<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Local News]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com en-us Fri, 31 Oct 2014 04:04:29 -0400 Fri, 31 Oct 2014 04:04:29 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[NBC10 First Alert Weather: Chilly Halloween]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:22:26 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008517912_1200x675_350241347825.jpg NBC10 First Alert Meteorologist Sheena Parveen's Halloween forecast.]]> <![CDATA[Several People Trapped Inside Burning Apartment Building]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:25:26 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/West+Philly+Apartment+Fire.jpg

A West Philadelphia apartment building went up in flames late Thursday trapping residents inside, officials confirm to NBC10.

Emergency and fire crews are working to rescue those trapped inside the five-story building on 62nd and Chestnut sts.

The two-alarm fire broke out just after 11 p.m.

No word on injuries or how many people are trapped inside burning apartment building.

This story is developing. Check back for more details on this breaking news.

<![CDATA[Details Released in Capture of Eric Frein]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:48:41 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008517868_1200x675_350239811700.jpg Pennsylvania State Police and Gov. Corbett discuss details of the capture of suspected trooper killer Eric Frein. ]]> <![CDATA[Camden Takes on Mischief Night]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:41:43 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008517811_1200x675_350238275704.jpg Camden's mayor, law enforcement and members of the community were determined to make mischief night a crime-free night.]]> <![CDATA[Remembering Slain Trooper]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:40:47 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/211*120/Trooper+Bryon+Dickson.JPG The loved ones and co-workers of slain trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson are breathing a sign of relief after the capture of his suspected killer Eric Frein. NBC10's Nefertiti Jaquez has more.

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<![CDATA[Investigators Comb Hangar for Items Left Behind]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:50:45 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/frein+capture+photo+crop.jpg The abandoned airpark hangar where alleged trooper killer Eric Frein was caught Thursday night is now under investigation for anything he may have left behind. NBC10's Randy Gyllenhaal reports live from the relatively desolate area of the long-awaited capture.

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<![CDATA['Thank God this is Over': Twp. Supervisor]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:29:06 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008517773_1200x675_350237763629.jpg Law officials and residents of Barrett Township are relieved that the man accused of killing a Pa. state trooper has been caught after a 48 day manhunt. NBC10's George Spencer has more.]]> <![CDATA[Christie Controversy Over Federal Funding for Sandy Victims]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:21:15 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008515955_1200x675_350214211887.jpg A battle over federal dollars to help victims of Hurricane Sandy has some activists saying New Jersey is holding onto the money instead of giving it to those who need it. Governor Chris Christie says the claims are untrue.]]> <![CDATA[Corbett, Wolf on Hot Button Issues, Spending]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:18:49 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008514830_1200x675_350196803985.jpg In the final days before Pennsylvania voters head to the polls, Governor Tom Corbett and his democratic challenger Tom Wolf sat down with NBC10's Keith Jones.]]> <![CDATA[Boo is Back! Missing African Savannah Cat Found Safe]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:14:42 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/exotic+cat+missing.jpg

Boo is back! The beloved exotic cat that went missing from its Wilmington, Del. home two weeks ago was found safe Thursday night.

Boo, the African Savannah Cat, who has lived with Richard Todd and his family for nine years was found just before 9 p.m., according to the Delaware SPCA.

"He is not a ferocious cat in any way, he is a standard domesticated cat," said Todd. "He just looks different."

A resident in Todd's Graylyn Crest neighborhood who spotted Boo on Monday compared him to a bobcat.

Boo, who went missing on Oct. 29 is back home with his family.

"He sleeps with my children," Todd said.

Details of Boo's capture have not been released.

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<![CDATA[Halloween Back on Following Frein Capture]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:15:58 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/tlmd_halloween_trick_or_treat.jpg

Halloween in the Poconos is back on following the capture of accused trooper shooter Eric Frein, according to Barrett Twp. Police.

Authorities made the announcement to reinstate Halloween shortly after 31-year-old Eric Frein was captured Thursday night in a defunct airplane hanger at Old Birchwood Airport in Tannersville, Pa.

Township officials made the decision to cancel all Halloween festivities nearly three weeks ago, much to the dismay of children in Barrett Township.

Instead of trick-or-treating, the township planned "Trunk R Treat" which was to be held on the grounds of Monsignor McHugh School in Paradise Township.

Now, kids in the area can dress up in their costumes and trick-or-treat house to house instead of car to car.

No word on whether the township's Halloween parade or Scarecrow Race will be held Friday.

Frein was captured on Day 48 of a multi-million dollar manhunt. He was wanted for ambushing two state troopers outside the Blooming Grove barracks on Sept. 12. Cpl. Bryon Dickson was killed and another trooper was seriously hurt.

