<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Breaking News]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/breaking http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com en-us Thu, 23 Oct 2014 02:48:47 -0400 Thu, 23 Oct 2014 02:48:47 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Head-on Crash Closes MLK Drive, Kills 1]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:07:13 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/MLK+Drive+Crash+SUV.JPG

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No charges were immediately filed.

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



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<![CDATA[Parker Spruce Hotel Fire in Center City]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:49:19 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/hotel+fire+center+city+parker+spruce.jpg

Crews were working Monday afternoon to put out a small fire at the Parker Spruce Hotel in Center City, Philadelphia.

At 3:45 p.m., smoke was billowing from a 9th floor window of the hotel, located at 261 S. 13th Street in Washington Square West.

The 12-story structure was evacuated and no one was hurt, according to the fire department.

"On the north side of the building, there was a lot of smoke coming out of one of the windows," said Greta Iverson, an intern for NBC10 who was walking down the street when alarms went off inside the hotel. "I heard popping noises. I think it might have been the heat, breaking the glass."   

13th Street was closed between Spruce and Locust during the afternoon rush. Red Cross workers are currently assisting around 100 people who were affected by the fire.

In 1924, the hotel opened as a bachelor apartment called the Spruce Hotel and became a popular spot for musicians. Currently, the building has the reputation of a neighborhood eyesore according to The Gayborhood Guru blog and comments in Spencer Starnes' documentary:

 



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<![CDATA[School Bus Carrying Students With Special Needs Overturns]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:32:29 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/203*120/Paradise+Lancaster+County+School+Bus+Crash+WGAL.JPG

A dump truck hauling concrete struck a school bus carrying special needs students to their rural Pennsylvania school, causing the bus to overturn Monday morning leaving students and adults hurt, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Police said the vehicles collided at Strasburg Road & South Vintage Road in Paradise, Lancaster County -- about 50 miles west of Philadelphia -- around 9 a.m.

Four children with physical disabilities -- two in wheelchairs -- one aide and one driver were on the Pequea Valley School District bus when the dump truck rolled through a stop sign and struck the bus, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Medics rushed the six victims to Lancaster General Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to police. They were all later released.

A nearby family helped pull the people from the bus, according to witnesses.

All the students attend Salisbury Elementary School in Gap, Pennsylvania.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead, you could see police responding to bus, which wound up on its side. The force of the crash caused the lower, right side of the bus to be pushed inward and it also caused one tire to fall off.

The dump truck, which appeared to be hauling rocks or dirt, had front-end damage. "Advantage Metered Concrete, Inc." -- a Leola, Pennsylvania-based company -- was written on the side of the truck.

According to records, the company has been inspected 17 times by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation within the past two years. The company also received four violations, two for drivers not wearing seatbelts, one for a driver talking on a cellphone and one for a driver who didn't stop at a redlight or stop sign.

The driver was shaken and emotional as he remained on the scene. As a precaution, a local hospital checked him out, according to police.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.



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<![CDATA[Shoplifter Strikes 3 People While Fleeing: Police]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:23:05 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/Delaware+State+Police+Car+Newport.JPG

A shoplifting suspect making his escape struck three people outside a Delaware supermarket Friday afternoon, according to Delaware State Police.

The incident played out at the ShopRite store at 1st State Plaza along the 1600 block of W Newport Pike in Wilmington, New Castle County around 2:30 p.m.

A store employee witnessed a shoplifting in progress. As store employees confronted the suspect, he darted out of the store and into his parked car, said police.

Once in the car, the man struck three people, injuring two, as he sped off, police said.

The injured victims were rushed to Christiana Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead minutes after the crash, you could see a state police cruiser responding to the shopping center.

State police sorted through clues as they worked on a description of the suspect.



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<![CDATA[Bat-Wielding Women Attack School Bus, Hurt Child: Police]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:57:31 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Roosevelt+Boulevard+School+Bus+Broken+Window+Thumb.jpg

UPDATE: Philadelphia Police said they recovered the SUV used in the attack.


An irate group of women, armed with mace and a baseball bat, went after a school bus full of children along the Roosevelt Boulevard in Northeast Philadelphia Thursday afternoon, leaving a teenage student cut up from broken glass, police say.

“For someone to get out of a vehicle and use a baseball bat and break a window of a yellow school bus knowing that it’s full of students – that’s pretty bizarre,” said Philadelphia Chief Inspector Scott Small.

The apparent road rage incident occurred around 3 p.m. when the bus stopped for a red light in the southbound lanes of the Boulevard (U.S. Route 1) near Levick Street, according to Philadelphia Police.

An initial investigation revealed that a group of 14- and 15-year-olds -- 21 students in total -- on the bus began yelling at a Chevrolet Tahoe full of women.

“There was some verbal argument between the students on the bus as well as four occupants of the Chevy Tahoe,” said Small.

The women became angry and pulled their green SUV in front of the bus, blocking its path, said police.

Two women then got out of the SUV and began attacking the outside of the bus using a baseball bat and mace, said investigators. During the attack the women sprayed mace onto the front of the bus and broke the window directly behind the bus driver, sending broken glass onto a student who injured his wrists. Police said that student is expected to be OK.

The unidentified driver of the Tahoe and her passenger got back into her vehicle and drove off down Horrocks Street, said investigators.

Police said there was no indication the women also tried to board the bus.

The bus stopped a short time later across the street from Gilbert Pruance Elementary School at Horrocks and Hellerman streets. The school nurse then treated the injured student and sent him on his way.

It wasn't clear what school the students attend, but they apparently don't attend school in Philadelphia.

Investigators continued to search for the Tahoe and its driver Thursday evening. It wasn't clear if the on-board bus video were operational at the time of the attack.



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<![CDATA[Girl Found Safe, Was Never in Stolen Car: Police]]> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 01:34:28 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Amber-Alert-Trenton-Girl.jpg

A young girl who police initially believed was inside a stolen vehicle in Trenton was actually asleep in her bedroom the entire time, according to investigators.

The ordeal began when a 2007 Ford Escape was stolen around 8 p.m. Tuesday at Brunswick and Race streets.

The owners of the Escape reported the theft and also told police they believed their 5-year-old daughter was inside the stolen vehicle because they were unable to find her.

Both Trenton Police and New Jersey State Police issued an Amber Alert as they searched for the vehicle and the young girl.

Police eventually found the vehicle on Pond Street and MLK Boulevard but the young girl was not inside. Instead, she was sleeping peacefully in her bedroom inside her home on the unit block of Cuyler Avenue, according to investigators. Police told NBC10 the girl was never inside the vehicle but was in her bed the entire time.

Police canceled the Amber Alert and interviewed the girl's family members.

Investigators are currently dusting the recovered vehicle for fingerprints as they continue to search for the thief.

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<![CDATA[Police Cars Crash in Center City, Officer Hurt]]> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 13:47:32 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/Police+Car+Pickup+Taxi+Crash+21st+and+Spruce.JPG

A chain-reaction crash in Center City Philadelphia involved two police cruisers and left one officer hurt.

A pickup truck traveling southbound on 21st Street Street struck a police cruiser responding to a previous call at the corner with Spruce Street around 9 a.m., according to Philadelphia Police.

The cruiser then slammed into an unoccupied police cruiser, said investigators.

