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officials say the large sinkhole was likely caused by a water main break. thousands of gallons seeping into the soil. the ground collapsed forcing people out of their homes and shutting off the heat for hours. >> it's been out a long time. because i slept in these clothes and i got an extra blanket for the dog. >> neighbors say one hout got hit hard, the sinkhole sucking up this driveway, even threatening the foundation of its home itself. >> i thought oh, no, don't let this happen to me. that guy's a real nice guy, too. >> you don't want this hole getting any bigger? >> no, no, no, not at all. >> reporter: at one point two large trucks were sucked underneath. >> i saw the truck laying on its side over there. i thought oh, my god. >> reporter: in this video, you can see a ppl truck flipped over, almost sinking into the ground. >> he was sitting on a soft part
of the soil. >> reporter: hollow underneath. >> even though the road bed is still intact, the sinkhole opened up a void. >> reporter: bethlehem water officials say nobody was injured here but the damage is extensive and this sinkhole could continue to expand. >> we found severe property damage to the one house across the street where a large sinkhole opened up. in our investigation we started to find a little bit more extensive damage and extensive growth of the sinkhole. >> you can see these crews back out here live, working to get this road back and level. the goal is tonight to make this turn into a road again. at least there won't be a whole over the next few days. they'll close this section off, again, that fears that the ground underneath us cowl be unstable and there could be more collapsing, at least small collapses in the area nearby. live in bethlehem township,
randy gyllenhall, nbc 10 news. tonight at 6:00, two words you don't want to hear together. holiday storm, rain or even snow could be on the way just in time to interrupt your thanksgiving travel plans. >> the nbc 10 first alert weather team is tracking this threat. let's begin with chief meteorologist glenn "hurricane" schwartz. >> renee and jim, we first mentioned this to you yesterday at this time where we expected a storm to develop offshore and it may be close enough to the coast and strong enough to bring rain back in, just in time for the big travel day on wednesday. and as the storm passes by, brings down cold enough air, rain could change to snow over a portion of the area. again, during the busiest travel day of the -- well, just about the year. we have cold air that comes in after that, too, affect something of the rest of the holiday. more on that coming a little bit
later. let's go over to meteorologist sheena parveen with more on the huge temperature swings coming. >> we have a big warmup before the rain and snow next week. temperatures wilin near record warmth. believe it or not, we get random days where we are very warm. not tonight, though. cold tonight, 34 in philadelphia, 26 in pottstown, 27 lancaster. mid-20s in millville. look at the warm air down to our south across many of the southern states. temperatures 60s and 70s. this air will be moving in over part of your weekend. the warmest day this weekend will be sunday. the mild air keeps on moving in for monday and we are talking about record warmth as we start off your week next week. this does, however, come along with a little rain. glenn will show you the timing on that and talk about next week's storm. that's all coming up. get ahead of the storm with our nbc 10 weatherç app. you'll get updates sent straight to your phone. it's a free download. get it by going to nbc10.com.
disturbing details are now emerging in a family shooting in burlington county. police now say a mother is the one who shot her three children before she turned the gun on herself. >> two of the children died. nbc 10's south jersey reporter cydney long is live in tabernacle, new jersey. there are sad details about why no one elle in the house heard those gunshots. >> reporter: that is correct. police say the gun they discovered was near where the mother was lying, it is an older model revolver but this mother used a pillow to muffle the noise of those gunshots sometime between 5:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. thursday morning. what remains unclear, a mystery tonight, why she would carry out such a horrific crime. >> all four victims were found in the same bed. which is identified as the bed belonging to the mother. >> reporter: police say
44-year-old jeanine lepage intended to take her own life after shooting three of her own children, nadia, alexander and nicholas, ages 8 to 14. but somehow she and alexander, 11 years old, survived the gunshots at pointblank range in the early morning hours thursday. detectives say this investigation is far from over. >> motive is not one of those things we'll be able to talk about today. we may never know with certainly depending on the condition of lepage what that motive was. >> reporter: police say they are still seeking information from friends and loved ones, including that of a possible text message sent from one of the children to a classmate at school. >> a lot of information has come into the detectives which includes that piece of information. we are actively pursuing a lot of different pieces and leeds. that is one of them. i cannot comment on that beyond the fact that we are aware of that information. >> can you tell us what the message said? >> no, i cannot.
