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gifted one of their children at least one of their children to kaplan. there is a lot to report here and "action news" reporters dann cuellar and trish hartman are standing by. let's begin with dann at the bucks county prosecutor's office in doylestown. dann, what are the facts as you know them? >> reporter: well, jim, authorities say it is one of the most bizarre cases to ever come out of bucks county. an amish couple accused of essentially selling their daughter to a feasterville man, a man who then had sex with the girl and sired two children. the case came to light when lower southampton police went to the home of 51-year-old lee kaplan at 428 old street road in feasterville to check on the well-being of children. they found kaplan living with 12 females ranging in age from six months old to 18 years old. the 18-year-old told police that she was the mother of the six month old and the three-year-old and that kaplan was the father. kaplan admitted having sex with the girl when she was 14 and that he sired the two
children with her. he also said that he and the girl's parents daniel and savilla stoltzfus had come the an agreement that the girl would be gifted to him. police also talked with the amish couple from quarryville lancaster county who told them he had -- they had given their daughter to kaplan as a gift for helping them financially and not having to lose their farm. here's more from lower southampton police. >> right now we're coordinating with authorities in lancaster county to interview these children, in a safe environment and as of right now all three suspects are in custody. >> reporter: now, the amish couple are also the parents of the seven other children. no evidence that they were sexually assaulted. the children are now at a lancaster -- with children and youth services in lancaster county. 51-year-old kaplan has been charged with statutory sex assault indies sent assault corruption of minors unlawful contact with a minor and the amish couple have been charged
with conspiracy for statutory sexual assault endangering the welfare of children and related offenses. all are in jail after not being able to post $1 million bail each. so, this is a developing story, jim. we'll have more later on "action news." back to you. >> thank you, dann and let's switch live now to feasterville where "action news" reporter trish hartman has just talked to the person who apparently busted this situation wide open. trish, what have you heard? >> reporter: well, jim, this all started when police received a complaint about the health and safety of numerous children living in this home on old street road. you can see the home right behind me. police had also been told that kaplan was telling neighbors that no children lived there. well, we just spoke with the woman who says she contacted authorities this week after seeing multiple young girls living in the home. she would see them outside, all wearing blue dresses and she says they all looked unhappy and fearful. she said a neighbor saw the
man bring home a baby girl around six months ago and when she heard that no report had been made she made an official complaint. >> i just wasn't going to let go. i saw a couple girls last week standing in the drive way. they just looked unhappy and sad, you know. again, in there blue dresses and i had been telling my husband, you know, for years i'm like there's something isn't right, something isn't right. >> reporter: now that woman says she feels like a weight has been lifted and hopes the girls receive the help and therapy they need. she said today is like liberation today. now, there had been a lot of activity on this street after this afternoon since we got here. some neighbors have stopped us wondering what's going on, others seemed to know what happened but did not want to speak with us. many people, though, are anxious to find out more details about what happened in this home on old street road. we're live in feasterville, trish hartman, channel6 "action news." jim. >> trish, thank you for the report.
of course our coverage of this story continues at 6abc.com. we'll be updating with the latest details and reaction all night long. other news at this hour, this is a live picture at the fellowship alliance chapel on church road in medford and this is where mourners are gathering for the memorial service for singer christina grimmie. grimmie was killed last saturday while signing autographs in orlando, florida. "action news" reporter jeff chirico has been at the church where a lot of people are going to be honoring the marlton woman tonight. >> i cried every day. >> reporter: outside the church evesham mayor randy brown echoed the grief gathered together to mourn the death of christina grimmie. inside fans and friends paid their respects and hugged their family during a viewing. these women worked with grimmie's mother years ago at a nearby ice cream shop. what has the world lost. >> a dream. a dream of an angel. she was -- she had her whole life ahead of her.
