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we'll get an update. it's 56 degrees. good morning. this is "nbc 10 news today." i'm tracy davidson. >> and i'm chris cato. a lot of people waking up in great spirits, not only because it's a holiday, but because it's eagles beat the giants day after that demolition last night. meteorologist bill henley is celebrating. and bill, there was some rain out there earlier, but in delaware, right? >> we still have a few sprinkles that we're tracking through southern delaware right now. just some very light, scattered showers. most of the area's completely dry, but also cloudy this morning. that is why the temperatures are running warmer. we're ten degrees warmer right now in philadelphia than we were yesterday at this time. there's a little bit of a breeze, but the winds are fairly light at the surface and will stay below 10 miles an hour during the day. and we have some light showers as well. looks a bit more impressive in eastern maryland, heading towards sussex county and delaware, but we've seen a few scattered showers in other parts of the delaware valley. for now, it is dry in philadelphia and 57 degrees. low 50s in pottstown. trenton is now 53 degrees, and
55 in millville. so, a cloudy start at the bus stop. might see a sprinkle or two here and there, but nothing more than that. temperatures in the low 50s to upper 50s to start with, depending on where you are. and depending on the time of day, the temperatures will be warmer later on. will we get closer to 70 degrees? some breaks in those clouds but also a chance of a shower even later this afternoon. we'll go through it neighborhood by neighborhood when i come back. first, katy zachry has columbus day traffic. good morning, katy! >> good morning, bill. not good news for drivers in new jersey. if you're heading out the door, you do want to avoid the turnpike southbound because there was an overturned truck right near exit 2 blocking all lanes. so, because of that, we have skyforce10 over the scene right now. you can see that overturned truck on the roadway. it looks like there might be another vehicle involved blocking all lanes. and because there is an investigation around this, crews have shut down the new jersey turnpike southbound between exits 4 and exit 2 for southbound drivers. so, going to my map, here's an
alternate. you're going to be detoured at exit 4, which is route 73. you're going to take that north to 295 southbound, and that will get you around this mess. moving on now. the northeast extension of the pennsylvania turnpike, there is an accident right at the quakertown exit involving two tractor-trailers, but fortunately, it seems to be off to the shoulder, not affecting traffic too much there. finally, a look in chester county, route 202 right near route 401 where there is active construction in both directions. but right now, it's not tying things up there. 6:02. let's take you back to the scene of this breaking news. nbc 10 has been following this for over an hour in bucks county. a fire at a dance center. and we've just learned that one firefighter was injured in fighting this fire. this fire that happened at the bucks county dance center in bensalem. we've learned that the firefighter's injuries are minor. a live picture here again from the scene. this is on the 2200 block of street road in bensalem. the fire started about 90 minutes ago. it is fully contained at this time. we see no more smoke at the
scene there. firefighters still doing some mop-up there. no one inside the building was injured, but the firefighter did suffer minor injuries. we'll take you back for more on this information as soon as we get it. it is 56 degrees, 6:03 right now. an investigation is under way to find out how a health care worker was infected with ebola. that worker from texas health presbyterian hospital had treated ebola patient thomas duncan, who died last week. the investigation is now focused on two areas -- how that worker removed her protective gear and also the type of procedures performed on duncan that could have caused exposure to bodily fluids. besides this health care worker, duncan was the only ebola patient in the u.s. not treated at a hospital with a specialized unit for handling high-risk germs. new from overnight, a woman is dead after crushing her car in northeast philadelphia. that happened after midnight on willits road near welsh. police say she lost control of the car, slammed into a parked car and overturned and was thrown out of the driver's side
window. she died at the scene. well, eagles fans, as we have been mentioning, you're waking up happy this morning after the birds dominated the new york giants in "sunday night football." >> we have mentioned that a few times, haven't we? >> well, yeah, because we can. >> we may mention it some more. it was a shutout, a big shutout. the eagles' first in 18 years. can you believe that? here's what happened. in the first quarter, nick foles had the offense clicking. this td pass is zach ertz. what a catch there in the end zone. then in the second, foles hooks one james casey, 56 yar26 yards the touchdown. eagles were up 20-0 at halftime. darren sproles with the 15-yard run here. shady mccoy went off almost 150 yards rushing. eagles won 27-0. the defense crushed eli manning, sacking him several times. the birds and the cowboys are now tied for first place in the nfc east. now, as the eagles were beating the giants there, philadelphia police were actually at the linc investigating a bizarre crime. a man claims that his prosthetic leg was stolen outside the
stadium. nbc 10's matt delucia is live outside lincoln financial field this morning. matt, this vietnam veteran's leg was found this morning, right? >> reporter: yeah, that's right, chris, but i'll walk you through what happened here. he was just outside the linc singing for eagles fans. then one of them snatched the prosthetic leg right off the back of his chair. ♪ >> reporter: for sonny forriest, his ride is this wheelchair. it also doubles as his stage. ♪ hotown, motown, holiday inn, the eagles gonna really get it in ♪ >> reporter: but while he proudly spouts off his rendition of sugar hill gang's "rapper's delight," police say a gang of three women stole his leg and his pride. >> it made me feel real low. it made me feel real low. >> reporter: the vietnam vet tells us he was done for the night and trying to load up his van at the time.
