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police just released video of a man they say is targeting young boys in a local park. also new this morning, a crime scene in central park. police say someone shot and killed a dog there. and the yankees' playoff run only lasted about three hours. what the team is saying about the disappointing end. "today in new york" starts now. couldn't even spit it out it was so disappointing. good morning, everyone. it's wednesday, october 7th. i'm darlene rodriguez. >> i'm michael gargiulo. chrissy cimino tracking the forecast. all mets from here on in, i guess, baseball-wise. >> we'll see how this one goes. they start friday out in l.a. meantime, we've got call weather out there, starting out in the 40s and low 50s. again, it's not as chilly as it was yesterday morning by a few degrees in most locations. 60 in the city. we have some cloud cover out there at times early on today.
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that's the way the day there play out. a mix of clouds and sun. mainly high clouds filtering out the sun. back to the upper 60s by noon. forecasting a high of 74 degrees. changes in the works. we'll get to that in a bit. first check on the commute on a wednesday morning. >> good morning. things look good out there on the roads with the exception of one spot. we're going to take a live look outside at the george washington bridge where the good news is they just cleared the construction from the inbound upper level. the bad news is you can't see the delay getting into the tolls here. it's at 15 to 20 minutes. that should ease up soon. you might want to head to the lower level. you'll need your easy pass if you're going that way. on the harlem river drive, construction northbound by 155th street. more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. >> thank you very much. new this morning, teenage boys being targeted in the bronx. one man wanted for several incidents that parents need to know about. they all happened in seton falls back. the park borders several schools. tracie strahan is there with new
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video just released by police. tracie, good morning. >> reporter: darlene, good morning to you. police released this video about 90 minutes ago. over the phone they tell me it captured the moments before this suspect inappropriately touched a 13-year-old boy. they tell me it happened two more times after that. take a look at this video. you can see that suspect calmly walking down the street. he's said to be about 30s with a shaved head and slim build. police say he approached that 13-year-old boy in the park, offered him money if he could help carry his bags. when that young boy agreed and the two entered seton falls park, the suspect then grabbed the young boy's buttocks. here's another look at the suspect on another piece of tape. police say he struck two more times in this park, once again offering a 15-year-old boy money to carry his bags back in september, then leading limb to an isolated area, exposing himself, and asking that young boy to have sex before he
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the latest incident just this past saturday. police say the same suspect grabbed a 13-year-old walking through the park, pulled him into a wooded area, and grabbed his own waistband. this is especially troubling, because as you can see, there is a school nearby. cardinal spellman high school right across the street. authorities asking anyone who's seen this guy to contact them immediately. the good news, if there is in this, none of the victims were injured. but they say the suspect has an accent that they want anyone to look out for. back to you. >> all right. tracie strahan on that story. thank you very much. happening now, we have new video that could help police solve a deadly shooting that took place in brooklyn. asking you to take a look. police have released surveillance photos and video of two men wanted for questioning in a triple shooting in east williamsburg. investigators say 53-year-old michael matuziac was shot and killed while trying to stop three car thieves. two others were wounded. among them a 13-year-old girl
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shot while walking to school. also following breaking news from abroad this morning. a british human rights group is reporting intense fighting in central syria this morning. they say a government-backed offensive began overnight. syrian troops are fighting insurgents. the troops are backed now by russian air strikes. russia began its air strikes in syria a week ago, allegedly targeting isis. some of these strikes appear to have hit rebels who oppose the syrian president. happening now in south carolina, a close eye is being kept on more dams that could give way at any moment. for now, the rain has stopped aechb residents have begun the cleanup. at least ten dams have failed, and officials are watching at least nine others in hopes that they will hold. late last night, officials urged hundreds of residents near one dam to seek higher ground. governor nicki haley toured the damage. >> what i saw was disturbing.
