<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Breaking News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/breaking http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.comen-usFri, 24 Jun 2016 21:50:05 -0400Fri, 24 Jun 2016 21:50:05 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Delco Officer Expected to Make Full Recovery]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 21:31:35 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/OfficerDorman.jpg

A police officer in a small Delaware County borough survived seven gunshots Friday morning from an alleged drug dealer who was recently released from prison, police in Pennsylvania said.

The 25-year-old Folcroft Borough officer, identified as Chris Dorman, was shot in the neck, face and shoulder around 9:45 a.m. in the rear of an apartment building on Elmwood Avenue, according to Delaware County officials.

Police said he was expected to make a full recovery.

Four other bullets were stopped by Dorman's bulletproof vest, which officials credited with saving the officer's life.

The suspect was identified as Donte Brooks Island. Federal court records show that Island is on parole for an illegal gun possession conviction. He served 110 months in jail and was nearing the end of three years' supervised release when he allegedly shot Dorman Friday.

Island's parole, in fact, was set to end one day after the shooting, according to court records, which further indicate that Island stopped reporting to his parole officer last July. Numerous attempts to reach Island failed, the records show, and he missed five scheduled drug tests during the nearly 12 months he failed to report as ordered by federal court.

It was not immediately clear if he was represented by an attorney on Friday. Island said nothing to news cameras when walked to a police car at the Folcroft police station.

Dorman, who joined the Folcroft department last year, was in critical but stable condition, according to Police Chief Robert Ruskowski and expected to make a full recovery.

The chief said the injured officer is one of the borough's part-time officers and has been a volunteer firefighter in Folcroft since he was 16. He also said Dorman was in the process of becoming a SEPTA police officer.

"You don't want him to leave. He's that type of guy," Ruskowski said. "Great sense of humor."

A comment posted last month on a photo of officer Dorman in uniform on what is believed to be his facebook page said, "I really hope you're wearing a vest!!!"

Dorman replied to the comment, "Always..."

In his initial exchange with a police dispatcher Friday, Dorman can be heard shouting: "I'm shot in the face! I'm shot in the face!"

Fifteen seconds later, he said: "I'm shot! I'm shot! I'm shot!"

The shooting scene was Folcroft Station Apartments on Elmwood Avenue, a short distance from the Folcroft police station and SEPTA's Folcroft train station near Philadelphia International Airport.

A resident of the Folcroft Station Apartments, which SWAT teams surrounded a short time before 12 p.m., said the suspect was smoking marijuana outside the building in the 1500 block of Elmwood Avenue prior to the shooting.

Ruskowski confirmed that Dorman responded to a report of people smoking drugs in the rear of the apartment building.

Police rushed Dorman to nearby Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, where his condition was stabilized, according to a hospital spokesman. He was later taken by helicopter to Penn Presbyterian Hospital in West Philadelphia.

Police from various Delaware County municipalities searched nearby train tracks used by SEPTA and Amtrak. Officers asked neighbors to stay in their homes during the investigation.

"I heard the shots. I looked out my windows and see police with sniper rifles running around," said witness Lawrence Ladd, who lives next to the apartment building.

Authorities focused on both the apartment complex and a black pickup truck. Shortly after 12 p.m., residents of the apartment building could be seen running from the three-story brick building with their hands raised.

Elected officials, including U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, sent their support to the officer.

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<![CDATA[Girl, 4, Shot in Eye Dies]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 06:33:40 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/4-Year-old-shot-North-Philly.jpg

A 4-year-old girl died after being shot in the right eye inside a North Philadelphia home Thursday.

Crews rushed to the Montgomery Townhomes on the 1800 block of N 20th Street, near W Montgomery Avenue, shortly after noon then took the girl to Hahnemann Hospital where she died around 1 p.m., said Philadelphia Police.[[384214111, C]]

The girl's 25-year-old mother and a 3-year-old sister were in the home when the child was shot, said police. Police recovered a gun from inside the home.

Neighbors said the mother ran outside holding her daughter and yelled for help. "Her little sister standing over her, I said what  happened, she said, she got shot with a gun," Margie Malabet recalled the frantic scene after she ran to help hearing the mother's cries, "Save my baby, please, save my baby."[[384189051, C]]

No word yet on what led to the shooting.

The police continued to question the mother and the girl's younger sister Thursday evening.

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<![CDATA[Officer Taken Off in Ambulance After Crash With SEPTA Bus]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 08:56:17 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/SEPTA+CRASH+Police+Car+HAverford+Ave.JPG

A police officer could be seen being loaded into an ambulance after a police cruiser collided with a SEPTA bus.

Crews helped the injured officer from the passenger side of the cruiser after the wreck around 5 a.m. at 63rd Street and Haverford Avenue in West Philadelphia Thursday.

Medics loaded the officer, wearing a neck brace, into a waiting ambulance and took the officer to Penn Presbyterian Hospital. The exact extent of his injuries wasn’t immediately clear but police said he wasn’t bleeding and didn’t appear to have any broken bones.

The sergeant behind the wheel of the police cruiser wasn’t hurt nor was the driving on the empty SEPTA bus.

The officers were responding to a police call – lights and sirens going – heading eastbound on Haverford when the bus headed north on 63rd clipped the passenger side of the cruiser, pushing the car into a pole, said police.

Police reopened the intersection after about an hour. The crash remained under investigation Thursday morning.

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<![CDATA[Women Face Murder Charges for Fairmount Park Murder]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 06:55:59 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Shavon-Armstrong-Shintele-S.jpg

Two women are charged in the murder of a Delaware County woman found handcuffed, stabbed and shot in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park.

Shavon Armstrong, 39, of Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania surrendered to Philadelphia Police Friday in connection to the death of Toy Charda Bryant. Shintele Smith, 28, of Philadelphia, was also arrested Tuesday for her alleged involvement in the murder.

Armstong, a.k.a. Palliadium Smith, faces murder, criminal conspiracy, kidnapping, robbery and other related offenses. Shintele Smith is charged with murder, criminal conspiracy, kidnapping, robbery, unlawful restraint and other related offenses.

A couple heading to work found Bryant's body around 8:30 a.m. on June 14 about 10 feet from Georges Hill Drive near the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in West Philadelphia.

The 26-year-old Chester, Pennsylvania woman had her hands handcuffed in front of her body. Detectives said she was stabbed multiple times and was shot once in the back of her head.

Homicide Capt. James Clark said Bryant had defensive wounds on her hands.

"I believe she was in a fight for her life, and unfortunately she lost," he said.

Detectives believe Bryant was killed in another location and then dumped in the park.

Fairmount Park is one of the largest municipal park systems in the United States, covering more than 9,200 acres throughout the city.

Police have not yet revealed a motive behind the murder.