>> you know, when you're out there partying and enjoying yourself, and i looked around. oh, this broad took my leg. >> reporter: an eagles fan through and through, sonny says this was his first chance to get to the linc this season. and as the birds were busy beating the giants, sonny was filing a police report. within minutes, word started spreading on twitter, and just a couple of hours after the win, investigators say a train operator on the broad street line found a prosthetic leg while doing a sweep at fern rock station, about ten miles north of the stadium. ♪ still in high spirits, sonny wrote a song for his thieves. ♪ it's a sha-a-ame the way you mess around with old men ♪ ♪ it's a sha-a-ame the way you hurt me ♪ >> reporter: yeah, and sonny tells us it's not the first time he's been hurt like this. he says his prosthetic leg was
stolen once before in the '90s. philadelphia police are still investigating. so far, no arrests. live outside the linc this morning, matt delucia, nbc 10 news. 6:07. the manhunt for eric frein is now entering its fifth week, and officers hope the weather could play in their favor. frein has been on the run since september 12th, when investigators say he shot and killed a state trooper and injured a second trooper. hundreds of officers have been searching the woods for frein, focusing in an area around his parents' home in monroe county. they hope that as the leaves start to fall, they'll gain the advantage over frein. as the investigation into a hazing scandal at a central new jersey high school continues, it appears next year's football season could also be in jeopardy. this year's season at sayreville war memorial high school has already been canceled. seven members of that team are facing charges after prosecutors say they forced sex acts on freshmen players as part of a hazing ritual. last night, community members held a vigil to show their support for the alleged victims. the superintendent now is
reportedly considering canceling next year's season as well. sayreville's mayor says that's something he will discuss with school officials. now from our delaware bureau, a newark man is accused of causing a deadly dui crash. police say that robert hickson's car hit two men walking on milltown road in wilmington early sunday morning, killing one of them and injuring the other. hickson has been arraigned on a number of charges and is free after posting bail. well, bill campbell was certainly smiling down on lincoln financial field last night. today the dean of philadelphia sportscasters will be remembered at a funeral mass. campbell died last monday at the age of 91. family and friends attended a viewing yesterday at the blake doyle funeral home in collingswood. this morning's funeral begins at 11:00 at christ the king church in haddonfield. campbell was, of course, the man behind the mike when wilt chamberlain scored 100 points in a game. he also broadcast the eagles' 1960 championship. the philadelphia archdiocese is considering a new list of
churches to be studied for possible murders or closure. st. genevieve catholic church in flourtown is 1 of 14 churches on the list. all of the churches will have to prove that they have the parishioners and the money to stay open. st. genevieve members say with more than 1,500 families, healthy donations and 250 students in their parish school, they hope they'll be okay. >> there must be a better way of doing it than frightening people, because that's what happens. >> it's not going to be a matter of every man for himself and let's go in and, you know, kill the other guy. it's more going to be a matter, i think, of, you know, let's in a calm way, in a reasonable way and in a collegial way, let's talk this through. >> the archdiocese says it expects to make decisions about the churches in the spring of next year. and you can see a full list of the churches involved on nbc10.com. now your nbc 10 first alert weather with meteorologist bill henley. >> we are one hour away from sunrise now, but today is not
going to be nice and sunny like yesterday. clouds moved in overnight and we've already seen some isolated showers, scattered light showers are possible during the day today. tomorrow starts a big warm-up. we'll see summerlike temperatures. right now, though, it's 52 in allentown. northeast philadelphia is 56 degrees. and in the middle 50s for atlantic city with clouds across the entire area. and no wind here at the nbc 10 studios. this is a live picture from the station. we will see some breaks of sunshine, but at times, umbrellas will be going up. very light, scattered showers in eastern salem county, southern cumberland county, cape may county has seen a few rain drops. but more impressive with the light showers that are moving through seaford area and sussex county and delaware. those will keep moving past. no big downpours today, just some spotty showers and plenty of clouds, too. 59 degrees this afternoon for mt. pocono, 66 in reading and allentown will have a high of 65 degrees. you may see a spot of a shower at times today for doylestown,
northeast philadelphia and mt. holly, but certainly not going to be an all-day rainfall. upper 60s for dover, vineland and atlantic city today and near 70 degrees for philadelphia, chester and wilmington up to 68 degrees. a spotty shower. but there should be some breaks of sunshine today. tomorrow, more sunshine and a big warm-up. seven-day forecast when i come back. 11 minutes after 6:00 on your holiday monday. many of you, though, still have to go to work, and let's see how the roads are shaping up for you this morning. >> nbc 10 first alert traffic reporter katy zachry has been watching a big problem on the new jersey turnpike. katy? >> not good news for drivers in new jersey headed on the turnpike southbound. so, this is a live look over the scene, chopper 10 -- or skyforce10, rather, is over the scene. it's an overturned truck blocking all lanes right near exit number 2, which is route 322. and because of that, there is an ongoing investigation to determine what happened. crews have shut down the turnpike southbound between exits 4 and exits 2. if we go to my computer, i can
