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they left with $400,000 in jewels. "action news" reporter gray hall has the full story. >> we need protection down on jeweler's row. >> reporter: jeff barsky owner of barsky's diamond center city asking for increased patrols after thieves target a story february 13th around 3:30 a.m. and got away with $400,000 worth of merchandise, mostly wedding bands and earrings. >> we used to have 24 hour police protection up to several years ago. this would have never happened. >> reporter: police released this surveillance video from the crime and hopes that that someone will recognize thieves. cameras got a pretty good image of one of their faces before they entered the store. officers say that the area is patrolled and they will continue to have a presence in the neighborhood. >> be very honest if i were going have a card sitting in any particular location throughout the night or 24 hours a day but we're conscious of the fact that's a heavily traveled area. >> reporter: investigators say this was no regular smash and grab. officers say these crooks seemed focused on which cases they wanted to break into.
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detectives say nothing is being ruled out including an inside job. the criminals somehow managed to manipulate the remote security gate, pop the lock to the door and made their way inside and loaded bags with pricey jewelry. the store is now revisiting its security measures. >> we're working on things. we're not criminals. we can't -- you can't think like a crazy person thinks. >> reporter: this is not the first time that barsky's has been burglarized. in 2014 surveillance cameras captured these four people who police say eventually broke into the store. in this most recent case barsky is confident an arrest will be made. as police continue to investigate the burglary here at barsky's diamonds we can tell that you no customer events like weddings were impacted. if you have any information about what happened here, you should call police. in center city, gray hall, channel6 "action news." >> a long time delaware county teacher and coach is under arrest tonight. authorities say 52-year-old gregory stanczuk had an
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inappropriate relationship with an 18-year-old student. he has been charged with institutional sexual assault which is a third degree felony. stanczuk is a physics teacher and a track and field coach at ridley high school. the school has placed stanczuk on administrative leave. there are still no charges against former eagles running back lesean mccoy or three friends, that after a fight 12 days ago with two off duty cops at a night spot in olde city. live is john rawlins. john, what is the latest on this. >> reporter: well, some provocative statements from the fop president john mcnesby today. from his point of view it's very clear-cut. a crime occurred what he described as a beatdown. mccoy should be charged by now he says. that prompted the d.a. respond to say that the investigation is ongoing, his job is to get it right, not to get it fast.
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>> d.a. seth williams spoke publically for the first time today about the altercation at the after hours club involving lesean mccoy three of his friends and at least two off duty police officers. the d.a. said that prompted. >> an allegation of possible assault that took place at the recess lounge. >> reporter: williams would not go into detail but did push back at those who feel mccoy should be charged by now. williams said there will be no rush to judgment. >> my job is to make sure that we are able to marshall all the evidence to make sure we only charge the right people with the right crimes if the a all. >> reporter: john mcnesby of the fop one of those who feels there has been foot dragging. his take there was an aggravated assault. he claims the buffalo bills running back sucker punched one of the officers. >> i have been involved in over 4500 felony arrests. i've never seen anything take this long when it's this clear. >> reporter: two days ago mccoy's attorney was quoted in the buffalo news. i'm telling that you mccoy did nothing wrong. nothing wrong. and he was sober. the questions will have to be asked about the conditions of
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other people. an attorney representing one of the officers said both have serious facial fractures from what occurred inside the recess lounge. yet fortunato perry says he is not concerned the charges have not yet been filed. >> we're confident that the completion of the investigation this attorney will charge whoever is responsible for this beating inside this nightclub. >> so, the investigation continues. the head of the fop says there should be charges or at least a charge by now. the d.a. says there is no deadline or table. the mission is to get this done right. live in spring garden, john rawlins channel6 "action news." jim. >> thank you, john. flags are flying at half-staff across new jersey today in honor of trenton native justice antonin scalia. and nearly a week after his passing, thousands have gathered in washington to honor one of the supreme court's most influential members. this morning scalia's flag