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<![CDATA[Funeral for PSPCA Law Enforcement Director George Bengal]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 09:20:09 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/George-Bengal.jpg

George Bengal, the PSPCA's director of humane law enforcement who helped Philadelphia and surrounding cities fight animal abuse for decades, has died at the age of 69.

Bengal passed away Saturday at Holy Redeemer Hospital in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania with his wife and daughter at his bedside.

Bengal first began his career with the Philadelphia Police Department after serving in the Vietnam War. Bengal became a Humane Law Enforcement leader, fighting animal cruelty for 20 years. Bengal then built Humane Law Enforcement operations at several animal organizations in the area, including the Delaware County SPCA and the Pennsylvania SPCA. He also became the PSPCA Director of Humane Law Enforcement in 2007.

“George Bengal was an icon, a fierce warrior against animal cruelty, and a street smart cop who led by example. The animals have lost their best friend and we have lost a most special colleague. His officers didn’t work under him. They worked next to him,” said Jerry Buckley, CEO of the PSPCA.  “We always knew George was courageous in his work. But the way he faced his own death took courage to a new level.” [[383539811, C]]

In 2016 Bengal was diagnosed with mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer that affected the membrane lining of his abdomen. Last month, knowing he had little time left, Bengal had one last request for the community he served, that they continue to support the SPCA, which runs only on donations.

"I just want to see this work desperately carried on," Bengal said.

Bengal's supporters created a #ThankYouGeorge hashtag on Twitter in which hundreds of people thanked him for his dedication to ending animal cruelty.

“I never thought that I would have a following like this, and I’d like to see it put to good use,” Bengal said. “This is not about one single person. It’s about carrying the program forward. We’ve all put a lot of blood, sweat, and tears to make the program what it is. I’ll be gone. We have capable people who can step up. I want to see the public and government support this program. If we didn’t do this anymore, there’s nobody to fill the void.”

The PSPCA created the Bengal Fund to End Animal Cruelty in his memory with all donations going towards Humane Law Enforcement.

“We are doing whatever we can to honor everything that George has taught us,” said Sergeant Nicole Wilson. “This department was his brainchild. Through sheer will, he’s kept us performing at as high a level as possible. We continue to do our best to make him proud of what we do, and to put his name on it. Very few people are irreplaceable, but George is irreplaceable. We hope to continue his legacy.”

Bengal is survived by his wife, two daughters and a grandson. He will be memorialized at Calvary Chapel of Philadelphia, on Philmont Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia starting at 10 a.m. A military funeral service with  follow at Sunset Memorial Park on County Line Road in Feasterville, Bucks County.

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<![CDATA[Big Rig Blaze Backs Up I-95]]> Wed, 15 Jun 2016 11:12:20 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/Big+Rig+Fire+I-95+girard.JPG

A big rig blaze blocked Interstate 95 in Philadelphia during the Wednesday morning commute.

The tractor-trailer caught fire in the northbound lanes near Girard Avenue after 7 a.m.

Police blocked all northbound lanes of traffic as firefighters extinguished the blaze and cleanup crews cleared a corresponding fuel spill.

The roadway remained closed for about four hours, traffic snarled as vehicles were forced off at the Girard Exit and travel times on the 15-mile route from the Blue Route (I-476) to Vine Street Expressway (I-676) ballooned to 75 minutes or more.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead you could see the red truck with a construction sign smashed into the front of it. No word yet on what caused the crash.

No one was hurt and the roadway reopened shortly after 11 a.m.

The I-95 fire wasn't the only one on area roadways causing traffic troubles Wednesday as a tanker caught fire in the inner northbound lanes south of Interchange 7A (I-195) in Hamilton Township causing all lanes to be blocked around 10:50 a.m.

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<![CDATA[Traffic Troubles on Route 55, Blue Route]]> Mon, 13 Jun 2016 07:30:52 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/205*120/Route+55+Crash.JPG

A deadly motorcycle crash closed the Blue Route (Interstate 476) in Delaware County, Pennsylvania and a car crash closed Route 55 in Gloucester County, New Jersey for a couple hours Monday morning.

A car lost control along Route 55 southbound near Exit 43 (Little Mill Road) in Elk Township around 5:30 a.m.

Crews brought in a medical helicopter to tend to a victim of the crash as traffic backed up in both directions. The southbound lanes remained closed for nearly two hours before reopening.

Earlier, a bike wrecked southbound on the Blue Route near the Baltimore Pike Interchange (Exit 3) in Nether Providence Township around 2:45 a.m. [[382657491, C]]

The motorcycle operated died in the crash.

The wreck left all southbound lanes closed between exits 3 and 1 as crews investigated and cleared debris, which wound up on lanes in both directions. That debris also caused the closure of the northbound lanes at MacDade Boulevard (Exit 1).

All lanes reopened in both directions around 5:20 a.m., said NBC10 First Alert Traffic reporter Jessica Boyington.

No word yet on the cause off either wreck.

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<![CDATA[Murder Charges in Montco McDonald's Drive-Thru Killing]]> Fri, 10 Jun 2016 18:26:59 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Norristown+McDonalds+Drive+Thru+Killing.JPG

An argument inside a Montgomery County gas station ended with one man dead in an adjacent McDonald's drive-thru and another behind bars on murder charges.

The deadly incident played out late Tuesday night along W Main Street near U.S. Route 202 in Norristown, Pennsylvania.

Marquis Johnson, 24, and Jonathan Walker, 22, got into an argument while inside a BP Gas Station. Moments later they both left the gas station and Walker opened fire 11 times, leaving Johnson dead of multiple gunshot wounds, said the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office.

Johnson's body wound up in the drive-thru lane of the fast-food restaurant.

On Friday, DA Kevin Steele announced first-degree murder, third-degree murder and weapons charges. Walker was held without bail ahead of a June 23 preliminary hearing.

The McDonald's opened for business after police cleared the scene Wednesday morning.

"The security and safety of our customers and employees is always our top priority," said McDonald’s owner/operator Jonathan Chong in a statement. "We’d like to thank the local police department and our employees who responded swiftly and professionally. Given this is an ongoing police investigation, please contact the local Norristown police department for questions regarding the incident."

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<![CDATA[Storms Halt Amtrak, SEPTA Trains]]> Wed, 08 Jun 2016 15:25:18 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Amtrak+Trains+Stopped+copy.jpg

As severe weather struck the Philadelphia region midday Wednesday, the journey for Amtrak passengers on three trains came to a screeching halt.

Amtrak Acela Express Train 2155, Northeast Corridor Train 95 and another train stopped due to a downed wires in the area of the North Philadelphia Station, said Amtrak spokesman Craig Schultz.

Ken Boulden was headed home in the quiet car after a noisy night in New York celebrating the 77th birthday for friend and rock and roller Gary U.S. Bonds.

“And I’m looking out the window. All the sudden all the cars went dark and we slowed to a stop,” Boulden said.