show you the alternate. we've been talking about this throughout the morning. you're going to be diverted at route 73. you're going to take that northbound to 295 southbound. that will get you around this mess. moving on now, there is another issue to tell you about, unfortunately, on the garden state parkway southbound for jersey drivers. it's an accident, though, right near route 575, the pomona exit. it's been moved over to the shoulder in the last little bit. so, you should be good to clear that. and moving into pennsylvania right now, in bensalem, for bucks county drivers, there's a fire that we do have video of. it's on street road right near knights road. right here's a live look at this. it's a dance studio that caught on fire. looks like crews are going to be out there for some time because there was a firefighter who was injured. so, an alternate to avoid this is byberry road. >> all right, katy, thanks. a welcome home takes a violent turn. an atlantic city woman is dead and her son behind bars, and it's not the first time this guy has been accused of murder. plus, it was an all-too-familiar scene last
16 minutes past 6:00. remember this? this was just about every week last winter, crews spreading salt on snow and ice-covered roads. and as we head into this winter, we have learned that the price of rock salt nationwide has gone up. nbc 10's katy zachry has more on how that's affecting our area. katy? >> yeah, this is not something crews want to hear or drivers. so, we started by taking this concern to penndot. they cover thousands of miles of road in pennsylvania. it turns out, they will be paying more for salt this winter. $6 more a ton. and that quickly adds up when you consider the department uses tens of thousands of tons of salt any given winter. the good news is, this spike in
price will not affect penndot until 2015, when the current salt contract expires. and when they do have to pay more for salt, they tell me they will have the money budgeted. >> yes, it is an increase in the cost that we're paying, but obviously, it's the cost of doing business and we need to have that material to keep the roads passable for our citizens. >> now, in addition to prepping for the winer penndot is in the middle of a major construction season, but a few big projects are going to have to wait until the winter is over. they include street road in bucks county and ridge avenue in philadelphia. now your nbc 10 first alert weather with meteorologist bill henley. >> ah, that beautiful sunshine we started with yesterday, enjoy it all day. not happening this morning. look closely. you can see a little glimmer of light on the horizon. clouds overhead are providing us with a gray start and a few scattered showers. not right now in center scity, s it's dry, but we have seen a few
sprinkles in the area. temperatures are warmer, up about ten degrees because of the clouds. a little bit of an easterly wind at the airport, but the wind is calm here at nbc 10. the skies are cloudy. look at the clouds lining up. now, they are starting to thin out north and west, so there is hope that we'll see a bit of sunshine during the day today, but the clouds are not going to completely clear out, and at times, we'll see a few areas like this. a little bit of rain moving through delaware this morning. southern delaware and will continue to push to the east. so, a mostly cloudy day with occasional light scattered showers, highs in the 60s this afternoon. a little bit warmer than yesterday and closer to normal. normal high temperature's in the upper 60s. tomorrow, though, summerlike weather, 80 degrees the high temperature with partly sunny skies. lots of sunshine to start with and a big warm-up again on wednesday, back up to 80 degrees. but late in the day, the clouds will be building and there's a chance we'll see some showers wednesday night. then showers and thunderstorms to start with on thursday. by late in the day, those showers start to break, leading
to a partly sunny but cooler day on friday. just upped these temperatures. now looks like low 70s for saturday and 66 degrees with lots of sunshine sunday. all right 20 minutes after 6:00 now. several issues to make you aware of before you hit the roads this morning. >> and nbc 10's first alert traffic reporter katy zachry has you covered. >> delaware drivers, you're free and clear of any issues, but new jersey drivers and for those in p.a., we are seeing some issues. if we take a wider look at video from skyforce10 above the new jersey turnpike southbound, right near exit 2, which is the exit for route 322. we have an overturned truck blocking all lanes right now. and what's further complicating this is crews have an investigation into how it happened, so they've closed off the turnpike southbound between exits 4 and exits 2. so, your best route around this is you're going to be detoured off at exit 4, which is route 73. you're going to take that northbound to 295 south. that will get you around that mess and where you need to go this morning. now, also in bensalem, we are
following some traffic issues around a building fire. we do have a live shot of that. it's at street road and knights road. you can see crews are still on the scene right now and likely will be because we understand there was a firefighter injured. we're told -- drivers, rather, were told to avoid the area. you can take byberry road around that. the search is on for three gunmen accused of firing a shot that killed a new jersey toddler as she was bouncing on a bed with her parents. plus, president obama steps in again, hoping septa and its train engineers union can reach a deal on a contract and avoid a strike.
