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yesterday. police escorted a handcuffed sherri a.m. moore into district court where she was charged with kidnapping and other offenses. she said nothing to reporters but inside the courtroom she and relatives openly went. >> it's a very difficult day for everyone, difficult for her, it's difficult for her family. i mean, you saw her in the courtroom. she was -- she was shaken. >> reporter: a key question is why. why did she allegedly walk into the king of prussia mall yesterday engage malekah hunter in conversation and walk off with seven week old ahsir simmons some she has told our investigators that she did not go to the mall with the intention to steal a baby u this was the scene last night as hunter was reunited with her unharmed son. police tracked down amoore at her wayne home after receiving tips and other leads. >> first off i would like to thank god for allowing my baby to come back and i want to give a special thanks to the upper merion township police department and everybody on
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social media that helped me get my baby back. >> reporter: court records reveal amoore told investigators she delivered a baby in february but it died shortly after birth. police have not been able to confirm that pregnancy and friends of amoore tell "action news" they were skeptical of her pregnancy. she told detectives, "i held held him and all my feelings rushed back. i just wandered my baby. it felt like you a holding my son again. it felt so good. i didn't want to lose that feeling. i was crazy. and amoore remains behind bars this afternoon unable to post $500,000 cash bail. i'm live in king of prussia, chad pradelli, channel6 "action news." >> chad, thank you. the suspect in this case sherri amoore comes from a family with political connections. before today's hearing amoore's mother renee showed up to court along with the family's pastor. renee amoore is the deputy
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chair woman of the republican party in pennsylvania a position she's held for 20 years. she declined to comment comment on her way into court today but her pastor says he's encouraging the family to rely on their faith. >> we have to trust god. we have to just simply trust god in this situation. >> now in addition to her duties with the state republican party she appears as a path lift on inside story a sunday morning public affairs show right here on 6abc. >> king of prussia mall says it has security procedures in place for situations like this. mall management released a statement saying "our emergency procedures were operationalized instantly including the deployment of law enforcement personnel. the result of these efforts in partnership with law officials resulted in the happy outcome of returning the baby safe to his family and we are incredibly thankful for their support.
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we have been updating 6abc.com with the latest information as it comes in on this story. you can find video of his mother as she spoke for the first time following this ordeal. we also have pictures from the moment the baby was reunited with family members. and hundreds of thousands of views saw the picture of ahsir last night on the "action news" facebook page and our twitter feeds and police have said tips from the public helped lead to a happy conclusion in this case. be sure you are getting important and breaking information from "action news" all the time. follow us on twitter. we're at 6abc and like us on facebook. we're 6abc "action news." >> brand new at 4 o'clock, police are trying to figure out what caused a driver to crash through the front of a wawa in south jersey. chopper six was over the wawa on church road in mount laurel and you can see the damage to the front of that store. it happened about 1:30 this afternoon. now fortunately there are no reports of any injuries. >> all right it's time now for a check of the accuweather
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forecast. >> let's go over to meteorologist cecily tynan in for adam joseph live at the big board. cecily i think you're tracking snow today, right. >> april fools. >> right, april fools. >> i am tracking some very cold air and gusty winds over the way over the weekend. it could be a few snow showers but it's not a big snowstorm but double scan live showing that there is a cold front moving in and ahead of it we've got a broken line of some showers and thunderstorms. right now we do have a thunderstorm in parts of berks county right over 422. no lightning strikes associated with this so it's beginning to weaken. some heavy downpours associated with that but the whole cold front will move through in the evening hours but ahead of it it feels like summer. we have winds out of the south so philadelphia is 79 degrees. i know reading right now is 81 degrees. you can see washington, d.c. it's 82. behind this system quite a bit cooler. 62 in pittsburgh but there's another cold front waiting in the wings and that will bring us some big cool downs for the second half of the weekend but this is what to expect for the
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next few hours for your friday evening a broken line of thunderstorms with that cold front. so that means not everyone will get a storm. those who do could have brief gusty winds, heavy downpours. looks like it will be rolling through the i-95 corridor between about 6 o'clock and 8 o'clock tonight so it will be having some impact on the evening commute but what happens tomorrow, another wave of low pressure develops along this. so this means we've got a gloomy start to the weekend. saturday you see 8 o'clock some showers across our region. someone needs to answer that phone. and then we've got a stronger front that will be rolling through late on saturday night and this is the front that brings the cold air and the gusty winds potentially damaging winds. i'll have all the details in the full accuweather 7-day forecast. sharrie. >> all right. excuse me. thank you cecily. we appreciate it. of course we are roughly 24 hours away from villanova's final four matchup with the oklahoma sooners and while the wildcats get ready nova nation is taking over texas to cheer their team to vic tomorrow. alicia vitarellvictory.
