<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Breaking News]]> Copyright 2016 http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/breaking http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com en-us Sat, 13 Feb 2016 01:56:39 -0500 Sat, 13 Feb 2016 01:56:39 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Water Main Break Coats Cars in Ice]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 20:38:51 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/West+Philly+Water+Main+Break+Mailbox+Snowy+Street.JPG

A water main break caused an icy mess that stopped traffic and SEPTA routes in West Philadelphia Friday morning.

The break along 63rd Street between Haverford and Girard avenues around midnight caused SEPTA to shuttle Route 15 trolley passengers between 60th and 63rd streets. The Route 10 trolley was also delayed eastbound at one point.

The break left ice on the road and coated cars causing police to block more vehicles from driving in the area. Salts trucks were called in to break up the ice.

The break continued to spill water onto the roadway through Friday morning as Philadelphia Water Department crews worked to find the source of the break. The water department eventually found a fire hydrant that seemed to be the root of the issue.

The water department shut off service to homes for hours as they worked to replace the hydrant and line.

No word yet on when the roadway will reopen.



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<![CDATA[Power Goes Out Following Underground Fire in Center City]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 08:47:27 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/social-fire+-+18041214_18368179.jpg

Crews responded to black smoke and reports of an underground explosion in Center City Thursday afternoon.

Thick, black smoke could be seen coming from a manhole as SkyForce10 hovered above the area of 21st and Walnut Streets in Philadelphia before 6 p.m.

Video from the ground in the area showed smoke and flames emerging from underground.

PECO was called to the scene and officials confirmed the area was being evacuated.

PECO said 400 customers were without power due to the incident. By Friday morning that number was reduced to around 50 -- mostly residential customers by Friday morning, said PECO.

By Friday morning, the closure around the blast site was reduced to only the 2100 block of Walnut Street as crews used a jackhammer near the fire site.



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<![CDATA[Taxi & Limo Drivers Hit Center City Streets to Protest UberX]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 21:50:38 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Uber+Slave+Taxi+Protest.JPG

Philadelphia taxi and limo drivers, angry with ride-booking services UberX and Lyft cutting into their business, took to Center City streets Thursday blocking traffic and making noise.

Cabdrivers joined Uber Black drivers and people with disabilities to protest ride-hailing services UberX and Lyft that are cutting into traditional taxi and limo business.

The Philadelphia Cab Association planned to gather on city streets around 12:30 p.m. to protest ride-sharing claiming that public safety, a lack of handicap-accessible vehicles and a lack of taxation are putting the people of Pennsylvania in peril, especially people with disabilities. Some drivers also claim to be making less money as people turn to the convenience of app-based Lyft and UberX.

UberBlack – Uber's upscale service featuring licensed limousine drivers – joined the taxi drivers in their opposition of the app-based services that feature non-professional drivers using personal cars to transport fares. Uber calls UberX a lower-cost alternative to UberBlack.

On Thursday, people using wheelchairs and others could be seen protesting outside City Hall as seemingly hundreds of cabs and black cars -- one with "Uber Slave" written on its roof -- blocked lanes and blared horns.

After about 45 minutes, protesters holding signs and chanting could be seen standing in the middle of Market Street on the west side of City Hall causing a complete stop of traffic. Philadelphia Police responded but didn't appear to disperse the crowd nor make any arrests.

Late last year, a seemingly larger protest brought Center City to a standstill as protesters -- estimated to be between 500 to 600 -- used a combination of on-foot demonstrations and licensed vehicles to slow traffic along Broad Street and on surrounding streets for about 45 minutes.

In the days after that protest, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams met with taxi and limo drivers to hear their grievances. Uber Black drivers have also filed a suit against Uber over ride-sharing options.

State lawmakers have battled over the legality of the ride-sharing services as UberX hit milestones like its 1 millionth ride in Philadelphia.

Uber earlier responded to the concerns of Philly's professional drivers in a statement that put the onus back on the Philadelphia Parking Authority, which is responsible for taxi licensing in the city.

“Many taxi and limousine drivers are understandably frustrated because the Philadelphia Parking Authority’s outdated rules make it harder to earn a living when the public has shown they want more affordable options," said the Uber statement. "Each year, the PPA requires limousine drivers to pay $404 per vehicle for a PPA sticker and $130 for their chauffeur's permit to be renewed. They also subject drivers to obsolete vehicle restrictions and onerous insurance requirements. We believe statewide reform of the PPA that allows for regulated ride-sharing will benefit both riders and drivers."

The PPA had no comment about Thursday's event. they did, however, conjured up the Bill of Rights in a previous statement.

"We are all thankful to live in a free country, where we all are free to assemble and express our views through peaceful protests," said PPA Executive Director Vince Fenerty.

NBC10 also reached out to Lyft for comment.



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<![CDATA[Water Main Break Snarls Traffic, Closes School]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 16:27:18 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/183*120/Pottstown+Water+Main+Break+Close.JPG

A water main broke causing troubles and a school closure in a Montgomery County town Wednesday morning.

