<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Breaking News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/breaking http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.comen-usThu, 20 Jul 2017 12:39:13 -0400Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:39:13 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Suspect in Murder of Ex Dead After 7 Hour Standoff]]> Wed, 19 Jul 2017 07:35:39 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Germantown+Haines+Street+Standoff.jpg

The suspect sought in the deadly shooting of his ex-girlfriend is dead after killing himself during a seven hour-long standoff with police in Philadelphia's Germantown neighborhood, police said.

The 32-year-old man, whose identity has yet to be released, barricaded himself inside a home about the 1300 block of Haines Street around 6 p.m. Tuesday. Police said he fired several shots at officers before holing up in the rowhome.

"He discharged a weapon three different times. When this began he was on the roof. At least one round was fired at officers," Capt. Sekou Kinebrew said.

Police believe he is the man who shot and killed a 25-year-old woman outside her home on the 1200 block of Sanger Street around 1:15 p.m. Tuesday. The woman has been described as his ex-girlfriend.

The man then fled in his car but crashed at Hunting Park and Broad Street before fleeing the scene on foot, police said.

The SWAT Team was called in to negotiate with the man. Kinebrew would not discuss the man's demands. Around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, SWAT officers entered the home after hearing a gunshot.

Kinebrew said they found the man dead in the living room from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Both deaths remain under investigation. A motive for the woman's killing was not immediately released.



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<![CDATA[1 Woman Dies, Another Hurt in Daytime Shootings in Philly]]> Wed, 19 Jul 2017 00:00:23 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Logan+Frankford+Women+Shot+Split.jpg

Police are investigating two separate shootings that left one woman dead and another critically injured in Philadelphia Tuesday.

A shirtless gunman shot a woman in the face as she drove along a Philadelphia street Tuesday morning then got in another car and fled. Later in the day, a woman in another neighborhood was shot and killed.

The first shooting occurred in the city's Logan neighborhood around 7:45 a.m. A 42-year-old woman, identified by family members as Yadira Torres, was driving on the way to work on N 11th and W Rockland streets when a bullet went through her vehicle and struck her in the left side of her cheek before exiting out of her neck.

"It's just another tragic case of senseless violence," Philadelphia Police Captain Malachi Jones said during an afternoon press conference. "Here you have a woman on her way to work, first thing in the morning, and this unfortunate incident happens. It's very alarming to say the least."

Medics rushed Torres to nearby Einstein Medical Center where she is in critical but stable condition, police said.

Police don't believe Torres was the intended target and instead say an unidentified gunman was shooting at another man.

"All indicators are she had nothing whatsoever to do with this incident," Captain Jones said.

The gunshot appeared to come from a man wearing no shirt and blue sweat pants who fired a weapon from about a half block away on the 4800 block of Marvine Street, police said. After the shooting the shirtless man got into a gold Lincoln Town Car and drove off.

Police also say a man, who they believe was the gunman's intended target, was caught on surveillance video fleeing on foot eastbound on Rockland Street moments after the shooting. They say he was wearing a black and white hat, black and white sneakers and blue jeans.

The second shooting occurred around 1:15 p.m. A gunman opened fire on a woman along the 1200 block of Sanger Street in Frankford. 

The 25-year-old woman died a short time later at Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia Police said.

The SWAT Team could be seen focused on a home in the minutes after the shooting.

A suspect in the woman's death was found at a home in the Germantown section of Philadelphia several hours later. The man allegedly fired shots at responding officers and remains inside the house. Sources also told NBC10 the man is the victim's ex-boyfriend.



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<![CDATA[SEPTA Train Strikes, Kills Man on Tracks in Montco]]> Mon, 17 Jul 2017 12:47:58 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/SEPTA_Generic_SEPTA_Train.jpg

A SEPTA train struck and killed a pedestrian Monday morning causing the suspension of a busy Regional Rail line.

SEPTA stopped service between Lansdale, Montgomery County and Doylestown, Bucks County on its Lansdale Doylestown Line after a Doylestown-bound train struck and killed a man just north of the Fortuna Station on Cowpath Road in Lansdale around 9:20 a.m., SEPTA said.

Service remained suspended for more than two hours as the agency and police investigated the death.




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<![CDATA['I'm Sorry': DiNardo Confesses, Another Person Questioned]]> Fri, 14 Jul 2017 10:32:47 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_17194778841002.jpg

Cosmo DiNardo admitted in a "full confession" Thursday afternoon to participation in the killings of four men who disappeared in early July, his attorney said.

The confession is part of a deal to avoid the death penalty, attorney Paul Lang told reporters outside the Bucks County Courthouse in Doylestown.

Moments later, the 20-year-old DiNardo was seen being escorted to a sheriff's van. He was shackled and wearing an orange prison jumpsuit.

"I'm sorry," he said before being driven away.

Later Thursday evening, a Northeast Philadelphia resident was questioned by police in connection to the case, though it is unclear if that person remains in custody. 

A source close to the investigation with knowledge of the plea negotiations told NBC10 that DiNardo admitted to killing all four men on the 90-acre Solebury Township farm. The source said multiple victims were shot and three of the four victims were found in a 12-1/2 foot deep "common grave." DiNardo admitted to burning at least two of the bodies and told officials where to find the remains of the fourth victim, according to the source.

The sudden announcement came a day after cadaver dogs helped lead investigators to a patch of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, farmland where the remains of at least one of the missing young men were buried deep underground.

Lang deferred all questions about the killings to District Attorney Matt Weintraub, who was not immediately available for comment.

"He admitted to the participation in the commission of four murders," Lang said. "In favor of that, the Commonwealth will not be seeking the death penalty. So Cosmo was spared life for in terms of giving all of his relevant information he could."

The Associated Press, citing a source with knowledge of the confession, reported that DiNardo killed each man separately after selling them marijuana.

The AP's source said DiNardo, who sold quarter-pound quantities of marijuana for thousands of dollars and handguns, felt cheated or threatened during the drug deals.

"Every death was related to a purported drug transaction, and at the end of each one there's a killing," the person said.

Investigators are now looking into the possibility that he had help in the crime, the source told NBC10.

DiNardo has been held since Wednesday on $5 million bail for allegedly trying to sell a car belonging to one of the men.

The discovery at the farmstead estate in the rolling, lush hills above New Hope marked a grim turn in the intense search for four men who disappeared late last week.

Weintraub said in a midnight press conference Thursday that the remains of 19-year-old Dean Finocchiaro, of Middletown Township, were positively identified.

Finocchiaro's death was immediately ruled a homicide, though Weintraub did not reveal an exact cause.

"This is a homicide, make no mistake about it," Weintraub said. "We just don't know how many homicides. We are yet to know the answer to that question."

Finocchiaro, along with 22-year-old Mark Sturgis of Pennsburg, Montgomery County; 21-year-old Tom Meo of Plumstead Township; and 19-year-old Jimi Taro Patrick of Newtown Township, vanished last week.

Meo's grandfather, Chuck Meo, told an NBC News producer that crews found the remains under a blue tarp after lifting out a propane tank.

The sprawling property, which is bordered by three roads, is about three miles west of New Hope on the Delaware River, in a secluded part of the county where hidden mansions are marked by names like Idlewild and Mountaintop.

