<![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 Sun, 29 Nov 2015 20:08:56 -0500 Sun, 29 Nov 2015 20:08:56 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Prisoner Escapes Pa. Halfway House]]> Tue, 17 Nov 2015 12:10:29 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/David+Allen+Spurlin+Escaped+Prisoner.jpg

A prisoner walked away from a group home early Monday, said Pennsylvania State Police.

David Allen Spurlin Jr. escaped from ADAPPT on Walnut Street in Reading shortly after midnight early Monday, police announced Tuesday.

Investigators didn’t reveal why the 25-year-old who stands around 5-feet, 6-inches tall and weighs around 185 pounds was court-appointed to the facility.

ADAPPT is a group home residential reentry facility that has been operating in Reading since 1992 and helps parolees and soon-to-be-released convicts learn skills and get treatment to prevent recidivism, according to site operator CEC.

Police asked anyone with knowledge of Spurlin’s whereabouts to contact the reading barracks at 610-378-4011.

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<![CDATA[New Video Shows Suspect in Deadly Stabbing]]> Thu, 12 Nov 2015 23:55:51 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WEB-+SEPTA+STABBING+4P+VO+-+16-06-51-06_17339902.jpg

Police have released video showing a suspect in a stabbing near Philadelphia’s City Hall that left a man dead.

The incident played out shortly before 6:45 a.m. on September 24th 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.

On Thursday, Philadelphia police released video of a man they say is a suspect in the deadly stabbing. The suspect can be seen boarding a SEPTA train at the Tasker/Morris station and exiting at Race/Vine Station.

A $20,000 reward has been posted for inofrmation leading to an arrest in the case.

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<![CDATA[Stabbing Outside NE Philly Tech School]]> Thu, 12 Nov 2015 18:24:49 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/205*120/Lincoln+Tech.JPG

A student drove himself to the hospital after being stabbed outside a Northeast Philadelphia technical school Thursday morning.

The stabbing happened around 10:30 p.m. across the street from Lincoln Technical Institute on Torresdale Avenue in the Torresdale section of the city, said Philadelphia Police.

Witnesses said the incident began as a fight between students that led to the stabbing, said a school official. After being stabbed, the man drove himself to Air Health - Frankford where he was in stable condition.

Police said one suspect had been arrested.

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<![CDATA[Gunman Opens Fire, Kills Customer in Crowded Store]]> Tue, 10 Nov 2015 20:43:53 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Maurice+McDonald+Mantua+Corner+Store+Killing+Perez+Grocery+copy.jpg

Philadelphia police searched for clues after a killing inside a busy corner store Tuesday morning.

Police said a gunman opened fire on a 22-year-old man inside J&R Perez Grocery at 38th and Aspen streets in the city’s Mantua neighborhood at 8:25 a.m.

Multiple bullets struck the customer, who was sitting inside the store when a gunman walked in and opened fire, said police.

Officers scooped up the victim and rushed him to Presbyterian Hospital, where he died a short time later.

Tiffany Phelps identified the victim as her son Maurice McDonald. She said he was likely at the store grabbing a bite.

"I love my son," she said. "You know, I know he's in God's hands and it is what it is. I'm just tired of these kids dying for nothing." 

Store owner Jose Uran said he was upstairs at the time of the shooting and heard four shots ring out in the store despite there being children inside. He said it didn't appear the shooting had anything to do with his store.

No one else in the store was shot.

McDonald had a history of run-ins with the laws, according to court records. His mother acknowledged her son was no angel but said that he was "turning his life around" and recently enrolled in technical school.

Investigators hoped surveillance video will lead to the killer. They said that robbery didn't appear to be the motive.

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<![CDATA[Jackknifed Big Rig Back Up Traffic on I-95]]> Tue, 10 Nov 2015 07:05:46 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/241*120/95+Crash+Cottman+Avenue.JPG

As steady rain fell Tuesday morning, a mutli-vehicle crash -- including a jackknifed tractor-trailer -- snarled traffic along Interstate 95 in Northeast Philadelphia.

The wreck, which involved several other vehicles, happened in the southbound lanes approaching Cottman Avenue (Route 73) shortly before 6 a.m., said Pennsylvania State Police. Witnesses counted at least six vehicles involved.

