<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Breaking News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/breaking http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.comen-usFri, 20 Jan 2017 23:44:08 -0500Fri, 20 Jan 2017 23:44:08 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Police Search for Quadruple Shooting Suspect Impacts School]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:26:21 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Frankford+Ave+Barricade+Ernesto+Almodovar.jpg

Philadelphia Police placed a Shelter in Place order on an elementary school due to a barricade situation nearby Friday morning.

Students and staff at John H. Webster Elementary School along Frankford Avenue in Kensington were told to stay put around 10 a.m. until around noon, said police.

The order came as SWAT responded to a home about two blocks away where a possibly armed man -- wanted for a quadruple shooting -- was believed to be inside, said Philadelphia Police.

Investigators named the suspect as Ernesto Almodovar, 23, who is wanted in the shooting of four people outside  a North Philadelphia corner store -- including a 12-year-old girl who was hit with bullet fragments -- on Aug. 30, said police.

Officers eventually entered the home around 11:30 a.m. and came out with no one as it turned out none of the four people inside were the suspect.

No word on where the suspect could be.



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<![CDATA[All Clear After Suspicious Packages Scare at Temple Univ.]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:30:38 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/196*120/Temple+University+Bomb+Scare.JPG

Temple University asked students and staff to avoid the area near the college’s engineering building Tuesday morning as the Philadelphia Police Bomb Squad investigated a pair of suspicious items.

The Philadelphia university sent out a "TU Alert" around 9:15 a.m. urging people to avoid the area around the College of Engineering at N 12th and W Norris streets in North Philadelphia due to a suspicious device.

No injuries were reported as about 300 students and staff evacuated the building, said Philadelphia Police.

Police actually found two devices: one a 4x4 wrapped package with orange and red wires exposed found on a loading dock and the other found inside a trash truck, said investigators.

The Philadelphia Police Bomb Squad gave the all clear around 10:30 a.m.

All other classes on campus continued as normal Tuesday, said Temple.



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<![CDATA[Suspicious Package Brings Out Bomb Squad in AC]]> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:05:18 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/Atlantic+City+Building+Bomb+Scare.JPG

A suspicious package caused the evacuation of an Atlantic County Administration Building Friday morning.

Atlantic City Police evacuated 1333 Atlantic Avenue while the bomb squad swept the building around 10:30 a.m. The building houses city offices including a library, the Atlantic County Clerk and community development center.

In addition to the evacuation, police stopped all pedestrian and vehicle traffic in the area, said police Sgt Kevin Fair. The city hall sits next door.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead you could see bomb squad vehicles blocking the middle of the street.

Police swept the building and gave the all clear around 11:30 a.m. after finding no threat, said police. [[410648605, C]]

he investigation continued into the afternoon.



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<![CDATA[School Bus Skids on Black Ice, Slams Into Tree; 4 Hurt]]> Wed, 11 Jan 2017 09:30:44 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/209*120/School+Bus+Crash+Newark+Tree.JPG

A school bus fish-tailed on black ice and crashed into a tree in Delaware Wednesday morning leaving the bus driver and three students with minor injuries.

The Christian School District bus crashed after slipping on ice while the driver turned from Country Club Drive onto Windsor Drive in Newark around 6:45 a.m., said Newark Police.

Eight children from Shue-Medill Middle School -- between the ages of 11 to 14 -- and the 54-year-old female driver were on board, said police.

The driver and three students were taken to Christiana Hospital for treatment for aches and pains, said police.

the remaining children boarded another bus and headed to school, said police.

Police continued to investigate the wreck Wednesday morning.

Another school bus crashed along Rockland Road in Wilmington, Delaware Wednesday morning leaving 13 children with minor injuries.



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<![CDATA[Car Strikes Girl Trying to Catch School Bus in South Jersey]]> Tue, 03 Jan 2017 10:19:46 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/206*120/Route+9+Girl+Bus+Struck+Upper+Township.JPG

A car struck a South Jersey girl about to board her school bus Tuesday morning.

The Toyota Corolla struck the unidentified girl – believed to be around middle school age – along Route 9 at W Ocean Avenue in Upper Township, Cape May County, New Jersey State Police told NBC10's Ted Greenberg.

The girl was rushed to the Trauma Unit at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City with undisclosed injuries, said police.

The car driver and school bus driver both stopped at the scene.

It wasn’t clear where the Sheppard Bus Service bus was headed.

Expect traffic trouble in the area.



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<![CDATA[Police Arrest NJ Man Accused of Killing Wife]]> Wed, 04 Jan 2017 18:58:24 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Jeremiah-Monell.jpg

A man who was on the run after he allegedly murdered his wife in front of their children was arrested, according to police.

