<![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 Sat, 02 Aug 2014 00:44:49 -0400 Sat, 02 Aug 2014 00:44:49 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![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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<![CDATA[Police Shoot Suspect Dead Near Tavern]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:31:57 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/211*120/Winslow+Township+Police+Activity.JPG

Police shot and killed a suspect in a wooded area of Camden County Friday morning.

Local authorities remained mum on exactly what brought officers to the 400 block of Berlin New Freedom Road in Winslow Township shortly before 9 a.m.

Patrons at the nearby Golden Nugget Tavern reported hearing gunshots as police investigated a trailer down a nearby dirt road.

One person was taken from the scene and and later died at Cooper University Hospital, according to county prosecutors.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead a short time later you could see investigators focusing on the small trailer. That investigation continued through the morning.



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<![CDATA[Deadly Pedestrian Crash]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 12:19:43 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/Academy+Road+Deadly+crash.JPG

A person died after being struck by a sport utility vehicle early this morning.

The crash around 4:445 a.m. closed Academy Road near Morrell Avenue in the Morrell Park section of Northeast Philadelphia after the SUV struck a utility pole then the pedestrian.

The pedestrian died at the scene.

Philadelphia Police said that the driver remained on the scene after the deadly crash and cooperated with investigators. The wreck left the SUV with heavy front-end damage.

The investigation continued through the morning as traffic delays in the area continued for hours.



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<![CDATA[Woman Assaulted at School Playground: Police]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:32:15 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/police_generic21.jpg

An assailant attacked a woman at a Bucks County elementary school playground, punching her and pulling her hair before she was able to break free, according to authorities.

The suspect and the 33-year-old victim were chatting at the Russell C. Struble Elementary School playground on the 4300 block of Bensalem Boulevard around 3:15 p.m. Thursday when he allegedly struck her in the chest, causing her to fall to the ground, according to officials.

At that point, the attacker grabbed the woman's hair and dragged her several feet before the woman could free herself and run to a nearby home for help, according to police.

The victim sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

Authorities said the male suspect was wearing a black beanie-type cap, a long-sleeve white shirt and black pants, and also had a large circular nose ring.

Anyone with information about the suspect or the crime is urged to contact the Bensalem Township Police Department's Detective Divisioon at 215-633-3719.

Initial reports indicated the assault was an abduction attempt, but updates from authorities discounted that account.

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<![CDATA[Ex-Security Guard, 4 Others Charged in Caesars Robbery]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 07:08:48 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Caesars-Robbery-Suspects.jpg

A former security guard and four other people are in custody after they allegedly stole over $180,000 from an Atlantic City casino.

Izyiah Plummer, 19, of Atlantic City, Lance Rogers, 20, also of Atlantic City, and Dwayne Morgan, 20, Monique Kelly, 19, and Aaron Evans, 23, all of Pleasantville, are charged with robbery, aggravated assault and other related offenses.

Police say two masked men entered the Caesars Atlantic City casino on the 2100 block of Pacific Avenue around 6:20 a.m. July 21. At least one of the suspects pulled out a gun, according to police.

The men allegedly removed three cases from a kiosk machine trolley and then left with two of the cases, which held more than $181,000. They then drove away in a dark sedan.

Police arrested all five suspects last week following an investigation.

Plummer worked as a security officer at Caesars, according to the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement. A source told NBC10 Plummer was fired from the job on July 9, nearly two weeks before the robbery.

Evans' aunt, who did not want to be identified, told NBC10 her nephew is innocent.

"My nephew was not even in town," she said. "He's been wrongly accused."

Detectives from the Casino Gaming Bureau are working with local agencies to identify any additional suspects and recover more evidence. Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to call the New Jersey State Police Casino Gaming Bureau at 609-441-7464.



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<![CDATA[Car Flips Over, Blocks I-76]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 06:41:45 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/206*120/Schuylkill+Expressway+I+76+Flipped+Car.JPG

A crash left a car overturned and one of the area’s major thoroughfares closed this morning.

The car crashed along the eastbound lanes of the Schuylkill Expressway just past the Conshohocken Exit in Lower Merion Township around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The Philly-bound lanes of the Schuylkill Expressway are normally some of the busiest during the morning commute so crews worked quickly to upright the vehicle but as they worked all lanes were closed leading to a mile-long backup.

No injuries were reported.

After about 20 minutes, crews had the car uprighted and were allowing about one lane by as they cleared some more debris and fuel from the roadway. The roadway officially reopened a short time later.



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<![CDATA[Overturned Dump Truck Lands on Minivan, 3 Injured]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:22:05 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/229*120/DUMP+TRUCK+Bristol.JPG

Three people were injured when a dump truck landed on a minivan in Bucks County Tuesday afternoon.

The accident happened on Route 413 at the entrance to I-95 in Bristol just before 3 p.m.

The dump truck's front end landed on top of a silver minivan, trapping someone inside. The truck's backend was hanging off the roadway.

Crews were able to extract the trapped victim who was transported to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Two people inside the truck were also taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Route 413 north was closed while crews worked to upright the dump truck.

No word on what caused the truck to overturn.

An investigation is underway.



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<![CDATA[Odor Causes Hazmat Situation in University City]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:22:45 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/Wistar+Institute+Hazmat.JPG

Philadelphia firefighters rushed to a hazmat situation in University City Tuesday morning.

The incident began when workers inside the Wistar Institute at 36th and Spruce Streets reported a strange odor in the basement around 8 a.m.

Firefighters said they responded to the scene to try and determine the cause of the odor.

Firefighters said some people were exposed to the bad smell. Medics treated one worker for eye irritation.

Firefighters said the building wasn't evacuated as the investigation continued. The situation was put under control in about 75 minutes.

Authorities warned of possible traffic troubles along Spruce Street and in the surrounding areas.



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<![CDATA[Person Killed in Crash on County Line Road]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:41:27 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/County+Line+Road+Deadly+Crash.JPG

A major route between two counties reopened Monday night after a deadly crash involving a dump truck.

The dump truck and a car collided along County Line Road around 3 p.m. causing crews to close the road between Jacksonville Road and Park Avenue in Hatboro, Pennsylvania.

An unidentified person died after being trapped in the car, according to Montgomery County dispatchers.

County Line Road separates Montgomery and Bucks Counties. As SkyForce10 hovered overhead shortly after the wreck, you could see a large "Sullivan Scrap" truck and the heavily-damaged car.

The road remained closed for hours until it was finally reopened early Monday evening.

Officials continue to investigate the crash.



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<![CDATA[Fumes Injure 5 Causing Plant to Evacuate]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:03:04 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Recycling+Plant+Hazmat+Northampton.JPG

Northampton County dispatchers said medics transported five employees from a recycling plant after they were exposed to some sort of chemical.

The hazmat situation occurred around noon Monday at the Greenstar Allentown recycling plant on Smith Lane in Northampton, Pennsylvania.

The plant, which separates recyclables from businesses and residents, is operated by Waste Management.

Company spokeswoman Patty Barthel said that employees were separating materials as they normally do Monday when one of the items emitted an odor that caused some of the workers to become sickened.

