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and threat at the theater. the sony hackers are now issuing a warning to movie-goers, and the government is getting involved. plus, the fog is spreading right now. how long will it stick around and what you need to know for your morning commute. it's 4:30. good morning. this is "nbc 10 news today." i'm tracy davidson. >> and i'm chris cato. and if you enjoyed the slightly warmer weather we had yesterday, you're going to like today even more. meteorologist bill henley has his first alert forecast. good morning, bill. >> good morning, chris. we are starting with temperatures in the 40s for most of the area. they're starting to come down a bit, but overall, it is much warmer and a bit foggy in the pocono mountains. that's a live view from blue mountain this morning. fog is going to clear quickly today with the wind blowing, and not everybody's going to see the fog forming. we are watching temperatures drop in the mountains and in the allentown area, but overall, it's warmer than yesterday. 39 degrees both of those locations, low 40s for wilmington. northeast philadelphia is 46 degrees. and we will see sunshine today.
39 degrees, breezy at 7:00, up to 44 at 9:00. and look at this, with sunshine. so, the wind will be blowing. 50 degrees at lunchtime and still climbing. we'll go through it hour by hour with the future weather when i come back in ten minutes, but right now, let's check in with first alert traffic reporter jillian mele. good morning, jillian! >> good morning to you, bill. it's been pretty quiet as far as accidents go. we have one accident in elverson, chestnut tree road near manor road. take bulltown road as an alternate there. the majors are pretty quiet. this is the blue route near route 1. just a few drivers, no accidents or delays to report there. so, that is a good start for a lot of people on the roads. 95, drive times pretty average, about 13 minutes both ways between woodhaven road and the vine street expressway. the vine is also clear at this hour. and if you're taking mass transit, everything is on or close to schedule. tracy? we are staying on top of breaking news out of philadelphia. >> this is kind of an unusual story. police are still trying to find
two burglars who are right now trapped inside a target store. nbc 10's jesse gary is live on the scene there for us in bustleton. jesse, what's going on now? >> reporter: well, we just talked to chief inspector scott small, who gave us new information. i'll move out of the way. they say there are two burglars inside the store. they used a cutting instrument to cut into a back steel door behind the store, about a 3-foot by 3-foot section, peeled back the steel and went inside the store, tripping an alarm to the security company. the security company then called philadelphia police, and officers responded. now, the first responders heard the robbers inside the store and then other officers saw them up on the roof trying to escape. when they saw the police, they went back inside the store. they climbed back into the store. now, police have gone in with canine units and searched the store. they pulled the canine units out. they have also searched using lifts to try and look into the high areas, high shelving and
ceiling areas to look for these two, but they have not found them. police are not sure if they are armed or not. they say they at least have an instrument to cut through a steel back door, so they are worried about that. state police are also hear because of this, because they say there have been other robberies, and we will elaborate more on that coming up in the next 30 minutes. we're live in bustleton this morning, jesse gary, nbc 10 news. we also just got this information. this is more breaking news. a possible fire-bombing under investigation in west philadelphia. crews were called to this home on west girard avenue about two hours ago now. fire investigators calling this suspicious. neighbors tell nbc 10 they heard a loud explosion, then saw flames. no one inside was hurt. happening today in berks county, the tractor-trailer driver charged in a deadly crash will appear in court for his preliminary hearing. police say steven bernier fell asleep at the wheel and was speeding when he crashed into a group of cars on allentown pike in maiden creek township.
