<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Breaking News]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/breaking http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com en-us Wed, 26 Nov 2014 22:02:43 -0500 Wed, 26 Nov 2014 22:02:43 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[2 Shot at Pa. Barber Shop]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:06:42 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/Barber+Pole.jpg

Two adults were shot inside an eastern Pennsylvania barber shop Wednesday afternoon.

Gunfire rang out shortly before 3 p.m. when a masked man in a dark hoodie opened fire on All Stars Hair Studio in a strip mall along Rockland Street in Reading, Berks County, said Reading Police.

The shooting left one adult critical and the other stable, police said.

Investigators didn’t reveal a motive for the shooting but they did say they believe the same shooter opened fire on the same store last night, firing five shots through the front window.



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<![CDATA[Ambulance Collides With SUV]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:59:32 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/197*120/Ambulance+Crash+Phoenixville.JPG

An ambulance collided with a sport utility vehicle along a Chester County road Wednesday afternoon.

The crash caused crews to block the intersection of Main Street and Nutt Road in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania shortly before 4 p.m.

There appeared to be no injuries from the crash, said Chester County dispatchers.

The force of the crash caused the SUV to wind up perpendicular to the street.



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<![CDATA[Part of NJ's 'Largest' Farmers Market to Open After Fire]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 01:40:09 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/216*120/Columbus+Farmers+Market+Fire+Heavy+Smoke.JPG

A day after fire destroyed part of a popular South Jersey farmers market and flea market, the Columbus Farmers Market announced it will partially open for business as normal Thursday.

The outdoor flea market section of the Burlington County staple that sits along Route 206 near Columbus Jobstown Road will open as normal at 6:30 a.m. Thursday and remain open every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday throughout the end of the year.

Flames broke out shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday at the historic market and the blaze in Building 4 quickly spread to four alarms. Mostly volunteer firefighters battled the windswept fire that sent thick smoke out onto U.S. Route 206.

The smoke and flames caused crews to close nearby roads. As SkyForce10 hovered overhead you could see heavy flames pouring from the large red barn — a retail area — at the market, which claims to be the “Delaware Valley’s oldest and largest flea market.”

"The wind is very heavy right now and it's blowing strongly from west to east so the smoke from the building is blowing horizontally across the parking lot to Route 206," said Springfield Township Mayor Denis McDaniel in the minutes after the fire began.

No one was hurt and the market wasn’t open at the time of the blaze.

"I've been going to this market since I was a small boy in the '50s," said McDaniel. "It's very important, it's the largest shopping are in the whole township — it's one of the largest in this part of the county."

The facility includes indoor pavilion stores, an all-weather outdoor flea market, a self-storage facility and antique mall.

McDaniel told the Burlington County Times that the market hoped to reopen indoor retail areas in time for Thanksgiving, one of the busiest days of the year at the complex.

The indoor market is normally opened Thursday through Sunday.

The farmers market began as a cattle and horse auction in 1919 and 10 years later moved onto a 30-acre site in Columbus, according to the market's website.

Fire devastated the market twice before — in 1968 and 1972, according to the market. In 1988, Columbus Farmers Market, LLC purchased the market and expanded the grounds to 200 acres.

Even though the year-round outdoor market will open Thursday, cold temperatures could keep many sellers away. Retailers that normally operate inside could open outside if they want.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation Wednesday but investigators said it didn't appear suspicious or intentionally set.



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<![CDATA[Cooper CEO, Wife Stabbed Before Fire: Report]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:12:38 -0500 Credit: Courier-Post Online ]]> Credit: Courier-Post Online ]]> http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/John+Joyce+Sheridan+1200+x+675.jpg

The CEO of a South Jersey hospital and his wife, were violently stabbed before their bedroom was set on fire, a family member tells The Courier-Post newspaper.

John Sheridan, Jr., the head of Cooper University Health System, and his wife, Joyce, were found unresponsive in the bedroom of their Montgomery Township, N.J. home on Sept. 28. The 72-year-old husband was pronounced dead at the scene. Joyce, 69, was taken to a nearby hospital and later died.

Investigators had said the fire was deliberately set, but have not released an exact cause of death. Officials have said the public was not at risk. Prosecutors have also said the four sons are not suspects in their parents' deaths.

On Tuesday, a family member, who was not named in the report, told the paper Joyce Sheridan was stabbed eight or more times in a violent attack.

John Sheridan, Jr. had "tentative" stab wounds on his side and an unspecified penetrating wound in his neck that may have hit his jugular vein, according to the report. He was found beneath an armoire that was doused with gas and set on fire, the paper reported.

Two knives were recovered at the scene — one in the bedroom and another in a different location on the property, the report stated.

The family member did not say who might have been behind the stabbing.

NBC10 reached out to the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office, but we have not received a response.

In a joint statement, the couple's four sons said they would not be commenting until the investigation is finished.

