<![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 Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:35:40 -0500 Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:35:40 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Real-Life Lady Grinch Arrested at NJ Wawa: Police]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:26:24 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/christmas+lights.jpg

A real-life Grinch was arrested after allegedly plucking the holiday cheer from New Jerseyans’ yards.

Jeanette P. Montanez was tracked down to a Wawa in Gloucester Township after quiet onlookers said they saw her steal Christmas decorations from two homes on the 400 block of Dearborne Avenue in Blackwood, New Jersey.

A concerned community member saw the holiday buzzkill and was able to partially identify her vehicle, leading police to her arrest.

The stolen decorations, and the accompanying holiday cheer, were returned to their rightful owners.

Montanez was charged with two counts of theft and two counts of criminal attempt.



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<![CDATA[Power Outages in the Snow]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:22:27 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Rain-Storm-SD-3.JPG

With the arrival of November snow, hundreds of residents in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware found themselves without power be it due to the weather or another factor.

Get the latest power outage details from the electric companies serving your area!

These are the power outage numbers as of 1:15 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 26:

Here's the breakdown of outages from PECO:

PPL Electric:

  • Bucks: 1 (down since last hour)
  • Cumberland: No outages reported in last hour

PSE&G:

  • 0 reported in the South Jersey area

Atlantic City Electric:

  • Atlantic: Less than 5
  • Cape May: Less than 5
  • Salem: Less than 5

Delmarva:

  • New Castle: 135 (up since last hour)

PECO 

  • Emergency: 1-800-841-4141 (24 hour service)
  • Customer Service: 1-800-494-4000 (Mon through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat. 9 p.m. to 1 p.m.)

PPL 

  • Emergency: 1-800-DIAL-PPL (1-800-342-5775 (24 hour service)
  • Customer Service: 1-800-DIAL-PPL (1-800-342-5775) (Mon. through Fri. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Atlantic City Electric

  • Emergency: 1-800-833-7476
  • Customer Service: 1-800-642-3780

PSE&G 

  • Emergency: 800-436-PSEG (7734) (24 hour service)

Delmarva 

  • Emergency: New Castle County (DE) and Cecil and Harford Counties (MD) 1-800-898-8042
  • Kent and Sussex Counties (DE) and the Eastern Shore of Maryland 1-800-898-8045



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<![CDATA[Watch NBC10's SnowCam]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:04:51 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/221*120/Poconos+Snow+CAmelback+1126.JPG

Watch the Thanksgiving Eve snow fall from the exclusive NBC10 SnowCam at Camelback Mountain in the Poconos.

What's going on down the Jersey Shore? Check out NBC10's Winter Storm ShoreCam

What's it like on the roads? Check out NBC10's TrafficCam



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<![CDATA[Attorney 'Bought Underage Girl' DA]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 05:04:19 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Attorney+Brian+Meehan.jpg

A Center City attorney turned himself in Tuesday, accused of having sex with a 14-year-old girl, repeatedly, in his office.

Brian Meehan's arrest came as part of a Philadelphia grand jury investigation which reveals the sex trafficking story of a Germantown teen. She was lured by a couple in her own neighborhood and sold for sex to more than 20 men a week, including Meehan, according to District Attorney Seth Williams..

"I believe there's a special place in hell for men like Brian Meehan," said Williams.

In March of 2012, the victim was recruited by the couple, a man and woman who admitted to investigators they were running a prostitution ring out of their home on W. Harvey Street with five girls. During the first week, the teen was given some money by the couple but the relationship quickly turned violent and threatening. According to the teen's grand jury testimony, the couple sexually assaulted, beat and threatened to kill her if she tried to leave.

The victim testified she was taken on "out-calls" to Meehan's office in One Penn Center at 16th and JFK Boulevard on numerous occasions. She said they had sex in a conference room with a couch and that Meehan often offered her alcohol, which he drank but she didn't.

According to the grand jury documents, during her visits, "Meehan often talked about his wife and three daughters and the trips they'd taken, even suggesting that she might accompany him for travel."

When investigators searched Meehan's office in October, they cut out portions of the couch and a chair where investigators said they used ultraviolent light to detect bodily fluids. He was fired from Bishop, Dorfman, Lazaroff & Meehan last month. The firm issued a statement Tuesday saying they were shocked, appalled and moved swiftly in terminating Meehan. "Our thoughts are with the victim. We will continue to do everything we can to cooperate with the investigation."

Court documents show hundreds of pornographic websites were found in the history on Meehan's cellphone. Close to three dozen included pornographic videos with "teen" in the title.