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alicia vitarelli is there for all the festivities. hi, alicia. hey sharrie. we're here at the royal son nest at a. the guys just pulled up a little while ago fresh off practice from this afternoon. we had a chance to catch up with them watch them play a little bit over at the nrg stadium and so did the nova faithful, let me tell you, you can feel the blue and white running through the veins of everyone from philadelphia who is here to cheer on the wildcats today. feeling the pride not only here at the hotel but all around houston. >> v for villanova, v for victory. >> reporter: it's the soundtrack of this final four weekend. >> we will fight, fight for villanova. >> reporter: and villanova university's pep band is tuned up and ready to play all the way inspired by the head coach of the championship 85 team.
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>> rollie massimino said the band worth two points. we like to think cheering on the team gets them excited. >for fans it's a family often fair. chris miller brought his son sam to hopefully witness history for the second time. >> we're cheering on the wildcats. last time i got to see them in the ncaa finals is when i was a senior in high school. >> reporter: 1985. >> in delaware county in 1985. one of my fondest men's. >> reporter: from the class of 19 year also came with his son andrew. >> i told them if they were going to the final four we were coming to the game. >> reporter: with the wildcats ready to roar. >> number six, number six. yes, our favorite number. >> reporter: the delaware valley has descended upon houston. >> look around you see a lot of villanova shirts, a lot of people traveled to get here so i think more are coming too. >> reporter: it's like philly south. >> that's right. cheesesteaks aren't as good,
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though. >> reporter: okay, but should the fans at the stadium tomorrow want a little taste of home, you should know this t amoroso bakery is delivering the rolls for those philly cheesesteaks they'll be serving up there. we cannot wait. brian, let me tell you something i in preparation for this trip found my college ring. can you see that? from villanova. i'm going wear it as a good luck charm tomorrow. i have my pennant ready to go, my shirt, my hat ready to clear on my wildcats along with everyone else in philly. we're live in houston, alicia vitarelli, channel6 "action news." back to you guys. >> we were wondering how many blue dresses you packed as well, alicia. awesome. hope it brings them good luck. >> reporter: like 40. >> that was my guess. alicia thank you. jay wright and the team went through their final preparations today inside nrg stadium. jeff skversky is also there will with the wildcats. he'll have a live report at 5:00 tonight. as the cats gear up for the final four show down we want to see how you're cheering on nova nation. keep sending us your pictures
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on social media. just use #6abc action and you'll see them on the air and online and remember to tune in tonight for our special coverage of the cats in houston. march to a championship an "action news" sports special airs tonight at 7:30 right here on 6abc. you do not want to miss that. >> all right, we'll be watching. it is time now for the "action news" traffic report on a friday. >> let's go live to matt pelman standing by in the "action news" traffic center with the first check this afternoon. >> we went from march madness to april madness on the roads as we started the new month this morning with a real mess. a miserable ride on i-95 because of problems in both directions by girard avenue brian and sharrie but this afternoon it's just volume in the southbound lanes headed toward the work zone at cottman avenue. this morning we were seeing 70 minute travel times on the southbound side, it's 23 this afternoon. that's a little more palatable if you're headed down to south philadelphia for the phils exhibition game, yes, welcome them back to town. this is 309 near springhouse.