The break at Berks and Walnut streets in Pottstown, Pennsylvania sent water into nearby homes and stopped traffic around 7:45 a.m.

Pottstown officials said by mid-morning the break, which occurred near Saint Michael’s Ukrainian Church, a Walmart and Barth Elementary School was under control. School officials closed Barth for the day as crews used heavy machinery on the break.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead, crews could be seen digging in a large hole in the roadway.

No word yet on damage estimates.



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<![CDATA[School on Lockdown After Officer Misplaces Gun]]> Tue, 02 Feb 2016 18:10:16 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/218*120/Kensington+High+School+Officer+Gun.JPG

Philadelphia Police put a high school on lockdown Tuesday morning after a school officer had his loaded weapon possibly stolen from his car.

Students and staff at the Kensington Urban and Business High Schools at Coral and Cumberland streets were placed on lockdown around 10:30 a.m. as police investigated the school.

It wasn’t immediately clear when the gun went missing, said police The officer, however, believed it was taken, said investigators.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead a short time later, you could see police vehicles parked on the sidewalk outside the school that serves grades 9 to 12.

The Philadelphia School District didn't comment on the investigation outside of saying that police were on the scene.

The lockdown was lifted after noon but it wasn't clear if the weapon turned up.

No injuries were reported and no word if anyone will face charges.



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<![CDATA[Deadly Fall Down Elevator Shaft]]> Tue, 02 Feb 2016 20:04:08 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/New-Jersey-Worker-Fall-0202.jpg

An elevator repair worker was killed after he was dragged up inside an elevator shaft at a high-rise building in New Jersey, authorities said.

The 44-year-old man from New Windsor was performing monthly maintenance in one of the elevators at the 52-story Galaxy Towers on Boulevard E in Guttenberg when he somehow got tangled between the elevator door and the top portion of the elevator car, the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office said. 

He was dragged upwards and killed, authorities said. 

The worker was found wedged between an elevator cab and the wall of the shaft, according to the federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities said the maintenance job was normally meant to be done by two workers, but the man who died began when his partner showed up late.

His body was removed by emergency responders, authorities said.

Authorities said earlier the man had plunged down an elevator shaft, but the prosecutor's office said later in the evening that he was actually dragged upward. 

The man worked for Slade Industries. 

"Slade Industries, Inc. is very saddened to hear of the accident at Galaxy Towers in Guttenberg, NJ this morning. We extend our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of our employee involved in the accident," the company said in a statement.

OSHA says it is investigating the fatality.



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<![CDATA[SEPTA Bus, School Bus Collide]]> Mon, 01 Feb 2016 07:39:19 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/School+Bus+Crash+SEPTA+Bus+Olney.JPG

Nearly two dozen people were checked out for injuries after a SEPTA bus collided with a school bus near SEPTA’s Olney Transportation Center Monday morning.

There were no children on the small yellow school bus when it collided with a Route L bus at Park Street and Olney Avenue shortly after 6 a.m.

No children were on the bus but there were three adults on board. There were around 20 passengers and a driver on the SEPTA bus, said SEPTA.

Thirteen SEPTA riders were checked out for minor and non-life-threatening injuries, said SEPTA.

No word yet on what caused the wreck.



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<![CDATA[Car Goes Off I-95, Lands on Ground Below]]> Fri, 29 Jan 2016 17:38:27 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/200*120/Car+Off+I-95+Port+Richmond.JPG

A red sedan went off Interstate 95 in Philadelphia’s Port Richmond section during Friday’s evening commute leaving traffic backed up and a woman unconscious.

The car went off the roadway while traveling northbound near Castor Avenue around 4:10 p.m.

First responders pulled a 71-year-old unconscious woman from the car, said dispatchers.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead a short time later you could see the car semi-upright on the ground between the highway and the off-ramp for the Betsy Ross Bridge. Police blocked two northbound lanes as they investigated below.



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<![CDATA[Caught on Video: Rider Critical in SEPTA Bus Stabbing]]> Fri, 29 Jan 2016 23:49:33 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/SEPTA+stabbing+Frankford+01292016.jpg

A SEPTA rider is hospitalized in critical condition after a stabbing on a bus Friday afternoon in the city's Frankford neighborhood, police said.

The stabbing stemmed from a fare dispute, police said. The suspect boarded the Route 56 bus around 2 p.m. at Torresdale Avenue and Paul Street, but could not pay the fare.

When he refused to leave, the victim started arguing with him about holding up the bus from continuing on.

The argument came to a head with the stabbing, police said.

The victim, who is in his 40s, was rushed to Temple University Hospital. He's listed in critical condition, police said.

The suspect got off the bus and took off. Police are searching for him. A description was not immediately available.