The property consists of three separate parcels that Cosmo DiNardo's parents, Antonio and Sandra DiNardo, of Bensalem, purchased between 2005 and 2008 for a combined nearly $6.5 million.

DiNardo was initially arrested Wednesday after investigators determined he tried to sell Meo's 1996 Nissan Maxima to a friend after his disappearance.

DiNardo was also arrested Monday on an unrelated weapons charge but left the Bucks County jail Tuesday night after his father, Antonio DiNardo, posted 10 percent of $1 million bail.

According to an affidavit obtained by NBC10, DiNardo was accused of possessing a 20-gauge shotgun and ammunition in February despite being barred from owning a firearm due to a history of mental illness that included an involuntary commitment. A district judge dismissed the charge in May, but the district attorney authorized for it to be refiled on Monday.

A family lawyer released a statement Wednesday, before the human remains were discovered, on behalf of DiNardo's parents.

"As parents, Mr. and Mrs. DiNardo sympathize with the parents and families of the missing young men and they are cooperating in every way possible with the investigation being conducted by law enforcement," the family attorney wrote.

According to Sturgis' father, Mark Potash, Sturgis and Meo are longtime friends who work in construction for him. Finocchiaro was a mutual friend of theirs, Potash said. Investigators began looking at DiNardo after they received tips indicating he was seen with the men shortly before they went missing.

Patrick went missing on Wednesday, July 5 and has not contacted family or friends since, police said. Finocchiaro was last seen alive Friday around 6:30 p.m. getting into a vehicle.

According to a newly obtained criminal complaint, Meo's mother reported him missing Saturday. Meo's girlfriend said she last texted him Friday at 6:53 p.m. and didn't hear from him after. Meo is an insulin-dependent diabetic.

Sturgis, who was last seen leaving his home on Walt Road in Pennsburg around 6 p.m. Friday, told his father he was going to meet with Meo in Doylestown.

On Sunday at 2:10 a.m., Sturgis' vehicle was found in the area of Peddler's Village in Buckingham Township about two miles away from a DiNardo estate.

Unlike neighboring estates, the DiNardo property has no name markers at the main entrance on Lower York Road. Only a broken mailbox, with fading numbers, marks the driveway. On the other side of the property, along Aquetong Road, a small and crumbling white house stands near the road.

A marked police cruiser held guard over that location Thursday, idling in front of a decrepit garage several yards from the house. The car of Thomas Meo was found inside the still open structure less than two hours after Sturgis' car.

Detectives say they found Meo's car keys hanging up on the wall of the garage. They also found Meo's diabetic supplies inside the vehicle.

On Sunday at 4:30 p.m., Bucks County detectives interviewed DiNardo's friend, whose identity police are withholding. The friend told police DiNardo had called him Saturday at 5 p.m. The two then met on Bristol and Galloway roads in Bensalem where DiNardo allegedly offered to sell Meo's Nissan Maxima to him for $500, the criminal complaint reads.

Police also interviewed DiNardo Sunday. DiNardo allegedly told detectives he was driving a silver Ford pickup truck Friday night.

A Solebury Township police mobile license plate reader data found DiNardo's Ford pickup truck was on 2541 Street Road in Solebury Township Friday at 7:49 p.m. Within a few seconds, the license plate reader also captured Meo's vehicle at the same location.

The location where both vehicles were captured is within two miles away of the DiNardo home and less than one mile away from where Sturgis' vehicle was found.

Based on the information, investigators say they had probable cause that DiNardo did "unlawfully take and retain control" of Meo's vehicle.

Susan Coleman, a woman who lives near the farm, told NBC10's Deanna Durante that she heard gunshots from around the property on Saturday — hours after Meo and others were last seen.

"We heard a series of blasts, they were loud," Coleman said.

Coleman said she was sitting outside with her husband when she heard the gunfire but at first didn't think much of it since people go hunting in the area. But, she decided to talk to investigators after hearing what sounded like more gunshots then yelling and commotion.

About 50 students, faculty and staff also gathered at a chapel at Loyola University in Maryland where Patrick was a rising sophomore to pray for him and the three other men. Director of Campus Ministry Sean Bray told the Baltimore Sun the group wanted to honor the request of Patrick's grandmother to "storm heaven with our prayers for Jimi's safe return."

Patrick, who graduated from Holy Ghost Preparatory School in Bensalem, was on the Dean's List at Loyola, his grandparent Sharon and Rich Patrick said in a prepared statement supplied to reporters.

Officials continue to work to identify the other human remains that were found Wednesday night. The investigation is ongoing.

"We're going to remain strong," Weintraub said after announcing Finocchiaro's death. "We're going to see this investigation to the end and we're going to bring each and every one of these lost boys home to their families, one way or another. And we will not rest until we do that."


NBC10 journalists Deanna Durante, Denise Nakano, Drew Smith, Dan Stamm and Brandon Hudson contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[As Crews Dig Deeper Into 'Common Grave', DA IDs 1 of 4 Men]]> Thu, 13 Jul 2017 19:25:18 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/bucks-county-missing-men-search-overlay+Patrick+Sturgis+Meo+Dean.jpg

UPDATE: Cosmo DiNardo confessed Thursday to participating in the killing of the four men, his attorney tells NBC10.



Cadaver dogs helped lead investigators to a patch of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, farmland where the remains of at least one missing young man were buried deep underground, the county's district attorney announced early Thursday.

The discovery at the farmstead estate in the rolling, lush hills above New Hope marked a grim turn in the intense search for four men who disappeared late last week.

Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said the remains of 19-year-old Dean Finocchiaro, of Middletown Township, were positively identified. Finocchiaro graduated from Neshaminy High School last year.

Weintraub said there were other human remains buried in the 12-1/2 foot deep "common grave" on the vast 90-acre Solebury Township farm, but that investigators are still working to distinguish identities.

"A hole that's getting deeper by the minute," Weintraub said Thursday morning.

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Weintraub also revealed that Finocchiaro's death was ruled a homicide, though he did not reveal an exact cause.

"This is a homicide, make no mistake about it," Weintraub announced shortly after midnight during a news conference attended by a throng of media and residents, as well as friends of the missing men. "We just don't know how many homicides. We are yet to know the answer to that question."

Finocchiaro, along with 22-year-old Mark Sturgis of Pennsburg, Montgomery County; 21-year-old Tom Meo of Plumstead Township; and 19-year-old Jimi Taro Patrick of Newtown Township, vanished last week.

Meo's grandfather, Chuck Meo, told an NBC News producer that crews found the remains under a blue tarp after lifting a propane tank out. Weintraub didn't reveal what else was found in the large hole.

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The sprawling property, which is bordered by three roads, is about three miles west of the trendy borough on the Delaware River, in a secluded part of the county where hidden mansions are marked by names like Idlewild and Mountaintop.

The property consists of three separate parcels that Antonio and Sandra DiNardo, of Bensalem, purchased between 2005 and 2008 for a combined nearly $6.5 million.

The DiNardos' son, Cosmo, 20, is being held on $5 million bail for allegedly trying to sell a car belonging to one of the missing men.

Cosmo DiNardo was named a person of interest in the case on Tuesday. 

DiNardo was arrested Wednesday after investigators determined he tried to sell Meo's 1996 Nissan Maxima to a friend after his disappearance. He has not been charged, however, in Finocchiaro's death. DiNardo is being held in the Bucks County jail on $5 million cash bail.