Emergency crews had trouble getting to the scene as traffic packed up behind the crash scene. Expect major delays in the area – the commute from Woodhaven Road (Route 63) to the Vine street Expressway (I-676) took nearly an hour – and consider taking surface streets to get around the wreck.

Luckily, no one was hurt.

After about 45 minutes, crews cleared the scene and traffic began moving again but residual delays remained.

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<![CDATA[Arrest in Hit-and-Run That Killed Boy]]> Tue, 10 Nov 2015 00:44:12 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Royce-Atkins.jpg

An arrest was made in a hit-and-run that claimed the life of a 9-year-old boy only two days before he was set to play with his football team in the championship game.

Royce Atkins, 22, was arrested Monday after he allegedly struck Darius Condash outside a Wawa in Hanover Township and fled the scene.

Darius, his older cousin, and a friend went to the Wawa near Schoenersville Road and Route 22 around 6:30 p.m. Friday in Hanover Township. Condash bought his favorite candy, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, from the store. As he was crossing the roadway he dropped one of them and went to pick it up. Suddenly, he was struck by a 2007 Mazda driven by Atkins, police said. Atkins then allegedly fled the scene.

"I went past cars," said Condash's cousin D'Angelo Martinez. "I saw lights and I was praying. I saw him on the floor laying there." 

Condash was taken to St. Luke's Hospital in Bethlehem, where he later died from his injuries. An autopsy revealed that he died of blunt-force trauma.

Condash's football team, the East Side Huskies, played in their championship game Sunday, wearing red undershirts in the boy's honor.

Around 10 a.m. Monday, police received a tip reporting Atkins, of Hanover Township, was involved in the crash. Officers arrived at Atkins' home around noon where they found his vehicle which had heavy front-end damage, investigators said.

Police then found Atkins working at his job at a local car dealership. Atkins was taken into custody and allegedly admitted to striking the boy and fleeing the scene.

Atkins is charged with accidents involving personal injury or death and careless driving. Police don't believe he was intoxicated at the time of the crash.

Atkins is currently being held in the Northampton County Prison on $50,000 bail.

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<![CDATA[Fire Breaks Out in Center City High-Rise]]> Mon, 09 Nov 2015 07:34:22 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/216*120/Embassy+Apartments+Philadelphia+Fire+2.JPG

Flames broke out inside a Center City Philadelphia high-rise Monday morning.

The blaze broke out around 6 a.m. inside the Embassy Apartments at 21st and Walnut streets in the area of Rittenhouse Square.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead a short time later, you could see firefighters responding to the scene but there was no visible smoke coming from the building.

No one was hurt. As firefighters worked inside the building, people could be seen gathered on the sidewalk across the street.

After a matter of minutes, firefighters said they had the situation under control. Expect traffic trouble in the area as crews clear apparatus.

No word yet on what caused the blaze and no word on where it began.

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<![CDATA[Police ID Body Pulled From Del. River as Missing Philly Teen]]> Thu, 05 Nov 2015 16:22:26 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/209*120/Pamela+Flores+Missing+Frankford+Teen.JPG

Officials have identified a girl who was found dead in the banks of the Delaware River in Northeast Philadelphia late Wednesday morning as Pamela Flores.

14-year-old Pamela Flores was last seen Oct. 27 around 8:15 a.m. when she left her home to go to Frankford High School but never arrived.

Her family said Pamela's backpack and cellphone were found in the vicinity of the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge, which is about a 3-mile walk from the school.

The medical examiner made the announcement Thursday afternoon, ruling the death a suicide caused by drowning.

SUICIDE PREVENTION: If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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<![CDATA[Gun Threat Leads to Early Dismissal of Philly High School]]> Wed, 04 Nov 2015 19:35:27 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/209*120/Frankford+School+Gun.JPG

The report of a student with a gun led to the lockdown, and later early dismissal, of Frankford High School in Northeast Philadelphia Wednesday.

Police responded to the school on Oxford Avenue after someone called in a threat that there were two guns in the school, said Philadelphia School district spokesman Fernando Gallard.

Administrators quickly put the school on lockdown as police worked to find out if the threat was credible.

