<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Breaking News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/breaking http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.comen-usSat, 03 Dec 2016 06:37:48 -0500Sat, 03 Dec 2016 06:37:48 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Man Falls Backward From Wall, Dies: Police]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:59:22 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/183*120/Wissahickon+Park+Map.JPG

A 20-year-old man died after falling backward in a Philadelphia wooded area popular among hikers.

The deadly fall in a body of water took place Thursday morning around 10:45 as the man sat on a wall in the woods near Hermit Lane and Henry Avenue in Wissahickon Valley Park, said Philadelphia Police.

Medics pronounced the man dead a short time later.

It wasn't clear exactly where in the wooded area the man fell and into what body of water he fell into.

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<![CDATA[Man Faces Charges in Hit-and-Run That Killed 8-Year-Old Girl]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 18:44:47 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Overbrook+Jaynna+Powell+Death+Paul+Woodlyn.jpg

Philadelphia Police charged a 24-year-old man in a hit-and-run that killed a young girl in the city's Overbrook neighborhood earlier this month after a suspicious suburban auto body shop owner contacted them.

"The individual that runs the body shop saw (news coverage), got suspicious and called us up," said Police Commissioner Richard Ross. 

Police told NBC10 they charged Paul Woodlyn in the hit-and-run death of 8-year-old Jayanna Powell Thursday. The 24-year-old from Marlyn Street in Overboork faces homicide by vehicle, involuntary manslaughter and related charges.

Powell was walking home from school with her siblings on 63rd Street and Lansdowne Avenue around 3:15 p.m. back on Nov. 18.

"We was just crossing the street just to get the bus," Jayanna's 12-year-old brother Hassan Cox said.

Cox said he was holding his sister's hand as they crossed 63rd Street when they were struck by a driver speeding through the intersection trying to catch a yellow light. The force of the impact was so strong that the girl was thrown 20 feet, her family said. A witness said the girl's backpack also tore open, splaying paper and books all over the street.

Cox was knocked into a nearby car, the family said. Jayanna was rushed to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia with serious injuries. She died a short time later.

Police said the hit-and-run vehicle was a gray or silver 2009 to 2016 Nissan Altima or Maxima with damage to the headlights and grill. The car was last seen heading southbound on 63rd Street.

On Tuesday, accident investigators updated their investigation while the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police announced a $15,000 reward -- mostly from private donors -- for information leading to an arrest of the driver. Mayor Jim Kenney's office also put up $10,000.

"I just want to talk to the person who hit my daughter," said Jayanna's mother, Ayesha Poole. "It may have been an accident, I don't know, I just ask you to turn yourself in.

"I had to lay my baby to rest yesterday -- the hardest day in my life," Poole said. "I don't get a prom, I don't get a graduation, no marriage, no grandkids, no nothing, so, just turn yourself in. Make it better on everybody -- please turn yourself in."

On Wednesday, police checked a car that was taken to an auto body shop in Frazer, Pennsylvania. The owner told NBC10 a woman had taken the damaged car, an Altima with a busted front end, to his shop on Nov. 19, one day after the deadly hit-and-run.

After police towed the vehicle back to Philadelphia they determined it was the same vehicle that struck Powell.

"We were able to match up some of the auto parts to that particular car, it's absolutely the car," said Ross.

Police executed search warrants on the vehicle as well as a Philadelphia home and also questioned several people before arresting Woodlyn, who doesn't own the car, said Ross.

A judge arraigned Woodlyn Thursday morning and set bail at $500,000, said court records.

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<![CDATA[Power's Out, Philly School Closes]]> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 08:34:40 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/192*120/John+B+Kelly+School.JPG

A power outage ended the school day before it began Wednesday at a Philadelphia public school.

The district announced that John B. Kelly School on Pulaski Avenue in Germantown wouldn't open and that all after-school activities, athletic programs and professional development sessions were also canceled.

An underground cable problem likely caused the issue, said PECO, which expected to bring back power by 9 a.m. [[238427591, C]]

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<![CDATA[Police Find Bucks Co. Groping Suspect in Abandoned Car]]> Tue, 29 Nov 2016 11:32:19 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Derrick+Anderson+Bensalem+Assault.jpg

Working on tips after releasing surveillance video, police just outside Philadelphia charged a homeless man with sexually assaulting a mother during a home invasion.

Bensalem Township Police said Tuesday that tips lead them to an abandoned car parked in Philadelphia where they found 21-year-old Derrick Anderson.

