<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Breaking News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/breaking http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com en-us Mon, 27 Jul 2015 23:38:34 -0400 Mon, 27 Jul 2015 23:38:34 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Deadly Airborne Crash on I-495 Leaves Kids Hurt]]> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 20:16:55 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/185*120/I-495+Crash.JPG

A crash where a sedan went airborne closed all lanes of southbound I-495 in Delaware Thursday morning and left one driver dead and a woman and three children hurt.

Wilbert Mable, 35, of Wilmington, Delaware lost control of his 2001 Chevrolet Malibu just after 7 a.m. along I-495 northbound just south of US Route 13 in New Castle, said Delaware State Police.

The Malibu veered from the center lane into the left lane then onto the grass median where it struck a berm before becoming airborne while entering the southbound lanes where it landed upside down on the front of Michelle Nichols 2012 Chrysler 200, said investigators.

Mable was trapped in his car and died at the scene. Nichols, 29 or Newark, Delaware, had three children in the backseat at the time. Nichols suffered non-life-threatening injuries, said police. Medics rushed an 8-year-old boy, 6-year-old girl and 5-year-old boy from the scene. the younger children suffered minor injuries while the older child suffered more serious injuries that required treatment at AI DuPont Hospital for Children.

Police said all three children were buckled up at the time but none were in proper child restraint seats.

As a result of the crash, all lanes of southbound I-495 were closed and traffic was diverted onto Route 13 as I-95 served as an alternate route.

Police investigated the wreck as they searched for a cause. They finally reopened the roadway around after more than three and half hours but some residual delays remained.

Police didn't expect to file any charges.



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<![CDATA[2 People Killed in Shooting Inside Delaware Home]]> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 23:52:38 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Bear-Delaware-Shooting.jpg

Two people were shot and killed inside a Delaware home Tuesday. 

The shooting occurred inside a home on Monferrato Court in Bear, Delaware. Officials say two people were killed in the shooting. They have not yet revealed their identities. 

Police have released few details on the shooting but say they are not searching for a suspect. 

A woman who claimed to be a family member of one of the victims told NBC10 they were a boyfriend and girlfriend. Police have not yet confirmed this however. 

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<![CDATA[Lightning Strikes 2 NJ Troopers on GS Parkway]]> Wed, 22 Jul 2015 09:58:58 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/237*120/New+Jersey+State+Police+Troopers+Struck+Lightning+Garden+state+Parkway.JPG

As isolated storms struck South Jersey Tuesday afternoon, lightning struck two New Jersey State Police vehicles along the Garden State Parkway. 

The strikes happened along the Parkway in Middle Township Cape May County around 2:15 p.m.

One struck trooper was taken to AtlantiCare Medical Center and is expected to be OK, said police. The other trooper wasn't injured.

A short time after the incident, NBC10's Ted Greenberg captured a tow truck hauling away both damaged state police vehicles -- a sport utility vehicle and a cruiser. Both vehicles will be inspected for damage from the lightning. 



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<![CDATA[Police Shoot at Suspect Fleeing Along Road to Airport]]> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 20:26:10 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/202*120/Chester+Pison+Fence+Crasher+Ridley+Police+Chase+Shooting.JPG

A five-mile police pursuit of a drug suspect, who allegedly tried to drive into the fence of a Delaware County prison, ended along a road that leads to Philadelphia International Airport.

The pursuit ended shortly before 11 a.m. Tuesday along Route 291 near S. Stewart Avenue in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania. That intersection is a short drive from the airport.

It began as police were trying to track down a drug suspect in a suspicious car around 10:45 a.m. in the Sun Village Park section of Chester, said Chester Police Commissioner Joseph Bail.

The man, later identified as Brian Bowe of Wilmington, Delaware became combative as officers approached, the officer tried to subdue Bowe with a stun gun but it didn't work, said Bail. Bowe then drove off -- throwing drugs from his car along the way.

Bowe, 24, then crashed into the fence at the state Correctional Institute in Chester as police tried to box in his vehicle, said Bail. At some point, the suspect tried to run down at least two police officers and struck some police cars, causing officers to fire two shots, said investigators.

Despite being shot in the left upper shoulder, Bowe continued to flee, driving off toward the airport. The pursuit ended several miles down Route 291 in front of the Boeing facility when Bowe's tires blew out, said Bail.

Emergency crews took Bowe to Crozer Chester Hospital where he was listed in stable condition.

Police told NBC10 the suspect appeared to be under the influence of an unknown substance and police found drug paraphernalia in the car. The suspect did not complain of any pain, but investigators told NBC10 he was concerned when medics tried to cut his shirt because it was a souvenir from Costa Rica.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead a short time later, you could see a large police presence – including vehicles from various police departments – in the middle of the blocked off roadway. SkyForce10 also captured a couple of green gates knocked down in a lot next to the prison along Route 291.



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<![CDATA[Big Rig Hauling Tea & Glue Tears Open Along Turnpike]]> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 14:08:31 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/216*120/Tractor+Trailer+Crash+Big+Rig+Turnpike+Crash.JPG

A tractor-trailer hauling glue and loose tea overturned along the Pennsylvania Turnpike Tuesday morning.

The big rig wrecked around 9:15 a.m. on the ramp from the eastbound Turnpike (I-276) to the Northeast Extension (I-476) in Plymouth Township Montgomery County, said state police.

The 26-year-old driver luckily escaped with only a non-life-threatening hand laceration, said police.

The force of the crash caused the trailer to crack as it came to a stop on its side along the grassy shoulder. As SkyForce10 hovered overhead a short time after the wreck, traffic slowly got by as crews worked to right the rig.

Police said it could take hours to finally clean up the crash.