The crash left three people hospitalized with what police described as minor injuries -- at least one of those injured is an officer who complained of pain after suffering some scrapes, said investigators.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead a short time later you could see the two police cars -- one sandwiched between the other and pickup truck. You could also see officers investigating the scene.



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<![CDATA[5 New Cases of EV-D68 Reported in NJ]]> Wed, 08 Oct 2014 07:02:44 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Enterovirus+D68.jpg

Health department officials confirmed five new cases of enterovirus D68 in New Jersey. The announcement was made Tuesday afternoon by a health department spokeswoman.

According to the spokeswoman, there are two new cases in Morris County, one new case in Mercer County, one new case in Camden County and one new case in Middlesex County.

The case in Mercer County is not associated with Yardville Elementary School, a Trenton school where 4-year-old Eli Waller died from EV-D68 and another preschooler was sickened with EV-D68 symptoms.

The new EV-D68 cases bring the total number to 14 in New Jersey.

The enterovirus germ is not new; most people who catch the virus experience only a runny nose and low-grade fever. It was first identified in 1962 and has caused clusters of illness before.

This year, the virus has gotten more attention because it has been linked to hundreds of severe illnesses. Beginning last month, hospitals in Kansas City, Missouri, and Chicago have received a flood of children with trouble breathing.

To avoid getting the virus, health officials recommend:

  • Wash hands with soap and water.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hand
  • Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups, plates and utensils with people who are sick
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
     



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<![CDATA[Arrest Made in Chinatown Sex Assault, Robbery ]]> Tue, 07 Oct 2014 18:49:46 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Brandon-Menley.jpg

A homeless man was arrested and charged in the beating, sexual assault and robbery of a woman in Chinatown, according to police. 

Brandon Menley, 29, is charged with attempted murder, rape, aggravated assault, burglary, robbery, and other related offenses.

According to police, Menley walked into a business on the 100 block of N. 9th Street Sunday morning. He then allegedly forced a 45-year-old woman into an office, struck her head multiple times, choked her and then sexually assaulted her.

He also robbed her of $600 before fleeing the scene on foot, according to authorities.

"Based on just his mannerisms of doing this it seems like it's something that he's used to doing," said Philadelphia Police Lieutenant John Stanford. "He may have done this before, whether it was in this city or some place else. It seemed like he was very comfortable doing this." 

The victim was transported to Jefferson Hospital where she was treated for head lacerations which required five to six staples.

On Monday two patrol officers spotted Menley walking to a homeless shelter on Hamilton Street, about eight blocks away from where the attack took place.

He was taken to the Special Victim's Unit where he was questioned. He was then officially charged Monday night.

Sources tell NBC10 the suspect had run-ins with Menley twice before Sunday's incident. During one incident she threw him out of a building while she was working with a group of children.



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<![CDATA[Deadly Crash in South Jersey]]> Mon, 06 Oct 2014 07:42:56 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Westville+Delsea+Drive+Crash.JPG

A sports utility vehicle slammed into a tanker truck leaving one driver dead and causing police to block off a busy South Jersey road for hours Monday morning.

Police said it appeared that the SUV traveling at a high-rate of speed in the southbound lane crashed into the truck along Delsea Avenue (Route 47) near Almonesson Road in Westville, Gloucester County around 3 a.m..

The SUV's driver died instantly, according to investigators. At first police said the driver was 26 but they later said they weren't sure since the man carried a fake ID with him.

The truck driver wasn't hurt and remained on the scene. He cooperated with investigators, police said.

Police warned motorists to expect the road to be closed in both directions for some time. They finally cleared the scene shortly before 7 a.m.

Investigators brought in a sweeper truck to clean up debris at the scene. They also planned to impound both vehicles in hopes of figuring out more about the crash.

Police said that they tanker normally would be carrying asphalt but that it was empty at the time of the crash.



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<![CDATA[Woman's Body, Needles Found on Old City Street]]> Fri, 03 Oct 2014 19:05:31 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/Woman+Body+Old+City.jpg

A woman's body was discovered this afternoon in the brush on a busy Old City street.

The body of a 34-year-old woman was found face down in bushes near the Irish Memorial Park on the 100-block of South Front Street, police said. Needles were also found close to the body, according to authorities.

An investigation into the woman's death is underway, although officials on the scene it was most likely caused by a drug overdose.

Police are unsure how long the body was in the bushes.

This story is developing. Check back for details.



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<![CDATA[Deadly Stabbing Just Feet From College Campus]]> Fri, 03 Oct 2014 00:05:32 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Summer+Street+Stabbing.JPG

Someone stabbed a man to death in a home a short distance from Philadelphia’s Drexel University Thursday night.

Philadelphia Police responded to a home on the 3200 block of Summer Street in Powelton Village just after 7:30 p.m.

"It appears to have been a violent incident," Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small.

Inside the home, officers found a 57-year-old man stabbed multiple times in the head, neck and torso leaning against some kitchen cabinets. Medics arrived and declared the man dead a short time later, according to investigators.

There was blood on walls and the floor in multiple homes.

Small said a 3-year-old child was asleep in the home at the time of the attack and two women were also in the home. None of them were hurt..

"We know that there was some sort of argument... that resulted in this stabbing," said Small.

Police took a 59-year-old man -- described by witnesses as the stabber -- into custody for questioning. Police found a bloody knife in the home.

The home sits less than a block from Drexel University. Small said the incident had nothing to do with the campus.



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<![CDATA[State Trooper Killed in Accidental Shooting at Gun Range]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 11:33:25 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/david+kedra+trooper+killed+gun+range+conshohocken.jpg

A Pennsylvania State Trooper died Tuesday evening after he was accidentally shot at a Montgomery County gun range.

Trooper David Kedra, 26, of the Troop K, Skippack station was participating in a training exercise at the Montgomery County Public Safety Training Complex in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, around 4:45 p.m. when he was shot.

Officials have not yet revealed what led to the shooting but say a bullet pierced his chest. They also say the shooting was accidental.

A medical helicopter took the trooper from the scene to Temple University Hospital. He was later pronounced dead.

Kedra's body was placed into a hearse and escorted by a police motorcade to the coroner's office on South University Avenue.

Kedra had been a member of the Pennsylvania State Police since June 18, 2012.

"He died serving the people of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the men and women of the Pennsylvania State Police mourn his loss and extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends," state police officials said in a released statement.

Trooper Kedra is the 96th member of the Pennsylvania State Police to be killed in the line of duty.

Investigators say the shooting appears to be accidental.

The gun range at the training center is normally used by law enforcement and first responders.

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<![CDATA[Boy, 2, Shoots Self in Head]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 21:21:03 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/217*120/Toddler+Shot+Delaware+Cliffside+Court.JPG

Medics performed CPR as they tried to save the life of a 2-year-old boy who shot himself in the head inside a Delaware townhouse Tuesday morning.

The child was found shot inside a unit along Cliffside Court in the Valley Run neighborhood of Claymont, New Castle County around 10 a.m., according to police.

Medics performed CPR on the boy, identified as AJ, at the scene before a medivac helicopter took AJ to AI Dupont-Neumors Children's Hospital where doctors listed the boy in critical condition.

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

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

"We're not sure the ownership of the gun," said police spokeswoman Tracey Duffy. "We're not sure how he located the weapon."

After the shooting the woman ran out of the home and screamed for someone to call an ambulance, said witnesses.

The investigation into the shooting included if the boy's parents owned the gun legally.

