<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Breaking News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/breaking http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com en-us Mon, 27 Apr 2015 03:11:16 -0400 Mon, 27 Apr 2015 03:11:16 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[2 Dead, Others Injured in Serious Crash on 295]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 22:33:37 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/I-295-Crash-Victims.jpg

Police identified two people who were killed in a crash on a major highway in Gloucester County Sunday morning.

Jasmine Gonzalez, 22, and Nkemjika Anyim, 22, both died in the accident. 

The crash occurred on I-295 in Gloucester County, New Jersey around 8:20 a.m. Sunday near milepost 17 in East Greenwich Township. 

Police say Gonzalez was driving an Acura in the left lane. Anyim was the front seat passenger while Alicia Leyman was sitting in the back.

As Gonzalez was driving, the driver of a Lexus traveling in the center lane suddenly lost control, investigators said.

The Lexus struck the Acura causing Gonzalez to lose control as well. The Acura then struck a guard rail and both Gonzalez and Anyim were ejected from the vehicle. They were both pronounced dead at the scene.

Lane as well as the driver and passenger of the Lexus were hurt in the crash. Lane was taken to Cooper Hospital and later released while the driver and passenger of the Lexus were taken to Inspira Hospital. 

No charges have been filed though the crash is still under investigation. Police say there is no indication that drugs or alcohol were involved. 

The highway was shut down in both directions while State Police investigated. All northbound lanes and the right lane southbound were later reopened.

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<![CDATA[Man Accused of Shooting Officer Now in Custody]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 23:00:28 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/William+Nobblen+Philadelphia+Police+Shooting+Suspect+Daniel+Kostick.jpg

The man accused of shooting a Philadelphia Police bicycle officer is out of the hospital and now in custody, according to police. 

William Nobblen is accused of shooting Officer Daniel "Danny" Kostick Thursday night. He was released from the hospital Saturday and arraigned Sunday. He is charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm prohibited and other related offenses. 

The ordeal began Thursday around 10:15 p.m. when Kostick and his partner approached Nobblen while he was inside a white van in the area of Wilton Street and Girard Avenue, said police.

Nobblen, suspected of drugs, then backed up and took off, according to investigators. Kostick caught up to him around 51st and Master streets.

Deputy Commissioner Richard Ross explained what happened next: "They're having a brief discussion... the male turns to him and says, 'I don't want to have to do this' and then he fires at Officer Kostick. Kostick returns fire, striking the male."

Nobblen fired multiple shots -- one bullet struck Kostick in the right arm, said police. Kostick returned fire, striking Nobblen in the arm. After the shooting, the 35-year-old suspect ditched a 9 mm Ruger and fled -- police eventually caught up to him about a block away.

After the shooting, fellow officers rushed Kostick to Presbyterian Hospital for treatment. Ross said Kostick, a six-year veteran and father of two assigned to the 19th District, was in "good spirits" during treatment.

Kostick was pushed out of Presbyterian Hospital shortly before 2 p.m. Friday -- police said the bullet remained lodged in his arm.

"I'm feeling good," Kostick said as he left the University City Hospital. He told reporters he looked forward to seeing his children.

Nobblen was taken to Hahnemann Hospital after the shooting. He was then discharged Saturday and placed in police custody and arraigned Sunday. Police say Nobblen has 13 prior arrests including DUI, assault and narcotics. 



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<![CDATA[2 Firefighters Hurt Battling Blaze]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:33:47 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/Medford+Lakes+House+Fire.JPG

A two-alarm fire left two South Jersey firefighters injured Friday afternoon.

Flames broke out around 2:45 p.m. at a home along the 100 block of Mohawk Trail in Medford Lakes.

Burlington County dispatchers said two firefighters were hurt battling the blaze and treated at the scene before being taken to the hospital for undisclosed injuries.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead a short time later, thick smoke could be seen coming from the home, which is surrounded by trees.

The fire continued to brun out of control more than one hour later.



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<![CDATA[Officer Feels 'Good,' Leaves Hospital Day After Shooting]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:37:46 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/William+Nobblen+Philadelphia+Police+Shooting+Suspect+Daniel+Kostick.jpg

A day after police said a drug suspect said he didn't "want to have to do this" before opening fire on a Philadelphia Police bicycle officer in West Philadelphia, that officer left the hospital while being escorted by his fellow officers.

Officer Daniel "Danny" Kostick was pushed out of Presbyterian Hospital shortly before 2 p.m. Friday -- police said the bullet remained lodged in his arm.

"I'm feeling good," Kostick said as he left the University City Hospital. He told reporters he looked forward to seeing his children.

The father of two was shot after he and his partner approached a man inside a white van in the area of Wilton Street and Girard Avenue around 10:15 p.m., said police.

The man, suspected of drugs, then backed up and took off. Kostick caught up to the suspect, later identified as William Nobblen, around 51st and Master streets.

Deputy Commissioner Richard Ross explained what happened next: "They're having a brief discussion... the male turns to him and says, 'I don't want to have to do this' and then he fires at Officer Kostick. Kostick returns fire, striking the male."

Nobblen fired multiple shots -- one bullet struck Kostick in the right arm, said police. Kostick returned fire, striking Nobblen in the arm. After the shooting, the 35-year-old suspect ditched a 9 mm Ruger and fled -- police eventually caught up to him about a block away.

After the shooting, fellow officers rushed Kostick to Presbyterian Hospital for treatment. Ross said Kostick, a six-year veteran assigned to the 19th District, was in "good spirits" during treatment.

Officers rushed Nobblen to Hahnemann Hospital in critical condition. Police said Nobble, who has 13 prior arrests including DUI, assault and narcotics will be charged with attempted murder, assault and weapons violations when he is released from the hospital, said police.



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<![CDATA[Concrete Delivery Truck Knocks Out Power]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:00:52 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/197*120/Cinderblock+Truck+Delivery+Poles+Down.JPG

A truck delivering cinder blocks accidentally took down utility poles along a busy Chester County roadway causing hundreds of PECO customers to lose power Thursday.

The Terre Hill Concrete Products truck had its delivery arm up when it took out utility poles along northbound U.S. Route 202 near Penn Oaks in Birmingham Township around 11 a.m., said Chester County dispatchers.

The force of impact knocked down three poles and knocked out power to 500 customers, said PECO. As of 3 p.m., nearly 200 PECO customers remained in the dark. PECO estimated it could take until 7 or 8 p.m. to restore power to everyone.

The wreck also closed Route 202 for more than four hours.

No injuries were reported.

As SkyForce10 hovered over the scene, a utility pole could be seen split in half.

Terre Hill Concrete didn't immediately return NBC10's call for comment.



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<![CDATA[Gunman Says 'I Don't Want to Have to Do This,' Shoots Cop]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:07:39 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/52nd+Street+Philadelphia+Police+Officer+Shot.JPG

UPDATE: Officer Kostick left the hospital Friday.


A drug suspect said he didn't "want to have to do this" before opening fire on a Philadelphia Police bicycle officer in West Philadelphia Thursday night, said Philadelphia Police.

Officer Daniel Kostick and his partner approached a man inside a white van in the area of Wilton Street and Girard Avenue around 10:15 p.m. suspecting possible narcotics violations, said police.

The man then backed up and took off. Kostick caught up to the suspect around 51st and Master streets.

