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breeding captive killer whales. seaworld says the coastal commission was outside of its authority when it made that ruling on breeze. the park says because the whales are not part of coastal or marine environment, they are not part of the commission's jurisdiction. if you're about to head out the door, take us with you. town load the new 4/new york on your mobile app. the next hour starts right now. today a hero's funeral takes place in manhattan, an emotional sendoff for an nypd detective who died in afghanistan. plus a dire warning, concerns that deadly flooding could get even worse. and new information about the crime that shocked a long eye land community. a quick arrest in a deadly stabbing. "today in new york" starts now. good morning. wednesday, december 30. i'm michael gargiulo. >> and i'm kerry barrett in for darlene. >> chris cimino here with the forecast. just a difference from what we
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>> no ice or snow to worry about. temperatures close to the city upper 30s to around 40, which is close to where the normal high should be. you can see north and west, a little chillier. newburgh 34. but these folks were in the 20s yesterday morning. so again, a morning that will feature a lot of clouds, some areas of fog. visibility seems to be an issue to the west of us. or morristown oig quarter of a mile. as the air mixes up, visibility should start to improve later this morning. so the day planner, another gray day. we hey get a few thin spots here and there. temperatures back to the upper 40s to around 50. another round of rain too. let's talk early morning commute. we have a couple of problems on the roads already. we'll head over to the belt parkway where there is a garbage spill in the road. so eastbound all lanes subject to closure out by rockaway parkway. but right now things moving okay.
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we have an overturned truck westbound around exit 60, there are intermittent closures. things crawling along. it looks like it reopens right after that. we'll have more weather and traffic coming up on the 4s. today a final good-bye to a local here he row row, police officer and soldier killed in afghanistan. but he was also a loving father and husband. tracy tracie strahan is where the funeral will take place. >> reporter: so many people touched by what is going to be paid tribute here today at about 10:00 this morning. the 45-year-old was one six americans killed in a suicide bombing in afghanistan last week. but his commitment to service is what is being remembered by so many people in awe of what he was able to achieve. joseph lemm was remembered in west harrison yesterday. he was nicknamed super man by
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colleagues enlisting in the air force after high school and then he promoted to the rank of technical sergeant. not only did he serve three tours of duty, he was a 15 year vet of the nypd serving as a defective in the bronx. >> even from day one as a new officer to the city of new york, he always had his heart 100%. he was great to work with. he wanted to learn. and he was active. he was always learning and he wasn't afraid. >> reporter: long lines of mourners paid their final respects to lemm at awake last night. among them, governor andrew cuomo who called him an extraordinary human being on every level. he leaves behind a wife and two k4ir7b children, the youngest just four years old. so many pledging to help them get through this. back to you. >> a lot of support there. thank you very much. in the meantime the wake for
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died in that same attack, that will be held tomorrow and friday. 31-year-old lewis bonacasa was a staff sergeant with the air national guard and he will be laid to rest on saturday. and happening now, devastating flooding in missouri showing no signs to let up. the mississippi river expected to crest sometimes tomorrow at nearly 14 feet above flood stage. these recent storms have brought more than a foot of rain to some areas. governor nixon confirming 13 people have died in the flooding, nearly all of them trapped in cars trying to drive through high water. >> now this rain has moved out, the threat has changed, but it is not by any means over. especially for communities along the rising mississippi river and its tributaries here in the st. louis region. >> the governor has also called in the national guard in that has been the wettest december ever in st. louis. time for weather and traffic on the 4s.
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seen so far, we've seen heavy snow, terrible tornados in the south, mississippi, tennessee. and then we have to look at the flooding in missouri. >> pretty rare in december to have such major flooding along the mississippi. and again, they're catching a break from the rain, but that runoff causes the river to continue to rise after the rain has moved out. but for us, yesterday's nasty weather moved out, a little lull take, a little more rain heading our way tonight. but nothing that will lead to flooding issues. our concerns this morning, areas of fog and patchy black ice mainly north and west of the city as is the fog for the most part, but still above normal temperatures today even though we'll feel damp and cool, still above the normal. throughout the day. not a big rise in temperatures this afternoon. we'll have the first few day forecast of 2016 coming up in a bit. but she has the commute right now.
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this just came in, we have an accident on the bqe heading east blocking the right lane. buses, just one detour. nj transit route 317. as far as the rails, everything running on or close to schedule so far. major commuter lines and subway lines. more ahead on the 4s. right now an ugly dispute playing out in but. the current top cop responding to some critical comments made by his predecessor. "today in new york's" katherine creag is at one police plaza. >> reporter: it is bratton versus kelly. strong words being said by both sides. and it has to do with the numbers, the statistics on crimes and shootings here at police headquarters. this all began when ray kelly appeared on a radio show saying that the police department commissioner bratton is in charge of is manipulating
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seem like new york city is safer than it is. th fris drew anger from bratton who said ray kelly has given limited details on his claims. kelly says nypd officers are not reporting people who suffer graze wounds or gun shrapnel injuries as shooting victims and claiming nypd altered its records on shootings starting when bratton became commissioner. here is what both had to say. >> i think there is shall redefinition going on as to what amounts to a shooting. >> let him bag up that ck up that allegation. he's been too busy to respond to all of you you in term of your questions. if you're going to make it, tap up, be a big man and explain what you're talking about. >> reporter: ray kelly in a statement said members of the nypd have told him the current administration has changed the way shooting victims are calculated. the nypd says that is 2409 s is not true that it hasn't changed its definition of a shooting victim in more than 20 years and the
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manipulated and the nypd added that shooting statistics, that crime overall crime is down by a small percentage now compared to this time last year. back to you. >> and more on this to come no doubt. thank you. coming up on 5:08. new this morning, a long island man is dead after he was attacked in his own home and his so that now has been arrested for his murder. 24-year-old jordan johnson fatally stabbed his father russell during a heated dispute. officers were called to a house for some sort of disturbance yesterday afternoon and that's when they found the father with multiple stab wounds. police are senlg arching for this masked gunman who has robbed four fast food shops in brooklyn and queens. each time, pointing a gun at the store worker and demanding cash. officers say he always wear as black ski mask, a black puffity
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buff buffy vest and carry as plaque bag. wall street journal reporting that the nsa is spying on benjamin netanyahu including his conversations with members of congress. the white house says it is due to, quote, compelling national security concerns, but this news comes after the white house promised to stop spying on allied leaders. also we're learning the details about a close call between a u.s. navy ship and iranian rocket. the pentagon telling us it happened last week in the strait of hormuz. and that is where iranians began what is called a live fire exercise. they launched a missile. at the time, thes 45ir harry truman oig was less than a mile away. this morning streaming service spotify has been hit with a $150 million lawsuit. david lowry of the alternative band quacker say they violate
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the suit seeks millions in royalties for both musicians and copyright owners. it is official, 2015 the biggest money maker ever for hollywood. the north american box office taking in an record $11 billion this year. and it wasn't just "star wars" that pushed the film industry over the record. experts say there was nearly one blockbuster a month helping that bottom line out. they included "fifty shades of grey," furious seven and jurassic world, as well. today the last day for kids and parents to ride the massive indoor ferris wheel at the times square toys "r" us. the store expected to close at 6:00 p.m. and a spokeswoman for toys "r" us say they are not renewing their lease. they are actively searching for a new location.
