<![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 Sat, 10 Oct 2015 12:24:12 -0400 Sat, 10 Oct 2015 12:24:12 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Dump Truck and Car Collide, 1 Hurt]]> Thu, 08 Oct 2015 00:56:13 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Dump-Truck-Into-Car-Magnoli.jpg

One person was hurt after a dump truck and car collided, causing the car to strike a building in Magnolia, Camden County Wednesday afternoon.

The accident occurred on Evesham Avenue and Warwick Road. At least one person was hurt in the accident. Police have not yet revealed his or her condition.

<![CDATA[3 Teens Hurt in Crash]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 21:27:04 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NEPhillyAx.jpg

Three teenagers suffered serious injuries after a car crash in Northeast Philadelphia late Wednesday afternoon.

A 17-year-old boy and two 15-year-old boys were inside a vehicle traveling on the 2800 block of Charter Road at 4:09 p.m. when they collided with another car, police said.

All three teens were taken to Aria Torresdale. The 17-year-old boy was treated and released. The two 15-year-old boys were transferred to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and are currently in critical condition.

Police say the driver of the other car suffered a minor injury but is not seeking any medical assistance.

Police continue to investigate the accident.

<![CDATA[Jewelers' Row Abduction, Torture Suspects Plead Guilty]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 17:27:22 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Jewelry+Store+Victim+Walks+Into+Parking+Garage.jpg

Two men pleaded guilty as their federal trial for the abduction and torture of a worker along Philadelphia's Jeweler's Row got underway.

Salahudin Shaheed, 34, and Basil Buie, 23, both pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy, kidnapping and attempted Hobbs Act robbery. Opening statements in the case began Tuesday afternoon.

The men face sentencing in January.

A third defendant, Khayree Gay, had pleaded guilty earlier.

Shaheed recruited Gay and Buie to rob the National Watch and Diamond Exchangeat 101 S 8th Street in Philadelphia last April, according to a federal indictment. The three men allegedly conducted surveillance of the store and its employees from a parking lot on the 700 block of Chestnut Street. 

On April 3, Shaheed identified a 54-year-old jewelry store clerk as their target but postponed the robbery when he spotted the woman entering a parking garage at 8th and Chestnut streets with other people, according to officials. The next day, the men returned to the parking garage, grabbed the woman, threw her into a van, placed a hood over her head and zip-tied her hands, investigators said. 

The trio took $800 in cash and her ring and demanded the woman's debit card pin number and codes to the alarm and safe at National Watch & Diamond Exchange, according to investigators.

But the victim didn't know the alarm and safe information, and when she couldn't supply the information, the suspects turned even more violent, agents said.

For the next few hours, they drove the victim around as she was beaten and repeatedly stunned with a Taser, officials said. They told her, agents said, "This is the day you're going to die."

She was eventually thrown from the van at Mount Lawn Cemetery in Darby, Pennsylvania. A concussion and broken ribs were the physical scars she suffered, as well as mental distress. 

<![CDATA[Funeral Plans for Philly Civil Rights Giant]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 11:43:41 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Jerry-Mondesire-New-Lead.jpg

Local civil rights leader, journalist and former president of the Philadelphia NAACP Jerome Whyatt "Jerry" Mondesire will be laid to rest next week.

The civil rights leader died at a Philadelphia hospital Sunday night. 

A viewing will be held for Mondesire Tuesday, Oct. 13 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Louise E. & William W. Savin Funeral Home on N 12th Street in Philly's Poplar neighborhood. Mourners are then invited to a celebration of life ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 11 a.m. at Bright Hope Baptist Church further up N. 12 Street in North Philly.

Family didn't reveal exact plans for internment.

Mondesire passed away Sunday evening with his family and close friends by his side following a brain aneurysm, reported Philly.com.

Born in Harlem, New York in 1949, Mondesire was a journalist and activist. He was a City Desk Editor for the Philadelphia Inquirer, writer for the Baltimore Sun, and owner of the Philadelphia Sun newspaper. Mondesire took over the Philadelphia chapter of the NAACP in 1991 where he remained until his suspension in 2014 for allegedly misusing funds. He was never charged with any crime.

In lieu of flowers, Mondesire's loved ones asked for donations to Philly ACT-SO, NAACP Philadelphia Youth Council or the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists' J. Whyatt Mondesire Scholarship Fund.

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<![CDATA[Teen Arrested in CCP Lockdown]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 22:19:56 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/200*120/CCP+Community+College+of+Philadelphia+Arrest.JPG

Students at Philadelphia's community college sheltered in place Tuesday morning after police said a man threatened a student with a gun and then ran into a campus building. 

The main campus of the Community College of Philadelphia was put on lockdown around 9:30 a.m. as SWAT officers swept the Winnet Student Life Building along 17th Street near Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia Police said.

About two hours later, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said that police apprehended a 17-year-old suspect in a classroom inside the business school. He didn't, however, have a gun on him. Video from inside the school showed police leading a zip-tied young man from the building. Officers, one carrying a backpack, later led the hoodie-wearing suspect into Central Detectives.

Witnesses told officers that two males who knew each other got into an argument on the street outside the Winnet Building. At some point the suspect pulled a gun on the other man, who is a student, said Ramsey.

“He was seen going into that building,” said Ramsey.

Officers searched the building and found no gunman, said Ramsey. They expanded the search to include other classroom buildings and a parking garage.

The incident happened a day after the ATF and FBI told Philadelphia area colleges and universities to be on alert after a nondescript online threat of violence. That threat came to light following a shooting at a Oregon community college where a gunman killed nine people and injured nine others.

Ramsey said he didn't believe the man's motive had anything to do with the threat. There were no reports of shots fired or of any injuries.

It's not immediately clear if the suspect discarded a weapon or never had one. Police continued to search the campus Tuesday afternoon.

Initially, the college only announced that the Winnet Building was put on lockdown. By 11 a.m., the lockdown spread to the entire main campus as officials asked students to shelter in place.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead multiple law enforcement vehicles could be seen blocking roads outside the college. You could also see students with backpacks leaving buildings on campus ahead of police locking down the rest of campus.

After noon, students and staff were released at 18th and Spring Garden as police said the campus would slowly reopen. The lockdown was officially lifted around 12:30 p.m.

Police tweeted out directions on how students could pick up their belongings.

Julia R. Masterman School and the Colonnade Condos, both directly across the street of the campus, were locked down as well. Nearby, St. Joseph's Prep was put on lock in — meaning no one could enter the building.

Students told NBC10 that while they were told to remain in nearby campus buildings, they were able to move around on the floor.

More than 34,000 students attend CCP. The college canceled main campus classes for the rest of the day and night.

This isn't the first gun scare at CCP. Back in May 2014 a student brandished a gun in the West Building of the college's main campus because he was allegedly upset over another student ratting on him. The gunman in that case Ryan Fitch is serving four years of probation on weapons charges.

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<![CDATA[Chase Ends at Delco Apartment Complex, Pedestrian Struck]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 20:59:25 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/231*120/Glenolden+Apartment+Crash.JPG

A car fleeing from police slammed into multiple vehicles parked at a Delaware County, Pennsylvania apartment complex Tuesday morning, striking a pedestrian along the way, said authorities.

Emergency responders rushed to the Contemporary Villages at Glenolden Station on Glenolden Avenue around 7 a.m. after the wreck left at least one person hurt, said county dispatchers.

The chase began in nearby Prospect Park as police attempted to pull over a driver for erratic driving, including driving up on the curb, said The Delaware County District Attorney's Office.

Along the way, the suspect crashed into multiple vehicles.

A pedestrian wound up struck and was hospitalized in critical condition, said the DA's office.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead the wreck, police cars from various Delco jurisdictions could be seen surrounding a blue sedan with front-end damage. A pickup truck also appeared damaged.

The DA's office confirmed that police had taken the unidentified driver into custody.

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<![CDATA[Officers Hurt as SUV Slams Into Tree Near Airport]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 05:54:23 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/216*120/Philadelphia+Police+SUV+Crash+Bartram+Avenue.JPG

Two Philadelphia Police officers suffered injuries after a sport utility driven by a 12th District officer crashed into a tree head-on near Philadelphia International Airport.