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home party for steven pratt, who was released from prison on friday. yesterday morning, police got a call and they found his 64-year-old mother, gwendolyn, dead inside her home on mckinley avenue. investigators say she died from apparent head injuries. steven pratt was arrested at the scene. now, he had just been released from prison less than 48 hours earlier after serving a 30-year sentence for killing his neighbor in 1984. he's being held now on $1 million bail. and good morning. i'm katy zachry with a look at your traffic this morning. in new jersey, drivers should be warned if you're headed on the turnpike southbound. here's a live look, skyforce10 over the scene right near exit number 2. an overturned truck has crews on scene investigating. they have closed off the turnpike southbound between exits 4 and exits 2. i'll have an alternate for you coming up. route 73 north to i-295 is your best bet around that. moving on in pennsylvania.
northeast extension southbound at quakertown, two tractor-trailers are involved in an accident. but first, let's get a shot of the liberty towers in center city, philadelphia. bill, what is the weather shaping up to be like today? >> well, it's not going to be nice and sunny like it was yesterday. we saw clouds move in overnight, so that's a cloudy view from center city. and with the clouds, we're spotting a few showers in the area. most of the showers will be light during the day and brief. for now, the more impressive showers are happening in southern delaware, moving through sussex county and into kent county in delaware. and we've seen a few rain drops in south jersey and the pennsylvania area, but mostly, it is dry with clouds overhead. viruses that are on the minds of many people these days. we're talking about ebola, enterovirus d-68 and the flu. nbc 10's jesse gary is live in abington this morning. jesse? >> reporter: that's right, and many health care providers brace for an influx of patients because those viruses are on the minds of many people. we'll talk about that right after the break. what's possible today?
there is growing concern this morning over the ebola virus after a second case has been confirmed in the u.s. how health care professionals in this area are getting prepared for any scenario. another online shooting threat targeting a college campus. what penn state university is doing, even though they believe the suspect has been arrested. and at 6:29 this morning and 56 degrees in philadelphia, this is a live look before sunrise at cape may. today may not be the best beach day. you see clouds out there. but there is a warm-up in store that will make us feel like it's summer all over again. >> mm-hmm. >> good morning. welcome to "nbc 10 news today." i'm chris cato. >> and i'm tracy davidson. first, let's find out about today with meteorologist bill henley with his first alert forecast. >> good morning. we saw brilliant sunshine yesterday, but today different story. the clouds moved in overnight.
they're going to be staying for most of the day. you can see them surrounding the comcast center in center city. shower activity is to the south right now. we did see a knew sprinkles earlier in philadelphia. it's now southern delaware that's getting a bit of rainfall and into kent county and a few sprinkles in parts of new jersey, but most of the area is dry. right now we're watching the temperatures hold up. it's 51 in pottstown. trenton is 53. and wilmington is 58 degrees, while northeast philadelphia at the airport is 56. so, stand by for a sprinkle or two at times, but certainly not an all-day rainfall. most of the day we'll just be looking at clouds with some breaks of sunshine allowing our temperatures to warm up to 65 at lunchtime and closer to 70 degrees this afternoon. we'll go through neighborhood by neighborhood to show you exactly what to expect on this columbus day. but first, katy zachry is watching traffic. good morning, katy. >> hi, bill. i'm watching traffic. unfortunately, for drivers in new jersey, i do not have good news if you're headed on the new jersey turnpike southbound. heads up to you. this is a live look of
skyforce10 over the scene. it's an overturned truck right near exit 2, which is the exit for route 322. there is an investigation into why this truck overturned and the accident, subsequent accident from this. so, crews have closed off new jersey turnpike southbound between exits 4 and exits 2. your best bet when you're detoured and diverted off at exit 4, take route 73 north to 295 south. and that will get you around that mess. moving on to philadelphia right now, for drivers on 76, free and clear of any issues. and drive times are looking pretty good, considering it's 6:30. it is a holiday, though, so we shouldn't see as much volume building on the roadways around this hour. in bensalem, it's a building fire we've been following. it happened at street road right near knights road, but it has caused some traffic troubles because of the response by firefighters. so, an alternate around that is byberry road. there are also some new accidents in montgomery county into our system. i'll have them for you in a few minutes. katy, that street closure you mentioned because of that
