<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Local News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com en-us Fri, 09 Oct 2015 08:27:49 -0400 Fri, 09 Oct 2015 08:27:49 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Hoverboard Stolen During Armed Robbery in Philly]]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 08:11:00 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/238*120/Segway+Hoverboard+Stolen.JPG

Philadelphia police are searching for the armed man who stole an iPhone and Segway hoverboard during a robbery inside a take-out restaurant.

The incident happened about 10 p.m. on October 5 at a Chinese take-out store in the 3800 block of Pulaski Street in Tioga.

The victims -- an 18-year-old and a 19-year-old male -- entered the store and the suspect was already inside.

The suspect then walked out the store, retrieved a handgun from a car parked outside and walked back inside.

The suspect pointed the handgun at the victims and demanded their belongings. The suspect stole a wallet, an iPhone 6 and a Segway hoverboard from the victims.

The suspect then walked out of the store, put the hoverboard in the trunk of his car and drove away.

There were no injuries reported and no shots were fired.

Photo Credit: Philadelphia Police
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<![CDATA[Water Main Break in Moorestown]]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 06:53:19 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/201*120/Moorestown+Water+Main+Break.JPG

A water main break in a South Jersey neighborhood Friday morning is causing traffic detours.

The water main break happened on Main Street in Moorestown.

Main Street between Church Street and Chester Avenue is closed.

Public Works crews were at the scene early Friday morning making repairs.

Drivers are urged to avoid the area and seek alternate routes, including Route 38.

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<![CDATA[Small Fires Intentionally Set in South Philly]]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 07:30:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/South+Philly+Fires.JPG

Several small fires in a Philadelphia neighborhood overnight are being treated as suspicious.

The small rubbish fires were set in South Philadelphia, including one near 9th and Wharton Streets.

In the fire on Wharton Street, investigators say someone set trash on fire that was in front of an apartment building.

In addition, gas mains in front of the apartment complex were also set on fire, police said.

Sources tell NBC10 there were at least three small rubbish fires in the area and they are all being investigated as suspicious. The fires caused minor damage.

There were no reports of any injures.

The fires remain under investigation.

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<![CDATA[10 at 7: What You Need to Know Today]]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 07:18:02 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Clock_Wht.jpg

Here are the 10 things you need to know to start your day from your friends at NBC10.


Man Stabbed with Sword: A man is in the hospital after he was stabbed by what appears to be a sword in South Jersey late Thursday night, police said. The incident happened about 11 p.m. in the 300 block of Juniper Drive in Cherry Hill. According to police, a man was stabbed in the hand by what appeared to a sword. The victim was taken by police to a nearby hospital in an unknown condition.


Friday will have a warm start with humidity and will likely fuel some afternoon showers. The late day showers are not expected to last into the weekend. Saturday is expected to be cool and partly cloudy. Sunday and Monday are expected to be sunny with temperatures in the 70s. High Temp: 81 degrees. Get your full NBC10 First Alert forecast here.


PETA Offers to Pay for Lucy the Elephant Repairs: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has offered to help complete major repairs to Lucy the Elephant, one of New Jersey’s historic landmarks, that is in dire need of an overhaul. But the organization wants something in return: The ability to send a message to the elephant's visitors. PETA has offered to contribute toward the estimated $58,000 repair bill to fix holes and crumbling wood on the 134-year-old Margate beachside attraction. In return, though, PETA is asking that Lucy be "decorated" with a message about the unfair treatment of elephants in zoos — an allegation that PETA says it's substantiated through extensive investigation.


Tunisian Democracy Group Wins Nobel Peace Prize: A Tunisian democracy group won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for its contributions to the first and most successful Arab Spring movement. The Norwegian Nobel Committee cited the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet "for its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy" in the North African country following its 2011 revolution. The prize is a huge victory for small Tunisia, whose young and still shaky democracy suffered two extremist attacks this year that killed 60 people and devastated the tourism industry.


Punkin Chunkin Canceled: For the second year in a row, Delaware's annual pumpkin flinging contest has been squashed. Organizers of the World Championship Punkin Chunkin said Thursday that this year's event, scheduled for next month at Dover International Speedway, has been canceled because of problems finding insurance coverage. The Punkin Chunkin, in which contestants launch pumpkins with a variety of homemade contraptions, began in Sussex County in 1986. Organizers started looking for another site last year after a Sussex County farmer said he would no longer make his property available. That decision came after a lawsuit was filed by a Punkin Chunkin volunteer who was seriously injured in an ATV accident while working the 2011 event. Learn more about the event here.