"From the beginning we have said that no one wants answers about our parents' deaths more than us. Real answers will only come after a full and thorough investigation," the statement read. "We do not condone releasing information in a piecemeal fashion because of frustration with the process, it is not helpful to getting to the truth about what happened to our parents. We are committed to getting to the truth and that means we will not comment while the investigation is ongoing."

The family has hired a private investigator to launch an independent probe into the deaths.



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<![CDATA[Fire Guts NJ's 'Largest' Farmers Market]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 15:21:55 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Columbus+Farmers+Market+Fire+Smoke.JPG

UPDATE: Part of the market plans to open as normal Thursday morning.


Fire destroyed a shopping area at a popular South Jersey farmers market and flea market Tuesday afternoon.

Flames broke out shortly before 2 p.m. at Columbus Farmers Market — a Burlington County staple that sits along Route 206 near Columbus Jobstown Road.

The fire at the historic market quickly spread to four alarms. Mostly volunteer firefighters battled the windswept blaze that sent thick smoke out onto U.S. Route 206.

The smoke and flames caused crews to close nearby roads.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead you could see heavy flames pouring from a large red barn — a retail area — at the market, which claims to be the “Delaware Valley’s oldest and largest flea market.”

"The wind is very heavy right now and it's blowing strongly from west to east so the smoke from the building is blowing horizontally across the parking lot to Route 206," said Springfield Township Mayor Denis McDaniel.

There were no reports of injuries and the market wasn’t open at the time of the blaze.

The fire appeared to start in the main building of the farmers market, according to workers at nearby Stoney Brook Garden Center.

It took crews nearly two hours to bring the fire under control. After the smoke cleared, you could see the gutted remains of the building.

"I've been going to this market since I was a small boy in the '50s," said McDaniel. "It's very important, it's the largest shopping are in the whole township — it's one of the largest in this part of the county."

The facility includes indoor pavilion stores, an all-weather outdoor flea market, a self-storage facility and antique mall.

The farmers market began as a cattle and horse auction in 1919 and 10 years later moved onto a 30-acre site in Columbus, according to the market's website.

Fire devastated the market twice before — in 1968 and 1972, according to the market. In 1988, Columbus Farmers Market, LLC purchased the market and expanded the grounds to 200 acres.

The indoor market is normally opened Thursday through Sunday while the outdoor market opens year round on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. The market even expected to open on Thanksgiving Day from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. for shoppers looking to buy their holiday meals.

McDaniel said it's too early to talk about the future of the site.

The cause of the blaze remained under investigation Tuesday night.



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<![CDATA[Car Crashes Outside NJ ER]]> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:35:21 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/emergencygeneric_1.jpg

A car crashed outside a South Jersey emergency room Tuesday.

The car crashed into the exterior of the entrance to AtlantiCare Health – Hammonton on N White Horse Pike shortly after noon, according to the hospital.

No injuries were reported, said Hammonton Police.

It wasn’t clear what caused the driver to lose control of the car.

The crash caused no structural damage and the ER continued to operate as normal, according to the hospital.



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<![CDATA[Woman Dies After Car Crashes Into Schuylkill River]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:25:07 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/233*120/Kelly+Driver+Schuylkill+River+Car+Road.JPG

Crews rushed to the banks of Schuylkill River Tuesday after a station wagon crashed off the Kelly Drive.

Witnesses said the car was speeding through the intersection of Kelly Drive and Hunting Park Avenue in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park around noon when the driver lost control, smashed through a stone barrier and went airborne, according to Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Joe Sullivan.

The Volvo wagon slammed into the water nose first, said witnesses.

"We at this point do not know if she had some sort of a medical emergency, mechanical failure or whether it was intentional," said Sullivan.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead a short time later you could see firefighters and police in cold-weather suits responding to the scene. Firefighters and divers could be seen climbing down a ladder to water's edge where they got into a boat.

The divers then entered the leaf-covered water. The 42-year-old driver, later identified as Shanita Jackson, was unconscious by the time divers got to her, said Sullivan.

Nearly 90 minutes later, crews pulled the station wagon from the chilly water.

Medics pronounced the driver dead a short time later. She was alone in the car at the time.

"You can see how badly damaged that car was," said Sullivan.

Crews blocked off both Kelly Drive and Hunting Park Avenue to the drive as crews worked in the water. There are no guardrails separating Kelly Drive from the recreation path running along the river at the point where the car went into the water.

The road remained closed for more than two hours.

The exact cause of the crash remained under investigation Tuesday afternoon.



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<![CDATA[Cold Temperatures Approach Record Lows]]> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 00:01:09 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/dfw-cold-weather-generic.jpg

Bitter cold temperatures and blustery winds moved in to the area late Monday just as the rainy weather moved out.

Residents across the Delaware Valley woke up to below freezing temperatures and gusts of winds nearing 30 miles per hour Tuesday morning.

The cold spell is expected to last for several days with temperatures nearing record lows Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

And the winds will make it feel even colder.