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<![CDATA[Father of 2 Drowns in Delaware River]]> Wed, 22 Jul 2015 00:28:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Thomas-Scott1.jpg

A father of two children drowned over the weekend while swimming in the Delaware River. 

Thomas Scott, 24, of Edgewater Park, New Jersey went missing in the Delaware River near York Street in Burlington City, New Jersey at 7:14 p.m. Sunday.

Police and witnesses said Scott and two friends were walking along the waterfront ledge and then jumped over the railing to swim across the river to Burlington Island where an abandoned amusement park is located.

"They got on the ledge and all three of them jumped in, one after the other," said Chris Ventriello, one of the witnesses.

As they got to the halfway point, Scott started to struggle.

"He went down once, came back up and went down a second time," said Miles Smith. "That was the last time we saw him." 

Nearby boaters tries to rescue Scott but were unsuccessful. 

"They jumped in the water and threw life preservers," Ventriello said. "The one gentleman that jumped in actually had his hands on him for a second. But he couldn't get him."

State police and local dive teams later recovered Scott's body around 8:45 p.m. Police say Scott was a father of two young children. His death is being investigated as an accidental drowning. 

Burlington City officials issued an executive order banning people from going to Burlington island though people often still swim across.

"It's deep and it's narrow and those currents can go up, down, left or right," said Burlington Mayor James Fazzone. "We don't want anyone on the island and that's been in effect for awhile."

If you witnessed the incident, please call Detective Anna Czajka at 609-386-0262 ext. 221. 

Loved ones created a memorial fund for Scott's family. CLICK HERE if you would like to donate. 

The drowning was the third incident in which a swimmer went missing in the Delaware River over the weekend. Sunday morning a 22-year-old Virginia man went missing while swimming in the river in Bristol, Bucks County.

On Saturday a 41-year-old man died after he tried to swim across the Delaware River in Pike County.




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<![CDATA[Police Awaiting DNA Results in Killing of Drexel Graduate]]> Mon, 20 Jul 2015 23:57:57 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/Jasmine+Wright+50th+Street+Homicide.jpg

Investigators are awaiting the results of DNA testing to determine whether to file charges against a handyman being eyed in the killing of a recent Drexel University graduate found strangled in her apartment last week.

The handyman, who had access to 27-year-old Jasmine Wright's home, was questioned as a person of interest in her slaying over the weekend, sources said. NBC10 has learned that the man is currently being held on a burglary charge as police await results of DNA testing that could link him to the crime.

Also over the weekend, Wright's parents met with homicide detectives as her stunned West Philadelphia neighbors held a prayer service memorializing the young woman Monday at 7 p.m. at a church across the street from where she was killed.

Wright's property manager found her dead in her third-floor apartment on 50th Street near Locust shortly after 3 p.m. Thursday, authorities said. He alerted police, and medics pronounced the young woman dead about 3:30 p.m. Wright's parents had contacted the property manager to check on her when they became worried about her.

A key detail in the early investigation into Wright's death emerged as investigators combed her home for evidence: There were no signs of forced entry into her apartment, and the place was not ransacked. Investigators believe that she knew her killer.

Wright's death left her neighbors in West Philadelphia, who said she was a well-liked young professional, in shock.

"It's hurt me just to know that it's right next door," neighbor Keith Hooks told NBC10. "And to happen to that person who didn't bother a soul."

The brother of the handyman who is being eyed as a person of interest in Wright's killing told NBC10 that police also brought him in for an interview Friday night.

"They said, 'Could ya'll take a ride downtown with us for a statement? We said, 'Sure,'" Harry Harris said. 

Harris was eventually released from police custody, but his brother was still being held Monday. Harris told NBC10 his brother quit his job as a maintenance worker at Wright's building two weeks ago. 

"My brother stopped working the first of July," he said. "He gave back the keys and everything else."

The investigation is continuing. 



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<![CDATA[Crash Sends Ambulance Onto Its Side]]> Mon, 20 Jul 2015 12:30:02 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/221*120/Medic+Ambulance+Crash+Fox+and+Hunting+Park+Avenue.JPG

A minivan with a family of five inside slammed into an ambulance rushing a patient to the hospital at a Philadelphia intersection Monday morning, sending the Philadelphia Fire Department medic unit onto its side.

The ambulance had a patient on board at the time of the crash shortly before 8 a.m. at Fox and Hunting Park avenues, in the city’s Nicetown section.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead, medics could be seen responding to the van. Two adults and three children who were in the minivan at the time of the crash were taken to hospitals, where they were all in stable condition later Monday morning, NBC10's Matt DeLucia learned at the scene. The patient who was in the ambulance at the time was also in stable condition.

Two medics who were also on board the ambulance were taken to the hospital to be checked out.

No word yet on an exact cause of the wreck but it appeared the van, which had front-end damage, crashed into the side of the ambulance.

"The lights and sirens were on," said Deputy Commissioner Jesse Wilson.

No word yet if any charges will be filed.

"There's significant damage to the medical unit at significant cost to the city of Philadelphia," said Wilson. "... I'm happy there's no serious injuries."
 



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<![CDATA[3-Alarm South Philly Fire Could Be Arson]]> Sun, 19 Jul 2015 15:21:16 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/South+Philly+Fire+Arson+Juniper+St.JPG

UPDATE, 9:28 a.m.: Anyone with vehicles parked on Snyder Avenue between Broad Street and 13th is urged to move cars immediately so they won't be towed. Philadelphia Gas Works crews are at the scene investigating a possible gas leak and need the block cleared, officials said.


An early morning fire that tore through a building under construction and spread to several rowhouses in South Philadelphia is being investigated as a possible arson, authorities said.

Police are searching for two men possibly connected to the fire Sunday morning after a witness reported seeing two men at the scene just before the flames erupted.

