<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Breaking News]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/breaking http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com en-us Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:16:10 -0500 Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:16:10 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Fire at Hair Braiding Salon, Apartments]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:27:38 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Olney+Hair+Braiding+Fire+Blaze+Smoke.JPG

A fire broke out Thursday afternoon in a building that houses apartments and a hair braiding salon leaving at least one person hurt.

The fire began shortly after 1 at 10th Street and Olney Avenue in the Olney section of North Philadelphia.

Philadelphia firefighters said one person was hurt in the blaze at the property that houses Princess African Hair Braiding. Firefighters said that they experienced heavy flames on the first floor.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead you could see thick smoke pouring from the upper floors of the building as well

No word yet on what caused the blaze.



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<![CDATA[Water Gushes From Broken Main]]> Mon, 15 Dec 2014 05:14:54 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Water+Main+Break+Tacony+Hellerman+Cottage.jpg

A water main broke at a Northeast Philadelphia intersection sending water gushing onto the street.

The break happened shortly after 4 a.m. around Cottage and Hellerman streets in the Tacony section.

The full extent of the break wasn’t clear but a photo supplied by an NBC10 viewer showed water pouring onto the street.

It also made its way into the basement of Javier Hernández.

No word yet on the full extent of damage.



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<![CDATA[Dad Accused of Sexually Assaulting 5-Year-Old Son ]]> Sat, 13 Dec 2014 22:47:02 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Philadelphia-Sex-Assault.jpg

A young boy is in the hospital after he was sexually assaulted by his own father, according to police.

The 5-year-old boy was inside a home on the 7100 block of Akron Street in Philadelphia around 2:23 p.m. when he was sexually assaulted by his 55-year-old father, investigators said.

The boy was taken to St. Christopher’s Hospital for evaluation. Neighbors told NBC10 the boy lives at the home with his father and mother.

"I can't understand why anybody would even want to do that," said John Sharp, one of the neighbors. "That's beyond my grasp. I honestly can't comprehend why anyone does that."

The Special Victims Unit is currently investigating the incident. No arrests have been made at this time. Officials have not yet revealed where the child’s father currently is.

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



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<![CDATA[Co-Worker Beat South Jersey Woman to Death: Prosecutors]]> Fri, 12 Dec 2014 20:44:56 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Susan+Johnson+Missing+Woman+Killed.jpg

An argument over money led to the beating death of a South Jersey woman at the hands of a co-worker who she took into her home, prosecutors in Camden County said.

Susan Johnson was found dead on Friday after going missing a week earlier, prosecutors said. The 59-year-old's body was discovered in a wooded area off the 5000 block of Commonwealth Avenue in Evesham Township after a witness to the murder led investigators there, prosecutors said.

Johnson was beaten to death on Dec. 5 by her co-worker, 30-year-old Miguel Angel Diaz, inside her home along the unit block of Skyline Drive in Gloucester Township, prosecutors said. The two worked in an office cleaning business.

Prosecutors said the victim took in Diaz and the female murder witness into her home after they needed a place to stay.

Investigators said Diaz and Johnson got into an argument about a money-related matter before the beating occurred. The woman was reported missing after she didn't show up for work and police found signs of a struggle inside her home on Thursday.

Detectives questioned Diaz and his female companion on Friday and those conversations ended with police finding Johnson's body.

A post-mortem exam found that Johnson died of blunt force trauma to the head, officials said.

Diaz has been charged with first degree murder. He will be arraigned on Monday morning.



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<![CDATA[Carjacking Suspect Chase Ends in Baltimore]]> Fri, 12 Dec 2014 06:20:37 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/209*120/Baltimore+Carjacking.JPG

A police pursuit that began in South Jersey ended safely in Maryland just before the carjacking suspect entered the Ft. McHenry Tunnel Thursday night.

Trent Talley, 29, of Cinnaminson was arrested after leading police on a chase that began when he carjacked a man's Kia Soul from a mental health facility in Mt. Holly, N.J., according to New Jersey State Police.

Talley made his way onto the New Jersey Turnpike -- police in tow -- and headed toward Salem County before bridge police picked up the chase over the Delaware Memorial Bridge, said police.

Once he crossed the bridge, he was home free -- well, for a short time.

The chase picked back up when the car's owner, who was tracking his vehicle with GPS, called Maryland State Police. They made their way to a rest stop near the Ft. McHenry Tunnel where the suspect was on the phone. Once he spotted troopers, however, he hit the gas and tried to get away, said authorities.

Troopers alerted fellow officers who laid stop sticks on the road deflating two of the Kia's tires and slowing Talley, police said.

Authorities then used a "rolling roadblock" to force the suspect to stop at the entrance of the Tunnel.

Tulley was treated for minor cuts before he was taken into custody, police said. Charges against him in both Maryland and New Jersey are pending.



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<![CDATA[Police Pursue Carjacking Suspect Into Del.]]> Fri, 12 Dec 2014 04:48:15 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/20140907+Police+Lights.jpg

UPDATE: This chase ended in Maryland.


A police pursuit that began in South Jersey ended when the suspect got away in Delaware Thursday afternoon.

The chase began when a man carjacked a woman's Kia Soul along Woodlane Road in Westhampton, Burlington County just after 3 p.m. before entering Bellmawr Camden County, according to New Jersey State Police.

The suspect eventually got onto the New Jersey Turnpike and headed south toward Salem County before bridge police picked up the chase over the Delaware Memorial Bridge.

On the other side of the bridge, Delaware State Police didn't pick up the pursuit as the driver got away.

Police said they believe the driver could have mental health issues.

No injuries were reported.

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<![CDATA[Fire Burns for Hours at Vacant Apartments]]> Mon, 08 Dec 2014 08:17:29 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/216*120/Arrott+Street+Fire.JPG

Firefighters battled a stubborn blaze early Monday at an abandoned Philadelphia apartment building known to be used by squatters.

The blaze broke out around 1 a.m. in a vacant apartment four-story building along Arrott Street near Oakland Street in Philadelphia’s Frankford neighborhood.

