<![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 Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:10:56 -0400 Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:10:56 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Person Shot on Street Corner]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:49:13 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/192*120/Diamond+street+shooting.JPG

Philadelphia Police rushed to a city corner after a person was shot in broad daylight Thursday.

Someone opened fire on the victim at the corner of 4th and Diamond Streets in North Philly.

Police didn’t immediate reveal the victim’s condition.

No arrests have been made.



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<![CDATA[Police Block I-76 Off-Ramp]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 08:24:44 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Girard+OFf+Ramp+SUV+Schuylkill+Expressway.JPG

Police blocked off a busy off-ramp this morning due to a police investigation of a sport utility vehicle off the side of the road.

Pennsylvania State Police blocked the Girard Avenue Exit (Exit 342) from the eastbound Schuylkill Expressway (I-76) around 7 a.m. Thursday.

Police didn’t release details about the incident.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead you could see troopers taking something out of the disabled vehicle, which has handicapped plates, as firefighters and medics waited near the scene.

Traffic slowed along the Schuylkill Expressway as motorists were forced to use other exits.



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<![CDATA[Police ID Teen Who Died During Violent Night]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 04:12:50 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/South-Philly-Fatal-Shooting.jpg

Four shootings took place within the span of an hour and a half in Philadelphia overnight leaving two people -- including a teenage boy -- dead and two others hurt.

Two of the shootings occurred in South Philly, a third occurred in Grays Ferry while the fourth happened in the Germantown neighborhood.

In South Philadelphia, Damien Jones died after being shot twice in the chest while on the 1500 block of South 21st Street just after 10:15 p.m. He was just 16 years old.

A private auto rushed James -- who hailed from the 1400 block of S 31st Street -- to Methodist Hospital where doctors pronounced him dead.

"Based on witness information we know that our shooter was a male wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and camouflage-type shorts," said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small. "He was last seen running south on 21st Street -- the 1500 block -- towards Tasker Street."

Small said real-time crime cameras in the area could help identify James' killer.

During the second South Philly shooting, a man was struck by an unidentified gunman on the 1800 block of Snyder Avenue. The victim was taken to the hospital in stable condition.

In the Grays Ferry section of the city, a man seated in the driver's seat of a Jeep on the 2500 block of Manton Street was found unconscious with multiple gunshot wounds to the head around 11:15 p.m. The unidentified man was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where doctors pronounced him dead.

Finally, a woman was struck by an unidentified gunman on the 100 block of West Abbottsford Avenue in the Germantown section of the city. She was hospitalized in stable condition.

No arrests have been made in any of the shootings and police have not identified any of the victims.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Philadelphia Police.



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<![CDATA[Elderly Driver Hurt After Car Slams Into Restaurant]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 01:46:18 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Car-Into-Deli-New.jpg

An elderly man is in the hospital after his car slammed into a Northeast Philly deli and restaurant, barely missing a woman who was sitting inside.

An 86-year-old man was driving along the 1700 block of Grant Avenue Tuesday around 4:30 p.m. when he somehow lost control of his vehicle. The man's car crashed into Steve Stein's Famous Deli & Restaurant.

Workers at the restaurant told NBC10 that no one inside the deli was injured, though the car almost hit a woman who was sitting down.

The elderly man suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the crash and was taken to Aria Torresdale Hospital. Officials continue to investigate the cause of the accident.



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<![CDATA[Pesticide Spills After Tractor Trailer Overturns]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:07:30 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/pesticide+crash+spill+scene.jpg

A tractor trailer crash shut down an intersection in Chester County and dumped hundreds of gallons of pesticide on the road.

Officials say a tractor trailer carrying farm equipment overturned at the intersection of Route 113 and Route 401 in West Pikeland around 3:15 p.m. Tuesday.

The accident caused 500 gallons of pesticide to spill onto the road. Crews were called to the scene of the crash and the intersection of Routes 113 and 401 was shut down for several hours.

No one was injured in the accident.



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<![CDATA[Civilians Rescue Woman After SUV Crashes Into Creek]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 00:22:34 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Cobbs-Creek-Car-Parkway.jpg

A woman is in the hospital but still alive after Good Samaritans jumped into action when her SUV crashed into the water in the Cobbs Creek section of the city on Tuesday.

Officials say the 60-year-old woman was driving her SUV on Cobbs Creek Parkway when she somehow lost control and drove off the roadway, crashing into a ravine below.