Deputy Commissioner Richard Ross explained what happened next: "They're having a brief discussion... the male turns to him and says, 'I don't want to have to do this' and then he fires at Officer Kostick. Kostick returns fire, striking the male."

Originally police said Officer Daniel Kostick was hit in the thigh but they later clarified that the officer was hit in the right arm.

After the shooting, fellow officers rushed Kostick to Presbyterian Hospital in University City, where the married father of two was listed in stable condition, said police. He is expected to remain hospitalized for several days, authorities said.

Ross said Kostick, an eight-year veteran assigned to the 19th District, was in "good spirits."

"He's very lucky given the circumstances," said Ross.

Police later found the suspect in an alley behind the 5000 block of Master Street.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead, officers could be seen putting a man into a police van. It wasn't clear that person's role in the shooting.

The suspect was rushed to Hahnemann Hospital. Police didn't reveal his condition.

Investigators recovered a gun at the scene, said Ross.



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<![CDATA[Deadly South Philly House Fire]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 00:51:36 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/South+Philly+Fire+Federal+Street+Joseph+DeRosa.jpg

A man in his 60s died in a South Philadelphia fire Thursday evening.

Flames broke out around 5:30 p.m. on the second-floor of a home along Federal Street, near 12th Street.

Firefighters quickly got the blaze under control but it was too late for a man they found in a rear bedroom. Medics rushed him to Methodist Hospital but he died at the hospital.

Family members later identified the victim as Joseph DeRosa. He was a regular at the nearby LaCasa Dei Pazzi Social Club even spending time at the club the day before he died, said friends.

No word yet on a cause of the deadly fire, which investigators said appeared to be contained to one room.



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<![CDATA[Woman Gets 55 Years for 'Butchering' Husband]]> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 21:39:44 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Daniel+Burroughs+Loretta+Doyle+Burroughs+Husband+Killer+Ventnor.jpg

A Jersey Shore woman will spend the rest of her life behind bars for the murder and dismemberment of her husband, whose remains she kept in a closet for years after his slaying.

"What she did to my brother is what a butcher does to animal," said Raymond Wantorcik in court Wednesday. "It’s killed. It’s bled out. It’s disemboweled and it’s chopped up. My brother was not an animal, yet, he was butchered like one."

Loretta Doyle Burroughs, 63, of Ventnor, was sentenced Wednesday to 55 years in prison as Daniel Burroughs relatives watched in court.

"I pray, I pray that my sins today will give some type of peace for those that have been damaged," said Burroughs while learning her fate.

The victim's family members called the woman, who is a grandmother, a monster as she tearfully accepted responsibility between comments alluding to the possibility that she was a victim of abuse.

"My brother never, ever raised a hand to another person and would absolutely never raise a hand to another woman," said Wantorcik outside the courtroom.

Burroughs, who will turn 64 next month, must serve at least 47 years of her sentence.

After a four-day trial in March, an Atlantic County jury found Burroughs guilty in the 2007 stabbing death of her husband, 66-year-old Daniel Burroughs inside their then home on Leipzig Avenue in Mays Landing. The jury also found her guilty of hiding her husband's remains.

Authorities said after slaying her husband in the couple's Mays Landing home in 2007, the woman stuffed parts of the man into two containers.

She spent the next six years telling people her husband had left her, meanwhile storing his remains in her home. She even moved with the containers several times, prosecutors said. 

"I am sorry for my crime and I’m ready to accept the responsibility," Burroughs said.

In 2013, crime scene investigators found the remains while inside Burroughs' Ventnor home while executing a search warrant for documents related to an embezzlement case. They found the containers in a closet.

"From what I understand, they were there to look for some bank records for embezzlement," said Danny's daughter, Caroline Burroughs. "They weren't there looking for my father. They just stumbled upon him."

Burroughs was found guilty of murder and hindering her own apprehension.

She also put children in danger, according to the mother of a friend of Burroughs' grand daughter who said that Burroughs let the girl "sleep in a room with the dismembered body in the closet."

Burroughs said she hoped her sentence would bring closure to her husband's family.

"She’s a sociopath and she’s going to die behind bars where she deserves to be," said Wantorcik.



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<![CDATA[Eagles Unveil 2015 Schedule ]]> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 07:00:32 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NEW_Eagles_NBC10_1200x675.jpg

Mark your calendars Eagles fans. The schedule for the upcoming 2015-2016 season is here.

The Eagles made the announcement on their official website Monday night. 

The team will be featured in six nationally televised game, including their second straight appearance on Thanksgiving Day. The Birds will also appear in primetime for three straight games from October 19 through November 8. They will also have three consecutive home games (Weeks 14-16) in December for the first time in franchise history. 

The 2015 season will begin with a showdown against the Atlanta Falcons on ESPN's Monday Night Football on Sept. 14. The Birds will also be featured on NBC's Sunday Night Football on Oct. 25 against the Carolina Panthers and Nov. 8 against the Dallas Cowboys.

All of the Eagles preseason games will air right here on NBC10 as part of a new deal reached between us, Comcast SportsNet and the team. 

NBC10 and Comcast SportsNet will also feature expanded news coverage beginning with this month's NFL draft. It consists of live pre and postgame programming and weekly magazine shows, including Eagles Game Plan and Inside the Eagles, which will be aired on NBC10 and Comcast SportsNet.

All four preseason games will continue to re-air on Comcast SportsNet. 


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<![CDATA[Students Escape Smoky Catholic School]]> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:29:22 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/204*120/Gloucester+Township+Police+Friefighters+Our+Lady+of+hope+School+Smoke+Wide.JPG

Police helped evacuate children from their South Jersey Catholic school Tuesday morning after a small fire that sent smoke into the school.

Gloucester Township police and firefighters responded shortly before 7:45 a.m. to Our Lady of Hope School off Little Gloucester Road after light smoke was seen in the building.

All the children were moved to the nearby church without anyone being hurt, said police.

Photos on the Gloucester Township Police Department Twitter feed showed firefighters tearing out some window panels in an attempt to find the root of the smoke.

No word on when kids will be allowed to return to class.



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<![CDATA[Smoke Fills KOP PennDOT Offices]]> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 07:07:18 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/204*120/PennDOT+King+of+Prussia+Smoke.JPG

UPDATE: It could be a while before PennDOT employees return to the building.


A haze of smoke filled the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s offices early Tuesday.

It appeared that some sort of electrical fire on the second floor caused smoke inside the District 6-0 building along Geerdes Boulevard in King of Prussia shortly before 4 a.m., said KOP firefighters.

Fire crews brought in fans to clear out the smoke, which was heavy on the upper floors, said Montgomery County dispatchers.

There were a handful of employees inside the building at the time and they were able to get out after hearing the fire alarm, said firefighters. No one was hurt.

The smoke caused power problems in the building and caused problems with PennDOT's traffic monitoring system, said firefighters.

Firefighters began to leave the scene around 5 a.m. as PennDOT tried to get everything back up and running as normal.

Firefighters continued to investigate the fire Tuesday morning.



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<![CDATA[Body of Woman Found Near Schuylkill River]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:33:25 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Body-Woman-Schuylkill-Passy.jpg

The body of an unidentified woman was found near the Schuylkill River Monday night in Southwest Philadelphia. 

Police say the body washed ashore around 6:30 p.m. on the 6000 block of Passyunk Avenue under the Passyunk Avenue Bridge.

