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>> ♪ >> philadelphia police continue to investigate the violent group attack on a same-sex couple in center city and tonight there are calls for a federal investigation into what happened. good evening, i'm chris may. >> i'm jessica dean. philadelphia police continue to question persons of interest in this case. "eyewitness news" reporter matt rivers is live at central detectives with the latest tonight. matt. >> reporter: chris and jessica, i can tell you that this case is still ongoing and it is still very active. but at least a half dozen persons of interest being questioned in this case so far things have been very busy here at central detectives. it's been a week since the crime that sparked outrage throughout the country. two gay men severely beaten, one put in the hospital for three days. but thursday we learned there is another side to the story being told by some in this group. the dozen or so people police want to question in connection to the crime seen in this surveillance video just before
it happened. at least six have been questioned so far and some have said the victims instigated the fight. one person of interest came to central detectives wednesday to be interviewed about the attack. we have since learned he was an assistant basketball coach at archbishop wood high school pressed by school officials he resigned yesterday. >> i'm sure the police will make an announcement. >> reporter: that man's lawyer would not comment as his client would be charged way crime but if it does eventually happen it would not be a hate crime. under pennsylvania law only crimes motivated by ethnicity race or religion can be deemed as such. >> this is a brutal and savage attack on the streets of our city on two people who were going out to get a pizza. >> reporter: councilman jim kenny sent this letter to the u.s. attorney's office asking them to take the case and prosecute it as a hate crime. federal officials confirm they were looking into the case but say no decision has been made to move forward. >> i think we ought to cover every base to make sure this did not happen or if it did
happen that the federal government should take the case. >> reporter: and police say this case is a complicated one and they are still working to try and get a very clear picture into exactly what happened. if any charges are filed in this case, sources tell us they likely won't come down until monday at the earliest. we're live outside of central detectives, matt rivers, "eyewitness news" at 10:00 on the cw philly matt, thank you. fears are growing tonight about the safety of some americans stranded in mexico by hurricane odile. >> some in the heavily damaged resort town of cabos san lucas have been told to go to the airport to secure their well being because there is chaos in the aftermath of that storm. noel mclaren spoke to some from our area ready to get home. >> reporter: this was far from the vacation travelers planned to a luxury resnort cabos san lucas. >> windows actually blew in on people. ceilings were collapsing.
>> reporter: from a tiny internet cafe through a weak skype signal matt and his sister-in-law to be lindsey reagan say this is the most communication they've had with the outside world in days. they shared their story of survival from the storm. >> areas completed devastated, no power lines, no cell service, nothing. >> reporter: hurricane odile hit the hurricane on day two of their vacation sunday. they have been stranded in mexico ever since with their significant others. now they're struggling to get back home to philadelphia. >> we don't know how to go about getting on a flight. >> we actually passed through the airport yesterday and it's completely inaccessible. there are literally thousands of people trying to get in. >> reporter: with no help from the u.s. government,. >> the u.s. consulate just says go to the airport and hope for the best. >> reporter: they're reaching out to "eyewitness news" hoping to grab the attention of local legislators and that's just the start of their problems. >> now the growing fear is that the people around here are in a devastated area and they're lacking resources so
it's entirely possible that we could become targets because we have money. >> reporter: for now they say they have found shelter in a la paz hotel four hours away from cabo. it's not much but until they can get home they say will it do. >> i have a hotel with four walls and running water. >> we're luckier than a lot of people. >> reporter: and they tell us that 30,000 other americans are also stranded there with them in mexico. most of them are from the west coast and california but they said that they did meet up with another group of people who were from the northeast. we are live in the sat center, noel mclaren for "eyewitness news" on the cw philly. >> turning to weather now, it is feeling more like fall in the area. "eyewitness news" in mount airy were people were enjoying a street fare complete with food, live bands and art. meteorologist kathy orr has the first forecast. >> we are look tag cool night, not just cool but chilly for many people.