A pair of sisters who were driving by spotted the SUV in the water. One of the sisters called 911 while the other jumped out of the car and flagged down other drivers for help.

"I saw a car coming towards the ravine, just flying towards the creek," said Rita Graham, one of the sisters.

Police say three men who were flagged down then jumped into the water and swam towards the woman, who was inside the vehicle unconscious. The Good Samaritans broke out a window of the SUV and then used a pair of box cutters to cut the woman from her seat belt. They then dragged her motionless body out of the water and up the hill.

The trio then began to perform CPR on the woman as they waited for medical crews to arrive. The men say they believed she was dead until they noticed one of her fingers start to move.

"I had never done this before so I didn't know how she should act or shouldn't act," said Marcell Port, one of the rescuers. "We gave her the CPR and she wasn't responding. Finally as we gave up, that's when she started responding and her eyes started to open up."

EMS rushed the woman to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where she is currently in stable condition.

SkyForce10 also captured medics loading another person in an ambulance at the scene. According to witnesses however, that person was an elderly man who fainted while watching the rescue.




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<![CDATA[Roof of Apt. Building, Pub Partially Collapses ]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:14:31 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/South-Philly-Roof-Collapse.jpg

Officials are investigating a partial roof collapse at a building in South Philadelphia.

The roof of the three-story building collapsed on Front and Christian Streets around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The building contains the For Petes Sake Pub on the first floor and apartments on the second and third. Workers were on the roof when the collapse occurred. No one was injured however and all workers have been accounted for.

According to officials with Licenses and Inspections, construction work was occurring at the location at the time of the accident. The owners of the building had a zoning permit for interior renovations of the second and third floor as well as the expansion of the bar and kitchen on the first floor.

An inspection was completed at the building back on August 12 and a permit was posted. Peterbuilt Construction LLC is the listed contractor for the building.

Officials with PGW, PECO and L&I are investigating the accident, according to an L&I spokesperson.

"This is a permitted construction site," the spokesperson wrote. "The Department will investigate and take necessary action to ensure the site is made safe by the property owner/contractor." 


 



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<![CDATA[Person Struck, Killed By Amtrak Train in Bucks County]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:47:28 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/187*120/Croydon+Deadly+Train.JPG

A person is dead after being struck by an Amtrak Train in Bucks County Monday afternoon.

The victim was struck on the northbound lanes at the Croydon Station on the 700 block of Bristol Pike, according to officials.

Both Amtrak and SEPTA suspended service between to Trenton for about three hours. Passengers traveling with either transportation company should expect residual delays, official said.

Police have not released the victim's name or the details surrounding the deadly incident.

This story is developing. Check back for updates.

 



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<![CDATA[Fire Breaks Out at Grocery Store]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 05:27:51 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Royersford+Amelias+Grocery+Fire.JPG

Flames forced the evacuation of a Montgomery County grocery Monday morning.

The blaze broke out around 9:30 a.m. at Amelia’s Grocery Outlet in the Park Towne Plaza at Lewis Road and Oak Street in Royersford, Pennsylvania.

Dispatchers said the store was evacuated after the fire broke out in the rear of the store. Firefighters could be seen pulling hoses into a rear gate.

Crews blocked Lewis Road between Oaks and Chestnut as firefighters worked.

It took about 25 minutes to bring the fire under control, according to dispatchers.

No injuries were reported. County health officials would be on the scene later Monday to determine when the store can reopen.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 10 Philadelphia



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<![CDATA[Traffic Backs Up for Miles After Crash]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 07:04:38 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/PA-TURNPIKE.gif

Cars backed up for miles this morning along a busy Pennsylvania highway.

The backup spread for more than 10 miles along the southbound lanes of the Northeast Extension (Interstate 476) of the Pennsylvania Turnpike due to a crash approaching the Mid-County Exit in Montgomery County around 7:20 a.m.

The crash happened near mile marker 24 and left a backup past the Lansdale (Exit 31).

With the morning rush in full effect and construction in the area, traffic snarled for 10 miles as it took more than an hour to clear the crash.

One person suffered minor injuries, according to county dispatchers. 

Around 8:40 a.m., crews cleared off to the side of the road.



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<![CDATA[Basement Collapse in Group Home]]> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 13:08:22 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/police-fire-lights-generic.jpg

South Jersey firefighters responded a group home Wednesday morning after the report of a collapse.