Barthel said that they immediately stopped the line and evacuated all 29 employees.

Crews rushed to the scene and dispatchers referred to the incident as a "mass casualty" situation because of how many people were inside at the time.

Barthel said however that all employees were able to leave the building on their own power and were checked out at the scene by medics.

Five of the workers were treated and released from an area hospital, according to Barthel.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead following the incident, crews and firefighters could be seen working outside the warehouse.

Crews couldn't immediately determine what chemical caused the incident. Barthel urged everyone who recycles to not recycle anything hazardous.

The company sent all workers home for the day and hoped to resume recycling Tuesday, according to Barthel.



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<![CDATA[Father Dies After Killing Son, Shooting Himself]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:08:54 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/236*120/Styles.jpg

A Philadelphia man is dead after police say he shot and killed his son, critically injured his girlfriend and then turned the gun on himself.

Investigators say 26-year-old Shyema Washington and her 5-year-old son were attending a family member's birthday party at an apartment complex on the 1100 block of Haverford Road in Ridley Township Saturday night.

Police say the boy's father and Washington's boyfriend Tyrell Styles, 26, of Philadelphia arrived at the party to pick up his son around 11:30 p.m. Washington went inside the apartment to get her son, according to investigators. When she came back outside, Styles allegedly pulled out a Ruger 9 mm and opened fire.

Washington was struck once in the mouth, twice in the buttocks and once in the midsection. Styles then allegedly pointed the gun at his own son and fired two shots. The boy was struck once in the forehead and once in the ankle. Styles then fled the scene in a white Pontiac Grand Prix, according to police.

Responding officers chased after Styles, leading to a collision on Chester Pike and Oak Avenue in which two other drivers suffered minor injuries. Police say Styles continued to drive off until he arrived at a dead end on the 300 block of Brainerd Boulevard in Sharon Hill. As officers got out of their cars to approach him, investigators say Styles turned the gun on himself and fired one shot.

The 5-year-old boy was taken to Crozer-Chester Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead. Washington was also taken to Crozer-Chester where she is currently in critical condition.

Styles was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He died late Sunday into Monday.

According to police, Styles and Washington were undergoing domestic issues prior to the shooting. They also say Styles legally owned the gun he used in the shooting. 

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<![CDATA[Mom, Daughter Die Weeks After Food Truck Explosion]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:20:36 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/food+truck+explosion+and+victims.jpg

A mother and daughter in Philadelphia, who were injured earlier this month after a propane tank attached to the back of their food truck exploded, have died from their injuries.

Jaylin Landaverry, 17, and her mother, 42-year-old Olga Galdernez both passed away, according to Landaverry’s brother and Galdernez’s son, Marco Hernandez. A family friend told NBC10 that Galdernez had been in a coma since the blast and succumbed to her injuries Sunday afternoon. Landaverry died Tuesday night around 7 p.m. from fluid in her lungs, the friend said.

"We have no words to express, right now, we're just really shocked at the fact that this happened. We never thought that she was going to pass away or Olga," said Yasmine Landaverry, Jaylin's cousin. "The way they died is really tragic for us."

Around 5:30 p.m. on July 1, the mother and daughter were working inside their food truck, La Parrillada Chapina, at 3rd Street and Wyoming Avenue when the 100-pound tank blew. The truck was equipped with two such tanks filled with gas.

Investigators believe propane vapor began leaking from one tank and filled the truck. A flame from the grill inside the mobile restaurant provided the spark, officials said. Witnesses told detectives they smelled gas before the blast.

The propane fueled a fireball that engulfed the truck, the street and surrounding sidewalks. One tank was blown 95 feet away into the backyard of a home nearby, police said. The truck was properly licensed to operate, officials said.

Philadelphia Police said eight other people were hurt when the tank exploded. The investigation is on-going.

Surveillance and cell phone cameras captured the explosion and its aftermath, showing victims laying on the ground and catching the screams of those injured -- difficult recordings for the family to see.

It's always going to haunt us," Yasmine said.

The woman described her cousin as a very smart girl who was on the honor roll at Little Flower Catholic High School. She said it was both Jaylin and Olga's dream to cook and that the family is devastated to know they're gone.

"We always had all these dreams...and to know that she's not going to be by my side anymore, it hurts," she said.

A prayer service and candlelight vigil were held Wednesday night for the mother and daughter. The prayer service was held at Little Flower Catholic High School on the 1000 block of W. Lycoming Street while the vigil was held near the site of the blast.

A funeral for the women will be held on Friday in Philadelphia. Their bodies will then be flown to Guatemala for burial.


PHOTO: Olga Galdemez, 42, and her 17-year-old daughter, Jaylin Landaverry, pictured two years ago at the girl's quinceanera.



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<![CDATA[Barn, Golf Carts Catch Fire at NJ Country Club]]> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:46:35 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*213/Carney+point+country+club+fire.jpg

Firefighters and rescue crews are working to extinguish a flames from a barn fire at a Salem County country club.

The fire at the Sakima Country Club on the 300-block of Shell Road in Carneys Point Township began shortly before 3 p.m. Friday in a barn that housed the club's golf carts, according to employee and Board President Cosmo Mangiocco.

Manigiocco says that two gas tanks filled with fuel for the carts are kept outside of the barn and that they may have added fuel to the fire, literally.

No injuries have been reported.

SkyForce10 is on its way to the fire.

Check back for more details.

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<![CDATA[Bound, Gagged Woman Sexually Assaulted in Apt.: Police]]> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 04:32:19 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Woman-Sexually-Assaulted.jpg

A hostage situation in Philadelphia turned into a sexual assault investigation after a woman told police she was tied up and sexually assaulted by her on-again/off-again boyfriend in the Germantown section of the city.

Police were called to an apartment on the 100 block of West Queen Avenue Wednesday night for a report of a man holding a woman hostage.

When police arrived and knocked on the door, they say a 40-year-old man inside began to threaten them.

"A male refused to answer the door," said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small. "He shouted at police, 'If you come through the door I'm going to shoot!'"

A SWAT team quickly arrived at the scene and a barricade was declared at 6:51 p.m. Police say the suspect then walked outside and surrendered to police at 6:57 p.m. He was taken into custody without incident.

When officers searched inside the apartment, they say they found a 27-year-old woman tied up and gagged inside the bathroom.

The woman told police that she was in a relationship with the suspect but attempted to break it off with him. The woman said the man then tied her up and sexually assaulted her several times. She was taken to the Einstein Medical Center and treated for bruises to her wrist. She is now at the Special Victims Unit and speaking with investigators.

Neighbors say the suspect and victim lived inside the apartment for nearly two years and were involved in several domestic disputes. Ted Smith, a friend of the suspect, told NBC10 he doubts the man would hurt anyone.

"She said he had her tied up," Smith said. "I don't believe that."

The woman's friend, Erica Lee, was the first person aside from police to see her being taken by stretcher out of the apartment.

"She looked bad to me," Lee said. "She looked beat up." 

The suspect faces sexual assault and kidnapping charges. Police are waiting to serve a search warrant inside the apartment. 



