<![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 Thu, 02 Oct 2014 00:50:50 -0400 Thu, 02 Oct 2014 00:50:50 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[State Trooper Killed in Accidental Shooting at Gun Range]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 11:33:25 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/david+kedra+trooper+killed+gun+range+conshohocken.jpg

A Pennsylvania State Trooper died Tuesday evening after he was accidentally shot at a Montgomery County gun range.

Trooper David Kedra, 26, of the Troop K, Skippack station was participating in a training exercise at the Montgomery County Public Safety Training Complex in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, around 4:45 p.m. when he was shot.

Officials have not yet revealed what led to the shooting but say a bullet pierced his chest. They also say the shooting was accidental.

A medical helicopter took the trooper from the scene to Temple University Hospital. He was later pronounced dead.

Kedra's body was placed into a hearse and escorted by a police motorcade to the coroner's office on South University Avenue.

Kedra had been a member of the Pennsylvania State Police since June 18, 2012.

"He died serving the people of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the men and women of the Pennsylvania State Police mourn his loss and extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends," state police officials said in a released statement.

Trooper Kedra is the 96th member of the Pennsylvania State Police to be killed in the line of duty.

Investigators say the shooting appears to be accidental.

The gun range at the training center is normally used by law enforcement and first responders.

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<![CDATA[Boy, 2, Shoots Self in Head]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 21:21:03 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/217*120/Toddler+Shot+Delaware+Cliffside+Court.JPG

Medics performed CPR as they tried to save the life of a 2-year-old boy who shot himself in the head inside a Delaware townhouse Tuesday morning.

The child was found shot inside a unit along Cliffside Court in the Valley Run neighborhood of Claymont, New Castle County around 10 a.m., according to police.

Medics performed CPR on the boy, identified as AJ, at the scene before a medivac helicopter took AJ to AI Dupont-Neumors Children's Hospital where doctors listed the boy in critical condition.

AJ's parents rushed to the hospital to be by their son's side.

Police said it appeared the toddler -- who was home alone with his mother -- somehow got a hold of a gun and pulled the trigger.

"We're not sure the ownership of the gun," said police spokeswoman Tracey Duffy. "We're not sure how he located the weapon."

After the shooting the woman ran out of the home and screamed for someone to call an ambulance, said witnesses.

The investigation into the shooting included if the boy's parents owned the gun legally.

Tuesday night, the boy's brother Dorrell Walls, told NBC10 the child was doing better.

"He's in ICU right now so he's getting better," Walls said.

Investigators took evidence from the boy's home. Other officials went door to door in the neighborhood, conducting interviews in order to figure out what people saw or heard.

"He's a happy go lucky kid and very bright," said the boy's neighbor Bill Jennings. "He always speaks. I feel very sorry for him." 

The boy remains in critical condition. No charges have been filed as the investigation continues.



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<![CDATA[Popeye's Gunman May Have Killed Pregnant Mom: Police]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 06:37:42 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Pregnant-Mom-and-Suspect.jpg

Philadelphia Police are searching for a suspect in a fatal shooting outside a Popeye’s Chicken restaurant who may have also killed the pregnant girlfriend of his alleged accomplice.

Markese Martin, 25, of the 1700 block of W Godfrey Avenue is wanted for the shooting death of 42-year-old Kenneth Woods. On September 23 around 4 p.m., Woods was shot in the chest in the parking lot of the Popeye’s Chicken on the 4200 block of Broad Street.

Woods was taken to Temple Hospital by an unidentified civilian and was pronounced dead at 5:37 p.m.

On Friday, homicide investigators issued a warrant for Martin for the shooting death of Woods. Police also arrested 20-year-old Megan Jones of Blue Bell, Pa. as well as 26-year-old Kord Rozier of the 1300 block of E. Price Street in connection to the shooting. Both Jones and Rozier are charged with murder and other related offenses.

