<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Breaking News]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/breaking http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com en-us Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:52:46 -0400 Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:52:46 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Police Car Slams Into Dunkin' Donuts]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:41:10 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/cop+car+into+dunkin+donuts+berlin.jpg

A South Jersey police vehicle slammed into a doughnut shop Friday morning.

The police SUV crashed into the Dunkin' Donuts shop along White Horse Pike in Berlin, New Jersey just before 11 a.m.

Camden County dispatchers didn't immediately know if anyone was hurt.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead, you could see the Winslow Township Police SUV right through the front window of the coffee shop with the driver's side door open.

No word yet on when repairs will be made.

The cause of the wreck remained under investigation Friday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 10 Philadelphia



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<![CDATA[Angry Job Seeker Stabs Woman in Chest]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:01:50 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/216*120/South+Philly+Stabbing+Broad+Street.JPG

A man went nuts -- stabbing and robbing an employee -- inside a South Philadelphia staffing agency after staff told him there was no work for him.

The suspect stabbed the woman -- identified by authorities as Caroline Basso Franklin, 53, who was working alone inside the agency she owns with her brother -- three times in the chest inside Trinity Staffing Services at 2340 S Broad Street around 9:15 a.m., according to Philadelphia Police.

Police said the attack came after the man asked Franklin for a temporary job and she told their were no jobs available.

Neighboring business owner, Frank Cinquino, the helped Franklin the across the street to Methodist Hospital where she remained in critical condition Thursday afternoon.

After the stabbing, the man took the woman's purse and ran off toward the subway -- leaving behind a kitchen knife, according to police.

The suspect possibly hopped onto a northbound Broad Street Line subway train at Oregon Avenue in South Philadelphia, according to authorities. Philadelphia Police stopped the train at the Girard Avenue Exit in North Philly to search for the suspect, according to SEPTA. But, the suspect remained on the loose.

Police described the suspect as being in his 30s with a goatee, cornrows and wearing a bloody shirt.

Investigators didn't reveal the exact reasoning for the man flipping out.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 10 Philadelphia



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<![CDATA[Rides Shut Down After Power Outage at Six Flags]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:09:39 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Six+Flags+New+Pic.jpg

A power outage occurred at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson Township, New Jersey, Sunday afternoon, briefly stranding passengers on rides. The outage happened after a transformer blew around 2 p.m.

"Paramedics started running through the park," said Al Moore, a visitor at the park. "Then ambulances and fire trucks showed up in the parking lot."

The park staff told visitors that the electricity went out, however the lights were still on in restaurants and shops, according to Moore.

"The staff also was telling people to stop taking pictures and video on their cellphones," Moore said.

Moore also told NBC10 a section of the park was roped off near Skull Mountain.

No one was injured, according to police. Officials with the Jersey Central Power and Light Company say they're in the process of isolating the outage and it did not impact the entire park.

Kaitlyn Turi, the Public Relations Supervisor for Six Flags, told NBC10 some visitors were briefly stuck on rides during the outage but were safely removed.

"All of our guests were safely unloaded from the affected rides within 20 minutes," Turi wrote. "Jersey Central Power and Light is here assessing the source of the outage. Power has been restored to portions of the park and, following a safety check, some rides have begun to resume normal operations." 

 

This story is developing. Check back for updates.
 



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<![CDATA[High-Angle Rescue of Worker Stuck in Tree]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 13:45:57 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/220*120/Claymont+Tree+Rescue.JPG

Emergency crews worked Friday afternoon to rescue a worker who fell from a tree.

The high-angle rescue played out along W Holly Oak Road in Claymont, Delaware shortly after 12:30 p.m.

New Castle County dispatchers said that the worker got stuck about 20 feet up in the tree.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead a short time later you could see a large group of emergency responders placing the injured worker on a stretcher.

No word on the worker's condition.



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<![CDATA[3 Teens Arrested for Attacking Man With Mental Disability]]> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 02:39:15 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/New-Videos-of-Attacks-on-Ma.jpg

A third teenager was arrested for his alleged involvement in the recorded attacks on a man with a mental disability in Delaware.

Officials say the 14-year-old boy from Newark, Delaware turned himself in at New Castle County Police headquarters early Monday night. Over the weekend, two other Delaware teens were arrested and charged for their alleged roles in the attacks.

While police suspect the attacks occurred several weeks ago, videos of the assaults made the rounds on Instagram after they were posted on Friday.

One video shows a teenager chasing after the man in front of an apartment complex. The man runs away from the teen, begging for him to leave him alone. The teen then grabs the man and body slams him to the ground as he screams out in agony. The teen then punches and kicks him in the head as his friends laugh in the background.

Two other videos show the teens attacking the same man in a wooded area. One video shows a teen once again body slamming the man to the ground as his friends laugh. The other video shows the teens punching and pushing the man to the ground.

The manager of a Delaware McDonald's also told NBC10 he spotted the teens bullying the man and throwing his lunch out onto a busy road.

The videos inspired a massive social media response and the clips quickly went viral.

"It's been a frenzy," said Soraya Cristan, a teenager from White Settlement, Texas.

Cristan claims the videos inspired her to create an anti-bullying campaign online.

"The tag #TheBullyProject has had over 50,000 posts," Cristan said. "People have spread the awareness all over the Internet."

Angeliz Marrero, a 16-year-old student at Howard High School of Technology in Wilmington, told NBC10 she also received a huge response after reposting the videos on her Instagram page and using #TheBullyProject hashtag. The campaign was personal for Marrero who says her brother is mentally challenged and was beaten up a few years back.

"I want something to be done to those kids so they know that's not okay and justice to be served for this man," Marrero said.

According to police, the victim is a 26-year-old man who has a neurodevelopmental disorder. He was treated and released from the hospital for injuries he suffered during the attacks.

“He loves music and is very kind and is completely harmless,” Marrero said. “He loves to be out of the house just being active walking around.”