Cumberland County dispatchers said that crews responded to the Genoa Group Home on Genoa Avenue in Vineland around 7:30 a.m.

Crews on the scene said a 30-foot span of basement wall inside the home collapsed inside the home overnight.

Firefighters said that five adults with special needs and three staffers were sleeping at the time of the collapse.

No one was injured.

Residents weren't able to return home while crews investigated. Emergency Responders transported the residents to another location.

Firefighters said that the home sits on high ground and didn't flood but that the rain likely played a role in the collapse.



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<![CDATA[Car Flips on Lincoln Drive]]> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 06:16:32 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/generic+road+pic.jpg

A woman was hurt after her car overturned along one of Philadelphia’s windiest roads Wednesday morning.

Philadelphia emergency personnel responded to the Lincoln Drive northbound near Gypsy Lane around 5 a.m.

When crews arrived they found an overturned sedan along the wet roadway -- rain fell overnight.

The 51-year-old driver was transported to Einstein Medical Center after complaining of back pain.

The roadway remained closed for about 40 minutes as police investigated.



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<![CDATA[Off-Duty Police Officer Dies in Bike Crash]]> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 12:29:20 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/police+badge+overtime+02262013.jpg

Members of the Philadelphia Police Department are mourning the death of one of their own. Seth Stellfox, an officer with the 39th District, was killed in a motorcycle crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Cumberland County on Tuesday.

Stellfox was off-duty at the time of the accident.

Stellfox, 33, was riding his motorcycle east on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Lower Mifflin Township around 4:45 p.m. when he somehow lost control. The motorcycle struck a guardrail causing Stellfox to fall off the bike.

Medics pronounced him dead at the scene.

Investigators say he died from multiple blunt force trauma injuries. They also say he was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. Pennsylvania State Police continue to investigate.

The Philadelphia Police Department confirmed that Stellfox was an officer. However, they have not yet released an official statement on his death. 



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<![CDATA[Crash Cleared on the Boulevard]]> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 13:34:40 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/218*120/Route+1+Crash1.JPG

A multi-vehicle crash closed the Roosevelt Boulevard (Route 1) in Philadelphia for more than 30 minutes Tuesday morning.

The crash came just after 6 a.m. in the northbound lanes near Broad Street. Multiple cars crashed causing police to block all lanes.

It took crews about 30 minutes to move the vehicles off to the shoulder. By 6:30 a.m., traffic began to get by the crash site again.

The crash occurred on the same morning when crews began a repaving project in the inner lanes just above Broad Street.

No injuries were reported.



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<![CDATA[Residents Jump From Montco Fire]]> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 13:18:43 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Norristown+Yerkes+Fire.JPG

Three people were rushed to the hospital this morning after making harrowing escapes after fire broke out this in Montgomery County.

The blaze began around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday in a row home along the 900 block of Yerkes Alley in Norristown, Pennsylvania.

Three people escaped the blaze by jumping from second-story windows, according to firefighters.

Norristown Fire Chief Tom O'Donnell said that three people suffered injuries -- one with a shoulder injury, one with a leg injury and one suffered smoke inhalation.

The cause of the blaze remained under investigation Monday morning and an arson dog was brought to the scene. Investigators said it appeared the blaze began on the first floor then spread quickly to the second floor.

The fire also damaged neighboring homes.

“Some of the homes adjoining that fire building suffered some smoke damage, some water damage as a result of the fire,” said O’Donnell.



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<![CDATA[Power Outage Shuts Down Rides at Morey's Piers]]> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 00:16:39 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/Wildwood+People+Trapped.jpeg

Several people were stuck on rides and a roller coaster after a power outage hit Morey’s Piers in North Wildwood, New Jersey.

Half of Morey's Surfside Pier, at 26th Street and the Boardwalk, lost power due to a surge Monday night, according to North Wildwood Mayor Patrick Rosenello.

Connor Augustine, 18, tells NBC10 he first noticed the outage around 9:45 p.m.

"I walked up and saw a bunch of emergency vehicles," Augustine said. "Kids were stuck on the roller coaster and most of the pier was shut down."

Amusement pier owner Jack Morey said the outage shut down 14 rides, including The Great Nor'easter inverted roller coaster, leaving several people stuck. 

The Nor'easter train was stuck at the end of the ride until it could be safely brought into the coaster's station by maintenance engineers.

Morey said passengers on each of the rides were safely evacuated.