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<![CDATA[Frustrating Ride on SEPTA's Broad Street Line]]> Thu, 28 Jan 2016 10:27:33 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Broad-Street-Line-Drill.jpg

SEPTA commuters voiced frustration Thursday morning as track problems caused delays underground on the Broad Street Line.

The issue seemed to slow trains to a crawl, with some trains spending minutes stopped at consecutive stations.

SEPTA initially tweeted shortly before 7 a.m. that northbound trains wouldn't stop at Fairmount Station. They later tweeted that commuters should expect delays of 10 minutes.

SEPTA spokeswoman Heather Redfern told NBC10 that the track department had to fix an issue with the track during the morning commute.

Around 10:10 a.m., SEPTA tweeted that service at the Fairmount Station had finally returned to normal.

Redfern said all service, and stops, should return back to normal Thursday morning.



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<![CDATA[Trash Truck Explodes, Blasts Hole in Home]]> Wed, 27 Jan 2016 06:49:38 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/210*120/Hamilton+Township+Trash+Truck+Fire.JPG

A trash truck operated by natural gas exploded Tuesday afternoon, causing the evacuation of some homes in a New Jersey community.

Operators of the truck noticed smoke coming from the battery as they picked up trash along Fitzrandolph Avenue near Bow Hill Avenue in Hamilton Township, New Jersey around 2 p.m., said township police.

Firefighters got the blaze under control after a short while but not before one of the tanks ignited causing damage to a handful of homes, said police.

Cindy Partyka, who lives down the street, captured the moment the truck exploded, sending debris into nearby homes and leaving a hole in one home.

Luckily, no injuries were reported but at least two homes would need to be inspected before residents could return.

Multiple agencies investigated to figure out what caused the fire.



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<![CDATA[Firefighters Take on Flooding, Flames]]> Sat, 23 Jan 2016 14:31:18 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/198*120/Sea+Isle+Fire+Avalaon+Coffee+Company.JPG

Firefighters battled not only flames but flooding as they tried to control a coffee shop blaze in a popular Jersey Shore town Saturday.

As a winter storm continued to pound Sea Isle City with heavy winds and wet weather, firefighters tried to extinguish a fire at the Avalon Coffee Company at Landis Avenue and 42nd Street in Sea Isle City early in the afternoon.

Luckily no one was hurt.

The fact that the blaze broke out around low tide made things easier, but not easy, on firefighters.

“Luckily the tide was receding enough that all the other agencies that came to assists were able to get here… in efforts to put this fire out, said Lt. Thomas McQuillen of the Sea Isle City Police Department.

No word yet on what caused the fire.



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<![CDATA[PennDOT Plow Truck Overturns While Salting]]> Sat, 23 Jan 2016 08:47:09 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Berks+County+Route+562+Plow+Truck+Crash.jpg

A PennDOT salt truck overturned as snow and wind pelted Berks County Saturday morning.

The truck overturned in whiteout conditions along Memorial Highway (Pennsylvania Route 662), near Blandon Road (Route 73), in Oley Township around 7:30 a.m., said PennDOT.

The driver was treated at the scene and is expected to be back at work in another truck later in the day, said PennDOT.

Another truck went to the scene to treat the roadway, said PennDOT.

No word yet on an exact cause for the crash but PennDOT said the driver had poor visibility before the wreck.



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<![CDATA[Philly Officer Heads Home 2 Weeks After Ambush]]> Mon, 25 Jan 2016 09:02:08 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/HD+OFFICER+HARTNETT+Hospital_18131007.jpg

Philadelphia Police Officer Jesse Hartnett was released from the hospital Friday, a little more than two weeks after he was shot three times during an ambush attack by a man who allegedly pledged allegiance to ISIS.

Hartnett, 33, was hospitalized the night of Jan. 7 after confessed attacker Edward Archer, 30, shot Hartnett at point-blank range in an attempt to kill the officer, according to Philadelphia police. Authorities said the gun he used was a stolen police weapon.

"This is absolutely one of the scariest things I’ve ever seen," said Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross after the shooting. "This guy tried to execute the police officer."

Hartnett has undergone numerous surgeries to repair damage caused by the three bullets that tore through his arm. He was reported to be in stable condition on Tuesday. He still must return to the hospital for further arm surgery.

The attack on Hartnett prompted an investigation into Archer, who claimed he had ties to a terror group and pledged allegiance to ISIS, authorities said. After investigation, FBI officials concluded that Archer was not part of a terror group and there were no other imminent threats to law enforcement.

Archer is charged with attempted murder, illegal-gun possession and other related offenses. He remains locked up at Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility after bail was denied.

Information on an attorney for Archer was not immediately available. 



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<![CDATA[Crash Overturns Dump Truck, Rips Apart Van in NJ]]> Thu, 21 Jan 2016 12:17:00 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Route+70+Van+Dump+Truck+Crash.JPG

A dump truck overturned and crushed a van along a busy South Jersey road Thursday morning leaving one person dead and causing traffic troubles.

