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at 6:00. and we begin at 6:00 we developing story. one that has captivated the country. the manhunt in cleveland is now over. the man believed to have killed senior citizen going home after easter brunch the man who then posted video of the killing on facebook is dead. pennsylvania state police say he shot and killed himself following a short chase in erie county. thank you for joining us at 6:00. i'm lucy noland. >> i'm iain page. it was a stop at a mcdonald's drive through that kind of caused a short chase in erie. >> new video shows the moment flashing lights started following stephens just minutes later investigators say stephens took his own life. fox's hat fin reports. >> reporter: it was a random crime that terrorized the nati nation. steve stephens allegedly shot and killed 74-year-old robert godwin, jr. and then posted a video of the killing on facebook. it spark a huge manhunt that began in several states. today police found stephens in
pennsylvania dead of an apparent self inflicted gunshot wound. >> we would prefer that it had not ended this way, because there are a lot of questions i'm sure that the family but the city in general would have had for steve. >> reporter: stephens was spotted after an exhaustive search in the cleveland area was expanded to surrounding states. pennsylvania state police found him tuesday morning in erie county. they attempted traffic stop but he took off. and after a short pursuit, he shot and killed himself. >> there was a lot of support from the community in terms of law enforcement efforts and kind of information and tips that we were given. >> reporter: now folks here in cleveland are breathing a sigh of relief. while the godwin fm family continues to mourn. stephens family is speaking out as well. saying he was driven to desperation by a failed relationship and heavy gambling debts. >> he let that girl upset him so
bad like that. and that what caused him to sn snap. he was gambler. that started all of this. >> reporter: facebook working to make sure a video like this never makes it online again it's of violent videos before theyyp- get posted or go live. in cleveland, matt finn, fox news. people in erie are stunned that it all came down to a trip to mcdonald's. stephens apparently order add large chicken mcnuggets and fries when he pulled up to the window for this food workers recognized him. they told him his fries weren't ready quick thinking had him wait. called police. stevens took off when he got tired of waiting. but the mcdonald's employees stalled him enough for state troopers to roll you. >> i was just sitting there getting ready to get my coffee i look over my right i saw a white forward for fusion i didn't think anything of it at the ti time. i just -- i didn't think anything. i just went through my day and then i saw on the tv at work that steve stephens was caught
around that area and it occurred to me, man, that might have been his car. >> today stephens mom says he told her on his last visit that it would be the last time she ever saw him. in a statement pennsylvania governor tom wolf said "i'm incredibly grateful to the pennsylvania state police for their bravery and vigilance in spotting and pursuing facebook live killer steve stephens in erie and acting without hesitation to keep others safe on behalf of all pennsylvanians and americans i thank these state troopers. the and tire state police and all law enforcement involved forge their heroism in protecting their fellow citizens ". >> happening right now plan on driving around the art museum soon because you'll have to get ready to tap the brakes. more roads in the area are closing tonight ahead of the nfl draft. three day festival doesn't tart until thursday the 27th. but it's already behind travel track troubles. tonight add midnight the inn lends of the ben franklin parkway will close from eakins
oval to 20th street. >> for a full closures of details about the nfl draft just head to our website fox 29.com. police say off duty philadelphia officer is shot her husband at their buck county home. northampton township police responded to the couple's home in holland around 5:30 this morning. for domestic dispute. now, we don't know exactly what happened. we don't know the history. but investigators tell us the off duty cop fired hitting her husband in the lower abdomen. he's in stable condition. three children ages 13 and younger were in the home when this all happened. now, sources are telling us the officer is with the 17th district in philadelphia. and is an 11 year veteran of the force. detectives are still interviewing her about what exactly played out. flee three more high school students joining in on a lawsuit filed against the boyertown area school district claiming the district violated privacy rights by allowing a transgender student to use the boy's locker
room. a student and his parents originally filed that suit last month. the family was upset that a transgender student who identifies as a boy was being allowed to use the boy's locker room to change. the school board voted to up hold the policy saying they're in line with state and felled raleigh. the three additional students joining in on the suit say the school is ignoring its duty to protect the privacy of its students. today the family of lieutenant killed during a prison riot in delaware filed a federal late along with other officers who work in that smyrna prison. in february, inmates took four officers hostage inside the vaughn correct al facility during a 20 hour standoff officials say inmates killed lawsuit steven floyd and today his widow along with five other officers who survived that uprising claim two former governors, the state's corrections commissioner and three former commissioners all ignored staffing issues and dangers at the prison. >> for 16 years, it has been the
policy of two governors in delaware deliberately not to employ enough officers to safely run delaware's prisons. instead they spent up to $23 million a year forcing under staffed officers to work 16 hours shifts overtime to safe money. >> current delaware governor john carney is not listed as a defendant but it does claim that he violated prison policy by intervening in the emergency response. last month, carney spokesperson denied the governor had made any decisions during the response. woman beaten and left for dead at a south philadelphia high school. for days no one knew who she w was. she died days after the attack and her family has you can imagine is desperate to find the killer. dawn timmeney is live in south philly. dawn, you've been talking with her family. >> reporter: lucy, they are obviously devastated.
