<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Breaking News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/breaking http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.comen-usTue, 30 Aug 2016 07:19:19 -0400Tue, 30 Aug 2016 07:19:19 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Wild Crash Leaves Trail of Debris in NJ]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 07:08:09 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Haddon+ave+Camden+Wreck.jpg

A speeding car crashed along a normally busy South Jersey roadway overnight leaving a trail of debris that impacted people, homes and other vehicles.

"There's stuff everywhere, 100 feet around the car," said witness Walter Dilson.

The unidentified driver of a maroon Chrysler 300 lost control along Haddon Avenue at Newton Avenue in Camden, New Jersey (not far from Cooper University Hospital) around 2 a.m. and slammed into at least six cars and the porches of some homes.

"The vehicle was one fire, and, like I said, the cops showed off immediately afterwards and he said, 'stay away,'" said Dilson.

The crash left the driver critically injured, said Camden County Police.

People in a car he sideswiped were treated and released for undisclosed injuries, said police sources.

Car parts, bricks, stone, parts of a porch and a downed pole remained on the scene as investigators tried to figure out exactly what caused the wreck.

Residents from six homes were displaced as crews determined if the homes are structurally sound.

Expect traffic closures throughout the morning as crews investigate and work to clear the debris.

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<![CDATA[Break Sends Water Gushing Onto Roosevelt Blvd., Slows Cars]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 07:38:42 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/Roosevelt+Boulevard+Water+Main+Break1.JPG

A water main break sent water gushing onto the busy Roosevelt Boulevard (Route 1) Monday morning.

The break, which happened late Sunday night, closed lanes of the southbound Boulevard after Fox Street and caused traffic to back up all the way up to Wissahickon Avenue as cars snaked past the scene.

As of 6:15 a.m. Monday, the traffic troubles continued with only two lanes getting by as crews worked to clear the scene near Henry Avenue in East Falls.

No word yet on when traffic will flow smoothly again.

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<![CDATA[Pa. Girl, 3, Taken from Her Home Found Safe in NYC]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 16:03:25 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Amber+Alert+Ava+Byrne.jpg

A 3-year-old girl from Luzerne County who Pennsylvania State Police issued an Amber Alert for Friday was found in New York City and is safely in the custody of authorities.

Wearing only a diaper, brown-haired Ava Byrne, 3, was taken from from a property on Vine Street in Nescopeck Borough -- about 10 miles from Wilkes Barre -- around 12:30 a.m., police said.

She was allegedly taken by Robert Byrne, 24, who stands around 5-foot, 9-inches tall and weighs around 215 pounds, state police said.

Byrne was found about 2 p.m. in New York City, police said.

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<![CDATA[3 Firefighters Hurt in Delaware Plant Blaze]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 07:20:54 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/IKO+Global+Delaware+Fire+Ground+Shot.jpg

Three Delaware firefighters were hurt fighting a blaze at a Edgemoor manufacturing plant Thursday afternoon, fire officials said.

Flames broke out around 1 p.m. at the IKO Global facility along the 100 block of Hay Road. The plant makes roofing shingles.

The fire began in a warehouse holding supplies for the manufacturing process, the Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office said.

Brandywine Hundreds Fire Company Chief Tom Finocchiaro told NBC10's Tim Furlong that one firefighter suffered smoke inhalation and two were overcome with heat exhaustion.

All three were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment. Their conditions were not immediately known.

The fire marshal said the fire began when welders were working on pipes in the building. The fire was ruled accidental.

Damage is extensive and could run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars, the fire marshal said.

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<![CDATA[Arrest in Theft of Wounded Warrior Bicycles]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 06:48:39 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Roy-Bowman.jpg

Police arrested a man accused of stealing thousands of dollars' worth of bicycle equipment from the Wounded Warrior Project.

Roy Bowman, 48, was arrested and charged with theft and receiving stolen property.

The investigation began on August 13 at 8 a.m. when police responded to the Renaissance Philadelphia Airport Hotel at 500 Stevens Drive in Tinicum Township. Police were informed that a U-Haul truck in the parking lot of the hotel that contained multiple bicycles, parts and equipment belonging to the Wounded Warrior Project had been stolen. The materials had an estimated value of $37,000.

The driver of the truck told police he had parked the vehicle at the hotel parking lot around 11 p.m. August 12 and it was stolen at some point between then and the morning of August 13. The theft occurred hours before the project's annual Soldier Ride in Philadelphia.