Firefighters quickly got to the scene but more than four hours later the fire continued to burn in certain parts of the building. A firefighter suffered cuts to his face.

Neighbors were evacuated from their homes and kept warm inside SEPTA buses.

Firefighters didn’t know an immediate cause for the blaze but they said that fire has broken out at the property before including a suspicious blaze last week. A squatter often seen at the property wasn't seen Sunday night, according to neighbors.

Crews blocked off Arrott Street throughout the morning as they battled the blaze. The firefighters finally squashed the flames around 5 a.m. and let nearby residents back into their home. But, around 6:30 a.m. flames started up again.



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<![CDATA[Dad Surrenders in Case of 2-Year-Old Shooting Self]]> Fri, 05 Dec 2014 12:26:29 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/anthony+graves+mug.jpg

The father of a 2-year-old boy, who shot himself in the head on Sept. 30 in his Delaware home, turned himself into police Thursday.

Anthony Graves, 34, surrendered at New Castle County Police headquarters. Authorities charged him with unlawfully permitted a minor access to a firearm and felony endangering the welfare of a child.

The boy, who remains hospitalized, was found shot inside a home on the unit block of Cliffside Court in the Valley Run neighborhood of Claymont, Delaware on Sept. 30, according to police.

Medics performed CPR on the boy, identified as AJ, at the scene before a medivac helicopter took the child to AI Dupont-Neumors Children's Hospital.

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

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

Graves was arraigned and released on $1,000 unsecured bond.

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<![CDATA[Adults, Kids Escape Philly Firebombing]]> Mon, 01 Dec 2014 10:31:04 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Fire+Coulter+Street+Germantown.JPG

Philadelphia Police investigated an apparent firebombing at a Germantown section early Monday.

Eight people, including two children, were inside the home on the unit block of E. Coulter Street when the porch caught fire around 3:45 a.m.

Firefighters quickly arrived but a male resident had already extinguished the fire and everyone inside got out OK.

Residents said that someone drove up to the home, tossed some papers and liquid onto the porch and lit it on fire, family members told NBC10.com.

Firefighters found incendiary materials on the porch.

Arson investigators spent the morning searching for clues including examining a charred door.

A family member said this is the second time this house was targeted — someone tried torching the back porch recently. The family also was recently the victim of a Swatting scheme, according to investigators.



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<![CDATA[4 Shot at Pa. Barber Shop]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 22:19:39 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/All-Stars-Barber-Shop-Shoot.jpg

Four men were shot inside an eastern Pennsylvania barber shop Wednesday afternoon.

Gunfire rang out shortly before 3 p.m. when a masked man in a dark hoodie opened fire on All Stars Hair Studio in a strip mall along Rockland Street in Reading, Berks County, said Reading Police.

The shooting left one man in critical condition and three other men in stable condition, police said. The three victims in stable are expected to be released from the hospital soon, according to police.

Investigators didn’t reveal a motive for the shooting but they did say they believe the same shooter opened fire on the same store Tuesday night, firing five shots through the front window.

No arrests have been made. Police continue to investigate.



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<![CDATA[Ambulance Collides With SUV]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:59:32 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/197*120/Ambulance+Crash+Phoenixville.JPG

An ambulance collided with a sport utility vehicle along a Chester County road Wednesday afternoon.

The crash caused crews to block the intersection of Main Street and Nutt Road in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania shortly before 4 p.m.

There appeared to be no injuries from the crash, said Chester County dispatchers.

The force of the crash caused the SUV to wind up perpendicular to the street.



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<![CDATA[Part of NJ's 'Largest' Farmers Market to Open After Fire]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 01:40:09 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/216*120/Columbus+Farmers+Market+Fire+Heavy+Smoke.JPG

A day after fire destroyed part of a popular South Jersey farmers market and flea market, the Columbus Farmers Market announced it will partially open for business as normal Thursday.

The outdoor flea market section of the Burlington County staple that sits along Route 206 near Columbus Jobstown Road will open as normal at 6:30 a.m. Thursday and remain open every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday throughout the end of the year.

Flames broke out shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday at the historic market and the blaze in Building 4 quickly spread to four alarms. Mostly volunteer firefighters battled the windswept fire that sent thick smoke out onto U.S. Route 206.

The smoke and flames caused crews to close nearby roads. As SkyForce10 hovered overhead you could see heavy flames pouring from the large red barn — a retail area — at the market, which claims to be the “Delaware Valley’s oldest and largest flea market.”

"The wind is very heavy right now and it's blowing strongly from west to east so the smoke from the building is blowing horizontally across the parking lot to Route 206," said Springfield Township Mayor Denis McDaniel in the minutes after the fire began.

No one was hurt and the market wasn’t open at the time of the blaze.

"I've been going to this market since I was a small boy in the '50s," said McDaniel. "It's very important, it's the largest shopping are in the whole township — it's one of the largest in this part of the county."

The facility includes indoor pavilion stores, an all-weather outdoor flea market, a self-storage facility and antique mall.

McDaniel told the Burlington County Times that the market hoped to reopen indoor retail areas in time for Thanksgiving, one of the busiest days of the year at the complex.

The indoor market is normally opened Thursday through Sunday.

The farmers market began as a cattle and horse auction in 1919 and 10 years later moved onto a 30-acre site in Columbus, according to the market's website.

Fire devastated the market twice before — in 1968 and 1972, according to the market. In 1988, Columbus Farmers Market, LLC purchased the market and expanded the grounds to 200 acres.

Even though the year-round outdoor market will open Thursday, cold temperatures could keep many sellers away. Retailers that normally operate inside could open outside if they want.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation Wednesday but investigators said it didn't appear suspicious or intentionally set.



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<![CDATA[Cooper CEO, Wife Stabbed Before Fire: Report]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:12:38 -0500 Credit: Courier-Post Online ]]> Credit: Courier-Post Online ]]> http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/John+Joyce+Sheridan+1200+x+675.jpg

The CEO of a South Jersey hospital and his wife, were violently stabbed before their bedroom was set on fire, a family member tells The Courier-Post newspaper.