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2001. word yet as to the future of the ferris wheel. that's been such a big thing for people coming to the city. i would take my own kids. so much fun. >> that's what everybody is asking about. is the new store going to have the ferris wheel. >> come up with something. all right. it's 5:10. straight ahead, donald trump's major purchase. plus it's a life saving moment caught on camera. a first responder rushes to help a man trapped if in a burning car. . and major issue on long island.
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four things to know this morning. the funeral for joseph lemm, the nypd detective and air national guard member killed in afghanistan. and there is a state of emergency in missouri where the mississippi river has overflowed its banks. 13 people have died in flooding. macy's recalling some martha stewart 10 piece stainless steel cookware sets. small pieces can come flying off. and test in times square the ball dropping at noon today to make sure everything is working properly before new year's eve tomorrow.
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it looks like things should be pretty decent weather-wise at around midnight tomorrow night. probably close to 40 degrees with just a partly cloudy sky. might be a little breezy. meantime this morning it's dry, but clouds will stick around through thek of the day and showers will push through tonight. pleasant tomorrow, i think and the start of 2016, while it will trend a little chillier into the weekend, still very quiet. no snow to worry about as it stands right now. fog the issue morris, warren, middlesex county. dense fog advisory until about 10:00 a.m. seeing some issues with visibility west of the city. out across the city and long island, visibility pretty decent, same thing in connecticut. hudson valley, fog has been patchy in nation. month monticello down to a quarter of a mile.
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so upper 30s to around 40. further north and west, some areas flirting with the freezing mark. and because of that, with residual moisture on the roadways, there could be patches of black ice. meantime a lot of cloud. some thin spots here and there, but for the most part clouds will rule the roost today and eventually the moisture coming out of the southeast will start to head in our direction for tonight. so the way it looks on future tracker, notice we're cloudy pretty much throughout the day. could be a couple kup el couple sprinkles. rain moves in tonight and then pushes east of us and we'll start to see the skies clear out tomorrow and it should be a pretty decent day. so morning fog giving way to showers moving in tonight. look for the rain to move out of here overnight tonight setting the stage for a dry finish tomorrow. we'll start out with clouds but end up with sunshine and temperature 51 degrees. not too bad for the final day of the year.
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lower 40s by day, 30s and 20s at night but sunny skies. upper 30s to low 40s monday and tuesday. let's find out about the wednesday morning commute. we have a couple of problems out there. suffolk county community, we have an overturned truck on the long island expressway westbound just after exit 61. so while they're trying to upright this, all the lanes on the main roadway are shut down. you can see heavy delays getting in to this area. but i'll take you to a map, you can see the delays building, but what is happening is they are detouring everyone off out at exit 61 on the service road and then you get right back on after that and everything should be okay. not down, all headed toward the city. otherwise roads are not bad. we have a couple of other problems out there. that is the worst of it. belt parkway, all lanes subject to closure because of a debris spill.
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the bqe eastbound by the comes could you company bridge. and heading over to the bronx, the ramp to the southbound debegan is shut down with an accident investigation and also the service road. alternate side of the street parking rules are in effect today. 5:18. moving to politics and decision 2016, donald trump upping the ante on his attacks on bill clinton as he opens up his wallet. edward lawrence in washington with the latest. >> reporter: good morning. each of the republican candidates hopes to get that momentum going into 2016. they will log thousands of miles just this week alone to meet as many voters as they can. donald trump has a new tactic and a new target. he says he will start spending $2 million a week on campaign ads. >> so i'm going to be doing big ads in iowa, new hampshire,
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very substantial and i think they're very well done. i've seen the first two or three of them. we're very proud of them. >> reporter: some experts worry this may be the wrong move. >> i think it's also a little bit risky. what if they look conventional. if it ain't broke don't fix it. so the motion that donald trump would start running a conventional campaign should concern him a little bit. >> reporter: a new rasmussen poll shows trump and clinton in a toss up if the election were today, that may be why he's now attacking hillary clwoton through her husband will, bill clinton, calling him the sexist one p meanwhile marco rubio paged up an endorsement in south carolina from congressman trey gowdy. >> some grow nasty in their attacks and that's fine. we'll continue to campaign on what i'm going to do when i'm president. >> reporter: rubio also twebd defended his voting record in the senate, responding to chris christie who said dude, show up.
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edward lawrence, bag ck to you. meanwhile george pataki appearing to criticize donald trump in his announcement that he is suspending his presidential campaign. >> i'm confident we can elect the right person, someone who will bring us together. >> that video airing yesterday. pataki was way down in the national polls and never made it into the prime time gop debates. this morning we're seeing video of an unco cious driver being saved from a burning car. the driver of that car crashed into a utility poll in new york york township in pennsylvania. you can see the fire chief running toward the car, pulls the driver out and drags him to safety. that driver expected to be okay, but a brave action by the fire chief himself.
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impressive. >> straight ahead, the baby name number one in new york city for the third year in a row now. more a on michael later, but also a search for a couple who scammed a local jewelry store, they walked out with a diamond ring.
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5:23. a live look at the hamilton bridge. if someone you know had a baby girl recently, chances are she's named sophia. for the third straight year, sophia, beautiful name, ranked number one among girls born in new york city. rounding out the top five, isabella, olivia, there an olivia gargiulo, mia and emma. let's look at the top baby boy name. ethan ranked number one followed by jacob, liam, jayden and noah. >> no michael? >> what's going on? but an amazing number of young kids with the first name now
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>> that's the tradeoff. >> do you want to have a kid with the same name as everyone else? >> i'll tell my daughter. >> olivia is a beautiful name. but when we were growing up, we really didn't have olivia. but you don't want a name that you make things rhyme with it. >> and chris' middle name is ozone. >> my head is in the ozone layer, but we have temperatures in the upper 30s and low 40s this morning in and close to the city. north and west of town, still seeing some numbers getting close freeze. sussex 32, 34 newburgh and dap n bir ry bury. there could be black ice on be careful. and patchy fog also. morning fog will burn off, but mainly a dry day. upper 40s. but tonight another period of rain moving on through overnight, but it's in and out of here by tomorrow morning, 44 the overnight low. and foonl
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see a little sunshine and up around 50. which is a nice finish to the year and month. and one of my friends had a baby a week and a halving a go and named her isabella. so i'm sure you're up right now. anyway forks my long island commuters, we have problems on the l.i.e. right now. westbound all lanes shut down just after exit 61. you can get back on after that. this is in the westbound lanes, an overturned tractor trailer out there. then heading over to the deegan, if you were paying close attention when we showed you the alexander hamilton bridge, would you have seen delays. we have reports of an accident southbound before yankee stadium. >> thanks, lauren. it is 5:26. take a look at this surveillance video. this is video of thieves making off with arm fulls of furs in chelsea. it happened at madison avenue furs. the three men got will by throwing a brick through the
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the thieves were wearing head lamps and stole 30 fur coats valued at about 25 grand. also the nypd looking for a couple who bought an engagement ring using someone else's credit card number. this this is ins on tar i can't back astoria back in act. they used a bogus credit card tied to somebody else's real account the to buy a $5200 engagement renk ing and wedding band set. coming up, done in by delivery. the phone call that led investigators to the teenager who became an international fugitive. plus two postal workers busted. what investigators say they were doing with the mail that they were supposed to be delivering. and if you're about to head out the door, take us with you. keep watching "today in new york" york". download the app and we'll be right how. bhow. ahow. ckhow.