On Tuesday, the Philadelphia Police Department Major Crimes Unit received information reporting that the stolen bikes and parts were inside a garage in a home on the 4100 block of Sterling Street in Philadelphia and that the man who lived at the home drove a silver Chevy Trailblazer. Later that day, investigators went to the home and observed the Trailblazer pulling up to the back of the property. They then spotted someone removing a dark-colored Trek racing bicycle from the rear of the Chevy and placing it in the back of the property.

After obtaining a search warrant for the home, police spotted Bowman inside, investigators said. Bowman allegedly jumped up from the living room, ran towards the back of the property and then stopped after seeing officers in the back. Bowman was arrested and police recovered four of the stolen Wounded Warrior bicycles, equipment and parts valued at $8,000, according to officials.

Police continue to investigate the thefts. Anyone with information is asked to call Sgt. James Simpkins, Jr. at 610-521-3830.

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<![CDATA[Water Main Break at Montco Mall]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 15:23:02 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/Cheltenham+Mall+Parking+Lot+water+Main+Break+Chik-Fil-A.JPG

A water main break sent a muddy mess onto the parking lot of a Montgomery County Mall Tuesday morning.

The main broke at the Cheltenham Square Mall along Cheltenham Avenue in Wyncote, Pennsylvania around daybreak.

The break appeared to happen near the mall and send water gushing along the parking lot toward the Chik-fil-A restaurant along Cheltenham Avenue. Some cars continued to drive through the water as it flowed.

Crews eventually shut off the water and began to cleanup the mess.

No word yet on what caused the break and no injuries were reported.

Part of the mall appears to be under renovation with fences blocking off parts of the property, which sold last year for $30 million.

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<![CDATA[Arrest in Shooting That Killed Man and Injured Girl ]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 17:09:36 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Samuel+James+Burlington+County+Shooter.jpg

Police arrested a man accused of opening fire on a South Jersey block over the weekend, killing a man and injuring a 5-year-old girl.

Samuel James, 26, of Burlington Township was arrested in Barrington, Camden County Monday after being charged in the murder of 24-year-old Byron Turner.

Authorities say James opened fire on the 100 block of East Federal Street in Burlington City just before 7 p.m. Saturday, killing Turner with a gunshot to the head. A 5-year-old girl who was on the block at the time also suffered injuries while fleeing the gunfire, police said, although they said she was not shot as initially thought.

A warrant was issued for James' arrest. He was apprehended at the home of an acquaintance in Barrington, New Jersey Monday by members of the Burlington County Sheriff's Department Warrant Unit, officials said. His bail was set at $1 million and he will be lodged in the Burlington County Jail. He will appear in Superior Court Tuesday in Burlington County.

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<![CDATA[Missing Boys, 10 & 11, Found Safe]]> Sat, 06 Aug 2016 21:32:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/missing3.png

The search Saturday for two missing boys last seen in the Frankford section of Philadelphia ended with a happy reunion.

The 10- and 11-year-olds were last seen Saturday afternoon leaving a home on Salem Street near Torresdale Avenue.

The boys were found safe Saturday evening at a relatives house.

<![CDATA[Popular Montco Pub Catches Fire]]> Sat, 06 Aug 2016 20:25:36 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/205*120/Davincis+Pub+Fire.JPG

Firefighters evacuated a popular Montgomery County pub Saturday after a fire erupted from the roof.

The fire broke out at DaVinci's Pub along Main Street in Collegeville, Pennsylvania around 3:30 p.m. and was borught under control, said firefighters.

The building was evacuated and no injuries or transports were reported. The smoke was initially seen coming from the porch roof of the building, but it remained unclear where the fire started.

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<![CDATA[Water Main Break Sends Muck Onto Roosevelt Boulevard]]> Sat, 30 Jul 2016 14:55:26 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/200*120/Roosevelt+Boulevard+Levick+Water+Main+Break.JPG

A water main break sent water and mud onto the busy Roosevelt Boulevard overnight.

The 12-inch main broke around 2:30 a.m. Saturday in the northbound outer lanes by Levick Street, said Philadelphia firefighters.

The break buckled the roadway and blocked all northbound lanes of Route 1 for about an hour. It continued to block the outer lanes after daybreak.

The Philadelphia Water Department shut off the main and began repairs. As of mid-afternoon, the outer lanes remained closed and crews expected to continue working for several hours.

No injuries were reported and no water appeared to get into nearby homes but it did impact a nearby Dunkin' Donuts.

