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macy's. officials say the suspect then stabbed two people at the mall. the suspect was fatally shot by an off-duty police officer. two of the stabbing victims have died lawmen try to sort this all out. the morning newsteam will have more at 4:30 in the morning. philadelphia police and the fbi are trying to cope with an epidemic of bank robberies.
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this is not a case of a serial bank robber. there are four suspects out there who are frustrating the law. live at fbi headquarters at sixth and arch is dann cuellar. dann? >> reporter: jim, the noticeable increase in holdups with an two-week period. authorities are hoping you can identify the culprits captured in surveillance pictures. the most recent heist was in pnc branch in center city on monday. this man in his late 40s to early 50s entered the bank, approached a teller demanding money. he then fled on foot. the fashion-minded thief was wearing a light gray hooded sweatshirt and sweat pants and he had matching sneakers to bring the look all together. he's believed to be the same man who held up the citizens branch on 151515 market on april 29th. then there's shady and shades. age 50ish. the fbi said on tuesday at 2:30 he held up the branch on spring garden. he wore a puffy coat, blue
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jeans, a baseball cap. >> have weapons been displayed in any of these jobs? >> they have not. have been verbal demands and demand notes. >> reporter: and you couldn't miss this guy in the bright yellow jacket with a stripe across the chest. authorities say on april 29th, he held up the pnc branch at 1849 walnut. and last but not least, there's this guy. i guess you could say he's camera shy. the fbi is seeking him in connection with a holdup at the citizens branch at 123 chestnut. white male in his 30s wearing a red jacket and blue jeans. authorities say there have been eight bank robberies since april 29th being committed by at least four men and they believe the men are taking advantage of the rainy weather knowing the police response is going to be delayed and they can change the wardrobe up a bit. >> after the bank robbers are able to put on jackets and put on clothes to blend in with public and majority of these robberies are here in the center city district. >> reporter: again, if you can identify any of the men or otherwise know their
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whereabouts, you're being asked to call the fbi or police. if you'd like to see their pictures again, they will be mosted on our website at 6abc.com. live at the federal building in center city, i'm dann cuellar, "channel 6 action news." >> thank you, dann. an infant was hurt in this wreck in new castle county tonight. two suvs collided flipping one of the vehicles onto its side. the victims are being treated at christiana hospital for what are called minor injuries. the terrifying fall was caught on camera. a worker plunging 38 feet to the floor of the rodin museum on the parkway. he survived. and tonight a $7.5 million settlement has been announced keeping the case from going to trial. fanny grifolo suffered traumatic injuries in the fall in 2012. >> he broke badly beth of his
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legs, his hip and his arms badly. >> he has had more than 15 surgeries and during his recovery he required a service dog for basic tasks. he fell through a glass attic floor while inspecting lighting fixtures during an energy-efficiency audit. attorneys say there were no guardrails. there were no warning signs. riding a bike has proven to be a dangerous proposition today in philadelphia. and while police are investigating the incidents, they're also imploring riders and drivers to be aware and to take some care. "action news" reporter christie ileto is live in center city tonight. christie? >> reporter: jim, the last 24 hours have not been kind to cyclists. and while there are designated bike lanes like this one on several city streets, one local group is saying that is not enough if cyclists and motorists are to share the road. police are still looking for a driver who hit a cyclist in
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philadelphia early this morning. and they're investigating a deadly crash involving a cyclist and a septa bus. >> i was four cars behind the bus. i didn't find out till a few hours later that there was an accident. >> reporter: police say a cyclist cut in front of a bus driver moments before impact. >> the number of people on bikes who are being killed is too high. >> reporter: last year, nine cyclists were killed in crashes on city streets. and so far this year, there's been two. and according to penndot, almost half of the state's 1,271 crashes involving bikes happened in philadelphia. the bicycle coalition says more -- new intersection designs and red-light cameras might help curb the problem. is there a fear it's on pace to be as bad as last year? >> i'm concerned it is very troublesome that we've had two bicycle deaths already and it's not even the end of may and two bicycle crashes in 24 hours. >> i would like to see more protected lanes, because even the bike lanes that we have, cars swerve into them all the time. >> reporter: drivers say sharing the road is a two-way street. >> sometimes they won't even
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drive on the side. they'll actually drive and weave through traffic. it's kind of dangerous for them but for us at the same time because we're liable for that. >> the driver has to give the person that's driving the bicycle a little courtesy and so does the bicyc -- the person that's driving the bicycle. >> reporter: next wednesday, the bicycle coalition will have a ride of silence to bring awareness to this problem. reporting live in center city, christie ileto for "channel 6 action news." jim? >> christie, thank you. a philadelphia democrat has been accused of bribery by the federal government. prosecutors have charged farn essie of paying $6,00 $6,000 toa democratic party committee woman so her daughter could go on a study ablood program. ellen. [ cheers anchachman helped farn. they have been charged with conspiracy, male and wire fraud and other points.
