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plea for more testimony against william thomas. >> walter perez is live with the full story. >> the suspect william charles thomas thatlied in the trailer park behind we here remains behind bars on $750,000 bail and the hearing is later this month but today two of his alleged victims came forward with a passionate plea. >> i decided to take a stand for myself and everyone else that has been a victim. >> these two young ladies came forward for one reason, to encourage anyone else that was victimized to come forward. >> was taken advantages of by an adult child molester. anyone else -- >> 23 jm on the right, they reported to police that thomas a handyman in falls township
started to sexually abuse them at the ables of 7 and 4 respectively. that went on with a pattern of abuse for years xs and they decided not to remain silence zblilnd not come forward. i will to longer feel that way. >> the 58-year-old suspect is accused of sexually assaulting six children including his own daughter over the course of 40 years. after police were tipped off to the case they made the arrest and recovered thousands of pieces of evidence, child pornography to childrens underwear and journals to where he wrote of his criminal behavior. they don't want justice just for themselves but for any child if the future that falls victim to a predator . >> i fought the depression and
anxiety and you can too. >> nobody deserves something like this. >> if you have further information about this case call the falls township police and the bucks county da's office. walter perez, channel 6 "action news." >> thank you. looking live at philadelphia international airport right now storms that swept through the area forced the faa to put a ground stop on all flights heading to philadelphia but in the last two hours the ground stop was lifted. however, the airport says that arrivals running an hour behind, for more on the stormy weather and the change in store for the delaware valley, lets turn to meteorologist, cecily tynan. >> the storms moved on and they were fast moving. satellite 6 along with action radar showing the line of intense thunderstorms across central pennsylvania toward harrisburg and washington, d.c., look how quickly they moved through, they moved at 60 miles
per hour and cleared the coast but as they blew through they created intense winds from virginia to delmarva into south jersey and quanico a peak wind gust of 78 miles per hour and dover 76. and andrews air force base 62 miles per hour and delaware bay reporting a peak wind gust of 55 miles per hour. a head of this line of storms look at these, feeling more like may than the first day of march. philadelphia 74 degrees, just 2 degrees shy of the record high. wilmington 75 a record. and atlantic city 73 a record and allentown a record of 78 degrees. and a cold front brings windy changes and the cold front is out to the west and get the winds from the south with the warm air behind it though, north-northwesterly winds we have temperatures in the 20s, 30s and even teens, we'll talk
about how cold it will feel and talk about the chaps of snow later this week coming up in full accuweather forecast. >> we'll check back in later, thank you. >> in other news, pepsi is cutting 80 to 100 jobs in the philadelphia area, and putting the blame on the city's new b r beverage tax. in a statement the company said this, quote, it's not something we take lightly and want to do and we are committed to working with the employees and the union to treat impacted individuals with the care and dignity they deserve. >> upon getting word of the layoffs, mayor jim kenney's office struck back pointing to billions in profit that pepsi is still making and a spokesperson issued a statement. that the soda industry sunk to a new low holding hostage the jobs of hard working people in their battle to overturn the tax.
>> a robbery suspect that struck multiple times in one case the suspect is caught on camera, attacking a 53-year-old woman on the street right there in broad daylight. shocking. john rawlins joins us with the latest at north 52nd street where the robbery happened. >> good evening. well, two separate instances here on the 500 block of 52nd street and two women were injured on the same day and the focus for police and neighboring stricts as well. to get them off the street as quickly as possible. this balding man police are looking for is thought to be 6 feet tall heavy set with a beard and a neighbor reacts to what he is accused of. >> you know robbing, awful thing, hopefully something gets done and they look at the tape and get their man. >> february 19th, someone either
buzzed him in or had a code to get into the apartment building, he knocked on doors until a 57-year-old woman answered. he stole a cell phone and $9 and hit her in the head. and exited. about four hours later he target aid woman with huntsington's disease he overpowers her and throws her to the grown and taking her purse. >> heard her screaming. >> she called 911, the victim is williams' friend and neighbor and she did not know her attacker. >> williams's reaction. >> it's horrible and cruel and thought also. >> and it occurred on the 500 block of north 52nd street. and there is evidence that the man they are looking for hit multiple times along a much wid wid wider swath of west
philadelphia. >> the person if the video we like to have any information possible. police believe that the man has someone to drive him around. >> a black suv or smaller minivan. is what we are looking for. >> so again the focus for police here is to find the man before he hits again and possibly hurts someone again. if you recognize him or know his name the police would love to hear from you. john rawlins, channel 6 "action news." >> thank you. president trump says that he is already following up on the promises he laid out in last night's address to congress and hosted the legislative leadership at the white house and a noticeable absence, only republican lead ofs showed up for the meeting and this after the president called for bipartisan unity last night. we have the reaction in washington to the congressional address coming up tonight at
