<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Breaking News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/breaking http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.comen-usSun, 25 Sep 2016 11:51:53 -0400Sun, 25 Sep 2016 11:51:53 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[SEPTA Train Strikes Man Dangling Onto Market-Frankford Line]]> Thu, 22 Sep 2016 17:43:26 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/Market+Frankford+Line+Huntingdon+station+Train+Strikes+Man.JPG

SEPTA riders along the Market-Frankford Line should expect delays Thursday after a train struck a man who had his legs dangling onto the tracks.

The man was either lying on the platform or sitting – his legs hanging over the edge – at the Huntingdon Station shortly before 10 a.m., said SEPTA.

No word yet on how badly the man was hurt.

The transit agency suspended all trains and shuttled passengers shuttled between Allegheny and Berks stations and warned commuters to expect delays. After about 45 minutes, they announced that all trains in both directions would board on the eastbound platforms.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead a short time later you could see officers and SEPTA employees on the platform as the stopped train remained at the station.

Service resumed to normal around 11:15 a.m., said SEPTA.

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<![CDATA[Car Firebombing Leaves Man With Burns]]> Thu, 22 Sep 2016 11:53:17 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/North+Philly+Firebombing+Torched+Car.JPG

Someone possibly firebombed a car in Philadelphia Thursday morning leaving a person with second-degree burns over much of his body.

Medics rushed the person in the car to Temple University Hospital after the incident at Dauphin and N Cleveland streets in North Philadelphia around 5:30 a.m., said firefighters.

The blast rocked nearby homes and blasted out the windows of the car. After the blast, the victim ran out of the burning vehicle yelling "I got burnt," said witnesses.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze and police joined the investigation.

The victim told investigators someone in a green can threw something at his car, causing the blast. But, police said there was no immediate evidence to confirm that account.

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<![CDATA[Suspicious Package Scare at Rutgers Parking Garage]]> Mon, 19 Sep 2016 12:14:37 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/rutgers+university+generic+FB+courtesy.jpg

Rutgers University urged people to avoid a New Brunswick parking garage for a couple hours Monday morning as police investigated a suspicious package.

The item found at the Douglass Parking Deck off George Street in New Brunswick around 8 a.m. turned out not be dangerous, said the university.

No injuries were reported as shortly after 10 a.m., the university deemed the package "safe" and thanked everyone "for your patience" as they reopened the area around the garage.

"The Rutgers University Police Department (RUPD) has determined that the package discovered in the Douglass Parking Deck is safe," said a university statement. "All facilities in the area are open and operating normally."

No word yet on what type of device was being investigated.

During the investigation, students wondered on social media if classes would be canceled. Classes went on as normal Monday morning.

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<![CDATA[Head-on Wreck Closes Montco Road]]> Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:28:44 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Whitemarsh+Crash+Flourtown+Road.JPG

Two cars collided head-on along a Montgomery County road Friday morning, leaving one driver dead.

The wreck closed Flourtown Road near Joshua Road in Lafayette Hill, Whitemarsh Township, Pennsylvania before daybreak.

S 1996 Ford Contour traveling westbound crossed into the eastbound lanes and collided with a 2003 Ford Explorer. Kenneth Greene, who was behind the wheel of the Contour died while the other driver was treated and released by doctors at Chestnut Hill Hospital, said Whitemarsh Township Police.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead you could see police standing near the badly-damaged vehicles – both with severe front-end damage. Debris scattered across the roadway and a sport utility vehicle apparently took out part of a fence for one of the large properties nearby.

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<![CDATA[Medics Help Philly Police Officer Onto Stretcher After Crash]]> Thu, 15 Sep 2016 14:01:41 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Philly+Police+Officer+Crash+Stretcher+Frankford.JPG

First responders helped a Philadelphia Police officer himself onto a stretcher after a crash in the Frankford neighborhood Thursday afternoon.

The wreck at Cheltenham and Frankford avenues around 12:30 p.m. left that officer and his partner with non-life-threatening injuries, said police.

Police expected both officers to be treated at Temple University Hospital and released.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead a short time later you could see the officer getting out of his police sport utility vehicle and onto a stretcher before being wheeled to a waiting ambulance. A second SUV -- a Toyota Rav4 -- crashed nearby.

The 15th District officers were responding to an officer assist call, driving southbound on Frankford Avenue when the Rav4 -- going eastbound on Cheltenham -- struck the police vehicle, said police.

Doctors at Frankford-Torresdale Hospital treated two people in the Rav4 for minor injuries, said police.

Police didn't immediately file any charges.

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<![CDATA[Crews Rescue 2 From Dangling Scaffold at Delaware Hospital]]> Thu, 15 Sep 2016 13:04:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Dangling+Scaffold+Christian+Care+Hospital.JPG

A sideways scaffolding marked the scene where crews rescued two workers at a Delaware hospital building Thursday morning.

The high-angle rescue took place around 10:45 a.m. at a building on the Christiana Care Health System campus along Ogletown-Stanton Road, said New Castle County dispatchers.