Tuesday night, the boy's brother Dorrell Walls, told NBC10 the child was doing better.

"He's in ICU right now so he's getting better," Walls said.

Investigators took evidence from the boy's home. Other officials went door to door in the neighborhood, conducting interviews in order to figure out what people saw or heard.

"He's a happy go lucky kid and very bright," said the boy's neighbor Bill Jennings. "He always speaks. I feel very sorry for him." 

The boy remains in critical condition. No charges have been filed as the investigation continues.



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<![CDATA[Popeye's Gunman May Have Killed Pregnant Mom: Police]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 06:37:42 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Pregnant-Mom-and-Suspect.jpg

Philadelphia Police are searching for a suspect in a fatal shooting outside a Popeye’s Chicken restaurant who may have also killed the pregnant girlfriend of his alleged accomplice.

Markese Martin, 25, of the 1700 block of W Godfrey Avenue is wanted for the shooting death of 42-year-old Kenneth Woods. On September 23 around 4 p.m., 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 pronounced dead at 5:37 p.m.

On Friday, homicide investigators issued a warrant for Martin for the shooting death of Woods. Police also arrested 20-year-old Megan Jones of Blue Bell, Pa. as well as 26-year-old Kord Rozier of the 1300 block of E. Price Street in connection to the shooting. Both Jones and Rozier are charged with murder and other related offenses.

Markese Martin is also considered a person of interest in the murder of Rozier’s pregnant girlfriend Jasmine Williams. On September 24, Williams, 25 and Rozier were on the 1600 block of W Nedro Street when a gunman opened fire. Williams was struck several times. She was taken to Einstein Hospital where she was pronounced dead at 1:03 a.m.

Williams was 8-months-pregnant with Rozier's child at the time of the shooting. Doctors delivered her baby girl but the infant was pronounced dead at 2:16 a.m. Rozier was also struck in the shooting but survived after treatment at Temple University Hospital.

Family members told NBC10 Rozier planned to surrender in connection to the Popeye’s shooting prior to his girlfriend’s death. They believe Rozier was specifically targeted once his alleged accomplice found out he was going to turn himself in to authorities and that Williams was an innocent bystander.

Martin is considered armed and dangerous. If you have any information on his whereabouts, please call the Homicide Fugitive Squad at 215-686-3068, 215-686-3334 or call 911.
 



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<![CDATA[Mother of 4 Shot, Killed While Walking Dog]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 06:02:09 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Woman-Shot-Killed.jpg

A mother of four died from her injuries Sunday morning after she was shot in the forehead and the leg while walking her dog near Philadelphia's Fairmount Park Saturday night.

The gunman shot the victim, identified by her son as 42-year-old Kathryn Berry, around 8:30 p.m. near the intersection of Morse and North 33rd streets in the Strawberry Mansion section of the city, authorities said.

"She went to the store," said Brenda Mattier, who witnessed the shooting. "She's walking down the street and he was standing right there waiting for her and just shot her." 

Berry's daughter found her mother on the ground moments after the shooting, according to investigators.

Officers transported Berry to Hahnemann University Hospital where she was listed in extremely critical condition. She was later pronounced dead around 4:20 a.m. Sunday.

Police said they have not made any arrests and are unsure of a motive. Investigators believe the gunman targeted her however.

Berry's family members told NBC10 she worked as a home health aide and was a mother of four children.

"She was a dear, sweet woman," said James Graves, a relative of Berry's. "She was a good heart."

Family members also say she never had issues with anyone, never received any threats and have no idea who killed her.

The suspect was wearing a black hoodie and ran from the scene, according to investigators. He is described as a heavy-set man standing between 5-foot-11 and 6-feet with a grey and black beard, carrying a silver handgun.

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



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<![CDATA[Car Overturns, Goes Down Embankment in Fairmount Park]]> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 18:29:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/223*120/Embankment1.JPG

Emergency crews are at the scene of an accident that caused a car to overturn and go down an embankment in Fairmount Park.

The car carrying five people overturned on the 3800 block of Ford Road just after 6 p.m.

No word on if anyone in the car is trapped.

This story is developing. Check back for details.

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<![CDATA[Shooting Death of Pregnant Mom May Have Been Retaliation]]> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 08:31:10 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Jasmine-Williams.jpg

A gunman opened fire on a Philly street early Wednesday morning leaving a pregnant mom and her unborn child dead and her boyfriend in critical condition. As the investigation into the shooting continues, both police sources and the woman's mother believe the boyfriend was targeted because of an earlier fatal shooting and robbery he may have been involved in.

Authorities said they found 25-year-old Jasmine Williams and 26-year-old Kord Rosier beside a running Chevy Impala near the intersection of Nedro Avenue and North 20th Street in the West Oak Lane section of the city around 1:30 a.m.

Williams -- who was eight months pregnant -- was shot in the head, arm and legs, while Rosier was hit in the back and one leg around 12:45 a.m., according to police.

The two were rushed to Albert Einstein Medical Center where Williams was pronounced dead at 1:03 a.m.  Doctors performed an emergency delivery of her child, but the baby girl did not survive. The infant was pronounced dead at 2:18 a.m, according to officials.

"They just took an innocent life," said Williams' mother Monique Williams-Morris while in tears. "She had nothing to do with whatever was going on." 

Rosier, who is the father of William's unborn child as well as her six-year-old son, remains in critical condition at Albert Einstein and is expected to survive.  He also spoke to detectives about the shooting, according to reports.

Police sources told NBC10 Rosier may have been involved in a shooting death and robbery that occurred on North Broad Street Tuesday near a local Popeye's restaurant. They also believe the Nedro Avenue shooting was in retaliation to that incident. Williams-Morris told NBC10 Rosier planned on turning himself in to police in connection to the North Broad Street shooting. She also claimed her daughter's death was in retaliation.

"They were after him and she happened to be there with him," Williams-Morris said. "Or he dragged her with him. And they took her. They took her. They took my baby. They took her life."

Despite the statements from police sources and Williams-Morris, no charges have been filed against Rosier. After viewing our report, Rosier's sister reached out to NBC10, claiming her brother didn't shoot, kill or rob anyone. She did admit however that he was involved in a fight on Tuesday. She claimed he called his probation officer and tried to clear his name before he and Williams were shot.

Police said they believe Williams and Rosier were inside the Impala during the shooting and investigators recovered 11 shell casings from the scene. Residents in West Oak Lane said they heard over a dozen shots during the incident. Another witness said he heard an argument prior to the shooting.

Detectives are interviewing witnesses and working to obtain surveillance footage from the area.

A $40,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest.

Williams is the second pregnant woman to be killed in Philadelphia in September.

Megan Doto, 25, was killed when she was shot in the face while sitting outside a home on the 1500 block of Adams Avenue Sept. 14. Eight months pregnant, the victim was rushed to a local hospital, where an emergency delivery was performed. Neither the baby, nor Doto survived.

Police named 27-year-old Devon Guisherd a suspect in that crime, but he has yet to be arrested.



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<![CDATA[Philly's Gun-Carrying Mom Dances After Court Decision]]> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 14:54:08 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/shaneen+allen+after+pti+court+hearing_edited-1.jpg

Philly mom, Shaneen Allen, did a happy dance outside a New Jersey court Thursday morning after an Atlantic County prosecutor relented in her controversial gun-carrying case, allowing her to enter the same pretrial intervention program offered to former NFL star Ray Rice in his domestic abuse case.

