<![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, 23 Jul 2014 01:48:22 -0400 Wed, 23 Jul 2014 01:48:22 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Barn, Golf Carts Catch Fire at NJ Country Club]]> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:46:35 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*213/Carney+point+country+club+fire.jpg

Firefighters and rescue crews are working to extinguish a flames from a barn fire at a Salem County country club.

The fire at the Sakima Country Club on the 300-block of Shell Road in Carneys Point Township began shortly before 3 p.m. Friday in a barn that housed the club's golf carts, according to employee and Board President Cosmo Mangiocco.

Manigiocco says that two gas tanks filled with fuel for the carts are kept outside of the barn and that they may have added fuel to the fire, literally.

No injuries have been reported.

SkyForce10 is on its way to the fire.

Check back for more details.

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<![CDATA[Bound, Gagged Woman Sexually Assaulted in Apt.: Police]]> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 04:32:19 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Woman-Sexually-Assaulted.jpg

A hostage situation in Philadelphia turned into a sexual assault investigation after a woman told police she was tied up and sexually assaulted by her on-again/off-again boyfriend in the Germantown section of the city.

Police were called to an apartment on the 100 block of West Queen Avenue Wednesday night for a report of a man holding a woman hostage.

When police arrived and knocked on the door, they say a 40-year-old man inside began to threaten them.

"A male refused to answer the door," said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small. "He shouted at police, 'If you come through the door I'm going to shoot!'"

A SWAT team quickly arrived at the scene and a barricade was declared at 6:51 p.m. Police say the suspect then walked outside and surrendered to police at 6:57 p.m. He was taken into custody without incident.

When officers searched inside the apartment, they say they found a 27-year-old woman tied up and gagged inside the bathroom.

The woman told police that she was in a relationship with the suspect but attempted to break it off with him. The woman said the man then tied her up and sexually assaulted her several times. She was taken to the Einstein Medical Center and treated for bruises to her wrist. She is now at the Special Victims Unit and speaking with investigators.

Neighbors say the suspect and victim lived inside the apartment for nearly two years and were involved in several domestic disputes. Ted Smith, a friend of the suspect, told NBC10 he doubts the man would hurt anyone.

"She said he had her tied up," Smith said. "I don't believe that."

The woman's friend, Erica Lee, was the first person aside from police to see her being taken by stretcher out of the apartment.

"She looked bad to me," Lee said. "She looked beat up." 

The suspect faces sexual assault and kidnapping charges. Police are waiting to serve a search warrant inside the apartment. 



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<![CDATA[Spilled Gas Leads to Mansion Fire ]]> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 01:14:27 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Massive-Fire.jpg

A homeowner is recovering after spilled gasoline led to a massive fire at his $1.5 million mansion in Radnor, Pa.

Investigators say the unidentified man was working on a vehicle inside the garage of his home on the 200 block of Wyndom Lane on Wednesday around 4:20 p.m. As he was working, investigators say gasoline spilled and ignited, causing flames to spread to the home.

The homeowner and others managed to escape. Officials say the homeowner suffered facial injuries and was taken to the hospital. They have not yet revealed his condition.

Firefighters fought the 2-alarm blaze for several hours until they were finally able to bring it under control. Additional fire companies from Delaware and Montgomery Counties also helped fight the fire. 

The home, which was built in 2001, is listed at $1.51 million, according to zillow.com.
 



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<![CDATA[Several People Injured in NJ Crash]]> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:36:29 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/ambulance-shutterstock_12161325.jpg

A crash involving multiple cars left several people injured and a major roadway shut down Tuesday afternoon in Camden County, South Jersey.

The accident happened on the 800-block of the White Horse Pike in Oaklyn around 1:30 p.m. 

Several ambulances were on the scene and, according to reports, several people were transported to area hospitals.

The busy road was shut down in both directions for nearly three hours.

We'll check you updated on this developing story.



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<![CDATA[Community, City Mourning After Fatal Fire: Mayor]]> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 09:59:13 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Children-Killed-in-Fire.jpg

A Philadelphia community is reeling after a 3-alarm fire raced through a Southwest Philly block early Saturday morning, displacing 32 people and killing 4-year-old twin girls, a 4-year-old boy and a 1-month-old infant.

One-month-old Taj Jacque and his older brother, Patrick Sanyeah, along with twin sisters Maria and Marialla Bowah perished in the massive blaze, which engulfed the 6500 block of Gesner Street shortly after 2:30 a.m. Saturday.

Dewen "Marie" Bowah, 41, was watching her twin girls, their siblings Naomi Bowah, Julie Bowah and Julisa Bowah, and babysitting Taj and Patrick at 6518 Gesner St. when a neighbor, Jeff Boone, stepped outside and noticed a yellow glow coming from the porch a few doors down.

Boone says the bright glow quickly turned into a full-fledged fire, engulfing a couch on the porch of 6516 Gesner St.

He says he called 911 and ran screaming down the street to wake up his neighbors. He was making his way to the firehouse just around the corner when he heard cries for help from young children trapped inside 6518 Gesner St.

"I heard them in there screaming," Boone said. "The flames were so high and intense that I couldn't go over there."

Dewen helped Naomi, Julie and Julisa escape by leaping through a second-floor window, but Dewen's niece says her aunt was unable to reach the remaining four children.

"She tried to take the kids," Nudde Saya said. "But the fire was everywhere, so she throw the oldest kids out the window and she jumped out the window."

One by one, the wooden porches on the two-story rowhomes went up in flames. Cars parked across the street melted from the heat and windows became disfigured.

Abu Marrah, who lives at 6512 Gesner St., was awakened by his wife and the sound of blaring smoke detectors. Black smoke swirled through his house as he ran around, partially clothed, to find the source. It was then that he realized the fire was spreading from his neighbor's house.

"Some people ran to the fire station and some people called 911," Marrah said.

Located about a block away, Ladder 4 Engine 40 arrived at the scene about three minutes after the call went out at 2:45 a.m., according to Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer.

"It was a tough fire fight. Heavy heat and smoke conditions," said Sawyer, who added that the call initially came in as a rubbish fire.

"They tried to contain the fire to the four homes," he continued. "But at some point, the fire extended to eight homes."

Neighbors said the street turned chaotic as they along with responding police and firefighters tried to determine whether people were inside the homes.

"I was sleeping and I had seen the fire," said Keisha Burgess, another resident. "I just woke up and grabbed my kids. The fire was just spreading and it was just everywhere, house to house. I had to wake up, bring my kids out and just get out."

Witnesses tell NBC10 they heard firecrackers go off moments before the fire began.

Sawyer said the Fire Department is investigating those claims, but both he and Mayor Michael Nutter said in a press conference Saturday afternoon that it was too early to say what caused the blaze.

