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culprits are behind two other home burglaries and more than two dozen car thefts. "action news" reporter jeanette reyes is live at bensalem police tonight. jeanette? >> reporter: well, jim, these -- bensalem township police say these two suspects allegedly confessed to breaking into nearly three dozen cars and homes tonight "action news" talked exclusively to the victim here police say she helped them crack this case wide open. it was 2:30 in the morning when michele david had trouble falling asleep. she went to her garage to grab a book only to come back inside and see the silhouette of a man standing near her front door. she reacted instinctively. >> the only thing i could think about at that time was my kids were upstairs. so i went into mama bear mode and just was like, "get out of my house!" >> reporter: police quickly responded and found 18-year-old james woodman hiding in a nearby bush. these two stolen minivans were
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also recovered. a 17-year-old suspect was found hiding inside one of them. but it was just the beginning of a long night for police as they uncovered what would turn out to be a string of thefts. >> further investigation revealed that these guys had been on tear all night. it appears that they went into probably about three dozen vehicles. >> reporter: stashed in the minivans police found cell phones, car chargers, cameras, even a laptop and some change. and shortly after our interview, the lieutenant learned of yet another vehicle that was recovered, a ford f-250. the crimes themselves were bold but easy to carry out. the vast majority of the cars and homes broken into were unlocked. >> our advice would be lock your doors. it is a deterrent. a lot of the times they don't want to break glass because it makes noise. >> reporter: though david's home was one of two left unlocked, there is one important thing others can learn from her. >> the one thing the homeowner did, she made noise. she scared the individual off. he didn't want to be caught. he fled. we don't want a situation where
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someone tries to actually physically confront someone and get into a -- you know, an assault situation or worse. >> reporter: and we're obviously talking about victims here. there bla be some -- may be some in neighboring municipalities. if you believe you may be a victim of these thefts, encourage police. we have all that information on our website at 6abc.com. reporting in bensalem township, jeanette reyes, "channel 6 action news." jim? >> thank you. what a mess it was overnight on i-95 in delaware. a truck spilled a rouge load of unstamped pennies, 40,000 pounds' worth, when the vehicle overturned. "action news" reporter sarah bloomquist is live on 95 in new castle. sarah, how did it happen? and how did they get all that copper -- well, actually copper-plated zinc, cleaned up from the roadway? >> reporter: jim, the driver simply lost control, hit the concrete barrier. the tractor-trailer overturned
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spilling all those pennies onto the highway. they vacuumed most of them up, but it took much longer than anybody anticipated. the good news, all lanes i-95 northbound are back open tonight. crews spent the day sweeping and vacuuming up the unstamped pennies from i-95 as motorists shared horror stories about the really rough morning commute and just how long it took to get to work today. >> i was coming across the traffic kept getting heavier and heavier. i ran to a standstill. as i ways approaching this road, i noticed nothing was going anywhere. >> it takes about 12 to 15 minutes every morning. this morning it took me 2 1/2 hours. >> reporter: just before 2:00 a.m., the tractor-trailer bound for the u.s. mint collided with the concrete barrier and flipped over spilling the blank pennies all over the road. as gas and oil leaked out, the truck burst into flames. the driver was able to crawl from the vehicle after suffering only minor injuries. then the work began to clear the pennies from the road.
