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ceremony honoring ed snider who pushed them over the top? good evening, i'm jacqueline london. we'll get to the action at the wells fargo center in just a moment but we begin with the latest on the philadelphia police officer shot. skyforce 10 over the scene as officer james mccullough was released from penn presbyterian hospital tonight. police arrested scott griffin earlier today accused of shooting mccullough in the leg last night. nbc 10 was there moments after griffin was taken into custody and the 23-year-old has a long rap sheet having been arrested 14 times before today. nbc 10's denise nakano live at police headquarters with new information on griffin's most recent run-in with police. >> reporter: jacqueline, he'd been sitting in jail for a month just released six days ago for lack of evidence in a preliminary hearing. he's back here in custody at headquarters in homicide while the officer he's accused of shooting is back at home with his family. officer james mccullough got a
police escort from penn presbyterian hospital tonight 24 hours after a gunman shot him in the line of duty. nbc 10 on the ground and skyforce 10 in the air during a two-year veteran officer's ride back home to a waiting family. this as we uncover new details of accused shooter scott griffin and the days leading up to sunday's crime. court records show griffin's 14 prior arrests involving theft, drugs and weapons. and just five days before officer mccullough's shooting a judge dropped charges against griffin for theft and weapons violations during an april 12th preliminary hearing. the judge cited l.o.e., lack of evidence in the case, stemming from a march 17th arrest. the d.a.'s office tells nbc 10 two witnesses failed to show up for the hearing. the d.a.'s office refiled charges the next day but by then, griffin was back on the street. and by week's end, police say griffin along with alleged accomplice samir coyett robbed a man at gunpoint, tried to carjack a woman and shot officer
mccullough. >> come up on that individual and don't want to go back into the system so they'll do anything to get away . >> reporter: narcotics officers took griffin into custody today. >> i seen all the cars and had one guy. >> reporter: sources say he was armed with the same silver and black handgun believed to be used in the shoot of officer mccullough. >> too many guns out here. >> reporter: sources tell me that griffin is speaking with detectives. he is likely going to be charged tomorrow with robbery and attempted murder of a police officer. reporting live from police headquarters, denise nakano, nbc 10 news. and count on nbc 10 for continuing coverage of this story. you can find the latest updates on nbc10.com. now to the flyers' quest for the cup. and after racing out to an early 1-0 lead, the wheels came off. the flyers falling to the capitals 6-1.
even tougher to swallow after the team honored ed snider prior to the game. nbc 10's keith jones is live from south philadelphia with reaction to an emotional night on and off the night. >> reporter: that's right. a very special night. fans watching the action on the ice while celebrating a man that's memorialized here at the wells fargo center. ed snider, flyers chairman and ceo, as it says there, a flyer forever. in front of a sellout crowd -- >> this past monday we lost our founder. >> reporter: -- there's one big empty seat. ♪ god bless america >> reporter: but it's clear flyer s founder and chairman ed snider's spirit lives on. >> it was the most emotional night i've ever been out there. >> reporter: philadelphia recording artist lauren hart -- ♪ god bless america daughter of late great announcer gene hart dons a custom jersey, 67 for the year the orange and
black joined the nhl, snydidsni anymore on her shoulder. >> they're family. >> reporter: she spent time with him last week. he passed away two days later. >> i thought it would be important for him to hear his building. you don't hear it on a television the way you feel it, you know, when it's live and you're right there. >> reporter: and the energy was palpab palpable. t-shirts with ed snider's silhouette and the logo he created handed out to fans. meanwhile, just outside, a makeshift memorial created by the flyers faithful. >> it's amazing, like, just you feel the energy from everybody. just, the lights in there, like everyone wants to be leer for that. >> everybody i know, flyers nation, you know, he brought so much joy to so many people and we'll never forget him for that. >> reporter: that's right. flyer fans won't forget him. this series has to go to seven games. they might have lost tonight 6-1, but they play the
washington capitals back here in philadelphia on wednesday night. for now we're live at the wells fargo center, keith jones, nbc 10 news. new at 11:00, we learned at least one american died in that powerful earthquake that rocked ecuador over the weekend. the state department isn't releasing the victim's name yet. meanwhile, the number of dead has now topped 400. rescuers continue to pull survivors from the rubble. the 7.8 magnitude quake flattened buildings and buckled roads. aid workers from all over the world are on their way to help. maurice phillips is facing third-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and endangering the welfare of a child. police say phillips confessed to shooting his 4-year-old daughter but not until after trying to pin it on one of his other children. tonight, the community is coming together. nbc 10's brandon hudson attended a vigil in kensington as family and friends remember a young life taken too soon.