Marrero claims the attacks took place at the Harbor Club Apartment complex on Cheswold Boulevard in Newark, Delaware, and in a wooded area behind the YMCA of Newark, Delaware.

Marrero also told NBC10 the teens shown in the video are between the ages of 14 and 15 and attend Delaware area high schools and middle schools.

Police say a 13-year-old boy and 14-year-old boy, both from Newark, Delaware arrived at New Castle County Police Headquarters on Saturday where they were arrested in connection to the attacks. Police tell NBC10 the families of the teens took them to their headquarters not to turn them in but to complain about the numerous phone calls, texts and negative social media messages they've received due to the videos.

The third teen was arrested Monday night.

All three teens are charged with offensive touching, assault of a vulnerable adult and conspiracy.

The videos have sparked strong reactions from people across the nation since they surfaced on social media, including Delaware Governor Jack Markell.

“I am horrified and sickened by the actions of the young people seen and heard in these videos," Markell said in a statement released Monday. "The images not only are disgusting for the physical harm done to the victim. They are also an affront to our most important values, which recognize that every person deserves to be treated with dignity and respect."

Police are still searching for other teens involved in the attacks. If you have any information, please call the New Castle County Police Department at 302-573-2800.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 10 Philadelphia



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<![CDATA[People Overcome by Odor at Beauty School]]> Mon, 08 Sep 2014 14:25:58 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/generic+caution+tape+vg.jpg

A sickening odor at the Empire Beauty School in Center City, Philadelphia prompted a call to 911 after several people complained of feeling light-headed.

Rescue and hazardous materials crews were at the school, located at 1522 Chesnut Street, right after 1 p.m.

Crews were monitoring and treating people at the scene. No one was evacuated.

According to initial reports, the odor was confined to one classroom and students were relocated to other parts of the building.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 10 Philadelphia



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<![CDATA[Gunman Kills Girlfriend's Sister, Shoots Son: Police]]> Mon, 08 Sep 2014 16:38:00 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/police-lights-shutterstock_542372561.jpg

A gunman shot his girlfriend's son and killed her sister, right on the family's front lawn Monday afternoon, according to Philadelphia police.

Investigators say the man came looking for his girlfriend at the home in the 4200 block of Malta Street in the city's Juniata neighborhood around 12:30 p.m.

When he discovered she was not there, police say he shot his girlfriend's son and her sister as they stood on the front lawn.

The woman, 40, was taken to Temple hospital, where she died a short time later.

The girlfriend's son, 21, is at St. Christopher's hospital.

The 37-year-old gunman is in critical condition at Einstein Medical Center.

Police say they recovered a gun on the front lawn.



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<![CDATA[School Bus, Car Crash in South Jersey]]> Mon, 08 Sep 2014 08:51:13 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/tlmd_school_bus_generic1.jpg

A school bus with a child on board crashed along a South Jersey roadway Monday morning.

The bus collided with a car at Aloe Street and Leipzig Avenue in Galloway Township, New Jersey just before 7 a.m., according to Galloway Township Police.

One student and a driver were on the bus at the time,according to police.

There were no immediate reports of injuries and it took less than one hour to clear the crash scene.

NBC10 is working to find out what school the bus was serving.

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<![CDATA[Body Found Floating in Schuylkill River]]> Mon, 08 Sep 2014 15:06:16 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/216*120/Schuylill+River+Body.JPG

Crews blocked traffic along Philadelphia’s Boathouse Row Monday morning as they responded to a man's body found in the Schuylkill River.

One lane of the Kelly Drive was closed in each direction as Philadelphia firefighters and Philadelphia Police responded to the scene around 7 a.m.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead a short time later you could see the body in the river and firefighters and police officers on the dock behind one of the boathouses.

A boat could be seen being used to get to the body. Police said that crews pulled the man's body from the water a short time later.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 10 Philadelphia



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<![CDATA[10-Year-Old Boy Dies After Hit by Car]]> Fri, 05 Sep 2014 09:40:15 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/tlmd_police_generic_police_tape_police_lights_fishtown.jpg

A 10-year-old boy died early Friday morning after being struck by a car in Northeast Philadelphia the previous night.

Medics rushed the child to St. Christopher's Hospital for Children after a vehicle struck him near Loretto and Longshore Avenues around 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

The boy later at the hospital.

Investigators said the driver stopped after the accident and remained at the scene.

Police didn't immediately file any charges.
 

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 10 Philadelphia

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<![CDATA[10-Year-Old Struck, Injured By Car in NE Philly]]> Thu, 04 Sep 2014 21:56:43 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/tlmd_police_generic_police_tape_police_lights_fishtown.jpg

A child was struck by a car in Northeast Philadelphia Thursday night.

The 10-year-old boy was hit by the vehicle near Loretto and Longshore avenues around 8:30 p.m.

The victim is in critical condition at St. Christopher's Hospital, according to police.

This story is developing. Check back for more information.

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<![CDATA[9-Year-Old Boy Shot in the Head]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 20:02:13 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/206*120/Child+Shot+in+Tacony.JPG

Agustin Rosado vividly remembers the emotional plea of a young boy moments after he was shot in the head.

"He said, 'Please sir, I don't want to die, don't let me die.' I told the boy, 'You're gonna be okay. God's with you and I'm with you here too,'" Rosado said.

The 9-year-old boy was walking on Knorr Street near Torresdale Avenue around 3:20 p.m. in the Tacony section of the city. According to witnesses, the boy had just visited the library and was walking home with his family.

As they were walking, witnesses say a car pulled up near the boy and his parents. That's when an unidentified man with a red bandanna around his head fired two shots before fleeing the scene, according to witnesses. The boy was grazed in the head by one of the bullets.

"I took cover," Rosado said. "Then I wrapped a towel around the boy's head."

The boy was taken to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia where he is currently in good condition.