Both airbags deployed during the crash along Bartram Avenue near Essington Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia around 2 a.m. Tuesday that left the SUV with front-end damage and injured the crime-fighting partners.

The driver, who is in his late 30s, was rushed to Presbyterian Hospital in stable with injuries to his neck and back. A female officer, who is in her early 40s, sitting in the front seat suffered a broken leg, said police.

What caused the police SUV to go out of control remained unclear early Tuesday. Investigators said they hoped to use surveillance from businesses in the industrial area to determine what led to the wreck.

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<![CDATA[Man Dies, 20 Hurt After Car Strikes Trolley Bus]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 00:40:42 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Car-vs-Trolley-Bus-Arrott-S.jpg

One man was killed and 20 people were hurt after a car crashed into a SEPTA trolley bus in Philadelphia Monday night.

Jamarr Sturgis, 34, of Philadelphia was driving a 2006 Red Dodge Magnum at a high speed down Arrott Street at 7:13 p.m. Monday, police said. At the same time a 2007 SEPTA New Flyer Trolley Bus was in front of it and had stopped at a stop sign, according to investigators.

Police say Sturgis was unable to stop his vehicle in time and it slammed into the back of the trolley bus.

"This vehicle behind it just didn't stop," said Philadelphia Police Captain Drew Techner. "The only thing that stopped it was the fact that there was a bus in its path. Speed was definitely involved with this accident."

Sturgis was pronounced dead at the scene. His passenger, a 43-year-old man, was taken to the Einstein Medical Center where he is currently in critical condition.

The trolley bus had 19 passengers on board. All of the passengers were taken to Einstein where they were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Officials continue to investigate the crash.

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<![CDATA[Area Colleges Increase Patrols in Light of Threat]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 20:19:06 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/TempleBellTower.jpg

In light of a threat that put Philadelphia-area colleges and universities on high alert Monday, officials at several schools said that while security was noticeably increased, it was business as usual on campuses.

In spite of scattered reports on social media and anecdotes that some students opted to stay home from classes due to the threat, university staffers at several colleges reported that while police and campus-safety patrols were increased, it was a normal Monday otherwise.

Temple University spokesman Raymond Betzner said on the school's North Philadelphia campus, everything seemed to be going on as usual early Monday afternoon.

"Aside from the fact that there's clearly a higher-level police presence, it's a regular Monday," Betzner said. "Students are out ... and going from one class to another. So it's what you would expect on Temple's campus."

Just after 2 p.m., the time specified in the warning put out to area schools by the FBI, though, an editor at Temple's student newspaper, The Temple News, posted a tweet showing a deserted Liacouras Walk, a popular campus walkway.

No incidents were reported during the day.

At Rutgers University's Camden campus across the Delaware River, it was the same story: Mike Sepanic, the school's associate chancellor for external relations, said Rutgers Police increased patrols and were much more visible on campus.

"Other than that, we're open, operating on a normal schedule," Sepanic said late Monday morning. "I was out on campus a few times this morning, and for the most part, it looks and feels like a regular Monday morning. People are certainly talking about this, but I'm not getting a sense of panic, if you will, just more recognition that this is out there."

At Rowan College at Gloucester County in South Jersey, police kept a watchful eye on campus.

News of the threat surfaced on Sunday when the FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms issued the following alert to all area colleges and universities:

Out of an abundance of caution, the FBI Philadelphia Field Office notified local colleges and universities of a social media posting which threatened violence at a Philadelphia-area college or university for Monday, October 5. 

No specific college or university was identified in the posting. We encourage students, faculty, and employees at area colleges and universities to follow the guidance of their campus security officials. 

The FBI will continue to work with our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners to investigate threats of violence, and, as always, we ask the public to report suspicious activity to law enforcement.

Drexel University alerted their students and staff of the threat in a post on their Public Safety page.

In an email sent to the university community Monday morning, Drexel President John Fry advised students, faculty and staff to be sure to carry their Drexel IDs at all times, as they would be required to enter any campus buildings.

"The safety of our students and employees is our top priority every day, and Drexel Police and Public Safety have increased the level of security on our campuses in several ways," Fry wrote.

"Colleges and universities have been the target of instances of unconscionable violence in recent years, and we must be vigilant about the safety and security of Drexel's campuses," Fry continued. "Please know that Drexel devotes significant resources to creating a safe and secure environment."

A Drexel spokeswoman said the school was keeping students up to date via its public safety website on Monday.

At the nearby University of Pennsylvania, campus safety patrols were also increased, according to an email from Vice Provost Vincent Price and Executive Vice President Craig Carnaroli sent to students and faculty Monday morning. The email also said the Division of Public Safety at the university increased its virtual CCTV patrols.

"Our ability to predict these kinds of threats in today's world is extremely limited, but our community can depend on the fact that at Penn we have a highly trained police department," the email said in part. "We also have the highest level of electronic security, including a state-of-the-art CCTV system that we use interactively with our police and security officer patrols."

At suburban Villanova University, spokesman Jonathan Gust echoed other university officials. He said students were out and about on campus, and that the university increased its own public-safety patrols and was working alongside the Radnor Police Department to keep a close eye on the campus.

"We've in an abundance of caution increased patrols, Gust said.

Authorities stressed that there was no specific threat to a particular college or university.

Officials have not revealed where they found the threat. However, several reports have mentioned a post on the popular imageboard website 4chan in which a user writes,"On October 5, 2015 at 1:00 PM CT, a fellow robot will take up arms against a university near Philadelphia. His cries will be heard, his victims will cower in fear, and the strength of the Union will decay a little more."

News of the threat comes only a few days after a gunman killed nine people and injured nine others before taking his own life at a community college in Roseburg, Oregon.

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<![CDATA[FBI, ATF Issue Warning to Philly Area Colleges]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 12:50:02 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/fbi+mafia+generic+new.jpg

Students at Philadelphia area colleges and universities were told to be alert Monday after a nonspecific threat of violence was made online.

The FBI and the ATF issued an alert to all Philadelphia area colleges and universities because of the threat of a 2 p.m. attack. The FBI released the following statement:

Out of an abundance of caution, the FBI Philadelphia Field Office notified local colleges and universities of a social media posting which threatened violence at a Philadelphia-area college or university for Monday, October 5. 

No specific college or university was identified in the posting. We encourage students, faculty, and employees at area colleges and universities to follow the guidance of their campus security officials. 

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The FBI will continue to work with our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners to investigate threats of violence, and, as always, we ask the public to report suspicious activity to law enforcement.

Drexel University alerted their students and staff of the threat in a post on their Public Safety page.

"Although the FBI has assured us there is no specific threat to a particular college or university, we are taking this very seriously and are taking extra precautions to protect the Drexel community," a Drexel University official wrote.

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The school plans on increasing patrols on campus Monday. Drexel Police and Allied Security officers have been notified. They are also working with University of Pennsylvania Police and Philadelphia Police. 

Officials urged Drexel students to call Drexel Public Safety at 215-895-2222 or 911 if they noticed any suspicious activity, person or package. 

Villanova University officials also sent an alert to all students, faculty and staff notifying them of the threat. 

"The information includes a specific date of Monday, Oct. 5, 2015," wrote Villanova Public Safety Director David Tedjeske. "Authorities have no other knowledge of a specific threat. In response, the University has notified the Radnor Police Department and is working in conjunction with them to enhance protection of the campus. In addition, the Public Safety Department has increased security patrols. We ask that you remain aware of your surroundings and report any suspicious activity or behavior to the Department of Public Safety at 610-519-4444."

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Another alert sent to Temple University students and faculty provided more details on the threat. 

"Temple University, along with other colleges and universities in our region, has learned from the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) that a threat of violence has been made online against 'a university near Philadelphia,'" a Temple University official wrote. "This posting states an action could take place at 1 p.m. central (2 p.m. eastern) Monday, Oct. 5, 2015." 