two people were killed. a young veteran and a nurse. also happening today, former philadelphia traffic court judge thomasine tynes is expected to plead guilty on corruption charges. tynes is accused of accepting a $2,000 tiffany bracelet in exchange for a towing contract with traffic court. two weeks ago, she was sentenced to two years in federal prison for perjury for her part in a ticket-fixing scheme. and two elected officials from philadelphia also admitted to accepting thousands of dollars in that same corruption scandal involving tynes. representatives ron waters and vanessa lowery brown, both of west philadelphia, turned themselves in yesterday. philadelphia's district attorney says a lobbyist-turned-informant recorded conversations of him giving money to waters and brown in exchange for their influence in harrisburg. two other state representatives from philadelphia are also accused in this scandal, though charges against them have not yet been filed. we have new information thi bucks county coin shop robbery. david piergrossi on the left was
arraigned last night. daniel leflar is awaiting a preliminary hearing in custody. they are seen in this video at coin and collectibles last week. they say they tied up several people and smashed cases and stole coins. new this morning, a north jersey athletic director is suspended following a high school football team hazing scandal. the sayreville board of education made that decision last night. younger players claim that their teammates held them down, beat them, even sexually assaulted them. the head football coach is suspended from teaching and coaching, and seven players are facing charges. there is a decrease in bullying, violence and weapons incidents at new jersey schools overall. a new report shows it's down 9% this year compared to last year. bullying incidents alone have been cut in half since the schools were required back in 2011 to document and investigate every allegation. chris? the mummers hope to start a
new tradition in 2015, and you heard about it first right here on nbc 10 news. sources close to the mummers association tell us the performers are going to add a second parade next year. in that one, they will strut down main street in manayunk on sunday, february 22nd. it's a mardi gras parade. organizers hope it will raise thousands of dollars for the mummers and help preserve their tradition. >> i think it could be something good, because in the winter you need a little bit of different things, different activities to get people out and enjoying shopping around again after the holidays. >> organizers say the mummers mardi gras parade will be centered on families and there will be zero tolerance for drinking on the street. the bars and restaurants, though, on main street in manayunk looking forward to bringing in more people. >> i'm sure they are. also this morning, a scare in the sky. tense moments caught aboard this flight bound for dallas. we'll tell you why passengers were panicking. a federal lawsuit filed against walmart for violating a
severe turbulence caught on video. it rocked a flight from seoul, south korea, bound for dallas. the pilot had to divert the boeing 777 jet tokyo where they took five injured people to the hospital to be treated for injuries. unhurt passengers will fly on to texas later today. now your nbc 10 first alert weather with meteorologist bill henley. >> we are watching for some areas of fog this morning and most of the area's fog-free right now, but we could see some, especially north and west. there has been some thick fog,
but starting to ease already. the wind, that's the difference today. there was no wind yesterday, but today the wind is already starting to pick up. that will lead to mixing in the atmosphere, makes fog less likely to form. this weekend a storm system that doesn't look all that impressive looks like it's mainly going to be rain. but as it arrives saturday night, we could see some snow in the area, too, especially north and west. 39 degrees in allentown. well above freezing for northeast philadelphia and atlantic city with breaks in the clouds. we're on our way to seeing some sunshine, but there is some fog in the pocono mountains. that's the view from shawnee this morning. that will thin out and you will get a few rain showers in the pocono mountains, while it will stay dry in philadelphia. you can see a little bit of fog there on the horizon. that's the view from the comcast center. really just very light fog right now in northeast philadelphia at philadelphia international. lancaster is seeing light fog as well. the visibility's down to 2 1/2 miles there. the wind, that will be going up. we'll see afternoon winds of 14,
15 miles an hour with gusts to 20 to 25 miles an hour. it's going to be a windy afternoon, but that's going to help blow the clouds out of here. right now just some scattered clouds in the area. no sign of any rain with one exception, areas north and west are seeing some rain and some of those rain showers are going to be pushing through the pocono mountains. right now, 7-mile-an-hour wind in philadelphia, a little bit stronger in the mountains at 12 miles an hour. your hour-by-hour future weather showing 45 degrees at 9:00. more clouds to the north and a passing shower is possible in the mountains. rain shower with temperatures climbing into the 40s today for allentown, 48 degrees. that's by 1:00 this afternoon. but look at the 50s for philadelphia, wilmington and millville. chillier weather ahead. the seven-day forecast when i'm back in ten minutes. >> all right, bill. about 20 minutes until 5:00 now, and time for a check to see how the roads are shaping up for your wednesday morning drive. >> jillian mele has you covered. jillian? >> good morning. starting things off in new jersey right now with a live
look at route 73 right at the entrance to 295. 73 you can see is very quiet. 295 free of any big delays or incidents. normal construction out there, though, in the normal spots. and speaking of construction, we have some in delaware. 495 southbound just past route 13. watch out for lane restrictions in that area. and in pennsylvania, we still have an accident out in chester county. it's in elverson. chestnut tree road is blocked near manor road, which is route 82. bulltown road is your best alternate. more fallout from the cyber attack on a hollywood studio. >> the group that hacked sony pictures is now making a serious threat against american movie-goers. and a los angeles police department will become one of the first in the country to arm its officers with body cameras. we'll tell you when they'll be put in place.