fire, let's take you to that breaking news we're following this morning. this is the scene in bucks county, bensalem. here's what we've learned. we've learned that a firefighter was actually injured battling this fire. this is at bucks county dance center in bensalem. we are told that the firefighter's injuries are minor. this is on the 2200 block of street road where that fire started about two hours ago. so far, no other injuries reported and no word on how that fire started. we'll continue to monitor that and bring you any new developments as we get them. also this morning, federal investigators are trying to figure out how a health care worker in dallas contracted ebola. that worker, who hasn't been identified yet, says she was wearing full protective gear when she was caring for thomas duncan, the man who died last week from ebola. the cdc is calling this a breach of protocol, but the woman says she doesn't know how she could have been infected. she had all of the proper protective gaear on, she says. jesse gary is live in abington. jesse, you were telling us how some health care providers you've talked to are bracing for
an influx of patients who are worried about viral outbreaks. >> reporter: that's right, chris. additionally, they're worried about the influx of the seasonal flu, and that's going to happen as we move later into the fall. some health care providers say they've braced for an influx of patients, especially the very young and the elderly. and new information from delaware officials where the department of health in that state is sharing information with other medical providers and institutions on how to screen for and prevent the transmission of infectious diseases. many people worried they've contracted either ebola or enterovirus will head for a doctor's office or a clinic. registered nursehell dorm helen dorm says they've put more people on the clock to handle a possible load increase. >> every year this is our busiest time of year, so we are actively supporting our staff. most of our clinics have two rooms. and when we can and when the need arises, we staff both of
them. >> reporter: wait times, she says, may increase as it did a couple of years ago during the h1n1 outbreak. she says all patients who need medical care will receive it. live in abington, montgomery county, jesse gary, nbc 10 news. meantime at 6:34, the philadelphia department of public health is taking steps to prepare for a possible case of ebola in our area. it is using enhanced surveillance to more efficiently identify potential cases of the deadly virus. the department is providing guidance in schools to health care providers, also collaborating with airport officials, the cdc and customs to make sure all ill travelers are reported. and it's providing the public with up-to-date information. be sure to stay with nbc 10 for complete coverage of the ebola outbreak. when we're not on the air, you can visit nbc10.com for any new developments on the spread of the virus as well as answers to your health questions. 6:34 now. and this morning we've learned that a 20-year-old student has been arrested for allegedly making an online threat at penn state university. our sister station in johnstown
is reporting that student has admitted to posting a threatening message about a shooting. the student will be arraigned later this morning. the threat appeared yesterday on the social media site yik yak. it said there would be a shooting at noon today at the hub on the main campus of penn state. police said there will be extra security today on campus. happening today, a new panel of mediators begin another round of negotiations between septa and its train engineers union. president obama prevented the strike which could have started today. we talked with union officials last week, who said progress is being made, but there's still no resolution. now the earliest the workers would be able to go on strike would be february 2015. at 6:35, eagles fans are on cloud nine this morning, and giants fans are on cloud zero, as in that's how many points their team scored last night. >> it was the eagles' first shutout in 18 years. in the first quarter, nick foles with a pass, great diving catch by zach ertz. then in the second, it's foles to james casey for a 26-yard
touchdown. eagles take the lead 17-0. now the third quarter. darren sproles with a 15-yard touchdown run. the eagles go on to win 27-0. the defense crushed eli manning. the birds and the cowboys are now tied for first place in the nfc east. now your nbc 10 first alert weather with meteorologist bill henley. >> i think they'd better stick with those uniforms. the blackout seemed to have worked. we've get a grayout this morning. brilliant blue sky yesterday, lots of sunshine, but today we're starting off with cloudy skies. we've already seen a few isolated showers, and that's a possibility during the day today. but we're tracking much warmer weather. wait until you see the temperatures for tomorrow. right now 54 in allentown, northeast philly is at 56 degrees, and 56 degrees for atlantic city. you see some breaks in the clouds on the horizon. this is a live view from cape may, the marquis de lafayette hotel. we'll get a little bit of sunshine peeking through and a little bit of shower activity. we've seen some scattered showers in south jersey. you can see a sprinkle just at
