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the correctional facility in smyrna where inmates are holding hostages in cell block c. 19 inmates were released with an injured guard so he could get medical care. two other hostages including a woman are being held captive. negotiations are ongoing. wednesday night, the big story is the latest on the hostage siege at the james t. vaughan correctional facility, delaware's biggest prison. it all began at 10:30 this morning when inmates called for help. dann cuellar, christie ileto and john rawlins are covering this evolving story. john, let's start with you. four hostages taken, two released. where do we go from there? >> it's a fluid situation. i have heard that phrase a lot
today and still applies. the governor continues to be on the side of safety of the delaware employees two remaining hostage in the sprawling prison of 2500 inmates. whew it's been a long and difficult day. >> the governor and top staff explaining what occurred shortly after 8:00 p.m. with dramatic release including a dozen inmates and one staffer inside c building. >> one staffer was released prior to our arrival along with 18 inmates of the at this time there are still two staff members held in charlie building. >> the hostage taking began at 10:30 in the morning. the first hostage was released early afternoon. >> we can't speculate on the motivates at this time. >> asked if the hostage takers
wanted phone lines to call outside the prison -- >> we are working on the negotiation process. i can't expand further at this time. >> officials wouldn't say how many hostage takers they believe there are, if they have weapons or have made threats against the hostages. >> jim, authorities say in part they are not talking freely about some topics because they assume hostage takers can hear everything said on t.v. johnd channel 6 news. they are demanding better conditions inside the prison. we heard chilling distress calls of employees held hostage. >> i'm bleeding out. i need medical attention.
you need to get it together now. >> a panicked and reportedly injured prison employee is heard pleading with hostage negotiators for help. more than 1 11 hours after a grp of prisoners took four employees hostage. >> they are at my neck with a knife if you don't hurry up and turn the phones on now. >> one of the four employees was released with nonlife threatening injuries around 2:40. a second was released this evening with 19 inmates. it's unclear if the inmates were held against their will. hours later negotiators were negotiating with prisoners who rattled off a list of demands. >> we want people to know what's going on. >> what is it you are trying to accomplish? >> i want a formal apology from
the governor for the decades of oppression going on here. >> if we can get this letter, we can go ahead and call it a night. >> we want the world to know this wasn't for nothing. trying to make sure it doesn't happen again. these are live pictures from chopper 6 above the delaware state prison. two workers are being held hostage. christie ileto, "action news," channel6. jim? >> also dann cuellar is live at the prison. smyrna is like a company town, in this case, the company being the prison. what kind of reaction has there been to the inmate reaction and hostage taking? >> people who live here tell me nothing much happens around here. when something like this breaks out, it can be unnerving especially for those that have
loved ones that work at the prison and are fearing for their safety. >> a second correction's officer was being wheeled away on a stretcher. moments later an ambulance took him to the hospital to be treatedded for his injuries. like the other guard taken to christiana hospital, the injuries are nonlife threatening. who you is the guard at christiana? >> he's doing okay. he's hanging in there. >> you think he will be released at some point tonight? >> i don't know yet. it's too early to tell. >> meanwhile, there was a slew of vehicles on the road in front of the prison. colleen's husband is a prison guard. >> i'm waiting to hear if he's okay. we don't even know if he's hostage right now. >> such was the uncertainty as authorities focused their attention inside the prison in a
town where people tell you nothing much ever happens. >> it's shocking that something like that is going on there. you don't expect things like this to happen. >> i was on facebook live and they were talking about our town, nothing happens here. >> i hope they settle it peacefully. they have to do what they have to do. >> what is your hope? >> i pray it ends safe and quick. they are just doing their job. if it's just wrong. >> no doubts those thoughts are being shared by others here on this first day of february, on what is a long o night trying to bring the standoff to a peaceful resolution. i'm dann cuellar, "action news" wphl-17. >> one of the remaining hostages is a woman. this is not the first time someone was held hostage at the