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today an lapd detective and soldier, saying good-bye. amazing comments you'll make when selling a book. >> plus a war of words. the current police commissioner taking the former police commissioner to tafrg. what we learned overnight.
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we'll tell you about this. "today in new york" starts now. good morning, everybody. 5:30 on this wednesday december 30. i'm michael gargiulo. >> and i'm kerry barrett in for darlene today. >> chris cimino here with the forecast. we're ending 2015 on kind of a nice glide path as it were. >> pretty quiet. this morning no snow or ice like we had yesterday in the suburbs north and west, but we do have some fog we're getting through. dense fog advisory in affect west central portions of new jersey until about 10:00 a.m. miles per hour you go especially north and west of the city you could run into a patch or two of fog. visibility not bad in the city, but down to a quarter mile in morristown and monticello, a couple miles up around poughkeepsie. so not too bad. what to expect? we have some fog out there as well as some patchy black ice perhaps north and west of town. still above normal temperatures today flirting with 50 and then rain moving in overnight.
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>> biggest one for long island commuters, we have an overturned track are tore trailer on the l.i.e. shutting down all westbound lanes just after exit 61. so these are the delays building here. you're going to get pushed off the roadway into exit 61 on to the service road and you'll be able to get back on right after, but it's starting to get busy out there. so you may want to head to the service road to begin with or at least local streets to get around this. we also have problems on the deegan. below it, you can see a crawl on the deegan heading southbound. there are reports of an accident out before you get to exit 6 around yankee stadium. so things are jammed up right now. a couple other issues, details coming up on the 4s. today a hero's funeral will take place at st. patrick's cathedral. joseph lemm served new york city as a detective. and he died serving his country in afghanistan as a soldier.
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strahan is there and he had been to afghanistan twice, he had also served in iraq, he had gone above and beyond for his city and for his country. >> reporter: absolutely. that's the reason all of his friends and colleagues call him super man and that's certainly not an accident. in the meantime, we've seen heartbreaking photos of joseph lemm's 4-year-old son just sobbing alongside of his father's casket. thousands of others heartbroken by his loss expected to crowd 5th avenue in just a few hours for that funeral mass that will pay tribute to his service. as you mentioned, serving three tours of duty. and he was also a 15 year vet of the nypd. he was a detective in the bronx and he received several commendations. he was remembered in awake last might.
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the sacrifice that this man made. >> reporter: joseph lemm is survived by his wife and two children. cardinal timothy dolan will be the celebrant at that mass today at 10:00. already the barricades are up and we've seen police vans patrolling this area. pretty soon they will likely shut down into un wn to traffic. >> huge crowd expected. thank you so much. meanwhile the clock beginning to wind down to the start of 2016. thursday night more than a million people are crowding in to times square to bring in the new year. and among the partiers, 60,000 0 6,000 officers. >> it is a time honored tradition, something people look forward to all year.
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this city. it's iconic, an example of morning city at its best. and the eyes of the world will be on us. >> things to remember. nap sacks and large bags will not be allowed in that area. and all bags will be searched. if you can't be in times square on new year's eve, you can certainly watch the ball dwrop and you can do it later today. crews will be practicing for the big moment, the 11,875 pound ball will descend from its perch today at noon. >> they call that the "today in new york" celebration. that's the one we can make, chris. >> only one we stay awake for. >> pushing it to midnight is a little rough for us. but in the meantime, it looks like the west should be fine by tomorrow nooi night tomorrow night. one batch of rain moving the move toward north and east. not a heavy rainmaker, but it will move in here tonight. right now still dealing with the clouds there yesterday's system. for the most part, this will be kind of a gray day. we're starting out with
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the city. 30s in a lot of the suburbs. but generally dry. just a lot of clouds away. we may get a spritz or two late afternoon or early evening, but the more significant rain is for tonight. details on the rest of the forecast just ahead. she's looking at the commute right now, here's lauren. we had a debris spill out by rockaway parkway, but that has cleared out. of course we have the long island expressway shut down westbound out by exit 61. so you can see delays are very heavy already. but at 61, you're going to be detoured on to the service road and then back on to the main roadway and then clear sailing. very quiet otherwise. eastbound still moving along nicely. mass transit, things look pretty good there. trains all, subways and major commuter lines running without delays or service changes. and you need to move your car today. alternate side of the street parking rules are in effect. 5:36. right now a war of words between two commissioners, the city's
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going at one another in public. "today in new york's" katherine creag at one police plaza. these guys have always at least publicly gotten along. >> reporter: right. and that's the key word, public. because this is so open out in the public. perhaps they have not gotten along behind closed doors, but this is fodder for everyone to see and hear. it all has to do with what is taking place here at police headquarters when it comes to crime statistics. this all began when ray kelly appeared on a radio show saying the police department commissioner bratton is in charge of is manipulating shooting statistics to make it looks like new york city is safer than it is. bratton fired back saying ray kelly has given limited details on his claims. kelly said nypd officers are not recording people as shooting victims, those who suffer graze wounds or flying glass injuries. he further claimed they altered their records starting when
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>> you have to take a hard look at those numbers. and i can tell you people don't feel safer in this city. >> amazing the comments you'll make when selling a book to be quite frank with you. those comments are outrageous. my cops work hard, very hard, to reduce gun violence in the city. so for him to denigrate that hard work that has resulted in shootings being reduced significantly in the city and claim that we're playing with the numbers, shame on him. >> reporter: ray kelly said members of the nypd have personally told him the current administration has changed the way shooting victims are calculated. the nypd however says that's not true and says it hasn't changed the way it it define as shooting victim in more than 20 years and that the shooting statistics are not being distorted. back to you. >> cat oig, thank you. 5:38. in just a few hours, the texas teen known for his affluenza defense in a drunk driving case will be back in the united
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ethan couch was given probation after killing four people in a dui crash in 2013. now, the defense argued that couch just didn't understand right from wrong because of his parents' wealth. couch and his mom took off to mexico earlier this month. they were arrested there monday. marshals alerted mexican authorities to their location after they reportedly used one pizza. today the city of chicago unveiling the full list of changes that are being made to its police department. the department and the mayor there, rahm emanuel, have been under fire since the shooting death of laquan mcdonald. so monday emanuel announced that all officers will begin to carry tasers. also, the officers who do fire their guns will be put on 30 days administrative leave while the incident is investigated. two new york city postal workers face charge, one for allegedly trashing the mail, the other for stealing gift cards from it. investigators say queens
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tossed mail he was supposed to distribute into garbage cans in ozone park. darby allegedly claims he was just overwhelmed by the amount of mail he had to deliver. investigators say he even opened some of it. >> that could be someone's check they're waiting for, that could be someone's christmas gift, that could be something that they really need for that lawyer day or week. and they're not getting it because you're throwing the mail out because you don't want to do your job. >> they say james hayden stole at least $1,000 worth of gift cards from the mail. both men suspended without pay. 5:40. happening now, police looking for a missing 74-year-old man, this is a picture of him. they say he may be in need of medical attention. he has diabetes, alzheimer's and did i dy. and the body of a man has been pulled from the hudson river.