Flyers Lose in OT 2 to 3: Flyers Center Claude Giroux said the team needs a good strategy to score and when you have a chance, you have to go for it. "It's too bad we didn't get the win because we played pretty good," Giroux said. Get your full sports news at CSNPhilly.


See more Top News Photos here.


@liphillyfe snapped this cool image of Philadelphia's city streets.

Have an awesome Instagram photo you'd like to share? Tag it with #NBC10Buzz.


This cat has got to be the first one to get the paper out of the printer. Watch the video here.


Top Halloween Costumes: Expect to see plenty of Batman and "Star Wars" characters, minions, superheroes and maybe even Donald Trump out trick-or-treating in your neighborhood on Halloween, according to those tracking this year's top costume trends. "There are a number of popular movies out this year, from ‘Avengers,’ ‘Minions,’ ‘Jurassic World,’ 'Cinderella' and the upcoming ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’" said Bob Humphrey, chief merchandising officer for BuySeasons, Inc., which owns BuyCostumes.com. Humphrey explained that because Halloween falls on a Saturday this year, “oftentimes trick-or-treaters and party-goers trend to a bit more horror and scary for the nighttime activities.” Learn more about the costumes here.



That's what you need to know. We've got more stories worthy of your time in the Breakfast Buzz section. Click here to check them out

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<![CDATA[Sword Stabbing in Cherry Hill]]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 07:20:33 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Cherry+Hill+Stabbign.JPG

A man is in the hospital after he was stabbed by what appears to be a sword in South Jersey late Thursday night, police said.

The incident happened about 11 p.m. in the 300 block of Juniper Drive in Cherry Hill.

According to police, a man was stabbed in the hand by what appeared to a sword. The victim was taken by police to a nearby hospital in an unknown condition.

A man was taken from the scene in handcuffs, but police did not say if any charges have been filed.

A motive remains under investigation.

Photo Credit: NBC10]]>
<![CDATA[Dinner and a Movie in One Place]]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 07:06:15 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Flourtown+Movie+Tavern.jpg Dinner and a movie is the perfect way to spend the weekend, and now movie-goers can get both in one experience at a new local movie theater. NBC10’s Keith Jones reports how movie goers feel about the movie experience now after getting a taste of the new theaters.

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<![CDATA[100 Days Without a Budget in Pa.]]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 06:43:56 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/l_harrisburg_1200a.jpg Pennsylvania is going 100 days without having a budget, this after Governor Wolf’s budget plan was turned down. NBC10’s Lauren Mayk reports how residents are feeling about this budget not being passed.

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<![CDATA[PETA Offers Help to Repair Lucy, But There's a Catch]]> Thu, 08 Oct 2015 21:37:48 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_01071003043.jpg

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has offered to help complete major repairs to Lucy the Elephant, one of New Jersey’s historic landmarks, that is in dire need of an overhaul.

But the organization wants something in return: The ability to send a message to the elepant's visitors.

PETA has offered to contribute toward the estimated $58,000 repair bill to fix holes and crumbling wood on the 134-year-old Margate beachside attraction. In return, though, PETA is asking that Lucy be "decorated" with a message about the unfair treatment of elephants in zoos — an allegation that PETA says it's substantiated through extensive investigation.

"PETA's offer is a win-win proposition: Not only would it help repair a unique piece of historical Americana, it'd also help call attention to the plight of elephants trapped in the circus," PETA’s President Ingrid Newkirk said in a news release.

Newkirk wrote a letter to Richard Helfant, Lucy the Elephant CEO and Executive Director, saying “as a beloved icon, Lucy would be an excellent ‘spokes-elephant’ for her ‘friends’ in the circus who face only pain and isolation.”

According to their website, PETA “operates under the simple principle that animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, or use for entertainment."

<![CDATA[Auto Tag Shop Owner Stabbed 20x in Robbery]]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 06:52:24 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Southwest+Auto+Tag+Stabbing+Smith+Ground.jpg

The owner of a Southwest Philadelphia auto tag shop was stabbed more than 20 times during a violent struggle with a robber Thursday evening, police tell NBC10.

The stabbing happened at Southwest Auto Tag Services along the 6200 block of Dicks Avenue near 63rd Street.