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<![CDATA[Spilled Gas Leads to Mansion Fire ]]> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 01:14:27 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Massive-Fire.jpg

A homeowner is recovering after spilled gasoline led to a massive fire at his $1.5 million mansion in Radnor, Pa.

Investigators say the unidentified man was working on a vehicle inside the garage of his home on the 200 block of Wyndom Lane on Wednesday around 4:20 p.m. As he was working, investigators say gasoline spilled and ignited, causing flames to spread to the home.

The homeowner and others managed to escape. Officials say the homeowner suffered facial injuries and was taken to the hospital. They have not yet revealed his condition.

Firefighters fought the 2-alarm blaze for several hours until they were finally able to bring it under control. Additional fire companies from Delaware and Montgomery Counties also helped fight the fire. 

The home, which was built in 2001, is listed at $1.51 million, according to zillow.com.
 



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<![CDATA[Several People Injured in NJ Crash]]> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:36:29 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/ambulance-shutterstock_12161325.jpg

A crash involving multiple cars left several people injured and a major roadway shut down Tuesday afternoon in Camden County, South Jersey.

The accident happened on the 800-block of the White Horse Pike in Oaklyn around 1:30 p.m. 

Several ambulances were on the scene and, according to reports, several people were transported to area hospitals.

The busy road was shut down in both directions for nearly three hours.

We'll check you updated on this developing story.



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<![CDATA[Community, City Mourning After Fatal Fire: Mayor]]> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 09:59:13 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Children-Killed-in-Fire.jpg

A Philadelphia community is reeling after a 3-alarm fire raced through a Southwest Philly block early Saturday morning, displacing 32 people and killing 4-year-old twin girls, a 4-year-old boy and a 1-month-old infant.

One-month-old Taj Jacque and his older brother, Patrick Sanyeah, along with twin sisters Maria and Marialla Bowah perished in the massive blaze, which engulfed the 6500 block of Gesner Street shortly after 2:30 a.m. Saturday.

Dewen "Marie" Bowah, 41, was watching her twin girls, their siblings Naomi Bowah, Julie Bowah and Julisa Bowah, and babysitting Taj and Patrick at 6518 Gesner St. when a neighbor, Jeff Boone, stepped outside and noticed a yellow glow coming from the porch a few doors down.

Boone says the bright glow quickly turned into a full-fledged fire, engulfing a couch on the porch of 6516 Gesner St.

He says he called 911 and ran screaming down the street to wake up his neighbors. He was making his way to the firehouse just around the corner when he heard cries for help from young children trapped inside 6518 Gesner St.

"I heard them in there screaming," Boone said. "The flames were so high and intense that I couldn't go over there."

Dewen helped Naomi, Julie and Julisa escape by leaping through a second-floor window, but Dewen's niece says her aunt was unable to reach the remaining four children.

"She tried to take the kids," Nudde Saya said. "But the fire was everywhere, so she throw the oldest kids out the window and she jumped out the window."

One by one, the wooden porches on the two-story rowhomes went up in flames. Cars parked across the street melted from the heat and windows became disfigured.

Abu Marrah, who lives at 6512 Gesner St., was awakened by his wife and the sound of blaring smoke detectors. Black smoke swirled through his house as he ran around, partially clothed, to find the source. It was then that he realized the fire was spreading from his neighbor's house.

"Some people ran to the fire station and some people called 911," Marrah said.

Located about a block away, Ladder 4 Engine 40 arrived at the scene about three minutes after the call went out at 2:45 a.m., according to Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer.

"It was a tough fire fight. Heavy heat and smoke conditions," said Sawyer, who added that the call initially came in as a rubbish fire.

"They tried to contain the fire to the four homes," he continued. "But at some point, the fire extended to eight homes."

Neighbors said the street turned chaotic as they along with responding police and firefighters tried to determine whether people were inside the homes.

"I was sleeping and I had seen the fire," said Keisha Burgess, another resident. "I just woke up and grabbed my kids. The fire was just spreading and it was just everywhere, house to house. I had to wake up, bring my kids out and just get out."

Witnesses tell NBC10 they heard firecrackers go off moments before the fire began.

Sawyer said the Fire Department is investigating those claims, but both he and Mayor Michael Nutter said in a press conference Saturday afternoon that it was too early to say what caused the blaze.

Instead Nutter emphasized how deeply saddened he is by the loss of Maria, Marialla, Taj and Patrick.

"We lost four precious lives, four little, innocent children in a horrific tragedy on this street," Nutter said. "I feel a great pain."

"I can only pray that their pain was not long, that they did not truly feel and experience the intensity of this fire and the flames," he continued. "We pray for their souls and that God be with them."

Four others, including Dewen, and the mother of Taj and Patrick, 23-year-old Eleanor Jacque, were taken to the hospital. Dewen is in critical condition at Crozier Chester Medical Center.

The conditions of Jacque and the other two victims who were hospitalized is unknown.

The deadly blaze displaced 42 others, according to the American Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania.

"This is an incredibly sad day for our community," said Judge Renee Cardwell Hughes, CEO of the Red Cross of Southeastern Pa. "Anytime there's a death due to fire it's significant for our community. I can't tell you how hard this is on first responders, on our volunteers but most importantly on these families. We have been providing spiritual care and mental health care to address their immediate trauma." 

Financial assistance for items like food,clothing, shoes and medications was requested by 32 of those displaced. Eighteen are staying at the Red Cross House, a short-term recovery center in Philadelphia's University City neighborhood.

Hughes encouraged victims of the fire who have not yet come forward to contact the Red Cross at 215-299-4899.

(L to R), Four-year-old twin sisters Marialla and Maria Bowah, 1-month-old Taj Jacque and 4-year-old Patrick Sanyeah

 

 

 

LISTEN: Scanner traffic as firefighters arrived at the scene of the fire:

 

A street view of the impacted homes prior to Saturday's fire. Credit: Trulia.com.

Candles, teddy bears and Spider-Man balloons were placed on the railing at 6518 Gesner St.



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<![CDATA[Tree Falls on Building, Trapping Woman]]> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:53:36 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/police-tape-generic-0311.jpg

A woman was trapped in a building after a tree fell in Northeast Philadelphia during Thursday night's severe thunderstorms.

The tree fell into the side of a building on Cottman and Tabor Avenues just before 7:30 p.m.

Emergency crews were able to quickly rescue the woman who was not injured.

Initally, the woman was reported to be trapped in her car.


 

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<![CDATA[Mother, Daughter Seriously Burned in Food Truck Blast ID'd]]> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 14:21:15 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Food-Truck-Explosion-Caught.jpg

NEWEST COVERAGE: Leaking Gas Ignited by Grill Flame Caused Food Truck Blast, Investigators Say


A propane tank on a Philadelphia food truck exploded Tuesday afternoon engulfing a busy street in a fireball. A mother and her teenage daughter were severely burned and 10 others were injured.

The La Parrillada Chapina food truck was parked along 3rd Street near Wyoming Avenue in the city's Feltonville section when around 5:30 p.m. the rear left propane tank ignited, Philadelphia Police said. The force of the blast sent the metal tank flying 50 feet into the backyard of a home as flames shot 200 feet into the air.

