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formation. we are following developing weather news as well. a threat bearing down on the region. parts of our area under a tornado watch right now. you can see the storms right there on radar and it's why we have issued an nbc 10 first alert. let's get the timing of this storm and who faces the greatest risk. >> nbc 10 first alert chief meteorologist glenn "hurricane" schwartz is tracking it all for us tonight. glenn? >> some of those storms have moved into part of our area. we issued the first alert earlier today, feeling this was going to be happening later today and tonight. we have the chance of severe thunderstorms, the main threat continues to be in our pennsylvania counties and damaging winds, a possibility along with hail. we still have the possibility of some localized flooding too. a tornado watch in this area in yellow until 10:00 tonight. that has now been extended to include bucks, montgomery and
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chester counties. severe thunderstorm warnings in the orange areas and you can see there's a tremendous amount of lightning stretching from that first line that's getting closer to allentown all the way down into maryland and virginia. there we go. there's allentown, berks county right here lancaster county just getting into it right now. this orange area that is a severe thunderstorm warning and this is a very strong cell here. that area includes part of berks county part of lehigh county. that's until 6:45 p.m. once again, lot of lightning with these things and also potentially damaging winds. should hit allentown at 6:23. we will continue to track the storms and how the rest of the forecast looks in just a few minutes. we have this just in. an arrest in the case of a man's body stuffed inside a suitcase. just minutes ago, police in delaware county told us they
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have arrested a philadelphia man in the death of scott burnhesel. thomas brennan is his name. he is now facing murder charges. the victim was found not far from philadelphia international airport last month. from our jersey shore bureau, police need your help in solving a decades-old missing child mystery. tonight, investigators are taking a fresh look at a person of interest and hoping that someone can place that person near the scene of the crime. so many years ago. here's a picture of the man police suspect was at the scene of the crime in middle township back in 1991. he's in prison right now on other child sex convictions. detectives believe he looks a lot like the sketch of a man a witness saw in the area before 11-year-old mark himebaugh vanished. nbc 10's jersey shore bureau reporter ted greenberg is live with the new information. ted? >> reporter: well i'm told people have been bringing tips to this special command post that's been set up right near the spot where mark himebaugh was last seen.
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tonight, police want you to take a good look at a man who could be a key figure in the case. his name thomas butcavage jr., and if you have any memory of seeing him in cape may county in the late '80s or early '90s, middle township police want to hear from you. >> investigators have focused on any connections to cape may county in the past and that continues to be our focus. >> reporter: in the midst of a renewed push to solve the mystery, authorities now confirm that convicted sex offender is one of several persons of interest in the november 1991 disappearance of 11-year-old mark himebaugh near his middle township home. some of those who knew butcavage believe there's a strong resemblance between him and this sketch of a man seen talking with himebaugh shortly before he vanished. >> we are looking at everything that's been done in this case. >> reporter: a 1993 report in the philadelphia inquirer detailed how police searched butcavage's haverford township
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home after a tip from a male prostitute linked butcavage to the himebaugh case a claim his lawyer said he categorically denied. six years later, butcavage pleaded guilty to numerous sex crime charges involving underaged boys in chester county. he remains in prison. >> why mention his name now? after all these years? >> mr. butcavage's name has been out in the media previously so that's why we feel comfortable responding to any inquiries about him. >> reporter: police say they are also interested in hearing about any possible interaction that butcavage may have had with people here in cape may county. live in middle township, ted greenberg, nbc 10 news. we are following a developing story in south jersey right now. an arrest in the hit and run of a teenager. nbc 10 was there as 23-year-old zachary mcdonnough surrendered to police a few hours ago. once police tracked down the 2002 gray hyundai accent they say he was driving. detectives say he agreed to talk. according to investigators, he
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gave a videotaped statement admitting to yesterday's hit and run that critically injured a 17-year-old, kyle pszenny. the pennsville memorial high school football player. pszenny was riding his skateboard when he was hit. the police chief says mcdonnough told detectives he thought he hit an animal then he hid his car under a cover stolen from a neighbor. >> all they had to do was stop pull over to the side of the road realize they had hit somebody, go check on the kid, call 911. medics would have been there within minutes. they could have gotten him to the hospital fast but the kid decided to keep going. >> he is being booked on charges related to aggravated assault with a car and leaving the scene of an accident. today students at pennsville memorial high school wore blue in honor of their injured classmate. they are now praying for the quick recovery of their friend. wrong residence. investigators say an off-duty wilmington police officer was drunk when he bashed down the front door of a house that he thought was his.