Lt. John Walker with the Southwest Detective Division said surveillance cameras captured a man — around 25 years old — walk into the store around 5:55 p.m. He stayed for about two minutes.

During that short span, Walker said a bloody fight played out inside the store.

"It's a very violent scene, a lot of blood inside, a lot of overturned chairs, desks are moved around," Walker said.

A knife was plunged into the victim's head, arms, shoulders and side of the chest. He called 911 for help after the suspect left. Police are not yet sure what was taken.

Before officers could get to him, however, they had to kick down the store's front door. Walker said it appears the suspect turned the lock when leaving.

When police found the victim, he had lost consciousness after losing so much blood.

The man was taken to Penn Presbyterian Trauma Center for treatment where he's listed in critical condition.

Detectives reviewed surveillance video from a gas station next door. The suspect was wearing a yellow shirt and dark colored pants. Police are asking anyone who may have spotted the suspect to come forward.

"He closes the business around 6 o'clock, so the person knew exactly what they were doing and why they were coming in here," Walker said. "If anyone saw anybody running form this area ... please call our tipline."

Photo Credit: NBC10 - Drew Smith]]>
<![CDATA[Preventing Domestic Violence]]> Thu, 08 Oct 2015 17:45:47 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000012280605_1200x675_541235267612.jpg A new project in Gloucester County, New Jersey has a goal to stop domestic violence before it happens and a specialized team will be out in the community trying to predict future problems. NBC10’s Cydney Long reports from Sicklerville with more on what they are planning to do in this project.]]> <![CDATA[It's Finally Feeling Like Fall]]> Thu, 08 Oct 2015 22:23:35 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/Leaves+Fall+Autmn+Weather+Puddle.jpg


Last weekend it felt like we had finally kicked summer out for good, but this week the 70s came roaring back. A cold front will drop temperatures around 15 degrees from Friday to Saturday. That cold front will bring rain, but it will clear out just in time. Even your Friday night plans should be fine.


Two big festivals will be here this weekend, Old City Fest and OutFest. If you leave your house in the morning, you may be shocked to find 45 degree temps. By festival time, we’ll be in the mid-60s, with a high of 67, which is right around where we should be this time of year.


Temperatures being way above average have made a big change to the foliage map. Sure the Poconos have some nice color this weekend, they’re around 25 percent of peak, but if you want to see the trees really pop, you’ll need to head up to the Adirondacks in New York or Green and White Mountains in Vermont and New Hampshire.

Don’t expect an all-time foliage year, our lack of rainfall has muted the colors somewhat. Peak for the Poconos should be next weekend into the following week, and our leaves in and around Philadelphia should turn around Halloween.

Photo Credit: Getty Images
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<![CDATA[Searching for Robbers]]> Thu, 08 Oct 2015 17:40:42 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000012280755_1200x675_541234243590.jpg Philadelphia police are looking for two men who robbed Jim’s Variety Store on Kensington Avenue that were caught on camera.]]> <![CDATA[Students Protest Pa. Budget Stalemate]]> Thu, 08 Oct 2015 17:16:23 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/202*120/Pennsylvania+Governor+Tom+Wolf.JPG After the State House voted down Governor Wolf’s budget plan Wednesday, the commonwealth has now been operating without a budget for 100 days and students are now stepping up since it is affecting their education. NBC10’s George Spencer reports how this stalemate is sending angry students to protests.

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<![CDATA[Fire Dept. Sounding Sirens for Citywide Fire Drill]]> Thu, 08 Oct 2015 16:28:04 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/199*120/philadelphia+fire+department+shield+copy.jpg

Does your family know how to escape your home in the event of a fire?

The Philadelphia Fire Department is reminding residents how vital having an escape plan is by holding a citywide fire drill Thursday night.

At 7:30 p.m., firefighters all over town will sound fire truck sirens to signal the start of the drill.

So far this year, 12 people were killed in fires and 96 people were injured. Fatalities are down 50 percent over this time last year and injuries 35 percent, according to fire department statistics.

Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer has made a pledge to end fire deaths during his tenure leading the department. He sees prevention education as a key part in making the pledge a reality.

Officials recommend having at least two ways to exit every room in your home and working smoke detectors on every floor. They also stress having a family meeting place outside so everyone can be accounted for after the escape.

"It could mean the difference between life and death," Sawyer said in a statement.

