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warmth over the last couple mornings. lower 50s in places like howell. point pleasant, 55. a couple 40s here and there. jarksen is -- jackson is 48. city now at 59 degrees. we'll see sunshine mixed with clouds at times. upper 60s by noon. forecasting a highruf 74 degrees. let's find out about the wednesday morning commute. >> it is still pretty quiet out there. you're in for a ice ride throughout most of the area. mostly green on our traffic maps. we have some emergency construction still out there on the harlem river drive northbound at 155th street. that blocks the right lane. as you can see, things still movinglalong. you're getting on the rails, all good news from there. all running without delays or service changes. more weather and traffic ahead. >> thank you very much. >> new this morning, somebody's preying on teenage boys in a onx park.
the man that police are looking for. these three inciden happened in seton falhe park. tracie strahan is there with new video that's just been released by police. >> reporter: new video, ichtel, and new details tht came out just this morning. now, we've learned the victims were 12, 13, and 15 years old. the suspect's m.o. seemed to be the same every time. first, asking them for help, then taking advantage of them. there's a newly released video we got just this morning into our newsroom. you caatn see thetsuspect walk calmly. he's said to be in his 30s with a shaved head and ad accent. thorities say he approached a young 13-year-old boy, offered him money if he could help carry his bags. when that young boy agreed, the two entered seton falls park. the suspect then grabbed that young boy's buttocks. let's show you now another video of this suspect. police say he struck two more times in this park. once again, then offeringda 15-year-old boy money to carry
then leading him to an isolated area and exposing himself before asking the young boy to have sex and grabbing his groin. st last saturday, authorities say that same suspect grabbed a 13-year-old boy walking through the park and then pulled him into a wooded area, grabbing his own waistband. no injuries were sustained by any of the victims. but again, this is especially troubling because not only is this park a pretty populated area, but it's near a couple of schools, a middle school and high school right across the street. of course, anyone who knows who that suspect could be is asked to contact police immediately. back to you. >> all right, tracie. thank you very much. s, 5:02 right now. w thes oorning, a man says he was walking his 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 110th street. that's why katherine creag is this morning. >> reporter: good morning to you. the dog apparently has some suspicious wounds on his head. sadly, the animal died.
this area is where the dog had been, as you said, 110th street near central park west. the dog at one point had been walking around, everything was fine. then it collapsed. in that video you see there, this is where numerous investigators and police officers converged looking for evidence. the dog owner, a man in his 60s, had been walking his dog off the leash, he told police, when suddenly the animal fell down. the owner checked on his dog and saw wounds on the g's head. believed the dog had been shot. investigators have yet to determine whether the dog was, in fact, shot, if it was a bullet that struck the dog. darlene, the investigation is ongoing. the owner told police also that he didn't hear any shots, any gunfire before the dog collapsed. back to you. >> katherine creag, thank you. happening toda a large demonstration that's plalsed to highlight the inequality in new york city schools. thousands of marchers will cross the brooklyn bridge for a rally atli city hall. they're going to call on the mayor for reform. organizers say many african-american and hispanic ildren are confined to the
celebrities such as jennifer hudson, deejay jazzy jeff are expected to be there. time for weather and traffic on the 4s. good morning. in good shape again as we go through the midweek period today. there will be a few more clouds in tng mix, but temperatures are still starting outecool. 50s around the city. a lighter jacket perhaps for to jday. the clouds mixing with with the sun will alawn temperatures to bounce back to the low and mid-70s this afternoon. a quiet, comfortable evening. right now w ve slipped to 59 degrees in town. we were holding on to 60 for a bit. we'll get back there and better. in the upper 60s by noon. 3:00 hould hit the forecast high of about 74 degrees. your seven-day forecast just ahead. ift's find out about the commute right now. >> things s ll movingt along nitscely for the morning commute. a few detours on the buses. nj transit bus routes 25 and 70 are on detour.
let's take a live look outadside at the gowanus expressway. you'll see some road work there. a little bit of a slow ride as you head eastbound around 92nd street. still a few lanes shut down there. if you're getting on the ferries, they're all running with t delays or service changes. we'll have more weather and traffic ahead on the 4s. >> laurng, thank you. new this morning, police arrested a man police say sote o people outside a supermarket in harlem. 19-year-old malcolm smith turned himself in. they say smith opened fire outside key foods on lennox avenue 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. happening now, a look at two men who may be conne ed to a deadly shooting in brooklyn. they're asking you to take a look at this. police say these men are 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 other people were wounded. among them, a 13-year-old girl lking to school. a man convicted in the 1990 bway killing of a tourists from utah is no longer behind bars. a judge overturned john ny ny hincapie's sentence. he spent 25 years in prison after giving a confession he says was coerced by police. >> it's sad that it took 25 years for the truth to uncover itself. it's sad that they kept an innocent man in prison for so lo peng. >> the manhattan da's office says it nill reconsider trying the case. happening now, dams that could give way at any moment in south carolina, they're being wa htched very closely. for now, the rain has stopped. the residents have begun the cleanup. at least ten dams have failed. ficials are watching at least nine others in the hopes they will hold. late last night, officials urged hundreds o
of those dams to get to higher ground. south carolina governor nikki haley toured the damage. >> what i saw was disturbing, and it is hard to look at the loss that we are going to have. but everything will be okay. >> she would not put a monetary value on the damage. so far 15 deaths are being blamed on the flooding that's occurred in south carolina. in today's cnbc money report, volkswagen now launching a major recall of vehicles in europe with software at the center of an emissions rigging scandal. the company says 11 million vehicles of all different models will start being recalled in january. they have the diesel engine with the software used to cheat on u.s. emissions test. it says they simply need a software update. the yanks are done after a
tanaka giving up a home run to colby rastz mus in the second inning and another one to carlos gomez in the sixth. alex rodriguez had a chance to even things up in the bottom of the sixth. with two on and two out, dallas keuchel gets him to fly out and the yanks lose that game 3-0. >> this was a club that fought all year long. and there's a lot of character in that room and this hurts. just didn't get it done. >> you work your butt off. you try as hard as you can, and it's still a little shorbl that was our year. >> the astros go on to face the kansas royals. that'll be in the a.l. division series. the mets head into the playoffs with some ontroversy. they had a mandatory practice yet, but star pitcher matt harvey was 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 lost track of time. when it was harvey's turn to
speak, he did accept responsibility. >> it was no excuse. i screwed up. i wasn't here. i showed up a little late. unfortunately, it happened, you know, kind of at a bad time. truly, i just screwed up. >> well, the team says harvey will be finei'ofthe mets play the dodgers friday night. all right. it is 5:09 now. ahead, the airline that's promising a $150 round-trip flight to europe. plus, a fantasy sports investigation. we'll tell you about the probe that was just announced. and then a local student's picture goes viral when a hollywood star just happens upon it. plus, your weather and traffic on the 4s.