Philadelphia University, The University of Pennsylvania and the University of Delaware sent out alerts as well. 

Officials have not revealed where they found the threat. However, several reports have mentioned a post on the popular imageboard website 4chan in which a user writes,"On October 5, 2015 at 1:00 PM CT, a fellow robot will take up arms against a university near Philadelphia. His cries will be heard, his victims will cower in fear, and the strength of the Union will decay a little more."

Schools as far out of the city as Bethlehem, Pennsylvania's Lehigh University also warned students of the threat.

"We are in ongoing contact with local and federal authorities, and, under an abundance of caution, the Lehigh University Police Department is increasing patrols and presence on and around campus," said an alert sent to Lehigh students. "We ask that you report any suspicious activities or concerns to the LUPD at 610-758-4200 (x84200 on campus)."

News of the threat comes only a few days after a gunman killed nine people and injured nine others before taking his own life at a community college in Roseburg, Oregon.

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<![CDATA[Philly Civil Rights Leader Jerry Mondesire Dies ]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 20:12:22 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Jerry-Mondesire-New-Lead.jpg

Local civil rights leader, journalist and former president of the Philadelphia NAACP Jerome Whyatt "Jerry" Mondesire died at a Philadelphia hospital Sunday night, according to his family. 

Philly.com first reported Mondesire, 65, was in critical condition at Thomas Jefferson Hospital. A family friend told The Philadelphia Inquirer that Mondesire suffered a brain aneurysm while undergoing dialysis at Chestnut Hill Hospital Friday. He was then transferred to Jefferson and placed on a ventilator. 

Mondesire passed away Sunday evening with his family and close friends by his side. 

Born in Harlem, New York in 1949, Mondesire was a journalist and activist. He was a City Desk Editor for the Philadelphia Inquirer, writer for the Baltimore Sun, and owner of the Philadelphia Sun newspaper. Mondesire took over the Philadelphia chapter of the NAACP in 1991 where he remained until his suspension in 2014 for allegedly misusing funds. 

The Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists (PABJ) also released a statement on Mondesire's death.

"Mondesire, 65, was a founding member of PABJ, and a relentless crusader for human and civil rights," a PABJ spokesperson wrote. "He was an advocate for the community that he loved as publisher of the Philadelphia Sunday Sun and as a community affairs host on WDAS-FM radio. He extended his reach even farther as a long-serving president of the Philadelphia chapter of the NAACP, fighting to ensure that issues affecting Blacks in the city were both acknowledged."

Cherri Gregg, the current president of PABJ, said Mondesire "used the power of the pen and the bullhorn to advocate for those in Philadelphia without a voice."

"He fought not only for Philadelphia’s Black community but for all people of color and wanted nothing more than for all people in this city to be treated justly," she wrote. 

The PABJ is planning on honoring Mondesire during their annual awards banquet while his family is planning a memorial. 

"Details about the memorial service are forthcoming," a family member said in a statement. "The family wants to thank everyone for their love and support." 

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<![CDATA[Lights Out at Camden City Hall, Colleges]]> Wed, 30 Sep 2015 11:48:38 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/195*120/PSEG+Power+Outage+Map.JPG

A power outage forced Camden County officials to close City Hall, the county courthouse and the social services administration Wednesday and forced area colleges to push back the start of classes.

An equipment failure cause the outage that knocked out Internet and phone lines to the buildings in downtown Camden around 7 a.m., officials said.

The downtown outage also knocked out classes at Rutgers-Camden and Camden County College’s Camden campus until at least noon.

PSE&G said it restored service to 1,600 customers including Rutgers-Camden and City Hall around 9:15 a.m. The remaining 700 customers were back online by 10:15 a.m., said PSE&G.

A Senior Health Fair, also scheduled for Wednesday, went on as planned from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Tanker Truck Spills Racing Fuel Onto I-95]]> Wed, 30 Sep 2015 12:08:37 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/207*120/I95+Stanton+Delaware+Fuel+Spill.JPG

Racing fuel leaked onto Interstate 95 after a multi-vehicle crash south of Stanton, Delaware Wednesday morning.

The wreck in the southbound lanes near Exit 4B (Churchman Crossing Exit) around 8:10 a.m. left the tanker leaking fuel, said Delaware State Police.

Two people suffered minor injuries, said police.

Police urged motorist to avoid the area since only the left passing lane could get by the crash scene. Police did eventually open a second lane.

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<![CDATA[Masked Burglars Tie Up Resident as Wife, Grandson Hide]]> Wed, 30 Sep 2015 12:20:32 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/203*120/Sellers+Street+Home+Invasion+Victims+Blur.JPG

Two armed masked men burst into a home in Philadelphia’s Frankford neighborhood Wednesday morning then tied up a resident as they ransacked the home.

Officers responded to the 1300 block of Sellers Street around 3:30 a.m. to find a 51-year-old man – tied up – who said two men used an alleyway to break the rear glass of the home and enter the home.

“He was awoken by two guns pointed at his face,” said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small. “They tied him up – they tied him with electrical cords, his wrists behind his back –they also gagged him by tying what appeared to be a button-down shirt around his mouth.”

The man’s 52-year-old wife and his 10-year-old grandson hid under a bed in another room as the attack took place.

Luckily, no one was hurt.

The boy told NBC10's Monique Braxton that the men screamed about a Dodge Charger. But, the family doesn't have a Charger.

The men made off with some cash as well as a PlayStation and a 56-inch flat-screen television after ransacking the home. The family also says they stole car keys but didn't take the car.

Small said surveillance images may have captured the suspects.

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<![CDATA[Long Lines for Pilgrims Trying to Get to Parkway Mass]]> Sun, 27 Sep 2015 14:42:30 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_26215462779.jpg

Wait times at security checkpoints for the Papal Mass along the Ben Franklin Parkway are about an hour or more depending on the checkpoint, a senior law enforcement official confirmed to NBC News.

Police also say some checkpoints are backed up for more than two blocks.

Earlier in the day, the U.S. Secret Service sent a message telling pilgrims who planned to take their time to get to Sunday’s 4 p.m. Mass to stop waiting.

Many people took the Secret Service's advice and got in line but with tightened security checkpoints unable to let in large quantities of people, pilgrims were stuck waiting in long lines. NBC10's Lauren Mayk also reported that some people already walked over to a jumbotron around 2:30 p.m.

The longest lines seemed to be at checkpoints off 18th Street and JFK Parkway and 19th and Wood streets. Officials said its a personal decision which checkpoint pilgrims choose and that all remained open.

People waited for more than two hours in line without access to restrooms, reported NBC10's Randy Gyllenhaal.

Security detail told NBC10's Mitch Blacher that with so many people coming through that they could no longer check everyone's tickets.

"The security checkpoint at 20th & Callowhill streets, which was previously reserved for ticketed guests only, will now begin accepting both general public and ticketed guests to alleviate lines for the security checkpoint at 19th & Wood streets," said a statement from the Joint Information Center.

The Secret Service and partner security agencies encouraged attendees for the papal Mass Sunday to arrive early to "alleviate congestion" at the checkpoints.

“In order to ensure continued success for the public mass Pope Francis will celebrate on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway this afternoon, officials are encouraging attendees to arrive at security checkpoints early,” said a release from the secret Service. “Arriving early will alleviate congestion at the magnetometers and speed entry to the secure perimeter.”

NBC10's Monique Braxton reported that 300 to 500 people could get through checkpoints at a time.

Lines at the checkpoints had already swelled before noon as people went through the slow process of entering secure areas. Some people even worried if they would make it through in time.


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PATCO riders seemed to take heed of the Secret Service warning, spokesman Kyle Anderson said that ridership was up 40 percent by late Sunday morning compared to the same time Saturday.

SEPTA also dealt with heavy ridership especially on the Broad Street Line after busloads of people parked at the Stadium Complex then took the subway to Center City. Spokeswoman Jerri Williams said they could handle 1,000 passengers on the trains every three minutes.

SEPTA said that people could have an easier time home if they decide to go grab a bite a local restaurant and not immediately rush onto the train home since everyone could be leaving at the same time.

