc 10 first alert weather with meteorologist bill henley. >> at 6:18, we've been on the air since 4:00 this morning, and that entire time, the fog has been limited to delaware and south jersey. that is now changing. take a look at this. it is turning foggy now right on the delaware. this is the view looking towards center city from the adventure aquarium.
can't see any of the buildings right now. 57 degrees at philadelphia international. the humidity 93%. and at the airport, the visibility is coming down. but in the pocono mountains, different story, clear skies, no sign of fog, and temperatures, well, they're starting off mild there, too. there you can see the fog in philadelphia, northeast philadelphia got some light fog. the thick stuff is in central delaware. zero visibility in dover, and it's back down to zero in cape may. ka that's not the only spot, lots of fog in new jersey. 50s with clouds and fog. we're seeing temperatures nice and mild this morning. and once we get sunshine, 54 degrees in camden, we'll be in the 60s this afternoon. we'll see bright sunshine for audubon, glendora and blackwood at 56 degrees. much warmer than yesterday, and some areas 20 degrees warmer than yesterday. we do have wind on the way. that's good news for today, because it's going to clear things out. a 10-mile-an-hour breeze at 11: 11:00. by this afternoon, we'll see winds of 13, 14, possibly 20 miles an hour, and that will
bring the colder air in for tonight. but today, the fog, the clouds moving out. temperatures into the 60s this afternoon, but by tomorrow morning, we will shave a lot off of that. temperatures down to 39 degrees in center city. so, the suburbs will be even colder. a high of 49 degrees. i think it will be dry during the day on thursday, but thursday night we could see some showers moving in. by friday, they are done. breezy and cold. a cold start saturday morning at citizens bank park for the als walk, but bright sunshine for saturday will fade on sunday. and late sunday into monday, we've got rain in philadelphia, but we could see snow in the pocono mountains. academic excellence. several schools in our area are named blue ribbon schools. we will check out the list for you. also, no time to grocery shop? no problem. reading terminal market is delivering the farmers' market to you.
6:23, and we are trying to look at the aramark building in center city. can't even see the flag. you can just barely make out the aramark sign, but that's the combination of fog and low clouds. and bill will be along in a minute to explain the difference. hundreds of top high schools were honored in washington, including some from this area. public and private schools across the country were given the national blue ribbon award for academic excellence and for supporting minority students. here's a look at the local schools that received the award. the academy of dover charter school in kent county, biotechnology high school in monmouth county, and in philadelphia, franklin towne charter high school and hill freedman world academy. suburban pennsylvania schools include merion elementary, mt. st. joseph academy, nazareth area middle school, new hope-solebury high school and norwood fontbon academy. >> we appreciate the recognition and we love the fact that we have been so successful, people are starting to take notice that
charter schools are really starting to develop in the country and that charter schools can be successful. >> now, as the principal of franklin towne charter said, his school's small size and community support set it apart. good morning at 6:25. i want to update you on some of the volume out there. this is 95, the southbound side crawling along at girard avenue. you can see your drive time indicating that delay, about 24 minutes is what we're seeing from woodhaven down to the vine. no problems to report on the northbound side of 95, but we have been following two serious accidents this morning, one out of bensalem, one out of northeast philadelphia. we'll get you updated on both of those problems, get you around them coming up in just a second, but for now, let's take you to a live look outside. we have -- bill, i don't even know what that's looking at, it's so foggy out there. >> i will tell you. you're looking at fog looking right across the delaware. that was a view that was clear for two-plus hours this morning as we were on the air, but in just the last few minutes, that fog has gotten a lot thicker. it's spreading inland. bluebell now seeing fog with 3/4-mile visibility.
down to 3/4-miles at philadelphia international and wrightsto wrightstown, toms river, extends through south jersey and into delaware. >> reporter: i'm nbc 10's monique braxton live in bensalem, where investigators have joined bensalem in investigating a deadly accident. details coming your way after the break. delvin barnes, the man accused of brutally abducting a philadelphia woman, makes his first court appearance. we're live outside the federal courthouse with victims on the case and if the victim, carlesha freeland-gaither, will be in court to face her accuser. track him down faster and with more precision. the new tool in place at some schools that can pinpoint an active shooter's location in realtime.
