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>> now on "action news" the jury is set for the corruption trial of philadelphia district attorney seth williams. we are live as opening statements are set to begin. >> happening today, a major update to pennsylvania's medical marijuana program. 12 applicants will be awarded permits to grow and process pot. >> funnel cloud threatens berks county and a lightning strike does major damage to a newly renovated home. we are following the cleanup from those storms. >> good morning, it's 5:30 now on this tuesday june 20. hopefully we're done with all of that. meteorologist, david murphy has more. karen rogers has traffic. good morning. >> yeah, rain almost completely off the coast at this point. we did have watch boxes up and down the east coast as that storm system came through. it's gone and out to the west
of us there are some clearing conditions and with that drier air coming in. there you see that last shower north of atlantic city. that's pretty much it. there might be a little sprinkle farther to the west but we are fast getting rid of the rain. 73 degrees currently in philadelphia, 70 in allentown, still in the upper 60's in reading and lancaster, 73 in millville, 71 in cape may and for now all of that area highlighted in dark green with those dewpoints that are up in the 70's in most cases, that's still humid air so as you first step out this morning, it's still going to feel muggy especially where you see the 70's but all those dewpoints are going to drop and the humidity levels will drop with them as we go through the morning and afternoon. here's where the numbers are going. 73 degrees and still muggy by 7 o'clock. by noon 83, a high of 86 by 3 o'clock. it will be warm enough for drinks if you are out there working or playing but with humidity levels dropping it's going to be better. 85 degrees by 5 o'clock and by 7 o'clock 83 degrees. looks like a pretty nice night for phillies baseball. karen, tomorrow we've got some pop-up showers and thunderstorms, not a lot of that but a little bit coming
and i'll show that you on future tracker6, give you the rest of the seven day. >> all right, dave, let's hit the roads and get you to work. there's apparently no stream -- here you go. this is 4:22. you know, it's hard working on a tuesday morning. oophor 22 eastbound traffic approaching trooper and moving fine at this point. good shot of the sky conditions. sunshine first off west of the city with clouds hovering near south jersey right now. morris avenue approaching spring mill road a downed tree here just blocking one of the lanes but i think that's probably going to be your biggest problem traveling in from different suburbs you'll have a downed tree, debris with those powerful storms from yesterday, we're still dealing with it. in fact roberts road in bryn mawr had to be shut down because of a downed tree here at markee terrace. stick to marion avenue as your alternate. another downed tree in hamilton township on 40 southbound near main street blocking one of the two lanes so traffic is kind of getting around that one. let's go outside live and 42 northbound traffic right here, david mentioned that there's a sprinkle near the coast so in
new jersey roads might still be a little bit damp. everybody else drying out but certainly light volume coming up from turnersville or deptford, matt. >> thanks, karen. opening statements will get under way today in seth williams' trial on federal corruption charges. the sitting philadelphia district attorney faces 29 counts but he denies he did anything wrong. "action news" reporter katherine scott is live outside the federal courthouse in center city. good morning, katherine. >> reporter: good morning, matt. that's right, the jury has been seated. now it's time to try the case which the judge expects will last somewhere between three and four weeks. opening statements are set for this morning and the prosecution will call their first witness. philadelphia district attorney seth williams will be back at federal court this morning for opening statements in his bribery and corruption trial. williams faces 29 federal charges accused of taking more than $100,000 in gifts and luxury vacations in exchange for favors to two local business owners. he's also charged with miss