"Wind chills will be in the low 20s at their warmest in Philadelphia and the I-95 corridor," said First Alert Meteorologist Bill Henley.

Drivers navigated some icy spots during the Tuesday morning commute as wet areas froze overnight.

The bitter cold will remain for the rest of the week. Wednesday morning we could see a record cold temperature of 20 degrees in the city with a high of 35.

Thursday we’re in for a high of 44, Friday a high of 38 and Saturday a high of 45.

Temperatures will finally start to rise by Sunday with a high of 58. Warmer weather will arrive by Monday with a high near 70 degrees.

Stay with NBC10.com for the latest weather updates.



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<![CDATA[It's Official: Pope Francis to Come to Philly Next Year]]> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 23:36:37 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/453725266.jpg

It's official. Pope Francis is coming to Philly.

The pontiff confirmed Monday he plans to attend the highly-anticipated World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia next year.

"I wish to confirm according to the wishes of the Lord, that in September of 2015, I will go to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families," he told a gathering of religious leaders in Rome.

The three-day visit will include a public Sunday mass on the Ben Franklin Parkway on Sept. 27, 2015. Officials estimate up to 2 million people could come to see the pope.

"This will be the largest event in the city's modern history," Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said. The mayor called the visit a "massive undertaking" that will require a "tremendous amount of coordination."

The Holy Father made the announcement in Rome during his opening remarks at the Humanum Colloquium. The Humanum Colloquium is a gathering of leaders and scholars, including Chaput, of various religions around the world focused on marriage and family life.

"We look forward to Pope Francis’ arrival in Philadelphia next September and we will welcome him joyfully with open arms and prayerful hearts," said Archbishop Charles Chaput, the leader of Philadelphia's Archdiocese, in a prepared statement.

Chaput said he "applauded the loudest" when Francis made the announcement, according to The Associated Press.

It will be the Pope’s first visit to the United States since he was elected to lead the Catholic church in March 2013. The last time a pope visited Philadelphia was in October 1979 when John Paul II to deliver mass along the Parkway. Over history, only four popes have visited the United States a total of nine times.

The World Meeting of Families will be held from Sept. 22 to Sept. 27, 2015 in Philadelphia. Held every three years, the conference is a celebration of families, love and life, organizers say. It’s also the world’s largest Catholic gathering of families.

Archdiocese spokeswoman Donna Farrell said that Francis is expected to arrive Sept. 25. Besides the Parkway mass, the Pontiff is also expected to attend the intercultural Festival of Families on Sept. 26, according to the archdiocese. The Vatican will reveal detailed plans in spring or summer of 2015.

“As I’ve said many times before, I believe that the presence of the Holy Father will bring all of us — Catholic and non-Catholic alike — together in tremendously powerful, unifying and healing ways. We look forward to Pope Francis’ arrival in Philadelphia next September and we will welcome him joyfully with open arms and prayerful hearts," Chaput said.

Pope Francis' visit has been expected, but was not officially confirmed until Monday's announcement.

In August, NBC News correspondent Anne Thompson asked the Pope, who turns 78 next month, in Italian if he would attend the meeting. Thompson said the Pope told her “yes,” and mentioned “World Family Day.”

Earlier this year, a group of city boosters — including Nutter and Gov. Tom Corbett and First Lady Susan Corbett — went to Rome and a contingency from the Vatican visited Philadelphia.

Recalling the Vatican visit in March, Susan Corbett said the pontiff promised her husband that he would come.

"It was there that the governor had the honor of inviting the pope to Philadelphia and the Holy Father answered our invitation by whispering three words in Tom's ear: 'I will come," she said.

Francis' predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, had earlier committed to coming to the meeting. But still, the Vatican said the official decision would not be made until a few months before.

The World Meeting of Families has a budget of $45 million, which is being offset by donations from private donors and corporations. Organizers say they're just over halfway to their goal. It's unclear, however, whether the pope's visit will increase the event's total cost.

Registration for the WMOF officially opened Nov. 10. Organizers of the conference expect some 20,000 people to attend its Adult and Child Congresses at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Farrell said tens of thousands of additional people are expected to be in the city during the week. Then the number of visitors is expected to grow each day as the Sunday mass nears.

"By the time the weekend arrives for the Festival of Families, I would expect that we would be close to, if not over a million [people] and then on Saturday, well over a million," she said.

The addition of nearly 2 million people to the city's 1.5 million population could temporarily make Philadelphia the third-largest city in the U.S. -- surpassing Chicago and Houston.

Lodging all of those people will be a challenge.

There are 10,500 hotel rooms in Center City and 30,000 hotel rooms overall in the region, according to the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Farrell said organizers are relying on locals to open their homes to visitors through a "Homestay" program. As part of the program, visitors would pay homeowners a small fee to stay.

Answering questions about security, Nutter said the city will be working with state police, the U.S. Secret Service, FBI as well as Vatican police, Swiss Guard and Italian government police.