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<![CDATA[Delco Day Care Evacuation as Crews Hit Gas Main]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:58:40 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/197*120/Clifton+Heights+Gas+Main+Break.JPG

A gas main break led to the evacuation of a Delaware County day care Thursday.

A paving contractor struck a 2-inch natural gas main near Today's Child Learning Center along Berkley Avenue in Clifton Heights, Pennsylvania shortly after 9 a.m., said PECO.

No one was hurt and police evacuated homes in a radius of a few blocks, said Clifton Heights Police.

Some of the evacuees were taken to the borough hall where about 40 to 50 children from the day care were taken, said authorities.

It wasn’t immediately clear what contractors were working on when they hit the gas main.

PECO got the gas capped before 10 a.m. and police began letting people back into the area a short time later as PECO crews continue to monitor the situation, said PECO.

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<![CDATA[Arrest Made in Shooting Outside Philly Club ]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 18:27:55 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Xavier-Braswell.jpg

An arrest has been made in a shooting near a Penn's Landing bar that left a 24-year-old man dead.

Xavier Braswell, 23, of Burlington, New Jersey, was arrested and charged with murder and other related offenses.

Philadelphia Police initially responded to the area of Columbus Boulevard and Spring Garden Street for the report of a fight outside Cavanaugh's River Deck late Sunday night. As officers arrived, they heard gunshots around 11:45 p.m., said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small.

"We know at least nine shots were fired... some just inches from where he victim collapsed," said Small.

Police said the victim, identified as 24-year-old Shelton Merritt of Lawnside, New Jersey, was shot in the head and torso. The man appeared to be getting into the rear door of sport utility vehicle at the time, said investigators. Merritt was taken to Hahnemann Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 12:07 a.m.

Police say the shooting stemmed from an argument. They also believe Merritt was involved in an altercation at Cavanaugh's prior to the shooting. After the shooting, three men ran into the parking lot of Cavanaugh's, said investigators. The nightclub had earlier hosted a "Day Break" party sponsored by radio station Power 99 and McDonald's.

A witness pointed officers toward three men saying, "They just shot my boy," said police.

Officers were able to take the three suspects into custody after they were seen running from the scene. One of the suspects threw a gun into the Delaware River, said police. Marine officers searched the water for it.

Several bars in the area -- popular for its waterfront nightclubs -- were open at the time, said Small.

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<![CDATA[Smoke Prompts Evacuation of Montco Mall]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 11:46:38 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/198*120/Montgomery+Mall+Pa.JPG

Smoke prompted the evacuation of a popular Montgomery County mall Tuesday morning.

Crews cleared the Montgomery Mall in North Wales, Pennsylvania shortly after 10 a.m., said Montgomery County dispatchers. No injuries were reported and everyone made it out of the mall OK after smoke began coming from the Gertrude Hawk Chocolates store, said dispatchers.

The mall tweeted that it was closed due to a power outage.

PECO reported about 2,100 customers impacted by power outages in the area.

A mall spokesperson said there was no fire at the mall and that firefighters were called to help with the evacuation.

No word yet on the extent of damage.

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<![CDATA[Teens With Guns Carjack Woman, Speed Through Philly: Police]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 07:52:39 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/Teen+Carjacking+48th+Springfield.JPG

Two armed teenage carjackers slammed into a series of cars after speeding off in a car belonging to the daughter of a Philadelphia Police officer who was coming home for the evening.

The woman was parking her car along S Front Street near Morris Street – under Interstate 95 – in South Philadelphia shortly after midnight Tuesday when two teens on bicycles approached and demanded her money and car keys, said Lt. John Walker with the Southwest Detectives Division.

"They leave their bikes, they get in her car and they come toward Southwest Philly," said Walker.

The boys drove around for some time being spotted at 77th and Essington, said Walker. Officers then spotted the car around 56th and Springfield and attempted to stop the car, said Walker.

"The vehicle takes off at a high rate of speed," said Walker.

Officers decided not to give chase since the car was running red lights and it appeared too dangerous to pursue, said Walker.

"We believe these kids probably don't have a license to drive," said Walker.

The car eventually slammed into eight cars around 48th and Springfield in West Philadelphia before coming to a stop.

The boys – one possibly with a head injury – fled on foot, leaving behind two guns, said investigators who believe the boys likely aren't even old enough to drive.

Walker said everyone is lucky no one else was hurt.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Philadelphia Police.