5:30. meanwhile, on the heels of president trump's speech the dow jones hit another major milestone today posting 21,000 points for the first time. up 303 points and the nasdaq 78 and change. and the s&p 500 climbing 32. >> pennsylvania state attorney general josh shapiro asks that he clarifies the comments he made against jewish centers and empties saying it was done for a reason other than anti-semitism. >> he needs to speak with a moral clarity. when talking about these acts. >> and talking about restoring his faith -- and integrity and
honesty, shop hero took of the office in january following the conviction of former attorney general, kathleen kane. john carnie signed an executive order to form an anti-strip nation policy across the state, in annest to increase diversity and increase inclusion, the order comes after a study to gauge racism in state workplaces and found challenges in organizations already in place. new numbers show a majority of philadelphia residents say that city streets are not safe for everyone to use. according to a recent aaa poll 53% of folks say that philadelphia is not a safe city when it comes to drivers and bicyclers and pedestrians. all road users are equally responsible and almost the same percentage said that enforcement of the traffic laws should apply equally to all three of those
groups. time for a check of the "action news" traffic report midweek. >> taking it live to matt pellman in the traffic center. >> the traffic is not coming in very lamb like. the delays are out here at the schuylkill and the vine, as they are most afternoons, just ahead on the eastbound vine a crash past brood street on the shoulder and extra congested through there. a wreck on city avenue in overbrook and extra congestion there through lancaster avenue, downed wires in woodland delco along mcdade boulevard. and chester county has three downed television poles blocking 282. and crashes in upper merion are clearing out but the water main breaks. and down the shore we got rid of the downed tree by southville corner and now several traffic
lights on flash, one intersection is route a sea isle boulevard. much more ahead on "action news" at 5:00, a wild car chase in southern california leads to an intense standoff on a busy street. how they managed to stop the driver after more than an hour of pursuit. and more fallout from the best picture flub after the chaotic mixup on live television. ooh... >>psst. hey... where you going?
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a carjacking suspect surrenders in southern california. after leading police on a wild car chase for nearly two hours. police have to use several spike strips and pit maneuvers. the man refused to get out causing an intense standoff and the man finally surrenders. the head of the oscars says that the man that was responsible for the flub will not work the oscars again. fay dunaway and warren beatty
read the wrong winner for best picture. he handed beattie the wrong envelope. and the group says that the relationship with pwc is under review. a doctor sounded the alarm on a medication that is in use. ali gorman is live at the big board. >> the most common brand name is imodium. and doctors in our area are seeing a spike in the problem. >> talking maybe 30, 60, 90 over 100 tablets a day or more. dr. levi katz is shocked by the amounts people are taking either to get high or ease withdrawal
symptoms. >> he treated two nonfatal overdoses in the past few months and the lehigh valley cornor says that a man died of it last august. but doctor katz believes that the use is more widespread. it take a lot of and at that time builds up to dangerous levels in the heart. >> it can cause a very life-threatening arrhythmia. and they talked about the problem and potential for abuse and now dr. katz thinks it's time for warning labels or put it behind the counter like sued fed. it can cause permanent damage and johnson & johnson says that
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ash wednesday mass is held at the cathedral in camden. and this marks the start of lent the 40 day period of prayer, fasting leading up to the easter celebration. with the cutting of the frankfurter a new top dog took over. fox and sons fancy corn dog stand opened for business at the market. did it offers freshly made dogs
and fresh funnel cakes. ands will final options too. the celebrity cast for dancing with the star season 24 were unveiled today. >> including olympic gymnast, simone biology and two time world series champion, david ross. and charo, and former pro wrestler mr. t and erica jane and former flee star, heather morris and professional bull rider and the bachelor nick. and watch "dancing with the stars" on monday here on 6 abc and we have more about the cast up on our website at 6abc.com. going to be exciting, still ahead on "action news" a check of the forecast and looking live
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time for accuweather at the "action news" big board. a look at how things are shaping up tonight an going forward. we are cooling down and kicking up the winds, double scan live radar showing the storms that moved through very quickly have moved off the coast and you'll notice though that they have stormy weather and severe weather across parts of virginia and north carolina. and here temperatures are still mild. we made it into the 70s today and 74 in philadelphia, 2 degrees high of a record high and we dropped down to 67 degrees and atlantic city 65 and allentown 64 and wilmington 66. satellite 6 along with action radar showing the actual cold front that will bring us the dramatic cool down is still out to the west. not much shower activity is an associated with it but when it blasts through you'll feel the difference in the air and you'll feel the wind. national weather service in fact has issued wind advisories for
the western and northwest counties from 10:00 until 1:00 in the afternoon for wind gusts up to 45 miles per hour. and so these temperatures are still a little bit deceiving, allentown 41 and cape may 47 and the wins are picking up as we head through the overnight hours and temperatures tomorrow essentially holding steady. loads of sunshine, and you'll need the sunglasses and take the winter coats and temperatures stuck in the 40s and wind gusts up to 45 miles per hour. and these are the numbers you have to watch and the windchill factor tomorrow morning, kids don't be wearing shorts to the school bus, windchills in much of our viewing area only in the 20s and the poconos only 10 and in the afternoon the winds continue to gust and we look at windchills stuck in the 30s and feeling more like winter and temperatures are dropping as we head through the weekend.