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here's four things to know this morning. overnight police released video of a man they say is targeting teenage boys in the bronx. there have been three incidents so far. tracie strahan will have all the details in about 15 minutes. this morning we have a look at two suspects wanted in a deadly shooting in east williamsburg. one man was shot and killed while trying to stop car thieves. two others were injured. today some members of congress will hold a hearing on drones and safety hazards they pose, especially near airports. comes one day after the faa proposed a nearly $2 million fine against a drone maker. well, do you know what your anti-lock brakes do? today the department of transportation launches a new program about exactly what your car can do. the point is to educate people about all the safety features they may not know about. i think because there have been
the lane avoidance system, the back-up cameras that i think are fantastic. >> fantastic. it would be good to see them on every single car going forward. chris' bentley, you have all that. and it comes with a driver. >> lots of safety features for you. >> the maserati has fallen short on some things. thanks for pointing that out. nice weather continuing for the balance of the next couple days before we go downhill by friday. that will be later in the day friday. the weekend turns out pretty nice. just a brief interruption and some nice fall weather. school day forecast starts out decently at the bus stops this morning with cool conditions. generally in the 50s for most. maybe a few 40s in the suburbs. by recess time, in the upper 60s. by dismissal time, we're in the 70s. anything after school, comfortable, low 70s with dry conditions.
today. emerson is 52. generally 50s covering most of the area. a few 40s really on the fringes from sussex to poughkeepsie and out to west hampton. we zoom in a little closer to home. see the veil of clouds, that milkiness. that's just a high cloud deck out there right now. thin spots will be created. sun and clouds, a very nice afternoon. high temperature of about 74 degrees. it turns clear to partly cloudy tonight. 57 in midtown. 40s in the distant suburbs. another good one tomorrow, just a touch cooler. temperatures in the upper 60s. as we head towards the end of the week, this is what i was talking about. a cold front will approach later showers. best chance for showers really going to be friday night. then the showers will end west to east very early in the morning on saturday. only in the low 60s. clouds giving way to sunshine gradually as we go through the day.
breezy conditions as well. as we head into sunday and monday, columbus day looks great for the parade. 74 today. upper 60s tomorrow. both dry days. 74 on friday. cooler saturday with a morning shower then clearing. 67 on sunday. early next week, temperatures back into the low 70s. 5:16. let's find out about the commute from lauren. >> still in great shape. it's a nice ride for most. we'll start with new jersey and look at 495 as you make your way towards the lincoln tunnel. things moving along very nicely. free and clear, no construction getting in your way. then we'll head over to staten island. here's the staten island expressway by bradley avenue. also a smooth ride here. not seeing any delays at the moment. and we'll head over to the bronx. here's the alexander hamilton bridge, where similar story there. overall the roads are in fantastic shape. construction delays have all eased out. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect today. >> lauren, thanks very much. the new jersey priest
accused of pointing a functioning replica civil war style gun at an 8-year-old is now pleading not guilty. police say reverend kevin carter pointed the musket at the boy inside a church last month. reverend carter claims it was a joke that was misinterpreted. the priest, an avid giants fan, the child a dallas cowboys fan, were discussing football shortly before the alleged incident. >> nothing that day put him in fear. my concern is that these charges and the media coverage coming from that could possibly put him in trauma. >> now, carter is charged with child endangerment and aggravated assault. new york's top prosecutor is investigating fantasy pay sites draft king and fan dual for alleged cheating among
know if workers from one website used inside information to win money on competing websites. 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. 5:18 now. one of the best-kept secrets in the world is going up for auction. an antique collector from virginia is selling a book that contains what's believed to be the original recipe for dr. pepper. he reportedly bought the book a few years ago. now he's putting it up for sale. he's hoping whoever buys it will put it on display for everyone to see to they can be a pepper too. >> yes, exactly. 5:18 right now. this morning one airline says a cheap round-trip ticket to europe may in the be far away. the ceo of norwegian airlines says the company hopes to begin selling tickets by 2016. they're considering flights from westchester county airport and bradley international in connecticut. those flights would go to
there are many hurdles, though, to clear before those flights could take off. hopefully you have a seat. but it sounds great. >> i think it would be great. a fordham university student has gone viral on the internet after a tweet from tom hanks. >> the oscar-winning actor is in new york shooting a movie. he found a student i.d., and he went looking for the owner. he sent out at tweet to his 10 million followers. it said, lauren, i found your student i.d. in the park. if you still need it, my office will get to you. hanks. since hanks posted the photo, it's been retweeted thousands of times. >> we have confirmed it's not fordham university's famous alum lauren scala. >> our lauren. >> i wish it was. >> but lauren is still trying to use her student i.d. to get into the library there. >> and the clubs. it's not working. just ahead, pizza with a purpose. the event today that will fill you up and help a good cause. then a thanksgiving staple
a live look there at the l.i.e. by the gcp at 5:22. a giant pizza party planned in soho for a worthy cause. st. anthony's church on sullivan street hosting an event at 6:00 this evening called slice out hunger. 50 pizzerias from around the city will be selling pizza pies. they'll sell them for a dollar a slice. all the money raised goes to the food bank of new york city. last year the event raised some $30,000. so that's great. the food bank of new york city does some great work. harvesting food that's not used, getting to people who really need it. >> it's important work. all right. 5:23 right now. you may not have the pumpkin pie on your dinner table this thanksgiving. >> that's because crop experts say there will be enough pumpkins for halloween, but it may not be the case for the canned pumpkins for thanksgiving pie.
farmers are blaming the record rainfall in the midwest for washing out the purpose mpkin crop. >> i'm going to have to stock up. >> i love a pumpkin pie. >> my mother makes a great pumpkin pie. >> i like to eat a lot of food but not pumpkin pie. >> is it a texture thing? >> it's a taste thing. just the flavor. >> so no sympathy for the farmers. >> i'm actually with lauren on that. >> really? >> anti-pilgrims here. >> i love the jack-o-lantern though. >> don't try to bring it back now. >> save the pumpkins. >> benedict cimino. >> just trying to keep the pumpkins alive. meantime, pumpkin picking weather, i think this weekend looks good. right now nothing to worry about for today. leave the pumpkins out of it. 74 the expected high this afternoon. a warm afternoon relative to this time of the year. there will be some high clouds filtering out the sun. tonight, clear to partly cloudy, a low of 57 in the city, 40s in the suburbs.
then a little rain heading our way. we'll talk about that coming up. >> chris, thank you. >> lauren, what's happening? >> a very enjoyable commute. it has been quiet. we'll start with the trains. here's a look at your commuter checklist. everything running on or close to schedule. that en include the subways. a live look at the long island expressway by exit 40. things are free and clear here. everyone is still in for a nice ride as they head out the door. >> all right, lauren. thank you so much. it's 5:25. lexus has made a car inspired by origami. the art of japanese paper folding. the car's entirely made out of cardboard. look at that. more than 1700 pieces that were painstakingly glued together by hand. they all sit on an aluminum frame and an electric motor powers it. while it really rolls, and could be driven, the car is meant to be a work of art. if it ever breaks down, it can be tossed in the recycling bin. that's beautiful. they did a nice job. >> beautiful job.
okay. ahead, the health scare that's inside the giants' own locker room. plus, a food bust. what officers found hidden in cheese at a local airport. >> reporter: and this morning police want your help in tracking down a man who's inappropriately touching young boys inside this bronx park. i'm tracie strahan live with newly released video they want you to see. and 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 app on your mobile device right now
new this morning, a troubling string of crimes. police just released video of a man they say is targeting young boys in a local park. also this morning, a crime scene in central park. a man says someone killed his dog while he went on a late-night walk. 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. good morning, everyone. it's wednesday morning. it is october 7th. i'm darlene rodriguez. >> i'm michael gargiulo. storm team 4's chris cimino is here with forecast. a couple more days before any change, right? >> yeah, actually pretty nice today and tomorrow. temperatures up again today.