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<![CDATA[Philly School Cuts Costing District Millions]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:32:57 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/philadelphia+school+district.JPG In the Philadelphia School District budget crisis, the fight to save millions could cost millions more. NBC10 Investigator Mitch Blacher has the story.

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<![CDATA[Supporters of Accused Cop-Killer Eric Frein Take to Facebook]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:25:39 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/a4b1b3baeda04a349ee300caa2fca2ab.jpg On day 48 of the police manhunt for outdoor survivalist Eric Frein, fans and supporters of the accused cop-killer have created pages on Facebook to make their support message clear.]]> <![CDATA[NBC10 First Alert Weather: Clear, Cool Evening]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:18:47 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008514167_1200x675_350040131828.jpg NBC10 First Alert Chief Meteorologist Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz says tonight will have mainly clear skies and cool temperatures.]]> <![CDATA[City Council Honors Chip Flavor Winner]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:29:35 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Meneko+Spigner+McBeth+Wasabi+Ginger+Potato+Chip+Frito+Lay.jpg

We love wasabi and ginger with sushi, so why not on potato chips?

That's most likely the question that Meneko Spigner McBeth asked herself when she came up with the winning wasabi-ginger flavor combo in the Frito-Lays' second annual "Do Us A Flavor" contest.

McBeth, who was honored by Philadelphia City Council Thursday, says the flavor was inspired by her 81-year-old grandmother, Sayoko Wilson, a native of Japan.

The Temple University medical-surgical nurse was joined in the Council Chambers by her naval financial analyst husband Christopher McBeth, her two youngest daughters and co-workers.

Council members William Greenlee, Cindy Bass and David Oh presented a resolution to honor and congratulate Meneko on her success.

"The Temple University Hospital family rally behind Meneko for both her delicious potato chip and her wonderful contributions to the community. Meneko and her family represent the wonderful diversity and determination of those who live and work in Philadelphia," said Bass as part of the resolution address.

In her acceptance, McBeth said she felt "honored and blessed" to be recognized for winning. The Pemberton, N.J. resident called Philadelphia "a second home."

"I just want to say thank you to my husband, family, friends, co-workers, everyone in this state, and everywhere in America that helped vote for my chip and make me a millionaire," said McBeth

Meneko will be awarded $1 million or one percent of her winning flavor’s net sales through July 1, 2015, whichever is higher. She plans to put the money toward the college tuition of her three daughters.

The Kettle Cooked Wasabi Ginger chips beat out the other competing flavors like Mango Salsa, Bacon Mac & Cheese, and Cappuccino.

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<![CDATA[A SEPTA Strike? What You Need to Know]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:47:02 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/SEPTA+Generic+SEPTA+Trolley.jpg

A strike is looming over Philadelphia and the citizens who rely on SEPTA to get to work, school and to go play. There are a lot of moving parts, so this FAQ is meant to explain what you need to know.

Why are we even talking about a strike?

Members of the Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 234, which represents 5,103 SEPTA bus drivers, subway and trolley operators and mechanics, have been working without a contract since the spring. Both sides have been negotiating, but are unable to agree on a major issue: pension reform.

SEPTA management is seeking to freeze pension benefits at current levels for five years and have workers contribute more to their health insurance premiums. The union says SEPTA management is offered larger pension packages than the transit workers. Members also contribute 3.5 percent to their retirement plans, much more than non-union managers, according to the union.

Frustrations reached a head on Sunday when the TWU authorized a strike. Union boss Willie Brown said they would spend a week negotiating, but that workers could walk off the job as early as Monday. He vowed, however, to give riders 24 hours’ notice.

If a strike happens, it would be the 11th time in Philadelphia’s history there was a transit shut down. The longest strike took place in 1983 and lasted 108 days. The most recent strike was in 2009 and lasted six days.

How many people would be affected by a strike?

Nearly 1 million people could be left without a way to get around the area.

On an average weekday, 903,100 people ride SEPTA buses, subways and trolley lines within Philadelphia. Another 71,700 people use SEPTA in the transit authority’s two suburban divisions – Victory and Frontier.

Not affected: The 126,800 people who take the Regional Rail lines every weekday.

What lines and service will be shut down?

In Philadelphia, every bus line, the Broad Street Subway, Market-Frankford El and subway-surface trolleys would cease operations. In the suburbs, some bus lines would stop running.

Here’s where it gets more complicated.

TWU represents workers in the City, Suburban and Frontier divisions. But another union, the United Transportation Union (UTU) Local 1594, represents bus, trolley and rail operators in SEPTA’s Victory division. This division operates the Norristown High Speed Line, Media/Sharon Hill trolleys and buses in parts of Montgomery and Delaware counties out of the 69th Street Transportation Center.