Instead Nutter emphasized how deeply saddened he is by the loss of Maria, Marialla, Taj and Patrick.

"We lost four precious lives, four little, innocent children in a horrific tragedy on this street," Nutter said. "I feel a great pain."

"I can only pray that their pain was not long, that they did not truly feel and experience the intensity of this fire and the flames," he continued. "We pray for their souls and that God be with them."

Four others, including Dewen, and the mother of Taj and Patrick, 23-year-old Eleanor Jacque, were taken to the hospital. Dewen is in critical condition at Crozier Chester Medical Center.

The conditions of Jacque and the other two victims who were hospitalized is unknown.

The deadly blaze displaced 42 others, according to the American Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania.

"This is an incredibly sad day for our community," said Judge Renee Cardwell Hughes, CEO of the Red Cross of Southeastern Pa. "Anytime there's a death due to fire it's significant for our community. I can't tell you how hard this is on first responders, on our volunteers but most importantly on these families. We have been providing spiritual care and mental health care to address their immediate trauma." 

Financial assistance for items like food,clothing, shoes and medications was requested by 32 of those displaced. Eighteen are staying at the Red Cross House, a short-term recovery center in Philadelphia's University City neighborhood.

Hughes encouraged victims of the fire who have not yet come forward to contact the Red Cross at 215-299-4899.

(L to R), Four-year-old twin sisters Marialla and Maria Bowah, 1-month-old Taj Jacque and 4-year-old Patrick Sanyeah

 

 

 

LISTEN: Scanner traffic as firefighters arrived at the scene of the fire:

 

A street view of the impacted homes prior to Saturday's fire. Credit: Trulia.com.

Candles, teddy bears and Spider-Man balloons were placed on the railing at 6518 Gesner St.



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<![CDATA[Tree Falls on Building, Trapping Woman]]> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:53:36 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/police-tape-generic-0311.jpg

A woman was trapped in a building after a tree fell in Northeast Philadelphia during Thursday night's severe thunderstorms.

The tree fell into the side of a building on Cottman and Tabor Avenues just before 7:30 p.m.

Emergency crews were able to quickly rescue the woman who was not injured.

Initally, the woman was reported to be trapped in her car.


 

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<![CDATA[Mother, Daughter Seriously Burned in Food Truck Blast ID'd]]> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 14:21:15 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Food-Truck-Explosion-Caught.jpg

NEWEST COVERAGE: Leaking Gas Ignited by Grill Flame Caused Food Truck Blast, Investigators Say


A propane tank on a Philadelphia food truck exploded Tuesday afternoon engulfing a busy street in a fireball. A mother and her teenage daughter were severely burned and 10 others were injured.

The La Parrillada Chapina food truck was parked along 3rd Street near Wyoming Avenue in the city's Feltonville section when around 5:30 p.m. the rear left propane tank ignited, Philadelphia Police said. The force of the blast sent the metal tank flying 50 feet into the backyard of a home as flames shot 200 feet into the air.

Surveillance video showed the intensity of the explosion and how fire engulfed both cars and people along the street.

Olga Galdemez, 42, and her 17-year-old daughter, Jaylin Landaverry, were working inside the truck when the tank blew. They suffered major burns across much of their bodies, family members told NBC10.com on Wednesday. Bystanders were also burnt and hit with debris.

"I turned around and saw the fire coming toward me," said Latoya Page. She suffered first degree burns to the left side of her body. "I fell, got back up and started running again."

Nicole Ellis lives nearby and ran outside after the blast rocked her house to find walking wounded.

"A girl was walking by from the nail salon and her whole back got sprayed with debris," Ellis said. "She was screaming all the way up the street, 'I'm on fire! I want my mom! I want my mom!' And then a man sitting on his porch actually got caught with fire as well. It was pretty bad."

Ellis said once she realized what had happened, she grabbed her phone and called 911 for help.

"I was screaming and yelling on the phone," Ellis said. "I started panicking, because the lady was just sitting there and she was on fire. You could see the fire coming from her body."

Other witnesses said one person was blown from inside the truck.

Shaquille Glover, who lives with Ellis, told NBC10.com what he heard was almost as horrific as what he saw.

"The sounds of the screams," Glover said. "I'll never forget that."

Glover was about to go inside his home on Wyoming when he heard the blast.

"I heard a loud boom like a bomb," Glover said. "The propane splashed all the way across the street on a pole. That's why the pole was on fire and people that were walking by got burned. A lady got burned on her back. Another lady got burned on her face. It was just the sounds of the screams. There was a good two minutes of screams before the cops even came."

SEPTA Police officers stationed across the street quickly ran over to the scene to help after feeling the explosion. Responding firefighters were able to control the flames.

"We noticed that somebody was sitting at the table still that was burned, but the smoke was just going past her and getting to us," Glover said. "They said they couldn't touch her because she was burned. Two minutes later, they grabbed her and put her in the ambulance."

Five of the 12 victims -- the mother and daughter, a 23-year-old man, a 27-year-old woman and 13-year-old girl -- remain hospitalized.

The 42-year-old and 17-year-old are both in critical condition at Temple University Hospital. The 23-year-old woman and 13-year-old were both upgraded from critical to stable. Police say the 23-year-old suffered second and third-degree burns to her entire body. The eight other victims were treated and released.

Wyoming between 3rd and 4th streets was blocked off for hours before reopening shortly before 11 p.m. The backyard where the propane landed is being treated as a crime scene.

The Philadelphia Police Bomb Squad, East Detective Division and the Philadelphia Fire Marshal's Office are all investigating to determine the cause of the explosion.



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<![CDATA[Teen Boy Who Drowned in Creek Identified]]> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 00:42:19 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Teen-Boy-Dies.jpg

Officials have identified the teenage boy who drowned in a creek in the Juniata Park section of the city on Monday. 

Officials say 15-year-old boy Ruben Polanco was with two friends inside Tacony Creek near Fishers Lane and Wyoming Avenue around 5:30 p.m.

As they crossed under a bridge in 10-feet of water, Polanco, who did not know how to swim, began to panic and went under. The friends told police they reached out for him a few times but lost their grip. He then disappeared into the water.

Police and fire rescue quickly responded to the scene. SkyForce10 was above the water as crews pulled Polanco out around 6 p.m. He was pronounced dead at 6:13 p.m.

With the summer just beginning, police warn children and adults to stay out of the creeks, despite the warm weather.




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<![CDATA[McDonald's Worker Surrenders in Beating of Mom]]> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 12:31:25 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Harris-Mugged.jpg

The South Jersey McDonald's worker wanted in the brutal beating of a young mother in front of her toddler and a group of bystanders turned herself in to police Monday night and is in jail.

Latia Harris surrendered to Salem City Police without incident around 7 p.m. after an extensive search, officials say.

