<![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 Tue, 03 Mar 2015 03:58:35 -0500 Tue, 03 Mar 2015 03:58:35 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Arrest Made in Stabbing at Cash for Gold Store]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 22:44:16 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/205*120/Frankford+Avenue+Cash+for+Gold+Stabbing.JPG

A Philadelphia man was arrested after he allegedly stabbed the owner of a Northeast Philadelphia cash for gold store Monday morning before making off with a large sum of cash.

Joshua Garner of Philadelphia is charged with robbery, aggravated assault, simple assault, theft and receiving stolen property.

Garner is accused of stabbing the 62-year-old owner of the We Buy Gold store in the face. The attack took place outside the store on the 8000 block of Frankford Avenue Monday around 11:15 a.m. Garner then stole $1000 before fleeing in a black GMC truck, police said.

He was later apprehended and arrested Monday night.

The owner was taken to Aria Torresdale Hospital where he is currently in stable condition.



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<![CDATA[House Explodes When Man Turns on Bathroom Light]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 23:26:23 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/211*120/Point+Pleasant+Beach+Cooks+Lane+Gas+Explosion.JPG

A New Jersey home exploded after a resident woke up and turned on the bathroom light early Monday.

The blast around 1:40 a.m. Monday inside a rear unit home along Cooks Lane near Niblick Street in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey left a resident with burns over half his body.

The groggy 47-year-old man, identified by officials as Kurt Wagner, woke up to the smell of gas and went into the bathroom where he turned on the light, said the Ocean County Prosecutors Office. The gas quickly ignited.

Firefighters rushed to the scene to find the home completely engulfed in flames and Wagner outside the home. He was conscious despite suffering burns to 40 to 50 percent of his body, said officials.

Medics rushed Wagner to Jersey Shore University Medical Center before transferring him to Saint Barnabas Burn Center where he remained in critical condition Monday afternoon.

Point Beach firefighters extinguished the blaze and New Jersey Natural Gas secured the gas meter without further incident allowing for county fire officials and crime scene investigators to determine exactly what led to the leak that caused the explosion.

This blast came less than a week after 15 people were hurt when a Stafford Township home exploded as crews addressed a gas main leak. Point Pleasant Beach is about 30 miles north of Stafford Township.

New Jersey Natural Gas urges anyone who smells gas — a rotten eggs-like odor — to immediately evacuate the building and only use your cellphone to call NJNG (800-GAS-LEAK) once you are at a safe distance from the home since a phone can spark the gas.



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<![CDATA[Car Slides Under Philly School Bus]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:03:01 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/236*120/West+Oak+Lane+Homer+Street+Philadelphia+school+Bus+Crash.JPG

A car slid under a school bus with children on board in Philadelphia Friday morning.

The car and bus collided around 7:45 a.m. along Homer Street near Rodney Street in West Oak Lane.

There were children on the yellow School District of Philadelphia bus at the time of the wreck but none were hurt, said witnesses at the scene.

Investigators didn’t report any injuries.

Another bus came and took the kids away from the scene.

No word yet on what caused the crash.



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<![CDATA[Philly-Bound Flight Makes Emergency Landing in Ireland]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 06:23:02 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Generic+US+Airways+Plane+Generic.jpg

A Philadelphia-bound flight returns to Ireland Thursday to make an emergency landing due to mechanical issues.

US Airways Flight 723 returned to Dublin Airport shortly after taking off around 11:15 local time Thursday.

The Boeing 757-200 then returned to the airport about 90 minutes later because one of the wing slats didn’t retract, said American Airlines spokeswoman Victoria Lupica.

Lupica said that such an incident is rather routine despite being considered an emergency landing. None of the 126 passengers on board suffered any injuries and the plane landed safely.

TheJournal.ie reported Irish emergency responders were called to the scene as a precaution.

Lupica said that it wasn’t clear when the 8-hour flight that was due to land at Philadelphia International Airport around 2:15 p.m. EST would be back in the air. The airline would do its best to re-accommodate passengers.



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<![CDATA[Car Rear-Ends School Bus]]> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 10:19:17 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/230*120/Route+1+East+Falls+School+Bus+Crash.JPG

A car collided with a school bus along a busy highway in Philadelphia’s East Falls neighborhood Wednesday morning.

The wreck happened around 8:15 a.m. along the Roosevelt Boulevard (U.S. Route 1) southbound near Ridge Avenue.

No reports of injuries at this time, however, dispatchers said the students on board would be checked out by their school nurse.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead you could see a white sedan wedged under the rear of the yellow All City Transportation bus.

The crash caused miles of backups as police investigated the wreck.



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<![CDATA[Water Main Break Sends Students Home Early]]> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 10:59:01 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Neshaminy+Water+Main+Break.JPG

A Bucks County high school planned to send students home early Wednesday morning due to a water main break.

Neshaminy High School students will be sent home at 10 a.m., the school announced on its website.

Some after-school activities would continue as normal while others would be put on hold.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead Wednesday morning, crews could be seen working outside the building along Old Lincoln Highway in Langhorne, Pennsylvania.



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<![CDATA[Missing Del. Girl Found Safe, Father Arrested ]]> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 07:09:16 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Dad-Abducts-Daughter.jpg

The AMBER ALERT for a 3-year-old girl who police say was abducted by her father was canceled Tuesday.

Elinor Trotta and her father Michael Trotta were both found safe in Massachusetts.

"Today is my birthday," said Elinor's mother Dawn Barkus. "I prayed to God all day to get her back and He gave me the best b-day present ever. I'm gonna get my Elinor back." 

The girl and her father were found at an apartment complex in Spencer, Massachusetts Tuesday around 3:30 p.m. Trotta was walking with his daughter out of the complex when he was met by an FBI SWAT team who cornered him and arrested him without incident, police said.

Warrants remain on file for Trotta's arrest in Delaware stemming from an assault on Feb. 15, as well as charges for Monday's incident, which include reckless endangerment and carjacking. He will also be charged with endangering the welfare of a child and is awaiting extradition back in Delaware.

"We appreciate the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the US Attorney General’s Office, The Delaware Attorney General’s Office, and the many state and local agencies which included the New Jersey State Police, Massachusetts State Police, and the Spencer Police Department," a New Castle County Police spokesperson said.

Officials are in the process of taking Barkus to Massachusetts so that she can reunite with her daughter.

"I got to talk to her on the phone," Barkus said. "She's shaken but ready to be back with me." 

The AMBER ALERT was issued in Delaware, New Jersey and Ohio after Trotta, 43, allegedly took Elinor from her home.