we'll find out about that coming up. you want to go kill kim jong-un? >> totally. i'd love to. it's a date. >> we're following new developments this morning in the threat against movie theaters that show this film, "the interview." it's all part of the fallout from the hack attack on sony pictures. the so-called guardians of peace are warning now theater-goers to stay away from the theaters that show the film. "the interview" is a comedy about the assassination attempt on north korean leader kim jong-un. according to "the hollywood reporter," carmike cinemas, one of the largest theater chains in the country, was the first to cancel its plans to show the film. there are several carmike theaters in our area, including in dover, allentown and voorhees. now, the threat has law enforcement in new york and los angeles stepping up security there. >> we take those threats very seriously, and we will take extra precautions during the holidays at theaters. >> the department of homeland
security said there is no credible intelligence to indicate an active plot against the theaters but says it is still analyzing those threatening messages. 4:46 now. this morning, the u.s. is offering support to pakistan following that taliban attack that left 130 school children dead. nbc 10's national correspondent tracie potts has more from washington. >> reporter: candles are lit across pakistan this morning as the country prepares for a mass funeral. 141 people, most of them children. >> this morning, wherever you live, wherever you are, those are our children, and this is the world's loss. >> reporter: in a statement, president obama cited the depravity of terrorists behind this attack. as it was happening, a u.s. drone strike killed four taliban militants next door in afghanistan, where most u.s. troops will be leaving by year's end. >> the president is committed to ensuring that we remain on track. >> we'd better be wary of
thinking that things are good enough for us to leave afghanistan. you know, this is a very still unstable region. >> reporter: after tuesday's school attack, the u.s. is offering counterterrorism expertise. just three days ago, congress approved $1 billion to help pakistan with security. the country launched more air strikes on the taliban late tuesday. there's growing pressure on pakistan's government to do more. >> we need to take on taliban by now, because enough is enough. >> reporter: taliban leaders in afghanistan condemned the attack, but this morning a pakistani newspaper reports they actually ordered it. and we have learned this morning that pakistan's army chief is going to be in afghanistan today for some talks about how those two countries can deal with the taliban hiding out in the mountains along the shared border. tracie potts, nbc news, washington. at 4:47, the family of a black man who was shot and killed by white police officers in a walmart store is suing the officers involved. >> the shooting happened last august in ohio.
the federal lawsuit filed in federal court claims the police were negligent and violated the victim's civil rights. officers shot john crawford inside the walmart store as he held a air rifle. police say he didn't respond to commands to drop the rifle. the grand jury did not indict the officers. >> still pursuing justice, because to me, that is justice. you have to be held accountable. you don't get a pass because you have a sidearm and a shield. >> the officers have not commented on the lawsuit. walmart issued a statement, offering condolences to the family but offering no comment on the case. the los angeles police department could be the country's largest law enforcement agency to equip its officers with body cameras. they're planning to arm 7,000 officers with the technology by next summer. some as early as next month. well, a t-shirt with the slogan "i can't breathe" got a kentucky middle school teacher in some trouble. >> it sparked a discussion on clothing that makes those kinds of statements. jerrell dillingham is the teacher. he says he ordered the shirt to
take a stance about the death of eric garner, the new york man who died in that police choke hold. but when he wore the shirt to school, the teacher got some flack from his principal. >> my assistant principal said i need to take off that sweatshirt. and i said, you know, what's wrong with my sweatshirt? he said it's politically driven and you shouldn't have it in the school. >> afterwards, the teacher and the principal reached out to the aclu about his first amendment rights in this situation, and an aclu representative said the employer, in this case, the school, does have some latitude to enforce what's worn to school. a protection hearing is set to resume today for nascar driver kurt busch after his ex broke down in tears yesterday, asking the judge to keep him away from her. busch allegedly assaulted her at dover international speedway back in september. patricia driscoll testified that busch choked her and smashed her head into a wall. the alleged attack happened not long after the couple broke up, but busch's attorneys deny the allegations. at 4:49 now, this morning