She is being charged with aggravated assault and two counts of making terroristic threats and was lodged in the Salem County Correctional Facility in default of $35,000 full bail.

Harris, 25, had been hiding from authorities since cell phone video surfaced of an attack near a McDonald's in Salem City last Tuesday where both Harris and the victim, 27-year-old Catherine Ferreira, worked.

The beating was videotaped by many of the onlookers, who did nothing to help Ferreira or stop the attack. The only person to try to help the victim was her 2-year-old son, who could be seen in the video yelling and kicking his mother's attacker.

"Mommy!" the boy cried as his mother was beaten just inches away.

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"I think it's messed up no one came to my rescue," Ferreira said.

The nearly minute-long video was posted online. It showed a woman, who police identified as Harris, punching, kicking and spitting on Ferreira, who admits talking about her attacker's love life, a move that she says provoked the beating.

"I'm trying to tell her, I don't want to fight you," said Ferreira.

But the attack continued, ending when the suspect threatened to kick the toddler before making one last threat to the victim.

"It's not over... you almost made me lose my job," Harris allegedly yelled at Ferreira before spitting on her and walking back to work.

The victim contacted police after the attack, which left her with a concussion, a broken nose and two black eyes.



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<![CDATA[2 Rescued After Small Plane Crashes Near Del. River]]> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 17:43:13 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Plane-in-River.jpg

Two men were rescued after their single engine plane crashed near the Delaware River on Saturday.

The NC Air Traffic Control Tower at the New Castle County Airport reported Saturday, around 10:45 a.m. ET, that it lost contact with a small aircraft.

State Police reported that the plane was located in the Delaware River in a muddy and marshy area between Fort Delaware State Park and Fort Mott State Park, New Jersey. However, SkyForce10 flew over the scene of the crash and showed that the aircraft had landed in a marsh near the water rather than in it.

Officials say two "older men" were spotted in the water near the plane.

A Delaware State Police helicopter arrived at the scene and rescued the two men. According to state police, their injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.

A law enforcement source also told NBC10 that the men were covered in mud but appeared to be "okay." They walked on their own to an ambulance, according to the source.

A Pennsville Police lieutenant told NBC10 that the plane sustained some sort of power failure. The FAA is currently investigating the crash.

The plane will be removed from the crash site by helicopter Tuesday morning and set down in the field at the entrance of Fort Mott State Park. It will then remain there until the FAA conduct an inspection. 



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<![CDATA[Showboat Atlantic City to Close: Union]]> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 16:44:11 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/PHI+showboat+atlantic+city.jpg

Showboat Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City plans to shut its doors and put more than 2,000 employees out of work, a union representing the casino workers says.

Bob McDevitt, president of Unite HERE Local 54, tells NBC10's Ted Greenberg that the Caesar Entertainment-owned gaming hall along the Atlantic City boardwalk plans to announce its closure on Friday. Along with the announcement, McDevitt says, will come WARN Act notices for employees.

WARN offers protection to workers, their families and communities by requiring employers to provide 60 days notice of the planned closure of a business, according to the New Jersey State Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

It is possible the notices could be rescinded if circumstances change. Revel Casino Hotel, located just next door to Showboat, issued WARN notices to its own workers earlier this month just before it filed for bankruptcy for the second time in as many years. The notices told workers that Revel could close this summer if a buyer is not found in bankruptcy court.

But McDevitt said he is convinced Caesars intends to close the Showboat, the poorest-performing of its four Atlantic City casinos.
 
"Caesars closing a casino which remains profitable with positive [earnings] is a criminal act committed on the people of Atlantic City," he said.

For the first quarter of this year, the 27-year-old Showboat posted a gross operating profit of nearly $2 million, according to state gambling data. But that was down from a profit of nearly $8.5 million in the first quarter of 2013.
 
So far this year, the Showboat has taken in $66.2 million from gamblers, ranking it seventh out of Atlantic City's 11 casinos. That represents a decline of nearly 16 percent from the same period in 2013.

The Showboat Hotel and Casino is located at 801 Boardwalk. If the casino does close, it will be the second to close this year. The Atlantic Club closed its doors for good in January.

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<![CDATA[Person Struck, Killed by Train]]> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 19:42:59 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/201*120/Fatal+Amtrak+Train.JPG

Service lines for both Amtrak and SEPTA were impacted after a person was struck and killed by a train in Delaware County.

Officials say an Amtrak Acela Express train with 272 passengers on board was traveling from Boston to Washington on Wednesday around 4:45 p.m.

As it traveled passed the Sharon Hill train station at Sharon and Woodland Avenues, it struck a person who was on the tracks. The unidentified victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

While the accident involved an Amtrak train, it still impacted SEPTA. Regional rail service on SEPTA's Wilmington/Newark line was suspended for several hours. Trains on the line resumed with limited operation around 7 p.m.

Amtrak service between Philadelphia and Wilmington is also under a delay due to only one track being used.

The victim has not yet been identified.

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



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<![CDATA[Police Arrest 2nd Gun Shop Robbery Suspect]]> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 22:32:25 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Jeff-Chandler.jpg

A man accused of robbing gun range customers of at least nine weapons and shooting a 67-year-old man is now in custody, according to Philadelphia Police.

Investigators say 27-year-old Jeffrey Chandler was arrested in Burlington Township, NJ on Tuesday.

Chandler and 21-year-old Samiyyah Poteat were allegedly involved in two holdups at two different gun ranges -- the first at Yury's Gun Range in Philly's West Poplar neighborhood and the second at the Delaware Valley Sports Center in the city's Bustleton neighborhood.

The suspects waited in a parked car, a late model dark colored 2-door coupe, outside of the ranges until potential victims exited, according to police.

They robbed a 68-year-old man at gunpoint outside Yury's at 544 N. Percy St. around 6:40 p.m. June 11, emptying the victim's pockets and taking off with his backpack, which contained two .22 caliber handguns, according to authorities.

The following day, the pair went to Delaware Valley Sports Center at 101 Geiger Road and pulled off the same heist on an unsuspecting 67-year-old man, who was leaving the range with a friend around 8:40 p.m., according to police.

Officials say they demanded the two men hand over their cash and guns. Even though the victims were cooperating, Chandler fired a shot, striking the 67-year-old and critically wounding him, according to authorities.

Investigators also recovered the getaway car used in the crimes June 14. It was located on the 200 block of South Hanson Street in West Philly.

Poteat turned herself in to authorities on June 13 after seeing herself in surveillance video of the crimes. She faces multiple charges including attempted homicide, robbery and aggravated assault.

Police have not yet revealed the specific charges against Chandler.



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<![CDATA[4 Men Questioned in Connection to Rittenhouse Rape]]> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 05:48:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/191*120/Rittenhouse+Doctor+Sex+Assault+Surveillance.jpg

Four men were taken in for questioning in connection to the repeated rape of a 26-year-old doctor inside her Rittenhouse apartment.