the woman's lifeless body was found at the top of these steps at south philadelphia high school. philadelphia homicide investigated but the family is pleading for help from the public. excuse my me kind of give you a flyer. thank you. dominique is desperate for answers about her aunt's murder. that's why she's taking to the streets at broad and schneider for a second day hasn'ting out flyers hoping someone knows something. isn't i feel like, um, because she was homeless or because of the way she was found that it's just kind of being push to the side like no one cares. but she has extensive family that loves her. >> reporter: they-year-old lauren aukott was beat tepp beyond recognition outside south philadelphia high. school police found her at 6:00 their in the morning on april 5th unconscious and bleeding from the head. >> apparently she was sleeping when she was attacked that's how she got her so bad. >> reporter: lauren was in the hospital on live support for a
week before anyone even knew who she was and her family was finally called. sadly she died three days later. >> i just don't understand how someone could be so brutal and do something like that to another person. >> i'm sad. i'm heart broken. i'm shocked. >> reporter: lauren's killer is still out there. her family is vowing to keep fighting until whoever beat her senselessly and left her to die is caught. we just want justice for our cousin. >> she was the kinds defendant person you would ever meet honestly i'm not just saying that because she's my aunt. >> reporter: now, lauren was a mother of three children ages six, ten and 14. her family says that she had reached out for help recently and was trying to get her life together. now, they're planning a funeral. vigil will be held here at schneider and broad tomorrow night at 6:00 o'clock. iain and lucy. >> all right. thank you, dawn. torments night the philadelphia fire commissioner is promising changes in the agency. nearly three years after the death of a firefighter.
now this comes after a federal report detailing what went wrong during the tragedy. firefighter joyce craig died in 2014. the first female firefighter to die in the line of duty in the city. now, craig made seven distress calls, seven, calling out may day a she became trapped in the dining room of the west oak lane home. she was found by her fellow firefighters reads the report with her hand near the nozzle of her fire hose likely battling flames to the very end. the national institute of occupational safety and health reports broken and outdated breathing equipment became backup team that arrived tooa- late all led to craig's death. >> we have the opportunity here to embrace all these recommendations now taking action against them and actually doing it. it's not as simple as saying we accept that recommendation. >> joyce craig a mother of two had been with the department for
11 years. report found the hose to her breathing mask failed which basically caused a quick loss of air. her estate has made legal claim against the city. philadelphia police say they've arrested the gunman in this scary surveillance video. police say anonymous tip led them to 34-year-old march tiz went daal. earlier this month he walked to the new shop express along old york road in west oak lane and held two employees at gun point. thankfully no one was hurt and went daal is now fazing charges including robbery. police in newark, delaware, say they have got the guy who had as been groping women across the campus of the university of delaware. they've linked carlos maldonado to three incidents from late last week. investigators say he groped two women and followed two other. he's out of jail after posting unsecured bon. closing arguments set to begin tomorrow in the murder trial against eric forty nine. the prosecution rested its case today. after inter entering more than
530 pieces of evidence the ten-day old trial. then the defense rested as well without offering any evidence or calling any witness. his accused of corporal brian dixon and severely injuring trooper alex douglas during a sniper style attack outside the blooming grove barracks in september of 2015. >> your fox 29 weather authority now. live look at atlantic city. all right. so kathy orr, this goss a lot of us thinking when can we get get in beach days like orr at the shore. >> we're waiting for, lucy. we're talking about temperatures warming again over the next couple of days. it will be warm enough to go down the shore but will it last we have some storms to talk about. i'll see you with the seven day in just a few minutes. >> sounds good. thank you kathy. tax day it is. a lot of folks rushing to get their 1040s cup. maybe you can slow your role whom may be able to not file their taxes by midnight tonight. >> talk about an unwanted guest. a gator on your front porch.
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how about this? south carolina family thought someone was breaking into their house from the back posh. >> but what was actually out there was equally aster feig to them. when they look outside, they found a 9-foot gator on the po posh. the reptile made its way listen up a set of stairs. did you know they can climb stairs. >> oh yeah. >> i didn't know that. >> i lived in florida. >> i know did you. that's why i'm asking. >> it got up the stairs the second floor landing broke through a locked screen door. i mean what? >> wildlife experts believe the gator got lost during its mating route from one pond to another. gators find most likely looking for love not in all the wrong places. [ laughter ] >> adamant i'm getting through that door. on the other side it's promised land. >> back to your fox 29 weather authority now. as we take live look at reading. pretty nice day out there. sunny, warm, but are we going to get more of the same this week. meteorologist kathy orr has your forecast in 15 seconds.