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<![CDATA[Deadly Stabbing 1 Block From City Hall]]> Fri, 25 Sep 2015 18:29:17 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/200*120/N+Broad+City+Hall+Stabbing.JPG

A stabbing near Philadelphia’s City Hall left a man dead.

The incident played out shortly before 6:45 a.m. along the 100 block of N Broad Street and left 47-year-old William Vaughn stabbed in the chest, said Philadelphia Police. Vaughn died a short time later at nearby Hahnemann Hospital.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead a short time later, you could see police investigating a roped off area of sidewalk as traffic continued to get by on the street.

No word yet on what led to the deadly incident.

Police said the killer got away.

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<![CDATA[Bomb Threat Evacuates Pa. College]]> Thu, 24 Sep 2015 14:13:58 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/203*120/MArywood+Bomb+Threat.JPG

A bomb threat closed a Pennsylvania Catholic college Thursday morning.

Marywood University in Scranton evacuated students due to the threat.

The campus along Adams Avenue remained closed indefinitely with no information available about the root of the anonymous threat.

The school later canceled afternoon classes and kept its offices closed as police investigated the threat.

Marywood is a 100-year-old co-educational liberal arts college “roots itself in the Catholic intellectual tradition, the principle of justice, and the belief that education empowers people,” according to its website.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Pope Francis Says 'See You in Philadelphia']]> Mon, 21 Sep 2015 04:23:17 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Pope-Francis-See-You-in-Phi.jpg

With his highly anticipated trip to Philadelphia a few days away, Pope Francis sent a personal invitation to pilgrims all around the world and the city of Brotherly Love.

"I look forward to greeting the pilgrims and the people of Philadelphia when I come for the World Meeting of Families," the Pontiff said in a video message. "I will be there because you will be there! See you in Philadelphia."

Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput called the Pope's message "beautiful and humbling."

"His personal call to each of us and his desire to be with all during his visit to Philadelphia is deeply moving," Archbishop Chaput said. "I hope that all who hear his words will allow them to touch their hearts and be compelled to join in this moment of grace, love and community. Simply put, this moment will not come again."

Donna Crilley Farrell, Executive Director of the World Meeting of Families, called the Pope's words "awe-inspiring."

"While we are immensely touched by his words, we cannot say that we are surprised by such a personal and loving gesture," she said. "It is Pope Francis' willingness to engage us all at such a human level that defines his papacy. I have no doubt that the Holy Father's personal invitation to all will be met with a resounding response from Catholics and non-Catholics alike."

Officials say the Pope's message will be integrated into the World Meeting of Families' "I'll Be There" campaign which encourages businesses and residents in our area to get involved in the historic event.

Pope Francis arrived in Havana, Cuba, Saturday and urged Cuban and U.S. governments to push ahead on their newly forged path toward normal relations. On Monday he will fly to Holguin, Cuba to celebrate Mass and will then fly to the eastern city of Santiago. He will spend the night there and celebrate a major Mass at the sanctuary of Cuba's patron, the Virgin of Charity of Cobre, before flying to Washington, DC on Tuesday.

Pope Francis will spend two days in DC before visiting New York City Thursday and Friday. He will then leave New York and arrive in Philadelphia Saturday to attend the World Meeting of Families. During his time in Philly, Pope Francis will speak at Independence Mall and hold a Mass on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. 


Photo Credit: World Meeting of Families ]]>
<![CDATA[Teens Shot in South Philly]]> Fri, 18 Sep 2015 23:47:14 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/27th+and+Snyder+Shooting+Teens+Shot.JPG

Gunfire rang out in South Philadelphia Friday night leaving one teenager clinging to life and another hospitalized.

A gunman opened fire at 27th Street and Snyder Avenue near Point Breeze Avenue around 9 p.m. striking a 19-year-old woman in back and leg and a 16-year-old boy shot in the abdomen, said Philadelphia.

The shooting left the woman in surgery in critical condition and the boy in stable condition, said police.

Officers nabbed a suspect and recovered a gun nearby shortly after the shooting. They didn’t name the man they arrested.

The shootings were part of a violent night in the city. A 34-year-old man died in a shooting around 9:30 p.m. along the 2600 block of N 7th Street in North Philly; a 30-year-old man was shot in the back along the 2100 block of E Orleans Street in Kensington; and a drive-by shooting along the 2500 block of Nicholas Street in North Philly around 10 p.m. left a 46-year-old woman shot in the back and stomach.

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<![CDATA[Herr's Deliverymen Get in Fight, 1 Stabs Other: Police]]> Mon, 21 Sep 2015 16:46:50 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/219*120/Herrs+Truck+Crash+Philadelphia+Police+Brewster+Avenue.JPG

UPDATE: Police released the suspect's identity. NEW DETAILS HERE

Two Herr’s employees got into a fight inside a truck Friday afternoon leaving one deliveryman with multiple stab wounds.

A co-worker stabbed the deliveryman in the head, shoulder and arms near the Herr's dispatch center on the 7400 block of Brewster Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia around 1:45 p.m., said Philadelphia Police.

The unidentified worker was treated at the hospital then released.

The incident played out inside a truck less than half a block from Herr's local warehouse. The truck jumped the curb and stopped, partially blocking Brewster Avenue.

Officers arrested the stabbing suspect, said Philadelphia Police Lt. John Walker.

NBC10 has a call into Herr's for comment.

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<![CDATA[Search for Arsonist Who Torched Gayborhood Eatery]]> Fri, 18 Sep 2015 00:06:58 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/13th+Street+Fire+Arson+arsonist+Bald+Man+ATF+2.jpg

A blaze that tore through a series of buildings in Philadelphia's Gayborhood earlier this week, causing around $1 million in damage, was intentionally set.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Philadelphia Field Division, announced a $5,000 reward Thursday for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever torched a restaurant that was under construction. They also released a series of surveillance images of a bald man in a long shirt who they want to identify.

“We encourage the public to provide any information that will aid investigators in quickly identifying and arresting the arsonist.” said ATF special agent in charge Sam Rabadi. “Intentionally setting a fire causes significant property damage, disrupts people’s lives, and can cause serious injury or worse. ATF will target those who commit criminal acts of arson and remove them from our streets in handcuffs.”

The fire started around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday inside a restaurant construction site at 13th and Chancellor streets. The blaze then spread to The Gramercy and The Chancellor apartment buildings, causing minor damage. Residents of The Gramercy and The Chancellor were evacuated as a precaution.

The fire reached three alarms before around 100 firefighters got it under control around 6:15 a.m.

"Nothing burns like that, except something on purpose," said nearby hair salon owner Anthony Parisio.

L&I officials told NBC10 the property had six current work permits. An electrical permit expired on Sept. 6.

Anyone with information on the bald man or the arson is asked contact the ATF by email or phone, 1-888-ATF-FIRE (1-888-283-3473).

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<![CDATA[Man Kills Pregnant Girlfriend of Robbery Accomplice: Police ]]> Sat, 12 Sep 2015 22:16:40 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Pregnant-Mom-and-Suspect.jpg

A suspect who was already in custody for allegedly shooting and killing a man during a robbery outside a Popeye's Chicken was charged in the murder of the pregnant girlfriend of his alleged accomplice.

On Thursday Markese Martin, 26, was charged with the murder of Jasmine Williams, the subsequent death of her unborn child and the attempted murder of Williams' boyfriend.

Martin was initially charged in the shooting death of 42-year-old Kenneth Woods. On September 23, 2014, Woods was shot in the chest in the parking lot of the Popeye’s Chicken on the 4200 block of Broad Street.

Woods was taken to Temple Hospital by an unidentified civilian and was later pronounced dead.

Homicide investigators issued a warrant for Martin for the shooting death of Woods. They also issued warrants for his alleged accomplices in the fatal robbery, 20-year-old Megan Jones of Blue Bell, Pa. and 26-year-old Kord Rozier of the 1300 block of E. Price Street.

