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richard cass of massachusetts was arrested yesterday. he's an electrician for the state agency. cass recklessly started the fire that destroyed the storage shed at the maintenance facility on 5th avenue and larchmont. he's expected to be in court august 31st. new this morning, anxious moments aboard a flight forced to make an emergency landing. the pilot reported an engine concern. the flight was diverted to las vegas where it landed safe live. no one was hurt. several place this is new jersey are cleaning up. repairing roads damaged by sudden flash flooding. "today in new york's" tracie strahan is in scotch plains. it's intense that they have a lot of work to do this morning. >> reporter: crews are still working on the area that commuters have been urged to avoid. they're replacing chunks of
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route 22 that were ripped away by rain yesterday. that rain caused other issues as well. many captured on social media. about 4 inches in union county were ripped away. route 22 was overtaken by flash flooding. as the road buckled, the water rushed in. this is water up to the median on the highway. we spoke to the person who shot this video about how bad it was. >> it was building up more and more and more. the rain wasn't stopping. >> reporter: some drivers throughout union county became stuck in the high waters. they had to be rescued. no serious injuries reported. let's bring you back live to scotch plains. drivers are being told to avoid route 22 in both directions. not just because of what happened yesterday. because that flooding has receded but because the local streets here, they're just not
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equipped to handle theeavy volume of traffic that these detours would lead to. we're seeing some slow moving traffic starting to build on route 22 as one lane gets by in this area where we are. back to you. >> tracie, thank you very much. wow. 4:34. let's get a look at weather and traffic on the 4s. chris, the storms came through, got a little bit in bergen county and a few miles away a washout. what's in store today? >> this is what it looked like yesterday. western sections of union, essex county, they developed and kind of sat there. not a lot of steering current. when the thunderstorms percolate, they don't move very quickly. they get the heavy downpours for long periods of time. very isolated in nature again today. we'll see locally heavy downpours possible. mainly west of the city. the humidity sticks around today. that brief shower or thunderstorm possible. the city less of a chance. western suburbs, a slightly better chance. most of the time today, it's not raining.
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varying amounts of sun and clouds. weil talk more about a widespread heavier rain threat in the seven-day. let's get over to lauren scala. >> plenty of roadwork. we'll start with that. head over to staten island where we have a lane blocked on the goethals bridge. if you're heading to staten island, we have overnight paving taking place. in time in the eastbound lanes. that causes problems throughout the morning. the new york state thruway, two lanes shut down between the woodbury tolls and exit 287. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect today. the next update ahead on the 4s. lauren ngs thank you. police looking for two robbers posing as police officers. katherine creag is in new dorp with a sketch of one of the impersonators. >> reporter: pat, they pose as police officers. in fact, we're at one of the locations where they victimized a woman. there are two of them. two suspects. we want to show you the police
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sketch of at least one of the suspects. police put together this sketch. they identify themselves as policemen. it's not like they have uniforms. they have guns. one was seen in a white chevy malibu. the recent one happened a few weeks ago, three times they struck on new dorp lane where we are, but midland avenue and highland boulevard. that's when one ran up to a woman, stole her purse and took off running. a good samaritan chased after him but was stopped by the second suspect who identified himself as a cop. he told the good samaritan, don't worry, i'll handle it. they've made off with more than $400 in cash. the nypd putting out that sketch and that video of the chevy malibu hoping they'll be caught soon. back to you, pat. >> before anybody gets heard. katherine creag reporting, thank you. several charges in a stabbing on a street in hell's kitchen. they arrested 30-year-old cory mcgee of the bronx.