facility. rapist scott miller took a female counselor hostage and sexual assaulted her. it led to a six hour standoff before a sharp shooter killed miller to end the siege. our coverage continues on "6abc".com. we'll post any overnight developments there and alert you as soon as the situation is resolved. >> only 11 days into his presidency president trump honored the remains o of a navy seal upon the return to delaware today. trump returned with his daughter ivanka and they were there aspirator william ryan owens came back to the u.s. he was killed in last weekend's raid againsta al-qaida in yemen. later tonight trump was there for the swearing in of rex
tillerson as secretary of state. he was confirmed and given the oath by vice president pence. he said i believe we can achieve peace and stability in these troubled times. he begins his job as the trump administration is presenting a sterner face to iran. they tested a missile last week and trump's national security adviser emerged to tell iran as of today we are putting iran on notice. he didn't explain what that meant but the words have gotten irch'everyone's attention. betsy devos has lost the support of two senators. they say they can't vote for her. if all other republicans support her and democrats against her,
it would be a 50/50 tie and vice president pence would have to break the tie in her favor. senator pat to too to too tombyd vote for devos. >> protesters in california have set fire and broken windows. the 32-year-old has been widely criticized for spreading racist views. in burlington county new jersey there is a controversy arising from the death of a missing marine and his missing body. it's all about reward money. "action news" reporter jeanette reyes is near where the body was found. jeanette, what's the story? >> a number of volunteers
searched rugged land to find the body of this marine. now they find themselves on delicate territory after the victim's mourning family decided to rescind the reward money. >> our motto is, we hope to god you never call us. we are trained and ready if you do. >> for canine search and rescue, the frantic call came early december by clemington police. authorities needed their expertise to find james lance who went missing december 2nd. >> we are a hundred% volunteer organization. the family was raising $5,000. the description reads in part, any information provided that directly results in finding lance will be rewarded with the funds raised from the go fund me account. several vol volunteers jumped io action scouring the land in the
frigid cold including bottom lake. on the fourth search effort they recovered the 29-year-old's body. >> the family said they wouldn't give them the reward money but rather put the $6,000 toward te funeral and lance's six-year-old's daughter. >> they say it's bigger than the money. they say it's about keeping your word. as for the donors that pitched in for the reward? >> if you want to make a donation, know where that donation goes. >> the family says they have offered a smaller unspecified donation. the organization tells me they have not gotten word of that. the family offered in an updated go fund me page to give donors a
refund. >> jeanette reyes, action 6, jim? >> coming up, a cancer diagnosis for a legendary businessman and they are accused of letting their two-year-old daughter die instead of seeking medical treatment. what they promise about their other six children, and a new volcanic flow in america. >> it felt like nine agrees above average. we have a return to winter in the seven-day forecast. >> ducis rogerses with the sixers taking on the mavs and villanova in providence when "action news" continues. ♪ ♪ fios in the house!
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two-year-old child die because they don't believe in medical treatment. she had fallen ill with labored breathing and by the next mortgagmorning she wasn't breatt all the little girl could have been saved by antibiotics. >> it was a common form of pneumonia. there was a 95% chance or better that the victim would have survived >. the fosters say it's against their religion to seek medical care. they believe their daughter's death is the will of god. the couple has six other children from a few months old to age ten. they have promised authorities they'll take their children to the doctor if they get sick.