Markese Martin is also considered a person of interest in the murder of Rozier’s pregnant girlfriend Jasmine Williams. On September 24, Williams, 25 and Rozier were on the 1600 block of W Nedro Street when a gunman opened fire. Williams was struck several times. She was taken to Einstein Hospital where she was pronounced dead at 1:03 a.m.

Williams was 8-months-pregnant with Rozier's child at the time of the shooting. Doctors delivered her baby girl but the infant was pronounced dead at 2:16 a.m. Rozier was also struck in the shooting but survived after treatment at Temple University Hospital.

Family members told NBC10 Rozier planned to surrender in connection to the Popeye’s shooting prior to his girlfriend’s death. They believe Rozier was specifically targeted once his alleged accomplice found out he was going to turn himself in to authorities and that Williams was an innocent bystander.

Martin is considered armed and dangerous. If you have any information on his whereabouts, please call the Homicide Fugitive Squad at 215-686-3068, 215-686-3334 or call 911.
 



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<![CDATA[Mother of 4 Shot, Killed While Walking Dog]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 06:02:09 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Woman-Shot-Killed.jpg

A mother of four died from her injuries Sunday morning after she was shot in the forehead and the leg while walking her dog near Philadelphia's Fairmount Park Saturday night.

The gunman shot the victim, identified by her son as 42-year-old Kathryn Berry, around 8:30 p.m. near the intersection of Morse and North 33rd streets in the Strawberry Mansion section of the city, authorities said.

"She went to the store," said Brenda Mattier, who witnessed the shooting. "She's walking down the street and he was standing right there waiting for her and just shot her." 

Berry's daughter found her mother on the ground moments after the shooting, according to investigators.

Officers transported Berry to Hahnemann University Hospital where she was listed in extremely critical condition. She was later pronounced dead around 4:20 a.m. Sunday.

Police said they have not made any arrests and are unsure of a motive. Investigators believe the gunman targeted her however.

Berry's family members told NBC10 she worked as a home health aide and was a mother of four children.

"She was a dear, sweet woman," said James Graves, a relative of Berry's. "She was a good heart."

Family members also say she never had issues with anyone, never received any threats and have no idea who killed her.

The suspect was wearing a black hoodie and ran from the scene, according to investigators. He is described as a heavy-set man standing between 5-foot-11 and 6-feet with a grey and black beard, carrying a silver handgun.

If you have any information on the shooting, please call Philadelphia Police.



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<![CDATA[Car Overturns, Goes Down Embankment in Fairmount Park]]> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 18:29:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/223*120/Embankment1.JPG

Emergency crews are at the scene of an accident that caused a car to overturn and go down an embankment in Fairmount Park.

The car carrying five people overturned on the 3800 block of Ford Road just after 6 p.m.

No word on if anyone in the car is trapped.

This story is developing. Check back for details.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 10 Philadelphia

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<![CDATA[Shooting Death of Pregnant Mom May Have Been Retaliation]]> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 08:31:10 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Jasmine-Williams.jpg

A gunman opened fire on a Philly street early Wednesday morning leaving a pregnant mom and her unborn child dead and her boyfriend in critical condition. As the investigation into the shooting continues, both police sources and the woman's mother believe the boyfriend was targeted because of an earlier fatal shooting and robbery he may have been involved in.

Authorities said they found 25-year-old Jasmine Williams and 26-year-old Kord Rosier beside a running Chevy Impala near the intersection of Nedro Avenue and North 20th Street in the West Oak Lane section of the city around 1:30 a.m.

Williams -- who was eight months pregnant -- was shot in the head, arm and legs, while Rosier was hit in the back and one leg around 12:45 a.m., according to police.

The two were rushed to Albert Einstein Medical Center where Williams was pronounced dead at 1:03 a.m.  Doctors performed an emergency delivery of her child, but the baby girl did not survive. The infant was pronounced dead at 2:18 a.m, according to officials.