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he got into an argument with another man yesterday outside a homeless shelter on 45th and 8th. steps from the broadway theaters. he allegedly stabbed that man with a knife on the shoulder to the waist. the victim expected to survive. former subway pitchman jared fogle is now awaiting sentencing on charges that he paid for sex acts with minors and dealt in child pornography. under a proposed plea deal, fogle will pay $100,000 to each of the 14 victims. may include an underage prostitute he allegedly had sex with at an upscale hotel here in new york city. prosecutors are asking for 12.5 years behind bars. but a judge could add more prison time. >> he expects to get well. he expects to continue to make amends to those people whose lives he has affected. >> court documents say that fogle got some of the images of
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child pornography from the jared foundation. fogle's wife also filed for divorce on wednesday saying she was shocked by the allegations. subway said his actions were "inexcusable." 4:39 now. wildfires in washington state have turned deadly. three firefighters were killed battling a firefighter near the town of twist. four others were injured and officials say the winds shifted suddenly. it trapped the crew. flames engulfed their vehicle after it crashed. washington's governor is asking for a federal emergency declaration to help get firefighting help to wildfires that have been spreading across the state. a full scale counterterrorism drill will be in west new jersey. on pleasant valley way. it's scheduled to run between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. drivers expect detours in the
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area during that time as well. 4:39 right now. mayor de blasio forming a task force in an effort to kick out the topless women roechling times square. they're dressed in body paint and not much else, posed for pictures for tips. at least one of the men associated with them has been arrested on an outstanding warrant unrelated outstanding warrant. meanwhile, the issue is something the mayor and the governor finally a agreeing on. >> i believe this activity is illegal. i believe it is infringing on legitimate businesses. i think it is infringing on the investment that the state hand the city made in the 42nd street area and i think it has to be stopped. >> a solution can be found. the entertainers can stay put as we've been telling you. going topless in new york is legal apparently. people are still shocked to hear that.
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yeah, that's the case. >> it is the case. it's 4:40 on this thursday morning. times square for a different reason. who is calling it the riskiest place in the world? the proposal that would use technology to crackdown on drones. of course, we've got a look at weather and traffic on the 4s. that's coming up next. you're watching "today in new york."
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four things to know this morning. crews are repairing roads in new jersey torn up by that flash flooding yesterday. "today in new york's" tracie strahan, she's in scotch plains. we're going to check in with her in 15 minutes. later today, former
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president jimmy carter will speak publicly about his cancer diagnosis and his conference scheduled at the carter center in atlanta. olympian oscar pistorius will not be released from prison tomorrow after all. the justice department put his release on hold. pistorius served just ten months of a five-year sentence for killing his girlfriend reeva steenkamp. the security company sky cure says that times square is the most dangerous place in the world when it comes to wi-fi hackers. to protect yourself, experts suggest you avoid the free wi-fi networks floating around out there. >> right. it's always tempting to do that. >> of course. >> now you know better. 4:44. time for weather and traffic on the 4s. i felt i was down on the bayou when i left my house. >> it's funny you should mention that.
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usually we wake up in the burbs. the air is very thick and heavy. the system in place the last several days, we have a little more to get through. a better chance for showers and thunderstorms tomorrow. for today, still in the thick of it. there may be a couple of isolated showers or storms to worry about. that's about it. in the you haver 70s in the city. skies partly to mostly cloudy. the humidity stays high. florida-like certainly. pop-up shower. the bulk of the day for the bulk of the viewing area will be rain and heavy rain possible tomorrow, especially in the first half of the day. right now 76 in chelsea. 77 in city island. we're talking about suburbs. 75 in long branch, bridgewater and danbury, 74 this morning. not much in the way of a range across the area. most of the showers and thunderstorms, again, sitting off to the west of us. nothing progressing quickly from left to right or west to east. that's the problem here.
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whatever is going on weatherwise sticks around for a few days. eventually that front edges its way closer and closer to us. a lot of clouds, yes. there will be hazy sun in between. this is noontime. a couple of spot showers north and west. most of the activity looks like it will stay west of us throughout the day. overnight, a line of showers and thunderstorms into tomorrow morning between 6:00 and 8:00 a.m. tomorrow morning's commute could be rough with heavier showers and storms. . still some of them lingering nearby, especially across long island and through the afternoon. hopefully getting a break in the action by the time we get to shower. 84 today. temperaturewise, not bad. the humidity is so high. temperatures generally middle to upper 80s inland. low 80s in the east end of long island and local shore points. for the night game, indians in town. sticky but dry, sort of. 80 degrees the first pitch temperature.
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in the 70s tonight looking a a few upper 60s north and west. here's the seven-day outlook. 84 today. heavier storms tomorrow, especially first half of the i dachlt slight chance on saturday or sunday. low to middle 80s. warming to the middle to upper 80s by monday. a spot shower at night. let's find out about the commute. any big problems? >> no big problems. >> we have roadwork. take a live look at the brooklyn bridge and bqe. on the bottom area, between the flashing lights, those are the construction vehicles on the bqe. two lanes shut down eastbound. delays not bad yet. heading over to manhattan, we have a water main break in the village. west third street shut down between sullivan street and 6th avenue. the break is at macdougal and third. something to keep in mind. on the trains, nj transit customers, gladstone branch, unfortunately, suspended between gladstone and summit. this is because of a power line that came down on the rails.