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police are expected to talk more about their investigation today, some of the circumstances surrounding his death. an autopsy will determine how he died. still to come, a local officer is in trouble and it's all because he went on vacation. plus, a local pet store with a checkered history in trouble again. what its owner is accused of doing. and we have a commuter alert, a major route on long island, look at these live pictures, it is a parking lot right now. we'll tell you why, weather and
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welcome back. 5:44. it's a cloudy morning, but no sleet, no snow, no rain. for the morse part st part that's the way it will stay today. just on the gray side. it feels chilly, but these temperatures actually are closer to where the normal high for the day would be. so we're still running a good ten degrees above normal for most of us. if you're heading out this morning, i think you can get
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no rain gear needed. different story by tonight. so it's dry, but clouds will stick around. showers will roll on in again tonight, though. i think a period of about four to section hour ix hour of wet weather tonight and then it's gone. tomorrow should see the return of some sunshine. we're pretty much locked in that this will be the warmest december on record. another note also is that it looks like we won't get to the freezing mark in the month of tes. that has never happened since they have been keeping records since 1865. not going to happen this year. again, we're 13.5 degrees above normal. next closest one was # 44.1, so we've shattered the record. some dense fog out there this morning. shall visibilities down to a quarter of a mile. across western suffolk county, upper 30s.
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38 in selden. north and west, more like 30 to 35 your temperature range. and down the jersey shore, long branch at 45. you see a few thin for thes in the spots in the clouds, but for the most part it's all about the cloud cover today and then eventually some shower activity up the east coast later on tonight. so fog west of the city, but generally dry today and cloudy, a high temperature of 49. here comes showers into tonight, they will sweep across the region. lows in the lower 40s. showers are gone by tomorrow. we'll start to see some sunshine return after morning clouds. nice finish to 2015 with a temperature of about 50 degrees. again keep in mind your normal high is 39. ball drop forecast at times square, about 41. chilly if you're standing out there for several hours. and with a breeze it will feel more like around the freezing mark, but no rain and no snow to worry about. as you look at the forecast beyond that point, first few days of 2016, 44 new year's day
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saturday, low 40s sunday, cooler on monday and then back to the low 40s. but saturday through tuesday, nice quiet weather continues. commute hasn't been so quiet. >> that's right. suffolk county commuters, we'll show issue video of a tractor trailer sdwent accident westbound long island expressway just after exit 61. you can see a tractor trailer there lost its trailer. so while the cab of the truck is still upright and of course you do see the trailer there on its side, it will take a while to clean up. we do have delays building out there because of this. we'll show you a live look at them now. so all lanes are shut down westbound out by exit 61. delays building quickly. you'll be diverted off the roadway at 61 on to the service road and then back on to the l.i.e. after that. where it will be smooth sailing once you get past this. another option is to get off at the nichols road exit and head up north to portion road. it will take you around, but you
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the service vowed heavily delayed, as well. in the bronx, major deegan southbound there is road work out there after the cross bronx, you can see it's a slow ride through here. and then we have an accident investigation a little further north of there. but it closes down the ramp from east 233rd to the southbound deegan. you also have the service road closed here. otherwise roads look good. alternate side of the street parking rules are in effect. a connecticut lifeguard facing voyeurism charges after police say he was setting up mini cams where he worked. they say 29-year-old michael collins were recording people without their knowledge in the lifeguard shack. police found videos and photos and even sunglasses that he had fitted with cameras in this them. collins is also accused of possessing child porn. in brooklyn, we're learning what sparked a deadly fire in williamsburg. the story breaking monday.
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electrical wiring ignited the flames in the building. two people were killed in that fire. it started in the basement and then burned through all three floors and spread to a smaller building behind that. some government reformers crying foul over the amount of money coming to disgraced state lawmaker dean skelos. turns out that he is still legally entitled to an estimated $90,000 a year in retirement pay. reformers argue that benefit should end after a criminal conviction. well, it is finally if i recall, video slot machines headed to belmont park. nassau regional off track betting selecting that track as the site for a video lottery terminal casino. otb says the new machines will enhance what they call the entertainment experience at the track and they think they will also bring in more money for the county. a stamford, connecticut officer facing charges after
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military duty. investigators say that the department granted rookie officer donald chen two paid weeks off to train for the u.s. army reserve. but when the officer went looking for him will, he allegedly claimed that he was in taiwan visiting his sick father. he later admitted that he was actually vacationing with his girlfriend in hawaii. he resigned did ecember 14. and a woodbridge pet store owner in trouble with the law again. rocco was arrested for trying to sell sick puppies. animal control took several dogs out of the fancy pup store nep say they will be under quarantine for a couple of weeks until they get healthy. they also took two dogs from a car dealership that he owns. those are animals he claims are personal pets. >> i've inspected animal pet shops for 30 years. this is probably the worst. >> they just told me in a very nice way, look, we don't want the store here.
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here. >> officials allege he violated a court order barring him from selling an hals, but he says after that latest brush with with the law, he will shut down his puppy store in woodbridge. seaworld fighting a ruling that bans the company from breeding captive killer whales at their san diego park. seaworld says the california coastal commission was outside its authority when it made the ruling on breeding. the amusement park says because the whales are not part of the coastal or marine environment there, that any's technically not part of the commission's jurisdiction. beginning in 2017, every smoke key tech tore in new york has to come with a ten year nonremovable battery. the new law bans the sale of any smoke detector that has those replaceable bats theorys. >> that will be a big change because people are used to the ones that you put the aa or 9 volt in.
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>> and then they they beat incessantly in the middle of the night. >> this might save some lives. still ahead, we'll tell you where one couple spent 20 hours trapped. and a remarkable discovery in the rubble left behind by a
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it's tough working when you have a cold.
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>> it's really lovely standing next to you. >> let me wipe that up. >> would you like a sip of kerry's coffee? today we're dealing with a lot of clouds and kerry's cold, but not too chilly temperatures. upper fourth to 40s to around 50. i think the rain holds often till tonight. a shot of showers overnight, low temperature of about 44. and then tomorrow around midnight, should be about 40ish when the ball drops. and then 44 for the first day of the new year with some sunshine. just a little on the breezy side. so good cooperation with the weather for christmas and now new year's. >> and with the warmth of a million people there -- >> 41 will feel like 42. >> and larn lauren will be there. >> hopefully the body warmth will help. we have a new problem out there, disabled vehicle on tonnelle
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it's a slow right through here. on the rails, all running without delays or service changes. we do have some big problems on in suffolk county. i'll have that in a few minutes. check this out. a new mexico couple surviving for 20 hours after driving into a 12-foot snow bank. this is a look at jim any and betty anderson's car buried in the snow. they were headed out to deliver newspapers, this was saturday night right along the texas new mexico border. but blinding snow caused them to drift off the road and in to a snow bank. they called 911, but the rescuers couldn't find them, they cooperate see couldn't see their car. they were rescued 20 hours later. this morning the berkshire family's home was destroyed and their dog sawyer was missing.