tomorrow mostly sunny skies and windy and chilly and 49 degrees and the wind gusts up to 40 spoke 45 miles per hour. and windchills in the 30s. and friday the weak disturbance shows us showers and can't rule out the possibility of light, grassy accumulations, 42 degrees and a reinforcing shot of colder air on thursday, and it's afternoon high only 39 degrees and it stays on the chilly side and we start the day with sun and uncreasing clouds and monday mostly cloudy skies and much warmer with a high of 60 and temperatures will climb even higher than that in the middle of next week. adam talks about that in the exclusive accuweather seven-day forecast. roller coaster temperatures. >> thank you.
for a reaction. and philadelphia mayor, jim kenney gets ready to unveil his bunt. a look at what he will expected to propose and how facebook is using artificial intelligence for folks that may be trying to hurt themselves. and president trump delivered his address to the join session of congress. and abc's lana zach joins us live from washington with the details tonight. >> reporter: good evening. you know, many people have responded positively, in some cases more positively than they expected. but still supporters and detractors alike are wondering today what policy will follow. president trump followed up his address by hosting the legislative leadership at the white house. >> we are here to start the process it begins as of now and i think we'll have tremendous success. >> but only republicans were in
attendance, a stark contrast to the bipartisan call for last night. >> i am calling or democrats and republicans to work bipartisan. >> i thought it was a strong speech. it was a bold, positive optimistic vision. >> and most divided among party lines. >> his speeches are always detached from reality. >> i ended up applauding more than inspected last night. and i want to see him transition from campaigning to governing. >> and a real one with americans sharply divided on immigration and health care. >> when we talk about appealing obama care and we don't have a replacement in place, that troubles me quite a bit. >> overwhelmingly positive, a fantastic speech. >> but there is one minute that should be lasting.
the respect afforded to widow of ryanowens. the first combat fatality in the trump administration. >> and there is a lot of debate about the the successness of that raid and it's currently undergoing an investigation into ryan's debate. but no debate, her sacrifice is very real. back to you rick. >> thank you. back here authorities in bucks county gathered today to address what they say are activities by the klu klux klan in neighborhoods and this is the type of behavior that will not be tolerated. >> obviously an act of hate and that is a case where it does not involve an assault on an individual and property damage that occurred so dramatically in philadelphia. >> doylestown mayor ron strauss says that someone threw the kkk
messages on driveways in the town on valentine's day and happened in northampton township. and there is no place for hate in bucks county and it's the duty of everyone in the community to speak out against hateful acts. the reward is up to $69,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction for the person that vandalized the mt. carmel cemetery and volunteers are willing to clean up the cemetery but no longer trying to pick up the head stones that were toppled and that means that someone could be hurt or the head stones could be damaged more and police have not determined whether the cemetery was targeted because of religion or picked at random. an inter final service took place in wilmington condemning the desecration of those cemeteries and calling for peace and the islamic society of
delaware and the ywca and they condemned discrimination in all forms and it's important to speak out because staying silent lays the ground work for hate crimes. >> and students representing four states learned about diversity, all part of the 2017 middle school diversity conference here at the haverford school in delaware county. the same for the conference this year brave or blind. the key speaker is the the director of intra cultural affairs at villanova university. >> and mayor jim kenney delivers his budget to city council the second of his administration. vernon odom has a preview. >> city council members in and out of closed doors budget meeting in advance of the $4 billion spending plan that the mayor will submit to city council. all were pleased with the basic elements. >> there was no new taxes
proposed in this budget and some additional spending opportunitieses for the city. and doing a better job collection of taxes that are out there currently. >> we see some real emphasis on infrastructure improvement. >> and it will not be released until midnight in advance of the player's formal address tomorrow. the council does not have to okay the new budget until late spring. >> residents will be pleased that the administration is putting a heavy focus on infrastructure investment. >> the mayor has a plan to get the pension in line to an 8% funding level that is huge. >> council members are emerging from the closed door briefings clearly delighted they don't have to make a choice between raising taxes or cutting is ofs.