The conductor came through and told passengers the train may have been hit by lightning because the pantograph – that contraption that gets electricity from the wire to the engine, was fried. Boulden knew there was no way he’d get to his Clerk of the Peace job in New Castle, Delaware by noon.

“They opened up the Café car in the front but ran out of food pretty fast,” Boulden said, noting people were in good spirits taking pictures, naps and passing the time on their phones.

“So I’m hoping that they start passing out wine and alcoholic beverages, but I’m not really counting on that,” Boulden said, interrupted by the conductor who passed back through around 1 p.m. to let everyone know another diesel car was rolling out to tow them into 30th Street Station. From there, they’d figure out how to get everyone home.

Amtrak later said the problem didn't appear to be caused by a lightning strike.

All other Northeast Corridor trains were held at Philadelphia and New York Penn Station until the power problem was resolved.

Boulden's train got towed in around 3:30, the engine replaced and after more than four hours, rolled south toward its D.C. destination.

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<![CDATA[Severe Storms Tear Down Trees, Knock Out Power]]> Wed, 08 Jun 2016 16:45:43 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/USE+Palmer+tree+down+house+cherry+hill1.jpeg

A string of severe storms moved into the Philadelphia area as expected midday Wednesday, leaving trains stuck, power out and trees down.

The storms packed downpours, lightning and strong winds up to 60 mph in some places. Hail hit in some areas, including parts of Montgomery and Bucks counties.

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About 1:30 p.m., SEPTA officials said the system's Chestnut Hill West and Trenton Regional Rail Lines were suspended until further notice due to downed wires. Officials said Trenton service was expected to resume about 3:30 p.m. but that some inbound trains would likely be canceled.

Chestnut Hill West service may not return until 4 p.m., SEPTA officials said, due to the extent of the damage affecting that line.

The same downed wires, which are located near the North Philadelphia station, halted three Amtrak trains earlier in the day at the height of the storms.

"Expect overcrowded conditions and delays until further notice," SEPTA officials said in a statement. They said Regional Rail tickets will be accepted on Market-Frankford trains and connecting bus routes, which can serve as alternates for passengers until Regional Rail is restored.

In Warrington, a viewer reported lots of lightning and heavy rain. Viewers in Middletown, Delaware reported downed trees and power lines, causing outages in the area. In Northeast Philly's Somerton neighborhood, there were reports of hail falling. Meteorologist Sheena Parveen said most of the hail that fell with the storm was about pea-sized, but that some areas may have seen slightly bigger hail.

Parveen said once the storms moved out of the area in the afternoon, she couldn't rule out a chance of a spotty shower or two in some places, but that she expected rush hour to be dry.

The storms knocked down power lines along SEPTA's Chestnut Hill West and Trenton Regional Rail tracks, halting service.

The downed power lines also stopped at least three Amtrak trains. The trains were back running by about 1:15 p.m., but were still moving slowly and with major delays. Wilmington, Delaware-bound Passenger Ken Boulden told NBC10 that his train headed south from New York stopped in North Philadelphia.

"All of a sudden everything went dark," said Boulden.

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A conductor came around and said that train appeared to have been struck by lightning, but that there was no fire, said Boulden. Boulden and other passengers then waited on the train as the conductor said a diesel engine could be brought in to rescue them.

Two other Amtrak trains also were impacted by the downed wire not lightning, said Amtrak spokesman Craig Schultz.

Amtrak held all other Northeast Corridor trains at Philadelphia and New York Penn Station until the power problem is resolved, said Schultz.

The storms knocked out power to more than 62,000 PECO customers -- mostly in Chester and Delaware counties -- and about 8,000 Atlantic City Electric customers -- mostly in Camden County. PSE&G reported about 19,500 customers without power.

By 3:30 p.m., PECO's outage numbers decreased, with roughly 34,000 customers still affected. AC Electric and PSE&G's numbers remained about the same.

Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey reported that it lost power in the storms, but that all its outdoor rides had already been shut down at the time. One indoor ride was unloaded. Park officials said everyone there is safe.

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The storms also delayed the start of the Phillies planned 1:05 game against the Chicago Cubs to about 1:20 p.m., when players took the field. The tarp could be seen blowing off the field as the brunt of the storms hit.

The National Weather Service suggested people move to interior rooms on the lowest floor of their homes as the storms hit.

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<![CDATA[Deadly Shooting in Montco McDonald's Drive-Thru]]> Fri, 10 Jun 2016 13:18:51 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Norristown+McDonalds+Drive+Thru+Killing.JPG

UPDATE: Norristown Police charged 22-year-old Jonathan Walker in the murder of Marquis Johnson.

A man running for his life was shot and killed in a Montgomery County McDonald’s drive-thru lane overnight.

The deadly incident played out late Tuesday night at the fast-food joint along W Main Street near U.S. Route 202 in Norristown, Pennsylvania.

A witness told NBC10 that someone chased another man on foot into the drive-thru lane of the eatery and fired at least 10 times.  The unidentified 24-year-old died between where you order and where you pick up your food. He suffered multiple gunshot wounds to his torso, said the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office.

Investigators didn’t immediately reveal details on the circumstances leading to the shooting. They asked anyone with information to call Norristown Police at 610-270-0977 or county detectives at 610-278-3368.

The McDonald's opened for business after police cleared the scene Wednesday morning.

"The security and safety of our customers and employees is always our top priority," said McDonald’s owner/operator Jonathan Chong in a statement. "We’d like to thank the local police department and our employees who responded swiftly and professionally. Given this is an ongoing police investigation, please contact the local Norristown police department for questions regarding the incident."

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<![CDATA[8+ Cars, Tractor-Trailer Crash on I-76 in Lower Merion]]> Mon, 06 Jun 2016 15:45:41 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/76+crash1.JPG

UPDATE: The crash was cleared by 1 p.m.

At least eight vehicles and a tractor-trailer crashed on I-76 just outside Philadelphia late Monday morning.


Police responded to the serious crash along the highway in Lower Merion, in the area of Mill Creek Road, which is between the exits for Gladwyne and Conshohoken.

The crash, in which a pickup truck was flipped onto its side, blocked all of the westbound lanes and one of the eastbound lanes, and traffic backed up behind it.

Police and paramedics are at the scene.

SkyForce10 video from the scene showed several cars crashed and badly damaged along the highway.

Some victims of the crash were taken to local hospitals, but police had not reported any serious injuries about 1 p.m. The westbound lanes were reopened by about 1.

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<![CDATA[Pharmacy Worker Kills Would-Be Robber in Halloween Mask]]> Mon, 06 Jun 2016 12:29:53 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Pennsbury+Pharmacy+Shooting.jpg

A pharmacy tech shot and killed a shotgun-toting robber wearing a Halloween mask inside a Bucks County pharmacy Friday morning.

