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stopped at night, snatched from behind by a sexual predator. someone knows this attacker. police want you to step up. but we begin with breaking news tonight. ted cruz drops out of the presidential race, bringing donald trump one step closer to the white house. >> nbc 10's denise enacto is live. democrats and republicans are calling trump the presumptive gop nominee. >> jim and jacquelin, the chairman of the republican national committee took to twitter. he called for the gop to unite in its support of trump as the presumptive nominee as democrats take new aim. a landslide victory in indiana for donald trump. >> we had a tremendous victory tonight. it was a tremendous victory. >> reporter: his biggest challenger, senator ted cruz, suspending his presidential campaign. cruz made the announcement in front of a crowd of supporters
in indianapolis. >> from the beginning, i've said that i would continue on as long as there was a viable path to victory. tonight, i'm sorry to say -- it appears that path has been foreclosed. >> reporter: cruz's campaign fell short, despite pulling out all the stops in indiana. now trump leads the way, picking up all of the state's 57 delegates. on the democratic side, bernie sanders wins the indiana primary in an upset against hillary clinton. he spoke with supporters just outside louisville, kentucky. >> we understand, and i do not deny it for one second, that we have an uphill battle in front of us. >> reporter: hillary clinton is focused on the general election, her campaign quiet tonight, and trump says he's focused on beating her. >> we're going after hillary clinton. >> reporter: well, clinton's campaign came out with a statement late tonight, calling trump too big of a risk who
"seeks to bully and divide americans." live in the digital operations center, denise nakano. >> and trump and clinton are zeroing in on the delegation. >> both with delegate leads. trump catapulted his delegate count north of 2,000, less than 200 delegates from the nomination. sanders' win added to his delegate total, but the vermont senator still sits 800 behind clinton, who needs just a fraction of that number to look up the democratic bid. if you have the nbc 10 app, you got the results as soon as they came in. stay with the loop with a free download. stalked, attacked and fighting for her life. police release this new video of a young woman who managed to escape a man who tried to sexually assault her. >> nbc 10's brandon hudson is live tonight in south philadelphia where this happened. brandon? >> reporter: jim and jacquelin, this is the first time we're seeing this surveillance video.
a woman was walking down this sidewalk. she knew she was being followed. then she was attacked. police have no leads, but they really want to get this guy off the streets. they're hoping surveillance video from these cameras will help. an attacker waiting for his chance to strike. but when he does, his unsuspecting victim fights back. philadelphia police shared surveillance video of april 20th's attempted sex assault in south philadelphia that has neighbors on alert. >> it's pretty horrifying. >> reporter: laura chance told us she heard and saw the struggle outside her apartment on wharton street. >> i wasn't sure what was going on until i heard the woman scream "fire," when you i know to be code for sexual assault. i raised my windows, tried to find out where she was. >> reporter: we showed her the video from that night. for her, it was a little tough to watch. >> at the point where i had seen them, they had made it on to the street, but this is awful. >> reporter: police say at 1:30 in the morning, the attacker stalked, then jumped the 19-year-old woman. the victim fought him off,
hitting him in the throat and pepper-spraying him before he ran off. during the fight you see what looks like a gun tucked in the suspect's waistband. >> if it is a gun, we're happy that he didn't have the opportunity to use it. >> reporter: since the attack, police have passed out crime bulletins to warn neighbors. >> i was happy they put the crime bulletin out so all the neighbors knew. >> reporter: this doesn't deter you from living in this neighborhood, does it. >> not at all. >> reporter: police commend the woman for being aware of her situation and being prepared. and they have a vague description, a 37-year-old man, 225 pounds and 5'7". if you recognize the man in that video, philadelphia police want to talk to you. live in south philly, brandon hudson, nbc 10 news. new video tonight shows two men in a brawl with a pair of philadelphia school police officers. we're told the officers stepped in after these guys attacked a northeast high school student yesterday afternoon. police say a third suspect joined in the fight. a witness talks about how upsetting it was to watch.