A day after the fatal robbery, Rozier and his pregnant girlfriend, 25-year-old Jasmine Williams, were both struck in a shooting on the 1600 block of W Nedro Street. Williams, who was 8-months-pregnant with Rozier's child, was taken to Einstein Hospital where she was later pronounced dead. Doctors delivered her baby girl but the infant later died at the hospital. Rozier survived the shooting and received treatment at Temple University Hospital. He was later arrested and charged in Woods' death.

Police later identified Martin as the gunman who shot Williams and Rozier. Family members told NBC10 Martin tried to kill Rozier because he planned on surrendering to police in connection to the Popeye's shooting. They also believe Williams was an innocent bystander.

Martin was later arrested and charged in the shooting deaths of both Woods and Williams.

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<![CDATA[FBI Agents Shoot, Kill Man During Child Porn Raid]]> Fri, 11 Sep 2015 18:36:24 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Highland+Street+Shooting+Chester+FBI.JPG

A child pornography raid turned deadly at a Pennsylvania home Friday morning.

Police said the FBI went to the home specifically to execute a search warrant related to a child porn ring in Delaware County, FBI sources told NBC10's Monique Braxton.

"As they executed the search warrant, shots were fired," said Chester Police Commissioner Joseph Bail.

One of the four people in the home was shot and killed during the exchange of gunfire, authorities said.

The FBI were responding to a home on Highland Avenue near 6th Street in Chester to execute the search warrant around 6 a.m., said Bail.

As NBC Philadelphia's Chopper, SkyForce10, hovered overhead local and federal investigators could be seen responding to the home and a neighboring home before police eventually took a man from the home and into a waiting police car. Investigators questioned that man, a woman and a third person taken from the home.

The relationship between the people in the home wasn't immediately clear.

Neighbors were surprised by the sound of gunshots coming from the home where they said the residents mostly kept to themselves.

The home—which had a sophisticated security system— was one of three that were raided Friday as part of the federal inquiry, said authorities. 

The FBI and Delaware County special prosecutors will investigate the incident, said Bail.

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<![CDATA[Big Rigs Wreck on Route 130]]> Thu, 10 Sep 2015 06:42:36 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/198*120/Route+130+Crash+Tractor+Trailer.JPG

Two big rigs – one carrying food, the other furniture – collided along a busy South Jersey road early Thursday leaving the roadway closed for more than an hour.

The wreck happened around 3:30 a.m. in the northbound lanes of U.S. Route 130 above Groveville Road in Bordentown Township, said Burlington County dispatchers.

The RC Transport LLC truck cab was left mangled. The driver of the other tractor-trailer -- a Cadence Premier Cargo truck -- said he was rear-ended, which caused minor damage to his trailer.

The driver of the truck with serious damage was taken to the hospital for treatment, said dispatchers.

It took about two hours for crews to reopen one lane of traffic.

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<![CDATA[Papal Mass Tickets Gone in 30 Seconds]]> Thu, 10 Sep 2015 18:21:27 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/All-Passes-Distributed.jpg

All 10,000 tickets for the Papal Mass on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway were distributed in less than a minute, according to the Philadelphia Archdiocese.

The free tickets were available on a first come first served basis the World Meeting of Families website at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Reservations for all of the tickets were placed within 30 seconds, according to the Archdiocese.

Earlier in the day, 10,000 tickets for the Festival of Families were also available on the website but were gone after only a few minutes. While the set time for the tickets was 4 p.m. they were not available until around 4:07 p.m. At 4:14 p.m. a message appeared on the website stating all passes were distributed. 

The Festival of Families will take place on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Saturday, Sept. 26 and the Papal Mass on Sunday, Sept. 27.

On Tuesday free tickets for Pope Francis' remarks outside Independence Hall were gone within a matter of minutes after being made available on a World Meeting of Families Eventbrite page at noon.

After two minutes, the tickets were gone. Within minutes, tickets began popping up on Ebay for as little as $125 and as much as $1,000 and up to $500 a piece on Craigslist.

Organizers faced an outcry last week over a ticket plan keeping most of Pope Francis' audience at his two biggest Philadelphia events several blocks away. A map added to some confusion over the size of the ticketholder-only zone.

Here are answers to some key questions:


The expectation is that if a person acquires four tickets, the person making the acquisition and submitting contact information should be in attendance.


It depends on the event. The pope is holding three major public events in the city: a Sept. 26 speech on immigration and religious freedom in front of Independence Hall, an appearance at the closing festival of the World Meeting of Families on Sept. 26 on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and a celebration of Mass on Sept. 27 on the same boulevard.


Yes. Besides the 10,000 tickets released Tuesday, thousands of other tickets are being given out to parishes with large immigrant communities in an effort to assure a diverse audience.


No, if you don't mind standing at least 2.5 blocks, or a quarter-mile, away.

Francis' appearance at the closing festival of the World Meeting of Families on Sept. 26 is expected to draw 750,000 or more people, his celebration of Mass on Sept. 27 up to 1.5 million.

If you want to stand in the 2.5 blocks closest to the stage on Sept. 26 or the altar on Sept. 27, you will need a ticket.


Tickets are being distributed primarily to parishioners in the Philadelphia Archdiocese, plus surrounding dioceses in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

The thousands of people attending the World Meeting of Families, the triennial Catholic conference attracting Francis to Philadelphia, are automatically receiving passes. Passes also are being given to event sponsors and members of other faith communities and church social service programs.

There are also 10,000 tickets for each day that will be made available to the general public. They will be distributed Sept. 9 through a website on a first-come, first-served basis; details have not yet been announced.

Papal visit planners decided to make that last batch available after a backlash over the announcement this week that several blocks up front had been set aside for ticket holders and that tickets were largely reserved for parishioners in the city and four surrounding counties.


Yes. Organizers also announced that Francis will parade along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway before the Sept. 26 and 27 events, giving many an opportunity to see him up close. They said the parade the first day would likely be longer than the one before the Mass.

Papal events will also be broadcast on 40 huge screens throughout the city for crowds to watch all his appearances during his two-day visit to Philadelphia, including those that are not public.

<![CDATA[Big Rig Strikes, Kills Pedestrian in Bucks]]> Thu, 03 Sep 2015 19:26:59 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/197*120/Big+Rig+Crash+Street+Road.JPG

A tractor-trailer struck and killed a busy along a busy Bucks County road Thursday evening.

The deadly wreck left Street Road closed near Johnsville Boulevard in Warminster, Pennsylvania around 6 p.m.

The big rig stopped after striking the person.

No word yet on the identity of the victim.

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<![CDATA[Crash Pins Car Under School Bus]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 00:10:51 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/229*120/Castor+Avneue+Juniata+School+Bus+Crash+Car.JPG

A car wound up partially pinned under a school bus after a rear-end crash in Philadelphia.

The driver of the silver sedan ran off after striking the Huntingdon Valley Christian Academy yellow bus at Castor and Wyoming avenues in the Juniata section of the city around 5:45 p.m. Thursday.

There were two students on the bus at the time, said police. Neither was injured.

After the wreck, the driver went the nearby Wawa store to call a family member, said investigators.

Once the driver returned, police cited her for driving without a license and towed her car.

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<![CDATA[Parishioners to Get Prime Seating for Papal Mass]]> Thu, 03 Sep 2015 21:47:06 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Secret+Security+Papal+Security+Pope+Map+Parkway+Ticketed+Area.JPG

The area on the Parkway closest to Pope Francis' events later this month will be designated for ticket holders.

That became clear Wednesday when the Secret Service released pedestrian maps for the Papal weekend in Philadelphia -- after the map was posted on the PlanPhilly Facebook page for a full 24 hours, with people speculating what the "Ticket Holders" area on the map meant. It stretches from North 20th Street to the back of the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Anne d'Harnoncourt Drive.

The Philadelphia Archdiocese later released a statement explaining the tickets will only be available to their 219 parishes as well as select social service groups.

"Tickets are being made available to the 219 parishes throughout the five-county Archdiocese as well as to Archdiocesan social service ministries, which touch the lives of those whom Pope Francis cares so deeply," said Donna Crilley Farrell, the executive director of the World Meeting of Families. "These plans were put in place to ensure that representatives representing the vibrant life and ongoing work of the Archdiocese were part of these joyful events."