Medics responded to the scene and the woman was pronounced dead at 7 p.m.

Officials are working on determining the woman's identity as well as a cause of death.

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



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<![CDATA[Mom of Quadriplegic Man in Custody]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 16:23:40 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Nyia-Parler.jpg

The Philadelphia woman accused of abandoning her quadriplegic son with cerebral palsy and leaving him alone in the woods for over five days with nothing but a blanket and a Bible is out of the hospital and in police custody.

Nyia Parler, 41, is accused of leaving her 21-year-old son in a wooded area along Cobbs Creek Parkway near Catharine Street around 11 a.m. Monday before traveling to Montgomery County, Maryland to visit her boyfriend.

Parler had been hospitalized for several days in Maryland after a warrant was signed for her arrest. On Monday police announced Parler was in police custody in Montgomery County, Maryland. So far she is only charged as a fugitive of justice. She is also expected to be charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment, neglect of a care-dependent person, unlawful restraint, kidnapping and false imprisonment.

Parler's extradition hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday in Silver Springs, Maryland.

After several days of cold temperatures and rain, Parler's son was found 100-feet into the woods around 9 p.m. on April 10, according to Philadelphia Police Lt. John Walker. Investigators say the victim likely would have died if not for the man who spotted him while passing by.

"They found [him] about 100 yards off the roadway here, laying in leaves. He's got a blanket over him and a Bible on his chest," Walker said. "He has a wheelchair about 10 feet from his body."

Rescuers took the man to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia where he is being treated for a cut on his back, dehydration, malnutrition and exposure to the weather, police said. He is currently in stable condition.

"A lot of things could've happened out there," Walker said. "Obviously he's in the middle of a wooded area. You have wild animals out there. You never know what's going to happen."

Several of his aunts are by his bedside, said police, who added the relatives are being interviewed about his medical history and his mother.

Officials describe the victim as "non-verbal" and completely dependent on others for his care.

"What we've learned so far is that the 21-year-old child lives with his mother, completely dependent on mom as a result of his condition," Walker said. "She also has a 16-year-old son who is staying with other family members."

The man, who attends the School of the Future at 40th Street and Parkside Avenue, didn't show up for classes and officials called Nyia Parler, his mother, police said. When she didn't answer, they contacted his aunt and then she phoned his mom, according to investigators.

At that time, Parler lied to authorities, claiming her son was safe with her in Maryland along with her boyfriend, according to investigators.

"We know she left for Maryland on Monday to go see her boyfriend on a bus," Walker said.

Police signed a warrant for Parler's arrest on April 11.

NBC10's Jesse Gary was at the scene when officers took the man's wheelchair in as evidence Saturday morning.

Police said the victim and Parler live in a West Philadelphia home that does not have a handicapped-accessible ramp. They are working with DHS in the investigation.

"It's heartbreaking to see another human, especially a mother, treat someone like that," Walker said. "You had all the opportunities in the world to turn that kid to your family members who wanted to care for him." 



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<![CDATA[Record-Setting Rain in Philly]]> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:42:32 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/220*120/Delaware+Avenue+Flooding.JPG

After 141 years, Philadelphia has a new record rainfall total for April 20. The National Weather Service reported that 2.01 inches of rain fell on the Philadelphia International Airport Monday, setting the record for daily rainfall.

The record amount of rain -- spread out over morning and evening storms -- broke the old record of 1.71 inches set all the way back in 1871.

Decades-old records also fell in Georgetown, Delaware (1.03 inches); New Castle County Airport (2.37 inches) and Avoca, Pennsylvania (1.24 inches), according to the Weather Service.

Rain, heavy at times, continued overnight into Tuesday despite a Tornado Watch for our region being canceled. And, with the rain came some flooding.

The Watch, which was in effect for most of the region, was lifted shortly before midnight. Despite this, heavy rain, wind and lightning moved in to the Philadelphia area and continued while many people slept.

The storm brought heavy rain, lightning, high winds and even some hail. Everything should clear by Tuesday morning but some showers could remain for the morning rush.

Rain and hail fell in parts of State College early Monday evening causing flooding in the streets. The storms hit the Lehigh Valley and the Poconos around 9 p.m. bringing hail and 55 mph winds to Monroe just after midnight.

The storm also dropped hail overnight on Philadelphia International Airport and New Castle, Delaware.

There were also early morning flooding in some areas including along Columbus Boulevard from Vine Street to Market Street in Penn's Landing and along U.S. Route 130 at the Brooklawn Circle.



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<![CDATA[Car Spins Out Along Route 1]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 06:03:22 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/245*120/Traffic+Cam+Route+1+Crash+Hnery+Ave.JPG

A car spun out along one of Philadelphia’s busiest highways getting Monday morning’s commute off to a slow start for some commuters.

The car spun out and hit another vehicle as rain fell along the Roosevelt Boulevard (U.S. Route 1) southbound near Henry Avenue in Philadelphia’s East Falls neighborhood just before 5:30 a.m.

Police reported no serious injuries.

The wreck left all lanes briefly closed before crews reopened the far left lane lane.

Crews cleared the wreck around 6 a.m.



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<![CDATA[Pickup Strikes, Kills Man in Bucks County]]> Sun, 19 Apr 2015 20:48:43 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Plumstead-Accident.jpg

A man was struck and killed by a pickup truck while he was crossing a Bucks County road Sunday afternoon.

The 59-year-old man was crossing the street at Swamp Road and Campbell Avenue in Plumstead Township. A vehicle slowed down so that the man could cross, police said. As he was walking, a white pickup truck tried to go around the vehicle that slowed down and struck the man, according to investigators.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene. Police have not yet revealed his identity. The driver of the pickup truck remained at the scene.

Both east and west lanes on Route 313 were shutdown between the 611 Bypass and Main Street due to the accident. The road was later reopened.
 

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<![CDATA[Police ID Woman Charged in Love Triangle Hit-&-Run]]> Sun, 19 Apr 2015 20:19:02 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Durango-Towed.jpg

An arrest has been made in an intentional hit-and-run that left a young Philadelphia woman without a leg and ultimately, without a home Friday, according to officials.

Police told NBC10 Precious Richardson Coleman, 29, turned herself in Saturday around 11 a.m. in connection to the incident and was charged with attempted murder and related offenses.

The news comes after police announced they found the white SUV used in the hit-and-run in Philadelphia's Fern Rock section overnight.

The Dodge Durango was towed from its parking spot in an alley on the 6000 block of Marvine St. at 10 a.m., less than 24 hours after Richardson Coleman allegedly used the vehicle to run down her romantic rival, police said.

The intentional hit-and-run took place at 2:19 p.m. Friday outside Beatrice Spence's home in the city's Nicetown neighborhood, severing her leg.

The 24-year-old, nicknamed De-De, was rushed to Temple University Hospital in critical condition, according to investigators.

"I heard a car rev up, and then I heard a bunch of people screaming," said neighbor Jayson Massey. "Honestly, I thought she was dead. She was not responsive."

After striking Spence, surveillance video shows the Durango, with front-end damage, race eastbound on Wingohocking Street.

The driver of the SUV lives just a few blocks away and knew the victim, investigators said.

Spence's family told NBC10 that Richardson Coleman and victim were in an ongoing fight over a man — recently throwing bricks at each other's windows.