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loss that we are going to have. but everything will be okay. >> well, she wouldn't put a monetary value on the damage. so far 15 deaths are being blamed on the floods in south carolina. 4:34 right now. time for weather and traffic on the 4s. hopefully they get a break. as you pointed out, the rain stopped. now it's just a question of when that water will start to recede. >> right. some of the rivers still receiving runoff. that should quit in the next couple days. no additional heavy rain expected down there. in the meantime, we've been enjoying a nice stretch of weather. another good one here today. starting out on the cool side this morning. a lot of 40s and 50s. a mix of clouds and sunshine, more in terms of high clouds. temperatures back to the low and mid-70s this afternoon. very comfortable 60s into the evening. right now in the park, we're at 60 degrees. climbing close to 70 by noontime. forecast high of 74 degrees. we're going to cool it down a little bit. we have a rain chance in our forecast.
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let's get to lauren scala and find out about the traffic. >> thanks, chris. the delays at the george washington bridge have already cleared out. we have overnight track work. the 1, 2, 4, 6, a, e, f, l, n, and r. expect delays can and service changes until about 5:00 a.m. detours on the buses this morning, b-16, q-46, and qm-6. more weather and traffic coming up. >> thanks very much. new this morning, a man says he was walkingis dog in central park when someone shot and killed the animal. it happened late last night on the west side of the park near eighth avenue and 10th street. that's where katherine creag is this morning. a very disturbing story as to exactly who was targeted here, the man or the dog, and what happened. >> reporter: absolutely. one minute the man is walking the dog and everything is fine,
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the next the animal collapses. it happened near 110th street, close to central park west. we saw numerous police officers and investigators who converged on the area looking for evidence. the nypd tells us the dog owner, a man in his 60s, had been walking his dog off the leash around 11:00 last night when suddenly the animal fell down. the owner, according to investigators, checked on his dog and saw an entry wound and an exit wound in the animal's body where it's believed the bullet had gone through. the dog died here in the park. the investigation goes on. the owner, according to the nypd, did not hear any gunfire or shots. police, as you saw in the video, were here around this area. a lot of townhouses here but also residential buildings, asking people if they saw or heard anything. back to you. >> kat, thank you very much. new this morning, police arrested a man they say shot two people outside a supermarket in harlem. 19-year-old malcolm smith turned himself in.
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police say smith opened fire back in march. one bullet hit a 76-year-old great grandmother in the neck. another man was hit in the legs. they both survived. a man who spent more than two decades behind bars for a notorious subway killing is a free man this morning. he cried as a judge overturned his conviction yesterday. he was one of seven people arrested for the 1990 stabbing death of brian watkins, a tourist from utah. he confessed to the crime on tape, but he later said he was coerced by abusive police officers. for 25 years he insisted he was innocent. >> i feel wonderful, wonderful. i feel free. >> i've waited 25 years for this. >> incredible. this is the greatest day of our life. >> his conviction was overturned based on the testimony of witnesses who came forward earlier this year. the manhattan district attorney's office says they'll
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consider retrying the case. new york's top prosecutors are investigating fantasy pay sites draft kings and fan dual for alleged cheating among employees. attorney general eric schneider man wants to know if workers used inside information. it comes after a draft kings employee won $350,000 on fan dual. prosecutors are asking both companies to hand over data going back a year. 4:39. as we've been saying this morning, the yankees' season is over. the team couldn't even get a run out at the stadium last night. some fans booed, others sat there stunned. news 4's bruce beck has more. >> reporter: the yankees' postseason lasted only one game as they lost to the houston astros in the wild card game at the stadium. tanaka was outstanding in the first inning. in the top of the second, colby rastz muss crushes one into the
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right field seats. houston takes a 1-0 advantage. that was all the scoring they would need on the night because dallas tyke l handcuffed the yankees throughout the contest, getting alex rodriguez to fly out to center to end a big threat in the sixth inning. the astros win it by a final score of 3-0. here's some postgame reaction. >> it's really disappointing. it's hard, you know. seasons end abruptly, and it's very difficult. this was a club that fought all year long. and there's a lot of character in that room and this hurts. >> i never thought i would be able to come back and play baseball and have so much fun. sometimes it was like a little kid. you try to do all the right things, work your butt off, try as hard as you can, and it's still short. that was our year. >> reporter: the yankees were not expected to go to the postseason. they ended up with 87 wins. down the stretch they faltered, losing seven of their last eight games and being outscored 50-23.