police continue their search in philadelphia for a man who posed as a trash inspector to attack and rob an elderly man. police say the man you see in this surveillance video here knocked on the door of brownie's par 4 lounge on west oak lane yesterday afternoon. once inside, he punched an 83-year-old man, knocked him to the ground, then pulled out a knife, handcuffed the victim to a railing and robbed him. philadelphia mayor michael nutter kicked off the celebration for the first night of hanukkah in philadelphia for the menorah lighting park marking the start of the jewish celebration of light. in addition to the ceremony, people got to enjoy traditional music and eat latkes. >> now your first alert weather with meteorologist bill henley. >> not nearly as cold this morning as it was yesterday. this morning most of the area is seeing temperatures in the 40s. and we're keeping an eye out for a little bit of fog. you can see some very light fog in this view looking towards the ground from high atop the comcast center in center city.
42 degrees right now in philadelphia. the wind is stronger than yesterday. yesterday at this time, the wind was calm. it's giving us little bit of a chill, but it's also leading to mixing in the atmosphere, making fog formation less likely. but there are some areas, for example, shawnee in the pocono mountains, who are still watching fog over the slopes there. sunshine will be in philadelphia, but in the mountains, we could see some rain showers. we'll be watching the radar screen. we're seeing those rain showers farther to the north and west. they'll be streaming past the pocono mountains, but not headed to the philadelphia area today. the temperatures will be headed into the 50s this afternoon. that's 2:00 this afternoon. but it's going to be turning colder over the next couple days. in fact, first thing tomorrow morning, instead of the 40s, we'll be dropping into the low 30s right at the freezing mark for thursday. but dry tomorrow. we'll see lots of sunshine and warm into the 40s in the afternoon. stays chilly as we go into the weekend, however, and that could lead to some snow.
this is saturday afternoon. wo won't see snow during the day on saturday, but a system coming together will lead to some wet weather saturday night and into early sunday morning. that's midnight. you can see some light snow falling in the allentown area. we could see rain mixing with snow with little to no accumulation expected in philadelphia. any light accumulation will be farther north and west. something to watch. it will be turning damp over the weekend, but not today. we'll be dry. partly sunny. the fog clears out. what fog does form. breezy and 50s this afternoon. not as warm tomorrow. the wind will be blowing and bringing in the chillier air. 45 the high temperature after a morning low of 33 degrees. and a little bit chillier on friday. and clouds return saturday. it's saturday night that could see some snow mixed with rain in the philadelphia area, as we drop down to 34 degrees by sunday morning. then mainly rain on sunday, a high of 43 in the afternoon. could see it mixing with some snowflakes in the pocono
mountains. then breezy, 40s for monday, but look at the warm-up tuesday afternoon. nice and mild, a high of 50. seven minutes before 5:00 right now. so, we know you may run into some fog out there. let's find out what else you'll face on the roads. >> hopefully, you won't run into anything else. nbc 10's first alert traffic reporter jillian mele will let us know what's happening. >> good morning. we're just getting word of an accident out of maple shade, route 73 out near main street. we'll get you more information on that coming up in a few minutes. we're also following an accident out of elverson, chestnut tree road near manor road, route 82. this is an accident that happened overnight. the accident itself is in the process of being cleared, but the vehicle hit a pole, so we have a downed pole out there at the scene. you can take bulltown road as your alternate there. heading to 95, things are looking good out here. this is right near the pennsylvania turnpike. so, 95 in this area is clear right near girard. we're not reporting any delays and no accidents on the highways. chris. 4:53 now. there are new developments in the case against bill cosby. we'll tell you if prosecutors plan to file charges against the comedian over allegations made
in los angeles. plus, vandals target a soccer field in south jersey and police say they know who did it. and remember, if you haven't done so yet, this is a great way, at least we think it is, to start your morning. you can wake up to your favorite nbc 10 personality. just download the nbc 10 morning app to your smartphone, and there you'll also find headlines, a live stream of our morning newscast, and you can even set your alarm to wake to the voice of one of us. it's everything you need to start your day off right. we're right back after this.