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crash that i believe just cleared out. looks like the delay is still in the process of working itself out as you head down towards the pennsylvania turnpike. willow grove a wreck this afternoon along moreland road at easton road. also one in lower moreland along pine road at welsh road an leftover from this morning, you know how i feel about the leftovers, never like 'em its a gas plane break in ewing township mercer county along 31 near olden avenue. i think 206 might be the better bet this afternoon. in glassboro a crash along main street at carpenter street and there's one in newark along harmony road at ruther drive. let's grab the ipad do the computer report on this friday afternoon. one of our friends cruising the waze app talking about a crash along city avenue near lower merion. no lancaster avenue much watch out for that and the slowing that will undoubtedly result. we'll check it again, brian and sharrie, coming up in the next half hour. >> i had leftovers for lunch its not always bad. >> i don't usually like them. occasionally. >> thanks matt. still ahead here the race
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for the white house shifts to pennsylvania. the candidates spending time in our state today. >> plus philadelphia's taxi drivers address the rumors that they are planning to go on strike while the dnc is in town. >> and a problem with the water. new jersey's largest school district finds high levels of lead in the water that kids are drinking. >> ♪
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order to protest ride sharing services. today they gathered to den fly that rumor. they blame on a select few drivers that o do not represent the lamper group. the taxi service alliance says it looks forward to welcoming convention visitors this july. >> president obama says there's a threat of terrorists one day launching a nuclear attack. this is his final nuclear security summit in washington. he is pushing for countries to secure radiological material and keep it out of the wrong hands. he said it's greatly concerning that isis has already used chemical weapons and he believes they are eager to unleash a devastating attack. >> there is no doubt that if these mad men ever got their hands on a nuclear bomb or nuclear material, they most certainly would use it to kill as many innocent people as possible. >> stern warning from the president. he also said the nuclear agreement with iran is a success but he acknowledged it
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has not swept away the other issues with that country. >> elevated lead levels are causing concern and even more city and charter schools in newark, new jersey. school officials say the new data shows lead levels above the federally recommended threshold was found in eight buildings. state lawmakers have already called for a requirement that drinking water be tested in all of new jersey's public schools. that after newark schools shut off sinks and fountains at 30 facilities last month because of lead. chicago public school teachers walked off the job today. the teachers say they're protesting unfair labor practices including the removal of some raises from their contracts. governor slammed the teachers union calling it an abuse of power. he also said if state lawmakers had approved some of his reforms a strike could have been avoided. >> the u.s. economy continued its pace of steady hiring in march and the unemployment rate went up for valid reasons. that's according to the monthly jobs report.
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the labor department released it this morning. it shows u.s. employers added 215,000 jobs last month. the unemployment rate moved up a tenth of a point to 5 percent but analysts say that's because more americans started looking for work which is a sign of confidence in the job market. it's the fifth time in the last six months that the report has found the number of job z-has increased. all right, here's a look at today's closing now. on wall street, the dow closing above 100 points today, gaining 17 points. the nasdaq up nearly 45 points. the s & p 500 also up to end the week just over 13 points. well, it looks like marriott has won the bidding war to acquire starwood hotels and resorts. marriott had been in a bidding battle with unbang insurance group. that group of chinese investors had the high bid of $14 billion but it now says it's taking back that offer and abandoning its pursuit of
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starwood. well, that clears the way for marriott which was offering $13.6 billion. now, if the deal goes, there was it's expected to be done by the middle of this year. >> all right, it is time for a check of the accuweather forecast as we finally arrived at the weekend. >> yes, a weekend, though, that will bring some more changes. meteorologist cecily tynan is in for adam today. >> hi, sharrie and brian. if you're hoping for a sunny quiet weekend weather-wise the not going happen. we've got some major changes on the way. double scan live showing first of all most of our region is rain free, sunny and warm. however, we are picking up some heavy downpours in parts of the lehigh valley and berks county. this one cell of reporting some gusty downpours has moved really across the northeast extension right now. it's heading to the northeast about 30 miles per hour through the lehigh valley heading into northampton county so chapman, nazareth, stocker town, all in the path. no lightning strikes with this but it does have some heavy downpours and we also have
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another cell in berks county. i showed this at the top of the newscast. this right now is getting close to hitting leesport crossing 322 also it's moved between 422 and this is ahead of a cold front that will pass through tonight. the first of two and the second one will have a major punch. but ahead of it look at this, temperatures up near 80 degrees. philadelphia 79, reading was 81 last hour, now down to 79 with some clouds. wilmington 77. trenton 77. big change, though, cape may. you get those winds off the ocean of 20 degrees colder with a current temperature of 56 degrees and you may notice it's a little bit on the humid side as well, kind of first time we felt this this season especially across parts of south jersey and delaware with dewpoints generally in the seventy six right now. so, satellite6 along with action radar showing we kind of have a sunshine sandwich kind of day. we woke up with the clouds with some showers, even some thunderstorms around 11 o'clock with that first batch and then breaks of