Philadelphia Police say they first started watching a home on South 8th Street in South Philadelphia on Sunday. On Monday they returned and searched through the home after issuing a warrant.

Investigators tell NBC10 that four men who live at the home were taken to the Special Victims Unit headquarters for questioning on Monday. Three of the men were picked up at the home while another was found on his bike near his job at Christian and Broad Street.

Police say the four men are persons of interests at this point. No charges have been filed.

Police also say they collected at least two bikes as possible evidence.

The victim returned to the crime scene with her family earlier on Monday as police released a sketch of the rapist and new surveillance video.

The woman was attacked around 1:20 a.m. on Saturday as she walked home from a bar called Ladder 15 at 1528 Sansom Street to her apartment in the 1900 block of Spruce Street.

The victim told police the man came up from behind her and grabbed her by the neck. He forced her to let him into her upstairs apartment, where he raped her multiple times, stole her phone and keys and took off, only to return a few minutes later.

Neighborhood surveillance video shows the man calmly locking up his bike on Spruce Street and then approaching the woman after she walks past him. With his arm around her, they walk the half block or so to her apartment. According to the time stamps on the video, the man leaves the apartment one hour and three minutes later. He walks back toward his bike and then immediately turns around and goes back into the building for another two minutes before leaving for good.

"He's a criminal is what he is and he needs to be in a penitentiary," Philadelphia police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said. "Beyond that, I don't think public TV would allow me to say what I really think about him."

After the attack, the victim, who is a doctor at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, left the city with her family. She came back with family members to her apartment on Monday and met for a second time with investigators in the Special Victim's Unit.

Captain John Darby, head of SVU, said the timing of the attack -- especially the way the man calmly locked up his bike before approaching the woman -- indicates to him that the crime may have been planned.

The attacker is described as a Hispanic male, 25-30 years old, 5-5" to 5'10" tall, thin with black hair. He was wearing a dark-colored baseball cap, black t-shirt, blue jeans and carrying a black messenger bag.



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<![CDATA[Father Crushed to Death in Wall Collapse]]> Sat, 21 Jun 2014 06:18:28 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/blockbuster+collapse+cherry+hill.jpg

A construction worker was trapped and killed when the last standing wall of a building under demolition collapsed on top of him.

Family members have identified the victm as 40-year-old Jose David Castro.

The father of two was a day laborer for Maple Shade, N.J.-based Mancuso Contractors Inc., which was the subcontractor hired to demolish an old Blockbuster Video building in the Cherry Hill Shopping Center at 500 Route 38 in Cherry Hill, N.J.

Castro was standing nearby the last standing portion of the building around 12:30 p.m. Friday when it came crashing down, killing him.

He was knocked into a trench, leaving him partially buried by debris. He was pronounced dead at the scene. A backhoe operator, who was shook up and having chest pains, was hospitalized. A third worker was also at the site, but was not harmed.

Crews were clearing the site to pave the way for a Super Wawa, according to Cherry Hill Fire Director Patrick Kelly.

"I'd say 98.9 percent of it was down. This is the last piece that was there and unfortunately, something happened where the wall came down on a worker," Kelly said.

The company in charge of the demolition had all the proper permits, Kelly said.

"Proper permitting does not always equal proper safety standards," said Andrew Duffy, a construction accident attorney for the Philadelphia firm representing victims in last year's deadly building collapse in Center City. Six people died in that accident and 13 were injured.

Investigators with the Camden County Prosecutor's office and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) were on site after the accident. The prosecutor's office will determine if there was any criminal wrongdoing. OSHA will determine whether specific safety requirements for demolitions were followed.

Joanna P. Hawkins, a spokeswoman with the U.S. Department of Labor, said OSHA is investigating the general contractor, which she identified as  Berlin, N.J.-based Carl R. Pursell Inc. and Mancuso Contractors. Reports show each company has been cited by OSHA for safety-related violations in the past.

The Mancuso violations date back to 1999 and 2000 for worker safety issues related to excavations. Three of those violations were categorized as serious. OSHA issued 12 violations during inspections for Pursell, the latest in 2013. Eight of those violations were deemed serious.

Requests for comment from both companies were not returned by the time of publication.

Duffy characterized the accident as eerily similar to the Market Street collapse in that the one wall left standing, came crashing down and killed a man.

"What this shows, unfortunately," Duffy said, "is that it is far more dangerous to demolish a building than to construct one."

PHOTO: Jose David Castro was killed when a wall under demolition collapsed on top of him.



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<![CDATA[Fire Breaks Out at Cherry Hill HS West]]> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 18:12:11 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Cherry-Hill-High-Fire-Pic.jpg

A high school in Cherry Hill, NJ was evacuated after a fire broke out.

The fire started around 3:55 p.m. on the roof of Cherry Hill High School West on 2101 W. Chapel Avenue. 

No students were at the school at the time due to a teacher in-service program. However, some faculty members were inside the building and were evacuated.

Firefighters brought the flames under control at 4:10 p.m. No one was injured.

Officials continue to investigate the cause of the fire.


 



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<![CDATA[Tracy Morgan Moved to Rehab Center]]> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 12:13:16 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/485528931.jpg

Nearly two weeks after he was involved in a crash that left him critically injured, actor-comedian Tracy Morgan was transferred to a rehab center.

"Tracy has been transferred to an undisclosed rehab center, where he is expected to remain for the next few weeks," Morgan's publicist Lewis Kay wrote in a released statement. "While he is continuing to show signs of improvement, he still has a long way to go.  He and Megan wanted to publicly express their deepest gratitude to everyone at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital for the unbelievable care and attention they provided him."

Morgan and six others were inside a Mercedes Sprinter limo traveling in the northbound lanes of the New Jersey Turnpike in Cranbury, New Jersey on the morning of Saturday, June 7 when a Walmart truck crashed into it, causing it to flip and hit four other vehicles.

Morgan was critically hurt in the accident, suffering a broken leg, femur, nose and ribs. He was flown to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J.  Morgan’s mentor and fellow comedian James “Jimmy Mack” McNair, 69, was killed in the crash.

Fellow passengers Jeffrey Millea and Ardie Fuqua, Jr. were also critically injured in the crash and remain hospitalized. Harris Stanton, another passenger, was treated and released on Sunday.

On Monday, Kay revealed that both Morgan and Millea were upgraded to "fair condition." 

Kevin Roper, the 35-year-old driver of the Walmart truck, was arrested and charged with Death by Auto and Assault by Driving. According to a criminal complaint, Roper hadn’t slept for at least 24 hours when the crash occurred. Investigators have not yet revealed however whether he fell asleep at the wheel. The NTSB also determined that he was driving 65 mph in a 45 mph zone.