>> reporter: police tell us they were also able to quickly locate the father yesterday afternoon and rule him out as a suspect. they do say the father of the children killed is fully cooperating with the investigation into the mother's past. friends and loved ones have set up a memorial fund to help pay for the children's funerals. find that information on our website, nbc10.com. i'm cydney long, nbc 10 news. >> thank you, cydney. new at 6:00, governor corbett signs an execution order for a convicted cop killer, christopher roney will be put to death for killing a philadelphia police officer in 1996 during a bank robbery. baird was a 44-year-old mother of two boys. she was gunned down at a pnc bank on rising sun avenue. roney's execution is set for early january. mixing politics withç pancakes. pennsylvania governor-elect tom wolf joined the urban affairs
coalition for the group's breakfast today. the coalition works to unite government with businesses and neighborhoods to improve the quality of life for people. wolf says pennsylvania needs healthy cities in order to be a healthy commonwealth. new at 6:00, another philadelphia charter school is going to close. this is the third in just a few weeks. school reform commission voted to close the charter school in german tonight. the school board says it will appeal this decision. amani, one of the oldest charter schools in the city will stay open during the appeal. president obama is selling his landmark policy on immigration and republicans are vowing to stop him. >> we know we can do better. for years we haven't done much about it. today we're doing something about it. >> we will not stand idle as the president undermines the rule of law in our country and places lives at risk. >> the president's executive order offers deportation relief
and work permits to 5 million undocumented immigrants. so far, republicans have not yet figured out how they can roll back the plan without turning off hispanic voters. one local organization is closely watching developments in the immigration battle. reverend luis cortez jr. is the president of esperanza. cortez has worked with politicians on national immigration reform for years. he says the president's plan helps the u.s. economy by generating tax revenue from the currently untaxed and undocumented immigrants. >> while some people feel it's okay for the deportations to continue, they are leading to a lot of broken families which in the end actually costs us more money. >> reporter: cortez hopes congress will have a conversation on the issue and take action on comprehensive immigration reform. and they're off. a federal judge expected to make a decision today on whether sports betting can begin in new jersey. a good for betting would be in
defiant of the federal government and the country's biggest sports leagues. any decision likely will be appealed to a higher court. new jersey officials see sports betting as a way to help the state's struggling horse tracks and casinos. new at 6:00, finding a parker spot in philadelphia can be a real pain. how about a smartphone app that lets you reserve the parking spot. if the city council gets its way, that will never happen. apps allowing you to bid for parking spots are up and running. yesterday, philadelphia city council passed a bill that would ball all parking apps. anybody caught using them would have to pay a $250 fine. and how the philadelphiaç marathon may affect your weekend plans. plus, this burst of cold weather is creating problems at
the jersey shore. what you need to know to protect your property as the temperatures drop. glenn? >> i'm tracking a storm that could have an impact on your thanksgiving travel plans. could bring rain or even snow. don't miss my exclusive nbc 10 first alert forecast. ♪ there's confidence... then there's trusting your vehicle maintenance to
this is nbc 10 news. >> today is national adoption day and here at nbc 10 we work all year to help find forever families for children in foster care. our wednesday's child segment profiles kids who want a home. these are just some of the faces you're seeing of children who now have loving families as a result. >> great pictures. >> vai sikahema has led our efforts since 2004. in that time we've featured 488 children. >> and 297 of those children have been placed with a family. that's a 60% success rate. vai was in center city this morning with more good news. >> for the record officially we've opened the court of common pleas today on national adoption day. we'll call the first case which is number -- >> reporter: with this, judge kevin dougherty opened family court for the legal adoption of ten philadelphia children.