>> savage. that's savage. it shouldn't happen that way. the police are a pillar of the community. that's what we believe. >> one officer was sent to the hospital with a broken jaw. philadelphia police hope you'll recognize the men in the video. to the weather now, and finally some drier weather out there. no umbrellas out in rittenhouse square tonight, but it's going to be a different story tomorrow. >> as you can see from nbc 10 first alert radar, the rain is on its way back and it could impact our morning commute. meteorologist sheena parveen is here with our nbc 10 neighborhood weather. >> the rain is on the way back for tomorrow. and really, we're still sitting in this unsettled weather pattern. we're not going to see much of a change until the weekend. so you notice storms down to our south, some rain approaching areas like lancaster county. currently, if we zoom in here, the clouds are still pretty much locked in place through most of the area. light showers moving into parts of lancaster county, but tomorrow morning we will see more in the way of rain again.
for tonight, though, overnight just mostly cloudy. this is our planner. temperatures not really moving too much overnight. by 7:00 tomorrow morning, take a look at the area seeing the rain. allentown, quakertown, reading, expect rain for the morning commute. philadelphia mostly cloudy, could see light showers. closer to lunchtime, the rain chances increase through more of the area. we'll take a look at the timing of this and changes for your weekend coming up. developing news tonight. the biggest recall in u.s. history is nearly doubling. it involves exploding airbags. sources tell nbc news that 35 to 40 million takata airbag inflaters are being added to the recall list. right now the recall involves 14 manufacturers, and that list could grow. with a jury now selected, congressman shaka fatah remains confident as his corruption trial moves forward. >> congressman, how do you feel about your chances here?
>> it's a great day. >> several famous names came out in court today. on that list, president obama, vice president biden and locals, including ed rendell. now, it's unclear which side will bring those names into the case and who will actually testify. fattah and four others are accused of misusing grant and campaign funds. tonight the hunt is on for an inmate who escaped a south jersey prison just 19 days before he was scheduled to be paroled. arthur buckle was missing at bed check this morning at the ankara psychiatric hospital at bayside state prison. you'll notice a small tattoo under his left eye. corrections officers and local police in three towns canvassed wooded areas, camps and rural neighborhoods. so far, no sign of buckle. it is the second time an inmate escaped this same psychiatric unit in the past six months. nbc 10 has learned wilmington police wrapped up their internal investigation of the officer-involved shooting of a man in a wheelchair.
[ shots ] officers killed jeremy mcdole in his wheelchair back in september. they were called to the scene after reports of a man firing a gun. new court documents show the city believed the officers were justified in shooting him. investigators say mcdole had a revolver and that residue on his hands indicates he fired the gun before police arrived. what is in our water? that was the topic of discussion tonight at the academy of natural sciences in center city. lead in the water, as you know, has become a hot-button issue after the water contamination crisis in flint, michigan. the panel talked about ways to protect your family from ingesting dangerous levels of lead. an alarming discovery. >> what your nbc 10 investigators found affects grieving loved ones across the tri-state. we're going to show you what our cameras uncovered inside this room. plus, why some say it can't be stopped. and the rainy, cool pattern,
we've got some bodies in here that shouldn't be in here. >> tonight, an nbc 10 investigation takes you inside an unlicensed funeral home. >> you're not doing funerals, you're not preparing bodies for burial? >> this is not the first time we've seen problems in an industry meant to help families in mourning. >> he should have been in a refrigerator or something. >> bodies have been discovered unrefrigerated. >> smelled it and noticed there was bodies in there. >> and funeral directors charged with abuse of a corpse. now tonight, we investigate the oversight of the funeral industry. >> how does a situation like that happen?