"We host big events well here in Philadelphia," Nutter said. "This is slightly bigger, with a few more zeros at the end in terms of the number of folks coming, but we'll be ready."

You can find more information on the upcoming event on the official website. You can also register for the event here.



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<![CDATA[Man Crushed to Death While Working on Car: Police]]> Sun, 16 Nov 2014 16:48:04 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Car-on-Top-of-Man.jpg

A man was killed after his car fell on top of him in the Rhawnhurst section of the city, according to police.

Police told NBC10 the 64-year-old man was working on his car behind his home on the 1900 block of Stanwood Street shortly after 3 p.m. Sunday.

As he was working, the vehicle somehow fell on top of him and trapped him underneath.

Emergency responders removed the man from underneath the vehicle and he was taken to Aria-Torresdale Hospital. He was pronounced dead at 3:30 p.m.

Officials have not yet revealed the man’s identity. They continue to investigate the accident.

Stay with NBC10.com for updates on this developing story.
 



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<![CDATA[Troopers ID Suspect Killed by Police]]> Sat, 15 Nov 2014 00:46:31 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/230*120/Claymont+Police+Shooting+Garfield+Police+Involved.JPG

Troopers shot and killed a suspect following a pursuit through a Delaware neighborhood late Friday afternoon.

The shooting happened around 4:15 p.m. at Harvey Road and Garfield Avenue in Claymont, Delaware after the driver tried to run down two officers, according to Delaware State Police.

The male suspect, later identified as 41-year-old William McNulty, was rushed to Christiana Hospital in critical condition, according to state police. He died at the hospital about two hours later.

No state troopers suffered any injuries, said investigators.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead you could see a sedan crashed into a tree with at least three police vehicles surrounding it. It appeared windows on the car were shot out and debris could be seen strewed across the grass.

Police said they suspected McNulty in an earlier attempted ATM robbery and an armed robbery at an area 7-Eleven.

The intersection lies in a neighborhood surrounded by Interstate 95 on one side and Interstate 495 on the other. Police closed Harvey Road from I-95 to Philadelphia Pike as they continued to investigate Friday evening.

Police said that they spotted McNulty's car twice, including an earlier incident where investigators said McNulty rammed state police cars.

The two officers who shot McNulty were placed on administrative leave -- per department policy -- as the investigation continued.



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<![CDATA[Officers Shoot, Kill Suspect in Self Defense: Police]]> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 21:15:00 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/police+shooting+trenton.JPG

New Jersey police officers feared for their lives when they opened fire on a suspect Thursday morning, according to investigators.

The deadly incident began after an adolescent inside a house near Wilson and Reservoir streets called 911 to report a home invasion, said Trenton Police Director Ernest Parrey Jr.

Two Trenton officers responding to the call suddenly came under fire while in their police cruiser.

The officers, fearing for their lives, fired back and struck the suspect, said Parrey.

The suspect, identified as 31-year-old Darnell Stafford, later died at the hospital.

Luckily Officers Robert Albanowski, a 14-year veteran for the force, and Marlon Parrot,  a 13-year-year veteran, were wearing their bulletproof vests and they weren't seriously hurt.

Both officers were hit by flying shards of glass and were treated at a hospital.

"The officers are very, very fortunate to be alive," Trenton Councilman George Muschal told The Times of Trenton. "This individual fired right into the driver's side window where the officer was sitting or just getting out of the car."

New Jersey State Police will aid in the investigation.

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<![CDATA[Arrest Made in Sex Assault of Teen Boy: Police]]> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 16:32:56 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Sex-Assault-Suspect2.jpg

Philadelphia Police arrested a man accused of sexually assaulting and robbing a teenage boy at gunpoint in the Kensington section of the city.

The man, who has not yet been identified, was arrested Tuesday night, according to investigators. Charges against the suspect are pending.

On Nov. 2 at 12:20 a.m., the 18-year-old victim was leaving the Golden Dragon Chinese Restaurant on the 3300 block of North 2nd Street. The suspect followed him as he walked to his home, according to investigators.

Once the victim arrived at his home, the suspect pulled out a gun and approached him, police said. He then allegedly forced the victim inside his home where he sexually assaulted him. The suspect then stole the victim’s cell phone, $120 and house keys before fleeing the scene.

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



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<![CDATA[Bag of Ammo Causes Police Sweep of Jewish School]]> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 15:21:12 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/208*120/Barrack+Hewbrew+Academy+Police+Cars.JPG

Various area police departments responded to a Main Line Jewish day school Wednesday morning after someone brought a bag of ammunition into the school, according to the Delaware County District Attorney's Office.

No weapon was found and prosecutors said no one was hurt at Barrack Hebrew Academy on Bryn Mawr Avenue in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.

Police responded to the school around 10:15 a.m. and remained on scene fore hours as they swept the building as a precaution, according to prosecutors.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead, you could see at least six police vehicles -- from Radnor, Haverford and Lower Merion townships -- on the school's campus and officers could be seen congregating at the entrance to the school.