DiNardo was also arrested Monday on an unrelated weapons charge but left the Bucks County jail Tuesday night after his father, Antonio DiNardo, posted 10 percent of $1 million bail.

According to an affidavit obtained by NBC10, DiNardo was accused of possessing a 20-gauge shotgun and ammunition in February despite being barred from owning a firearm due to a history of mental illness that included an involuntary commitment. A district judge dismissed the charge in May, but the district attorney authorized for it to be refiled on Monday.

A family lawyer released a statement Wednesday, before the human remains were discovered, on behalf of DiNardo's parents.

"As parents, Mr. and Mrs. DiNardo sympathize with the parents and families of the missing young men and they are cooperating in every way possible with the investigation being conducted by law enforcement," the family attorney wrote.

High-powered attorney Fortunato Perri Jr., who has represented several local celebrities including Philadelphia hip-hop artist Beanie Sigel, was hired to represent DiNardo in court. Perri had no comment to reporters as he arrived at court Thursday morning with DiNardo's parents. Perri doesn't represent the parents, only Cosmo DiNardo.

DiNardo and the missing men all appeared to know one another, prosecutors said.

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According to Sturgis' father, Mark Potash, Sturgis and Meo are longtime friends who work in construction for him. Finocchiaro was a mutual friend of theirs, Potash said. Investigators began looking at DiNardo after they received tips indicating he was seen with the men shortly before they went missing.

Patrick went missing on Wednesday, July 5 and has not contacted family or friends since, police said. Finocchiaro was last seen alive Friday around 6:30 p.m. getting into a vehicle.

According to a newly obtained criminal complaint, Meo's mother reported him missing Saturday. Meo's girlfriend said she last texted him Friday at 6:53 p.m. and didn't hear from him after. Meo is an insulin-dependent diabetic.

Sturgis, who was last seen leaving his home on Walt Road in Pennsburg around 6 p.m. Friday, told his father he was going to meet with Meo in Doylestown.

On Sunday at 2:10 a.m., Sturgis' vehicle was found in the area of Peddler's Village in Buckingham Township about two miles away from a DiNardo estate.

Unlike neighboring estates, the DiNardo property has no name markers at the main entrance on Lower York Road. Only a broken mailbox, with fading numbers, marks the driveway. On the other side of the property, along Aquetong Road, a small and crumbling white house stands near the road.

A marked police cruiser held guard over that location Thursday, idling in front of a decrepit garage several yards from the house. The car of Thomas Meo was found inside the still open structure less than two hours after Sturgis' car.

Detectives say they found Meo's car keys hanging up on the wall of the garage. They also found Meo's diabetic supplies inside the vehicle.

On Sunday at 4:30 p.m., Bucks County detectives interviewed DiNardo's friend, whose identity police are withholding. The friend told police DiNardo had called him Saturday at 5 p.m. The two then met on Bristol and Galloway roads in Bensalem where DiNardo allegedly offered to sell Meo's Nissan Maxima to him for $500, the criminal complaint reads.

Police also interviewed DiNardo Sunday. DiNardo allegedly told detectives he was driving a silver Ford pickup truck Friday night.

A Solebury Township police mobile license plate reader data found DiNardo's Ford pickup truck was on 2541 Street Road in Solebury Township Friday at 7:49 p.m. Within a few seconds, the license plate reader also captured Meo's vehicle at the same location.

The location where both vehicles were captured is within two miles away of the DiNardo home and less than one mile away from where Sturgis' vehicle was found.

Based on the information, investigators say they had probable cause that DiNardo did "unlawfully take and retain control" of Meo's vehicle.

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Law enforcement members scoured the DiNardo family's Solebury Township farm for several days. Investigators also used heavy equipment to dig on the property and deployed canines to search for clues.

Susan Coleman, a woman who lives near the farm, told NBC10's Deanna Durante that she heard gunshots from around the property on Saturday — hours after Meo and others were last seen.

"We heard a series of blasts, they were loud," Coleman said.

Coleman said she was sitting outside with her husband when she heard the gunfire but at first didn't think much of it since people go hunting in the area. But, she decided to talk to investigators after hearing what sounded like more gunshots then yelling and commotion.

Family members kept vigil Wednesday though some relatives of one of the victims were seen fighting amongst each other in the early evening. 

Weintraub said he notified Finocchiaro's family about the discovery of their son's remains shortly before he made the public announcement.

About 50 students, faculty and staff also gathered at a chapel at Loyola University in Maryland where Patrick was a rising sophomore to pray for him and the three other men. Director of Campus Ministry Sean Bray told the Baltimore Sun the group wanted to honor the request of Patrick's grandmother to "storm heaven with our prayers for Jimi's safe return."

Patrick, who graduated from Holy Ghost Preparatory School in Bensalem, was on the Dean's List at Loyola, his grandparent Sharon and Rich Patrick said in a prepared statement supplied to reporters.

Officials continue to work to identify the other human remains that were found Wednesday night. The investigation is ongoing.

"We're going to remain strong," Weintraub said after announcing Finocchiaro's death. "We're going to see this investigation to the end and we're going to bring each and every one of these lost boys home to their families, one way or another. And we will not rest until we do that."

The FBI set up a new tip line for information, 1-800-225-5324 (1-800-CALLFBI), then hit option 7, or submit a tip online.

This story is developing. Check back for updates.


NBC10 journalists Deanna Durante, Denise Nakano, Drew Smith, Dan Stamm and Brandon Hudson contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Woman Stabbed, Beaten to Death With Hammer: Police]]> Thu, 13 Jul 2017 06:53:45 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/HillCreek+Drive+Philadelphia+Woman+Stabbed.JPG

A woman died after being stabbed in the neck and beaten with a hammer inside a Philadelphia home.

Medics pronounced the 57-year-old woman dead in the home along Hill Creek Drive in the Lawncrest neighborhood Wednesday morning, Philadelphia Police said.

Police recovered weapons at the scene but didn’t immediately make any arrests or reveal a possible motive.

The victim is the third woman killed in the city in less than eight hours as two women were shot and killed overnight inside a pickup truck in North Philly.




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<![CDATA[Flames Shoot From Gas Main in South Jersey Community]]> Tue, 11 Jul 2017 14:26:57 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/222*120/Mt+Laurel+Gas+Main+Fire+5.JPG Flames shot into the air as a gas main ignited in front of South Jersey home Tuesday morning leaving one person hurt.

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<![CDATA[Shipping Container Crushes, Kills Pickup Driver]]> Tue, 11 Jul 2017 09:27:26 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/207*120/Shipping+Container+Accident+South+Philly.JPG

A shipping container crushed a pickup truck in South Philadelphia Monday leaving a man dead.

The container fell onto the white pickup at the Packer Marine Terminal along the Delaware River on the 3300 block of S Columbus Boulevard around noon.

A 52-year-old man died at the scene.

SkyForce10 captured crews on the scene as the container was removed from on top of the truck.

A spokesman for Ireland-based produce company Fyffes, which operates a facility at the port, said Fyffes is aware of the incident but can't comment since it didn't involve anyone hired by the company.