spending $20,000 designated for his mother's nursing care. williams has maintained his innocence. jury selection took one day, eight hours to whittle the jury pool of 137 people from nine southeastern pennsylvania counties down to 12 jurors and four alternates. the jury is made up of 10 women and two men. two of the women are african-american. williams played an active role in the final selection process. while williams remains district attorney and is still accepting his salary, he is not seeking a third term. his first assistant took over daily operations. his law license has been suspended by agreement with the state supreme court. and if williams is convicted on all 29 counts he could face a maximum of 20 years behind bars. we're live at federal court katherine scott, channel6 "action news. matt. >> thanks, katherine. a judge will hear arguments today related to the bill cosby case. prosecutors are fighting a request by media outlets to make the jurors' names public. judge steven o'neill declared
a mistrial on saturday when the panel declared it was hopelessly deadlocked on each of the three sexual assault charges. prosecutors plan to retry cosby and they say releasing the names of the jurors could make it more difficult to select an impartial jury in the next trial. >> the remains of the seven sailors killed in the crash of a "u.s.s. fitzgerald" will arrive at dover air force base sometime today. the navy destroyer collided with a cargo ship off the coast of japan on saturday. four separate agencies are now looking into the crash. in particular, authorities want to know why it was nearly an hour before the incident was even reported. an off duty officer killed in a crash in new jersey in hamilton township yesterday. investigators say the officer was driving an suv and ran into the back of a van. that driver was not seriously hurt in the car that was hit. the mercer county prosecutor's office does not plan to release the officer's name until their investigation is complete. >> 5:35 now and happening today t-we will learn more about pennsylvania's medical
marijuana program. a law legalizing the drug for medical use was passed last year. it permits patients can take the medicine in several forms but not in a way that can be smoked. the department of health will announce today the recipients of the first 12 permits to grow and distribute medical marijuana in the state. >> a chester county family will be coming back home to find some major damage from last night's storms. it's estimated at more than three-quarters of a million dollars. lightning strike is being blamed for igniting a three alarm house fire in pocopson township last night. fire officials say lightning hit the chimney and then went down into the basement and first floor of the home. neighbors along osbourne circle spotted that bolt. >> we saw a huge lightning flash and instead of coming to a point, it was like two bars of the whitest lightning i have ever seen. >> the homeowners were out of town and a woman who was house sitting did make it out
safely. and this is wait looked like as the storm rolled through strauss town last night. a funnel cloud appeared to form right there but fortunately there are no reports of a tornado actually touching down. >> and that's the difference, right, days, it david -- david. >> that's right. it was trying to form a tornado is what you're looking at now. storm tracker6 live double scan shows you we're dry t i'm going in tight on south jersey. any rain left? just barely between the coast between atlantic city and surf city t-the last little shower this morning. farther to the west or north there might be a sprinkle but it's fast getting out of here. there's sky6. there's the commodore barry bridge. you can see clearing from west to east the process of it already unfolding on this sky6 picture and we're expecting to transition to lots of sun. feels a little bit humid out there right now. we're at 73 degrees in philadelphia. your dewpoint is at 70 so that's an indication of real
humid air still in place. but we expect that dewpoint number to drop over the next several hours. winds out of the southwest at 9 miles per hour. and as this drier air that you see on satellite wings in, it will start to feel more comfortable and it brightens up. so, two nice things in play today following yesterday's oppressive humidity and those strong storms. today's forecast 74 degrees by 8 o'clock. might still feel a little humid for some of you by 8 o'clock but by 10 o'clock it should be getting better, 79 degrees and by noon, even better, 83 degrees, lots of sun by noon but not as humid. 86 degrees is your high at 3 o'clock. by 6 o'clock we're down to 84 degrees t high temperatures across the region looks like 84 in trenton, 83 in allentown, 84 in reading, 85 in wilmington, 85 in millville. if you're down the shore this afternoon, not a bad day. highs getting up to the low 80's. for the cardinals and phillies tonight, nice night for baseball at citizens bank park. 83 for the first pitch, comfortable and the 77 in the ninth inning, maybe a little bit of a cool drink to get you through those 80's in the early part of the game but it should be a pretty nice night