Initial reports led investigators to believe there is no gun at the school. K-9s, however, would still come in to search for any possible weapons, said the district.

With school set to dismiss early at 2 p.m. anyway, school officials decided to release students at 1 p.m. so that police could complete their investigation.

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<![CDATA[Girl's Body Pulled From River Near Where Teen Went Missing]]> Thu, 05 Nov 2015 10:47:25 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/Linden+Avenue+Boat+Ramp+Body+Delaware+River.JPG

Officials are working to identify a girl who was found dead in the banks of the Delaware River in Northeast Philadelphia late Wednesday morning.

Police received a call reporting a body in the river off Linden Avenue and the Delaware Expressway Ramp near Pleasant Hill Park in the Torresdale section of the city around 11:15 a.m. The Marine Unit responded and found the body of a Hispanic girl in the river bank.

The girl's body was taken to the Medical Examiner's Office.

The father of a missing Philadelphia teenager told NBC10 he was contacted by authorities and would look at the body to see if it is that of his daughter, 14-year-old Pamela Flores. Flores was last seen Oct. 27 around 8:15 a.m. when she left her home to go to Frankford High School but never arrived.

Her family said Pamela's backpack and cellphone were found in the vicinity of the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge, which is about a 3-mile walk from the school.

"What we do know is that (the police) said they are looking into the water, because they saw someone jumping through surveillance cameras from the Tacony Bridge in dark clothes and think that perhaps could have been her," Monegro told Telemundo62. "Her things, a backpack and a cellphone, were found in New Jersey."

Philadelphia Police confirmed the case is an open investigation. They also said they viewed video of a female in dark clothing appearing to fall from the bridge on the day Pamela went missing.

Monegro said that the girl's parents recently moved from New York to Philadelphia and Pamela -- who stands around 4-feet, 11-inches tall and has dark curly hair -- doesn't know the area well.

Police have not yet confirmed whether the girl they found in the river Wednesday is Pamela.

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<![CDATA[Driver Dies After Slamming Into Back of Dump Truck]]> Wed, 04 Nov 2015 21:01:28 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Bustleton+Pike+Crash+Bucks+County+11415.JPG

A driver slammed into the back of a dump truck, spun out of control and struck a telephone pole -- dying instantly -- along a Bucks County road Wednesday morning.

Police said 30-year-old Ronald Kee Jr. of Philadelphia was driving a 2004 Saturn northbound on the 1700 block of Bustleton Pike in Upper Southampton Township around 9:45 a.m. when he crashed into a 2007 Mac tri-axle dump truck also traveling northbound.

The crash caused Kee Jr. to lose control of the vehicle and strike a telephone pole on the left side of the roadway. He was later pronounced dead at the scene by responding paramedics. The driver of the dump truck wasn't hurt.

Police continue to investigate the accident.

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<![CDATA[Jackknifed Big Rig Knocks Down Wires Onto NJ Road]]> Wed, 04 Nov 2015 11:47:45 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Jackknifed+Big+Rig+Woolwich+Township+2.JPG

A tractor-trailer collided with a car and jackknifed as it spilled fuel onto a busy South Jersey roadway during the morning commute Wednesday.

The crash along U.S. Route 322 just south of the interchange with Interstate 295 in Woolwich Township also took out some overhead power lines causing a road closure that lasted for hours.

No one was hurt, said Woolwich Township Police..

Crews closed the roadway in both directions as they worked to clear the scene. Motorists could use Oak Grove Road to get around the scene, said NBC10 First Alert Traffic reporter Jessica Boyington.

The road remained closed as of noon as power crews worked to get the wires fixed, said police.

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<![CDATA[Broken Hydrant at South Philly Interchange]]> Tue, 03 Nov 2015 09:55:35 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/Passyunk+Avenue+Water+Main+Break.JPG

A cap broke off a fire hydrant causing water to spill onto a roadway near the entrance to the Schuylkill Expressway (I-76) in South Philadelphia Tuesday morning.

The break occurred around 5:45 a.m. along the 2500 block of Passyunk Avenue near the I-76 overpass.

The standing water blocked some lanes of traffic but cars seemed to be just squeezing by under the 25th Street rail bridge.

No word yet on when the water will be stopped. Expect traffic troubles in the area.