A witness spotted Jeremiah Monell, 32, in Folsom, New Jersey Monday around 2:45 p.m. and contacted the New Jersey State Police Buena Vista Barracks, according to investigators. Responding troopers then found Monell hiding in a wooded area off US Highway 322, police said. He was then arrested and taken into custody without incident.

Monell is accused of stabbing his estranged wife, Tara O'Shea-Watson, 35, inside her home on Raymond Drive in Commercial Township on the morning of December 19, 2016.

O'Shea-Watson was found unresponsive and unconscious at the home and was later pronounced dead. Police said the estranged couple's 12-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter were inside the home at the time of the stabbing. Child protective services cared for the children. 

"He just had pure hatred in his heart to do something like this," said O'Shea-Watson's cousin Bryan Dunn. "Especially with the kids in the house."

Investigators said Monell fled the scene in the same 1994 blue Chevrolet S10 pickup truck that they later found on December 20. Troopers later announced a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

Monell, who was taken to an area hospital for a medical evaluation following his arrest, faces murder and weapons charges.

O'Shea-Watson's best friend Jen Messek told NBC10 if not for custody issues regarding the couple's pending divorce, Tara would have left New Jersey for good and moved to Tennessee.

"I didn't see the restraining order but she did have one," Messek said. "This is a tragedy. Not just for the family and the children but for the community."



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<![CDATA[Car Crashes Into Delco Creek Bed]]> Wed, 21 Dec 2016 08:49:29 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/Radnor+Township+Car+Into+Creek.JPG

Crews worked to rescue a person from a car that crashed into a dry creek bed on the Main Line Wednesday morning.

The car went off the road near Sawmill Road and Earles Lane in Radnor Township around 7:30 a.m.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead a short time later you could see emergency responders working on the passenger side of the sedan, which came to rest in the creek bed. After a few minutes, crews pulled a person from the car and onto a stretcher.

One person was able to get out of the wrecked vehicle on his or her own, said county dispatchers.

There were no reports of serious injuries.

Both the Darby Creek and Saw Mill Run meander through the area.



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<![CDATA[Big Rig Hauling Juice Catches Fire on Pa. Turnpike]]> Mon, 19 Dec 2016 19:55:03 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/211*120/Turnpike+Tractor+Trailer+Fire.JPG

A tractor-trailer fire caused big problems on the Pennsylvania Turnpike for hours Monday morning.

Some motorists turned around due to the delay as cars barely snaked by the crash in the eastbound lanes near mile marker 315 in Chester County around 8 a.m.

The crash caused intermittent closures of the turnpike between the Downingtown and Route 29 interchanges until around 10:45 a.m. when a detour was lifted.

Drivers were being detoured around the scene onto Route 100 south then U.S. Route 30 east and U.S. Route 202 north to pick up the turnpike past the crash scene, said the turnpike commission.

The fire left the tractor-trailer destroyed, crews having sprayed foam all over it to extinguish the flames. It was hauling cardboard and juice products, said the turnpike commission.

No one was hurt, said county dispatchers.



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<![CDATA[Power Problem Slows SEPTA Regional Rail Trains for Hours]]> Mon, 19 Dec 2016 13:54:08 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/221*120/Jenkintown+SEPTA+Train.JPG

A power problem delayed SEPTA Regional Rail trains for up to two hours in Montgomery County Monday morning.

The inbound service to Center City from the Jenkintown-Wyncote Station along Greenwood Avenue grew after a train experienced overhead power problems around 7:30 a.m. The busy Jenkintown station serves Airport, Lansdale/Doylestown, Warminster and West Trenton lines.

"All passengers at Jenkintown, Elkins Park, Melrose Park and Fern Rock Stations should board on the outbound platforms," said SEPTA.

The delays were originally around an hour but then ballooned to 2 hours by 9 a.m. as SEPTA tried to resolve the broken down train problem.

SEPTA began to shuttle bus passengers around the problem.

The problem remained at noon with delays up to an hour, said SEPTA. the agency finally got the power problem fixed around 1:45 p.m. and expected trains to begin moving with residual delays.



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<![CDATA[Crews Respond to Unresponsive Twins at NJ Elementary School]]> Fri, 16 Dec 2016 15:08:47 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/211*120/Winslow+Township+School+1+Students+Sick.JPG

Police and medics in South Jersey rushed to a Camden County elementary school after twin first graders became unresponsive.

Emergency responders rushed to Winslow Township School No. 1 on E Charter Avenue -- in the shadow of the Atlantic City Expressway -- in Hammonton around 11:30 a.m. after teachers and the school nurse couldn't get unresponsive boys to respond, said the school district.

The brothers "were on the floor not responding to her," said school superintendent H. Major Poteat.

