<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Local News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.comen-usTue, 27 Sep 2016 18:34:49 -0400Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:34:49 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[PA Attorney General Candidates Raise Almost $3M Combined]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:21:59 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Rafferty+Shapiro+1200.jpg

If you don't yet know Pennsylvania's two candidates for attorney general, John Rafferty and Josh Shapiro, you soon will.

The two raised a combined nearly $3 million since the primary in May in the race to succeed disgraced former Attorney General Kathleen Kane, according to campaign finance records filed with the state Tuesday.

Of that total, Shapiro raised $1.8 million, which his campaign described as the most ever for an attorney general candidate during the period between the primary and the sixth Tuesday before the general election.

"We're confident going into the final stretch that we'll have the resources to beat our opponent's desperate attacks and the outside special interest groups looking to prop up his campaign," Shapiro campaign manager Joe Radosevich said Tuesday afternoon.

In raising almost $1.1 million, Rafferty's campaign said it showed that the Republican candidate gained momentum over the summer and has more than enough money on hand to hit the airwaves with advertising leading up to the Nov. 8 election.

"We feel very confident. We're on the air. We have a lot of events scheduled. Sen. Rafferty is raising money every night," campaign spokesman Michael Barley said.

He said some of the campaign's focus in the weeks ahead will be on Rafferty's experience as a former deputy attorney general and Shapiro's connection as a Democrat to Kane, who was convicted last month of perjury and other crimes in connection to a grand jury investigation. She resigned the office Aug. 17, two days after her conviction.

Both Rafferty and Shapiro are lawyers and have deep roots in Montgomery County. Rafferty, 63, of Lower Providence, is a four-term state senator representing the 44th district, which is made up of Montgomery, Berks, and Chester counties. Shapiro, 43, of Abington, is chairman of the Montgomery County board of commissioners, the first Democrat to hold that position in 150 years. He previously served four terms in the state House of Representatives.

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<![CDATA[Where Pa. Lottery Fund Money Really Goes]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:31:49 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Investigators+Lottery+Pic.jpg

The Pennsylvania Lottery advertises it “benefits older Pennsylvanians, every day.” 

But in the last decade, billions of lottery dollars have been diverted, an NBC10 investigation found.

According to the state lottery, 27 cents of every dollar spent on lottery tickets goes into the state lottery fund. The rest pays prizes and lottery administration costs. 

“The point of the lottery program is to have people age at home and maintain their independence,” Renee Cunningham of Philadelphia’s Center in the Park Senior Center said.

By law, other than prize payouts and operation expenses, the lottery fund is only supposed to be used for programs benefiting older Pennsylvanians - including prescription drug assistance, in-home care, transportation, and home maintenance.

Waiting lists for those programs are 4,000 seniors deep, according to senior advocates in Harrisburg.

“Those waiting lists could be eliminated,” Ray Landis of AARP Pennsylvania said.  “Let’s have a true picture of what the lottery is paying for.”

Wolf’s administration, including Budget Secretary Randy Albright, said some lottery fund money is used to pay the state’s Medicaid bill.  The NBC10 Investigators analysis of state Medicaid recipients found one third are seniors.

“We’re forced to rely on using some of those resources,” Albright said. 

According to state budget records, in the last fiscal year the Wolf administration used $309 million from the lottery fund to pay for Medicaid’s longterm medical assistance programs. However, state healthcare records show fewer than 1 percent of seniors on Medicaid receive longterm care.

“I think that right now we have no alternative,” Albright said.  “We need that money to balance the budget.”

Wolf’s staff provided documentation showing more than 45,000 residents over 60 did receive care from lottery funds. The Wolf administration is not the first to use lottery money to balance the budget. Since 2006, at least $3.9 billion has been taken from the lottery fund for that purpose.

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<![CDATA[Largest Loggerhead Sea Turtle Washes Up on Jersey Shore]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:58:34 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/MMSC+Loggerhead+Sea+Turtle.jpg

A giant turtle being cared for at a South Jersey marine stranding center is making quite the impact.