>> reporter: days after maurice phillips turned himself in to philadelphia police, his family is still reeling after this tragedy. today, we saw the community unite and rally around the family of a little girl who police say was accidentally shot and killed. for a few moments, it was as if time stood still at this vigil on east mayfield street. friends, neighbors, and strangers embraced each other to support tahirah phillips' mom during the painful loss of her 4-year-old daughter. tahirah's mom and grandmother were too heartbroken to speak but her grandfather shared his thoughts. >> my world. i mean, this is crazy. she's a 4-year-old girl. never went to school. >> reporter: on saturday, little tahirah was shot and killed inside her kensington home. philadelphia police say maurice phillips was playing with a gun when it fired. a bullet hit and killed his 4-year-old daughter.
police say phillips tried to make it appear as if his other daughter was responsible before he eventually turned himself in. >> we love you, tahirah. >> reporter: today we returned to where the shooting happened. the same place we're told tahirah's mom hasn't been able to stay since her daughter died. >> it's a shock, for real. kids are getting shot. we're getting too old for this. we got to stop killing each other. >> reporter: dozens of people gathered in the street and listened from their window. >> that could have been withdyo that could have been your kids. >> reporter: community activists who organized this moment of reflection and message to put your guns away. >> that shows you for other parents, you know, to have guns in the house, that's the perfect example of how not to behave with a gun around children. >> let people know if you have guns in your home, please, please, tonight, go and put that gun away. get it away from the children. >> reporter: the last person you heard in this story was mel wells. he told us he's helping the
family out with meals and funeral expenses. maurice phillips is still in jail tonight. in center city, brandon hudson, nbc 10 news. what a great night to get outside for some fresh air. a lot of people sporting shorts and t-shirts tonight in center city. how long will this great weather last? let's get our nbc 10 first alert neighborhood weather with chief meteorologist glenn "hurricane" schwartz. i would love for this to stick around for the long haul, glenn. >> well, we're going to get some more of it eventually, but we are seeing changes. we're starting to see some cooler air. it's in the 50s in parts of the area. this is the kind of temperature map that you generally see around, but we can get much more specific with our neighborhood weather and tonight we're going to start in the lehigh valley where you can see the temperature contrast in some of the valleys like whitehall at 59 degrees. landon at 59. warnersville, though, at 69 degrees. now, we have dry and warm
weather today. it's just going to turn to dry and mild. it's not going to be that cool. let's take a look at the neighborhood forecasts for tomorrow. these are the low temperature. the high temperature for the day. no rain anywhere, but you don't see the 80s either. at the shore, though, it's actually going it be warmer because it's going to be a land breeze instead of a sea breeze. more on neighborhood forecasts and a ten-day coming up in a few minutes. now to an update on the investigation into this month's deadly amtrak derailment in delaware county. federal crash investigators say a backhoe operator had a right to be on the tracks the day he was hit and killed by a train. in a new report, the ntsb says the track the backhoe was operating on was shut down for maintenance periodically over a four-day period. it's unclear if the track in chester was closed to trains at the exact time of the april 3rd crash. tonight, police are investigating a crash that
killed a crossing guard in mercer county. skyforce 10 was over the scene in trenton this afternoon. police say the crossing guard was crossing route 129 when he was hit and killed by a chevy avalanche truck. the victim has not been identified. in decision 2016, the presidential candidates will face off in new york's primary tomorrow, but republican ted cruz won't be in the empire state. instead, he'll be in our area. the senator will hold an election night watch party in philadelphia as he awaits new york's results to come in. he's currently polling third in new york. today cruz met with supporters at an american legion post in maryland. donald trump says he will win his home state of new york and go on to win the republican nomination. that's what he told a crowd of more than 11,000 supporters in buffalo tonight. according to the latest polls, trump is leading his opponents by double digits in new york. john kasich also hit the campaign trail in the state
today. he was in syracuse and he failed to speculate about how he might do in tomorrow's primary but hopes to pick up more delegates. now to the democrats who have their eye on the prize in pennsylvania. bernie sanders will hold a rally at penn state tomorrow night. hillary clinton is set to campaign in philadelphia wednesday. the gap is narrowing between the democratic rivals. a new nbc news/"wall street journal" poll shows clinton leads sanders by just two points nationally. 50% of all democratic primary voters support clinton, while 48% back sanders. just last month, clinton had a nine-point advantage. it's almost time for our primaries. pennsylvania and delaware hold their primary elections april 26th. new jersey voters go to the polls june 7th. a former new jersey college student in trouble with the law. how a series of tweets could put her behind bars.