Firefighters were called to the blaze, which officials said was initially reported as a trash fire, around 3 a.m. Video from the scene early Sunday morning showed heavy flames and smoke coming from the building, which is a mixed-use apartment and retail site under construction, near Snyder Avenue and Juniper Street.

Fire officials and police at the scene told NBC10's Jesse Gary that the blaze is being investigated as a possible arson. It reached three alarms and took firefighters an hour and 45 minutes to bring under control, and they remained at the scene putting water on the building after 6 a.m. Shortly after 7 a.m., the flames were doused, and firefighters began removing equipment from the scene.

A man who was near the building at the time told NBC10 that just before the blaze erupted, he saw two men near the building where it started.

"I seen a guy with a hoodie ... and another gentleman on the roof," Barry Ippolito, who spoke with investigators Sunday morning, told Jesse Gary. "About five minutes later, I seen the guy with the hoodie come running out ... and about two minutes after he ran, boom, a huge explosion, debris and stuff everywhere."

At least four rowhouses adjacent to the building were damaged, and the entire block of Snyder Avenue was evacuated, officials said. The 17 people -- 15 adults and two kids -- displaced by the fire were given shelter first at South Philadelphia High School and then moved to the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts on Broad Street near Christian, because PECO cut power to the area of South Philadelphia High.

No injuries were reported early Sunday morning as crews remained at the scene cleaning up in the wake of the blaze. PECO and Philadelphia Gas Works officials were working to decide when it would be safe to restore service to the area.

The first suspect is described as a slim man standing 5-foot-8 wearing a black hooded sweatshirt. The second suspect is described as a man standing 5-foot-4 and weighing 150 pounds with bushy, curly hair and a black goatee wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and jeans.



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<![CDATA[Police Question Person of Interest in Drexel Grad's Death ]]> Sun, 19 Jul 2015 09:33:54 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/Jasmine+Wright+50th+Street+Homicide.jpg

A person of interest is in custody in connection to the murder of a Drexel University graduate. 

A handyman who had access to the victim's home was questioned by police as they continue to investigate the death of 27-year-old Jasmine Wright, sources said. 

A property manager found Wright dead in her third-floor apartment on 50th Street near Locust shortly after 3 p.m. Thursday, authorities said. He alerted police, and medics pronounced the young woman dead about 3:30 p.m. Wright's family had contacted the property manager to check on her when they became worried about her.

A key detail in the early investigation into Wright's death emerged as investigators combed her home for evidence: There were no signs of forced entry into her apartment, and the place was not ransacked.

Wright's death left her neighbors in West Philadelphia, who said she was a well-liked young professional, stunned.

"It's hurt me just to know that it's right next door," neighbor Keith Hooks told NBC10. "And to happen to that person who didn't bother a soul."

Detectives held the woman's apartment as a crime scene Friday and towed her car to collect DNA samples and any other evidence.

Police are currently interviewing a maintenance worker who knew Wright and had access to her apartment building. While they say he is a person of interest he is not a suspect in the murder. The worker's brother Harry Harris told NBC10 he was also taken in for questioning Friday night. 

"They said, 'Could ya'll take a ride downtown with us for a statement? We said 'sure,'" Harris said. 

While Harris is back home his brother is still being interviewed. Harris told NBC10 his brother quit his job two weeks ago however. 

"My brother stopped working the first of July," he said. "He gave back the keys and everything else."

Police continue to investigate. 



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<![CDATA[Delco Police Shoot Fleeing Store Robber]]> Thu, 16 Jul 2015 23:53:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/226*120/Millbourne+Grocery+Robbery+Money+Police+Involved.JPG

Police in a tiny Delaware County borough shot a suspected grocery store robber Thursday night.

Yellow crime tape marked off cash the remained on the ground where Millbourne, Pennsylvania police officers shot the suspect moments after he fled J&J Grocery along Market Street near Sellers Avenue around 7 p.m., said police.

The suspect, who investigators said was armed, was taken to the hospital in critical condition after the shooting. No officers were hurt.

Officers from nearby Upper Darby and Pennsylvania police departments assisted in holding the scene.



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<![CDATA[Drexel Grad's Death Classified a Murder]]> Fri, 17 Jul 2015 20:46:49 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/Jasmine+Wright+50th+Street+Homicide.jpg

A young Drexel University graduate found beaten and possibly strangled in her West Philadelphia apartment Thursday afternoon was murdered, homicide detectives said Friday.

A property manager found 27-year-old Jasmine Wright dead in her third-floor apartment on 50th Street near Locust shortly after 3 p.m. Thursday, authorities said. He alerted police, and medics pronounced the young woman dead about 3:30 p.m. Wright's family had contacted the property manager to check on her when they became worried about her.

A key detail in the early investigation into Wright's death emerged as investigators combed her home for evidence: There were no signs of forced entry into her apartment, and the place was not ransacked.

Wright's death left her neighbors in West Philadelphia, who said she was a well-liked young professional, stunned.

"It's hurt me just to know that it's right next door," neighbor Keith Hooks told NBC10. "And to happen to that person who didn't bother a soul."

Detectives held the woman's apartment as a crime scene Friday and towed her car to collect DNA samples and any other evidence.

Investigators do not have a person of interest in the case and the probe is ongoing.



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<![CDATA[Fisherman Dies After Falling Into Wissahickon Creek]]> Wed, 15 Jul 2015 06:42:24 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Wissahickon-Creek-Fisherman.jpg

A fisherman died after falling into the Wissahickon Creek Tuesday night.

Police say the 63-year-old man was fishing in the Wissahickon Creek near the Schuylkill River on the 4900 block of Ridge Avenue when his line got caught and he fell into the water. 

Rescue crews were called to the scene and later found the man's body near the mouth of the Schuylkill River. He was pronounced dead at 9:40 p.m. 

The victim has not yet been identified. 