"When kids are stranded on a ride it causes concern and we take it seriously," he said.

Power was restored around 10:30 p.m.

Officials continue to investigate the cause of the surge and outage.




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<![CDATA[Husband Charged With Wife's Murder at Pennypack Park]]> Sun, 10 Aug 2014 09:55:18 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Chris-Murray-New-Lead.jpg

A Northeast Philadelphia man has been charged with murder after he allegedly strangled his wife and left her body at a local park.

Police say Christopher Murray, 48, confessed to killing his wife, 46-year-old Constance "Connie" Murray, Monday night at Pennypack Park following an argument. According to investigators, there were ongoing domestic issues between the husband and wife which culminated in Monday's violent incident.

Investigators say Connie Murray left her Tolbut Street home Monday to go for a walk. While she was walking, Christopher Murray allegedly followed her while driving a silver Taurus. He pulled up beside her on Willets Road and the two began to argue, according to police.

"She sticks her head in the car, says something and she goes back on her walk," said Philadelphia Police Lieutenant Philip Riehl.

Police say Christopher Murray continued to follow her and got out of his vehicle on Holme Avenue around 9:30 p.m. The husband then met his wife at a bench area at the park where another argument ensued.

"She went up there voluntarily to talk to him about whatever was going on and things went bad," Riehl said.

According to law enforcement sources, Connie Murray accused her husband of infidelity, which he denied. Sources say she went to the park's snack stand to meet her daughter where she was met by her husband who wanted to discuss the issue further. According to sources, Christopher Murray told police his wife began to slap him which caused him to snap.

Christopher Murray allegedly strangled his wife and then left her body at the bench area near the Crispin Rec Center. Investigators say he then contacted police around 2 a.m. and reported that his wife was missing. A woman walking her dog later found her body Tuesday around 6 a.m.

After receiving several neighborhood tips and looking at surveillance video allegedly showing Christopher Murray driving his silver Taurus, police identified him as a suspect. He was taken in for questioning Saturday night.

"State Trooper David Lang came in and helped us and administered a lie detector test," Riehl said. "After failing the lie detector test, Murray confessed to strangling his wife in the park next to the two benches where she was found."

Police also say they recovered Connie Murray's headphones and cellphone in a sewer at Solly Avenue. They believe Christopher Murray took the items and disposed of them there.

A preliminary arraignment took place Sunday afternoon, the same day as a planned memorial service for his wife. A preliminary hearing has been set for Aug. 27 and bail has been denied. 

According to law enforcement sources, Christopher and Connie had known each other since they were between the ages of eight and nine.

A funeral will be held for Connie Murray on Monday.



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<![CDATA[Police Pursuit Spreads Over Few Blocks]]> Wed, 06 Aug 2014 22:38:02 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/Silver+Street+Police+Chase.JPG

Police descended on a North Philadelphia neighborhood this afternoon as they searched for two people over a few city blocks.

A large amount of police cars could be seen along Silver Street and the police presence spread a few blocks away up to 29th Street and Lehigh Avenue around 12:30 p.m.

At least one person was taken into custody.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead, officers could be seen looking in yards and alleyways as they tried to locate a second person.
 



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<![CDATA[Woman Returns Home, Shoots Squatter: Police]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 20:56:35 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/George-Alexander-Lead.jpg

A Delaware woman shot a homeless man after she allegedly found him inside her late father's New Castle County home Tuesday morning.

County police told NBC10.com that the 50-year-old woman shot the alleged squatter, identified as 21-year-old Gregory Alexander, along the 1900 block of W Newport Pike in Stanton around 6 a.m.

Investigators say the woman and her 17-year-old son went by the boarded up house, which belonged to her deceased father and is being renovated, to check up on things. When she went inside she found Alexander sleeping in the bedroom, according to police.

Police say the woman confronted Alexander leading to a physical altercation between the three. The woman then pulled out a handgun and fired one shot as she drove away, striking Alexander in the buttocks, according to investigators.

Alexander fled on foot but was captured in nearby woods after a brief manhunt. He was transported to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The woman and her son also suffered minor injuries but refused medical treatment.

Alexander is charged with criminal trespass and offensive touching. He will be arraigned following his release from the hospital. The Attorney General's Office is investigating the shooting to see if any other charges will be filed.