it was a day of celebration. >> i like your dress. >> thank you. >> reporter: you're pretty. >> thank you. >> reporter: it was a fashion show. >> it looks gorgeous. >> thank you. >> when i left the prison stm i left wanting to make a change. for me, it's to make a change in his life, in his life that he would have a family and good upbringing. >> reporter: congratulations. >> we're happy for you. >> thank you. >> my two grand children that i'm adopting today. yay! >> let me introduce our good friend, vai sikahema. >> reporter: order in the court. that's what happens when you put a wannabe lawyer up here in family court. i just want to say this to all of you. this is a happy day. >> i do hereby order and decree layla love as well as dillon lewis now are officially and will always be your children.
[ applause ] >> reporter: in family court, center city philadelphia, vai sikahema, nbc 10 news. >> we know vai puts his heart into each one of those stories. you can make the dream of a forever family come true for any wednesday's child sponsored by the dave thomas foundation. go to our website, nbc10.com and search wednesday's child or call the national adoption center at 1-866-do-adopt. a blast of cold weather is creating soggy problems at the jersey shore. that's because some home owners haven't yet winterized their homes and unprotected pipes are bursting. take a look at this outdoor shower at harvey cedars on long beach ilan. water sprayed from a broken pipe. so far ocean city's had more than two dozen leaks from frozen pipes, most at summer vacation homes. plumbers tell nbc 10 people just aren't ready for temperatures to drop this low this early. >> this year, everybody was trying to stretch it out to thanksgiving, i think. it just didn'tç work. >> the cold weather hit us early
this year. i think a lot of people were unprepared. >> reporter: it's important to remember that repairing a leak is not cheap. plumbers tell us it could cost between 200 and 600 bucks just to fix an outdoor shower. now your nbc 10 first alert weather with chief meteorologist glenn "hurricane" schwartz. >> we have another very cold night tonight. by monday, it's going to be feeling balmy out there. in between we'll be tracking some rain before the weekend is over. record warmth likely in at least parts of the area on monday. and some travel troubles possible for the day before thanksgiving and a big travel day. right now we have 34 degrees and clear skies. it feels like 27 and the wind has diminished. the temperature really did today, too. 50 yesterday, 37 today. and then it's going straight up. look at that temperature rise. in just a few days. then it's going to go right back down.
right now we are in the 20s in parts of the area. 26 in pottstown, 24 in millville. we have lots of places going into the teens. allentown could set a record for the low temperature. the wind is much, much less than it was earlier today. we were gusting to 30 miles an hour. now it's less than ten miles an hour everywhere. we have dry weather tonight, tomorrow, tomorrow night into sunday morning. by sunday afternoon, clouds are coming in but the rain holes off, it looks like it till sunday night, maybe some of the heaviest of it in the middle of the night while you're trying to sleep. we're drying out by the morning rush on monday. it's not lasting that long. it could be heavy for a period of time. it looks like we have good weather for the eagles. 54 degrees by the end of the game. this is a storm we're talking about. we talked about it yesterday, forming off the east coast and
one computer model had it yesterday. now there's more starting to come on board. more consistency in this. still way ahead of time, so we don't know the details yet but it looks like it could be close enough to spread rain in and then as the cold air comes in, change over to snow. and that is wednesday, wednesday night. the big travel time. clear very cold tonight, 23 for a low in philadelphia. 15 in some of the suburbs. allentown, a good chance of a low temperature record. very good start tomorrow, mix of sun and clouds. temperatures in the mid-40s. very little wind. it won't feel nearly as cold as today. then sunday of course feels warmer. the rain holds off until sunday night. the record warmth comes on monday. there's a chance of a shower there. tuesday, we start to cool down. and by wednesday, we're cold enough for rain to change over to snow. some wet snow, likely. and even some snow showers possibleç on thanksgiving day
will be so cold and coal for black friday, too. skyforce 10 over a house fire in camden county. a grandmother and grand daughter were pulled from this burning home on west highland avenue in gloucester. right now, they are in critical condition. a package stolen right from someone's front step in south philadelphia. we have surveillance video of the whole thing. take a look here. you can see this woman walking along reed street last friday afternoon. watch the reflection against the window of this mini van. the suspect appears to open someone's screen door, grab a package and takes off. if you recognize the woman there, police want to hear from you. take a look at this. it's being called the charlie brown christmas tree of reading. city leaders say it's ugly, pitiful and sad. they're planning to take down this tree. it's just a little too bare and they'll put up a new one on monday. there will be a decorating party for the new tree on black friday. >> that tree is a little bit
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this is the xfinity sportsdesk, brought to you by xfinity, your home for the most live sports. live and in your living rooming, i'm danny pommel. the eagles are two days away from their meeting with the titans at the linc. part of that bouncing back lies with this gentleman, quarterback mark sanchez who struggled at times during the eagles' 53-20 loss.