this morning, we've got you covered as we're following two breaking news stories, both car accidents. first, this is a live look at bensal bensalem, where a person has been killed along route 1. and this is a live look at the other accident. this one in northeast philadelphia, cottman avenue is still closed. first alert traffic reporter jillian mele is tracking these accidents to help you get around them. and we're also tracking the fog. as you take a live look outside. you'll want to give yourself extra time before you leave this morning. if you take a look just behind us, that is center city, believe it or not, from our camera atop the new jersey aquarium. >> and usually, you can see the skyline. you can't see anything. >> good morning and welcome to "nbc 10 news today." i'm vai sikahema. >> and i'm tracy davidson. ledz find out about the cloud and the low-lying clouds and the warm temperatures and what's to come. bill henley with his first alert forecast. >> we've seen your nice view there disappear in just the last few minutes. it's really thickened up. fog that started off in delaware and south jersey and it's still thick there, has spread inland. this is hamilton, new jersey, the 95. 295 and 195 dealing with fog.
doesn't look like it's slowing anybody down at this time, but there is plenty of fog around, and it's not just in hamilton. now bluebell and philadelphia international, visibility under a mile. the thicker fog, though, is in is. n new jersey, trenton, atlantic city, millville and wilmington is seeing the conditions deteriorate rapidly. dense fog has spread into new castle county, down to 1/4-mile there. but look at these temperatures, 15 to 20 degrees warmer than yesterday. today the fog that is obscuring this fine view of center city will be clearing out. believe it or not, we'll see sunshine and 60s this afternoon. your hour-by-hour forecast when i'm back in less than ten minutes. and we have breaking news in bensalem, bucks county. a person was hit by a truck along route 1 and killed. nbc 10's monique braxton is live at the scene. tell us what's happening there now. >> reporter: hi, vai. we arrived here 10 or 15 minutes ago, and i just spoke with the lead investigator.
this is what he tells us. he says they were called here to this intersection off of route 1 just before 5:00 this morning. they found a woman lying in the middle of roosevelt boulevard and a pickup truck next to her. what they have heard from witnesses is the female had just left the wawa. she was walking back to the lincoln motel. witnesses tell police she was talking on the phone when she was struck by the pickup truck. they tell us that they did speak to the driver of this truck. he told them a woman just walked out of nowhere into his path. he hit her accidentally, but she has passed away. we have seen her purse a few yards away. police also tell us that she is in her 50s. they're waiting now for the coroner to come here to the scene. live for now from bensalem, monique braxton, nbc 10 news. my colleague, jillian mele, is standing by to let you know how to get around what is going to be a nightmare for traffic this morning. >> oh, yeah, monique. route 1 is pretty busy in that area.
so, i have three alternates to get around this closure right at old lincoln highway. you can take bridge town pike 213, you can take brownsville road or 513 in that area. but wherever you are headed out in that direction, leave yourself extra time, because that traffic that would be traveling south on route 1 is now going to be utilizing those alternate routes. so expect heavy congestion there. northeast philadelphia, we're following a serious accident. in fact, let's take you out to a live look at this accident scene. cottman avenue is still blocked off in both directions between summerdale avenue and whitaker avenue. you can see right here, that's one of the vehicles. that's the other involved in this accident scene. police have had cottman avenue in this area, anyway, blocked off since about 4:15, 4:30 this morning. and you can see police are still out there blocking off that portion of cottman. go ahead and take tyson avenue. that's going to be your best bet to get around it. the problem with this closure, it is literally right out front of northeast high school. so, if you are headed out, dropping the kids off this morning, then make sure you leave yourself extra time there, because this is definitely going
to get crowded if that continues to stay out there. you can see just how close proximity it is to that high school. so, again, tyson avenue is a good option to get around it. and part of algon avenue is going to be blocked off as well, so castor avenue is another option around it. 6:34 right now. happening today, the suspect accused of kidnapping a philadelphia woman in a scene that played out on video will have his first court appearance in center city. nbc 10's jesse gary is covering that story for us. he is live in center city. jesse, what can you tell us? >> reporter: tracy, delvin barnes has not been assigned a lawyer, so that could be one of the things that happens at his arraignment inside federal court. police say the 37-year-old is at same man in this surveillance video seen snatching carlesha freeland-gaither off a germantown street last week. tips, clues and store surveillance videos helped federal, state police and local fbi agents track down barnes and rescue freeland-gaither a few days later in maryland. barnes faces federal kidnapping charges here in pennsylvania.