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<![CDATA[Girl's Face Slashed by Classmate on NJ School Bus]]> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 02:04:59 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/bus_slashing_teen_11.jpg

An alleged ongoing feud between two female Pennsauken High School students may have fueled a violent face-slashing on a school bus Thursday afternoon.

Pennsauken Police say one 16-year-old girl used a razor or razor-knife to slice another 16-year-old student's face while they were on the school bus following an early dismissal.

The alleged attacker was taken off the bus and into police custody. The victim was rushed to Cooper University Hospital where she is undergoing surgery at this time.

A police officer happened to be parked in front of the bus at the time of the slashing and was able to respond quickly.

"We hardly ever have any type of incidents like this at the high school," said Pennsauken Police Lt. Michael Probasco. "It's usually a pretty good campus here."

The school is located at 800 Hylton Road in Pennsauken Township, Camden County, New Jersey.

This story is developing. Check back for updates.

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<![CDATA[Burning Wires Cause Lane Restrictions on Rt. 70]]> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 04:27:22 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Burning-Wires-Route-70.jpg

Downed wires caught fire on Route 70 in Cherry Hill Township, NJ Tuesday night, causing a major traffic backup.

SkyForce10 captured the downed wires across all six lanes on Route 70 near Cuthbert Boulevard Tuesday night. The sparking wires caused flames to spread in one of the lanes.

About 2,700 customers also lost power due to the downed wires. Their power has since been restored.

Route 70 was shut down in both directions for over an hour.

Shortly before 11 p.m., one eastbound lane and one westbound lane reopened. However, according to Township officials, lane restrictions will remain in both directions overnight into Wednesday morning as crews continue to work on repairs.

Police are urging drivers to seek alternate routes until the roadway is completely reopened.

No injuries have been reported.

Police are still investigating what caused the wires to fall.
 



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<![CDATA[Tracy Morgan Now in 'Fair' Condition: Publicist]]> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 20:39:42 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/488511629.jpg

Over a week after he was involved in a crash that left him critically injured, actor-comedian Tracy Morgan's condition has improved, according to his publicist.

"Happy to pass along that Tracy has been upgraded to fair condition, which is a great improvement," Morgan's publicist Lewis Kay wrote in a released statement. "His personality is certainly starting to come back as well."

Morgan and six others were inside a Mercedes Sprinter limo traveling in the northbound lanes of the New Jersey Turnpike in Cranbury, New Jersey on the morning of Saturday, June 7 when a Walmart truck crashed into it, causing it to flip and hit four other vehicles.

Morgan was critically hurt in the accident, suffering a broken leg, femur, nose and ribs. He was flown to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J.  Morgan’s mentor and fellow comedian James “Jimmy Mack” McNair, 69, was killed in the crash.

Fellow passengers Jeffrey Millea and Ardie Fuqua, Jr. were also critically injured in the crash and remain hospitalized. Harris Stanton, another passenger, was treated and released on Sunday.

On Monday, Kay also revealed that Millea's condition has been upgraded to "fair."

Kevin Roper, the 35-year-old driver of the Walmart truck, was arrested and charged with Death by Auto and Assault by Driving. According to a criminal complaint, Roper hadn’t slept for at least 24 hours when the crash occurred. Investigators have not yet revealed however whether he fell asleep at the wheel.



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<![CDATA[13-Year-Old Boy Shot, Gunman on the Loose]]> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 00:42:38 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/South-Philly-Shooting1.jpg

Police are on the hunt for a gunman who shot a teenager in South Philadelphia.

Police say the 13-year-old boy was sitting in the passenger side of a vehicle as his father was driving on the 2000 block of South Hemberger Street around 4:40 p.m. on Monday.

As he was inside, police say a gunman and another suspect walked over to the car and fired eight shots total.

The boy was struck once in the left arm and once in the buttocks. He was taken to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia where he is currently in stable condition.

According to investigators, the 13-year-old victim's bike was stolen on Sunday. They suspect the shooting was somehow related to an argument over the theft.

Investigators say a detective who was working undercover witnessed the shooting and followed the suspects into a home on the 2000 block of Mountain Street. A barricade situation was declared and other officers responded to the scene.

Officials say they eventually took the owner of the home into custody after they found two guns hidden in a golf bag inside. The two suspects managed to escape however and are still on the loose.

If you have any information on their whereabouts, please call Philadelphia Police.



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<![CDATA[Big Rig Overturns on Pa. Turnpike]]> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 17:14:19 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/PA-TURNPIKE.gif

An overturned tractor-trailer blocked lanes along the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Montgomery County Wednesday morning.

The big rig wrecked on the westbound lanes Valley Forge (Exit 326) off-ramp in King of Prussia around 10 a.m., according to Pennsylvania State Police.

No word yet on any injuries.

Expect traffic delays in the area as the 18-wheeler blocked the right lane of traffic for hours.



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<![CDATA[Armed Barricade Ends, Everyone Safe: Police]]> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 07:43:57 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Philadelphia+Police+SWAT+Kensington.JPG

Philadelphia police officers, SWAT and firefighters responded to the city’s West Kensington section Wednesday morning for a standoff that lasted for hours.

The response teams could be seen blocking off streets in the area of Mascher and Huntingdon Streets throughout the early morning.

Investigators said a 20-year-old man barricaded himself inside a home on Mascher with two guns on him after an argument with a neighbor shortly before 3 a.m.

Police said that the incident began as an argument between the man and a 28-year-old man outside the home. During the argument the older man said the younger man pistol-whipped him and shot into the air. The 28-year-old suffered cuts and bruises and was treated at the scene.

Police said the man then went into the home.

"We surrounded the house front and back, due to the fact that we believe the suspect had a gun," said Philadelphia Chief Inspector Scott Small.

Small said the man, who was inside with several family members didn't respond to knocks at the door, police shouting at him nor phone calls.

After about 30 minutes a woman in her 20s -- believed to be the suspect's cousin -- and her young children left the house.

The family member told police that the armed suspect's 73-year-old grandfather  was still asleep inside, according to police..

Police said they sent a robot inside the home and that eventually caused the alleged gunman to surrender peacefully.

The grandfather and suspect both appeared uninjured, according to police.

"No one was injured, it was the desired outcome," said Small.

Police expected to charge the suspect with aggravated assault and weapons charges.



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<![CDATA[Man Jumps in Front of SEPTA Train]]> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 12:40:45 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/216*120/Railroad+Crossing+Train+Generic.JPG

SEPTA suspended service along its Manayunk/Norristown Regional Rail Line after a train struck and killed a man in the East Falls section of Philadelphia.

SEPTA spokeswoman Heather Redfern said that they stopped trains on the line during Monday morning’s rush as police investigated the incident near New Queen Street.

Philadelphia Police said that an unidentified man jumped in front of a moving train. Body parts could be seen on the tracks.

