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alluding the authorities for more than a month. tonight, new details about his capture and first court appearance on charges of killing a state trooper and wounding another. the big story is the capture ever the aaccused cop killing eric frein. >> and he they will "action news" that he confessed to the crime that prompted the manhunt. and we have more on the big development. >> very big. for seven weeks he had this community on edge. as you imagine, they are stealing safer tonight. and frein went before a judge read along with charges. and responded only with shout answers when asked questions. and accused of murdering bryon dickson and wounding alex douglass. captured last night after a team of u.s. marshals helping in the search spotted him in a field near the birchwood pocono
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airpark in tannersville. and today sources revealed that after the capture he confessed to being the lone gunman responsible for the sniper attack outside of the police barics september 12. he was arraigned on numerous charges including murder of a law enforcement officer. when asked why frein may have submitted these acts, the deputy commissioner of say the police had a very direct answer. >> i characterized his actions in the past as pure evil and i would stand by that. >> the family in this matter of corporal bryon dickson and trooper alex douglass and the pennsylvania state police have suffered an unimaginable loss of unspeakable proportions. they will never be the same. but today we find some comfort as a community that we are taking these next steps towards justice. >> authorities estimate the search for frein cost about $10 million. and it also took an emotional
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toll on the community keeping an eye out for the wanted killer. and that has no price tag on it. and vernon odom is live in mondroe county where they are excited and relieved that things are starting to get back to normal. >> they are. in fact some residents told me they were literally dancing around their homes in their bare feet last night. you can see the tension has been lifted here. now getting back to his regular way of life. with eric frein locked up and never to roam these woods good, joe could return to his routine of driving in from scranton to take care of his mother's property living a few doors from frein's parents and the constant presence of heavily-armed police and helicopters overhead unnerving, so he stayed away for weeks. >> and now i can come down and mow the grace without worrying
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about somebody coming around the garage with an ak-47 and saying what are you doing. >> feeling comfortable again walking the dogs in this remote section. and for weeks he has been haunted by the possible return of the cop-killing suspect eric frein trying to get back home one more time. >> you know you look over your shoulder all the time. you always tense up. we left our lights on for state troopers so they could try to find them, stuff like that. >> the blue ribbons showing in support of the manhunt are prominent everywhere you looked today. and cheryl seeing nothing but strife at her house since frein was public incident number one. >> i had an incident where they circled my head and said where is eric frein at? where is he at? and i thought that was rude and disrespectful and i was
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disappointed. >> the door-to-door trick-or-treat was canceled now that frein was on the run. boup that he is captures it is scheduled due to begin in about an hour. live in monroe county, vernon odom channel 6 "action news." >> vern, thank you. we have expanded coverage of frein's capture on the slide show pictures of his arrest and appearance today. and a timeline of the manhunt and tribute to the fallen state trooper, bryon dickson at we should know more about the contract dispute between septa and the union within the hour. talks continue today and "action news" learned significant progress was made. and they are expected to make a statement at 5:45 p.m. and we will bring that to you. 4700 members of the union could walk often the job without a deal of the union pledged, however, to provide at least 24 hours notice before going on
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strike. and time to talk temperatures tonight. halloween weekend going to start with a treat this evening. while it is cool out there right now, it will remain dry for the trick-or-treaters. >> much better. and cecily tynan outside with the details from accuweather. >> hi, we get a treat for halloween but are getting tricked tomorrow by mother nature. tomorrow will be very nasty. satellite 6 showing starting the day with a good amount of sunshine and then clouds rolled in. now the clouds are beginning to spin, especially philadelphia examine -- and areas to the west. if you are trick-or-treating, you may want extra layers under the costume. and millville 52, and the boardwalk in atlantic city currently 55 degrees. the trick-or-treat forecast, lots of clouds and very chilly. temperatures really not falling much in the next hour. 52 degrees at 6:00.
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but by 9:00, dropping down to 49 degrees. a good idea to get the kids in by then and they can go to bed or eat candy. futuretracker showing tomorrow morning things getting wet. we have some rain across our region as one low pressure across the west begins to move close to the coast. looks out across the mountains of virginia and north carolina though. they're not getting rain, they're getting snow. especially in the higher elevations and even in the afternoon, looks like the showers will be holding on, especially east of philadelphia. not only will it be wet, it's also going to be cold and windy a very raw saturday. so weekend woes for tomorrow. looking at generally a quarter inch to 3/4 of an inch of rain. the heaviest south and east of the i-95 corridor. temperatures having a hard time even hitting 50. the winds are picking up and the rain moves out on sunday. the winds create winter-like wind chills and we talk about that in the accuweather
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forecast. monica? >> thank you, cecily. a montgomery county house having a ghostly time selling. the owners say the 1870's victorian home in pottstown is actually haunted by ghosts. as walter perez reports, the spooky spirits shall friendly and just add to the charm of the house. >> scott clausen say he and his wife, kathy, have already been hearing strange noises inside of the 1870 victorian home on north hanover street. and each time wrote it often as sounds much an old house in need of repairs. and then the day kathy thought someone was at the front door. >> and she went to grab the doorknob and it turned against her and she opened it and looked outside and there was no one there and she got really horrified. >> and clausen says the ghostly encounters only grew more intense, especially for kathy. >> and she saw a figure walk by and the dog followed it out the backdoor.