Both workers needed help coming down after the scaffold malfunctioned and are expected to be OK, said Christiana Care spokesperson Hiran Ratnayake.

"... a scaffolding malfunction temporarily caused two workers to be stranded on a scaffold at Christiana Hospital until fire rescue personnel were able to safely help them down from the building," said Ratnayake's statement. "Both workers are safe and did not receive any injuries."

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead a short time after the incident, you could see a scaffolding dangling on its side from the side of the building.

It wasn’t clear how high up the workers were when they became stuck, said dispatchers.

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<![CDATA[Boy, 5, Dies in I-78 Wreck]]> Wed, 14 Sep 2016 20:22:50 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Deadly+I-78+Crash+Rayvon+Robinson.jpg

Open alcoholic containers were found following a crash that left a 5-year-old New Jersey boy dead and five other people hurt. The wreck closed Interstate 78 in the Lehigh Valley for hours Wednesday morning.

Cars backed up for five miles behind the three-vehicle wreck along I-78 eastbound at mile-marker 70.6 between Route 33 and Route 412 in Lower Saucon Township in Northampton County shortly before 1 a.m.

A Nissan Versa driven by Nadine Walton, 54, of Newark, New Jersey for some reason left the roadway, swerved and struck a guardrail, stopping in the left lane, said Pennsylvania State Police.

A Kia Forte and Doge Caravan then struck the disabled Nissan, said police.

Walton was driving 31-year-old Stefany Stephens, a 2-year-old girl and a 5-year old boy (all from Newark, New Jersey) at the time. The wreck left the boy -- identified by his grandfather as Rayvon Robinson -- dead at the scene -- ejected from his car seat, said police.

Walton and the 2-year-old suffered serious injuries as Stephens suffered undisclosed injuries -- doctors at Lehigh Valley Cedar Crest treated the injured, said police.

Each child was in a child safety seat but it wasn't clear if they were properly strapped in, said police.

Police said they found open alcoholic containers inside the Nissan Versa. They hoped to find out if either the driver or passenger were drinking at the time of the crash. The boy's grandfather told NBC10 the family was driving from South Carolina back to their home in New Jersey at the time of the crash. He described Rayvon as a happy child who always had a big smile on his face.

"Oh man, Rayvon was an angel," he said. "He was an angel and sharp as a whip. He could retain anything."

The drivers of the other vehicles suffered less serious injuries and were transported to local hospitals, said police.

As the coroner was called to the scene, all lanes remained closed as of 7 a.m. as the minivan and one of the cars remained badly damaged int he middle of the roadway. The roadway opened up before 1 p.m.

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<![CDATA[I-76 Reopens After Big Rig Wreck]]> Tue, 13 Sep 2016 08:26:14 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/241*120/I-76+Crash+Girard.JPG

A wreck involving two tractor-trailers closed the Schuylkill Expressway headed into Philadelphia for about 45 minutes Tuesday morning.

The wreck closed all lanes of Interstate 76 eastbound near Girard Avenue in Philadelphia around 6:15 a.m.

Many emergency vehicles could be seen responding. One person could be seen be loaded into an ambulance. That person was treated at Hahnemann Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

The crash caused a massive backup leading back to Montgomery County. Crews began letting one lane of traffic by around 7 a.m. By 7:30 a.m. all lanes were reopened but delays remained.

With Kelly and Martin Luther King drives already detoured due to President Barack Obama's visit at Eakins Oval, surface streets like Belmont Avenue served as the best routes around the crash.

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<![CDATA[School Bus Crashes in Montco, 1 Hurt]]> Mon, 12 Sep 2016 10:31:55 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/203*120/Cheltenham+School+Bus+Crash+Coventry.JPG

One person was hurt as a school bus and car collided in Montgomery County Monday morning.

No children were on board the yellow school bus when it crashed along Coventry Avenue at Cheltenham Avenue around 8:30 a.m., said county dispatchers.

One person was hurt. It wasn’t immediately clear if it was the driver of the bus or the other vehicle.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead a short time later, police could be seen blocking part of Cheltenham and Coventry avenues as they investigated.

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<![CDATA[Auto Body Shop Goes Up in Flames Along NJ Road]]> Mon, 12 Sep 2016 21:15:01 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/216*120/Route+73+Michaels+Auto+Body+Shop+Fire.JPG

Fire broke out Monday at a South Jersey auto body shop sending flames into the morning sky and causing traffic troubles along a busy route.

The blaze at Michael’s Auto Body shop along Route 73 in Cinnaminson caused two lanes of northbound Route 73 to be closed as firefighters tried to douse the flames around 6 a.m.

"There was a massive explosion," said witness Bob Marshall. "It was a ball, like a bomb went off inside -- probably one of the cars."

No one was hurt in the two-alarm blaze, said Burlington County dispatchers

Crews battled the flames as heavy smoke rose into the air. Witnesses said they could see the smoke on the Pennsylvania side of the Delaware River. 