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our delaware bureau reporter tim furlong found out the people that live in that house are not pleased. tim? >> reporter: no they are certainly not pleased. the court documents show the police say the officer fell asleep after drinking at a party, then thought he was going to his own house. to be clear, he lives nowhere near that rural area of middletown and why would he need to kick in the door of his own house. it happened very early saturday morning at this house in middletown, delaware state police say michael spencer got drunk at a party, fell asleep in his car and kicked in the door of what he says he believed to be his own house. the homeowner told me the story on the phone and we got the court documents with the account. they show michael spencer kicked through the door frame. the female homeowner jumped out a window. her husband held spencer at gun point. documents show spencer preetedly yelled it's a mistake, i'm scared, don't shoot, i'm black, i'm a cop. spencer is now on administrative duty but nbc 10 has learned this isn't the first time alcohol has gotten him in trouble. a few years ago, court records show a woman sued him and the city after he hit her car after
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drinking. she also alleged he went back to her apartment, handed her his gun and belt, stripped down and asked for sex. when she said no she says he fell asleep until fellow officers came and got him. i called to see exactly how that lawsuit played out. the paperwork shows spencer had previously gotten in trouble for missing work after late night partying and he once admitted to drinking and driving with his gun. i have kale outa call out to the fop tonight and i have a call in to spencer. so far he has not called me back. tim furlong, nbc 10 news. the man heading up the case against accused murderer eric frein may be losing his job. frein, you recall was the subject of a seven week manhunt. prosecutors say he ambushed two pennsylvania state troopers outside the barracks in pike county last september. investigators say frein shot and killed the two. almost two months later he was found hiding in an abandoned
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airplane hangar. the prosecutor is ray tonkin but he lost a re-election bid last month, defeated by kelly gone who says pike county voters want a d.a. who isn't obsessed with eric frein. >> it is one of the cases that brought a lot of attention to our community and certainly needs to be prosecuted to the fullest extent but we have many other issues that need to be addressed as well. >> it doesn't aid me it doesn't help or hurt me. whoever the prosecutor is is going to prosecute this case. we will defend the case. >> gone says she will pursue the death penalty for frein if she wins the november election. nbc 10 tried e-mailing and calling the d.a. but he has not responded. a local priest admitted in court today that he tried to lure children into a sexual relationship. 56-year-old mark haynes of west chester pleaded guilty to using the internet to sexually exploit children. he also admitted to having child
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pornography and then trying to destroy it as authorities closed in. federal investigators say the former priest at st. simon and jude church in west chester pretended to be a 16-year-old girl on a teen dating website. he tried to entice girls to send in sexually explicit photos. in september, he could be sentenced the life. we have new surveillance video of last week's armed robbery bank robbery in plymouth meeting. this was wednesday at the bank of america on plymouth road. you can see the suspects approach the teller window then he pulls out a gun. as he walked out, police say he fired a shot. no one was hit. investigators think the same man is responsible for a bank robbery in delaware county. philadelphia's carpenters union promises not to interfere with pope francis' visit in september. the pope will visit philadelphia on september 26th and 27th. he will deliver an outdoor mass at the end of the world meeting of families. the carpenters union has been
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protesting against the philadelphia convention center. the regional council of carpenters say it's a dispute over a deadline for signing a customer satisfaction agreement. the protests continue but today the union sent a letter to the archbishop promising not to interfere with the papal visit. count on nbc 10 to bring you new information about the upcoming papal visit. get the details fast and at your convenience using the nbc 10 news app for smartphones and tablets. tonight, we are tracking storms as well as the potential for severe weather. >> you see it approaching from the west. next at 6:00 nbc 10's chief meteorologist glenn "hurricane" schwartz with the latest on what we can expect and when. glenn? >> some of those storms are about to hit allentown and reading and eventually a good bit of the rest of the area. i will have the timing on that next. plus major markup. the new study that says hospitals are making patients pay much more than they should and why they are apparently getting away with it. information you need to know next on "nbc 10 news at 6:00."
