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right now, an investigation into the tragic drowning of a man who may have wandered away from a group home. welcome back, everyone. i'm david ushery. >> and i'm sibila vargas. let's go to greg cergol. he is in long island with what we know about the investigation. >> reporter: the 22-year-old victim was autistic. nassau police have yet to release his identity, but investigators are saying tonight that his death was noncriminal. the 22-year-old victim this plan dome group home for at least a decade and his death has stunned the staff and nine other young autistic adults who call this place home. >> the young residents are like family. >> reporter: marsha spector heads the nassau county group health association. he scaled a fence and ended up in a pool in a neighbor's yard. >> the staff tried to scale the
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they had to run around. three of our staff members jumped into the pool and brought him out. >> reporter: but not even cpr could save the young man. specter says there was nothing more the staff could do, and there were more than the required number on duty when incident occurred. >> he took them so by surprise and just bolted up so quickly they couldn't pull him down. >> reporter: a spokesman for autistic isn't unusual. drowning is a leading cause of death for autistic people. it harkens back to the case after avonte oquendo. he was found dead by the east river after wandering away from school. officials insist no one failed this victim.
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not have been prevented. >> reporter: now the new york state agency that oversees group homes like this wouldn't comment on this case specifically, citing confidentiality laws, but a spokesperson told me the mental health association of nassau county is a provider in, quote, good standing. we're in plan dome tonight, greg cergol. news 4 new york. we are getting another look at the man police believe tried to rape a woman on staten island. the nypd of a 42-year-old man. he followed a 21-year-old security guard into the ladies' room at a church, grabbed her by the throat, pushed her to the floor, and unbuckled his pants. the young woman fought him off. police in pearl river, new york, are trying to stop a destructive act of vandalism, one that targets mailboxes.
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six mailboxes in all were destroyed. surveillance video of the incidents show they happened at night. they get out of the car to really smash up the mailboxes. anyone with information should call orangetown police. in new jersey, a strange scene when police pulled up to check out an accident in a mall parking lot. officers say they found driver brian o'malley naked and with an opee cherokee. a bear attack claim this morning. chopper 4 shows the search around 9:00 a.m. someone called 911 saying a 400-pound bear attacked him on his front porch. his injuries were not consistent with a bear attack. the township's mayor says the investigation is ongoing.
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the man who told police he was attacked. >> our police department i believe will interview him once they're able to do so. there's obviously various laws that could be violated for creating a public nuisance. >> authorities are taking no chances putting out bear traps and continuing to search. happening now, while all the rain we had this week was good for the lawns, the runoffs has led to closures in some beaches in the tri-state. suffolk county several beaches in suffolk county are today closed now. they include gold star battalion, copague harbor. bacteria levels in the water are not safe. there are certain places on the jersey shore that are not safe. ten in ocean county have the
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parks are closed, both on the sound and on lakes. silver sand state park in milford and wharton brook state park all closed today. public health officials in all three states will continue to test the levels until they come back clean. a new study says that many nail salon workers specifically in new york city are failing to protect themselves and their customers by not wearing required safety gloves. ac salon employees are failing to wear gloves. between october and december of 2015, researchers observed 562 workers at 149 randomly selected salons across the city. nearly 3/4 of the workers who provided services did not wear safety gloves. now to an i-team update. first a series of i-team investigations raised questions about governor cuomo's signature
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>> now some lawmakers are calling for changes to startup new york. >> startup new york is a program that promises tax breaks to companies that create jobs, but our investigations have shown some of the jobs may be going to people who are not u.s. citizens and some of the tax breaks may be going to mature companies that were expanding anyway. today a bipartisan group of lawmakers grilled the man who runs startup new york, questioning whether taxpayers are getting anything in return the cuomo administration counted just 400 jobs created in two years despite $53 million spent on advertising startup new york. one pointed out much of that advertising aired during governor cuomo's 2014 re-election bid. >> our constituents were inundated with television commercials two years ago and
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this program needs to be significantly revamped. >> it is important that people understand in the greater scheme of things and for everyone here to understand that our broad array of programs in our tool box are working and our fiscal policies are working. >> at the hearing, the head of the agency in charge of startup new york said critics are not giving startup new york enough time to gather team. the cuomo administration has benefitting from those tax breaks have five years to meet the job creation totals. a man facing serious charges this evening for an attack at an amusement park nature enclosure. what he did in front of families that landed him behind bars. a strike in atlantic city forces one casino to shut its doors. we're live with where it will happen, when, and what is at
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when you get a break like this in august. we certainly do appreciate it, cool nights and warm days. how much longer will it last? savannah guthrie has a look at what she's working on at 6:30. trump in turmoil. while sources say his allies are plotting a campaign intervention. the latest on the first u.s. law enforcement officer to be charged with helping isis. and extreme measures. women are protecting their babies from zika in the u.s. there's one place where america's pastime is preserved for all time. ?? and that's not the only thing you can only find in new york state.
