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and sometime today, the former suffolk county police chief could be hit with federal charges. plus, the new video showing the plan police say could be behind seven arsons in queens. "today in new york" starts now. good morning, everyone. it's wednesday morning, december 9th. i'm darlene rodriguez. >> i'm michael gargiulo. chris cimino here with the forecast. chris, will i need my air force issue arctic parker today? >> only if you feel like looking silly. it will be milder by this afternoon. we're starting out on the chilly side, especially in the suburbs. 41 in town. drops off quickly to white plains, where it's 30. mid and upper 20s to poughkeepsie. patchy cloud cover will be moving in throughout the day. we'll call for intervals of clouds and sunshine. by noon, a nice bounceback, 50.
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let's get our first check on the commute. >> good morning, everyone. we have a problem out there. an accident investigation in elizabeth, new jersey. route 1-9 northbound shut down after grand street. we also have road work closures. this happens to be the turnpike. the truck lanes are shut down from southbound 15e to interchange 8. we'll have more weather and traffic ahead on the 4s. new this morning, a driver is on the run after hitting and killing a man in queens. police are getting new information about the car they want to find. >> michael george is live on northern boulevard in jackson heights. what do we know about this car so parr? >> reporter: well, michael, police are looking for a black toyota camry. it happened right here. a 17-year-old boy was just crossing the street when the driver slammed into him, and the driver just kept on going. at no point did they stop to find out if the person they hit was okay. we just learned the name of the victim.
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we learned he lives just three blocks away from where this accident happened. detectives are trying to piece together what happened. here's what we know. just before 11:00 p.m. last night, he was crossing the street at corner of junction and northern boul ard. the camry driver hit him and kept going westbound. what's really surprising about this accident is that it happened just a block away from a police precinct. but neighbors told us this isn't the first time. >> it's not surprising. it's happened before. it's bad that the driver just ran away. should have stayed. there's consequences for him and tragic for the family of the lost one. >> reporter: and this morning, we looked into city accident records and found out this is the ninth injury accident right here at this intersection so far this year. but unfortunately, this is the first time that we've had a fatality here. we're live in jackson heights, michael george, news 4 new york.
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a former top cop in suffolk county could soon be the one in trouble with the law. sources tell news 4 federal charges are expected to be filed against james bourke as early as today. katherine creag joins us from fbi offices in melville about the charges he could face. he did just retire, if i understand it correctly. >> reporter: just months ago, darlene. we expect to see the former suffolk county police chief here at the fbi office. not as a law enforcement official but as a suspect in a criminal case. as we said, his name is james bourke. he retired back in october. we do expect to see him here. according to his attorney, not sure what the terms of the surrender are, but it is expected to happen today that bourke could be charged in federal court. sources familiar with the case tell news 4 that bourke is expected to face civil rights charges in connection with the 2012 arrest of christopher loeb, who was charged with breaking
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loeb alleges he was beaten by several police officers after his arrest, including the former police chief. several other officials could also be charged in this case, according to reports. there was bourke and more than a dozen police officers who went to the home of loeb after his arrest. that is where loeb alleges that he was beaten up. also at a precinct. back to you. >> kat, thank you. 4:34 right now. time to check on weather and traffic on the 4s. this is where we start to go on the upswing? >> yeah, we turn the corner towards those milder tmpb er er temperatures again. it's chilly this morning. the city not bad, close to 40. a mixed bag of sun and clouds throughout the day. milder 50s by the afternoon. maybe a couple sprinkles tonight. we're starting out at 41 in town. getting milder throughout the day today. around 50 at noon. 53 the high by 3:00. still near 50 even into the evening hours.
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forecast in a little bit. she's looking at the roads and rails, here's lauren. >> good morning, everyone. if you're getting on the subways, overnight track work still on these lines. you'll see delays and service changes. speaking of delays, a live look at the george washington bridge right now where they have road work out there. right now nothing moving along the inbound upper level span. that should be wrapped up shortly. in the meantime, there is a little bit of a delay. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect. more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. new this morning, we now know the name of the third suicide bomber who attacked the bataclan club in paris on october 13th. the french prime minister announced the revelation this morning.
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a newspaper says it is fouad mohamed-aggad. police have released new photos and video of a suspect wanted in a string of fires in forest hills. six fires have been at construction sites. police have not yet determined a motive, but the community is obviously concerned. >> very scared to live here. don't know what to do. >> lucky nobody didn't get hurt yet. >> representatives from the nypd met with community leaders yesterday. they worked out o plan to organize neighborhood watches and post fliers. today, closing targets should wrap up in the dean skelos federal corruption trial. yesterday prosecutors began their summation. they said skelos used his power to, quote, create a cash cow for his son adam. the money allegedly came in the form of no-show jobs. the defense argues he did nothing illegal to help his son's career.