Police don't believe the boy was the gunman's intended target. They continue to investigate.

This story is developing. Stay with NBC10.com for updates.



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<![CDATA[Dry Cleaner Goes Up in Flames]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 12:21:00 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/192*120/Ridge+AVenue+Roxborough+Dry+Cleaner+Fire.JPG

A family-owned and operated city dry cleaner caught fire early Labor Day.

Thick smoke could be seen after flames broke out around 5 a.m. at Award Custom Dry Cleaner along Ridge Avenue near Shurs Lane in Philadelphia’s Roxborough neighborhood.

As NBC10 photojournalist John Panfile arrived, the building was entirely engulfed in flames.

No one was injured, according to Philadelphia Police.

A short time after the fire began, Philadelphia firefighters could be seen pouring water onto the blaze as thick smoke rose into the morning sky. Crews worked to keep the fire from spreading to nearby businesses including Maggiano's auto repair.

Award cleaners has been family owned and operated for more than 45 years, according to the store's website.

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<![CDATA[Topless Woman Struck by 2 Cars Dies, Driver Flees]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 09:41:45 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/Logan+N+Broad+Street+Woman+sTruck.JPG

Philadelphia Police say a driver fled after sending a woman -- who witnesses said was topless -- into the air along North Broad Street in the Logan section of Philadelphia. The woman later died in the hospital.

Accident invesitgators said a woman in her 50s was crossing Broad Street at Belfield Avenue around 5 a.m. when a compact white car struck her and sent her flying into the air and into the path of a second car.

Medics rushed the woman to Albert Einstein Medical Center, where she later died.

Authorities are searching for the driver of the white car, which fled the scene. The second vehicle stopped and the driver cooperated with investigators.

Witnesses told authorities the woman was topless when the accident occurred, but it is unclear why she was only half-dressed, according to police.

Officials closed southbound lanes of the roadway as they investigated.



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<![CDATA[Body of Missing NJ Student Found, ID'd by Parents: Sources]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 05:35:34 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/Missing+Yeshiva+Student+Aaron+Sofer.JPG

A body found on the outskirts of an Israeli forest has been identified as that of a New Jersey student who went missing nearly a week ago, police sources say. The remains were confirmed by his parents, sources say, who were holding out hope that the man was still alive.

The body of 23-year-old Aharon Sofer was discovered around 3:30 p.m. Israeli time on Thursday just a few kilometers from where the Lakewood, New Jersey, man was last seen while hiking with a friend in the Jerusalem forest.

There were no reasons to believe foul play was involved after the body was found, officials said. They believe the man may have slipped and fell while navigating difficult terrain.

The discovery came a day after emotional pleas from Sofer's family as they prayed for his safe return. Chulda and Moshe Sofer had flown from the U.S. to Israel over the weekend to join the search for their son.

"We believe he is still alive and out there," his mother, Chulda Sofer, said from Jerusalem after being briefed there by police.

"And if everyone could think of him as their own," she said, "we really beg everyone, and we plead with everyone, if anyone knows any lead to where Aaron is, if you could please contact the police immediately."

Sofer, who is one of 10 children, grew up in an ultra-Orthodox family in the Ocean County, New Jersey, town. He went to Jerusalem to study and was between semesters on Friday when he went hiking with a friend in the woods. The two got separated, and Sofer hadn't been seen since.

Former Lakewood Mayor Meir Lichtenstein said Sofer wasn't an experienced hiker.

"He actually called his mother and asked her permission," he said.

There were fears the yeshiva student may have been abducted due to the Israeli war in Gaza. But no group ever took credit for the disappearance.

As dictated by the Jewish faith, Sofer's body must be laid to rest within 24 hours. A family friend says the burial will take place at 9:30 a.m. Israeli time on Friday.

Audio from the service will be fed back to New Jersey so family members at home can take part.

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<![CDATA[Man Kills Wife at Hospital, Son Found Dead: Police]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:32:08 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Glendora-Shooting.jpg

The son of a man believed to have shot and killed his wife before turning the gun on himself was found dead Wednesday at a South Jersey home.

The body of 35-year-old Ryan Wychowanec was found inside his parents' home in Glendora, New Jersey, police said.

Earlier in the day, the man's father, Raymond Wychowanec, 63, had entered Kennedy University Hospital's Stratford Campus on East Laurel Road in Stratford around 9:25 a.m. to visit his 62-year-old wife, Denise, according to police.

She was dead less than an hour later.

The man fired two shots around 10:10 a.m., killing his wife, police said. He then turned the gun on himself inside the hospital room, according to Camden County Prosecutor's Office spokesman Jason Laughlin.

The woman died while her husband was treated for his injuries at Cooper University Hospital, according to authorities. He is currently in critical condition.

Police investigating those shootings discovered the other victim shot to death inside the Wychowanecs' home on the 800 block of Price Avenue in Glendora. That victim was later identified as the couple's 35-year-old son Ryan.

Police are currently analyzing evidence to confirm whether the two shootings are related.

Hospital officials said the alleged shooter's wife was at Kennedy for a non-life threatening illness, but declined to provide further detail, citing privacy laws.

The hospital wasn't evacuated, since the shooting was considered contained.

According to neighbors, Raymond Wychowanec recently sold another home to pay for his wife's medical bills.

"One time I had to actually call 911," said Erica Carr, one of the neighbors. "His wife was in there screaming and he wasn't home. He must've been working. She actually fell inside the house." 

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 10 Philadelphia



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<![CDATA[Man Dies in Apparent Suicide Outside Twp. Building]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:30:58 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Lower-Providence-Parking-Lo.jpg

A man whose body was found in an SUV parked outside a township building died from an apparent suicide, according to investigators.

The shooting occurred shortly after 2:30 p.m. outside the township building on 100 Park Lane Drive in Lower Providence, Pa. Eagleville Park and playground, the Lower Providence Police Department and community library are also located there, according to Melissa Treacy, a reporter from our newsgathering partner the Alternative Press of Lower Providence.