"They just took an innocent life," said Williams' mother Monique Williams-Morris while in tears. "She had nothing to do with whatever was going on." 

Rosier, who is the father of William's unborn child as well as her six-year-old son, remains in critical condition at Albert Einstein and is expected to survive.  He also spoke to detectives about the shooting, according to reports.

Police sources told NBC10 Rosier may have been involved in a shooting death and robbery that occurred on North Broad Street Tuesday near a local Popeye's restaurant. They also believe the Nedro Avenue shooting was in retaliation to that incident. Williams-Morris told NBC10 Rosier planned on turning himself in to police in connection to the North Broad Street shooting. She also claimed her daughter's death was in retaliation.

"They were after him and she happened to be there with him," Williams-Morris said. "Or he dragged her with him. And they took her. They took her. They took my baby. They took her life."

Despite the statements from police sources and Williams-Morris, no charges have been filed against Rosier. After viewing our report, Rosier's sister reached out to NBC10, claiming her brother didn't shoot, kill or rob anyone. She did admit however that he was involved in a fight on Tuesday. She claimed he called his probation officer and tried to clear his name before he and Williams were shot.

Police said they believe Williams and Rosier were inside the Impala during the shooting and investigators recovered 11 shell casings from the scene. Residents in West Oak Lane said they heard over a dozen shots during the incident. Another witness said he heard an argument prior to the shooting.

Detectives are interviewing witnesses and working to obtain surveillance footage from the area.

A $40,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest.

Williams is the second pregnant woman to be killed in Philadelphia in September.

Megan Doto, 25, was killed when she was shot in the face while sitting outside a home on the 1500 block of Adams Avenue Sept. 14. Eight months pregnant, the victim was rushed to a local hospital, where an emergency delivery was performed. Neither the baby, nor Doto survived.

Police named 27-year-old Devon Guisherd a suspect in that crime, but he has yet to be arrested.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 10 Philadelphia



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<![CDATA[Philly's Gun-Carrying Mom Dances After Court Decision]]> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 14:54:08 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/shaneen+allen+after+pti+court+hearing_edited-1.jpg

Philly mom, Shaneen Allen, did a happy dance outside a New Jersey court Thursday morning after an Atlantic County prosecutor relented in her controversial gun-carrying case, allowing her to enter the same pretrial intervention program offered to former NFL star Ray Rice in his domestic abuse case.

"The last year has been hell for me. Insomnia, depression," said Allen, a 27-year-old mother of two who spent 46 days in a New Jersey jail -- and was facing up to 10 years in prison -- after crossing into the state with a handgun that she had a permit to carry in her home state of Pennsylvania. Her case raised questions of fairness and preferential treatment as well as a review of state law after people learned that the same prosecutor and judge who denied leniency in her case, allowed Rice to avoid jail time by entering the pretrial program. Rice was charged after punching his fiancée in an elevator at the Revel Casino, knocking her unconscious.

"There is no explanation. I did nothing wrong, other than a simple mistake," Allen said.

On October 1, 2013, Allen was pulled over in Atlantic County for a routine traffic stop. When the officer approached her vehicle, she informed him that she had a handgun in the car and presented her concealed carry permit for Pennsylvania. Allen quickly learned that her Pennsylvania gun license held no legal weight in New Jersey when instead of getting a traffic ticket, she was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a weapon and armor penetrating bullets.

Records show the director of Atlantic County’s Pretrial Intervention recommended Allen for the program, but prosecutor Jim McClain and Superior Court Judge Michael Donio denied Allen’s acceptance into PTI.

After the controversy made headlines, McClain asked Judge Donio for time to review the case.

On Wednesday, the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office released a clarification of the 2008 "Graves Act" directive, which deals with incidents in which out-of-state residents who hold a valid permit to carry a firearm in their home state are arrested in New Jersey and charged with illegal possession of a firearm under New Jersey law.