"She came back, the driver came back and she ran her over. She ran her over," exclaimed relative Ruby Fields.

Immediately after the crash, the victim's mother rushed to the hospital leaving something cooking on the stove. The house then caught fire, said the family.

No one was injured in blaze, but the home was left in ruins.

Richardson Coleman is being held on $750,000 bail at Riverside Correctional Facility.


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<![CDATA[Body Found on Delaware River Island]]> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:56:32 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/Police+Tinicum+Island+Body.JPG

A strange discovery was made along the Delaware River Friday afternoon.

A boater discovered a body around 3 p.m. on Little Tinicum Island off of Tinicum Township, Delaware County – the island sits in the middle of the river near Philadelphia International Airport. The island has no roads and isn't connect to either Pennsylvania nor New Jersey.

Police quickly arrived to investigate. They said there were no signs of foul play but they won't know an exact cause of death until an autopsy is completed.

Investigators didn’t immediately reveal any more details about the body.



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<![CDATA[Love Triangle Leads to Severed Leg, House Fire: Family]]> Sat, 18 Apr 2015 00:05:13 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/N+17th+Street+Hit+and+Run+Fire+Nicetown.JPG

Beatrice Spence's life changed forever Friday afternoon after a romantic rival ran her down, severing her leg, moments before her house caught fire and was destroyed, her family and police tell NBC10.

The intentional hit-and-run took place at 2:19 p.m. outside Spence's home along the 4400 block of N. 17th Street in the Nicetown section of the city, police said.

The violent act left the 24-year-old, nicknamed De-De, with at least one leg tore off, according to police. She was rushed to Temple University Hospital in critical condition.

"I heard a car rev up, and then I heard a bunch of people screaming," said neighbor Jayson Massey. "Honestly, I thought she was dead. She was not responsive."

After striking Spence, surveillance video shows the white Dodge Durango fled eastbound on Wingohocking Street, police said.

The driver of the Durango, who lives a few blocks away, knew the victim, investigators said.

The victim's family told NBC10 that the driver and victim were in an ongoing fight over a man — recently throwing bricks at each other's windows.

"She came back — the driver came back and she ran her over. She ran her over," exclaimed relative Ruby Fields.

Immediately after the crash, the victim's mother rushed to the hospital leaving something cooking on the stove. The house then caught fire, said the family.

No one was injured in blaze, but the home was left unliveable.

Investigators tell NBC10 they know the woman they're looking for, but have not made an arrest in the case.



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<![CDATA[Police Recover Car in Deadly Hit-&-Run]]> Sun, 19 Apr 2015 17:04:22 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/car+kensington+deadly+hit+and+run+alicea+rivera.JPG

Two associates of the driver who was behind the wheel during a deadly Kensington hit-and-run dropped off the car to a Philadelphia Police station in West Philly early Friday morning, according to police.

Authorities recovered the white 2006 Infiniti sedan near 60th and Thompson streets in West Philly around 6 a.m., police told NBC10. Police said two people associated with the car dropped it off there -- not far from the 19th District station.

"The piece of headlight that fell off fit perfectly into the car. We're confident that we have the striking vehicle," said Police Capt. John Wilcsynski.

Wilcsynski said a woman, the girlfriend of the driver, and a man, who is the car owner, brought the vehicle  to police after they saw it news coverage of the deadly hit-and-run that claimed the life of 2-year-old David Alicea Jr.

The pair, who are from Williamsport, Pennsylvania, are not suspects in the crime and are cooperating with investigators, Wilcsynski said.

They told police they let the 19-year-old suspect borrow the car while they were out of town visiting relatives, Wilcsynski explained.

Investigators have contacted the teen driver, but have not yet filed any charges.

"We're hoping that person will surrender themself," he said.  Wilcsynski added that charges related to leaving the scene of a deadly accident carry a mandatory three year jail sentence.

Investigators have been searching since Monday night for the car matching the description of a white Infiniti that, police said, struck Josephine Rivera as she carried her son across Mascher Street Monday night.

Alicea died at 1:38 a.m. Thursday at St. Christopher's Hospital.

Alicea's 19-year-old mother was only a few feet from her doorstep when a white 2006 to 2008 Infinti M Series sedan struck her, investigators said. The impact sent the mother under a parked pickup truck as the boy fell to the sidewalk.

Rivera suffered head trauma in the crash. She was treated at Temple University Hospital before being transferred to St. Christopher's to be with her son. Rivera was released from the hospital Thursday.

The deadly hit-and-run crash happened less than an hour after another hit-and-run claimed the life of a 4-year-old boy in southwest Philly.

The Office of Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter announced Tuesday a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the driver in the Kensington incident. that reward increased to $20,000 after the boy's death. Wilcsynski said the reward was not discussed with the man and woman who turned the car over to police.

Witnesses told police the vehicle, which had two men inside, fled the scene on Lehigh Avenue.

The boy's family said they hope the driver and passenger turn themselves in to relieve the pain being felt by Rivera.

"She's in a lot of pain right now physically and, as you can imagine, emotionally ... reality is just about to set in," said Diana Sanchez, Rivera's cousin.

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



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<![CDATA[Pinned Officer Shoots Driver: Police]]> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:53:52 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/206*120/Pottstown+Police+Officer+Struck+Chase.JPG

A veteran Montgomery County Pol ice officer opened fire on a suspect after that driver pinned the officer between two cars, police said.

The incident began when Lower Pottsgrove Township Police Officer James McCue saw a blue BMW driving erratically along E High Street near Sunnyside Avenue around 8:50 p.m. Thursday, said Lower Pottsgrove Police.

The officer put on his police lights and sirens but the driver continued to flee. A short time later fellow township Officer Ryan Smith joined the pursuit as the driver ran a red light and entered Pottstown Borough.

The officers caught up with the driver at High Street and Moser Road in Pottstown where McCue – a 6-1/2 year veteran of the force – pulled in front of the BMW in attempt to stop the chase, said police.

The BMW stopped and the McCue left his vehicle and began to approach the suspect. At that time, police said, the suspect accelerated and pinned McCue between the BMW and the officer’s vehicle before knocking him to the ground.

As the suspect began to flee, McCue fire several shots – striking the suspect at least once.

Despite being shot, the suspect was able to drive off.  

Officer McCue was rushed to West Reading Hospital where doctors treated him for non-life-threatening injuries, said police.

About 20 minutes later, a resident on the 500 block of Clearview Street, which is about 3 miles away, reported a man inside a BMW with a gunshot wound.

Medics transported the unidentified driver to West Reading Hospital for treatment.

No word yet on what charges the suspect could face.



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<![CDATA[Family Calls for Justice After Toddler Dies]]> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 20:39:55 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/David+Alicea+Jr+Kensington+MAscher+Hirt+and+Run.JPG

A 2-year-old boy succumbed to his injuries days after a hit-and-run driver struck the child's mother who was carrying the boy across a Kensington street. Hours after his death, his family delivered a message for the driver responsible for killing little David.

"Shame on you for just going right by here -- hitting two innocent lives, taking one -- and you're out there like nothing," said Diana Sanchez, cousin of the boy's mother Josephine Rivera. "How dare you ... don't think you can hide."

David Alicea Jr. died at 1:38 a.m. Thursday at St. Christopher's Hospital, where the boy spent the last days of his life, according to police.