Responding police officers found a 45-year-old man inside an SUV parked in the lower lot outside the building. Officials say he died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. They have not yet revealed the man's identity.

Both the body and the SUV were removed from the lot. No one else was hurt during the incident.



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<![CDATA[Bound Man Crawls From River, 2 Others Die]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:40:33 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Schuylkill+River+Abduction+Police+Search.JPG

A soaking wet man, bound and suffering from stab wounds, crawled from Philadelphia's Schuylkill River after he and two other men were abducted, attacked, robbed and dumped into the water, police said.

The other two victims never made it out of the river.

Philadelphia Police rushed to the water along Kelly Drive near Hunting Park Avenue in Fairmount Park around 4 a.m. Wednesday after someone called 911 to report a partially-dressed injured man screaming along the roadway.

When authorities arrived on the scene, they found the man, identified by NBC10 sources as 23-year-old Thanh Voong, soaking wet and suffering from multiple stab wounds to his stomach and legs. His arms and legs were partially bound and he had duct tape on his face.

The attack left Voong in critical condition at Hahnemann University Hospital, where he underwent surgery for seven stab wounds.

Investigators found two bodies submerged in the water -- both bound with tape and tied or tethered to some sort of anchor.

Police using flashlights taped off an area along the river and searched for clues about what happened. Police dive teams finally recovered the bodies, which could be seen in about 5 to 10 feet of water, around 8:30 a.m.

Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said the victim told investigators that about five men abducted him near 62nd Street and Woodland Avenue in Southwest Philly and threw him into the back of a van around 1 a.m.

"While in the back of the van he was blindfolded, he was stabbed numerous times, he was robbed of an undisclosed amount of money," said Small. "He says that while in the back of the van he then realized that there were two other males in the back of the van... they were duct taped and they appeared to have been stabbed numerous times."

Police believe at some point Tuesday night, the abductors brought the men to a home at 72nd and Elmwood Streets. Officers returned to the home Wednesday night. Investigators tell NBC10 they found a marijuana growing operation inside, leading them to believe the abduction and attack was related to drugs. Small also said that robbery was the motive behind the attack.

Voong was unsure whether the two men with him in the vehicle were alive or dead, according to investigators.

Detectives are reviewing surveillance video that captured the area near where the abduction took place in hopes of finding the van and the suspects.

Voong somehow climbed out of the water, said Small.

An initial investigation showed that the men were dragged across the concrete and grass before being dumped in the river, according to police on the scene.

Police responded to the victim's Northern Liberties home to collect evidence.

"There were original reports of blood evidence," said Philadelphia Police Cpt. James Clark. "That is not the case. Through the investigation we found out the surviving victim lived there so we went to that residence. But the crime did not happen there."

Police continue to investigate. No arrests have been made.



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<![CDATA[Teen Basketball Player Killed on Playground]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 03:34:01 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Robert-Reid.jpg

A teenage boy was shot and killed on a basketball court during a neighborhood cookout in North Philadelphia Tuesday night.

Investigators say the victim, identified by loved ones as 17-year-old Robert Reid, was playing basketball at the Hartranft Rec Center on the 2400 block of North 9th Street around 8:40 p.m. A cookout with around 100 people was also taking place next to the court.

Suddenly, police say, an unidentified gunman fired ten shots. Reid was struck several times in the chest and head. Responding medics tried to revive the teen but were unable to. He was pronounced dead a short time later.

Witnesses told police they spotted another 17-year-old boy wearing a baseball cap and dark t-shirt, running down 8th Street moments after the shooting. Police suspect the fleeing teen was the shooter and that Reid was his intended target.

"We know that the shooter was in pretty close proximity to the victim," said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small.

No one else was hurt during the shooting. Police are currently interviewing witnesses and reviewing surveillance video.

A referee during the game told NBC10 that Reid was a basketball player. He described Reid as a "great kid" who played at the Rec Center every day. The referee also said the goal of the rec center's basketball league is to get children and teens away from the violence in their neighborhood.

A family friend also told NBC10 Reid lived with his mother about two blocks away from the court.



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<![CDATA[Arrest Made in Murders of 2 Women in NE Philly]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 18:32:31 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/James-Mears-New-Lead.jpg

A man was arrested and charged in the execution-style murders of two women inside a Northeast Philadelphia home. James Mears, 25, is charged with two counts of murder, robbery and other related offenses.

Mears allegedly killed Dollie Evans, 67, and Ruby Nell Thomas, 57, inside Thomas' home on the 4700 block of Vista Street in the Holmesburg section of the city just before 6 p.m. Saturday.

Thomas' body was found in the living room with a cord around her neck and a gunshot to the head. Evans' body was on the floor in an upstairs bedroom. She was also shot in the head.

Evans had an open-door policy, according to homicide investigators, and was known to let people from the neighborhood stay with her. Police say Mears knew both Evans and Thomas and was allowed inside the home because he needed a place to stay.

According to investigators, Mears' motive was robbery and he stole $500 from Evans before shooting her in the head. Mears also allegedly tried to strangle Thomas and then shot her in the head.

"It's very disturbing," said Philadelphia Police Captain James Clark. "It's a very coldblooded act, a heartless act. You have an individual that these two females let into their house out of the goodness of their hearts. He turns on them, goes to rob them and then ultimately takes both of their lives away from them. We're just very happy we were able to arrest him."

Mears was brought in for questioning Monday and officially charged Tuesday. According to investigators, Mears had a criminal record prior to Tuesday's charges and was just released from prison a few months ago. Mears is currently awaiting his arraignment.



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<![CDATA[Bricks Fall From Burning House]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 06:34:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/216*120/Camden+Fire+Generic.JPG

Flames tore through homes overnight in South Jersey causing a partial collapse.