Surveillance video showed the intensity of the explosion and how fire engulfed both cars and people along the street.

Olga Galdemez, 42, and her 17-year-old daughter, Jaylin Landaverry, were working inside the truck when the tank blew. They suffered major burns across much of their bodies, family members told NBC10.com on Wednesday. Bystanders were also burnt and hit with debris.

"I turned around and saw the fire coming toward me," said Latoya Page. She suffered first degree burns to the left side of her body. "I fell, got back up and started running again."

Nicole Ellis lives nearby and ran outside after the blast rocked her house to find walking wounded.

"A girl was walking by from the nail salon and her whole back got sprayed with debris," Ellis said. "She was screaming all the way up the street, 'I'm on fire! I want my mom! I want my mom!' And then a man sitting on his porch actually got caught with fire as well. It was pretty bad."

Ellis said once she realized what had happened, she grabbed her phone and called 911 for help.

"I was screaming and yelling on the phone," Ellis said. "I started panicking, because the lady was just sitting there and she was on fire. You could see the fire coming from her body."

Other witnesses said one person was blown from inside the truck.

Shaquille Glover, who lives with Ellis, told NBC10.com what he heard was almost as horrific as what he saw.

"The sounds of the screams," Glover said. "I'll never forget that."

Glover was about to go inside his home on Wyoming when he heard the blast.

"I heard a loud boom like a bomb," Glover said. "The propane splashed all the way across the street on a pole. That's why the pole was on fire and people that were walking by got burned. A lady got burned on her back. Another lady got burned on her face. It was just the sounds of the screams. There was a good two minutes of screams before the cops even came."

SEPTA Police officers stationed across the street quickly ran over to the scene to help after feeling the explosion. Responding firefighters were able to control the flames.

"We noticed that somebody was sitting at the table still that was burned, but the smoke was just going past her and getting to us," Glover said. "They said they couldn't touch her because she was burned. Two minutes later, they grabbed her and put her in the ambulance."

Five of the 12 victims -- the mother and daughter, a 23-year-old man, a 27-year-old woman and 13-year-old girl -- remain hospitalized.

The 42-year-old and 17-year-old are both in critical condition at Temple University Hospital. The 23-year-old woman and 13-year-old were both upgraded from critical to stable. Police say the 23-year-old suffered second and third-degree burns to her entire body. The eight other victims were treated and released.

Wyoming between 3rd and 4th streets was blocked off for hours before reopening shortly before 11 p.m. The backyard where the propane landed is being treated as a crime scene.

The Philadelphia Police Bomb Squad, East Detective Division and the Philadelphia Fire Marshal's Office are all investigating to determine the cause of the explosion.



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<![CDATA[Teen Boy Who Drowned in Creek Identified]]> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 00:42:19 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Teen-Boy-Dies.jpg

Officials have identified the teenage boy who drowned in a creek in the Juniata Park section of the city on Monday. 

Officials say 15-year-old boy Ruben Polanco was with two friends inside Tacony Creek near Fishers Lane and Wyoming Avenue around 5:30 p.m.

As they crossed under a bridge in 10-feet of water, Polanco, who did not know how to swim, began to panic and went under. The friends told police they reached out for him a few times but lost their grip. He then disappeared into the water.

Police and fire rescue quickly responded to the scene. SkyForce10 was above the water as crews pulled Polanco out around 6 p.m. He was pronounced dead at 6:13 p.m.

With the summer just beginning, police warn children and adults to stay out of the creeks, despite the warm weather.




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<![CDATA[McDonald's Worker Surrenders in Beating of Mom]]> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 12:31:25 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Harris-Mugged.jpg

The South Jersey McDonald's worker wanted in the brutal beating of a young mother in front of her toddler and a group of bystanders turned herself in to police Monday night and is in jail.

Latia Harris surrendered to Salem City Police without incident around 7 p.m. after an extensive search, officials say.

She is being charged with aggravated assault and two counts of making terroristic threats and was lodged in the Salem County Correctional Facility in default of $35,000 full bail.

Harris, 25, had been hiding from authorities since cell phone video surfaced of an attack near a McDonald's in Salem City last Tuesday where both Harris and the victim, 27-year-old Catherine Ferreira, worked.

The beating was videotaped by many of the onlookers, who did nothing to help Ferreira or stop the attack. The only person to try to help the victim was her 2-year-old son, who could be seen in the video yelling and kicking his mother's attacker.

"Mommy!" the boy cried as his mother was beaten just inches away.

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"I think it's messed up no one came to my rescue," Ferreira said.

The nearly minute-long video was posted online. It showed a woman, who police identified as Harris, punching, kicking and spitting on Ferreira, who admits talking about her attacker's love life, a move that she says provoked the beating.

"I'm trying to tell her, I don't want to fight you," said Ferreira.

But the attack continued, ending when the suspect threatened to kick the toddler before making one last threat to the victim.

"It's not over... you almost made me lose my job," Harris allegedly yelled at Ferreira before spitting on her and walking back to work.

The victim contacted police after the attack, which left her with a concussion, a broken nose and two black eyes.



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<![CDATA[2 Rescued After Small Plane Crashes Near Del. River]]> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 17:43:13 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Plane-in-River.jpg

Two men were rescued after their single engine plane crashed near the Delaware River on Saturday.

The NC Air Traffic Control Tower at the New Castle County Airport reported Saturday, around 10:45 a.m. ET, that it lost contact with a small aircraft.

State Police reported that the plane was located in the Delaware River in a muddy and marshy area between Fort Delaware State Park and Fort Mott State Park, New Jersey. However, SkyForce10 flew over the scene of the crash and showed that the aircraft had landed in a marsh near the water rather than in it.

Officials say two "older men" were spotted in the water near the plane.

A Delaware State Police helicopter arrived at the scene and rescued the two men. According to state police, their injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.

A law enforcement source also told NBC10 that the men were covered in mud but appeared to be "okay." They walked on their own to an ambulance, according to the source.

A Pennsville Police lieutenant told NBC10 that the plane sustained some sort of power failure. The FAA is currently investigating the crash.

The plane will be removed from the crash site by helicopter Tuesday morning and set down in the field at the entrance of Fort Mott State Park. It will then remain there until the FAA conduct an inspection. 



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<![CDATA[Showboat Atlantic City to Close: Union]]> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 16:44:11 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/PHI+showboat+atlantic+city.jpg

Showboat Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City plans to shut its doors and put more than 2,000 employees out of work, a union representing the casino workers says.

Bob McDevitt, president of Unite HERE Local 54, tells NBC10's Ted Greenberg that the Caesar Entertainment-owned gaming hall along the Atlantic City boardwalk plans to announce its closure on Friday. Along with the announcement, McDevitt says, will come WARN Act notices for employees.

WARN offers protection to workers, their families and communities by requiring employers to provide 60 days notice of the planned closure of a business, according to the New Jersey State Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

It is possible the notices could be rescinded if circumstances change. Revel Casino Hotel, located just next door to Showboat, issued WARN notices to its own workers earlier this month just before it filed for bankruptcy for the second time in as many years. The notices told workers that Revel could close this summer if a buyer is not found in bankruptcy court.