the 4-year-old south philadelphia politician larry farnese has been founding in oft guilty in charges of taking money for his campaign. >> a 17 year veteran of the philadelphia police department turned himself in today for arrests on several domestic related incidents. 51-year-old gerald smith has been charged with six misdemeanors including assault and making a terrorist threat. he is suspended with intent to dismiss. we have learn thad the chairmannen of bos coves is suffering from late stage cancer. he grew the largest family owned chain in the county. the 78-year-old retail legend sent a letter to employees to
let them know about his diagnosis but in his business first fashion he thanked them for the company's latest good earnings results. good news about former president bush not only will he attend the superbowl in houston, days after being released from the hospital but today commissioner roger goodell confirmed that president bush and his wife barbara will be the coin flippers. the geological survey released this up close vision of lava pouring into hawaii. it opened up from the volcano. it's steam from the molten rock boiling off the water. singer bionce announced she is pregnant with twins. she and husband jay-z said they
have been blessed two times over. the superstar couple already has one child, a five-year-old girl named blue ivy and now twins are on the way. >> there you go. >> accuweather forecast. changes on the way. temperatures stepping down for the weekend. live double scan showing it's mainly dry. a lot of radar echo is virga. the action cam over the falls bridge in philadelphia where skies are partly cloudy and it's not that cold right now. now that we have started february, the average high goes from 41 today to 47 by the end of the month. sunrise, 7:09 this morning, by the end of the month 6:36.
sunset, 5:51 to 5:52. right now, 43 down from 50. allentown 35, trenton 35, cape may 41 and wilmington 40. colder air is waiting in the wings. there is a cold front. you can't see it much. it's over the great lakes limited moisture with this. it pulls down cooler air and kicks up wind tomorrow. tomorrow the sunshine is back. temperatures slightly above normal, 44 philadelphia, allentown 39, wilmington 43. these numbers are deceiving. tomorrow we have winds 20 miles per hour. windchill tracker showing windchill from the morning into the afternoon stuck in the 30s. definitely dress for winter. the windchill more intense friday. 7:30 in the morning, step outside for work kids going to school, windchill in the teens
down to one in the poconos, in the afternoon windchill in the 20s and saturday colder. the seven-day forecast, sunny but a chilly breeze for ground hog's day, chill of 44. friday, 35-degrees. high pressure saturday. that brings sunshine and the core of the cold over us, the high 34. temperatures in the teens and low 20s to start the day. sunday, we cloud up quickly. the system that brings us moisture is looking more and more weak as we get closer. now, looks like a few flurries or sprinkles in the afternoon or evening. 40-degrees. monday, partly sunny 42. tuesday, 47, rain arriving and wednesday, a storm system bringing periods of rain and mild air with a high of 56 and temperatures dropping for the
weekend rising to the middle of next week. >> cecily, thank you. >> customers of old city in philadelphia have a new bar to belly up to. you have to wear warm clothes. peter is the chef and owner at the restaurant a tamente talente carver. he carved this ice bar. it's called peg sickle with an ice luge for shots. stockton university held an event to show the importance of muslim women. in light of the president's immigration ban of seven muslim majority countries, this type of dialogue is especially important. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
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of t.j. mcconnell off the back board. sixers down three at the break. into the fourth quarter, clean up duty, 16 points, 1 rebounds. sixers lose 113-95. >> it's been an interesting week for villanova. catsbeet their number one ranking twice. cats appear to be running away with it in the second half. bridgeswith the theft. flyers come back. this bucket caps a 9-0 run. providence within two. jalen brunson saves the day. sophomore has a steal, 21 high points. nova wins. >> temple's women's team hosting
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with our players. the big thing for us was to get to know the guys to to be sure the right guys were in the program. >> coach collins kept george reed, a 6' receiver from abington high school. penn state recruiting class ranked in the top 15 including lamont wade. head coach james franklin told his recruits, this is the beginning. >> this is a day they should remember the rest of their lives and saver it today and wake up tomorrow morning ready to work hard. as hard as he worked in high school, its' all just started. >> st. joes andre swifted is headed to the university of georgia. rivals.com has him listed as a four star recruit. congratulations to those young
men. >> absolutely. finally, hockey players headed to national girls and women in sports day. they laced up their skates for a celebration at the laura sims skate house. the girls had a chance to meet female hockey layers who encouraged the youn youngsters o follow their dreams. jimm"jimmy kimmel live" next. "action news" continues at 4:30 with pamela edwards, and karen rodgers with traffic. for cecily tynan, ducis rogers and the "action news" team, i'm jim gardner. goodnight. ♪ ♪ ♪
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