"The last year has been hell for me. Insomnia, depression," said Allen, a 27-year-old mother of two who spent 46 days in a New Jersey jail -- and was facing up to 10 years in prison -- after crossing into the state with a handgun that she had a permit to carry in her home state of Pennsylvania. Her case raised questions of fairness and preferential treatment as well as a review of state law after people learned that the same prosecutor and judge who denied leniency in her case, allowed Rice to avoid jail time by entering the pretrial program. Rice was charged after punching his fiancée in an elevator at the Revel Casino, knocking her unconscious.

"There is no explanation. I did nothing wrong, other than a simple mistake," Allen said.

On October 1, 2013, Allen was pulled over in Atlantic County for a routine traffic stop. When the officer approached her vehicle, she informed him that she had a handgun in the car and presented her concealed carry permit for Pennsylvania. Allen quickly learned that her Pennsylvania gun license held no legal weight in New Jersey when instead of getting a traffic ticket, she was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a weapon and armor penetrating bullets.

Records show the director of Atlantic County’s Pretrial Intervention recommended Allen for the program, but prosecutor Jim McClain and Superior Court Judge Michael Donio denied Allen’s acceptance into PTI.

After the controversy made headlines, McClain asked Judge Donio for time to review the case.

On Wednesday, the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office released a clarification of the 2008 "Graves Act" directive, which deals with incidents in which out-of-state residents who hold a valid permit to carry a firearm in their home state are arrested in New Jersey and charged with illegal possession of a firearm under New Jersey law.

According to the clarification a defendant may "avoid conviction for a Graves Act crime by being admitted to the PTI program." The clarification also states that under New Jersey law prosecutors are "not permitted to reject categorically a defendant's application for PTI on the grounds that he or she is charged with a crime that is subject to the presumption of imprisonment or a mandatory minimum sentence."

Upon reviewing the clarification, McClain allowed Allen to enter the PTI program. If she completes it, her charges will be dropped.

"Life definitely begins for me today," Allen said. "I'm giving them depression pills back!" She is also entertaining the idea of becoming an advocate for people in similar circumstances.

"I know young ladies and young men going through the same thing. They lost jobs, some are in jail," Allen said. "I'm not just doing it for me. I'm doing it for all the Shaneen Allens out there so this never happens again."

Allen, who broke down in court Thursday, hugged her sons, 11 and 3, outside of court. Despite how much she loves Jersey, Allen said she won't be back anytime soon.



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<![CDATA[Man Killed, 2 Hurt After Gun Battle in Front of School]]> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 21:07:39 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/219*120/West+Kensington+Cambria+Shooting.JPG

A man on foot and a man in a car began shooting at each other Wednesday afternoon outside a community center that houses a charter school.

The shooting outside of Congreso de Latinos Unidos -- a community services facility -- along N American Street near Cambria Street in Philadelphia’s West Kensington neighborhood around 1:15 p.m. left one alleged shooter dead, another shooter hurt and an innocent bystander hospitalized.

Police told NBC10 that a man on foot and a man in a car began shooting at each other in front of the community center. After being shot, the man in the car crashed into an innocent bystander who was walking across the street.

"He actually works out here at the garage," said Philadelphia Police Captain Mike Cram. "He was just out doing his job and gets hit by the car." 

The driver of the car later died at Temple University Hospital. The other two men remained in stable condition at Hahnemann Hospital, according to police.

A Brightside Academy day care is nearby the shooting scene. No injuries were reported at the day care or community center. Pan American Charter School is also located inside the center and was placed on lockdown for several hours due to the shooting.

Crying parents could be seen picking up their children.

"We got the phone call to pick up our children," said Yorlany Lopez, a mother of a student at Pan American Charter. "I'm just glad they're safe." 

What led to the shooting remains under investigation.



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<![CDATA[Suspect in Teen Girl's Death Surrenders: Police]]> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 01:52:49 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/Darien+Person+Olney+Teen+Shooting+Suspect.JPG

A memorial continues to grow for 15-year-old Aisha Abdur-Rhaman as friends and family cope with her death.

"I can't believe it," said Keziah Ridgeway, a teacher who taught the teen girl at Delaware Valley Charter School. "I'm still in disbelief."

Abdur-Rhaman died Monday afternoon after Darian Person,19, allegedly opened fire during a fight near the Albert Einstein Medical Center. Person was charged in her murder and surrendered to police Tuesday night.

"He took somebody's baby away," Ridgeway said. "For what? I have two daughters. If it was my daughter I wouldn't be able to breathe."

Investigators say a conflict between students at Delaware Valley Charter School led to the fatal shooting. While Abdur-Rhaman attended the school, police say she had nothing to do with the fight that ultimately caused her death.

"Something very small and trivial ultimately led to this young lady being killed," said Philadelphia Police Captain James Clark. "It started with some young ladies having some type of issue then it spread to the guys."

Clark says the conflict escalated into several fights at the school involving students and "people from their neighborhood."

"It became a war over Twitter and Instagram," Clark said. "A lot of threats were made and ultimately they arranged to set up this fight at Broad and Olney which led to the shooting."

Investigators say the two opposing groups met at Broad and Olney around 4 p.m. Monday. Among the group of 20 to 30 people was Person, a high school dropout who Clark said was brought to the fight as "muscle." The two opposing sides began to brawl on the street. As the fight began to die down, the teens then walked about a block down to the 5500 block of Old York Road, according to investigators.

"That's when the second altercation took place," Clark said.

During the second fight, Person allegedly took out a gun and fired three to five shots. One of the bullets traveled a half a block away and struck Abdur-Rhaman in the back as she was walking home with a friend.

"She was a totally innocent victim," Clark said.

Abdur-Rhaman ran about a half a block before collapsing on the curb outside Einstein Hospital. She was taken into the emergency room where she was pronounced dead a short time later.

A 19-year-old man was also struck in the chest during the shooting. He was taken to Einstein Hospital where he is currently in critical but stable condition. Investigators are unsure whether he was also an innocent bystander or involved in the fight.

After interviewing several witnesses, police identified Person, who has a criminal record, as the suspect in the shooting. Around 30 U.S. Marshals broke through his door and went into his home on the 1900 block of Rowan Street Tuesday afternoon but he wasn't there at the time.

"This young man was actually in our community center a little over a week ago," said Majeedah Rashid. "My coordinator was helping him find a job."

Rashid, who runs the Nicetown Community Development Corporation, says she and others urged Person to turn himself in. He eventually surrendered peacefully Tuesday night. Police say he is charged with murder. They have not yet revealed information on his bail or any other related charges.

A vigil for Abdur-Rhaman was held near Einstein Hospital Tuesday night.

"She was funny and never mad at anyone," said Trey Murrell, a classmate of the teen girl. "That's what we all liked about her."



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<![CDATA[Driver Charged in Tour Bus Crash That Killed 2 Women]]> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 06:47:02 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Delaware-Bus-Crash-Twitter.jpg

Charges have been filed against the driver of a tour bus that crashed in Delaware over the weekend, leaving two women dead and nearly 50 people hurt.

Jinli Zhao, 56, of Flushing, New York is charged with the operation of a vehicle causing death of another person. The charges are in connection to Sunday's bus crash that killed 54-year-old Hua'y Chen of New York City, New York and 30-year-old Idil Bahsi of Istanbul, Turkey. Police say 48 other passengers on board, including Zhao, were injured in the crash.