fur minutes before 5:00. lawmakers will not charge bill cosby after a woman claimed that he molested her in the '70s. they say the statute of limitations ran out. the woman told police recently that the incident happened at the playboy mansion when she was 15. she's also filed a civil lawsuit. there's a new twist in director roman polanski's fight to get charges dismissed from
nearly four decades ago. the 81-year-old hired a new legal team to fight his extradition from poland to los angeles. polanski is accused of having sex with a 13-year-old girl during a photo shoot in los angeles in 1977. he's been in france ever since to avoid facing more jail time. and take a look at this video this morning. those are not tire treads. i'm sorry -- those are tire treads. they're not cleet marks. it's all in the delivery. those are tire treads on a soccer field at thor jersey shore. two teenage boys are charged with vandalizing the fields, accused of driving all over the fields. this is a major blow to the twin county soccer association, which just spent more than $4,000 fixing up the fields. the united states plans to bid for the 2024 summer olympics. four u.s. cities are competing to host the games -- san francisco, los angeles, boston and washington, d.c. the u.s. olympic committee will decide next year which city will make the bid for the games. a fraternity suspends its
chapter at the university of pennsylvania over a christmas card controversy. phi delta seta sent out this picture showing frat members posing with a dark-skinned blowup doll. some campus groups said the image was racist and sexist. the fraternity's international headquarters told us it is investigating. it released a statement that says in part "we are deeply concerned by this image. phi delta seta is a values organization and this represents a disconnect from those value." you are watching nbc 10 news. "nbc 10 news today" at 5:00 a.m. starts right now. trapped at target. right now philadelphia police have surrounded a target store in the bustleton section of the city. a pair of burglars trapped inside after tripping the alarm. we're live on the scene as police continue to look through the store for the crooks. well, they've been strutting their stuff down broad street for more than a century.
now the mummers are getting ready to start a new tradition. we'll tell you what we've learned about plans for a second mummers' parade. and a live look here at the ski resort in the pocono mountains. we are seeing fog spread across parts of the area this morning. this is camelback mountain ski resort, where the fog is the thickest at this point, although not obscuring our view at all right now. we will tell you what you can expect as you head out and start your wednesday morning, what you can expect out there on the roads. good morning and welcome to "nbc 10 news today." i'm chris cato. >> and i'm tracy davidson. let's find out more about the fog and the rest of the day ahead with meteorologist bill henley in the first alert weather center. bill? >> good morning, tracy. we have seen some spots of fog north and west, but it's likely not to be as widespread as yesterday. we've got some wind that's kicking up things in the atmosphere and going to be increasing during the day. temperatures are already warmer this morning, and you can see we're largely fog-free in philadelphia. just some light, very light fog over the city. pocono mountains have seen improvement in the last half
hour. ten-mile visibility in mt. pocono, down to three, though, in wilmington and lancaster and wildwood has three-mile visibility. so, nothing thick just yet. and nothing too cold, either. 39 in pottstown. it's in the 40s along the i-95 corridor. right now 42 degrees at philadelphia international, and that number will be falling in the short term. at 7:00, 39 degrees, but then it comes right back up. 44 at 9:00. and then 50 degrees by noontime, when we will see a gusty wind blowing. your hour-by-hour forecast when i come back in ten minutes. right now, let's check in with first alert traffic reporter jillian mele. starting with 309 in ft. washington right near the pennsylvania turnpike. 309 is quiet. the pennsylvania turnpike is free of any incidents. we're not reporting any accidents on the highways in pennsylvania. so, that is a bit of good news. in fact, the highways are all clear. 76 looks good. most of that overnight construction has wrapped up. the blue route is clear. 95 is free of anyel