According to the victim, Meehan, 56, told her "he liked young girls and the youngest girl he had sex with for money was 12-years-old."

"Nothing is as devastating to a family or as destructive to a life in development of a child as being a victim of sex abuse," Williams said.

Detectives began investigating the victim's case in 2012 after the Germantown couple sold her to a Camden couple for $300. When she arrived at a Camden hospital complaining of severe vaginal pain and discomfort, she told a nurse she was being forced into prostitution. Before police arrived to question her, she left the hospital. When they tried to track her down, they realized hospital staff had been given a fake name.

After that, the 14-year-old was sent back to the Germantown couple, recruited by another pimp and taken to Georgia. She was there for approximately a year before Federal authorities identified her as a victim of sex trafficking and eventually contacted police in Philadelphia.

Meehan was scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon on charges of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, unlawful contact with a minor, indecent assault, promoting prostitution of a minor and related offenses.

The Germantown couple has also been arrested and charged  with human trafficking, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, statutory sexual assault, unlawful contact with a minor, corrupting the morals of a minor, indecent assault and promoting prostitution of a minor. Their names are not being released until the grand jury completes its investigation.



Photo Credit: Philadelphia District Attorney's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Lucky Fan Gets Private Bob Dylan Concert]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:52:38 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/bob-dylan-136948873.jpg

A Swedish journalist and TV host got a sweet deal when he was selected to be the sole attendee at a private Bob Dylan concert held at the Philadelphia Academy of Music on Tuesday. In an interview, the lucky journalist, Fredrik Wilkingsson told Rolling Stone that he initially thought he was being Punk'd.

"I just couldn't fathom that Dylan would actually do this," Wilkingsson told Rolling Stone.

Dylan was paid to perform the concert as part of Experiment Ensam, a Swedish film series that follows people as they experience events that they would normally attend with others completely alone. Wilkingsson said he begged his friend and director of the series, Anders Helgeson, to be the one chosen to attend the concert.

Dylan played a four song set of classic hits by artists such as Buddy Holly and Fats Domino. Wilkingsson said he left the concert with sore jaws, "because I couldn't stop smiling."

A full video of the private concert will be available on YouTube on Dec. 15.

Read the full story here.



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<![CDATA[Pre-Thanksgiving Turkey Snow]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:17:59 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/downingtown+don+overton.jpg The day before Thanksgiving became a challenging one on area roads as snow fell on holiday travelers.

Photo Credit: Don Overton]]>
<![CDATA[Airport Preps for Holiday Storm]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:10:13 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/airport+PHL+thanksgiving+travel.JPG NBC10's Jesse Gary is finding out how Philadelphia International airport is handling the impending storm that raises more concerns the day before a major travel day.]]> <![CDATA[Watch NBC10's TrafficCam]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:40:31 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/224*120/TRaffic+Highway+Snow.JPG

Watch Thanksgiving Eve travelers battle the winter storm from the exclusive NBC10 TrafficCam as it darts around the area.

What's it doing in the Poconos? Check out NBC10's SnowCam

What's it like down the Jersey Shore? Check out NBC10's Winter Storm Shore Cam



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<![CDATA[Watch NBC10's ShoreCam]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:11:03 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/218*120/Cape+May+Rain+Shore+Cam+Noon.JPG

Watch the Thanksgiving Eve winter storm from the exclusive NBC10 ShoreCam at the Marquis de Lafayette Hotel in Cape May, New Jersey.

What's it doing in the Poconos? Check out NBC10's SnowCam

What's it like on the roads? Check out NBC10's TrafficCam



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<![CDATA[Philly's Holiday Traditions, Lights]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 07:47:27 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/Wanamaker+Light+Show+GMPTC-crop.jpg

Center City Philadelphia is a little bit brighter thanks to holiday family-friendly traditions all within walking distance. And, all for free!

Start at the Comcast Building at 1701 JFK Blvd for the Comcast Holiday Spectacular.

Now in its seventh year, the show utilizes one of the world's largest 4-mm LED video displays in the lobby of the Comcast Center. The 15-minute show features amazing visuals to Christmas music including The Nutcracker performed by the Pennsylvania Ballet and a brand-new animated performance of Carol of Bells featuring a 64-piece orchestra.

Comcast Holiday Spectacular runs daily on the hour from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day (excluding 5 p.m. on work days). Use the hashtag #Spectacular to share your photos and experiences of the show. (Comcast is the parent company of NBC10.)