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i'm tracking the chance for severe weather. our first alert weather technology tracking it right now. you can see those storms to our west. part of the area's under a tornado watch. the full forecast ahead in just a few minutes. >> thank you, glenn. right now we are continuing to follow breaking news out of mercer county. flames leaping from house to house here in hamilton township. this video was taken just within the hour on east state street. smoke and fire can be seen coming from at least eight rowhomes. >> the entire block in fact has been evacuated but there are no reports of anyone hurt here. we do are a crew headed to the scene on the ground. count on nbc 10 and the nbc 10 news app for any more updates. new at 6:00 hospital
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patients paying much more than the actual cost of care. a new study claims some hospitals are marking up prices by more than 1,000%. crozer chester medical center making the list of the top 50 hospitals in the u.s. with the highest markups over actual costs. it ranks 17th on the list. also on that list chestnut hill hospital, brandywine hospital hahnemann university pottstown memorial medical center. >> deanna durante has been poring over this study. >> she has a look at why prices are the way they are and what you need to know. >> reporter: chestnut hill hospital ranks number five on that list and while the study's author says it appears hospitals are price gouging, we did reach out to all six hospitals and they tell us a very different story. from phoenixville to center city chester to chestnut hill hospitals we spoke to today say they disagree with the bay anderson study released late this afternoon and names the
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hospitals as marking up prices ten times the costs allowed by medicaid. >> we do not have knowledge [ inaudible ]. >> reporter: dr. bay says she got the idea for the study five years ago. a cpa and ph.d. she says she couldn't understand the hospital bill when her son was born. the year-long study looked at 4,000 hospitals and what they bill patients covered by private insurance, medicaid and medicare, and found those with top tier health plans were billed far less than those who are not. you use the term price gouging. >> woi say that yes. >> reporter: the hospitals on the list have written statements, this statement from pottstown says this report does not accurately portray what consumers pay for health care. they say in 2014 they had 23 million charity cases, where those patients paid nothing for their health care. the hospitals tell me charity programs exist where patients are billed but the real costs to them are zero.
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we checked in with the hospital and health system of pennsylvania, it's a lobbying group that represents many of these hospitals, and they tell us here's what consumers should be doing. if you have financial concerns ask to speak to a financial administrative person from the hospital. also know the limits of your individual insurance policy. some may have different rules when it comes to in network versus out of network costs and if you're concerned about emergency room costs, you can ask about that ahead of time. also, all the hospitals tell us they have charity cases and they also have other cases where they offer discounts and negotiated rates to those insurance companies. deanna durante, nbc 10 news. we have a big cluster of showers and thunderstorms headed closer and closer to much of our area. we issued a first alert on that this morning and are tracking those storms right now, and we even have a tornado chance in one or two spots.
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the risks for these storms kind of multiple. heavy rain risk if some of these storms bump into each other or move over the same spot. lot of lightning in the storms. also gusty potentially damaging winds, also some hail and the chance of even a tornado. right now, we have temperatures that are in the 80s across much of the area. we have 70s at the shore and 68 in reading which is just about to get hit with a really big thunderstorm. the watches and warnings we have a tornado watch, this area in yellow until 10:00. the orange areas are severe thunderstorm warnings. they have now been extended through the allentown area and bethlehem and easton at least until 6:45. you can see why. these storms right on top of the allentown and reading areas, harrisburg has been pounded this afternoon. that's moving into lancaster county.