we're starting out in the 40s in the distant suburbs. you get closer to the city, temperatures a little milder. 59 in town right now. most of long island in the 50s. the lone exception is westhampton at 47 degrees. our day planner, plan on another very comfortable day. a mix of clouds and sunshine. high clouds filtering out the sun at times. forecasting a high of 74. rest of your forecast coming up. right now here's lauren. >> we have our first accident out there. we'll head to the neptune area of new jersey with southbound on route 18 right before brighton avenue there's an accident with injuries. minor delays. we'll look outside. here's what the holland tunnel looks like on the new jersey side. both approaches heading in, no delays there. the lincoln tunnel and george washington bridge are also still in great shape. more weather and traffic ahead on the 4s. >> thank you very much, lauren. new this morning, teenage
boys being targeted in the bronx. one man wanted for several incidents that parents need to know about. it happened in seton falls park. the park borders several schools. tracie strahan is there with new video just released by police. disturbing story, tracie. >> reporter: it really is, darlene. let's tell you what we know about the suspect from police this morning. this is all new information. we do know he's in his 30s. he's someone that has an accent. he's approach and forcibly touched young boys inside this park, an area that's usually filled with children. here's the video that was released by police early this morning. you can see the suspect walking calmly down the street. police told me over the phone this was before one of his incidents. in one case, authorities tell us that he approached a young boy, 13 years old, offering him cash if he could help him carry his bags. when the boy agreed, the two entered seton falls park. the suspect then took advantage of that young boy, grabbing his buttocks. let's show you another look at the suspect.
police say he struck two more times in this park. once again offering a 15-year-old boy money to carry his bags. then leading him to an isolated area of the park, exposing himself, then asking the victim to have sex before grabbing that young boy's groin. the latest incident happened just this past saturday. a 13-year-old boy was walking through the park. he was pulled into a wooded area by this suspect. then that suspect grabbed his own waistband, according to police. again, this is especially troubling because we've moved to show you at least one of the schools in the area, cardinal spellman high school, right across the street. these weren't any late-night incidents. the good news, if there is any, none of the victims were injured in all of this. of course, anyone who has seen this suspect is asked to contact police immediately. >> tracie, thank you. and new this morning, police have arrested a man they say shot two people outside a supermarket in harlem. 19-year-old malcolm smith turned himself in.
outside key foods on lennox avenue back in march. one bullet hit a 76-year-old great grandmother in the next. another man was hit in the legs. they both survived. police are now releasing the name of the woman who was killed after a driver plowed through a red light in queens. police say the 52-year-old woman was hit in richmond him lls last night. a 43-year-old woman driving an suv went through a red light and was hit by another car. the suv then jumped a sidewalk, striking a victim, another victim, and her 2-year-old daughter. one of the women tried to push the child out of the way. >> the lady screamed and tooked baby and she threw it. i seen her when she threw the baby. >> at this point, both the driver, the mother, and her child are all in the hospital. a man is facing charges after customs officials at newark liberty airport noticed
william anthony sanchez arrived from peru sunday carrying a bag with wheels of cheese and an asortment of foods. 5:34 right now. time for a check on weather and traffic on the 4s. chris, a nicer week. a bit of a rebound from last week. >> last week we said was going to be a rough one. we got through it. a little bump in the road by the end of the week. for today we're looking good. starting out in the 40s in the distant suburbs, 50s elsewhere. it were temperatures bouncing back into the low and mid-70s. the commuter forecast, starting out this morning dry. about 60 degrees in and around the city. for the evening hours, same thing. evening commute looking comfortable, right around 70 degrees. you can even roll down the windows a little bit. let's find out about the morning commute and how it's treating us so far.
so far, so good for the most part. we have some delays on the gowanus because of roadwork out there. coming off the verrazano bridge, a stream of headlights. once you get past this at the merge, things will start to move along more nicely. if you're getting on the buses, we have a couple detours out there. the b-16 and nj transit bus routes 25 and 70. that should be cleared out by 6:00 a.m. trains are in fantastic shape. you do need to move your car today. we'll have more weather and traffic ahead on the 4s. >> laurng, thanks. 5:35. new this morning, a man says he was walking his dog in central park when someone shot and killed it. it happened late last night neither eighth avenue and 110th street. that's where katherine creag is. police are still trying to confirm exactly what happened to this animal. >> reporter: right. trying to figure out if it was, indeed, shot. this is the area where that dog died. it's mysterious.
even at this early hour trying to figure out what happened. we're over by 110th street near value park west. this is also the area where numerous police officers and investigators converged on looking for evidence. a dog owner told them he believed his dog had been shot. the dog owner, a man in his 60s, had been walking his dog off the leash when suddenly the animal collapsed. the owner, according to investigators, checked on the dog and saw wounds on the dog's head. he believed the dog had been hit with a bullet. another person told us it is frightening to think that's what happened. >> it should not happen anywhere. i find it shocking that it happens right here at the top of central park, you know, at 110th street. this has been very safe. we have a dog run right at the top of the hill there. everybody's friendly. everybody gets along fine. >> reporter: again, police are investigating this. michael, something else the owner told investigators, that
he didn't hear any gunfire or any shots when the dog fell down. but again, it collapsed right here at 110th street inside the park. dog owners around here just in shock this dog died here. back to you. >> totally understandable. kat, thank you very much. 5:36. right now an update on the investigation into the death of an aide to governor andrew cuomo. police have released surveillance video of a man they want to talk to in connection to the shooting of carey gabay. he was shot last month, caught in the crossfire of gang fighting. 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. they're hoping to find the ship's data recorder. meanwhile, a vigil was held last night at the maine maritime academy. four of the missing crew members went to that academy. some say the ship should have
never left port with hurricane joaquin looming. >> i can assure you there's no schedule that's more important to keep than -- that would in any way endanger the lives of our crew members or employees. >> so far the body of just one crew member has been found. the coast guard believes the ship has sunk and is lying some 15,000 feet under the sea. 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 on the floor where investigators think the blast originated. initially authorities believed the explosion happened when a stove was removed from a gas line. it is 5:38. the new york giants trying to prevent a mrsa outbreak after one player was diagnosed with the highly contagious disease. tight end daniel fells is now on injured reserve. the giants' entire training center, the locker rooms, training rooms all being scrubbed as a precaution. today the yankees begin
their off-season. their playoff run lasted just one night. they hosted the astros in the american league wild card game. masahiro tanaka gave up a home run to colby rastz mus in the second inning and another in the sixth. that was all the astros needed. alex rodriguez had a chance to even things up in the bottom of the sixth. with two on and two out, dallas keuchel gets him to fly out. the yankees lose 3-0. >> this was a club that fought all year long. and there's a lot of character in that room and this hurts. just didn't get it done. >> you work your butt off. you try as hard as you can, and it's still a little short. that was our year. >> the astros will now face the kansas city royals in the a.l. division series. they were saying that pitcher, keuchel, the last couple starts with the yankees has done really well. 5:39 right now. still ahead, it could be a childhood dream come true. a massive store coming to the meadowlands.
welcome back. looking at the plaza. 59 degrees on this wednesday morning. it's 5:42. if you missed "the tonight show" starring jimmy fallon, you missed a flashback when jimmy needed some help to get through the monologue. >> i think i pulled a hammy on that last one. >> you all right? >> yeah, i don't think i can continue. of course, here at "tonight show," the monologue has to go on, so i think i'm going to have to sub out. can someone tag in for me? thanks, buddy. >> that's awesome. jay leno returned. he showed he's still got it. leno has a new show called "jay leno's garage" it airs tonight at 10:00 on cnbc. >> if bernie sanders wins, he'll
be the first socialist elected president since 2008. republicans are still trying to stop obamacare. look, i like obamacare. the trouble with obamacare is there are too many government agents under the obamacare umbrella. i got a prostate exam the other day, but it was done by a drone. >> tune in tonight when jimmy's guest is kate winslet. "the tonight show" airs at 11:35, right after news 4 at 11:00. i loved seeing that. >> very cool. >> he was so gracious. jay got invited back and did a great job. it's all good. >> that was really great. all right. 5:44 right now. time for weather and traffic on the 4s. >> have either of you ever had a test via drone? >> not by a drone. >> not yet. >> not planning on it either. >> they're not going to make them like that. i hope not in my lifetime anyway. it's like falling off a bike. got right back on and did the monologue.