Starting around 8:40 a.m., SEPTA resumed limited service along the line. It would take another two hours or so to get service back to regular.



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<![CDATA[Route 1 Reopens After Big Rig Wreck]]> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 06:47:44 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/Roosevelt+Boulevard+Jackknifed+Big+Rig.JPG

A jackknifed tractor-trailer closed one of Philadelphia’s busiest roads for nearly two hours this morning.

The big rig and a car collided along the Roosevelt Boulevard (U.S. Route 1) northbound at Southampton Road near Benjamin Rush State Park shortly before 4:30 a.m.

The tractor-trailer jackknifed across the northbound lanes causing police to close the roadway from Southampton Road to the Bucks County line.

One person was taken to Aria Health - Torresdale Campus with undisclosed injuries.

Police on the scene said dozens of gallon of fuel spilled from the truck onto the roadway.

Knights Road could be used as an alternate route but long delays should be expected.

Tow trucks got the damaged vehicles out of the way and the road reopened around 6:15 a.m.



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<![CDATA[Classroom Catches Fire, School Closes Early]]> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 01:24:28 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/Pinelands+High+School+Fire.JPG

Firefighters battled a blaze inside a South Jersey classroom early this morning and once the flames were out, students still didn't get back to classes as normal.

The fire burned inside Pinelands Regional High School along Nugentown Road in Little Egg Harbor Township around 5 a.m., according to Superintendent Dr. Robert Blake.

There were no injuries.

Ocean County dispatchers said that the fire spread to two alarms before it was brought under control after about an hour.

The extent of damage wasn’t immediately clear. As SkyForce10 hovered overhead, firetrucks could be seen parked outside the building as crews pulled hoses into the school.

Dispatchers said firefighters managed to contain the blaze to the one classroom but smoke filled much of the building.

Students and staff began arriving at the school at the normal time around 7:25 a.m. They were asked to meet on the football field as they waited out a delay so that firefighters could clear the scene.

Blake said they got into the building around 9 a.m. and began their day on a revised schedule.

The 10th to 12th graders were forced back out of the building however about 90 minutes later when a false alarm went off. Blake said that after 30 minutes they decided to dismiss students at 11:25 a.m.

The fire marshal still hasn't released a cause for the blaze, Blake however said it appeared to have been caused by accidentally by a faulty outlet.

Classes will resume as normal Thursday with the exception of the burnt classroom, which will remain closed.

While no students were injured, some parents believe the school should have immediately canceled classes and that their children were put at risk. Krista Harrsch believes the school had an ulterior motive for having an early dismissal rather than no school at all.

"I feel it's all because they're worried about all the snow days and pushing graduation day," Harrsch said.

Blake denied this claim.

"Certainly our calendar and with graduation and plans that are being made, it would be very difficult for a lot of people to make those changes at this point in time," Blake said. "But that's not going to be the overriding reason behind it."

Some students who spoke to NBC10 say they were fine with the school's decision however.

"They count it as a day and we're already getting out June 26 anyway," said Dan Macphee. "I don't want graduation pushed back anymore." 



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<![CDATA[Pilot in Deadly Crash May Have Tried to Slow Down ]]> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 04:20:52 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Plane-Crash-911.jpg

The pilot of the commuter jet involved in the deadly crash that killed him and six others on board, including Philadelphia Inquirer co-owner Lewis Katz, may have tried to slow the plane down moments before the accident. 

Katz’s Gulfstream jet crashed during takeoff at Hanscom Field in Bedford, Massachusetts Saturday night. The plane had burst through a chain-link fence and toppled part of a runway lighting system.

The National Transportation Safety Board says data from flight recorders indicate the jet reached a speed of 165 knots (190 mph) and never lifted off from the runway.

NTSB investigator Luke Schiada said Tuesday one of the recovered black boxes also recorded conversations inside the cockpit, but they will be analyzed further before a transcript is released.Schiada said data from the black boxes indicated a rise in brake pressure and the application of thrust reversers before the crash. Tire marks on the runway also suggest the pilot may have been trying to stop the plane.

The briefing came nearly 24 hours after federal investigators located the plane's cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder. The devices had been missing in the wreckage for several days.

Fifteen investigators, including Rolls Royce engine manufacturers, are at Hanscom Field where they continue to investigate how the Gulfstream IV, owned by Katz, crashed Saturday night.

The latest information revealed during Tuesday's news conference is based on preliminary reports, according to the NTSB spokesman.

During 911 calls obtained by NBC10, witnesses who live nearby say they heard the crash and saw a towering ball of fire.

"It looks like an atomic bomb, a mushroom cloud," the caller said.

Investigators have not yet determined the cause of the crash.

There are other key pieces needed in order to piece the plane's final moments together, officials say.

"We have found the aircraft maintenance records. We will be retrieving those and reviewing those documents within the next few days. We have some information about the flight crew, we've located their training records," said NTSB senior air safety investigator Luke Schiada.

And all three had extensive flying experience. They've been identified as pilot James McDowell, co-pilot Bauke "Mike" de Vries, and flight attendant Teresa Ann Benhoff. Relatives say all had worked for Philadelphia Inquirer co-owner Lewis Katz for at least 10 years.

Katz was a passenger on the plane hosting three friends, all from South Jersey, as they returned to Atlantic City at the time of the crash.

The Bedford airport is running as normally as could be expected with an investigation of this magnitude, with flights coming and going throughout the day.

There is surveillance video from this airport, but it has not yet been reviewed, according to investigators.



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<![CDATA[Police ID Victims of Fatal Van Crash]]> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 20:15:10 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Route+55+Crash+Franklin+Township.JPG

Police have identified one of the two people who were killed after a van slammed into a tree along a South Jersey road Tuesday morning.

Investigators say six people were inside a 2003 Chevrolet van that was traveling northbound on Route 55 in Franklin Township around 6:15 a.m.

According to NJ State Police, the driver of the vehicle somehow lost control and veered off the northbound lanes of the highway, slamming into a tree.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead a short time later, you could see crews freeing people from the badly-damaged van -- the front-end nearly completely push inward and a door flung off to the side -- and placing them on stretchers.

The driver, who has not yet been identified as well as one of the passengers, 47-year-old Norma Santiago, were both killed in the crash.

Carlos Gonzalez, 31, of Bridgeton, NJ, Regina Fortoso, 25, Jose Santiago, 37, of Bridgeton and Angel Rodriguez, 48, of Vineland were all injured in the accident. They were flown to Cooper University Hospital where they are all currently in critical condition.

According to investigators, only the driver was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.
Investigators say the victims worked for J. Ambrogi Foods and were heading to the Kristy's Kuts produce processing facility in West Deptford when the accident occurred.  Officials say it was supposed to be Santiago’s first day on the job.