Neighbors told NBC10 that in recent weeks people could be seen partying and/or sleeping in the home.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 10 Philadelphia



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<![CDATA[Arrest in Shooting Death of 3-Year-Old Girl]]> Tue, 05 Aug 2014 02:48:22 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Ruffin-Mugshot-New.jpg

The alleged triggerman in the stray-bullet killing of a 3-year-old Philadelphia girl was arrested Monday night, according to a high ranking police official.

Brandon Ruffin, 22, was arrested shortly before 10 p.m. after U.S. Marshals and the Fugitive Task Force of Philadelphia executed a search warrant at a home on the 5600 block of Bloyd Street in the Germantown section of the city.

Investigators believe Ruffin, of the 1300 block of Wharton Street, fired the shot that wounded three adults and killed Tynirah, who was hit by a stray bullet along the 1500 block of S Etting street in the city's Grays Ferry neighborhood Friday night. .

Investigators already charged Ruffin's alleged accomplice, Douglas Woods, 22, of the 1400 block of South Ringgold Street, with murder and other offenses, but witnesses and police tell NBC10 Ruffin was the gunman.

A judge denied Woods bail.

Court records show that Ruffin had multiple run-ins with the law in his past. He was released from prison July 3 -- less than a month before he allegedly pulled a gun when he got into an argument, according to police.

Ruffin, Woods and another man, 24, were arguing along Etting Street, according to police. In a moment the neighborhood street, where Tynirah was getting her hair done by a family friend, turned violent.

Ruffin allegedly pulled out a gun and started firing, according to witnesses.

The intended target -- the 24-year-old man involved in the argument -- suffered a gunshot wound to the head and three others -- Tynirah, a 21-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman -- were also hit, according to officials.

Tynirah was struck in the left side of her chest and died a short time later at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The three others were transported to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Ruffin is charged with murder, attempted murder, conspiracy and other related offenses. He remains in custody.

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<![CDATA[Man Killed After Car Falls on Top of Him at Auto Body Shop]]> Tue, 05 Aug 2014 02:48:22 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Erasmo-Santana.jpg

A Pennsylvania man was killed after he was crushed by a car at a Bucks County auto body shop.

Officials say the man, identified by employees as Erasmo Santana, was working at Negrete's Auto on the 4000 block of Bristol Pike Monday afternoon and performing mechanical work underneath a vehicle that was raised on jack stands.

One of the jack stands suddenly collapsed, causing the vehicle to fall on top of the employee. The man was removed from underneath the car but was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Officials continue to investigate the accident.
 



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<![CDATA[2-Month-Old Boy Dead; Father Remains in Jail]]> Sun, 03 Aug 2014 19:22:02 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Brian-Armstrong-Lead.jpg

A 2-month-old baby boy is dead and his father is behind bars Sunday.

Twenty-year-old Brian Armstrong brought his infant son, Hassan, to a local hospital Friday in extremely critical condition.  The child succumbed to his injuries -- which were extensive -- at 1:55 p.m. Sunday, according to hospital officials.

Police began questioning Armstrong Friday evening after his account of what happened did not match up with the injuries sustained by Hassan. The next day, authorities charged the father with aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of children and other related offenses. Charges are expected to be upgraded now that the baby has died.

Armstrong frantically ran out of his home on the 6200 block of Old York Road in the city's West Oak Lane section Friday afternoon with the child limp in his arms, according to witnesses.

Screaming for someone to help, the father, the child's grandfather and Hassan, who had blood coming out of his ear, were rushed by a passerby to Albert Einstein Medical Center, witnesses said.

Officials with Albert Einstein informed police around 5:20 p.m. Friday that the 2-month-old was in the emergency room with injuries to his ribs and skull.

The infant was transferred to Saint Christopher's Hospital for Children, where he was resuscitated at least once and placed on life support before succumbing to his injuries Sunday, according to officials.

The father was arraigned Sunday morning and bail was set at $5 million.

Police say the mother was at work at the time of the incident.



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<![CDATA[Baby on Life Support, Bail Set at $5M for Father ]]> Sat, 02 Aug 2014 18:49:24 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Brian-Armstrong-Lead.jpg

Bail has been set at $5 million for a Philadelphia man as his 2-month-old son remains on life support.

Police said they began questioning the child's father, 20-year-old Brian Armstrong, late Friday evening after his account of what happened did not match up with the injuries sustained by his infant son.

Armstrong is charged with aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of children and other related offenses. He was arraigned Sunday morning with bail set at $5 million. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for August 20.