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well then a couple of minutes later i came walking down from the second floor, and she just was terrified. >> now the clausens decided to s sell the house. they already moved out, but not because they are afraid. >> i actually love the house. it's a little bit after commute to work. we have a restaurant in phoenixville and since soldle that and now own a restaurant in collegeville. >> this home listed for $176,500. if you are interested but concerned about the ghosts, guy clausen says no reason to fear. >> seemed to be a friendly presence, whatever that is. >> they were friendly ghosts? >> it seemed so. >> reporting from pottstown, walter perez channel 6 "action news." >> all right, there you go. time for a check of the "action news" traffic report on a halloween night. >> that's right. >> and some witches brooms out there.
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>> good way to fly around in bad traffic. >> that would be a good idea. i don't remember the last time i said traffic was a treat, but it is tricky most nights. and a crash watching on the vine street expressway the westbound side off the schuylkill. the delays from this because the right lane is blocked are spilling back on to 76 itself. getting across town a slow crawl to 95. by the vine a crash on the shoulder but not where the delay ends. it goes up to the work zone of k k cottman avenue. and on the pennsylvania turnpike speeds in the teens for seven or eight miles. all activity off to the side. and in bucks county, montgomery county watch out for a crash along bethlehem pile at town road. and checking those tricks again in the next half-hour. >> all right. >> thank you, sir. much more to come on "action
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news" friday night. a virgin galactic rocket explodes after tapoff. and a legal victory for the nurse ordered to stay in her home after returning from west africa. and the update next in "healthcheck." and you are sending us photos of the little ones in the halloween best. and from new jersey, this spot of finn and miles as the mar marshmellow man. and this happy lady bu bugg -- ladybug getting ready. and mom day that says treed up as a kurt
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there are 211 lawyers in congress. but not one electrician. so here's a bright idea. donald norcross. a union electrician for 30 years... in the state senate, he stood up for working families and he'll stand up for south jersey in congress. working to make college affordable. fighting to create jobs that can support a family. and pushing equal pay for equal work. donald norcross. a congressman for us.
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hurt. updates on the story as soon as they are available. "healthcheck," the main nurse who fought against her quarantine after treating ebola patients in west africa won. kaci hickox free to leave her home after the judge rejected the state's limit to limit her movements. maine sought to confine her to the house until the incubation period ends saying it violates her rights. and she will continue voluntary monitoring. and the candidate for governor waecsting no time it ia he was joined by bob casey. and the bus tour rallied voters in allentown, phoenixville and much more on his campaigning today on "action news" at 5:30
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tonight. and tom corbett trying to say he is the candidate with the most experience holding it for four years. and he is riding on the record in hopes of winning the re-election. >> i promise you that i will work very hard for the people of pennsylvania. >> republican tom corbett won with 54% of the vote, easily elected to two terms as state attorney general before that. this time he is the underdog with just about every poll showing corbett trailing his democratic challenge er by double digits and he has already chosen a top issue if he wins another four years. >> what i am going to do this time around is call for a special session on pensions. not just our state pension, but i will tell you our municipal pensions around the state are in trouble, too. >> corbett admits that he didn't accomplish pension reform or
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privatize the state liquor store system but argued that complicated issues often need more time. and pointing to the transit funding law. >> we have better roads and that attracts more business. and attracts more revenue and bips and jobs to pennsylvania. >> corbett uncapped the state franchise acts which a group says it violated his pledge not to rain taxes. the governor held the line on state income taxes and warns his opponent will not. >> he will not tell you how muchets going to tax. telling you he is spending much more money. his plan if you look at if we counted it up as over $6 billion in extra spending. >> and the enquirer would not endorse eager one, instead had a list of the issues in the case. and corbett says it will be his last campaign and believes it
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will be a winning one. coming up on "action news at 11:00" a "action news" trouble-shooter's report. >> trapped in his own house, how this parapledgic man in delaware county feels because he can't get his motorize the wheelchair back from a company in new jersey. >> i feel stranded, a prisoner in your own house. >> and
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♪ >> starbucks announced plans to be deliver coffee and food to your front door. the online service will be available to starbucks loyal program members as part of the order and pay app launching nationwide next year. and the c.e.o. called the service ecommerce on steroids. blackberry wants to compete with a popular service, snap chat. a new version of the app allowing you to unsend text messages or set a certain time when they disappear. the features are free the first three months and only available