The masked suspect entered the Pennsbury Pharmacy on New Falls Road in Levittown, Pennsylvania around 10 a.m. armed with a shotgun as his getaway driver waited in a van outside, said Falls Township Police.

"Something like a Freddy Krueger mask, like a scary-person mask," said Falls Township Lt. Henry Ward.

The clerk saw the would-be thief -- later identified by the Bucks County District Attorney's Office as Willie Bozarth, 33, of Sewell, New Jersey -- coming on surveillance video and grabbed his handgun, said police.

The clerk warned Bozarth numerous times to stop or he would shoot, when Bozarth jumped the counter, the clerk opened fire, said police.

Officers arrived within a couple of minutes before the alleged getaway driver even realized his accomplice had been gunned down, said investigators. Police said the driver's minivan was reported stolen out of New Jersey.

No word yet on if any charges could be filed. Police said that store clerks have a right to be armed if they have the proper paperwork for the firearm.

Besides the shotgun, the would-be robbers had zip ties and may have planned on tying up the clerk, said police.

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<![CDATA[Center City Water Main Break Impacts SEPTA Riders]]> Thu, 02 Jun 2016 14:43:24 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/18th+street+Water+Main+Break.JPG

A broken water main sent water gushing onto a Center City Philadelphia street Thursday afternoon and caused delays on SEPTA Regional Rail trains.

The 12-inch water main broke sometime after 11 a.m. along a closed section of 18th Street between Arch Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard.

SEPTA Regional Rail riders continued to experience delays due to the break impacting tracks near Suburban Station into the afternoon hours. Chestnut Hill East, Chestnut Hill West, Cynwyd, Lansdale/Doylestown, Media/Elwyn, Manayunk/Norristown, Paoli/Thorndale, Trenton, Warminster, Wilmington/Newark and West Trenton passengers contended with "significant delays of up to 20 minutes" due to the water main break, said SEPTA. Some delays improved slightly in the afternoon, but SEPTA continued to tweet delay times for several train lines on its Twitter account after 2:30 p.m.

By that time, city officials said there was no disruption in water service in the area of the break, and that authorities were working with a contractor at the site of the break to determine what caused it. The break occurred near the site where Comcast's Innovation & Technology Center is being built.

Comcast said crews were working in the area at the time of the break and were also investigating what might have precipitated it.

The Philadelphia Water Department also had a crew on the scene. Officials said contractors would repair the main as soon as possible, and that 18th Street between Market and Arch would remain shut down until further notice. 

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<![CDATA[Hit-&-Run Driver Kills Teen With Stolen Car]]> Fri, 03 Jun 2016 00:07:41 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Deadly-Hit-and-Run.jpg

A suspect stole a vehicle, struck and killed a teen boy and then fled the scene Wednesday night in Philadelphia, police said.[[381487361, C]]

The 18-year-old victim, Kevin Maldonado, was trying to get into a car parked on Old York Road near Luzerne Street around 9 p.m. when he was struck by a white Toyota Prius, sending the teen 30 feet down the road and into a parked minivan, said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small. The driver then stopped on the 1300 block of West Pike Street, exited the vehicle and fled on foot, according to investigators.[[381466641, C]] [[381680921, C,643,482]]

Maldonado was taken to Temple University Hospital where he died a short time later. Officials have not yet revealed his identity.

Investigators described the driver as a heavyset woman with long hair in a white floral-print dress.[[381592111, C]]

The car -- a 2010 Toyota Prius reported stolen from Lansdowne, Delaware County a few months ago -- was recently frequently seen in the area, said police.[[381604281, C]][[381593761, C]]

"I don't know why people just don't stop or come back... in many instances you're leaving a person there to die and its so sad and tragic, it's ridiculous," said Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross.

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<![CDATA[Man Falls to Death on I-95]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 19:56:06 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/197*120/South+Street+Bridge+I-95+Jump.JPG

Philadelphia Police blocked off some lanes of Interstate 95 in Philadelphia Tuesday morning after a man fell off an overpass onto the highway.

The man fell from the South Street overpass onto the southbound lanes of the highway around 9:35 a.m., said Philadelphia Police.

Medics pronounced the man dead a short time later. His body remained in the right traffic lane -- under a white sheet -- for more than an hour.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead, traffic could be seen backed all the way up to the Betsy Ross Bridge about six miles away as only one lane of traffic appeared to get by the scene.

No word yet on what led to the deadly fall.

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<![CDATA[Big Rig Ink Fire Closes Pa. Turnpike]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 12:51:07 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Turnpike+Accident1.PNG

A big rig hauling ink caught fire on the Pennsylvania Turnpike causing hours of traffic troubles.

The tractor-trailer caught fire on eastbound Interstate 276 near the Delaware Valley interchange (milepost 358) in Bucks County around 6:40 a.m. Friday.

Emergency crews rushed to extinguish printer ink that caught fire and caused a lengthy cleanup, said the turnpike.

Around 9:30 a.m., the turnpike warned motorists that roadway remained closed at Interchange 351 (Bensalem).

Drivers could take U.S. Route 1 south to State Route 132 east to U.S. Route 13 north to get back on the turnpike toward New Jersey.

No one suffered life-threatening injuries, said officials.

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<![CDATA[Deadly Gunfire Erupts in Shuttered Supermarket Parking Lot]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 09:42:28 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/PAthmark+Parking+Lot+Shooting.JPG

A man died after being found suffering from gunshot wounds in the parking lot of an abandoned Philadelphia supermarket.

Philadelphia Police rushed to the former Pathmark site at Wayne and Chelten avenues in the city’s Germantown Avenue just before 2:20 a.m. Wednesday.

“They found a 25-year-old male, he was in a parking lot, he was unconscious, suffering from a gunshot wound to his chest and two graze wounds to the head,” said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small.

Police rushed the man to Einstein Medical Center where the man died a short time later.

Witnesses on the scene told police the man had been in an argument with a group of men just before gunfire erupted, said police. Investigators found eight shell casings, from two separate weapons and about 50 feet apart, at the scene.

Police took in two men from the scene, which was in the parking lot of a former Pathmark, for questioning and believe at least one could be the shooter. They also focused on a sedan parked in a neighboring Burger King parking lot.

The unidentified 25-year-old gunshot victim also had a gun on him, said police.

Investigators looked at surveillance video from the area, said Small. One of the videos possibly captured the shooting.

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<![CDATA[Fire Breaks Out at Large Montco High School]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 00:49:35 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/North+Penn+High+School+Fire+Trucks.jpg

A fire caused students to be dismissed early from a massive Montgomery County high school Tuesday and left some wishing they had their keys.

Flames broke out at North Penn High School on Valley Forge Road around 11:45 a.m., said Montgomery County dispatchers. Preliminary information had the fire burning in a maintenance room.