The homeless man is believed to be the man that a Bensalem mother managed to fight off after he broke into her apartment and sexually assaulted her while her daughter was sleeping. [[403478246, C]]

Officers responded to an apartment at Lafayette Gardens along Bristol Pike in Bensalem around 5 a.m. Saturday, said Bensalem Police. The woman and her daughter were sleeping when they found an intruder, said police.

"My first memory is I was awake and there was a man in my living room," said the woman, who NBC10 chose not to identify.

The victim fought back in an attempt to get the intruder to leave. He then hit her, grabbed her by the throat and sexually assaulted her, police said. The woman then managed to get him out of the house and he was last seen on video running away from her apartment.

"I don't know how long he was in the house," she said. "As I was pushing him out the door he tried to grope me. My daughter waking up, that was the key that scared him enough to be able to give me the strength and the opportunity to get him out of the house but it happened so fast."

"This woman is incredibly brave that she was able to fight him off," said Bensalem Public Safety Director Fred Harran. "Probably a mother's instinct jumping in, and protecting her daughter."

Investigators found surveillance video from a Sunoco gas station at Frankford Avenue and Knights Road in Northeast Philadelphia that shows the suspect, said police. The woman said the man was wearing the same brown coat he was wearing in the surveillance video when he sexually assaulted her. She also said she never met the man before.

A judge arraigned Anderson on burglary, trespassing, indecent assault and related charges Tuesday morning, said online court records. Bail was set at 10 percent of $200,000.

Police thanked the public for directing them to Anderson.

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<![CDATA[Del. 9th Grader Gets on School Bus After Being Shot]]> Mon, 28 Nov 2016 20:29:24 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/202*120/Wilmington+Teen+Shot+Van+Buren.JPG

A teen got onto his school bus after being shot on his way to school in Wilmington, Delaware, Monday morning, authorities said.

The incident played out along N Van Buren Street near 27th Street around 6:50 a.m., according to Wilmington police.

The Red Clay School District confirmed the boy is a ninth grader at John Dickinson High School on Milltown Road in Wilmington.

The boy and a group of other teens boarded their normal yellow bus and then the other children alerted the driver that the boy was shot, said Jay Brock, spokesman for bus company First Student. The driver called dispatch which then called police.

Police then came on the bus and took the boy off the bus, Brock said.

Medics rushed the boy to A.I. DuPont Children's Hospital where doctors treated him for gunshot wounds to his arm and abdomen, police said. The boy was listed in stable condition.

"He's very, very fortunate," said the teen's father, who did not want to be identified.

At least one bullet struck the windshield of a car parked nearby. It wasn't immediately clear how many shots were fired. James Harrison told NBC10 he heard the gunshots.

"We just heard gunfire, five rounds at least and then sort of people kind of hollering and running," Harrison said.

First Student said the bus driver followed all protocol and that no one else on the bus was injured.

"Couple of the other kids are kind of shaken up," said parent Royal Conquest. He said the shooting was difficult on parents as well.

No word yet on the circumstances surrounding the shooting. The teen's father said he didn't know of any conflicts his son had with anyone.

"Absolutely none," he said. "Just nothing to do. No direction, nothing to do."

The father also said he recently moved his son down to Wilmington from Philadelphia because he believed it would be safer.

"With just the flick of the switch anything can happen real, real fast," he said.

Police asked anyone with information to contact Det. A. Ford at 302-576-3606.

The school district planned on launching its "Corner-to-Corner" program where volunteers and paid staff keep an eye on bus stops. That program will be launched, with help from police, on Tuesday, said that district.[[238427591, C]]

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<![CDATA[Runaway Bull Scampers Along I-95 in Philly, Up to School]]> Wed, 23 Nov 2016 00:32:24 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Bull+on+Interstate+95+Sixerschix.jpg

A young bull escaped from a Philadelphia slaughterhouse Tuesday afternoon, leading police on a chase past a city high school and down Interstate 95.

The 550-pound bovine broke free from a truck outside the Saba Live Poultry meat processing facility along the 2100 block of North Hancock Street in the city's Kensington neighborhood around 2 p.m. Tuesday.

"Well when I opened the door the animal took off," Pablo Rosario, the owner of Saba Live Poultry, told NBC10 late Tuesday. 

A worker at the plant, who refused to give his name, also told NBC10 that staff were preparing to unload the bull from the truck when it charged them and scampered off.