the u.s. attorney requested barnes be tried in federal court first and then go back to virginia to face charges for an alleged crime down there. live outside the federal courthouse in center city, jesse gary, nbc 10 news. the teen accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl last week has a hearing in darby today. police say kassim hill taunted police, telling them to come get him the day before he surrendered. one of the men accused in the carjacking crash that killed a philadelphia woman and her three children will be arraigned today. cornelius crawford faces nearly two dozen charges, including murder and sexual assault. police say crawford and jonathan rosa carjacked a woman on july 25th, sexually assaulting her before crashing into the family on the sidewalk in the tioga section of philadelphia. keisha williams and her children, ages 15, 10 and 7, were all killed. now to the casino crisis in atlantic city. governor chris christie will meet with political, casino and labor leaders at a summit today. so far this year, four casinos
have closed, leaving thousands unemployed and another casino is in danger of shutting down unless it gets help from the state. this is the second summit in just a few months. the first was held back in september. and an area casino's voicing its opposition to opening another gaming hall in philadelphia. the general manager of harrah's philadelphia, which is located in chester says it would threaten the viability of the area's four existing casinos. the pennsylvania gaming board is expected to vote next week if it will grant another casino license. right now it's considering four proposals. now your nbc 10 first alert weather with meteorologist bill henley. >> thick fog this morning's on the move. it's spreading inland, and we're now seeing fog thicken up in the philadelphia area. the thickest fog, dense fog for much of delaware and south jersey. this afternoon, winds will clear the fog and the clouds out of here. we'll see lots of sunshine. it's going to be another mild afternoon. we'll be in the 60s today. but then the temperatures
tumble. tonight here comes the cold. we'll be in the 30s tomorrow morning. right now 54 degrees. allentown is cloudy. northeast philadelphia is cloudy with some light fog, but the thick stuff in new jersey. 57 degrees in millville. and this is the view from the comcast center. you can clearly see the meeting room, but not much else. low clouds and fog quickly thickening up in the city. and you can see it from the camera here at the nbc 10 studios. the fog now spreading across center city. and it is not a problem north and west, but look at bluebell, under a mile now for visibility. dense fog currently in wilmington and trenton, wrightstown, toms river all with dense fog this morning. we're still seeing zero visibility for dover and wildwood. no shortage of fog this morning, but there really won't be any shortage of sunshine this afternoon. these clouds will blow out of here as the winds pick up to 20 miles an hour later today. so, quickly improving conditions. future weather 8:00 this morning, low 50s. watch the clouds break by 10:00 this morning and then this
afternoon with sunshine, we'll see 65 degrees in philadelphia at 1:00. the northwesterly winds will bring in the cold tonight. you'll see with the seven-day when i'm back in less than ten minutes. it is 6:38. we continue to follow two serious accidents, one in bensalem, where someone has been killed. >> jillian mele has everything covered for us. a busy morning for you, jillian. >> that's right, and you can see all of that activity out on the highway. this is route 1 blocked off southbound side at old lincoln highway. and you can see police are out at the scene still. so, no traffic is getting by the southbound side of route 1 in that area. even the northbound side you can expect to see a heavy delay out there in both directions, really, just as drivers approach this scene. a lot of times they look to see what's going on, you get a gaper delay out there. let's come back out to our camera, penndot camera. this is route 1 right at the pennsylvania turnpike, and you can see this heavy volume out here. that's what you can expect in both directions on route 1. so, you definitely want to avoid this area completely. i have three different alternate routes listed for you. bridge town pike, brownsville
road, you can even take hulmville road, but definitely avoid route 1. cottman avenue in philadelphia is closed between summerdale avenue and whitaker avenue. tyson avenue is going to be an easy and the most direct route if you need to get around that portion of cottman avenue that, again, is still closed right now. elsewhere this morning, this is 76 at belmont avenue. you can see that volume out there in both directions. and also, you can see that fog that we have in the distance. so, it's definitely a tough commute this morning. leave yourself as much extra time as you can. vai? >> jillian, thank you. tackling childhood obesity with a food truck. the school that's giving kids a hands-on lesson without leaving campus. plus, his words blaming victims for sexual assaults sparked anger and action from students and an apology from lincoln university's president may not be enough to calm students. chipping away to freedom. a man is trapped for days between a rock and a hard place, literally. silent night not so silent?