John Sheridan, Jr., the head of Cooper University Health System, and his wife, Joyce, were found unresponsive in the bedroom of their Montgomery Township, N.J. home on Sept. 28. The 72-year-old husband was pronounced dead at the scene. Joyce, 69, was taken to a nearby hospital and later died.

Investigators had said the fire was deliberately set, but have not released an exact cause of death. Officials have said the public was not at risk. Prosecutors have also said the four sons are not suspects in their parents' deaths.

On Tuesday, a family member, who was not named in the report, told the paper Joyce Sheridan was stabbed eight or more times in a violent attack.

John Sheridan, Jr. had "tentative" stab wounds on his side and an unspecified penetrating wound in his neck that may have hit his jugular vein, according to the report. He was found beneath an armoire that was doused with gas and set on fire, the paper reported.

Two knives were recovered at the scene — one in the bedroom and another in a different location on the property, the report stated.

The family member did not say who might have been behind the stabbing.

NBC10 reached out to the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office, but we have not received a response.

In a joint statement, the couple's four sons said they would not be commenting until the investigation is finished.

"From the beginning we have said that no one wants answers about our parents' deaths more than us. Real answers will only come after a full and thorough investigation," the statement read. "We do not condone releasing information in a piecemeal fashion because of frustration with the process, it is not helpful to getting to the truth about what happened to our parents. We are committed to getting to the truth and that means we will not comment while the investigation is ongoing."

The family has hired a private investigator to launch an independent probe into the deaths.



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<![CDATA[Fire Guts NJ's 'Largest' Farmers Market]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 15:21:55 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Columbus+Farmers+Market+Fire+Smoke.JPG

UPDATE: Part of the market plans to open as normal Thursday morning.


Fire destroyed a shopping area at a popular South Jersey farmers market and flea market Tuesday afternoon.

Flames broke out shortly before 2 p.m. at Columbus Farmers Market — a Burlington County staple that sits along Route 206 near Columbus Jobstown Road.

The fire at the historic market quickly spread to four alarms. Mostly volunteer firefighters battled the windswept blaze that sent thick smoke out onto U.S. Route 206.

The smoke and flames caused crews to close nearby roads.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead you could see heavy flames pouring from a large red barn — a retail area — at the market, which claims to be the “Delaware Valley’s oldest and largest flea market.”

"The wind is very heavy right now and it's blowing strongly from west to east so the smoke from the building is blowing horizontally across the parking lot to Route 206," said Springfield Township Mayor Denis McDaniel.

There were no reports of injuries and the market wasn’t open at the time of the blaze.

The fire appeared to start in the main building of the farmers market, according to workers at nearby Stoney Brook Garden Center.

It took crews nearly two hours to bring the fire under control. After the smoke cleared, you could see the gutted remains of the building.

"I've been going to this market since I was a small boy in the '50s," said McDaniel. "It's very important, it's the largest shopping are in the whole township — it's one of the largest in this part of the county."

The facility includes indoor pavilion stores, an all-weather outdoor flea market, a self-storage facility and antique mall.

The farmers market began as a cattle and horse auction in 1919 and 10 years later moved onto a 30-acre site in Columbus, according to the market's website.

Fire devastated the market twice before — in 1968 and 1972, according to the market. In 1988, Columbus Farmers Market, LLC purchased the market and expanded the grounds to 200 acres.

The indoor market is normally opened Thursday through Sunday while the outdoor market opens year round on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. The market even expected to open on Thanksgiving Day from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. for shoppers looking to buy their holiday meals.

McDaniel said it's too early to talk about the future of the site.

The cause of the blaze remained under investigation Tuesday night.



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<![CDATA[Car Crashes Outside NJ ER]]> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:35:21 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/emergencygeneric_1.jpg

A car crashed outside a South Jersey emergency room Tuesday.

The car crashed into the exterior of the entrance to AtlantiCare Health – Hammonton on N White Horse Pike shortly after noon, according to the hospital.

No injuries were reported, said Hammonton Police.

It wasn’t clear what caused the driver to lose control of the car.

The crash caused no structural damage and the ER continued to operate as normal, according to the hospital.



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<![CDATA[Woman Dies After Car Crashes Into Schuylkill River]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:25:07 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/233*120/Kelly+Driver+Schuylkill+River+Car+Road.JPG

Crews rushed to the banks of Schuylkill River Tuesday after a station wagon crashed off the Kelly Drive.

Witnesses said the car was speeding through the intersection of Kelly Drive and Hunting Park Avenue in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park around noon when the driver lost control, smashed through a stone barrier and went airborne, according to Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Joe Sullivan.

The Volvo wagon slammed into the water nose first, said witnesses.

"We at this point do not know if she had some sort of a medical emergency, mechanical failure or whether it was intentional," said Sullivan.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead a short time later you could see firefighters and police in cold-weather suits responding to the scene. Firefighters and divers could be seen climbing down a ladder to water's edge where they got into a boat.

The divers then entered the leaf-covered water. The 42-year-old driver, later identified as Shanita Jackson, was unconscious by the time divers got to her, said Sullivan.

Nearly 90 minutes later, crews pulled the station wagon from the chilly water.

Medics pronounced the driver dead a short time later. She was alone in the car at the time.

"You can see how badly damaged that car was," said Sullivan.

Crews blocked off both Kelly Drive and Hunting Park Avenue to the drive as crews worked in the water. There are no guardrails separating Kelly Drive from the recreation path running along the river at the point where the car went into the water.

The road remained closed for more than two hours.

The exact cause of the crash remained under investigation Tuesday afternoon.



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<![CDATA[Cold Temperatures Approach Record Lows]]> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 00:01:09 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/dfw-cold-weather-generic.jpg

Bitter cold temperatures and blustery winds moved in to the area late Monday just as the rainy weather moved out.