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sunshine with that big warmup and here's that line ahead of a cold front that will pass through tonight. again, a broken line of storms, not everyone will see them but those who do could have some heavy downpours. so, future tracker showing around 6 o'clock, this is when the line gets very close to the i-95 corridor. temperatures still in the 70's and 60's. it moves off shore around 8 o'clock but then what happens tomorrow away from low pressure develops -- a wave of low pressure develops along that front so that pulls the rain back in for the morning. looks like a wet and gloomy start to the weekend. temperatures in the 50's and 40's in the morning, then reaching the 60's by the afternoon with some breaks of sunshine but then a second cold front moves through late on saturday night, early sunday morning. this shows it pushing in around 1 o'clock on sunday morning and what this will do is pull down some cold air and extremely high winds. so, the national weather service has posted a high wind watch for our entire viewing area from midnight saturday through noon on sunday. we're looking at the potential for winds gusting 50 to
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60 miles per hour, not only will it create wind chills in the 20's and 30's, could also bring down some trees and power lines so we could have some localized damage. association the four day at 4:00 showing tomorrow a gloomy start to the weekend, 62 degrees but some showers, especially the first half of the day. otherwise mostly cloudy. sunday is when we get those wicked winds, the high only 47 but you factor in those winds. wind chills will be in the 20's and 30's. and then on monday, we bump it up to 65 degrees. don't get used to it. another cold front brings us another round of rain and then temperatures back down into the mid 40's on tuesday with a high of 45 degrees and i know adam haas has been talking about the half marathon we're both running on sunday and there's about a 3-mile uphill straight into the head wind so i'll be there battling. it's going to be quite a challenge to say the least. >> i'll be thinking of you. >> sunshine sandwich. >> don't try to say that 10 times fast. >> sounds good, though.
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>> thank you, cecily. coming up here at 4:30 we are with villanova students as they head to houston for a chance to cheer their cats onto a championship. >> and up next, law a local veteran who spent his life honoring others. well, today he was the one at the center of a touching tribute in south jersey. >> ♪
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>> from our delaware news room now one person is dead and another is hurt from a shooting at a restaurant in wilmington. police got the call around 12:30 this morning to the shades of blue bar and grille on governor prince boulevard. well, they say there was a huge crowd in the parking lot and witnesses told them someone shot two men inside the bar and then took off. one of those victims was flown to the hospital but died a short time later. the second victim is still being treated. police have not told us the names of anyone involved. they also have not said who did this or why. >> he was a disabled veteran who spent years honoring others in his community.
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today his fellow vets paid tribute to his life of service. the warriors watch riders escorted the body of tom o'brien through cherry hill today. whether he was welcoming returning vets, joining a funeral procession for a first responder or helping with a parade or fundraising ride, o'brien rode with the warriors watch at least once a week. he died in a crash last weekend on the black horse pike in haddon heights just before a ride to welcome home someone who had been serving at guantanamo bay. o'brien was also active with the v.f.w. and dressed up as santa for the runnemede post each christmas. he was 59 years old. >> today a used baseball facility was spruced up in time for the season thanks to the charity of a local business. diamond materials paving company paved the drive way to the bear babe ruth complex in bear, delaware. the owner donated all of the materials and the labor. the league has used the park for five years but this is the first major improvement.
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>> they are animals that live a life of service but today local veterinarians kept an eye out for them. the action cam was at the center for animal referral an emergency service or cares in langhorne where vets were giving eye exams to service dogs. they were checking on a police k-9 named recon. cares is offering free eye exams to service dogs from pennsylvania, new jersey and delaware throughout the entire month of may. registration for those exams begins today. >> a little love for the pups. >> and much deserved. >> yeah. >> new developments surrounding the haddon township father charged with killing his own son. see why his lawyer says the charges should now be dropped. >> a dramatic scene unfolded after a police says cla this florida. find out how police were finally able to catch this suspect. find fantasy shows.
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meteorologist cecily tynan standing by in for adam joseph live at the big board tracking all of it. cecily. >> hi, brian and sharrie and we have some big changes in the weather. the first will come with a cold front. you look at temperatures, you can see it's 79 degrees in philadelphia. it's 82 in washington. those are winds out of the south but there's a cold front across central pennsylvania and behind it temperatures are in the 60's, so tomorrow is going to feel about 20 degrees cooler than today. the real cooldown, though, arrived on sunday with some gusty winds. but double scan live showing what we're looking at ahead of this front is really a broken line of some storms. so, not everyone will see them. we have heavy downpours parts of the lehigh valley and parts of berks county and i am watching this developing right now northern maryland. this could skirt into chester county within about the next hour. we've had about 45 lightning strikes in this view over the past 15 minutes so we could have some lightning, some heavy downpours as that system pulls through. so, this is what to expect. the weekend will begin wet.
