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with our exclusive one-hour arrival window. feels good to be back. come back today. you'll get free installation, tv equipment and epix included. and now get a $300 reward card. call today, and welcome back. right now on news 4 new york, they're delivered but stolen before they're received. thieves swiping packages from apartment lobbies and this problem is getting worse. it is a crime that is rampant in hoboken. >> for as many complaints as police have received, they're making an equally stunning number of arrests. we have brian thompson joining us from hoboken tonight. >> reporter: the numbers are absolutely amazing. in just the past month, 31 days,
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package thieves. now, the latest one came this morning. it was a thief from brooklyn. big, fat, juicy targets just inside normally locked doors but no doorman. seemingly almost as fast as deliverymen drop them off, thieves have been getting in and getting away. except here in hoboken not so much. here in the past three months they've made an arrest every three days. phil has had a package stolen. deliveries, well, kind of. >> if it's something really valuable i'll get it delivered to work. then again, it depends how big it is. do i really want to lug something massive home? >> it's without a doubt a 21st century type of crime. because of e-commerce people get a lot of deliveries during the day. >> reporter: the police chief telling me burglaries last year down 28%.
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for package e downstairs common area hallway. don't leave a note on the door that says, hey, i'm not home, leave my package with my neighbor. >> do people listen to this advice? >> they do not. >> reporter: i asked one package recipient if he were to have an item stolen -- >> even if it did happen to me, i don't think it would change my mode of operation. >> reporter: just because it's too convenient. >> it's too convenient. >> reporter: so how bad is it? well,just a few minutes ago i did stop a package deliveryman with a package from amazon. he tells me that at his company, just here in hoboken deliverymen lose about one package a day to thieves. gives you an idea of a lot of territory out there for police
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we've got some breaking news right now affecting the evening rush on a friday. it's in the bronx. a boat has apparently slipped off its trailer on the new england throughway. >> repor that's right, unusual situation here. you can see the end result here. as you mentioned, a van within the last half an hour to 45 minutes heading southbound on new england throughway, lost its trailer, lost its boat here on the new england throughway southbound direction at pelham parkway. as a result, all lanes closed southbound new england throughway. you can see the end result here. big time delays. well over five miles of bumper to bumper traffic coming down from new rochelle. northbound heavy theys delays off the cross bronx. ing you can see this traffic lining up through the area.
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better alternate if you can make it over towards that way or even the boston post road. obviously going to be out here for a little bit longer as they work to clear this boat here on the southbound new england throughway. well, it is business as usual for ramapo's town supervisor. despite his recent arrest on fraud and conspiracy charges christopher st. lawrence headed become to work today. he and the head of a local development corporation are accused of cooking the books and cheating the town out of millions of dollars. thousands of documents set to be released could impact the criminal case against two former aids to governor christie in the bridgegate scandal. the law firm representing christie's office has until april 28th to comply with a subpoena.
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creating massive traffic jams on the access boeds roads to the gw bridge. police in orange new jersey are looking for clues in the shooting death of a teenage boy. 17-year-old devon jones was gunned down in the 100 block of taylor street last night. three other people were also shot, but their injuries are not life threatening. investigators don't know what led to the shooting and no arrests have been made. new york city police looking for four suspects in connection with a deadly shooting in washington heights on west 157th street last night. a 41-year-old was pronounced dead at har hem lem hospital. neighbors say he was well liked and leaves behind several children. >> he's got a teenage daughter and two little boys. oh, man. why? >> the nypd asking anyone with information or who saw the shooting to please call them.
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for a pickpocket gang that specializes in stealing women's purses in grocery stores. they released this video. one thief looks for potential targets. as the shopper concentrates on a purchase like in the video, the other thief snatches her wallet from the shopping cart. madison. hatred and intolerance found in a new jersey plain. police are investigating a chalk drawing of a swastika and a confederate flag. the names of four boys are written inside the flag. one parent posted the picture on facebook and did note ify the local town officials. nyack is stopping its plans to use breathalyzers on students drinking.