6:43. we always have live cameras spread out across our region. here's the one that we usually show you of the flag atop the aramark building, but because fog has thickened in the last half hour in some areas, plus, we have low-lying clouds, it's hard to make out many of the scenes across the area. we'll get you updated on weather and what that fog is doing to traffic, coming up in just minutes. it was a speech that caused quite a bit of controversy on the campus of a local university back in september, and now the school's president is apologizing for his comments. >> turn out the way they wanted it to turn out, guess what they did? they then went to public safety and said "he raped me." >> that was part of a mandatory assembly for all women at lincoln university in chester county, including students and staff. well, some women say he blamed them for sexual assaults on campus. >> he was saying, i felt like he
was accusing girls of just lying in general. and that's not the case. >> the president's e-mail apology went out campuswide. a petition calling for him to be fired has more than 340 signatures. happening today, another group is expected to add to the reward in an arson investigation in reading. last month, fire caused $12 million in damage to a portion of the reading outlet mall being renovated. and later today, a local contractor group will add $20,000 more to that reward, pushing the total to $105,000. los angeles laker and philadelphia native wayne ellington jr. is on leave of absence from the nba after his father was murdered here over the weekend. investigators say 57-year-old wayne ellington sr. was found shot in the head in the driver's seat of a car on marion street in german nan town. his son is in his first year with the lakers. he played ball at the university of north carolina after finishing his high school career at persiepiscopal academy.
a school in massachusetts now has an automated system that can detect and track a gunman on campus. the active shooter detection system was installed in response to the school shooting in newtown, connecticut, back in december of 2012, when 26 children and adults were killed. the system's sensors can detect the sound of a gunshot and alert authorities. they also allow police to track the shooter before entering a building. pennsylvania governor-elect tom wolf will take the oath of office january 20th, and he's asking members of his transition team to make a pledge of their own. wolf is requiring team members to sign an agreement to obey an ethical code of conduct. signers would have to disclose any potential or actual conflicts of interest and report any conflicts that crop up. wolf released a copy of the agreement yesterday. one sample line from the pledge reads, "i will not use my position with the governor-elect's team for personal gain." wolf said his incoming chief of staff, katie mcginty, was the
first person to sign the agreement. today congress will return to washington for the first time since the midterm election. on the agenda, the approval of $5 billion to fight isis, more than $6 billion for the fight against ebola, and $1 trillion for a temporary spending bill to keep the government running past december 11th. democrats will be pushing hard to get these measures passed before the republicans take over in january. meantime, in beijing today, president obama and china's president pledged teamwork to help fight climate change. president obama touted opportunities to work together. both leaders agreed to move their nations faster in cutting pollution levels. this morning, some local children will get a hands-on lesson about farming and fresh produce without having to leave their school. this vehicle, the philly farm explorer, will make its debut at amd brazy elementary school in south philadelphia this morning. it's equipped with garden beds and a mobile kitchen. it's part of an effort between the independence blue cross foundation and greener partners
to teach students about fresh fruits and vegetables. and there's a new way to shop at the reading terminal market without having to leave your home. according to our news partners at "the philadelphia business journal," 32 merchants there have partnered with instacart. the service promises delivery in under an hour. a colorado guy could face trespassing charges after crews rescued him from the wall of a department store where he had been trapped for the last two days. here's the backstory. employees of the marshals store called authorities yesterday morning after they heard a man yelling for help. well, firefighters broke through the wall and they found the man squished into a crawl space. police say the man was in pain and cold but was in fair condition. >> one of your pet words probably appropriate for that situation, oopsie! let's go to new york for a look at what's ahead on the "today" show. >> matt lauer and savannah guthrie, good morning to you both. >> good morning, guys.