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<![CDATA[Crash Leaves SEPTA Bus Across Street]]> Mon, 02 Nov 2015 21:36:34 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/SEPTA+Bus+Crash+Oxford+Avenue.JPG

An accordion SEPTA bus and a tractor-trailer crashed in Northeast Philadelphia Monday afternoon, leaving the bus jackknifed across a major thoroughfare and several people hurt.

The crash happened on the 7900 block of Oxford Avenue, near Rhawn Street, in the city's Fox Chase neighborhood, about 12:30 p.m. SEPTA officials said based on a preliminary investigation, it appears that the Route 18 bus had just pulled out of the Fox Chase Loop on Oxford Avenue when the crash occurred. Officials said the driver and two passengers were on the bus at the time.

"When I went around I saw the impact and saw how bad the window was busted out and the driver screaming from the bus," said Chris Burgos. "I jumped out and went into the front of the bus to see if everybody was alright. There was an older lady on the floor and a middle-aged woman who was in the middle of the bus. She was on the floor." 

All three on-board were taken to Aria Health's Torresdale hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries, officials said. There was no word on any other injuries in the crash about 2 p.m.

Witnesses at the scene of the crash told NBC10's Lauren Mayk that the tractor-trailer, which was carrying heavy construction equipment, had a police escort, but that the crash occurred behind the escort. A police motorcycle could be seen in SkyForce10 video of the crash scene.

The wreck snarled traffic along Oxford Avenue and surrounding streets. Oxford Avenue reopened around 8 p.m. after being closed for hours.

The SEPTA bus blocked all lanes of traffic and wound up on the sidewalk on both sides of the avenue. The front of the truck wound up into the Blooming Artist Studio next to an Allstate insurance agency.

"I was sitting like right in the middle painting and I heard this terrible crash," said Nora McCloskey, who was inside the Studio at the time of the accident. "I looked up and saw a truck at my window. The worst part was when I came out. A woman was screaming. I was so lucky that it didn't swing over to the right because that's where I was."

The truck appeared to hauling a large piece of construction machinery that became detached during the wreck.

The cause of the wreck remained under investigation Monday.

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<![CDATA[Vehicle Fire Blocks Traffic on NE Extension]]> Mon, 02 Nov 2015 06:59:56 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/218*120/Vehicle+Fire+Northeast+Extension.JPG

A car caught fire during Monday morning’s commute, clocking all lanes of the Pennsylvania Turnpike’s Northeast Extension.

The blaze broke out around 5:30 a.m. in the southbound lanes of I-476 between the Quakertown (Exit 44) and Lansdale (Exit 31) interchanges.

Crews blocked all lanes as they worked to clear the scene. After some time, traffic began squeezing by on the shoulder.

No injuries were reported.

The backup remained for more than 90 minutes. Route 309, which runs parallel to the NE Extension, can be used as an alternate route.

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<![CDATA[Police Vehicle Strikes Officer Pursuing Ride-Sharing Driver]]> Fri, 30 Oct 2015 21:26:25 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/Lyft+Driver+55th+Pine+Police+Officer+Struck.JPG

A Philadelphia Police vehicle struck an officer wrestling with a ride-sharing driver who police say drove down from New York to smash up another vehicle Friday afternoon.

The wild scene played out around 1:40 p.m. along the 5500 block of Pine Street in West Philadelphia -- a short distance from the 18th Police District station -- after the suspect got out of his car -- the iconic pink Lyft mustache on its front dash -- and struck an unoccupied sport utility vehicle with a baseball bat.

Police said the 18th District officer saw the bat attack and tried to apprehend the suspect.

"The plainclothes officer along with the offender tried to run around the car that's now blocking the pathway as the uniformed officer was driving westbound on Pine," said Philadelphia Police Lt. John Walker. "As they run into the street, the non-uniformed officer grabs the offender and they both fall onto the ground and unfortunately the van.. runs over the leg of... the police officer."

The incident left the officer hospitalized at Presbyterian Hospital in stable condition with a leg injury.

The suspect complained of aches and pains after the incident, so officers took him to the hospital for observation.