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two high-ranking members of the nypd are accused of being corrupt. the queens da charged lieutenant robert sung and detective yam with taking protection money from several nightclubs. prosecutors say they were warned about upcoming drug raids and got some suspects released. a conviction could get them each 15 years behind bars. >> police on long island are not taking any chances. they're beefing up security at two high schools following a series of threats. police will be on the campus of lindenhurst high after finding threats written on bathroom walls for tomorrow and friday. security may search bags, and all after-school activities will be canceled tomorrow. extra security will also patrol the grounds of long beach high school after a threat was found scrawled on a student's desk. that followed a verbal threat made over the weekend. however, the district insists police did not find any evidence of real danger. this morning, police are investigating an
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started with a traffic stop and ended with one suspect dead. it started in the bronx, 242nd street and broadway. police tried to pull over a silver nissan. the driver of that car then took off. nypd chasing the car into the saw mill river parkway and yonkers. that's where the nissan made a u-turn. it drove against traffic and crashed. one person was arrested. another was shot by an officer. >> the investigation is too preliminary at this point to give you too many details. as i said, the officers are hospitalized. they haven't been spoken yet. and there are no direct witnesses to the event. >> this investigation shut down the saw mill parkway well into the night. no word yet as to what led the officer to fire his weapon. this morning, political pushback against donald trump's proposed travel ban on muslims intensifies. members of new york city council plan to add their voices to the public condemnation later this morning. philadelphia's mayor spoke already, and he didn't mince words.
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i mean, what do you -- i apologize, reverends. >> strong words from mayor michael nutter, even surrounded by religious leaders. in our area, members of the muslim community expressed their disbelief. >> how could you say that i'm not allowed to come in here? to just create that whole hostility to begin with against muslims or against any different nation or different belief, it's just wrong. >> trump is now clarifying his position. he says any ban on muslim travel or immigration would be temporary. fellow republican presidential candidates, even the party leader, labeling trump's comments as un-american. the couple in the san bernardino mass shooting may have been planning their attack for longer than first thought. sources are telling nbc news syed farook and tashfeen malik practiced at a local gun range for at least a year. farook may have also spoken
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the man who actually purchased those weapons is cooperating with officials. the investigation also focused on evidence recovered from farook's home. they say his mother may hold some answers as well. >> syed farook's mother is a key person. she lived in the home where a bomb factory was constructed right under her nose. >> officials also noting that farook recently took out a loan of more than $28,000. two members of the afghan air force training here in the united states are missing. they failed to show up for class monday at moody air force base in georgia. we're told that's where both men are learning how to repair small reconnaissance and air support planes. several federal agencies are trying to find them. and law enforcement agencies in new jersey and in connecticut
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trains, buses, ferries coming back and forth from new york throughout this holiday season. governor cuomo signed an executive order that expands the security for the next 30 days. the move comes one week after 4 investigates detailed how new jersey state police were not allowed to patrol the ferries that cross the hudson river. it's 4:41 right now. walmart. the device found that sent shoppers scrambling. >> and chicago's mayor looking to the future as the justice department digs into that department's past. and your weather and traffic on the 4s is coming up. don't forget, follow us on facebook, twitter, and instagram. michaelg4ny, darlene4ny. you're watching "today in new york." we need an internet that can do more. we do more games, and more streaming. so we need more speed. that's why we switched to time warner cable. now we can connect more devices, at the same time. hi grandma and grandpa! ha, look at that!
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here are four things to know this wednesday morning. the defense expected to start presenting its case in the trial of a baltimore police officer connected to the death of freddie gray. officers william porter charged with manslaughter. gray died of spinal injuries while he was in police custody. today the president and political groups will commemorate the anniversary of the abolishment of slavery. it's the 150th anniversary of the 13th amendment. the house has overwhelmingly approved tightening the visa waiver program. the existing program allows citizens of 38 countries, many of them in europe, to come here to the united states for three months without needing a visa. and today's "time" person of the year will be revealed in an exclusive interview. the 2015 person of the year will be unveiled on the "today" show this morning. all right. 4:44. looking at a chilly morning again. suburbs starting out in the 20s. city right around 40 degrees.