>> i'm composed here. i don't know what i'm going to be like when i get in there in front of her family. >> her music has a huge impact on my life and how i turned out to be. >> reporter: how so. >> it got me through tough times. >> reporter: the pop star was shot and killed almost week ago while signing autographs after a performance in orlando. police identified shooter as kevin loibl. during the struggle the shooter killed himself. >> she's genuine. >> reporter: citing privacy and security concerns the pastor says grimmie's body was buried yesterday after a small service. >> it was a great time of remembering christina, sharing together, crying together, praying together u. >> reporter: the introverted south jersey girl who moved to california with her family found fame as a youtube sensation, then as a contestant on the voice. after that her career took off as she toured the country endearing herself to many and
making her hometown proud. >> took one of the brightest stars our town has produced. >> reporter: security is very tight at the church. mourn pars have until 8:00 p.m. to pay their respects. that is followed by a memorial service we're told a video of grimmie performing one of her favorite songs will be played. that song in christ alone. in medford, jeff chirico channel6 "action news." >> a bucks county vigilante and his victim are now both facing charges. bay slop jones has been charged with aggravated assault for allegedly shooting a man after he says he spotted him trying to break into his car at an apartment complex in morrisville yesterday. surveillance video seems to show jones chasing the suspect joshua dennis and then shooting him. police say dennis was driving a stolen car. the bucks county district attorney's office says the incident is a good reminder to leave police work to police. the judge dismissed a juror in congressman chaka
fattah's corruption trial this morning. there has been no reason disclosed. an alternate replaced that juror bringing the jury to nine women and three men. so that the judge ordered the panel to restart deliberations because of all this, the 11 term congressman is charged with accepting bribes and ripping off charitable donations and federal grant money to pay off his personal and political debts. the massacre in orlando has spurred senate lawmakers to schedule votes on four gun control bills but none are expected to pass in their current form. pennsylvania republican pat toomey says he's working with senator susan collins of maine on a compromise proposal that could come to the floor next week. that measure would prevent some terrorism suspects from buying guns. pennsylvania's democratic senator bob casey put forth his own proposal this week aimed at keeping guns out of the hands of those who commit violent crimes based on hate. he made his comments
surrounded by ministers today to mark one year since nine people were killed inside an ame church in charleston, south carolina. new jersey democratic congressman donald norcross went a step further at a calling on congress to ban assault weapons. the hero's welcome organization showed its appreciation today for 25 local veterans. the honorees now live at the willow terrace nursing facility in olney in philadelphia. members of the hero's welcome showed up with american flags this afternoon to thank the vets for their service. 101 high school students took a step into their futures today. mass community charter school held its graduation in northeast philadelphia this afternoon. holy family university hosted the ceremony. 85 percent of the class of 2016 is headed off to college. graduates earned $6 million in scholarships for college. philadelphia mayor jim kenney spoke at the ceremony offering his congratulations and
support. hundreds of friends and family gathered for the graduation ceremony in north philadelphia. carver high school of engineering and science students received their diplomas this morning. the celebration took place at the temple performing arts center. coming up on "action news" tonight, he snagged a foul ball in remarkable fashion. now this delaware county dad is speaking out about the catch that's making national news. and the sixers score a meeting with a top draft prospect. jeff skversky with details ahead. >> ♪ >> and jim, we are warming up. yesterday's high only 70. today 84 in philadelphia. and the 80's stick around to spend time for father's day weekend. details coming up with the accuweather forecast. >> wawa's first store is no more. those stories and more when "action news" continues.