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the longest running atlantic city strike will shut down trump taj mahal casino. >> ted greenburg joins us now with more on when the casino will close and how it will impact the area. ted? >> reporter: well, a noisy evening out here on boardwalk this evening, david and sibila. the taj mahal has remained open during a strike that has dragged on here for more than a month, but tonight managers say they can't just keep running the money-losing property in the midst of the walkout. the trump taj mahal will shut down after labor day, according to an announcement this afternoon from the casino's
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outside on the boardwalk, who were quick to criticize the casino's owner. >> i'm surprised because carl icon promised he would put money into this place and take care of the working people who have been here like me for 26 years. >> reporter: about half are members of unite here local 54 who have been on strike since july 31st. they want benefits restored. in a statement, union president lashed out against carl icon, saying for a few million bucks, he could have had labor peace and a content workforce, but instead he'd rather slam the doors shut on these long-term workers just to punish them. >> the company had opportunity to come to the table and negotiate a fair and honest contract with us and they refused to do that. >> reporter: the president and
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mahal is losing millions a month. now they see no path to profitability. >> this building would have been closed a long time ago. they wanted to push this. whether it is political or not, that's another question. >> reporter: tonight, the union says no negotiations are scheduled. donald trump ope mahal in 1990, but it is now slated to become the fifth atlantic city casino to close in two years. striking workers told me this evening they still believe the walkout was worth it. live in atlantic city, i'm ted greenburg. news 4 new york. the beautiful weather may entice you to get out on the water this week. better get baquero for safety
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we are following some bizarre breaking news in newark right now. a manhunt has gone water to underground after a suspect jumped into the passaic river. >> a very unusual story here. once again chopper 4 over the passaic river here in newark. we can tell you this all began around 1:00 this afternoon. this is the 1000 block of the carver highway. you're looking at newark. this started across the river in harrison. this began around 1:00 on
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harrison police stopped a vehicle. the driver jumped from the vehicle, jumped into the passaic river, was hanging on for quite sometime when a newark police boat came to get him. that suspect swam all the way upstream here in newark along the passaic river to this spot, where he entered a storm drain. right now he's been in that storm drain for hours ever since. we have a fire boat here from newark as well as a police boat from newark still waitings understand that specialized equipment is being brought in to help locate the suspect, but at this point it looks like they're just waiting for the suspect to reappear. he's cordoned off inside that storm drain with nowhere to go. back to you in the studio. >> all right. almost sounds like fiction, right? >> i took my son to see jason bourn this weekend and it was very similar to what he just described. this weather today, it is
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with a cool start to the day and the temperatures warming up in the afternoon and the clear blue sky, you can't put a price on this. 78 right now in midtown. wind out of the south. it felt nice. sunshine all around. it's a beautiful afternoon. maybe you decide to have your dinner outdoors al fresco. 75 at 7 melville, you're at 77. 75 degrees in sayville. mostly 70s across long island right now. long branch, 75. poughkeepsie, you're at 82. the humidity levels are generally in the 70% range. poughkeepsie, you're a little bit lower.