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<![CDATA[2-Year-Old Girl Falls Out of Window in West Philadelphia ]]> Sat, 08 Jul 2017 23:39:55 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Girl-Falls-Out-of-Window-West-Philadelphia.jpg

A toddler is recovering after she fell out of a window in West Philadelphia Saturday night.

Police say the 2-year-old girl was playing by herself in a room inside her home on the 800 block of Markoe Street while her mother was in another room at 7:38 p.m. The child then fell through a second floor window that did not have a screen and landed on the concrete below. The girl's mother heard screams and rushed to the room before she saw her daughter outside on the ground.

Police are investigating the incident but don't believe there was any foul play. The girl was taken to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia where she is currently in stable condition.

"Our detectives from Special Victims will be looking into this but right now it doesn't appear to have any signs of foul play," Philadelphia Police Captain George Fuchs said. "But that's for our detectives to look into."



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<![CDATA[David Desper Charged in Road Rage Killing of Bianca Roberson]]> Mon, 03 Jul 2017 08:12:17 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/road_rage_murder_desper_roberson.jpg

After a dramatic manhunt that lasted several days and spanned multiple states, Chester County, Pennsylvania, authorities have charged David Andrew Desper, 28, with first-degree murder for the road rage killing of recent high school graduate Bianca Roberson.

Desper, of Trainer, Pennsylvania, turned himself in Sunday morning around 2 a.m., officials said.

Police recovered the defendant’s red pickup truck at a location in Delaware County and Desper’s firearm from his bedroom. He has a license to carry and purchased the gun legally, according to court documents.

He was also charged with third-degree murder, criminal homicide, recklessly endangering another person and possession of an instrument of crime with intent to use it criminally. 

Desper is being held at Chester County Prison without bail, and his preliminary hearing is set for July 13.

Roberson's parents sat quietly in the room, sobbing, while officials announced the arrest. They lost another child, an adult son, four years ago to heart disease.

On June 28, Desper and Roberson played what investigators previously called a game of "cat and mouse" while attempting to merge into the same lane on Route 100 in Chester County around 5:30 p.m., officials said. Roberson was heading home from a shopping trip. She would have left for college later this summer.

Instead, she was shot in the left side of the head in an apparent road rage attack.

Her car was found in a ditch. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

"This is a story of a savage and senseless murder," Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan said during a news conference Sunday.

The shooter’s car fled the scene "at a high rate of speed on the shoulder of the spur before eventually crossing traffic and continuing southbound on the shoulder of Route 202," charging documents said.

A witness described hearing a loud noise and then seeing one car, which belonged to Roberson, swerving off the road while another sped away, officials said.

A portion of the round that struck Roberson was recovered from her skull during an autopsy. The bullet’s markings indicated it came from a Smith & Wesson .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun. 

A similar firearm was recovered from Desper's bedroom after he turned himself in to police. Ammunition was found in a nearby trashcan. Desper reportedly purchased the weapon in November of 2015, according to charging documents.

Using video surveillance from the scene and later recordings of a red pickup truck, police recovered Desper’s car in Glen Mills. It matched the description of the pickup seen moments after the incident. 

Desper's attorney was not available for comment. Roberson's family declined to comment, but previously told NBC10 the death of their daughter is "surreal."

"How can you just shoot a baby, an 18-year-old girl, on her way to college and then just speed off like it was nothing? She didn't deserve to die like this," Roberson's mother, Michelle, said.

Roberson's aunt Joyce Chester said she remains heartbroken but relieved that an arrest was made.

"We just had the graduation for the school and the kids were so full of hope. Hope and excitement," Chester said. "I said, 'Are they ever going to get this truck and this guy?' And my friend said, 'They're going to get him. They're going to get him. They'll get the truck and they'll get the guy.' I said, 'How do you know?' He said, 'They just will.'"

Desper's neighbor Gerry Szper told NBC10 he heard about Roberson's murder but was shocked the suspect lived so close to home.

"It's just crazy," he said. "I just don't know. I'm shocked."



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<![CDATA[Photos Released, But Still No Arrest in Road Rage Murder]]> Sat, 01 Jul 2017 21:23:40 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/New-Surveillance-Photo-Suspect-Truck-Lead.jpg

EDITOR'S NOTE: A 28-year-old man has been charged with murder in Bianca Roberson's road rage killing. Tap here for the latest coverage.


A manhunt for the driver who shot a recent high school graduate in the head, killing her, in an apparent road rage incident, entered its third day Saturday, but without any arrests yet.

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The dragnet stretched across Pennsylvania and all the way west into Texas, investigators said Friday. Closer to Chester County, in Philadelphia, a police spokeswoman said they had received tips from the public. But the city said leads had yet to pan out.

Police released a sketch of the suspect who shot recent high school graduate Bianca Nikol Roberson in West Goshen Township Wednesday. The driver of the pickup truck is described as a medium-built, white male, 30 to 40 years old with blonde or light-colored brown hair. His vehicle is described as a small, red pickup truck with faded paint.

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The description is based on an eyewitness account provided by a motorist who was driving adjacent to the pickup truck, investigators said. Officials believe their sketch to be 70 to 80 percent accurate. On Saturday, West Goshen Police released more surveillance photos and a video of the suspect's vehicle. They say the vehicle was last seen heading south on Route 352 into Delaware County.

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"This homicide was completely senseless, brutal and tragic," West Goshen Township Police Chief Joseph Gleason said during a news conference Friday.

Anyone with information is asked to call West Goshen police. A $5,000 reward is being offered by the Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers.

"It’s all so surreal," Roberson's mother, Michelle Roberson, told NBC10. "How can you just shoot a baby, an 18-year-old girl, on her way to college and then just speed off like it was nothing? She didn't deserve to die like this."
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Roberson, of West Chester, Pennsylvania, was driving south on Route 100 at about 5:30 p.m. when she and another driver tried to merge into a single lane, authorities said. 

"And then she was shot. The man in the red pickup truck shot her directly in the head," Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan said Thursday.

Her car veered off the road and was later found in a ditch, he said. The shooter fled the scene toward Route 202 and was last seen turning on to Paoli Pike. 

She was returning home from a shopping trip, her father told NBC10.

"To that man who fired that shot, turn yourself in now," Hogan said. "Every second you are out there you are only making this worse for yourself and making this worse for this young lady's family."

Roberson had just graduated from Rustin High School in West Chester and was headed to Jacksonville University in Florida in the fall. She hoped to major in criminal justice, her mother said.

"A young lady in the prime of her life getting ready to go off to college," Gleason said. "Now the family has to consider burying her."

Roberson's father, Rodney Roberson, was in tears as he spoke to NBC10 about his daughter's college aspirations.

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"We were all excited for her," he said. "She was excited. We were just happy for her."

Roberson's brother Dontae Arburg described his sister's cheerful personality.

"Her personality was very loved," Arburg said. "She always smiled. Always wanted to entertain and make you smile."

Counselors were at Rustin High School for students Friday morning.

"All of us in the West Chester Area School District are deeply shocked and saddened by this horrible news," a spokesperson for the West Chester Area School District wrote. "Bianca had her whole life ahead of her. What should be a time of great joy and celebration in a young person's life has turned into a horrible tragedy."

Roberson's older brother died of heart disease at the age of 22 in 2013. Roberson's family members showed NBC10 a poster of her and her brother that she had made for what would have been her college dorm at Jacksonville University.