On Sunday around 4:20 p.m., Zhao was driving a 1996 Setra Touring Coach bus with 49 passengers on board southbound on Route 1 and exiting onto the off-ramp to US-13 northbound in New Castle.

As Zhao tried to turn on the ramp, the vehicle went off the roadway and overturned onto its roof, according to investigators.

The bus slid on its roof, traveled down a grassy embankment and rotated on its left side until it came to a final rest, according to police.

Chen, who was a passenger on the bus, was ejected from the vehicle and then pinned underneath it. Medics pronounced her dead at the scene.

"I guess she was trapped underneath the bus," said Elvis D'cruz, a 19-year-old college student from New Castle, Delaware. "One man was saying, 'my wife, my wife, my life.' That keeps replaying in my mind."

D'cruz tells NBC10 he was driving home with a friend when he spotted the overturned bus. The two quickly got out of their vehicle to help the victims.

"It must've been within five minutes of the crash," D'cruz said. "There were about two to three other civilians there helping out. The bus had flipped over onto its side and some people were still underneath it. The bus was completely in a ditch. We tried to help them get out, as much as we could. We went to the car, got first aid equipment and passed out gauze and bandages, whatever we could to comfort people."

D'cruz described the crash scene as total chaos.

"It just made me feel how fragile life is at times," D'cruz said while in tears. "It was hard seeing that little boy in the middle of the crash scene. What I really can't forget is all of the screaming and the smell of blood in the air. People didn't know what to do. There was no one else at the scene. Within 15 minutes, State Police arrived."

Zhao and the 48 other passengers -- some children -- were all injured in the crash. They were transported by a Delaware State Police helicopter to several local hospitals, including the Christiana Hospital Trauma Center, Wilmington Hospital, Saint Francis Hospital, Middletown Emergency Department and the Alfred I DuPont Hospital for Children.

Of the dozens of people who were hurt, at least three of them were critically injured, including Bahsi. She died from her injuries at Christiana Hospital around 10:45 p.m. Sunday.

"The injuries vary widely," said Dr. Rob Rosenbaum, an Emergency Room physician at Christiana Care. "Some patients have head injuries. Some have injuries to their torso, ribs, abdomen and fractures."

Zhao, who was properly restrained, suffered minor injuries. He was released Tuesday around 4 p.m. into the custody of State Troopers. He was then transported to Delaware State Police troop 2 in Newark where he was formally charged. He was arraigned and committed to Howard R. Young Correctional Institution on $5,000 secured bond.

Officials say the bus is owned by Am USA Express Incorporated, a regional bus transportation company based in Chinatown, New York. According to records, the company has been cited for 18 safety violations since 2012. The violations include equipment issues and drivers going over their hours. One of the company's buses was also involved in a minor crash last June.

The passengers in Sunday's accident were part of a sightseeing group sponsored by E World Travel and Tours based in New York City, according to police. Investigators say their three-day trip began Friday when they traveled from New York to Washington, DC. The group was traveling from DC back to New York at the time of the crash.

D'cruz says the passengers appeared to be foreigners.

"They were mixed in race," he said. "There were a few people speaking Mandarin and a few people speaking Hindi, Portuguese and Spanish."

According to D'cruz, the Route 13 off-ramp has a history of accidents.

"They're used to be a guard rail," he said. "People would go highway speeds on it even though you're supposed to slow down. People kept on slamming into the guard rail but it would stop them from flipping. They later on removed the guard rail and put flags up."

Investigators don’t believe drugs and alcohol were a factor in the crash. However, they say more charges will likely be filed as the investigation continues.



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<![CDATA[Teen Girl Shot, Killed Near Einstein Hospital]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 01:01:51 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Einstein-Hospital-Shooting.jpg

A gunman opened fire near Einstein Hospital in Philadelphia, killing a 15-year-old girl and critically injuring a 19-year-old man.

Police say the two victims were with a large crowd of teens near the hospital's main entrance on Old York and Tabor Roads around 4:15 p.m. Monday when a fight broke out.

During the fight, a gunman described as a "teenager, possibly 17 years old," fired several shots. The 15-year-old girl was struck in the torso.

The girl ran about half a block and then collapsed on the curb outside the hospital's main entrance, investigators say. She was taken inside the hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.

The 19-year-old man was also struck three times. He was also taken inside Einstein, where he is currently in critical condition but expected to survive.

Officials say both victims were innocent bystanders and not involved in the initial fight. They also say the girl attended Delaware Valley Charter High School which is located near where the shooting took place.

Investigators have taken into custody five teenagers who they suspect were with the gunman. Those teens are currently being interviewed.

Police have not released a detailed description of the suspected gunman but say he was wearing a black tank top and may have tattoos on his neck. The suspect was last seen running north on Old York Road.

Police are also analyzing surveillance video of the incident taken at a nearby Chinese restaurant.

Einstein Emergency Room was placed on lockdown due to the shooting. The lockdown was lifted around 6 p.m.



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<![CDATA[2 Women Die, 48 Hurt in Tour Bus Crash]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 23:30:49 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Delaware-Bus-Crash-Twitter.jpg

A tour bus overturned in Delaware late Sunday afternoon leaving two women dead and nearly 50 people hurt.

The first woman, 54-year-old Hua'y Chen of New York City, died at the scene of the crash. The second woman, 30-year-old Idil Bahsi of Istanbul, Turkey, died Sunday night at the hospital.

The 1996 Setra Touring Coach bus, which had a driver and 49 passengers on board, was traveling southbound on state Route 1 and exiting onto the off-ramp to US-13 northbound in New Castle around 4:20 p.m.

As the driver, identified as 56-year-old Jinli Zhao of Flushing, New York, tried to turn on the ramp, the vehicle went off the roadway and overturned onto its roof, according to investigators.

The bus slid on its roof and traveled down a grassy embankment and rotated on its left side until it came to a final rest, according to police.

Chen, who was a passenger on the bus, was ejected from the vehicle and then pinned underneath it. Medics pronounced her dead at the scene.

"I guess she was trapped underneath the bus," said Elvis D'cruz, a 19-year-old college student from New Castle, Delaware. "One man was saying, 'my wife, my wife, my life.' That keeps replaying in my mind."

D'cruz tells NBC10 he was driving home with a friend when he spotted the overturned bus. The two quickly got out of their vehicle to help the victims.

"It must've been within five minutes of the crash," D'cruz said. "There were about two to three other civilians there helping out. The bus had flipped over onto its side and some people were still underneath it. The bus was completely in a ditch. We tried to help them get out, as much as we could. We went to the car, got first aid equipment and passed out gauze and bandages, whatever we could to comfort people." 

D'cruz described the crash scene as total chaos.

"It just made me feel how fragile life is at times," D'cruz said while in tears. "It was hard seeing that little boy in the middle of the crash scene. What I really can't forget is all of the screaming and the smell of blood in the air. People didn't know what to do. There was no one else at the scene. Within 15 minutes, State Police arrived."

Zhao and the 48 other passengers -- some children -- were all injured in the crash. They were transported by a Delaware State Police helicopter to several local hospitals, including the Christiana Hospital Trauma Center, Wilmington Hospital, Saint Francis Hospital, Middletown Emergency Department and the Alfred I DuPont Hospital for Children.