According to the clarification a defendant may "avoid conviction for a Graves Act crime by being admitted to the PTI program." The clarification also states that under New Jersey law prosecutors are "not permitted to reject categorically a defendant's application for PTI on the grounds that he or she is charged with a crime that is subject to the presumption of imprisonment or a mandatory minimum sentence."

Upon reviewing the clarification, McClain allowed Allen to enter the PTI program. If she completes it, her charges will be dropped.

"Life definitely begins for me today," Allen said. "I'm giving them depression pills back!" She is also entertaining the idea of becoming an advocate for people in similar circumstances.

"I know young ladies and young men going through the same thing. They lost jobs, some are in jail," Allen said. "I'm not just doing it for me. I'm doing it for all the Shaneen Allens out there so this never happens again."

Allen, who broke down in court Thursday, hugged her sons, 11 and 3, outside of court. Despite how much she loves Jersey, Allen said she won't be back anytime soon.



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<![CDATA[Man Killed, 2 Hurt After Gun Battle in Front of School]]> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 21:07:39 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/219*120/West+Kensington+Cambria+Shooting.JPG

A man on foot and a man in a car began shooting at each other Wednesday afternoon outside a community center that houses a charter school.

The shooting outside of Congreso de Latinos Unidos -- a community services facility -- along N American Street near Cambria Street in Philadelphia’s West Kensington neighborhood around 1:15 p.m. left one alleged shooter dead, another shooter hurt and an innocent bystander hospitalized.

Police told NBC10 that a man on foot and a man in a car began shooting at each other in front of the community center. After being shot, the man in the car crashed into an innocent bystander who was walking across the street.

"He actually works out here at the garage," said Philadelphia Police Captain Mike Cram. "He was just out doing his job and gets hit by the car." 

The driver of the car later died at Temple University Hospital. The other two men remained in stable condition at Hahnemann Hospital, according to police.

A Brightside Academy day care is nearby the shooting scene. No injuries were reported at the day care or community center. Pan American Charter School is also located inside the center and was placed on lockdown for several hours due to the shooting.

Crying parents could be seen picking up their children.

"We got the phone call to pick up our children," said Yorlany Lopez, a mother of a student at Pan American Charter. "I'm just glad they're safe." 

What led to the shooting remains under investigation.



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<![CDATA[Suspect in Teen Girl's Death Surrenders: Police]]> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 01:52:49 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/Darien+Person+Olney+Teen+Shooting+Suspect.JPG

A memorial continues to grow for 15-year-old Aisha Abdur-Rhaman as friends and family cope with her death.

"I can't believe it," said Keziah Ridgeway, a teacher who taught the teen girl at Delaware Valley Charter School. "I'm still in disbelief."

Abdur-Rhaman died Monday afternoon after Darian Person,19, allegedly opened fire during a fight near the Albert Einstein Medical Center. Person was charged in her murder and surrendered to police Tuesday night.

"He took somebody's baby away," Ridgeway said. "For what? I have two daughters. If it was my daughter I wouldn't be able to breathe."

Investigators say a conflict between students at Delaware Valley Charter School led to the fatal shooting. While Abdur-Rhaman attended the school, police say she had nothing to do with the fight that ultimately caused her death.

"Something very small and trivial ultimately led to this young lady being killed," said Philadelphia Police Captain James Clark. "It started with some young ladies having some type of issue then it spread to the guys."

Clark says the conflict escalated into several fights at the school involving students and "people from their neighborhood."

"It became a war over Twitter and Instagram," Clark said. "A lot of threats were made and ultimately they arranged to set up this fight at Broad and Olney which led to the shooting."

Investigators say the two opposing groups met at Broad and Olney around 4 p.m. Monday. Among the group of 20 to 30 people was Person, a high school dropout who Clark said was brought to the fight as "muscle." The two opposing sides began to brawl on the street. As the fight began to die down, the teens then walked about a block down to the 5500 block of Old York Road, according to investigators.