The fire scene was on the roadway leading up to the Tacony-Palmyra and Betsy Ross bridges, causing traffic issues through the morning rush.

Firefighters had the blaze under control and out by 7:45 a.m., said dispatchers.

Investigators blocked off the parking lot leading to the body shop as they searched for a cause midday Monday.

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<![CDATA[Gunfire Claims Woman in Trenton]]> Fri, 09 Sep 2016 14:20:06 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Trenton+Homicide+Spring+Street.JPG

A woman was shot and killed in Trenton midday Friday, said Trenton Police.

Investigators didn’t immediately reveal details about the killing along Spring Street near Calhoun Street around 11:15 a.m. outside of saying the woman died at the scene.

As SkyForce10 hovered over the murder scene, police could be seen gathered outside a home.

The Mercer County Homicide Task Force also joined the investigation, said police.

No word yet on a description of the killer.

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<![CDATA[Heat Is on: Local Schools to Close Early Friday]]> Fri, 09 Sep 2016 14:01:35 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/school+empty+classroom.jpg

Just days after the school year has begun, the school day is already being cut short for Philadelphia public and parochial school students due to excessive heat.

With temperatures expected in the 90s with high humidity Friday, the Philadelphia School District announced that all schools would close at noon Friday.

The heat also will impact after-school activities.

"All after-school activities including all athletic programs and professional development classes scheduled for Friday are canceled as well," said the district in a news release. "All District early childhood centers will remain open as per their regular schedule. In addition, administrative offices will be open according to their regular schedule."

Philadelphia schools dismissed as normal Thursday despite temps pushing into the high 90s.

The district urged parents and students to check the website and call 215-400-4636 for more details.

Philadelphia Catholic schools will also close early Friday, following the school district's lead.

Camden City, Haddon Township and Trenton public schools in New Jersey as well as Reading and Upper dublin Townships schools in Pennsylvania also reported they would close early on Friday.

A list of local schools closed early this week due to the heat and humidity.

Keep up to date with any other school closings or early dismissals posted to the school closing section.

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<![CDATA[30-Foot NJ School Bus Yard Fireball Burns Worker]]> Wed, 07 Sep 2016 14:33:36 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Egg+Harbor+Township+Fuel+School+Bus+Yard+Explosion.JPG

A fuel pump explosion at a South Jersey school bus depot sent a fireball 30-feet into the air and left one worker hurt.

The blast shook the Egg Harbor Township School District transportation building along Swift Avenue around 9:30 a.m. The yard is near E.H. Slaybaugh and close to H. Russell Swift Elementary schools.

The blast didn't put any students or school staff in danger, said police and school officials.

"The gasoline tank exploded after it had already been emptied," said interim Egg Harbor Township school superintendent Fred Nicklas.

Workers from DeMaio's Environmental Contracting Consulting and Engineering were in the process of cutting open the tank for environmentally-regulated cleaning when the fumes inside sparked, said Nicklas.

"The worker himself was thrown approximately six feet," said Nicklas.

The worker remained conscious as medics took him to the hospital for treatment for burns to his head and body, said Nicklas.

Egg Harbor Township Police described the incident as a construction accident in the fueling area for school buses.

"Construction is currently being done to the underground fuel tanks," police said on Facebook.

"Those nearby heard the explosion and saw the flame," said Nicklas.

OSHA and police planned to investigate.

"This was an accident that no one anticipated happening but it did," said Nicklas.

The work on removing and cleaning the old tanks continued Wednesday afternoon, said school officials.

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<![CDATA[Dump Truck Dings Delco Home]]> Tue, 06 Sep 2016 08:44:20 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/211*120/Media+Dump+Truck+Crash.JPG

A dump truck crashed into a Delaware County home Tuesday morning.

Luckily, no one was hurt when the truck went up on the lawn of a home along Garfield Road near Chew Road in Media, Pennsylvania around 7:45 a.m.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead a short time later you could see the truck near the front of the home.

The exact extent of damage wasn’t clear but Pennsylvania State Police said the truck only "dinged" the house.

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<![CDATA[I-95 Reopens After Big Rig Slams Into Firetruck]]> Thu, 01 Sep 2016 08:03:57 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/217*120/Truck+Firetruck+Crash+I-95.JPG

A big rig slammed into a firetruck bringing traffic on Interstate 95 to a screeching halt for hours early Thursday and leaving five Philadelphia firefighters hurt.

The tractor-trailer crossed lanes and slammed into the stopped firetruck in the southbound left-hand shoulder around 3 a.m. under the Chestnut Street overpass/Penn's Landing Tunnel in Old City.

"It was chaotic out here," said NBC10 photo journalist Pete Kane who witnessed the wreck in his rear-view mirror.

The wreck left five Philadelphia firefighters from Ladder 16 and the big rig driver with minor injuries. Doctors at Hahnemann Hospital treated the firefighters while the truck driver went to Jefferson Hospital – all in stable condition.