the north of cape may right now. the shower activity is a little more impressive in southern kent county into sussex county, but just scattered, light showers to start with. and certainly not going to be all day, though the possibility will still be with us this afternoon. 66 degrees for reading. allentown 65. upper 50s for the pocono mountains. a bit warmer than yesterday for trenton, northeast philadelphia and mt. holly and into the upper 60s for dover, vineland and atlantic city. might see an isolated, light shower at times and a few sprinkles are possible for west chester, chester and glassboro. 60s today, but we're talking 80s starting tomorrow. the seven-day forecast when i come back. at 6:37, we're monitoring a few issues out on the roads this morning. >> nbc 10's first alert traffic reporter katy zachry has you covered. katy? >> a few issues, but pretty major ones when dealing with new jersey drivers. unfortunely, the southbound new jersey turnpike. we'll get to in in a second. the good news, pennsylvania, 422 at trooper road, volume is
building eastbound, where you see the taillights and fortunately no brake lights at this time. so that's good, 422 at trooper is looking good. and cow path road at taylor road, there is a crash new into our system. also in montgomery county, upper beginit, morris road, there is an accident there. be mindful of that if you're headed in the area. i promised you bad news for new jersey drivers. southbound between route 73 and route 322, that's exits 2 and 4 on the new jersey turnpike southbound, closed off because crews are investigating an overturned vehicle that is right now blocking all lanes right near the exit 2. and we have skyforce10 over the scene. here is that overturned vehicle, quite a mess out there. crews are really investigating that. traffic behind me is moving northbound, but again, southbound is closed between exits 4 and exits 2. you're going to want to take 73 north to 295 south to get around that. here's what else we're
following this morning. olympic sprinter oscar pistorius is in court right now for sentencing. we're following the developments as he learns if he will be sent to prison for killing his girlfriend. plus, that intentionally set fire that touched off delays at airports across the country. now the air traffic control center near chicago is expected to reopen with some changes. we'll tell you about that.
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6:42. now to the fight against isis. turkey says it will allow the u.s. to use its bases for air strikes against the islamic state militants. and tomorrow at andrews air force base, president obama will meet with defense ministers from 20 countries that have partnered with the u.s. to destroy isis. the terror group is threatening baghdad and the president is facing new criticism that he needs a new strategy to beat isis.
on this first day of oscar pistorius's sentencing hearing, a psychologist told the court the athlete is a broken man. the olympic track star headed into court in south africa this morning, convicted of culpable homicide in the death of his girlfriend, reeva steenkamp, and could be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison. the judge is expected to hear several days of testimony in the sentencing phase of the case. today, more protests will be led by clergy members in ferguson, missouri, and other communities in the st. louis area. now, that was the scene over the weekend as 17 protesters were arrested in the parking lot of a st. louis convenient store. about 200 people were there to protest the death of 18-year-old vonderrick myers. he was the young man shot and killed last week by an off-duty police officer who was working a security job. according to police, myers shot first, but his parents say he was unarmed. 6:43 now. authorities in north jersey are searching for three men after a toddler was hit and killed by a
stray buellet. prosecutors say the men fired shots as they walked up a street in irvington on saturday. one of the bullets apparently passed through the wall of this home and hit the 15-month-old boy, who was bouncing on a bed as both parents were wraatching. they took the little girl to the hospital, but she died. neighbors are outraged by the loss of that innocent life. >> i'm traumatized. i'm actually shocked, and i think that it's just sad that, you know, people can't even be sitting inside their home without somebody coming down the block shooting and stray bullets going through people's houses. >> and it's not clear yet whether the men were targeting someone or if they were just randomly firing shots. prosecutors say the family had just moved into that apartment two days before the shooting. happening today, the faa's air traffic control center near chicago is expected to reopen. it's been closed for more than two weeks now after a fire was allegedly set by a contract work worker. that forced an hours-long
shutdown of o'hare and midway airports and caused a ripple effect of cancellations of flights across the country. that worker is facing a number of charges and is being held without bond. 6:45 right now. now to our delaware bureau. union workers are concerned after recent changes at the wilmington veterans affairs medical center. according to delaware online, they fear it will continue to shrink and could become a branch of the larger philadelphia va hospital. this comes after a reduction in surgical capabilities and other changes. the director of the wilmington va medical center says there have not been any discussions about changing its role or having it fall under the philly hospital. in bucks county, people who rely on a particular food pantry for help may be disappointed later this week. last-minute donations have been pouring into the jesus focus food pantry in southampton since the beginning of the weekend, when its director put out a plea for help on social media, but those groceries they got won't last long. recently, above-average demand has dwindled the supplies there and left many shelves bare.