"That's when the second altercation took place," Clark said.

During the second fight, Person allegedly took out a gun and fired three to five shots. One of the bullets traveled a half a block away and struck Abdur-Rhaman in the back as she was walking home with a friend.

"She was a totally innocent victim," Clark said.

Abdur-Rhaman ran about a half a block before collapsing on the curb outside Einstein Hospital. She was taken into the emergency room where she was pronounced dead a short time later.

A 19-year-old man was also struck in the chest during the shooting. He was taken to Einstein Hospital where he is currently in critical but stable condition. Investigators are unsure whether he was also an innocent bystander or involved in the fight.

After interviewing several witnesses, police identified Person, who has a criminal record, as the suspect in the shooting. Around 30 U.S. Marshals broke through his door and went into his home on the 1900 block of Rowan Street Tuesday afternoon but he wasn't there at the time.

"This young man was actually in our community center a little over a week ago," said Majeedah Rashid. "My coordinator was helping him find a job."

Rashid, who runs the Nicetown Community Development Corporation, says she and others urged Person to turn himself in. He eventually surrendered peacefully Tuesday night. Police say he is charged with murder. They have not yet revealed information on his bail or any other related charges.

A vigil for Abdur-Rhaman was held near Einstein Hospital Tuesday night.

"She was funny and never mad at anyone," said Trey Murrell, a classmate of the teen girl. "That's what we all liked about her."



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<![CDATA[Driver Charged in Tour Bus Crash That Killed 2 Women]]> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 06:47:02 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Delaware-Bus-Crash-Twitter.jpg

Charges have been filed against the driver of a tour bus that crashed in Delaware over the weekend, leaving two women dead and nearly 50 people hurt.

Jinli Zhao, 56, of Flushing, New York is charged with the operation of a vehicle causing death of another person. The charges are in connection to Sunday's bus crash that killed 54-year-old Hua'y Chen of New York City, New York and 30-year-old Idil Bahsi of Istanbul, Turkey. Police say 48 other passengers on board, including Zhao, were injured in the crash.

On Sunday around 4:20 p.m., Zhao was driving a 1996 Setra Touring Coach bus with 49 passengers on board southbound on Route 1 and exiting onto the off-ramp to US-13 northbound in New Castle.

As Zhao tried to turn on the ramp, the vehicle went off the roadway and overturned onto its roof, according to investigators.

The bus slid on its roof, traveled down a grassy embankment and rotated on its left side until it came to a final rest, according to police.

Chen, who was a passenger on the bus, was ejected from the vehicle and then pinned underneath it. Medics pronounced her dead at the scene.

"I guess she was trapped underneath the bus," said Elvis D'cruz, a 19-year-old college student from New Castle, Delaware. "One man was saying, 'my wife, my wife, my life.' That keeps replaying in my mind."

D'cruz tells NBC10 he was driving home with a friend when he spotted the overturned bus. The two quickly got out of their vehicle to help the victims.

"It must've been within five minutes of the crash," D'cruz said. "There were about two to three other civilians there helping out. The bus had flipped over onto its side and some people were still underneath it. The bus was completely in a ditch. We tried to help them get out, as much as we could. We went to the car, got first aid equipment and passed out gauze and bandages, whatever we could to comfort people."

D'cruz described the crash scene as total chaos.

"It just made me feel how fragile life is at times," D'cruz said while in tears. "It was hard seeing that little boy in the middle of the crash scene. What I really can't forget is all of the screaming and the smell of blood in the air. People didn't know what to do. There was no one else at the scene. Within 15 minutes, State Police arrived."

Zhao and the 48 other passengers -- some children -- were all injured in the crash. They were transported by a Delaware State Police helicopter to several local hospitals, including the Christiana Hospital Trauma Center, Wilmington Hospital, Saint Francis Hospital, Middletown Emergency Department and the Alfred I DuPont Hospital for Children.