The Marine Mammal Stranding Center called the 280-pound female Loggerhead sea turtle that washed up Monday evening along Avalon’s 10th Street beach the largest ever cared for at the center.

There were no signs of injury to the large reptile but it appeared to be lethargic, said the Brigantine-based center.

Blood samples and a veterinarian exam would hopefully help shine light on what caused the turtle to become caught in the surf, said officials.

In the meantime, MMSC kept the turtle from fellow Loggerheads at the center. Loggerheads, the most abundant sea turtle in United states waters can live 50 or more years, according to National Geographic. [[377016841, C]]



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<![CDATA[Christie Aide: He Knew All About Bridge Closings]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:25:44 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/gwb+indictments.jpg

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie knew about George Washington Bridge lane closings in Fort Lee as they were happening, longtime Christie aide David Wildstein testified publicly for the first time Tuesday.

Pictures of Christie, Wildstein and Bill Baroni were taken the morning of Sept. 11, 2013 at the World Trade Center memorial site. It was there that Wildstein claimed he and Baroni bragged to the governor about the traffic nightmare the lane closures caused - and their refusal to answer phone calls from Democratic Mayor Mark Sokolich, who declined to endorse Christie's reelection.

Wildstein, testifying at the criminal trial of Baroni and Christie aide Bridget Kelly, claims the governor also told his Port Authority appointees not to communicate with Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop - who also refused to endorse the governor.

Wildstein has pleaded guilty in the scheme to tie up traffic at the bridge.

Baroni was Wildstein's boss at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the agency that operates the bridges, airports and other facilities including the World Trade Center. Kelly was Christie's deputy chief of staff and headed an office responsible for outreach to county and municipal officials.

They are accused of reducing access lanes to the bridge and face fraud, conspiracy and civil rights charges. They have pleaded not guilty and have said the government has twisted federal law to turn their actions into crimes. They also have said other people with more power and influence were involved in the lane closures but aren't being prosecuted.

Christie has denied knowing about the bridge scheme until well after it was carried out, and a taxpayer-funded report he commissioned absolved him of wrongdoing. He hasn't been charged.



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<![CDATA[Montgomery County News]]> Fri, 16 Sep 2016 18:21:35 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Valley+Forge+Tourism.jpg
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<![CDATA[Isn't She Lovely: Philly Zoo Needs Help Naming Baby Gorilla]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:36:44 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Philadelphia+Zoo+Gorilla+Baby.jpg

It’s a girl!

The Philadelphia Zoo announced the gender of its baby gorilla Tuesday and now they need your help naming her.

Honi, 22, gave birth to the western lowland gorilla on Aug. 26 and now the zoo needs your help with her name. For just $1, people can choose between Amani, Isangi, Mapendo and Muyisa – the names of gorillas orphaned by poachers in the Democratic Republic of Congo by the Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education (GRACE).

“We are thrilled to partner with Philadelphia Zoo on this naming campaign and thank them for supporting our efforts with Grauer’s gorillas in DRC,” said GRACE Executive Director Dr. Sonya Kahlenberg. “Over the past 20 years, Grauer’s gorillas have experienced a catastrophic decline of nearly 80 percent, and if nothing is done, they could be the first great ape to become extinct in the wild. The Zoo’s support will help us give orphan gorillas a second chance and will boost our work with local communities on conservation education and other programs critical for safeguarding wild gorillas and their habitat.”

Due to poaching and habitat destruction, both Grauer and western lowland gorillas are listed a critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), said the zoo.

Voting opened Tuesday morning and runs through Thursday at 4 p.m. Each voter must donate at least $1 to GRACE with the zoo matching all donations up to $10,000.

“We are pleased to support and partner with GRACE,” said zoo VP for conservation and education Kim Lengel. “The long-term survival of gorillas in the wild will require the on-grounds efforts of organizations like GRACE as well as awareness, support and engagement of ‘local action/ global consequences’ on issues like climate change and deforestation-free palm oil, both of which impact gorillas in parts of their native habitat. We hope that naming Honi’s new baby after an orphaned gorilla at GRACE, and inviting our global community to select the name, will help make that connection and engage many in the efforts to save gorillas and other wildlife.”