for baseball. then tomorrow we're going to start out with some sun. in the afternoon it will be more of a clouds and sun mix and there is the chance of a spotty shower or a thunderstorm popping up. now, as you look at this you can see that it's nothing like yesterday. we don't have that big line of pronounced thunderstorms o but here and there there could be a bit of that later in the afternoon tomorrow and evening. tropical storm brett has read its not so ugly head right around trinidad. it's only got 40 miles per hour winds. looks like this stays a tropical storm and then degenerates into an extra tropical low and good for us it stays basically down and away from our major vacation destinations, so there's the bahamas way up there, no problem there. got a second system though that could become tropical storm cindy later today or tonight. this one is now north of the yucatan peninsula. originally it looked like it was going to be more of an issue for western texas now at this time looks like galveston maybe over to central louisiana would be most potential for landfall if this
becomes a tropical storm. looks like it's a tropical storm and not a hurricane. your exclusive seven-day forecast today's high is 86, mostly sunny, less and less humid as we go through the day. tomorrow summer arrives in the wee hours of the morning with an afternoon high had of 85. little spotty shower or thunderstorm as you just saw and then thursday's hot but it's not humid. if you're a hot weather lover thursday's a really good day, a high of 90 but not sticky. hot and more humid on friday with a high of 90 and a late shower or thunderstorm. and then for the coming weekend 88 saturday, 85 sunday, a little muggy this weekend and a spotty shower or thunderstorm popping up here or there saturday or sunday afternoon or evening. somebody just tweeted me and said hey it looks like it's probably going to be okay for my granddaughter's birthday party on saturday i think. i mean, yeah, but you'll have to watch out for a spotty storm popping up here or there. that a and thank you david. the terrifying moment a man tries to kidnap a woman. you'll see how she gets away. >> and just to be sure we are
making your morning wholesome -- [laughter] -- we are about to show you the latest rodent known as the pizza rat . >> [laughter] >> karen. >> it's dragging dragging that e piece. looks like my kids leaving the kitchen. this is the schuylkill approaching belmont. westbound traffic head towards king of prussia moving nicely now but a major new construction project is going to show you down. i'll help you avoid the delays when we come back. >> ♪ it's time that we bring addiction out of the darkness
>> it. >> welcome♪ >> welcome back. 5:44 and 73 degrees out there. it looks pretty nice. >> what you got here in traffic, karen. >> i've got smooth sailing right now if you're coming in from perkasie or montgomeryville why not hop on 309 near the pennsylvania turnpike here. we're live in fort washington on although looking blue, everything else is looking fine right now but we have more reasons, that headaches on the schuylkill expressway with new construction project that is starting so today on the schuylkill eastbound between the blue route and city avenue, you're going to have those lane closures beginning from 10:00 to two ooh. tomorrow it will be the westbound lane closures so tomorrow and thursday it's westbound. on friday it will be lane closures in both directions starting on sunday it will be overnight milling and paving. today expect those delays and they're going to be eastbound between the blue route and city avenue so watch for that
one on the schuylkill expressway. outside live on the vine street expressway moving nicely. they had to cancel the overnight construction last night with all those strong storms so the vine remained opened and crews return again tonight. no storms today. they'll return tonight at 11 o'clock and shut the vine down. let's check the commuter traffic report right now and we've we've got an object on the road on absecon road in atlantic city. but i think you'll find that a lot lot repeated through the area. those storms really packed a punch. in the wake of those storms we could see the temperatures right now, just a touch cooler than yesterday, still sticky this morning, 73 degrees in philadelphia but just in the 60's in the lehigh valley. it's the low 70's in south jersey and today it's going to gradually become less humid. it was kind of nice one. we'll start with some clouds but mostly sunny skies, dry today and looking good, tam. >> okay, thank you, karen. police released survllance vididnapping in southern california. it happened at a baby boutique in irvine saturday evening.