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new jersey transit buses will be cross-honoring rail tickets for the commuters and alternate side of the street parking rules in effect today. the next weather and traffic update on the 4s. >> lauren, thank you. getting a look at the kpablgt moment when a motel blew up in washington state. we told but this. security camera video shows the explosion at the motel 6 right there in the city of bremerton. police investigating whether somebody accidentally damaged a gas line nearby. in the meantime, they're crediting the motel's manager with evacuating that building as soon as she smelled that gas. no one is believed to have died. but a gas company worker and two firefighters were injured. a massive sinkhole in florida that had been nild filled has reopened. look at that. it's like a perfect circle. it's a new hole about 17 feet wide, 20 feet deep, it's a gaping crater that opened in the same spot where it swallowed and killed a man sleeping in his bedroom 2 1/2 years ago. we recall that story. in 2013, three homes were torn
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down because they were made unsafe by that sinkhole. 4:49 now. there's a new development in the certificate. for a missing couple in connecticut. investigators have been searching kyle knavin's home all night. he's a person of interest in the disappearance of his parents, jeffrey and jeannette navin. >> they were last seen august 4th shortly after they lost an appeal in a foreclosure case. family members say there's no indication the debt played a role in the couple's disappearance. the medical examiner is going to determine what killed a man whose body was found floating in prospect park lake. investigators pulled 47-year-old khalid of brooklyn out of that lake near prospect circle and west drive yesterday. >> there were no signs of trauma to his body. he was declared dead at the scene and investigators don't know how he wound up in that lake. a 2-year-old girl is recovering after surviving a
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scare on the water in central park. police say the toddler was in a row boat with an adult when the boat overturned yesterday afternoon. it happened at 4:15 near the central park boathouse. firefighters pulled the little girl out of the wafter and took her to the hospital. she's doing okay. koochling up on 4:50. a man is accused of phoning in a fake threat to blow up the statue of liberty. 42-year-old jason paul is hearing impaired and made the threatening 911 call from his ipad using a system that helps people with hearing disabilities. he originally claimed to be an isis terrorist. it forced people to evacuate liberty island back in april. agents say his ipad has been linked to threats on times square and threats on police officers as well. we've been reporting for you lately so many near misses with planes and drones. now senator chuck schumer wants to use technology to stop rogue
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drones from flying near airports. there's legislation proposed to limit where the devices can fly. schumer is calling for the measure to prevent a catastrophe. >> the leading seller of drones here in america wants to put this technology in. this isn't technology that takes years to perfect. this is technology that exists. >> the number of drones flying dangerously close to airports keeps on growing. in all of 2014, 238 drone sightings reported by pilots and this year that number is more than 650. 4:51. still to come, new findings about the so-called obesity gene. plus, a big change aimed to improve security. what a major movie theater chain is now doing. the newest attraction in the city that will take you on a very different kind of underwater adventure. look at that. you're watching "today in new york."
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4:54. happening today, it's a magical ride under the sea. it officially opens in manhattan. >> it's sure to bring a smile to everybody who is a kid at heart. they're calling it the sea glass carousel. >> so cool. >> it looks like a shell on the outside. lucky kids got a chance to take a spin yesterday during a sneak preview. the ride features 30 fish like those. they spin, they glow. it's a mini aquatic opera full of special effects. yeah.
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>> what i wanted to create is the fish that, as you know when you watch the aquarium, they dance. it's like the choreography of the movement is the most important thing. >> it's cool. the ride opens at 1:00 this afternoon and they continue until midnight. >> i think it's the neatest thing. >> i think it cost five bucks to ride. very cool. >> it's pretty. they glow. >> peaceful to watch that. >> that was relaxing. >> like watching a fish tank. >> today will be one of those days where you want air moving around just to feel cooler. that's for sure. the thought of the sea, that's a place to be perhaps. 84 the expected high today. while it's not all that hot, the humidity is so high it makes it feel uncomfortable a throughout the day. clouds and sun and a pop-up shower, mainly west of the city. tonight 74. muggy for the evening hours. nothing more than a spotty shower. once we get towards morning, unfortunately, tomorrow morning's commute we could see
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heavier showers and thunderstorms move on in for a larger portion of the area. time to check the commute today. >> today we're doing okay. going to check on the buses. the b 43, bx 10, 15, 22, the q 47 and 49. washington bridge. you have minor delays getting into the upper level tolls. that's because they're clearing construction out there. it should be wrapped up shortly. the lincoln and the holland tunnel, they're in good shape. we have issues on nj transit. >> again. >> we had rough weather yesterday. one of the power lines came down. >> officials in brazil are acknowledging that a sewage problem, there is one at a venue. but despite that admission about the area, the rio state sanitary company denied the water was to blame when a south korean windsurfer fell ill. three other athletes got sick during test events on that day.