Traffic could only get by on the shoulder before being stopped entirely after the deadly wreck along Route 70 near Lakehurst Road (County Route 530) in Browns Mills, Burlington County around 7 a.m.

The wreck left one person dead and the truck's load on the roadway, said county dispatchers.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead after the crash, you could see the yellow dump truck on its side -- the front of the cab torn off. The wreck tore the roof off a white van that wound up backwards on the shoulder.

Traffic backed up at least a mile behind the crash.

After more than four hours, the crash investigation continued.



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<![CDATA[Police K-9s Sweep Del. Schools After More Threats]]> Wed, 20 Jan 2016 10:56:21 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/dfw-generic-teacher-school-education-17.jpg

A day after various schools in multiple states -- including four in Delaware -- were evacuated amid threats, two more First State schools went into lockdown after being threatened Wednesday.

Delaware State Police evacuated East Millsboro Elementary School on Iron Branch Road in Millsboro and Everett Meredith Middle School on Broad Street in Middletown after both schools received threats around 10 a.m., said police.

Police didn't immediately reveal details about the new threats. Four other Delaware schools and at least one Pennsylvania district joined a growing list of schools around the northeastern United States that dealt with threats Tuesday.

On Tuesday, police evacuated Long Neck Elementary School in Millsboro; Silverlake Elementary School in Middletown; and Woodbridge High School in Greenwood so that officers and K-9 units could investigate threats.

None of those searches turned anything up, said police.



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<![CDATA[Car Goes Off NJ Highway, Woman Dies]]> Wed, 20 Jan 2016 11:39:21 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/208*120/Route+55+Crash+elk+Township.JPG

A Woman died after the car she was riding in swerved off a major South Jersey roadway and into the woods Wednesday morning.

Traffic slowly got by the scene of the deadly wreck along New Jersey Route 55 northbound near mile-marker 47 in Elk Township, Gloucester County around 7:20 a.m.

The passenger -- an unidentified woman -- died at the scene while medics took the unidentified female driver to Cooper University Hospital with undisclosed injuries, said New Jersey State Police.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead a short time later, you could see the blue sedan in the woods as traffic backed up approaching the scene. There appeared to be tire marks from the roadway into the wooded area.

No word yet on what caused the driver to lose control.

It took crews more than three hours to clear the crash.



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<![CDATA[Police K-9s Sweep Del. Schools After Threats]]> Tue, 19 Jan 2016 13:09:04 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/022014-school_generic.jpg

Four Delaware schools and at least one Pennsylvania district joined a growing list of schools around the northeastern United States that dealt with threats Tuesday. In these cases, each school received a threat from a robotic-sounding voice, said Delaware State Police.

Police evacuated Long Neck Elementary School in Millsboro; Silverlake Elementary School in Middletown; and Woodbridge High School in Greenwood so that officers and K-9 units could investigate threats.

The Appoquinimink School District alerted parents at Silverlake that the school received a robo-call threat this morning and that students were evacuated on school buses. "The situation is under control, and students are safe and well cared for," said superintendent Matthew Burrows. "As soon as we receive appropriate reassurances, we will re-enter the building."

None of the searches turned anything up, said police.

Long Neck called it a low-level lockdown and planned to return students to the classroom after police said caller threatened to "do harm to the students and faculty." Woodbridge said that it was a teacher in-service day so no students were at the school.

Rehoboth Elementary School in Rehoboth Beach also received a threat from a "coward," said state Sen. Ernesto Lopez (R-6th District). "Let me make something perfectly clear to those who continue to try to instill fear into moms and dads, grandparents and our community as a whole: your actions are despicable and when you are discovered you will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," said Lopez.

A threat also put the Chichester School District in Delaware County, Pennsylvania on alert. The district asked parents NOT to pick up their children as police investigated the threat while students evacuated.

At least nine schools in North Jersey received threats that included bomb threats and mass shooting threats, reported NBC New York.

Threats also caused concern at some Massachusetts schools, said police.

Investigators worked to determine if the threats are connected.
 



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<![CDATA[No Heat, No Classes at Bucks Co. School]]> Tue, 19 Jan 2016 11:06:57 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/208*120/Truman+High+School+Bristol+Township.JPG

With bitter cold gripping the area Tuesday morning, at least one local school had to close its door due to a lack of heat.

A heating malfunction caused the Bristol Township School District to close Truman High School on Green Lane in Levittown shortly before 10 a.m.

No word yet on when repairs will be completed but the district said students should expect to be in school Wednesday.

The Philadelphia School District closed the U School and Building 21 because the building the high schools share on N. 7th Street had no heat Tuesday morning.

Heating problems also caused the Alain Locke School on Haverford Avenue in West Philadelphia to send students home early at noon.



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<![CDATA[Pair of Crashes on I-95]]> Tue, 19 Jan 2016 08:23:16 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/I-95+Cottman+Ave+Crash.JPG

A pair of crashes – one involving several cars – snarled the morning commute along Interstate 95 Tuesday morning.