Sawyer will help a Northeast Philadelphia family conduct their own fire drill at 6 p.m. ahead of the citywide event.

The Philadelphia Fire Department has printable Home Fire Safety Plans and a Fire Safety Checklist available on their website.

<![CDATA[Frankie Avalon Dishes on His Dishes]]> Thu, 08 Oct 2015 15:11:55 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000012277123_1200x675_541055555688.jpg Former teen idol and Philly native Frankie Avalon discusses his new cookbook.]]> <![CDATA[Nonprofits Face Budget Impasse Challenges]]> Thu, 08 Oct 2015 14:03:33 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000012277710_1200x675_541120067541.jpg On the eve of 100 days without a Pennsylvania budget passed, nonprofit organizations discuss how they get by without state funding.]]> <![CDATA[NAACP Honors Local Civil Rights Leaders]]> Thu, 08 Oct 2015 13:03:13 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000012277130_1200x675_541054019842.jpg The 2015 NAACP Awards Gala will honor civil rights champions on Friday.]]> <![CDATA[Two Facing Charges in Deadly Home Invasion]]> Thu, 08 Oct 2015 16:53:02 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/LowerMorelandHomeInvasion.jpg

Two men have been arrested and charged with killing a 53-year-old father during a Montgomery County home invasion Sept. 27.

Police said both Desmond O. Smith, 20, and Naadir Abdul-Ali, also 20, have been charged with murder and related offenses. Smith and Abdul-Ali are accused of breaking into a house on the 2300 block of Philmont Avenue, in Huntingdon Valley, about 11 p.m. that night and shooting Kevin Brown in the neck in front of his wife. Two children were also home at the time of the shooting.

When police arrived at the scene that night, they found Brown lying on the front lawn of the house with a gunshot wound to the neck. Investigators said the men both wore masks and forced their way into the back door of the home, then made their way upstairs to where the victim was sleeping and shot him.

Brown later died at the hospital.

Authorities said the two men targeted the home and victim.

Brown's killing was the second murder this year in Lower Moreland Township.

Photo Credit: Montgomery County District Attorney's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Friends Speak Out About Slain Transgender Woman]]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 06:45:53 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Kiesha-Jenkins-New.jpg

Friends of Kiesha Jenkins, the transgender woman brutally slain by a group of men in Philadelphia earlier this week, are expressing shock and sorrow at the woman's death.

Police are not calling Jenkins' death a hate crime at this point, but said the violent attack happened when 22-year-old woman was dropped off on Wingohocking Street near 13th about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday. When she got out of the car, police said, a group of at least five men accosted her, beating her. When she fell to the ground, one of the men pulled a gun and shot her twice in the back.

Philadelphia's LGBTQ community and Jenkins friends have been devastated by her killing.

"She was one of the people who wanted to change this world," June Martínez, a friend of Jenkins, told Telemundo62's Christian Cazares. "This could have happened to any one of us."

Martínez said she's been crying since she learned of her friend's death on social media, and said she was in disbelief when she first heard about it. She said that getting by can be particularly difficult for members of the transgender community.

"Many of my friends are trying to stay afloat, but it's difficult, and end up selling drugs or in prostitution," Martínez told Cazares.

Police said they don't yet have any suspects in Jenkins' killing. They are trying to find the driver who dropped her off before she was killed, whom they believe is a key witness in the murder.

"Right now we don't have any motive," Homicide Unit Capt. James Clark said earlier in the week. "We don't know if it's potentially a hate crime or if it was a robbery. We really don't know. It's too early in the investigation to tell."

News of Jenkins' death sparked a strong reaction on social media as posters showed their support for her and urged others to help find her killers by using the hashtag #SayHerName on Twitter and Facebook. Philadelphia's fifth annual Philly Trans* March is scheduled to take place on Saturday in Center City, and a groundswell of support for Jenkins has grown on the event's Facebook page.

Jenkins is at least the second transgender woman killed in Philadelphia this year, after London Chanel, 21, was fatally stabbed inside an abandoned home in May. A man was charged with murder in Chanel's killing.

Katrina Robinson said she knew Jenkins and has known other transgender people who have been killed in the city.

"This has been happening for so long, and it's difficult to see that this is happening to people in my community," Robinson said. "I know she suffered, and it was terrible because she was alone."

Anyone with information in Jenkins' death should call Philadelphia Police at 215-686-3334.