After your visit to the Comcast Center, head towards the Christmas Village at LOVE Park. Now a tradition, the German-style Christmas market features dozens of merchants in wooden decorative booths with holiday gifts, ornaments and crafts for sale as well as the city's holiday tree. The market goes from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday from Thanksgiving through Dec. 28.

After leaving LOVE Park head to the other side of City Hall for the annual Holiday Light Show in the main area of Macy's in Center City.

The "Macy's Christmas Light Show," a holiday tradition since 1956, includes about 100,000 LED lights, the majestic sound of the Wanamaker organ and holiday favorite songs from Frosty the Snowman, Jingle Bell Rock and more.

Starting Black Friday, you can catch it every two hours from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (click here for the full schedule) through New Year's Eve (excluding Christmas) at 1300 Market St.

While at Macy's, head up to the third floor for the traditional "Dickens Village" display where the story of A Christmas Carol comes to life. You can even stop to take a photo with Father Christmas.

On your way out of the store be sure to check out the traditional holiday windows outside Macy's -- where the first Christmas window displays happened back in the 1870s.

All the events are geared towards kids of all ages.



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<![CDATA[Reports of Thunder Snow in Tri-State Region]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:29:11 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/carbon+county+snow+highway+randy.JPG

A Nor'eastert brought thunder snow to parts of the Delaware Valley on Thanksgiving Eve -- one of the busiest travel days of the year -- and caused headaches for travelers as they head to their holiday destinations.

The rainy and mild start to the day didn't last long as morning temperatures in the 40s headed towards the freezing mark throughout the day -- causing the precipitation to change to snow. 

"You won't believe how fast things will change," said NBC10 First Alert Chief Meterologist Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz, who added we'll see the heaviest snowfall from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday.

The storm prompted at least two Montgomery County, Pennsylvania communities -- West Pottsgrove Township and Hatfield Township-- to declare snow emergencies. The snow emergency will last from noon Wednesday until 5 a.m. Thursday for West Pottsgrove, while Hatfield Township's snow emergency began at 11 a.m.

Loud booms of thunder could be heard around 11:30 a.m. in northern Delaware, including Wilmington, and in parts of southeastern Pennsylvania, like Wayne, Nottingham and Kennett Square.

 

What started as light rain early Wednesday switched to snow in Berks County and the Poconos -- the areas expected to be hit hardest by the fast-moving system -- and parts of Bucks, Chester and Montgomery counties started to see snowflakes in the morning.

By midday, people reported seeing flurries in Philadelphia, as well as suburbs north and west of the city.

Snow will be falling steadily along the I-95 corridor and Philly burbs, however the precipitation will turn to a slushy mix in the city by late afternoon.

Snow should be completely out of the region by 6 p.m.

Afternoon temperatures will sink to about 30 degrees and gusty winds will make it feel even colder outside.

The expected drop in temperature led Philadelphia's Office of Emergency Management to issue a Code Blue alert. The Code Blue, which began at 7 a.m., means city officials take steps to ensure the chronically homeless have access to a warm place to stay.

As the system continues to head north and east, a distinct line in the Nor'easter distinguishes between the areas receiving snow and those seeing rain. "As the morning progresses," said NBC10 First Alert Meteorologist Bill Henley, "that rain-snow line will inch into portions of Burlington County and even Camden and Gloucester [counties]."   

The Lehigh Valley and outlying suburbs will continue to receive snow throughout the entire day -- with accumulation approaching nearly a foot in the mountains. The system will be completely out of our area by late evening hours, but the wintry mix will already have caused problems for travelers on the move for Thanksgiving.

The National Weather Service issued Wednesday a Winter Weather Advisory. The advisory, which begins at at 9 a.m. and ends at 10 p.m., was issued for Delaware County and parts of Chester, Bucks and Montgomery counties in Pennsylvania; Middlesex and Mercer counties in New Jersey; and Philadelphia. 

The advisory warns drivers of slick road conditions. "Anyone with holiday travel plans is urged to check road conditions before leaving," according to the National Weather Service advisory. "More difficult traveling conditions will be occurring farther to the north and west. Wet Snow could also obscure road signs."

Even though the ground is warm, snow could stick to roadways as temps drop quickly causing snowflakes to drop onto snowflakes. There is also the possibility of power outages as heavy, wet snow could accumulate on trees, causing them to fall on power lines. 