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PHILADELPHIA BUSINESS JOURNAL]]> <![CDATA[Comcast Joins YMCA in $15M Partnership]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 10:43:15 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/comcastYMCA.PNG

Comcast announced Monday it's embarking on a $15 million partnership with the national YMCA organization to promote the nonprofit's work in tandem with the Philadelphia-based company's low-cost internet adoption program.

The announcement comes in the midst of the broadcast giant's national tour to promote Internet Essentials, Comcast's initiative to provide low-income individuals high-speed internet. Senior Executive Vice President David L. Cohen and Internet Essentials' new spokeswoman, Olympic champion Jackie Joyner-Kersee, attended events in the city Monday to promote Internet Essentials and the new YMCA partnership.

To kick off the partnership, Comcast announced it's donating $50,000 to five regional YMCAs including in the Philadelphia area, central Maryland, Memphis and the mid-south, Greater Houston and Greater Indianapolis, to fund digital literacy and academic achievement programs.

To read the full article, click here.


For more business news, visit Philadelphia Business Journal. 

Comcast is the parent company of NBC10.



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<![CDATA[Philadelphians React to First Presidential Debate]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:03:11 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000017256448_1200x675_773897795791.jpg NBC10's Matt DeLucia was at the Melrose Diner in South Philly Tuesday morning speaking to people about Monday night's showdown between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton.]]> <![CDATA[NBC10 Responds: Missing Stoves Mystery]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:53:29 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/200*120/Home+Depot+Responds.JPG When the Renaissance Community Development Corporation never received stoves they ordered from Home Depot, they turned to Harry Hairston and NBC10 Responds to find out what happened.

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<![CDATA[Ex-Girlfriend of Philadelphia DA Due in Court]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 08:16:30 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Seth-Williams-Stacey-Cummin.jpg Stacey Cummings, the ex-girlfriend of Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, is expected in court Tuesday to face charges in a tire-slashing case.]]> <![CDATA[Driver's Rejoice: Walnut Lane Bridge Reopens]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:02:37 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000017256186_1200x675_773894211544.jpg The Northwest Philadelphia bridge is set to open up to traffic Tuesday afternoon.]]> <![CDATA[Where Pa. Lottery Funds Really Go]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:33:05 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Investigators+Lottery+Pic.jpg The Pennsylvania Lottery advertises it “benefits older Pennsylvanians, every day.” But in the last decade billions of lottery dollars have been diverted an NBC 10 investigation found.]]> <![CDATA[10 at 7: What You Need to Know Today]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:06:10 -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.

TODAY'S TOP STORY

Clinton, Trump Battle Fiercely Over Taxes, Race, Terror: In a combative opening debate, Hillary Clinton emphatically denounced Donald Trump Monday night for keeping his personal tax returns and business dealings secret from voters and peddling a "racist lie" about President Barack Obama. Businessman Trump repeatedly cast Clinton as a "typical politician" as he sought to capitalize on Americans' frustration with Washington. Locked in an exceedingly close White House race, the presidential rivals tangled for 90-minutes over their vastly different visions for the nation's future.

YOUR FIRST ALERT FORECAST  

Showers moved in overnight leading a wet commute Tuesday morning. Expect clouds and dreary conditions to stick around as temps push into the 70s. Get your full NBC10 First Alert forecast here.

WHAT YOU MISSED YESTERDAY

Good Samaritan Saves 8 From Burning Boat Off Jersey Shore: The U.S. Coast Guard says a good Samaritan rescued eight people from a burning boat off the coast of New Jersey. The Coast Guard says watchstanders received a distress call late Sunday afternoon saying a 40-foot recreational boat was ablaze several miles off the coast of Middletown Township.

AROUND THE WORLD

Mosque, Conference Center Attacked in Germany: Two home-made bombs hit a mosque and a conference center in eastern Germany late Monday in what officials called a "xenophobic" attack, NBC News reported. No one was injured by the blasts in Dresden, birthplace of a German grassroots anti-Islam movement known as PEGIDA. The city's police chief said officials were "now in crisis mode."