Camden County spokesman Dan Keashen said it wasn't immediately clear what caused the twins to pass out. No other students were sickened.

Medics treated the siblings in an ambulance at the scene and both students returned to school in time for lunch after being checked out, said Poteat.

Police later said that all students and staff were place in an all-purpose room at the school while county health crews and firefighters went through the building to test for any hazardous conditions. Poteat said those tests included looking at the boiler, the heater and the air in the school.

Keashen said initial testing showed no "external environmental issues" in the school.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead you could see ambulances, police cars and fire trucks lined up outside the school.

Once the school was deemed safe, the school day resumed normally, said police.

A letter about the "alleged illness" was sent home to parents and posted online, said Poteat.



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<![CDATA[SUV, Ambulance Collide on SEPTA Tracks]]> Fri, 16 Dec 2016 11:20:33 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/199*120/52nd+Chester+Trolley+Tracks+Crash.JPG

An ambulance rushing to a call and a sport utility vehicle collided in Southwest Philadelphia Friday morning leaving a woman hurt.

The wreck left the woman’s SUV – with heavy front-end damage – stopped on SEPTA trolley tracks at 52nd Street and Chester Avenue around 9 a.m.

Medics rushed the woman to Penn Presbyterian Hospital for treatment.

The crash also caused problems along SEPTA’s Route 13 Trolley Line – one trolley car stopped just before the crash scene.

The Philadelphia Fire Department ambulance was responding to a 911 call at the time, said fire dispatchers.



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<![CDATA[Deadly NJ Transit Bus, Car Crash Along AC Expressway]]> Mon, 12 Dec 2016 21:00:28 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/197*120/Deadly+Atlantic+City+Expressway+Crash.JPG

A collision along the Atlantic City Expressway left one person dead and caused traffic troubles along the busy roadway Monday morning.

A driver slammed his or her Honda into the back of a New Jersey Transit Route 507 bus in the westbound lanes near milepost 3.6 in Pleasantville around 4:50 a.m., said New Jersey State Police.

One person in the car died, said police.

No customers were on the bus at the time as the driver was taking the vehicle back to the Egg Harbor Garage, said state police. The bus driver didn't suffer any injuries, said police.

Police didn’t say if wet roads impacted the crash.



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<![CDATA[Teen Charged in Murder of 14-Year-Old Boy in Mayfair ]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 15:54:12 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Samir-Price.jpg

More than a week after a teenage boy was gunned down in Philadelphia's Mayfair section during an apparent robbery attempt, Philadelphia Police announced charges against a fellow teenager.

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Samir Price, 19 turned himself into Philadelphia homicide detectives Tuesday to face murder charges in the killing of 14-year-old Ian Wilsey, said Philadelphia Police. Price is charged with murder, robbery and other related offenses.

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Wilsey was on the 6200 block of Brous Avenue at 9 p.m. on Nov. 28 when at least one gunman opened fire. The teen was struck three times in the chest and torso. Donna Dressler, a Mayfair resident, found him lying on the ground moments after the shooting.

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"I was down the basement, I heard 'pop, pop, pop,'" Dressler said. "I quick, ran out the door and I wasn't expecting to see a young kid laying down like that."

Wilsey, who would have turned 15 in a few weeks, died a short time later. The teen was not from the immediate area where he was killed but he had an address connected to a home in the neighborhood.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said it appeared that Wilsey was the victim of a robbery. Investigators spoke to the 16-year-old Wilsey was with in an attempt to find out if the boy was targeted.

Wilsey attended Northeast High School. Friends and family gathered last week for a vigil in his memory.

"He was very tight with me, and somebody took him," wailed mom Kelly Wilsey.



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<![CDATA[Driver Disregards Railroad Crossing, Crashes Into Train: NJT]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 13:12:33 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/178*120/Camden+RiverLine+Car+Crash.JPG

New Jersey Transit suspended service on its RiverLine after a driver disregarded a railroad crossing and crashed into a train Wednesday morning in Camden, said the transit agency.

The crash around 6:20 a.m. left light rail line service suspended between 36th Street and the Walter Rand Transportation Center, said NJ Transit. The wreck left the car with damage to the drive-side door. [[405192896, C]]

No one on board the train was hurt, said NJ Transit. But, three of the four people in the car were taken to the hospital and the female driver was treated for chest and elbow injuries.

After about an hour, NJ Transit announced that trains would operate with 15-minute delays in each direction.

The driver was issued a summons for disregarding a railroad crossing, said NJ Transit.



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<![CDATA[NJ State Trooper, Doctor Die in Crash: Police ]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 12:41:53 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/194*120/Trooper+Frankie+Williams.JPG

A promising young New Jersey State Trooper and a Salem County doctor were both killed in a head-on car crash in Millville, Cumberland County Monday night.