Pennsylvania State Police said several cars were involved in a wreck along southbound I-95 at Cottman Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia around 6:15 p.m. No word yet on injuries from the wreck that caused police to briefly close the highway.

The crash came on the heels of another multi-vehicle crash further down I-95 near the Blue Route (Interstate 476) Interchange in Delaware County.

After several minutes, crews got the wrecks pushed off to the side of the roadway and traffic began moving past the scenes.



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<![CDATA[Another Day, Another Sewer Break in NJ]]> Thu, 14 Jan 2016 18:07:00 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/211*120/Mount+Laurel+Sewer+Line+Break+Hartford+Road.JPG

A day after crews fixed a broken sewer line and limited residents' water usage, crews once again dealt with a broken sewer line in Mount Laurel, New Jersey.

A line broke around 7:30 a.m. Thursday along Elbo Lane between Church Street and Texas Avenue -- just feet from the New Jersey Turnpike, said Mount Laurel Police.

The line was fixed around 5 p.m. but authorities urged drivers to avoid the area until 8 p.m. to give crews time to clean-up, said police.

There was no need to limit sewage usage, said the township. Trucks would haul any sewage during the repair.

This break came a day after a sewer line broke along Hartford Road just south of Route 38 in Mount Laurel – not far from the Funplex and Rowan College at Burlington County, said Mount Laurel Police.

The police department asked residents in the area to reduce water usage through the day before completing repairs late Wednesday.

The state department of environmental protection monitored the clean-up, said the township.



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<![CDATA[No School for Days After Boiler Blast]]> Wed, 13 Jan 2016 16:22:44 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Edmonds+School+Boiler+Explosion+Fire+PGW.JPG

A school boiler exploded Wednesday leaving an employee severely burned and children evacuated.

The boiler burst inside Franklin S Edmonds School at Thouron Ave and E Sedgwick Street in Philadelphia’s East Mt Airy neighborhood while a 61-year-old maintenance man worked on it around 12:40 p.m., said Philadelphia Police.

"I heard a loud explosion, I turned and looked, 'what was that?' My building vibrated," said parent Rhoshon Whitaker.

"Unfortunately we had an explosion in a boiler, which is in the basement of the building," said school district spokesman Fernando Gallard. "That explosion unfortunately injured one of our mechanics."

Medics rushed the worker to Einstein Medical Center with 2nd- and 3rd-degree burns where he was in stable condition.

None of the 480 children in grades kindergarten to fifth grade were hurt, said Gallard.

Students were evacuated to New Media Technology Charter School across the street where parents could come pick them up, said the school district.

Parents were grateful their children weren't hurt.

"Completely relieved that he was OK and all in one piece," said parent Katonna Lewis.

No word yet on what caused the explosion to one of the two boilers that heat the building.

The school would remain closed into the weekend. It will take at least two days to get the heat working again, said Gallard.



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<![CDATA[Broken Sewer Line in South Jersey Repaired]]> Thu, 14 Jan 2016 05:21:30 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/211*120/Mount+Laurel+Sewer+Line+Break+Hartford+Road.JPG

A broken sewer line in South Jersey has been repaired and residents can now go back to normal water use, officials said.

The sewer line broke along Hartford Road just south of Route 38 in Mount Laurel – not far from the Funplex and Rowan College at Burlington County – around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, said Mount Laurel Police.

The police department asked residents in the area to reduce water usage.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead, you could see police blocking off two separate parts of the roadway as crews worked to stop the flow of water.

Sewage began to overflow as a result of the break and began overflowing into the Pennsauken Creek off Ramblewood Parkway, said the township. In an attempt to keep sewage from backing up into homes or the creek, the township diverted overflow into its fenced solar facility nearby.

Crews with the Mount Laurel Municipal Utilities Authority worked through the day and night and were able to repair the broken line.

At 3 a.m., township officials said residents were allowed to resume normal use of the sewer system.

The state department of environmental protection monitored the clean-up, said the township.



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<![CDATA[Shooting Outside Day Care, Gunman on Scooter: Police]]> Tue, 12 Jan 2016 16:15:51 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/197*120/Philly+Police+H+Street+Shooting+Day+Care.JPG

Parents rushed to pick up their children from a Philadelphia day care after a gunman opened fire outside.

Philadelphia Police didn’t immediately say why the gunman began firing at E Ontario and H streets -- not far from KenCrest Early Childhood Center -- in the city’s Kensington neighborhood around 1:15 p.m. Tuesday.

Luckily, no one was hit but at least one bullet did strike a parked car and officers on adjacent Russell Street heard the shots and saw the shooter fleeing on a moped, said police.

The day care alerted parents about the shooting, which led to parents some parents to quickly pick up their children, said Blue Bell, Pennsylvania-based KenCrest spokesman Mik Gregoire.