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<![CDATA[Rescuers Free Screaming Worker Pinned by Limb]]> Wed, 15 Jul 2015 11:05:08 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/216*120/Haddonfield+Cherry+Picker+Tree+Limb+Rescue.JPG

Rescuers worked carefully midday Tuesday to free a tree trimmer who became pinned by a limb weighing more than a ton while working on a large tree during a storm in South Jersey.

The high-angle rescue played out along tree-lined Loucroft Road, just off Kings Highway, in Haddonfield, New Jersey. Neighbors said they heard a loud snap then heard the private contractor who was using a bucket on a lift to work on the the tree screaming "please help me" after becoming pinned.

A large limb from the tree came down on John Landi of Audubon, New Jersey and pinned the 52-year-old's leg against the blue platform he was working on just after 11 a.m., said Haddonfield Police Lt. Jason Cutler.

Fire crews could be seen extending ladders up onto a tree with broken limbs as local police roped off the area.

Landi remained conscious and alert as crews from Haddonfield as well as other nearby towns worked to stabilize the limb, said Cutler.

After nearly two hours, fire crews lowered the worker from Landi & Sons Masonry down from the tree as EMS workers stabilized his leg. Trauma surgeons stood by and then rushed Landi into a waiting ambulance that took him to Cooper University Medical Center in critical but stable condition.

Crews estimated the limb measured 25 inches in diameter and weighed about 2,500 pounds. Quick-moving storms were reported in the area around the time the man got trapped. No word yet on exactly what caused the limb to fall in his direction.



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<![CDATA[Boy Falls 20 Feet From Cliff ]]> Mon, 13 Jul 2015 22:54:01 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/216*120/Langhorne+Neshaminy+Creek.JPG

Rescuers rushed to a Bucks county creek Monday afternoon after a teenager fell about 20 feet.

Police say the teen was walking towards a rope swing on a cliff above the Neshaminy Creek near High Pointe Circle in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. As he was walking he lost his footing and fell about 20 feet. 

The teen was conscious and alert when a medical helicopter arrived at the scene. He was taken to the hospital and treated for a head and neck injury. Officials have not yet revealed his condition. 



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<![CDATA[Skydiving Plane Lands on Main Drag to Jersey Shore Town]]> Sun, 12 Jul 2015 19:59:05 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/189*120/Stafford+Route+72+Plane+Landing.JPG

A skydiving school plane landed on the main road to a Jersey Shore town Sunday morning to the surprise of people going about their day on the shore. The incident left one instructor hurt.

The small aircraft from Skydive East Coast skydiving school in nearby West Creek landed safely in the median along Barnegat Road (New Jersey Route 72) near Main Street (U.S. Route 9) in Stafford Township, New Jersey shortly before 10:15 a.m., said Stafford Township Police. The road is the main route to and from Long Beach Island.

The single-engine, four-seater, white-and-blue aircraft was carrying five people including students from Skydive East Coast when it lost power forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing, said police. A skydiving instructor suffered a minor cut on his arm. Shawn Maloney of Beach Haven, New Jersey witnessed the landing.

"He hit the ground and bounced a couple times, " he said. "Nice and easy and then hit the median in the grass and he went back and forth a little bit and just missed cars by a few feet maybe. And power lines too." 

John Demming was driving along Route 72 with his daughter when they suddenly saw a ton of traffic.

"We initially thought it was heavy shore traffic but it was odd because it's such a nice day," said Demming. "We then saw fire trucks and police as we drove and then saw the airplane in the grass median and couldn't believe it. Definitely not something you see every day."

Officers closed the left lanes of traffic in both directions as they investigated the incident. After about 90 minutes, Stafford police tweeted a photo showing the fixed-wing Cessna -- with no visible damage -- pulled off the roadway and into a nearby parking lot.

The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the incident.



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<![CDATA[Several Hurt in Long Beach Twp. Boat Crash]]> Sat, 11 Jul 2015 23:56:59 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Boat-Accident-Newest-Lead1.jpg

Several people were hurt during a boat crash in Long Beach Township, New Jersey Saturday afternoon.

The accident occurred in the Manahawkin Bay near the Holgate Marina on Tebco Terrace around 1:40 p.m.

Officials say 13 people were on board a 53-foot sport fisher that ran aground. Four people suffered non-life-threatening head and neck injuries. One victim was airlifted to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center while three people were taken to the Southern Ocean Medical Center.

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<![CDATA[Fire Knocks Out Power, Closes Streets in Society Hill]]> Thu, 09 Jul 2015 17:48:24 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/199*120/Society+Hill+Power+Outage+Chopper.JPG

An underground transformer fire caused Philadelphia Police to block off streets in Society Hill late Thursday morning.

The underground fire not far from the Society Hill Towers caused 100 customers to lose service around 11:30 a.m. It also sent smoke out of a manhole at 2nd and Walnut streets.

Crews closed areas streets as PECO crews worked to restore power. The utility said it expected to get everyone back online within an hour but as of 3 p.m. PECO crews continued to work and at least 25 customers remained without power.

No injuries were reported.



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<![CDATA[Town Official Shoots Bank Robbery Suspect at Business Complex]]> Wed, 08 Jul 2015 17:41:45 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/208*120/Hatboro+Station+Park+Shooting.JPG

A bank robbery and foot chase left police in Montgomery County focusing their investigation on the parking lot of a commercial complex Wednesday morning.

The incident began with a bank robbery of the TD Bank on S York Road in Hatboro, Pennsylvania, said Hatboro Police.

"He entered the bank with a note," said Montgomery County First Assistant Attorney Kevin Steele. "It indicated that if he wasn't delivered money he was going to start shooting." 

As the robber came out of the bank, a dye pack exploded catching the attention of a Hatboro official, said police.