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the front stalls, another wave of low pressure develops along it so that brings us some showers especially the first half of the day tomorrow. but then there's a second front and this is the one that has the powerful winds. we're looking at wind gusts saturday night through the first half of the day on sunday 50 to 60 miles per hour. could cause some localized power outages and wind chills hard to believe when it's close to 80 degrees today, wind chills on sunday will only be in the 20's and 30's, going to be a very active week. i'll have more details can coming up in the full accuweather 7-day forecast. >> all right, cecily, thank you. have you heard? the final four is this weekend. we are incredibly excited as are all these kids. hundreds of villanova student fans heading to houston today. they left today to see the wildcats play in their final four appearance tomorrow night. "action news" reporter gray hall was there, joins us live now on villanova's campus with all of the excitement.
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gray, what's it like there? >> reporter: well, super excited, brian. these students, they're passionate, eager anxious and super thrilled to be watching villanova, the wildcats play in the final four. hundreds will be there. march madness has taken over the campus of villanova university. the wildcats have made it to the final four. hundreds of students loaded on the buses friday morning headed to houston, texas for the showdown against oklahoma. >> go wildcats. clear them on. >> yeah, they're going to go all the way and take the championship. no other team can beat us. we have the spirit and the drive and the heart, so go cats. >> the excitement on campus is something i've never seen. >> reporter: the school received 700 student tickets to saturday's big game. they were given out through a lottery but those students attending more regular games at the top of the list. everyone is eager tote good houston and of course they're rooting for a victory. >> looking forward to it all week just sitting in classes
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like 24 hours, 23 hours. it's awesome. >> i am so excited. i like emptied my bank account to do this. >> reporter: it's been a madhouse on campus. the bookstore has been jam packed with fans buying villanova gear to support the team. back in 1985 the wildcats wop their first national title defeating georgetown. students are hoping for a repeat. >> my dad was here in 85 when they won it so i'm looking to kind of keep the legacy going. >> i have my t-shirt from 1985 that i'm going to wear for good luck. hopefully they go all the way. >> reporter: what a season it has been for the wildcats victory after victory picking off teams in the ncaa tournament. they are two games away from taking it all and coming hope national champs and hometown heroes. >> there's a lot of school spirit. there's a lot of people cheering. all my teachers pushed all of our work back so there's a lot of clearing for. that so it's been really fun and we're all behind this team. >> reporter: all right, fun indeed. everyone behind the team and no doubt if the wind cooperates you can see the sign there will be a lot of signs in houston like this one
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saying let's go nova. that will be a watch party tomorrow night right here on campus at 5:30. of course tipoff scheduled for about 6:09. live from the campus of villanova, gray hall, channel6 "action news." sharrie. >> keep that sign all weekend, gray. good deal. and remember to tune in tonight for our special coverage of the cats in houston, march to a championship an "action news" sports special. it airs tonight at 7:30 right here on 6abc. and be sure to show us how you are cheering on the cats. send us your pictures on social media. just use the hashtag 6abc action. >> a man stole a bicycle loaded with medical supplies. police released this surveillance video of the man taking that bike. it was stolen just before 1:00 in the morning. police say it was an emergency medical service's bicycle.
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the attorney for the haddon township father charged with killing his three-year-old son has filed a motion now to have the murder charge dropped. david cre creato was not read hs right. they did not inspect the area where brendan's body was found until days later. his body was found a mile from david's home back on october 13th. the prosecution says they still have to review the motion. >> we are working to get more information about a deadly crash in montgomery county. chopper6 was over the scene shortly after it happened around 5:00 this morning at the intersection of forty foot road and welsh road in lansdale. the road was closed for five hours while police investigated. no one else was injured. well, hundreds of people who do life saving work are in philadelphia right now. the medical helicopter crews are training to improve
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critical care for patients who are airlifted. thomas jefferson university hospital is hosting the event. it's a partnership with agusta left lane copter assembly line which builds ems cloppers in northeast philadelphia. >> cecily has been telling us about the rollercoaster weekend of weather we're expecting. that's got new jersey farmers on high alert. monica malpass live in the news room with details. >> that's right we're talk about the garden state's peach crop which everybody loves new jersey peaches and farmers are obviously concerned about the cold weather and what that means for their bottom line come peach season. coming up new at 5:00 tonight new jersey correspondent nora muchanic shows us how they are fighting the frost. also, new at 5:00 a preschool prom in overbrook. how cute. katherine scott takes us inside this morning's big party that was special for students and parents alike. those stories and more on "action news" at 5:00. >> see you in a little bit.