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Trooper Frankie Williams, 31, was responding to the erratic driver call around 7 p.m. and traveling northbound on State Highway 55 at milepost 22.2 when a man driving southbound in a Toyota Corolla -- that matched the erratic vehicle description -- crossed the 20-yard grass median and entered the northbound lanes, said state police.

The Corolla struck Williams' vehicle head-on.

The Corolla driver -- identified as Dr. Lloyd Rudley, 61, of Elmer, New Jersey -- was pronounced dead at the scene. Trooper Williams was flown to Cooper University Hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Route 55 northbound was closed at the scene of the crash.

The wreck remained under investigation Tuesday. Rudley's car matched descriptions of the erratic vehicle that Williams was responding to at the time of the wreck, witnesses told state police investigators.

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Rudley was a doctor affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital who worked primarily in Elmer, New Jersey and specialized in psychiatry as well as neurology, according to the Vineland High School Class of 1973 Facebook page.

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Williams, of Egg Harbor Township, was assigned to the Port Norris Station. He was a member of the 156th State Police Class which graduated on Jan. 29, 2016. NJSP called him a "bright and promising trooper." [[405006266, C]]

Flags were lowered to half-staff in Williams' honor Tuesday and Millville Police offered their chaplains to State Police. Governor Chris Christie also sent his prayers to Williams' family.

"Just let them know our hearts are with them," said Millville Mayor Michael Santiago. "If there's anything we can do we're here to offer our support to them."

Residents brought flowers, an angel light and cards offering condolences to the Point Norris Barracks where Williams was assigned.

"Such a young man," said Tina Piper of Port Norris. "He just got married. It's really heart-wrenching. So I had to come out and stop in and tell the gentlemen how sorry I was for their loss this morning."

Those who knew Trooper Williams told NBC10 he was full of life and was an inspiration.

"This is so tragic," said Kevin Egolf.

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Egolf and his wife Beatrice lived next door to Williams in Mays Landing before the trooper and his wife moved to Egg Harbor Township. Williams had just gotten married in late September after graduating from the state police academy only months earlier.

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"It was his optimal goal to be a state trooper and if he can he would help out anybody he could," said Egolf.

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Williams grew up in Lakeland, Florida before moving to New Jersey. Donna Wood, Williams' former neighbor, told NBC10 he was always fearless, even as a boy.

"I know that child that grew up and I knew he was doing something that he was passionate about," Wood said, while fighting back tears.

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After Williams moved to South Jersey he earned a degree in criminal justice from Rutgers at Atlantic Cape Community College. He was in the process of getting his Masters degree prior to his death.

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"He without a doubt was one of the best students I've ever had," said Williams' former professor Dean Wyks.

Professor Wyks called Williams an inspiration and inquisitive with a yearning to serve the community.

"If you took all of the qualities that we recognize as good qualities in a human being, Frankie epitomized all of them," Professor Wyks said.

Information on funeral services for Trooper Williams has not yet been released.



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<![CDATA[Massive Delays on I-76 as School Bus Crash Leaves 4 Hurt]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 10:28:24 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/School+bus+crash+South+Street.JPG

Two school buses collided after one school bus stopped after two other vehicles crashed along the Schuylkill Expressway in Philadelphia Monday morning. The wrecks left massive delays.

The vehicles – one turned the wrong direction – collided in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 76 near the South Street Exit shortly before 8 a.m. A large school bus managed to stop short of the wreck but a second smaller bus couldn't stop in time and struck the larger bus, said Pennsylvania State Police.

The wreck left at least four people -- including both bus drivers -- hurt, said firefighters and police.

No children were on board either bus, said police.

After 30 minutes, only one lane could squeeze by the crash as delays on the busy highway exceeded one hour, said NBC10 First Alert Traffic reporter Jessica Boyington.

Crews got the scene cleared after a couple hours.



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<![CDATA[Passengers Toss Liquid on Bus Driver: SEPTA]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 11:51:36 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/SEPTASTILLPIC_722x406_2129867105.jpg

Two men attacked a SEPTA bus driver Monday morning leaving her hospitalized.

The men threw some sort of liquid on the Route K bus driver after they boarded the bus at Rising Sun and Adams avenues in Philadelphia’s Lawncrest neighborhood around 6:30 a.m., said SEPTA. The men then ran away.

The driver was treated by doctors and released without injury, said SEPTA.

No passengers suffered any injuries and those on board were placed on a following bus, said SEPTA.

SEPTA didn't report any other service interruptions from the incident.

SEPTA tested the liquid and determined it wasn't hazardous.



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<![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.

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<![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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