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<![CDATA[Police Arrest Man Eyed in Temple Rape on Other Charge]]> Thu, 08 Oct 2015 17:21:53 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Temple+Carlisle+Sex+Assault+Suspect+Surveillance+crop.jpg

Police on Thursday said a man suspected in the gunpoint sexual assault of a Temple University student late last month has been arrested on an unrelated charge.

The man, who has not been officially identified, was not charged with the Sept. 28 rape of the 20-year-old student, which happened on Carlisle Street near Master about 11:35 that night. A police spokeswoman said he is, however, a suspect in that assault, which remained under investigation on Thursday when he was taken into police custody on an unrelated charge.

Investigators last week released surveillance video showing a man they're searching for in connection with the assault on a Broad Street Line subway just prior to the attack. Police said the man exited the subway at Cecil B. Moore Avenue -- a few blocks from where the assault happened.

The 20-year-old victim was walking on Carlisle Street, police said. After the assault, she ran to an emergency call box and alerted authorities.

Tipsters should contact the Philadelphia Police tipline at 215-686-TIPS (8477), email tips@phillypolice.com or text a tip to PPDTIP (773847).

Photo Credit: Philadelphia Police]]>
<![CDATA['Pack of Wolves' Teenage Murder Suspect Surrenders]]> Thu, 08 Oct 2015 13:06:33 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/TylerAdamsCoatesvilleMurder.jpg

A 16-year-old boy wanted in connection with the first homicide in Coatesville in nearly three years has surrendered to police, the Chester County District Attorney's Office confirmed.

Tyler Adams was one of five men whom Chester County DA Tom Hogan called a "pack of wolves," saying they set out to commit an armed robbery on Sunday and wound up killing a man in the process.

Adams, 16, was the last on the loose after the other four accused in the robbery and murder were arrested and charged earlier this week. Adams' older brother, 17-year-old Steven Adams, as well as Dajon Rowe, 17, Demetrius Joseph, 21, and Chris Mansfield, 21, are all charged in the case, according to the DA's office.

Police said the homicide took place during the course of an armed robbery on Sunday. The said the five co-conspirators met in the wee hours of the morning in the Chester County city and were "looking for targets to rob" when they spotted four men on the porch of a house on 4th Avenue near Lumber Street about 2 a.m. and decided to rob them. The five approached the victims and "began to pat down the men for valuables," according to the Chesco DA's office. Mansfield then punched one of the victims in the head, the DA's office said, and Rowe pulled a handgun he'd been carrying and shot one of the men in the chest and another in the leg. The accused robbers then fled.

Authorities said the man shot in the chest, identified as Juan Antonio Jiminez, died from his injuries. The man shot in the leg survived. Police arrested Rowe later on Sunday, found a live round of 9mm ammo in his pocket and also found the 9mm handgun believed to have been used in the deadly shooting in his bedroom, according to the DA's office.

"The defendants were out hunting like a pack of wolves looking for prey," Chester County DA Tom Hogan said in a statement. "During the robbery, Dajon Rowe pulled a gun and shot one of the victims, killing him. Now one innocent man is dead and five young men face life in prison. This was a stupid and senseless crime with tragic consequences."

Authorities said the shooting marked Coatesville's first homicide since December 2012. They said detectives from the Coatesville Police Department and Chester County DA's office worked around the clock to solve the crime.

"Street crimes resulting in a homicide are exactly the type of crime that destroys the very fabric of a community," Coatesville Police Chief Jack Laufer said in a statement.

The men are being held without bail.

Photo Credit: Coatesville Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[You're Invited: Bed Bug Task Force Meeting]]> Thu, 08 Oct 2015 11:26:24 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*175/86301827.jpg

The newly established Philadelphia "Bed Bug Task Force" announced this week that all city residents are invited to a public meeting Oct. 21 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

The Bed Bug Task Force's quarterly meeting will feature guests including a City of Lancaster health officer, a New York City Department of Public Health assistant commissioner and a Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture representative. At the meeting, attendees will be informed about bed-bug-related policies, protocols in municipalities outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania state laws regulating pesticides for bed bugs and other information.

City Councilman Mark Squilla is among the sponsors of the task force. The meeting is being held from 10 a.m. to noon in the Convention Center's room 115.