The deadly hit-and-run crash happened on Mascher Street near Lehigh Avenue Monday night-- less than an hour after another hit-and-run claimed the life of a 4-year-old boy in southwest Philly.

Alicea's 19-year-old mother was only a few feet from her doorstep when a white 2006 to 2008 Infinti M Series sedan struck her, investigators said. The impact sent the mother under a parked pickup truck as the boy fell to the sidewalk. 

"There's no way to deal with someone who can be so inhumane, who can hit a human being -- let a lone a small child -- when his mother was trying to protect him," said Sanchez.

Rivera suffered head trauma in the crash. She was treated at Temple University Hospital before being transferred to St. Christopher's to be with her son. Rivera was released from the hospital Thursday and is staying with family.

The Office of Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter announced Tuesday a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the driver in the Kensington incident. that reward increased to $20,000 after the boy's death.

Witnesses told police the vehicle, which had two men inside, fled the scene on Lehigh Avenue.

The boy's family hopes the driver and passenger turn themselves in to relieve the pain being felt by Rivera.

"She's in a lot of pain right now physically and, as you can imagine, emotionally ... there reality is just about to set in," said Sanchez.

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



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<![CDATA[Man Found Dead in Burning Car Near Airport]]> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 00:09:55 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Body-Found-in-Burned-Out-Ca.jpg

Police are investigating a possible murder mystery near Philadelphia International Airport after the body of a man was found inside a burning car Wednesday afternoon.

Fire crews were called to the intersection of Hog Island and Fort Mifflin Road in Southwest Philadelphia around 3:30 p.m. for a report of a car fire. When they arrived they found a fully-engulfed Honda Accord. After they extinguished the flames, they discovered the body of an unidentified man in the driver's seat charred to the bones as well as an empty gas can in the trunk.

Police are working to identify the victim but consider his death suspicious.

"We can't tell the circumstances of the incident," said Philadelphia Police Lieutenant John Walker. "There are obviously no cameras out here and we have no witnesses at this point."

The intersection where the car was found is located near active runways of Philly International. Fort Mifflin Road goes through an industrial area surrounding the airport used mostly by package delivery trucks and area workers.

The car was removed from the scene around 9 p.m. Investigators say the tags on the vehicle are connected to an address in South Philadelphia but so far that's the only clue they have.

If you have any information on the incident, please call Philadelphia Police.

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<![CDATA[Owner of SUV in Deadly Hit-&-Run Probe Not Surrendering Yet]]> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 19:56:58 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/4-Year-Old-Boy-Killed-in-Hi.jpg

It isn't likely that the owner of a sport utility vehicle, being investigated as the vehicle that drove off after striking and killing a 4-year-old boy, will turn herself in Wednesday.

Michael Diamondstein, the attorney for the unidentified SUV owner, told NBC10 that she had no plans to turn herself in as police continued to process her SUV.

Police told NBC10 they recovered the black Ford Edge that likely struck and killed Abdul Wilson around 9 p.m. Tuesday in an underground parking garage at Love Park after the owner of the SUV contacted police.

Diamondstein said his client was behind the wheel.

"I was approached by the driver of the car," Diamondstein said. "She was very upset about what happened. She contacted us and we contacted police. We let them know the location of the car and provided them with the keys to the car as well."

Accident investigators weren't ready yet to talk to the woman about Monday night's crash near 57th Street and Florence Avenue. Philadelphia Police Accident Investigation Division Capt. John Wilczynsk confirmed that they continued to process the vehicle Wednesday and didn't expect the woman to surrender to police during that day.

Surveillance video showed Abdul walking between two cars when he was hit by a Ford Edge and knocked 15-feet into the road. The vehicle then drove over the boy as he lay helpless in the street.

"It just broke my heart," said Raysa Cespezes, a witness. "Since he was so little it was very hard to watch." 

The driver, who police said was a woman, then fled south on 57th Street.

Abdul later died at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

The boy's mother came to the scene minutes after the accident.

"She was just crying for the baby," Cespezes said. "It was horrible. Something I would never want anybody to go through."

A $20,000 reward was offered for anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the driver.

The incident occurred less than an hour before another hit-and-run in Philadelphia. In that crash a mother and her 2-year-old son were struck in the Kensington section of the city. the child remained in critical condition Wednesday.


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<![CDATA[Massive Police Drill in Downtown Philly]]> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 00:41:00 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Philly-Police-Generic.jpg

There was a large police presence near Independence Mall Wednesday evening. But don't worry. It was only a drill. 

Local emergency responders joined the Philadelphia Police Department for a training drill that started at 5 p.m. and lasted 9 p.m. in the area of 6th and Market streets in downtown Philly.

Police asked the media to notify the public so that they weren't alarmed by the public exercise.

“This is indeed a drill,” said a news release from police.

SkyForce10 captured several police vehicles in the area as the exercise took place.



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<![CDATA[Overturned Crane Hangs Off South Jersey Road]]> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:25:20 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/overturned+crane+gloucester+county.JPG

A crane slipped off a South Jersey roadway Wednesday morning and started to tip over as its wheels sunk into the muddy embankment.

The crane veered slightly off Malaga Road around 8:30 a.m., according to police.

Luckily no one was hurt.

The accident scene is on the the border of Winslow Township, Camden County and Monroe Township, Gloucester County.

Crews are bringing additional cranes to the South Jersey roadway to upright the flipped crane, according to police.

Expect Malaga Road, a two-lane street, to be closed for several hours in both directions, officials said.

It remained closed as of 4 p.m.



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<![CDATA[Hit-and-Run Driver Expected to Surrender: Police]]> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 13:50:09 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/4-Year-Old-Boy-Killed-in-Hi.jpg

UPDATE: Police and the woman's attorney both say she isn't expected to turn herself into police Wednesday.


A driver accused of striking and killing a 4-year-old boy and then fleeing the scene is expected to surrender Wednesday, according to police.

Police told NBC10 they recovered the black Ford Edge that struck and killed Abdul Wilson around 9 p.m. Tuesday in an underground parking garage at Love Park. They also say the driver's attorney is in touch with the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office. She is expected to turn herself in Wednesday, according to investigators.

The news comes after Mayor Nutter announced a $20,000 reward for an arrest in the case. Abdul was struck and killed while walking near 57th Street and Florence Avenue Monday night.

Surveillance video showed Abdul walking between two cars when he was hit by the Ford Edge and knocked 15-feet into the road. The vehicle then drove over the boy as he lay helpless in the street.

"It just broke my heart," said Raysa Cespezes, a witness. "Since he was so little it was very hard to watch." 

The driver, who police describe as a woman, then fled south on 57th Street.

Abdul was taken to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where he was pronounced dead at 7:06 p.m. A toy that he was carrying at the time of the crash was found in the middle of the street.

The boy's mother came to the scene minutes after the accident.

"She was just crying for the baby," Cespezes said. "It was horrible. Something I would never want anybody to go through."

Friends and neighbors gathered Tuesday at a memorial on the corner of 57th and Litchfield streets to remember the young boy, who was also known as Lateef.

"I was crying last night because I won't see him again," said 6-year-old Noah, a friend of the boy.

The $20,000 reward was offered for anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the driver.

The incident occurred less than an hour before another hit-and-run in Philadelphia. In that crash a mother and her 2-year-old son were struck in the Kensington section of the city. They are both in critical condition. 