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an unusual and turns out painstaking task that ended up taking hours, making mostest mo- motorists hours late to their destination. how you feeling now? >> irritated. >> reporter: how long is this putting you out of your way? >> well, i should have been at work a half-hour ago. >> it's crazy. you're trying to get to work and the next thung you know -- thing you know, you're stuck behind traffic. >> reporter: the driver got checked out here at the scene, again expected to be just fine. and all lanes of i-95 moving again this evening. by the new castle, delaware, sarah bloomquist, "channel 6 action news." jim? >> thank you, sarah. police are still seeking sleeds in a violent home invasion this morning in new castlele. investigators say someone broke in a home on the unit block of morris road just before 3:00 a.m. the intruder shot a 28-year-old man. he was taken away by ambulance. he's in critical condition. police say the suspect also beat
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a 23-year-old man. he has injuries to his face, but he is expected to be okay. tips made through delaware crimestopers may be eligible for a reward of up to $10,000. a camden county sheriff's deputy appears to be in trouble with the law tonight because he allegedly pointed a gun at a 25-year-old female motorist in philadelphia. we get that full story from "action news" reporter gray hall. >> reporter: camden county sheriff's officer brian mcdonald is facing some serious allegations of road rage. pennsylvania state police say a woman accused the officer of pointing a gun at her while traveling along this stretch of 95 at the vine street expressway august 1st. camden county spokesperson is asking the public not to rush to judgment. >> right now we only have aldwagses. so we're waiting to see how -- you know, how serious they are and how legitimate they are. >> reporter: we tried to track down officer mcdonald for comment, but when we showed up to an address listed as his home, no one answered. state police say the victim
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claims the off-duty officer cut her off for what she claims was no apparent reason. the two eventually were driving side by side, and that's when the a unfolded. the 25-year-old victim claims the officer pointed a gun at her. she then showed him her phone, perhaps to alert him that she was going to report him. she then tells police, mcdonald exited the highway but not before she was able to get his license plate and reported the incident to authorities. >> this is not a common thing, and ultimately, like i said, we want to make sure that we let this -- this whole process play out and make an informed decision and be thoughtful about this before we jump to any conclusions. >> reporter: mcdonald turned himself in just yesterday and has been suspended from the camden county sheriff's office pending the outcome of an investigation. we're working with our law enforcement partners. we're -- we want to find out as much as possible and then make decisions based on that -- you know, on that information. >> reporter: tonight we are learning a bit more about that police officer accused in this incident. we can tell you that he's been
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on the force since 2012. also we're told he has a clean record. he has hired an attorney. a court date has been scheduled for october. reporting from wynnefield heights, gray hall, "channel 6 action news." jury selection got underway today in the trial involving bridge-gate. more than 200 perspective jurors were expected in federal court in newark, new jersey, today. two former aides of governor christie were indicted last year on charges that they oorpgstrated traffic jams near the george washington bridge as a political payback against the mayor of ft. lee. christie has not been charged but could be subpoenaed to testify about the plot. opening statements are set for september 19th. philadelphia city council was back in chambers today for the first time since the summer break. but the big story here might have nothing to do with council's agenda today. live at city hall tonight, "action news" reporter vernon odom. vernon, what's the story here? >> reporter: jim, all eyes today
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on bobby heenan, the democratic party majority leader and city council. it was just month ago when fbi agents seized a massive amount of his files. and that's non-to be part of a large-scale probe of potential corruption. >> thank you, mr. president. on behalf of the majority, there are no requests today. >> reporter: council majority leader bobby heenan and 16 fellow members were back into session today. the summer recess has ended. the calendar was light. there was some affordable housing here ghou concrete action today. a month ago, the fbi raided and he city hall and district offices seizing a mountain of records and documents. part of a sweeping probe mainly aimed at this man. electrical workers union boss johnny dougherty. a powerhouse in political circles. he contributes big money to candidates of his liking. heenan is one of his strongest allies and remains on the union's payroll.
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>> i'm going to tell you that the motivations i cannot answer. >> reporter: insiders say the investigation is focusing on possible misuse of union finances surrounding some of the political campaigns. johnny dougherty, whose home and offices were raided by the fbi last month as well through a spokesman declined comment today as councilman heenan chose his words carefully. >> law enforcement has not can tacted me or any member of my staff to my knowledge. >> reporter: heenan would not answer any questions from reporters closing out with this. >> i want to tell you that my office will continue to serve the city of philadelphia. all right? they're going to serve them with great pride, great dignity. >> reporter: jim, it is important here to put out the fact that no charges have been filed in this case so far. johnny doc has been pursued by the fbi for many years and so
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far they've come up empty. live at city hall, i'm vernon odom. "channel 6 action news." >> thank you, vernon. coming up on "action news" tonight, a new art exhibit has transformed a portion of the pier along the delaware river in philadelphia. and as the nfl season kicks off tonight, carson wentz is preparing to make his debut as the eagles' starting quarterback this weekend. our high today, 95 degrees in philadelphia. one degree shy of the record of 96 with a heat index of 103 and the heat advisories. they remain in effect until tomorrow at 6:00 p.m. we'll let you know when this heat wave will end in accuweather. those stories and much more when "action news" continues.
