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there behind these vehicles where the elderly victim's body was found beaten and slashed. neighbors say she was a wonderful woman, very involved in the community and they cannot even imagine how anyone could do such a thing. investigators from philadelphia's homicide unit say this murder was especially brutal. >> she had been severely beaten and stabbed multiple times and she was pronounced on the scene. captain james clark said the murderer slashed the victim's throat. that victim has been identified as 85-year-old regina bruener. this morning neighbors called police expressing concern that they hadn't seen miss bruener since yesterday and her car was missing. police arrived to find her dead in her bedroom and now the search is on for her killer. investigators are also searching for her vehicle which looks a lot like this one, a 2007 silver toyota corolla with black duct tape covering a few section of the vehicle with pennsylvania tags p d-1 402x. leon king who lives across the street says it's that much
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more painful to him because he and his family made eight-point to make sure regina was okay. >> we would keep track of regina and i usually see when there's people going over there -- i've gone over there myself a couple times to figure out who you are why are you here a quarter 8 o'clock at night. >> reporter: investigator say the home does not appear to be ransacked and they found no signs of forced entry. in the end captain clark says this amounts to another case of senseless violence. >> she was inside of her house. someone either was let in or forced their way in and beat her and stabbed her to death. it's very sad and very tragic and we hopefully will get to the bottom very quickly. >> reporter: back out lie on the scene neighbors also tell us that ms. bruener lived here with an 84-year-old man described as a friend but we're told that man has been in the hospital the past few days being treated for an undisclosed medical condition. anyone with any information is asked to call 911. reporting live from east mount airy, walter perez, channel6 "action news." jim. >> thank you walter.
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a small child is among six people who were injured in a six-car accident this morning in camden county. the pileup happened at 6:30 on route 73 at hayes mill road in winslow township. police say the chain reaction crash began when a truck sideswiped a van. the truck continued forward and collided with a mini cooper and a car. the child and an adult were flown to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. four other victims were taken by ambulance. nearly a week after strong storms swept through the area, lead nears delaware county have asked the governor to declare a state of emergency. that would allow them to get money from the state to help with recovery efforts. county councilman chairman mario saveras says the money would go to eight municipalities including chester which sustained more than two and a half million dollars in damage. he says governor tom wolf is considering the declaration. utility crews are almost done with their work in
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gloucester county of the half million power outages throughout the area last week, only a couple of thousand remain and most of them are in this part of south jersey. "action news" reporter john rawlins has the story. >> reporter: when the day start idalian trick electric had about 5,000 gloucester county customers off line. by late afternoon the company said that number had been cut to 2100. dominic nd linda among those 2100. they say their calls to the utility have not produced an estimated time for the lights to come on. >> nothing. zero. >> it's a recording. >> automated message that they know the power is out in our area and they're working on it. >> reporter: late today atlantic electric said its goal is to have the vast majority of outages repaired by midnight but meeting goals has been tough. alexis got power today but was told she would have it last week. >> started calling atlantic city electric. we got a deadline of friday. that came and pent. got a deadline of is saturday.