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<![CDATA[Crash Knocks Out Power, Prompts Delco Evacuations]]> Mon, 25 Jul 2016 18:35:24 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Clifton+Heights+Wires+Down.jpg

Crews evacuated a daycare, a school for disabled students and residents within a five-block radius after a truck slammed into a pole in Delaware County Monday morning leaving people without air conditioning as temps pushed toward the 90s.

The truck driver told NBC10 he was going 15 m.p.h., when his truck snagged a cable as it spun along Fatima Drive on Our Lady of Fatima in Clifton Heights, Pennsylvania around 10:45 a.m.

The wreck brought down wires and blew out a transformer.

"It sounded like I might have scraped a tree branch coming off of this tree. Then, when I got to where the truck is stopped, the truck started to twist on its own and I knew I had lost control of the vehicle," says driver Roy Greenwalt.

Area evacuations were voluntary and SEPTA buses were brought in to move people from apartments without air conditioning, to nearby schools.

Crews from Montgomery county assisted with getting people out of the excessive heat, sources told NBC10.

Local residents Nancy and Bruce Serreno are trying to figure out an alternative until power can be restored. Nancy knows a hotel would be a good alternative but is concerned a room could be hard to find with the DNC in town.

If worse comes to worse, Bruce's new generator will hopefully come in handy until power can be restored.

Ridley High School is still open and available for residents who need to seek shelter until the power returns. Peco says residents can expect the power to be out until at least 10 p.m. this evening. 

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<![CDATA[Driver Fleeing Police Hops Into Schuylkill River]]> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 10:44:45 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Lower-Merion-Water-Search.jpg

A driver who was involved in an accident fled from police and jumped into the Schuylkill River overnight, said police.

The unidentified driver was involved in a car crash in Lower Merion Township near Hollow and River roads Wednesday night. The driver then allegedly fled from the scene of the crash as well as responding police officers and jumped into the river.

Officials searched through the water into Thursday.

No word yet if the fleeing driver turned up.

<![CDATA[ChesCo Mushroom Farm Up in Flames]]> Wed, 20 Jul 2016 07:19:15 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/217*120/Modern+Mushroom+Farm+Fire+Wide.JPG

A Chester County mushroom farm went up in flames overnight sending flames and smoke into the night sky.

It took firefighters about 90 minutes to contain the fire at Modern Mushroom Farms along Newark Road in Toughkenamon, Pennsylvania after flames broke out around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.

About 350 hay bales (around 1,000 tons) fueled the flames. And, despite being contained, the fire continued to burn as of 6:30 a.m.

No one was hurt.

Fire companies from Delaware joined the Avondale Fire Company in battling the flames.

Modern Mushroom supplies mushroom for Giorgio and they “recycle the mushroom compost to make garden-worthy soil,” according to its website.

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<![CDATA[Explosive Devices Found in Van With Kids Inside: Police]]> Wed, 20 Jul 2016 21:17:47 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Possible-Stick-of-Dynamite.jpg

A man is in custody after police found two explosive devices in a van with young children inside in Philadelphia, according to investigators.

Police say they spotted a white Toyota that was double parked on the 5900 block of W. Champlost Street around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. As they approached the vehicle they smelled a heavy odor of marijuana coming from a white Dodge Caravan that was parked next to the Toyota, officials said.

Police say they noticed the driver of the Caravan, later identified as 32-year-old Derek McKinney, was leaning over to the right and hiding his hands. They also found two three-year-old children inside McKinney's vehicle, officials said.

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As police searched the van, they found a jar on the floor of the vehicle that contained purple syrup, believed to be codeine, according to investigators. Police also say they found a sandwich bag containing marijuana in McKinney's pocket as well as a yellow pill bottle containing one pill. McKinney's eyes were bloodshot and he was thick-tongued when he spoke to the officer, police said.

As the officers continued to search through the vehicle they found a black bag next to the driver's seat area containing two homemade explosive devices, according to investigators.

The officers brought the two kids, one of whom was McKinney's child, to safety, evacuated homes nearby and established a perimeter. The Bomb Squad responded to the scene and confiscated the explosives without incident.

McKinney was arrested and charged with endangering the welfare, possessing an instrument of crime, recklessly endangering another person and possession of narcotics.

"We don't know if he had any malicious intent," said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small. "Depending on how close those devices were to explode near people they could cause serious injury, possibly death. Especially when you have 3-year-old children in the vehicle at the time."

Small told NBC10 the timing of the incident is especially concerning considering the fact that the Democratic National Convention is set to take place in Philadelphia next week.