temperatures are in the 40s and 50s. starting out pretty comfortable. you'll need the jackets and sweaters. temperatures bouncing into the 70s again this afternoon. 59, partly cloudy in the city. cool start, beautiful day ahead. a mix of clouds and sunshine. delightfully warm in the afternoon. a few showers late friday. should be gone by saturday morning. the weekend turns pretty nice from saturday afternoon on. looking at temperatures around the area. bronx community college, 59 degrees. oyster bay, 54. richmondtown at 57. rutgers campus at newark at 58 degrees. a lot of 50s. seeing a few 40s north and west. down the shore, long beach island north end, about 57. seaside heights also 57 degrees. you can see some high clouds out there this morning. not producing any rain. the cloud cover is actually keeping the temperatures from dropping overnight.
milder than it was over the last couple mornings. future tracker shows clouds and sun mix throughout the afternoon. i think we see more sun during the mid and late afternoon hours, which will allow those temperatures back into the low and mid-70s. tonight is nice and clear. just patchy clouds here or there. tomorrow morning, some clouds in a few spots. into the afternoon, i think it's partly to mostly sunny. more clouds off to the south and east tomorrow. it clouds over everywhere on friday. 9:00 a.m., maybe a spot sprinkle. the real shower activity, that gathers to the north and west. that's friday afternoon. then notice that line that comes through. that's the actual front overnight friday night into early saturday morning. it should clear out of here and push to south and east by saturday afternoon. for today, it's a good one. some clouds early especially. then partly sunny for the afternoon. high of 74 degrees. 57 the low tonight with a clear to partly cloudy sky. 40s in the burbs. the shower threat is friday night through saturday morning. we're in the 70s friday. back to the low 60s, breezy,
kind of a cool day on saturday. back up toer er upper 60s on sunday. for columbus day, looks very nice. temperatures back in the low 70s. that should be the trend into early next week. above average temperatures with a dry pattern sunday, monday, and tuesday. almost 5:47. let's turn to lauren scala and find out about the commute. >> commute is rolling along nicely, but we have a couple changes. net row north just tweeted out on the wassaic branch, southbound trains are subject to 20 to 25-minute delays. otherwise, the other trains are all doing fine. then heading over to the roads on the fdr drive southbound. they might have just cleared construction that was out there from 71st to 63rd. that was pretty backed up a few moments ago. at least a better ride there. on the gowanus things are still jammed up because of roadwork eastbound in the 90s here. delays go back to the upper level. head to the lower level. still leave yourself extra time. the one accident we have on the roads is on route 18 southbound right before brighton avenue. that blocks a lane.
no delays at the moment. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect today. more weather and traffic ahead on the 4s. rutgers wide receiver leonte carroo is a step closer to returning to the football field. the judge dismissed an assault charge against him yesterday. the woman who accused him of slamming her to the ground following a game decided not to pursue the case. a judge did order carroo to attend anger management. a meltdown over a may con mac and cheese has landed a long island college student in some hot water. >> it's like, just give me my bacon mac and cheese and i'll leave. i don't see the issue. >> oh, my god. >> all right. that set off this. 19-year-old luke gatti had apparently been drinking before heading to the uconn food court. manager refused to serve him. as you can see t got physical. he was taken down by security. >> the video definitely did justice. i was there from the start. >> i think the kid was in a state where he had absolutely no
regardless, that was so inappropriate. >> he is from bayville and due in court next week on breach of peace and trespassing charges. the video went viral. on top of that, he never got his bacon mac and cheese. new jersey state park is off limited to hikers after a series of bear scares. ramapo state mountain forest is closed until at least the end of the week. three separate groups of hikers said they were chased by bears. all of the encounters were reported in just the last two weeks. fish and wildlife officials are posting guards, setting traps, and shutting down the park even though most residents are used to seeing bears. >> you make a noise or wave your hands, and they'll amble off. >> usually they look at you and 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 it was the only threatening bear.
toys r us plans to have a very big presence in the american dream complex being built in the meadowlands. the toy store chain expects to open a three-story, 55,000-square-foot store out at the site. toys r us says it's not a replacement for its flagship store in times square. that store is due to close by the end of the year. american dream on track to open in the year 2017. you may soon be able to ride your bicycle across the verrazano bridge. the bridge connecting brooklyn and staten island is expected to get major upgrades that includes a $400 million bike path and walkway. we're told an engineering firm held by the mta is developing a master plan for the bridge that will include a study of bike and walkway paths. >> quite the ride though, right? >> pretty long. all right. 5:50. still to come a show you could see tonight in the sky. it's courtesy of nasa. plus, they are helmets that are worthy of heroes. when you can take these home. and don't forget, follow us on facebook and twitter.
welcome back. 5:53. it is 59 degrees out on this wednesday morning. well, a virginia zoo has a pair of unlikely but adorable bffs. the cheetah and the dog have become best friends at the metro richmond zoo. too much. the zoo adopted the now 4-month-old cheetah cub after it was separated from his mother. it had to be nursed back to health. the dog became the cheetah's companion. zookeepers say now the two are inseparable. >> that's the cutest thing i've ever seen. >> so cute i can't deal with it. it's adorable. the cheetah is going to be a lot bigger. >> we'll see how that plays out. they were sharing a stick. did you see that? not fighting. >> sweet. >> we're not cheetah and dog. we're two italian guys sharing a stick. that's the way it goes.
weather picture that's enjoyable once again. we're in the upper 50s in the city, 40s in the suburbs. 74 this afternoon. a mix of clouds and sun. tonight, clear to partly cloudy. a low of about 57 in the city, 40s in the suburbs. another nice fall day coming our way tomorrow. then a little brief interruption for friday. but we get back on track over the weekend. >> good fall weather. >> i like it. thank you, chris. lauren? >> we have some problems for some metro north commuters. 20 to 25-minute delays on the wassaic branch on southbound trains. they're not giving us the reason for this. the other trains, everything else is doing just fine. this is the only problem there. we'll take a live look outside at the belt parkway as you make your way towards jfk airport. starting to slow down a little bit westbound just due to construction. always a little slow going around the bend. otherwise, you're in for a nice ride. no major problems on the roads. >> laurn, thanks very much. tonight you can see an unusual cloud streaking across the sky. nasa is launching a rocket from
its facility in wallops island, virginia. it will create a colorful vapor cloud. the agency released a map showing where that cloud could be visible. all the way from north carolina north. the launch is expected sometime between 7:00 and 9:00. if you see it and get a good picture, do tweet it to us us @nbcnewyork. we all know firefighters are heroes, but now they're getting the comic book touch. >> ten special firefighter hooup hero helmets will be auctioned off this weekend at new york comic-con. all of them are themed to marvel characters. the fdny says the money will go toward the department's life-saving mission. really a cool thing. it's 5:56. coming up next, a celebrity effort to help our local schools. we'll tell you where a huge rally is happening in just a few hours. and also, new details in the volkswagen emissions scandal.