Barkus told police that Trotta, who is her ex-boyfriend, assaulted her at her home on the 800 block of East Basin Road in New Castle, Delaware around 6:45 p.m. Monday and then took their young daughter.

Delaware State Police issued the alert after New Castle County Police determined the girl was in "imminent danger." Investigators initially believed Trotta had fled with his daughter to New Jersey and New York City. During Tuesday's press conference, police said they believe Trotta was in Massachusetts because he has family there.

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<![CDATA[NJ Home 'Disintegrated' in Gas Explosion, 15 Hurt]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 01:55:29 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/Stafford+explosion+dashcam+2.gif

UPDATE: Police reveal cause of gas explosion | UPDATE: Firefighters who survived blast speak out


Police released dashcam video of a gas explosion that leveled an Ocean County, New Jersey, home, injured 15 people, and shook homes in every direction Tuesday morning, including one of a young mother.

"My windows blew out of my house, and I dropped, and I covered my daughter, because she was next to me," said Stafford Township resident Melissa Lewis. "I stood up, and I heard them screaming outside, and there were people being taken to the ambulance."

Police received the initial call for an odor inspection in the Cedar Run neighborhood of the township near U.S. Route 9 around 8:55 a.m., about an hour and a half before the blast occurred, according to Stafford Township Police Capt. Tom Dellane.

Officers, firefighters and emergency crews who were dispatched to the neighborhood, quickly confirmed a gas leak, called in the New Jersey Natural Gas Company and evacuated 75 nearby homes.

Gas company employees were working on finding the source of the leak diagonally across from Lewis' home on Oak Ave. when the blast occurred, completely destroying one home and damaging many others. Dashcam video from a Stafford Township police cruiser shows the blast as it happened as workers and firefighters were next to the house.

"The house has been disintegrated," said Stafford Township Mayor John Spodofora.

Seven gas workers were injured in the explosion, said NJ Natural Gas Spokesperson Mike Kinney. One suffered extremely critical injuries and required CPR at the scene. That man and another gas worker were medevaced to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center's Trauma Unit where they remained in critical condition, said Kinney.

Six firefighters also suffered minor injuries, most experiencing concussion-like symptoms. They were transported to Southern Ocean Medical Center. All but one were treated and released, said Stafford Twp. Volunteer Fire Chief Jack Johnson

Two EMTs were also taken to Southern with minor injuries and were released.

As SkyForce10 hovered over the scene, debris could be seen scattered all over the place as some trees in the area burned. Only the home's foundation remained.

"I saw pieces of house floating all over my yard," Lewis said. "The insulation was all over the place and you could see the ambulances and people running around and there were big flames coming from the house."

The blast could be felt up to one mile away, said officials.

Gas and electricity to nearly 300 homes were turned off and police urged people to avoid the area.

"We're working on a plan to restore that service, but that plan will take time," said Kinney.

How much time is unknown.

Spodofora urged residents who smelled gas in their homes to open all their windows, report it to police and leave the area immediately.

"The gas is kind of hanging in there," said Spodofora.

The Marlton Area Office of OSHA investigated exactly what caused the blast.

Officials announced NJ Natural Gas Company workers restored gas service to Oak Avenue around midnight but that doesn't mean the gas is back on in each home. Residents must be inside their home in order to get restored.

Stafford Police officers remained in the area throughout the night.



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<![CDATA[Car Strikes Child in Delco]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 12:36:24 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/Darby+Child+Car+Crash.JPG

A car struck a child along a Delaware County street Tuesday morning.

The crash happened around 7:45 a.m. at Main Street and N 4th Street in Darby, said county dispatchers.

No word yet on the condition of the child.



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<![CDATA[Officer Stabbed, Suspect Shot, Killed]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 02:35:02 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Jerome-Nichols-Lead.jpg

An incident that began as a domestic dispute ended with an officer stabbed and a suspect dead early Monday morning, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Police opened fire on Jerome Nichols, 42, of Catasauqua, Pa., after he allegedly stabbed a Catasauqua officer following a high-speed chase and crash, authorities said.

The incident began around 4 a.m. with a domestic dispute call that sent police to a home in Whitehall Twp.

When they arrived, they found Jazqueline Leibeguth had been stabbed by Nichols, who was her ex-boyfriend, police said.

“I heard a loud bang and ‘Help me! Help me!’” said neighbor Jennifer Brown. “So I banged on the wall and said, ‘I’m calling the police.’”

Right before police arrived at Leibeguth’s house, Nichols allegedly hopped in his black SUV and fled to a home in neighboring Catasauqua. From there, Nichols took off again leading Catasauqua and state police on a chase that ended when he went over a snow bank and crashed into a fence in East Allentown, officials said.

Nichols got out of his car on the 1300 block of Plymouth St. and stabbed a Catasauqua officer, according to authorities.

Police opened fire, killing Nichols, they said.

"Now she doesn't have to worry about that kind of domestic drama and abuse anymore,” said Brown.

The officer, who is in his 30s, underwent emergency surgery at St. Luke's Hospital and is recovering, said police.

The Lehigh County Coroner's office, Pennsylvania State Police, Allentown Police Department, the Lehigh County District Attorney's office and the Lehigh County Homicide Task Force are all investigating the incident.

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<![CDATA[Gunman Shoots Co-Worker, Kills Self at NJ Biz]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 01:33:02 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Edgar-Figueroa.jpg

A security worker opened fire on a co-worker Monday in Moorestown, New Jersey and then killed himself.

The gunman was provoked by an "ongoing domestic situation," according to Moorestown police.

The gunfire rang out around 7 a.m., as Edgar Figueroa and Melvin Nieves were starting their shifts at Shields Business Solutions along Twoshome Drive — less than a mile from the Moorestown police department.

Figueroa, 42, allegedly shot Nieves four times, went outside and shot himself to death in the rear parking lot of the business park where Shields is located.

The two men are both from Philadelphia, police said. Nieves, 31, is in critical condition at Cooper University Hospital.

"The gentleman that was getting shot obviously tried to flee, and this gentlemen chased him through the building, and it worked its way out back," said Moorestown Police Lt. Lee Lieber.

Shields is a company that services ATMs, protects vaults and offers armored car services, according to the company's website.

Police did not say if the two men worked in the same armored truck.

Officers from surrounding communities including Mount Laurel and Maple Shade also responded to the scene.