The man placed blame on the truck driver, saying he failed to properly pull the truck into a loading dock.

The animal then began a more than 4-mile trek through several city neighborhoods and onto two highways.

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One of his first stops was at Kensington High School along East Cumberland Street. Witness Pete Colon said the bull darted in front of his car before walking up to the school.

"He stopped at the doors and looked at his reflection in the glass, then ran toward Thompson Street," Colon said.

"I did not believe my eyes," said Karen Harr, who spotted the animal as it ran loose in Fishtown. "I did not believe what I was seeing. I pulled over at this fire hydrant and that's when it ran right by me straight up Commerce Street to Delaware Ave. I was afraid of it charging my car."

The bull then made its way onto the northbound lanes of Interstate 95, heading against traffic.

Stunned drivers stopped their cars as the scared steer meandered through the jam.

A woman, who did not want to give her name, said at first she thought a horse was running at her car.

"[I] thought it was going to trample over and smash me and my car," she said after tweeting a photo of the bull staring at her through the windshield.

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From there, the bovine made its way back onto city streets in Chinatown. It ducked into some brush and trees next to the Interstate 676-95 interchange at 7th and Vine streets. Police and state conservation officers cornered him there.

Concerned about the public's safety, a Pennsylvania Game Commission conservation officer fired on the animal three times using a 12 gauge shotgun, killing it.

"In an extreme situation, in an emergency situation, for public safety, we chose to put it down," Pennsylvania Game Commission conservation officer Jerry Czech said.

No humans were injured in the incident, police said.

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<![CDATA[Flames Shoot From South Jersey Apartments]]> Fri, 18 Nov 2016 15:20:53 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/207*120/La+Cascata+Fire+Clementon.JPG

Wind-swept flames shot out of a South Jersey apartment building Friday afternoon.

SkyForce10 captured firefighters battling flames at the apartments in Clementon’s La Cascata development.

No word yet on injuries.

Wind appeared to push the flames toward non-burning parts of the building.

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<![CDATA[Crash Leaves SUV on Top of Sedan in Delco]]> Thu, 17 Nov 2016 12:07:52 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/192*120/Delco+Drexel+Hill+SUV+Car+Crash.JPG

A wreck at a Delaware County intersection left a car wedged under a sport utility vehicle Thursday morning.

The vehicles collided at State and Clarendon roads in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania around 11:20 a.m., said county dispatchers.

There were reports of injuries but it was unclear how severe.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead you could see a tow truck pull the silver SUV off the red sedan.

No word on what led to the wreck.

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<![CDATA[Big Rig Blaze Closes NJ Turnpike]]> Tue, 15 Nov 2016 08:48:40 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/New+Jersey+Turnpike+Truck+Fire+Car+Carrier.jpg

Drivers should plan on using Interstate 295 instead of the southbound New Jersey Turnpike after a car carrier fire closed the roadway in Burlington County Tuesday morning.

The big rig blaze closed all lanes near Interchange 4 (Route 73 - Camden) in Mount Laurel around 5:30 a.m.

New Jersey State Police reported no injuries.

the fire left cars on the carrier visibly damaged.

Some cars were able to trickle by the wreck on the shoulder but a massive backup remained.

Motorists could use I-295 to get around the scene. The turnpike remained opened south of Interchange 3 (Route 168 - Woodbury).

One lane was opened by 8 a.m., said state police.

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<![CDATA[Christie Out as Head of Trump's Transition Team]]> Fri, 11 Nov 2016 15:16:01 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Capture121.JPG
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<![CDATA[IT Issue Affecting Some Airlines Resolved: American Air]]> Fri, 11 Nov 2016 13:13:26 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/107846315-airplane-generic.jpg

A technical issue at with a computer IT firm briefly caused technical problems for airlines in the United States early Friday afternoon, according to American Airlines.

It was one of several air carriers affected by the outage at Sabre, which tweeted about 12:45 p.m. ET that it was working on recovering from unspecified issues customers were facing.

American didn't provide more details about what systems and airlines were affected. Reports on Twitter indicated outages at American, Alaska Airlines and JetBlue; all three responded to several tweets about saying computers, kiosks or the website not working.

American Air confirmed that the issue was with Sabre, and that it affected more than one airline.

"Earlier today, Sabre had a brief technical issue that impacted multiple carriers, including American. This technical issue has been resolved. We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience," the company said in a statement.