you can see the man grab a store employee by her hair and try to pull her into a storage room. police say the woman fought and screamed until the man finally let her go. the victim is in her 20's. she was not physically hurt. the suspect ran off. and a driver who attempted a terror attack in paris is dead and overnight prosecutors confirm four of his family members are now being held by police.ar-old driver who was known to authorities set his car on fire on the on the famed champs-elysees then tried to ram that into a police van. the car contained explosives and weapons but own orange lineally the car itself caught fire. police dragged the driver out of the car and he was so severely burned that he died there on the street. no one else was hurt. >> democrats are trying to draw attention to republican efforts to secretly craft a healthcare bill and push it through the senate. republicans are using closed door meetings to write legislation that would replace much of president obama's healthcare law. democrats lack the votes to block the gop effort so they
threatened to slow the senate's work last night with procedural motions and speeches. republicans hope to bring the bill to the senate floor for a vote as early as next week. and here's something that's brand new. a woman in new york city recorded a rat dragging a trash bag across a brooklyn sidewalk. lee connor says it happened last thursday morning. the video which she titled "pizza rat strikes again" shows the rodent pulling the garbage across the sidewalk. eventually it could not go any farther so the rat grabs what appears to be a mini personal sized pizza and the goes into a hole in the ground. neighbors in the brooklyn neighborhood say rats have been a problem. >> it was on my stove. definitely on my stove and i'm like stomping doing everything it's like what you want. >> if they dragging plastic bags what they going to want to eat next. >> the man who owns the nearby house where the rat wenundergrop that particular hole on monday morning. >> ♪ >> all right. it's 5:47.
>> it start with a soft beep and then it gets louder and closer together. >> lynn's husband actually put alarm clock in there 13 years ago. n air vent andtied tow a set it to go off 10 minutes later so he wohere to feed a wire for a tv. great scheme, right? fool proof. the pittsburgh man thought the battery would run out in three or four months. that was back in 2004.
>> very kind wife. i would be like you get in that wall and get that alarm clock. >> listen you open that wall up right now. that's how that would go. schuylkill expressway eastbound a disabled vehicle new problem popped on the shoulder. it's eastbound around the conshohocken curve but it is off to the side right now. mass transit we've got the route 15 trolley still shuttle busing on girard avenue between broad and 15th. they're doing some track repavement and that's going to last a few more weeks, dave. >> all right karen we've got warm numbers. 73 in philadelphia, 72 wilmington. we have dipped to 69 degrees now up in allentown and 71 in cape may. it feels humid to start out, too, so if you're a workout kind of person, maybe you wait until after work today. it's not going to be as humid then but it's still sticky right now. by 7 o'clock humid 73 degrees. humidity will gradually drop as we go through the day t morning clouds give way to midday sun 83. your high today 86, still warm enough for cool drinks if you're out there working out or just plain old working
outside but the humidity levels in through here should be a lot more comfortable. 85 by 5 o'clock and 7 o'clock as we start our evening at 7 o'clock. matt. >> thanks, david. you can get the seven-day forecast and a look at radar when we are not on the air by going to 6abc.com/weather. >> technology is helping speed up the check in process for some airline passengers. delta flyers are being introduced to self service bag drops that use bio metric based screening. the machine p image and takes a 3-d picture of e downloaded photo.reit to the tech is free for customers and you don't have to sign up ahead of time. right now though it's only available at minneapolis saint paul international airport. this feels like something we would have seen in a movie when we were kids. >> total recall. >> absolutely. >> going to mars. >> we probably will. >> 5:52. up next why a northeastern pennsylvania school decided to silence the valedictorian
coming up over the horizon. official sunrise time is at you're seeing portions of itit'. >> stand if your truth. >> protesters rallied for david jones outside the 15th police district in northeast philadelphia. jones was shot and killed by philadelphia police in hunting park on june 8th. investigators say jones ignored a police warning not to pull a gun out. surveillance shows jones being shot in the back while running from the scene. the officer is on leave pending the outcome of the jones was originally stopped for driving a motor bike recklessly. a high school valedictorian was delivering his speech in northeastern pa when he was interrupted. someone pulled the plug on the mic just as he was criticizing district officials. >> hopefully this will change. >> let him speak!