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came and went. sunday that came and went. >> reporter: it was a big storm that produced costly widespread damage. yesterday the mayor of hard hit greenwich township fired up broadside at the christie administration comparing the governor's high profile response post hurricane sandy in 2012 with the state's failure so far to issue a disaster declaration in the wake of last week's storm. >> i called this press conference because i am tired of hearing and reading reports that the governor's office says that they are in constant contact with south jersey elected officials. the fact is that's not true. >> reporter: no comment today from the governor's office about the mayor's remarks. this could be a very busy week for mr. christie as tomorrow he is expected to announce that his ambition is to be the next president of the united states. in gibbstown, john rawlins channel6 "action news." >> thank you john. let's repeat that. chris christie will announce his bid for president
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tomorrow. the new jersey governor will formally declare his candidacy at livingston high school which is his alma mater. that announcement is scheduled for 11:00 and we will carry it live once it begins right here on channel six. the new jersey assembly and state senate passed a resolution today calling on christie to make the payment to the public pension fund immediately. the budget approved by the governor on friday includes $1.3 billion for pensions. democrats say using the state's line of credit to make the payment earlier in the fiscal year could generate $87 million in investment income. a delaware county man has been cleared of the most serious charges stemming from an accident that killed a teenager. jonathan vander horse the of clifton heights was on trial for the crash that killed 18-year-old desimone. he hit another car lagy along the 500 block of baltimore
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pike. the wreckage plowed into desimone who was on the sidewalk. the jury acquitted him of homicide by vehicle while drunk but did find him guilty of driving under the influence. the offense carries a maximum penalty of six months in jail. the july 4th holiday always puts philadelphia at the center of the celebration but with a terror alert in effect law enforcement will show a maximum degree of vigilance. "action news" reporter david henry is live on independence mall tonight. david. >> reporter: yeah, jim independence mall here and other sites around the city have been packed with visitors today and for the most part they say they are not deterred by any warnings of a possible terror threat. >> we're going have a beautiful day, this beautiful city and enjoy it. >> reporter: plenty of people were doing just that at a welcome america event at the franklin institute. and at the historic sites around independence mall. homeland security has issued a terror threat bulletin for the fourth of july weekend
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alerting local law enforcement to stay vigilant but that doesn't seem to be altering anyone's plans. >> not at all. i mean that's what they try to do scare us. we have to be hyperaware and pay attention to what's going on. i'm not going to change my life because somebody else doesn't know thousand act. >> y. >> reporter: does that change your behavior in anyway. >> no. i've come down to the art museum before and we've had no trouble. i don't anticipate trouble in the future. >> reporter: the fbi says there are no specific threats to philadelphia or anywhere else. threat bulletins have been issued before big public events ever since 9/11. this one comes in the wake of lone wolf attacks in paris tunisia and kuwait last week. isis is trying to recruit people to carry out similar attacks on u.s. soil. the fbi says law enforcement across-the-board will be extra prepared over the holiday. >> there's going to be a lot of people in philly at specific locations for the fireworks and the concerts and
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all of that. and also it is a big logistical issue but everything is being done to make everybody as safe as possible. >> reporter: john ingram was among those visiting the historic sites with his family. he says they won't let fear rule their lives. >> as unfortunate as it is it doesn't impact how we live our lives on a daily basis and we're pretty excited to come here on the fourth of july week and kind of bring our kids to a place where the, you know, the birth of our country took place. we're pretty excited about that. >> reporter: there are no specific threats but large crowds are an inviting target so the fbi is warning everyone to be on the lookout for anything that looks out of place or suspicious. live on independence mall, david henry, channel6 "action news." jim. >> thank you, david. and we would like you to know that 6abc is proud to be the broadcast partner for the wawa welcome america celebration. please join us live on saturday from 10:00 a.m. to noon for the independence day
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freedom ceremony and parade. matt o'donnell and tamala edwards will host the live event. and then rock the ben franklin parkway saturday night. rick williams and cecily tynan host the philly fourth of july jam along with adam joseph and karen rogers. the concert begins at 7:00 followed by the fireworks display over the philadelphia museum of art. coming up on "action news" tonight, upper darby police bust a meth ring and the alleged ringleader is a member of an infamous motorcycle gang. jaime apody is live in south philadelphia where the flea phillies have a new face in the front office. jamie. >> jim, for the first time ever the phillies have gone outside the franchise to find their new leader. they have hired andy macphail to be this team's new president. i'll explain what this means for the organization and ruben amaro jr. coming up. cecily. >> jamie certainly beautiful weather today, dry, low humidity but i'm tracking more humid air on the way. warmer air with the threat of
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storms. more details in the accuweather forecast. >> those stories and much more when "action news" continues.
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>> upper darby police announced the results of a big meth bust this past friday including five arrests. chad pradelli has the story. >> reporter: michael marturano is well known to police. he's an alleged member of the warlocks motorcycle gang. those who know him tell "action news" he learned to cut hair while in prison. once out he opened marturano's barber shop. a raid of the barbershop and his state road apartment on friday allegedly turned up
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guns bags of meth and piles of cash. >> the problem that i see is meth is starting to raise its ugly head, you know, for years it's been heroin, heroin, heroin inch the upper darby raids were part of a targeted operation with the delaware county narcotics task force. detectives raided this home on the 3800 block of berkeley. police say inside the house they found john mccauley, charles half penny margaret gwyn cutting up drugs for say. a closer look at the clock on the wall turned up even more drugs. >> we took what we believed to be two major drug operations out of existence for the time being. >> reporter: that's because the judge handed do you know a $500,000 cash bail for both marturano and mccauley the two who allegedly ran the separate drug operations. police superintendent mike chitwood says the resurgence of meth in the township has him worried because it can often lead to violent crime.