Investigators said the suspect had driven his taxi-and-limousine-licensed sedan from New York. The suspect -- a 30-year-old man from the Bronx -- drives for ride-sharing apps Uber and Lyft, police told NBC10's Harry Hairston.

Lyft said that NBC10 made them aware of the incident. The ride-sharing service immediately deactivated the driver who had not had any previous incidents. Lyft also said they would be happy to cooperate with investigators.

The owner of the SUV was out of state at the time of the attack, said police.

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<![CDATA[Police ID Hit-&-Run Victim Who Died Along Side of Road]]> Wed, 28 Oct 2015 19:33:08 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Andrew-Miller1.jpg

A passing motorist found the victim of a hit-and-run crash along a Bucks County road early Wednesday.

The incident caused traffic trouble along State Road, near Mill Road in Bensalem, Pennsylvania shortly after 8 a.m. Wednesday morning as Bensalem Police tried to figure out what killed Andrew Miller.

Investigators believe the 29-year-old victim, who worked in labor relations at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, was walking to his apartment northbound on the shoulder of State Road. He was only steps away from his apartment when he was struck at some point Tuesday night, said police. 

Investigators say he may have been on the side of the road for as many as 14 hours before a passing motorist finally found his body around 8 a.m.

"Whether he was killed instantaneously or died later we don't know," said Bensalem Public Safety Director Fred Harran. "When we get the coroner report we will figure that out." 

Miller's neighbors, Henry and Luis Cepeda, told NBC10 they knew something was wrong when his girlfriend frantically knocked on their door Tuesday night.

"She was saying he was supposed to pick her up yesterday and he never came and she was worried and crying and said he never does that," Henry Cepeda said.

Investigators said that after initial reports about the hit-&-run, a woman who believed she struck Miller came forward. She is cooperating with authorities and her vehicle is being processed as evidence. No charges have been filed but the investigation continues.

<![CDATA[Off-Duty Officer Hurt in South Philly Wreck]]> Wed, 28 Oct 2015 06:43:33 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/16th+Police+Crash.JPG

A crash in South Philadelphia left an off-duty officer injured Wednesday morning.

No word yet on what caused the wreck at 16th and Federal streets shortly before 6:30 a.m. It appeared the unidentified officer's car slammed into a fire hydrant.

The male officer's injuries appeared to be non-life-threatening, said investigators.

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<![CDATA[Body Washes Up on Jersey Shore]]> Tue, 27 Oct 2015 13:44:54 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/217*120/Strathmere+New+Jersey+Beach+Body+Map.JPG

A body washed up along the Jersey Shore Tuesday.

Someone found the unidentified body on the beach in Strathmere, Cape May County around midday, said Woodbine Police (the Woodbine department assisted in the investigation).

New Jersey State Police joined in the investigation.

Foul play isn't suspected, said Upper Township officials.

Strathmere sits just above Sea Isle City, sharing the same island.

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<![CDATA[Officers Hurt as Suspect's Vehicle T-Bones Police SUV]]> Fri, 23 Oct 2015 11:14:31 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Police+Car+Crash+Master+59th.JPG

A police vehicle crashed while in pursuit of a suspect Thursday night.

The crash at 59th and Master Streets in West Philadelphia happened after 19th District officers tried to pull over a Cadillac for having dark-tinted windows around 9:50 p.m., said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small.

The car then took off, eventually T-boning a police SUV a few blocks away, causing the police vehicle to jump the curb and strike a house.

The wreck landed two officers at the hospital in stable condition with what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

The wreck also left the 23-year-old male driver of the Cadillac and his female passenger hospitalized.

Investigators found what appeared to be marijuana in the suspect's vehicle.

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<![CDATA[3 Shot Along Del. Street]]> Fri, 23 Oct 2015 10:52:50 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Wilmington+Vandever+Street+Shooting.JPG

Gunfire rang out along a Delaware street Thursday night leaving three peoples shot.

New Castle County dispatchers were called to the 800 block of Vandever Avenue at 7:37 p.m. on Thursday to find three men suffering from gunshot wounds.

The names of the victims have not yet been released, but investigators described two of the victims as being in their late 20s, suffering from gunshot wounds to their hip and buttocks areas.

The third victim, a 20-year-old male, was found a short distance from the other two victims with gunshot wounds to his left arm and left leg. 