Residents across the Delaware Valley woke up to below freezing temperatures and gusts of winds nearing 30 miles per hour Tuesday morning.

The cold spell is expected to last for several days with temperatures nearing record lows Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

And the winds will make it feel even colder.

"Wind chills will be in the low 20s at their warmest in Philadelphia and the I-95 corridor," said First Alert Meteorologist Bill Henley.

Drivers navigated some icy spots during the Tuesday morning commute as wet areas froze overnight.

The bitter cold will remain for the rest of the week. Wednesday morning we could see a record cold temperature of 20 degrees in the city with a high of 35.

Thursday we’re in for a high of 44, Friday a high of 38 and Saturday a high of 45.

Temperatures will finally start to rise by Sunday with a high of 58. Warmer weather will arrive by Monday with a high near 70 degrees.

Stay with NBC10.com for the latest weather updates.



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<![CDATA[It's Official: Pope Francis to Come to Philly Next Year]]> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 23:36:37 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/453725266.jpg

It's official. Pope Francis is coming to Philly.

The pontiff confirmed Monday he plans to attend the highly-anticipated World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia next year.

"I wish to confirm according to the wishes of the Lord, that in September of 2015, I will go to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families," he told a gathering of religious leaders in Rome.

The three-day visit will include a public Sunday mass on the Ben Franklin Parkway on Sept. 27, 2015. Officials estimate up to 2 million people could come to see the pope.

"This will be the largest event in the city's modern history," Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said. The mayor called the visit a "massive undertaking" that will require a "tremendous amount of coordination."

The Holy Father made the announcement in Rome during his opening remarks at the Humanum Colloquium. The Humanum Colloquium is a gathering of leaders and scholars, including Chaput, of various religions around the world focused on marriage and family life.

"We look forward to Pope Francis’ arrival in Philadelphia next September and we will welcome him joyfully with open arms and prayerful hearts," said Archbishop Charles Chaput, the leader of Philadelphia's Archdiocese, in a prepared statement.

Chaput said he "applauded the loudest" when Francis made the announcement, according to The Associated Press.

It will be the Pope’s first visit to the United States since he was elected to lead the Catholic church in March 2013. The last time a pope visited Philadelphia was in October 1979 when John Paul II to deliver mass along the Parkway. Over history, only four popes have visited the United States a total of nine times.

The World Meeting of Families will be held from Sept. 22 to Sept. 27, 2015 in Philadelphia. Held every three years, the conference is a celebration of families, love and life, organizers say. It’s also the world’s largest Catholic gathering of families.

Archdiocese spokeswoman Donna Farrell said that Francis is expected to arrive Sept. 25. Besides the Parkway mass, the Pontiff is also expected to attend the intercultural Festival of Families on Sept. 26, according to the archdiocese. The Vatican will reveal detailed plans in spring or summer of 2015.

“As I’ve said many times before, I believe that the presence of the Holy Father will bring all of us — Catholic and non-Catholic alike — together in tremendously powerful, unifying and healing ways. We look forward to Pope Francis’ arrival in Philadelphia next September and we will welcome him joyfully with open arms and prayerful hearts," Chaput said.

Pope Francis' visit has been expected, but was not officially confirmed until Monday's announcement.

In August, NBC News correspondent Anne Thompson asked the Pope, who turns 78 next month, in Italian if he would attend the meeting. Thompson said the Pope told her “yes,” and mentioned “World Family Day.”

Earlier this year, a group of city boosters — including Nutter and Gov. Tom Corbett and First Lady Susan Corbett — went to Rome and a contingency from the Vatican visited Philadelphia.

Recalling the Vatican visit in March, Susan Corbett said the pontiff promised her husband that he would come.

"It was there that the governor had the honor of inviting the pope to Philadelphia and the Holy Father answered our invitation by whispering three words in Tom's ear: 'I will come," she said.

Francis' predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, had earlier committed to coming to the meeting. But still, the Vatican said the official decision would not be made until a few months before.

The World Meeting of Families has a budget of $45 million, which is being offset by donations from private donors and corporations. Organizers say they're just over halfway to their goal. It's unclear, however, whether the pope's visit will increase the event's total cost.

Registration for the WMOF officially opened Nov. 10. Organizers of the conference expect some 20,000 people to attend its Adult and Child Congresses at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Farrell said tens of thousands of additional people are expected to be in the city during the week. Then the number of visitors is expected to grow each day as the Sunday mass nears.

"By the time the weekend arrives for the Festival of Families, I would expect that we would be close to, if not over a million [people] and then on Saturday, well over a million," she said.

The addition of nearly 2 million people to the city's 1.5 million population could temporarily make Philadelphia the third-largest city in the U.S. -- surpassing Chicago and Houston.

Lodging all of those people will be a challenge.

There are 10,500 hotel rooms in Center City and 30,000 hotel rooms overall in the region, according to the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Farrell said organizers are relying on locals to open their homes to visitors through a "Homestay" program. As part of the program, visitors would pay homeowners a small fee to stay.

Answering questions about security, Nutter said the city will be working with state police, the U.S. Secret Service, FBI as well as Vatican police, Swiss Guard and Italian government police.

"We host big events well here in Philadelphia," Nutter said. "This is slightly bigger, with a few more zeros at the end in terms of the number of folks coming, but we'll be ready."

You can find more information on the upcoming event on the official website. You can also register for the event here.



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<![CDATA[Man Crushed to Death While Working on Car: Police]]> Sun, 16 Nov 2014 16:48:04 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Car-on-Top-of-Man.jpg

A man was killed after his car fell on top of him in the Rhawnhurst section of the city, according to police.

Police told NBC10 the 64-year-old man was working on his car behind his home on the 1900 block of Stanwood Street shortly after 3 p.m. Sunday.

As he was working, the vehicle somehow fell on top of him and trapped him underneath.

Emergency responders removed the man from underneath the vehicle and he was taken to Aria-Torresdale Hospital. He was pronounced dead at 3:30 p.m.