"It's an angel that's gonna be missed," Bianca's aunt, Mari Hatton-Hayes said. "But as hard as it is, she's there with her brother." 

A GoFundMe page set up Thursday garnered donations from more than 350 people within 24 hours. The goal of $15,000 was surpassed by 2 p.m. Friday. On Saturday, the goal was increased to $25,000 and it too was surpassed by 11 a.m.

"We cannot begin to express our extreme gratitude for the donations that continue to come in. As we continue communicating with Bianca's family, we will discuss ideas such as a scholarship being created out of some money earned in this gofundme," the GoFundMe creator wrote. "As many have heard, this story has taken a very unexpected turn and the family is going through an unimaginable time, so please keep them in your thoughts (and) prayers at this time."

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the West Goshen Police Department 610-696-7400 or trafficsafety@westgoshen.org.

Reporters Rosemary Connors, David Chang, Brian X. McCrone and Alicia Lozano contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[1 Dead in Crash on Route 100 in West Goshen Township]]> Wed, 28 Jun 2017 23:36:42 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/West+Goshen+Township+Crash+Social+and+Full+_24146958.jpg

One person was killed after a crash on Route 100 in West Goshen Township Wednesday.

At least two vehicles were involved in the accident in the southbound lanes of Route 100 near Route 202. One person was killed in the crash. Officials have not yet revealed his or her identity.

Southbound lanes were closed for several hours before they reopened shortly after 9 p.m.




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<![CDATA[Crews Rescue Person After Crash on Ben Franklin Bridge ]]> Wed, 28 Jun 2017 00:51:58 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/CHOPPER+BEN+FRANKLIN+BRIDGE+AX+-+15512708_24129907.jpg A crash shut down two lanes on the Ben Franklin Bridge Tuesday afternoon on the eastbound side heading into New Jersey.]]> <![CDATA[FedEx Truck Jackknifes, Snarls Connector Between Turnpikes]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:31:28 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/227*120/NJ+Turnpike+Connector+FedEx+Crash+1.JPG A FedEx truck jackknifed on the connector bridge between the New Jersey and Pennsylvania turnpikes Friday morning causing traffic troubles.

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<![CDATA[Deadly Shooting Behind Popular NJ Brewery]]> Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:05:58 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Iron+Hill+Brewery+Shooting+Investigation.JPG

New Jersey police say the victim of a deadly shooting in the parking lot behind a popular restaurant and brewery Wednesday morning was the intended target and not a casualty of a "random incident," prosecutors said.

Burlington County police officers responded to Iron Hill Brewery along Kings Highway in Maple Shade around 8:25 a.m. and found 26-year-old Devon Young, of Willingboro, in the parking lot suffering from gunshot wounds. He was later pronounced dead. 

"It is believed that the victim was the intended target of this shooting and that this was not a random incident," county prosecutors said

Young worked at Albo Appliance & Mattress, which is located next to Iron Hill. An employee said co-workers were on lockdown after the shooting.

A spokesman for Iron Hill said no one from the brewery or restaurant was injured or involved in the incident. The brewery is cooperating with police, Iron Hill spokesman Michael Gregor said in a new release. 

No charges have been filed and the case remains under investigation, Burlington County Prosecutor's Office said.  



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<![CDATA[Body Found in Schuylkill River Near 30th Street Station ]]> Sun, 18 Jun 2017 16:54:47 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/River-Generic1.jpg

A body was found in the Schuylkill River near 30th Street Station in Philadelphia Sunday afternoon.

Crews discovered the body of a 49-year-old man wedged against a wall in the river off Market Street and N. Schuylkill Avenue at 3:06 p.m.

Police have not yet revealed the man’s identity or a cause of death. They continue to investigate.

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<![CDATA[Several People Overcome by Heat at CB South Graduation ]]> Wed, 14 Jun 2017 01:07:56 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/CB+South+Graduation+_23964344.jpg

Several people were evaluated after they were overcome by heat at the Central Bucks South High School graduation Tuesday afternoon in Warrington, Bucks County.

A spokesperson for the high school told NBC10 seven spectators during the graduation were treated at the scene. Officials say they were evaluated for dehydration and possible heat stroke. No one had to be transported to the hospital however.

Record temperatures hit the area Tuesday with a high of 97 degrees in parts of the region. The spokesperson said bottled water was provided for each of the 1600 graduating seniors. The spokesperson also told NBC10 the school district sent emails to the students' families warning them about the heat and giving them the option of watching the graduation inside the high school gym or at home via cable TV or online stream. 

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<![CDATA[Man Dies After Minivan Slams Into Center City Newsstand]]> Wed, 14 Jun 2017 11:20:11 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/177*120/Minivan+16th+JFK+Crash+Newsstand.JPG

A minivan crashed into a newsstand and bank in Center City Philadelphia Tuesday leaving a pedestrian dead and three people -- including a man working in the newsstand -- hurt.

The vehicle jumped the curb at 16th Street and JFK Boulevard around 11:45 a.m. after a crash involving another vehicle, fire radio said. The minivan came to rest against the BB&T bank location near the entrance to Suburban Station, breaking the front glass of the bank.

Medics rushed a 38-year-old and 76-year-old to nearby Hahnemann Hospital where doctors initially listed both male pedestrians in stable condition, Philadelphia police said.

On Wednesday, police announced the 76-year-old had died Tuesday night after suffering multiple injuries to his hips, legs and ankles. Investigators withheld his identity pending family notification.

The 35-year-old operator of the newsstand suffered minor cuts and bruise, police Capt. Patrick Kelly said.

Philadelphia Police accident investigators responded as they searched for clues. Kelly said both vehicles appeared to be traveling along 16th Street when they came into contact, forcing the minivan, driven by a 25-year-old woman, onto the sidewalk.

A passenger in the other vehicle involved, a 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe was treated for neck pain.



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<![CDATA[Heat Causes Schools to Close Early]]> Tue, 13 Jun 2017 07:44:16 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Generic+Lockers+Generic+School+Generic.JPG

Heat is causing Philadelphia area schools to close early Tuesday.

The Philadelphia School District announced its closure Monday:

"Due to the high temperatures forecasted, all School District of Philadelphia schools will dismiss early at (noon), Tuesday, June 13," the district said. "All after-school activities including all athletic programs and professional development classes scheduled for Tuesday are canceled as well."

Temps pushed into the mid-90s Monday and were expected to get near record levels again on Tuesday as much of the region is under a Heat Advisory.


The last day of school in Philly is set for the following Tuesday, June 20. Temps aren't expected to break 90 again before then.

The district says it will post any updates about the heat to its website. You can also call 215-400-4636.

All Camden (closing at 1 p.m.) and Trenton (closing between noon and 1 p.m.) public schools also planned to close schools early Tuesday and cancel after-school activities due to the heat. Click here for school dismissals.

Check with your child's school to see if it will be remaining open as normal.



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<![CDATA[Officials ID Officer Who Shot and Killed Dirt Bike Rider]]> Tue, 13 Jun 2017 06:35:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Whitaker+Police+Shooting.JPG

Officials have identified a dirt bike rider as well as the officer who shot and killed him in North Philadelphia last Thursday.