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the spot and as they were trying to salvage what they koorks could, they found sawyer buried under the rubble. >> we heard him crying out. barking. >> a few hours later, the family found their other dog, lucy. and we're thrilled to say both pups are expected to be okay and thrilled no doubt to be back with their family. >> a little tlc to sure. 5:57. next at 6:00, a new breakthrough that could change the way you you commute. we'll tell you what toyota is planning for its next wave of vehicles. and also at 6 k organization :00, we'll tell you how police plan to keep everyone safe in times square. and keep watching, download the news 4 new york app on your
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to honor an nypd detective killed in afghanistan. and a commuter alert for you. a tractor trailer crash on the l.i.e. causing major problems for drivers heading toward the city. plus crews calling times square the safest place nld world in the world. find out what is being done to keep everyone safe. "today in new york" starts now. 24 hours to go for that. good morning, everybody. it is 6:00 a.m. on this wednesday december 30. i'm mike chael gargiulo. >> and i'm kerry barrett. >> chris, the countdown final forecast final countdown >> i apologize. a little bit of fog being created unit till about 10:00 a.m.
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also could be patchy black ice north and west of the city. but we're still above normal today. probably close to 50 with lots of clouds. and then the rain moves in overnight. she's been following the big issue out there for the commute this morning. here is lauren with the latest. good morning. this really is the biggest problem we have on the roadways. otherwise they look pretty good. but big problems on the l.i.e. this is what it looked like a little while ago. we will show you a live shot now with the traffic getting in to this area. this is looking west from exit 62, so out by nichols road, you can see it's a parking lot. you'll be pushed off on to the service road and you can get back on right after. and then clear sailing.
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delays continue to build. nichols road, this is exit 62, if you're able to get off here, head northbound and then made a left out here on portion road, once you get past this, you can take it back down like that and get back on the roadway. coming from the south, you can get around it. do not sit in this. the service road is extremely backed up, as well and it will only continue to get worse. in just a few hour, thousands will gather at st. patrick's cathedral to pay tribute to the nypd detective killed during a suicide attack in afghanistan. tracie strahan is at the he came these cathedral and there are road closures already in effect? >> reporter: that's right. the barricades are already lining 5th avenue and in some instances, lining streets like 50th street, blocking access to them ahead of this morning's funeral mass that is expected at 10:00.
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plan today's services for joseph lemm says he expects this to be one of the larger funerals in recent memory. lemm was nicknamed super man by so many of his colleagues who loved him as well as his friends. he enlisted in the air force after high school and was promoted to the rank of technical sergeant. he served three tours of duty and was a 15 year vet of the nypd serving as a detective in the bronx. >> from day one as a new officer, he always had his heart 100%. he was great to work with. he wanted to learn. and he was active. he was always learning and he wasn't afraid. >> reporter: joseph lemm was one of six americans killed in a suicide bombing last week. hundreds formed lines in west harrison last night for his wake. after today's funeral mass, he will be buried in hawthorne. i'll bring you back live where
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already up, thousands are expected in this area not just from the nypd or his department of the military, but from across the country to pay contribute ruth butte to him today. back to you. >> thank you very much. and the wake for the long island man who died in that same attack in afghanistan will being held tomorrow and friday. lewis bonacasa was a staff sergeant and he will be laid to rest on saturday. tomorrow might more than a million people are going to be crowding into times square to bring in the new year and about 6,000 officers will be among them securing that area. these officers will be equipped with long guns, chemical and radiation detectors ap nd bomb sniffing dogs. police will be conducting searches at all entry points and spectator viewing areas. >> this is the first time we've had such a full-time dedicated force in such a number in this city. >> so things to remember.
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not be allowed in the area. all bags will be searched.sacks and large bags will not be allowed in the area. all bags will be searched. and anybody refusing will not be allowed to enter. also crews will be practicing for the big ball drop moment. the ball will descend from its perch at noon. event organizers will be checking to make sure that the crystal covered ball will fall smoothly when the clock strikes midnight tomorrow night. 6:04. time for a check of weather and traffic. so chris, everyone is concerned if you're going to be out there, what it will be like. seems like it won't be too wad. >> it may be a little brisk, but temperature near 40 with a little bit of a breeze. not going to be a big problem. it's a little chillier this morning. franklin is 32. blairstown 32. so these areas at or just below freezing, if there is a little residual moisture from yesterday's slop he pi py weather, there could be black ice down
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mid-40s down the jersey shore. here is the next rainmaker. that moves in tonight for all of us. but no ice to worry about. maybe a few thin spots early off the cloud cover, but for the most part it will be a fairly gray day. and temperatures upper 40s by noon and then getting close to 50 before the day is through. a high of 49 degrees. rest of the 7 day draft just ahead. let's get over to lauren. good morning, everyone. if you are headed southbound on tonnelle avenue, you'll sit in delays because of a disabled truck. you can's things are building pretty quickly out here. but we'll talk about mass transit. bus route 317 is on detour this morning. but the rails, major commuter lines, subways, no delays or service changes. and you do need to move your car today, alternate side of the street parking rules are in effect. he we still have the long island expressway shut down westbound by exit 61.
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right now missouri is under a state of emergency, it's bracing for more devastating floods. the mississippi river expected to crest in st. louis sometime tomorrow. the recent storms have brought more than a foot of rain in some areas. the governor nixon confirms -- jay nixon rather confirms 13 people have died from the floods. nearly all of them trapped in cars trying to drive through high water. and the "today" show is following all the overnight developments. they will have a live report from the flood zone in missouri coming up it at the top of the hour at 7:00 a.m. meanwhile police are searching for a masked gunman who keeps robbing fast food shops in brooklyn and queens. police say he's hit at least four businesses since november 18. each time he points a gun at the employee and demands cash. officers say he always wears that black ski mask, a black vest and he carries a black bag. the search for the missing manhattan man is over following
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the body of anthony uhe remade pulled from the you rein a pulled from the hudson river. police are talk more about da about the circumstances surrounding his death. an autopsy will determine how he died. fwornlg george pataki is out of the race for president, his withdrawal coming with veinly veiled criticism of donald trump. >> i'm confident we can can elect the right person, someone who will write us together. >> that video aired yesterday in three early decision states. pataki ran as a more moderate republican, failed, though, to gain support in the polls. this morning donald trump taking his presidential campaign to south carolina where he may continue to lash out at the clintons. he is blasting bill clinton's record with women just as the former president prepares to hit the campaign trail monday for his wife. yesterday trump ramping up his criticism of what he called bill clinton's, quote, record of women abuse. >> there was certainly a lot of
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whether it's monica lewinsky or paula jones or many of them. >> hillary clinton's camp answering trump by saying she would not be bullied. trump also saying he will soon spend $2 million a week on tv campaign ads. the pentagon telling us that a u.s. navy ship had a close call with an iranian missile. this happened last week in the straits of hormuz between iran and oman. it involved the "uss harry truman." the iranian boat launched a rocket. the truman not hit, but it was close by andducting military exercises. smart cars could be getting even smarter. landon dowdy joins us with those details. this confirms high suspicion that the self-driving car era will soon be upon us. >> that's right. stay tuned because toyota is
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initiative at the consumer electronics show in las vegas next week. the automaker will say it's found a way to allow cars to collect and send real time information to data centers about road conditions that it will use to improve mapping for self-driving vehicles. toyota expects the technology to be ready by 2020 sending data from on board cameras and gps devices believing self-driving cars need a better understanding of road signs and layouts. and "star wars" helped propel to a record hall 1rks $1 billion. $11 billion. it wasn't just "the force awakens" that drove people to theaters. there was a blockbuster nearly every month from 50 "fifty shades of grey" in february to fewer just 7 and jurassic world. he i need to have a binge walking weekend. >> and you were saying one of your favorite movies was the "fifty shades of grey" series.