Estimated Snow Totals & Timeline

North & West
Northern and western suburbs - 5 to 8 inches of snow
Poconos - 8 to 12 inches of snow

Lehigh Valley; Upper Bucks, Upper Chester, Upper Montgomery counties
4 to 8 inches of snow

Lower Bucks, Lower Montgomery, Eastern Chester counties
3 to 5 inches of snow

Delaware County
2 to 4 inches of snow
I-95 Corridor
3 to 5 inches of snow

Philadelphia
1 to 3 inches of snow

South Jersey & Delaware
1 to 3 inches of snow
Less than 1 inch at the Jersey Shore

PennDOT prepared for the storm and has 444 road crews on hand throughout the region. PECO also added extra staff to respond to any power outages.

AMTRAK and SEPTA officials also told NBC10 they will have extra trains running as a record number of riders are expected.

Check with NBC10.com for the latest weather updates.



Photo Credit: Randy Gyllenhaal
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<![CDATA[10 at 7: What You Need to Know Today]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:20:06 -0500 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

Ferguson Protests Continue: People in cities across the country took to the streets to protest a grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson, Missouri Police Officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown on Tuesday. Some protests in Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles, and Oakland, Calif. snarled traffic on major streets and highways.

In Ferguson, officials say the protests--some peaceful, some violent--were not as volatile as Monday night's demonstrations. Still, more than 60 people were arrested Tuesday night. At least a dozen businesses were burned in protests early Tuesday. 

YOUR FIRST ALERT FORECAST

Grab your snow gear! Rain is here and snow is beginning to fall as temperatures continue to drop throughout the day.  Get your full NBC10 First Alert forecast here.

WHAT YOU MISSED YESTERDAY

Chaka Fattah, Jr. To Represent Himself in Fraud Trial: The son of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah filed a motion in federal court to ditch the lawyers that were representing him in a wire fraud trial. U.S. Congressman Chaka Fattah Jr. says he's decided to represent himself.

Fattah Jr. is accused of lying about his income to obtain more than $200,000 in business loans. Read more about Fattah Jr.'s pending trial here.

AROUND THE WORLD

Fire Kills 24 in Chinese Coal Mine: Officials in southwestern China say a fire spawned from a "gas incident" led to the death of 24 workers at the Yanshitai Coal Mine early Wednesday. Authorities say a minor earthquake occurred near the coal mine shortly before the incident, but they have not yet confirmed if the two are related.

More than 50 other workers were injured in the incident. Read the full story here.

TODAY'S TALKER

Bubonic Plague Outbreak Spreads in Madagascar: The World Health Organization (WHO) says more than 100 people have been infected with the bubonic plague in the east African nation Madagascar since Nov. 16. WHO officials say the latest "rapid spread" of the plague has killed 40 people.

The disease quickly passed between people in Madagascar through coughing. As many as 25 million died of the bubonic plague during the Middle Ages.

SPORTS SPOT

Eagles Receiver Clarifies Comments on Maclin: Eagles Receiver Riley Cooper says he was joking on Monday when he said his teammate, Jeremy Maclin, was shopping for a new contract.. Maclin responds. CSNPhilly has the details.

PHOTO OF THE DAY

See more Top News Photos here.

THROUGH IGER'S EYES

#PhillyIger's like @ramblephl are already buzzing about the upcoming opening day at the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest. The annual holiday fest which opens Nov. 28. and runs through early March, includes activities like pumpkin carving, face painting, games, and of course, lots of ice skating!

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

TODAY'S VIRAL VIDEO


British radio personality Chris Stark sat down with actress Jennifer Aniston for what he thought would be a normal interview. He has no idea he's being pranked by fellow deejay Scott Mills, and Aniston is in on it too! Watch as hilarity ensues.

A LITTLE SWEETENER

A Random Act of Kindness: When Coatesville resident Anne Nicol discovered that her car battery had died while she was sitting in the parking lot of a GIANT supermarket in Thorndale on Tuesday, she had no idea what to do. Within minutes a stranger came to her rescue. You'll never guess the identity of the man who helped the single mother of two. Find out who committed the random act of kindness 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[Tracking Travel Conditions as Storm Moves In]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:09:44 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/198*120/pennDOT+travel+prep+thanksgiving+2014.JPG NBC10's Katy Zachry is monitoring the travel conditions on the Pennsylvania Turnpike as rain moves in ahead of the snow.]]> <![CDATA[In Case You Missed It: Yesterday's Top Stories]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 05:25:49 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Attorney+Brian+Meehan.jpg

Didn't have a chance to catch the news? Here are yesterday's top stories.