The ticketed area will cover from 20th Street up to the stage, which will be placed in front of the George Washington Statue on Eakins Oval, said the archdiocese. The amount of tickets issued wasn't clear outside of the archdiocese saying they expected to issues tickets to about 15 percent of the estimated 1-million-plus crowd.

The following dioceses received allotments for designated access to the Festival of Families and Papal Mass:


  • Allentown
  • Altoona-Johnstown
  • Erie
  • Greensburg
  • Harrisburg
  • Pittsburgh
  • Scranton

New Jersey

  • Camden
  • Trenton


  • Wilmington

The World Meeting of Families has repeatedly rallied around the idea that Philadelphia is the only city on the Papal tour where the Pope's events are both public and free. This is the first mention of needing tickets to get up near the Pope's stage. In her statement, Farrell insisted the ticketing will not limit participation for those who don't belong to a local parish. Realistically however, it does mean you can only get up to 20th Street without a ticket.

"It is important to be clear that the announcement of limited ticketing does not limit participation in these events in any way," Farrell said. "There is plenty of room for all who wish to attend. Now, more than ever is the time to declare, I'll Be There!'"

The Archdiocese sent another release later Wednesday night stating that "85 percent of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway" is open to the public.

"The World Meeting of Families strove to keep the vast majority of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway open to the public while also ensuring that parishioners of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, which is the host, could be part of this historic event," an Archdiocese spokesperson wrote.

The spokesman also said all World Meeting of Families Congress Participants, representing more than 100 countries, will have access to the Festival of Families and the Papal Mass.

CLICK HERE for information on ticketing for Papal events.

The following streets have been identified as pedestrian routes to all event sites during the Papal visit.  The suggested pedestrian route that is chosen will depend on your transit drop-off location and event site destination.
•    Poplar Street from Poplar Drive to N 27th Street
•    N 27th Street from Poplar Drive to Parrish Street
•    Parrish Street from N 27th Street to N 20th Street
•    N 20th Street from Parrish Street to Green Street
•    Green Street from N 20th Street to N Broad Street
•    N Broad Street from points north to Callowhill Street
•    N 19th Street from Green Street to Spring Garden Street
•    Spring Garden Street from N 19th Street to N Broad Street
•    Callowhill Street from N Broad Street to N 2nd Street
•    N 11th Street from Callowhill Street to Filbert Street
•    N 5th Street from Callowhill Street to the East Side of Franklin Square and the WB ramp of I-676 (Ben Franklin Bridge)
•    Ben Franklin Bridge (WB lanes only) to Camden, NJ
•    N 2nd & S 2nd Streets from Callowhill Street to Dock Street
•    Dock Street from S 2nd Street to Spruce Street
•    Spruce Street from Dock Street to S 18th Street
•    S 10th Street between Locust Street and Spruce Street
•    S Broad Street from Locust Street to all points South toward the Sports Complex
•    S 18th Street from Spruce Street to Walnut Street
•    S 19th Street from Walnut Street to Chestnut Street
•    Chestnut Street from S 19th Street, past 33rd Street and points West
•    Walnut Street from S 18th Street to 33rd Street
•    South Street from Convention Avenue and University of Pennsylvania’s Franklin Field to 33rd Street
•    33rd Street to Chestnut Street
•    Schuylkill Av from Market Street to Walnut Street
The following streets have been identified as pedestrian routes for Parkway ticket holders attending the Festival of Families and World Meeting of Families Prayer Vigil events on Saturday, September 26, 2015 and the Papal Mass on Sunday, September 27, 2015. 
•    N 22nd Street from Green Street to Pennsylvania Avenue
•    Spring Street from N 23rd Street to N 22nd Street
•    Green Street from N 22nd Street to N 20th Street
•    N 21st Street from Green Street to Pennsylvania Avenue
•    Hamilton Street from N 21st Street to Pennsylvania Avenue
•    N 20th Street from Green Street to intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Callowhill Street
•    S 20th Street from Chestnut to N 20th Street and Race Street
•    Cuthbert Street from N 20th Street to N 21st Street
•    N 21st Street from Cuthbert Street to Winter Street
Below are the Ben Franklin Parkway event security entry points for ticket holders on Saturday, September 26, 2015 (Festival of Families) and Sunday, September 27, 2015 (Papal Mass), beginning at 6:00 a.m. each day. 
•    Pennsylvania Avenue at the intersection of N 23rd Street and Spring Garden Street
•    N 22nd Street at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Hamilton Street
•    Hamilton Street between N 21st and N 22nd Streets
•    21st Street between Hamilton Street and Pennsylvania Avenue
•    N 20th Street at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Callowhill Street
•    N 20th Street at Race Street
•    N 21st Street at Winter Street
The following streets have been identified as pedestrian routes for Ben Franklin Parkway Non-Ticket Holders (General Public) attending the Festival of Families and World Meeting of Families Prayer Vigil events on Saturday, September 26, 2015 and the Papal Mass on Sunday, September 27, 2015.
•    N 19th Street from Spring Garden Street to Wood Street
•    N Broad Street from Callowhill Street to Cherry Street
•    Race Street from N Broad Street to N 15th Street
•    N 15th Street from Race Street to Cherry Street
•    S Broad Street from Chestnut Street to Locust Street
•    S 15th Street from Chestnut Street to Spruce Street
•    S 19th Street from Cherry Street to Chestnut Street
•    18th Street from Cherry Street to John F. Kennedy Boulevard
•    John F. Kennedy Boulevard from 19th Street to 17th Street
•    Market Street from 19th Street to 17th Street
Below are the Ben Franklin Parkway event security entry points for non-ticket holders on Saturday, September 26, 2015 ONLY (Festival of Families), beginning at 6:00 a.m. 
•    N 15th Street at Cherry Street
•    N Broad Street at Cherry Street
•    S Broad Street at Chestnut Street
•    S 15th Street at Chestnut Street
•    S17th Street at Market Street
•    S 17th Street at John F. Kennedy Boulevard
Below are the Ben Franklin Parkway event security entry points for non-ticket holders on Sunday, September 27, 2015 (Papal Mass), beginning at 6:00 a.m.
•    N 19th Street at Wood Street
•    N 18th Street at Cherry Street
•    N 19th Street at Cherry Street
The following streets have been identified as pedestrian routes for Independence Mall ticket holders attending the Meeting for Religious Freedom events on Saturday, September 26, 2015 ONLY. 
•    N 6th Street from Callowhill Street to Race Street
•    Race Street from N 5th Street to N 2nd Street
•    Arch Street from N 5th Street to N 2nd Street
•    Market Street from N 4th Street to N 2nd Street
Below are the Independence Mall event security entry points for ticket holders on Saturday, September 26, 2015 ONLY (Meeting for Religious Freedom), beginning at 6:00 a.m. 
•    N 6th Street at Race Street
•    N 5th Street at Race Street
•    N 5th Street at Arch Street
•    N 4th Street at Market Street
•    S 4th Street at Chestnut Street

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<![CDATA[3 Hurt in Crash Along Chester County Road]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 17:10:35 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/202*120/Berwyn+Goshen+Road+Car+Overturned.JPG

A medical helicopter was called in to transport at least one of the three victims of a crash in Chester County Wednesday afternoon.

One vehicle overturned, trapping a victim, in the wreck along the 6100 block Goshen Road – near the Kirkwood Preserve – in Berwyn, Pennsylvania around 3:30 p.m., said county dispatchers.

Two people were taken to the hospital and a third was treated at the scene, said dispatchers.

No word on how long it will take to clear the scene along the two-lane road.

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<![CDATA[Serious Crash Closes GSP]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 20:57:38 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Garden+State+Parkway+Crash+Galloway+township.JPG

A serious crash closed the Garden State Parkway in South Jersey Tuesday afternoon.

The wreck, which left a sport utility vehicle or minivan in the wrong direction against a barricade, closed all northbound lanes near Exit 40 (White Rose Pike E/US Route 30 in Galloway Township, Atlantic County around 4:30 p.m.