The firefighters were responding to a minor crash when the big rig came across the lanes and slammed into the fire truck, said Kane. Despite the crash, firefighters could be seen running to help out other motorists. [[391982361, C]]

"Normally when I come up to an accident the firemen are the ones going to help people, it was just so eerie that they were the ones needing help, but they went back to the cab to make sure the tractor-trailer driver was OK, make sure the people in the car were OK even though (the firefighters) were injured themselves, it was something different to see." Said Kane. "When it happened it was like something out of a movie, when you look in your mirror and you see a tractor-trailer going across the roadway, not knowing what’s going to happen next, it was very chaotic out here at the time. These firemen, they were hurt, but they also did their job."

The wreck caused a major backup as motorists stuck behind the crash and bailed out onto Center City Streets.

Around 6 a.m., crews allowed the left lane to snake by to clear out the backed up cars. They then cleared the crashed vehicles and got the roadway reopened shortly after 7 a.m.

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<![CDATA[Gas Main Break Causes NJ Business Evacuations]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 12:22:08 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/196*120/Stokes+and+Dixontown+Road+MEdford+NJ.JPG

Construction workers struck a gas main in South Jersey Tuesday morning causing the evacuation of some nearby businesses.

The line was struck in the area of Stokes and Dixontown roads in Medford around 9 a.m.

Some nearby businesses were evacuated as a caution but the Starbucks in nearby Ironstone Village Center remained opened despite one of its entrances being blocked off.

No injuries were reported.

It took crews around two hours to fix the leak.

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<![CDATA[Wild Crash Leaves Trail of Debris in NJ]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 20:45:13 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Haddon+ave+Camden+Wreck.jpg

A speeding car crashed along a normally busy South Jersey roadway overnight leaving a trail of debris that impacted people, homes and other vehicles.

"There's stuff everywhere, 100 feet around the car," said witness Walter Dilson.

The unidentified driver of a maroon Chrysler 300 lost control along Haddon Avenue at Newton Avenue in Camden, New Jersey (not far from Cooper University Hospital) around 2 a.m. and slammed into at cars and the porches of some homes.

"The vehicle was one fire, and, like I said, the cops showed off immediately afterwards and he said, 'stay away,'" said Dilson.

The crash left the driver critically injured, ejected from the car, said Camden County Police.

People in a car he sideswiped were treated and released for undisclosed injuries, said police sources.

Car parts, bricks, stone, parts of a porch and a downed pole remained on the scene as investigators tried to figure out exactly what caused the wreck that also left seven parked cars damaged.

Investigators were working under the premise that the driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the wreck, said police.

Residents from six homes were displaced as crews determined if the homes are structurally sound. A crew was called in to demolish a dangling porch.

Expect traffic closures throughout the morning as crews investigate and work to clear the debris.

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<![CDATA[Break Sends Water Gushing Onto Roosevelt Blvd., Slows Cars]]> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 07:38:42 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/Roosevelt+Boulevard+Water+Main+Break1.JPG

A water main break sent water gushing onto the busy Roosevelt Boulevard (Route 1) Monday morning.

The break, which happened late Sunday night, closed lanes of the southbound Boulevard after Fox Street and caused traffic to back up all the way up to Wissahickon Avenue as cars snaked past the scene.

As of 6:15 a.m. Monday, the traffic troubles continued with only two lanes getting by as crews worked to clear the scene near Henry Avenue in East Falls.

No word yet on when traffic will flow smoothly again.

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<![CDATA[Pa. Girl, 3, Taken from Her Home Found Safe in NYC]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 16:03:25 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Amber+Alert+Ava+Byrne.jpg

A 3-year-old girl from Luzerne County who Pennsylvania State Police issued an Amber Alert for Friday was found in New York City and is safely in the custody of authorities.

Wearing only a diaper, brown-haired Ava Byrne, 3, was taken from from a property on Vine Street in Nescopeck Borough -- about 10 miles from Wilkes Barre -- around 12:30 a.m., police said.

She was allegedly taken by Robert Byrne, 24, who stands around 5-foot, 9-inches tall and weighs around 215 pounds, state police said.

Byrne was found about 2 p.m. in New York City, police said.

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<![CDATA[3 Firefighters Hurt in Delaware Plant Blaze]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 07:20:54 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/IKO+Global+Delaware+Fire+Ground+Shot.jpg

Three Delaware firefighters were hurt fighting a blaze at a Edgemoor manufacturing plant Thursday afternoon, fire officials said.

Flames broke out around 1 p.m. at the IKO Global facility along the 100 block of Hay Road. The plant makes roofing shingles.

The fire began in a warehouse holding supplies for the manufacturing process, the Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office said.

Brandywine Hundreds Fire Company Chief Tom Finocchiaro told NBC10's Tim Furlong that one firefighter suffered smoke inhalation and two were overcome with heat exhaustion.

All three were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment. Their conditions were not immediately known.

The fire marshal said the fire began when welders were working on pipes in the building. The fire was ruled accidental.

Damage is extensive and could run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars, the fire marshal said.