Should the TWU strike, the Victory lines would continue operating. That is, unless, the UTU chooses to strike as well.

UTU workers have been operating without a contract since April and authorized a strike months ago. Local vice president Brian Caldwell said their union is in separate negotiations with SEPTA and would only strike if those talks broke down.

If both unions walk off the job, virtually every bus, subway and trolley line would be shut down.

Can I get fired from my job if I can’t make it to work?

The short answer: Yes.

But it’s more nuanced than that says labor attorney Joel Barras, partner at ReedSmith, LP. There are no legal protections for employees who are unable to get to work because of a transit strike, but Barras said employers would probably make an effort to work out alternatives with staffers.

“It’s about changing schedules, working from remote locations, being considerate or understanding because it’s completely out of the employee’s control,” he said.

But if you know you’re going to have a problem getting to work because of a strike, Barras said to start having conversations with your human resources department right away. That way they won’t think you’re making excuses, he said.

“I would treat it like you would treat a snow day,” he said.

Can’t SEPTA just hire new people to drive buses and run the subways?

Probably, but it would be a huge pain.

SEPTA would need to find competent and trained drivers, mechanics to maintain vehicles and maintenance staff to clean them. A spokesperson said the workers would also need to meet specific certifications to run the lines. To find 5,000 employees that meet all of the criteria would be unrealistic, the transit authority said.

What about that Transpass I already paid for?

Riders who purchased transit passes before a service interruption may receive full or partial refunds for unused passes.

We will be adding new questions and answers as they crop up. So check back for updates.

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<![CDATA[Ride-Sharing Service UberX in Position if SEPTA Strikes]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:08:13 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/uber-451549230.jpg

As a SEPTA strike looms, Uber, which it fighting its own battle against the established taxi system in Philadelphia, stands to profit.

A SEPTA work stoppage could halt city bus, subway and trolley service as early as Monday, leaving app-based ride-share company Uber, and the company’s new UberX service, in a position to pick up new passengers.

For its part, the San Francisco-based company estimated to be worth billions, did not mention the possibility of more business in a statement to NBC10.

"Uber will continue to be the safest, most reliable ride on the road,” said company spokesman Taylor Bennett. "And with UberX now an option, we’re also the most affordable way to get around Philadelphia."

However, that new UberX service -- which uses regular cars instead of limousine service like the regular Uber -- will be operating without the blessing of the Philadelphia Parking Authority, which licenses cabs in the city.

UberX launched last weekend, offering free rides to those who downloaded the app. The inaugural weekend became contentious when the PPA made good on it's threats and fined drivers and impounded UberX cars.

"This is an abuse of power and a deliberate attempt to protect the status quo that has failed Philadelphians for too long," said Bennett. "We will continue to provide the safest, most affordable ride on the road, and fully stand behind our partners and will cover the cost of any unjust citations."

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter showed his support for Uber, and fellow ride-sharing app Lyft, in a tweet. He begged the PPA and ride-sharing services to work out their differences, although it’s doubtful that will happen ahead of Monday’s possible strike date.

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<![CDATA[Halloween Curfew in NJ]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:36:11 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/halloween_generic.jpg

Trick-or-treaters – and just about anyone else under the age of 18 – will have to be home by 10 p.m. this Halloween in Newark.

Mayor Ras Baraka announced Thursday that unaccompanied minors must be home between 10 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Saturday to ensure the safety of children and to prevent any late-night mischief.

“Halloween will fall this year on a Friday, which will enable more children to participate in these annual festivities,” Baraka said. “It is important for residents to be safety-conscious at all times, particularly on Halloween night, when children are out on our streets trick-or-treating.”

During the curfew, unaccompanied minors won’t be allowed to be more than 100 yards from their homes unless they are with an adult or are traveling to or from a school or cultural event, work or a religious observance.

Children caught out between those hours would receive a warning ticket that will be kept in police records for six months. Children who miss curfew multiple times could be subject to arrest and a fine of up to $1,000, according to Newark city statutes.

Officials say that extra police officers will also be on patrol Halloween night to enforce the curfew and ensure the safety of anyone enjoying the night’s festivities.

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<![CDATA[Toilet-Shaped Restroom in the Running for 'America's Best']]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:01:27 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/175*120/Bowl+Plaza.JPG

As Jeff Goldblum said in "Jurassic Park," "When you gotta go, you gotta go." Few people in a rush truly appreciate a good bathroom. Enter Cintas’ "America’s Best Restroom" contest where a meta-Kansas monument has quickly become the popular underdog.