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draped casket was carried into the supreme court building to begin a day of public mourning. the eight remaining members of the supreme court joined scalia's family for a short ceremony. president barack obama and the first lady also paid their respects this afternoon. live coverage from the supreme court of the final farewell to justice scalia continues on and we'll bring you the funeral mass from washington, d.c. that begins tomorrow at 11 o'clock in the morning. and world news tonight with david muir will have the remembrances for justice scalia next at 6:30 right after our broadcast. there is some very good news on the business front in the state of delaware tonight. what looked like a corporate disaster for the diamond state the merger of dupont and dow chemical has at least been partially salvaged. "action news" reporter vernon odom has the story. >> reporter: the dupont company looked like it was about to call the midwest its
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new home but much of it will apparently be staying here along with thousands of jobs in the planned merger of dupont and dow chemical of michigan. 1700 jobs in delaware have already been slashed. three independent companies will be created by this merger and word today that the corporate headquarters for the agricultural company and the spinoff specialty products company will be here in delaware. >> the fact there these folks will continue to be in delaware they'll be able to stay in their homes and all that goes with that, the revenue that would have been lost to the state i mean this is a huge win on a number of fronts. >> reporter: this new agricultural company would be the nation's largest of its type worth roughly $20 billion. to keep the still unspecified number of jobs here, the governor had to promise a number of tax credits and related incentives. delaware economic development officials are also offering the new company more than nine and a half million dollars in grant money for building new structures.
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>> we came out on top of the three choices that they had. now, they're still going to have operations in the agriculture business in indiana and iowa which makes sense butter the fact that this will be where management is is a positive and is a win for us. >> reporter: random reaction from delawareans happy that the hemorrhaging of jobs appears to be stopped. >> great for the citizens of delaware. a lot of people they have families, they have mortgages, they have car notes. >> it's really sad to see what's happened to so many employees who have devoted their lives here so the more jobs saved the better. >> reporter: for two centuries, dupont has been the basic fabric of delaware's economy. not long ago, it appeared to be a pipe dream that the state would get to keep two-thirds of the merger spinoff. in wilmington, i'm vernon odom, channel6 "action news." >> in philadelphia congressman chaka fattah has retained a new defense team. fattah said that he had trouble paying his former lawyers because law focused on raising money for his reelection campaign.
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despite the switch the judge plans to move forward with the fraud trial against fattah on may second. the 11 term democrat is accused of misusing campaign donations and charitable funds. and a heated trial took place in limerick today. the courtroom was a fourth grade classroom and the defendant was goldilocks. judge marjorie rendell presided over the mock trial held by students at blessed theresa of calcutta school. at issue today, whether goldilocks should be convicted of criminal trespassing for going into the home of the three bears. the youngsters had a chance to argue each side of the issue and learn about the judicial process. coming up on -- the verdict? i'm not sure. we'll find out. coming up on "action news" tonight it is thon weekend. the 46 hour dance marathon at penn state is now under way. we'll take you live to this extraordinary charitable event and a beloved school employee gets special recognition today by students and fellow staff.
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>> it was cloudy and cool here today but i'm track something warm air to our southwest moving in right in time for the weekend but after that, several opportunities for rain and snow. i'll have all the details in the accuweather 7-day forecast. >> that doesn't sound terribly good. more from phillies spring training, that and more when "action news" continues tonight.
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>> this is a live picture from inside the bryce jordan center other campus of penn state university. we are in the first minutes of thon. thon is penn state's extraordinary dance marathon
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that will go on for the next 46 hours and raise millions of dollars for the fight against pediatric cancer. and there for the duration is "action news" reporter clad clad pradelli. you know there are a lot of dance marathons around the country but nothing even remotely like this. >> reporter: as you know thon is the largest run student run philanthropy in the world. thon 2016 is under way. the dancers are on the stage. they'll be on their treat for 46 straight hours. theirone knee has now begun like you said, this is for the kids. kids with pediatric cancer and their families. this was the scene just a few moments ago as this thon began. here is the countdown. >> three, two, one, dance.