Of the dozens of people who were hurt, at least three of them were critically injured, including Bahsi. She died from her injuries at Christiana Hospital around 10:45 p.m. Sunday. As of Monday night, one patient remains in critical condition, seven are in serious condition, ten are in fair condition and two are in good condition. Three children were also released from Alfred I DuPont.

"The injuries vary widely," said Dr. Rob Rosenbaum, an Emergency Room physician at Christiana Care. "Some patients have head injuries. Some have injuries to their torso, ribs, abdomen and fractures."

Zhao, who was properly restrained, suffered minor injuries.

Officials say the bus is owned by Am USA Express Incorporated, a regional bus transportation company based in Chinatown, New York. According to records, the company has been cited for 18 safety violations since 2012. The violations include equipment issues and drivers going over their hours. One of the company's buses was also involved in a minor crash last June.

The passengers in Sunday's accident were part of a sightseeing group sponsored by E World Travel and Tours based in New York City, according to police. Investigators say their three-day trip began Friday when they traveled from New York to Washington, DC. The group was traveling from DC back to New York at the time of the crash.

D'cruz says the passengers appeared to be foreigners.

"They were mixed in race," he said. "There were a few people speaking Mandarin and a few people speaking Hindi, Portuguese and Spanish."

According to D'cruz, the Route 13 off-ramp has a history of accidents.

"They're used to be a guard rail," he said. "People would go highway speeds on it even though you're supposed to slow down. People kept on slamming into the guard rail but it would stop them from flipping. They later on removed the guard rail and put flags up." 

The ramp from Route 1 southbound to US-13 northbound was closed for approximately six hours before it was finally reopened.

The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit continues to investigate the accident.



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<![CDATA[Police Car Slams Into Dunkin' Donuts]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:48:02 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/cop+car+into+dunkin+donuts+berlin.jpg

A South Jersey police vehicle slammed into a doughnut shop Friday morning.

The police SUV crashed into the Dunkin' Donuts shop along White Horse Pike in Berlin, New Jersey just before 11 a.m. Winslow Township Police said the SUV crashed into the building after colliding with another car.

The unidentified Winslow Township Police officer suffered minor injuries, according to investigators. The other driver refused treatment.

No customers or employees inside the store reported any injuries, according to police.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead, you could see the Winslow Township Police SUV right through the front window of the coffee shop with the driver's side door open.

Police said the crash caused structural damage to the building. No word yet on when repairs will be made.

Investigators said that the officer wasn't headed to a call at the time of the wreck. The cause of the wreck remained under investigation Friday afternoon.



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<![CDATA[Angry Job Seeker Stabs Woman in Chest]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:01:50 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/216*120/South+Philly+Stabbing+Broad+Street.JPG

A man went nuts -- stabbing and robbing an employee -- inside a South Philadelphia staffing agency after staff told him there was no work for him.

The suspect stabbed the woman -- identified by authorities as Caroline Basso Franklin, 53, who was working alone inside the agency she owns with her brother -- three times in the chest inside Trinity Staffing Services at 2340 S Broad Street around 9:15 a.m., according to Philadelphia Police.

Police said the attack came after the man asked Franklin for a temporary job and she told their were no jobs available.

Neighboring business owner, Frank Cinquino, the helped Franklin the across the street to Methodist Hospital where she remained in critical condition Thursday afternoon.

After the stabbing, the man took the woman's purse and ran off toward the subway -- leaving behind a kitchen knife, according to police.

The suspect possibly hopped onto a northbound Broad Street Line subway train at Oregon Avenue in South Philadelphia, according to authorities. Philadelphia Police stopped the train at the Girard Avenue Exit in North Philly to search for the suspect, according to SEPTA. But, the suspect remained on the loose.

Police described the suspect as being in his 30s with a goatee, cornrows and wearing a bloody shirt.

Investigators didn't reveal the exact reasoning for the man flipping out.



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<![CDATA[Rides Shut Down After Power Outage at Six Flags]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:09:39 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Six+Flags+New+Pic.jpg

A power outage occurred at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson Township, New Jersey, Sunday afternoon, briefly stranding passengers on rides. The outage happened after a transformer blew around 2 p.m.

"Paramedics started running through the park," said Al Moore, a visitor at the park. "Then ambulances and fire trucks showed up in the parking lot."

The park staff told visitors that the electricity went out, however the lights were still on in restaurants and shops, according to Moore.

"The staff also was telling people to stop taking pictures and video on their cellphones," Moore said.

Moore also told NBC10 a section of the park was roped off near Skull Mountain.

No one was injured, according to police. Officials with the Jersey Central Power and Light Company say they're in the process of isolating the outage and it did not impact the entire park.

Kaitlyn Turi, the Public Relations Supervisor for Six Flags, told NBC10 some visitors were briefly stuck on rides during the outage but were safely removed.

"All of our guests were safely unloaded from the affected rides within 20 minutes," Turi wrote. "Jersey Central Power and Light is here assessing the source of the outage. Power has been restored to portions of the park and, following a safety check, some rides have begun to resume normal operations." 

 

This story is developing. Check back for updates.
 



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<![CDATA[High-Angle Rescue of Worker Stuck in Tree]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 13:45:57 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/220*120/Claymont+Tree+Rescue.JPG

Emergency crews worked Friday afternoon to rescue a worker who fell from a tree.

The high-angle rescue played out along W Holly Oak Road in Claymont, Delaware shortly after 12:30 p.m.

New Castle County dispatchers said that the worker got stuck about 20 feet up in the tree.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead a short time later you could see a large group of emergency responders placing the injured worker on a stretcher.

No word on the worker's condition.



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<![CDATA[3 Teens Arrested for Attacking Man With Mental Disability]]> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 02:39:15 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/New-Videos-of-Attacks-on-Ma.jpg

A third teenager was arrested for his alleged involvement in the recorded attacks on a man with a mental disability in Delaware.

Officials say the 14-year-old boy from Newark, Delaware turned himself in at New Castle County Police headquarters early Monday night. Over the weekend, two other Delaware teens were arrested and charged for their alleged roles in the attacks.

While police suspect the attacks occurred several weeks ago, videos of the assaults made the rounds on Instagram after they were posted on Friday.

One video shows a teenager chasing after the man in front of an apartment complex. The man runs away from the teen, begging for him to leave him alone. The teen then grabs the man and body slams him to the ground as he screams out in agony. The teen then punches and kicks him in the head as his friends laugh in the background.

Two other videos show the teens attacking the same man in a wooded area. One video shows a teen once again body slamming the man to the ground as his friends laugh. The other video shows the teens punching and pushing the man to the ground.

The manager of a Delaware McDonald's also told NBC10 he spotted the teens bullying the man and throwing his lunch out onto a busy road.

The videos inspired a massive social media response and the clips quickly went viral.

"It's been a frenzy," said Soraya Cristan, a teenager from White Settlement, Texas.

Cristan claims the videos inspired her to create an anti-bullying campaign online.

"The tag #TheBullyProject has had over 50,000 posts," Cristan said. "People have spread the awareness all over the Internet."

Angeliz Marrero, a 16-year-old student at Howard High School of Technology in Wilmington, told NBC10 she also received a huge response after reposting the videos on her Instagram page and using #TheBullyProject hashtag. The campaign was personal for Marrero who says her brother is mentally challenged and was beaten up a few years back.