The official then took off after the robber, chasing him through nearby woods and into the parking lot of Station Park -- about 1/4 mile away at Warminster and Byberry roads -- shortly before 11 a.m., said investigators.

While in the parking lot, the official opened fire on the robbery suspect striking him in the arm and hand. The suspect was then taken into police custody.

Investigators say they have not recovered a weapon from the suspect even though he allegedly threatened to open fire. Police are interviewing the official who fired the gun and say he had a legal permit to carry it. They're currently trying to determine whether or not he was justified in using it. 



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<![CDATA[Vomiting Man at NJ Wawa Has Malaria, Not Ebola: Police]]> Wed, 08 Jul 2015 17:56:11 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Malaria+Lakewood+Wawa+Generic+Wawa.jpg

Hazmat crews responded to a New Jersey Wawa after a man showed Ebola-like symptoms there, but police said officials don't believe the patient has the potentially deadly disease.

Rather, authorities said, the man is believed to be suffering from malaria, a mosquito-borne illness.

State and local police responded overnight Tuesday into Wednesday to what they called a hazmat situation at Squankum and East County Line roads in Lakewood Township, Ocean County.

Original reports stated the man had Ebola-like symptoms at a nearby condo complex, but Lakewood Police Chief Robert Lawson later clarified that the situation began around 9 p.m. Tuesday after a man began to vomit at a Wawa convenience store, causing someone to call 911.

Medics took the man from his car and rushed him to Monmouth Medical Center, where a series of tests determined the man -- who returned from a trip to Africa about three weeks ago -- didn't have Ebola, but rather malaria, said police. The man had visited Nigeria, which isn't a hot bed for Ebola, said Lawson.

Malaria isn't spread from person to person like a cold or flu, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.



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<![CDATA[Arrest Made in Shooting That Hurt 7]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 20:17:59 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Dennis+Tindal+mugshot.jpg

An arrest was made in connection to a shooting that wounded seven people, including three kids, in Philadelphia last month. 

Dennis Tindal, 36, was arrested Tuesday and charged with seven counts of aggravated assault, conspiracy and other related offenses. 

Police say Tindal was involved in a verbal and physical altercation with three other men back on June 22 around 10 a.m. on the 700 block of East Hilton Street. After the scuffle, Tindal left the location and said he would return, according to investigators.

Tindal eventually came back to the same location around 2:30 p.m. while a cookout was taking place, investigators said. Tindal was with another man who he gave a shotgun to, according to investigators. 

The unidentified man then opened fire striking a 3-year-old girl, 11-year-old girl, 10-year-old boy, 31-year-old woman, 47-year-old man, 25-year-old man and 23-year-old man, police said. 

Four of the victims reportedly suffered graze wounds, and the three additional victims were taken to Temple University Hospital, where two were in critical condition and one was stable, according to police. The shotgun was recovered by police at the scene. 

While Tindal is in custody police are still searching for the man who opened fire. He's described as a stocky man standing 5-foot-8 between the ages of 25 and 30. He was last seen wearing a red and white tank top. 

A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the identity, arrest and conviction of the shooter. If you have any information please call East Detective Division at 215-686-3243, the tip line at 215-686-TIPS or call 911.



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<![CDATA[Body Pulled From Delaware River]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 10:09:16 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/River+Generic+River+Water+Generic.JPG

A body was pulled from the Delaware River at about 8 a.m. Monday morning, according to Philadelphia Police. 

The unidentified man's body was found near 700 S Christopher Columbus Boulevard near the Dockside Condos shortly after 8 a.m.

No word yet on a cause of death or identification of the man.



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<![CDATA[Weather Service Tries to Determine If Twister Hit Area]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 16:30:13 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/197*120/Honeybrok+Cloud+Severe+Thunderstorm.JPG

UPDATE: Investigators determined an EF-1 twister touched down near Honey Brook Tuesday.


A day after people spotted possible funnel clouds over far western suburbs of the Philadelphia region, National Weather Service investigators headed to those areas to determine if a tornado touched down.

The investigators will focus Wednesday on the area where Berks, Chester and Lancaster counties come together – specifically focusing on the area where the three counties come together, said NWS-Mount Holly meteorologist Gary Szatkowski.

People in places like Morgantown, Berks County and Honey Brook, Chester County reported seeing funnel clouds and there is storm damage. NWS and emergency management representatives will specifically be examining the area of Talbotville Road and Givens Drive near Struble Lake in Honey Brook Wednesday morning, said Chester County emergency management.

The investigators will determine if a funnel cloud actually made contact with the ground.

As temperatures pushed into the 80s Tuesday afternoon, funnel clouds hovered over parts of the region leaving hail, flash flooding and wind damage.

No word yet on when exactly the investigators will determine if a twister touched down.



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<![CDATA[Severe Storms Bring Funnel Clouds, Leave Hail, Flooding]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 10:05:51 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Storm-Lead-Photo-Joe-Paw-1.jpg

UPDATE: Investigators headed to the line where Chester, Berks and Lehigh counties come together Wednesday to determine if a tornado touched down.


As temperatures pushed into the 80s Tuesday afternoon, funnel clouds hovered over parts of the Philadelphia region as the National Weather Service issued tornado warnings in areas north and west of the city and thunderstorm watches for much of the region as storms left hail and flooding.

The National Weather Service issued earlier tornado warnings for parts of Berks, Chester, Delaware Lehigh, Montgomery and Northampton counties that expired but not before reports of possible funnel clouds in the areas of West Chester, Trexlertown, Morgantown, Parkesburg and other areas in Pennsylvania and also reports of large hail -- more than 1 inch in diameter -- in Chester, Lehigh and Northampton counties. Whitehall Township in Lehigh County also declared a state of emergency due to storm damage that included at least one roof falling down.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch covered Philadelphia and all points north and west in Pennsylvania as well as northern Delaware and western South Jersey through 8 p.m. Severe storm warnings ended at 4:30 p.m. A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was also issued for Philadelphia until 9:15 p.m. after heavy rain, wind and hail once again struck the area. 