>> wawa's first ever convenience store shut its doors for good today. the original store number one on macdade boulevard in folsom closed after 52 years in business. but in wawa world when one store closes, another one opens. a new super wawa opened today just down the road. wawa now has more than 645 stores in pennsylvania, new jersey, delaware, maryland, virginia and florida. if you're driving through delaware this weekend you'll have some company. 90,000 people are expected to descend on dover for the fifth annual firefly music festival. the four day festival kicked off yesterday at the woodlands. this year's headliners include mumford and sons, kings of
leon and florence and the machine. firefly runs through sunday. if you were watching the phillies game last night you probably saw it. a fan casually snared a foul ball but that was only a minor part of the story. "action news" reporter gray hall tells the tale. >> reportertale. >> this big guy with this daughter in his lappism this is the catch that had baseball fans buzzing but probably no one is more excited than the guy who caught the ball brian kucharick he said he's seen it done on tv but never thought it would happen to him. >> i watched him catch it. think of the timing just the luck to be in the right place at the right time and then i relate directly to that now. >> reporter: boy can he relate. the jaw dropping one hand catch would give many professional players a run for that money. not only did he pull this offer with one hand he had his four-year-old daughter emily in his lap and a tray full of food. >> at first i really didn't think it was going to get to us but as it kept flying and tailing and tailing i'm like it's getting kind of close i
adjusted a little bit put my hand up and it went right into my hand. >> reporter: the catch was there highlight for the phillies versus blue jays became thursday night. phillies lost 13 to two. kucharick made that catch without breaking a sweat. he admits he's receiving loads of attention but for this dad the moment is bigger than 15 minutes of fame its about a lasting memory that he can share with his daughter. >> she's four years old. she hasn't seen it yet. i'll save it everywhere and show her later on. the ball is hers. i was thinking of like framing the tickets and the ball and stuff like that and giving it to her. >> reporter: kucharick says it boils down to a little luck and his years of playing baseball but who knows we may see a repeat the next time he shows up to a game. >> i'll try again if it happens. >> reporter: just in case you were wondering about four-year-old emily her dad says at no time was she in any danger. said when he made that impressive catch he was holding her really tightly. that's the latest from here in south philadelphia, gray hall, channel6 "action news." >> ♪
>> some predraft drama for the sixers. here's jeff skversky. >> sixers coach brett brown has known ben simmons his entire life. he was there when he was born he coached his fighting but finally they get a meeting. it's a big decision coming up. sixers have finally scored a one-on-one with the consensus number one overall pick ben simmons. no, he didn't come to philadelphia. no, he didn't work out for the sixers. but they talked over dinner in cleveland. a source confirms to 6abc sixers management met with simmons last night. the sixers are believed to be the only team simmons has even interviewed with. the former lsu forward has reportedly gained 20 pounds of muscle. the nba draft is thursday. you think this city is starving for championships. how about cleveland? they have not won a championship in 52 years. nothing. but thanks to lebron james the cavs are a win away from ending cleveland's drought. lebron and company have clearly frustrated steph curry and warriors. curry threw his mouthpiece
that hit the son of one of the cavs' owners last night. now curry apologized after game six. but he was still hit with a $25,000 fine. >> i've thrown my mouthpiece before. i usually aim it at the scorer's table. i was off aim. definitely didn't mean to throw it at a fan. but it happened and went over and apologized to him. that's obviously not where i was trying to take my frustration out. >> cleveland can become the first team in nba history to overcome a three-one nba finals hole. game seven right here on 6abc sunday night at 8 o'clock. as you can imagine watching this team night in and night out, phillies manager pete mackanin has had a lot on his mind and he's finally let his team have it. late night during a team meeting toed a dress all of the issues and there's a bunch of them. coming into play tonight against arizona phils have lost 20 of their last 26 games. it's the worst stretch of baseball and last night the
tipping point a season high 13 runs and four errors including owed bell herrera losing track of how many outs there were and throwing this ball into the stands after only the second out. for pete's sake, pete, what did you say after a game like this? >> just lately, you know, it's hard when you keep getting your rear ends beat day in day out. we went through this tough stretch but once again there's a choice to be made. you either cave in or you fight your way back out. you know, i don't want to see guys pouting or feel sorry for themselves. if you want to prove that you belong here you got to fight. >> hopefully they show that some fight tonight against arizona. christopher crawford will need to pick up his game at his first shop at the u.s. open. crawford is tied for 103rd at seven over par during second round play. dustin johnson tied for the lead. scary and dangerous scene during a soccer match in france. fans are throwing an explosive
device. the coach for croatia say the fans responsible are sports terrorists who don't deserve to sit in the stands. >> as we talk about security at professional sporting events you have to wonder how those flares even got in there. there has to be tighter security measures at these games. >> jeff thank you. >> okay. >> coming up on "action news" melissa magee with that accuweather forecast for the weekend when we continue in just a moment.