nbc 10 talked with one resident who says the pantry helps put food on his table. >> you want to come to my house, you will see an empty refrigerator and closet. i mean, that's the way it is. >> so, this food, this food pantry is -- >> is making a big, big difference, yes. >> the director of the food pantry says a restock from the county opportunity council will arrive in two weeks. if you'd like to help out between now and then, you can get more information on our website, nbc10.com. at 6:46 now, from the nbc 10 jersey shore bureau, the pier shops at caesars in atlantic city appears to have a new owner. a philadelphia developer has told "the press of atlantic city" that he's reached an agreement to buy the shop. he's not disclosing a price right now. the 300,000-square-foot mall cost $200 million to build, and it landed in financial trouble just after opening in 2006. it was sold at a foreclosure auction in 2011. today in bucks county, doylestown hospital will hold a pink party for breast cancer awareness month. there will be a health fair at 5:30 tonight, including therapy
demonstrations, massages and information booths that will be followed by a discussion at 7:00 at the health and wellness center on easton road in warrington. it is now 6:47, and it is time on this columbus day monday to go to new york for a look at what's ahead on the "today" show. >> for a preview, we say good morning to matt lauer and natalie morales. hi, guys. >> hey, tracy and chris. good to see you both. and coming up on a monday here on the show, are doctors and nurses getting the training they need to deal with this ebola crisis? the growing concern after a woman who treated the dallas victim contracted the virus herself. also ahead, was something missed? why police are taking a new approach in the month-old search for college student hannah graham. then, the big mistake you could be making when shopping for new tires for your car, and that mistake could be putting your family's safety at risk. we'll tell you more about that. then, a story with neil patrick harris. he gives you the power when it comes to the story of his life. he'll be here to explain that, all when we get started on a monday morning on "today." and russell brand as well.
chris and tracy, a lot going on this morning. back to you guys. >> always entertaining russell brand and neil patrick harris. all right, guys, we'll see you in a few minutes. >> all right, you got it. >> see you. hey, we have this reminder. you can shred it and forget it this coming saturday. our great shredder event. we're in our tenth year. nbc 10 and telemundo 62 teaming up with allstate to help you get rid of outdated documents to keep you safe from i.d. theft. it's saturday 9:00 to noon, wells fargo center in south philly and it is free. we hope to see you there. now your nbc 10 first alert weather with meteorologist bill henley. >> ah, it's hard to forget that beautiful sunshine we had yesterday. it was perfect for the wine festival, raising money to crush cancer. but look what we've got this morning. clouds have moved in. this is a live view from here at the nbc 10 studios. the temperatures are running warmer this morning, largely in part because of those clouds. 57 degrees right now in philadelphia. that's up by ten compared to yesterday morning. you can see the clouds extend in the pocono mountains.
this is the view from the shawnee inn this morning. no fog, but that's a possibility for tomorrow. now, clouds are starting to thin out some north and west. we're seeing some breaks in the cloud cover, but it's not going to clear out, not like it did yesterday. and at times, we will see some of these, a few scattered, light showers moving through southern and eastern gloucester and camden counties and into atlantic county right now and some scattered, light showers in sussex county, into the milford area and southern kent county. that's about it this morning. future weather showing we'll see lots of clouds and a few spots on the radar. this is 6:00 this evening. we will get some breaks in the clouds later in the day and a chance of some showers will diminish as we head toward tomorrow. look at the temperatures. this afternoon 60s, which is typical for this time of year. summerlike conditions start tomorrow. 80 degrees with partly sunny skies tuesday and back up to 80 on wednesday. but back in the area, clouds later wednesday will lead to some showers wednesday night and thursday morning to start with.
we could have some thunderstorms roll through. later in the day thursday, we'll get some sunshine. low 70s thursday afternoon and it's going to be a little cooler as we head into the weekend. partly sunny friday, sunshine for saturday and 66 degrees with bright, sunny skies sunday. ten minutes before 7:00. there have been a couple of significant events on the roads, even though it's a holiday, to get around as you're heading wherever you're heading today. >> yeah, let's help you get around those now. katy zachry is watching what's going on. katy, is the problem still on the turnpike there in new jersey? >> you're smart, you're going to let me give the viewers the bad news. yes, it is. if you look behind me, this is skyforce10 above this scene. new jersey turnpike southbound right near exit 2, where throughout the morning there's been an overturned tractor-trailer. a lot of crews are out on the scene investigating how this happened. so, while they do that, they've closed off the turnpike southbound between exit 4 and exit 2. so, if we go to my map, i'm going to give you an alternate around it. you're basically going to be diverted from the new jersey
turnpike southbound at exit 4, which is route 73. you're going to want to take that north to 295 southbound. that will get you where you want to get. moving on now, we also wanted to show you just the average speeds in the area, just to give you an idea. the other majors in new jersey, things are running smoothly. so, this is where the accident is, right at the junction of the turnpike southbound and 322. if you're headed elsewhere, though, you're looking good to go. in pennsylvania, route 30 bypass right at route 322 where we are seeing some taillights, so volume building, but it is a holiday. so, fortunately, we aren't seeing as much traffic out on the road this morning. with a second confirmed case of ebola in the u.s., enterovirus d-68 across the country and flu season upon us, there is growing concern over illness this morning. nbc 10's jesse gary is finding out just how health care professionals in this area are preparing. jesse? >> reporter: they are trying to staff up, brace for an influx of patients coming in worried that they may have enterroe, ebola or something else.