An FAA representative told NBC it was checking on the reports.

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<![CDATA[School Van Crashes Along Montco Highway]]> Fri, 11 Nov 2016 10:30:26 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/195*120/School+Van+Crash+Route+422.JPG

A yellow school van crashed along a busy suburban Philadelphia highway Friday morning.

It wasn't immediately clear if any children were on the bus when it crashed along U.S. Route 422 eastbound in Lower Providence Township, Montgomery County around 8:45 a.m.

No injuries were reported, said county dispatchers.

As SkyForce10 hovered over the scene, you could see the van pulled over to the side of the road with another vehicle behind it and Pennsylvania State Troopers investigating.

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<![CDATA[Suspect Stabs Woman, Toddler in Philly: Police ]]> Tue, 08 Nov 2016 11:42:59 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Suspect+Stabs+Woman+and+Boy_21407297.jpg

A woman and a toddler both fought for their lives after being stabbed in Philadelphia Monday night.

Police said a 43-year-old woman and her 2-year-old grandson were on the 700 block of N. Preston Street when they were attacked by a suspect. The suspect stabbed the woman in the left shoulder and the boy once in the head, according to investigators.

The woman was taken to Penn Presbyterian Hospital while the toddler was taken to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Both victims were hospitalized in critical condition.

Police recovered a weapon and charged a 26-year-old man with aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment and resisting arrest. Police have not yet revealed the suspect’s identity however.

The suspect suffered cuts to his arm and hand while trying to break through a window while fleeing officers, said police.

<![CDATA[Baby Dies, Child in Critical Following House Fire]]> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 16:03:54 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Olney+Fire_21367556.jpg

A baby died from his or her injuries while a child remains in critical condition following a house fire in the Olney section of Philadelphia.

The fire started at a home along the 300 block of Sheldon Street shortly before 10 p.m. Thursday. Fire crews were on the scene in four minutes and found heavy smoke in the home, said Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel.

"You can't see anything, there was a lot of smoke in there... so it's always a real challenge to locate people in these buildings," said Thiel.

Firefighters rescued an 11-month-old child and 6-year-old child from the home. They were both taken to the hospital in extremely critical condition. Officials say the 11-month-old child passed away early Monday morning while the 6-year-old child remains in very critical condition.

Officials continue to investigate the cause of the fire. They also have not yet revealed whether any adults were inside the home at the time of the blaze.

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<![CDATA[Crews Rescue Man From Inside Trash Truck]]> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 08:50:33 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/209*120/Trash+Truck+Rescue.JPG

SkyForce10 hovered overhead as crews rescued a man trapped inside a trash truck after trying to find a place to sleep in Philadelphia Monday morning.

The rescue took place on top of a garbage truck parked near Castor and Aramingo avenues in the Port Richmond neighborhood around 6:45 a.m.

Crews could be seen strapping a man to a backboard, carefully taking him off the truck and moving him into a waiting ambulance.

Medics took the 36-year-old man to Temple University Hospital in stable condition where doctors evaluated him, said Philadelphia Police.

The man was dumped into the truck after falling asleep inside a dumpster outside a nearby Speedway gas station, said police.

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<![CDATA[SEPTA's Lawsuit to End Strike Denied by Philadelphia Judge]]> Fri, 04 Nov 2016 23:59:57 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/SEPTA+Union+RANDY+PKG+5PM++-+00000018_21352131.jpg

In an attempt to make sure the ongoing SEPTA strike doesn’t impact voting in Philadelphia, the transit agency filed for an injunction Friday to end the TWU 234 work stoppage.

The attempt failed -- at least for now.

A Common Pleas judge ruled Friday evening that an injunction forcing SEPTA city bus, trolley and subway drivers back to work was not immediately needed.

"There needs to be allegation of immediacy. There is enough evidence that an injunction might be appropriate, but not enough evidence an injunction right now is necessary," Judge Linda Carpenter said.

Carpenter said she would revisit the request by SEPTA for a court-ordered end to the strike at a hearing Monday morning. She scheduled that court appearance for 9:30 a.m. inside her City Hall courtroom.

Earlier in the day, SEPTA said it is "asserting that (the strike) constitutes a clear and present danger to the health, safety and welfare of our riders and the citizens of Philadelphia and the region."

The strike over health benefits and pensions waged into its fourth day Friday leaving SEPTA bus, subway and trolley riders needing to find other ways to get around.