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we'll see a mixed sky today. temperatures a little bit milder this afternoon, getting into the low to mid-50s. could be a couple sprinkles around tonight. most of us stay dry. as we head towards the weekend, we may top the 60-degree mark, especially by the time we get to sunday. in the meantime, this morning you need the jackets and the coats. 43 in chelsea. 42, city island. long island, a lot of 30s. interior connecticut, danbury is 27. even down the shore, pretty chilly. long branch, 34 degrees. a milder afternoon again putting our temperatures back above normal. made it to 49 yesterday afternoon. while it felt chilly yesterday, that was still above normal. normal high is 45. i think we get to 53 this afternoon. that's only the beginning of being on the launch pad for milder weather. you can see patchy clouds, a break, more clouds to the west. that's the way this is going to play out the next couple days. just in and out of cloudiness. temperatures, 53 this afternoon in the city with a southerly
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generally 50 to 55 across long island. a touch cooler towards the north and west. so with that mixed sky today, as i said, lower 50s doing it. a mild night tonight with more clouds around. a few sprinkles possible. 48, that's it for midtown. even most of the suburbs, probably staying above 40. maybe a few upper 30s way north and west. tomorrow, even milder, again with a mix of clouds and sunshine. looking at a temperature of 58 degrees. sprinkles will stay offshore and move away from us. warmer weather over the weekend. 60 on saturday with a mix of clouds and sun. 63 on sunday. sunday's record high is 64 degrees. our next chance of rain comes with a pretty strong cold front, we think, later monday afternoon and night with a few showers. ahead of that, still pretty mild with temperatures low 60s. so lower 50s today.
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there's the warmest day sunday. let's get back over to lauren scala. >> plenty of delays out there all due to road work. we're going to start with a live look at the van wyck expressway heading southbound through the kew gardens interchange. an extremely slow ride. two lanes closed there. heading over to the bqe, also really jammed up out there. two lanes closed eastbound between metropolitan avenue and the l.i.e. that's should wrap up at 5:00 a.m. an extremely slow ride. now where things are improving, the george washington bridge. construction has now been wrapped up. delays are easing out. you can see trucks pulling in there as they get into the tolls at the upper level. this was much worse a few minutes ago. things are better. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect today. more weather and traffic ahead on the 4s. >> okay, lauren. thanks. 4:47 now. happening today, chicago's mayor gives a speech on police reform and how that city can start moving forward. part of the fallout from the police killing of laquan mcdonald. since the dash cam video was released, the city's police chief was fired, a police
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created, department of justice announced monday it's also ngt ngting ngt investigating as well. bill cosby's wife will soon have to answer questions about her husband under oath. camille cosby's deposition is scheduled for january 6th. according to "the new york times," attorneys for seven women suing the comedian for defamation are hoping to get answers that day. cosby's fighting allegations from dozens of women who claim that he sexually assaulted them. the comedian denies any wrongdoing and has never been charged. on the upper east side, first avenue still shut down between 63rd and 64th streets because of that apartment building's crumbling facade. that happened monday night. hundreds of bricks began raining down on the street and sidewalk from the facade. that's currently being repaired, but you see where they fell from. fortunately, nobody got hurt. a teenager now faces charges after allegedly shooting another student near their school in jersey city.
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yesterday afternoon a block away from dickinson high school. police say an argument inside that school spilled out into the street. that's when they say a teenager shot a student in the leg near newark and baldwin avenues. he is expected to recover. >> a scare at a long island walmart sent police into action. a worker at the walmart found a toy wrapped in wires with a note attached to it. the store was evacuated while bomb squad officers moved in to examine the item. investigators say it did not pose a threat and gave the all clear. in brooklyn, police now know the identity of a rape suspect that they're searching for. he's identified as 31 years raji wilson. this photo was from a prior arrest. police say he followed his 20-year-old victim into her coney island apartment building sunday, pulled her into a stairwell, robbed and raped her at gunpoint. wilson also wanted for another nearby robbery as well. many of you may work as freelancers and wait a long time to get paid.