“It has really made a big impact on the people in the room and everybody in our company,” said Jerry Ambrogi, president of J. Ambrogi Foods. “Our hearts and prayers go out to all their friends and their families.”

Investigators are still trying to determine what caused the van to go off the road.

The crash slowed traffic along Route 55 northbound at mile-marker 40 near the U.S. Route 40 interchange. The road remained closed for hours as crews investigated the deadly wreck.



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<![CDATA[Driver Dies as Car Slams Into Big Rig, Catches Fire]]> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 12:23:34 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/TRactor+Trailer+Crash+NJ+Turnpike.JPG

A fiery wreck involving two vehicles closed down lanes along the New Jersey Turnpike this morning and left a driver dead.

The crash around 5:25 a.m. snarled northbound traffic approaching Exit 2 (U.S. Route 322) in Woolwich Township, Gloucester County, N.J.

New Jersey State Police said that a black BMW slammed into the rig of a tractor-trailer as both cars traveled northbound near mile-marker 14. After impact, both vehicles burst into flames.

The car driver died, according to police. The big rig driver wasn't hurt.

Crews could be seen dousing the smoking debris in the moments after the crash that left a car pinned under the rear of the badly charred tractor-trailer along the right shoulder of the roadway.

Traffic stopped as crews tried to figure out how the car wound up under the trailer.

It took a few hours to clear the wreck.



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<![CDATA[Smoke Pours From House Fire]]> Thu, 29 May 2014 09:21:13 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Upper+Darby+Fire+House+Fire.jpg

Firefighters rushed to the scene of a smoky house fire in Delaware County this morning.

Thick smoke could be seen pouring from the roof of a home along the 4000 block of Allendale Road in Upper Darby after flames broke out around 8 a.m.

No word yet on any injuries.

The fire would go to two alarms before being brought under control after about an hour.

The American Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania said it helped at least three people displaced by the fire.



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<![CDATA[Homicide Victim Found in Doughnut Shop Parking Lot]]> Thu, 29 May 2014 07:47:51 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/207*120/Dunkin+Donuts+Homcide+Girard+Ave.JPG

Philadelphia Police responded to a city Dunkin’ Donuts after a man was found shot in a car outside the doughnut shop.

Officers found the man shot inside a minivan parked in front of the store at N 10th Street and Girard Avenue in North Philly around 4:45 a.m.

The shooting victim died a short time later at Hahnemann Hospital.

Police believe the shooting happened less than a block away at the Cambridge homes on W Harper Street. An initial investigation showed that someone fired three times at two men sitting in the car.

Officers on the scene said the driver managed to get his Plymouth minivan to the doughnut shop where he stopped out front.

Police questioned the driver's passenger -- who wasn't injured -- about the shooting.

"The witness was really lucky," said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small.

Investigators scoured both scenes for clues in hopes of finding the shooter.

"Hopefully this witness can give us some information," said Small.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Philadelphia Police.



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<![CDATA[Underground Fire Knocks Out Power]]> Wed, 28 May 2014 06:13:24 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/WEST+Philly+Transformer+Fire1.JPG

An underground fire knocked out power to some residents and firefighters in West Philadelphia overnight.

The transformer sparked around 3 a.m. Wednesday at 56th and Chestnut Streets.

No injuries were reported.

PECO crews and firefighters could be seen responding to the fire as smoke rose from a grate at the scene near some homes and businesses.

The transformer issue caused power to go out to some nearby row homes and even the local firehouse, Engine 57. Firefighters said that despite the lights being out they remained operational in case of emergency.

No word yet on when the lights will go back on.



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<![CDATA[Driver Trapped in Truck Has Leg Partially Amputated]]> Wed, 28 May 2014 11:00:08 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Truck-Overturns.jpg

A driver, trapped for hours in a box truck cab partially dangling from a highway overpass, had his leg partially amputated following a crash Tuesday on the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

The truck driver was traveling in the southbound lanes of the toll road near Route 363 in Lansdale, Montgomery County late in the afternoon when his vehicle somehow overturned, investigators say. The truck slid on the drivers side across the two-lane highway and through a bridge wall.

The impact left the driver's leg pinned beneath the steering column, officials said. Rescue crews spent more than two hours working to free the man, but were forced to resort to amputation.

The man was taken to Abington Memorial Trauma Center for treatment. Officials have not yet revealed his condition or identity.

Southbound lanes were shut down at the location of the crash for several hours stranding drivers on the limited-access road. Lanes were later reopened as crews towed the truck away.

Repair work to the guardrail was underway on Wednesday.
 



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<![CDATA[Atlantic City Expressway Crash Hurts 5]]> Mon, 26 May 2014 10:42:43 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/Atlantic+City+Expressway+Crash+Minivan.JPG

Traffic heading back from the Jersey Shore Memorial Day morning backed up for miles after a minivan crashed into a tree along the Atlantic City Expressway..

New Jersey State Police said that the minivan left the roadway near mile-marker 38 in Sicklerville, N.J. around 8:30 a.m.

Five people were ejected from the minivan during the crash and all suffered non-life-threatening injuries, according to police.

Crews could be seen tending to one victim next to the van.

The force of the crash caused the van to lose it's rear tire as the vehicle careened into the woods on the side of the highway.

Traffic backed up approaching Williamstown Road as only one lane got by the scene but the road was expected to be closed so that a medivac helicopter could respond to the scene.

Traffic was getting by the crash by 10:30 a.m. as the investigation into the wreck continued..

 



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<![CDATA[Chewed Wires Knock Out Power]]> Mon, 26 May 2014 08:27:28 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/conserve+power+outage+light+switch.jpg

Power went out for more than 2,000 customers in North Philadelphia this morning and a rodent of some sort could be to blame.

The lights went out around 7 a.m. in the area around the 1300 block of N 13th Street near Temple University.

PECO reported 2,007 customers lost power.

A company spokesperson told NBC10 that an animal chewing through wires possibly led to the equipment failure that caused the outage.

Power started to come back on within 30 minutes and within 90 minutes the lights came back on for all but a handful of customers.

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<![CDATA[7-Year-Old Student Dies at South Philly School]]> Thu, 22 May 2014 06:55:27 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/7-Year-Old-Death-at-School.jpg

A Philadelphia elementary school student died on Wednesday after he suddenly fell ill during his class, according to school district officials.

The 7-year-old student at Jackson Elementary School in South Philadelphia was in class around 2 p.m. on Wednesday when he experienced a medical emergency.

Investigators say staff administered CPR on the student and called 911. The boy, who has not yet been identified, was taken to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where he was later pronounced dead.

School District spokesman Fernando Gallard told Philly.com that there was no nurse at the school when the child fell ill. According to Gallard, the school only has a nurse present every Thursday and every other Friday.