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>> i'm not touching that one. >> i have small children! all right. >> i'm just trying to watch "star wars." >> there you go. yes. >> may the force be with you. >> thanks so much. there is no shame. it is 6:10. still ahead, a war of words over the nypd's crime stats. >> reporter: indeed. i'm katherine creag live at nypd headquarters where commissioner bratton says shame on him about his predecessor ray kelly who claims nypd is manipulating crime statistics. we'll have the details coming up. and then up next, hundreds of letters and packages were either stolen or tossed in the trash. why police say two postal workers may have messed up your holiday deliveries. plus your weather and traffic on the 4s is coming up.
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6:14 on a wednesday morning. weather and traffic together. temperatures this morning still not bad for this time of year. while it feeli ng chilly out there, but fog is a problem in parts of the area. but today for the most part will be a dry day. clouds will stick around. another batch of rain rolling through tonight. and then pleasant weather to end 2015 and a little bit chillier to start 2016. out across west central portions of the new jersey, morris county, warren on south, a dense fog advisory in effect. that runs until about 10:00 a.m. it's been pretty of the case all morning, quarter of a mile in morristown, better now in bridgewater bridgewater. still a quarter mile in trenton. a mile and a half in poughkeepsie, three quarters up in monticello. but the city not too bad. again, just be wary. right around 40 astoria, secaucus at 40.
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most of the islands upper 30s. connecticut mid-30s and hudson valley in the low to mid-30s. could be a patch or two of black ice, so watch out for that. thin spots a few early on, so we may see just a little bit of sun trying to work its way through, but i think the clouds will rule. and here comes in the batch of shower. latest updated future tracker shows not a lot of rain anticipated. we may get a couple spring kup el couple sprinkles today. overnight tonight, a few more move on through. after midnight, most has shifted east of us so would i tomorrow morning, we'll start out with clouds, about but then more sunshine tomorrow afternoon. nice finish to the old year. fog west of us this morning, otherwise lots of clouds today, about 49 for the high. tonight watch for shower activity brushing across the area. lows in the 40s. and then tomorrow the showers gone, clouds giving way to sunshine.
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degrees. looking further ahead, friday 44, a little breezy and then into the weekend, of the same with a brisk wind. a good deal of sunshine and temperatures low 40s. that should carry over into sunday, as well, at 43. another reinforcing shot of cold air monday, but nothing associated with it other than that. upper 30s and low 40s tuesday of next week, as well. let's get over to lauren and see what is going on commute-wise. big problems for long island commuters. we'll show you video of a tractor trailer that is shutting down all westbound lanes of the l.i.e. out by exit 61. you can see the tractor trailer lost its trailer. so this is causing major problems. again all lanes shut down westbound on the l.i.e. at exit 61. i'll show you right now what those delays look like. this is a live look behind me here of this closure at exit 61 and the delays heading in to exit 62. so it looks like a parking lot over here by exit 62.
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at exit 62, which is the knick nichols road exit, you can get back on around that you kip hawkins and then clear sailing after this accident. the service road is also extremely backed up, so that's not really the alternate. you'll want to take local 12r50e9 streets. george washington bridge, things moving along nicely into the tolls on both levels. tunnels in great shape. both of the roads are quiet unposhly un unfortunately the like .i.e. is the problem this morning. the texas teen known for his affluenza defense in a drunk driving case is headed back to the united states. ethan couch was given probation after killing four people in dui crash in 013. the defense argued that had couch didn't understand right from wrong because of his parents' wealth. couch and his mother took off to mexico earlier this month. they were arrested monday there. marshals reportedly tracking they will down after they used a
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couch will be in court on january 19. today we'll find out the full list of changes that will be made to the chicago police department. the department and the mayor have been under fire since the shooting death of laquan mcdonald. monday emanuel announced that all officers will begin to carry tasers, also officers who do fire their gun will be put on 30 days of administrative leave while the incident is investigated. two new york city postal workers are facing charges, one for allegedly trashing the mail, the other for stealing gift cards. investigators say daniel darby tossed mail he was supposed to distribute into garbage cans in ozone park. he claimed he was overwhelmed by the amount of mail he had to deliver. investigators say he even opened some of it. >> that could be someone's check they're waiting for, that could be someone's christmas gift, that could be something that they really need for that lawyer day or week. and they're not getting it because you're throwing the mail out because you don't want to do your job.
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rook supervise or james hayden stole at least $1,000 worth of gift cards from the mail. both men right now suspended without pay. 6:19. sorry. up next, we'll share the top baby names for new york city's newest arrivals. and then later, a hoverboard in church. that's right. and the priest is in hot water for trying to get worshippers moving as he did during christmas eve mass.
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city -- nothing gets by me, right? people are coming to our city from around the world for new year's eve. so instead of staying in a hotel traditionally, what is happening now, thousands are booking airbnb rooms. an estimated 47,000 airbnb bookings in our city for december 31. more than any other city in the world. coming in ekd second, paris. if you're expecting, we may be able to help you pick out a baby name. we're getting a look at the most popular baby names in new york city specifically. >> michael. >> no, sorry. sophia ranked number one for the third straight year. isabella, olivia, mia and emma rounding out the top five. for the top boy names -- >> michael help. >> no.
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followed by jacob, liam, skra jay dep den and noah. >> you have to have a nice name that you're comfortable with. so it doesn't matter if it's the most popular one. >> and your son cumulus -- >> he's not happy with that. and my daughter stratus not happy at all. speaking of cumulus and strat tuesday stratus, there will be a lot out there today. a lot of cloud cover. maybe a sprinkle here or there. upper 40s to around 50. another round of showers coming through tonight with low in the mid-40s. showers gone by tomorrow, so final day of 2015 looks quiet. around midnight, should be close to 40 and the first day of the due year should new year partly sunny and mid-40s. so not a bad finish and not a bad start for the new year, either. george washington bridge had been clear but that changed.