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students suffered butches and bruises when a car collided with a school bus this afternoon. crash happened at 42nd and girard on the parkside section of philadelphia. police say the bus was t-boned. officials sayin to of the injuries appears to be life threatening. police have not said what school the students attend. [ cheers and applause ] >> in northeast philadelphia, the young ladies of st. huber catholic high school for girls gathered this morning to mark the school's 75th anniversary. the theme for the yearlong celebration is bringing forth brilliance. a lot of enthusiasm. it focuses on the school's history, sisterhood, slow lass ticks, spirituality. st. hubert's will be among the schools dismissing early tomorrow with continued heat in the forecast.
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both philadelphia public and archdiocesan schools have made the decision to close at noon tomorrow. athletic events have also been canceled for tomorrow and saturday. the heat forced the trenton school district to let students go at lunchtime today. not all schools with air-conditioning so officials didn't want students getting sick in the sweltering heat. some of septa's most dependent riders received their new key to use the transit system today. elected representatives hosted this event in west philadelphia to help senior citizens get their new septa key card. the cards will essentially replace weekly and monthly passes. senior citizens who ride at deeply discounted or free fares have a photo on their cards to avoid any chance of fraud. also in philadelphia, a living art exhibit is transforming a portion of the historic pier on the delaware river. world famous artist hamilton debuted her work titled
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"habitus" this morning. it was inspired by cloth-making and it features billowing curtains and live models working with fabrics. for over 30 years, hamilton has used various mediums to transformer large architectural spaces and that's what she's doing along the pier in philadelphia.
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>> the beginning of the new normal. >> reporter: the new normal for carson wentz learning on the fly and time is flying by despite being thrown into the job on short notice, those who know wentz best say he's ready and armed with the eagles' entire playbook for his debut sunday against cleveland. >> there's no doubt in my mind he's ready to play. but there's so many factors that can happen and we'll see how it all plays out. we're just very confident. >> that's why he was drafted so high. he's got it all. he's a talented kid. he's a smart kid. >> reporter: witness' teammates and coaches are doing their best to make sure the 23-year-old quarterback is caught up to speed after missing four weeks of practice. >> the communication,ing of's been great. having this team behind me really elcieties my confidence that will help me play better on sunday. >> reporter: the strongest message everyone has been trying to get across to wentz, protect yourself. head coach doug pederson's been preaching it since day one. and since wentz is coming off two broken ribs, the coaching staff believes wentz got the
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message loud and clear. >> we're not playing for the nfc championship game this sunday. it's game number one. i don't need necessarily that extra yard. somewhere in the season am i going to need the yard? yeah, i'm going to need the yard. but protect yourself. >> i don't need to do anything crazy. manage this offense and do it well. so the goal is to win. >> reporter: and the talk in the locker room, the eagles can win even with a rookie qb. >> nobody's talking about us. nobody respects us. great. i could careless. >> reporter: wentz and the eagles plan to let their play do the talking. jeff skversky, "channel 6 action news." >> can't wait. tim tebow's attempt to play baseball may seem like a joke to some. but he's convinced at least one major league baseball team to bite. the mets assigned the former nfl quarterback. it's a minor league contract that includes a $100,000 signing bonus. tebow will report to the mets' instructional league team in port st. lucie florida later this month. tebow last played baseball when he was in high school more than a decade ago. the phillies' road trip
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continues tonight in d.c. the phills and nats will play a four-game set. the phillies' pitcher tonight, a guy we haven't seen this a while, alec asher is slated to make the start. this will be his first game since his 80-game suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs. the 24-year-old righty came over in the cole hamels change -- trade. finally tonight, from last night's game, a fan is about to make the catch of a game. doesn't even spill his drink. that was about the only highlight. they were shut out last night. could have used him out there. >> thanks, d.c. ducis. >> a delaware police department took some time today to help children in need in the a number of one of their fallen colleagues. new castle county meefers worked an assembly line to fill backpacks. a day of service is to honor lieutenant joseph serbia.