Investigators say Officer Ryan Pownall, a 12-year veteran assigned to the 15th District, was transporting people to the Special Victims Unit at 300 East Hunting Park Avenue on June 8 around 6:40 p.m. Investigators say Pownall spotted David Jones, 30, riding a red dirt bike in a "reckless manner." Pownall then saw the dirt bike stall on the sidewalk next to a nightclub on the 4200 block of Whitaker Avenue, police said.

Investigators say Pownall stopped his vehicle and tried to question Jones.

"Initially (the officer) was only going there to tell this guy to knock it off," Police Commissioner Richard Ross said.

Initial reports explained that the dirt bike rider got off his bike and started to walk away from the officer, but information from a preliminary investigation released Friday and Monday stated that Jones allegedly turned away from the officer and began holding the front of his waistband. Police say Pownall patted Jones down and felt a firearm in his waistband. Officer Pownall then took out his gun and repeatedly told Jones not to touch the weapon, police said.

"(The officer) looks in his face and says 'Bro don't do it, bro don't do it,'" Ross said.

Investigators say a struggle then ensued between the two men and Jones allegedly pulled a gun from his waistband. Officer Pownall squeezed the trigger of his service weapon but it jammed, police said. Pownall then cleared the stoppage and opened fire as Jones ran away south on Whitaker Avenue, according to investigators.

"The individual then starts to run and the officer then discharges," Ross said. "He is running ahead of the officer when he discharges from behind, so that's a piece we want to look at very closely."

Jones was shot in the back and buttocks. He was taken to Temple University Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 6:59 p.m. Thursday.

Several people who knew Jones arrived within minutes and started yelling at officers. Ross was at the scene as well. One woman described Jones as a "good boy" who didn't bother anyone.

Pownall was not injured during the incident.

A black handgun — later identified by police as a fully-loaded 9mm — could be seen several feet from the dirt bike as a reporter arrived to the scene. Investigators say the gun belonged to Jones and was loaded with 15 9mm cartridges in the magazine.

The dirt bike lay on its side, surrounded by officers and detectives.

Surveillance video from a nearby restaurant appears to show the suspect running away from the officer. 

"I did watch the video and clearly one of the shots was taken while the male was running away, there's no doubt about that," Ross said.

Ross said the video gives investigators "pause."

"The one video video vantage point is actually showing or depicting the officer firing as the guy is running away," Ross said. "I can't get into what the officer may have been seeing or believing at that particular time. Clearly he knows he was in a struggle with a violent guy prior to that."

Ross said he wants to make sure that the officer was following department protocol, which states you should only shoot a fleeing suspect if they are a suspect in a "forcible felony," but there are exceptions and you shouldn't always shoot.

Ross said that a witness being transported by the officer at the time also said "don't do it" before watching the suspect grab a gun. The witness' story corroborates the officer's, Ross said.

Ross asked anyone who may have witnessed the incident to come forward and share information with authorities.

Pownall was placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of the investigation. Ross said they would review if the officer followed department protocol.



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<![CDATA[Arrest in Shooting of 6-Year-Old Boy]]> Wed, 14 Jun 2017 01:39:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Chelsea+Outlaw+scene.jpg

UPDATE: The charges against the man have been dropped after police determined he was not involved in the shooting. DETAILS HERE


A man has been arrested in the shooting of a young boy in Wilmington, Delaware Tuesday afternoon. 

Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki and Wilmington Police Chief Robert Tracy announced Friday the arrest of 41-year-old Chelsea Outlaw of New Castle.

Jashown Banner, a Kindergarten student at Thomas Edison Charter School, remained in critical condition at A.I. duPont Hospital for Children.

The 6-year-old boy and his 31-year-old mother were inside an SUV at a stop sign on the 700 block of E. 6th Street when an unidentified gunman got out of another car and opened fire. Irene Turner, a woman who lives in the area and witnessed the shooting, told NBC10 she heard seven gunshots.

"I was sitting right there in that chair and it happened down there," Turner said. "The white van backed up and flew down the street real fast."

The boy was shot in the head while his mother was cut by glass on her arm.

"When he got shot it went across his nose and mouth and it was bleeding," Turner said.

The boy's mother was taken to St. Francis Hospital. She was later released.

Outlaw, who police said has an extensive criminal record, has been charged with attempted murder and other charges in the shooting. 

He remained jailed on $2 million cash bond.



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<![CDATA[Police Block Broad Street After Double Shooting]]> Fri, 09 Jun 2017 14:51:35 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/Broad+Street+Closed+Double+Shooting.JPG

Philadelphia Police blocked off a section of busy Broad Street after a double shooting Friday afternoon.

Gunfire rang out around 12:45 p.m. on North Broad near Haines Street leaving a 20-year-old woman and 20-year-old man critically injured with chest wounds, police said.

Private vehicles took both gunshot victims to Einstein Hosptial, police said.

SkyForce10 captured officers blocking off Broad between 68th and 69th avenues.

No word yet on a possible motive in the shooting.



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<![CDATA[Repo Man Kills Man While Repossessing Car: Police]]> Sun, 11 Jun 2017 01:25:23 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/18th+Dickinson+Repo+Man+Shooting.JPG

Gunfire rang out during a violent car repossession outside a grocery store in South Philadelphia’s Point Breeze neighborhood leaving a man dead and a dog injured.

The repo driver, operating a large pickup truck, tried to pluck the vehicle from in front of the Eight Brothers Food Market at 18th and Dickinson around 10:20 a.m. Friday, not realizing a woman was inside, Philadelphia Police said.

The woman -- who owed money on the SUV -- got out of the vehicle and called both the bank and her boyfriend, police said.

The woman's 32-year-old boyfriend showed up and pistol-whipped the repo man, investigators said. The repo driver hears glass shattering and thought he was being shot at so he used his own gun to fire back in self-defense, police said.

The boyfriend died a short time later at the hospital, police said.

As many as 19 bullets were fired during the exchange, police said.

The dog, which didn't belong to anyone involved in the repossession, was struck in the shooting. Investigators initially told NBC10 the dog died. They later said they didn't know the dog's current condition however. The owner of the dog said her pet actually survived the shooting. She is now raising money for the dog's recovery.

Police recovered guns from both the truck driver and the woman's boyfriend. 

Police took the repo driver into custody as they continued their investigation. It was unclear if any charges would be filed.



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<![CDATA[Supermarket Murder-Suicide Leaves 4 Dead]]> Thu, 08 Jun 2017 13:56:50 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Weis+Market+Murder+Suicide+Eaton+Township.JPG

A supermarket employee brought two guns to work overnight Thursday, blocked the store's entrances and exits so no one could flee and fatally shot three fellow employees before turning the weapon on himself, Pennsylvania state police said.

State police say it remains unclear why 24-year-old Randy Stair, of Dallas, shot the others and himself in a Weis Market shortly before 1 a.m. Thursday.

Stair's shift started when the store closed at 11 p.m. Police said he later took a duffel bag from his car containing two pistol-grip shotguns, brought them into the store and started firing.

At a news conference outside the store in Eaton Township, northwest of Scranton, troopers said Stair spent the first 90 minutes of his shift blocking the entrances and exits with pallets and other items before he started shooting. He fired 59 shots before killing himself, they said.

Stair fatally shot Terry Sterling, 63, of South Montrose; Victoria Brong, 26, of Factoryville; and Brian Hayes, 47, of Springville.