But McDevitt said he is convinced Caesars intends to close the Showboat, the poorest-performing of its four Atlantic City casinos.
 
"Caesars closing a casino which remains profitable with positive [earnings] is a criminal act committed on the people of Atlantic City," he said.

For the first quarter of this year, the 27-year-old Showboat posted a gross operating profit of nearly $2 million, according to state gambling data. But that was down from a profit of nearly $8.5 million in the first quarter of 2013.
 
So far this year, the Showboat has taken in $66.2 million from gamblers, ranking it seventh out of Atlantic City's 11 casinos. That represents a decline of nearly 16 percent from the same period in 2013.

The Showboat Hotel and Casino is located at 801 Boardwalk. If the casino does close, it will be the second to close this year. The Atlantic Club closed its doors for good in January.

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<![CDATA[Person Struck, Killed by Train]]> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 19:42:59 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/201*120/Fatal+Amtrak+Train.JPG

Service lines for both Amtrak and SEPTA were impacted after a person was struck and killed by a train in Delaware County.

Officials say an Amtrak Acela Express train with 272 passengers on board was traveling from Boston to Washington on Wednesday around 4:45 p.m.

As it traveled passed the Sharon Hill train station at Sharon and Woodland Avenues, it struck a person who was on the tracks. The unidentified victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

While the accident involved an Amtrak train, it still impacted SEPTA. Regional rail service on SEPTA's Wilmington/Newark line was suspended for several hours. Trains on the line resumed with limited operation around 7 p.m.

Amtrak service between Philadelphia and Wilmington is also under a delay due to only one track being used.

The victim has not yet been identified.

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



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<![CDATA[Police Arrest 2nd Gun Shop Robbery Suspect]]> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 22:32:25 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Jeff-Chandler.jpg

A man accused of robbing gun range customers of at least nine weapons and shooting a 67-year-old man is now in custody, according to Philadelphia Police.

Investigators say 27-year-old Jeffrey Chandler was arrested in Burlington Township, NJ on Tuesday.

Chandler and 21-year-old Samiyyah Poteat were allegedly involved in two holdups at two different gun ranges -- the first at Yury's Gun Range in Philly's West Poplar neighborhood and the second at the Delaware Valley Sports Center in the city's Bustleton neighborhood.

The suspects waited in a parked car, a late model dark colored 2-door coupe, outside of the ranges until potential victims exited, according to police.

They robbed a 68-year-old man at gunpoint outside Yury's at 544 N. Percy St. around 6:40 p.m. June 11, emptying the victim's pockets and taking off with his backpack, which contained two .22 caliber handguns, according to authorities.

The following day, the pair went to Delaware Valley Sports Center at 101 Geiger Road and pulled off the same heist on an unsuspecting 67-year-old man, who was leaving the range with a friend around 8:40 p.m., according to police.

Officials say they demanded the two men hand over their cash and guns. Even though the victims were cooperating, Chandler fired a shot, striking the 67-year-old and critically wounding him, according to authorities.

Investigators also recovered the getaway car used in the crimes June 14. It was located on the 200 block of South Hanson Street in West Philly.

Poteat turned herself in to authorities on June 13 after seeing herself in surveillance video of the crimes. She faces multiple charges including attempted homicide, robbery and aggravated assault.

Police have not yet revealed the specific charges against Chandler.



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<![CDATA[4 Men Questioned in Connection to Rittenhouse Rape]]> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 05:48:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/191*120/Rittenhouse+Doctor+Sex+Assault+Surveillance.jpg

Four men were taken in for questioning in connection to the repeated rape of a 26-year-old doctor inside her Rittenhouse apartment.

Philadelphia Police say they first started watching a home on South 8th Street in South Philadelphia on Sunday. On Monday they returned and searched through the home after issuing a warrant.

Investigators tell NBC10 that four men who live at the home were taken to the Special Victims Unit headquarters for questioning on Monday. Three of the men were picked up at the home while another was found on his bike near his job at Christian and Broad Street.

Police say the four men are persons of interests at this point. No charges have been filed.

Police also say they collected at least two bikes as possible evidence.

The victim returned to the crime scene with her family earlier on Monday as police released a sketch of the rapist and new surveillance video.

The woman was attacked around 1:20 a.m. on Saturday as she walked home from a bar called Ladder 15 at 1528 Sansom Street to her apartment in the 1900 block of Spruce Street.

The victim told police the man came up from behind her and grabbed her by the neck. He forced her to let him into her upstairs apartment, where he raped her multiple times, stole her phone and keys and took off, only to return a few minutes later.

Neighborhood surveillance video shows the man calmly locking up his bike on Spruce Street and then approaching the woman after she walks past him. With his arm around her, they walk the half block or so to her apartment. According to the time stamps on the video, the man leaves the apartment one hour and three minutes later. He walks back toward his bike and then immediately turns around and goes back into the building for another two minutes before leaving for good.

"He's a criminal is what he is and he needs to be in a penitentiary," Philadelphia police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said. "Beyond that, I don't think public TV would allow me to say what I really think about him."

After the attack, the victim, who is a doctor at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, left the city with her family. She came back with family members to her apartment on Monday and met for a second time with investigators in the Special Victim's Unit.

Captain John Darby, head of SVU, said the timing of the attack -- especially the way the man calmly locked up his bike before approaching the woman -- indicates to him that the crime may have been planned.

The attacker is described as a Hispanic male, 25-30 years old, 5-5" to 5'10" tall, thin with black hair. He was wearing a dark-colored baseball cap, black t-shirt, blue jeans and carrying a black messenger bag.



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<![CDATA[Father Crushed to Death in Wall Collapse]]> Sat, 21 Jun 2014 06:18:28 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/blockbuster+collapse+cherry+hill.jpg

A construction worker was trapped and killed when the last standing wall of a building under demolition collapsed on top of him.

Family members have identified the victm as 40-year-old Jose David Castro.

The father of two was a day laborer for Maple Shade, N.J.-based Mancuso Contractors Inc., which was the subcontractor hired to demolish an old Blockbuster Video building in the Cherry Hill Shopping Center at 500 Route 38 in Cherry Hill, N.J.

Castro was standing nearby the last standing portion of the building around 12:30 p.m. Friday when it came crashing down, killing him.

He was knocked into a trench, leaving him partially buried by debris. He was pronounced dead at the scene. A backhoe operator, who was shook up and having chest pains, was hospitalized. A third worker was also at the site, but was not harmed.

Crews were clearing the site to pave the way for a Super Wawa, according to Cherry Hill Fire Director Patrick Kelly.

"I'd say 98.9 percent of it was down. This is the last piece that was there and unfortunately, something happened where the wall came down on a worker," Kelly said.

The company in charge of the demolition had all the proper permits, Kelly said.

"Proper permitting does not always equal proper safety standards," said Andrew Duffy, a construction accident attorney for the Philadelphia firm representing victims in last year's deadly building collapse in Center City. Six people died in that accident and 13 were injured.