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cascade double shades. that'll really make you look smart. blinds to go. blinds for life. new this morning, a predator targeting teenage boys. we'll tell you how the suspect gains the trust of his victims. pumpkin problems. ahead of thanksgiving, why there may be a shortage of this popular seasonal item. plus, the yankees' world series dreams are crushed by the astros. "today in new york" starts now. good morning, everyone. it's wednesday morning, october 7th. i'm darlene rodriguez. >> i'm michael gargiulo. we want to start at 6:00 a.m. with a check of the weather. storm team 4's chris cimino is here. what's it going to be? >> another nice day, actually. starting out in the cool zone. we're talking 40s to the north.
even the city a touch milder at 59 degrees. most of the island in the 50s. some high clouds out there this morning. the sunrise could be filtered out a little bit at times. a mix of clouds and sun for the afternoon. upper 60s at noon. forecasting a high of 74 degrees. if you're heading out the door, any problems for the commuters? >> you might want to leave yourself some extra time if you mmute via the wa ouc branch. experiencing 20 to 25-minutl delays. otherwise lour major commuter lines look goak. so far, so good for a change. then let's headid to the gowanus. because of this roadwork by 92nd street, still some backup there. build some extra time in to prepare. we'll have more weather and trhffic ahead. >> laureno thank you. new this morning, the searciis on for the p redator who's targeting teenage boys in the bronx. he's struck at least three times in the sooe
tracie strahan is there with video police want you to see. >> reporter: this is video was ac ally juswet released a fewh hours ago. authorities are telling us that the latest incident linked to the same suspect happened year ju it this past saturday. here's video that was taken from home security camera that gives a clearthmage of the suspect that they're looking for. police say he approached a 13-year-old boy in one instance, offered him money if that young boy could help carry his bags. when that little boy agreed, the two entered seton falls park. the suspect then grabbed the young boy's buttocks. here's another look at that suspect. police say he struck two more times in this park, once aga n offering a 15-year-old boy to carry his bags for money. then he led that boy into an isolated area of seton falls rkntexposedhhimself, and then asked the victim to hene sex with him beforemoe gaabbed that young boy's groin. just this past saturday, authorities say he came in contact with a 13-year-old boy walking through this park,
ea, then grabbed his own waistband. you can see this video again on our website, nbcnewyork.com. we're showing you now just how close seton falls park is to schools in this area. cardinal spellman high school is right across the street. of course, anyone who has seen this suspect is asked to contact police immediately. back to you. >> okay. thank you very much, tracie. new this morning, there's a police investigation in central park where a man saysysomeone shot and killed his dog. the man told police he was walking his dog on 110th street near central park west when it suddenly collapsed. investigators found wounds on the dog's head. they have not yet determined if it was a bullet that hit the animal. katherine creag will have reaction from other dog owners in a live report coming up at 6:30. happening now, police have released new photos and i have yoed of tw men wanted for a deadly shooting in orooklyn. security cameras spotted them near the scene of yesterday's triple shooting in east williamsburg.
investigators say 35-year-old michael matuziac was shot and kill while trying to stop three car thieves. two other people were wounded. amonr them, a 13-year-old girl shot w ile walking to school. happening today, monstrators are planning to hin ghlight the inequality in new york new york city schools. thousands of marchers will cross e brooklyn bridge for a rally at city hall. thouey'll call on the mayor for reform. organizers say many black and hispanic children are confined tohi the city's worst schools. cee lebrities like jennifer hudson d aloeeblack are expected to be there. it was a very short postseason for the new york yankees. they hosted the astros in the american league wild card game. masahiro tanaka gave up i home run to kolby rasmus in the second inning. a-rod had a chance to even things up in the bottom of the sixth. two on two, out, but dallas keuchel got him to fly out.
>> this was a club that fought all year long. and there's aonot of character in that room and this hurtll just didn't get it done. >> you work your butt off, you try as hard as you can, and you're still a little short. that was our year. >> that was the year astros keep going. they're going to face kansas city in the a.l. division series. too bad for them. but now we have the mets to root for. >> we do. 6:04, chris. weather and traffic on the 4s. still rooting for the mets. >> of course. clearly the yankees need to start allowing beards. i think that was the thing. >> you think that's the trick? >> that was it. >> very clean-cut team though. always been that way. >> a-rod with tie big beard. >> the boss has never allowed it. >>es they don't allow facial hair, actually. some of these beards, you can probably hide three baseballs in. >> and a glove. >> and a bat. >> and a hot tub. >> it keeps going. we have temperatures this
clouds will mix with sunshine, especially during the afternoon. they're just high clouds, not the kind that produce any rain. low and mid-70s this afternoon. our commuter forecast, heading out the door this morning into about 60-degree temperatures close to the city, 50s in the suburbs. dry roads, a partly cloudy sk and more sunshine towards the end pof the day. into the evening, look for a temperature of around 70 degrees after a high of 74. your seven-day forecast just ound the corner. let's find out about your commute riant now from lauren. >> thanks, chris. let's talk about mass transit. we have those 20 to 25-minute delays southbound for wassaic. bus route b-16 still detoured in new york. nj ransit buses 25 nd 70 detoured for just a few more minutes. all the ferries are running fine. and you do need to move your car today. we have some problems on the roads. i will have the details coming up. >> lauren, thank you. y 6:05. happening now in south carolina,
towns downstream of dams that could give way are bracing for possible flooding. for now the rain has stopped and residents have begun the cleanup. at least ten dams have failed. officials are watching at least nine others in the heping they'll hold. late last night, officials urged hundreds of residents near one dam to seek higher ground. governor nikki haley toured the damage. >> what i saw was disturbing it is hard to look at the loss that we're going to have. but everything will be okay. >> she would not put a monetary value on the damage. so far 15 deaths are being blamed on the floods in south carolina. and the "today" show is tracking all the overnight developments from south carolina. they will have the latest in a live report ahead at 7:00 a.m. right now, the ntsb is investigating the u.s. cargo ship presumed to be sunk after getting caught up in hurricane joaquin. coast guard will be back out searching for debris and any
possible survivors of the ship once again today. meanwhile, a vigil was held last night at the maine maritime academy. four of the missing mariners went to that school, including the captain. some people say that ship should have never left port with the storm looming. >> i can assure you that there is no schedule that's more important to keep than -- that would in any way endanger the lives of our crew members or employees. >> they found the body of one crew member so far. the coast guard believes the ship sunk and is lying 15,000 feet under the sea. in new jersey, a man is under arrest for trying to smuggle drugs into the u.s. in an unusual way. william anthony sanchez allegedly had ten pounds of cocaine stuffed inside wheels of cheese and other foods. he was stopped sunday at newark liberty airport after getting off a plane from peru. authorities say sanchez had the dr.ug-filled food inside his chacecked bag along with dozens of ox si codone pills.
in this morning's cnbc money report, new details now in the volkswagen emissions scandal. cnbc's landon dowdy joins us with these details and more. landon, major problems for volkswagen. >> michael, that's exactly right. volkswagen's ceo says the company will start recalling rs affected by its diesel emissions scandal in january. the automaker hopes to complete the repairs by the end of next year. the head of vw u.s. operation has sent letters to car owners apologizing for the incident but also saying a fix will take time. congress is holding a hearing on the matter tomorrow. and you may want to make your thanksgiving pumpkin pies now and freeze them. the top maker of canned pumpkin says this year's harvest is about a third smaller in illinois, where 90% of all u.s. pumpkins are grown. farmers blame record rainfall in june for washout. they're confident they'll have enough supply on hand, but once it ships out the 2015 harvest, there won't be anymore until next year.