All of the victims were transported to the Christiana Hospital Emergency Room in stable condition.

No immediate arrests were made and the circumstances around the shooting remain unclear.

To submit a tip, contact Detective N. Vega at (302) 576-3624.

<![CDATA[School Bus Strikes Person in Delco]]> Wed, 21 Oct 2015 15:01:10 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/tlmd_school_bus_generic1.jpg

A school bus struck someone along a Delaware County street Wednesday afternoon.

The incident happened around 3:15 p.m. at N Providence Road and Wilson Woods Lane, said Delco dispatchers.

The extent of injuries wasn’t clear. It also wasn't immediately clear if the person struck is a student or someone else.

No word yet if the bus had anything to do with the nearby Benchmark School.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead a short time later, you couldn't see any scene where the crash occurred.

<![CDATA[Victim Recounts Harrowing Home Invasion]]> Tue, 20 Oct 2015 19:06:22 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/196*120/F+Street+Home+Invasion.JPG

Three victims terrorized in a violent overnight home invasion in Philadelphia struggled to make sense of why they were targeted Tuesday as police continued to search for a second masked attacker in the crime.

Two of the victims, a couple, spoke with NBC10's Katy Zachry after leaving the hospital following their ordeal.

Police said two masked men armed with a hammer and a knife burst into the home near F Street and Allegheny Avenue in Kensington shortly after 2 a.m. and awoke the couple and a female friend staying at the house. They tied up the friend and the man in the house and forced the other woman to drive them to an ATM, where she withdrew the $100 she had for them.

"I'm scared," the woman forced to the ATM said. "They told us that they were gonna kill us after they got what they wanted."

The man suffered stab wounds to his hands trying to fight the men off.

"He got stabbed in the hands a little bit, a lot of blood," the woman said.

She said she does not know why she, her boyfriend and her friend were targeted.

While the attackers forced her to the ATM, the other woman escaped from the chair she was tied to and began banging on houses on the block screaming for help, the victim recounted.

"She ran down the street. She was banging on everybody's doors," the woman said.

When police arrived, they spotted the two suspects struggling with the victim on the street. They were able to chase down one man, who was armed with a hammer, but said the second got away.

The man arrested is 28 and from Philadelphia, police said. They are still searching for the second attacker and investigating to determine why the robbers chose that home.

Tipsters should contact East Detectives at 215-686-3243 or the police tip line at 215-686-8477, or text a tip to PPD TIP (773847).

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<![CDATA[Cabdriver Faces Charges in Shooting of Boss Over Money]]> Sat, 17 Oct 2015 08:00:49 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Glenside+Cab+Company+Shooting+North+Hills+Alex+Kagan.jpg

A suburban Philadelphia cabdriver is facing charges this weekend after authorities say he shot his boss during a dispute over money on Friday.

Ozzie Lou Clark, 45, was in Abington Township on Saturday facing charges. Police say Clark felt he was owed money by the cab company he worked for, the Montco Suburban Taxi Company on Mount Carmel Avenue near Limekiln Pike in North Hills, and got into a dispute with company supervisor Alex Kagan over the debt Friday afternoon.

During that dispute, police said, Clark pulled a gun and shot Kagan, and then wouldn't allow anyone to call an ambulance until someone cut him a check.

Kagan, who was shot in his side, was recovering at Abington Memorial Hospital on Saturday. Officials said the father of three was in stable condition.

As for Clark, police say he fled to Philadelphia but didn't make it far before police tracked him down. Officers in Southwest Philadelphia stopped Clark's blue Dodge Avenger at 72nd Street and Woodland Avenue later Friday afternoon.

Clark was arrested without further incident, and police said they found a .40-caliber handgun in his car. A woman who was also in the car at the time was taken into custody, but police have not said whether she was also charged in connection with the shooting.

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<![CDATA[Traffic Moves Again on Pa. Turnpike]]> Fri, 16 Oct 2015 15:51:13 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Bensalem+Pa+Turnpike+Crash.jpg

A tractor-trailer overturned in a five-vehicle collision that left the westbound lanes of the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Bucks County closed for more than an hour Friday afternoon.