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>> the frightening thing about meth not only does it destroy them physically and mentally, worse than heroin, but it also a makes them nuts and wacky. >> reporter: superintendent mike chitwood says two motorcycles were also confiscated during the raids and investigators are checking to see if they may have been stolen. the investigation continues. in upper darby, chad pradelli, channel6 "action news"." >> frontier airlines has flown out of new castle county airport for the final time. the airline pulled out nearly two years after its first flight from delaware. frontier actually stopped service in april saying it was suspending seasonal operations. the company says it wasn't profitable in delaware but said it might reconsider in the future if market conditions change. a new fundraising effort is under way the raise money for the pope's upcoming visit to philadelphia. today hispanic community leaders gathered at the
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cathedral basilica of saint peter paul to announce the creation of the latino papal fund. they hope it will encourage latinos to donate. their goal is to have 100,000 area latinos contribute at least five dollars each.
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>> a lot of speculation about this man for some time and now he's going to run the show. >> it's a good thing. a lost baseball experience that this franchise can use. andy macphail is the man charged with turning the phillies around. he's named the new team president effective at season end. his work begins right now. jaime apody is live at the park with the details on macphail. jamie. >> macphail will spend the next three months as a special assistant to pat gillick learning the ropes before assuming full control of the franchise in october. make no mistake there are plenty of decisions to be made before then. players to trade by the upcoming trade deadline and macphail for sure will be asked for input. let's talk about this man. he has quite the baseball
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pedigree. his father and grandfather both enshrined in cooperstown at executives. he was hired off his couch having been out of the game for three years. he says says he's seen teams again from 60 wins to 90 wins from one season to the next. you've turned franchises around. that's part of your appeal. what makes you think you can do the same here. >> well, i think it starts with ownership. the resources you have, this franchise has got a great reputation. as i said in my remarks we tend to evaluate everything in the current snapshot of time t it wasn't that long ago that this franchise was accomplishing some unprecedented things. this game punishes you. when you do well it's going to try to exact its toll and i know that they have a will to win and it's our job to find the most efficient and quickest way to get them back to where they've been. >> of course the big question
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will he clean house? macphail says he's not the kind of guy who has to hire all his own people but he will look at everybody. so what about ruben amaro jr. because it will be macphail's call. amaro's contract comes up right as the new president takes over in october. >> i got three months to learn what i need to learn. i think it's way premature to talk about personnel decisions. >> fore it's always about trying to do what's best for the organization. that remains the same goal and hopefully i'm doing it in philadelphia for a long time. but those decisions that i can't worry about and i can't control. >> reuben you got to be worried. another thing that was interesting today is john middleton came out as basically the face of this long invisible ownership group. so a whole lot of changes here with the phillies. let's not forget they have a game tonight, phillies and brewers coming up here at the ballpark. big day at citizens bank. i'm jaime apody channel6 "action news. ducis. >> jamie thank you so much and we move to the ice. flyers made another trade.
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zac rinaldo sent to boston. chris pronger headed to the hockey hall of fame. pronger is one of 18 individuals elected today. he helped lead the flyers to the stanley cup final in 2,010th he won the heart trophy in 2000 while with saint louis. the induction ceremony will be held november 9th in toronto. trash talking in the envelope many is not just limited to on the field. the eagles and giants are going at it as a center jason kelce is accustomed to being in the middle. giants punter steve rutherford criticized the eagles for bringing in sam bradford and tim tebow. kelce responded by saying of rutherford "of course a player who is literally not allowed to be touched is talking blank. is interviewing punter as thing now? ." in the process he's probably just did you say respected his own punter. >> we like jason kelce. >> we do. >> cecily tynan with the accuweather forecast when we
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continue in just a moment.