at city hall, i'm vernon odom, channel 6 "action news." philadelphia police are looking for two men that stole mail from a home in northeast philadelphia. surveillance video captured the men walking up to the house last week on the 900 block of browse avenue. the men went through the mail and then left with it. police don't have a motive for the crime but if you know these guys, please investigate ofs want to hear from you. >> and one more time. lets get a check of your "action news" traffic report. >> to matt pellman. >> hopefully no drivers go postal. but delay as long 95 the northbound side it's the normal stuff away from penn's landing and backed up from girard avenue at least if you are getting off the schuylkill from the eastbound vine if it is still jammed the crash from broad street is now cleared out of the way. we are talking over the last hour or so about downed wires and the friends at the woodland
fire company tweet aid picture at fairview road and there say dunkin' donuts in the background. instead of fairview and mcdade stick with 420 and baltimore pike to the north. and three downed telephone poles and 282 is still blocked. and a water main break in king of prussia continues to block nor road and gulf road is busy and allen dale road is an alternate there. the storms affected us and we see a number of traffic lights not working properly 47 and 83 and route 9 at sea isle boulevard and a crash at chapel street at old baltimore pike. >> thank you. well, today is ash wednesday and pope francis marked the day with the traditional ritual of placing ashes on it's heads of
the faithful he did so at a sixth century church considered one of the most beautiful in rome and they gathered saying this time of penance is a journey of hope. >> and churches through the world are holding the ash wednesday services, it's action cam at the lutheran church in haddonfield. and the pastor offered the imposition of arcs and this marks it's first day of lent the period of 40 days before easter not including sundays and christians that observe len use it for a time of prayer and penance. and a police chase ends in a dramatic crash as a truck goes airborne and lands on another truck. what park sparks the whole thing. >> and facebook plans to use artificial intelligence to try to prevent suicide. storms passed through the region and you see the line
new video shot by a drone shows the power of the eruption of the mountain in italy mown etna. they could last days and weeks and people that live in the towns that dot the mountain slopes are not in danger but the air quality will be dangerous because of the ash in the air. it is one of the most active in the world. >> facebook is testing the ability to use artificial intelligence to flag people in risk of suicide or self harm. they compare to others in the past. they review the post to see if they will send crisis resources to the users. the company now can chat directly with support groups
using facebook messenger. and a dramatic end after a pickup goes airborne and lanned on another car. check this out. someone was sitting in the vehicle when it slammed on to the roof there, the woman dove into the passenger seat a move that saved her life. the 18-year-old suspect fled a traffic stop and reached speeds of 100 miles per hour. and it ends when his truck hit spike strips and swerved off the road. incredibly nobody was injured. there it is again, my goodness. and the party is over at midnight. the police held the clearing of bourbon street symbolizing it's end of fat tuesday. all right back here jaime apody has sports tonight. and the sixers just can't buy a break. >> no, but we were talking about this, the writing is kind of on
the wall here we saw it coming and the news is no longer a secret and not leaving everyone hanging. joel embiid is out for the remainor of the season. the mri shows it's meniscus tear is more pronounced than thought. they will continue to work with specialists that determine the best course of action and next steps, is that surgery? who knows, they went out with what seems to be a minor day to day injury. it ends after 31 games. the trade ted line comes and the flyers holding out hopes to make the playoffs. they did trade defensive enmark stripe to tampa and they sent him to pittsburgh where the 32-year-old are get a chance to win a cup and they pick up two draft picks. and he has seven goals and 27
assists forever the lightning this season. they say that he makes them a better team. >> mark straight was a terrific human being and a really good character person. that we valued. getting up there in age a little bit. so a lot of times when i look at things we are looking to get younger. >> then he thought the flyers would unload a goalie but instead extended michael and that doesn't mean they won't resign steve mason but figure he will probably not be here next year. rights now howie rose man and doug peterson are at the combine and free agency next week and the draft less than two months away and the bird with a ton of needs. doug peterson talked about his philosophy going foo the draft. >> it's about players and
players win championships and we pick the best available and try to upgrade our roster that way. when it comes to the receiver position it's a pass league and you need guys that can get open. you know whether that is a 6'3" guy or a 5'6" guy and thousand they fit in defensively. and now they have a menal skills coach. he is there to maximize each players full potential. valesquez true to form striking out one and how about the day from alter, he was hurt a bit last year. and cleared the bases with a triple in the fourth. and it made the game a 5-5 tie. and a philadelphia native back in town as a harlem globe
trotter. the 14th woman in the trotter 91 yearist hadry. >> we went to see the friends the harlem globetrotters and helped them out with a trick shot. a lot of tricky things go on at city hall and hopefully this shot will be one of them. >> how about that -- never happened in the 116 years at city hall. globetrotters are at the wells fargo center march 4 and through 6 and. >> wow welcome home. she makes her debut at the wells fargo center. >> can't wait to see her. tornadoes tear through the midwest leaving three people dead and we have the latest. and the rain moved through and looking at sky 6 hd at penn's landing a quiet scene.