on storm scan3 the skies are many people. lingering showers through southern delaware and the eastern shore of maryland but temperatures are falling fast with those clear skies. the poconos 55, allentown 58, reading 59. in philadelphia it's 65. but some visits to the south and east as well and where you see the blue, those are the 40's. they will be creeping down into our region. an arctic high is going to be building into the area. when we wake up. eastward we are going to be seeing some mild temperatures along the coast but westward in our suburbs we're talking about 40's, even from new york into new england, temperatures in the 30's where there's frost advisories, freezing rains, you name it. it's even early for these up through the mountains of new york and new england. up we'll be talking about an october chill a weekend rebound and also when fall begins. that's all coming up with the seven day. a bit of a rollercoaster in our weather. jess. >> absolutely. all right, kathy, thank you. new developments in the search for the suspect who
shot two pennsylvania state troopers killing one of them. the fbi has added eric frein to their 10 most wanted fugitive list. >> that brings an increase in the reward of $100,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction. right now # officials believe that frein is still hiding out not far from the shooting area using some self taught survival skills. >> i don't know where he is. we think he's here. we have reason to believe he's still in the area. but we want to make sure that we're covering every base. we can't let this fellow get out of this area because we think he would be a danger to other members of law enforcement as well as society. >> police tonight are warning the public not to approach frein if they believe they see him. et cetera armed and dangerous. now our pat ciarrocchi has more on the funeral services today for the slain trooper, corporal bryon dixon. >> reporter: the sun was so bright adam dixon squinted in
the glare. all of these state troopers came to saint peter's cathedral in scranton to bid farewell to his father, corporal bryon dixon. >> we gather here in sorrow, disbelief and anger but most importantly we gather here in faith. >> reporter: the gray uniforms lined up row after row lending support to dixon's family. his wife tiffany and their two young sons. maggie perry's husband is a police officer, too. >> scary. a little nerve wracking but i think our -- the show of all the officers and the community is important because, you know, we're not going to be intimidated. >> reporter: not intimidated by a lone gunman who took a father his children a husband from his wife and a best friend from corporal derek feldman. >> we will take care of tiffany and the boys as you have perfectly taken care of them throughout your life. all who wear this uniform will carry on your legacy of service. >> reporter: pennsylvania
governor tom corbett and philadelphia police commissioner charles ramsey joined the mourners listening to both a pledge an promise from state police commissioner frank noonan. >> right now there's one man with one rifle that's committed a heinous crime. but there are hundreds of other dedicated men that are out there trying to bring him to justice. from every marine semper fi and from every man and woman in the pennsylvania state police, are you our brother. let's resolve to live our lives worthy of his sacrifice. >> reporter: in that same ambush 31 you're old trooper alex douglas was critically wounded. he is recovering in the hospital and he is speaking with investigators. as for the people of scranton with a gunman on the loose they are on high alert. in sat center, pat ciarrocchi, "eyewitness news" on the cw philly. >> a woman is hospitalized in critical condition tonight
after she was stabbed multiple times at the south philadelphia employment agency where she works. this happened at trinity staffing services in the 2300 block of south broad street. around 9:00 a.m., police say a man walked in and demanded work. when he was told there wasn't any, he stabbed the 53-year-old employee three times in the chest, grabbed her purse and ran. the victim managed to walk to methodist hospital across the street. she was later transferred to jefferson university hospital. tonight police are still searching for that suspect. 38-year-old deshay lowry of upper darby is favoring murder charges. police say he strangled his girlfriend. her body was found inside a home on emerson avenue august 3rd. griffin compete in there pagents had just graduated from college with a nursing degree. >> philadelphia city council today votes to essentially decriminalize marijuana. the vote was 14 to two and the bill now goes to mayor michael nutter for his signature.
now the mayor did not originally support this bill but he did work to revise the language along with councilman jim kenny. now minor possession offenses in the city will result in civil penalties rather than an arrest and a criminal record. the law is expected to take effect on october 20th. >> american troops will not go back to the middle east on the ground but a new strategy is approved on capitol hill. >> that news comes as australian police foil a terror plot connected to the terror group known as isis. that story is still to come. plus, is it the end of the united kingdom as we know it? scotland decides on independence tonight and they are countering up the votes. kathy. >> clear skies and cool temperatures. a taste of october come tomorrow. but will it stay that way? we have the last weekend of summer coming up all details coming up with the sev
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world americans are united in confronting the threat from isil. >> reporter: the senate okayed the plan following house action wednesday but democratic senator joe mansion was a no vote. >> we're entrenching ourselves into another war. the 13 years of experience hasn't taught us anything, then we're pretty slow learners. >> reporter: arming and training the moderate syrian rebels is part of president obama's pledge to keep u.s. troops out of a ground war. >> the best counterweights to isil are local forces and local citizens, the people. >> reporter: this authorization expires in december and will have to be approved again when congress returns after midterm elections. >> beyond this we're going to take up the construction of a new authorization for the use of military force. it's long overdue. >> i think we should be having this debate right now, no the in december. >> reporter: the obama administration says training syrian rebels to take on isis will take up to a year. craig boswell for "eyewitness news" on the cw philly. >> well, australian police say
they foiled a terror plot that included plans to carry out public executions. they conducted early morning raids in cydney in which 15 people were taken into custody, though nine were later released. authorities say that the alleged assailants, supporters of isis, planned to behead random people and capture it on videotape. >> serious concern at the heart of our communities. we have people that are planning to conduct random attacks and today we've worked together to make sure that that didn't happen. we have in fact disrupted that particular attack. >> the alleged plot was foiled just days after australia for the very first time raised its terror alert to high. >> home depot now says 56 million credit cards were compromised in its recent data breach making it the seconds largest eat tail data theft on record. the malware there caused the breach has been removed if it's system. the breach occurred between
april and september of this year. home depot is now offering free identity protection services to any customer who shopped during that time. tonight a historic vote counter is under way as scotland decides its future. >> voters made their choice at the polls today. remain part of the united kingdom or form their own independent nation? the yes or no referendum was set in motion in 2012 and it is sure to have a lasting impact no matter the outcome. scotland and england have been partners for 307 years. we don't expect the official results until tomorrow. >> skies are clear across the delaware valley and it is a beautiful flight out of our delaware valley and it is a center city studios. we are looking at a few sprinkles, though, to the south. on storm scan3 we're tracking them through the eastern shore of maryland and delaware. this still associated with a weak frontal boundary that is moving off shore. we do expect these temperatures to continue to drop, though, as a strong area
of high pressure builds in from the north. the air originating in the moved through canada but overnight lows mainly in the 40's and the 50. right now it's 65 in philadelphia, 58 in allentown, 55 in the poconos and 57 in millville. the cold is coming. state college already in the the cold is coming. buffalo, new york, already in the 40's and it's just a matter of time. that high will move off the coast of new england during the day on friday but we get into this easterly flow and the persistent east wind will keep it cool. it will be sunny but temperatures really struggling to make to it 70 degrees. many locations won't. by saturday the high moves offshore and some warmth begins to squeeze up the coastal plain ahead of this front and it will be more comfortable, temperature at least in the mid to upper 70's. as this front gets a little bit closer the southwesterly winds will increase and it will be in the 80's for sunday which just happens to be the last day of summer but the rain moves through sunday night into monday morning. speaking of sunday, though, are you heading down to linc?