Images shot by students showed people calmly leaving the building and waiting outside on some fields as firefighters entered the school.

No word yet on what caused the fire. No injuries were reported.

The North Penn School District announced early Tuesday afternoon that students would "eventually be dismissed." The district released dismissal guidelines on its Facebook page around 12:45 p.m. as they began sending students home:

"Buses will transport students home for those who need rides. Parents who have made arrangements to pick up their students can get them from Calvary Baptist parking lot, on the left side, closest to Rite Aid. Students drivers who have their keys will be able to drive home"

The problem for some students was not having their keys with them when they were evacuated.

"No students will be allowed back into the school to retrieve keys or other belongings," wrote the district.

The fire was under control in under an hour, said school officials. Officials later announced school would open on time Wednesday. They also told students to report to their 6th period F Day classes at 7:21 a.m. to be reunited with their belongings.

North Penn is known as one of the largest high schools in the area with more than 3,000 students in grades 10 to 12, said U.S. News & World Report.

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<![CDATA[Equipment Derails, Forces PATCO to Cancel Trains]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 10:00:46 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/PATCO+Knuckleboom+Derailment.JPG

PATCO riders should be prepared to take some more time to get where they are going Monday morning as the public transit system operated on an emergency schedule as crews work to remove a derailed piece of construction equipment.

A knuckleboom loader used for lifting railroad ties derailed around 1 a.m. Monday near the Woodcrest Station in South Jersey, said PATCO.

Two workers were treated at an area hospital and released, said PATCO. No passengers were involved.

As crews continued to clear the derailment, PATCO operated two fewer trains between 7:03 and 8:03 a.m. and warned commuters that trains would depart at adjusted times.

A short time later, PATCO warned commuters to expect trains to depart five to 10 minutes late. And, the emergency schedule remained in effect past 9:30 a.m.

PATCO promised to keep riders updated on its website.

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<![CDATA[SEPTA Regional Rail Delays as Train Strikes, Kills Person]]> Fri, 20 May 2016 14:16:14 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/216*120/SEPTA+Train+Death+Fern+Rock+Regional+Rail.JPG

A SEPTA train struck and killed a person on the tracks at the Fern Rock Transportation Center shortly before noon Friday, the transit agency said.

SEPTA initially suspended trains on the Lansdale/Doylestown, Warminster and West Trenton Regional Rail lines north of Fern Rock, but service restarted about 2:15 p.m.

Riders could still expect residual delays, SEPTA said.

Police did not initially identify the person killed.

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<![CDATA[Jogger Fights Off Sex Attack in NJ Park]]> Fri, 20 May 2016 04:58:09 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/210*120/Berlin+Park.JPG

A jogger fought off her attacker in a South Jersey park Thursday morning.

NBC10 has learned that a woman was jogging through the woods in Berlin Park along S Park Drive in Berlin around 9 a.m. when someone attacked her from behind and attempted to sexually assault her.

"He came out of the wooded area, out of the bushes, grabbed at her," said Berlin Borough Police Sgt. Mike Miller.

The 30-year-old woman managed to get away from the attacker and lock herself in her car in the parking area until she was able to find someone to call police and wait for help to arrive, said Camden County Prosecutors. Police said the woman lost her phone in the scuffle, was shaken up, but was expected to be fine.

Camden County and Berlin Borough investigators -- including a military vehicle -- scoured the park looking for clues throughout the day Thursday.

Investigators said the only description they had for the suspect was that he was a male. They also found a tent and knife in the woods but it was unclear if those items are related.

Anyone with information should contact Camden County Prosecutor’s Office Det. Matt Barber at (856) 225-5166 or Berlin Borough Police Det. Sgt. Mike Scheer at (856) 767-4700. Tips can also be emailed to prosecutors at ccpotips@ccprosecutor.org.

Despite the attack, the 6th-annual Sue Cardomone Scholarship Run to Fight Cancer went on as planned in the park Tuesday night, drawing hundreds of particpants.

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<![CDATA[Mom Guilty of Murdering 5-Year-Old]]> Wed, 18 May 2016 18:51:29 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/lodzinski-0316.jpg

A woman whose son's body was found after she said he disappeared at a New Jersey carnival 25 years ago has been found guilty of killing the 5-year-old. 

Michelle Lodzinski, formerly of Perth Amboy, was found guilty of first-degree murder Wednesday morning in the death of Timothy Wiltsey, who Lodzinski said went missing while they were at a carnival in Sayreville on May 25, 1991.

She later changed her story and said that Timothy had been kidnapped.

Timothy's body was found in a marshy, remote part of an industrial park in Edison nearly a year later, on April, 23, 1992. 

Gasps were heard in the packed courtroom as the verdict was read. It followed several weeks of testimony.

Lodzinski did not speak, but her brother Michael Lodzinski told reporters later, "She was crying and shaking. I feel for her, I do. I love her. I'm sorry it had to happen this way." 

But he added, "I think what was right was done, and Timothy did get justice."

"He's a great little boy and this should never happened to him," he said. 

Michelle Lodzinski was quickly handcuffed and led away after the vedict. She faces sentencing in August,  although her lawyer is expected to appeal. 

First-degree murder is punishable by 30 years to life in prison in New Jersey.

Lodzinski was arrested in 2014 in Florida, where she was living, and had denied any role in her son's disappearance or killing. 

The mother's arrest came after a cold-case review helped launch a new investigation.

The Middlesex County prosecutor at the time of Tomothy’s disappearance said following Lodzinski's 2014 arrest that he wasn’t surprised and detectives had never stopped working the case.

"We didn't have sufficient evidence at the time to pull the trigger," Alan Rockoff previously told The Associated Press. "There was no direct smoking gun here."

Michael Lodzinski said he'd asked his sister several times over the years what happened to his nephew, "and I got nothing from her." 

"We're devastated by this, right from the beginning it was a no-win situation for the family," he said. 

When Michelle Lodzinski was led out of court, he shouted to her, "I love you, sis, very, very much." 

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<![CDATA[Firefighters Free Man From House Collapse]]> Tue, 17 May 2016 12:29:38 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Salford+Street+Worker+Rescue.jpg

Firefighters worked for nearly an hour to rescue a man trapped in the basement of a home that partially collapsed Tuesday morning.

Contractors have been doing demolition work on the two-story home at 108 N Salford Street -- near 60th and Arch Streets -- in West Philadelphia and around 10:20 a.m. a man became trapped by falling debris after the first-floor collapsed, said Philadelphia Fire Department Battalion Chief Michael Senski.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead a short time later, you could see about one dozen firefighters working on a front window into the basement for nearly an hour, removing debris and appearing to look inside. Shortly after 11:20 a.m., firefighters got the man out, stabilized his body and loaded him into a waiting ambulance.