A toilet-shaped restroom known as Bowl Plaza at the Grassroots Art Center in Lucas, Kansas is in second-place behind Longwood Gardens in Philadelphia. Not bad, considering it’s the only public restroom in the Russell County town with a modest population of 407 residents.

"It's been pretty exciting," says Grassroots Executive Director Rosslyn Schultz. "We've seen an increase in visitation to the public restroom" that took four years and thousands of volunteer hours to complete. People even donated items to be placed in the walls.

So far, the center has seen visitors from 56 countries. Oviously, Schultz was thrilled, "for a small town like Lucas, that's a lot."

Here in Philadelphia, Longwood Gardens isn't scared. "We’re definitely trying to flush the competition," says Longwood Marketing Communications Associate Abbey Palutis, glee in her voice at the word play. "We’re pushing for our valued customers to vote."

The Gardens’ restroom is part of the largest Green Wall in America, containing over 47,000 different plant types. "It’s beautiful and resourceful at the same time," finishes Palutis with pride.

Other competitors include the American Girl Place in Chicago, the Fabulous Fox Theater in St. Louis and the Tiki Lounge in Pittsburgh.

Cintas is an Ohio-based company that provides a diverse range of services to businesses, restroom-design being one of them. Their bathroom competition began back in 2002 with a simple purpose: to find the most unique, impressive, elegant, and quirky public restrooms.

Since the competition's inception, bathrooms from Wisconsin to Texas have joined the prestigious Cintas Hall of Fame. A Candian version launched in 2010.

Bathroom enthusiasts can cast their votes and take the "Restroom Personality" quiz on the contest’s website until voting ends on Friday.

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<![CDATA[K-9s Search NJ High School After Bomb Threat]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:38:11 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/tlmd_empty_classroom_0127.jpg

K-9s scoured an evacuated South Jersey high school after a bomb threat Thursday.

Police evacuated Middle Township High School on S Main Street in Cape May Court House, New Jersey around 10:30 a.m. after someone discovered a threatening note in a restroom, according to Middle Township Police.

No students or staff suffered harm but the building remained evacuated as a precaution.

The K-9 unit, along with local and county police, searched the building as students and staff waited outside.

Around 12:50 p.m. the all clear was given and classes resumed, according to police.

The origin of the threat remained under investigation Thursday afternoon. Anyone with information was asked to call police at 609-465-8700 or the Cape May County anonymous tip line at 609-465-2800.

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<![CDATA[Dad of Boy Who Shot Pal Dead Pleads]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:44:14 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/anthony+senatore+guilty+plea.jpg

The father of a then-4-year-old New Jersey boy who fatally shot his 6-year-old neighbor with his father's unsecured gun has pleaded guilty to two counts of endangering the welfare of a child in exchange for less jail time, NBC 4 New York has learned.

Anthony Senatore of Toms River pleaded guilty Thursday to the charges in connection with the April 2013 shooting death of Brandon Holt. Senatore's young son shot Holt once in the head with Senatore's gun -- a .22-caliber rifle the father was accused of keeping loaded, unsecured in his bedroom.

Senatore's lawyer previously said his client was "deeply horrified over what took place and feels awful about it," but that the case should've been tried in civil, not criminal, court.

Last November, Senatore rejected a plea deal that would've required him to serve seven years in prison. In exchange for the guilty plea Thursday, Senatore will serve two three-year jail terms simultaneously when he is sentenced Feb. 5.

Senatore had originally faced six counts of child endangerment -- one for each of the five unsecured firearms investigators say they found accessible to his three children and one for endangering the welfare of Holt by leaving his gun in a place where his own child could get it. . 

The Holt family has filed a lawsuit against the Senatores accusing Senatore and his wife of recklessness that led to their son's death. .  

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<![CDATA[Preventing Philadelphians From Auctioning Parking Spots]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:21:35 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/162*120/02fc826ca4f146af9341b076f2ba955c.jpg

Councilman Bill Greenlee doesn’t want Philly residents to auction their hard-earned free parking spot through the app, Monkey parking, which just came the city that inspired Parking Wars.

Philadelphia residents are torn on the topic. While some support the idea, others are unsure if it’s practical to auction free parking.

"I think it's a good idea, but I also see the apprehension," said South Philly resident Spencer Morton. "It does seem like it could happen in the city, especially in this city."

The bill was introduced in City Council Thursday to prevent people from trying to negotiate a price for a free parking spot that is otherwise hard to find.

Councilman Greenlee said he sees potential for violence in the exchange.

South Philly resident Robin Pitt thinks the whole idea is just wrong.