kickoff at 1 o'clock. it's going nd a beautiful afternoon, the temperature 80 degrees on the last day of summer with winds out of the southwest. overnight skies partly cloudy to mainly clear, the low 56 in the city, 40's in our suburbs. case in point, take a look at some of these numbers. the poconos waking up to 41, close to 50 in allentown, in philadelphia and temperatures to the south and east in the mid-50's. during the day on friday lots of sun, feeling more like october. 70 is the average high temperature for october 4th, so we are getting ahead of ourselves. the good news is it's not going to last that long. it's a one-hit wonder as far as the cool air is concerned because then we warm it up. saturday and sunday. monday fall begins but not until the evening. we'll have some morning showers then some sunshine. behind that the first full day of fall will be cool again, the high 70. wednesday 71. thursday 74. so, we've gone from the 80's, now we're easing into the 70's. be sure to wake up with "eyewitness news" in the morning. katie will track tomorrow's
weather. the team starts right here -- or they start on cbs3 at 4:30 and they continue here on the cw beginning at 7:00. >> probably so long to the 90's. >> yes, they're way gone. >> all right, kathy, thanks. >> see you next may. >> we are easing into a huge game this weekend. >> yeah its a divisional matchup at the linc and everybody is excited to see desean jackson come back. eagles will test their offense against the number one defense in the nfl. i'll tell was nick foles is facing in the sack depart
>> the eagles face off against washington in a big divisional contest sunday at 1 o'clock. the story line starts with the return of desean jackson and it continues with the eagles patch work offensive line facing a team that posted 10 sacks last week against jacksonville. washington has the top rated defense in football. >> you got two outstanding outside line backers in or rap hoe and kerrigan. they are big across the front. they got two big line packers in robinson and terry. >> eagles defense will have to deal with backup quarterback kirk cousins he took over for the injured robert griffin the third. nick foles knows cousins very
well. they were teammates at michigan state. >> kirk has been extremely talented, always a an extremely hard work area great leader so it doesn't surprise me at all the success he's had, the success he had at michigan state and he's continued on and he was a great teammate to me in michigan state and i know he's a great teammate for the redskins so i'm really happy for him. >> and keeping with the eagles you can see my exclusive interview with shady mcafter thursday night football over on cbs3. he talks about everything from the return of his friends desean jackson sunday at the linc to the commissioner's handling of the recent problems in the nfl. that's tonight after thursday night football. kimmo timonen spoke to the media today after his medical issues with blood clots. the team has no definitive answer owner he will not play tour months. chemo would like to continue to play despite these recurring problems. >> and my desire is obviously i want to play but chance of
me playing is really slim. that's the fact. but i'm ready to wait that chance to see how i feel. if i still have those clots in time. >> phillies now wrapping up their four game set against the padres out in san diego. happy 55th birthday to phillies manager ryne sandberg. will he celebrate with a win? fourth inning domonic brown with a single drives darin ruf. fightans trail two to one. >> all right. we'll keep an eye on it later toni
>> tonight after thursday night, too would you ever let your children do this? it's a frightening scene. children approaching drivers in rush hour traffic. >> you could run them over. that's a bad deal and where are the parents at. >> why is it happening day after day? i'm charlotte huffman. the i-team sounds the alarm. asking for trouble tonight after football. >> hm. >> wow. >> man. all right, we were talking during the break and you think we really are easing into fall for good. >> we certainly are.
not easing in. >> tomorrow a fall preview, 70 warming up for the last weekend of summer. fall begins on monday. we'll really feel like it tuesday and staying in the 70's, below average for this time of year. >> sure is. >> uh-huh. >> all right, kathy thanks a lot. >> and thank you for watching "eyewitness news" on the cw philly for kathy, beasley and all of us here, i'm chris may. >> i'm jessica dean. have a good night. we will see you after the game on cbs3. >> ♪
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