coming up, after the snow, extreme cold. millions begin to feel the effects of that polar vortex. al's going to tell us how long this arctic outbreak will last. also ahead, one of the most influential and funniest voices around, jon stewart stops by studio 1a to talk politics, the future of his show and directing his first movie. >> we've got those stories and the growing and controversial idea of egg-freezing parties for women in their early 20s. are these a good idea if you plan on putting off parenthood? and how much would you spend for a good night's sleep? al's going to try out some new devices that promise just that as he gears up for his 34-hour rokerthon beginning later tonight. he will try to forecast for 34 hours straight, vai and tracy, and break the world record. >> that's dangerous, because i'm getting sleepy just watching that right now. these hours that we work. >> but he talked about the fact that during hurricane sandy, he went for 48 hours basically without sleep, but he wasn't on that whole time. so, it's going to be interesting to see how he does this.
>> i want to see what he says. >> he's carbo loading right now. >> the one guy that can do it is al roker. thank you, matt and savannah. >> thanks. >> all right, guys. now your nbc 10 first alert weather with meteorologist bill henley. >> i haven't had sleep since 1995, so i don't know what anybody's talking about. we do have fog this morning. look at this! thick fog now. we had a clear view just an hour ago of 95. this is south philadelphia. now it is much thicker. that is dense fog this morning. 57 degrees at philadelphia international. the wind is calm. that's one of the elements that allows the fog to form. you can see it in the pocono mountains, there in the valleys. this is a view from ski big bear. but overhead, some scattered clouds. and you'll see sunshine not only in the mountains but for the entire area. that's this afternoon. this morning right now, dense fog at northeast philadelphia at the airport. wilmington seeing 1/4-mile visibility. dover and cape may at zero visibility. lots of fog in delaware and south jersey. but with clouds and fog, the
temperatures are warm this morning. that blanket came in, keeping things warmer. we're in the 50s. 57 degrees at brandywine at the airport. fair meadow farm is 56 degrees and 54 in phoenixville. tomorrow morning at this time, these temperatures will be down by 20 degrees. much colder air is on the way. the future weather showing noontime today, look at that, nice and clear. 64 degrees. it will really turn out to be a nice day today, but the winds pick up. you'll feel that this afternoon. watch the temps tumble overnight. tomorrow morning, 7:00 in the morning, below freezing for allentown and reading. 37 degrees in northeast philadelphia. again, 30s in delaware and south jersey, and the wind will be blowing to make it feel even colder. so, enjoy this while it's here this afternoon. the fog, the clouds will mog move out. we'll see 60s this afternoon. then the wind kicks in and delivers the cold air tomorrow morning. center city will be down to 39 degrees, but much of the area will be flirting with the freezing mark. 49 tomorrow afternoon and
tomorrow evening we could see some scattered showers. then breezy and cold for friday, high of 44 degrees. we'll see sunshine on saturday and we'll need it at the walk to defeat als. it's going to be a cold start. 44 the afternoon high. sunshine stays on sunday. and here comes a chance of rain sunday night and monday. it will be a chilly rain with a high of 45. and we may see some snow in the pocono mountains on monday. then sunshine returns tuesday. it is entirely possible that the low clouds and the fog that had something to do with the traffic problems today, but regardless, if you can get out early today, this is a good day to do it. >> it's been a rough ride, but jillian mele has you covered with everything you need to know. >> it's a tough commute for pretty much everyone this morning. heavy volume, thick fog. this is the 42 freeway at creek road, barely moving along on the northbound side. check out 76 at city avenue. you can see both directions pretty much at a standstill right now. so, heavy volume out there and a lot of serious accidents, including this one still out there in northeast philadelphia, right out front of northeast
high school. cottman avenue's still blocked off between summerdale avenue and whitaker avenue. you can take tyson avenue as your alternate there. then heading to bensalem, route 1 southbound at old lincoln highway is blocked off due to an accident. you can take bridge town pike, brownsville road or hulmeville road to get around that. and i zoomed into this map to show you this is where the accident happened, on the southbound side of route 1. right here we have a camera live at that scene, and you can see this is the delay that we are dealing with on route 1 right now. so, heavy volume out there on route 1 for folks in bucks county. and coming up in just a few minutes, we'll try to take you to a live look at that scene. and here is monique braxton with the traffic issue that we've got out there on route 1. monique, tell us what's going on. >> reporter: vai, right now, the bensalem police tell us they are awaiting the arrival of the coroner here. a deadly woman, a deadly scene. we'll have more after the break. and i'm jesse gary live in center city, philadelphia,
i'm nbc 10's monique braxton live from bensalem. we have just learned that the victim in this deadly accident is a woman from philadelphia. i want to step out of the shot so you can see the scene now. the lead investigator says the woman is in her 50s and she was last seen by witnesses in a parking lot attempting to cross route 1. investigators also say she was seen crossing the road while talking on her cell phone. and you can see here that investigators have marked the cell phone with the number 8.