One witness managed to escape the rampage and call 911.

Police stressed that the store was closed to the public when the shooting occurred, and only workers were inside. The store's posted hours are from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

"We are deeply saddened by the events of this morning," Weis spokesman Dennis Curtin said in a statement. "The safety of our associates, our customers, and the surrounding community is our top priority."

Investigators were looking at Stair's online activity for clues to his motive, troopers said.

SUICIDE PREVENTION HELP: The National Suicide Prevention Hotline (1-800-273-8255) is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Correction: This story has been corrected to show Weis spokesman's last name is 'Curtin,' not 'Curtain.'

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<![CDATA[Lanes on Busy Bridge Reopen After Fire Snarls Traffic]]> Wed, 07 Jun 2017 22:35:56 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Delaware+Memorial+Bridge+Fire+2.JPG

Lanes on a busy bridge connecting Delaware and South Jersey reopened Wednesday after a construction fire closed it for hours.

The blaze broke out below the Delaware Memorial Bridge around 10 a.m. after welding sparks ignited construction materials closing both spans of the bridge over the Delaware River, Delaware River and Bay Authority spokesman James Salmon said.

Motorists experienced significant delays as traffic backed up past the toll plaza onto the New Jersey Turnpike and onto Interstate 295.

The New Jersey-bound (northbound) span reopened around 10:45 a.m. while the left two lanes of the Delaware-bound span reopened around 3 p.m. The right two lanes of the Delaware span reopened around 5 p.m.

The New Jersey Turnpike diverted all southbound traffic off the turnpike at Exit 4 during the closure.

"I feel for the individuals in the traffic situation... it's not something we want to cause," Salmon said. "This is an accident."

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead you could see thick smoke coming from under the bridge on the Delaware side of the roadway.

The fire was under control by 10:50 a.m. but engineers inspected the bridge to make sure it was safe for travel.

"They want to make sure that it's absolutely, positively safe for individuals to travel across the bridge," Salmon said. "We're taking a conservative approach to this and making sure that the structural integrity of the bridge is intact."

No injuries were reported.



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<![CDATA[Gunman Shoots 6-Year-Old Boy in Wilmington ]]> Thu, 08 Jun 2017 00:39:30 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Wilmington+Double+Shooting+E+6th+Street+Child+Mom+Shot_23882308.jpg

A young boy is fighting for his life following a shooting in Wilmington, Delaware Tuesday afternoon.

The 6-year-old boy and his 31-year-old mother were inside an SUV at a stop sign on the 700 block of E. 6th Street when an unidentified gunman got out of another car and opened fire. Irene Turner, a woman who lives in the area and witnessed the shooting, told NBC10 she heard seven gunshots.

"I was sitting right there in that chair and it happened down there," Turner said. "The white van backed up and flew down the street real fast."

The boy was shot in the head while his mother was cut on her arm by glass.

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"When he got shot it went across his nose and mouth and it was bleeding," Turner said.

The boy was taken to the A.I. DuPont Children's Hospital and is currently in critical condition. His mother was taken to St. Francis Hospital. She was later released.

Police searched the SUV and another car that was also struck with bullets.

"It hit the actual metal of the door," the owner of the second vehicle said. "The force of the bullet was so strong that it cracked the window."

A playground, Sarah Pyle Academy and Bancroft Elementary School are all located near where the shooting took place.

The 6-year-old boy is a Kindergarten student at Thomas Edison Charter School. Teachers from the school are with the boy's family at the hospital. The principal of Thomas Edison Charter said it appears the boy and his mother were innocent bystanders in the shooting though police have not confirmed that. The principal also said counselors will be at the school Wednesday to help grieving children.

Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki released a statement on the shooting.

"I will do everything I can through law enforcement and through the delivery of needed programs and services to reduce crime and assure citizens that we are focused on ending violence and stabilizing neighborhoods," he wrote.

No arrests have been made and police have not released information on any suspects. If you have any information on the shooting please call Detective Devon Jones at 302-576-6206. You can also leave tips on the Delaware Crime Stoppers Tip-line at 1-800-TIP-3333, or text a tip to NIXLE at 888777.

EDITOR'S NOW: Officials initially reported the boy's mother had also been shot. They later said the mother was cut by glass but not struck by a bullet.



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<![CDATA[Police Arrest 2 in Shooting That Injured 10 in North Philly]]> Tue, 06 Jun 2017 00:56:15 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Suspects-in-North-Philly-Shooting.jpg

Philadelphia Police arrested two men in connection to a shooting that injured ten people in North Philadelphia last month.

Quadir Burley, 18, and Tyrell Broadnax, 19, are accused of opening fire at a crowd during a party on the 2500 block of North 23rd Street back on May 20. Police say 25 to 30 people, including children, were having a party in the area around 10:30 p.m. Burley and Broadnax allegedly approached the crowd and fired about 27 shots, striking 10 people, ranging between the ages of 18 and 26 years old. All of the victims survived the shooting. One of the victims included a woman who was struck on the side and next to her 2-year-old child. The last of the ten victims was released from the hospital Monday.

"They didn't care who they hit," Philadelphia Police Captain Frank Banford said during a press conference Monday afternoon. "They didn't care whatever collateral damage was done."

Police say Burley and Broadnax were targeting one man in the crowd who they had a long-standing feud with.

"This male was in the crowd," Banford said. "That meant nothing to these guys."

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Police identified Burley and Broadnax as the gunmen after speaking with witnesses, according to officials. Broadnax turned himself in to police Monday while Burley was arrested in Montgomery County on a theft charge and is currently in custody there. Police say they will pick him up and bring him to Philadelphia. Both suspects will be charged with attempted murder.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross spoke on how the shooting was part of the ongoing problem of gun violence. 

"This is what we have to try to appeal to these young, particularly, men," Ross said. "Why they have to find a way to deal with conflict resolution. They have to find a way to resolve their issues without resorting to guns. And right now, in this country, it is a major issue. It just is."

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<![CDATA[Man, Woman Found Shot to Death in Front Seats]]> Mon, 05 Jun 2017 10:38:03 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Sydney-Street-Double-Fatal-Shooting.jpg

A man and woman were found shot to death inside the front seats of a car in the East Mount Airy section of Philadelphia Sunday afternoon.

The 24-year-old man and 21-year-old woman were both found unresponsive inside a Chrysler on the 1000 block of Sydney Street around 4:45 p.m. Sandy, a neighborhood resident who did not want to reveal her last name, spotted the victims inside the vehicle and called 911.

"It was obvious," she said. "I mean it was blood splatter all over the place. They were clearly dead."

Both victims were shot in the head and were pronounced dead at the scene at 5 p.m.

"I was very stunned when I found out about it," Brian Price, another resident, said. "Normally stuff like this doesn't happen in this area."

Police have not yet released the identity of the victims but say they are both from the Philadelphia area. No arrests have been made and a weapon has not been recovered.

Investigators say it appears the gunman was in the back seat of the car when he or she shot the two victims. Residents in the area said they didn't hear any gunshots Sunday. Police are trying to determine when the shooting actually occurred.

"We're not sure if this happened sometime today," Philadelphia Homicide Capt. James Clark said. "We're hearing reports it may have happened sometime Thursday evening. So we're not sure yet."