The Philadelphia Bed Bug Task Force was established in February as part of Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences' Integrated Pest Management program, according to the university. The task force is aimed at curbing the rise of bed bug infestations in the city and surrounding area.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Soda Truck Spills in Northeast Philadelphia]]> Thu, 08 Oct 2015 11:08:09 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/202*120/Soda+truck+spill+on+Knights+Rd.JPG

A Canada Dry truck carrying soda spilled cans onto a Northeast Philadelphia roadway Thursday morning.

NBC10 traffic reporter Jessica Boyington reported that the spill happened on Knights Road near Woodhaven Road shortly after 8 a.m.

No injuries were reported in the accident.

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<![CDATA[Police Bust Jersey Duo with Heroin, Gun]]> Thu, 08 Oct 2015 08:47:04 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Toms+River+drugs+gun+arrests.jpg

Two South Jersey men were being held on high cash bails after police said officers watched the men conduct a drug sale and found drugs one one man and drugs and a gun on the other.

Toms River Police said they received a tip call on Sept. 30 about possible drug activity outside a business on Route 37 East near Brookside Drive. When investigators set up surveillance, police said, they saw Ansel Applewhite, 23, of Toms River, conduct a narcotics transaction outside. They stopped the man and discovered he had 762 folds of heroin, eight Xanax pills and $2,248 cash, police said.

Police continued to investigate and found an "associate" of Applewhite, identified as 20-year-old Eugene Ayala Jr. of Beachwood, inside a business. On Ayala, officers found 20 folds of heroin and a loaded .38-caliber handgun, police said.

Both men were taken into custody at the scene. Applewhite's bail was set at $150,000 full cash and Ayala's at $100,000 full cash, authorities said.

Photo Credit: Toms River Police]]>
<![CDATA[Budget Battle Takes Toll on Local Students]]> Thu, 08 Oct 2015 07:23:07 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000012273684_1200x675_540848707522.jpg The state's failure to reach an agreement on a budget is having effects on children and families, as education funding is tied up in the battle.]]> <![CDATA[Crash Causes Hour-Plus I-95 Jam]]> Thu, 08 Oct 2015 08:43:36 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/95+car+crash+backup+on+oct+7.JPG

A multi-vehicle crash involving cars and tractor trailers that snarled I-95 Thursday morning was cleared just before 8 a.m., but residual delays continued.

The crash in the northbound lanes near Academy Road jammed a miles-long stretch of I-95 before 7 a.m., causing up to 90-minute delays through Philadelphia. NBC10 traffic reporter Jessica Boyington monitored the accident on traffic cams throughout the morning and reported shortly before 8 a.m. that the crash was cleared.

For more than an hour, only one lane was getting by, causing up to a 90-minute delay. All lanes were reopened as soon as crews cleared the road of damaged vehicles.

To make matters worse, PennDOT's 511PA Philadelphia Twitter reported a multi-vehicle accident in I-95's southbound lanes shortly before 8 a.m. That crash was reported between the Cottman Avenue exit and the Bridge Street/Harbison Avenue exit, but was quickly cleared.

Residual delays from the first crash persisted on 95 during the morning rush.

There was no word from authorities on any injuries.

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<![CDATA[Officer on Fallen Sergeant: 'Your Grandson Will Be Legend']]> Thu, 08 Oct 2015 06:54:18 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Officer+Robert+Wilson+Viewing+Police+March.jpg

In an emotional ceremony on Wednesday, a hero plaque was dedicated in memory of Philadelphia Police Sgt. Robert Wilson III, the officer killed in a shootout with robbers at a North Philadelphia store earlier this year.

On the day he was murdered in the line of duty, Wilson stopped at a GameStop store on Lehigh Avenue near 22nd Street in North Philadelphia to buy his son a birthday gift. When two men entered the store and announced a robbery, Wilson courageously exchanged gunfire with the robbers, police said, protecting customers and employees in the store. Wilson was fatally wounded in the process, and both men have been charged with murder in his death.

A hero plaque in Wilson's memory was dedicated on Wednesday. He was previously honored with medals for valor and honor.

"Your grandson will be legend. I'll make sure no one forgets his name," an officer who graduated from the police academy alongside Wilson told his family at the plaque ceremony. "I'm sure everybody in the 22nd [District] was proud to have worked with that man."

GameStop sponsored Wilson's plaque.