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but after this tragedy - when pat toomey had the chance to ban suspected terrorists from buying guns - he voted against closing this loophole for terrorists - and with the gun lobby. katie: we have to do everything in our power to keep guns away from terrorists who threaten our way of life. i'm katie mcginty and i approve this message because we can't risk our families' safety on a loophole. you promised a brutally hot day, and you delivered. >> i wish i was wrong. >> it's never going to happen. >> i like your thinking. as we move forward, the heat's going to stick around for a couple more days and changes late in the weekend. some haze out there. some high clouds. and again tropically humid. and we're waiting a front way to the north. you can see it just to the left of that word "live" at the top of the screen but way too far to the north to give us any
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significant rain around the reach. so -- region and the heat advisory, it's been extended so instead of it expiring about 24 minutes ago, which it originally was, it's been extended in friday for pretty much the entire viewing area. the exception, the media coastline of far southern new jersey where temperatures are going to feel at least 100 degrees in the peak of the day, which is about 2:00 to 4:00. the other highlight relief will be here just in time for the eagles' home opener of their season. sunny, warm, low humidity by sunday afternoon. the kickoff at 1:00, 84 degrees. and by the fourth quarter, 86 with a decent amount of sunshine. but for today, we were shy of tying the record in philadelphia by one degree set back in 1939. we tied the record in trenton of 95 degrees, shy by a degree in reading, the same for wilmington, and the atlantic city airport. but no matter what, a degree shy, it was very uncomfortable
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and pretty rare for this time of year to be that hot. right now it still feels like 99 in philadelphia. 101 in trenton. upper 90s for the majority of the area, the exception right along the immediate shore with the sea breeze today, stayed in the mid and upper 80s. there's the front to the north, draping in albany, north of williamsport and arcing its way north of pittsburgh. this is going to continue to sink from the south to the east. but then we put on the brakes before it hits the poconos tomorrow afternoon. so without it blasting through the region, you're not going to see much in the way of a change in what we felt today and tomorrow. so we're muggy tonight. we're only dropping to 78 for low in philadelphia. low to mid-70s everywhere. maybe a spotty thunderstorm in those far northern areas late in the night. and then for friday, there's the front just to the north, 94 degrees tomorrow in the city. so similar to today with a heat index around 100 degrees. and late in the day, there could be a thunderstorm inñi the poconos, lehigh valley, or berks
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county, while the majority stays dry. then the front lifts back to the north saturday, 96. the heat index back up to 103 before high pressure arrives with some relief here again sunday afternoon as the northwesterly winds take over. the exclusive accuweather seven-day forecast -- near-record-tying tomorrow of 94 degrees. those late-day scattered storms are far to the north. hot and steamy on saturday, almost record-tying of 96 degrees, and then saturday night, early sunday is when the more powerful front comes through. could be a scattered downpour or thunderstorm in the wii hours of sunday morning. but sunday turning sunny, breezy with a dropping humidity and breaking the heat wave at 88. and monday's perfect. crystal-clear sky, low humidity, 84. and then we start 0 quickly warm iting baup with the heat and humidity wednesday 90 trees but it does not last long. because the 70s look to return with high pressure from canada one week from now. >> all right.
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men and women who served our country were served up some cool treats today. veterans lined up to enjoy complimentary ice cream in spring city, chester county. the afternoon was made possible by the disabled american veteran auxiliary chapter 25. some chose a traditional cone. others decided to try a little of everything. abc's "world news" is smecks on channel 6. "action news" continues at 10:0, sharrie williams, adam joseph and ducis rodgers. please join us for "action news" at 11:00 here on channel 6. cecily tynan, adam joseph, ducis rodgers, and the entire "action news" team, i'm jim gardner. we hope you'll join us for "action news" at 11.
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tonight, breaking news. the fallout. donald trump under fire after saying american generals have been reduced to rubble. and trump talking about what's supposed to be his top secret security briefings. hillary clinton taking heat, saying no more ground troops in iraq and syria. but tonight, she is now fund-raising over what her team believes was an unfair forum. the deadly school shooting. a 14-year-old opening fire. the race to get students out, just days into the new school year. the warning tonight. the battery in a new smartphone igniting. the entire suv up in flames. the stunning escape. this murder suspect breaking free from inside this interrogation room. and you'll see it. and america strong tonight. the football players and the

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