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that's the strongest storm, the one hitting allentown at 6:33 bethlehem at 6:41. that's the core of this storm. may get a little rain before then. reading is getting the rain right now but you can see the worst of the lightning is north near kutztown and farther to the south so reading is getting a heavy storm but not the worst of this particular cell. you can see on the hour by hour future cast it just keeps, this thing moving straight in to the delaware valley. by later this evening, 10:00, 11:00, into new jersey, into delaware. a lot of places are going to end up with rain before the night is over. that's not necessarily the end of it. there's more back to the west that could be moving in later tonight and even some showers around for the morning hours. the temperatures will continue to climb tomorrow most of the day dry, especially in the afternoon. for tonight, the scattered thunderstorms spreading west to
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east. 69 for the low in philadelphia, 66 north and west. tomorrow, the showers more likely in the morning than the afternoon, actually and it's going to be warm again. highs in the mid to upper 80s. it will be a warm to hot week. 87 without the rain wednesday, 91 thursday 93 on friday with a chance of thunderstorms. little better chance on saturday as we still get hot and humid. i'm john clark live at the nova care complex for the eagles. when does sam bradford hope to be ready for full team activities?
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hey, i'm john clark live at the eagles novacare complex. for more practices and sam bradford today did more than he did last week. he keeps doing more and more. he estimates he's doing 10% to 15% more than last week and he hopes to be ready for training camp august 2nd. take a look at sam bradford in action today. he did more of the seven-on-seven drills. he says it's difficult not taking all the reps in practice. he's still trying to build relationships with the players during the workouts and he says they are sticking to a detailed recovery plan with the help of his knee surgeon, dr. james andrews. for now, sam says everything is progressing well and the knee is holding up and feeling good. >> my body is trying to adjust back to game speed. you know i think there's only so much you can do when you throw when i'm on the indoor out with the guys but when you get out there and are actually
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running plays it forces you to pick up your tempo a little bit. i think it's been good pushing my knee like i have the past couple weeks. >> and how about tim tebow? he says he's feeling more comfortable this week after today's ota practice. he's getting more comfortable learning the offense and also using his new mechanics that he's worked on being out of football the last few years. >> yeah, i feel like i'm getting better. there's a read or two that i would have liked to have got better and done better on. but you know just trying to get out here with all these guys and improve every single day. i feel like i'm making those steps. >> and look who stopped by eagles practice today. sixers coach brett brown. of course, he has known chip kelly a long time. both of them are from new england. brett talked with eagles owner jeffrey lurie who is from new england as well. brett brown was proud of the eagles' effort today.
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the phillies are opening up a series in cincinnati. ruben amaro signed a pitcher, kevin correia, to hopefully take innings away from the bull pen that's being worked right now. expect him to make some starts for the phillies. i'm john clark. more at 11:00. you that their new sirloin third pound burger won't be around long. if you miss out, you'll never know how delicious 100% sirloin tastes. and that'd be a gosh darn shame. try any one for just $4.99. the sirloin third pound burgers at mcdonald's ♪
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the evening. >> thanks for watching. >> the news continues with "nbc nightly news." on this monday night the manhunt for two killers. their bold and crafty escape from a maximum security prison breaking through brick walls, cutting through steel, crawling through pipes to freedom. tonight the urgent search to find them. also inside the escape plan from the intricate route they took to get out to the power tools they would have needed to break through. how did they pull it off unnoticed? was it excessive force? a police officer seen forcing a young woman to the ground and pulling a gun at a pool party. but tonight we're hearing from neighbors who say there's more to the story you don't see. and the new cholesterol drug that could be a game changer. the first major advancement in lowering bad cholesterol in more than 20 years. "nightly news" begins right now.

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