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season over for the yankees, but there's always the mets, who take on the dodgers starting on friday in the nlds. at yankees stadium in the bronx, i'm bruce beck for "today in new york." >> they tried. they really did. all right. well, the mets head into the playoffs with some controversy. >> they had a mandatory practice yesterday, but star pitcher matt harvey nowhere to be found. harvey showed up about 15 minutes after the workout ended. mets manager terry collins initially told reporters harvey was stuck in traffic. he later claimed harvey had lost track of time. then when it was harvey's turn to speak, he accepted responsibility. >> there's no excuse. i screwed up. i wasn't here. i showed up a little late, and unfortunately it happened, you know, kind of at a bad time. truly, i just screwed up. >> okay. well, the team says matt harvey will be fine, but as chris said, he's going to -- they say he's still going to pitch. i think third game. >> all right.
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>> got to show up. >> there's that, yes. 4:41. just ahead, the health scare inside the giants' locker room. plus, a food bust. what officers found hidden in cheese at a local airport. and your weather and traffic on the 4s is coming up. don't forget, follow us on facebook and twitter. you're watching "today in new york." [excited yelling] ah, yes! you can't stop it! aww...your mom liked my post. you're friends with my mother? whoa. another episode? definitely. we all use it differently. so why should we get it all the same way? call time warner cable to get the internet speed you need. are you guys texting each other? whether it's 3 megs or 300 megs, yeah. for the right price. from $14.99 everyday low price internet, to 300 meg ultra-fast internet, we have you covered. even with wifi at home and on the go. plans start at $14.99 per month. call 1-855-want twc
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4:44. here are four things to know this morning. overnight, police released video of a man they say is targeting teenage boys in a bronx park. tracie strahan will have all the details from police in about 15 minutes. this morning we have a look at two suspects in a deadly shooting in east williamsburg. one man was shot and killed while trying to stop car thieves. two others were hurt. among them, a 13-year-old girl. today some members of congress will hold a hearing on drones and the safety hazards they pose. it comes one day after the faa
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fine against a drone maker. and today the department of transportation launches a new program to educate you about exactly what your car can do. it's called my car does what. the point is to educate people about all the safety features. they may not even know about. i think that's true because there are so many new safety features now. >> sure, yeah. >> there's the crash avoidance systems, the back-up cameras. >> and there's things beeping and lights going on. you'd like to know. there are a lot of systems that really do help you avoid an accident. >> automatic traction, too, when the roads are slippery and icy. very good. you want one of those. you want everything in your car. >> fully loaded. >> able to do your nails. exactly, i got it. well, today at least no problems on the roads from the weather. the roads are going to stay dry once again. really in a stretch of some beautiful weather. yesterday you stepped out. you know when it's that temperature when you don't feel weather. that's about what it was like yesterday. right around the low 70s. we'll be in the low to mid-70s today. again, very comfortable conditions.
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just some clouds we're contending with right now. 60 degrees in the city. a delightful day ahead. next chance of any rain coming in, later friday, friday night. should be out of here early saturday morning. we'll get some clearing later saturday. weekend turns out pretty nice, especially by sunday as it warms up again. delightful temperatures. normal high is 67. we're at 74. that's what we expect this afternoon. we're well above nor mall again with a partly sunny sky. a few 40s north and west but only a couple. morris morristown, 48. danbury also in the 40s. otherwise, most folks in the 50s. very quiet weather regime east of the mississippi. we have the high clouds overhead right now. you can see them. they'll be with us in and out during the course of the day today. i think more early. we'll see a little more sunshine later on.