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>> ♪ >> reporter: yes, thon is under way. the bryce jordan center here is packed. the spectators and supporters are in the stands. the sciences are being raised. the dancers are up on their feet and they are ready for their journey to raise money for pediatric cancer, the four diamonds fund and of course penn state hershey children's hospital. now, there are 700 dancers that are taking part but there are thousands of other students that make this happen. this is a year of planning to make thon actually get under way. there's all the committee members, the captains, those that help the dancers stay motivated, keep them fed. give them water. and help them to be entertained and many are from our area. we spoke with some of the dancers just a short time ago. about an hour away from getting on your feet for 46 straight hours. are you nervous? >> more excited more than anything. a little nervous but i'm ready for it. i've been training for it all semester so i'm ready to go. >> i am overwhelmed with emotion. we have been talking about
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this weekend for the entire year, so it is unreal that it's finally here and right now we're just so excited. my dance partner and i to be standing the entire weekend for these kids for our thon family and for our organization. >> really for the kids. we raise all this money and help families pay the bills and it's really just for a great cause. >> reporter: and this year's theme is believe beyond boundaries. now since 1977, thon has raised more than $127 million. the record for a single year is about $13.4 million. these students will try to beat that this year. of course we'll have all the coverage here on 6abc and online and on social media. for now live in state college, chad pradelli, channel6 "action news. jim. >> thank you, chad. exactly right, we are pleased to be streaming all 46 hours of thon on our web site at and you can see more of chad's photographs and videos all weekend long by going to our facebook page
6:15 pm news. a willow grove elementary school recognized a man today. they say embodies the spirit of a hero. students at fitzwater elementary school honored their custodian percy hearder during a school assembly today. hearder has been working at the school for 21 years. he has 28 grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, so he knows that a little caring can go a long way. >> sometime on my bad days when i come in here, the kids just -- i see them sad and i just feel as though i got to perk them up. i forget about my own feelings sometime and make the kids happy. >> in honor of black history month, students here have been studying what makes someone a hero and they say herder is everything that a hero should be.
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>> we found out the goldilocks
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trial in limerick hung jury. >> hung jury. good lawyers on both sides. >> spring training. >> y-one of the fascinating things for me this spring training is learning who these guys are. the guys we really need to know the pitching rotation. they'll determine much of the phillies success. jeff skversky live in clearwater to help us with those introductions. hey, jeff. >> reporter: hey, jamie. phillies starter jared eickhoff has a broken bone in his right thumb. he's not expected to be serious. he should be in the rotation come start of the season. so, who will start opening day? eickhoff is an option. so is aaron nola and they may throw out charlie morton. >> i feel like i won the lottery. >> reporter: phillies starter charlie morton didn't win the powerball but after eight seasons playing big league ball he feels fortunate to be here. >> to play baseball and make a really good living doing it. i know a lot of people out there that are struggling. >> reporter: morton has a good head on his shoulders.
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at 32 he's the oldest and most experienced pitcher on the staff and perhaps this is why the phils signed him this off season so he could also help mentor all of the young pitchers like aaron nola. >> more so than mentoring young players we try to acquire pitchers that we think can can help us. >> the most important thing is you do your job on the field. >> reporter: on the field the righty wants to turn around what was the worst team in baseball last year just like he did with the pirates who made the playoffs three years in a row. after losing 105 games in 2010. >> things turn around and there has to be a turn around at some point and i've been a part of an organization that did that and that was probably the most special moment in my career. >> reporter: and morton tells me it would mean everything to him if he can do it yet again with the phillies and phillies fans you would love to see that. this year, next year, want to see a winner again. we're live in clearwater jeff skversky channel6 "action news. jamie. >> please, jeff, thank you. all right.