"I want something to be done to those kids so they know that's not okay and justice to be served for this man," Marrero said.

According to police, the victim is a 26-year-old man who has a neurodevelopmental disorder. He was treated and released from the hospital for injuries he suffered during the attacks.

“He loves music and is very kind and is completely harmless,” Marrero said. “He loves to be out of the house just being active walking around.”

Marrero claims the attacks took place at the Harbor Club Apartment complex on Cheswold Boulevard in Newark, Delaware, and in a wooded area behind the YMCA of Newark, Delaware.

Marrero also told NBC10 the teens shown in the video are between the ages of 14 and 15 and attend Delaware area high schools and middle schools.

Police say a 13-year-old boy and 14-year-old boy, both from Newark, Delaware arrived at New Castle County Police Headquarters on Saturday where they were arrested in connection to the attacks. Police tell NBC10 the families of the teens took them to their headquarters not to turn them in but to complain about the numerous phone calls, texts and negative social media messages they've received due to the videos.

The third teen was arrested Monday night.

All three teens are charged with offensive touching, assault of a vulnerable adult and conspiracy.

The videos have sparked strong reactions from people across the nation since they surfaced on social media, including Delaware Governor Jack Markell.

“I am horrified and sickened by the actions of the young people seen and heard in these videos," Markell said in a statement released Monday. "The images not only are disgusting for the physical harm done to the victim. They are also an affront to our most important values, which recognize that every person deserves to be treated with dignity and respect."

Police are still searching for other teens involved in the attacks. If you have any information, please call the New Castle County Police Department at 302-573-2800.



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<![CDATA[People Overcome by Odor at Beauty School]]> Mon, 08 Sep 2014 14:25:58 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/generic+caution+tape+vg.jpg

A sickening odor at the Empire Beauty School in Center City, Philadelphia prompted a call to 911 after several people complained of feeling light-headed.

Rescue and hazardous materials crews were at the school, located at 1522 Chesnut Street, right after 1 p.m.

Crews were monitoring and treating people at the scene. No one was evacuated.

According to initial reports, the odor was confined to one classroom and students were relocated to other parts of the building.



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<![CDATA[Gunman Kills Girlfriend's Sister, Shoots Son: Police]]> Mon, 08 Sep 2014 16:38:00 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/police-lights-shutterstock_542372561.jpg

A gunman shot his girlfriend's son and killed her sister, right on the family's front lawn Monday afternoon, according to Philadelphia police.

Investigators say the man came looking for his girlfriend at the home in the 4200 block of Malta Street in the city's Juniata neighborhood around 12:30 p.m.

When he discovered she was not there, police say he shot his girlfriend's son and her sister as they stood on the front lawn.

The woman, 40, was taken to Temple hospital, where she died a short time later.

The girlfriend's son, 21, is at St. Christopher's hospital.

The 37-year-old gunman is in critical condition at Einstein Medical Center.

Police say they recovered a gun on the front lawn.



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<![CDATA[School Bus, Car Crash in South Jersey]]> Mon, 08 Sep 2014 08:51:13 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/tlmd_school_bus_generic1.jpg

A school bus with a child on board crashed along a South Jersey roadway Monday morning.

The bus collided with a car at Aloe Street and Leipzig Avenue in Galloway Township, New Jersey just before 7 a.m., according to Galloway Township Police.

One student and a driver were on the bus at the time,according to police.

There were no immediate reports of injuries and it took less than one hour to clear the crash scene.

NBC10 is working to find out what school the bus was serving.

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<![CDATA[Body Found Floating in Schuylkill River]]> Mon, 08 Sep 2014 15:06:16 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/216*120/Schuylill+River+Body.JPG

Crews blocked traffic along Philadelphia’s Boathouse Row Monday morning as they responded to a man's body found in the Schuylkill River.

One lane of the Kelly Drive was closed in each direction as Philadelphia firefighters and Philadelphia Police responded to the scene around 7 a.m.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead a short time later you could see the body in the river and firefighters and police officers on the dock behind one of the boathouses.

A boat could be seen being used to get to the body. Police said that crews pulled the man's body from the water a short time later.



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<![CDATA[10-Year-Old Boy Dies After Hit by Car]]> Fri, 05 Sep 2014 09:40:15 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/tlmd_police_generic_police_tape_police_lights_fishtown.jpg

A 10-year-old boy died early Friday morning after being struck by a car in Northeast Philadelphia the previous night.

Medics rushed the child to St. Christopher's Hospital for Children after a vehicle struck him near Loretto and Longshore Avenues around 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

The boy later at the hospital.

Investigators said the driver stopped after the accident and remained at the scene.

Police didn't immediately file any charges.
 

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<![CDATA[10-Year-Old Struck, Injured By Car in NE Philly]]> Thu, 04 Sep 2014 21:56:43 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/tlmd_police_generic_police_tape_police_lights_fishtown.jpg

A child was struck by a car in Northeast Philadelphia Thursday night.

The 10-year-old boy was hit by the vehicle near Loretto and Longshore avenues around 8:30 p.m.

The victim is in critical condition at St. Christopher's Hospital, according to police.

This story is developing. Check back for more information.

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<![CDATA[9-Year-Old Boy Shot in the Head]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 20:02:13 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/206*120/Child+Shot+in+Tacony.JPG

Agustin Rosado vividly remembers the emotional plea of a young boy moments after he was shot in the head.

"He said, 'Please sir, I don't want to die, don't let me die.' I told the boy, 'You're gonna be okay. God's with you and I'm with you here too,'" Rosado said.

The 9-year-old boy was walking on Knorr Street near Torresdale Avenue around 3:20 p.m. in the Tacony section of the city. According to witnesses, the boy had just visited the library and was walking home with his family.

As they were walking, witnesses say a car pulled up near the boy and his parents. That's when an unidentified man with a red bandanna around his head fired two shots before fleeing the scene, according to witnesses. The boy was grazed in the head by one of the bullets.

"I took cover," Rosado said. "Then I wrapped a towel around the boy's head."

The boy was taken to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia where he is currently in good condition.

Police don't believe the boy was the gunman's intended target. They continue to investigate.

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



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<![CDATA[Dry Cleaner Goes Up in Flames]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 12:21:00 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/192*120/Ridge+AVenue+Roxborough+Dry+Cleaner+Fire.JPG

A family-owned and operated city dry cleaner caught fire early Labor Day.

Thick smoke could be seen after flames broke out around 5 a.m. at Award Custom Dry Cleaner along Ridge Avenue near Shurs Lane in Philadelphia’s Roxborough neighborhood.

As NBC10 photojournalist John Panfile arrived, the building was entirely engulfed in flames.

No one was injured, according to Philadelphia Police.

A short time after the fire began, Philadelphia firefighters could be seen pouring water onto the blaze as thick smoke rose into the morning sky. Crews worked to keep the fire from spreading to nearby businesses including Maggiano's auto repair.

Award cleaners has been family owned and operated for more than 45 years, according to the store's website.



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<![CDATA[Topless Woman Struck by 2 Cars Dies, Driver Flees]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 09:41:45 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/Logan+N+Broad+Street+Woman+sTruck.JPG

Philadelphia Police say a driver fled after sending a woman -- who witnesses said was topless -- into the air along North Broad Street in the Logan section of Philadelphia. The woman later died in the hospital.