"This is a big concern to us especially with the Democratic National Convention coming up," Small said. "We're not too happy about finding anyone with explosive devices in the city. The police did a great job making this apprehension. The bomb squad did a great job identifying these devices and taking him into custody so at least this individual is not going to have the opportunity to utilize these explosive devices."

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<![CDATA[Car Fire Closes Delco Courthouse]]> Wed, 20 Jul 2016 01:01:33 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Delaware+County+Courthouse+Delco+Court+Fire.JPG

A car fire caused the closure of the Delaware County Courthouse and Government Center Tuesday morning.

The Delco Council posted that the courthouse on W Front Street in Media, Pennsylvania would initially reopen at 11 a.m. after a car fire in the parking garage. County spokeswoman Adrienne Marofsky later said the building would be closed for the rest of Tuesday.

No one was hurt.

Officials have not yet revealed what caused the car to catch fire. An NBC10 viewer sent in a photo of what he claimed was the burned vehicle. The viewer said the car belonged to an employee of the Sheriff's Office and the vehicle's poor battery connection caused the fire. Officials have not yet confirmed this however.

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<![CDATA[Man Stabs Wife to Death While Children Sleep: Police]]> Tue, 19 Jul 2016 19:48:01 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/216*120/PennsvilleMurdermugshot.jpg

A New Jersey mother of three was stabbed to death -- allegedly by her husband -- while the couple's three children were asleep inside the family's Pennsville home.

Police and EMS were sent to the couple's home on N. Broadway around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday after getting a call about a cardiac arrest. They found Ceema Singh's body on the kitchen floor with multiple stab wounds.

Her husband, 46-year-old Nitin Singh, was standing in the room, police said, and taken into custody.

The couple was having marital problems, according to investigators when Ceema Singh died.Their children, ages 15, 6 and 5 were asleep in the apartment at the time, Pennsville's police chief said, adding the children did not witness the crime.

Child protective services took custody of the children and were working with members of the family's church to keep the kids together, possibly with a church member.

Police said the husband made the 911 call, but did not admit to any wrongdoing.

Officials said Singh was taken to the Salem County Correctional Facility, held on one million cash bail. He faces first degree murder, aggravated assault and weapons charges.

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<![CDATA[Amtrak Train Kills Person on Tracks, Stops SEPTA]]> Fri, 15 Jul 2016 13:48:14 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/216*120/Ridley+Park+Amtrak+Train+Person+struck.JPG

Amtrak and SEPTA trains came to halt in Delaware County Friday morning after a train struck and killed a person on the tracks.

The Amtrak train struck the unidentified person near SEPTA’s Ridley Park Regional Rail Station along E Hinckley Avenue around 11 a.m. The person died, said SEPTA.

The wreck temporarily knocked out lighting and air conditioning on Amtrak Train 184. The train had 359 passengers and crew on board and none were hurt, said Amtrak.

The train remained at the scene as crews responded and Amtrak officials made the decision if it was for the train to continue its trip or if passengers will need to be transferred to another train.

SEPTA suspended service on its Wilmington/Newark Line for more than two hours.

No word yet on why the person was on the tracks.

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<![CDATA[12 Kids Hurt as Day Care Van Crashes Into Building]]> Fri, 15 Jul 2016 11:55:39 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/216*120/52nd+Street+Day+Care+Van+Crash.JPG

An unmarked van carrying children from a day care crashed in West Philadelphia Friday morning leaving 12 young children hospitalized.

As SkyForce10 hovered over the crash along S 52nd Street near Hazel Avenue around 9:30 a.m. you could see children walking from the crashed van into waiting ambulances.

Medics took 12 children to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia mostly for observation and the driver to Penn Presbyterian Hospital, said Philadelphia Police.

Philadelphia Police accident investigators initially said that it appeared the driver lost the van's breaks before crashing into the apartments..

Expect traffic detours in the area as investigators search for more clues and clear the scene.

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<![CDATA[Water Main Break Closes Manayunk's Main Street]]> Fri, 15 Jul 2016 13:59:35 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Main+street+Manayunk+Water+Main+Break+2.JPG

A water main broke along Manayunk’s Main Street causing potential traffic problems Friday morning.

Crews were called to Main Street between Grape and Levering streets around 4:30 a.m., said Philadelphia Water Department spokesman John DiGiulio.

Crews shut off the water gushing from the 8-inch main around 5:30 a.m. but a big mess remained as mud and debris covered much of Main Street.

The break left 30 to 40 customers without water, said DiGiulio.

