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accident that killed a school superintendant this morning and police say the person behind the wheel was a 17-year-old students at the school. the school community in robbinsville, new jersey, is plainly in shock. dr. steven mayer was jogging with his dog this morning when he was hit by the vehicle and both he and the dog were killed. nora muchanic is live on washington boulevard where in one hour the community will be holding a vigil for mayor. >> reporter: jim, it's been awful for this community. the superintendant was a beloved figure here and all of this is made worse because sources are telling us that detectives are looking at distracted driving as a possible cause to this crash. >> steve always put the student's needs first and we'll work through that as we deal with this devastating loss. >> robbinsville is in mourning after the sudden death of dr. steven mayer.
the father whose wife also teaches in the district was killed while walking along with his dog, dutch, who was also killed. the student was rushing to the school for a class trip when the accident occurred. >> the accidents is under investigation and no summons are issued at this time. >> we are all grieving, the only way to walk through the grief is to uphold each other. >> police are not identifying the student driver, the teen was taken to the crisis center after the crash. classes are canceled today and tomorrow for all 3,000 students in the district. grief counselors were on hand at the school today. >> what a great man and how precious life is. they are leaving flowers at the site of the vigil tonight and
remembering steve mayor as am mentor coach and friend. >> it's bad it hurts. >> the whole community need a time to mourn, i'm trying to be strong as mayor and i intend to go home shortly and have a good cry for my friend. >> the flag at the pavilion is lowered to half staff. he lives in town and worked in town and was a coach here and his death affected a lot of people. they are looking into the possibility that the teen driver may have been texting at the time of the crash. people are gathering to honor the superintendant's memory. i'm nora muchanic, channel 6 "action news." >> thank you. philadelphia police are trying to identify a woman who was found with her throat slashed in port richmond, witnesses saw the victim bleeding on the 400 block of frankford avenue, they called 911 and police took her to the hospital.
she was rushed into surgery in critical condition, investigators don't have a suspect or a motive. some philadelphia flyers fans didn't do themselves any favors last night with the way they showed their disappointment with the flyers drubbing at the hands of the washington capitals. walter perez is live at the wells fargo center. >> even the players had to implore them to stop throwing the commemorative wrist bands on to the ice. >> it was bad and hard to watch and the flyers got slapped with a delay of game penalty as a result. nor the penalty or the 6-1 loss in game three is not the point. it won't go down as a proud moment in philadelphia sports history. -- [ inaudible ]. >> that is public address announcer lou nolan urging
flyers fans during game three to quote, show some class as the crowd tossed on to the ice commemorative wrist bands given out about the game. those wrist bands were part of the effort to honor owner ed snider. >> we will not condone or tolerate their behavior and embarrassed the city and the fan base that behaved the right way. >> we caught up with some of the fans during a pep rally today. >> it kind of ruined the moment, they should have played for ed and the fans should have respected that. it kind of ruined the moment. >> this is not typical flyers fan behavior. it's very disappointing that they with this disrespectful to mr. snider last night. >> some do not excuse it but it
stems from their love of philadelphia sports. >> philly fans like to have a lot of fun and kind of rowdy and just having a good time. >> reporter: all right flyers down 3-0 in the series, game four is tomorrow night and given the flyers and fans one more small shot at redemption. reporting live from philadelphia, walter perez, channel 6 "action news." >> thank you. accused cop killer, eric frein, was back in court for a pretrial hearing, prosecutors say he ambushed and shot two state trooper s outside their barracks. corporal dixon died and the defense wants his confession thrown out and the death penalty off the table. but the judge delayed any possible ruling after reporters objected to not viewing the confession.
they will continue the hearing on friday. detectives continue to question scott griffin, the alleged trigger man in the shooting of police officer mccullough, griffin suspected accomplice was arraigned on attempted murder and robbery charges today. atlantic city won a fight in court today as it it tries to cope with a desperate financial situation. a judge rule that the city will not have to freeze all assets, the city is fighting a takeover by the state and john rawlins has the story. >> the city by the sea has very little money in its municipal covers, the christie administration went to court asking for an injunction for the city to set aside $25 million it owes the school system so it's not spent on something else.