Accident invesitgators said a woman in her 50s was crossing Broad Street at Belfield Avenue around 5 a.m. when a compact white car struck her and sent her flying into the air and into the path of a second car.

Medics rushed the woman to Albert Einstein Medical Center, where she later died.

Authorities are searching for the driver of the white car, which fled the scene. The second vehicle stopped and the driver cooperated with investigators.

Witnesses told authorities the woman was topless when the accident occurred, but it is unclear why she was only half-dressed, according to police.

Officials closed southbound lanes of the roadway as they investigated.



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<![CDATA[Body of Missing NJ Student Found, ID'd by Parents: Sources]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 05:35:34 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/Missing+Yeshiva+Student+Aaron+Sofer.JPG

A body found on the outskirts of an Israeli forest has been identified as that of a New Jersey student who went missing nearly a week ago, police sources say. The remains were confirmed by his parents, sources say, who were holding out hope that the man was still alive.

The body of 23-year-old Aharon Sofer was discovered around 3:30 p.m. Israeli time on Thursday just a few kilometers from where the Lakewood, New Jersey, man was last seen while hiking with a friend in the Jerusalem forest.

There were no reasons to believe foul play was involved after the body was found, officials said. They believe the man may have slipped and fell while navigating difficult terrain.

The discovery came a day after emotional pleas from Sofer's family as they prayed for his safe return. Chulda and Moshe Sofer had flown from the U.S. to Israel over the weekend to join the search for their son.

"We believe he is still alive and out there," his mother, Chulda Sofer, said from Jerusalem after being briefed there by police.

"And if everyone could think of him as their own," she said, "we really beg everyone, and we plead with everyone, if anyone knows any lead to where Aaron is, if you could please contact the police immediately."

Sofer, who is one of 10 children, grew up in an ultra-Orthodox family in the Ocean County, New Jersey, town. He went to Jerusalem to study and was between semesters on Friday when he went hiking with a friend in the woods. The two got separated, and Sofer hadn't been seen since.

Former Lakewood Mayor Meir Lichtenstein said Sofer wasn't an experienced hiker.

"He actually called his mother and asked her permission," he said.

There were fears the yeshiva student may have been abducted due to the Israeli war in Gaza. But no group ever took credit for the disappearance.

As dictated by the Jewish faith, Sofer's body must be laid to rest within 24 hours. A family friend says the burial will take place at 9:30 a.m. Israeli time on Friday.

Audio from the service will be fed back to New Jersey so family members at home can take part.



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<![CDATA[Man Kills Wife at Hospital, Son Found Dead: Police]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:32:08 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Glendora-Shooting.jpg

The son of a man believed to have shot and killed his wife before turning the gun on himself was found dead Wednesday at a South Jersey home.

The body of 35-year-old Ryan Wychowanec was found inside his parents' home in Glendora, New Jersey, police said.

Earlier in the day, the man's father, Raymond Wychowanec, 63, had entered Kennedy University Hospital's Stratford Campus on East Laurel Road in Stratford around 9:25 a.m. to visit his 62-year-old wife, Denise, according to police.

She was dead less than an hour later.

The man fired two shots around 10:10 a.m., killing his wife, police said. He then turned the gun on himself inside the hospital room, according to Camden County Prosecutor's Office spokesman Jason Laughlin.

The woman died while her husband was treated for his injuries at Cooper University Hospital, according to authorities. He is currently in critical condition.

Police investigating those shootings discovered the other victim shot to death inside the Wychowanecs' home on the 800 block of Price Avenue in Glendora. That victim was later identified as the couple's 35-year-old son Ryan.

Police are currently analyzing evidence to confirm whether the two shootings are related.

Hospital officials said the alleged shooter's wife was at Kennedy for a non-life threatening illness, but declined to provide further detail, citing privacy laws.

The hospital wasn't evacuated, since the shooting was considered contained.

According to neighbors, Raymond Wychowanec recently sold another home to pay for his wife's medical bills.

"One time I had to actually call 911," said Erica Carr, one of the neighbors. "His wife was in there screaming and he wasn't home. He must've been working. She actually fell inside the house." 



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<![CDATA[Man Dies in Apparent Suicide Outside Twp. Building]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:30:58 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Lower-Providence-Parking-Lo.jpg

A man whose body was found in an SUV parked outside a township building died from an apparent suicide, according to investigators.

The shooting occurred shortly after 2:30 p.m. outside the township building on 100 Park Lane Drive in Lower Providence, Pa. Eagleville Park and playground, the Lower Providence Police Department and community library are also located there, according to Melissa Treacy, a reporter from our newsgathering partner the Alternative Press of Lower Providence.

Responding police officers found a 45-year-old man inside an SUV parked in the lower lot outside the building. Officials say he died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. They have not yet revealed the man's identity.

Both the body and the SUV were removed from the lot. No one else was hurt during the incident.



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<![CDATA[Bound Man Crawls From River, 2 Others Die]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:40:33 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Schuylkill+River+Abduction+Police+Search.JPG

A soaking wet man, bound and suffering from stab wounds, crawled from Philadelphia's Schuylkill River after he and two other men were abducted, attacked, robbed and dumped into the water, police said.

The other two victims never made it out of the river.

Philadelphia Police rushed to the water along Kelly Drive near Hunting Park Avenue in Fairmount Park around 4 a.m. Wednesday after someone called 911 to report a partially-dressed injured man screaming along the roadway.

When authorities arrived on the scene, they found the man, identified by NBC10 sources as 23-year-old Thanh Voong, soaking wet and suffering from multiple stab wounds to his stomach and legs. His arms and legs were partially bound and he had duct tape on his face.

The attack left Voong in critical condition at Hahnemann University Hospital, where he underwent surgery for seven stab wounds.

Investigators found two bodies submerged in the water -- both bound with tape and tied or tethered to some sort of anchor.

Police using flashlights taped off an area along the river and searched for clues about what happened. Police dive teams finally recovered the bodies, which could be seen in about 5 to 10 feet of water, around 8:30 a.m.

Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said the victim told investigators that about five men abducted him near 62nd Street and Woodland Avenue in Southwest Philly and threw him into the back of a van around 1 a.m.

"While in the back of the van he was blindfolded, he was stabbed numerous times, he was robbed of an undisclosed amount of money," said Small. "He says that while in the back of the van he then realized that there were two other males in the back of the van... they were duct taped and they appeared to have been stabbed numerous times."

Police believe at some point Tuesday night, the abductors brought the men to a home at 72nd and Elmwood Streets. Officers returned to the home Wednesday night. Investigators tell NBC10 they found a marijuana growing operation inside, leading them to believe the abduction and attack was related to drugs. Small also said that robbery was the motive behind the attack.

Voong was unsure whether the two men with him in the vehicle were alive or dead, according to investigators.

Detectives are reviewing surveillance video that captured the area near where the abduction took place in hopes of finding the van and the suspects.

Voong somehow climbed out of the water, said Small.

An initial investigation showed that the men were dragged across the concrete and grass before being dumped in the river, according to police on the scene.

Police responded to the victim's Northern Liberties home to collect evidence.

"There were original reports of blood evidence," said Philadelphia Police Cpt. James Clark. "That is not the case. Through the investigation we found out the surviving victim lived there so we went to that residence. But the crime did not happen there."

Police continue to investigate. No arrests have been made.



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