>> this is an investigation that got more bizarre by the day. it started with your nbc 10 investigators finding bodies inside an unlicensed funeral home. >> and it led investigative reporter mitch blacher to questions regulators didn't want to answer and a revelation about the leader of the state board of funeral directors. >> reporter: lewis hunt took us inside his building for rent in chester. the licensed funeral director knew no one was supposed to be inside preparing for funerals because the building isn't a licensed funeral home. yet, in the main room, we saw his former business partner and tenant, lashaun johns, standing over a casket with a body inside. hunt took us into the back room, where we found another casket and a corpse inside. minutes after we walked in, the chester police showed up and asked everyone to step outside. deputy commissioner otis blair gave us this confirmation. >> two bodies in the process of
being prepared for viewing. >> sir, are you a licensed funeral director? >> are you, sir? >> i'm calling my attorney. >> reporter: according to state records, johns is not a licensed funeral director. he's a licensed funeral trainee, meaning he has to work under the supervision of a licensed funeral director. >> for months now i've been trying to let the board know that there's been unlicensed activity going on in the building. >> reporter: mr. johns, how are you doing? mitch blacher with the nbc 10 investigators. when we went back to ask johns about his business, he again told us to call his lawyer but wouldn't give us a number or tell us who his lawyer is. >> are you working as a funeral director? you're not doing funerals? you're not preparing bodies for burial? >> reporter: it's not the first time recently we've seen unlicensed activity in a pennsylvania funeral home. last summer we saw it twice in one week in philadelphia. first police discovered decomposing bodies in blair hawkins' unlicensed funeral home. days later, they found three
decomposing in an unrefrigerated philadelphia garage. state records show janet powell-daley ran an unlicensed funeral home for three years. both powell-daley and hawkins were charged with abuse of a corpse and are awaiting trial. hawkins said he wouldn't talk to us until his trial ends. powell-daley and her lawyer haven't returned our calls. how does a situation like that happen? >> you know what, i don't know. i just -- i don't know. i mean, this is a tough industry. >> reporter: gregory burrell has been a member of the state funeral board for six years. as chairman, he was in charge of overseeing the industry. but when we went to harrisburg to see how the board weeds out unlicensed activity, we watched them weed out burrell. >> all those in favor, say aye. >> aye. >> reporter: he was removed as chairman because state records show he allowed his funeral home's license to lapse for four days in february. >> i think it's a technicality, because we were not -- i mean,
the license were going for three days. and i mean, the check and the applications were in the mail to get there on time so we would not be late. >> reporter: according to the department of state, he ran west terry's funeral home without a license from february 1st to february 5th. according to the terry funeral home website, it performed two funerals during that time. farrell said he thought his license was active. >> it is barrffling to me becau i know we wrote the checks way in advance, way in advance. >> reporter: the funeral board can issue fines and revoke licenses, but whether it's the board chairman or someone such as lesean johns, our investigation found the state powerless to stop the unlicensed from performing funerals. >> we do not have the statutory authority to actually stop a person from practicing. >> reporter: peter speaks is the deputy secretary in charge of pennsylvania's professional licensing. court records show the state regulator tried to shut down powell's funeral home last fall
in philadelphia but couldn't. state law requires proof of immediate and irreparable harm of the living. >> how good can you be at that job if you can't stop them from practicing? >> we can be effective to the extent that we are bringing attention to the fact that they are practicing without a license. >> reporter: now, we all know planning a funeral can be a stressful time. this is the website that you need to check out so you make sure you're dealing with someone r reputable. you can search the pennsylvania look-up page by name to see if someone is licensed. they also list unlicensed funeral homes that inspectors know about. we have links on nbc10.com so you can search for yourself. for the investigators, i'm mitch blacher, nbc 10 news. a sanctuary for local catholics is soon closing its doors. today the sisters of the blessed sacrament announced they are
selling the historic national shrine of st. catherine drexel. she is the second american-born person ever to be canonized. her remains will be transferred from the property to the basilica in philadelphia. remembering the holocaust. >> a local community honored the millions who lost their lives. the resource center hosted the service tonight held at the beth judah congregation. local holocaust survivors were honored at tonight's memorial service. and a big night for dozens of teachers in the philadelphia school district. >> the ninth annual lynnback distinguished teachers awards were held. we were there for the prince theater ceremony on chestnut street. 50 high school teachers received the award tonight. the lynnback award is given to exemplary teachers throughout the district. also big honors for nurses in camden county tonight. nbc 10 in cherry hill for cooper university health care's nursing
excellence awards. 21 cooper nurses were recognized for their outstanding commitment to patient care. it's tech week in philadelphia, and to celebrate, more than a dozen female leaders in a number of technology fields were honored tonight. nbc 10 in center city for the second annual rad awards. local women were recognized for inspiring others to reach their professional goals. >> it was inspiring tonight not to have some rain around. a brief respite. >> i know. what a great break from that, sheena. yeah, a little bit of a break. only a short break, because tomorrow morning, parts of the area will be dealing with it again for the morning commute. but we're dry right now, mostly cloudy with our neighborhood temperatures 54 in philadelphia, low 50s through most of new jersey, mid-50s delaware, around 50 degrees at the shore. pennsylvania's suburbs coming in around 50 degrees right now. we'll take a close-up look at mostly mid to low 50s. 53 unionville. 54 phoenixville. with our neighborhood weather,