The child appeared limp in his father's arms Friday afternoon, when Armstrong frantically ran out of his home on the 6200 block of Old York Road in the city's Ogontz section and screamed for help, according to witnesses at the scene.

Armstrong -- calling out for any passerby to drive him to a hospital -- was taken to Albert Einstein Medical Center with the child's grandfather and the baby, who had blood coming out of his ear, according to witnesses.

Officials with Albert Einstein informed police around 5:20 p.m. Friday that the critically injured 2-month-old was in the emergency room. The infant was transferred to Saint Christopher's Hospital for Children, where he was resuscitated at least once, according to officials.

He is currently on life support at Saint Christopher's.

Police say the mother was at work at the time of the incident.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 10 Philadelphia



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<![CDATA[Suspicious Package Turns Out to Be Nothing]]> Sat, 02 Aug 2014 00:55:31 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/Center+City+Package.JPG

A suspicious package caused a stir in Center City Philadelphia Friday morning.

The package, described by Philadelphia Police as having tape wrapped around it, was found on the 1200 block of Pearl Street -- a short distance north of the Vine Street Expressway -- around 10:40 a.m.

Police said people were being cleared from the area.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead a short time later you could see people gathered on the sidewalk nearby as police investigated along the closed street. A few minutes later the bomb squad exploded the package.

Police said the package wound up not being dangerous and the scene was cleared before 11:30 a.m.



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<![CDATA[Police Shoot Suspect Dead Near Tavern]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:15:11 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/211*120/Winslow+Township+Police+Activity.JPG

Police shot and killed a suspect in a wooded area of Camden County Friday morning.

Local authorities remained mum on exactly what brought officers to the 400 block of Berlin New Freedom Road in Winslow Township shortly before 9 a.m.

Patrons at the nearby Golden Nugget Tavern reported hearing gunshots as police investigated a trailer down a nearby dirt road.

One person was taken from the scene and and later died at Cooper University Hospital, according to county prosecutors.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead a short time later you could see investigators focusing on the small trailer. That investigation continued through the morning.



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<![CDATA[Deadly Pedestrian Crash]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:47:00 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/Academy+Road+Deadly+crash.JPG

A person died after being struck by a sport utility vehicle early this morning.

The crash around 4:445 a.m. closed Academy Road near Morrell Avenue in the Morrell Park section of Northeast Philadelphia after the SUV struck a utility pole then the pedestrian.

The pedestrian died at the scene.

Philadelphia Police said that the driver remained on the scene after the deadly crash and cooperated with investigators. The wreck left the SUV with heavy front-end damage.

The investigation continued through the morning as traffic delays in the area continued for hours.



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<![CDATA[Woman Assaulted at School Playground: Police]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 08:36:30 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/police_generic21.jpg

An assailant attacked a woman at a Bucks County elementary school playground, punching her and pulling her hair before she was able to break free, according to authorities.

The suspect and the 33-year-old victim were chatting at the Russell C. Struble Elementary School playground on the 4300 block of Bensalem Boulevard around 3:15 p.m. Thursday when he allegedly struck her in the chest, causing her to fall to the ground, according to officials.

At that point, the attacker grabbed the woman's hair and dragged her several feet before the woman could free herself and run to a nearby home for help, according to police.

The victim sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

Authorities said the male suspect was wearing a black beanie-type cap, a long-sleeve white shirt and black pants, and also had a large circular nose ring.

Anyone with information about the suspect or the crime is urged to contact the Bensalem Township Police Department's Detective Divisioon at 215-633-3719.

Initial reports indicated the assault was an abduction attempt, but updates from authorities discounted that account.

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<![CDATA[Ex-Security Guard, 4 Others Charged in Caesars Robbery]]> Sat, 02 Aug 2014 10:43:48 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Caesars-Robbery-Suspects.jpg

A former security guard and four other people are in custody after they allegedly stole over $180,000 from an Atlantic City casino.

Izyiah Plummer, 19, of Atlantic City, Lance Rogers, 20, also of Atlantic City, and Dwayne Morgan, 20, Monique Kelly, 19, and Aaron Evans, 23, all of Pleasantville, are charged with robbery, aggravated assault and other related offenses.

Police say two masked men entered the Caesars Atlantic City casino on the 2100 block of Pacific Avenue around 6:20 a.m. July 21. At least one of the suspects pulled out a gun, according to police.