TODAY'S TALKER

Marlins Wear Jose Fernandez's No. 16 in Tribute: No one on the Miami Marlins will ever wear Jose Fernandez’s No. 16 again, owner Jeffrey Loria announced Monday, a day after the star pitcher was killed in a boating accident. But that only takes effect after Monday night, when Marlins players honored Fernandez by each wearing his jersey number during their game against the Mets, in which he had been scheduled to start.

SPORTS SPOT

Peyton Manning-ish: Eagles head coach Doug Pederson has some major praise for rookie QB Carson Wentz. Get your full sports news at CSNPhilly.

PHOTO OF THE DAY

See more Top News Photos here.

THROUGH IGER'S EYES

@wojconner captured this parking moment we can all relate to.

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

TODAY'S VIRAL VIDEO

After finding a skunk with a Coke can on its head, the guy does what he calls the bravest thing. Watch more here.

A LITTLE SWEETENER

Montgomery County Teen With Autism Wins Homecoming Crown: Montco Teen With Autism Wins Homecoming Crown: High school Senior Ben Hartranft, known affectionately as the unofficial "mayor" of North Penn High School, was crowned Homecoming king. "It felt amazing," the 18-year-old Lansdale native said. "I’ve been dreaming about it all summer." Hartranft was diagnosed with autism at the age of 2, and has since gone through intensive speech and social therapy. Read more.


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[Top Tweets on the 1st Presidential Debate]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:17:20 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP+-+Hofstra+Debate+16+sized.jpg

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump didn't hold back during the first debate of the 2016 general election. Because most viewers have a habit of watching through a second (and third) screen, Twitter feeds were equally intriguing. Here are some top reactions to Clinton and Trump’s grueling debate.

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<![CDATA[Debate Moderator's 'Pivotal' Task]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:26:58 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000017251453_1200x675_773684803903.jpg NBC10's Jim Rosenfield speaks with President and CEO of the National Constitution Center Jeffrey Rosen about the history of presidential debates and how the "pivotal" task of the debate moderator has evolved.]]> <![CDATA[Fact-Checker Talks Separating Truth From Fiction]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:25:43 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/frente-a-frente-trump-clinton.jpg NBC10's Jim Rosenfield sits with Deputy Managing Editor of "FactCheck.org" Robert Farley as Farley talks about the process behind fact-checking and how "traffic is the through the roof" in this presidential campaign.

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<![CDATA[NBC10 Talks Expectations for Debate Night ]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:23:53 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-610601290.jpg NBC10 reporter Lauren Mayk gives us updates on what's going on at the site of Hofstra University. She also visits Drexel University to find out what makes this presidential debate different than the past ones, and what viewers expect in tonight's showdown.

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<![CDATA[Battleground Bros Talk About Issues Important to Millennials]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:18:45 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000017251440_1200x675_773636675563.jpg NBC10 reporters Vince Lattanzio and David Chang are on a college tour in Pennsylvania to find out what issues impact millennials the most. In this segment, the Battleground Bros talk about their findings and NBC10 anchor Denise Nakano takes audience questions.]]> <![CDATA[Arnold Palmer's Unique Connection to Lafayette Hill Golf Course]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:07:56 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000017252069_1200x675_773662787946.jpg Locals at two Philadelphia-area golf clubs are reflecting on a lasting connection to "the King," Arnold Palmer, after his death Sunday at the age of 87. At Whitemarsh Valley Country Club in Lafayette Hill, his name is the first on a trophy in the clubhouse.]]> <![CDATA[Horsham Council Meets Again on Contaminated Water]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 21:46:43 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000017251315_1200x675_773613123950.jpg Tests found that water in the Horsham area is contaminated with chemicals from nearby military bases. NBC10 has the latest on the township's cleanup plans.]]> <![CDATA[Cause of Wilmington Fire That Killed Two Firemen Unknown]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:52:38 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000017249720_1200x675_773520451796.jpg Residents are left with many questions after two Wilmington firefighters died in a house fire Saturday morning. The cause of the fire is still unknown.]]> PHILADELPHIA BUSINESS JOURNAL]]> <![CDATA[Massive Entertainment Complex Opens in Fishtown]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:44:51 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/revolutions.PNG

A massive entertainment complex quietly opened in Fishtown, combining a restaurant and bar, night club and boutique bowling establishment into one concept.