don't forget your seven-day forecast always scrolling at the bottom of the screen. we update that for you every single day so you'll never mess that. now looking in montgomery and bucks county, doylestown 52, elroy 53, ft. washington 52, gladwyne coming in at 52 degrees. so temperatures haven't really moved too much from this afternoon. and tomorrow we're still going to struggle to get near 60 degrees. it's going to be another cool, rainy day. the weather pattern still very unsettled. cloudy skies right now. thunderstorms just off to our south and farther off to our south and west. and this is going to be kind of the case as we go into tomorrow. not so much in the way of thunderstorm activity, but you see the rain just off to our south and west. that's going to move in as we go through the early-morning hours. so, we do have rain in the forecast for the morning commute and even through the afternoon. so, the weather story, cold and damp. that's going to continue -- or cloudy and damp, but also cool. that's going to continue as we go into the end of this week. here's future weather, 8:30 in
the morning. showers, especially through the lehigh valley and maybe our pennsylvania suburbs. so, in the morning, some of you will be dealing with some light rain. the weather pattern just stays rainy through the afternoon. by 2:00 p.m., scattered showers, a little more widespread. by 5:30, we could be looking at some heavy rain for the evening commute around philadelphia, up to trenton, possibly along the shore, too. then we go into thursday, and thursday's going to be a day where we're just cloudy, but we may have some sprinkles around. friday, though, we're going to watch an area of low pressure offshore. that's expected to give us some potentially heavy rain and wind. and if you're along the shore, you could see possibly some localized flooding there by the afternoon, though, we do start to clear out a lot more. so, just have the umbrella as we go through the rest of this week. by the weekend, though, nice improvement, sunny with temperatures back in the 70s. now's your chance to hop on board the craft beer revolution. get it, hop? the annual craft brewing conference and expo is happening
right now at the pennsylvania convention center. more than 36 craft brewers are expected to attend. it runs through friday. hey, john. sam bradford's agent speaks again, and villanova with another big buzzer-beater. we'll explain. ryan howard loves being home in st. louis, but phillies pitching steals the show again. it's all next. [ soft music ] e.t. phone home. when you find something you love, you can never get enough of it. change the way you experience tv with xfinity x1.
>> announcer: this is "sports desk" brought to you by xfinity. i'm john clark from comcast sportsnet. phillies' pitching continues to shock people. this is unbelievable. tonight in st. louis, first of all, the offense, the only offense. ryan howard loves doing damage in his hometown. scoreless until the sixth.
big piece goes deep. he has four homers this year that have won games. phillies up 1-0. that is all aaron nolan needs. he's pitched 20 straight scoreless innings, seven strikeouts. phillies win 1-0. that's six shutouts, most in baseball. the phillies had seven all of last season. on to the eagles. sam bradford's agent, tom con don reiterates, sam will not be coming to eagles voluntary camps. sam wants to be traded and condon says there is no competition. warson wentz now a "sports illustrated" cover boy. he is on the regional cover of "si," so i don't think the "si" jinx applies to regional covers. it is the year of big shots for villanova. they won the national championship with kris jenkins' buzzer-beater. bang. tonight raptors down three, seconds left. former wildcat kyle lowry beats the buzzer. wow. that is to tie up game one against the heat, sending it to overtime. but the raptors lose to miami,
changing philadelphia through black art. look how gorgeous that is. that was the mission of the celebration of black arts festival, which began on the avenue of the arts tonight. visitors explore the concept of beauty through different artforms. very nice. and look at this. in burlington county, an elementary school cafeteria is a lot more colorful. look at this. tonight students unveiled a new mosaic tile mural they've spent months working on. fifth graders worked with neil patterson to create the fruit-themed work of art. they did a great job. >> yeah. that's the only thing that will brighten up our week, that beautiful artwork. >> yeah. >> because it's dreary. pretty much, but you have to look ahead to the weekend,
because we are working for the weekend, aren't we? so we have to look ahead. >> yes. >> and we have to look ahead to the sunshine. we'll see more in the way of sun, finally warmer temperatures. but tomorrow's going to be another day like today. so, here's your ten-day forecast. tomorrow we're going to have some morning fog around. it's going to be another day with the morning showers scattered through the afternoon. thursday, cloudy skies. >> is that cloudy? >> jim looks confused. are you talking about thursday? that's a fog symbol, jim. >> oh, okay, got it. >> that's fog. through the day thursday, it's just going to be cloudy, mostly. we could see sprinkles thursday, but look at the temperatures. still in the upper 50s. friday we'll have heavy rain, but mother's day doesn't look too bad, around 70 degrees, more sunshine. still a chance of showers by sunday, but it looks better than it has this week. look at next week, though. 80s come back into the forecast. yes, very different weather pattern will finally be breaking out of the gloominess that we had all week this week. >> yeah. horrible week this week will