"I don't think you should have to pay for a free parking space,” said Pitt. "This is America, land of the free, survival of the fittest. You get your parking space."

<![CDATA[Bear Sightings Put Spook on Halloween Plans]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 23:41:25 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/bear+sighting+nj.JPG Some New Jersey families are concerned about trick-or-treating on Halloween because of recent bear sightings in their community. Pat Battle reports from Wayne.]]> <![CDATA[NJ Crews Battle House Fire]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:23:04 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008512284_1200x675_349921347831.jpg SkyForce10 hovered over the scene of a house fire as crews battled the blaze in Pemberton, Burlington County Thursday morning.]]> <![CDATA[DRAMATIC VIDEO: Firefighters Rescue Women]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:24:14 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/216*120/33rd+Street+Strawberry+Mansion+Fire+Rescue.JPG

Philadelphia firefighters and neighbors teamed up to rescue two women from a row home fire in Philadelphia Thursday morning.

SkyForce10 captured the dramatic rescue along the 1800 block of N 33rd Street in Strawberry Mansion around 9:45 a.m.

As some smoke pours out of a window you can see what appears to be a woman in a black shirt and an older woman in red out on top of a bay window.

Firefighters guide the frightened younger woman slowly down the ladder to the lower roof. Once on the lower roof, you can see two men come out of a neighboring home and help the woman into the adjacent home.

The firefighters then help the older woman down the ladder and carry her into the same next door window.

Firefighters said everyone made it out safely and despite the victims being visibly shaken -- and at least one woman being taken away in an ambulance -- there were no serious injuries.

The American Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania helped out three families affected by the blaze.

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<![CDATA[12-Year-Old Girl Arrested for Making Bomb Threats]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:28:43 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/police-lights-shutterstock_542372564.jpg

A Chester County 7th grader is facing criminal charges after police say she admitted to school officials to writing bomb threats on a bathroom wall twice in less than two weeks.

The 12-year-old girl told administrators at Kennett Middle School on Sept. 30 and Oct. 10 that she found threatening words on the interior wall of a bathroom stall, according to police.

The September incident prompted police to search the school property with bomb-sniffing dogs, authorities said.

But school officials questioned the girl when she came to them on Oct. 10 to report an eerily similar incident -- and then the student confessed to writing the bomb threats both times, investigators said.

The 12-year-old girl is facing multiple charges including threats to use weapons of mass destruction and terorristic threats.

Authorities have not released her name due to her age. The girl remains in the custody of her parents and is not permitted to be on the Kennett Middle School grounds.

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<![CDATA[High School Stabbing Suspect Requests Trial Delay]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:49:17 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/tlmd_acusado_pitsburg.jpg

The attorney for a 17-year-old boy charged with stabbing 20 students and a security guard at his western Pennsylvania high school wants more time to review police and medical reports.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports Alex Hribal's defense attorney, Patrick Thomassey, wants a Westmoreland County judge to give him more time to file pretrial motions - which are due Friday - and to move Hribal's trial date from December until at least March.

The judge last month ruled the boy needed intensive inpatient treatment after two defense experts testified he may be developing schizophrenia.

District Attorney John Peck isn't opposing the requests, though the judge didn't immediately rule.

Thomassey says he plans to ask the judge to move the case to juvenile court, where Hribal would face incarceration only until he's 21 for the April 9 stabbings at Franklin Regional High School.

Expert witnesses hired by the defense testified Friday that Hribal was motivated by the Columbine massacre and hoped to die in the attack.

Hribal faces decades in prison if convicted as an adult.

<![CDATA[Local Police Offer Safe Spot for Craigslist Exchanges]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:10:02 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/324*120/craigslist1.jpg

One local suburban Philadelphia police department is offering its own parking lot to people buying and selling goods through online marketplaces like Craigslist to help ensure the transactions are completed safely.

“We’re a 24-hour operation,” said Conshohocken Police Officer John Storti. “We came up with this idea to have the Conshohocken Police Department be a safe zone since it has surveillance 24 hours a day.”

Located at 720 Fayette St. in Conshohocken, Montgomery County, the parking lot also has an emergency call button, which dials directly into the station.

The alternative for the unregulated cash transactions, which often take place in a coffee shop or other public location that may not have law enforcement officers nearby, comes just a few weeks after an accused rapist was charged with killing Norristown man he met through Craigslist.

The suspect is accused of tying the victim up and cutting their throat, then hitting up ATMs across four states with stolen bank cards.

Questions surround another Craiglist meet-up in California when a student disappeared in mid-September while trying to sell his car on the site.

Officer Storti strongly advises against having a stranger at your house for exchange of goods found online.

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