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<![CDATA[Water Problems Delay Montco Grade School]]> Fri, 04 Nov 2016 07:30:08 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/200*120/OVerlook+Elementery+School.JPG

Water main work caused the delayed opening of a Montgomery County elementary school Friday morning.

The break caused the Abington School District to put Overlook Elementary School at Old Welsh and Edgehill roads. The school had no water service, said the district. [[399982041, C]]

No other schools in the district were impacted.

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<![CDATA[Man Finds Remains Believed to Be of Missing Woman]]> Wed, 02 Nov 2016 03:30:03 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/199*120/Lindsey+Piccone+Missing+Tyler+State+Park.JPG

Police say a man found the skeletal remains believed to be of a Bucks County woman who went missing at a Pennsylvania state park in September.

On Tuesday a staff member at Tyler State Park in Newtown found skeletal remains as he was clearing vegetation from the park. Officials believe the remains are that of Lindsey Piccone, 21, of Bensalem.

Piccone was reported missing on Sept. 6, said officials. Piccone did not have her cellphone with her and was last seen two days earlier, according to investigators.

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Family members said Piccone’s car was found at Tyler State Park where search groups scoured the 1,711-acre park for days in early September, causing closures.

While officials believe the remains that were found Tuesday are that of Piccone, they continue to investigate.

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<![CDATA[Power Outage Stops SEPTA Regional Rail Line]]> Mon, 31 Oct 2016 10:48:32 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/SEPTA12.jpg

Power problems caused SEPTA to suspend service on one of its busy Regional Rail lines Halloween morning.

The transit agency stopped all trains along the Doylestown Line around 6:45 a.m. Monday. [[399291981, C]]

The stoppage came after delays along the line through Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties increased to 60 minutes.

Around 10 a.m., SEPTA began operating trains between Center City and Lansdale but announced that service remained suspended between Link Belt and Doylestown. They expected to get regular service back on track by the evening rush. [[399331901, C]]

SEPTA suggested using its website to find alternate routes.

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<![CDATA[Deliveryman Finds Burned Body Near Tracks]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:04:02 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/Allegheney+Ave+Body+Found+Philly+Crime+Scene+Unit.JPG

A burned body was found on the side of a driveway leading to railroad tracks in Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood Friday morning.

A delivery driver made the grisly discovery around 7 a.m. near a laundromat along E Allegheny Avenue near Witte Street.

Police sources with knowledge of the investigation told NBC10's Deanna Durante that it appeared to be a man and that it appeared he was dumped at the site then torched. The man was shot then driven to the site where he was dumped and set ablaze, said sources.

A truck driver found the smoldering remains while making a delivery to a nearby business, said witnesses.

A planned autopsy could reveal more details about the death.

The area is known in the neighborhood as "drug alley" and neighbors have asked the city to clean up trash in the area.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Philadelphia Police.

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<![CDATA[Small Plane Goes Down in South Jersey Backyard]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:21:11 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/Aircraft+Crashes.JPG

A single-engine plane crashed in the backyard of a Camden County home Wednesday afternoon, trapping two people in the wreckage.

The aircraft landed upside down in the backyard of a home along Linden Avenue in Lindenwold shortly before 1 p.m. after somehow missing houses.

"It looks like it came between four homes kind of on a diagonal, struck some trees and then ended up on the ground," said Lindenwold Police Chief Tom Brennan.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead a short time later, you could see firefighters from Lindenwold and Cherry Hill working on the aircraft that crashed into some trees and split into two.

"You could tell something wasn't right," said Willie Jones who heard the plane go down. "It was too low. The sound was too low."

After more than 30 minutes, crews pulled two men, the 66-year-old pilot and a 72-year-old passenger, from the upside down cockpit. Medics medivaced one occupant and took the other by ambulance -- they were conscious and breathing -- to Cooper University Hospital, said investigators. Police said they are expected to survive and their injuries appeared to be non-life-threatening. No one on the ground was hurt.

"It's kind of crazy," said Cydnei, who lives next door to the yard where the plane crashed. "There are so many houses and trees around here but somehow it managed to miss like everything."

Officials say the plane took off from Flying W Airport in Medford, New Jersey but it's unclear where it was headed. A search of the FAA registry shows the plane is a 1946 Ercoupe 415-C registered to a man from Chesapeake City, Cecil County, Maryland. Investigators said 911 calls alerted them to the crash.

Besides the wreckage, crews also needed to clean up a fuel leak, said investigators.