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thank you sponge local high school students spent the day learning about jobs in technology. local employers stopped by hatboro horsham high school to talk to the students for the tech futures fare 2016. close to 40 companies and a wide range of fields demonstrator how they use various technologies in their businesses each day. students heard from composers and doctors as well as plumbers and artists. >> boeing employees got together to assembly care packages for people who are home bound. more than 50 employees worked to put together more than 800 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in just 30 minutes. it happened this morning at boeing's factory in ridley township. the food benefits aid for friends and will be delivered to home bound residents across the region. >> great effort. >> yeah. >> it was a dramatic ending to a wild police chase. we'll show you how police were able to finally catch the suspect even after a crash didn't stop him. >> plus, details about what went wrong when awhile watching ship crashed into a
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pier. >> and meteorologist cecily tynan back with the full accuweather forecast when "action news" at 4:00 continues today. >> ♪ for years, i was a laboratory chemist,
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>> ♪ >> now to some dramatic video that played out in south florida. a wild and dangerous high speed chase played out on video. it reportedly started in downtown miami and then sped through residential streets. police cruisers finally caught up with the vehicle after it crashed into a dumpster. watch as officers surrounded the car with their weapons drawn but the suspect still tried to get away. two police k-9s dove into the car eventually and police officers were able to pull that suspect out. police have not released any information on why the chase started in the first place. >> an investigation is under way after a sight seeing ship crashed into a crowded san diego pier.
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seven people were hospitalized, 139 passengers and five crew members were on board for a whale watching trip. many of the passengers said they felt like the boat was going too fast and they braced for the impact. investigators say crew members complained about the propulsion system but so far 33 don't know the exact cause. an 18-year-old girl is back in chicago after surviving a rare lung disease and she's talking about her near-death experience. this of course in our health check today. michelle harris an honor student and tennis standout got sick last fall. doctors discovered she had a rare lung disease plus she also had pneumonia in both lungs. she was put on an ecmo lung bypass machine and transferred to the university of alabama birmingham for a lung transplant. but slowly she has been
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recovering. she doesn't remember much after being 98 days on that machine except for one vivid memory. >> one time i did see a huge light and people were jumping into the light but when i was my turn i didn't jump. everybody says i was close to death but it wasn't my time. >> and she is still here. she says she's looking forward to school, prom, graduation and one day she wants to go to medical school. >> ♪ >> we're all pulling for her. great story. now to big talkers and we begin with another great story the emotional response of a north penn high school student that's getting a huge response around the world today. watch as rachel grace opens her acceptance letter to east stroudsburg university. >> it is with great pleasure to notify you of your
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acceptance into the program. i got in. i'm going college . >> [laughter] i got in. >> is that the best or what? you can see rachel who has down's syndrome reads that letter in front of her family she starts to realize it's really good news. her face brightens with excitement. rachel's mom says staff and students at north penn high have been so great and credits them with helping rachel get into college and her mom says rachel loves all the attention this video is getting but it's making it hard for her to stay focused at school now that she's a huge celebrity online but it matters not. congrats, rachel, you are going to college. for some people today is like a national holiday it's april fools day and it seems that more and more businesses are also getting in on the pranks but as google found outer not everyone wants to be a victim of a prank. google introduced a new feature called mic drop for g mail. it let you send an e-mail
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which included a gif a minion from the movie minion dropping the mic that signaled you were leaving the conversation and muted subsequent replies in every e-mail chain. the feature caused more headaches than it did laughs and just a warning, it's still april fools day. there's plenty of time to still get fooled, sharrie. >> got to be aware of that. >> you got it. >> someone tried to pull one on me telling me they were pregnant with twins. i won't call any names. >> okay, thank you. >> it's not you. >> okay, whew. ly. >> all right, brian, thanks. let's get another check on the roads tonight. hopefully no fooling around there. >> now that would have been the big story. good afternoon to you, sharrie, good afternoon everybody. there are several things today i wish you a fooling about. it's been kind of a rough day on the roads but unfortunately we've got more problems this afternoon here along 95 and we're not joking its a crash northbound side past washington avenue. it's blocking the left lane.