School administration wouldn't say what caused the police presence but did say the building wasn't evacuated.

The DA's office said it appeared nothing criminal happened. they didn't reveal who brought the ammo to school.

Barrack Hebrew Academy serves student in grades 6 to 12 on its 35-acre campus. The school opened in 1946 as Akiba Hebrew Academy and is the oldest pluralistic, coeducational Jewish day school in North America, according to the school’s website.



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<![CDATA[Woman Dies, Man Hurt in Crash Near High School]]> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 08:50:10 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/202*120/Northeast+High+School+Accident.JPG

A woman died and a man suffered injuries after a serious crash outside Northeast High School early Wednesday morning.

The force of the two-car crash along Cottman Avenue near Algon Avenue around 4 a.m. left a 21-year-old woman ejected from her car. She later died at Aria-Torresdale Hospital, according to Philadelphia Police accident investigators.

A 48-year-old man suffered a broken neck as was also rushed to Aria-Torresdale where he remained in critical but stable condition Wednesday morning, police said.

The wreck was so powerful that it forced a car onto the high school's front lawn.

Authorities told NBC10 that the woman appeared to be going west on Cottman and was possibly trying to turn onto Algon when the accident occurred.

The man wasn't wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash and was knocked unconscious when his head hit the windshield during impact, according to police.

Cottman Avenue remained closed in both directions between Summerdale Avenue and Whitaker Avenue as of 8 a.m.



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<![CDATA[School Bus Flips Onto Its Side in NJ, People Hurt]]> Tue, 11 Nov 2014 17:01:42 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/Princeton+School+Bus+Crash+Route+206.JPG

A sedan and yellow school bus collided along a South Jersey road Tuesday afternoon leaving a student and adults hurt and the bus on its side.

A white BMW sedan crossed the centerline shortly after 2:45 p.m. along the 600 block of Lawrenceville Road (U.S. Route 206) near Hutchinson Drive in Princeton Township, New Jersey and clipped the front bumper of the bus, according to Princeton Police.

Four people suffered what Princeton Police called non-life-threatening injuries.

A 16-year-old student; the child's aide, 71-year-old Geneva Smith; and the 44-year-old bus driver, Veronica McKinney were treated at University Medical Center at Plainsboro, according to police.

The BMW driver, Justin Thomas, 26, of Morris Plains was taken to Capital Health Systems at Fuld, according to police.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead shortly after the wreck you could see the yellow bus on its side partially off the road. You could also see a white BMW sedan with what police called heavy front-end damage.

The bus belongs to Rick Bus Company out of Ewing, New Jersey. The company didn't reveal where the bus was headed to or coming from at the time of the crash.

Some schools in the area said they didn't know what school the bus was servicing at the time of the crash.

The exact cause of the wreck remained under investigation Tuesday evening. Mercer County Prosecutors assisted police in the investigation.



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<![CDATA[Fire at Wanamaker Building Slows Traffic]]> Tue, 11 Nov 2014 11:57:12 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/209*120/Wannamaker+Building+Fire.JPG

A fire broke out inside Philadelphia’s historic Wanamaker building Tuesday morning sending workers and shoppers out onto the street.

The blaze began shortly before 10 a.m. in the building across from City Hall at 13th and Market streets that now houses a Macy’s department store and offices.

The fire occurred in a ninth floor office and was under control a short while later, according to fire dispatchers.

There were no reports of injuries but with people out on the sidewalk and fire equipment on the scene, traffic around City Hall came to a halt for nearly an hour. By 10:45 a.m., traffic began moving again.

The Wanamaker Building is the 15-story former site of John Wanamaker's store that features a Grand Court, the Crystal Tea Room and an impressive pipe organ. The store was absorbed into a Hecht's than Macy's in the mid-1990s.



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<![CDATA[Vehicle Crashes Into Delaware River]]> Mon, 10 Nov 2014 17:45:45 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Car-Into-River-Nov.jpg

UPDATE: Police say a man pushed his wife's car into the river. NEW DETAILS HERE


A vehicle crashed into the Delaware River in Northeast Philadelphia Monday afternoon.

The accident occurred near Magee Lane and New State Road, according to investigators.

Police are still searching for the vehicle and are unsure if anyone is currently inside. Witnesses told police however they spotted someone running away on foot from the scene of the accident. Officials continue to investigate.

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



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<![CDATA[Heavy Smoke Pours From Philly Homes]]> Mon, 10 Nov 2014 14:46:43 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/211*120/Lehigh+Avenue+Fire.JPG

Several homes caught fire in North Philadelphia Monday afternoon.

The flames broke out shortly after 2 along Lehigh Avenue near 24th Street.

Firefighters reported no injuries. Crews said it appeared the fire began in an occupied unit before spreading to unoccupied neighboring homes.

Thick smoke could be seen coming from at least three row homes. As firefighters battled flames on top of the roofs, crews blocked off Lehigh Avenue.