The men allegedly removed three cases from a kiosk machine trolley and then left with two of the cases, which held more than $181,000. They then drove away in a dark sedan.

Police arrested all five suspects last week following an investigation.

Plummer worked as a security officer at Caesars, according to the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement. A source told NBC10 Plummer was fired from the job on July 9, nearly two weeks before the robbery.

Evans' aunt, who did not want to be identified, told NBC10 her nephew is innocent.

"My nephew was not even in town," she said. "He's been wrongly accused."

Detectives from the Casino Gaming Bureau are working with local agencies to identify any additional suspects and recover more evidence. Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to call the New Jersey State Police Casino Gaming Bureau at 609-441-7464.



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<![CDATA[Car Flips Over, Blocks I-76]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 05:12:20 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/206*120/Schuylkill+Expressway+I+76+Flipped+Car.JPG

A crash left a car overturned and one of the area’s major thoroughfares closed this morning.

The car crashed along the eastbound lanes of the Schuylkill Expressway just past the Conshohocken Exit in Lower Merion Township around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The Philly-bound lanes of the Schuylkill Expressway are normally some of the busiest during the morning commute so crews worked quickly to upright the vehicle but as they worked all lanes were closed leading to a mile-long backup.

No injuries were reported.

After about 20 minutes, crews had the car uprighted and were allowing about one lane by as they cleared some more debris and fuel from the roadway. The roadway officially reopened a short time later.



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<![CDATA[Overturned Dump Truck Lands on Minivan, 3 Injured]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:29:08 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/229*120/DUMP+TRUCK+Bristol.JPG

Three people were injured when a dump truck landed on a minivan in Bucks County Tuesday afternoon.

The accident happened on Route 413 at the entrance to I-95 in Bristol just before 3 p.m.

The dump truck's front end landed on top of a silver minivan, trapping someone inside. The truck's backend was hanging off the roadway.

Crews were able to extract the trapped victim who was transported to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Two people inside the truck were also taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Route 413 north was closed while crews worked to upright the dump truck.

No word on what caused the truck to overturn.

An investigation is underway.



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<![CDATA[Odor Causes Hazmat Situation in University City]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:13:45 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/Wistar+Institute+Hazmat.JPG

Philadelphia firefighters rushed to a hazmat situation in University City Tuesday morning.

The incident began when workers inside the Wistar Institute at 36th and Spruce Streets reported a strange odor in the basement around 8 a.m.

Firefighters said they responded to the scene to try and determine the cause of the odor.

Firefighters said some people were exposed to the bad smell. Medics treated one worker for eye irritation.

Firefighters said the building wasn't evacuated as the investigation continued. The situation was put under control in about 75 minutes.

Authorities warned of possible traffic troubles along Spruce Street and in the surrounding areas.



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<![CDATA[Person Killed in Crash on County Line Road]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:41:43 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/County+Line+Road+Deadly+Crash.JPG

A major route between two counties reopened Monday night after a deadly crash involving a dump truck.

The dump truck and a car collided along County Line Road around 3 p.m. causing crews to close the road between Jacksonville Road and Park Avenue in Hatboro, Pennsylvania.

An unidentified person died after being trapped in the car, according to Montgomery County dispatchers.

County Line Road separates Montgomery and Bucks Counties. As SkyForce10 hovered overhead shortly after the wreck, you could see a large "Sullivan Scrap" truck and the heavily-damaged car.

The road remained closed for hours until it was finally reopened early Monday evening.

Officials continue to investigate the crash.

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<![CDATA[Fumes Injure 5 Causing Plant to Evacuate]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:11:23 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Recycling+Plant+Hazmat+Northampton.JPG

Northampton County dispatchers said medics transported five employees from a recycling plant after they were exposed to some sort of chemical.

The hazmat situation occurred around noon Monday at the Greenstar Allentown recycling plant on Smith Lane in Northampton, Pennsylvania.

The plant, which separates recyclables from businesses and residents, is operated by Waste Management.

Company spokeswoman Patty Barthel said that employees were separating materials as they normally do Monday when one of the items emitted an odor that caused some of the workers to become sickened.

Barthel said that they immediately stopped the line and evacuated all 29 employees.

Crews rushed to the scene and dispatchers referred to the incident as a "mass casualty" situation because of how many people were inside at the time.

Barthel said however that all employees were able to leave the building on their own power and were checked out at the scene by medics.

Five of the workers were treated and released from an area hospital, according to Barthel.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead following the incident, crews and firefighters could be seen working outside the warehouse.