County hazardous materials crews and the Federal Aviation Administration were called to investigate the scene, said Camden County spokesman Dan Keeshen.

Streets surrounding the crash were closed throughout the day but were later reopened late Wednesday afternoon.

It had been about 45 years since the last time a plane went down in Lindenwold.

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<![CDATA[Philly Officer Dies After Collapsing at Courthouse]]> Tue, 18 Oct 2016 18:11:24 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Officer+BAMBERGER.jpg

A Philadelphia Police officer died after suffering an apparent "massive" heart attack at Philadelphia's Criminal Justice Center Tuesday morning.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said a fellow worker in the courthouse found Officer Douglas Bamberger, a 16-year veteran, unresponsive in the courthouse around 7:30 a.m. and called 9-1-1.

"We do not know how long he was unresponsive," said Ross, who added that Bamberger had gone to the ninth floor shortly before 7 a.m. The officer was assigned to the Court Liaison Unit.

Police, paramedics and other rescue personnel rushed to the CJC at 13th and Filbert streets to help Bamberger, 41. He is survived by his wife and two children.

"People started CPR immediately," said Ross.

Paramedics managed to revive him on the way to Hahnemann Hospital, Ross said. It was believed, initially, that the officer may have suffered a "massive" heart attack, said Ross.

The courthouse continued normal operations Tuesday morning.

<![CDATA['Hostile Intruder' Puts NJ Community College on Lockdown]]> Fri, 14 Oct 2016 09:41:21 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/207*120/Cumberland+County+College.JPG

A South Jersey community college was put on lockdown for a brief period Friday morning due to a “hostile intruder.”

“Cumberland County College is on LOCKDOWN,” said a message on the Vineland community college’s website.

The lockdown was put in place before 10 a.m. due to a robbery at an off-campus Subway restaurant, said campus security. The lockdown lasted only a briefly as Vineland Police gave the all clear by 10:10 a.m.

Before the lockdown was lifted, the school suggested students “remain in a safe location until additional instructions are received. Silence and mobile devices. If you are not on campus please stay away.”

No word yet if the Subway robber was captured.

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<![CDATA[14 Children Hurt in Del. School Bus Crash]]> Fri, 14 Oct 2016 10:47:50 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/201*120/School+Bus+Crash+Bear.JPG

A school bus crash in Delaware left 14 children hospitalized Friday morning.

The bus collided with a minivan around 7:05 a.m. at Pulaski Highway (U.S. Route 40) near Scotland Drive in Bear, said Delaware State Police.

The injuries to the children appeared to be minor as the children were taken to A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children as a precaution, said police.

No word yet on what caused the wreck.

A school bus also crashed in Pemberton, New Jersey Friday morning leaving the driver of a car injured, said Burlington County dispatchers. No one on the bus was hurt.

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<![CDATA[Police: Report of Abduction Unfounded ]]> Mon, 10 Oct 2016 18:01:07 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Possible-Abduction-North-Ph.jpg

Officials say a reported abduction in North Philadelphia is unfounded.

A witness told police he was walking on 600 E. Erie Avenue at 8:50 p.m. Sunday behind an unidentified woman. The witness then said he saw a man get out of a black vehicle and strike the woman in the head with a baseball bat. The witness told police the man then dragged the woman into his car and drove eastbound on Erie.

After launching an investigation, officials determined the witness was hallucinating and an abduction did not occur, according to a law enforcement source.

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<![CDATA[Motorcycle Crash Closes Pa. Turnpike]]> Thu, 06 Oct 2016 14:30:16 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/210*120/Pennsylvania+Turnpike+Crash.JPG

State Police closed the Pennsylvania Turnpike westbound in suburban Philadelphia Thursday afternoon after a motorcycle struck a state trooper’s cruiser.

The trooper wasn’t in the car at the time of the wreck in Tredyffrin Township, west of the Valley Forge Interchange (Exit 326), around 12:45 p.m., said state police. The trooper wasn't hurt.

A man and a woman on the motorcycle, however, suffered serious injuries that required medical helicopter transport, said police.

As crews tended to the injured and investigated, all westbound traffic was forced off at Valley Forge, said police. The roadway remained closed for hours and police expected it to remain closed into the evening rush.

Traffic backed up for miles approaching the scene. Traffic congestion also developed in the eastbound lanes between Downingtown (Exit 312) and Valley Forge, said the Turnpike Commission.