now, the driver of the pickup truck that hit her says she just stepped in front of him. he has remained at the scene and is speaking to investigators. police also tell us this is the second accident of this nature since the weekend, meaning this is the second time in just a few days that someone speaking on a phone or playing games on a phone has stepped into oncoming traffic. now, you can see accident investigators are out here taking pictures. we're just learning also that the coroner is en route. live from bensalem, monique braxton, nbc 10 news. and monique, we have a heavy delay approaching that scene because route 1 southbound is blocked off at old lincoln highway. you can see this huge delay. this is route 1 southbound at the pennsylvania turnpike. avoid this area. this portion of route 1, if you can. you can take hulmeville or brownsville road, other options, but that is a nasty delay on route 1. it is blocked off at old lincoln highway, so brownsville road is your best bet.
hulmeville is also an option. northeast philadelphia, cottman avenue blocked off between summerdale avenue and whitaker avenue as a result of an accident there. tyson avenue is a good alternate. and heavy volume on the majors this morning, especially 95 southbound from woodhaven to the vine. that will take you about 33 minutes. 22 minutes on 76 westbound from the vine to the blue route. and so far, no major delays on the blue route northbound, just that normal congestion right near route 1. i'm jesse gary live outside the federal courthouse in center city. delvin barnes has his arraignment later today. could be assigned a lawyer. investigators say the 37-year-old is the same man seen in this surveillance video snatching carlesha freeland-gaither off a germantown street last week. she was rescued a few days later. he was arrested and now is charged with federal kidnapping charges. and after this case is over, he will sent back to virginia to face charges for an alleged crime in that state. live outside the federal courthouse, jesse gary, nbc 10 news. now your nbc 10 first alert
weather. >> live outside most areas this morning, it is clouds and fog. look at the fog that's creeping across the city. that's the view from here at the nbc 10 studios. and look close. you'll see i-95. this is the view from south philadelphia. >> wow. >> i see a few lights moving, but that's about it. that was a perfect view earlier. an hour ago, we had no problems seeing the entire highway. but the thick fog has moved inland, and it's now down to half a mile in bluebell. trenton and mt. holly, northeast philadelphia at 1/4-mile visibility. and lots of spots now reporting zero visibility. wrightstown, toms river, 1/8-mile visibility in atlantic city, down to zero for wildwood, dover and georgetown and thick fog in wilmington. so, a foggy start at the bus stop, but look at the temperatures, so much warmer than yesterday morning. 50s, even in the suburbs. we will be heading into the 60s today. and that fog -- that's a live picture. that fog will clear out. we'll see sunshine and 60s this afternoon. >> all right, thank you, bill.
the "today" show's up next. we'll see you for local updates in 25 minutes. >> updates any time at nbc10.com. good morning. breaking overnight, history being made right now as a spacecraft is attempting to land on a speeding comet. we're live with the mind-boggling mission ten years in the making. polar plunge, temperatures across the east set to drop double digits over the next 24 hours while farther west cities like denver already in the single digits and heading below zero, giving al a lot to discuss as he gets set for a marathon guinness world record. robin williams was suffering from a debilitating brain disease at the time of his