There was also flash flooding in Berks, Lehigh and Northampton counties. Flooding already submerged cars at SEPTA's Prospect Park Station in Delaware County and there were reports of flooding in Coplay, Lehigh County.

Thousands of customers lost power in the area with PPL Electric at one point reporting nearly 11,000 outages in Lehigh and Northampton counties and First Energy reporting more than 4,000 outages in Northampton County alone.

The weather also caused delays of more than 30 minutes at Philadelphia International Airport so check flight status before your flight.

The storm also forced Wawa Welcome America organizers to cancel a screening of Annie planned for Dilworth Park Tuesday night.

A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect in areas north and west until 3 a.m. Showers and thunderstorms will move through the region overnight and some showers are possible Wednesday morning before conditions dry out. Another thunderstorm in the afternoon or evening is possible however. 

If you are under a severe weather warning take cover as quickly as possible, ideally in a basement or interior of a building.

Stick with the NBC10 App and the NBC10 First Alert Weather Team for the latest on the potential nasty weather.



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<![CDATA[Rookie Officers Find Car of Elderly Woman Who Had Throat Slashed]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 00:09:28 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Regina+Brunner+Edlery+Woman+Thraot+Slashed+Car+Found+Side.JPG

The morning after an elderly woman was found dead with her throat slashed inside her East Mt. Airy home, two rookie officers walking the beat spotted the woman's missing car, Philadelphia Police said.

Regina Brunner's son found her bludgeoned in her bed just before 11 a.m. Monday inside the first floor bedroom of a rancher-style home along the 300 block of Roumfort Road in East Mt. Airy, police said.

"There is nothing sadder than seeing an 85-year-old female who cannot defend herself -- who's inside of her house -- someone either was let in or forced their way in and beat her and stabbed her to death," said Philadelphia Police Homicide Division Capt. James Clark. "It's very sad, it's very tragic."

On Tuesday, two officers -- on just their second unsupervised shift -- recovered a 2007 silver Toyota Corolla -- with disabled plates that match the victim's -- along the 3100 block of Stillman Street in North Philadelphia -- that's more than 6 miles from the victim's home. A neighbor said they believed the car was dumped there sometime after midnight.

Police also recovered a wiped-down knife in a church playground close to the crime scene though they have not yet revealed whether it was the same weapon used in the murder. Both the car and the knife will be processed for DNA and fingerprints. 

Sources close to the investigation said it appeared robbery was the motive for the attack. There were no signs of forced entry and the home didn't appear to be ransacked, police said.

"Hopefully we will get to the bottom of it very quickly," said Clark.

It appeared that Brunner's ATM card was used at least twice Sunday by more than one person, multiple sources with knowledge of the investigation told NBC10.

No word yet on what might have been found in the car. Police searched the area for possible surveillance video.

Anyone with information on the killing and theft is asked to contact Philadelphia Police.



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<![CDATA[Block Party Shooting Suspect Surrenders]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 22:51:13 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/Block+Party+Shooting+Ogden+Street+Dominic+Lamar.jpg

One of two men identified by detectives as having opened fire on a pre-Father's Day block party filled with family members and children turned himself into Philadelphia Police Monday afternoon.

Investigators named Kyleif Harley and Dominic Lamar, both 23, as suspects in the drive-by shooting on the 4100 block of Ogden Street in West Philadelphia on June 20.

Lamar's attorney joined him as he surrendered to Southwest Detectives Monday. Harley remained on the loose -- a $10,000 reward is being offered for his capture and conviction.

It was around 9 p.m. on June 20 when the men drove to the street and opened fire at least once with the shotgun and then fired several times with a handgun, police said.

The gunfire injured 11 people attending the cookout, eight from the same family, with the youngest victim being a 1-year-old girl. Two boys, an 11- and 12-year-old, were also struck. Police discovered the 11th victim over the course of their investigation.

"It's a blessing though that they made it, seriously," Tyrone Jones, who helped organize the party, told NBC10.

The victims were all released from the hospital, but some continued to be treated because they have shotgun pellets embedded in their bodies that cannot be removed without inflicting more damage, said  Lt. John Walker.

Walker said Harley and Lamar were looking for a person in that area and appeared to open fire randomly. Both have criminal backgrounds and will face several charges including attempted murder and aggravated assault.

Anyone with information on Harley's whereabouts is asked to call Philadelphia Police's tip line at 215.686.TIPS.



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<![CDATA[Germantown Gunfire Leaves 2 Dead, 2 Hurt]]> Sun, 28 Jun 2015 23:35:52 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/E+Price+street+Homicide+Germantown.JPG

A triple shooting near a Philadelphia high school left one dead, Sunday night.

Gunfire rang out shortly after 8:45 p.m. along the 1300 block of E Price Street – that's about a block from Martin Luther King High School – in the city’s Germantown section.

A gunman opened fire on three men – a 34-year-old was struck twice and died a short time later at Einstein Medical Center. A 31-year-old man was listed in critical condition after being shot multiple times and another 31-year-old was stable with a gunshot wound to his leg, said Philadelphia Police.

No word yet on motive or suspects in the case.

About an hour later, a gunman shot a man in the back about a mile and half away at N Wister and Sheldon streets, said police. He died a short time later.

Investigators didn't make a connection between the shootings.



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<![CDATA[Crews Free Elderly Driver From SUV Mangled by SEPTA Train]]> Sun, 21 Jun 2015 20:32:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Wallingford+SEPTa+Car+Crash.jpg

A crash along SEPTA Regional Rail tracks in Delaware County left an elderly man stuck in his vehicle Sunday afternoon.