Crews couldn't immediately determine what chemical caused the incident. Barthel urged everyone who recycles to not recycle anything hazardous.

The company sent all workers home for the day and hoped to resume recycling Tuesday, according to Barthel.

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<![CDATA[Father Dies After Killing Son, Shooting Himself]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 13:20:44 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/236*120/Styles.jpg

A Philadelphia man is dead after police say he shot and killed his son, critically injured his girlfriend and then turned the gun on himself.

Investigators say 26-year-old Shyema Washington and her 5-year-old son were attending a family member's birthday party at an apartment complex on the 1100 block of Haverford Road in Ridley Township Saturday night.

Police say the boy's father and Washington's boyfriend Tyrell Styles, 26, of Philadelphia arrived at the party to pick up his son around 11:30 p.m. Washington went inside the apartment to get her son, according to investigators. When she came back outside, Styles allegedly pulled out a Ruger 9 mm and opened fire.

Washington was struck once in the mouth, twice in the buttocks and once in the midsection. Styles then allegedly pointed the gun at his own son and fired two shots. The boy was struck once in the forehead and once in the ankle. Styles then fled the scene in a white Pontiac Grand Prix, according to police.

Responding officers chased after Styles, leading to a collision on Chester Pike and Oak Avenue in which two other drivers suffered minor injuries. Police say Styles continued to drive off until he arrived at a dead end on the 300 block of Brainerd Boulevard in Sharon Hill. As officers got out of their cars to approach him, investigators say Styles turned the gun on himself and fired one shot.

The 5-year-old boy was taken to Crozer-Chester Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead. Washington was also taken to Crozer-Chester where she is currently in critical condition.

Styles was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He died late Sunday into Monday.

According to police, Styles and Washington were undergoing domestic issues prior to the shooting. They also say Styles legally owned the gun he used in the shooting. 

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<![CDATA[Mom, Daughter Die Weeks After Food Truck Explosion]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:20:36 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/food+truck+explosion+and+victims.jpg

A mother and daughter in Philadelphia, who were injured earlier this month after a propane tank attached to the back of their food truck exploded, have died from their injuries.

Jaylin Landaverry, 17, and her mother, 42-year-old Olga Galdernez both passed away, according to Landaverry’s brother and Galdernez’s son, Marco Hernandez. A family friend told NBC10 that Galdernez had been in a coma since the blast and succumbed to her injuries Sunday afternoon. Landaverry died Tuesday night around 7 p.m. from fluid in her lungs, the friend said.

"We have no words to express, right now, we're just really shocked at the fact that this happened. We never thought that she was going to pass away or Olga," said Yasmine Landaverry, Jaylin's cousin. "The way they died is really tragic for us."

Around 5:30 p.m. on July 1, the mother and daughter were working inside their food truck, La Parrillada Chapina, at 3rd Street and Wyoming Avenue when the 100-pound tank blew. The truck was equipped with two such tanks filled with gas.

Investigators believe propane vapor began leaking from one tank and filled the truck. A flame from the grill inside the mobile restaurant provided the spark, officials said. Witnesses told detectives they smelled gas before the blast.

The propane fueled a fireball that engulfed the truck, the street and surrounding sidewalks. One tank was blown 95 feet away into the backyard of a home nearby, police said. The truck was properly licensed to operate, officials said.

Philadelphia Police said eight other people were hurt when the tank exploded. The investigation is on-going.

Surveillance and cell phone cameras captured the explosion and its aftermath, showing victims laying on the ground and catching the screams of those injured -- difficult recordings for the family to see.

It's always going to haunt us," Yasmine said.

The woman described her cousin as a very smart girl who was on the honor roll at Little Flower Catholic High School. She said it was both Jaylin and Olga's dream to cook and that the family is devastated to know they're gone.

"We always had all these dreams...and to know that she's not going to be by my side anymore, it hurts," she said.

A prayer service and candlelight vigil were held Wednesday night for the mother and daughter. The prayer service was held at Little Flower Catholic High School on the 1000 block of W. Lycoming Street while the vigil was held near the site of the blast.

A funeral for the women will be held on Friday in Philadelphia. Their bodies will then be flown to Guatemala for burial.


PHOTO: Olga Galdemez, 42, and her 17-year-old daughter, Jaylin Landaverry, pictured two years ago at the girl's quinceanera.



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<![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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