Fire broke out around 4 a.m. at a corner property at S 4th and Spruce Streets in Camden, New Jersey.

Original reports had one person suffering from smoke inhalation, that report wasn't confirmed by firefighters.

The fire quickly spread to two alarms and engulfed two abandoned row homes despite on-and off rain falling and firefighting efforts. Firefighters stood on top of a third home trying to contain the flames.

As NBC10 cameras rolled part of the building collapsed -- bricks striking one firefighter as he tried to get out of the way. The firefighter is expected to be OK.

Firefighters said it's possible that squatters in the 100-year-old homes could have caused the blaze but that an investigation will determine the exact cause.



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<![CDATA[Police Shoot Dog During Pursuit]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:25:06 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/192*120/Diamond+street+shooting.JPG

Philadelphia Police opened fire on a pit bull while pursuing a shooting suspect Thursday morning.

The incident played out around 11:15 a.m. near the corner of 4th and Diamond Streets in North Philly.

Philadelphia Police said that someone shot a 27-year-old man and ran off. Officers gave pursuit on foot.

While chasing the suspects, police say that a pit bull lunged at an officer. The officer opened fire on the dog leaving the pet badly hurt.

The shooting suspect got away. The victim was rushed to Temple University Hospital in stable condition.

Police didn't say who owns the animal and didn't know the exact condition of the dog.



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<![CDATA[Police ID Teen Who Died During Violent Night]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:59:29 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/South-Philly-Fatal-Shooting.jpg

Four shootings took place within the span of an hour and a half in Philadelphia overnight leaving two people -- including a teenage boy -- dead and two others hurt.

Two of the shootings occurred in South Philly, a third occurred in Grays Ferry while the fourth happened in the Germantown neighborhood.

In South Philadelphia, Damien Jones died after being shot twice in the chest while on the 1500 block of South 21st Street just after 10:15 p.m. He was just 16 years old.

A private auto rushed James -- who hailed from the 1400 block of S 31st Street -- to Methodist Hospital where doctors pronounced him dead.

"Based on witness information we know that our shooter was a male wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and camouflage-type shorts," said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small. "He was last seen running south on 21st Street -- the 1500 block -- towards Tasker Street."

Small said real-time crime cameras in the area could help identify James' killer.

During the second South Philly shooting, a man was struck by an unidentified gunman on the 1800 block of Snyder Avenue. The victim was taken to the hospital in stable condition.

In the Grays Ferry section of the city, a man seated in the driver's seat of a Jeep on the 2500 block of Manton Street was found unconscious with multiple gunshot wounds to the head around 11:15 p.m. The unidentified man was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where doctors pronounced him dead.

Finally, a woman was struck by an unidentified gunman on the 100 block of West Abbottsford Avenue in the Germantown section of the city. She was hospitalized in stable condition.

No arrests have been made in any of the shootings and police have not identified any of the victims.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Philadelphia Police.



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<![CDATA[Elderly Driver Hurt After Car Slams Into Restaurant]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:02:04 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Car-Into-Deli-New.jpg

An elderly man is in the hospital after his car slammed into a Northeast Philly deli and restaurant, barely missing a woman who was sitting inside.

An 86-year-old man was driving along the 1700 block of Grant Avenue Tuesday around 4:30 p.m. when he somehow lost control of his vehicle. The man's car crashed into Steve Stein's Famous Deli & Restaurant.

Workers at the restaurant told NBC10 that no one inside the deli was injured, though the car almost hit a woman who was sitting down.

The elderly man suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the crash and was taken to Aria Torresdale Hospital. Officials continue to investigate the cause of the accident.



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<![CDATA[Pesticide Spills After Tractor Trailer Overturns]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:07:30 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/pesticide+crash+spill+scene.jpg

A tractor trailer crash shut down an intersection in Chester County and dumped hundreds of gallons of pesticide on the road.

Officials say a tractor trailer carrying farm equipment overturned at the intersection of Route 113 and Route 401 in West Pikeland around 3:15 p.m. Tuesday.

The accident caused 500 gallons of pesticide to spill onto the road. Crews were called to the scene of the crash and the intersection of Routes 113 and 401 was shut down for several hours.

No one was injured in the accident.



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<![CDATA[Civilians Rescue Woman After SUV Crashes Into Creek]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 00:22:34 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Cobbs-Creek-Car-Parkway.jpg

A woman is in the hospital but still alive after Good Samaritans jumped into action when her SUV crashed into the water in the Cobbs Creek section of the city on Tuesday.

Officials say the 60-year-old woman was driving her SUV on Cobbs Creek Parkway when she somehow lost control and drove off the roadway, crashing into a ravine below.

A pair of sisters who were driving by spotted the SUV in the water. One of the sisters called 911 while the other jumped out of the car and flagged down other drivers for help.

"I saw a car coming towards the ravine, just flying towards the creek," said Rita Graham, one of the sisters.

Police say three men who were flagged down then jumped into the water and swam towards the woman, who was inside the vehicle unconscious. The Good Samaritans broke out a window of the SUV and then used a pair of box cutters to cut the woman from her seat belt. They then dragged her motionless body out of the water and up the hill.

The trio then began to perform CPR on the woman as they waited for medical crews to arrive. The men say they believed she was dead until they noticed one of her fingers start to move.

"I had never done this before so I didn't know how she should act or shouldn't act," said Marcell Port, one of the rescuers. "We gave her the CPR and she wasn't responding. Finally as we gave up, that's when she started responding and her eyes started to open up."

EMS rushed the woman to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where she is currently in stable condition.

SkyForce10 also captured medics loading another person in an ambulance at the scene. According to witnesses however, that person was an elderly man who fainted while watching the rescue.




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<![CDATA[Roof of Apt. Building, Pub Partially Collapses ]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:14:31 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/South-Philly-Roof-Collapse.jpg

Officials are investigating a partial roof collapse at a building in South Philadelphia.