The wreck where the tracks cross Brookhaven Road just after Turner Road in Wallingford, Pennsylvania around 2:40 p.m. caused SEPTA to cancel all service along the Media/Elwyn Line for hours.

The force of the crash caused the man, who is in his early 90s, to get trapped inside the sport utility vehicle with critical injuries, said Nether Providence Police Chief David Splain. Firefighters cut the doors off the badly-mangled silver SUV and got the driver out after about 20 minutes.

"He was injured and transferred to Crozer Chester Medical Center," said Nether Providence Police Chief David Splain.

The man remained hospitalized in serious condition Sunday night.

One of the about 20 people on the SEPTA train suffered a neck injury, Splain said. The passengers walked to the nearby station where SEPTA organized transportation to get them to their destinations.

For hours, there were traffic troubles in the area and it took SEPTA nearly three hours to get trains running again on the Media/Elwyn Line.

There was also damage to the railroad gate, which could take until tomorrow to fix, said Splain.



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<![CDATA[Weather TForces Evacuation of Firefly Grounds]]> Sun, 21 Jun 2015 14:25:09 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Firefly+Lightning+Evacatuation.JPG

Seek shelter.

That’s what the organizers of the Firefly Music Festival told concertgoers Saturday night as severe weather threatened the Woodlands in Dover, Delaware.

Organizers cleared the festival grounds just before 10 p.m. as headliners Kings of Leon were set to take the main stage sending festivalgoers a message about "storms heading our way."

The cancellation occurred as the remnants of Bill threatened the festival grounds where many concertgoers camp out in tents. Organizers urged people to take down any tents and canopies at their campsites and refer to festival weather FAQs as a Severe Thunderstorm Warning hit the area.

Early Sunday, Firefly announced they were canceling late-night performances, including Steve Aoki. All Sunday shows would go on as scheduled starting after noon, said organizers.

On the Firefly Festival Twitter handle, it said that Aoki (Sunday @ 230 PM) and The Chainsmokers (Sunday @ 11 PM) were the only acts canceled Saturday night who were able to reschedule for Sunday.
 

 



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<![CDATA[Housing Authority Van Leaves Hole in Side of Day Care]]> Wed, 17 Jun 2015 18:05:49 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/202*120/Van+Into+Day+Care.JPG

A Philadelphia Housing Authority van slammed into the brick façade of a West Philadelphia day care center Wednesday morning leaving one person hurt.

The white van crashed into the Caring Center at 31st and Spring Garden streets in the city’s Mantua section around 11:30 a.m.

Children were in the center at the time but luckily the van struck the building outside the kitchen – leaving a 6 foot-by-5-foot hole in the bricks. None of the children were hurt and the day care said it continued to operate as normal aside from using the kitchen.

Medics took the van’s driver to nearby Presbyterian Hospital as a precaution, said police.



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<![CDATA[Terror Threat, Evacuations at 2 Philly Facilities]]> Tue, 16 Jun 2015 20:49:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/Naval+Supply+Center+Evacuation+Barricade.JPG

A threat prompted the U.S. Navy to evacuate workers from two Philadelphia facilities Tuesday morning and raise the threat level to imminent.

U.S. officials told NBC News they heightened security measures at the Philadelphia Navy Yard in South Philadelphia and Naval Support Activity Philadelphia center in Northeast Philly after the FBI informed the military of a potential terror threat.

In turn, officials raised the threat level for those facilities from Bravo to Charlie — the second highest level — while evacuating workers around 10:20 a.m. Some workers said they were suddenly told they had to leave without being given an explanation.

By noon, SkyForce10 captured crews blocking the entrance to the Northeast Philly facility with concrete barriers.

The Navy took the lead on the investigation as NCIS confirmed that they were looking into a threat at the Northeast Philly supply facility. None of the agencies described the nature of the threat.

Shortly after noon, Homeland Security gave the all clear but didn't reveal any further details. The FBI deemed the threat non-credible.

The facilities provide "operation ready, secure shore infrastructure," according to the Navy.

Other businesses in the Philadelphia Navy Yard remained open Tuesday as Philadelphia Police and federal authorities investigated.



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<![CDATA[Fire Damages Townhomes in Northeast Philly]]> Sun, 14 Jun 2015 19:30:24 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Woodhaven-Road.jpg

Firefighters battled a fire that spread to several units at a townhome complex in Northeast Philadelphia Sunday afternoon. 

The two-alarm fire started shortly before 4 p.m. on the 3500 block of Woodhaven Road and was placed under control by responding firefighters at 4:19 p.m. None of the residents were injured.

Officials have not determined the cause of the blaze though neighbors told NBC10 a child lit a bush on fire and the flames spread to the townhouses. 

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<![CDATA[Fire Forces Residents From Montco High-Rise]]> Sat, 13 Jun 2015 19:41:32 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/198*120/The+Towers+at+Wyncote+Fire.JPG

Smoke caused the evacuation of a Montgomery County high-rise Saturday and landed residents in the hospital.

The fire broke out around noon on the 11th floor of Building 1 at The Towers at Wyncote, said Montgomery County Dispatchers.

Firefighters worked to quickly evacuate the 12-story building as they searched for the cause of the fire. Some residents went out onto their balconies to escape the smoke, said dispatchers.

An unknown number of residents suffered smoke inhalation and were treated at local hospitals, said dispatchers.

The fire quickly spread to three alarms due to the size of the building, said dispatchers. Crews didn't evacuate residents from the other buildings in the complex.

Within an hour the majority of the fire was knocked down, said investigators.

The Red Cross and Red Paws responded to help residents.



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<![CDATA[Family Escapes Partial Building Collapse in Southwest Philadelphia]]> Fri, 12 Jun 2015 11:11:53 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/227*120/Partial+Building+Collapse+Philadelphia.JPG

A family was able to safely escape a partial building collapse in Philadelphia Friday morning.