If you have any information on the shooting, please contact Philadelphia Police.



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<![CDATA[Toddler Accidentally Shoots, Kills Himself Inside Home]]> Sun, 04 Jun 2017 00:04:23 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Chester-Township-Child-Shot.jpg

An investigation is underway after a toddler accidentally shot and killed himself in Chester Township, Delaware County, according to officials.

Investigators say a boy either 2 or 3 years of age was inside a home on the 2900 block of Bethel Road around 3:30 p.m. Saturday when he found a gun underneath a bed. The child pulled the trigger and shot himself in the chest. He later died from his injuries.

Dozens of family members of the boy, known as "Junior," were seen gathered outside the home crying and comforting each other.

"I'm just blown away," Adolphus Adams, the boy's great grandfather, said. "I can't say anything. I'm not really sure what happened but I know he's gone."

Neighbors told NBC10 they had just seen the little boy playing Friday. 

"He wanted to play with my dog," Steven Potts said. "Loved my dog. They were just some good kids."

Several of the boy's family members were taken in for questioning. Police have not yet announced any charges but the investigation is ongoing.



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<![CDATA[Police Find Boy Wandering in Ninja Turtles PJs, Barefoot]]> Thu, 01 Jun 2017 14:31:23 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/228*120/Wandering+Child+Allentown.jpg

Police in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley reunited a wandering child with his grandparents.

The boy was found around 9:45 a.m. Thursday along the 2000 block of E Pennsylvania Avenue in Allentown wearing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles pajamas and carrying a pair of shoes, Allentown police said. A person in a nearby housing complex alerted police to the boy — who appears to be around 3 years old.

The boy was in good health, police said, but officers couldn’t understand the boy’s name and said he seems to speak both English and Spanish.

Children and youth workers looked after the boy as police searched for his guardians. Around 1:20 p.m., the boy was reunited with his grandparents.

He and his grandmother both fell asleep and when the boy woke up he wandered out of the family's home on Troxell Street, a short distance from where he was found, police said.

There were no previous incidents at the home and police said it appeared to all be a big accident.

Correction: The story originally said Ninja Turtle rather than Ninja Turtles




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<![CDATA[Fire Evacuates Posh Philly Hotel]]> Fri, 26 May 2017 10:38:07 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/Logan+Hotel+Fire+1.JPG People watched Friday morning as Philadelphia firefighters responded to a fire at the posh Logan Hotel just off the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

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<![CDATA[Pilot Killed in Medical Helicopter Crash ID'd]]> Fri, 26 May 2017 08:01:29 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/Choppercrash+Murphy.jpg

A medical helicopter crashed in Delaware Thursday, killing the only person on board, pilot Michael Murphy of Franklinville, New Jersey. 

The Eurocopter twin-engine helicopter went down into a drainage ditch shortly before noon off Route 13 near Frenchtown Road short of the runway of the New Castle Airport, according to Delaware River and Bay Authority, which manages the airport. 

The helicopter was operated by Metro Aviation, which provides services for PennStar, the medical helicopter service for University of Pennsylvania Health System, according to officials from Penn Medicine. It was training in inclement weather, to prepare for emergency situations. 

Murphy had flown from Atlantic City and was conducting "approach training," police announced Thursday evening. No injuries were reported on the ground. 


Murphy, 37, also served as a back-up pilot of SkyForce10 for NBC10 and Telemundo62. 

Black smoke could be seen pouring into the air off Quigley Boulevard near the post office facility. The wreck caused minor damage to buildings, police said. 

The NTSB continued to investigate as the wreckage was cleared from the scene late Thursday. 

The NTSB reports that there have been four helicopter crashes in Delaware over the last decade -- one fatal -- and none involved a Eurocopter.



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<![CDATA[Boy Found Wandering Street]]> Thu, 25 May 2017 12:22:33 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Wilmington+Boy+Found.jpg

Police in Delaware reached out to the public to help find the parents of a child found wandering around Wilmington Thursday morning.

Luckily, the boy was reunited with his family before noon, police said.

Police found the boy – believed to be around 2 years old – in the area of 5th and Lombard streets around 9:10 a.m.

The child had wandered from his home, police said. No word on exactly how he got out.

"The Wilmington Police Department would like to thank the media and citizens for their assistance in quickly helping us locate the family," police said in a Nixle alert.

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<![CDATA[Philadelphia Police HQ Moving to Iconic Building: Report]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 13:48:58 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Philly_Police_HQ.jpg

Philadelphia Police headquarters are on the move.

The plan is to move out of the so-called "Roundhouse" at 750 Race Street to the former Philadelphia Inquirer Building at 400 N. Broad Street, the Philadelphia Business Journal reported:

"The Philadelphia Police Department will reportedly relocate its headquarters and several other related law enforcement agencies to 400 N. Broad St. and spur what is estimated to be a $200 million-plus redevelopment of the 500,000-square-foot building, according to PBJ sources."

The former home of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News is owned by developer Bart Blatstein and has sat vacant for several years.

Police Commissioner Richard Ross and other law enforcement leaders will join city leaders to officially announce the deal Wednesday afternoon.

Police headquarters moving to North Broad Street will help with the revitalization of the area that has included the renovation of the Divine Lorraine and other construction projects. 

SEPTA’s Broad Street Line subway along with various bus lines makes the new headquarters more accessible than the agency’s current home off Interstate 676 near Old City.

The decision to move north rather than west came after a long debate over a plan to locate to 46th and Market streets in West Philly.

The Philadelphia Business Journal is a newsgathering partner of NBC10.



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<![CDATA[Driver Strikes Pedestrian Along I-95]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 09:14:47 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/216*120/I95+Crash+Pedestrian+Bridge+street.JPG

A car struck a person walking along Interstate 95 Wednesday morning causing major traffic troubles for commuters on the busy highway.

The person was struck in the northbound lanes approaching the Bridge Street/Harbison Avenue Exit in Philadelphia's Bridesburg neighborhood around 8:20 a.m., Pennsylvania State Police said.

The victim’s condition wasn’t immediately released.

First responders blocked off three lanes of the roadway - only one got by - as police investigated.

Police do not know why the person was walking along the interstate.



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<![CDATA[Gunman Kills Man, Injures Man and Woman in East Germantown ]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 06:48:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/East+Germantown+Deadly+Shooting+_23718125.jpg

A gunman killed a man and injured a woman and another man in the East Germantown section of Philadelphia early Tuesday evening.

A 37-year-old man, 26-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman were both on the 5500 block of Heiskell Street at 5:21 p.m. when a gunman opened fire. The 37-year-old man was struck once in the chest, the 26-year-old man twice in the lower back and the woman once in the right leg.

All three victims were taken to the Einstein Medical Center. The 37-year-old man was pronounced dead at 6:12 p.m. The 26-year-old man and the woman are both in stable condition.

Investigators say at least two suspects wearing all black jumped into a black SUV and drove off after the shooting. No arrests have been made.

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<![CDATA[May: UK Threat Level Raised to Critical]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 18:20:48 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/TheresaMay-149557577419400001.jpg

Prime Minister Theresa May announced the United Kingdom's threat level has been raised from severe to critical, its highest level, on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, a day after a suicide bombing in Manchester left 22 dead and 59 wounded.

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