The roof of the three-story building collapsed on Front and Christian Streets around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The building contains the For Petes Sake Pub on the first floor and apartments on the second and third. Workers were on the roof when the collapse occurred. No one was injured however and all workers have been accounted for.

According to officials with Licenses and Inspections, construction work was occurring at the location at the time of the accident. The owners of the building had a zoning permit for interior renovations of the second and third floor as well as the expansion of the bar and kitchen on the first floor.

An inspection was completed at the building back on August 12 and a permit was posted. Peterbuilt Construction LLC is the listed contractor for the building.

Officials with PGW, PECO and L&I are investigating the accident, according to an L&I spokesperson.

"This is a permitted construction site," the spokesperson wrote. "The Department will investigate and take necessary action to ensure the site is made safe by the property owner/contractor." 


 



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<![CDATA[Person Struck, Killed By Amtrak Train in Bucks County]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:47:28 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/187*120/Croydon+Deadly+Train.JPG

A person is dead after being struck by an Amtrak Train in Bucks County Monday afternoon.

The victim was struck on the northbound lanes at the Croydon Station on the 700 block of Bristol Pike, according to officials.

Both Amtrak and SEPTA suspended service between to Trenton for about three hours. Passengers traveling with either transportation company should expect residual delays, official said.

Police have not released the victim's name or the details surrounding the deadly incident.

This story is developing. Check back for updates.

 



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<![CDATA[Fire Breaks Out at Grocery Store]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:02:44 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Royersford+Amelias+Grocery+Fire.JPG

Flames forced the evacuation of a Montgomery County grocery Monday morning.

The blaze broke out around 9:30 a.m. at Amelia’s Grocery Outlet in the Park Towne Plaza at Lewis Road and Oak Street in Royersford, Pennsylvania.

Dispatchers said the store was evacuated after the fire broke out in the rear of the store. Firefighters could be seen pulling hoses into a rear gate.

Crews blocked Lewis Road between Oaks and Chestnut as firefighters worked.

It took about 25 minutes to bring the fire under control, according to dispatchers.

No injuries were reported. County health officials would be on the scene later Monday to determine when the store can reopen.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 10 Philadelphia



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<![CDATA[Traffic Backs Up for Miles After Crash]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 13:17:11 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/PA-TURNPIKE.gif

Cars backed up for miles this morning along a busy Pennsylvania highway.

The backup spread for more than 10 miles along the southbound lanes of the Northeast Extension (Interstate 476) of the Pennsylvania Turnpike due to a crash approaching the Mid-County Exit in Montgomery County around 7:20 a.m.

The crash happened near mile marker 24 and left a backup past the Lansdale (Exit 31).

With the morning rush in full effect and construction in the area, traffic snarled for 10 miles as it took more than an hour to clear the crash.

One person suffered minor injuries, according to county dispatchers. 

Around 8:40 a.m., crews cleared off to the side of the road.



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<![CDATA[Basement Collapse in Group Home]]> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 11:15:00 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/police-fire-lights-generic.jpg

South Jersey firefighters responded a group home Wednesday morning after the report of a collapse.

Cumberland County dispatchers said that crews responded to the Genoa Group Home on Genoa Avenue in Vineland around 7:30 a.m.

Crews on the scene said a 30-foot span of basement wall inside the home collapsed inside the home overnight.

Firefighters said that five adults with special needs and three staffers were sleeping at the time of the collapse.

No one was injured.

Residents weren't able to return home while crews investigated. Emergency Responders transported the residents to another location.

Firefighters said that the home sits on high ground and didn't flood but that the rain likely played a role in the collapse.



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<![CDATA[Car Flips on Lincoln Drive]]> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 06:23:10 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/generic+road+pic.jpg

A woman was hurt after her car overturned along one of Philadelphia’s windiest roads Wednesday morning.

Philadelphia emergency personnel responded to the Lincoln Drive northbound near Gypsy Lane around 5 a.m.

When crews arrived they found an overturned sedan along the wet roadway -- rain fell overnight.

The 51-year-old driver was transported to Einstein Medical Center after complaining of back pain.

The roadway remained closed for about 40 minutes as police investigated.



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<![CDATA[Off-Duty Police Officer Dies in Bike Crash]]> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 07:13:44 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/police+badge+overtime+02262013.jpg

Members of the Philadelphia Police Department are mourning the death of one of their own. Seth Stellfox, an officer with the 39th District, was killed in a motorcycle crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Cumberland County on Tuesday.

Stellfox was off-duty at the time of the accident.

Stellfox, 33, was riding his motorcycle east on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Lower Mifflin Township around 4:45 p.m. when he somehow lost control. The motorcycle struck a guardrail causing Stellfox to fall off the bike.

Medics pronounced him dead at the scene.

Investigators say he died from multiple blunt force trauma injuries. They also say he was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. Pennsylvania State Police continue to investigate.

The Philadelphia Police Department confirmed that Stellfox was an officer. However, they have not yet released an official statement on his death. 



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<![CDATA[Crash Cleared on the Boulevard]]> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 07:34:05 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/218*120/Route+1+Crash1.JPG

A multi-vehicle crash closed the Roosevelt Boulevard (Route 1) in Philadelphia for more than 30 minutes Tuesday morning.

The crash came just after 6 a.m. in the northbound lanes near Broad Street. Multiple cars crashed causing police to block all lanes.

It took crews about 30 minutes to move the vehicles off to the shoulder. By 6:30 a.m., traffic began to get by the crash site again.

The crash occurred on the same morning when crews began a repaving project in the inner lanes just above Broad Street.

No injuries were reported.



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<![CDATA[Residents Jump From Montco Fire]]> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 07:29:09 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Norristown+Yerkes+Fire.JPG

Three people were rushed to the hospital this morning after making harrowing escapes after fire broke out this in Montgomery County.