The partial collapse happened around 5:40 a.m. in the 6400 block of Woodland Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia.

According to investigators, a family of three was able to escape the building safely.

The building houses apartments and a business on the bottom floor.

There were no reports of any injuries.

The Red Cross says they are assisting the family.

The collapse remains under investigation.



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<![CDATA[Big Rig Hauling Apple Juice Overturns on I-295]]> Wed, 10 Jun 2015 09:54:59 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/231*120/I+295+Apple+Juice+Big+Rig+Crash.JPG

A tractor-trailer that was hauling apple juice overturned on a heavily-traveled New Jersey road early Wednesday morning, creating a traffic nightmare.

The tractor-trailer overturned in the northbound lanes of I-295 in Burlington Township near the exit for Mount Holly Road (Exit 47) around 4:45 a.m.

New Jersey State Police said the tractor-trailer and at least one other car were involved in the crash. No serious injuries were reported.

The truck was hauling boxes of apple juice that were thrown onto the highway. The crash blocked two lanes intermittently as crews worked to clean up the mess.

The crash remained under investigation.



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<![CDATA[Officials to Reveal Whether Engineer Used Phone: Report]]> Wed, 10 Jun 2015 09:15:53 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/brandon+bostian+amtrak.jpg

UPDATE: The NTSB determined the engineer wasn't using his phone or Wi-Fi at the time of the crash.


Investigators have determined whether the engineer in the deadly Amtrak crash that killed eight people and injured over 200 others in Philadelphia was using his cellphone, two sources told Reuters on Tuesday. 

The National Transportation Safety Board is expected to release its latest findings on Wednesday between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. The report says the officials wouldn't reveal their findings ahead of Wednesday's announcement.

Federal accident investigators have said Amtrak's train 188 was going 106 miles per hour just before it derailed on a curve with a 50 mph speed limit. Investigators said they were still analyzing cellphone records to determine whether engineer Brandon Bostian, 32, was using it while operating the train.

The NTSB reported last month Bostian's phone records show calls were made and text messages were sent the day of the crash but they were unable to determine at that point whether the phone was used while the train was in motion.

Bostian's lawyer, Robert Goggin, has said he kept his cellphone in a bag and used it only to call 911 afterward. Bostian, who was injured, told investigators he had no recollection of the crash, the NTSB said.

"The next thing he recalls is being thrown around, coming to, finding his bag, getting his cellphone and dialing 911," Goggin said the day after the crash.

Bostian, 32, had been an engineer on the Northeast Corridor for about three years. He was based in New York. He was specifically assigned to the Washington to New York route for several weeks before the derailment, the NTSB said.

He worked a five-day-a-week schedule — making a daily roundtrip from New York to Washington — and had a "very good working knowledge" of the territory and various speed restrictions, NTSB member Robert Sumwalt said.

Bostian spoke to investigators May 15, Sumwalt said, and did not report feeling fatigued or ill while operating the train.
 

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<![CDATA[Car Overturns in Boulevard Crash]]> Tue, 09 Jun 2015 21:50:30 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/224*120/Generic+Road+Generic+Street+Holmesburg+Crash.JPG

At least one vehicle overturned in a crash on Roosevelt Boulevard in Philadelphia Tuesday night.

The accident occurred in the southbound lanes of the Boulevard near the Fox Street exit around 9:30 p.m.

Officials have not yet revealed whether anyone was injured in the accident. Crews are responding to the scene.

This story is developing. Check back for updates.
 



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<![CDATA[Police Arrest Suspects After Chase in Philly]]> Tue, 09 Jun 2015 22:24:48 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Philly-Police-Chase.jpg

Two suspects are in custody after they allegedly led police on a wild chase from Bensalem to Philadelphia.

The two unidentified suspects were wanted in Bensalem for allegedly crashing into several police vehicles. Police say they drove along I-95 into the Philadelphia area and stopped on the 4700 block of Tackawanna Street around 9 p.m. They then fled on foot and were quickly apprehended.

Police have not yet identified the suspects. No one was hurt during the incident.

This story is developing. Check back for updates.

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<![CDATA[I-95 Near County Line Reopens After Crash]]> Tue, 09 Jun 2015 13:32:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/95CrashJeep.PNG

Interstate 95 near the Bucks County/Philadelphia border reopened Tuesday afternoon following a serious crash.

The wreck around 11:45 a.m. closed the northbound lanes between Exit 32 (Academy Road) and Exit 35 Woodhaven Road (Route 63).

No word on possible injuries.

A short time after the wreck, investigators could be seen investigating a badly damaged sport utility vehicle that came to a rest perpendicular to the roadway.

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<![CDATA[Big Rig Crashes on Pa. Interstate]]> Tue, 09 Jun 2015 13:02:44 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/road-closed-sign.gif

A big rig and another vehicle crashed along a busy Pennsylvania interstate Tuesday morning stopping traffic entirely for hours.

The wreck near mile-marker 39 on Interstate 78 eastbound in Greenwich, Berks County around 6 a.m. left the tractor-trailer overturned.

Police closed all eastbound lanes through the morning as crews worked to clear the scene. Route 22 could be used as an alternate route.

No word yet on the extent of injuries.

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<![CDATA[Trash Truck Takes Out Utility Pole]]> Mon, 08 Jun 2015 07:49:09 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/217*120/Northeast+Philadelphia+Trash+Truck+Utility+Pole.JPG

A trash truck took out a utility pole along a Northeast Philadelphia road Monday morning.

The incident along Knights Road near Dorchester Road started a small fire and left wires on the roadway, said firefighters.

Luckily no one was hurt and the fire was quickly put out.

Despite the lines going down, PECO said no outages occurred in the area.



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