It took crews about 30 minutes to bring the flames under control.



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<![CDATA[Power Outage Delays Opening of Schools]]> Mon, 10 Nov 2014 10:39:13 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/205*120/empty+classroom+0428.jpg

A power outage caused two Montgomery County schools to open two hours late Monday morning.

The outage knocked out power to Elkins Park School and Wyncote Elementary School in Cheltenham Township, according to the Cheltenham School District.

Wyncote Elementary currently shares the EP campus on New Second Street, according to the district.

The cause of the outage wasn't immediately clear and PECO didn't list it on their outage map.



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<![CDATA[Gas Line Ruptures, Old City Buildings Evacuated ]]> Thu, 06 Nov 2014 12:40:27 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/237*120/center+city+gas+leak+breaking+arch+fire.JPG

An explosion caused by a ruptured gas line has forced evacuations on the 300 and 400 blocks of Race Street in Old City Thursday morning.

Construction crews hit a gas line near 4th and of Race sts. causing it to erupt and ignite a fire, officials said.

"A fireman knocked on our door and told us we were being evacuated," said local hostel owner Alicia Newton. "He told us there was an explosion, although we didn't hear anything, so we were suprised."

No injuries have been reported. Newton also claimed there was no smell of gas in her hostel.

"Everyone is safe, we are all outside," she added.

Officials blocked off several blocks of Race Street and asked motorists to avoid the area, near the entrance to the Ben Franklin Bridge.

Crews were making emergency repairs to the ruptured gas line.

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<![CDATA[Wife Killer Ordered to Pay $124M to Daughter]]> Thu, 06 Nov 2014 08:42:29 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Rafael+Robb+civil+trial-2.jpg

A former economics professor at the University of Pennsylvania who beat his wife to death inside their King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, home has been ordered to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to his daughter.

A jury ruled against 64-year-old Rafael Robb in the civil case against him Wednesday afternoon. Robb will now have to pay $124.26 million in compensatory and punitive damages to his daughter, 20-year-old Olivia Robb. It's believed to be the largest contested personal injury verdict in Pennsylvania history. Prosecutors believe Rafael Robb still has millions in assets.

The ruling wrapped up an emotional three days in which Robb faced his daughter for the first time since he killed her mother, Ellen Robb, eight years ago.

"Olivia Robb is finally free from the haunting, controlling terror of her murderous father," said attorney Robert Mongeluzzi of Saltz, Mongeluzzi, Barrett & Bendesky, P.C., which represented Ellen Robb's estate as well as Olivia.

"The jury's verdict honored the memory of a caring, loving mother and at the same time sent a thunderous message to Rafael Robb that he can no longer get away with his pathological lies, and that he will not be able to enjoy a life of luxury after his release in a few years," Mongeluzzi said.

Gary Gregory, Ellen Robb's brother and the administrator of her estate, was also satisfied with the verdict.

“We’ve waited for this moment for eight painful, tear-filled years," he said. "Finally there is justice for our beloved sister Ellen and her remarkable daughter, our niece, who can now finally feel emancipated from her father.”

Some jurors cried quietly Tuesday when Olivia testified about the emotional impact of losing first her mother, and then her father. He eventually confessed to the crime and went to prison.

"I didn’t believe it for a while,” Olivia Robb said. “I had my suspicions, but it’s your father.”

Robb was an economics professor at the University of Pennsylvania in 2006 when he murdered his wife, who was about to leave the marriage. The violent and bloody details of the slaying were never revealed in a trial because Robb was able to plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter. He’s serving a 5-to-10 year prison term.

Robb took the stand for more than two hours Tuesday, admitting he killed his wife and then tried to convince police it was a robbery. The damage to Ellen’s face, head and skull was so severe detectives initially thought she was the victim of a blast from a high-powered rifle. Mongeluzzi confronted Robb on the stand.

"You beat her face in so badly that her brain came out of her skull," Mongeluzzi said.

"I did it," Robb admitted.

Robb said "yes" when asked if he "slaughtered his wife in the kitchen."   

"The kitchen scene looked like a horror movie," Mongeluzzi said.

"I’m not denying that," Robb replied.

"And you created that horror scene," Mongeluzzi said.

"I’m not denying that either," Robb said.

The defense argued the murder was a crime of passion — that Ellen pushed Rafael during an argument, and he was so enraged he grabbed an exercise bar nearby and beat her to death.

Jurors believed the murder was premeditated, however.

Mongeluzzi’s team profiled Robb as a controlling and emotionally abusive husband and father. He decided to murder Ellen, they argued, because her decision to leave the marriage meant he was losing control.

"For the first time ever, Rafael Robb took the stand and had his story demolished under cross-examination,” said Mongeluzzi. “It was followed by the testimony of his daughter, who took the stand and faced down her murderous father and stood up for her mother.”

Taking the stand with a box of tissues, Olivia recounted how she got off the school bus on December 22, 2006, to find ambulances and other emergency vehicles in front of her home.