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-- offenses. more fallout from the fbi's political corruption probe into both allentown and reading city halls. an engineering firm executive has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery. matthew mctish admitted to participating in a play-to-pay scheme where he was pressured to make thousands of dollars in campaign contributions to keep his company in line for municipal contracts. he becomes the seventh person to he becomes the seventh person to all right. bernie sanders kicked off another state tonight in primary elections easily winning the west virginia primary with 51% of the vote to 36% for hillary clinton. not really a surprise because hillary clinton ran afoul of the coal mining industry because of comment she made last spring about clean energy and shutting down the mines. clinton will take at least ten delegates out of this race tonight. she now needs only about 150 more to clinch the nomination.
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but sanders sounded like a victor tonight at a rally in salem, oregon. the oregon primary is next week. and he told a crowd of mostly college students they can help him win there too. on the republican side donald trump won tonight in west virginia and nebraska. ted cruz and john kasich were still listed on ballots and both got some votes but trump will collect all the ballots in each race. in the likely head-to-head matchup between donald trump and hillary clinton, the candidates are polling neck and neck in three swing states -- pennsylvania, ohio, and florida. quinnipiac university pollsters report that clinton barely edges trump in pennsylvania and florida, 43-42%. but, of course, that is within the margin of error. and in ohio, trump has a statistical lead, 43%-39%. some experts say that polling the general election six months in advance is virtually meaningless. a high school student
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received a prestigious award tonight in west philadelphia. west catholic high school senior jasmine mays was named a gates millennium scholar. what does that mean? well, it means she'll have all of her edge'd education -- educational expenses paid through undergraduate and graduate school. she plans to attend villanova university in the fall. still to come on "action news" tonight, the heart and soul of new jersey. we'll hear from jon bon jovi on his new effort to help people down on their luck. also, tornado alley. more monster storms ravage the heartland today. cecily? another round of wet weather on the way. i'll let you know about the timing and let you know when finally we'll get a full day of sunshine and no rain. it's about time. details in the accuweather seven-day forecast. i'm nydia han. the troubleshooters help a sister in distress tonight. she was fed up after trying to help her brother cancel a contract. find out how the troubleshooters respond and get results coming up. ducis rodgers with the nba's
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unanimous mvp. and the phillies playing like all-stars. when "action news" continues. connections.
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you're not just in the classroom; you're part of the community. you meet these tiny kids every year, and you help them learn and grow. but you also get to know their families, and over the years they become a part of your life, and you become a part of theirs. when you build those connections, you can accomplish some pretty amazing things. i'm jackie kruzik and i'm proud to be a new jersey educator.
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>> it was a violent tornado. oh, my god. that's the most -- tornadoes tore through the center of the country again today. in kentucky at least ten people were hurt. homes were demolicked. it's the same system that spawned tornadoes in oklahoma yesterday killing two people. the national weather service says 21 tornadoes have been reported across 7 states since yesterday. now to the "action news" troubleshooters on the case of the never-ending contract. the contract involves a man's home alarm system. but this severes as a less -- serves as a lesson. nydia han total you what you need to know. >> reporter: whether it's with your cell phone provider, cable
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provider or home security company, be careful. frustrated, that's how maryann locker felt when trying to cancel for her brother who has a disability. >> i spoke to a minimum of five people. i have names, dates, telephone numbers. >> reporter: to no avail. >> the nation's second largest provider of monitored home security. >> my brother, fred, lived in philadelphia, and he was going to move. and he had signed a contract. >> reporter: for five years. locker says her brother can't read beyond a first-grade level. so she read the fine print to prepare for his move. >> the contract indicated that you must send a letter two months prior to moving to disconnect. >> reporter: lockyer says she typed and sent this letter in january of 2015 that they continued to withdrawing from his account until july, then sent bills. >> the next bill said, you must
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pay immediately 261. the next bill said $314.84. it just kept going. >> reporter: finally, she sent a letter to someone else. >> i sent one to nydia han asking for her help because i had spent nine months trying to stop it and it didn't do any good. >> reporter: mission accomplished for the "action news" troubleshooters. monotronics canceled the contract and gave the family a refund for payments debited after the service was disconnected, about $400. monotronics tells the troubleshooters our focus on superior service has helped monotronics earn an "a" plus rating from the better business bureau. but actually, after the troubleshooters' inquiry, bbb tells us monotronics has no bbb rating right now. it does have 2,246 complaints filed against it in the last three years. 791 closed in the past 12 months. and the bbb has posted if
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identify a pattern of complaints that monotronics after they have canceled services. they have indicated they are implementing a streamlined process for customers to discontinue their service and prevent continued billing. >> we're very happy with what your team did. >> reporter: now, anytime you sign a contract, here's what you need to do. read the fine print first to see how and when you can can cancel. check for any termination fees or penalties. also, search a company's complaint history to see if others have had trouble canceling. and if you have a case for the troubleshooters contact me via social media. you can also call us but the best way to reach us is through 6abc.com. i'm nydia han, "channel 6 action news." on "healthcheck" tonight, the fda is re-evaluating its definition of healthy. under the current rules, avocados and nuts aren't considered healthy because of their high fat content.