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against using the breathalyzers. had they passed it, nyack would have been the first hudson valley district with that policy. coming up, as fears continue to mount about the zika virus, there's a new warning about how it can spread. plus this. surf, sand and too much sun, a combination that can cripple your smart phone on the beach. a father and son from new jersey say their invention is the answer. >> there's nothing like it in the world. we did a lot of research. >> reporter: i'm ted greenberg with a device that protects your well. sniej sunshine out there. you're going to be smiling a lot during the seven day forecast. and we are already smiling. lester holt has a look at what he's working on for 6:30. tonight we're going to be hearing from americans in japan after back to back major earthquakes there. a zoo keeper has been fatally attacked by a tiger in florida.
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and marijuana as a pain reliever without smoking it. we'll tell you why some are
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in father and son say they invented a solution.
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we did a lot of research. >> tim and his dad tim senior call it the rock pack. a dry box that they say is completely water and sand proof. plus keeps your phone cool and juiced up with a solar battery charger. >> we've tested this thing at the beach on the hottest summer days, 90 plus degrees and never had an issue. >> it also includes an led sos beacon that flashes if the device gets wet. they have far exceeded their goelg goal on kickstarter to cover the manufacturing cost. it's being assembled here. you're probably wondering what's the cost. right now the inventors say you can get a rock pack on kickstarter for 159 $159. its full retail price will be
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>> they could go out into the walter water with the rock pack. >> reporter: it will let you sink your feet into the sand without worrying at your phone. >> pretty cool. >> it is. it still may be a little chilly to get in the water but it will still feel like spring this weekend. plus, when someone passes away, funerals can be a financial burden on the surviving family members. better get baquero has a new way to compare costs. in new york state, we believe tomorrow starts today.
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new tonight, the cdc confirm that is the zika virus can be sexually transmitted between men.
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traveled to venezuela and his partner of ten years were diagnosed with the disease. the partner did not make the trip. both men suffered a rash and eye infection and a fever, but no lasting complications. earlier this week the cdc also confirmed that zika can cause birth defects. there could be a freeze on regular lated rents for the second straight year because of lower fuel costs. the city's rent guidelines released a report showing the cost of operating rental buildings fell over the last few months, only the second time it's happened since 1969. fuel savings offset an increase in taxes and labor costs. as we turn over today here dave here, everybody wants to know about this weekend. >> let's not let another second go by. it's going to be terrific. plain and simply. we'll get to the details right now. cool and crisp this evening. one more night of the really cool weather, then we're going to warm things up in 24 hour
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nearly perfect as we head to saturday, sunday and monday. it's going to be like summer out there. 63 in monticello. little bit cooler out to the long island, eastern end, 49 in west hampton. not a cloud in the sky. then we widen out the picture. we don't even have the next weather-maker on the map yet for us. we are in very good shape as we head through the next several days and into the next seven day forecast as a matter of fact. mid 60s. it's going to be a great day out there. maybe tomorrow is that first day that you sneak outside and eat outside on the menu. beautiful afternoons over the
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lots of sunshine out there and a fresh breeze to keep things on the just lovely side as you enjoy the outdoors. all right. let's take a look at your seven-day forecast. not a second too early. look at that. 72 degrees on sunday. 76 on monday. some areas, i think, are going to get into the 80s. 63, maybe with an early shower. look at that. right back up there friday with 72 degrees. 75 on thursday. that is a nice stretch of weather. believe me, i know. cocaine and coffee didn't mix for a passenger flying into jfk. customs officers say this is what they found when they searched the jamaican woman's suitcase. it's actually three pounds of cocaine poorly hidden in two bags of coffee. authorities say the drugs have a
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the passenger now faces drug smuggling charges. the pulaski sky way will be closed this weekend and next weekend. the crews are installing deck panels. we have a consumer alertd to tell you about tonight. general motors is recalling more than 1 million gmc see ierra pickup trucks off faulty seat belts. a safety belt cable can bend while the driver is seated. over time the cable can wear and separate and that causes the belts to come apart from the seat. gm says no crashes or injuries have been caused by this defect. a brooklyn company is now recalling a fish product because it may be contaminated with distier dis listeria. they've suspended distribution of this product now.