developments in the ebola outbrake and enterovirus d-68. people across the u.s. and in this area are understandably worried. nbc 10's jesse gary is talking with health officials about preventive measures. jesse? >> reporter: chris, if you're sick, stay home, and really help prevent the spread of a virus. get vaccinated. we're talking about the flu bug, the annual flu bug. vaccination can greatly prevent or lessen your chances of catching this bug this winter. health care providers say if
flu-like symptoms, such as fever, coughing, body aches don't abate in a few days, seek medical attention, particularly if it affects your breathing. and we just received an e-mail from the delaware department of health saying its staff is sharing information on how to screen to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases, such as ebola and the enterovirus d-68. live in abington, jesse gary, nbc 10 news. four minutes before 7:00. while the eagles were beating the giants last night, philadelphia police were investigating an unusual crime. a man claims that his prosthetic leg was stolen outside of the stadium. matt delucia is live at the linc. matt, his leg was found overnight. tell us what this is about. >> reporter: tracy, the man's leg was found about ten miles north of here in olney. here's what happened. sonny forriest jr. is pretty well known out here in this sports complex. he sings to fans and then he started to load up his van last night when a group of women came up behind him. one of them took the prosthetic leg, which at the time was hanging off the back of his
wheelchair. fast-forward to just a few hours ago. one of the operators on the broad street line was doing a sweep of the trains when the leg was spotted. as of right now, police are still investigating, but so far, no arrests have been made. live in south philadelphia, matt delucia, nbc 10 news. and good columbus day. i'm katy zachry with a look at your traffic this morning. for new jersey drivers, you're going to want to avoid the new jersey turnpike southbound right at exit 2, where you can see skyforce10 is over the scene of an overturned truck. it's blocking all lanes. and because of that, crews have blocked off the road between exits 4 and exits 2 on the new jersey turnpike southbound. if we go to our maps, i can give you an alternate around that. you're going to be diverted at route 73. you're going to take that north to 295 south. that will get you around that mess. taking a live look right now. if you're headed into center city, philadelphia, 76 at montgomery drive. drive times are pretty good, though, westbound between 676
and 476. it is reflecting a few delays. we aren't seeing as many cars on the road because of the columbus day holiday. a fire in bensalem for bucks county drivers. stay away from street road and knights road because of a fire investigation. there is still a scene out there. you can take by bberry around that. now your nbc 10 first alert weather. >> if you want to play it safe, grab an umbrella. we've got clouds and we've already seen a few showers. this is the view from the shawnee inn in the poconos mountains. clouds extend into the mountains this morning, but we are watching for some breaks in the cloud cover. you can see a little glimmer of sunlight on the horizon. we're still about ten minutes away from sunrise this morning. that's the view from center city. and it's starting to glow. in cape may, the view from the marquis de lafayette hotel. there will be some sunshine getting through, but the clouds are not going to clear out like we saw yesterday. what a beautiful sunday. this morning, though, we're tracking some showers southern delaware seeing most of the
shower activity. they're just scattered light showers for sussex county, moving through seaford. the milford area seeing a few rain drops, and just a couple isolated showers now in southern camden county and into atlantic county. most of the area is going to stay dry to start with. 58 right now in philadelphia. that's up a degree in the last hour. at the bus stop this morning, plenty of clouds, maybe a sprinkle here and there, but mainly dry, too. sunshine will be breaking through at times, enough to warm us into the upper 60s this afternoon. might want to keep an umbrella handy until later today and then tomorrow we should be drying out and warming up. the seven-day forecast has us up to 80 degrees for tuesday and wednesday. then wet weather will cool things down as we go through thursday. low 70s friday and saturday. >> and an update. the giants still haven't scored on the eagles. still trying. and we had fun with that. >> we're celebrating. the "today" show is next. we'll see you back here for local updates in just a few minutes. >> and you can always get the
latest news and weather on our website, nbc10.com. thanks for watching. have a great day. good morning. breaking news. a crowded american airlines plane quarantined on a runway in nashville overnight other fears of ebola. one of three incidents across the country in the past 24 hours. while in dallas the first person-to-person transfer of the virus. a massive storm system moving across the midwest and into the east over the next two days. tornadoes, heavy rains and flash flooding expected. dylan is tracking it all. rallying for the victims. the community of sayreville, new jersey, comes together in the wake of that football hazing scandal at the high school. several players