The blaze began around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday in a row home along the 900 block of Yerkes Alley in Norristown, Pennsylvania.

Three people escaped the blaze by jumping from second-story windows, according to firefighters.

Norristown Fire Chief Tom O'Donnell said that three people suffered injuries -- one with a shoulder injury, one with a leg injury and one suffered smoke inhalation.

The cause of the blaze remained under investigation Monday morning and an arson dog was brought to the scene. Investigators said it appeared the blaze began on the first floor then spread quickly to the second floor.

The fire also damaged neighboring homes.

“Some of the homes adjoining that fire building suffered some smoke damage, some water damage as a result of the fire,” said O’Donnell.



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<![CDATA[Power Outage Shuts Down Rides at Morey's Piers]]> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 00:31:19 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/Wildwood+People+Trapped.jpeg

Several people were stuck on rides and a roller coaster after a power outage hit Morey’s Piers in North Wildwood, New Jersey.

Half of Morey's Surfside Pier, at 26th Street and the Boardwalk, lost power due to a surge Monday night, according to North Wildwood Mayor Patrick Rosenello.

Connor Augustine, 18, tells NBC10 he first noticed the outage around 9:45 p.m.

"I walked up and saw a bunch of emergency vehicles," Augustine said. "Kids were stuck on the roller coaster and most of the pier was shut down."

Amusement pier owner Jack Morey said the outage shut down 14 rides, including The Great Nor'easter inverted roller coaster, leaving several people stuck. 

The Nor'easter train was stuck at the end of the ride until it could be safely brought into the coaster's station by maintenance engineers.

Morey said passengers on each of the rides were safely evacuated.

"When kids are stranded on a ride it causes concern and we take it seriously," he said.

Power was restored around 10:30 p.m.

Officials continue to investigate the cause of the surge and outage.




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<![CDATA[Husband Charged With Wife's Murder at Pennypack Park]]> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 18:36:57 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Chris-Murray-New-Lead.jpg

A Northeast Philadelphia man has been charged with murder after he allegedly strangled his wife and left her body at a local park.

Police say Christopher Murray, 48, confessed to killing his wife, 46-year-old Constance "Connie" Murray, Monday night at Pennypack Park following an argument. According to investigators, there were ongoing domestic issues between the husband and wife which culminated in Monday's violent incident.

Investigators say Connie Murray left her Tolbut Street home Monday to go for a walk. While she was walking, Christopher Murray allegedly followed her while driving a silver Taurus. He pulled up beside her on Willets Road and the two began to argue, according to police.

"She sticks her head in the car, says something and she goes back on her walk," said Philadelphia Police Lieutenant Philip Riehl.

Police say Christopher Murray continued to follow her and got out of his vehicle on Holme Avenue around 9:30 p.m. The husband then met his wife at a bench area at the park where another argument ensued.

"She went up there voluntarily to talk to him about whatever was going on and things went bad," Riehl said.

According to law enforcement sources, Connie Murray accused her husband of infidelity, which he denied. Sources say she went to the park's snack stand to meet her daughter where she was met by her husband who wanted to discuss the issue further. According to sources, Christopher Murray told police his wife began to slap him which caused him to snap.

Christopher Murray allegedly strangled his wife and then left her body at the bench area near the Crispin Rec Center. Investigators say he then contacted police around 2 a.m. and reported that his wife was missing. A woman walking her dog later found her body Tuesday around 6 a.m.

After receiving several neighborhood tips and looking at surveillance video allegedly showing Christopher Murray driving his silver Taurus, police identified him as a suspect. He was taken in for questioning Saturday night.

"State Trooper David Lang came in and helped us and administered a lie detector test," Riehl said. "After failing the lie detector test, Murray confessed to strangling his wife in the park next to the two benches where she was found."

Police also say they recovered Connie Murray's headphones and cellphone in a sewer at Solly Avenue. They believe Christopher Murray took the items and disposed of them there.

A preliminary arraignment took place Sunday afternoon, the same day as a planned memorial service for his wife. A preliminary hearing has been set for Aug. 27 and bail has been denied. 

According to law enforcement sources, Christopher and Connie had known each other since they were between the ages of eight and nine.

A funeral will be held for Connie Murray on Monday.



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<![CDATA[Police Pursuit Spreads Over Few Blocks]]> Wed, 06 Aug 2014 16:20:50 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/Silver+Street+Police+Chase.JPG

Police descended on a North Philadelphia neighborhood this afternoon as they searched for two people over a few city blocks.

A large amount of police cars could be seen along Silver Street and the police presence spread a few blocks away up to 29th Street and Lehigh Avenue around 12:30 p.m.

At least one person was taken into custody.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead, officers could be seen looking in yards and alleyways as they tried to locate a second person.
 



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<![CDATA[Woman Returns Home, Shoots Squatter: Police]]> Wed, 06 Aug 2014 04:22:10 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/George-Alexander-Lead.jpg

A Delaware woman shot a homeless man after she allegedly found him inside her late father's New Castle County home Tuesday morning.

County police told NBC10.com that the 50-year-old woman shot the alleged squatter, identified as 21-year-old Gregory Alexander, along the 1900 block of W Newport Pike in Stanton around 6 a.m.

Investigators say the woman and her 17-year-old son went by the boarded up house, which belonged to her deceased father and is being renovated, to check up on things. When she went inside she found Alexander sleeping in the bedroom, according to police.

Police say the woman confronted Alexander leading to a physical altercation between the three. The woman then pulled out a handgun and fired one shot as she drove away, striking Alexander in the buttocks, according to investigators.

Alexander fled on foot but was captured in nearby woods after a brief manhunt. He was transported to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The woman and her son also suffered minor injuries but refused medical treatment.

Alexander is charged with criminal trespass and offensive touching. He will be arraigned following his release from the hospital. The Attorney General's Office is investigating the shooting to see if any other charges will be filed.