Officials have not yet revealed the man’s identity. They continue to investigate the accident.

Stay with NBC10.com for updates on this developing story.
 



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<![CDATA[Troopers ID Suspect Killed by Police]]> Sat, 15 Nov 2014 00:46:31 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/230*120/Claymont+Police+Shooting+Garfield+Police+Involved.JPG

Troopers shot and killed a suspect following a pursuit through a Delaware neighborhood late Friday afternoon.

The shooting happened around 4:15 p.m. at Harvey Road and Garfield Avenue in Claymont, Delaware after the driver tried to run down two officers, according to Delaware State Police.

The male suspect, later identified as 41-year-old William McNulty, was rushed to Christiana Hospital in critical condition, according to state police. He died at the hospital about two hours later.

No state troopers suffered any injuries, said investigators.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead you could see a sedan crashed into a tree with at least three police vehicles surrounding it. It appeared windows on the car were shot out and debris could be seen strewed across the grass.

Police said they suspected McNulty in an earlier attempted ATM robbery and an armed robbery at an area 7-Eleven.

The intersection lies in a neighborhood surrounded by Interstate 95 on one side and Interstate 495 on the other. Police closed Harvey Road from I-95 to Philadelphia Pike as they continued to investigate Friday evening.

Police said that they spotted McNulty's car twice, including an earlier incident where investigators said McNulty rammed state police cars.

The two officers who shot McNulty were placed on administrative leave -- per department policy -- as the investigation continued.



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<![CDATA[Officers Shoot, Kill Suspect in Self Defense: Police]]> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 21:15:00 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/police+shooting+trenton.JPG

New Jersey police officers feared for their lives when they opened fire on a suspect Thursday morning, according to investigators.

The deadly incident began after an adolescent inside a house near Wilson and Reservoir streets called 911 to report a home invasion, said Trenton Police Director Ernest Parrey Jr.

Two Trenton officers responding to the call suddenly came under fire while in their police cruiser.

The officers, fearing for their lives, fired back and struck the suspect, said Parrey.

The suspect, identified as 31-year-old Darnell Stafford, later died at the hospital.

Luckily Officers Robert Albanowski, a 14-year veteran for the force, and Marlon Parrot,  a 13-year-year veteran, were wearing their bulletproof vests and they weren't seriously hurt.

Both officers were hit by flying shards of glass and were treated at a hospital.

"The officers are very, very fortunate to be alive," Trenton Councilman George Muschal told The Times of Trenton. "This individual fired right into the driver's side window where the officer was sitting or just getting out of the car."

New Jersey State Police will aid in the investigation.

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<![CDATA[Arrest Made in Sex Assault of Teen Boy: Police]]> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 16:32:56 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Sex-Assault-Suspect2.jpg

Philadelphia Police arrested a man accused of sexually assaulting and robbing a teenage boy at gunpoint in the Kensington section of the city.

The man, who has not yet been identified, was arrested Tuesday night, according to investigators. Charges against the suspect are pending.

On Nov. 2 at 12:20 a.m., the 18-year-old victim was leaving the Golden Dragon Chinese Restaurant on the 3300 block of North 2nd Street. The suspect followed him as he walked to his home, according to investigators.

Once the victim arrived at his home, the suspect pulled out a gun and approached him, police said. He then allegedly forced the victim inside his home where he sexually assaulted him. The suspect then stole the victim’s cell phone, $120 and house keys before fleeing the scene.

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



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<![CDATA[Bag of Ammo Causes Police Sweep of Jewish School]]> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 15:21:12 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/208*120/Barrack+Hewbrew+Academy+Police+Cars.JPG

Various area police departments responded to a Main Line Jewish day school Wednesday morning after someone brought a bag of ammunition into the school, according to the Delaware County District Attorney's Office.

No weapon was found and prosecutors said no one was hurt at Barrack Hebrew Academy on Bryn Mawr Avenue in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.

Police responded to the school around 10:15 a.m. and remained on scene fore hours as they swept the building as a precaution, according to prosecutors.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead, you could see at least six police vehicles -- from Radnor, Haverford and Lower Merion townships -- on the school's campus and officers could be seen congregating at the entrance to the school.

School administration wouldn't say what caused the police presence but did say the building wasn't evacuated.

The DA's office said it appeared nothing criminal happened. they didn't reveal who brought the ammo to school.

Barrack Hebrew Academy serves student in grades 6 to 12 on its 35-acre campus. The school opened in 1946 as Akiba Hebrew Academy and is the oldest pluralistic, coeducational Jewish day school in North America, according to the school’s website.



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<![CDATA[Woman Dies, Man Hurt in Crash Near High School]]> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 08:50:10 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/202*120/Northeast+High+School+Accident.JPG

A woman died and a man suffered injuries after a serious crash outside Northeast High School early Wednesday morning.

The force of the two-car crash along Cottman Avenue near Algon Avenue around 4 a.m. left a 21-year-old woman ejected from her car. She later died at Aria-Torresdale Hospital, according to Philadelphia Police accident investigators.

A 48-year-old man suffered a broken neck as was also rushed to Aria-Torresdale where he remained in critical but stable condition Wednesday morning, police said.

The wreck was so powerful that it forced a car onto the high school's front lawn.

Authorities told NBC10 that the woman appeared to be going west on Cottman and was possibly trying to turn onto Algon when the accident occurred.

The man wasn't wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash and was knocked unconscious when his head hit the windshield during impact, according to police.

Cottman Avenue remained closed in both directions between Summerdale Avenue and Whitaker Avenue as of 8 a.m.



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<![CDATA[School Bus Flips Onto Its Side in NJ, People Hurt]]> Tue, 11 Nov 2014 17:01:42 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/Princeton+School+Bus+Crash+Route+206.JPG

A sedan and yellow school bus collided along a South Jersey road Tuesday afternoon leaving a student and adults hurt and the bus on its side.