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<![CDATA[Reward Offered in Mother, Toddler Hit-&-Run]]> Tue, 14 Apr 2015 21:07:38 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/198*120/Mom+and+Son+Hit+and+Run.JPG

A $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a hit-and-run driver that critically injured a mother and her 2-year-old son in Kensington was offered by the Mayor's office Tuesday.

The reward was announced the morning after a 19-year-old woman carrying her two-year-old son in his carseat was struck while walking across the street to their home on the 2700 block of Mascher St. around 7:02 p.m. Just as they were steps away from their house, they were struck by a car described by witnesses as a 4-door white vehicle, possibly a newer model Nissan Maxima or Infinity.

The impact caused the woman to fall under a pickup truck that was parked on Mascher while her son landed on the sidewalk.

Witnesses told police the vehicle, which had two men inside, fled the scene on Lehigh Avenue.

A Good Samaritan rushed to the mother and son and drove them to Episcopal Hospital. The mother was then transferred to Temple University Hospital while her son was taken to St. Christopher's.

The mother suffered head trauma in the crash. She is in critical but stable condition and is expected to survive.

Her son suffered severe head trauma and a broken pelvis. He is currently in extremely critical condition.

Police say there were several cameras at the intersection of Lehigh and Mascher. A surveillance video also shows a white vehicle that may be the hit-and-run car driving away from the scene.

They're asking that anyone with information on the incident call Philadelphia Police.

Crystal Berberena, the cousin of the woman, has a message for the driver.

"I just want to say if you're out there and you know that you did this then you should step up," she said. "Because this is somebody's life." 

The hit-and-run occurred less than an hour after another hit-and-run in Philly claimed the life of a 4-year-old boy.

"This time of year we're going to have youngsters, young kids -- it's nice out, it's springtime -- they're going to be running in the street," said Philadelphia Police Capt. John Wilczynski. "But people have to be careful."



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<![CDATA[Hit-&-Run Badly Hurts Mom, Son]]> Tue, 14 Apr 2015 10:42:56 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Kensington-Hit-and-Run.jpg

A mother and her son are fighting for their lives after a hit-and-run crash in the Kensington section of the city Monday night.

The 19-year-old woman was carrying her 2-year-old son in a car seat while walking across the street to their home on the 2700 block of Mascher Street at 7:02 p.m., police said. Just as they were steps away from their home they were struck by a car described by witnesses as a 4-door white vehicle, possibly a newer model Nissan Maxima or Infinity.

The crash caused the woman to fall under a pickup truck that was parked on Mascher while her son landed on the sidewalk.

Witnesses told police the vehicle, which had two men inside, fled the scene on Lehigh Avenue.

A Good Samaritan rushed to the mother and son and drove them to Episcopal Hospital. The mother was then transferred to Temple University Hospital while her son was taken to St. Christopher's.

The mother suffered head trauma in the crash. She is in critical but stable condition and is expected to survive.

Her son suffered severe head trauma and a broken pelvis. He is currently in extremely critical condition.

Police say there were several cameras at the intersection of Lehigh and Mascher. A surveillance video also shows a white vehicle that may be the hit-and-run car driving away from the scene.

Crystal Berberena, the cousin of the woman, has a message for the driver.

"I just want to say if you're out there and you know that you did this then you should step up," she said. "Because this is somebody's life." 

The hit-and-run occurred less than an hour after another hit-and-run in Philly claimed the life of a 4-year-old boy.

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<![CDATA[Woman Struck by Stray Bullets in Kensington]]> Mon, 13 Apr 2015 17:09:34 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Woman-Shot-Kensington.jpg

A woman is in the hospital after she was struck by stray bullets in Kensington late Monday afternoon.

The victim was on the 100 block of West Wishart Street when at least one gunman opened fire. She was struck in the shoulder and back. Police say she was not the gunman's intended target.

Another victim was also grazed by a bullet in the shooting. Both victims were taken to the hospital and are in stable condition.

Police are searching for five men who they say drove away in what appeared to be a silver Chevrolet Impala moments after the shooting.

This story is developing. Check back for updates.


 

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<![CDATA[Girl Lied About Attempted Schoolyard Abduction: PD]]> Thu, 09 Apr 2015 20:51:23 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/MIA+Setups+Chain+Link+Fence.jpg

A 12-year-old girl made up a story about a masked man trying to snatch her from outside a Philadelphia charter school Thursday afternoon, detectives tell NBC10.

The reported abduction attempt was said to have happened around 12:30 p.m. in the schoolyard of Belmont Charter School at 4030 Brown St. in West Philadelphia.

The girl said a short, thin masked man wearing all dark clothing grabbed her, but she broke away and ran into school for help.

After interviewing the girl, Special Victims Unit detectives said she admitted to lying about it all.

No word on whether she faces trouble for the false report.



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<![CDATA[NJ Transit Bus Catches Fire]]> Thu, 09 Apr 2015 12:53:28 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NJ-bus-fire-0409.jpg

An NJ Transit but was evacuated Thursday morning after the rear of the vehicle caught fire in Union County, officials say.

The bus caught fire on North Broad Street and Parker Road in Elizabeth shortly before 11 a.m., according to a spokesman with NJ Transit.

Ten passengers were transferred to another bus and no one was injured, the spokesman said. Firefighters extinguished the flames a few minutes later.

It’s not clear what sparked the blaze.

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<![CDATA[Teen Girl Abducts Baby Boy: Police ]]> Thu, 09 Apr 2015 01:16:04 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Boy-Abducted.jpg

Police say they used OnStar to track down a teen girl who allegedly stole her uncle's car and abducted her baby cousin Wednesday.

The 14-year-old girl went into her uncle's home on the 1800 block of East Clementine Street in the Kensington section of the city around 2:30 p.m., police said.

Once inside, the girl allegedly grabbed her 1-year-old cousin and then stole her uncle's 2005 Grey Nissan Altima that was parked outside. The teen then drove off with the child inside, police said.

For the next three hours, police tracked the girl driving all around the city by using OnStar GPS, according to investigators.

The girl finally stopped on the 3700 block of North Sydenham Street in North Philadelphia around 5:30 p.m., officials said. The teen girl as well as an 18-year-old man who she had picked up along the way then got out of the vehicle and ran away while carrying the baby, according to police.

The suspects allegedly ran through an alley as police chased after them.

The suspects then spotted a woman standing on her front porch at a home on North 16th Street. Investigators say they handed the woman the baby and then ran inside her home, locked the door and ripped off their clothes in an attempt to disguise themselves.

Responding police officers saw the woman holding the child. The woman told police the teen and 18-year-old were hiding inside her home. Police then went inside and arrested the two suspects.

"This 14-year-old covered almost half the geographical distance of the city with this 1-year-old baby boy in the car," said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small.

The baby boy was taken to St. Christopher’s Hospital for an evaluation. He was not injured during the ordeal and was reunited with his mother.

Both the teen girl and the man were taken into police custody and they are still being questioned by detectives. Charges have not yet been filed.

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<![CDATA[Son Shoots Father on I-76: Police]]> Wed, 08 Apr 2015 06:41:16 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/219*120/PennDOT+camera+76WB+MM+332.jpg

A man is in custody after police say he shot his own father in the head while they were driving on I-76 near Philadelphia on Tuesday.

The victim, a 42-year-old man from Philadelphia, was driving a 2010 Buick LaCrosse when suddenly the 22-year-old took out a gun and shot his father in the head, according to investigators.