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<![CDATA[Arrest in Theft of Wounded Warrior Bicycles]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 06:48:39 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Roy-Bowman.jpg

Police arrested a man accused of stealing thousands of dollars' worth of bicycle equipment from the Wounded Warrior Project.

Roy Bowman, 48, was arrested and charged with theft and receiving stolen property.

The investigation began on August 13 at 8 a.m. when police responded to the Renaissance Philadelphia Airport Hotel at 500 Stevens Drive in Tinicum Township. Police were informed that a U-Haul truck in the parking lot of the hotel that contained multiple bicycles, parts and equipment belonging to the Wounded Warrior Project had been stolen. The materials had an estimated value of $37,000.

The driver of the truck told police he had parked the vehicle at the hotel parking lot around 11 p.m. August 12 and it was stolen at some point between then and the morning of August 13. The theft occurred hours before the project's annual Soldier Ride in Philadelphia.

On Tuesday, the Philadelphia Police Department Major Crimes Unit received information reporting that the stolen bikes and parts were inside a garage in a home on the 4100 block of Sterling Street in Philadelphia and that the man who lived at the home drove a silver Chevy Trailblazer. Later that day, investigators went to the home and observed the Trailblazer pulling up to the back of the property. They then spotted someone removing a dark-colored Trek racing bicycle from the rear of the Chevy and placing it in the back of the property.

After obtaining a search warrant for the home, police spotted Bowman inside, investigators said. Bowman allegedly jumped up from the living room, ran towards the back of the property and then stopped after seeing officers in the back. Bowman was arrested and police recovered four of the stolen Wounded Warrior bicycles, equipment and parts valued at $8,000, according to officials.

Police continue to investigate the thefts. Anyone with information is asked to call Sgt. James Simpkins, Jr. at 610-521-3830.

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<![CDATA[Water Main Break at Montco Mall]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 15:23:02 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/Cheltenham+Mall+Parking+Lot+water+Main+Break+Chik-Fil-A.JPG

A water main break sent a muddy mess onto the parking lot of a Montgomery County Mall Tuesday morning.

The main broke at the Cheltenham Square Mall along Cheltenham Avenue in Wyncote, Pennsylvania around daybreak.

The break appeared to happen near the mall and send water gushing along the parking lot toward the Chik-fil-A restaurant along Cheltenham Avenue. Some cars continued to drive through the water as it flowed.

Crews eventually shut off the water and began to cleanup the mess.

No word yet on what caused the break and no injuries were reported.

Part of the mall appears to be under renovation with fences blocking off parts of the property, which sold last year for $30 million.

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<![CDATA[Arrest in Shooting That Killed Man and Injured Girl ]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 17:09:36 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Samuel+James+Burlington+County+Shooter.jpg

Police arrested a man accused of opening fire on a South Jersey block over the weekend, killing a man and injuring a 5-year-old girl.

Samuel James, 26, of Burlington Township was arrested in Barrington, Camden County Monday after being charged in the murder of 24-year-old Byron Turner.

Authorities say James opened fire on the 100 block of East Federal Street in Burlington City just before 7 p.m. Saturday, killing Turner with a gunshot to the head. A 5-year-old girl who was on the block at the time also suffered injuries while fleeing the gunfire, police said, although they said she was not shot as initially thought.

A warrant was issued for James' arrest. He was apprehended at the home of an acquaintance in Barrington, New Jersey Monday by members of the Burlington County Sheriff's Department Warrant Unit, officials said. His bail was set at $1 million and he will be lodged in the Burlington County Jail. He will appear in Superior Court Tuesday in Burlington County.

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<![CDATA[Missing Boys, 10 & 11, Found Safe]]> Sat, 06 Aug 2016 21:32:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/missing3.png

The search Saturday for two missing boys last seen in the Frankford section of Philadelphia ended with a happy reunion.

The 10- and 11-year-olds were last seen Saturday afternoon leaving a home on Salem Street near Torresdale Avenue.

The boys were found safe Saturday evening at a relatives house.

<![CDATA[Popular Montco Pub Catches Fire]]> Sat, 06 Aug 2016 20:25:36 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/205*120/Davincis+Pub+Fire.JPG

Firefighters evacuated a popular Montgomery County pub Saturday after a fire erupted from the roof.

The fire broke out at DaVinci's Pub along Main Street in Collegeville, Pennsylvania around 3:30 p.m. and was borught under control, said firefighters.

The building was evacuated and no injuries or transports were reported. The smoke was initially seen coming from the porch roof of the building, but it remained unclear where the fire started.

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<![CDATA[Water Main Break Sends Muck Onto Roosevelt Boulevard]]> Sat, 30 Jul 2016 14:55:26 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/200*120/Roosevelt+Boulevard+Levick+Water+Main+Break.JPG

A water main break sent water and mud onto the busy Roosevelt Boulevard overnight.

The 12-inch main broke around 2:30 a.m. Saturday in the northbound outer lanes by Levick Street, said Philadelphia firefighters.