Medics flew the female driver to the hospital in critical condition.

The roadway was closed for nearly two hours before being reopened.

No word yet on what caused the driver to lose control and overturn.

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<![CDATA[Driver in Hit-&-Run That Killed Boy Surrenders: Police]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 23:53:51 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Miguel+Colon+David+Alicea.jpg

The driver in a hit-and-run that killed a two-year-old boy and injured his mother in Philadelphia earlier this year surrendered to police Monday afternoon, according to officials.

Miguel Colon, 22, turned himself in at police headquarters on 8th and race streets, investigators said. 

The deadly hit-and-run happened on April 13 at Mascher Street and Lehigh Avenue.

David Alicea, 2, was killed and his mother, 19-year-old Josephine Rivera, was injured.

Investigators say Colon was driving the car that struck Alicea and his mom. An arrest warrant was issued for him Friday.

"I'm happy that he's behind bars now," Rivera told NBC10 Monday night. "Now my baby can rest in peace. I finally have justice for my son." 

Police have not yet revealed the specific charges against Colon.

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<![CDATA[Boy Allegedly Abducted by Dad Found Safe]]> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 15:20:18 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/172*120/Boy+Abducted.jpg

A two-year-old boy who was allegedly taken by his father was found safe Saturday, according to police.

Investigators say they responded to a home on the 5500 block of Walnut Street about 3 a.m. Saturday for the report of someone trying to break into a home.

When officers arrived, the mother of two-year-old Jaiden Elliot told police his father, 25-year-old Jonathan Elliot, broke into the home, punched her in the face several times and then grabbed their son and left the home.

Jonathan Elliot drove away from the scene in a black newer model Nissan Altima with a Pennsylvania license plate number JKT-4916.

Police announced the boy was found safe shortly after 3 p.m. and will be returned to his mother. His father is still not in custody however and police continue to investigate.

If you have any information on the father's whereabouts, please call Southwest Detective Division at 215-686-3183 or call 911.

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<![CDATA[24/7 Chinatown Food Court Set to Open]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:53:58 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000011746585_1200x675_515510851623.jpg If you're craving Chinese food at any all hours of the day, you're in luck! An around-the-clock food court is set to open in Chinatown in February.]]> <![CDATA[Rush Hour Wreck on Walt Whitman Bridge]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:44:45 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/WaltWhitmanBridgeClosed.PNG

A car overturned – completely blocking Friday afternoon traffic – on one of the main bridges used to get to the Jersey Shore.

The wreck closed the eastbound Walt Whitman Bridge over the Delaware River around 4:30 p.m.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead a short time alter, a tow truck could be seen working to clear the scene as a long delay backed up into South Philadelphia. It didn't take crews long to right the car and clear the scene but the delays remained.

The route is popular with people going down the Jersey Shore or home from work.

No word yet on injuries.

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<![CDATA[Stray Bullet Grazes Girl, 10, on Philly Playground]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 22:17:17 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/191*120/39th+Poplar+10+Year+Old+Shot+Philadelphia+Zoo.JPG

A bullet grazed a 10-year-old girl playing on a playground after gunfire erupted in a neighborhood near the Philadelphia Zoo Wednesday afternoon.

Bullets struck two other people as well after a gunman opened fire following an argument at a corner store near 39th and Poplar streets shortly after noon, said Philadelphia Police.

The shooter continued to fire, more than 20 times in total, as his victims tried to flee, said Philadelphia Police Lt. John Walker.

A bullet grazed the arm of the girl, who was playing at a playground, which is across the train tracks from the Philadelphia Zoo, about a block away. Medics rushed her to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in stable condition, said Philadelphia Police.

"There should be no time anywhere in a city when a 10-year-old playing in a playground should be shot by a bullet, they should feel safe in that environment," said Walker.

Walker said it's fortunate no other children playing outside on a nice day were shot.

The shooting left a 36-year-old man in stable condition with a gunshot wound to the right ankle and a 20-year-old man in stable condition with gunshot wounds to his left arm and right foot.

The Philadelphia Zoo said it wasn't aware of the shooting since it didn't happen on their grounds or at any adjacent parking lots.

Walker believed the shooter is known by people in the neighborhood. He asked anyone with information to contact Philadelphia Police.

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<![CDATA[Plane Loses Engine, Lands at NCC Airport]]> Sat, 22 Aug 2015 20:32:53 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/New-Castle-County-Airport.jpg

An airplane landed safely at the New Castle County Airport after it lost its engine.

Officials say a C130 aircraft with approximately 28 people on board lost an engine. It landed safely at the airport, which is located on 151 North Dupont Highway in New Castle, Delaware Saturday night. No injuries were reported. 

Officials have not yet revealed what caused the engine failure.

This story is developing. Check back for updates.

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<![CDATA[Girl Not Abducted by Father in AC: Police]]> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 19:21:28 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/196*120/Missing+Atlantic+City+Girl+Map.JPG

Police in South Jersey said it turned out the non-custodial father of a 2-year-old didn't actually abduct her off an Atlantic City street.

Officers orignally said the abduction took place in the area of Arkansas and Atlantic avenues in Atlantic City -- that's where the Tanger's "The Walk" Outlets are located -- around 4 p.m., said Atlantic City Police.

AC Police even planned on issuing an Amber Alert, they said.

But, the later discovered the girl's fatherdid walk off with her but that the child wasn't in danger and wasn't harmed.

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<![CDATA[Car Strikes Family, 2nd Sibling Dies]]> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 17:49:54 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Southampton-Crash.jpg

The evening after a car struck siblings and a cousin Tuesday night in Southampton Township, New Jersey.the eldest child, who was looking after her half brothers, half sister and cousin, died.

Jairisa Galindo, 18, died late Wednesday night at Cooper University Hospital, New Jersey State Police said Wednesday.

Jairisa was pulling her half-brothers -- 2-year-old Jyonsheil Martinez and 6-year-old Kahariel Martinez -- inside a wagon in the center of the eastbound lane of Buddtown Road Tuesday around 8:20 p.m. Monday as the boys’ sister Mahya Martinez, 13, and their cousin, 8-year-old John Giles, walked with them on the side of the road. 

The group was going with flow of traffic when a BMW sedan struck Jairisa, Jyonsheil, Kahariel and John.  The impact caused the two boys to be thrown out of the wagon. 

“We were outside and we heard a thud and my husband thought it was thunder,” said Cheryl O’Neil, a witness. “I was just horrified.”

O’Neil said she along with the driver, who stopped at the scene, tried to help the children. 

“I checked his arm for a pulse and I didn’t find anything,” she said. “I think right then and there he took his last breath right after the paramedics got here and were working on him.” 

Mahya, the only child who wasn’t struck, held her baby brother in her arms as the paramedics arrived. 

“She was holding him and he was just covered in blood,” O’Neil said. “She kept screaming, ‘is he breathing? Is he breathing?!’” 

Jyonsheil was taken by medical helicopter to Virtua Hospital in Mount Holly where he later died from his injuries. 

The remaining three victims were all flown to Cooper in Camden where Jairisa died about 24 hours later from a head injury. The other two were listed in critical condition.

Investigators said the posted speed limit at the crash scene is 45 mph and there are no sidewalks, shoulders or street lights. Police said the driver of the BMW is cooperating with the investigation and no charges have been filed. They also say there are no indications that speed, drugs or alcohol played a role in the accident. 

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<![CDATA[Rescuers Free Person From Van After Crash on 322]]> Tue, 18 Aug 2015 17:10:33 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/Logan+Township+Crash+Route+322+Van.jpg

A tractor-trailer driver lost control and slammed into a minivan and a car along a South Jersey roadway Tuesday morning leaving the big rig off the road and the van on its side as rescuers worked to free people trapped inside the cars, said police.

The wreck happened shortly before 9 a.m. along U.S. Route 322 between Interstate 295 and Route 130 in Logan Township, Gloucester County.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead a short time later, you could see emergency crews working on the Chrysler van, which ended up on its side. It took nearly an hour for the crews to take the roof off the van and free a man from inside -- loading him onto a stretcher and into a waiting ambulance.