A white BMW sedan crossed the centerline shortly after 2:45 p.m. along the 600 block of Lawrenceville Road (U.S. Route 206) near Hutchinson Drive in Princeton Township, New Jersey and clipped the front bumper of the bus, according to Princeton Police.

Four people suffered what Princeton Police called non-life-threatening injuries.

A 16-year-old student; the child's aide, 71-year-old Geneva Smith; and the 44-year-old bus driver, Veronica McKinney were treated at University Medical Center at Plainsboro, according to police.

The BMW driver, Justin Thomas, 26, of Morris Plains was taken to Capital Health Systems at Fuld, according to police.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead shortly after the wreck you could see the yellow bus on its side partially off the road. You could also see a white BMW sedan with what police called heavy front-end damage.

The bus belongs to Rick Bus Company out of Ewing, New Jersey. The company didn't reveal where the bus was headed to or coming from at the time of the crash.

Some schools in the area said they didn't know what school the bus was servicing at the time of the crash.

The exact cause of the wreck remained under investigation Tuesday evening. Mercer County Prosecutors assisted police in the investigation.



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<![CDATA[Fire at Wanamaker Building Slows Traffic]]> Tue, 11 Nov 2014 11:57:12 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/209*120/Wannamaker+Building+Fire.JPG

A fire broke out inside Philadelphia’s historic Wanamaker building Tuesday morning sending workers and shoppers out onto the street.

The blaze began shortly before 10 a.m. in the building across from City Hall at 13th and Market streets that now houses a Macy’s department store and offices.

The fire occurred in a ninth floor office and was under control a short while later, according to fire dispatchers.

There were no reports of injuries but with people out on the sidewalk and fire equipment on the scene, traffic around City Hall came to a halt for nearly an hour. By 10:45 a.m., traffic began moving again.

The Wanamaker Building is the 15-story former site of John Wanamaker's store that features a Grand Court, the Crystal Tea Room and an impressive pipe organ. The store was absorbed into a Hecht's than Macy's in the mid-1990s.



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<![CDATA[Vehicle Crashes Into Delaware River]]> Mon, 10 Nov 2014 17:45:45 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Car-Into-River-Nov.jpg

UPDATE: Police say a man pushed his wife's car into the river. NEW DETAILS HERE


A vehicle crashed into the Delaware River in Northeast Philadelphia Monday afternoon.

The accident occurred near Magee Lane and New State Road, according to investigators.

Police are still searching for the vehicle and are unsure if anyone is currently inside. Witnesses told police however they spotted someone running away on foot from the scene of the accident. Officials continue to investigate.

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



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<![CDATA[Heavy Smoke Pours From Philly Homes]]> Mon, 10 Nov 2014 14:46:43 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/211*120/Lehigh+Avenue+Fire.JPG

Several homes caught fire in North Philadelphia Monday afternoon.

The flames broke out shortly after 2 along Lehigh Avenue near 24th Street.

Firefighters reported no injuries. Crews said it appeared the fire began in an occupied unit before spreading to unoccupied neighboring homes.

Thick smoke could be seen coming from at least three row homes. As firefighters battled flames on top of the roofs, crews blocked off Lehigh Avenue.

It took crews about 30 minutes to bring the flames under control.



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<![CDATA[Power Outage Delays Opening of Schools]]> Mon, 10 Nov 2014 10:39:13 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/205*120/empty+classroom+0428.jpg

A power outage caused two Montgomery County schools to open two hours late Monday morning.

The outage knocked out power to Elkins Park School and Wyncote Elementary School in Cheltenham Township, according to the Cheltenham School District.

Wyncote Elementary currently shares the EP campus on New Second Street, according to the district.

The cause of the outage wasn't immediately clear and PECO didn't list it on their outage map.



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<![CDATA[Gas Line Ruptures, Old City Buildings Evacuated ]]> Thu, 06 Nov 2014 12:40:27 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/237*120/center+city+gas+leak+breaking+arch+fire.JPG

An explosion caused by a ruptured gas line has forced evacuations on the 300 and 400 blocks of Race Street in Old City Thursday morning.

Construction crews hit a gas line near 4th and of Race sts. causing it to erupt and ignite a fire, officials said.

"A fireman knocked on our door and told us we were being evacuated," said local hostel owner Alicia Newton. "He told us there was an explosion, although we didn't hear anything, so we were suprised."

No injuries have been reported. Newton also claimed there was no smell of gas in her hostel.

"Everyone is safe, we are all outside," she added.

Officials blocked off several blocks of Race Street and asked motorists to avoid the area, near the entrance to the Ben Franklin Bridge.

Crews were making emergency repairs to the ruptured gas line.

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<![CDATA[Wife Killer Ordered to Pay $124M to Daughter]]> Thu, 06 Nov 2014 08:42:29 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Rafael+Robb+civil+trial-2.jpg

A former economics professor at the University of Pennsylvania who beat his wife to death inside their King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, home has been ordered to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to his daughter.

A jury ruled against 64-year-old Rafael Robb in the civil case against him Wednesday afternoon. Robb will now have to pay $124.26 million in compensatory and punitive damages to his daughter, 20-year-old Olivia Robb. It's believed to be the largest contested personal injury verdict in Pennsylvania history. Prosecutors believe Rafael Robb still has millions in assets.

The ruling wrapped up an emotional three days in which Robb faced his daughter for the first time since he killed her mother, Ellen Robb, eight years ago.

"Olivia Robb is finally free from the haunting, controlling terror of her murderous father," said attorney Robert Mongeluzzi of Saltz, Mongeluzzi, Barrett & Bendesky, P.C., which represented Ellen Robb's estate as well as Olivia.

"The jury's verdict honored the memory of a caring, loving mother and at the same time sent a thunderous message to Rafael Robb that he can no longer get away with his pathological lies, and that he will not be able to enjoy a life of luxury after his release in a few years," Mongeluzzi said.

Gary Gregory, Ellen Robb's brother and the administrator of her estate, was also satisfied with the verdict.