sunshine, mild temperatures pushing 70 degrees today in philadelphia. in trenton beautiful day as well. the temperature right now is 62. but over the past four hours we saw the temperature peak at 4:0. and now those numbers will slowly fall off it's already 62 in philadelphia. but we have that southerly wind at 15 miles an hour and that will keep it relatively warm over the next couple of days into the evening as well. ultimate doppler shows that persistent easterly wind. so a cooler wind for us but temperatures still hanging in there in the 60s pottstown 67. 61 in trenton. 59 degrees in wilmington and 68 in reading you can see those cooler temperatures to the south and the east closer to the ocean and that cooler ocean influence so down the shore highs only in the 50s that cooler air pushing
westward in hammonton 58 the ocean water temperature only 51 degrees. you don't wanting to into that water without a wet suit. trust me i've done it. right now across the nation temperatures in the 70s and the 80s to the south. but over the next couple of days, we'll see those temperatures slowly warm. it's not going to be a quick fix around here. high pressure will be moving off the coast. some clouds building in tomorrow and maybe even a few late day sprinkles but see this line of showers. that will hold off until thursday morning. we'll have some fog. we'll have some showers before that warmer air moves in. if you're an allergy sufferer a tough couple of days. wednesday, thursday, friday and saturday, those tree poll tense still will be running high before they get -- we get that rain in here to clean out the atmosphere. tonight 45 in the city. lower 40s in the suburbs. southeasterly winds and mainly clear skies. during the day tomorrow, going for a high temperature of 62. cooler than today but plenty of sun. and the wind becoming southeasterly. you'll see that warming wind
building in. then temperatures will be warping even further. when we look at tomorrow as the region more clouds to the north. 60 in wilmington, millville. 60 in pottstown and cooler again down the shore with that ocean influence. on your seven day forecast from the weather authority, thursday some morning fog a if you showers. maybe even a rumble of thunder but we see a warm front coming through and temperatures boost into the mid 70s. friday, definitely the pick of the week. increasing sun in the afternoon. the high 81 degrees. just beautiful day. saturday still nice. it's sunday that's the bummer. a rainy day. put down the grassed because that will be the day you get the rain. monday a few showers and clearing up late monday into tuesday. before we see that nfl draft come into the delaware valley. everybody is excited about that forecast that will be coming up in the next couple of days. for now though we'll zen it back to you. not so bad. >> not at all. you know what it's -- tis the season for the may flowers went need the april showers to get there. right. >> that's right. >> and play golf. >> now we the nba playoffs.
>> okay. >> normally, post game press conferences are eh. you hear the normal head coach speech. >> one game to the at a time. don't get too far behind. >> exactly. >> you know them all. last night was not one of those. okay. him fess gridlies head coach gave an epic rants. you'll want to hear that. eagles are back together and they already have number one goal in mind. hear what one guy had to say that is a must this season. that's coming up next in sports.
♪ the eagles started off season workouts this weekend everybody is talking about the expectations on carson wentz. e get it he's the quarterback but the defense should have even more pressure. okay. they were supposed to be the back bone of this team last year. you know what, they fell short. a lot of that will be on jordan hicks. he played pretty well last season, but he has to take it to the neck level. today hicks talked about the defense and the entire team's number one goal this year. >> goal one is to win the
division it's been the first thing that coach pederson talked about since he got here. in order to make that next step you have to win the division. you know we believe in the guys that we have and it showed in the games that were so close last year. you know we're right there in a lot of those games. and we just got to learn to take that next step. >> to the nba playoffs. memphis grizzlies lost to the spurs last night nick-82 and officiating was let's say questionable at best. after the game the coach went off. >> we don't get the respect that these guys deserve because mike connelly doesn't go crazy he has class end gist plays the game but i'm not going to let them treat us that way. that's unacceptable. that was unprofessional. my guys dug in that game and earn the right to be in that game and they did not even give us a chance. take that for data. >> yeah. he ain't happy. they're about to hear about it probably about to get a fine. to the phillies today claim
buchholz had surgery on his right arm and he's done for the season. the recovery time for is four to six months and howie cep trick has been put on the ten day disable list with an abdominal strain the phils take on the mets tonight and it's hard to believe 30 years ago today this happen. >> here's the stretch by robinson. the three-zero pitch. swing an long drive. there it is. number 500. the career 500 homerun for michael jack schmidt! and the phillies have regain the lead pittsburgh eight-six. >> that was when 500 meant something. okay? >> yeah. >> that was pre steroid. >> oh yeah. >> if you hit 500 -- >> you were good. >> you were great. this time who knows what it is. >> that does it for us here at 6:00. see you back here at 10:00. have a great night. >> ♪ vanessa: i got hurt and was given painkillers.
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but you know you're gonna love it. it's over. >> the shocking and violent end for the facebook killer. >> as the officers approached the vehicle, steve stephens took his own life. >> then, what were they thinking. >> who did this? >> i didn't do that. >> did these parents go too far pranking their little boy? >> and donald trump versus amanda knox. why the president is so upset with the woman once accused of killing her roommate. >> plus, lady and the prince. >> hello, prince william. >> hello, lady gaga. face timing with lady gaga and prince william. >> here we go. >> medical crisis for richard simmons.