Investigators with the Camden County Prosecutor's office and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) were on site after the accident. The prosecutor's office will determine if there was any criminal wrongdoing. OSHA will determine whether specific safety requirements for demolitions were followed.

Joanna P. Hawkins, a spokeswoman with the U.S. Department of Labor, said OSHA is investigating the general contractor, which she identified as  Berlin, N.J.-based Carl R. Pursell Inc. and Mancuso Contractors. Reports show each company has been cited by OSHA for safety-related violations in the past.

The Mancuso violations date back to 1999 and 2000 for worker safety issues related to excavations. Three of those violations were categorized as serious. OSHA issued 12 violations during inspections for Pursell, the latest in 2013. Eight of those violations were deemed serious.

Requests for comment from both companies were not returned by the time of publication.

Duffy characterized the accident as eerily similar to the Market Street collapse in that the one wall left standing, came crashing down and killed a man.

"What this shows, unfortunately," Duffy said, "is that it is far more dangerous to demolish a building than to construct one."

PHOTO: Jose David Castro was killed when a wall under demolition collapsed on top of him.



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<![CDATA[Fire Breaks Out at Cherry Hill HS West]]> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 18:12:11 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Cherry-Hill-High-Fire-Pic.jpg

A high school in Cherry Hill, NJ was evacuated after a fire broke out.

The fire started around 3:55 p.m. on the roof of Cherry Hill High School West on 2101 W. Chapel Avenue. 

No students were at the school at the time due to a teacher in-service program. However, some faculty members were inside the building and were evacuated.

Firefighters brought the flames under control at 4:10 p.m. No one was injured.

Officials continue to investigate the cause of the fire.


 



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<![CDATA[Tracy Morgan Moved to Rehab Center]]> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 12:13:16 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/485528931.jpg

Nearly two weeks after he was involved in a crash that left him critically injured, actor-comedian Tracy Morgan was transferred to a rehab center.

"Tracy has been transferred to an undisclosed rehab center, where he is expected to remain for the next few weeks," Morgan's publicist Lewis Kay wrote in a released statement. "While he is continuing to show signs of improvement, he still has a long way to go.  He and Megan wanted to publicly express their deepest gratitude to everyone at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital for the unbelievable care and attention they provided him."

Morgan and six others were inside a Mercedes Sprinter limo traveling in the northbound lanes of the New Jersey Turnpike in Cranbury, New Jersey on the morning of Saturday, June 7 when a Walmart truck crashed into it, causing it to flip and hit four other vehicles.

Morgan was critically hurt in the accident, suffering a broken leg, femur, nose and ribs. He was flown to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J.  Morgan’s mentor and fellow comedian James “Jimmy Mack” McNair, 69, was killed in the crash.

Fellow passengers Jeffrey Millea and Ardie Fuqua, Jr. were also critically injured in the crash and remain hospitalized. Harris Stanton, another passenger, was treated and released on Sunday.

On Monday, Kay revealed that both Morgan and Millea were upgraded to "fair condition." 

Kevin Roper, the 35-year-old driver of the Walmart truck, was arrested and charged with Death by Auto and Assault by Driving. According to a criminal complaint, Roper hadn’t slept for at least 24 hours when the crash occurred. Investigators have not yet revealed however whether he fell asleep at the wheel. The NTSB also determined that he was driving 65 mph in a 45 mph zone.



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<![CDATA[Girl's Face Slashed by Classmate on NJ School Bus]]> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 02:04:59 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/bus_slashing_teen_11.jpg

An alleged ongoing feud between two female Pennsauken High School students may have fueled a violent face-slashing on a school bus Thursday afternoon.

Pennsauken Police say one 16-year-old girl used a razor or razor-knife to slice another 16-year-old student's face while they were on the school bus following an early dismissal.

The alleged attacker was taken off the bus and into police custody. The victim was rushed to Cooper University Hospital where she is undergoing surgery at this time.

A police officer happened to be parked in front of the bus at the time of the slashing and was able to respond quickly.

"We hardly ever have any type of incidents like this at the high school," said Pennsauken Police Lt. Michael Probasco. "It's usually a pretty good campus here."

The school is located at 800 Hylton Road in Pennsauken Township, Camden County, New Jersey.

This story is developing. Check back for updates.

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<![CDATA[Burning Wires Cause Lane Restrictions on Rt. 70]]> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 04:27:22 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Burning-Wires-Route-70.jpg

Downed wires caught fire on Route 70 in Cherry Hill Township, NJ Tuesday night, causing a major traffic backup.

SkyForce10 captured the downed wires across all six lanes on Route 70 near Cuthbert Boulevard Tuesday night. The sparking wires caused flames to spread in one of the lanes.

About 2,700 customers also lost power due to the downed wires. Their power has since been restored.

Route 70 was shut down in both directions for over an hour.

Shortly before 11 p.m., one eastbound lane and one westbound lane reopened. However, according to Township officials, lane restrictions will remain in both directions overnight into Wednesday morning as crews continue to work on repairs.

Police are urging drivers to seek alternate routes until the roadway is completely reopened.

No injuries have been reported.

Police are still investigating what caused the wires to fall.
 



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<![CDATA[Tracy Morgan Now in 'Fair' Condition: Publicist]]> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 20:39:42 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/488511629.jpg

Over a week after he was involved in a crash that left him critically injured, actor-comedian Tracy Morgan's condition has improved, according to his publicist.

"Happy to pass along that Tracy has been upgraded to fair condition, which is a great improvement," Morgan's publicist Lewis Kay wrote in a released statement. "His personality is certainly starting to come back as well."

Morgan and six others were inside a Mercedes Sprinter limo traveling in the northbound lanes of the New Jersey Turnpike in Cranbury, New Jersey on the morning of Saturday, June 7 when a Walmart truck crashed into it, causing it to flip and hit four other vehicles.

Morgan was critically hurt in the accident, suffering a broken leg, femur, nose and ribs. He was flown to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J.  Morgan’s mentor and fellow comedian James “Jimmy Mack” McNair, 69, was killed in the crash.

Fellow passengers Jeffrey Millea and Ardie Fuqua, Jr. were also critically injured in the crash and remain hospitalized. Harris Stanton, another passenger, was treated and released on Sunday.

On Monday, Kay also revealed that Millea's condition has been upgraded to "fair."

Kevin Roper, the 35-year-old driver of the Walmart truck, was arrested and charged with Death by Auto and Assault by Driving. According to a criminal complaint, Roper hadn’t slept for at least 24 hours when the crash occurred. Investigators have not yet revealed however whether he fell asleep at the wheel.



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<![CDATA[13-Year-Old Boy Shot, Gunman on the Loose]]> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 00:42:38 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/South-Philly-Shooting1.jpg

Police are on the hunt for a gunman who shot a teenager in South Philadelphia.

Police say the 13-year-old boy was sitting in the passenger side of a vehicle as his father was driving on the 2000 block of South Hemberger Street around 4:40 p.m. on Monday.

As he was inside, police say a gunman and another suspect walked over to the car and fired eight shots total.

The boy was struck once in the left arm and once in the buttocks. He was taken to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia where he is currently in stable condition.