Gregoire called the incident "nerve-wracking" but said the staff at the center followed emergency procedures and sheltered in place. He said the shooting didn't impact anything at the center.

No word yet on a motive.

A short time before the shooting on H Street, a gunman killed a 25-year-old man about two miles away at W Indiana Avenue and N Lawrence Street.

Police made no connections between the shootings.



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<![CDATA[Lockdown: School Staff Receives Threatening Texts]]> Tue, 12 Jan 2016 11:44:47 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/208*120/Smion+Gratz+High+School.JPG

A Philadelphia high school was put on lockdown after several staff members received dozens of threatening text messages overnight.

School officials wouldn’t let anyone in or out of Simon Gratz High School on W Hunting Park Avenue in the city’s North Philly neighborhood Tuesday as police and homeland security investigated, said Master Charter Schools spokeswoman Monica Lewis.

In total about two dozen text messages were sent from various sources Monday night,” said Lewis. It wasn’t clear if it was one person sending the threatening messages from various phones or multiple people sending the threats.

Gratz serves ninth to 12th grade students. The school alerted parents that classes would go on as normal while in lockdown and that student's wouldn't be dismissed early. Parents could, however, pick up their children if they followed protocol.

No word on when the lockdown could be lifted.
 



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<![CDATA[Corner Shop Owner Shoots, Kills Robber]]> Mon, 11 Jan 2016 12:23:48 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/191*120/Stop+N+Shop+Shooting+12th+Street.JPG

A store owner shot and killed one of three men who tried to hold up a South Philadelphia corner shop Monday morning as the search for a suspect caused police to put two schools in lockdown.

A short time after the shooting at S 12th and Montrose streets in the Hawthorne section of the city, Philadelphia Police could be seen roping off the area around Miss Jessie’s Stop N Shop as Sky Force10 hovered overhead.

Police said three men tried to rob the store at gunpoint around 8:40 a.m. The store owner opened fire, striking one would-be robber in the head. Medics pronounced that robber dead at the scene, said investigators.

A 22-year-old man tried to flee the scene but was apprehended a short time later while the third would-be thief remained at large Monday morning, said police. The unaccounted for suspect could be hindered by an injury.

Investigators recovered two guns at the scene and waited for a warrant to search for more clues.

No word yet on possible charges.

The shooting caused police to lock down CAPA and the Academy at Palumbo, which are mere blocks from the store. The lockdown was lifted around 9:30 a.m., said the district.



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<![CDATA[Wrong-Way Driver's Deadly Jump From Road]]> Fri, 08 Jan 2016 10:24:37 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/ROute+1+Roosevelt+Boulevard+Crash.JPG

A wrong-way driver jumped off the southbound Roosevelt Boulevard (U.S. Route 1) extension in the East Falls section of Philadelphia after crashing Thursday afternoon.

A stolen 2000 silver Chrysler 300 was heading northbound on the southbound section of highway near Ridge Avenue around 4 p.m. when it struck a black 2012 Toyota Camry, police said. The wreck blocked all lanes of traffic for hours.

The lanes reopened around 7 p.m.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead a short time later, police and medics were seen responding not only to two crashed sedans on the highway but also the ramp below as the one car -- a black sedan -- appeared to be hanging precariously close to the edge of the roadway.

Police said the 29-year-old driver of the wrong-way car jumped off the roadway, severing his right foot and knocking his head as he hit the ground feet below. He was in custody while being treated in critical condition at Temple University Hospital, but later died.

Police confirmed to NBC10's Randy Gyllenhaal that  the man who died was driving a stolen vehicle at the time of the crash.

A 52-year-old woman in the wrong-way car and two women in the Camry suffered non-life-threatening injuries, said investigators.

Crews diverted all traffic onto Ridge Avenue so expect massive delays on Ridge and also Kelly Drive.

Northbound traffic on Route 1 also slowed as police blocked one lane.



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<![CDATA[NJ Transit Bus Strikes Street Sweeper]]> Mon, 04 Jan 2016 07:24:28 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/217*120/Route+554+New+Jersey+Transit+Bus+Crash+White+Horse+Pike.JPG

A New Jersey Transit bus wound up in the woods after it rear-ended a street sweeper in South Jersey Monday morning.

The wreck just after midnight along the eastbound White Horse Pike at Damson Avenue in Galloway Township left the Route 554 bus driver trapped and left three of her passengers hurt, said New Jersey Transit.

All the injuries were considered minor, said Galloway Township Police. The 59-year-old driver of the street sweeper wasn't hurt.

It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the bus driver, identified as Yolanda Jamison of Franklinville, to strike the street sweeper at a red light, go off the roadway, take out a light pole and end up in a wooded area, said investigators.

Police cited Jamison for reckless driving, said investigators.

The 554 bus takes passengers from Lindenwold station to Atlantic City. The roadway remained closed for about five hours following the wreck.