from the health tech mentorship program before they go on to college. the students got to work with doctors and nurses and other health pros to see what jobs they like best. and since it began the school to work program has helped 334 high school juniors and seniors and they reached a milestone at a. >> uh-huh. >> weekend accuweather forecast, melissa magee. >> jim, it's looking really nice especially for any celebrations for dad for father's day. show you what's going on here at storm tracker6 live double scan radar it's dry. no major issues with precipitation. but if you look off to well west of philadelphia and east of lancaster, we're tracking a sea breeze front that's currently moving on through so on street level with storm tracker6 you could see the convergence of moisture pressing into areas in coatesville also to the north of oxford. this will continue to dissipate as we get more of an east to northeasterly wind and things dry out for the rest of tonight so there might be a little sprinkle from pottstown
to oxford but for the most part we are stay drying across most areas of delaware and lehigh valleys. we'll show you the picture outside. its action cam was outside earlier today looking up at the sky. we had clouds earlier today and clouds did break for plenty of sun to get our numbers close to where they should be for this time of year. in fact our high today in philadelphia 84 degrees. but with that east to northeasterly wind and that convergence of moisture just to the west of philadelphia we're town to 78 in the city, 76 in wilmington, 77 in allentown, the lehigh valley. reading holding onto 80. at the coast in cape may 70 and 70 degrees as well in beach haven. here is satellite6 along with action radar. you can see the disturbance we had across our region earlier this morning across south jersey and delaware, all that of moisture moving down to our south as high pressure to our north for the most part sets up shop across our region. so from new england all the way down across the midatlantic region we have this bubble of high pressure in control. it keeps the moisture away and suppresses the cloud cover away from our region as well.
something to keep in mind though as we head into the weekend. the u.v. index will be on the high side. it will be at nine so if you're outside between 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. it's a good idea to use some sunscreen because the rays will be extra strong and extra high by tomorrow. good day to play some golf at well. sunny and nice, light winds, 9:00 a.m. that temperature coming in at 69 degrees and 1 o'clock tomorrow afternoon we will be in the lower 80's. if you're heading over to the golf course. then we get into our sunday and it's all about the gary papa run at eakins oval. we've got low humidity, temperature will be warming quickly for the 5k and 10k. 7:00 a.m. that temperature 64. as we get into 10 o'clock in the afternoon or in the morning i should say that number already in the lower 70's. down the shore we head over our weekend and on saturday it's sunny, it's comfortable and at 74. something to keep in mind however for the start of the day on saturday at the coast, there is a moderate risk for rip currents so it's a if idea to swim next to the lifeguards and just pay attention to
those on duty. sunday, though, plenty of sunshine, a temperature coming in at 76 degrees. up north of the city over the weekend up in the poconos it's not bad. is that knee throughout full tomorrow, a high up to 77 and it's warm and bright by sunday with a high coming in at 80 degrees. here is the exclusive accuweather 7-day forecast. sunny and beautiful for saturday. a high up to 84. 84 is our average this time of year. it's warm for dads for father's day on sunday, up to 88 degrees. hot, not too humid on monday with a high temperature of 90. and the summer solstice officially beginning monday at 6:34 in the evening when the sun's direct rays are right over the tropic of cancer. the heat stays with us on tuesday. hot and the humidity bumps up as well. a thunderstorm is possible and at 92, cooler on wednesday, less humid 83. 81 as we get into thursday, comfortable on friday, jim with a high temperature of 82 so not too bad for dads over the weekend. >> summertime weather. >> yes, it. >> thank you melissa. finally tonight father's day celebrations got an early
start in center city philadelphia today. councilman kenyatta johnson hosted a luncheon for fathers at city hall. 27 men were honored for their social and economic achievements and all received citations from philadelphia city council. abc's "world news tonight" with david muir is next on channel6. "action news" continues at 10 o'clock on phl17 with brian taff, sharrie williams, adam joseph and ducis rodgers and please join us for "action news" at 11:00 here on channel6. for cecily tynan melissa magee jeff skversky ducis rodgers and the entire "action news" team, i'm jim gardner. we hope you'll join us for "action news" at 11:00. >> ♪
breaking news tonight. the state of emergency just declared. emergency evacuations right now. the wildfires growing. and tonight, the new concern. possible record-breaking heat coming this weekend, coast to coast. 19 state, millions of americans bracing for triple-digit heat. also breaking, chilling surveillance now recovered from inside the nightclub. sources tell abc news it shows far more than what we've seen so far. cameras in multiple rooms, the gunman firing his assault style rifle, methodically going room to room. the alligator attack at disney, the 2-year-old boy. and tonight, pictures coming in now of the barriers now going up and the new signs, warning of alligators. the scare on stage. the famous singer collapsing in middle of his