>> they have to make tough choices but one choice they will not have to make is their payment to the school district, their absolute duty to pay -- >> atlantic city says such an injunction would tie its hands and premature. it was delayed in making the latest payments as of today they are current according to the pay schedule. >> we achieved the end, making sure the school is paid in a timely fashion. >> judge julio mendez agreed with atlantic city and denied the injunction request and woman ter the situation to make sure future payments to the schools are made on time. >> i'm pleased that the judge determined and decided that the state did not provide enough evidence that there would warrant an injunction. >> the city is getting by day to day with no sizable reserves on
hand. the next infusion from taxpayers due in may. and in the meantime talk of a bailout from trenton continues others are pitching a less draconian rescue. in atlantic city, john rawlins, channel 6 "action news." seven school principals are honored for their leadership. they received the lynn back award today during a ceremony at the prince music theater. it includes a $3500 stip end for them to spend on their community. they are providing solar power to a city high school. school officials were on hand at strawberry mansion high school. the new solar panels will empower the greenhouse at the school's community gardens, the gardens give students and neighbors access to fresh produce. coming up a hit and run
crash claims the life of a drexel hill alumnus. and his more pleads for help tracking down his killer. well, a very dry ground and gusty winds our red flag warning continues until 8:00 and i'm tracking two opportunities for wet weather i'll let you know when in the accuweather forecast. >> and jaime apody has more on the flyers in last night's brutal loss. when "action news" continues tonight.
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morris has died. the victim of a hit and run at market. sara bloomquist is live at the scene of the accident. you heard from morris's family today. >> reporter: this is a family desperate for some answers, behind me is the intersection where jamal morris was found badly injured with his bright red bicycle nearby. investigators have nothing to go on so today they pled for anyone with information to come forward. >> his family came to see the spot where the 27-year-old was hit by a car and suffered traumatic injuries and left to die by the driver that took off. earlier at the hospital where he was taken off life support, they made a plea for the hit and run
driver to come forward. >> i am pleading with the person that hit my son. i forgive you, you need to know that i forgive you. please come forward. >> i want peace i want you to have the same amount of peace that i have. >> police believe that morris drove his bright red bicycle through the intersection and was found sometime owe on saturday. police can find no evidence of the vehicle and no surveillance video. >> right now i have to appeal to the conscious of the person that hit him. to come forward and turn himself in. that would be the right thing to do. jamal morris grew up in upstate new york and was working as an engineer here in philadelphia the city he loved and remained close to his drexel friends, who
are devastated by his death. >> we heard this news saturday morning, all of our jaws dropped. >> my son came to philadelphia and i don't know what you guys did to him but he never wanted to leave. and i know see why. i know see why. >> police want to hear from anyone that may have seen jamal saturday night and remember the bright red bike and they will take any tips even nom mussily. seven people received his organs saving their lives. i'm sara bloomquist, channel 6 "action news." >> thank you sara. a chester county mansion built in the 19th century is going up for auction later this week. dozens of potential buyers are touring the historical home on thursday. the home known as lock airy sits
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flyers organization trying to deal with a loss on it's ice and a loss in the stands last night. >> it's a shame jim, ed snider's daughter said my father would have call the the wrist band throwing a disgrace. it happened here a hit that got him a game misconduct, and also a one game suspension. the game was already out of hand but what resulted was 100 or so fans throwing their wrist bands on the ice that they received
honoring ed snider. >> i don't think the fans helped us out any, obviously they are voicing their displeasure but at the same time -- you shouldn't be throwing things on the ice. >> it's disappointing and we don't like to see that. the organization doesn't like to see it either. we expect -- we don't want to see that happen. >> fans did not want to see this happen either. a 6-1 shellacking. they had power play goals in the series. >> we have to believe we can come back and can't be looking at the big picture knowing we have to win four games, you look at that you think it's hard against washington, but we have to win game four and after we win game four we'll be able to get momentum and kind of go from there. >> believe it or not.