Photo Credit: NBC10 / Philadelphia Police]]>
<![CDATA[NBC10 First Alert Weather: Crisp & Sunny]]> Thu, 08 Oct 2015 05:26:51 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000012272351_1200x675_540812355886.jpg Temperatures will hover in the low to mid 70s, making Thursday a beautiful autumn day. First Alert meteorologist Bill Henley is tracking a quick warm up and then cooler weather in the seven-day forecast.]]> <![CDATA[Feds Arrest Police Sergeant Held in Contempt]]> Thu, 08 Oct 2015 05:37:43 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Sgt+Francis+Rawls+Arrest.jpg

A Philadelphia Police sergeant has been arrested for allegedly failing to comply with a judge's order that he provide his computer hard drives in an investigation, officials said.

Sgt. Francis Rawls, a 17-year veteran who worked in West Philadelphia's 16th District, was held in contempt of court in late September and taken into custody by U.S. Marshals, according to a statement from the Philadelphia Police Department. Rawls allegedly failed to produce unencrypted hard drives that were seized when investigators served a search warrant at his home.

Authorities did not reveal the nature of the investigation.

Rawls has been suspended from the police force with intent to dismiss, officials said.

Photo Credit: Philadelphia Police]]>
<![CDATA[Police Search for Vandals Who Damaged Dugouts]]> Thu, 08 Oct 2015 17:26:52 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/damaged+dugout+ridley+park+rec.jpg

Police in a Delaware County township are asking for the public's help in tracking down the vandal -- or vandals -- responsible for damaging baseball dugouts at a park.

Photos from Ridley Township officials show two baseball dugouts at Blackrock Park with holes through the wood in the roofs and debris on the ground.

Authorities are asking for the community's help to figure out who is responsible for vandalizing the dugouts. They asked that anyone with information contact Ridley Township Police at 610-532-4002.

Photo Credit: Ridley Township Recreation Department]]>
<![CDATA[Investigation Underway in Massive Warehouse Blaze]]> Thu, 08 Oct 2015 04:39:02 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/warehouse+fire+cobbs+creek+southwest+phila.JPG

An investigation into the cause of a massive warehouse fire that nearly led to evacuations in Southwest Philadelphia was underway Thursday morning.

The three-alarm blaze erupted at an empty warehouse near 70th Street and Cobbs Creek Parkway about 8:30 p.m. It burned for nearly three hours before firefighters finally got it under control about 11 p.m.

Residents of the neighborhood were concerned that even though the warehouse was not in use, people may have been squatting inside. Early Thursday morning, officials reported no injuries.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Photo Credit: SkyForce10]]>
<![CDATA[Special Needs Student’s Injuries Spark Outrage ]]> Thu, 08 Oct 2015 08:18:19 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Girl-in-Wheelchair-Injury.jpg

A Bucks County teacher is facing disciplinary action after a special needs student was badly injured, causing outrage on social media.

The 15-year-old girl, who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair, was attending a Bucks County Intermediate Unit (BCIU) class at Pennsbury High School East in Pennsylvania on Sept. 11. While her class was outside, the teen’s wheelchair fell off the curb of a sidewalk causing her to land face down on the ground. The girl suffered several abrasions to her face, arms and knees as well as a cut lip that required stitches. The girl’s father told the Bucks County Courier she missed three weeks of class due to her injuries.

After the incident, photos of the bloodied and bruised teen were shared on social media sparking outrage and even a Facebook page with over 5,000 followers demanding justice.

A BCIU spokesperson said in a released statement that supervisory staff immediately launched an investigation and a report was filed. The spokesperson also said disciplinary action was taken against the teacher who was caring for the girl at the time of the accident.

“Per BCIU protocol, the teacher who was assigned to the student was placed on administrative leave, and as a result of information received during the investigation; termination proceedings against the teacher are now in progress,” the spokesperson wrote.

The spokesperson apologized for the incident and stated BCIU is cooperating with both the Pennsbury School District and police in the investigation.

“Our thoughts are with the student and the student’s family during this time,” she wrote. “We are hopeful that the student makes a complete recovery. Supervisory staff have talked with the family several times and our Executive Director met with the parents to express the Intermediate Unit’s heartfelt concern. We will continue to keep both the district and the family fully informed.”

NBC10 reached out to the girl’s parents who now have a lawyer. Under his advice, they chose not to comment on the incident.