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<![CDATA[Parole Officer Among Injured in Crash]]> Tue, 29 Dec 2015 18:30:55 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/183*120/lincolnDrivecrash.JPG

A serious multi-car crash closed the Lincoln Drive in Fairmount Park and landed six people in the hospital Tuesday afternoon.

Philadelphia police officials confirmed that a Pennsylvania State Parole Officer was among the injured.

The wreck at Henry Avenue Bridge around 12:30 p.m., left at least two people trapped in the wreckage, said Philadelphia Police.

Medics rushed five people, including three women, to area trauma centers.

Police closed the roadway in the section without lights and diverted northbound traffic at Gypsy Drive and southbound at Rittenhouse Street.

Witnesses told NBC10 that it appeared a sport utility lost control before being smashed into.

Lincoln Drive was closed for several hours but later reopened late Tuesday afternoon. There was no word on the extent of the injuries.



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<![CDATA['Heartbreaking:' Bakery Goes Up in Flames on Christmas Eve]]> Fri, 25 Dec 2015 12:33:25 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/216*120/Serpes+Bakery+Fire+Ground.JPG

Just hours after people lined up to grab Christmas treats at a Delaware bakery, the beloved bakery went up in flames Christmas Eve.

The blaze broke out at Serpe and Sons Bakery on Kirkwood Highway in Elsmere just minutes after closing time around 6 p.m. Thursday and quickly spread, said the state fire marshal.

Firefighters arrived to find flames shooting through the roof. As SkyForce10 hovered overhead a short time later, firefighters from six different companies could be seen going in and out of the building as thick smoke poured from the large building.

Two firefighters required evaluation at an area hospital, said New Castle county dispatchers.

The blaze broke out just hours after people packed Serpe's to pick up cakes, cookies, Italian bread and rolls for Christmas meals.

Photos posted to the bakery’s Facebook page Thursday morning showed lines out the door: [[363500061, C]]

The Serpe family even turned to Instagram to thank customers as the fire was burning. [[363500171, C]]

No word yet on the extent of damage nor a cause of the fire that left Christmas ruined for at least one family: [[363503861,C]]

Customers were left devastated.

"I'm actually heartbroken right now, to have it happen on Christmas Eve is horrible," said customer Dana Campbell.

The bakery was set to be closed for Christmas anyway but owners Dominic and Nicholas Serpe told NBC10 it will be closed longer than that.

The Serpes said they were thankful everyone made it out OK and they vowed to work hard to assess damage and begin restoration.



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<![CDATA[Stolen SUV Slams Into SEPTA Trolley Head-on]]> Wed, 23 Dec 2015 12:09:36 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/SEPTA+Trolley+Crash+Grays+49th.jpg

A SEPTA trolley and sport utility vehicle crashed head-on Wednesday morning landing 27 people in the hospital and investigators say the SUV was stolen.

Two people in the Hyundai Tuscon were seriously hurt when their turned right and directly into the path of a Route 36 trolley at 49th Street and Grays Avenue in Philadelphia’s Kingsessing section around 9:25 a.m., said Philadelphia Police.

All 26 passengers and the driver on the trolley were taken by bus to Penn Presbyterian Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, said SEPTA.

One man in the SUV had to be cut out of the badly-damaged SUV. Medics rushed both men to Penn Presbyterian Hospital in extremely critical condition, said police.

SEPTA supplied shuttle buses from 49th and Woodland to the Eastwick Loop to get passengers around the scene.



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<![CDATA[Big Rig Overturns, Truck Driver Dies on AC Expressway]]> Wed, 23 Dec 2015 12:49:43 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/AC+Expressway+Crash+Hammonton.JPG

A truck driver died in a crash on the Atlantic City Expressway that also injured another motorist, said New Jersey State Police.

The wreck happened just before 5 a.m. Wednesday in the westbound lanes near mile-marker 27 in Hammonton.

Sgt. 1st Class Gregory Williams said a tractor-trailer owned by a company in Brick Township overturned and the trailer blocked two lanes.

Williams said a Jeep Cherokee hit the trailer, injuring the driver, who was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The truck driver was trapped in the cab and died.

State Police closed the left lanes of both the eastbound and westbound directions and occasionally stopped all traffic as they investigated and worked to clear the crash, which wound in the grassy medium.

The cause of the crash remained under investigation Wednesday.



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<![CDATA[Head-on Crash Leaves Work Vans Damaged, People Hurt]]> Mon, 21 Dec 2015 13:07:49 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/203*120/Woodland+Burlco+Head-on+Van+Crash+Route+72.JPG

Two work vans collided head-on along a South Jersey roadway before sunrise Monday leaving both drivers trapped in the badly-damaged vehicles.

Two white work vans crashed along Route 72 near Wubaditty Lane in Woodland, Burlington County around 6:10 a.m. when a westbound driver crossed over into the eastbound lane, said state police.