Of the dozens of people who were hurt, at least three of them were critically injured, including Bahsi. She died from her injuries at Christiana Hospital around 10:45 p.m. Sunday.

"The injuries vary widely," said Dr. Rob Rosenbaum, an Emergency Room physician at Christiana Care. "Some patients have head injuries. Some have injuries to their torso, ribs, abdomen and fractures."

Zhao, who was properly restrained, suffered minor injuries. He was released Tuesday around 4 p.m. into the custody of State Troopers. He was then transported to Delaware State Police troop 2 in Newark where he was formally charged. He was arraigned and committed to Howard R. Young Correctional Institution on $5,000 secured bond.

Officials say the bus is owned by Am USA Express Incorporated, a regional bus transportation company based in Chinatown, New York. According to records, the company has been cited for 18 safety violations since 2012. The violations include equipment issues and drivers going over their hours. One of the company's buses was also involved in a minor crash last June.

The passengers in Sunday's accident were part of a sightseeing group sponsored by E World Travel and Tours based in New York City, according to police. Investigators say their three-day trip began Friday when they traveled from New York to Washington, DC. The group was traveling from DC back to New York at the time of the crash.

D'cruz says the passengers appeared to be foreigners.

"They were mixed in race," he said. "There were a few people speaking Mandarin and a few people speaking Hindi, Portuguese and Spanish."

According to D'cruz, the Route 13 off-ramp has a history of accidents.

"They're used to be a guard rail," he said. "People would go highway speeds on it even though you're supposed to slow down. People kept on slamming into the guard rail but it would stop them from flipping. They later on removed the guard rail and put flags up."

Investigators don’t believe drugs and alcohol were a factor in the crash. However, they say more charges will likely be filed as the investigation continues.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 10 Philadelphia



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<![CDATA[Teen Girl Shot, Killed Near Einstein Hospital]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 01:01:51 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Einstein-Hospital-Shooting.jpg

A gunman opened fire near Einstein Hospital in Philadelphia, killing a 15-year-old girl and critically injuring a 19-year-old man.

Police say the two victims were with a large crowd of teens near the hospital's main entrance on Old York and Tabor Roads around 4:15 p.m. Monday when a fight broke out.

During the fight, a gunman described as a "teenager, possibly 17 years old," fired several shots. The 15-year-old girl was struck in the torso.

The girl ran about half a block and then collapsed on the curb outside the hospital's main entrance, investigators say. She was taken inside the hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.

The 19-year-old man was also struck three times. He was also taken inside Einstein, where he is currently in critical condition but expected to survive.

Officials say both victims were innocent bystanders and not involved in the initial fight. They also say the girl attended Delaware Valley Charter High School which is located near where the shooting took place.

Investigators have taken into custody five teenagers who they suspect were with the gunman. Those teens are currently being interviewed.

Police have not released a detailed description of the suspected gunman but say he was wearing a black tank top and may have tattoos on his neck. The suspect was last seen running north on Old York Road.

Police are also analyzing surveillance video of the incident taken at a nearby Chinese restaurant.

Einstein Emergency Room was placed on lockdown due to the shooting. The lockdown was lifted around 6 p.m.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 10 Philadelphia



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<![CDATA[2 Women Die, 48 Hurt in Tour Bus Crash]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 23:30:49 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Delaware-Bus-Crash-Twitter.jpg

A tour bus overturned in Delaware late Sunday afternoon leaving two women dead and nearly 50 people hurt.

The first woman, 54-year-old Hua'y Chen of New York City, died at the scene of the crash. The second woman, 30-year-old Idil Bahsi of Istanbul, Turkey, died Sunday night at the hospital.

The 1996 Setra Touring Coach bus, which had a driver and 49 passengers on board, was traveling southbound on state Route 1 and exiting onto the off-ramp to US-13 northbound in New Castle around 4:20 p.m.