When she asked what was wrong, a police officer didn't reveal that her mother had been murdered, but said instead she'd been gravely injured. Olivia wasn’t allowed to go inside and went to a friend’s house. She explained how she came to understand in a conversation with an investigator that her mother was dead.

"The detective just started crying and I knew that I lost my mother.”

Every morning when she wakes up, her mother’s murder is the first thing she thinks about.

"I think of all the moments that won’t be there,” she told jurors. “My mother was my best friend.”

Robb glanced at his daughter periodically, but she did not look him in the eyes.

Olivia, who is now in college, said she never wanted to see him again. Her co-counsel, attorney Andrew Duffy, asked if she sometimes feels like she lost two parents.

"Absolutely. Absolutely,” she said.



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<![CDATA[Convertible Slams Into Corner Store]]> Tue, 04 Nov 2014 18:01:53 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/Kensington+Car+Crash+Frankford+Avenue+Convertible.JPG

A convertible hopped the curb and crashed into a corner store in Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood Tuesday afternoon.

The crash at Frankford Avenue and E Clearfield Street shortly after 1 p.m. left one person hospitalized with undisclosed injuries, according to dispatchers.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead shortly after the wreck, you could see Philadelphia Police investigating a white convertible with a tan top with obvious front-end damage that came to rest on the curb in front of the store’s door.

No word on an exact cause for the wreck.



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<![CDATA[Fire Breaks Out at Historic ChesCo Hotel]]> Tue, 04 Nov 2014 12:11:08 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/216*120/Octoraro+Hotel+Fire+Oxford+Firefighters.JPG

Fire broke out at a historic Chester County hotel Tuesday morning.

The blaze broke out around 10:30 a.m. at the Octoraro Hotel & Tavern at S 3rd and Market streets in Oxford, Pennsylvania, according to Chester County dispatchers.

Dispatchers said no injuries were reported.

The Octoraro, with its familiar sign, has stood in the center of Oxford borough for decades.

It’s food has earned it a No. 1 rating on Tripadvisor.com for eateries in Oxford.

No word yet on what might have caused the blaze. The fire was brought under control shortly after 11 a.m.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead a short time later you could see multiple fire trucks at the scene with ladders raised to upper-floor windows of the three-story structure.



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<![CDATA[Student Shot Outside DSU Residence Hall]]> Mon, 03 Nov 2014 23:08:24 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/DSU-Shooting.jpg

A student is recovering after a shooting outside a residence hall at Delaware State University.

The shooting occurred Monday around 4 p.m. in the parking lot of the Living and Learning Commons, a residence hall for around 200 students, on the 1500 block of North DuPont Highway, just north of the main campus in Dover, Delaware.

The unidentified student was taken to Kent General Hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Living and Learning Commons was formerly the Dover Sheraton Hotel but was converted into a student housing facility for Delaware State University last year.

The school was on lockdown for several hours. The lockdown was lifted around 8 p.m. While no arrests have been made, campus police told NBC10 they don't believe there is a threat to any other students at this time.

"I'm just shocked, knowing something can happen at any time," said Quintin Reid, a student at the university.

The school is closed Tuesday due to elections. Police continue to search for the shooter.

Delaware State University is a public university located in Dover, Delaware. In Sept. 2007, two students were shot on campus. One student died from her injuries 32 days later while another student survived. A freshman student was charged in the shooting and expelled from the school.



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<![CDATA[Big Rigs Burn in Bucks Co. Lot]]> Mon, 03 Nov 2014 06:17:07 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Bristol+Tractor+Trailer+Fires.JPG

Multiple tractor-trailers and pickup trucks caught fire early Monday in a gated lot in Bucks County.

The fires burned around 5:15 a.m. along the 1500 block of Clyde Waite Drive in Bristol, Pennsylvania.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead, you could see flames and heavy smoke pouring from the burning big rigs at High Gain Inc. -- a company that specializes in truck and van accessories.

County dispatchers said there were no immediate reports of injuries and no word on what caused the fire, which was described as being in two separate spots at the same yard.



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<![CDATA[2 Dead in Murder-Suicide Outside YMCA: DA ]]> Tue, 04 Nov 2014 09:06:32 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/YMCA-Murder-Suicide.jpg

A man and a woman were killed after an apparent murder suicide outside a YMCA in Chester County.

According to the Chester County District Attorney, the unidentified man shot and killed his ex-girlfriend in an ambush attack in the parking lot of the YMCA on the 200 block of Hurley Road in West Brandywine around 5:45 p.m. Monday.

The man then turned the gun on himself once police arrived, according to authorities. Both the man and his ex-girlfriend died from their injuries.

The YMCA was initially placed on lockdown after the shootings. The lockdown has since been lifted.

Officials have not yet identified the alleged shooter and victim.


SUICIDE PREVENTION: If you know someone who needs help, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255).