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this is 495 just before you at the time to kennedy boulevard. at the least two lanes are blocked. looks like they have just letting cars by in one lane. so this is a spot to avoid unless you can get closer past kennedy boulevard. and then we'll head over to the l.i.e. where we do have a serious accident out there, all lanes shut down westbound at exit 61. this is because of an overturned tractor trailer. so this is what it looks like out by exit 62, delays continue to build. local roads is the best way to get around it the service road is completely jammed, as well. 6:26 right how. up next, a hero's farewell at saint at trik t. patrick's cathedral. >> reporter: preparations are under way for many to say their final good-byes to it a fallen hero. i'm tracie strahan live on 5 of the avenue where the funeral mass will be held for joseph lemm. keep watching, download the news 4 new york app on your
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you this thousands expected to honest our the nypd officer killed in afghanistan.
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on the l.i.e. and now this morning, the nypd firing back over ray kelly's claims that the force fudging some crime numbers. take in new york starts right now. i'm michael gargiulo. >> and i'm kerry barrett the in for darlene. >> chris, a better more than yesterday. >> north of the city we were dealing with snow, ice, sleet. not the case this morning. just some fog in parts of the area mainly west central portions of new jersey. so watch for areas of fog, patchy black ice north and west. molt see not seeing a widespread issue. we have rain moving in overnight, no ice to worry about. right now an even 0 in the 40 in the city. today we'll get up to around 50. big issue this morning in long island. that's right, we'll start with that.
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l.i.e. is a big mess. all lanes shut down westbound at exit 61. delays go back. if you can get off at exit 62, you can take local streets. once you get past 61, clear sailing. so just this one stretch that is a big problem. we'll head over to new jersey, i showed you the accident 495 headed east by kennedy boulevard. they temporarily shut down all lanes. it's now moved to the right, so traffic getting through again. these delays should ease out pretty soon, so i don't anticipate that being a rob for problem for much longer. more weather and traffic coming up. in several hours, a hero's farewell will be held for the detective killed during a you suicide attack in afghanistan. tracie strahan is at st. patrick's where you thousands
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>> reporter: and that's why so many preparations are already under way here on 5th avenue for joseph lemm's funeral mass. it's not expected to start until 10:00 this morning, but already the barricades are up 48th, 49th and 50th streets right at 5th avenue have already been shut down to traffic as thousands are expected to line this street to pay tribute to the soldier killed by a suicide bomber in afghanistan. before three to yourself of duty in both iraq and afghanistan, joseph lemm was a 15 year vet of the nypd search as a dee rving in the bronx. he was killed by a taliban suicide bomber. last night he was remembered at a wake in west harrison. >> it resonates with civilians the sacrifice that this man made
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protect what we hold sacred here. >> reporter: friends and colleagues nicknamed joseph lemm super man for awful his ll of his duty. he's survived by a wife and two children, the youngest four years old. the barricades already up and off to the side it's difficult to see because of traffic, a couple hundred nypd officers already on duty, it looks like they're setting up speakers for many to hear everything that is going on inside. again, that funeral mass at 10:00 this morning. back to you. and the wake for the long island than who died in that same attack will be held tomorrow and friday. 31-year-old lewis bonacasa was a staff sergeant with the air national guard and he will be laid to rest on saturday. new this morning, a long island man in custody accused of stabbing his father, killing him during an argument.
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dan johnson will be arraigned later this morning. police found russell johnson stabbed after a call for disturbance. a rabies alert is going out to people who live in middletown, new jersey. a dog had a run-in with a raccoon and the raccoon tested positive for rabies. the health department is washing resident warning to keep your pets leashed. and today is the last chance for those kiddos and grown up kiddos to ride the massive indoor ferris wheel at the times square toys "r" us. the store is expected to close at 6:00 tonight. a spokeswoman says it is not renewing its lease. the lease expires next month. she says the company is actively searching for a new location. this four story flagship store opened back in 2001. their other locations will remain open. time for weather and traffic
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wow, i'm disappointed because it was so much fun to bring my own children there. >> i always meant to take avery there and now it's too late. >> locals like new yorkers, it was a big thing for us to go. maybe they can move it somewhere else eventually. meantime weather picture this morning could be a little slippery only because of leftover moisture on the roadways that didn't walk out or weren't treated overnight where temperatures have slipped below freezing. that coming walpack, franklin. it's above freezing, though, city well above freezing at the 41. long island, pretty mild, we're in the mid-40s down there. hudson valley could have a patch or two of black ice. we're watching the next surge of moisture coming our way. bill bulk of the energy will pass beneath us. a lot of clouds out there this morning. maybe some thin spots. you can see them here or there that might allow for a little bit of brief dim sunshine early on. but i think the clouds will
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bulk of the day today. 47 at noon, 47 at 6:00. in between, to near 50. let's get the latest on the commute. mostly good news. we still have the l.i.e. shut down westbound at exit 61. so there are delays out there. but we will take a live look at the inbound side of the lincoln tunnel. we did have a problem on 495 east. that has since cleared and things are moving along nicely. george washington bridge, holland tunnel also in good shape. and then let's talk about mass transit. trains look good. major commuter lines and subways included. buses are doing fine. and alternate the side of the street parks rules are in effect today. so new this morning, the nypd firing back about ray kelly's accusations of falsely reported crime stats. the department released new information overnight to dispute the former commissioner's claims. today will in new york's
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headquarters following all of this. >> reporter: a feud indeed. you're about to hear from commissioner bratton when a reporter asked him about ray kelly's claims, he was very quick to defend his police department and his police officers. >> shame on him. let him back up that allegation. >> reporter: the war of words now escalating between new york's current and former police commissioners. it began with ray kelly appearing on a radio show days ago saying the police department, commissioner bratton is in charge of, is manipulating shooting statistics to make it seem like new york city is safer than it is. >> you have to take a hard look at those numbers. and i can tell you people don't feel safer in this city. >> reporter: this drew anger from bratton who said ray kelly has given limited details on his claims. >> let him back up that allegation. he's been too busy to respond as you know to all of you in terms of your questions about that allegation. if you're going to make it,
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be a big man. and explain what you're talking about. >> reporter: kelly said nypd officers are not the reporting people who suffer graze wounds or gun shrapnel injuries as shooting victims further saying the nypd altered its records he starting when bratton became commissioner. the nypd says it hasn't changed its definition of a shooting victim in more than 20 years. and that crime statistics are not being manipulated. and it's really become a back and forth between ray kelly and the nypd. ray kelly saying people tell him quite often that it feels less safe in new york city. he said perception is reality. kerry, the nypd says though that overall crime is down by 2% to 3% now in new york city compared to this time last year. back to you. >> kat, thank you. now if you're planning to head to times square, be ready to pass through major security there. they roll out about 6,000 officers occurring the area.
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will have handheld what happeneds at wands. and knapsack, large bags, not allowed. and all your bags will be searched. if you refuse to have your bag searched, you won't be allowed to enter. connecticut lifeguard chasing voyeurism charges after he set up mini cameras where he was working. michael collins was recording people without them knowing it inside of the lifeguard shack. n. westport. police say then they searched his home and they found videos and photos and even sunglasses that were fit with cameras in them. collin is also accused of possessing child porn. and in brooklyn, we're now learning what sparked this deadly fire in williamsburg. this story broke monday. investigators believe faulty electrical wiring ignited the flames at the building on richardson street. two people died. the fire started in a building before burning through all three floors and spreading to a smaller building behind it.