Senski said firefighters used air bags to lift debris and get to the man who was initially believed to be a contractor but later was found to have been in the home illegally.

No word yet on the man's exact condition but Senski said he was "alert and conscious" as he went to Penn Presbyterian Hospital.

There were multiple workers in the home at the time, said firefighters. Senski said no one else was hurt.

"The firemen did an excellent job," said Senski.

The home has been in poor shape for years – dubbed a vacant property by Philadelphia Licenses and Inspections as far back as 2008 and shown as vacant on Google Street View in October 2014 – and just last month was brought up to code as repairs were made to a deteriorating wall, according to L&I records.

L&I would investigate the collapse, said Senski.

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<![CDATA[Big Rig Blaze Blocks South Jersey Interchange]]> Tue, 17 May 2016 10:46:46 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Route+42+I-295+Big+Rig+Fire.JPG

A tractor-trailer caught fire Tuesday morning causing traffic trouble at a major South Jersey interchange.

The big rig cab went up in flames along the Interstate 295 southbound ramp to the 42 Freeway in Bellmawr, Camden County around 8:50 a.m.

No injuries were reported, said Camden County dispatchers.

The fire left the cab destroyed and also damaged the trailer, which has "Hyundai" on it bold print. No word yet on when the scene will be cleared.

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<![CDATA[Suspicious Death in New Jersey Home]]> Wed, 11 May 2016 12:24:18 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/possible+homicide.PNG

Police responded to a Trenton, New Jersey home to investigate what they called a suspicious death.

Trenton Police went to the home along S. Clinton Avenue near Hudson Street in the Mercer County city.

Trenton Police ruled it a suspicious death and did not announce any immediate arrests or reveal any other details.

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<![CDATA[Transformer Blows, Knocks Out Power to Thousands in NJ]]> Wed, 11 May 2016 08:54:55 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Pemberton+Browns+Mill+Power+Outage.JPG

A transformer blew early Wednesday knocking out power to thousands of customers in Burlington County, New Jersey and delayed the school day for some students.

The transformer break caused wires to come down along the Pemberton Browns Mill Road in Browns Mill around 4:40 a.m., said county dispatchers.

At the height of the outage around 2,600 customers lost power, said Jersey Central Power & Light. By 6:30 about half those customers had power restored.

The Pemberton Township Schools District website wasn't working at one point Wednesday morning but a Twitter feed connected to the district claimed that due to detours, bus pickups and school drop-offs would be delayed.

On his Twitter feed, superintendent Tony Trongone thanked the office of emergency management for opening all roads as of 7:40 a.m. and allowing schools to operate normally.

Crews hoped to get the lights back on for everyone within several hours, said the power company.

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<![CDATA[Teen Facing Homicide Charge in Del. HS Death Out on Bail]]> Wed, 11 May 2016 19:11:49 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Amy-Joyner-Francis-New-Lead.jpg

A teenage girl facing a homicide charge in connection with a fight that ended in the death of her 16-year-old classmate in their Delaware high school last month was released to her parents on bail.

The teen, whose identity NBC10 is withholding because she is charged as a juvenile, was released on $13,000 unsecured bail -- $10,000 for a criminally negligent homicide count and $3,000 for a conspiracy count -- to her parents' home, according to court documents obtained by NBC10 on Tuesday.

She was ordered to have no contact with social media or her co-defendants in the case, according to court records, and is scheduled to appear for a case-review hearing May 31.

She is among three girls charged in connection with the fight inside a bathroom at Howard High School of Technology in Wilmington on April 21. Amy Joyner-Francis, 16, died as a result of the fight, officials have said. The other two girls involved face only conspiracy charges.

The Delaware Department of Justice announced the charges Monday after a lengthy inquiry into the fight.

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After the fight, Joyner-Francis complained about head and chest pain. A school resource officer called 9-1-1, and Joyner-Francis lost consciousness before medics arrived. Medics gave the teen CPR as she was flown to a nearby children's hospital, where she later died.

An autopsy determined the teen died from cardiac arrest due to a heart defect with a contributing factor of "physical and emotional stress due to the fight." The Medical Examiner did not detect any internal injuries or significant blunt-force injuries.

"In layman’s terms, the Medical Examiner determined that Amy died from a cardiac incident that she was vulnerable to because of a pre-existing heart condition, but the cardiac incident would not have occurred if she had not been assaulted," a spokesperson for the Delaware Department of Justice wrote.

Joyner-Francis had a large atrial septal defect, a congenital heart condition, that made her more susceptible to cardiac arrest, according to the autopsy.

Investigators also determined that of the three girls who planned the attack on Joyner-Francis, only one of them, a 16-year-old girl, actually hit her.

Based on their investigation, the Delaware Department of Justice charged the 16-year-old girl accused of hitting Joyner-Francis with criminally negligent homicide. The other two girls are charged with criminal conspiracy.

All three girls are being charged as juveniles, though the state Department of Justice is seeking to have the 16-year-old girl tried as an adult.

Prior to the charges, the three students were suspended for the incident.

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Joyner-Francis' death left the Howard High school community reeling. Students held vigils and mourned their friend's death, while parents flooded school officials with calls about student safety. The school held two nights of meetings to allay parents' fears.

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After the charges were announced Monday, city councilwoman Sherry Dorsey Walker spoke on behalf of Joyner-Francis' family.

"At the end of the day, there is still a life that's lost," she said. "That life belongs to that family. So right now they're heartbroken."

Walker urged Wilmington residents to have conversations about ending bullying in the wake of Joyner-Francis' death.

"I'm just asking that people in the community really start coming together and rallying behind the situation," she said. "We as a community need to recognize and realize what are we doing in the community to make a difference in the lives of our young people."

Walker held a press conference Wednesday afternoon on social media bullying at the Bethel AME Church on N. Walnut Street in Wilmington.

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<![CDATA[Coast Guard Suspends Search for Missing Jet Skier in River]]> Sun, 08 May 2016 19:27:36 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Missing-Jet-Skier1.jpg

The Coast Guard late Saturday suspended the search for a jet skier who went missing in the Delaware River in Trenton.

It was unclear if the search would resume Sunday morning.

Officials said 26-year-old Jesus Diaz Melendez of Trenton and his friend ran aground on their jet ski near the Trenton boat ramp on Canal Boulevard and were both ejected. The crew of the vessel A.J. Meerwald found the second jet skier in the water.  The crew contacted the Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay who launched a 29-foot response boat crew as well as a helicopter crew. The boat crew rescued the second jet skier who confirmed his friend Melendez was missing.

The Coast Guard, Trenton Fire Department and New Jersey State Police Department are all searching for Melendez. If you have any information on his whereabouts, please call the Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay command center at 215-271-4940.