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<![CDATA[It's a Done Deal: SEPTA Won't Strike]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 23:47:29 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/SEPTASTILLPIC_722x406_2129867105.jpg

Riders exhale, SEPTA will keep running.

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority representatives and Transport Workers of America Local 234 leader Willie Brown announced a tentative two-year contract after emerging from hours of negotiations inside an Old City hotel.

SEPTA's largest transit workers’ union had threatened to walk off the job if SEPTA didn’t meet their demands of pension reform.

The deal is for two years and includes pay increases, according to TWU Local leader Willie Brown.

"I'm satisfied with it," said Brown.

Brown made no mention if the two sides settled the dispute over pensions. He said the tentative deal needs to be ratified by union workers -- something that will happen in the coming weeks.

Negotiators, including union and SEPTA leaders along with political leaders, including Rep. Bob Brady (D- Pa.), spent most of Friday behind closed doors in hopes to reach a deal.

The tentative contract "is fair to our union employees, our customers and the taxpayers and balances the needs of our valuable workforce, while operating the transit system in the most efficient manner possible," said SEPTA board chairman Pat Deon.

The deal avoids a work stoppage, which could have happened as early as Monday, and would have halted all city buses, trolleys and subway trains and caused Regional Rail trains to become overcrowded.

SEPTA's city division, which is operated by TWU Local 234 workers, supplies about 900,000 rides daily, according to SEPTA.



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<![CDATA[DRAMATIC VIDEO: Firefighters Rescue Women]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:24:14 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/216*120/33rd+Street+Strawberry+Mansion+Fire+Rescue.JPG

Philadelphia firefighters and neighbors teamed up to rescue two women from a row home fire in Philadelphia Thursday morning.

SkyForce10 captured the dramatic rescue along the 1800 block of N 33rd Street in Strawberry Mansion around 9:45 a.m.

As some smoke pours out of a window you can see what appears to be a woman in a black shirt and an older woman in red out on top of a bay window.

Firefighters guide the frightened younger woman slowly down the ladder to the lower roof. Once on the lower roof, you can see two men come out of a neighboring home and help the woman into the adjacent home.

The firefighters then help the older woman down the ladder and carry her into the same next door window.

Firefighters said everyone made it out safely and despite the victims being visibly shaken -- and at least one woman being taken away in an ambulance -- there were no serious injuries.

The American Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania helped out three families affected by the blaze.



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<![CDATA[Car Strikes 2 People in Delco]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:11:54 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/220*120/Ridley+Park+Chester+Avenue+People+Struck.JPG

A car struck two people along a Delaware County street Wednesday afternoon.

The crash happened where E Chester Pike (U.S. Route 13) intersects with Acres Drive in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania around 4:40 p.m.

No word yet on the extent of injuries.

The crash caused traffic to slow in the area as investigators tried to figure out what happened.



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<![CDATA[AMBER ALERT: Mom, Kids Found Safe in Delaware]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 20:46:41 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/tlmd_amber_alert_generic2.jpg

Police in Maryland issued an Amber Alert after a mother threatened to drive off a Delaware Bridge with her two children in the car.

About six hours later, Delaware State Police canceled the alert after finding the mother and her children safe in Delaware.

The boyfriend of 27-year-old Tiamarie Valenzuela said she threatened to drive off the Delaware Bridge with her 2-year-old son and 1-year-old girl when she left his Odenton, Maryland home following an argument shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday, Anne Arundel County Police said.

Police said Valenzuela keyed her boyfriend's car before driving off.

The Amber Alert warning later spread to Delaware, where police said that Valenzuela and her children could be in the Newark area.

Police said that Valenzuela and her children were OK when they were found at an undisclosed spot in Delaware.

Police took Valenzuela into custody but didn't announce if she would face any charges.

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<![CDATA[Head-on Crash Closes MLK Drive, Kills 1]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:07:13 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/MLK+Drive+Crash+SUV.JPG

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No charges were immediately filed.

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



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<![CDATA[Parker Spruce Hotel Fire in Center City]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:49:19 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/hotel+fire+center+city+parker+spruce.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

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

 



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<![CDATA[School Bus Carrying Students With Special Needs Overturns]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:32:29 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/203*120/Paradise+Lancaster+County+School+Bus+Crash+WGAL.JPG

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.



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<![CDATA[Shoplifter Strikes 3 People While Fleeing: Police]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:23:05 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/Delaware+State+Police+Car+Newport.JPG

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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<![CDATA[Bat-Wielding Women Attack School Bus, Hurt Child: Police]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:57:31 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Roosevelt+Boulevard+School+Bus+Broken+Window+Thumb.jpg

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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<![CDATA[Girl Found Safe, Was Never in Stolen Car: Police]]> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:34:28 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Amber-Alert-Trenton-Girl.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[Police Cars Crash in Center City, Officer Hurt]]> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 12:47:32 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/Police+Car+Pickup+Taxi+Crash+21st+and+Spruce.JPG

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

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

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

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

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



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