Expect traffic delays in the area as crews work to cleanup. Cresson Street could be used as an alternate route, said NBC10 First Alert Traffic reporter Jessica Boyington.

The water department hoped to make repairs and have the area cleaned up and water service restored by the afternoon.

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<![CDATA[Motorcycle Slams Into Woman, Car Along Route 1]]> Fri, 15 Jul 2016 07:28:28 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/209*120/Roosevelt+Boulevard+Crash+Motorcylce+Helmet.JPG

A motorcyclist struck a woman along the Roosevelt Boulevard causing traffic delays Friday morning.

The biker struck the woman then another car in the northbound outer lanes of the Boulevard (Route 1) at Devereaux Avenue in the Oxford Circle section of Northeast Philadelphia around 3:30 a.m.

The wreck left the pedestrian and the biker both in critical but stable condition at Aria – Frankford Hospital, said accident investigators.

Officers investigating an earlier crash at Adams Avenue said they saw a motorcycle fly by around 90 mph just moments before the crash, said police.

The wreck left damage to the side of the sedan and a helmet and other debris in the roadway.

The wreck remained under investigation Friday morning and some delays could be expected in the area.

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<![CDATA[IDs of 2 Dead in Lehigh Valley Crash]]> Fri, 15 Jul 2016 05:54:42 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/210*120/Broadway+Bethlehem.JPG

A one-car wreck left two men dead and a Lehigh Valley road for hours overnight.

The Honda Civic lost control and crashed into a tree along Broadway near Crestline Avenue in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania around 2:05 a.m. Thursday, said Salisbury Township Police.

The driver, identified by the Lehigh County Coroner's Office as 22-year-old Jesus Rodriguez of Allentown, and his passenger, 20-year-old Julian Delacruz of Allentown -- both died at the scene.

No word yet on what caused Rodriguez to leave the roadway.

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<![CDATA[Suspicious Device Near SEPTA Station Slows Traffic]]> Wed, 13 Jul 2016 13:30:31 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/211*120/Wissahickon+Package.JPG

Drivers and riders dealt with delays Wednesday morning as crews closed off a busy SEPTA hub after some sort of device was found nearby.

The incident blocked off Ridge Avenue near the Wissahickon Transportation Center near the Main Street split in Manayunk around 7 a.m.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead a short time later, you could see traffic coming off the City Avenue Bridge and the Schuylkill Expressway (I-76) backing up as Philadelphia Police blocked off roads around the area.

SEPTA also briefly detoured its 1, 38, R, 123, 124  bus routes.

After about 45 minutes, crews gave the all clear and began letting traffic through again.

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<![CDATA[Dump Truck Flips Over, Blocks Montco Road]]> Tue, 12 Jul 2016 07:46:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/229*120/Overturned+Dump+Truck+Conshohocken+Road+Plymouth.JPG

A dump truck overturned Tuesday morning, blocking traffic along a Montgomery County road.

The orange dump truck flipped onto its side along Conshohocken Road between Ridge Pike and W Elm Street in Plymouth Township, Pennsylvania around 5 a.m.

No one was seriously hurt.

After a little more than an hour, crews righted the truck. They said the crash could tie up the roadway through the morning commute so try to avoid the area and use alternate routes.

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<![CDATA[Rescuers Tend to Cat After House Catches Fire]]> Mon, 11 Jul 2016 09:38:32 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/193*120/Newkirk+Cat+Hurt+Fire+2.JPG

Crews could be seen tending to a cat rescued from a Philadelphia house fire Monday morning.

SkyForce10 captured the dramatic moments as Philadelphia police officers and firefighters tended to the feline after it was plucked from a home along Newkirk Street near W Lehigh Avenue in the Strawberry Mansion neighborhood around 5:45 a.m.

Crews tended to the cat and appeared to be petting the animal as it moved about after the fire.

No people were hurt in the blaze.

No word on what caused the fire.

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<![CDATA[Murder and Car Theft Suspect Surrenders: Officials ]]> Mon, 11 Jul 2016 19:14:18 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Hakeem-Williams.jpg

A suspect who allegedly shot and killed a man and then stole the victim’s vehicle while his baby was still inside surrendered to police, according to investigators. 

Officials say Hakeem Williams, 31, turned himself in to Philadelphia Police at the 24th District headquarters around 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Williams, who has addresses in both Penns Grove and Philadelphia, is charged with murder, aggravated assault, robbery, kidnapping and other related weapons offenses. His bail has been set at $1 million.