“We’ve waited for this moment for eight painful, tear-filled years," he said. "Finally there is justice for our beloved sister Ellen and her remarkable daughter, our niece, who can now finally feel emancipated from her father.”

Some jurors cried quietly Tuesday when Olivia testified about the emotional impact of losing first her mother, and then her father. He eventually confessed to the crime and went to prison.

"I didn’t believe it for a while,” Olivia Robb said. “I had my suspicions, but it’s your father.”

Robb was an economics professor at the University of Pennsylvania in 2006 when he murdered his wife, who was about to leave the marriage. The violent and bloody details of the slaying were never revealed in a trial because Robb was able to plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter. He’s serving a 5-to-10 year prison term.

Robb took the stand for more than two hours Tuesday, admitting he killed his wife and then tried to convince police it was a robbery. The damage to Ellen’s face, head and skull was so severe detectives initially thought she was the victim of a blast from a high-powered rifle. Mongeluzzi confronted Robb on the stand.

"You beat her face in so badly that her brain came out of her skull," Mongeluzzi said.

"I did it," Robb admitted.

Robb said "yes" when asked if he "slaughtered his wife in the kitchen."   

"The kitchen scene looked like a horror movie," Mongeluzzi said.

"I’m not denying that," Robb replied.

"And you created that horror scene," Mongeluzzi said.

"I’m not denying that either," Robb said.

The defense argued the murder was a crime of passion — that Ellen pushed Rafael during an argument, and he was so enraged he grabbed an exercise bar nearby and beat her to death.

Jurors believed the murder was premeditated, however.

Mongeluzzi’s team profiled Robb as a controlling and emotionally abusive husband and father. He decided to murder Ellen, they argued, because her decision to leave the marriage meant he was losing control.

"For the first time ever, Rafael Robb took the stand and had his story demolished under cross-examination,” said Mongeluzzi. “It was followed by the testimony of his daughter, who took the stand and faced down her murderous father and stood up for her mother.”

Taking the stand with a box of tissues, Olivia recounted how she got off the school bus on December 22, 2006, to find ambulances and other emergency vehicles in front of her home.

When she asked what was wrong, a police officer didn't reveal that her mother had been murdered, but said instead she'd been gravely injured. Olivia wasn’t allowed to go inside and went to a friend’s house. She explained how she came to understand in a conversation with an investigator that her mother was dead.

"The detective just started crying and I knew that I lost my mother.”

Every morning when she wakes up, her mother’s murder is the first thing she thinks about.

"I think of all the moments that won’t be there,” she told jurors. “My mother was my best friend.”

Robb glanced at his daughter periodically, but she did not look him in the eyes.

Olivia, who is now in college, said she never wanted to see him again. Her co-counsel, attorney Andrew Duffy, asked if she sometimes feels like she lost two parents.

"Absolutely. Absolutely,” she said.



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<![CDATA[Convertible Slams Into Corner Store]]> Tue, 04 Nov 2014 18:01:53 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/Kensington+Car+Crash+Frankford+Avenue+Convertible.JPG

A convertible hopped the curb and crashed into a corner store in Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood Tuesday afternoon.

The crash at Frankford Avenue and E Clearfield Street shortly after 1 p.m. left one person hospitalized with undisclosed injuries, according to dispatchers.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead shortly after the wreck, you could see Philadelphia Police investigating a white convertible with a tan top with obvious front-end damage that came to rest on the curb in front of the store’s door.

No word on an exact cause for the wreck.



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<![CDATA[Fire Breaks Out at Historic ChesCo Hotel]]> Tue, 04 Nov 2014 12:11:08 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/216*120/Octoraro+Hotel+Fire+Oxford+Firefighters.JPG

Fire broke out at a historic Chester County hotel Tuesday morning.

The blaze broke out around 10:30 a.m. at the Octoraro Hotel & Tavern at S 3rd and Market streets in Oxford, Pennsylvania, according to Chester County dispatchers.

Dispatchers said no injuries were reported.

The Octoraro, with its familiar sign, has stood in the center of Oxford borough for decades.

It’s food has earned it a No. 1 rating on Tripadvisor.com for eateries in Oxford.

No word yet on what might have caused the blaze. The fire was brought under control shortly after 11 a.m.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead a short time later you could see multiple fire trucks at the scene with ladders raised to upper-floor windows of the three-story structure.



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<![CDATA[Student Shot Outside DSU Residence Hall]]> Mon, 03 Nov 2014 23:08:24 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/DSU-Shooting.jpg

A student is recovering after a shooting outside a residence hall at Delaware State University.

The shooting occurred Monday around 4 p.m. in the parking lot of the Living and Learning Commons, a residence hall for around 200 students, on the 1500 block of North DuPont Highway, just north of the main campus in Dover, Delaware.

The unidentified student was taken to Kent General Hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Living and Learning Commons was formerly the Dover Sheraton Hotel but was converted into a student housing facility for Delaware State University last year.

The school was on lockdown for several hours. The lockdown was lifted around 8 p.m. While no arrests have been made, campus police told NBC10 they don't believe there is a threat to any other students at this time.

"I'm just shocked, knowing something can happen at any time," said Quintin Reid, a student at the university.

The school is closed Tuesday due to elections. Police continue to search for the shooter.

Delaware State University is a public university located in Dover, Delaware. In Sept. 2007, two students were shot on campus. One student died from her injuries 32 days later while another student survived. A freshman student was charged in the shooting and expelled from the school.



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<![CDATA[Big Rigs Burn in Bucks Co. Lot]]> Mon, 03 Nov 2014 06:17:07 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Bristol+Tractor+Trailer+Fires.JPG

Multiple tractor-trailers and pickup trucks caught fire early Monday in a gated lot in Bucks County.

The fires burned around 5:15 a.m. along the 1500 block of Clyde Waite Drive in Bristol, Pennsylvania.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead, you could see flames and heavy smoke pouring from the burning big rigs at High Gain Inc. -- a company that specializes in truck and van accessories.