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look at that. the compact storms known as super cells ripped through 10 states and some were left with no homes to return to. >> everything you worked for is gone in 30 seconds, i built everything with my own sweat and tears and blood and everything. >> unbelievable. just total devastation, i can't -- you see people go through this and pray for them and hope you never have to go through it well here it is. >> tornadoes may be responsible for ripping off parts of rooftops in nashville tennessee and tosses boats around like little toys. >> adam is that the same system we got today. >> yes, thunderstorms and rain, and now the winds kick off overnight and we are past the severe weather here locally.
as we look at stormtracker 6 live double scan the last of it heading off the coast a scattered shower here or there through the overnight hours and overall it's a quiet night ahead. the action cam down the shore despite it was in the 70s today and we had record highs in atlantic city. it wasn't the best of beach days, wind whipping low clouds and layer on this afternoon. we have to wait for the true may like weather, despite it felt like may today to arrive if a couple of months. the highs in philadelphia we hit 74 degrees, 2 degrees shy of the record 76 degrees and wilmington tied 75, breaking the old record by a degree. atlantic city airport and allentown broken record 68 degrees trenton warm at 73. and trenton now sitting at 70 degrees still. low to mid-60s across most of
the area and poconos in the low 50s and at the shore temperatures in the 50s along the immediate shore. you get wind off the water and it makes all the difference in the world this time of year. satellite 6 along with action radar you see the north extent of that line was broken apart and fell apart through the heart of philadelphia especially points to the east and still ongoing to virginia the carolinas to the deep south, with numerous tornado warnings and severe thunderstorm warnings and again past the severe weather, for tonight it cranks up the wind along with the temperatures dropping. and scattered showers around at times and 45 degrees for center city and winds sustained 25 miles per hour by tomorrow morning as the low deepens in northern new england as that cranks up the winds are with us through the entire day tomorrow. the win advisory for the north western areas and lancaster tomorrow winds are gusting near
45p despite full sunshine we are windchills in the 30s. and whether it's to our south right over us or to the north on friday will bring some rain or snow showers around and it pushes through right over the immediate area we could see a grassy coating but wouldn't accumulate on the roads. the exclusive accuweather seven-day forecast windy and chilly and 49 tomorrow and a few rain and snow showers on friday and a raw day at 42 degrees, it's dry over the weekend and sunshine saturday but cold at 39 and still chilly and back to normal on saturday at 47 and here we go again. the taste of spring returns on monday, tuesday a couple of showers coming in late in the day of 63 degrees. and stays mild, dry on wednesday and mid-60s one week from now. so there is a sign of of winter there as we go into friday and
the cat and the hat made a special appearance in northeast philadelphia. wait that is mayor jim kenney, it was read across america day of course. and the mayor visited saint jerome school to celebrate dr. seuss's birthday born on this day in 1904, they read one of his most popular stories, green eggs and ham. >> right now jim gardner and the "action news" team is standing by with these stories next at 6:00. pepsi plans layoffs and blames it squarely on the new beverage
news" tonight. is a big downer from the folks at pepsi. officials at the soft drink giant announced they will eliminate between 80 and 100 jobs in the philadelphia area and they are blaming the fizz furloughs scarcely on philadelphias new beverage tax. live now is sara bloomquist. you have the details. >> reporter: jim, workers at this facility here at northeast philadelphia, a second in south philadelphia and wilmington, delaware received notices today and pepsi said it would eliminate 80 to 100 jobs due to slumping sales clearly blamed on the new beverage tax. they are down 40% in the city and up 15% in surrounding cities in the weeks since the beverage tax took effect. pepsi said this is not something