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but fat-free puddings and many cereals loaded with sugar do fit the criteria. the review comes after the fda told snack company kind it couldn't claim that its fruit and nut bars were healthy because of their high fat content from almonds. a penceville high school football player hit and struck by a drunk driver was honored tonight. he was critically injured when a 23-year-old hit him as he rode his skateboard near hook road and lee avenue. tonight the south jersey coaches association gathered at orleto's in woodbury to name him the most courageous player in his league. the delaware county spca has unveiled its new building and a new name. the organization will now be called providence animal center. "action news" got a tour of its new adoption center on sandy brock road in media. it has a new kennel support ring
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that features a surgical suite and medical space upgrades. rock star jon bon jovi and his charity opened a center today to help people in toms river, new jersey, still recovering in superstorm sandy. the singers and the members of the jon bon jovi foundation cut the river this morning for the b.e.a.t. center on the 1700 block of hooper avenue. b.e.a.t. stands for bringing everyone all together. it is a one-stop shop that includes a food pantry, a soup kitchen and job training. >> we're here to effect change directly and the soul kitchen or the b.e.a.t. center is a microcosm of what we believe in community. bringing people together to help each other and not judges. >> officials say one in 8 people in ocean county struggle with hunger and are financially unstable. now they're getting some help from jon bon jovi. let's get the accuweather forecast from accuweather and you. >> yes. and we do have some more showers on the way tomorrow morning. but i think the afternoon sky
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also begin to brighten. and thursday's looking good. so it's getting a little bit better. >> a little bit better all the time. >> baby steps. exactly. stormtracker 6 live double scan showing that we don't have any organized rain out there right now. it's just a few sprinkles here and there. and the action cam taking a look near 30th street station where we've got plenty of cloud cover upstairs. but not a lot of rain this evening. so that's good. and you may be wondering why if you're an allergy sufferer even with the rain this week it's been tough. it's because the tree pollen is high. weeds are low. grass is low. but also with all the dampness, the mold spores are high. so yet another tough week for allergy sufferers even with the rain. right now 55 degrees in philadelphia. down from a cool high of 60 which is 12 degrees below normal. not feeling like may. allentown 51. trenton, 53. cape may, 50. and wilmington and reading
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currently 52 degrees. satellite 6 along with action radar showing we still have this ribbon of cloud cover. that's the stationary front. you can see how some more showers there are advancing from central pennsylvania. they will be here for the morning commute. in the meantime, more severe weather across kentucky. 16 tornadoes in western kentucky. that's from a cold front that will actually be pushing in here on friday. tomorrow, though, we're still dealing with clouds. we'll have some scattered showers mainly south of philadelphia at 6:53. by 8:00, 54. and future tracker really timing out the showers. you can see around 7:00, again mainly south of philadelphia some showers. actually some peeks of sunshine across the lehigh valley and the poconos. then as we head into the afternoon, we will see some thinning of the clouds. areas north of philadelphia where you will see some sunshine. temperatures likely in the low 70s, philadelphia around 69 and areas south we see more clouds, temperatures generally in the mid-60s. then we get to thursday. waiting on thursday all week. this high pressure whether
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really carve out an area of dry air. that means we will have a slice of nice for one day. 74 degrees, partly sunny skies. it will be dry before this whole complex arrives on friday. and that mr. bring us some rain and some thunderstorms as well. so don't get used to the dry weather. so the exclusive accuweather forecast, a few scattered showers mainly south of philadelphia. the high 69. so warmer than today. thursday we get into that sunshine. you can mow the lawn on thursday. partly sunny, 74. and friday, rain arriving by midday with a chance of some afternoon thunderstorms. 72. on saturday, we start with sun. then increasing clouds. we have another piece of energy that will bring us another round of showers and thunderstorms and behind it, sunshine is back on sunday at a price. it's cool and breezy, 63. monday partly sunny, 65. and tuesday, becoming mostly cloudy with a high of 66 and, errors, david murphy will be here once again tracking those