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officials are maintaining that none of the illnesses are linked to the sewage problem. mayor de blasio is admitting that he is backing away from his plan to ban central park's carriage horses. he's urging new yorkers to lobby their city council members for that ban. when he's running for office, you recall the mayor promised to ban horse-drawn carriages on his first day in office. in a radio interview, the mayor admitted he didn't have the needed support from the city council to enforce the ban. >> what i say to every advocate, you already have my vote. get the votes in the city council. >> this is a bad idea to begin with. the horses, who is going to take care of the horses? >> the animal activist group ny class which lobbied for the ban is prepared for the bill and believe they'll be successful. >> three movie theater shootings in three years, it's pumping out security at one major theater chain.
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they're searching bags at all 580 locations. the attacks the past three years left 16 people dead and dozens wounded. convicted killer james holmes wrote in his journal, he chose a theater because of the loose security. union square, some theatergoers were surprised to see the new signs on the door. >> i generally don't like people going through my stuff. >> it's a little bit much. >> logical in every aspect. what can you do? >> perfectly happy with them checking. i have no problem at all. >> in a statement, regal acknowledges the procedure can cause inconvenience and it's not without flaws. we hope these are minor in comparison to increased safety. in news for your health, scientistst may have unlocked the secret behind a gene tied to owe o bees at this. it's called fto and it's linked to obesity since 2007.
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but scientists at harvard and m.i.t. says it causes energy as food to be stored as fat instead of being burned. it raises the possibility that they could develop a drug to correct that gene. working long hours, shocker here, could be bad for your hilt health. that is the finding out of england where they tracked adults photographer nine years. people who worked 55 hours or more per week were 33% more likely to suffer a stroke than those working 35 to 40 hours. they were more likely to develop heart disease also. coming up on 5:00 a.m. if you're about to head out the door, take us with you. >> please keep watching "today in new york." download the "news 4 new york" app on your mobile device. it's a free one. our next hour begins now. too much to handle. this morning, is a big cleanup. that rush to repair roads damaged by dangerous flash flooding.
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>> new this morning, a fire in a really bad place. a gas station. >> which local students earn top honors. being called some of the best in the nation. "today in new york" starts now. good morning everybody. 5:00 a.m. as we start talking about school. it's thursday, august 20th. i'm michael gargiulo. >> i'm pat battle. darlene taking time off to spend time. it's all good. >> it's all happening. chris cimino here with the forecast. chris, going to be another sticky day. >> absolutely. th 's a given. you step outside, you feel it immediately. it's quiet on storm tracker right now. you can see in the 24-hour loop, these ar the storms that bubbled up yesterday afternoon in western union and essex county. again, the scotch plains area in particular hit hard with up to 4 to 6 inches of rain in a short period of time. we'll keep an eye on that today. further west, i think is where the line of showers will be. there could be a pop-up shower or thunderstorm in the afternoon. look for temperatures climbing
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to the low 80s by noontime. it's very, very muggy throughout. let's see how the commute is treating us so far this morning. here's lauren with that. >> thank you, chris. we head to the nj transit problem this morning. service suspended on the gladstone branch between gladstone and summit. an at's all because the power line that came down. the new jersey transit buses will be cross-honoring rail tickets this morning in this area. this could be out there throughout the morning. keep you updated on it. a live look outside. tell you what the roads look like. things moving nicely in both directions. nothing slowing you down at the moment. more weather and traffic ahead on the 4s. >> lauren, thank you very much. repair crews out in force in new jersey. they're trying to fix the damage caused by the flooding. tracie strahan is in scotch plains. pat said it best. people a few miles away may not have had what they got to deal with in scotch plains. >> exactly.
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i've heard the thunders last night. i didn't get any of the rain. but just coming into town, we drove over a lot of mud where that floodwater receded. i checked in with scotch plains police, the main issue this morning, let's show you what's happening on route 22. crews have been here around the clockworking on the roadway affected by 4 to 6 inches of rain. as crews repair that. route 22 was overtaken by flash ooding. the water ushed in. we show you the water rushed into the median on the highway. they didn't heed the warnings and that led them to get stuck. >> i came outside at the rain andy -- the water was up to the divider.

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