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[Gun Shop Standoff Ends With 2 Arrests]]> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 10:16:00 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Police+Standoff+Mikes+Gun+Shop+Tullytown.JPG

Police closed off the area around a Bucks County shopping center early Monday due to a standoff at a gun shop where one suspect was caught inside a ventilation shaft of a neighboring business.

Officers cleared the area and closed roads along the Levittown Parkway near U.S. Route 13 in Tullytown, Pennsylvania around 2 a.m. Monday to respond to a barricade situation at Mike’s Gun Shop, which is across Levittown Parkway from the Levittown Shopping Center.

They also asked residents to stay inside their homes as officers responded to the scene.

The barricade situation began after the suspects were spotted burglarizing the store, said Tullytown Police. Police said one suspect was on the roof of the business when they arrived.

Officers later found a suspect trying to hide in the ventilation system of Arianna's Pizzeria next door, said police.

That suspect then told officers that another suspect remained inside the gun shop, said investigators.

"It's dark out and that's, kind of, hindering our efforts to see if he's armed or not," said Police Chief Daniel Doyle.

Officers nabbed the other suspect around 10 a.m. -- ending the nearly eight-hour barricade.

Police reported no injuries.

SWAT teams from around Bucks County were called into help with the situation.

School officials closed St. Michael the Archangel School for the day and all Pennsbury School District schools opened after a two-hour delay.



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<![CDATA[Deadly Laundromat Shooting]]> Thu, 19 Feb 2015 19:58:33 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/218*120/53rd+Street+Coin+Op+Laundromat+Shooting.JPG

A gunman shot a man three times in the back of the head inside a Philadelphia Laundromat Thursday morning before leaving the man for dead.

Gunfire rang out around 11 a.m. inside the 53rd Coin Laundromat at 53rd Street and Springfield Avenue in West Philadelphia.

Medics pronounced the unidentified 26-year-old man dead on the scene.

No word yet on possible suspects.



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<![CDATA[Gas Leak at Del. Elementary School]]> Wed, 18 Feb 2015 13:16:21 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Harlan+Elementary+School+Gas+Leak.jpg

The smell of gas caused the evacuation of a Delaware elementary school Wednesday morning.

The leak occurred inside David W. Harlan Elementary School along Jefferson Street in Wilmington around 8:20.

The Brandywine School District posted that firefighters responded to "a suspicious" gas odor.

"All Harlan students have been safely evacuated to P.S. DuPont temporarily. As soon as the WFD gives us an all-clear, Harlan students will return to the building."

Firefighters cleared in total 395 students from the school and vented the building.

Delmarva Power - Gas Division crews responded to the scene to try and figure out where the leak came from.

Firefighters alerted parents that they could pick up their children at DuPont school.



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<![CDATA[Police Open Fire During Bucks Co Traffic Stop]]> Sun, 15 Feb 2015 00:30:06 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/208*120/Morrisville+Police+Shooting.JPG

One person was injured when police opened fire during a traffic stop in Morrisville, Bucks County early Saturday.

The police-involved shooting happened near the 7-Eleven on South Pennsylvania Avenue and West Bridge Street around 5:30 a.m., police said.

The officer pulled into the convenience store parking lot and spotted a suspicious vehicle. He quickly ran the plates and discovered that the car was stolen from Bristol earlier, Morrisville Borough Police Chief George McClay told NBC10.

When the officer pulled up behind the stolen car, the driver backed into the marked cruiser. The officer then got out of his car and was hit by the suspect as he tried to leave the scene, according to authorities.

The officer opened fire on the vehicle, striking it twice. The driver was injured by one of the bullets, said McClay.

While driving from the scene, the suspect crashed into a road barrier which sent the car into a wooded area, stopping the suspect in his tracks.

He was transported to St. Mary's Hospital and is in critical but stable condition, McClay said.

The officer was taken to Bucks Co. Hospital with arm injuries. He was later released.

McClay says the vehicle was stolen when the owner left the vehicle running in an effort to warm it up.

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<![CDATA[School Bus Crashes With Students on Board]]> Wed, 11 Feb 2015 13:23:29 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/228*120/Camden+School+Bus+Crash.JPG

A school bus and box truck collided at a Camden County intersection Wednesday morning.

The wreck involving a bus of Camden residents headed for Pennsauken Technical High School and the truck happened after 7 a.m. at Kaighn Avenue and Baird Boulevard in Camden, said county police.

It appeared that the box truck struck the driver's side of the bus, said investigators.

Students were on board the First Student bus at the time, said school officials. None of the students suffered serious injuries.

Both drivers had minor injuries that were checked out at Cooper University Hospital, said police.

Firefighters responded to the scene and the crash remained under investigation Wednesday morning.



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<![CDATA[Inner Lanes on Blvd Reopen After Water Main Break]]> Tue, 10 Feb 2015 20:33:05 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/204*120/Roosevelt+Boulevard+Water+Main+Break+SkyForce.JPG

All of the center lanes on Roosevelt Boulevard have been reopened following a massive water main break that caused police to close the entire road in Northeast Philadelphia Tuesday morning.

The inner lanes between Red Lion Road and Grant Avenue in the Bustleton section of the city were closed during the evening rush. Officials announced the lanes were reopened shortly before 8:30 p.m.after repairs were completed. Crews will return at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday to pave around the repairs.

The 16-inch water main broke around 6:30 a.m.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead you could see water covering all lanes of traffic as cars slowed to a near halt as police diverted traffic off the road.

Traffic backed up in the area as the gushing water froze on the roadway.

Crews used road salt to melt ice and get part of the road reopened.

SEPTA also detoured its 1 and 14 bus routes during the morning rush.

No residents or businesses in the area lost water service, said Philadelphia Water Department spokesman John DiGiulio.



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<![CDATA[Gunman Opens Fire at Doughnut Shop]]> Mon, 09 Feb 2015 13:18:19 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Olney+Dunkin+Donuts+Shooting+Cash+Register.JPG

A gunman opened fire during a robbery at a Philadelphia doughnut shop Monday morning.

The shooting happened around 6:30 a.m. at the Dunkin’ Donuts at N 5th Street and W Somerville Avenue in the city’s Olney neighborhood.

Police and medics quickly responded to the scene but there were no reports of injuries.

The man made off with a undisclosed amount of money. The cash drawers — bills hanging out — remained visibly partially dislodged from behind the counter and doughnuts fell onto the floor during the heist.

There appears to be surveillance video in the store.