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flying through the wind shield of. a tour bus during a sudden stop in new jersey. it happened about 11:00 a.m. yesterday near the lincoln tunnel. police say the man was standing up and he lost his balance and bothshield ended up on the street. he is expected to survive. the baltimore based tour bus was headed to manhattan. but quite the scare. >> no kidding. glad he's all right. up next, repenting over his ride. we'll tell you how church officials are reacting to this video showing a hoverboard riding priest. and then later see what happens when one of new york's bravest plans a special classroom surprise for his teacher girlfriend.
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it is 6:43 on this wednesday. this video has gone viral. this is a catholic priest in the philippines seen riding inside his church organization yes n, yes, a hoverboard. he did it during christmas eve mass. his sue periors at the diocese didn't exactly give it their blessing. the priest apologized and was sent for what the diocese calls reflection. good morning, everyone. we have a commuter alert for you. would he have had problems in suffolk county on the long island expressway throughout the morning and now we have another one to add to this mess in the same area. a vehicle fire right now, this is east bound on the long island
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so you can see it takes out at least the right lane here spar haley partial i will the center line, as well. this is the exact same area that we have the overturned tractor trailer. so westbound all lanes remain shut down heading in to exit 61. so this is what it looks like out by exit 62. so now problem this is both directions, although we just have partial closure eastbound. westbound remains completely closed. take local streets to get around. service road is also completely jammed up in this area. certainly the worst part of the commute this morning. otherwise things are moving along somewhat nicely on the roads. we'll take a look at the delay here westbound on the l.i.e. and then this east bound fire. we'll continue it keep a close eye on it. and if you're getting on the rails, get on the lirr, that is running on or close to schedule as well as all your major commuter lines and subways. and we have alternate side of the street parking rules in effect as well as meter rules.
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car. and chris, please tell me that we have much better weather than the commute this morning. >> it looks like suffolk county being hit hard with the traffic. fog this morning seems to be across west central portions of new jersey. advisory until about 10:00 this morning. latest number, improving. morristown up to a mile. still trenton at a quarter of a mile. not too bad across the hudson valley or long island. so i think the fog will become less and less as a problem as the air mix wills up. meantime temperatures north and west of town in the low to mid-30s. some near the freezing mark. so if there is any left overmoisture on roadways, could be a patch or two of plaque ice. not black ice. not the case in the city. a few thin spots in the clouds, but we don't expect to see much in the way of sunshine today. and then we have another batch
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so future tracker shows that. a lot of clouds throughout the day. could be a spritz here or there, but not a big deal. by 6:00, we see a few more showers especially to the west of town. nothing heavy. and then during the overnight hours, a little batch of rain moves through. and then after midnight, things start to dry out. tomorrow we will break out in sunshine to the afternoon. so a nice finish to 2015 and that's the way we will start the new year, as well. so take a high of about 49. mid and upper fourth 40s north and west. a lot of clouds throughout the day. tonight 44, that's it for the low. that's five degrees above the normal high for this time of year. watch out if a few showers even north and west, temperatures well above freezing, so into icing problems to worry about. midnight tomorrow night, ball drop, temperature about 41, chilly, not terrible with a breeze it will feel closer to
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partly to mostly clear sky. no rain or snow to worry about. and then on friday look for new year's day to be sunny. nice dry weekend, lower 40s to upper 40s come mop and tuesday. again seasonably cold, but it will feel colder compared to where it's been.and tuesday. again seasonably cold, but it will feel colder compared to where it's been. in stamford, an officer is facing charges after alledgedly lying about his military duty. investigators say the department granted done old chen two paid weeks off to twran for the army reserve. he later admitted he was vacation with his girlfriend in hawaii. chen resigned december 14. also former new york state senator leader dean skelos filed for misstate pension. lawmakers are guaranteed a pension even if they're
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it is believed that he will collect about $90,000 a year. federal prosecutors may move to seize that. one of new york city's bravest surprised his girlfriend with a romantic christmas gift much to the delight of her audience. his girlfriend teaches kindergarten in queens and on the last day before christmas break, he had her get into his gear while he talked to the children about fire safety. it was a ruse. because when she found a ring box in one of the gloves, he popped the question. >> that is so cute. >> well done. >> >> absolutely. congratulations. up next, we'll tell you where new gambling spots are being set up in your area. >> you're watching "today in new
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it is finally official, video slot machines are headed to belmont park. nassau otb stlekt ays it will enhance the entertainment experience we also bring in more money for the county. we want to check in across the street with savannah and carson and see what is ahead this morning. >> you just sat down. >> what do you mean? i've been here for five minutes. >> you made me do the local seat warming procedure. very high maintenance. >>ity it just sit down. >> good morning to you. coming up, you've been reporting
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across the midwest and south. expentocted to reach historic levels in parts of missouri. we'll be there live. also with allegations that human growth hormone was shipped to peyton manning's home, just what exactly is hgh and are there any reasons for people to be taking it. >> those stories plus al is live in pasadena when we get started on a wednesday morning. >> can i go finish get ready? >> the masseuse is just over there. >> thanks for stopping by, carson. >> wanted to see you, pal. have a great day. >> and savannah, stunning dress today. >> oh, thank you very much. >> we'll see you soon. it is 6:54. up next, we'll check in with lauren for an update on those
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in just about three hour, thousands of people will gather at st. patrick's came these tral to dral to honor the detective killed in afghanistan. tracie strahan is at the cathedral where road closures are already in place. >> reporter: that's right, shut down to traffic ahead of the funeral mass for joseph lemm.
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tours of duty in both iraq and afghanistan and is also a vet of the nypd. he was killed by a taliban suicide bomber. he was remembered fondly by long lines of mourners at a wake last night. today's funeral mass is set to begin at 10:00 a.m. this morning. thousands are expected to attend. back to you. we want to go to katherine creag who has the latest on the growing war of words between the two commissioners, the one current and the one row seed won one preceding him. >> reporter: commissioner bill bratton versus former police commissioner ray kelly. it has to do with the numbers reported at headquarters. crime statistics. former police commissioner ray kelly says that it looks like the nypd is manipulating shooting statistics to make it looks like new york city is safer than it is. commissioner bratton fired back saying ray kelly has given limited details on his claims.
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considered victims if they're grazed or injured by flying debris, flying glass. but the commissioner says that is not true, the nypd saying definition of shooting victim has not changed in more than 20 years. back to you. let's check in with lauren. i know we've had more problems. >> still big problems on the long island expressway. in both directions out by exit 61. a vehicle fire just extinguished in the eastbound lanes, but westbound lanes remain closed. delays go back past exit 62. best bet is to take local streets. it's clear sailing after exit 61. also northbound exit on the van wyck. a lot of clouds out there this morning. but not much in the terms of rain. maybe a sprinkle here or there. better chance for a period of rain tonight. gone by tomorrow. morning clouds giving way to sun.
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