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southeast to east about 5 to 15 miles an hour. we have game three of our subway series tonight this time at yankees stadium. it is a great night for baseball again. 76 degrees for the first pitch. later on tonight by 11:00, most areas are down in the 60s except for right along the coastline. asbury park, you're at 74. by 5:00 a.m., we have more 50s coming up. it cools down if danbury to so 62 at 5:00 a.m. in the city. by the afternoon, we're back to the 70s and 80s. a few spots inland will warm up a little bit more, but still very comfortable. you may decide to have your lunch outdoors tomorrow. 60s at 7:00 a.m. 70s by noon. the water temperatures in the 70s with that water piling up from the gulf stream, so it
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rip currents in spots. temperatures will be in the 70s. there will be lots of sunshine. very high uv. make sure you're well protected. no thunderstorms. perfect weather for us. it duds get a little bit muggy by the time we get to the end of the week on friday. then thunderstorms are coming up on saturday. so are the hottest temperatures of the week. here's our extended ten-day forecast. 82 tomorrow. 83 friday. afternoon and evening on saturday. 88. sunday 86. back to you. well, that perfect weather janice was talking about, it's perfect to be out on the water, but sometimes summer can be a distraction from safety. better get baquero with some tips to keep you safe. here's lynda. >> reporter: being safe on the water is keep for pete and
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dangerously. >> you see a lot of people really not paying attention or they're just hot dogging it and going faster than they really should be. >> reporter: the coast guard and police are urging boaters and jet skiers to use caution and know what you're doing safely. >> before you get under way, you need to make sure you're familiar with whatever you're taking out, whether it be a small boat, a jet ski, a canoe. >> reporte in a boating accident. over july the fourth, a man died in a crash. both incidents remain under investigation. the coast guard's app has a list of required equipment and recommended equipment plus safety checks and tests. >> that's why we're out here trying to educate people. on that occasion where your boat breaks down, your electronics go
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you're actually located. >> reporter: another reminder, don't operate a boat unless you're sober. authorities say the most frequent contributing factor in boater deaths is alcohol. lynda baquero, news 4 new york. still ahead, a stunt takes a terrible turn on live tv. >> a closer look at this close call on "america's got talent. natalie is here with a look at what's coming up. the decision made today that will make it harder for a lot of ds school. plus, a new jersey town is demoting its top cop because of comments he made in an e-mail two years ago, but not everyone is on board with that decision. plus, we have the story of a local fencer hoping to bring home a gold medal from the
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we won't see donald trump's testimony from the lawsuits filed against the trump university. a federal judge ruled today the tape's testimony will note trump's lawyers argued the release of the video would be used to damage his presidential run. it was not all good news for trump's camp. the judge rejected calls for the lawsuit to be dismissed. two class-action lawsuits are under way claiming the university was not an accredited school. tonight, a man is charged with the death of a beloved
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in tampa, florida. it had to be euthanized because of its injuries. she loved to dance for guests. the man faces animal cruelty charges. this falls under the category of what could possibly go wrong. a stunt act on "america's got talent" found out the hard way on live television. she missed a little a man stepped in to end the segment as the performer tried to compose himself. afterward he admitted the trick went wrong. thanks for watching. stay with us as the news continues. walking free. a convicted brooklyn man has his life sentence overturned. why a judge finally decided to let him go. chief demoted. a local township drops its top
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so why don't everyone agree with the punishment? fighting for fair fares. why some new yorkers are demanding a discount on their new york metro cards. good evening, everyone. i'm david ushery. chuck has the night off. >> and i'm natalie pasquarella. we begin with an i-team update. that brooklyn man once convicted of murder who is now free. wayne martin spent ten years in prison for a double murder. >> sarah walla to expose problems in his case. she joins us from downtown brooklyn with the update. >> reporter: his murder conviction was overturned here last month and today wayne martin walked out of the courthouse without bail. it is a stunning turnaround in a case that has completely unravelled within the past six weeks amid revelations of missing evidence and allegations of prosecutorial misconduct. >> i'm free.
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for me, ms. wallace. i'll give you an interview later on. >> reporter: wayne martin isn't allowed to go out of state for the moment, but he is free to go home for the first time since 2007 when he was charged with a vicious double murder. two men had been shot dead at a brownsville tire store ten years earlier. he was sentenced to life in prison without he spoke with me from prison after learning that information. >> when you saw this letter from the district attorney's office, what went through your mind? >> i got numb. i haven't slept in about a week. seriously. >> because you're so hopeful? >> yeah. >> reporter: what's incredible is that two witnesses had identified other suspects to detectives and yet martin and his attorney never knew any of

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