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<![CDATA[Fire Truck & SUV Collide, 1 Hurt]]> Mon, 09 Feb 2015 07:25:36 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/Dodge+Durango+Fire+Truck+Crash+West+Oak+Lane.JPG

A fire truck and sport utility vehicle collided along a Philadelphia street Monday morning leaving a person hurt.

The crash just before 5 a.m. at 69th Avenue and Old York Road in West Oak Lane left heavy damage to the front of the SUV.

No firefighters suffered injured, said the fire department.

Firefighters didn't immediately reveal the extent of injuries to the driver of the Dodge Durango.

The cause of the crash, which happened as some rain fell, wasn't clear.



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<![CDATA[Warehouse Burns in Philly]]> Sat, 07 Feb 2015 00:02:24 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Warehouse+Fire+Frankford.JPG

A Philadelphia warehouse used as an auto body shop and garage burned out of control Friday evening just a short distance from SEPTA’s El train.

The blaze broke out around 7:30 p.m. along Foulkrod Street near Duffield Street in the city’s Frankford section — that's less than two blocks from SEPTA's Market Frankford subway — and quickly spread to two alarms.

Two dogs were rescued from the blaze and expected to be OK, said firefighters.

The building is used as a garage and auto body shop that housed race cars.

SEPTA continued running trains as firefighters battled the blaze. As SkyForce10 hovered over the scene, heavy flames could be seen pouring form the building.

The fire could have been worse.

"It was a concerned citizen who had the wherewithal to say, 'hey the firehouse is right there,' and they came and they alerted the firefighters," said firefighter Executive Chief Clifford Gilliam. "To that citizen we say, 'good job.'"



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<![CDATA[2-Car Crash Leaves at Least 1 Hurt]]> Fri, 06 Feb 2015 22:30:00 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/207*120/Monroe+Township+Crash1.JPG

A two-car crash along a South Jersey road left at least one person badly hurt.

The wreck just before 5 p.m. left the Black Horse Pike (U.S. Route 322) closed in both directions at Corkery Lane in Williamstown, New Jersey.

A medical helicopter was called in to transport at least one victim of the crash, said dispatchers.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead, you could see crews responding to the scene and cleaning up debris in the roadway where the black and red sedans collided — the red sedan with significant front-end damage.

The road remained closed for nearly two hours before being cleared.



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<![CDATA[Montgomery County Teen Does Not Have Measles: Department of Health]]> Sun, 08 Feb 2015 10:32:47 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Measles_Generic_722x406_19018080101.jpg

A suburban Philadelphia teen has been cleared of measles by the Montgomery Department of Health.

Montgomery County Health Department officials announced Sunday that the suspected case of measles is, in fact, not the contagious disease.

The county examined specimens and determined that the teen did have immunity to measles, which officials said was consistent with the teen receiving his MMR vaccine.

"We are extremely relieved that there is currently no public health threat in Montgomery County from measles, and I compliment the staff in the Montgomery County Department of Health and the state Department of Health for the professional manner in which they handled this case," said Josh Shapiro, Chair, Montgomery County Commissioners.

The boy was self-confined to his home as health officials awaited lab results.

Measles cases recently began to spike around the country after becoming highly rare due to mass vaccination. Some parents however have opted out of the vaccine due to fears over other conditions, including autism, that could be caused by the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that "studies continue to show that vaccines are not associated with autism spectrum disorder."

In Pennsylvania, parents can opt out of giving their children the measles vaccine for both religious and philosophical reasons.

The Department of Health reported there is no public health threat from measles in Montgomery County.

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<![CDATA[Police Officer Rushing to Fire Crashes Car]]> Wed, 04 Feb 2015 13:40:55 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Police+Car+Crash+Rose+Valley+Fire+Nether+Providence.JPG

A Delaware County police officer headed to a house fire wound up needing rescue from the officer’s vehicle Wednesday morning.

The unidentified Nether Providence Township officer was responding to a fire along Washington Avenue in Nether Providence when the officer crashed along W Rose Valley road in Rose Valley, Pennsylvania — about 1 mile away — around 9 a.m.

The officer lost control of his vehicle along the icy road and struck a pole before coming to rest on the side of the road. The wreck left the officer trapped in the police vehicle.

Medics could be seen loading the officer into a waiting ambulance. Police on the scene said he suffered minor injuries that were being treated to Crozer Chester Medical Center.

In the meantime, firefighters battled the house fire — thick smoke could be seen pouring from the building. Crews got out of the building as the fire burned out of control.

No injuries were reported in the blaze.

The exact causes of the wreck and the fire both remained under investigation Wednesday.



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<![CDATA[Black Ice Causes Crashes on Lincoln Drive]]> Wed, 04 Feb 2015 13:47:37 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Lincoln+Drive+Crash+Ice.JPG

Crews closed one of the major arteries used to get from parts of Montgomery County and Philadelphia to the Main Line and Center City after cars slipped off the icy roadway.

The wrecks caused crews to close both directions of Lincoln Drive near Gypsy Lane shortly around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.

As Skyforce10 hovered overhead a short time later, firefighters could be seen responding to a sedan that went off the road and nearly into the adjacent Wissahickon Creek.

Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Joe Sullivan tweeted that the crash and at least one other nearby wreck were caused by ice that refroze on the roadway overnight. There were also reports of other minor crashes along the windy roadway.

No injuries were reported.

The road remained closed from City Avenue to W Rittenhouse Street, said police.

Motorists were urged to use caution not only on the Lincoln Drive but other area roads as black ice caused slippery conditions.



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<![CDATA[Fire at Montco Apartments Claims Life]]> Thu, 05 Feb 2015 00:46:06 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/216*120/Norris+Apartments+Fire+Norristown.JPG

A massive fire at a Montgomery county apartment complex that likely started in the trash chute left one resident dead, two others hurt and a firefighter injured.

"the hallway was just pitch black with smoke," said resident "Steve."

Crews blocked off surrounding streets as they battled the fire at the Norris Apartments on Swede Street near Marshall Street in Norristown, Pennsylvania early Wednesday morning.

The blaze left one resident dead, two residents with what firefighters described as minor injuries and a firefighter with a hand injury.

It could have been worse if not for quick

"The credit really goes to the firefighters who braved the elements and the tenuous situation," said Steve. "I'm just happy to be here."

The fire chased at least 21 people — no families — from their homes in the five-story building were sheltered by the American Red Cross at nearby Norristown High School. At least nine people from nearby homes came to the shelter as well after they lost power.

Some of the fire victims included elderly people and people with disabilities.

Part of rear of the building collapsed.

"The fire did burn out of control for sometime," said fire Chief Tom O'Donnell. Crews got the four-alarm blaze under control after nearly six hours.