Williams allegedly shot and killed Jakaye Ingram, 24, of Penns Grove, during a confrontation on South Broad Street in Penns Grove around 4:10 p.m. Saturday. Williams then entered the Ingram’s vehicle and fled the scene, officials said. Ingram's 1-year-old son was also inside the vehicle at the time, according to investigators.

After an alert was sent out, Ingram’s car was found about an hour later on 5th and Wood streets in Philadelphia. The child was also found safely inside the vehicle but Williams was missing at the time.

The boy, who was not hurt, was reunited with his mother, who investigators say was there during the initial confrontation but had gotten out of the car during the incident.

Police have not yet revealed the motive behind the shooting.

<![CDATA[Water Main Break Blocks Intersection]]> Thu, 07 Jul 2016 07:46:10 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/5th+Snyder+South+Philly+Water+Main+Break.JPG A water main broke Thursday morning sending water onto the roadway at S 5th Street and Snyder Avenue in South Philadelphia.

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<![CDATA[Amid Shortage, SEPTA Riders Watch Packed Trains Go By]]> Tue, 05 Jul 2016 14:38:08 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/SEPTA+Regional+Rail+Train+Jenkintown+Passengers.jpg

John Lee left an hour early from his house in Hopewell, New Jersey, to make sure he got into work on time.

"I don't know what to expect," he said standing in the mugginess at West Trenton Station in Ewing, waiting for the 7:02 in to Center City.

He wasn't going to get jammed up on the first day of what SEPTA expects to be a long summer for its riders. The transit agency took one third of its train car fleet offline this past weekend for a structural problem. It won't be until late summer at the earliest that those train cars are back in service. Officials warned of standing-room only rides -- and recommended alternative commutes if possible through at least the end of August.

"I hope it works out for everyone," said Lee, who works for a health care technology company called IntegriChain.

Lee has been riding the train into Center City since Jan. 2015, when IntegriChain relocated from Princeton.

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"I haven't had anything like this he," he said. "It's a longer commute. (But) I like the train. Get to sit down, open the computer."

Compared to his days a few years ago riding NJ Transit into New York City, however, he said SEPTA requires a bit more patience.

"That was more like clockwork," he said of NJ Transit. "This is a bit more of a soft schedule."

By Somerton Station, which is about a third of the ride into Center City along the West Trenton Line, the train was packed.

A rider smiled at the conductor and said, "Here we go. Are you ready?"

"I had my coffee this morning. I'm ready," the veteran conductor said.

By the Forest Hills Station -- not even halfway into the journey to 30th Street Station -- SEPTA made the decision to go express and bypass a slew of Montgomery County stations including Philmont, Bethayres, Meadowbrook, Rydal, Noble, Elkins Park, Melrose Park and the busy Jenkintown stop.

In Jenkintown, where commuters watched seemingly every other train ride past their platform inbound for Center City, a senior operations planner, Tom Philip, acted as guide.

"It's a tough time, but we'll get through it," said Philip, who normally works out of SEPTA headquarters at 1234 Market St. "We're still in the middle of the rush."

And it's only day one. Philip and other officials are manning many of the stations for the rest of the week, trying to alleviate anxiety for the first few rush hours.

Inbound Doylestown, Norristown & Airport trains also skipped stops from Montgomery County stations to Temple University or Center City due to overcrowding.

By 8:35, the last train to pass without stopping was gone. In the next 15 minutes, three trains stopped at Jenkintown to pick up passengers.

The time for standing -- or getting bypassed altogether -- was over.

Jean Taylor, of Elkins Park, ironically missed a couple opportunities to get on a train when shortly after 8:30 two trains came within minutes of each other and stopped for passengers at Jenkintown.

"I was in my car and missed the first one, so I thought there wouldn't be another one since it's running on a Saturday schedule," Taylor, who commutes daily into Center City, said as she waited on the platform shortly before 9 a.m. "I tried to get over here in time, but I didn't make it."

Taylor said she considered going to Fern Rock Transportation Center and catching the Market-Frankford elevated line, but chose Jenkintown instead. Her other options were Elkins Park and Melrose Park, but both stops are serviced by fewer trains than Jenkintown.

"I guess I didn't have it too bad," she said, as she boarded a 9:03 train with ample seating.

SEPTA is tweeting about delays and changes to its routes.