Neighbors told NBC10 that in recent weeks people could be seen partying and/or sleeping in the home.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 10 Philadelphia



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<![CDATA[Arrest in Shooting Death of 3-Year-Old Girl]]> Tue, 05 Aug 2014 00:00:05 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Ruffin-Mugshot-New.jpg

The alleged triggerman in the stray-bullet killing of a 3-year-old Philadelphia girl was arrested Monday night, according to a high ranking police official.

Brandon Ruffin, 22, was arrested shortly before 10 p.m. after U.S. Marshals and the Fugitive Task Force of Philadelphia executed a search warrant at a home on the 5600 block of Bloyd Street in the Germantown section of the city.

Investigators believe Ruffin, of the 1300 block of Wharton Street, fired the shot that wounded three adults and killed Tynirah, who was hit by a stray bullet along the 1500 block of S Etting street in the city's Grays Ferry neighborhood Friday night. .

Investigators already charged Ruffin's alleged accomplice, Douglas Woods, 22, of the 1400 block of South Ringgold Street, with murder and other offenses, but witnesses and police tell NBC10 Ruffin was the gunman.

A judge denied Woods bail.

Court records show that Ruffin had multiple run-ins with the law in his past. He was released from prison July 3 -- less than a month before he allegedly pulled a gun when he got into an argument, according to police.

Ruffin, Woods and another man, 24, were arguing along Etting Street, according to police. In a moment the neighborhood street, where Tynirah was getting her hair done by a family friend, turned violent.

Ruffin allegedly pulled out a gun and started firing, according to witnesses.

The intended target -- the 24-year-old man involved in the argument -- suffered a gunshot wound to the head and three others -- Tynirah, a 21-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman -- were also hit, according to officials.

Tynirah was struck in the left side of her chest and died a short time later at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The three others were transported to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Ruffin is charged with murder, attempted murder, conspiracy and other related offenses. He remains in custody.

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<![CDATA[Man Killed After Car Falls on Top of Him at Auto Body Shop]]> Tue, 05 Aug 2014 02:48:22 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Erasmo-Santana.jpg

A Pennsylvania man was killed after he was crushed by a car at a Bucks County auto body shop.

Officials say the man, identified by employees as Erasmo Santana, was working at Negrete's Auto on the 4000 block of Bristol Pike Monday afternoon and performing mechanical work underneath a vehicle that was raised on jack stands.

One of the jack stands suddenly collapsed, causing the vehicle to fall on top of the employee. The man was removed from underneath the car but was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Officials continue to investigate the accident.
 



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<![CDATA[2-Month-Old Boy Dead; Father Remains in Jail]]> Sun, 03 Aug 2014 18:38:25 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Brian-Armstrong-Lead.jpg

A 2-month-old baby boy is dead and his father is behind bars Sunday.

Twenty-year-old Brian Armstrong brought his infant son, Hassan, to a local hospital Friday in extremely critical condition.  The child succumbed to his injuries -- which were extensive -- at 1:55 p.m. Sunday, according to hospital officials.

Police began questioning Armstrong Friday evening after his account of what happened did not match up with the injuries sustained by Hassan. The next day, authorities charged the father with aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of children and other related offenses. Charges are expected to be upgraded now that the baby has died.

Armstrong frantically ran out of his home on the 6200 block of Old York Road in the city's West Oak Lane section Friday afternoon with the child limp in his arms, according to witnesses.

Screaming for someone to help, the father, the child's grandfather and Hassan, who had blood coming out of his ear, were rushed by a passerby to Albert Einstein Medical Center, witnesses said.

Officials with Albert Einstein informed police around 5:20 p.m. Friday that the 2-month-old was in the emergency room with injuries to his ribs and skull.

The infant was transferred to Saint Christopher's Hospital for Children, where he was resuscitated at least once and placed on life support before succumbing to his injuries Sunday, according to officials.

The father was arraigned Sunday morning and bail was set at $5 million.

Police say the mother was at work at the time of the incident.



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<![CDATA[Baby on Life Support, Bail Set at $5M for Father ]]> Sun, 03 Aug 2014 11:41:01 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Brian-Armstrong-Lead.jpg

Bail has been set at $5 million for a Philadelphia man as his 2-month-old son remains on life support.

Police said they began questioning the child's father, 20-year-old Brian Armstrong, late Friday evening after his account of what happened did not match up with the injuries sustained by his infant son.

Armstrong is charged with aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of children and other related offenses. He was arraigned Sunday morning with bail set at $5 million. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for August 20.

The child appeared limp in his father's arms Friday afternoon, when Armstrong frantically ran out of his home on the 6200 block of Old York Road in the city's Ogontz section and screamed for help, according to witnesses at the scene.

Armstrong -- calling out for any passerby to drive him to a hospital -- was taken to Albert Einstein Medical Center with the child's grandfather and the baby, who had blood coming out of his ear, according to witnesses.

Officials with Albert Einstein informed police around 5:20 p.m. Friday that the critically injured 2-month-old was in the emergency room. The infant was transferred to Saint Christopher's Hospital for Children, where he was resuscitated at least once, according to officials.

He is currently on life support at Saint Christopher's.

Police say the mother was at work at the time of the incident.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 10 Philadelphia



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<![CDATA[Suspicious Package Turns Out to Be Nothing]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:03:42 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/Center+City+Package.JPG

A suspicious package caused a stir in Center City Philadelphia Friday morning.

The package, described by Philadelphia Police as having tape wrapped around it, was found on the 1200 block of Pearl Street -- a short distance north of the Vine Street Expressway -- around 10:40 a.m.

Police said people were being cleared from the area.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead a short time later you could see people gathered on the sidewalk nearby as police investigated along the closed street. A few minutes later the bomb squad exploded the package.

Police said the package wound up not being dangerous and the scene was cleared before 11:30 a.m.



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