O'Donnell said that things could have been worse and that firefighters rescued residents from inside multiple units.

Smoke from the blaze could be smelled by people in nearby Bridgeport.

Expect delays in the area around the county courthouse. Elm or Main streets could be used to get around the scene, said NBC10 First Alert Traffic reporter Jillian Mele. Expect some SEPTA delays in the area and icy spots from water runoff.

An initial investigation revealed that the fire likely started in the building's trash chute, said firefighters on the scene.

O'Donnell said that the fire department responded to the apartments just last week after someone left food on a stove.



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<![CDATA[Big Rig Crashes, Spills Fuel on Lehigh Valley Highway]]> Tue, 03 Feb 2015 08:59:04 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Route+22+Crash+Whitehall+Cleanup.JPG

A jackknifed tractor-trailer and subsequent fuel spill caused traffic troubles in the Lehigh Valley for hours Tuesday morning.

The wreck left eastbound U.S. Route 22 closed between 15th Street and Route 145 in Whitehall Township.

The wreck around 4 a.m. caused fuel to spill onto the roadway.

The roadway remained closed for nearly four hours as cars were forced to exit the highway. Tilghman Street or Interstate 78 could be used as alternate routes, said NBC10 First Alert Traffic reporter Jillian Mele.

No word of major injuries.



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<![CDATA[Station Wagon Slams Into School Bus: Police]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:02:07 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/189*120/Hamilton+Township+School+Bus+Crash.JPG

A wagon trying to avoid traffic along a South Jersey road slammed into a school bus carrying high school students Wednesday morning, said Hamilton Township police.

A Volvo wagon driven by Corey Briscoe encountered traffic along the Black Horse Pike (U.S. Route 322) near state Route 50 in Hamilton Township just before 7 a.m., said police.

In an attempted to avoid impact, the 41-year-old Willimastown man drove onto the shoulder of the road, said police. At the same time, a Sheppard School Bus company yellow bus carrying Oakcrest High School students began turning right to make a pickup of students from the Plaza Motel parking lot.

The wagon smashed into the side of the bus, said police.

The bus driver, Jean Hicks, suffered a shoulder injury that required treatment at the scene, said police.

None of the students on board were injured and another bus came to transport the teenagers to school.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead a short time later the bus could be seen pulled off the roadway. Both the bus and wagon were towed from the scene, said police.

Police issued a summons to Briscoe for careless driving and failure to maintain his lane.



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<![CDATA[Hazmat Crews Respond to Ammonia Leak]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 07:40:09 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/Duffield+Ammonia+Leak+Frankford.JPG

Philadelphia firefighters responded to a possible ammonia leak at a Philadelphia manufacturer early Wednesday.

Crews rushed to Amuneal Manufacturing Corporation at Duffield and Foulkrod streets in the city’s Frankford section around 5 a.m.

Firefighters on the scene said that it appeared there was an ammonia leak at the company that makes metal components for a variety of businesses. Firefighters said it was the first time they ever responded to the business.

Firefighters believed they shut off the leak but they called in hazmat crews to give the all clear.

No injuries were reported and no one was evacuated from nearby homes, said firefighters.

Crews blocked off nearby streets — over a six-block radius — as they worked to clear the scene. After about two hours, crews cleared the scene.



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<![CDATA[3 Hurt After Bricks Crash Through Lululemon Store]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:33:44 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Lululemon-Wall-Collapse.jpg

Three women were hurt after bricks crashed through the roof of a popular Center City store.

Bricks from a building on 1529 Walnut St. fell and crashed through the roof of Lululemon Athletica store on 1527 Walnut St. Tuesday around 3:25 p.m., according to Emergency Services Director Scott Mulderig.

Three 27-year-old women inside the Lululemon were hurt during the accident. They were taken to Hahnemann Hospital where they were treated for non-life-threatening injuries. They were later released.

Howard Edelman, the father of Allison Friedman, one of the victims, told NBC10 his daughter was shopping inside the store with two friends at the time of the accident.

"The toughest part is that it's your kid," he said while fighting back tears. "No matter how old. She said all of a sudden they heard rumbling and the next thing you know, she was at the bottom, buried." 

Friedman, a newlywed and local teacher is recovering at home. While she's in pain, her father is happy she made it out alive.

"it could've been a lot worse," he said. "We're very, very lucky. She will be fine." 

Robert Mongeluzzi, a construction accident attorney who represented victims in the Market Street building collapse, was also at the scene of Tuesday's accident.

"It appears that the wall at the building at the corner of Walnut collapsed down on top of the Lululemon store," he said. "You can see a crack emanating out of one of the corners. It snowed last night and into today. Obviously thawing and freezing is always an issue that you have to take a look at when masonry walls collapse."

Louis Bove, who has a law office in the building and witnessed the accident, told NBC10 he was stunned by what happened.

"I have never had any problem with this building," Bove said. "The landlord is great. Our space is wonderful."

The property owner for the building on 1529 has a permit to do work, according to records. City officials said neither the building on 1529 Walnut St., which is owned by Pearl Properties, or Lululemon have a history of property maintenance violations.

NBC10 reached out to the owner of 1529 but have not yet heard back from him. City officials told NBC10 the owner hired his own engineer and contractors to investigate. The investigation into the cause of the accident continues.



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<![CDATA[Snowplow Strikes Person in Conshy]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 08:21:33 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Generic+Snow+Plow.jpg

A snowplow struck a person in Montgomery County Monday morning.

Medics treated the person for minor injuries after the accident at Fayette and E Elm streets in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania around 6:20 a.m. Monday, said police.

The accident happened as crews spread out across the area to treat roadways ahead of a possible major snowstorm.

After a short time the scene was cleared.



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<![CDATA[Body of Missing Teacher Found in Schuylkill River]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 20:55:59 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/ChristopherTully.jpg

The body of a missing Pennsylvania teacher was found Sunday in the Schuylkill River, according to police and his family members.

A body was pulled from the Schuylkill around 1:20 p.m. The body was discovered in the water off Kelly Drive near the Falls Bridge in East Falls. Both police and family members later confirmed the body is that of 40-year-old Christopher Tully.

Tully, 40, had gone missing after jumping out of his parent's car along the City Avenue Bridge near East Falls on Jan. 6. He was last seen running south on City Avenue towards the Schuylkill Expressway.

Tully, an award-winning teacher at the Middle Bucks Institute of Technology and father of three, suffered from depression and was on his way to treatment when he ran away, said his loved ones.