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council is doing something about that. a bill was introduced monday. all agreements would have to be in writing. it's difficult when you're trying to get paid and waiting for this money. you don't know when it's going to come and you need it. >> a lot of freelancers write off a certain portion of the money they make because they know they're not going to get it. >> it's a shame. well, migrating whales are putting on a show for boaters and fishermen on the jersey shore. >> several humpback whales have been seen close to the beach. the whales were spotted less than a mile from the beach in stone harbor this week. experts say it's the bait fish drawing mammals from the coastline. 4:50 right now. still to come, a christmas grinch. a police officer's wife caught on camera stealing gifts from another officer. if you're in debt, you may never get out. coming up, there's results of a depressing new study that shows
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welcome back. 4:53. 41 degrees out. looking at the alexander hamilton bridge in the bronx. speaking of hamilton, one of the hottest shows on broadway is going on the road. "hamilton" will have a run in chicago beginning next year. chicago is just the first stop, though. there are plans to take the hip-hop musical to other cities. meanwhile, you can see another hot broadway show from
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"the illusionist" will air a one-hour special. you can catch it at 10:00 here on nbc 4. i love that stuff. >> you like the -- >> i do. i enjoy it very much. yes, exactly. >> then you go, come on, how do they do that exactly? >> i can never figure it out. >> that's why they do what they do. and we do what we do. what we're doing today is starting to enjoy the beginning of a warming trend. temperatures will climb back into the 50s this afternoon after spending the 40s yesterday. a chilly start. intervals of clouds and sunshine. tonight, just clouds around. maybe a stray sprinkle or shower overnight in some spots. most of us are dry. look at the overnight low, 48. our low temperature is actually above our normal high for the day. the weekend, it gets even warmer. 60 on saturday and 63 on sunday. >> no way. that's fantastic. >> i dare you to say that on
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>> going to the beach. we dream. we have a couple things cooking out there, including bus detours this morning. just a few of them. m-11, m-15, and m-15 select bus services detoured. otherwise, everything looks good. if you're getting on the roads, we have an accident that shuts down route 1-9 northbound after grand street in elizabeth. that's an investigation. you'll need to take local streets to get around that. we also have construction delays. more details on that coming up. >> lauren, thank you. and we have this commuter alert for drivers in westchester county. part of the bronx river parkway will be closed for the next two days while crews put new concrete barriers into place. from 9:30 in the morning until 3:30 in the afternoon the northbound lanes will be shut down between the sprain brook parkway and crane road. health officials believe norovirus is what sickened 80 boston college students who ate at a chipotle restaurant. that location ordered to shut
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inspectors found cooked chicken kept at too low a temperature. a worker showing sign of illness. experts say the illnesses from this restaurant not linked to the e. coli outbreak at chipotle restaurants that sickened people in nine states. an officer's wife in florida was caught on camera allegedly stealing presents from her neighbor's porch. the woman snatches boxes and take off. police identified her as the wife of a haines city police officer. the neighbor she was stealing from happened to be another police officer and his wife. the packages were holiday gifts for their toddler. >> the fact that she is a cop's wife is shocking. the fact that she stole from another cop's wife is shocking. here's the word. we're watching the porch pirates, and you'll spend christmas in our jail. you won't need any presents. >> she is now facing burglary charges. she has since returned the gifts. 4:56 now.
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painting a very disappointing picture of the state of america's finances. a study by shows that more than 20% of americans believe they just will never pay off all their debt before they die. that's up from just 9% who felt that way two years ago. the study also found 22% of americans, and this is encouraging, say they have no debt at all. there's another new study that suggests stores may be more crowded than usual this christmas eve. a survey by america's research group shows the number of shoppers who wait until the day before christmas has gotten to a 12-year high. they say they hope those folks will come out at the last hours to get the last-minute deals. well, girl scouts are going digital in a big way. the organization's expanding its online cookie sales program. this year more scouts will be able to set up their own websites. the girl scouts says mastering
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age prepares girls to be leaders in high-tech and commerce industries. beachcombers in central florida were scooping up coffee. hundreds of bright-yellow cuban style coffee cans washed up on beaches in central florida yesterday. the coast guard says they're from 25 shipping containers that slipped off a barge last week. nrt investigators now checking to see what else washes ashore. being puerto rican, i wouldn't mind some of that. that's good stuff. all right. one santa in canada is ditching his red hat and jelly belly and showing off a sexy side. this is paul mason. he's also known as the fashion santa at the york dale shop. he's been a slim and handsome model for to 30 years. two years ago he grew a white beard and posed as santa. he was an instant hit. a good look for santa. >> that's a fine-looking santa.
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>> i'd take a picture with him. 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" by downloading the news 4 new york app on your mobile device. our next hour starts right now. new this morning, a teenager run down, left to die in the street. right now police are searching for the driver who hit him. plus, new surveillance video released in the investigation of the queens arson spree. why police want to talk to this man. and a new proposal in the fight against terror. who wants sites like facebook and twitter to pitch in and help. "today in new york" starts now. good morning, everybody. 5:00 a.m. on this wednesday. it's december 9th. i'm michael gargiulo. >> i'm darlene rodriguez. storm team 4's chris cimino here with the forecast. >> good morning, guys. not a bad morning out there. temperatures in the low 40s in the city. back to the 20s this morning in the suburbs.
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