Another family member was also in the car at the time of the shooting, around 5:45 on I-76 westbound at milemarker 332 in West Conshohocken.

Paramedics who were traveling in the area at the time immediately responded. The father was taken to the hospital, where he is in critical but stable condition.

The suspect was taken into custody and transferred to the Pennsylvania State Police Philadelphia Barracks. His weapon was also recovered, officials said. Charges against him are pending.

Westbound lanes on I-76 were closed for several hours as police investigated the shooting. The lanes were eventually reopened.

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<![CDATA[SUV Crash Leaves Driver Unconscious]]> Tue, 07 Apr 2015 09:09:45 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Stenton+Avenue+Crash+SUV+Pole.JPG

The impact of a crash along a Philadelphia street overnight left the driver knocked out and a utility pole on the street.

The wreck closed Stenton Avenue at the intersection with Wistar Street in the city’s West Oak Lane neighborhood around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The male driver somehow lost control of his sport utility vehicle and struck some parked cars before slamming into a utility pole, said Philadelphia Police.

Medics rushed the victim to Einstein Hospital. He is expected to be OK, said police.

Expect delays in the area as crews work to clear the scene, which included a downed pole that fell across multiple lanes of the road.

It took more than one hour for a tow truck to remove the SUV. A short time later, police reopened the roadway.



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<![CDATA[Teen Gunman Barricades Self in Home: Police]]> Sun, 05 Apr 2015 23:45:48 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/216*120/Police+Standoff+Poplar.JPG

Philadelphia Police surrounded a Philadelphia home after a suspected teenage gunman barricaded himself inside on Easter Sunday.

Police responded to the 900 block of N 11th Street in the city’s Poplar section around 8:30 p.m. after plainclothes officers saw of a young male firing at least five shots along the street, said police.

A 16-year-old wearing a hoodie then ran into a home after being pursued by officers, said police.

"The 16-year-old does not live at this location, he was friends with the family that lives there," said Philadelphia Police Chief inspector Scott Small.

Investigators said the teen never fired at any officers.

Police set up a staging area nearby and called in a police chopper as they worked to end the situation peacefully.

Following a phone call, the situation ended without further incident after about 30 minutes later.

Officers could be seen taking people away from the scene. Beside the teen, police took took another male and seven women from the scene.

Investigators didn't call any of the other people taken from the home as suspects.

"When we brought the nine occupants of the house out, no one had any weapons," said Small.

Police expected to charge the teen.

They also expected to find the gun inside the home once they obtained a search warrant.



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<![CDATA[ATV Rider Dead After Northeast Philly Crash]]> Thu, 02 Apr 2015 12:46:31 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/211*120/Mayfair+ATV+Crash+Magee+Avenue.JPG

Medical personnel were unable to save a 38-year-old man who crashed and flipped his all-terrain vehicle while driving on a Northeast Philadelphia street Thursday morning.

The driver was pronounced dead  at 1:55 p.m. at Aria Frankford Hospital several hours after the ATV landed by a metal fence along Magee Avenue, not far from Algard Street, in the city’s Mayfair section.

The deadly crash occurred just before 11 a.m. as the driver traveling northbound in a driveway located between the 6500 blocks of Walker and Algard streets, police said. The 38-year-old man was traveling at a high rate of speed when he attempted to make a right turn onto the 4300 block of Magee Street and lost control of the ATV, officials said. 

The ATV flipped three time before hitting the ground, landing on top of the driver, investigators said.

Medics rushed the man to Aria Frankford Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

It is illegal to drive an ATV on any city streets, sidewalks, parks or recreation centers, according to Philadelphia Police.



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<![CDATA[ID of Man Shot by Officers After Police Say He Stabbed Parents]]> Thu, 02 Apr 2015 12:37:43 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Hamilton-Township-Shooting-1.jpg

Police in Mercer County, New Jersey shot a man investigators say was in the process of stabbing his parents inside a Mercer County home.

Police arrived at a home on the 1600 block of Nottinghill Lane in Kuser Village in Hamilton Township shortly before 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. When they arrived they found a 36-year-old man -- later identified as Shawn Clyde -- stabbing his 54-year-old father, said the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office.

Police Clyde to repeatedly drop the steak knife but he refused to do so, said investigators. Officers then shot the man to stop him from stabbing his father even more. 

Officers also found Clyde's 54-year-old mother suffering from stab wounds.

The suspect and his parents were taken to the Capital Health Regional Medical Center.

On Thursday, county prosecutors charged Clyde with attempted murder, aggravated assault and weapons counts. He remained hospitalized and bail was set at $500,000.

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<![CDATA[ATV Crashes Into Fence, Rider Hurt]]> Thu, 02 Apr 2015 12:46:31 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/211*120/Mayfair+ATV+Crash+Magee+Avenue.JPG

A man landed in the hospital in serious condition after he flipped his all-terrain vehicle while driving along a Northeast Philadelphia street Thursday morning.

The ATV came to a rest against a metal fence behind a home along Magee Avenue, not far from Algard Street in the city’s Mayfair section shortly before 11 a.m.

After the wreck, medics rushed the rider to Aria Torresdale Hospital where the 38-year-old driver was treated for severe head trauma..

No word on what caused the man to lose control of his four-wheeler but accident investigators said it appeared he flipped three times.

It is illegal to drive an ATV on any city streets, sidewalks, parks or recreation centers, according to Philadelphia Police.



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<![CDATA[Truck Hauling SUVs Catches Fire Along I-95]]> Thu, 02 Apr 2015 09:38:54 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/216*120/I-95+Truck+Car+Tractor+Trailer+Fire.JPG

A tractor-trailer hauling new sport utility vehicles caught fire along Interstate 95 in Pennsylvania Thursday morning.

The fire broke out on the northbound side of I-95 on the ramp from Route 420 in Norwood, Delaware County around 6:20 a.m.

No injuries were reported.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead shortly after the wreck, you could see heavy smoke and flames coming from one vehicle and spreading to an SUV loaded on the car carrier.

Traffic backed up approaching the scene and the ramp was closed. Expect delays in the area even though the truck was on the ramp.

Firefighters took about 30 minutes to extinguish the flames. After about an hour, crews cleared the wreck and reopened the ramps.

No word yet on what caused the blaze.



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<![CDATA[Firefighter Takes Hostages in Firehouse: Police]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:59:36 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Paul-Jones.jpg

Police identified a volunteer firefighter accused of holding four other firefighters hostage in the basement of a Montgomery County firehouse Tuesday.

Paul Jordan, 25, was taken into custody after a standoff situation at the La Mott Fire Company, No. 1 on Penrose Avenue in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, officials said. The ordeal began around 10:40 a.m. when Jordan, who investigators say was armed with a 9mm handgun, fired a shot into the wall of the building, according to police.

"Before we received the call he did fire one shot into the wall," said Cheltenham Township Police Chief John Norris.

After the shot, some people ran from the building but four others remained. Jordan, a former firefighter, almost immediately released one hostage before hunkering down with the other three, said police.

Hostage negotiators got in contact with Jordan by phone then in person after police cleared the ground floor of the building, said investigators.

After about one hour, officers in SWAT gear detained Jordan on the ground and took him away from the scene.

"He gave up to the SWAT team without a fight, there were no problems," said Norris.