According to investigators, the 13-year-old victim's bike was stolen on Sunday. They suspect the shooting was somehow related to an argument over the theft.

Investigators say a detective who was working undercover witnessed the shooting and followed the suspects into a home on the 2000 block of Mountain Street. A barricade situation was declared and other officers responded to the scene.

Officials say they eventually took the owner of the home into custody after they found two guns hidden in a golf bag inside. The two suspects managed to escape however and are still on the loose.

If you have any information on their whereabouts, please call Philadelphia Police.



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<![CDATA[Big Rig Overturns on Pa. Turnpike]]> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 17:14:19 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/PA-TURNPIKE.gif

An overturned tractor-trailer blocked lanes along the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Montgomery County Wednesday morning.

The big rig wrecked on the westbound lanes Valley Forge (Exit 326) off-ramp in King of Prussia around 10 a.m., according to Pennsylvania State Police.

No word yet on any injuries.

Expect traffic delays in the area as the 18-wheeler blocked the right lane of traffic for hours.



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<![CDATA[Armed Barricade Ends, Everyone Safe: Police]]> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 07:43:57 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Philadelphia+Police+SWAT+Kensington.JPG

Philadelphia police officers, SWAT and firefighters responded to the city’s West Kensington section Wednesday morning for a standoff that lasted for hours.

The response teams could be seen blocking off streets in the area of Mascher and Huntingdon Streets throughout the early morning.

Investigators said a 20-year-old man barricaded himself inside a home on Mascher with two guns on him after an argument with a neighbor shortly before 3 a.m.

Police said that the incident began as an argument between the man and a 28-year-old man outside the home. During the argument the older man said the younger man pistol-whipped him and shot into the air. The 28-year-old suffered cuts and bruises and was treated at the scene.

Police said the man then went into the home.

"We surrounded the house front and back, due to the fact that we believe the suspect had a gun," said Philadelphia Chief Inspector Scott Small.

Small said the man, who was inside with several family members didn't respond to knocks at the door, police shouting at him nor phone calls.

After about 30 minutes a woman in her 20s -- believed to be the suspect's cousin -- and her young children left the house.

The family member told police that the armed suspect's 73-year-old grandfather  was still asleep inside, according to police..

Police said they sent a robot inside the home and that eventually caused the alleged gunman to surrender peacefully.

The grandfather and suspect both appeared uninjured, according to police.

"No one was injured, it was the desired outcome," said Small.

Police expected to charge the suspect with aggravated assault and weapons charges.



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<![CDATA[Man Jumps in Front of SEPTA Train]]> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 12:40:45 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/216*120/Railroad+Crossing+Train+Generic.JPG

SEPTA suspended service along its Manayunk/Norristown Regional Rail Line after a train struck and killed a man in the East Falls section of Philadelphia.

SEPTA spokeswoman Heather Redfern said that they stopped trains on the line during Monday morning’s rush as police investigated the incident near New Queen Street.

Philadelphia Police said that an unidentified man jumped in front of a moving train. Body parts could be seen on the tracks.

Starting around 8:40 a.m., SEPTA resumed limited service along the line. It would take another two hours or so to get service back to regular.



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<![CDATA[Route 1 Reopens After Big Rig Wreck]]> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 06:47:44 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/Roosevelt+Boulevard+Jackknifed+Big+Rig.JPG

A jackknifed tractor-trailer closed one of Philadelphia’s busiest roads for nearly two hours this morning.

The big rig and a car collided along the Roosevelt Boulevard (U.S. Route 1) northbound at Southampton Road near Benjamin Rush State Park shortly before 4:30 a.m.

The tractor-trailer jackknifed across the northbound lanes causing police to close the roadway from Southampton Road to the Bucks County line.

One person was taken to Aria Health - Torresdale Campus with undisclosed injuries.

Police on the scene said dozens of gallon of fuel spilled from the truck onto the roadway.

Knights Road could be used as an alternate route but long delays should be expected.

Tow trucks got the damaged vehicles out of the way and the road reopened around 6:15 a.m.



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<![CDATA[Classroom Catches Fire, School Closes Early]]> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 01:24:28 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/Pinelands+High+School+Fire.JPG

Firefighters battled a blaze inside a South Jersey classroom early this morning and once the flames were out, students still didn't get back to classes as normal.

The fire burned inside Pinelands Regional High School along Nugentown Road in Little Egg Harbor Township around 5 a.m., according to Superintendent Dr. Robert Blake.

There were no injuries.

Ocean County dispatchers said that the fire spread to two alarms before it was brought under control after about an hour.

The extent of damage wasn’t immediately clear. As SkyForce10 hovered overhead, firetrucks could be seen parked outside the building as crews pulled hoses into the school.

Dispatchers said firefighters managed to contain the blaze to the one classroom but smoke filled much of the building.

Students and staff began arriving at the school at the normal time around 7:25 a.m. They were asked to meet on the football field as they waited out a delay so that firefighters could clear the scene.

Blake said they got into the building around 9 a.m. and began their day on a revised schedule.

The 10th to 12th graders were forced back out of the building however about 90 minutes later when a false alarm went off. Blake said that after 30 minutes they decided to dismiss students at 11:25 a.m.

The fire marshal still hasn't released a cause for the blaze, Blake however said it appeared to have been caused by accidentally by a faulty outlet.

Classes will resume as normal Thursday with the exception of the burnt classroom, which will remain closed.

While no students were injured, some parents believe the school should have immediately canceled classes and that their children were put at risk. Krista Harrsch believes the school had an ulterior motive for having an early dismissal rather than no school at all.

"I feel it's all because they're worried about all the snow days and pushing graduation day," Harrsch said.

Blake denied this claim.

"Certainly our calendar and with graduation and plans that are being made, it would be very difficult for a lot of people to make those changes at this point in time," Blake said. "But that's not going to be the overriding reason behind it."

Some students who spoke to NBC10 say they were fine with the school's decision however.

"They count it as a day and we're already getting out June 26 anyway," said Dan Macphee. "I don't want graduation pushed back anymore." 



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<![CDATA[Pilot in Deadly Crash May Have Tried to Slow Down ]]> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 04:20:52 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Plane-Crash-911.jpg

The pilot of the commuter jet involved in the deadly crash that killed him and six others on board, including Philadelphia Inquirer co-owner Lewis Katz, may have tried to slow the plane down moments before the accident. 

Katz’s Gulfstream jet crashed during takeoff at Hanscom Field in Bedford, Massachusetts Saturday night. The plane had burst through a chain-link fence and toppled part of a runway lighting system.

The National Transportation Safety Board says data from flight recorders indicate the jet reached a speed of 165 knots (190 mph) and never lifted off from the runway.

NTSB investigator Luke Schiada said Tuesday one of the recovered black boxes also recorded conversations inside the cockpit, but they will be analyzed further before a transcript is released.Schiada said data from the black boxes indicated a rise in brake pressure and the application of thrust reversers before the crash. Tire marks on the runway also suggest the pilot may have been trying to stop the plane.

The briefing came nearly 24 hours after federal investigators located the plane's cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder. The devices had been missing in the wreckage for several days.