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then it clears out nicely. into the evening hours we go. during the day tomorrow, we're back at it with sunshine and a few clouds mixed in, in the afternoon. for the most part, another beautiful day tomorrow. just a few degrees cooler. by friday, the clouds start to increase. could be a stray shower early. i think the bulk of the showers come in later. look at this line that comes on through. that's a strong cold front. we could get a quick burst of rain, we think, friday night. if everything works out, should start to clear out just in time for the weekend. so 74 the expected high this afternoon. probably the warmest day of the week. mid-70s, central new jersey. lower 70s in the hudson valley. into tonight, we head into a clear to partly sky. 57 should do it in the city. the suburbs will cool down a little bit. mainly mid and upper 40s. your seven-day forecast shows that rain threat pushes in and out of here friday night. an early shower saturday. cooler day saturday, 62. a nice bounceback, 67 sunday. low 70s early next week when the mets come to town for their
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playoff games. meantime, let's find out about the commute so far this morning. here's lauren with that. >> thanks, chris. good morning, everyone. the commute is in pretty good shape. a bit of a delay on the van wyck expressway. northbound, you have the left lane shut down out between the grand central parkway and jewel avenue. you can see it's a bit of a slow ride through here. otherwise, queens looks pretty good. heading over to the bronx, here's the cross bronx expressway. out just east of the bronx river parkway. on the connecticut turnpike in stanford, similar story there. that's what it looks like by indian field road. still very quiet. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect today. happening today, the search will resume for the cargo ship that vanished with 33 crew members on board. the ntsb has launched its own investigation and is hoping to find the ship's data recorder. meanwhile, a vigil was held last night at the maine maritime academy. four of the missing mariners went to the school, including
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the captain. some people say the ship should have never left port with hurricane joaquin looming. >> i can assure you that there is no schedule that's more important to keep than -- that would in any way danger the lives of our crew members or employees. >> so far the body of one crew member has been found. the coast guard believes the ship sunk and is lying 15,000 feet under the sea. well, this morning there's a new clue in the deadly shooting of an aide to governor andrew cuomo. police have released surveillance video of a man they want to talk to in the case. carey gabay was shot last month. police say he was caught in gang crossfire. he died ten days after being shot in the head. an investigation is under way after a driver plowed through a red red light in queens, killing one pedestrian and injuring a mother and her child.
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driving an suv went through a red light at atlantic avenue and 108th street in richmond hill last night. the suv was then hit by another car before flying on to the sidewalk. it struck a 2-year-old girl, her 48-year-old mother, and a 52-year-old relative. one of the women tried to push the child out of the way. >> the lady screamed and took the baby and threw it. i seen her when she threw the baby. >> the 52-year-old woman died. the mother, her child, and the driver are now in the hospital. this morning, police are saying a deadly building explosion in brooklyn may not have been caused by gas. the nypd says the gas had been shut off to the floor of the apartment building where investigators think that blast originated. teams are now combing through the rubble to zero in on what other type of fuel or chemicals could have been involved. initially authorities say they believed that explosion was started when a stove was disconnected from a gas line. customs officials busted a
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man who allegedly cooked up a plan to smuggle drugs through newark liberty airport. he arrived from peru on sunday, carrying a bag with an assortment of food. authorities say he had ten pounds of cocaine hidden inside that food. rutgers wide receiver leon today carroo is a step closer getting back to the football field. a judge dismissed an assault charge against him yesterday. the woman who accused him of slamming her to the ground following a game has decided not to pursue the case. a judge did order him to attend anger management. the new york giants are trying to prevent a mrsa outbreak after one player was diagnosed with the disease. daniel fells is now on injured reserve. the giants' entire training center, including locker and training rooms, is all being scrubbed as a precaution. it's 4:51 right now. still to come, a show you could see tonight in the sky. it is courtesy of nasa. plus, it could be a childhood dream come true.
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the massive store that's coming to the meadowlands. and the proposal that could let you travel over the verrazano bridge without a car.