clash of the monster machines. two construction vehicles go toe to toe. what touched off the bulldozer battle. well, spring's going to be back in the air tomorrow after a summer-like start to the week. the cooler air moves in. how long it stays in place and when you can expect to see rain. joe sestak supports a plan that the new york timesfactreported makes cuts to social security benefits. and the
plan raises the retirement age.
a former leader of a black student group at a north jersey college has admitted to tweeting anonymous threats against black students. today kayla mcelvy completed guilty to creating a false public alarm. prosecutors say the
former teen university student tweeted those threats because she wanted more people to attend a rally on racial issues last fall. keen university is located in union, new jersey. she is facing a possible sentence of 90 days in jail. tonight the heroin crisis took center stage in philadelphia. nbc 10 at northeast high schools for the first of a serious of
community meetings on the topic. city councilman david oe is urging people affected by the drug to share their stories. tonight, he got feedback from neighbors about methadone clinics that help wean addicts off of the drug. city council plans to hold hearings on the heroin crisis next month. and nbc 10 digital exclusive, generation addicted, takes a hard look at the heroin epidemic. you'll find it now on the nbc 10 app and nbc10.com. a night out for a cause. nbc 10 in gloucester county for the annual taste of community fund-raiser. attendees sampled foods from dozens of restaurants. the proceeds went to the volunteer center of south jersey, an organization that helps non-profits throughout the area. parts of houston, texas, are under water after more than a foot of rain fell in just 24 hours. people are trapped in homes across the city. major highways are under water. and public transit is shut down.
police blame at least four deaths on the extreme weather. now your nbc 10 first alert weather with chief meteorologist glenn "hurricane" schwartz. >> some parts of the houston area got up to 20 inches of rain. we've been stuck in a dry weather pattern. they're stuck in the wet weather pattern. they're all related. we've got clear skies tonight. of course, it's warmer in city than it is in the suburbs. this is one way to show it on our neighborhood weather. and forecast for tomorrow morning, of course, a little bit warmer in the city than it will be, let's say, in south jersey and in the lehigh valley. and speaking of the difference between the city and the suburbs, we can obviously get a lot more detail now that we have our neighborhood weather and courtesy of our partners at weather underground, we get all of this data and 58 degrees in summerton, the coolest spot in the city of philadelphia.
but if we go toward some of the western suburbs, look how cool it is. it's 53 degrees in unionville right now. 59 in avondale. 55 at lincoln university. 54 in oxford. we can show you that kind of detail for every county in the area. now, we're going from the summer warmth today back to spring. it's not too extreme, but we're dropping. it was 82 today. even 83 in allentown. 74 tomorrow. 66 degrees on wednesday. we are dropping that much and it's still just going back toward average. but our pollen levels are way above average. and they're going to stay that way. super high tuesday and wednesday. tomorrow, we're going to get more wind. this is going to blow the pollen around a lot more. so tomorrow is going to be a difficult day for allergy sufferers. we're going to see high, thin clouds. all that moisture down by houston has moved offshore but
it's not getting any closer to us. as we go through the day tomorrow, once again, the neighborhood forecast showing us the temperatures into the 70s. not the 80s. but that's not too cool. and it's not wet at all. so no rain during the day tomorrow. here's south jersey and the shore. temperatures in the 60s for the most part. and the ten-day forecast, 74 down to 66 then we're going right back up. 75 on thursday. the next shot of rain not until friday. the weekend is looking pretty good. saturday. and there's sunday's forecast of dry weather and near 70 degrees. so, yeah, we don't have to be up to 82 degrees to be nice and pleasant. it was a great night for baseball and it's going to be more great weather for that. but the allergy sufferers would like to see some rain. >> i know. it's just the beginning of the great weather. so many people were out over the weekend and today was perfect.