Investigators have not yet revealed the cause of death or whether the boy had any pre-existing medical conditions. Officials continue to investigate.

Jerry Jordan, president of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, released a statement on the boy's death Wednesday night:

"On behalf of every member of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, I extend my deepest condolences to the family whose child was tragically and suddenly taken away from them today, and to the staff and community at Jackson Elementary, who are no doubt reeling from the loss of their student, classmate and friend.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with you all."

The incident was one of two student deaths in the area on Wednesday. In Mount Laurel, New Jersey, an unidentified eighth-grade student at Harrington Middle School died after collapsing during a gym class.



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<![CDATA[Student Dies After Collapsing During Gym Class]]> Thu, 22 May 2014 14:02:47 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/8th-Grader-Dies-at-School.jpg

Police are investigating the death of a student at a middle school in Burlington County, New Jersey.

Officials say the eighth-grade student from the Harrington Middle School in Mount Laurel died Wednesday afternoon.

According to investigators, the student, who has not yet been identified, collapsed during a physical education class at Harrington.

The school’s crisis team, Mount Laurel Police as well as Emergency Medical Technicians immediately responded and the student was taken to the hospital. He was pronounced dead a short time later.

School officials have not released any further information. Mount Laurel Police officers are handling the investigation.

District counselors and the Burlington County School Crisis Team will provide support for staff and students at Harrington Middle school on Thursday.
 



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<![CDATA[Another Water Main Break]]> Tue, 20 May 2014 10:02:52 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/Haldeman+Water+Main.JPG

For the second time in as many days a water main break is causing traffic problems in Northeast Philadelphia.

This time water spewed up from Haldeman Avenue near Red Lion Road in the Bustleton neighborhood.

As Skyforce10 hovered overhead around 8:45 a.m. you could see the water covering the roadway. No cars could get by.

This break came a day after the Philadelphia water Department announced that part of nearby Verree Road for at least three days after the road became compromised during a break.



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<![CDATA[Dump Truck Driver Trapped, Dies]]> Tue, 20 May 2014 04:29:08 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/Dump+Truck+Crash+Aston.JPG

A dump truck overturned Monday morning in Delaware County leaving its driver dead.

County officials said the driver died at the scene at Concord and Tuscany Roads in Aston, Pa. That's not far from Neumann University.

The deadly crash caused traffic troubles around 9:30 a.m.

County dispatchers said crews rushed to the scene to try and free the trapped driver. One of those emergency vehicles -- a fire SUV -- crashed into a stone retaining wall while responding.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead a short time later, crews could be seen working on the red dump truck. The truck dumped its load over the side of the road. It also capture the crashed emergency vehicle.

Authorities didn't identify the truck driver.



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<![CDATA[Arrests Made in 9-Year-Old's Shooting]]> Fri, 16 May 2014 16:05:46 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/191*120/trenton+9-year-old+shot.JPG
A young girl was hospitalized after being shot and now police say they've arrested the men responsible...and six others on unrelated charges.

A juvenile and a 32-year-old man, Jebreel Abdullah, were arrested Thursday night for their part in the shooting of a 9-year-old girl last Monday on the 200 block of Bellevue Avenue in Trenton.

The girl was shot three times, according to officials. One bullet struck the girl's shoulder, another grazed her leg and another, her ribs.

"I heard six shots," said Sadie Toney, the girl's neighbor. "This little girl came running up the streets crying. She was holding her arm. I saw blood trickling down her arm. Then she went into my neighbor's house."

The man called 911 and the girl was transported to St. Christopher's Hospital.

Law enforcement sources say the girl was with her stepfather at the time of the shooting. They also say the stepfather, who has not yet been identified, was arrested for charges not related to the shooting.

It took police only a few days for police to arrest the teen and Abdullah for the shooting. Both were arrested at a house on Spring Street in Trenton.

Six others, who were also inside the Spring Street home, were arrested for unrelated outstanding warrants, according to police.

Officials also say they found a large amount of heroin in the home with ammunition, although no weapons were recovered.



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<![CDATA[Underground Explosions Rock Center City]]> Fri, 16 May 2014 09:04:51 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/Center+City+Transformer+Explosion.JPG

Two separate underground blasts caused at least one manhole cover to blow off and Philadelphia Police to block off a major intersection this morning.

The first transformer exploded around 3 a.m. Friday at 15th and Market Streets in Center City.

As officers investigated the first blast, they saw the second one occur at 15th and Market. After the manhole cover blew off, smoke could be seen coming from the hole, according to officers on the scene.

Philadelphia Firefighters got the situation under control after about an hour. And PECO crews were on the scene since they own the two transformers that caught fire.

Luckily no one was hurt.

Police blocked off the intersection and surrounding roads and sidewalks as the investigation continued. SEPTA also detoured buses around the scene and the trolley lines were bypassing the 15th Street stop.

Those restrictions were slowly lifted and by 5:15 a.m. traffic was getting by on Market Street and some lanes along 15th Street near City Hall. The incident was mostly cleared by the morning rush.

No power outages were reported, according to PECO.



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<![CDATA[9-Year-Old Girl Shot 3 Times]]> Mon, 12 May 2014 19:13:34 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/191*120/trenton+9-year-old+shot.JPG

A young girl is in the hospital after police say she was shot several times in Trenton.

The 9-year-old girl was on the 200 block of Bellevue Avenue around 2:45 p.m. when an unidentified gunman opened fire. Officials say a bullet struck the girl's shoulder, another grazed her leg and another grazed her ribs.

"I heard six shots," said Sadie Toney, the girl's neighbor. "This little girl came running up the streets crying. She was holding her arm. I saw blood trickling down her arm. Then she went into my neighbor's house."

The girl sat on her neighbor's porch as he called 911. She is currently with her parents at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Officials have not yet revealed her condition but say she is expected to survive.

Law enforcement sources say the girl was with her stepfather at the time of the shooting. They also say the stepfather, who has not yet been identified, was arrested for charges not related to the shooting.

Police believe the girl was an innocent bystander. They are currently searching for a gunman and trying to determine who the intended target was.

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



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<![CDATA[Worker Slips, Falls Into Manhole]]> Mon, 12 May 2014 13:44:02 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/210*120/Upper+Darby+Manhole+Cover+Rescue.JPG

Crews worked quickly this morning to free a worker who slipped and fell into a manhole in Delaware County, Pa.

The dramatic rescue played out along the 1100 block of Mason Avenue in Upper Darby around 10:45 a.m.

Police said that a man working on an underground sewer line for Upper Darby Township slipped and fell into the 14-foot hole.

The worker hurt his foot in the fall and was treated for minor injuries.

A large rescue response could be seen in the moments following the entrapment.

Fire rescue pulled the man out of the hole around 11 a.m., according to county dispatchers.

It's unclear why the man didn't have a rope attached to him at the time of the fall.



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