The break buckled the roadway and blocked all northbound lanes of Route 1 for about an hour. It continued to block the outer lanes after daybreak.

The Philadelphia Water Department shut off the main and began repairs. As of mid-afternoon, the outer lanes remained closed and crews expected to continue working for several hours.

No injuries were reported and no water appeared to get into nearby homes but it did impact a nearby Dunkin' Donuts.

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<![CDATA[Delco Day Care Evacuation as Crews Hit Gas Main]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:58:40 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/197*120/Clifton+Heights+Gas+Main+Break.JPG

A gas main break led to the evacuation of a Delaware County day care Thursday.

A paving contractor struck a 2-inch natural gas main near Today's Child Learning Center along Berkley Avenue in Clifton Heights, Pennsylvania shortly after 9 a.m., said PECO.

No one was hurt and police evacuated homes in a radius of a few blocks, said Clifton Heights Police.

Some of the evacuees were taken to the borough hall where about 40 to 50 children from the day care were taken, said authorities.

It wasn’t immediately clear what contractors were working on when they hit the gas main.

PECO got the gas capped before 10 a.m. and police began letting people back into the area a short time later as PECO crews continue to monitor the situation, said PECO.

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<![CDATA[Arrest Made in Shooting Outside Philly Club ]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 18:27:55 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Xavier-Braswell.jpg

An arrest has been made in a shooting near a Penn's Landing bar that left a 24-year-old man dead.

Xavier Braswell, 23, of Burlington, New Jersey, was arrested and charged with murder and other related offenses.

Philadelphia Police initially responded to the area of Columbus Boulevard and Spring Garden Street for the report of a fight outside Cavanaugh's River Deck late Sunday night. As officers arrived, they heard gunshots around 11:45 p.m., said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small.

"We know at least nine shots were fired... some just inches from where he victim collapsed," said Small.

Police said the victim, identified as 24-year-old Shelton Merritt of Lawnside, New Jersey, was shot in the head and torso. The man appeared to be getting into the rear door of sport utility vehicle at the time, said investigators. Merritt was taken to Hahnemann Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 12:07 a.m.

Police say the shooting stemmed from an argument. They also believe Merritt was involved in an altercation at Cavanaugh's prior to the shooting. After the shooting, three men ran into the parking lot of Cavanaugh's, said investigators. The nightclub had earlier hosted a "Day Break" party sponsored by radio station Power 99 and McDonald's.

A witness pointed officers toward three men saying, "They just shot my boy," said police.

Officers were able to take the three suspects into custody after they were seen running from the scene. One of the suspects threw a gun into the Delaware River, said police. Marine officers searched the water for it.

Several bars in the area -- popular for its waterfront nightclubs -- were open at the time, said Small.

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<![CDATA[Smoke Prompts Evacuation of Montco Mall]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 11:46:38 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/198*120/Montgomery+Mall+Pa.JPG

Smoke prompted the evacuation of a popular Montgomery County mall Tuesday morning.

Crews cleared the Montgomery Mall in North Wales, Pennsylvania shortly after 10 a.m., said Montgomery County dispatchers. No injuries were reported and everyone made it out of the mall OK after smoke began coming from the Gertrude Hawk Chocolates store, said dispatchers.

The mall tweeted that it was closed due to a power outage.

PECO reported about 2,100 customers impacted by power outages in the area.

A mall spokesperson said there was no fire at the mall and that firefighters were called to help with the evacuation.

No word yet on the extent of damage.

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<![CDATA[Teens With Guns Carjack Woman, Speed Through Philly: Police]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 07:52:39 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/Teen+Carjacking+48th+Springfield.JPG

Two armed teenage carjackers slammed into a series of cars after speeding off in a car belonging to the daughter of a Philadelphia Police officer who was coming home for the evening.

The woman was parking her car along S Front Street near Morris Street – under Interstate 95 – in South Philadelphia shortly after midnight Tuesday when two teens on bicycles approached and demanded her money and car keys, said Lt. John Walker with the Southwest Detectives Division.

"They leave their bikes, they get in her car and they come toward Southwest Philly," said Walker.

The boys drove around for some time being spotted at 77th and Essington, said Walker. Officers then spotted the car around 56th and Springfield and attempted to stop the car, said Walker.

"The vehicle takes off at a high rate of speed," said Walker.

Officers decided not to give chase since the car was running red lights and it appeared too dangerous to pursue, said Walker.

"We believe these kids probably don't have a license to drive," said Walker.

The car eventually slammed into eight cars around 48th and Springfield in West Philadelphia before coming to a stop.

The boys – one possibly with a head injury – fled on foot, leaving behind two guns, said investigators who believe the boys likely aren't even old enough to drive.

Walker said everyone is lucky no one else was hurt.

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

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<![CDATA[Crash Knocks Out Power, Prompts Delco Evacuations]]> Mon, 25 Jul 2016 18:35:24 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Clifton+Heights+Wires+Down.jpg

Crews evacuated a daycare, a school for disabled students and residents within a five-block radius after a truck slammed into a pole in Delaware County Monday morning leaving people without air conditioning as temps pushed toward the 90s.