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<![CDATA[Germantown Abductor Gets 35 Years in Prison ]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 00:36:11 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Delvin+Barnes+Virginia+Booking+Photo.jpg

A man who pleaded guilty to kidnapping a Philadelphia woman off the street and holding her hostage for nearly three days learned his fate Thursday afternoon.

Delvin Barnes, 38, was sentenced to 35 years in prison. His sentencing comes months after he pleaded guilty to abducting Carlesha Freeland-Gaither. 

"It was an act of robbery in the beginning, and it turned into other things," Barnes told the court last year.

Barnes, who had earlier confessed, confirmed he abducted the 22-year-old nursing aide in hopes of getting money from her to travel south to Virginia to see his daughter there before facing charges for an earlier attack.

The violent November 2, 2014 attack, which was captured on surveillance video, shows Barnes grabbing Freeland-Gaither moments after she stepped off a bus and throwing her in a car parked along W Coulter Street in the city's Germantown neighborhood. Once in the car, the young woman struck Barnes with a hammer, which led him to threaten to kill her if she didn't stop, said prosecutors.

Investigators tracked Barnes and captured him in Maryland three days later. He told detectives that he selected his abduction victim at random.

Barnes, who authorities have described as a "vicious predator," was charged federally a day after his arrest.

As part of the plea deal, he also admitted to raping and trying to kill a Virginia teen in early October 2014. Investigators said Barnes hit her with a shovel and took her to a mobile home where he doused her in bleach and gasoline before she escaped.

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<![CDATA[Shot Officer Already Sitting Up, Joking Around]]> Sun, 26 Jun 2016 00:15:35 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Dorman+hospital.jpg

The police officer shot in a small Delaware County, Pennsylvania, borough Friday morning was sitting up and waiting for visitors Saturday morning, according to family and friends, a seemingly miraculous turn after an alleged gunman shot him seven times. 

Officer Chris Dorman, 25, was joking with people as they arrived at Penn Presbyterian Hospital, according to Folcroft Police Chief Robert Ruskowski.

Dorman's cousin tweeted about the officer's recovery Saturday morning, with a photo of the two in the officer's hospital room: "My cousin Chris Dorman is up talking and is expected to make a full recovery thanks to everyone for the prayers."

Dorman was shot in the neck, face and shoulder around 9:45 a.m. behind an apartment building on Elmwood Avenue near Folcroft Train Station on Friday, according to Delaware County officials. 

One of the officers who rushed him to the hospital said Dorman managed to keep talking the whole ride to Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital. He was later transferred to Penn Presbyterian. 

"I was scared the whole time," police Sgt. William Bair said.

He was, "Up and talking, awake and talking, so that's great," Folcroft Fire Chief Tom Weber said late Friday evening. 

Dorman also serves as a volunteer firefighter, something he's been doing since he was 16 years old.

Dorman's bulletproof vest stopped four bullets, which officials say saved his life. 

The suspect has been identified as Donte Brooks Island. Island was arraigned Friday on attempted murder and other charges, and was held on $1 million bail. 

Federal court records show that Island was 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 was scheduled to end the 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 remains unknown if Island has an attorney. 

Ruskowski said Friday Dorman, a part-time police officer, was working toward becoming a SEPTA police officer.

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

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 told the dispatcher: "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.

According to a resident of the Folcroft Station Apartments, the suspect was smoking marijuana outside the building in the 1500 block of Elmwood Avenue prior to the shooting.

The building, on Elmwood Avenue, is near the Folcroft police station and SEPTA's Folcroft train station near Philadelphia International Airport. 

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

SWAT teams surrounded the building just before 12 p.m. and various Delaware County municipal police forces searched nearby train tracks used by SEPTA and Amtrak for the suspect. Officers asked residents 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 Lawrence Ladd, who lives next to the apartment building.

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[Delco Officer 'Up and Talking' After 7 Gunshot Wounds]]> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 00:02:09 -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 on parole, 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.[[384355111, C]]

He was, "Up and talking, awake and talking, so that's great," said Folcroft Fire chief Tom Weber who told NBC10 he's known officer Dorman for ten years.

Dorman also serves as a volunteer firefighter, something he's been doing since he was 16-years-old.

Police said he was expected to make a full recovery.[[384344991, C]] [[384317181, C]]

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. Island was arraigned Friday on attempted murder and other charges and held on $1 Million bail.

Federal court records show that Island was 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. [[384328101, C]]

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.[[384315481, C]]

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.[[384285691, C]]

"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!"[[384303791, C]]

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.[[384329821, C]]

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. [[384278111, C]]

"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.

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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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