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for customers with a bbm subscription. serving his country for 13 years, a south jersey shoulder came home today for good. sergeant first class christopher bane arrived in summerdale. spending tours of duty in afghanistan, columbia and chile. and his wife jennifer and daughter, laura, are thrilled to have the fami
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>> time for accuweather at the "action news" big board. cecily tynan showing off some of the pumpkins that i carved. >> right, not. >> your pumpkins don't look anything like that. >> they are wilted. >> yeah, mine don't look like this either. these are carved by the "action news" editor, bob, every year. looking really nice and the weather not looking bad. a chill in the air but dry. 52 degrees in philadelphia. allentown 51. trenton 50. millville 52. sea isle city currently 55 degrees. not only is it halloween, it's also high school huddle time friday night. the game of the week tonight, ridley versus haverford. if your headed there or heading to any high school football game or trick-or-treating, bundle up. chilly, 51 degrees at 7:00, down to 48 degrees by 10:00 with a
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lot of clouds. satellite 6 along with action radar showing two low pressures. there's one off the coast of cape hatteras and another stronger upper-level feature moving through the west. that low pressure not only does it have plenty of moisture, it also has a lot of cold air. so futuretracker showing 7:30 tomorrow morning here we have some showers developing. if you look down across the appalachian mountains though, they're talking about the first snowfall of the season. some of the snow could be heavy. heading into saturday evening, the rain will begin to push offshore. and then sunday, the sunshine is back. but the problem is by sunday the two low pressures will be consolidating and that will bring us cold winds. you know, it could always be worse. the higher elevations, this is above about 4,000 feet in north carolina. talking about 6-12 inches of snow. so it's going to be wet here tomorrow, but you don't have to shovel rain.
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futuretracker showing them afternoon 2:00, the temperature only 52 degrees. it will feel cooler with the winds. and on sunday, look at this at 2:00 only 48 degrees. sunday we're talking about wind chills in the 30s and low 40s. bundle up sunday. and showers developing late, mainly after 9:00. 48 in philadelphia, 40 in allentown, 43 in millville and 46 in dover. the 5day at five shows tomorrow great day to sleep in. raw and rainy and cool with a high of only 52 degrees. don't forget, fall back one hour saturday night as daylight saving time officially ends. gaining an hour of sleep on sunday. sunday the high 50 degrees. loads of sunshine but wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour. the wind chill will make it feel 32 to 42 degrees. the good news is, this is a one-day chill. 57 degrees by monday. election day mild, 65. wednesday showers develop with a high of 66 degrees. i'll let you know at the end of
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next week if it will be rainly in the full accuweather seven-day forecast. >> thank you. a little boy in south jersey got an unforgettable halloween treat today. 2 1/2 zachary and his friends another puddle jumpers academy in morristown were able to go around with the phillie phanatic. and he is wearing a mini fanatic costume. and he took part in the party. and they won ryan costello went into politics. in 2001, doctor manan trivedi joined the marines. trivedi served as a battlefield surgeon in iraq. costello served himself by voting to raise his own pay.
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and while trivedi cared for patients in pennsylvania, costello gave millions in government contracts to his campaign contributors -even as he cut funding for child abuse prevention. in congress, only trivedi will do what's right for you. i'm manan trivedi, and i approve this message.
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♪ "action news" continues with meteorologist adam joseph, jamie apody, rick williams and monica malpass. hello again. here's what is happening on "action news" tonight. intense flames and smoke force dozens of west philadelphia folks out of their homes in the middle of the night. a chester county college student in intensive care after witnesses say he was beaten by several football players. and he is the man hoping to unseat the current pennsylvania governor tom corbett. and sitting down with tom wolf to talk about the issues. i do
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and now the details. residents forced out into the chilly night air while watching belongings burn. the 911 call from the apartment along south 62nd street before midnight. and "action news" reporter katherine scott tells us many of the residents found the only way out of the fire was by using a backdoor. >> the flames were ferocious, the smoke thick. around 60 units evacuated at the chestnut park apartments after a fire broke out around 11:45 tonight. >> went to approach the front door and smoke everywhere. we had to go out the back window out the fire escape. >> within three minutes companies on location and they struck the second alarm. >> the crews blasted water at the fire. 75 firefighters with 22 pieces of apparatus responded to the scene in the 100 block.