<![CDATA[Police Respond to Delco High School]]> Fri, 06 May 2016 11:18:46 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Marple+Newtown+High+School+SV.JPG

Police went to a Delaware County high school Friday morning.

Newtown Township Police didn’t immediately reveal what led to them responding to Marple-Newtown High School on Media Line Road around 9:30 a.m.

Parents said they received a phone blast alerting them to something suspicious at the school.

The school didn’t immediately have a statement about the incident.

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<![CDATA[Hit-&-Run Claims Crash Victim After Route 55 Wreck]]> Fri, 06 May 2016 14:48:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/187*120/Route+55+Deptford.JPG

A woman died following a crash along a busy South Jersey roadway Friday morning when she was struck by a passing vehicle.

Crews blocked Route 55 southbound near Route 42 in Deptford Township, N.J. due to the deadly crash around 5:40 a.m., state police said.

A Kia Opirus went off the roadway and slammed into a tree, troopers said.

The driver then got out of her crashed car and was struck and killed by a passing motorist that didn't stop, said police.

Police investigated what led to the deadly incident and cleared the scene around 8:45 a.m.

No word yet on a description of the hit-and-run driver's car.

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<![CDATA[Postal Service Big Rig Jackknifes, Blocks I-95]]> Fri, 06 May 2016 11:42:19 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/207*120/I95+Crash+Postal+Service+Truck.JPG

A jackknifed tractor-trailer slowed Friday morning traffic to a near standstill for hours along Interstate 95.

The big rig, with United States Postal Service emblems on the side, crashed in the northbound lanes just before the Academy Road Exit in Northeast Philadelphia around 5:45 a.m. causing a fuel spill.

Only the left shoulder could get past the scene northbound as average speeds lowered into the single-digits and travel times from the Vine Street Expressway (I-676) to Woodhaven Road (Route 63) ballooned to more than 100 minutes at one point -- it's normally a 13-minute drive.

No word yet on possible injuries.

NBC10 First Alert Traffic reporter Jessica Boyington said drivers could use Frankford Avenue as an alternate route but should expect delays.

Crews cleared the crash and lanes began moving again around 9:30 a.m. but some residual delays remained.

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<![CDATA[NJ Transit Train T-Bones Station Wagon, 4 Hurt]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 22:08:45 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Palmyra+RiverLine+NJ+Transit+Crash.JPG

A New Jersey Transit train slammed into a station wagon Thursday morning leaving two people trapped in the car and service suspended along the RiverLine.

Crews worked to free people from the Mercedes wagon after it was struck by a light-rail train near the Riverton Station along Main Street near Broad and Harrison streets around 10:15 a.m., said Burlington County dispatchers.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead a short time later, you could see crews working on the SUV, which appeared to be T-boned. Two people were freed from the vehicle and taken to Cooper University Medical Center for treatment, said dispatchers.

Two of the 35 passengers on the train suffered injuries, said NJ Transit spokeswoman Lisa Torbic. The injured passengers were taken to Lourdes Medical Center for treatment.

NJ Transit spokesman Jim Smith said the injuries don't appear to be life-threatening, reported NBC10's Lauren Mayk.

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Crews took the roof of the station wagon during the rescue.

The wreck left RiverLine service suspended between Palmyra and Cinnaminson for more than two hours. Passengers could take buses to get around the closure.

Crews inspected the tracks and reopened the line -- with 15-minute residual delays -- around 12:45 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Crews Contain Bucks Co. Chemical Spill]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 13:05:38 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/207*120/Tulleytown+Spill.JPG

Authorities in a Bucks County township told residents to temporarily shelter in place after a chemical spill at a municipal site.

Crews rushed to the Lower Bucks County Joint Municipal Authority water treatment plant along Main Street in Tulleytown, Pennsylvania around 8:30 a.m. to address a chemical spill, said Tulleytown Borough Police Department Chief Daniel Doyle.

Crews arrived to find a tank of ferric chloride leaking, said police.

"As a PRECAUTIONARY action only we are asking residents & businesses in the area of Main Street to keep windows and doors closed," the borough police posted to Facebook.

Around 11 a.m., police posted to Facebook that the situation was contained and air quality tests determined the air to be safe. The spill also had no adverse effect on the water supply, said police.

Ferric chloride is a colorless to light brown solution with a faint hydrochloric odor, says the National Institutes of Health's Open Chemistry Database. "Highly corrosive to most metals and probably corrosive to tissue. Noncombustible. Used in sewage treatment and water purification."

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<![CDATA[Sick Passenger Causes Philly-Bound Flight to Make U-Turn]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 11:18:19 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/201*120/Manchester+England+Flight+Aware+Philly+Munich+Flight.JPG

An international flight bound for Philadelphia suddenly turned around before leaving Europe Wednesday morning so that an ill passenger could get medical treatment.

American Airlines Flight 717 took off from Munich, Germany shortly after noon (6 a.m. EST) bound for Philadelphia but it never made its way over the Atlantic Ocean as it made a sudden U-turn over the United Kingdom before landing in Manchester, England about 2 and half hours later.

Crews would do routine safety checks of the Airbus A330-200 before allowing it continue the trip toward America.

It is scheduled to take off from Manchester shortly after 3 p.m. local time and then arrive in Philadelphia, said American Airline spokesman Justin Franco.

The plane wound up actually taking off again around 3:30 p.m. and was expected to land in Philly around 6:20 p.m. EST.

American Airlines didn't reveal the nature of the medical emergency.

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<![CDATA[ID of Driver Shot Dead by Police]]> Sat, 07 May 2016 22:28:40 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/187*120/Bullet+Riddled+Minivan.JPG

The driver of a minivan shot to death by a Philadelphia police officer early Wednesday morning was identified as Richard Ferretti from a northeast Pennsylvania town.

Ferretti, 52, of Andreas, which is about 15 miles north of Allentown, allegedly failed to listen to plainclothes officers as they stood in front of his minivan and yelled at him to stop as he drove on Overbrook Avenue near Lancaster Avenue.

"Police received several calls" from college students concerned about the man "casing the area," said Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross. "Police arrived and they saw the male doing just exactly what the callers indicated," said Ross. "They attempted to stop the male, initially he tries to flee."

Homicide detectives investigated the shooting. It was one of two police-involved shootings late Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning. Another man, allegedly armed with a gun, was shot in Southwest Philadelphia two hours earlier.

The incident that left Ferretti shot occurred shortly before 1 a.m. Crews rushed him to Penn Presbyterian Hospital but he was dead on arrival.

Plainclothes officers cut off the driver around the corner and told him to stop, said Ross.

"Apparently (the driver) attempts to flee from them, trapping one of the officers between the car and some other area where (the officer) didn't feel he could escape and he discharged his weapon," said Ross. "That male was struck, one time I think, and he was subsequently pronounced dead."