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you can see police and penndot on the scene. just kind of sluggish here but it remains a stop and go ride basically the whole way from that point up to the work zone at cottman avenue. a lot of speeds just in the teensly at least if you're coming southbound towards that phillies exhibition game tonight at the bank things are looking better than they did this morning, just a few slow patches especially through the work zones. in upper darby a crash involving a pedestrian along midway avenue atwood cliff road and we have a crash along city avenue at overbrook avenue so watch out for slowing there. and tonight is the night, the walnut lane bridge over wissahickon creek is scheduled to close for five months so starting tonight start heading for lincoln drive or school louse lanes as alternates. west norriton a crash along main street at whitehall road by jeffersonville country day school. a wreck into newark along harmony road cleared but expect slowing on 295 southbound coming off the delaware memorial bridge as well as highway one southbound passing the christiana mall. wreck in glassboro on the east side of rowan university along main at carpenter has cleared
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but there's some construction still going on on the a.c. expressway westbound leaded toward 42. speeds just in the 30's there because the vial blocked. coming south on 295 speeds just in the teens past 38 on down to past 70. that's where there's a crash blocking the shoulder. we'll check it again, brian, who i think is still not pregnant and sharrie, in the next half hour. >> me, either, i'm not -- [laughter] >> all right, thank you, sir. a philadelphia police officer donated thousands of dollars worth of ipads to children with autism today. officer sammy sanchez spent the last few months raising more than $15,000 for this new technology. "action news" was there this morning when he presented the ipads to 76 children who attend various schools across philadelphia. >> well, it is a freebie friday so find out where you can pick up a fun craft for your kids to do this weekend. >> and stepping outside sky6 hd looking live at cape may as the ocean roars in. meteorologist cecily tynan has
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the exclusive accuweather 7-day forecast next.
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>> meteorologist cecily tynan along with a word for your weekend weather. >> it's pretty amazing because you step outside now, it's about 80 degrees. >> wonderful. >> it's sunny and you feel like you've turned the dorn spring. >> yeah. >> and then not so fast. winter is coming back this weekend. storm tracker6 live double scan showing that we do have some downpours, some thunderstorms breaking out in parts of our viewing area. i've been tracking this one cell through berks county. this is now rolling through macungie. no lightning strikes with it but this is just a heavy downpour getting ready to cross the pennsylvania turnpike right now so it's heading south of allentown and there's also a cell that i'm tracking that's moving into lancaster county and this one is pretty intense.
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the past 15 minutes we've had 51 lightning strikes and this is moving real quickly, northeast at 55 miles per hour so bird in hand, leola paradise farmersville, hinkle town, new holland in the path of this storm and it will be moving into chester county after 95 clock so honey brook if it stays together pottstown you'll likely see this and this is ahead of a cold front that will bring us a stepdown in temperatures as we head through the first half of the weekend. there's another front waiting on the wings. right now, though, 79 degrees in philadelphia. wilmington and trenton 77. reading a rain cooled 68 degrees but reading hit 81 degrees at 3 o'clock just 1 degree shy of the record high and that's because the winds are out of the south ahead of this front. so satellite6 along with action radar showing not everyone will see the thunderstorms. this is a broken line of storms that will be rolling through through the evening hours and then there's another low pressure that's down to the south over parts of
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georgia. it has been causing some severe weather. what this low pressure will do is ride up along that front and that will pull that front westward tomorrow. it will retrograde. what this means is we have a wet start to the week. future tracker showing that cluster of storms rolling through the i-95 corridor around 6:30 moving off the coast by about 11 o'clock but tomorrow morning for the soccer games, for the races, i know there's a hot chocolate 15k, well it is going to be wet with showers around 8 o'clock, especially i-95 and areas southeast. still around lunchtime and then late in the day we see some breaks of sunshine but then a much more powerful cold front moves through in the wee hours of morning on sunday and you can see that they actually could get a coating of snow in the poconos and what this front will do is pull down some colds air and some extremely high winds. the reason why something called the low level jet. this is what happens about 5,000 feet above the surface. winds up to about 60 miles per