The truck driver told NBC10 he was going 15 m.p.h., when his truck snagged a cable as it spun along Fatima Drive on Our Lady of Fatima in Clifton Heights, Pennsylvania around 10:45 a.m.

The wreck brought down wires and blew out a transformer.

"It sounded like I might have scraped a tree branch coming off of this tree. Then, when I got to where the truck is stopped, the truck started to twist on its own and I knew I had lost control of the vehicle," says driver Roy Greenwalt.

Area evacuations were voluntary and SEPTA buses were brought in to move people from apartments without air conditioning, to nearby schools.

Crews from Montgomery county assisted with getting people out of the excessive heat, sources told NBC10.

Local residents Nancy and Bruce Serreno are trying to figure out an alternative until power can be restored. Nancy knows a hotel would be a good alternative but is concerned a room could be hard to find with the DNC in town.

If worse comes to worse, Bruce's new generator will hopefully come in handy until power can be restored.

Ridley High School is still open and available for residents who need to seek shelter until the power returns. Peco says residents can expect the power to be out until at least 10 p.m. this evening. 

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<![CDATA[Driver Fleeing Police Hops Into Schuylkill River]]> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 10:44:45 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Lower-Merion-Water-Search.jpg

A driver who was involved in an accident fled from police and jumped into the Schuylkill River overnight, said police.

The unidentified driver was involved in a car crash in Lower Merion Township near Hollow and River roads Wednesday night. The driver then allegedly fled from the scene of the crash as well as responding police officers and jumped into the river.

Officials searched through the water into Thursday.

No word yet if the fleeing driver turned up.

<![CDATA[ChesCo Mushroom Farm Up in Flames]]> Wed, 20 Jul 2016 07:19:15 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/217*120/Modern+Mushroom+Farm+Fire+Wide.JPG

A Chester County mushroom farm went up in flames overnight sending flames and smoke into the night sky.

It took firefighters about 90 minutes to contain the fire at Modern Mushroom Farms along Newark Road in Toughkenamon, Pennsylvania after flames broke out around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.

About 350 hay bales (around 1,000 tons) fueled the flames. And, despite being contained, the fire continued to burn as of 6:30 a.m.

No one was hurt.

Fire companies from Delaware joined the Avondale Fire Company in battling the flames.

Modern Mushroom supplies mushroom for Giorgio and they “recycle the mushroom compost to make garden-worthy soil,” according to its website.

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<![CDATA[Explosive Devices Found in Van With Kids Inside: Police]]> Wed, 20 Jul 2016 21:17:47 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Possible-Stick-of-Dynamite.jpg

A man is in custody after police found two explosive devices in a van with young children inside in Philadelphia, according to investigators.

Police say they spotted a white Toyota that was double parked on the 5900 block of W. Champlost Street around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. As they approached the vehicle they smelled a heavy odor of marijuana coming from a white Dodge Caravan that was parked next to the Toyota, officials said.

Police say they noticed the driver of the Caravan, later identified as 32-year-old Derek McKinney, was leaning over to the right and hiding his hands. They also found two three-year-old children inside McKinney's vehicle, officials said.

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As police searched the van, they found a jar on the floor of the vehicle that contained purple syrup, believed to be codeine, according to investigators. Police also say they found a sandwich bag containing marijuana in McKinney's pocket as well as a yellow pill bottle containing one pill. McKinney's eyes were bloodshot and he was thick-tongued when he spoke to the officer, police said.

As the officers continued to search through the vehicle they found a black bag next to the driver's seat area containing two homemade explosive devices, according to investigators.

The officers brought the two kids, one of whom was McKinney's child, to safety, evacuated homes nearby and established a perimeter. The Bomb Squad responded to the scene and confiscated the explosives without incident.

McKinney was arrested and charged with endangering the welfare, possessing an instrument of crime, recklessly endangering another person and possession of narcotics.

"We don't know if he had any malicious intent," said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small. "Depending on how close those devices were to explode near people they could cause serious injury, possibly death. Especially when you have 3-year-old children in the vehicle at the time."

Small told NBC10 the timing of the incident is especially concerning considering the fact that the Democratic National Convention is set to take place in Philadelphia next week.

"This is a big concern to us especially with the Democratic National Convention coming up," Small said. "We're not too happy about finding anyone with explosive devices in the city. The police did a great job making this apprehension. The bomb squad did a great job identifying these devices and taking him into custody so at least this individual is not going to have the opportunity to utilize these explosive devices."

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<![CDATA[Car Fire Closes Delco Courthouse]]> Wed, 20 Jul 2016 01:01:33 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Delaware+County+Courthouse+Delco+Court+Fire.JPG

A car fire caused the closure of the Delaware County Courthouse and Government Center Tuesday morning.