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a live look there at our mission control here at "today in new york." >> there they are. >> on this wednesday -- there's ans a that naught right there. tonight you can see an unusual cloud streaking across the sky. nasa is planning a rocket launch from its facilities on w lops island, virginia. it will create a colorful vapor cloud. this is a map of the viewing area. it could be visible all the way wn to north carolina. the launch expected sometime between 7:00 and 9:00 tonight. if you're outside, look to the south. if you get a good picture, send
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tweet neit to us here at nbc new york. that would be awesome to see. that would be great. we have a lot of great photographer/viewers out there. we get some good picture when we ask for them. >> but it's going to have to get pretty high up there, right, chris? >> and you have to have an unobstructed view. hopefully the sky will be clear. we'll see. meantime, send those pictures, if you get them. a nice looking day coming our way today with above normal temperatures. 74 the expects high this afternoon. starting o an at 60 in the city this morning. there will be some clouds around with that sun today. we'll have to share the sky a little bit. tonight, it looks likevmoswiy clear skies. 57 in the city with 40s in the suburbs. a nice one tomorrow. really, the only interruption in this nice weather comes friday. we'll talk more about that coming up. >> chris, thank you. lauren, what you got? >> not much, which we like for the morning commute. a nice one so far. a live look outside at the gowanus expressway, where things are moving along at the speed
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limit. the bqe is in good shape as well. heading over to the inbound side of the lincoln tunnel free and cl r coming around the helix into the tolls. we had some earlier delays inuebound at the george washington idge, but those have eased out as well. you're still in for a nice ride. >> all right, lauren. thank you. you may soon be able to ride your bicycle across the verrazano bridge. the bridge connecting brooklyn an yod staten island is expected to get some major upgrades, including a bike pathost and walkway. we're told a engineering firm is developing a master plan for the bridge. toys r us has announced plans for a massive new store in the meadowlands. the chain plans to have a three-story, 55,000-square-foot store inside the american dream complex when it finally opens in 2017. toys r us says it's not going to replace the flagship store in times square.
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the end of the year. toys r us says it'sistill looking for a new location in manhattan. well, a long island college student is in trouble with the law, all over some mac and cheese with bacon. >> well, 19-year-old luke gatti hadgapparently been drinking before heading to the uconn food court. that's how tended up. the manager refused to serve him. you can see he got physical. he was taken down by security. they held him down until police rieep. >> the video definitely did justice. was there from the start. >> i think the kid was in a state where he had absolutelyevo idea what he was doing. rega anrdless, that was so inappropriate. >> he's due in court next week on breach of peace and trespassing charges. by the way, he never got that bacon mac and cheese. perhaps his parents might have
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aua new jersey state park off limits now to hikerays after a series of bear scares. ramapo mountain state orests i closed until the end of the week at least. three separate groups of hikers reported they were chased by a bear. all these encounters reported in just the past two weeks. fish and wildlife officials are posting guards, setting traps, and shutting down the park. even though most residents say they're used to seeing bears. >> you make a noise or wave your hands, and they'll ramble off. they're in no hurry to get away. >> usually they look at you. as long as you don't, you know, have contact with them, they just go on their way. >> park officials believe they have captured and euthanized the aggressive bear behind the close encounters. but they say the park won't reopen until officials are sure that was the only threatening bear. we all know firefighters are
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the comic book touch. ten special firefighter helmets will be auctioned off this week at comic-con. the fdny says the money raise willed go towards the department's life-saving mission. good stuff there. coming up on 5:00 a.m. if you're about to head out the door, take us with you. >> keep watching "today in new york." download the news 4 new york on your mobile device. our next hour starts right now. targeting teens. this morning, a look at the man police say is preying on boys in a local park. also new this morning, a crime scene in central park. police say someone shot and killed a dog. and the event today that's expected to draw thousands of parents and teachers. what are they fighting for? we'll tell you. "today in new york" starts now. good morning, everybody. 5:00 a.m. on this wednesday, october 7th. i'm michael gargiulo. >> i'm darlene rodriguez. storm team 4's chris cimino here with the forecast. >> good morning. quiet start again to this wednesday morning. temperatures a little bit better
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