<![CDATA[Warehouse Catches Fire in Southwest Philly]]> Thu, 08 Oct 2015 00:24:49 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Warehouse-Fire-SW-Philly.jpg

Crews spent over two hours battling a massive warehouse fire in Southwest Philadelphia.

The three-alarm fire started at a warehouse on 70th Street and Cobbs Creek Parkway Wednesday around 8:30 p.m.

SkyForce10 was over the scene as firefighters battled the flames. It was placed under control around 11 p.m. No injuries have been reported. Officials say the warehouse was empty at the time of the blaze. They continue to investigate the cause.

<![CDATA[Fire Forces Evacuation at Psychiatric Hospital ]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 20:55:11 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Psychiatric-Hospital-Fire.jpg

A fire forced an evacuation at a Camden County psychiatric hospital Wednesday night.

The fire started at the Ancora Psychiatric Hospital on the 300 block of Spring Garden Road in Winslow Township, New Jersey. The patients at the hospital were evacuated and firefighters were able to bring the flames under control.

No injuries were reported. Officials continue to investigate the cause.

<![CDATA[NJ Adopted Parents of 10 Children Receive Huge Honor ]]> Thu, 08 Oct 2015 06:53:31 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Angels-Adoption-Award.jpg

Dorothy and Charles Beck of Sicklerville are currently in the process of adopting a child. But it’s no ordinary adoption. It is their thirteenth. The Becks have been adopting children, most with special needs, since 1990. Now, they are being honored with the Angels in Adoption award for all of their efforts.

Representative Donald Norcross nominated the parents for the award this summer.

“When I learned of the selfless actions of the Becks, I knew I had to do something to recognize them,” Norcross said in a press release, “No one deserves this distinction as much as they do.”

The Becks are currently parents of ten adopted children, seven of which have special needs.

After her sister, who had special needs, died when she was a child, Dorothy knew she wanted to have a large family with children from “all walks of life and nationalities."

Among their children are a boy who was paralyzed, a daughter given up by her birth mother, and a girl who spent time in eight different foster homes before finding the Becks. Dorothy says that she and her husband find joy in adopting children who are typically harder to place.

“It’s more joy than anything else,” she said in a press release. "People think we’re giving the kids a blessing. Actually, we get the blessings by adopting them.”

“The Beck’s aren’t just ‘Angels,’ they’re true heroes,” Norcross said. "And I applaud them for all they’ve done for these children.”

Photo Credit: Office of Representative Donald Norcross]]>
<![CDATA[Collapsed Home Causes Concern for Residents]]> Thu, 08 Oct 2015 06:46:31 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Floating-Home-Wildwood.jpg

A spectacle in the back bay off North Wildwood has become a huge concern for nearby residents.

The strength of high tide caused a home to collapse into the Grassy Sound inlet near the North Wildwood Bridge late Friday night. The house floated in the inlet several blocks, bringing the home from the north end of the community to the south end.

"We saw a chunk of a house, I assume it was from that house, floating down here,” resident Mike Daley told NBC10. “It clipped a deck and crumbled it like it was toothpicks. Unbelievable.”

Pieces of the house have been lodged in Grassy Sound Channel since the collapse.

“It’s dangerous,” said Debbie Mooers, owner of the Grassy Sound Marina located nearby. “There are at least four other locations where there are large amounts of debris.”

The Coast Guard issues a warning to boaters to use extreme caution when in the area.

“There could be debris underneath the water that you can’t see so ensuring that you’re going at a safe speed and operating your vessel properly is very important,” said P.O. Lantz Bowman of the U.S. Coast Guard.

Coast Guard officials say pieces of the home could still be on the move due to changing tides and shifting currents.

“There could be pieces that have broken away from the house or other debris from the storm that could be causing more hazards in the area and even further away,” Bowman said.

Although New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection officials say they’re arranging to have the house removed quickly and efficiently, Stuart Tait, the home’s owner, told NBC10 he’s been trying to do the work himself.

“I’m trying my hardest,” he said. “I worked on it yesterday. I had a barge there. I picked up a lot of debris. It’s my stuff. It’s my possessions. I’d like to get my artwork. I’d like to get my stuff.”

Neighbors claim Tait’s home was deteriorating for years and its watery demise was bound to happen. Tait said he’s been strapped for cash since Hurricane Sandy caused severe damage nearly three years ago.

On Thursday the Army Corps of Engineers will use sidescan sonar and other survey equipment to look for debris in the water. Officials say the search could take up to four days.