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>> accuweather forecast. here's cecily tynan. >> jim today it was the nicest day of the week. things changing tomorrow. dry conditions out there. dry low humidity and comfortably cool weather makes you want to go outside so the action cam hanging out at haverford college in haverford, pennsylvania, seeing the blue skies and the sunshine and some people certainly enjoying the speculate cherry monday. speculate -- spectacular monday. we've gone from dry to drench. i'm tracking more unsettled weather moving in tomorrow afternoon. amazing when you look at may. may the entire month philadelphia only a little more than an inch of rain,
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1.19-inches, second driest may on record. june though, so far more than 7-inches of rain, our tenth wettest june on record. today we got a break in the action. a lot of sunshine, low humidity. but future tracker showing tomorrow afternoon by about 4 o'clock we will see some showers and thunderstorms bubbling up. it really depends on your location. down the shore lots of sunshine at 4:00. 4 o'clock along the i-95 corridor and areas north and west we will have some showers and thunderstorms and some of the storms could be gusty. nothing like last tuesday fortunately. right now, though, center city 81 degrees. that was our high in philadelphia. that's 5 degrees below normal. city avenue 79. northeast philadelphia 80 degrees. cherry hill 78. and temperatures pretty uniform. allentown and reading 78 degrees. wilmington and dover 80. little bit cooler down the shore. the boardwalk and sea isle city currently 75 degrees. satellite6 along with action radar showing we are still in the clear but if you look out to the west, there's low pressure that is spinning up some showers and thunderstorms
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and even some severe weather and the first part of that low pressure a warm front will be moving through during the day tomorrow. tonight, though, a pretty comfortable night t low humidity with dewpoints generally in the 50's, just a few clouds, 66 degrees in philadelphia. allentown 60. trenton 62. cape may 69. and wilmington 64 degrees. tomorrow this warm front will be advancing from the south and west. so what this means it will be warmer, 85 degrees in philadelphia. increasing humidity. in the afternoon some showers and thunderstorms developing mainly west. brighter to the east. wednesday we get in the warm sector of a system. 87 degrees, it will be humid. that cool front will move through on wednesday bringing us another opportunity for a round of showers and thunderstorms. the problem with that front it will be stalling very near us on thursday and that means it remains unsettled. if you are down the shore tomorrow, really the best weather of our area, the problem a moderate risk of rip currents continues.
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definitely listen to the lifeguards. when the lifeguards are off duty stay out of the water. on the beach 78 degrees with sun and a few clouds, could have some evening showers but most of the day down the shore will be dry. the exclusive accuweather 7-day forecast, warm, more humid tomorrow, 85 degrees. some thunderstorms mainly west of philadelphia. wednesday again humid with another rounds of showers and thunderstorms, 87. we repeat it on thursday, 87. on friday, high pressure notches in. that will bring us a mix of sun and clouds, 84 degrees and for the fourth of july, there is a threat of some thunderstorms. i don't think it will be a washout. 86 degrees. behind that system we warm up. on sunday partly sunny 88. and monday warm, more humid with a high of 89 degrees. so, this evening will be comfortable but it gets sticky and unsettled again tomorrow. >> all right cecily. the count down to the fourth of july is on and of course the wawa welcome america festivities are already under way. matt o'donnell got in on the action this morning at the
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franklin institute. matt read to children as part of the go forth and learn series. there is free family fun scheduled across the city this week. and you can find the full list of events on our web site at 6abc.com. abc's world news tonight with david muir is next on channel six. "action news" continues at 10:00 on phl17 with brian taff adam joseph and ducis rodgers and then please join us for "action news" at 11:00 right here on channel six. for cecily tynan, ducis rodgers and the entire "action news" team, i'm jim gardner. we hope you'll join us for "action news" at 11:00.
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tonight, the dramatic end to the massive manhunt for two escaped killers. the surviving fugitive talking from his hospital bed revealing his final days on the run. the two escapees splitting up trying to cover their trail. our reporter with the first look inside one of their hideouts. the wall of flames in the west. two dozen homes destroyed by wildfires. hundreds more emptied and the fire near a chemical leak forcing families to stay inside. stock drop. the parke suffering its worst day of the year the big fear causing the dow to plunge 350 points. what does this mean for your 401(k). narrow escape. a plane shall crashing into a home bursting into flames. the quick-thinking family making it out alive.

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