Fifteen investigators, including Rolls Royce engine manufacturers, are at Hanscom Field where they continue to investigate how the Gulfstream IV, owned by Katz, crashed Saturday night.

The latest information revealed during Tuesday's news conference is based on preliminary reports, according to the NTSB spokesman.

During 911 calls obtained by NBC10, witnesses who live nearby say they heard the crash and saw a towering ball of fire.

"It looks like an atomic bomb, a mushroom cloud," the caller said.

Investigators have not yet determined the cause of the crash.

There are other key pieces needed in order to piece the plane's final moments together, officials say.

"We have found the aircraft maintenance records. We will be retrieving those and reviewing those documents within the next few days. We have some information about the flight crew, we've located their training records," said NTSB senior air safety investigator Luke Schiada.

And all three had extensive flying experience. They've been identified as pilot James McDowell, co-pilot Bauke "Mike" de Vries, and flight attendant Teresa Ann Benhoff. Relatives say all had worked for Philadelphia Inquirer co-owner Lewis Katz for at least 10 years.

Katz was a passenger on the plane hosting three friends, all from South Jersey, as they returned to Atlantic City at the time of the crash.

The Bedford airport is running as normally as could be expected with an investigation of this magnitude, with flights coming and going throughout the day.

There is surveillance video from this airport, but it has not yet been reviewed, according to investigators.



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<![CDATA[Police ID Victims of Fatal Van Crash]]> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 20:15:10 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Route+55+Crash+Franklin+Township.JPG

Police have identified one of the two people who were killed after a van slammed into a tree along a South Jersey road Tuesday morning.

Investigators say six people were inside a 2003 Chevrolet van that was traveling northbound on Route 55 in Franklin Township around 6:15 a.m.

According to NJ State Police, the driver of the vehicle somehow lost control and veered off the northbound lanes of the highway, slamming into a tree.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead a short time later, you could see crews freeing people from the badly-damaged van -- the front-end nearly completely push inward and a door flung off to the side -- and placing them on stretchers.

The driver, who has not yet been identified as well as one of the passengers, 47-year-old Norma Santiago, were both killed in the crash.

Carlos Gonzalez, 31, of Bridgeton, NJ, Regina Fortoso, 25, Jose Santiago, 37, of Bridgeton and Angel Rodriguez, 48, of Vineland were all injured in the accident. They were flown to Cooper University Hospital where they are all currently in critical condition.

According to investigators, only the driver was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.
Investigators say the victims worked for J. Ambrogi Foods and were heading to the Kristy's Kuts produce processing facility in West Deptford when the accident occurred.  Officials say it was supposed to be Santiago’s first day on the job.

“It has really made a big impact on the people in the room and everybody in our company,” said Jerry Ambrogi, president of J. Ambrogi Foods. “Our hearts and prayers go out to all their friends and their families.”

Investigators are still trying to determine what caused the van to go off the road.

The crash slowed traffic along Route 55 northbound at mile-marker 40 near the U.S. Route 40 interchange. The road remained closed for hours as crews investigated the deadly wreck.



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<![CDATA[Driver Dies as Car Slams Into Big Rig, Catches Fire]]> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 12:23:34 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/TRactor+Trailer+Crash+NJ+Turnpike.JPG

A fiery wreck involving two vehicles closed down lanes along the New Jersey Turnpike this morning and left a driver dead.

The crash around 5:25 a.m. snarled northbound traffic approaching Exit 2 (U.S. Route 322) in Woolwich Township, Gloucester County, N.J.

New Jersey State Police said that a black BMW slammed into the rig of a tractor-trailer as both cars traveled northbound near mile-marker 14. After impact, both vehicles burst into flames.

The car driver died, according to police. The big rig driver wasn't hurt.

Crews could be seen dousing the smoking debris in the moments after the crash that left a car pinned under the rear of the badly charred tractor-trailer along the right shoulder of the roadway.

Traffic stopped as crews tried to figure out how the car wound up under the trailer.

It took a few hours to clear the wreck.



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<![CDATA[Smoke Pours From House Fire]]> Thu, 29 May 2014 09:21:13 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Upper+Darby+Fire+House+Fire.jpg

Firefighters rushed to the scene of a smoky house fire in Delaware County this morning.

Thick smoke could be seen pouring from the roof of a home along the 4000 block of Allendale Road in Upper Darby after flames broke out around 8 a.m.

No word yet on any injuries.

The fire would go to two alarms before being brought under control after about an hour.

The American Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania said it helped at least three people displaced by the fire.



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<![CDATA[Homicide Victim Found in Doughnut Shop Parking Lot]]> Thu, 29 May 2014 07:47:51 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/207*120/Dunkin+Donuts+Homcide+Girard+Ave.JPG

Philadelphia Police responded to a city Dunkin’ Donuts after a man was found shot in a car outside the doughnut shop.

Officers found the man shot inside a minivan parked in front of the store at N 10th Street and Girard Avenue in North Philly around 4:45 a.m.

The shooting victim died a short time later at Hahnemann Hospital.

Police believe the shooting happened less than a block away at the Cambridge homes on W Harper Street. An initial investigation showed that someone fired three times at two men sitting in the car.

Officers on the scene said the driver managed to get his Plymouth minivan to the doughnut shop where he stopped out front.

Police questioned the driver's passenger -- who wasn't injured -- about the shooting.

"The witness was really lucky," said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small.

Investigators scoured both scenes for clues in hopes of finding the shooter.

"Hopefully this witness can give us some information," said Small.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Philadelphia Police.



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<![CDATA[Underground Fire Knocks Out Power]]> Wed, 28 May 2014 06:13:24 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/WEST+Philly+Transformer+Fire1.JPG

An underground fire knocked out power to some residents and firefighters in West Philadelphia overnight.

The transformer sparked around 3 a.m. Wednesday at 56th and Chestnut Streets.

No injuries were reported.

PECO crews and firefighters could be seen responding to the fire as smoke rose from a grate at the scene near some homes and businesses.

The transformer issue caused power to go out to some nearby row homes and even the local firehouse, Engine 57. Firefighters said that despite the lights being out they remained operational in case of emergency.

No word yet on when the lights will go back on.



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<![CDATA[Driver Trapped in Truck Has Leg Partially Amputated]]> Wed, 28 May 2014 11:00:08 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Truck-Overturns.jpg

A driver, trapped for hours in a box truck cab partially dangling from a highway overpass, had his leg partially amputated following a crash Tuesday on the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

The truck driver was traveling in the southbound lanes of the toll road near Route 363 in Lansdale, Montgomery County late in the afternoon when his vehicle somehow overturned, investigators say. The truck slid on the drivers side across the two-lane highway and through a bridge wall.

The impact left the driver's leg pinned beneath the steering column, officials said. Rescue crews spent more than two hours working to free the man, but were forced to resort to amputation.

The man was taken to Abington Memorial Trauma Center for treatment. Officials have not yet revealed his condition or identity.

Southbound lanes were shut down at the location of the crash for several hours stranding drivers on the limited-access road. Lanes were later reopened as crews towed the truck away.

Repair work to the guardrail was underway on Wednesday.
 



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