"Even though he's 40, he's still my baby and I want him to come home," said his mother Mary Tully.

A GoFundMe page was set up to raise money for a reward for information leading to his whereabouts. The reward reached $10,000.

Investigators have not yet revealed how Tully died. They continue to investigate.

A spokesperson for the Middle Bucks Institute of Technology released a statement on Tully's death.

"Mr. Tully will be remembered as an exemplary teacher who spent 12 years on staff with us, having a positive impact on the lives of our students and all with whom he worked," the spokesperson wrote. "In 2014 he was named Outstanding Career and Technical Educational Teacher by the Pennsylvania Association for Career and Technical Education. We knew him as an outstanding teacher and person."

Counselors will be available for students and staff at Middle Bucks Institute throughout the week.

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


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<![CDATA[Officer Shoots, Kills Armed Man After Threat: Police]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 04:34:32 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/198*120/Winslow+Township+Police+Car+Generic+Winslow.JPG

A South Jersey police officer shot and killed a man Sunday morning after that man allegedly threatened a woman while armed with a gun.

The officer responded to a domestic disturbance around 10:20 a.m. on the 300 block of New Brooklyn Road in Winslow Township, New Jersey after he received a report of a woman being held at gunpoint by a relative.

When the officer arrived at the home, a woman approached his vehicle and tried to get inside while screaming about a man armed with a gun.

The officer then spotted 59-year-old William Campbell approaching his vehicle while pointing his gun at him, investigators said. The officer then fired one shot from his own weapon, striking Campbell.

Campbell was pronounced dead at the scene and his weapon was recovered by police, according to investigators. The officer was not injured during the ordeal.

The officer, an 18-year veteran of the department, was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. His identity has not been released.

The Camden County Prosecutor's Office conducts an investigation whenever a municipal police officer uses deadly force, as required by the state Attorney General's Office guidelines.



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<![CDATA[Girl Dies When Sports Car, Minivan Collide]]> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 16:08:16 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/old+york+road+ax.PNG

A crash on a road dividing two local counties left a young girl dead and two people hurt.

The wreck between a black Ford Mustang with white racing stripes and a tan minivan left Cheltenham Avenue closed on the Philadelphia side of Cheltenham Avenue where the road goes under Old York Road in the Oak Lane section of the city around 8:15 a.m. Friday.

Crews from Philadelphia and Montgomery Counties responded to the scene.

Medics rushed an 11-year-old girl, who was riding in the Mustang, to Einstein Medical Center where she died a short time later, said Philadelphia Police. Medics also rushed the 35-year-old female driver of the Mustang to Einstein with undisclosed injuries.

Medics rushed the van's 40-year-old female driver to Einstein in stable condition with neck and back pain.

An initial investigation revealed the Mustang was headed westbound on Cheltenham Avenue when it struck a wall and stopped in the path of oncoming traffic. The van then slammed into the car in the eastbound (Philly side) of the road.

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<![CDATA[Gunman Robs Student Near Temple]]> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 12:35:29 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Temple+University+Flag+in+neighborhood+generic.jpg

A gunman robbed a Temple University student near campus Thursday morning.

The North Philadelphia University sent out an alert to students about the incident along the 1600 block of French Street, near Susquehanna Avenue, around 10:45 a.m. Thursday.

The student wasn’t injured, said the university.

The incident occurred about two blocks from campus and near Duckrey Tanner School.



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<![CDATA[SUV Crashes Into Woods Off Turnpike, 3 Die]]> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 22:00:42 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Deadly+New+Jersey+Turnpike+Crash+Cherry+Hill.JPG

Slippery conditions and driver error were to blame for a crash along the New Jersey Turnpike southbound Thursday morning that left a man and his cousins dead, investigators said.

The out-of-contol Grand Jeep Cherokee went off the roadway and struck a tree with such force that it killed Segundo Romero, 45, and two of his cousins on impact just a few miles south of Exit 4 (Route 73) in Cherry Hill Township, New Jersey around 7:20 a.m., said police.

"He [Romero] turned his steering wheel hard to the right to avoid the concrete barrier and when he did that, the slick roads just sort of took over," said New Jersey State Police Detective Ed Long.

State police warned motorists to expect delays in the area as they investigated the deadly wreck, which took about three hours.

Long warns drivers, especially during the winter, to slow down when there is any precipitation.

"Just because the speed limit is 65, with conditions like we had this morning, any overcompensation either way could send your car into a spin."



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<![CDATA[Salt Truck Overturns Along Highway]]> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 09:56:29 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/210*120/295+Salt+Truck+Crash.JPG

A salt truck overturned during a three-vehicle wreck with a big rig along a South Jersey highway Thursday morning.

The wreck left the salt truck flipped over along the side Interstate 295 southbound near Exit 18 (Route 678) in East Greenwich Township, New Jersey around 5:25 a.m., said New Jersey State Police.

The driver of the NJDot salt truck was taken to Cooper University Hospital with undisclosed injuries, said police.

The crash, which left a tractor-trailer jackknifed, blocked the right and center lanes leaving only one lane getting by the scene.

A large amount of emergency personnel responded to the scene as they searched for a cause. They also cleared salt that spilled onto the roadway before reopening the road.



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<![CDATA[Crash Leaves Wires on SUV]]> Wed, 21 Jan 2015 08:25:09 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/216*120/Monroe+Township+Crash.JPG

A utility pole fell onto a sport utility vehicle during a crash in South Jersey Wednesday morning.

The wreck around 5:45 a.m. left downed wires at the intersection of N Tuckahoe and Franklinville Williamstown roads in Monroe Township.

The crash possibly left the driver temporarily trapped, said Gloucester County dispatchers.

No word yet if the driver was hurt.

Expect delays in the area.



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<![CDATA[Officers Hurt in Crash While Rushing Gunshot Victim to Hospital]]> Wed, 21 Jan 2015 10:53:07 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/205*120/Lehigh+Avenue+Police+Car+Crash.JPG

Two police officers joined a gunshot victim they were rushing to the hospital in Temple University Hospital after a car crash with other vehicles at a Philadelphia intersection.

The incident began with a shooting on the 2400 block of Hollywood Street in North Philadelphia around 3 a.m. Wednesday, said Philadelphia Police.

Officers arrived to find a 24-year-old man suffering from at least three gunshot wounds in his leg.

"Police officer picked him up, put him in a police car and were transporting him to Temple Hospital with lights and sirens activated," said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small.