mini camp has started for the eagles. >> oh yeah football. >> it's voluntary but given it's a new coach the player as tend. except flexor cox. and this is doug paider son. sam bradford asked today is there rumors that the team is searching for the franchise quarterback. >> not really, i learned a long time ago to stay away from that stuff. it's not the first time i have gone through a situation like that, i have no control over that, so there is no reason wasting any time or putting any worry into that. >> it was one of the greatest performances by a 23-year-old ever. tonight vince valesquez takes the mound again for the fill veries. he had no walks and two wins and
25 strikeouts and has not allowed a single run. a lot of pressure for a youngster but the coach is not worried. >> i considered going up to him after the game the next day and telling him just to remain humble. you know what you are capable of don't let it go to your head. i didn't have to. he has the makeup of a real competitor and he is really confident but at the same time he is practical. it will be interesting to see how he does against the mets tonight. >> students at perlman day school had an early observation of passover today. ♪ ♪ they held a seder this morning at israel congregation at merion station. the fifth graders led the younger students including all the traditional songs. passover begins at sun down on
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you know what is wrong with the forecast. >> boring? >> i have nothing to complain about. >> you'll find something. >> a little breezy and pollen is high. except for that it's pretty nice. stormtracker 6 live double scan showing that we have yet another dry day, the last time it rained was a week ago last tuesday. but today a good amount of sunshine with high, thin clouds and the action cam at the wilmington waterfront taking a look at the tall ship, setting sail. you can see with the flags blowing it was a breezy day with the winds behind a cold front but ahead of the front we made
it up to 78 degrees today that was before lunch time. yesterday's high was 82 and we enter a cooling off period and the average high is 65 degrees, currently the high is 61 degrees and allentown 65 degrees and at the shore the boardwalk in atlantic city, 58 degrees and the atlantic city airport earlier today hit a high of 80 degrees, the winds from the northwest and wind gusts up to 30 miles per hour. that is why we have the red flag warning until 8:00 tonight. the ground is dry and it's easy to spark a brush fire and they can spread easily. stormtracker 6 live double scan showing a band of clouds, that is the back door cold front moving through and high pressure builds in tonight and that clears out the skies and the winds diminish.
overnight low 48 degrees for sent city, tomorrow morning you may want a light jacket for a chill in the air but more high pressure builds in from canada and that means bright sunshine and blue skies, temperatures a little cooler with a high of 70 degrees and then heading into thursday, the high pressure sinks to the south, we get the winds from the southwest. so the high a little bit warmer 74 degrees and we start the day with sunshine and clouds roll in ahead of the system. that will move in on friday and that brings a chance of showers and thunderstorms, we could use it, not only is the ground dry, if you have allergies like i do, you have been suffering and the pollen remains high on friday and it drops a little bit with the showers and back up to a high by saturday, maple juniper and popular the main culprits, i'm suffering with you.
the exclusive accuweather seven-day forecast beautiful weather tomorrow sunny and cooler and temperatures still 5 degrees above normal with a high of 70 degrees, thursday we start with sun and clouds in the afternoon with a high of 74, and friday with the cold front moving through we have showers and maybe an afternoon thunderstorm, 77 degrees and passover begins at sun down and behind the system we clear out the air for the weekend and it looks to be another beautiful weekend and saturday partly sunny and high of 69 degrees, great weather for the union game and monday it clouds up and temperatures drop down to 64 degrees and tuesday another chance of a few showers and a high of 66. it remains dry until friday and temperatures above normal. >> all right cecily. finally tonight a grand piano went airborne in trenton. >> a crane had to be hoisted for
a grand piano. they will be living in an apartment above the theater, the piano would not fit up the narrow staircase and they had to get creative. and despite tense moments they did get the piano in safely and all 88 of the keys. abc world news tonight is next on channel 6. and "action news" continues at 10:00 on phl 17 with brian taff, sharrie williams, adam joseph and ducis rogers. and please join us for "action news" at 11:00 here on channel 6. for the entire "action news" team i'm jim gardner, we hope you'll join us at 11:00.
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the battle for new york. as we come on the air, the first exit polls are in. what the voters are saying, as donald trump eyes a major win but takes a hit for a slip about 9/11. and the hometown showdown between hillary clinton and bernie sanders. can clinton wrap up the nomination? also breaking. state of emergency. deadly floods in texas. nearly 2,000 rescued. residents brace for even more rain tonight. inside the disaster zone. our team travels close to the epicenter of that devastating earthquake. desperate search for survivors at this hour. hundreds feared trapped. the rookie police officer spared prison time for the deadly shooting of an unarmed man. tonight, the decision sparks outrage. and, tight squeeze. airlines may soon start charging you more money, so you won't be stuck in the middle.