what will thanksgiving be without pumpkin pies? >> i look forward to it every year. >> we must have those pumpkin pies. my wife makes a fantastic pumpkin pie. >> so does my mom. we'll hook you up. >> and everyone at cnbc. >> i'm counting on it. >> all right, landon. thanks so much. 6:08. coming up next, an update on that fantasy football scandal. two of the most popular websites now facing new scrutiny as cheating allegations intensify. then later a red light camera controversy. we'll tell you why some local lawmakers want the cameras removed from intersections across our area. plus, your weather and traffic on the 4s is coming up.
it's 59 degrees out, 6:12 on this wednesday morning. here are four things to know this morning. police need your help finding a sexual predator targeting teenage boys in the bronx. investigators say the man struck at least three times in seton falls park. we're now getting a look at two suspects in a deadly shooting in east williamsburg. a congressional hearing on drone safety will take center stage on capitol hill today. it comes one day after the faa proposed a nearly $2 million fine against a drone maker. and today the department of transportation is launching a new program to educate you about exactly what your car can do. the goal of the program is to get drivers to learn about all the safety features in the cars. because there are some that you may not even know exist. darlene, you said sometimes things are beeping and lights going off. you're not sure what they are.
but there's a good reason. >> i was driving once, and you were talking about this before, i moved into the other lane, i guess, and my steering wheel, there was like a vibration. the first time, i didn't know that was there. >> there's a lot of different things. i can't even figure out the stereo system on my car yet. >> there's that. >> and it's only six years old. safety features, you want to make sure you know all about them. today, no issues on the roads in terms of wetness or anything like that to worry about. very quiet weather for the next couple days. next chance for rain will come along later friday, friday night, and probably out of here just in time for saturday morning. so the weekend should turn very nice once again. meantime for today, we're above normal. normal high temperature for this time of year is 67 degrees. we're expecting a high of 74 this afternoon. we're in pretty good shape once again. i think tomorrow we get closer to normal with a bit of a cooldown. 48 in fairfield.
most of long island is 50s right now. 59 in the park. even these northwestern suburbs. 50 in sussex and morristown. temperatures a little bit milder this morning. the main reason for that is this cloud cover. sort of acts as a bit of a greenhouse overnight. keeps the heat trapped near the ground. the cloud cover we had kept these temperatures up a bit. this morning we'll have some clouds to get through, through the morning hours. then it turns partly sunny to mostly sunny later this afternoon. very nice. high temperature 74 degrees. another quiet tonight and beautiful day again tomorrow. just a tad cooler with sunshine, a few clouds mixed in as well. a high temperature in the upper 60s tomorrow. heading into friday, there's that chance for showers, especially toward the evening hours. first showers will happen in northwest new jersey then towards the city by evening. showers will be heaviest overnight friday night. saturday, a cooler day. only in the low 60s. it's breezy too.
a nice bounceback of temperatures. sunday we make back to the upper 60s with the return of a full day of sunshine. by columbus day, looking good at 73. bright and sunny. that's the first game at home with the playoffs for the mets. partly cloudy on tuesday with temperatures again in the low 70s. looking good weather-wise. let's see if we're okay traffic-wise. >> we have some new problems out there. accidents causing significant delay. we'll head to connecticut where southbound on the turnpike on 95 just before exit 14 an accident blocks two lanes. you can see these delays are building very quickly. it's one slow ride heading into this area. something to take note of for our connecticut commuters. then heading to the tappan zee bridge, can't get a break here. had a lot of problems here yesterday. new york state throughway southbound at the span, there's an accident that blocks the left lane. here's what it looks like by exit 10. already very congested out there. we have very few problems on the roads otherwise. we have one other accident out there on route 18 southbound out before brighton avenue. again, that one is not causing
at least that's good news. heading to your commuter checklist, wassaic branch still experiencing 20 to 25-minute delays on southbound trains. that's because of operational activity. all other commuter lines are moving along nicely. >> lauren, thank you. in new jersey, the priest accused of pointing a functioning replica civil war-style gun at an 8-year-old is now pleading not guilty. police say reverend kevin carter pointed that musket at the boy inside a church in little ferry last month. carter claims it was a joke that was misinterpreted. the prooets iest and boy were discussing football shortly before the alleged incident. >> nothing that day put him in fear. my concern is that these charges and the media coverage coming from that could possibly put him
in trauma. >> carter is charged with child endangerment and aggravated assault. new york's attorney general has launched an investigation of fantasy pay sites draft kings and fan dual. eric schneider man wants to know if workers from one website used information to win money on a competing website. it comes after a draft kings employee came in second place on a fan dual contest and won $350,000. 6:18 now. the new york giants are trying to prevent a mrsa outbreak after one player was diagnosed with the highly contagious disease. tight end daniel fells now on the injured reserve. he was diagnosed with a staph infection while doctors were looking at his chronic ankle condition. the entire giants facility is being scrubbed as a precaution. 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 the american dream complex in 2017. but they say it will not be a replacement for its flagship store in times square. toys r us says it's still looking for a new location in manhattan. so you go to the meadowlands, and you may come out with bags full of toys. >> you can go skiing now. >> you can do a whole bunch of things things. catch a taylor swift concert. 6:19 right now. a rare sight that may just take your breath away. then later, the perfect luxury gifts for the billionaire in your life. we'll show you the hottest items from this year's niemann marcus holiday catalog. >> i will expect the niemann mustang from you. don't forget, follow the entire "today in new york" on facebook
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6:23 right now. beautiful view of the george washington bridge. take a look at this awe-inspiring video from darlene's native norway. a spectacular shot of the northern lights. there's a group of humpback whale s on the surface the video taken by a tv camera person. the whales are actually common to the waters there. and this is the prime time to see the northern lights in norway. i have to ask chris a question. they appear as green almost, or is that just because -- >> the camera? >> i'm not sure if they were
using a night lens, but they can be various colors. to see the whales -- they wanted to check them out too. >> that's because it's such an extreme northern location. you get that unusual angle. >> great capture of nature though. no northern lights here. sorry, guys. >> the traffic lights. >> northern boulevard. yes, indeed. we have sunshine heading our way mixed with clouds today. more clouds early on. i think more sun a little later. just a nice, comfortable day. 74 the expected high this afternoon. for tonight, we're looking at a quiet night. mainly clear sky, patch or two of cloud cover here or there, 57 the overnight low in the city with 40s in the suburbs. good stretch of fall weather coming our way. we'll talk about the playoff weather for the mets next week. >> looking forward to it. >> all right, guys. some problems on the roads. we have reggie harrison in chopper 4 live over the scene in new jersey where on the western spur of the turnpike northbound after exit 15, there is an accident out there.
you can see police vehicles on the scene. the delays are significant getting into in area. about a half a mile north of here, you have another issue out there causing some delays as well. a rough ride heading northbound on the western spur of the turnpike by 15e today. we also have a new problem for new jersey transit commuters. the north jersey coastline is subject to 20-minute delays in both directions. that's because of a disabled train in middletown. things are starting to get a little busy out there. >> all right, lauren. thank you. 6:25 right now. coming up next, an update on the mystery we've been following in central park. >> reporter: i'm katherine creag live on the north side of central park, where a dog mysteriously died. its owner believes it had been shot. we'll tell you what investigator did over here and the latest coming up. >> reporter: and the search is on for a suspect targeting teenage boys in this bronx park. i'm tracie strahan with video authorities want you to see.