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illness and even death in people with weakened immune systems. it is not something you want to think about, but planning a funeral can be expensive. now there's a way to compare costs in your specific area. here's lynda baquero. >> as hard as it is to get us to plan our own funeral, it can be even harder to find out how much that funeral is going to cost. recent surveys show as low as $2500 but in manhattan it can cost more than 17,000. >> there's huge discrepancies. that's because of the lack of transparency. >> a lack of transspare spare parency that tyler discovered after his grandmother's death. >> when i went online to find a funeral home, i realized the information online was very hard to find. >> funeral homes are required by the federal trade commission to give you a price list only if
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that prompted tyler and two other internet geeks to create the website parting.com. >> you just go to parting.com and enter your zip code and you see a list of funeral homes in your area and the prices you can expect to pay for the services you're requesting. >> from montana to new york, new jersey and connecticut, parting.com has found funeral costs even itemized, helpful information if not for you, at least for loved ones. >> to get in touch with our consumer investigative team send an e-mail to better get baquero at nbcnewyork.com or call 1-866-news-244. remembering the boston marathon bomt bings three years later. and sibila is here with what's new at 6:00. >> thanks, david. tonight a former new york state power player accused of money
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the middle of a sex scandal. >> his lawyer calls it a sal salacious accusation. plus who did hillary clinton and bernie sanders impress with their views on israel? the answer may surprise you. those stories and much more all
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the images are still vivid and horrifying.
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exploded at the finish line of the boston marathon. it was three years ago today. terrorists who wanted to kill did so with two home made bombs. >> there was a memorial and a moment of science ilence today. monday they race again. >> reporter: it's been three years now. but in many ways the deadly blast still echoes across boston. today on the third anniversary of the marathon pom bombing the city paused to offer the three lost and more than 260 injured in the attack. difficult memories as they continue to move forward. the next step in that journey, monday's 120th boston marathon. >> we're going to have a great race and a safe race. >> reporter: security will again be intense. an army of police, first responders and surveillance for a race that in many ways defines this city, going the distance, never giving up. >> it's very difficult and there
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discouraged but then i think i'm really lucky just to be running at all. >> reporter: adrianne lost part of her lagares eg in the bombing. >> i know i'll be crying. hoping that i have enough hydration to cry and run at the same time. >> reporter: an emotional but important 26.1 miles, because in boston perhaps better than anywhere else they understand the way forward is not a sprint but a marathon. jay gray, news 4 new york. >> boston strong. that will do it for us. we thank you for watching. >> stick with us as the news continues now at 6:00. live from studio 3c in rockefeller center, this is news 4 new york. documents unsealed. affairs exposed. sordid details in the investigation that brought
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down sheldon silver. did bernie sanders' opinions on israel push new york's jewish voters towards hillary clinton? an out of control cargos airborne and flips onto the lawn of a long island home. former new york assembly speaker sheldon silver had an affair with a woman who lobbied him on a regular basis. >> and an affair with another. the documents are heavily redacted but plenty of sordid details have emerged. >> these documents report silver and the women worried about being caught and spoke on recorded conversations quietly and in whispers. but the judge said his actions spoke volumes about even more corruption. >> i believe i'll be proven innocent. >> not only was he proven guilty, but today new
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silver, once the most powerful lawmakers in the state. after the i-team pushed, a federal judge unsealed documents stating the defendant engaged in extramarital relationships with two women, one of whom lobbied the defendant on a regular basis on behalf of client who is had business before the said. and the other for whom the defendant used his official position to recommend for a job with the state. the alleged affairs now public weeks before the former assembly speaker faces up to 20 years in prison. the unsealed document alleges such evidence is particularly relevant to rebut efforts by the defendant to introduce evidence of his purported good moral character. >> just a shame what's happening to a nice guy. >> many neighbors on the lower east side still vouch for the convicted politician. >> he did a lot for the neighborhood. i have nothing bad to say about him really. >> while silver's lawyers say

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