Florida-based Frank Entertainment Cos. last Friday opened the 52,000-square-foot Revolutions at Penn Treaty in the upcoming Penn Treaty Village.

Revolutions, located at 1009 Canal St., is adjacent to concert hall The Fillmore and across North Delaware Avenue from SugarHouse Casino.

To read the full article, click here.


For more business news, visit Philadelphia Business Journal. 



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<![CDATA[2 Dead in N.J. Plane Crash ID'ed as N.J. Man and Pa. Woman]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 16:14:44 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/sky+manor+and+oak+summit.PNG

Two people killed in a deadly plane crash Sunday in central New Jersey have been identified as a New Jersey man and a Pennsylvania woman, according to authorities.

Gerald Budge, 59, of Robbinsville, New Jersey, and Karen Lowe, 52, of Telford Pennsylvania died in the crash at an airport in the Pittstown section of Alexandria.

A 9-1-1 call came in about 12:30 p.m. for a report of an accident at Sky Manor Airport, according to Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns, III.

State police troopers from the Kingwood barracks and Quakertown Fire and Rescue reported to the scene, about a half mile southwest of the airport's runway at Sky Manor and Oak Summit roads, Kearns released in a statement.

“Our condolences go out to the families of the victims. I commend the quick response of our first responders and their continued service to the community,” Kearns added.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the crash.



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<![CDATA[Montgomery County Takes Flu Prevention Steps]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 16:01:44 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/flue-shot.jpg

With flu season on its way, the Montgomery County Health Department is offering free flu vaccinations at clinics across the county. 

"Get vaccinated and spread the word, not the flu," the county said in a release.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyone six months and older get a flu vaccination as soon as it becomes available as it takes two weeks to take effect in your body and is the best way to protect yourself from the flu.

The clinics will offer the vaccination at no cost to county residents, but MCHD is asking for individuals to bring their insurance card if they have it.

The clinic sites listed below are walk-in and will have accommodations available for individuals with disabilities.

  • Saturday, October 1, 2016
    Abington Junior High School
    2056 Susquehanna Road, Abington
    10:00am-1:00pm
  • Thursday, October 6, 2016
    Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library
    1001 Powell Street, Norristown
    2:30pm-5:30pm
  • Thursday, October 13, 2016
    Hope Community Church
    2732 North Charlotte Street, Gilbertsville
    3:30pm-6:30pm
  • Saturday, October 15, 2016
    Montgomery County Community College
    College Hall 144/148/151
    340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell
    10:00am-1:00pm
    (Enter from Morris Road, turn left and then right at stop sign. Drive to parking bay 1A & 1B. Enter at lower glass atrium.)
  • Tuesday, October 18, 2016
    Upper Merion Township Building
    175 West Valley Forge Road, King of Prussia
    3:30pm-6:30pm
  • Tuesday, November 8, 2016
    Trinity Lutheran Church (Vote & Vax)
    1000 West Main Street, Lansdale
    3:30pm-6:30pm

Detweiler Family Medicine in conjunction with MCHD, Main Line Health, and the Norristown Area School District will also hold clinics where walk-ins are welcome, but preregistration is recommended, at the following sites:

  • Tuesday, October 4, 2016
    Eisenhower Science & Technology Leadership Academy (ESTLA)
    1601 Markley Street, Norristown
    4:00pm-7:00pm
    To preregister for attendance to ESTLA, please click here.
  • Thursday, October 27, 2016
    Norristown Area High School (NAHS)
    1900 Eagle Drive, Norristown
    4:00pm-7:00pm
    To preregister for attendance at NAHS, please click here.