"I heard a screeching sound and I heard a loud boom," said witness Gregory McCowin. "So I got up and I heard 'freeze, stop!'"

"It's way too early" to determine if the shooting was justified, said Ross. An internal affairs investigation would determine the exact circumstances leading to the incident.

The incident played out on police radio. "All cars standby... shots fired," said police band traffic around the time of the shooting.

"Do we have an offender hit?" asks one voice.

"It's all under control," can be heard a short time later as officers are told to resume with regular police work.

Investigators focused on the crashed minivan with its airbag deployed. Ross said officers didn't find a weapon in the vehicle.

About 90 minutes earlier, officers on patrol heard gunshots then found a man shooting into the air from the back porch of a home along Grays Avenue near Lindbergh Boulevard in Southwest Philadelphia and asked him to drop the weapon, said Philadelphia Police.

"Police are in the area in this case and they hear gunshots," said Ross.

"They approach the male, tell the male to drop the weapon, and that male aims and fires one shot at police, misses," said Philadelphia Police Lt. Ray Evers. "And then one of the officers fires two times back and shoots the man in the leg"

The man, later identified as 50-year-old Desmond Abernathy, then made his way inside the house where police arrested him and took him to Presbyterian Hospital in stable condition, investigators said. They also took another man who was inside the home, later identified as 47-year-old Curt Joseph, in for questioning.

Police say they recovered a weapon and ballistic evidence at the scene.

Abernathy is charged with attempted criminal homicide, aggravated assault, simple assault, violation of the uniform firearms act and related offenses. Joseph is charged with hindering apprehension, violation of the uniform firearms act, tampering with evidence, obstructing justice and other related offenses.

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<![CDATA[Police Search Lehigh Univ. Dorm]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 13:19:10 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Lehigh-AP_99053002278.jpg

Lehigh University Police told students to avoid Palmer Hall as police investigated a possible device in the dormitory for more than an hour Monday.

The university police worked with Bethlehem firefighters to do "full search" of the dorm in the Centennial II Complex around noon Monday, said the campus' Twitter feed. [[377822891, C]]

Police told students to avoid the entire Lower Centennial area until giving the all clear after 1 p.m., said students.

No word yet on what, if anything, police found while searching the building.

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<![CDATA[Traffic Lights Malfunction, Back Up Bridge Traffic]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 11:05:49 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/208*120/Vine+Street+Traffic+Lights.JPG

Malfunctioning traffic lights left motorists fending for themselves as they came off the Benjamin Franklin Bridge in Philadelphia Friday morning.

The lights at 8th and Vine, which regulate traffic onto Vine Street or the Vine Street Expressway (Interstate 676), began malfunctioning before 7 a.m. [[377561341, C]]

More than 90 minutes later, motorists coming off the bridge battled it out to get past the malfunction.

The traffic light issued continued through the morning rush before being resolved later in the morning.

The Walt Whitman Bridge could be a better option for drivers crossing from New Jersey into Philadelphia.

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<![CDATA[School Bus Crashes, 1 Hurt]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 09:27:30 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Torresdale+Hartel+Street+School+Bus+Crash.JPG

A school bus and car collided in the Holmesburg section of Northeast Philadelphia Thursday morning leaving one person hurt.

Firefighters didn’t immediately reveal if the person was in the bus or car when they two crashed at Torresdale and Hartel avenues around 7:45 a.m.

No word yet on what caused the crash. It also wasn’t clear where the Total Transportation Corp. bus was headed.

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<![CDATA[Dog Bites Boy Waiting for School Bus]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 11:37:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Dog+Bite+Dog+Capture.JPG

Neighbors used a chair and shovel to scare off a dog after it bit a child in North Philadelphia Thursday morning.

The dog bit a 9-year-old boy waiting with his sister for the bus along Diamond Street in the city’s Strawberry Mansion section around 6:30 a.m., said Philadelphia Police.

"I was asleep in the bed and I just heard my daughter screaming," said the boy's mother who asked not to be named. "I came to the window and I see that there is a dog chasing them."

A neighbor spotted the attack and used a chair and another person hit the animal with a shovel to scare off the dog, which fled to a nearby porch, a witness told NBC10.

Medics took the boy to Hahnemann Hospital to be treated for a wound to his lower back. Police said they expected the boy to be OK.

It wasn’t clear where the dog came from. Philadelphia Animal Control officers came to the scene to wrangle up the animal.

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<![CDATA[Big Rig Spills Load Onto NJ Turnpike]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 13:19:20 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/207*120/New+Jersey+Turnpike+Cement+Truck+Crash.JPG

A big rig spilled its load, including slabs of concrete, onto the New Jersey Turnpike causing traffic troubles Wednesday morning.

The wreck closed all but one lane of the northbound Turnpike near Interchange 3 (New Jersey Route 168 - Deptford Township) in Camden County just before 8 a.m.

Traffic backed up for two miles, according to the turnpike, as crews worked for hours to clear debris from the roadway.

Photos from the scene showed what appeared to be slabs of concrete spilled off the open tractor-trailer.

No injuries were reported.

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<![CDATA[Bizarre Hit-&-Run, Carjacking Leaves Officers Hurt]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 22:00:23 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/15th+Street+Hit+and+Run+Carjacking.JPG

A witness wound up becoming the victim of a carjacking overnight along one of Philadelphia’s busiest roads during a bizarre series of events that left two Philadelphia police officers hurt.

The plainclothes officers suffered injuries after a driver slammed his black sedan into their unmarked Ford Ranger pickup truck along Broad Street at Brown Street in the Fairmount section of North Philadelphia around 2:15 a.m. Wednesday, said police.

A witness -- who said he was frightened -- jumped out of his SUV without putting the vehicle in park. That’s when two men from the black sedan jumped into his white Ford and sped off southbound on Broad Street before turning off and going the wrong direction north on 15th Street, said police.

The Ford SUV then slammed into a gray Nissan Altima carrying three people at the intersection of 15th and Parrish streets. After that wreck the two carjackers ran into The Playhouse nightclub at 822 N Broad Street where they took off some clothing so they could elude police, said investigators.

The men then fled in an unknown direction.

The two plainclothes officers were taken to Hahnemann Hospital for observation -- one with a head injury and the other with shoulder and hip injuries -- and were expected to be OK, said police. No one in the second struck vehicle reported being injured.

Besides searching for the hit-and-run suspects, police also tried to pry information from the carjacking victim as they searched for more clues in what they called a bizarre incident.

"It really doesn't make any sense to exit a 2015 vehicle at quarter after 2 in the morning if you're afraid," said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small. "If you're afraid you lock your doors and you drive away. For some reason this 33-year-old male he can't give us a clear reason why he jumped out of his car, left it running, left it in drive and therefore it was subsequently stolen."

Expect traffic delays in the area as police continue to investigate the crashes.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Philadelphia Police.

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