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showers on "action news" beginning at 4:30. >> thanks, cecily. 100 young pianists from across philadelphia came together tonight for a special performance. ♪ they got to perform at the temple performs arts center in north philadelphia. it was part of a philadelphia orchestra's play in event which gives amateur musicians on-stage experience. ♪ and a benefit concert took place tonight at heritage philly in northern liberties. folks enjoyed sounds from brooklyn-based project trio. all proceed also go to music programs in philadelphia phillies' schools. a group of police cadets graduated from the regional youth police academy tonight in delaware county. the ceremony took place at the columbus club. each cadet received a certificate for successfully completing a tough course. and philadelphia k.a. seth williams support in a group of
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volunteers tonight at his office in center city for the new youth aid panl program. each volunteer will be paired with a first-time juvenile offender to help the teens get their records expunged. "jimmy kimmel live" coming up at 11:35 after "action news" and here is jimmy with a preview of tonight's show. >> thanks, jim. hello, philadelphia. here's what awaits you if you desire it. sounds like the most fun thing you could do with where you money you bought your hometown rugby team. >> i'll tell you what, if the opportunity ever comes up for you. >> yeah. >> just do not do it. [ laughter ]
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if you had to decide by one run, the chances are philly will win it. >> they've been outscored by 26 runs yet they have a winning record. >> it's just remarkable. >> defies logic. the phillies don't do many things well but they have excelled in the category that
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matters. they win. adam morgan goes seven innings while giving up judgment one run. we move into the fifth inning. tied at 1-1. cesar hernandez drives in peter bore jes with that single. the phillies take a 2-1 lead. insurance in the eighth. franco, oh, boy, his seventh solo shot he goes 3 for 5. the phillies win, 3-2. that's three wins in a row. morgan gets it's "w" there's no question as to which nba player has been most valuable this season. seth curry is -- steph curry is your unanimous mvp. he is a unanimous choice. that's the first time that's happened in the history of the nba. curry better than 30 points a game during the regular season. it's the second straight year he's taken home this award. he is certainly one of a kind. he's one of those rare star that's gifted as well as humble.
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>> i look the at the list of everyone who's won mvp before and legends. guys that were household names and they jump off the page and to be the first unanimous mvp winner is something that i -- i don't even know how to put into words. you guys have been thanking me all day and i don't even know what to say. >> nick is ready to call it a night. pittsburgh eliminates washington. the penns will face tampa bay in the eastern conference finals. still ahead, we go track and field. we'll introduce you to one of the best high school hurdlers in the nation who happens to be
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one of the best high school hurdlers in the nation happens to be a delaware valley resident. chanel brissett is a junior at cheltenham high school. she recently ran the 60 meters event in 8.23 seconds. that set a state record. she also qualified for the olympic trials. chanel kind of stumbled into this event. >> i came to high school, and i didn't know what to do at all. my coach was like, you need to try this out. you're fast. i said, nope, it's not my thing. i'll stick to the 100. i don't care. and now i'm here. [ laughter ] finally tonight, on the baseball diamond, a helmet is meant to protect you, but what
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protects you from said helmet? astros-indians game. watch him run the bases. his helmet slides off. where did it go? take another look. up in the air and nearly right back on his head. might leave a mark. >> that's what you call an occupational hazard. all right. finally tonight, dozens attended a unique party tonight in center city philadelphia for a good cause. the lemon bash on chestnut street benefited alex's lemonade stand foundation which of course raises money for kids with cancer. folks enjoyed lemonade cocktails and carnival food and alicia vitarelli served as emcee tonight. "jimmy kimmel live" next on channel 6 followed by in the in the. jimmy's guests. the entire "action news" team, i'm jim gardner.
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