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hour, so they could potentially be brought down behind that front and what this means is that we could have some damage. so, a high wind watch has been posted for our entire viewing area. midnight saturday through noon on sunday for the potential for wind gusts 50 to 60 miles an hour. could cause localized damage and it is going to create wind chills feeling like winter much future tracker showing 9 o'clock on sunday morning as we're warming up in wilmington for the caesar rodney half marathon, 24 degrees the wind chill, 25 in philadelphia, even in the afternoon wind chills generally only in the 30's. we have another blast of cold air moving in on tuesday. so, the exclusive accuweather 7-day forecast, tomorrow showers, mostly cloudy, 62 degrees. sunday those wicked winds and cold, 47 degrees but wind chills no better than the 30's. on monday, we bump it up to 65 degrees, another round of rain with our next cold front behind that front on thursday -- or tuesday i should say, the high only
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45 degrees. could have a deep freeze on wednesday morning. then the high on wednesday 49 degrees. finally back into the upper 50's on thursday but that will come with some rain and thunderstorms and friday mostly cloudy with a high of 56 degrees. so, the nice thing about a forecast like this, if you don't like the weather, just wait a day. it will be completely different the next day. >> that time of year i guess, right. all right, cecily thank you. freebie friday, the details coming up next. the opportunity she deserves? is it finally witnessing all the artistic wonders of the natural world? whatever your definition of success is, helping you pursue it, is ours. t-i-a-a. not aware of the options available to
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>> all right, everybody, we have done it. we made it to the end of the work week. that means it's time for freebie friday. >> it's the first weekend of the month so on sunday you can get into philadelphia's barnes foundation for free. and this one here is back. starting tomorrow you can take free yoga classes at the race
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street pier. classes during the weekend start at 9:30 in the morning at race street and north columbus boulevard. that's right along the delaware river waterfront. >> and are you already thinking about what to have for dessert tonight? i am. krispy kreme is offering people one free original glazed doughnut all day today. so there you go. and if you have some shopping to get done, k-mart giving away a kids art and craft kit to children who are 12 or younger if you shop at k-mart tomorrow. we have more of throws on our web site 6abc.com. >> that will do it for "action news" at 4:00. for sharrie williams alicia vitarelli cecily tynan and adam joseph i'm brian taff. hope you'll join me along with sharrie adam and ducis rodgers tonight and every night for a full hour of "action news" at 10:00 on phl17. >> now here is monica malpass with a look at what's a heads at 5 o'clock. hi, monica. >> coming up next at 5:00 a kidnapping suspect charged. tonight we're learning new information about the woman police say stole a baby from the king of prussia mall.
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>> "action news." delaware valley's leading news program. with jaime apody, meteorologist cecily tynan, rick williams and monica malpass. >> ♪ >> this is the woman police say stole a seven week old baby from his mother in the king of prussia mall and ran off. now she's facing a list of charges and $500,000 cash bail. friday night the big story on "action news" is that kidnapping investigation in montgomery county. >> tonight we are learning more about the suspect's background and why she may have taken that baby in the first place. "action news" reporter trish hartman live tonight at the king of prussia mall where the kidnapping chaos began last night. trish, what's the latest? >> reporter: well, brian, that's right, the five-hour ordeal all started here in the food court at the king of prussia mall yesterday around 5:45 yesterday when the suspect cherie amoore befriended the mother of the infant asking to hold the baby when it started fussing before taking off, that's according to police today.
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we learned much more about that suspect cherie amoore and a possible motive behind this kidnapping. a joyful reunion after a traumatic night at the king of prussia mall. seven week old ahsir simmons was reunited with his family late last night after police say he was taken by a stranger. his mother expressed her gratitude for the public's help in finding her son. >> everybody that shared the pictures and the posts and everything, thank y'all so much for allowing me to get my baby back safe. >> it was a bad night. it was a hard bad night and i think this is real hard for somebody to go through. >> reporter: today we learned 32-year-old cherie a moore tredyffrin township is charged with kidnapping false imprisonment and other crimes. she's the daughter renee a moore a pennsylvania republican who appears a a panelist on inside story a 6abc public affairs show. she and other family members were in court this afternoon for the arraignment.

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