Community Health Services is also partnering with MCHD to hold clinics for those 19 years and older at the following locations where registration is required:

  • Wednesday, October 19, 2016
    PALM Senior Center of Ardmore
    117 Ardmore Avenue, Ardmore
    9:00am-11:30am
  • Wednesday, October 19, 2016
    Merion Fire Company of Ardmore
    35 Greenfield Avenue, Ardmore
    1:00pm-3:00pm
  • Monday, October 31, 2016
    Upper Merion Senior Center
    431 W. Valley Forge Road, King of Prussia
    9:30am-11:30am

To register for these locations call 1-866-CALL-MLH



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<![CDATA[Mourning Fallen Wilmington Firefighters]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:07:04 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Christopher-Leach-Jerry-Fic.jpg

As doctors treated two Wilmington firefighters for burns, funeral plans were pending for their two comrades killed after the first floor of a burning row home collapsed early Saturday.

The mourning continued Monday for Wilmington Fire Lt. Christopher Leach, 41, and Wilmington Senior Firefighter Jerry Fickes, 51, as the body of both firefighters left the medical examiner's office for funeral homes.

 

"All of our family is hurting, significantly," said Wilmington Fire Department Chief Anthony Goode after Saturday's blaze. "The entire city is hurting significantly. I know I am."

Leach's body went to Chandler Funeral Home on Route 202 and while Fickes's was taken to Mealey Funeral Home on Broom Street.

Leach, who was assigned to Ladder 2, and Fickes, who was assigned to Squad 4, were two of the several firefighters who responded to a fire at a row home on the 1900 block of Lakeview Road in a development called Canby Park in Wilmington shortly before 3 a.m. Saturday.

Local and federal investigators including ATF officials could be seen sorting through the rubble for clues Sunday as the cause of the fire remained unclear.

Smoke detectors inside the home began going off as a family of six slept.

"We were like, 'wake up, wake up, it's a fire!'" said Winter Brooks, who lives inside the home. "It was really scary."

After the first unit arrived, a report was transmitted of heavy fire from the rear and another engine was dispatched. Firefighters entered the home and tried to save the family members who they believed were trapped inside the basement. They didn't realize at the time however that the entire family had safely escaped the burning house.

As the firefighters remained inside, the first floor of the home, which investigators say was soft and brittle, collapsed. Leach and Fickes then fell through to the basement and were trapped inside.

A Wilmington firefighter declared a "mayday" at 3:14 a.m. and officials directed more resources to assist them.

"Firefighters trapped, first floor," a dispatcher said in a recording obtained by NBC10. "Mayday has been declared. All units out."

Several firefighters searched through the home and eventually found Leach and Fickes dead.

Four other firefighters were also injured during the fire. Two of the survivors remained in critical condition Sunday morning at Crozer Chester Medical Center Burn Center while two others were treated and released from Christiana Hospital.

The fallen firefighters both left behind children and families. Leach was with the department for 14 years and Fickes spent the last 13 years as a Wilmington firefighter.

"He died a hero," said Betsy Arnold, a neighbor.

A prayer service was held for the two firefighters at the Salesianum School in Wilmington where Leach had attended as a teen. Leach's son also currently attends the school. Leach had visited the school just last week to talk with students.

Funeral plans were still pending Monday morning but a tentative memorial service was planned for Saturday, said Goode.



Photo Credit: Wilmington Fire Department
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<![CDATA['It's Our Year': Wentz's 'Guts' Have VP Biden Dreaming Big]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 13:45:53 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Eagles+Carson+Wentz+Joe+Biden.jpg

Plenty of Eagles fans allowed themselves to envision their beloved team winning a Super Bowl after Carson Wentz and the Eagles defense dismantled the Pittsburgh Steelers 34-3 Sunday.

Vice President Joe Biden, a Delaware native, included.

"It's our year," tweeted Biden Monday. [[394834881, C]]

Biden's wife, Dr. Jill Biden joins in the enthusiasm caused by the Eagles rookie quarterback sensation, saying Wentz showed "heart, guts and poise" while carrying the Eagles to a 3-0 start.

Biden's nudism for the Birds isn't lost on President Barack Obama who will visiting in Philly told a Hillary Clinton rally that Biden told him to "get on the Wentz Wagon." [[393296501, C]]

The question now is if there's enough energy in the Wentz Wagon to ride to a championship.



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