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new this morning, the mysterious death of a beloved pet in central park. it leaves dog walkers on edge. also new this morning, teenage boys being targeted by a sexual predator. we'll tell you how the suspect lures his victims closer. plus, red light camera controversy. what's behind a new push to pull the cameras down. "today in new york" starts now. good morning, everybody. 6:30 a.m. on this wednesday, october 7th. i'm michael gargiulo. >> i'm darlene rodriguez. let's check in with chris cimino looking at the weather for this wednesday. good morning. >> good morning. a good-looking wednesday morning. temperatures, while they're cool, not as chilly as they have
been in recent mornings. 54 a pretty popular number. the city, we're holding at 59 degrees. even our northwestern suburbs, only seeing a few 40s now. that's a little bit better than it has been this week at this hour of the morning. looking at some clouds, patchy clouds around this morning. partly sunny this amp. warming up again, 69 by noontime. forecasting a high of 74 degrees. rest of your forecast coming up on the 4s. right now let's get the latest on the commute. >> thank you, chris. od morning. connecticut commuters, two separate problems on 95 that will be causing big headaches this morning. we'll head to the west port area where the first accident is on 95 southbound by exit 18. you see that blocks the right lane and shoulder. looks like a serious accident there. delays are very slow here. and then when you head a little further south of here, you have another accident on 95 southbound by exit 14. that one shuts down two lanes.
this is what it looks like right about here, past route 7. we have a bunch of other problems on the roads as well. i'll have the details coming up. >> thank you very much. new this morning, a mysterious death of a dog in central park. the owner was walking near the northwest entrance when he says his pet was shot. katherine creag is there. police are still trying to confirm what this owner is claiming happened to his dog. >> reporter: investigators certainly are, michael. dog owners are telling us it would be awful if it indeed was a bullet that struck down a dog. the dog was right here on this patch of grass and mulch in central park on the northwest corner of the park. 110th street right by central park west. that's where we saw numerous police officers. also investigators looking down, looking all around, looking for baa llistics evidence. the owner, a man in his 60s, had been walking his dog off the leash when the animal collapsed.
saw wounds on the dog's head. investigators have yet to determine whether the dog was shot, if it was a bullet that struck the dog. another owner told us it's strange to think that would happen here. >> it's an animal. it's a thing. it's a live thing. it shocks me that it happened. >>. >> reporter: we saw so many police officers here devoted to figuring out what happened. again, the northwest corner of central park. the owner told police he didn't hear any gunfire when it happened, but the wound on the dog's head, very mysterious. it was one entry wound, another exit wound. the investigation still going on, michael. back to you. >> all right. kat, thank you very much. police are now releasing the name of the woman who was killed after a driver plowed through a red light in queens. police say the 52-year-old was hit at atlantic avenue and 108th street in richmond hill last night. they say a 43-year-old woman was driving an suv and went through a red light and was hit by
another car. the suv then jumped the sidewalk, striking the victim. , another woman, and her 2-year-old daughter. >> the lady screamed and took the baby and threw it. >> both drivers, the mother, and her child are now in the hospital. happening now, a new clue in the deadly shooting of an aide to governor andrew cuomo. police have released surveillance video of a man wanted for questioning in the case. so far there's been no arrest. police say gabay was caught in the crossfire of gang violence during the festivities before the west indian day parade. he died ten days after he was shot in the head. you may see scores of emergency vehicles at newark airport today. don't be alarmed. the port authority is conducting an emergency response drill. it will take place between 7:00 and 9:00 a.m. at the p-1 and p-2 air train stations. it's designed to test and enhance procedures. officials say the exercise will
not affect flights. that's the important thing for people kind of getting out to the airport at this hour. >> and it's not affecting flights because chris is not flying today. let's check in with him now. >> i would always say check that first. good flying weather actually for today. next couple of days, shouldn't be any delays due to the weather. to no wind, no rain. it's cool. starting out in the 40s in the distant suburbs. mainly 50s now. this morning not as chilly as the last few mornings. . clouds early on. back to the low and mid-70s this afternoon. right now in town, we're at 59 degrees. just a few upper 40s. 60 at 8:00. 69 at noon. 74 by 3:00. that should be the high for the day with the blend of clouds and sun. your seven-day outlook just ahead. lauren has the latest on the commute. >> quite a few problems on the roads. those two accidents on 95 in connecticut. now we have an accident coming
off the brooklyn bound upper level of the verrazano bridge. that blocks a lane. very heavy delays. delays were already out there from earlier construction. that didn't help. then heading to the northern state parkway, watch out for an accident by lakeville road. stop-and-go traffic through nassau county because of this. the l.i.e. is just as bad. that's just congestion. we also have an accident in new jersey. we have reggie harrison live in chopper 4. this is northbound past exit 15e. it's now been moved to the shoulder. you can see tow trucks on the scene. delays are still pretty heavy getting into this area. again, that's northbound on the western spur of the turnpike. leave yourself some extra time. if you are getting on the north jersey coastline, also 20-minute delays in both directions. more weather and traffic coming up. >> lauren, thank you. new this morning, an alert for parents in the bronx. police say a sexual predator is targeting teenage boys. he struck at least three times in the seton falls park.
now. good morning. >> reporter: darlene, good morning to you. of course, scary news to hear, especially because we're starting to see students filter into this area. the victims in this incident were 12, 13, and 15 years old. authorities are telling us this morning that the suspect's m.o., the same every time, asking them for help before he took advantage of them. security camera from a home captured an image of the suspect that's now being linked to three incidents. you can see he's in his 30s. police say he has a shaved head with a slim build. police say in one incident he approached a 3-year-old boy and offered him money in exchange for carrying his bags. the young boy agreed, but then the two entered seton falls park. the suspect then grabbed that young boy's buttocks. here's another look at the suspect. this is released by police just a few hours ago. once again, they say he offered a 15-year-old boy money to carry his bags then led him to an isolated area of seton falls park before exposing himself,
then asking that victim to have sex with him before grabbing his groin. just last saturday, police say this same suspect grabbed a 13-year-old boy walking through the park. you can see just how close schools are in this area to seton falls park. now, in all of these, none of the young victims were injured. of course, authorities are asking everyone to be on alert. you can see the video on our website, nbcnewyork.com. of course, a lot of people in this area pretty nervous about hearing this is going on. back to you. >> we can imagine. all right, tracie. thank you. 6:37 now. a man who spent more than two decades behind bars for a notorious subway killing is a free man this morning. johnny hincapie 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. hincapie confessed to the crime on tape but later said he was coerced into a confession by
for 25 years, hincapie insisted he was incident. >> i feel wonderful, wonderful. i feel free. >> i waited 25 years for this. >> incredible. this is the greatest day of our life. >> hincapie's conviction was overturned based on the testimony of witnesses who came forward earlier this year. the manhattan da's office says they'll reconsider trying the case. police investigators wondering if something other than gas caused a deadly building explosion in brooklyn. initially authorities believed the explosion was caused from a stove disconnected from a gas line. now the nypd has learned the gas had been shut off to that floor. teams are now combing through the rubble, checking for other types of fuel or chemicals that could have been involved. on long island, some suffolk county lawmakers want to suspend the red light cameras there to investigate claims that the cameras are rigged against drivers. they say several issues have
been raised, including claims of shorter yellow light warn education and intersections that have the cameras. they say -- critics say it's a scam to generate more money, more tickets. the public works commissioner is denying those accusations. >> that's absolutely false. >> the ones at the red light cameras are not being shortened? >> not at all. absolutely not. >> anderson also denies claims of a red light camera ticket quota. all these issues first raised this summer by a man who posted a video showing him moving the cameras. >> the yankees' return to the postseason lasted all of about three hours. they hosted the astros in the american league wild card game. masahiro tanaka gave up two home runs. alex rodriguez had a chance to even things up in the bottom of the sixth. with two on and two out, dallas keuchel gets him to fly out. the yankees lose 3-0.