Three people in total suffered non-life-threatening injuries, said Logan Township Police.

The big rig -- with extensive front-end damage -- wound up completely off the roadway in a field as did a silver sedan -- the sedan driver also needed to be freed from the car. The wreck sheared off a utility pole -- the top of it still hanging on the wires above.

The crash remained under investigation Tuesday for more than five hours as police warned motorists of delays and road closures in the area as crews work to clear the scene. Police diverted drivers onto Route 130 to detour around the scene.

Police said it appeared the 71-year-old big rig driver "inexplicably" lost control while traveling west on Route 322 then struck both the van and sedan in the eastbound lanes before taking out a pole and winding up in the farm field.

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<![CDATA[Teen Charged With Sexually Assaulting, Beating Girl ]]> Tue, 18 Aug 2015 06:45:25 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Girl-Beaten-Sexually-Assaul.jpg

A teenage boy accused of breaking into a North Philadelphia home last month and abducting, sexually assaulting and beating a 5-year-old girl unconscious is now in custody.

The 15-year-old boy was arrested Monday night. The teen, who police say is known to frequent the neighborhood where the incident occurred, faces several charges including attempted murder, aggravated assault, kidnapping, rape, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment, sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.

The teen was processed and taken to 25th District headquarters to be held overnight. He'll eventually be transferred to the Youth Study Center at 48th and Haverford.

Police have not released his identity and the District Attorney is trying to determine whether he'll be charged as an adult. 

Vyneeka Hopkins, 29, the little girl's mother, told NBC10 that she woke up about 7 a.m. on July 28 and discovered that the younger of her two daughters was missing. The single mom and her 9-year-old daughter frantically searched the house for the little girl before enlisting the help of neighbors to check the rest of the family's block on Hutchinson Street near Lehigh Avenue.

"I called neighbors to search my house one more time to make sure I'm not crazy [not being able to find her inside]," Hopkins explained. "One neighbor was upstairs and looked out the window ... down in the yard that's overgrown with weeds, and was screaming, 'I found her! I found her!'"

Hopkins rushed out the back door and found a devastating sight: The little girl, still wearing the same T-shirt she'd worn to bed the night before, was lying unconscious among the weeds, covered in blood.

"I thought she was dead. I was just crying and screaming," Hopkins said.

When Hopkins picked up the little girl, she began to wake up and told her mother -- and later investigators -- that she had awoken early in the morning and stepped out of the bedroom, when she was confronted by a man in the family's hallway. The man grabbed her, the little girl told them, picked her up and took her outside, where he badly beat her and left her to die.

"It's about as bad as it gets," Philadelphia Police Captain John Darby said. "We're looking at this as a stranger residential intrusion and child abduction, and an aggravated assault on that child."

The little girl suffered a broken jaw, fractures to her skull and a bruised liver, among other injuries, in the beating, the mother said. In photos provided to NBC10 of the little girl's injuries, her eyes are swollen shut, and cuts and bruises cover her face and shoulder. Investigators also said the girl had injuries which indicated she was sexually assaulted during the attack.

The mother said one of her daughter's bruises is in the shape of a man's boot.

"None of [her injuries], thank God, led to any internal brain damage or bleeding," the mother, who described her little girl as a fighter, said. "Both of her eyes are swollen shut. She can't even open her eyes right now, but she's in good spirits. She has to do a strictly liquid diet for the next six weeks."

Crime-scene investigators who combed the house for clues found that a dining-room window had been forced open, and that a screen in a back window also appeared to be broken, Hopkins said. Police have theorized that the little girl may have interrupted a burglar, who then beat her.

The mother said the brother of a neighbor on a nearby block was taken in for questioning when his sister turned him over to police and said she'd recently kicked him out of her house for drug use. Police have not yet revealed whether the brother is the same person they arrested Monday.

Monday night Hopkins told NBC10 she's relieved police made an arrest and that her daughter is healing with the support of her family and friends.

"She's so resilient and she's not letting what happened affect her so negatively to where it stops her life," Hopkins said.

Hopkins also said she no longer stays at the house where the attack took place.

<![CDATA[Shocked Construction Workers Fall 4 Stories]]> Mon, 17 Aug 2015 13:32:29 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/205*120/16th+and+Oxford+Electrical+Shock+Worker.JPG

Two construction workers fell four stories off a North Philadelphia building after being shocked late Monday morning.

The incident played out at a work site at 16th and Oxford streets in North Philadelphia around 11:30 a.m.

The workers were on a scaffold when they came in contact with some overhead wires, said Philadelphia Police..

Medics quickly administered CPR on one worker who was rushed nearby Temple University Hospital in critical condition. The other man was listed in stable condition after suffering less severe injuries, said police.

OSHA investigated the incident Monday afternoon.

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<![CDATA[At Least 2 Hurt in Rt. 30 Crash]]> Sun, 16 Aug 2015 20:20:15 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Route-30-Crash.jpg

At least two people were hurt after several cars were involved in an accident on Route 30 in Coatesville, Pennsylvania.

The multi-vehicle crash occurred in the westbound lanes of Route 30 near Reeceville Road Sunday evening. At least two people were hurt though officials have not yet revealed their conditions.

Route 30 westbound was closed at the scene of the crash. It was later reopened.

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<![CDATA[Man Drowns in Schuylkill in Manayunk]]> Sun, 16 Aug 2015 12:05:22 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Manayunk-MIssing-Swimmer-Se.jpg

Friends and family are mourning a man who drowned in the Schuylkill River during a music festival in Manayunk Saturday.

Officials say the man, who is in his 50's, was attending the Hidden River Blues Festival at Venice Island Park off Main and Lock streets when he went into the river to cool off. As he was swimming he got swept away in the current.

Rescue crews arrived at the scene around 6:15 p.m.

"It was just like a lot of trucks coming in," said Rose Keeley, a witness. "Five or six fire trucks and helicopters circling around."

They then found the man's body in the river shortly after 7 p.m. and pulled him out. NBC10 crews captured rescuers performing CPR on the man but by then it was too late. He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

"Nobody wakes up thinking this could be the last day I live," said Christina Burton, another witness. "He was enjoying himself probably with friends and family. It's terrible." 

Officials have not yet released the man's identity.

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<![CDATA[Woman Crashes Into 'Wine-O-Land']]> Sat, 15 Aug 2015 06:45:08 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/195*120/Wine+O+Land+Liquor+Store+Crash+Laurel+Springs.JPG

A woman slammed her car into a South Jersey liquors store Friday afternoon, then walked inside and uttered two words: I'm sorry.

She was a regular customer at the Wine-O-Land along N. White Horse Pike (U.S. Route 30) in Laurel Springs, according to owner Sagar Polam.

The crash left a section of the liquor store — right under the "Wine-O-Land" sign — damaged and caused around $70,000 in damage. Polam was grateful no one was hurt.

"She could have knocked out my employee," Polam said, adding he'd put concrete barriers around the store about five years ago after another woman ran her car into the store.

"Even the first time was a similar situation. It was a lady. She tried to put it in reverse but put it in drive," Polam said.

Friday's accident happened around 4:30 p.m. The driver gave store workers all her information and cooperated with police.

Wine-O-Land was shut for a few hours while so inspectors could make sure the building's stability.

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<![CDATA[Fiery Crash Sends Pole Onto Busy Road]]> Fri, 14 Aug 2015 19:18:59 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/196*120/Cinnamison+Car+Fire+Route+130.JPG

A car slammed into a utility pole then caught fire along a busy South Jersey road Friday afternoon.

The crash in front of the Cinnaminson Motor Lodge closed Burlington Pike (U.S. Route 130) in both directions from Wynwood Drive to Industrial Highway around 4:30 p.m.

The driver got out of the car after the crash and was rushed to the hospital with minor injuries, said Burlington County dispatchers.

The crash caused the pole to fall across Route 130. Crews eventually got the southbound lanes reopened as they worked to clear debris off the northbound lanes.

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