>> yeah, it was a great weekend, too. >> yeah. glenn, thank you. talk about a demolition derby. an argument between construction workers in beijing, china, turned into an all-out bulldozer battle. bulldozers rammed each other as other drivers tried to get out of their way. turns out the workers were from two companies competing for business. it's unclear if anyone was hurt. a lot of us hurt with the flyers' loss, john. >> yeah, the flyers were riding a lot of emotion to start the game but what happened in the third period and one flyer says what the fans did can't happen. that is next.
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this is "sports desk" brought to you by xfinity. x1 from xfinity will change the way you experience today. >> hey, i'm john clark from comcast sportsnet. game three,s flyers/capitals. started off so well for the flyers but ended so badly. here we go. first home flyers game without ed snider. wonderful pregame ceremony. his initials were behind the net. and what an emotional start. less than a minute in, michael raffl on the rebound. first lead of the series for the flyers but washington's power play continues to hurt the flyers. take a look at this. yeah. 1-1. then second period, alex ovechkin, look at this shot. off the bench. 2-1, capitals. and then it just keeps on coming from the capitals. and toward the end of the game in the third period, the flyers let it get away from them. they had a tough couple calls and then the fans, some fans started throwing bracelets and things on the ice.
the flyers got assessed a penalty for it. flyers lose 6-1. if ed snider were watching this, the players know he would not have been pleased. >> i don't know, i don't think he would have been too happy with it. i'm pretty sure he's not too happy with that obviously. some of it is, you know, self-inflicted but, you know, others -- you know, i think the whole fan situation there, i know they're understandably upset, but i know that can't happen. >> not too fun. you know, we -- we take a lot of pride from playing in front of our fans and want to play hard and that's our identity. >> you know, obviously we pulled the game away and they weren't interested if plays anymore. and so, you know, we ended up on the power play for the last seven or eight minutes and, you know, i just thought it was, you know, it wasn't -- it wasn't good for the game. >> strong comments there from the capitals coach. flyers have been outscored 12-2 in this series.
game four wednesday on comcast sportsnet. on to the phillies against the mets across the street. ten hits against phillies' pitching. four home runs. david wright had two of them. mets beat the phillies 5-2. eagles begin a minicamp tomorrow. fletcher cox not expected to be there. it's not mandatory. it's the first under the new coach. cox is taking longer than expected to sign him but howie roseman says that is still the plan. >> no. fletcher cox is going to be on our team. he's going to be on our team going forward. we're not trading fletcher cox. we're trying to sign him. we're trying to extend him. we're trying to do something that all us can feel really good about. >> fletcher cox will be here. i'm john clark. we're right back. narrator: looking out for wall street ceos - that's what congressman sestak did. sestak was one of only
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for 7-year-old cancer survivor, cameron mccarthy. cameron left ai dupont hospital in wilmington after her 17th and final chemotherapy treatment. she got a police escort and a limo ride back to aston delaware county. look at those glasses. her friends and family cheered her on. cameron was diagnosed with bone cancer last spring but as of today thankfully we can say she is cancer free. >> in the beginning you feel like, you know, you're never going to get there. so for her to have her last chemotherapy treatment today is amazing. >> cameron's family says she's doing okay and expect her to get stronger every single day. she's a rock star. look at her. but you can imagine in the beginning it's so hard for families and the end of the road seems so far away. >> it's a lot of progress made in the last decade or so and a lot of promise for future decades as well. and as science advances in every
area, you try to change things and that's one of the things we've done with that five-day forecast with the neighborhood weather and more of that coming in the days to come. >> for glenn, all of us here, thanks for watching. i'm jacqueline london. hope to see you back here tomorrow. good night. do you think when you are president you'll be paid as...
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