The crash left two drivers trapped in the vans that had no passengers at the time. A medical helicopter took both victims to Cooper University Medical Center with serious injuries, said state police.

SkyForce10 hovered over the wreck that left debris on the roadway and pushed both vans off the roadway. The road remained closed until shortly before 8 a.m.

No word yet on an exact cause of the crash. Police didn't say where the vans were headed.



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<![CDATA[Robbery Report Puts Main Line Schools on Lockdown]]> Thu, 17 Dec 2015 11:33:33 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Radnor+Lockdown.jpg

An armed robbery led to the lockdown of a Main Line high school and at least one suburban Philadelphia college Thursday morning.

Radnor Township High School and nearby Radnor Elementary School were put on lockdown around 10:15 a.m. “as a result of a robbery that took place on King of Prussia Road,” said a message posted to the Radnor Township School District website.

“All other schools in the area are in similar lockdown,” said the district. “In a Level 1 Lockdown, exterior doors are locked with no one permitted to enter or exit and classes in both schools continue in as normal a fashion as possible. The police will inform us when we are able to lift the lockdown and we will provide updated information when it becomes available.”

Police said the incident began with an armed robbery along Pine Tree Road – about 1.5 miles from Radnor High – where a man in a work truck pointed a gun at a man and tried to rob him.

Cabrini College, which is near the site of the armed robbery urged students and staff to stay inside.

Cabrini lifted its lockdown shortly after 11 a.m. and resumed finals. Radnor schools lifted its lockdown around the same time.

No word yet on any arrests.



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<![CDATA[Taxi & Limo Drivers Bring Center City to Standstill]]> Wed, 16 Dec 2015 17:39:05 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/224*120/Dec+16+Taxi+Protest.JPG

Philadelphia taxi and limo drivers angry with ride-sharing services UberX and Lyft cutting into their business took to the streets in Center City Wednesday, leaving dozens of cabs blocking traffic and blaring horns.

The Taxi Workers Alliance and the Philadelphia Limo Association gathered on city streets around 12:30 p.m. to protest ride-sharing claiming that public safety and a lack of taxation are putting the people of Pennsylvania in peril. Some also claimed to be making less money as people turn to the convenience of app-based Lyft and UberX.

UberBlack – Uber's upscale service featuring licensed limousine drivers – joined the taxi drivers in their opposition of the app-based services that features non-professional drivers using personal cars to transport fares. Uber calls UberX a lower-cost alternative to UberBlack.

The protesters -- estimated to be between 500 to 600 -- used a combination of on-foot demonstrations and licensed vehicles to slow traffic along Broad Street between Chestnut and Walnut streets and Market Street between City Hall and 17th Street.

They intended to head to the District Attorney’s Office near City Hall. Police threatened towing unattended cars "endangering public safety," tweeted SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel.

At least one driver was placed in handcuffs but let go after claiming he was directing traffic.

By 1:15 p.m., drivers could be seen returning to their vehicles and clearing the area a short time later. The protest never turned violent.

State lawmakers have battled over the legality of the ride-sharing services as UberX hit milestones like its 1 millionth ride in Philadelphia.

Uber responded to the concerns of Philly's professional drivers in a statement that put the onus back on the Philadelphia Parking Authority, which is responsible for taxi licensing in the city.

“Many taxi and limousine drivers are understandably frustrated because the Philadelphia Parking Authority’s outdated rules make it harder to earn a living when the public has shown they want more affordable options," said the Uber statement. "Each year, the PPA requires limousine drivers to pay $404 per vehicle for a PPA sticker and $130 for their chauffeur's permit to be renewed. They also subject drivers to obsolete vehicle restrictions and onerous insurance requirements. We believe statewide reform of the PPA that allows for regulated ride-sharing will benefit both riders and drivers."

The PPA didn't delve into numbers in its statement, instead conjuring up the Bill of Rights.

"We are all thankful to live in a free country, where we all are free to assemble and express our views through peaceful protests," said PPA Executive Director Vince Fenerty.

NBC10 also reached out to Lyft for comment.



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<![CDATA[Car Flips Off I-95 Near Philly Airport, Man Dies]]> Mon, 14 Dec 2015 07:34:53 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Deadly+I-95+Crash+Tinicum+Township+Upside+Down+Car.JPG

A man died in a two-car crash along foggy Interstate 95 south of the Philadelphia Airport.

The crash around 3:30 a.m. Monday blocked all but one lane of I-95 southbound just before Wanamaker Avenue in Tinicum Township – that’s a short distance south of the airport. Around 5:30 a.m., investigators temporarily closed all lanes as they took photos of the scene.

State Police could be seen through dense fog investigating a car that landed on its roof about 30 to 40 feet off the roadway. The other vehicle -- with Delaware plates -- came to rest along the highway with damage to its driver's side.

The driver of the second car said it was very foggy at the time of the wreck.

No word yet on what caused the deadly wreck.

Crews reopened the roadway shortly before 7 a.m. but delays remained.



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