As the police cruiser drove eastbound on Lehigh Avenue, a northbound Lexus struck the police car at the intersection with 25th Street, said Small. The impact then caused the police cruiser to slam into a Chevrolet Camaro going westbound on Lehigh Avenue.

Officers rushed the injured officers and the shooting victim to Temple University Hospital. Both police officers were treated and released — the driver with a concussion his passenger with bumps and bruises — while the gunshot victim was also listed in stable condition and didn’t appear to suffer any further injuries in the wreck, said Small.

Medics took the 29-year-old drivers of both other vehicles to Temple in stable condition.

The drivers of both civilian cars don’t have licenses, said Small.

"I don’t know what type of driving experience either of these drivers of the civilian vehicles had," said Small.

Police charged both men with driving without a license. Small said the crash remained under investigation Wednesday.



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<![CDATA[Mom Accused of Setting Baby on Fire, Killing Her]]> Sun, 18 Jan 2015 09:22:04 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Hyphernkemberly-Dorvilier-L.jpg

EDITOR'S NOTE: The details of this story are graphic and may be upsetting for some

A New Jersey mother is accused of burning her newborn baby to death.

Hyphernkemberly Dorvilier, 22, of Pemberton Township, New Jersey, is charged with one count of murder after she allegedly doused her newborn daughter with an accelerant and then set the child on fire.

Pemberton Township Police officers were called to Simontown Road just before 11 p.m. Friday after a resident reported a fire in the roadway. When they arrived, they found the baby girl on fire and quickly doused the flames.

Davis Joseph said he saw Dorvilier set her baby girl on fire.

"She said it was poop," Joseph said. "She said her dog pooped in her car and she was burning the poop on the side of the road."

Joseph told NBC10 he realized moments later however that what was on fire was actually an infant with the umbilical cord still attached.

"My wife heard the baby scream," Joseph said. "And then I slammed the door shut. She tried to run for it. Then I put her to the ground. That's when we saw it was a baby." 

Dorvilier denied the child was hers, according to Joseph.

"It's disheartening, like a nightmare what I saw out there," Joseph said.

The baby was airlifted to Saint Christopher's Hospital in Philadelphia around 11:15 p.m. and was still alive and breathing. She died from her injuries two hours later however.

After investigators determined Dorvilier was responsible for her child's death, she was taken into custody at the scene of the crime. She was lodged in the Burlington County Corrections and Work Release Center in Pemberton Township on $500,000 bail.

"It's a tragedy," said Robert Cannon, a Pemberton resident. "I'm a parent, [to] a newborn too, actually. I can't imagine doing that to a newborn or an adult." 

Authorities say Dorvilier could have dropped the infant off at a police station or hospital anonymously as part of New Jersey's safe haven law.

"It's a crazy world," said Mount Holly Fire Company Lieutenant Nick Allen. "I wish she would have taken better action on it, dropped her off at a hospital or fire company, called the state or police department to take care of the baby." 

Strangers created a memorial for the unnamed baby girl with flowers and teddy bears.

An autopsy on the baby will be performed by the Burlington County Medical Examiner. The details on the girl's birth are under investigation.



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<![CDATA[Drug Dealer Tries to Run Down Officers: Police]]> Fri, 16 Jan 2015 23:26:15 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/203*120/Upper+Darby+Police+Shooting+Car.JPG

A suspected drug dealer tried to run down officers, police say — and one returned fire.

The incident played out along 69th Street near Walnut Street in Upper Darby around 5:30 p.m., said Delaware County dispatchers.

"As (police) approach the vehicle, he floors it and runs up on the sidewalk," said Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood. "Then he backs up and he tries to run over one of Upper Darby undercover officers — she fires one shot."

No officers were hurt during the drug arrest. The suspect was taken into custody, said Chitwood.

Investigators found a loaded semi-automatic pistol in the car along with heroin and crack cocaine, said Chitwood.

Police expect the suspect to face numerous charges.

While trying to flee, the suspect broke the window to a nearby store, said Chitwood. No one was hurt.



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<![CDATA[Child Dies, 7 Hurt When Train, Car Collide]]> Sat, 17 Jan 2015 00:24:13 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/233*120/Delran+NJ+Transit+Light+Rail+Crash.JPG

A 3-year-old child died and seven people suffered injuries when a New Jersey Transit train crashed into a car that was trying to beat the gate Friday afternoon, a source with knowledge of the investigation told NBC10.

The child was ejected and two men in the car were seriously injured in the wreck along S Chester Avenue near St. Mihiel Drive in Riverside that left River Line service suspended between Cinnaminson and Riverside.

The child later died as the investigation continued, said the source.

Five of the 75 passengers on the northbound train suffered non-life-threatening injuries, said Burlington County dispatchers

No word yet on when NJ Transit  will resume service.

Multiple witnesses told investigators that the railroad gate was either entirely down or almost down at the time of the crash, said the source.

The top speed for trains in that area is 50 mph.



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<![CDATA['Heartless Predator' Kills Woman at SEPTA Stop]]> Sat, 17 Jan 2015 00:23:27 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/176*120/KIM+JONES+Shooter.JPG

"This was a very well planned execution."

Days after a mother and newlywed was gunned down as she waited for a SEPTA bus, Philadelphia Police Capt. James Clark showed surveillance video in hopes of capturing Kim Jones' killer, who remained calm while pulling the trigger.

"Investigation reveals that Ms. Jones was standing at the bus stop waiting to go to work when an unknown offender walked up behind her and killed her," said Clark.

Round-the-clock police work turned up multiple video angles of Jones and her assailant in the moments before and after the attacker shot Jones in the back of the head, said Clark.

"The perpetrator was outside of the decedent's house for about an hour prior to the murder, in one of the breezeways — you can see the person's head keeping popping out, looking, waiting for her to come out," he said.

The first video shows Jones walking to the SEPTA bus northbound on 12th Street toward Jefferson Street Tuesday shortly after 9:15 a.m., said police.

A short time later, you see the suspect — dressed in all black and holding a duffel bag — walk toward Jones as she waited for the bus while listening to gospel music.

Police didn't show video of the actual shooting, but they did show the shooter calmly fleeing after putting the gun back in the duffel bag.

Medics pronounced the 56-year-old woman dead at the scene, about two blocks from Temple University's campus. Despite having jewelry, her cellphone and her purse on her, Jones wasn't robbed, said police.

Jones left behind two grown children. Family said she had married just two weeks ago.

"She was a good person — she's college-educated, the mother of two sons and a hard worker," said nephew Steve Jones.