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from one rebuilding team to another those sixers play the pelicans tonight the only team they have yet to play this year. today sam hinkie addressed the media a day after a relatively quiet trade deadline passed. how big is this off season to finally start to see real change? >> summer is another moment when transactions happen that you can -- you can tack in lots of different directions and we will have a really wide set of options this summer from free agency to trade to draft, to all that in combination in whatever way we choose to sort of combine it, so we do think it will be big. >> what a game tonight for the flyers. they've got a two-point lead on their opponents the a kanye canadiens. despite the fact the flyers have lost the three times they played in montreal jake voracek likes being on enemy ice. >> it might help that we going to play montreal on the road. when we play them at home we try to show off, we try to
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make play and we try to make extra pass. when you go on the road you try to keep it simple and that's what might help us. >> playoff push for the flyers right now. >> all right jamie thank you. coming up on "action news," the weekend accuweather forecast. cecily tynan when we continue in just a few. pet moments are beautiful,
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unless you have allergies. then your eyes may see it differently. only flonase is approved to relieve both itchy, watery eyes and congestion. no other nasal allergy spray can say that. when we breathe in allergens our bodies react by over producing six key inflammatory substances that cause our symptoms. most allergy pills only control one substance. flonase controls six. and six is greater than one. complete allergy relief or incomplete. let your eyes decide. flonase. 6>1 changes everything. >> going to the beach this week. >> i'm going to the poconos. some spring skiing. i didn't go last weekend. it was too cold. >> and now almost too warm. >> exactly. something for everyone. storm tracker6 live double scan showing despite all the cloud cover, we have dry
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conditions out there but with the cloud cover today the high thin cirrus clouds, this is a great shot. john jr. sent this to me from dover and if you look around the sun you can see that halo and that's caused by ice crystals and the cirrus clouds 20,000 feet up. it bends the light into that halo and the cirrus clouds with a warm front and that's what's going to bring us a taste of spring tomorrow. look at these temperatures. 62 degrees in philadelphia. 58 degrees in allentown. cape may 54. you may want to go to the beach. dover is 61 degrees. good amount of sunshine. it will be breezy with winds out of the southwest. so, hard to believe talking about 62 degrees tomorrow. sunday night, late sunday night there's a chance of some wet snow mainly north of the pennsylvania turnpike and with the ground just so warm coming off the weekend we're looking at the possibility avenue grassy coating. not going to be a big deal but don't be surprised if you live in the northern suburbs monday morning you wake up to a touch of snow. right now temperatures on the
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chilly side. 36 degrees down from our high of 39. allentown 36. millville 35. the same in atlantic city airport. wilmington 34. and reading 34 degrees. so, satellite6 along with action radar showing this is a system that will really have a big impact on our weather this weekend. this low pressure moves over southern canada. we get this warm front tonight. so with that warm front temperatures essentially holding steady. really not dropping much. 32 degrees in the cooler suburbs. 34 for center city. mostly cloudy skies. and then tomorrow we are in the warm sector of the storm. big change from last weekend. last weekend we had this big dip in the jet stream that arctic invasion. this weekend the jet stream buckles to the north. temperatures in the 50's and 60's, 70's not too far to the south. so, breaking down the week tomorrow really the better of the two days. good amount of sunshine. 62 degrees. a cold front moves through saturday night. comes through dry but knocks temperatures down a little bit, 58 degrees but still we're looking at temperatures 10 to 15 degrees above normal.
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62 is typical of early april. not mid february. then futur future tracker showig sunday night chance of precipitation. 11 o'clock some rain developing in the northwest suburbs. look what happens in the wee hours of the morning. this is when we could get a little bit of that wet snow again north and west of philadelphia. it's out of here by monday but this sets the stage for a very active pattern next week. so, the exclusive accuweather 7-day forecast tomorrow 62 degrees, breezy, partly sunny. sunday it clouds up 58 degrees, some rain and snow sunday night. it's breezy and cooler. monday 49 degrees and then tuesday and wednesday very active. looks like we'll have two low pressures being stil trapped stl up in the air. probably wet snow north and west. another mess moves in on wednesday and then clouds break for some sunshine. thursday 44 and friday partly sunny with a high of 42 degrees. computer models are really all
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up in the air about the system next week so i will talk about it live facebook video chat at 6:45 tonight. to break it all down. go to my facebook page. >> thank you cecily. abc's "world news tonight" with david muir is next on channel6. "action news" continues at 10:00 on phl17 with brian taff, sharrie williams, adam joseph and ducis rodgers. then please join us for "action news" at 11:00 on channel six. cecily tynan, jaime apody, ducis rodgers and the entire "action news" team, i'm jim gardner. we hope you'll join us at 11:00. >> ♪
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