The Delco Council posted that the courthouse on W Front Street in Media, Pennsylvania would initially reopen at 11 a.m. after a car fire in the parking garage. County spokeswoman Adrienne Marofsky later said the building would be closed for the rest of Tuesday.

No one was hurt.

Officials have not yet revealed what caused the car to catch fire. An NBC10 viewer sent in a photo of what he claimed was the burned vehicle. The viewer said the car belonged to an employee of the Sheriff's Office and the vehicle's poor battery connection caused the fire. Officials have not yet confirmed this however.

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<![CDATA[Man Stabs Wife to Death While Children Sleep: Police]]> Tue, 19 Jul 2016 19:48:01 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/216*120/PennsvilleMurdermugshot.jpg

A New Jersey mother of three was stabbed to death -- allegedly by her husband -- while the couple's three children were asleep inside the family's Pennsville home.

Police and EMS were sent to the couple's home on N. Broadway around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday after getting a call about a cardiac arrest. They found Ceema Singh's body on the kitchen floor with multiple stab wounds.

Her husband, 46-year-old Nitin Singh, was standing in the room, police said, and taken into custody.

The couple was having marital problems, according to investigators when Ceema Singh died.Their children, ages 15, 6 and 5 were asleep in the apartment at the time, Pennsville's police chief said, adding the children did not witness the crime.

Child protective services took custody of the children and were working with members of the family's church to keep the kids together, possibly with a church member.

Police said the husband made the 911 call, but did not admit to any wrongdoing.

Officials said Singh was taken to the Salem County Correctional Facility, held on one million cash bail. He faces first degree murder, aggravated assault and weapons charges.

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<![CDATA[Amtrak Train Kills Person on Tracks, Stops SEPTA]]> Fri, 15 Jul 2016 13:48:14 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/216*120/Ridley+Park+Amtrak+Train+Person+struck.JPG

Amtrak and SEPTA trains came to halt in Delaware County Friday morning after a train struck and killed a person on the tracks.

The Amtrak train struck the unidentified person near SEPTA’s Ridley Park Regional Rail Station along E Hinckley Avenue around 11 a.m. The person died, said SEPTA.

The wreck temporarily knocked out lighting and air conditioning on Amtrak Train 184. The train had 359 passengers and crew on board and none were hurt, said Amtrak.

The train remained at the scene as crews responded and Amtrak officials made the decision if it was for the train to continue its trip or if passengers will need to be transferred to another train.

SEPTA suspended service on its Wilmington/Newark Line for more than two hours.

No word yet on why the person was on the tracks.

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<![CDATA[12 Kids Hurt as Day Care Van Crashes Into Building]]> Fri, 15 Jul 2016 11:55:39 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/216*120/52nd+Street+Day+Care+Van+Crash.JPG

An unmarked van carrying children from a day care crashed in West Philadelphia Friday morning leaving 12 young children hospitalized.

As SkyForce10 hovered over the crash along S 52nd Street near Hazel Avenue around 9:30 a.m. you could see children walking from the crashed van into waiting ambulances.

Medics took 12 children to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia mostly for observation and the driver to Penn Presbyterian Hospital, said Philadelphia Police.

Philadelphia Police accident investigators initially said that it appeared the driver lost the van's breaks before crashing into the apartments..

Expect traffic detours in the area as investigators search for more clues and clear the scene.

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<![CDATA[Water Main Break Closes Manayunk's Main Street]]> Fri, 15 Jul 2016 13:59:35 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Main+street+Manayunk+Water+Main+Break+2.JPG

A water main broke along Manayunk’s Main Street causing potential traffic problems Friday morning.

Crews were called to Main Street between Grape and Levering streets around 4:30 a.m., said Philadelphia Water Department spokesman John DiGiulio.

Crews shut off the water gushing from the 8-inch main around 5:30 a.m. but a big mess remained as mud and debris covered much of Main Street.

The break left 30 to 40 customers without water, said DiGiulio.

Expect traffic delays in the area as crews work to cleanup. Cresson Street could be used as an alternate route, said NBC10 First Alert Traffic reporter Jessica Boyington.

The water department hoped to make repairs and have the area cleaned up and water service restored by the afternoon.

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<![CDATA[Motorcycle Slams Into Woman, Car Along Route 1]]> Fri, 15 Jul 2016 07:28:28 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/209*120/Roosevelt+Boulevard+Crash+Motorcylce+Helmet.JPG

A motorcyclist struck a woman along the Roosevelt Boulevard causing traffic delays Friday morning.

The biker struck the woman then another car in the northbound outer lanes of the Boulevard (Route 1) at Devereaux Avenue in the Oxford Circle section of Northeast Philadelphia around 3:30 a.m.

The wreck left the pedestrian and the biker both in critical but stable condition at Aria – Frankford Hospital, said accident investigators.

Officers investigating an earlier crash at Adams Avenue said they saw a motorcycle fly by around 90 mph just moments before the crash, said police.

The wreck left damage to the side of the sedan and a helmet and other debris in the roadway.

The wreck remained under investigation Friday morning and some delays could be expected in the area.

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