The turnpike suggested taking "Exit 328A to U.S. Route 202 South to U.S. Route 30 West to State Route 100 North" to get back to the Downingtown Interchange.

No word yet on what led to the wreck. As SkyForce10 hovered overhead you could see the motorcycle in the roadway. Police said no other vehicles were involved.

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<![CDATA[Deadly Crash Along Kelly Drive]]> Thu, 06 Oct 2016 11:19:54 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/Kelly+Drive+Closure.JPG

A driver struck a man crossing Philadelphia’s busy Kelly Drive Thursday morning, leaving the roadway closed for more than an hour.

A man in his 60s or 70s died after being struck by a 75-year-old woman driving a 2016 Subaru along the Schuylkill River drive near Brewery Hill Drive in Fairmount Park around 9:45 a.m., said Philadelphia Police.

Medics rushed the man to Hahnemann Hospital where he died a short time later.

After more than an hour, the roadway reopened between Fountain Green and Lemon Hill drives, said police.

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<![CDATA[Crews Free Horse Stuck in Mud]]> Wed, 05 Oct 2016 18:54:43 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/177*120/Thornbury+Horse+Stuck+in+Mud.JPG

Crews spent hours Wednesday rescuing a horse named Cyrus stuck in the mud at a Chester County farm. Eventually a large crane was used to lift the horse to freedom.

A large presence of animal rescuers could be seen trying to free Cyrus, a 1,700-pound Clydesdale, from a mud pit at Thornbury Farms, near Thornbury Road, in West Chester, Pennsylvania. The horse got stuck around 10:30 a.m. and remained stuck for nearly four hours.

The West Chester Fire Department led the rescue effort that resulted in Cyrus being hoisted from the hole around 2:30 p.m. The horse was heavily sedated as a large crane lifted it from the mud.

Later Wednesday, posts to social media by an account linked to Heartland Farm Stables showed Cyrus up and eating. 

The posts said the horse would be observed overnight.

No word yet on how 18-year-old hCyrus, which is boarded at the farm, got trapped.

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<![CDATA[Vandalism Spree Leaves Car Windows Smashed in Fairmount]]> Wed, 05 Oct 2016 12:56:49 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Fairmount+Broken+Car+Window+Car+Vandal.JPG

Dozens of drivers found their cars vandalized -- some with windows shattered -- in Philadelphia’s Fairmount neighborhood Wednesday morning.

"It's not fun, especially in the morning," said Tom Sulimay, who spent his morning cleaning glass out of his SUV.

Police learned of the vandalism along Poplar Street near Ridge Avenue, N 25th Street near Girard College and Parrish Street from 22nd to 25th streets shortly before 5 a.m.

The car window-breaking, denting vandal or vandals struck at least 26 cars, said Philadelphia Police.

"They didn't take anything out of the cars," said Sulimay.

No word yet on exactly when the vandalism occurred.

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<![CDATA[Fire Breaks Out at Philly Inquirer's Montco Print Plant]]> Thu, 06 Oct 2016 21:05:24 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/216*120/Philly+Inquirer+Conshy+Fire.JPG

Fire broke out Wednesday morning at a Montgomery County building holding Philadelphia Inquirer offices and printing press.

No word yet on the extent of damage caused by the blaze at the building along River Road, on the banks of the Schuylkill River, in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania that broke out around 9:30 a.m.

No injuries were reported, said dispatchers.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead, you could see firefighters guiding a hose into one of the loading docks of the building.

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<![CDATA[Big Rig Spills Roofing Materials, Closes NE Extension]]> Wed, 05 Oct 2016 13:01:55 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/208*120/476+ax+gallery+5.JPG

Drivers were urged to avoid the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike for hours Wednesday due to an overturned tractor-trailer.

The flatbed big rig flipped in the southbound lanes of the Pennsylvania Turnpike near milepost 35, after the Quakertown Interchange (A44), around 7:50 a.m.

The wreck left roofing materials all over the roadway and caused a massive backup as drivers were told to get off at the Quakertown Interchange and take Route 663 to Route 309 south. The Turnpike commission urged drivers to bail out at the Lehigh Valley Interchange (A56) to avoid the traffic in the Quakertown area.

The roadway remained clear south of the Lansdale Interchange (A31).

No life-threatening injuries were reported.