As the driver, identified as 56-year-old Jinli Zhao of Flushing, New York, tried to turn on the ramp, the vehicle went off the roadway and overturned onto its roof, according to investigators.

The bus slid on its roof and traveled down a grassy embankment and rotated on its left side until it came to a final rest, according to police.

Chen, who was a passenger on the bus, was ejected from the vehicle and then pinned underneath it. Medics pronounced her dead at the scene.

"I guess she was trapped underneath the bus," said Elvis D'cruz, a 19-year-old college student from New Castle, Delaware. "One man was saying, 'my wife, my wife, my life.' That keeps replaying in my mind."

D'cruz tells NBC10 he was driving home with a friend when he spotted the overturned bus. The two quickly got out of their vehicle to help the victims.

"It must've been within five minutes of the crash," D'cruz said. "There were about two to three other civilians there helping out. The bus had flipped over onto its side and some people were still underneath it. The bus was completely in a ditch. We tried to help them get out, as much as we could. We went to the car, got first aid equipment and passed out gauze and bandages, whatever we could to comfort people." 

D'cruz described the crash scene as total chaos.

"It just made me feel how fragile life is at times," D'cruz said while in tears. "It was hard seeing that little boy in the middle of the crash scene. What I really can't forget is all of the screaming and the smell of blood in the air. People didn't know what to do. There was no one else at the scene. Within 15 minutes, State Police arrived."

Zhao and the 48 other passengers -- some children -- were all injured in the crash. They were transported by a Delaware State Police helicopter to several local hospitals, including the Christiana Hospital Trauma Center, Wilmington Hospital, Saint Francis Hospital, Middletown Emergency Department and the Alfred I DuPont Hospital for Children.

Of the dozens of people who were hurt, at least three of them were critically injured, including Bahsi. She died from her injuries at Christiana Hospital around 10:45 p.m. Sunday. As of Monday night, one patient remains in critical condition, seven are in serious condition, ten are in fair condition and two are in good condition. Three children were also released from Alfred I DuPont.

"The injuries vary widely," said Dr. Rob Rosenbaum, an Emergency Room physician at Christiana Care. "Some patients have head injuries. Some have injuries to their torso, ribs, abdomen and fractures."

Zhao, who was properly restrained, suffered minor injuries.

Officials say the bus is owned by Am USA Express Incorporated, a regional bus transportation company based in Chinatown, New York. According to records, the company has been cited for 18 safety violations since 2012. The violations include equipment issues and drivers going over their hours. One of the company's buses was also involved in a minor crash last June.

The passengers in Sunday's accident were part of a sightseeing group sponsored by E World Travel and Tours based in New York City, according to police. Investigators say their three-day trip began Friday when they traveled from New York to Washington, DC. The group was traveling from DC back to New York at the time of the crash.

D'cruz says the passengers appeared to be foreigners.

"They were mixed in race," he said. "There were a few people speaking Mandarin and a few people speaking Hindi, Portuguese and Spanish."

According to D'cruz, the Route 13 off-ramp has a history of accidents.

"They're used to be a guard rail," he said. "People would go highway speeds on it even though you're supposed to slow down. People kept on slamming into the guard rail but it would stop them from flipping. They later on removed the guard rail and put flags up." 

The ramp from Route 1 southbound to US-13 northbound was closed for approximately six hours before it was finally reopened.

The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit continues to investigate the accident.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 10 Philadelphia



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<![CDATA[Police Car Slams Into Dunkin' Donuts]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:48:02 -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. Winslow Township Police said the SUV crashed into the building after colliding with another car.

The unidentified Winslow Township Police officer suffered minor injuries, according to investigators. The other driver refused treatment.

No customers or employees inside the store reported any injuries, according to police.

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.

Police said the crash caused structural damage to the building. No word yet on when repairs will be made.

Investigators said that the officer wasn't headed to a call at the time of the wreck. The cause of the wreck remained under investigation Friday afternoon.



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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.

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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.

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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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