County dispatchers said there were no immediate reports of injuries and no word on what caused the fire, which was described as being in two separate spots at the same yard.



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<![CDATA[2 Dead in Murder-Suicide Outside YMCA: DA ]]> Tue, 04 Nov 2014 09:06:32 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/YMCA-Murder-Suicide.jpg

A man and a woman were killed after an apparent murder suicide outside a YMCA in Chester County.

According to the Chester County District Attorney, the unidentified man shot and killed his ex-girlfriend in an ambush attack in the parking lot of the YMCA on the 200 block of Hurley Road in West Brandywine around 5:45 p.m. Monday.

The man then turned the gun on himself once police arrived, according to authorities. Both the man and his ex-girlfriend died from their injuries.

The YMCA was initially placed on lockdown after the shootings. The lockdown has since been lifted.

Officials have not yet identified the alleged shooter and victim.


SUICIDE PREVENTION: If you know someone who needs help, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255).



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<![CDATA[It's a Done Deal: SEPTA Won't Strike]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 23:47:29 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/SEPTASTILLPIC_722x406_2129867105.jpg

Riders exhale, SEPTA will keep running.

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority representatives and Transport Workers of America Local 234 leader Willie Brown announced a tentative two-year contract after emerging from hours of negotiations inside an Old City hotel.

SEPTA's largest transit workers’ union had threatened to walk off the job if SEPTA didn’t meet their demands of pension reform.

The deal is for two years and includes pay increases, according to TWU Local leader Willie Brown.

"I'm satisfied with it," said Brown.

Brown made no mention if the two sides settled the dispute over pensions. He said the tentative deal needs to be ratified by union workers -- something that will happen in the coming weeks.

Negotiators, including union and SEPTA leaders along with political leaders, including Rep. Bob Brady (D- Pa.), spent most of Friday behind closed doors in hopes to reach a deal.

The tentative contract "is fair to our union employees, our customers and the taxpayers and balances the needs of our valuable workforce, while operating the transit system in the most efficient manner possible," said SEPTA board chairman Pat Deon.

The deal avoids a work stoppage, which could have happened as early as Monday, and would have halted all city buses, trolleys and subway trains and caused Regional Rail trains to become overcrowded.

SEPTA's city division, which is operated by TWU Local 234 workers, supplies about 900,000 rides daily, according to SEPTA.



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<![CDATA[DRAMATIC VIDEO: Firefighters Rescue Women]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:24:14 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/216*120/33rd+Street+Strawberry+Mansion+Fire+Rescue.JPG

Philadelphia firefighters and neighbors teamed up to rescue two women from a row home fire in Philadelphia Thursday morning.

SkyForce10 captured the dramatic rescue along the 1800 block of N 33rd Street in Strawberry Mansion around 9:45 a.m.

As some smoke pours out of a window you can see what appears to be a woman in a black shirt and an older woman in red out on top of a bay window.

Firefighters guide the frightened younger woman slowly down the ladder to the lower roof. Once on the lower roof, you can see two men come out of a neighboring home and help the woman into the adjacent home.

The firefighters then help the older woman down the ladder and carry her into the same next door window.

Firefighters said everyone made it out safely and despite the victims being visibly shaken -- and at least one woman being taken away in an ambulance -- there were no serious injuries.

The American Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania helped out three families affected by the blaze.



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<![CDATA[Car Strikes 2 People in Delco]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:11:54 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/220*120/Ridley+Park+Chester+Avenue+People+Struck.JPG

A car struck two people along a Delaware County street Wednesday afternoon.

The crash happened where E Chester Pike (U.S. Route 13) intersects with Acres Drive in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania around 4:40 p.m.

No word yet on the extent of injuries.

The crash caused traffic to slow in the area as investigators tried to figure out what happened.



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<![CDATA[AMBER ALERT: Mom, Kids Found Safe in Delaware]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 20:46:41 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/tlmd_amber_alert_generic2.jpg

Police in Maryland issued an Amber Alert after a mother threatened to drive off a Delaware Bridge with her two children in the car.

About six hours later, Delaware State Police canceled the alert after finding the mother and her children safe in Delaware.

The boyfriend of 27-year-old Tiamarie Valenzuela said she threatened to drive off the Delaware Bridge with her 2-year-old son and 1-year-old girl when she left his Odenton, Maryland home following an argument shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday, Anne Arundel County Police said.

Police said Valenzuela keyed her boyfriend's car before driving off.

The Amber Alert warning later spread to Delaware, where police said that Valenzuela and her children could be in the Newark area.

Police said that Valenzuela and her children were OK when they were found at an undisclosed spot in Delaware.

Police took Valenzuela into custody but didn't announce if she would face any charges.

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<![CDATA[Head-on Crash Closes MLK Drive, Kills 1]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:07:13 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/MLK+Drive+Crash+SUV.JPG

A nasty head-on crash left a person dead, two hurt and closed all lanes of the Dr. Martin Luther King Drive in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park during Wednesday morning’s commute.

The crash happened under an overpass along MLK Drive near Sweet Briar Drive around 9. An initial investigation showed that a Toyota Venza traveling southbound toward Center City crossed over the center line and struck a Toyota Rav 4 traveling northbound, said Philadelphia police.

The crash left an unidentified passenger in the Rav 4 dead and the drivers of both cars hurt, according to police.

Medics rushed the victims to the Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania. The passenger died at the hospital, the driver of the Venza -- a 34-year-old woman -- remained critical with head injuries and the driver of the Rav 4 -- a 43-year-old man -- suffered minor injuries, said investigators.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead you could see emergency personnel responding to the crash between the two silver sports utility vehicle vehicles. Both SUVs appeared to have severe front-end damage.

You could see medics and firefighters placing one victim onto a stretcher.

The roadway remained closed for more than two hours after the wreck, finally reopening around 11:30 a.m.

No charges were immediately filed.

This crash came during a bad morning on area roads. As rain fell, crashes occurred in many parts of the region including a wreck along City Avenue where a man died after losing control of his car.



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