Crews finally cleaned up the mess and got the roadway reopened around 1:45 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Murder Charges in Arson That Killed 2 Del. Firefighters]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:00:44 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/185*120/Beatriz+Fana-Ruiz.jpg

A fire that killed two Wilmington firefighters and left others burned has been ruled an arson and a woman who lived in the home has been arrested on murder charges, the Wilmington Fire Department said.

Beatriz Fana-Ruiz, the 27-year-old daughter of the homeowner at 1927 Lakeview Road, was arrested without incident Thursday morning, said the state fire marshal. In earlier interviews with law enforcement she admitted to using an open flame to light the fire inside the basement of her family's home, said a criminal complaint.[[395341311, C]]

The blaze left Wilmington Fire Lt. Christopher Leach, 41, and Wilmington Senior Firefighter Jerry Fickes, 51 dead. Leach, who was assigned to Ladder 2, and Fickes, who was assigned to Squad 4, were two of the several firefighters who responded to the fire at a row home in a development called Canby Park in Wilmington.

Fana-Ruiz was temporarily living in the home when it caught fire early Saturday, said the fire marshal.

Investigators said Fana-Ruiz told them she went down to the basement to retrieve some items. Initially she told investigators she didn't remember what happened next because she was drunk and on anxiety medication, said the criminal complaint. Two people in the home saw Fana-Ruiz go to the basement shortly before the fire broke out.

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Fana-Ruiz faces two counts of 1st-degree murder for the firefighters' deaths. She also faces four counts of assault for injuries sustained by Lt. John Cawthray, Senior Firefighter Ardythe Hope, Senior Firefighter Terence Tate and Firefighter Brad Speakman.

The suspect also faces one count of arson and seven counts of reckless endangerment, said the fire department.

Local and federal investigators, including ATF officials, could be seen sorting through the rubble for clues in the days after the fire.

The news of an arrest comes as the community mourns the two fallen firefighters with viewings and funerals set to begin Thursday night with a public viewing for Fickes. Both funerals on Friday are private but a public memorial service is set for Saturday at the Chase Center on the Riverfront.

A judge arraigned Fana-Ruiz Thursday and sent her to New Castle County jail on $3 million bail. [[394677321, C]]

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<![CDATA[2 Kids, Pregnant Woman Hurt in Philly School Bus Wreck]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:02:04 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/208*120/Port+Richmond+Alleghney+School+Bus+Crash.JPG

A school bus crash in Philadelphia left two children and a pregnant woman hospitalized.

The bus and another vehicle collided at Richmond Street and Allegheny Avenue in Port Richmond just after 8:15 a.m.

Medics transported two children on the bus to St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children for treatment for minor injuries, said Philadelphia Police.

A pregnant woman in the other car was taken to Hahnemann Hospital for observation, said police.

No word yet on what caused the crash.

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<![CDATA[School Bus Strikes Pole in Camden County]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 08:35:56 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000017273964_1200x675_774768195671.jpg SkyForce10 was over the accident at Black Horse Pike and Kendall Boulevard in Oaklyn Wednesday morning. No word yet if anyone was hurt.]]> <![CDATA[SEPTA Train Strikes Man Dangling Onto Market-Frankford Line]]> Thu, 22 Sep 2016 16:43:26 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/Market+Frankford+Line+Huntingdon+station+Train+Strikes+Man.JPG

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

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

No word yet on how badly the man was hurt.

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[Car Firebombing Leaves Man With Burns]]> Thu, 22 Sep 2016 10:53:17 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/North+Philly+Firebombing+Torched+Car.JPG

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

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

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

Firefighters extinguished the blaze and police joined the investigation.

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

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<![CDATA[Suspicious Package Scare at Rutgers Parking Garage]]> Mon, 19 Sep 2016 11:14:37 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/rutgers+university+generic+FB+courtesy.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[Head-on Wreck Closes Montco Road]]> Thu, 22 Sep 2016 11:28:44 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Whitemarsh+Crash+Flourtown+Road.JPG

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[Medics Help Philly Police Officer Onto Stretcher After Crash]]> Thu, 15 Sep 2016 13:01:41 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Philly+Police+Officer+Crash+Stretcher+Frankford.JPG

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

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

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

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

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

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

Police didn't immediately file any charges.

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<![CDATA[Crews Rescue 2 From Dangling Scaffold at Delaware Hospital]]> Thu, 15 Sep 2016 12:04:21 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Dangling+Scaffold+Christian+Care+Hospital.JPG

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

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

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

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

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

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

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