The wreck happened near the Route 1 Exit (Interchange 351) in Bensalem around 2:15 p.m.

One person suffered non-deadly injuries, said Pennsylvania State Police.

A minivan and at least one car appeared to also be involved along with two other vehicles.

Crews worked to upright the big rig and clean up a small amount of oil that spilled onto the roadway, said police.

Traffic began flowing again by 3:45 p.m. as the uprighted truck sat on the shoulder of the roadway.

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<![CDATA[Disgruntled Worker Shoots Boss at Suburban Taxi Co.: Police]]> Fri, 16 Oct 2015 22:55:11 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Glenside+Cab+Company+Shooting+North+Hills+Alex+Kagan.jpg

An argument over money at a suburban Philadelphia cab company’s headquarters Friday afternoon left a boss shot.

Abington Township Police responded to the Montco Suburban Taxi Company along Mount Carmel Avenue near Limekiln Pike in the North Hills section of the township around 1:30 p.m., said county dispatchers.

Police arrived to find Alex Kagan, a supervisor, suffering from a gunshot wound to his side, said police. Medics transported Kagan, a father of three, to Abington Memorial Hospital where he was conscious and alert while awaiting surgery, said Kagan's business partner Roman Barkan.

Investigators said the shooter, 45-year-old Ozzie Lou Clark, Jr., felt he was owed money by the cab company.

After opening fire, Clark refused to allow three other employees in the office to call an ambulance for Kagan and instead demanded a bookkeeper write him a check for the money he wanted, according to police. He fled toward Philadelphia after getting the check.

Clark made it about 20 miles south before officers found him.

Philadelphia Police stopped the worker's blue Dodge Avenger at 72nd Street and Woodland Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia. He was arrested.

Police said a .40-caliber handgun was found in the car. Police also took a woman who was in the man's car into custody.

Abington Police said Clark will be brought back to Abington and charged in the case.

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<![CDATA[Wreck Causes Rush Hour Backup on I-76]]> Thu, 15 Oct 2015 22:43:49 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/76Ax.jpg

An overturned dump truck and pickup truck collided and caused the closure of the eastbound lanes of the Schuylkill Expressway past University Avenue Thursday afternoon.

Traffic backed up for miles behind the wreck.

The wreck stopped all eastbound traffic around 4 p.m. Crews led stuck motorists onto 28th Street -- the auxiliary road that runs along I-76 in that area. Only one lane of traffic got by.

The road finally reopened just before 7 p.m.

Medics rushed one driver to Presbyterian Hospital with serious injuries from the wreck that left the dump truck balancing on concrete barrier. Some sort of wooden trailer also appeared involved in the wreck.

A second person was also hurt, said the Philadelphia Fire Department.

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<![CDATA[14-Year-Old Boy Shot in the Head Dies]]> Wed, 14 Oct 2015 05:48:59 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/North-Philly-Shooting4.jpg

A 14-year-old boy who was shot in the head in North Philadelphia Monday night died from his injuries Tuesday.

The teen was in front of the Philadelphia Housing Authority police building, which was empty at the time, on the 1200 block of 10th Street at 8:40 p.m. Monday, when an unidentified gunman opened fire. The teen was struck once in the head. He was taken to Hahnemann University Hospital where he was listed in extremely critical condition. He was later pronounced dead Tuesday at 5 p.m. Investigators have not yet released his identity.

Police told NBC10 a BB gun that looked like a handgun fell out of the teen's clothes when he arrived at the hospital. They don't believe the BB gun was the weapon that wounded him however and instead suspect the teen was shot by a revolver. They continue to search for the weapon.

No arrests have been made and investigators say there were no witnesses. The Homicide Unit is currently investigating and police are reviewing surveillance video from a few blocks away.

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<![CDATA[Dump Truck and Car Collide, 1 Hurt]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 23:56:13 -0500 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 20:27:04 -0500 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 16:27:22 -0500 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 10:43:41 -0500 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 21:19:56 -0500 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 19:59:25 -0500 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 04:54:23 -0500 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]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 23:40:42 -0500 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 19:19:06 -0500 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 11:50:02 -0500 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 19:12:22 -0500 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 10:48:38 -0500 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 11:08:37 -0500 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 11:20:32 -0500 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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