A short time later, police could be seen loading Jordan into a police van and that van driving off toward the police station on Old York Road.

"The main thing is nobody got hurt," said Norris.

Jordan was a volunteer firefighter who'd been in an ongoing argument with the fire company that eventually led to his dismissal, said Norris. Police said Jordan was "distraught about the termination."

Investigators didn't elaborate on the reason for the dismissal. Jordan also worked for the Salvation Army Emergency Response Team and is also the property manager for the Philadelphia Housing Authority.

"He's a respectable person," said Kyeisha Harris, Jordan's neighbor. "You never thought people could do something like that. It don't make no sense. Like, would he just snap? I don't know." 

Police took Jordan and four hostages in for questioning. Jordan was then taken to Norristown State Hospital for a psychiatric observation. Charges against him are pending.

Jamaal Robinson, one of the hostages, told NBC10 he was doing fine after the tense ordeal.

"I've been in the military so it's not scary for me," he said.

Cheltenham Township Police blocked roads in the area as the situation played out. Police from nearby areas also responded to the scene as investigators urged people to avoid the area, which isn't far from a shopping center along Cheltenham Avenue and the Lynnewood Gardens apartments; and sits next to John Russell Park.

The La Mott fire company has been around since 1910. Firefighters there are responsible for protecting more than 2,100 people in their immediate area, which includes homes, two schools a major shopping mall, numerous churches and one major apartment complex, according to the fire company’s website. It’s one of five fire companies in Cheltenham Township.

“Historical La Mott” includes land inside the township that is outlined by Old York Road to the east, Penrose Avenue to the west, Beech Avenue to the North and Cheltenham Avenue to the south.



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<![CDATA[Firefighter Takes Hostages in Firehouse]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:32:32 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/199*120/La+Mott+Firehouse+Fire+House+Hostage+Barricade.JPG

UPDATE: Police have identified the suspect as 25-year-old Paul Jordan. NEW DETAILS HERE


Police surrounded a Montgomery County firehouse for an hour Tuesday after a disgruntled volunteer firefighter -- kicked out of the company the day before -- came back with a gun and held four firefighters hostage in the basement.

The incident played out at La Mott Fire Company, No. 1 on Penrose Avenue in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania starting around 10:40 a.m.

"Before we received the call he did fire one shot into the wall," said Cheltenham Township Police Chief John Norris.

After the shot, some people ran from the building but four others remained. The ex-firefighter, who is believed to be around 30 years old, almost immediately released one hostage before hunkering down with the other three, said police.

Hostage negotiators got in contact with the yet-to-be-identified suspect by phone then in person after police cleared the ground floor of the building, said investigators.

After about one hour, officers in SWAT gear detained a man on the ground took him away from the scene.

"He gave up to the SWAT team without a fight, there were no problems," said Norris.

A short time later, police could be seen loading that person into a police van and that van driving off toward the police station on Old York Road.

"The main thing is nobody got hurt," said Norris.

The alleged gunman was a volunteer firefighter who'd been in an ongoing argument with the fire company that eventually led to his dismissal, said Norris. Investigators didn't elaborate on the reason for the dismissal.

Police took the accused man and four hostages in for questioning. Norris expects to charge the man after interviewing everyone involved.

Cheltenham Township Police blocked roads in the area as the situation played out. Police from nearby areas also responded to the scene as investigators urged people to avoid the area, which isn't far from a shopping center along Cheltenham Avenue and the Lynnewood Gardens apartments; and sits next to John Russell Park.

The La Mott fire company has been around since 1910. Firefighters there are responsible for protecting more than 2,100 people in their immediate area, which includes homes, two schools a major shopping mall, numerous churches and one major apartment complex, according to the fire company’s website. It’s one of five fire companies in Cheltenham Township.

“Historical La Mott” includes land inside the township that is outlined by Old York Road to the east, Penrose Avenue to the west, Beech Avenue to the North and Cheltenham Avenue to the south.



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<![CDATA[Crash Closes I-76 to I-676 Ramp, 2 Hurt]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 06:54:51 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/I76+I676+Crash.JPG

Two cars and a tractor-trailer collided in Center City Philadelphia during Tuesday morning’s commute.

The wreck closed the eastbound ramp from Interstate 76 (Schuylkill Expressway) to I-676 (Vine Street Expressway) around 6 a.m.

Two people suffered non-life-threatening injuries, said dispatchers.

The crash caused motorists to continue on I-76 past the crash scene. Even though crews quickly got lanes opened, motorists should continue to expect delays.



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<![CDATA[Deadly FedEx Big Rig Wreck Closes Interstate for Hours]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 13:10:19 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/219*120/Fed+Ex+Truck+Crash+Interstate+78.JPG

A deadly multiple-vehicle crash involving a FedEx double tractor-trailer closed a major Pennsylvania interstate Tuesday morning.

The wreck near mile-marker 41.2 in Greenwich Township -- near the line between Berks and Lehigh counties, which included another big rig and a car, closed westbound Interstate 78 between Exit 40 (Pennsylvania Route 737) and Exit 45 (Pennsylvania Route 863) around 4:25 a.m., said Pennsylvania State Police.

About two hours later, the wreckage remained on the roadway, one FedEx truck on its side -- part of the trailer torn away. A body could be seen in the roadway.

Police said drivers extinguished a small fire inside the cabin of that truck.

An initial investigation revealed that Gene Scholler of Kutztown, Pennsylvania left his Hyundai Elantra after it struck the center barrier and became disabled partially in the left lane. A tractor-trailer driven by Diomedes Encarnacion of Allentown, Pennsylvania stopped just before the disabled car. A second big rig however couldn't stop and plowed into both other vehicles.

The force of the wreck caused the FedEx big rig to overturn onto all lanes of traffic and partially on the center barrier.

Medics rushed the unidentified driver of the FedEx truck to Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest where he later died. Doctors at the hospital treated Encarnacion -- who was wearing a seat belt -- for minor injuries. Scholler wasn't hurt.

NBC10 traffic reporter Christine Maddela reported all lanes were closed. Traffic also slowed in the other direction as people looked at the crash.

I took police nearly eight hours to investigate, clear the wreckage and reopen to roadway.

No word yet if anyone will be charged.



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<![CDATA[2 Dead After Robbery, Shootout in West Philly]]> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 07:00:10 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/194*120/Media+Conestoga+Streets+Shooting.JPG

Two men are dead after a robbery victim and an armed gunman opened fire on each other in West Philly Thursday night.

Two men were walking along North Conestoga Sreet, near Lansdowne Avenue, in West Philly around 10:30 p.m. when two other men approached them, brandished a weapon and demanded they empty their pockets, police said.

One of the robbery victims, who had a license to carry, pulled out his own gun and began shooting, investigators said.

Three of the four men -- including the unarmed robbery victim -- were hit, authorities said.

The three wounded men were rushed to Presbyterian Hospital, where two were pronounced dead.

An investigation is underway.



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<![CDATA[3 Shot in West Philly]]> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:36:44 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/194*120/Media+Conestoga+Streets+Shooting.JPG

A shooting in West Philadelphia left three men hospitalized.

Gunfire rang out around 10:30 p.m. at Media and N Conestoga streets in the Carroll Park section of the city.

Bullets struck three men. All three were taken to Presbyterian Hospital with undisclosed injuries.

No word yet on what led to the shooting.



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