mettenberg mettenberger, the titans are 2-8. here's sanchez on improving. >> you're always competing against yourself and trying to be better and be the best version of yourself for your teammates. so that's really where the competitive side comes in and then more than anything like we just talked about, you want to win. so that's really our goal each week. this is a really fun job when you're winning. i'll just try and keep winning. >> a big game from the man called shady would go a long way to be in a bright spot for the eagles and be successful for the remainder of the season as well. sk has been hard to come by for lesean mccoy this season thus far. >> this year, as far as yardage and everything that's happening, you have to earn it. i want to earn everything i get this year. i know everything about myself.ç
i don't think anything has changed. >> lesean mccoy doubled as an astronaut after practice. couldn't resist. the winless 0-11 sixers host the suns tonight. they could have extra fire as they take on the suns and former kentucky guard eric bledsoe said top-ranked kentucky would beat the sixers in a seven-game series. today bledsoe backtracked from that statement after speaking at the morning shootaround. >> i have a lot of respect for nba players. i was joking around. >> they were coming off a huge win. >> yes. they were playing good, whatever the case may be. >> all right. speaking of college hoops, big one tonight as temple takes on number four duke. part of the coach's cancer classic. a 9:30 expected start. that's sports, i'm danny pommel. renee, back to you. ready, set, run. thousands are sprinting to
philadelphia with their sights set on making it to the finish line. race weekend includes the marathon, half marathon and several other races. 30,000 runners will lace up their shoes for the weekend's events. that's 60,000 fans will be out there cheering them on to the finish line. take nbc10.com along with you for race weekend. our news and weather paps will give you the latest forecasts. plus, know about traffic deto detours. you can always count on nbc10.com. we'll be right back.
a host of weather changes. >> huge temperatures. we may have a record cold night tonight in allentown. >> wow. >> by monday record high temperatures. just three days away. then a couple days after that record high, it's cold enough to snow on wednesday night, a big travel night. we'll have to watch that storm to see how cold it gets next week. sheena will have more on that coming up at 11:00 tonight.
>> ain't never slow in the weather department. thank you. for all of us, i'm renee chenault-fattah. >> i'm jim rosenfield. the news continues with "nbc nightly news" with brian williams. have a great evening. on our broadcast tonight, bracing for word. ferguson, missouri on standby this evening as we're told the grand jury decision could come at any time. hard sell, the president defending his sweeping immigration overhaul as opponents say they won't stand for it. flooding danger, the snow as much as seven feet now presenting a new threat as people struggle to dig out and temperatures rise. and four decades stolen from a pair of ohio men wrongly convicted of murder after a long legal battle today they tasted freedom. "nightly news" begins now. from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with brian williams. good evening. the decision of a grand jury could now