Video captured the suspect, still covered head to toe in black, boarding SEPTA’s Broad Street Line Subway at the Cecil B Moore stop shortly after the shooting, said police. The suspect can be seen going five stops north, getting off at Hunting Park and walking out the Bristol Street exit.

"(The suspect) was dressed so that you could not make out if it was a male, a female or the ethnicity or anything about the individual," said Clark. " ... (The suspect) made a point of not looking up at the video cameras — almost knew where the cameras were going to be — going down the subway and on the subway and made a point to never look up."

Family members said Jones often walked about one block to the corner where she died to grab the Route 23 bus to Center City, where she had worked for Turning Points for Children for the past decade.

"We are devastated by the news of Kim’s death," said Turning Points Chief Executive Officer Mike Vogel.

Clark described the "heartless predator" as standing about 5-feet, 10 inches to 6 feet, 1-inch tall with a stocky build. The suspect wore dark clothing, including an aviator hat with flaps on the side and fur lining, and white-colored Beats headphones.

"Out hope is that someone if they saw this individual Tuesday morning will contact us and tell us who he is," said Clark.

Police believed someone who knew Jones' routine targeted her. Anyone with information is asked to contact Philadelphia Police. A $20,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest.

Jones will be laid to rest Tuesday with a viewing followed by funeral at the Church of the Advocate at 18th and Diamond streets starting at 8 a.m.



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<![CDATA[Water Main Break Closes High School]]> Thu, 15 Jan 2015 07:35:58 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/tlmd_empty_classroom_0127.jpg

A water main break closed a Delaware high school Thursday.

The break along Foulk Road in New Castle County caused the Brandywine School District to close nearby Brandywine High School.

“BHS students and staff should not report,” read a message posted to the district’s website. “All other schools in BSD will open on time.”

The district warned for people to avoid Foulk Road between Silverside and Shipley Roads as crews worked to fix the break.



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<![CDATA[Homes Catch Fire in South Jersey]]> Thu, 15 Jan 2015 12:44:38 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/203*120/West+Deptford+Mobile+Home+Fire.JPG

Three mobile homes caught fire early Thursday in South Jersey.

The blaze broke out around 6:30 along the 1700 block of Crown Point Road — that’s just off Interstate 295 — in West Deptford, said Gloucester County dispatchers.

Medics rushed one man to Crozer Chester Medical Center with burns and smoke inhalation, said firefighters.

As Sky Force10 hovered overhead, smoke could be seen pouring from multiple trailers as firefighters tried to bring the fire under control.

The blaze, which county prosecutors said appeared to be accidentally caused by a space heater, left one home leveled and two others damaged.



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<![CDATA[Police Search Home of Murder Suspect's Parents]]> Thu, 15 Jan 2015 10:44:46 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Crosby-Parents-Home-New.jpg

Police searched the home of the parents of a man accused of killing his wife, whose body still has not been found.

Four police cruisers arrived at Kyle Crosby's parent's home in Sicklerville, New Jersey Wednesday night. The Prosecutor's Office told NBC10 they were investigating the home but did not go into further detail.

Police collected evidence while searching around the home as well as a wooded area behind the house. They also focused their search near a shed in the back of the property. Workers with the Child Protective Services (CPS) also removed a baby from the home. They finally left the house shortly after midnight.

On Tuesday, Crosby, 28, of Mt. Laurel, was charged in the death of 26-year-old Erica Crippen Crosby, his wife of about a year. Kyle and Erica Crosby's 2-month-old child was placed in the custody of Kyle's parents after Erica went missing. Officials took that child back into state custody late Wednesday.

Crosby, who went missing shortly after he was first questioned in Crippen Crosby's disappearance, was taken into custody Tuesday following a traffic stop and short foot chase in Bellmawr Monday night. He was driving his wife's missing red 2000 Ford Taurus before he took off, police said.

Kyle Crosby battled drug addiction and had gone on a drug binge in Camden with another woman after his wife went missing, her family told NBC10. Crosby and the woman sold some of Erica's clothing for drugs, they said.

Before Monday, Crosby's phone was disconnected and he hadn't shown up for work since he was first questioned, according to relatives.

The mother of two was last seen at a restaurant in Cherry Hill with her husband on Dec. 31. She posted a new photo on Facebook just before 11 that night and hasn't been heard from since.

Crosby alerted his wife's family of her disappearance the next day, they said.

"It's not like Erica to just walk out of the house and leave her kids," said the victim's cousin Sonay Ramos-Kellan.

Erica Crippen Crosby left the couple's apartment that night without her coat, keys or purse, according to her family who searched the home last week.

"The shower curtain is missing, the sheets from the bed are missing," said cousin Barbara Kellan.

The couple got married last summer after Kyle was released from jail, said Crippen Crosby's family. They have a 3-month-old daughter together. Erica has a 7-year-old daughter from a previous relationship.

"If you all were arguing you could have come to me or walked away," said Janiya Crippen, Erica's sister. "Kyle, she loved you! She loved you so much! She really wanted you to do better! He was in a rehabilitation center last month, trying to get clean. She loved him. And she wanted him to be a better father to her kid."

Crosby was also charged with child endangerment last week following a wellness visit on Jan. 7 after his 7-year-old stepdaughter missed school. He filed a missing-person report for Erica that day.

"We care about Erica," said her best friend Amaris Torres. "We need her home. Dead or alive, we want her."

Crosby, who has a history of assault and drug charges, is being held in county jail on $1. 2 million bail. During a hearing Tuesday afternoon, Crosby told a judge he'll likely hire a private attorney and does not want a public defender.

Erica Crippen Crosby's body has not been located.

"I'm hoping that Kyle softens his heart and just tells us where she is," said Kellan. "This is a sad, sick situation." 

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<![CDATA[Car Strikes Sisters Who Missed School Bus]]> Wed, 14 Jan 2015 14:32:45 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/school+crossing_722_406.jpg

A speeding car struck two sisters after they got off a public transit bus in Berks County Wednesday morning, according to school officials.

The 11- and 12-year-old girls got off a BARTA bus near Riverside Elementary School on Centre Avenue in Reading around 11 a.m. when they were hit, said Reading Police.

The children's injuries weren't life-threatening, said Reading Police.

The girls took the BARTA bus because they had missed their regular school bus pickup, said police. They were attempting to cross the street when a speeding vehicle struck the girls.

One of the students attends Northwest Middle School and the other is a student at Riverside.

Police cited the driver of the car, Jared Gash of Reading, for disobeying traffic signals and driving too fast for conditions.



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