it's hard, you know. seasons end abruptly. it's very difficult. >> i never thought i would be able to come back and play baseball and have so much fun. sometimes it's like a little kid. you try to do all the right things, you work your butt off, try as hard as you can, and it's still a little short. that was our year. >> the astros will now face the kansas royals in the a.l. division series. meanwhile, the mets head into the playoffs with some controversy. they had a mandatory practice yesterday. star pitcher matt harvey was 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. then he claimed harvey had lost track of time. harvey, for his part, did apologize, telling reporters he simply screwed up, to use his words. >> all right. >> a little controversy there. >> most certainly. coming up next, treat yourself. we'll show you some of the hottest items from the niemann marcus holiday catalog that can be yours if you have the cash. >> or treat the people you work
6:44 right now. a live look there at the wednesday morning. want to check in with weather and traffic on the 4s. seems like -- seemed nice this morning when we were walking >> yeah -- >> i usually greet people. >> he was wandering times square by himself. >> helping the hot dog vendor clean up. that's nice of you. it was more comfortable this morning in terms of the temperatures not being quite as chilly.
it is a quiet morning. we have some cloud cover to get through early. just high clouds that'll filter out the sun a bit. then i think we get into some bright sunshine later this afternoon. that'll warm it up quite nicely. we'll call this one a delightful day. nice looking midweekday. the bulk of the weekend turns out nice. here's a look at one of our weather underground cameras. this is the cross bay bridge. looks pretty quiet out there. roads are dry, obviously. you can see that little grayness to the sky. there's some high clouds, midlevel clouds. temperature about 58 degrees. no wind. that's pretty much the case in most areas. a lot of 50s. long beach is 56. oyster bay is 55. north and west, maplewood, you're at 54. again, further north and west, places like hopatcong, 52.
woodstock, 52. pretty mild. down on lbi and seaside heights, generally mid-50s this morning. everybody under a partly cloudy sky. these clouds you see on our satellite not producing any rain. they'll come sliding on through. i think we poke holes through them later this morning, especially this afternoon. it's partly to mostly sunny at times. very nice afternoon. 74. good night tonight again. mainly clear, 57 in the city, 40s in the suburbs. nice and quiet for tomorrow. maybe a few degrees cooler tomorrow in the upper 60s. still nice for this time of year. keep in mind, normal high is 67. the clouds thicken up tomorrow night into friday morning. showers arrive later friday afternoon. a period of heavier showers possible overnight friday. we'll start to clear it on out saturday afternoon. a cooler day saturday. only in the lower 60s. we bounce back into the low 70s by columbus day. it's low to mid-70s today. nice but cooler tomorrow. 74 on friday, showers, maybe a
saturday, thunderstorms early with later clearing. looks good for both home games for the mets monday and tuesday. let's check the commute with lauren. we're going to head to connecticut where we have two accidents southbound on 95. you can see they almost have it over on the shoulder. the right lane is still blocked. delays are significant. you'll encounter another accident as you head southbound by exit 14 in the norwalk area. also heavy delays. those delays are not nearly as bad as the ones by exit 18. really stop and go all the way back to bridgeport. leave yourself plenty of extra time. heading over to the bqe, an accident eastbound out by the manhattan bridge in the left lane. then one still coming off the upper level of the verrazano bridge heading to brooklyn. that blocks a lane. you can see stop and go across the span there. head to the lower level instead. also a slow ride on the staten island expressway this morning as you make your way eastbound.
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6:52 now. tonight you can see an unusual cloud streaking across the skrie. it's not a cloud. nasa is planning a rocket launch from ts facility in wallops land, virginia. we're going to show you a map of the viewing esea. the colorful vapor cloud could be visibility from here all the way south to north carolina. the launch is expected sometime between 7:00 and 9:00 tonight. look to south, and you may see it. >> all cright. 6:53, we're going to look r outside, or aceosshe street. the "today" show coming up. we check in with sa van in and willie. >> we see you out t this way. >> hey, guys. >> good morning. hair looks great today, darlene. >> thank you. you too. >> scary news breaking overnight. the fbi foils a plot by russian-linked gangs trying to sell nuclear materials to isis. a live report. then serious concerns overnight in south carolina where more dams are reaching their breaking point. devastated home and business owners trying to rebuild what
they've lost. we'll be live. >> also ahead, is it really okay to sit your child down with an ipad? there's new guidelines out, and they may make us all feel a little less guilty. and the keatons are back gether, guys. how excited are we about this? you'll nopt want toemisour family reunion as the cast of "family ties" sits down more than 25 years after their show went off the air. all that plus kate winslet when we see you here on "today." i mean, michael j. fox. >> sing it, savannah. >> that's the closing sting out. >> i totally f got that. >> feel free to sing along, guys. >> i love it. can't wait. >> that's how we should end our cross talk every day. >> the whole cast is going to be horrified. >> thanks, guys. up next, we're going to check in with lauren and get an update on our commute. >> you're watching "today in new york." ck to school? how about...back to blinds! during blinds to go's
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a clear image of that suspect simply walking down the street. in two of three incidents, police say he offered his victims money in exchanju for rrying his bags. a 13-year-old boy who complied was grabbed in the buttocks. a 15-year-old boy was led to an isolated area by that suspect who then exposed himself and grabbed that young boy's groin. just last saturday, there was another incident. police are telling us none of the victims suffered serious injuries in this. anyone who knows that suspect is asked to contact police immediately. back to you. >> all right, tracie. thank you. now to katherine creag i central park, where police are investigating the mysterious death of a dog. >> reporter: a very strange death indeed, darlene. the nypd says this is where officers had gathered. we saw video of them looking down on the ground. investigators lo king for any kind of evidence that would suggest a bullet struck down a dog around 11:00 last night. a dog owner told police his dog had been walking around, running around when suddenly it collapsed.
it's close to 110th street and central park west. the owner told investigators he believed the dog had been shot. it had strange wounds on his head. the nypd says it's investigating. back to you. >> kat, thanks very much. we want to check in with lauren and see what's going on with the traffic. >> we have a lot of problems on the roads. new ones out there since the last time i saw you. an accident on route 80 eastbound before exit 42. that's in the center lane. if you're headed to the hudson river crossings, 30 minutes inbounds at the gwb. holland is only ten minutes from the ramps. heavy delays on the turnpike extension trying to get into this area. heading over to the bqe, still an accident by the manhattan bridge. >> all right, lauren. thank you. chris, one more check of the weather. >> another good looking day. some clouds early on. patchy clouds at that. not rain-producing clouds. this afternoon, partly to mostly sunny for most of us. warmer, too, at 74. 50s tonight. upper 60s tomorrow. a little cooler but still a very nice day for this time of year. 74 on friday.
showers, maybe a thunderstorm at night. leftover shower early saturday morning, but the bulk of the weekend looks dry. by saturday afternoon it dries out. sunday, a little nicer, upper 60s. columbus day early next week, 70s again. >> columbus day. looking good. the "today" show is coming up next. >> that's what's happening today in new york. good morning. breaking overni tt. fe nuclear ambiti ns. the fbi reportedly foiling a frightenin plot by russian-linked smugglers to sell nuclear material to isis, at least four attempts over the past five years, the material enough to contaminate several ci blocks. we have a live report this nd morning. breaking point. a dangerous situation in south carolina today. several major dams on the verge of giving way. entire neighborhoods still threatened long after the rain has stopped. we'll be live on the flood lines in south caroli . the political clock is