Center City Attorney Paid for Sex With Teen in His Office: DA
Brian Meehan's arrest came as part of a Philadelphia grand jury investigation which reveals the sex trafficking story of a Germantown teen. She was lured by a couple in her own neighborhood and sold for sex to more than 20 men a week, including Meehan, according to District Attorney Seth Williams.

Philly's Ferguson Protests Stretch Into 2nd Day
With the Ferguson decision still fresh in their minds, protesters in Philadelphia held a second round of demonstrations on Tuesday as they rallied for justice on behalf of dead teen Michael Brown.

Snow & Rain to Hit Area Thanksgiving Eve
A Nor'easter expected to drop snow on much of the area on Thanksgiving Eve, one of the busiest travel days of the year, is moving towards our region. The wet weather will move in quickly and possibly be heavy at times.

Worker Pens Letter to Wal-Mart Heir Citing Hunger Struggle
A Cincinnati Walmart employee penned an emotional letter to Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. heiress Alice Walton after an Oklahoma City Walmart launched a donation drive for employees who do not earn enough money to buy Thanksgiving dinner last week.

Photos Released of Bear in Deadly Attack on Rutgers Student in New Jersey Nature Preserve
Authorities believe the photos of the bear were captured right before the Sept. 21 attack on Darsh Patel. Patel had gone hiking in the Apshawa Preserve with four friends when they encountered the bear, according to authorities. The group ran in different directions and noticed Patel was missing when they regrouped.



Photo Credit: Philadelphia District Attorney's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Forecast: Tracking Thanksgiving Eve Snow]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:04:43 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Farm+Snow+Horse+Malvern+Brian+Foster.jpg

The rain is falling as a low pressure system heads this way that will turn moisture to snow.



Photo Credit: Brian Foster
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<![CDATA[Water Main Break Floods Homes in Northeast Philly ]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:16:34 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/water+main+break+bowler+street.JPG

Several homeowners in Northeast Philadelphia woke up Wednesday to find their basements flooded after a water main broke overnight.

The 8-inch main broke near the intersection of Witler and Bowler streets in the Bustleton section of the city, spilling water into the street around 3:30 a.m., officials said.

No houses were evacuated, however water flooded basements and driveways -- inching above vehicle tires.

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<![CDATA[Stop and Frisk Policy Sparks Controversy]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:40:27 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Stop-and-Frisk-Controversy-.jpg "Stop and frisk" tactics which target minorities have sparked a great deal of controversy. But does it actually help? Check out part two of our investigation. WATCH part one of the investigation HERE.

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<![CDATA[ACME President's Random Act of Kindness]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 07:22:13 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/nicols-reciept.jpg

In case you were doubtful, there are still good people in the world. Just ask Anne Nicol, a 43-year-old  single mother of two from Coatesville, who was the recipient of a stranger's kindness outside a Chester County grocery store.

Nicol was in the parking lot of the GIANT in Thorndale Tuesday morning when she noticed something was wrong with her truck.

"I was supposed to go to my kid's school and I was just going to run to the grocery store real quick," Nicol said. "I pulled in and the truck didn't sound right to me." 

After turning off the engine and attempting to turn it back on, Nicol realized her truck's battery had died. Not knowing what to do, she called a friend who suggested she put up the hood of her car and hope that someone helped.

Within a minute, someone did -- and that someone was Jim Perkins, president of ACME. Yes, ACME, GIANT's competitor.

"I went into the store to do a competitive check, check the competition," Perkins told NBC10. "I came back out and saw a hood up and a lady by herself."

Perkins walked up to Nicol, introduced himself and handed her his business card. Nicol said Perkins' polite and direct demeanor, as well as his nice car which he pulled around, convinced her he was who he said he was.

"He immediately put his hand out, shook it and gave me his business card," Nicol said. "He was clean cut and looked me in my eye." 

After checking under the hood, Perkins swung into action.

"He immediately jumped into action, locating jumper cables from a GIANT employee and jumping my truck," said Nicol.

But Perkins didn't stop there. He used his GPS to find the nearest auto parts store, Advanced Auto Parts, which was located across the street.

"I could tell that she needed more help than that so I asked her to just follow me into Advanced Auto Parts," Perkins said.

Perkins explained the situation to the auto store's employee, Mike, and both men went outside to access the truck, Nicol said.

"I thought Jim had left because he gave me his card with his cell phone number on the back," Nicol said. "I thanked him and gave him a hug."

To Nicol's surprise, Perkins reappeared moments later with a brand new set of jumper cables.

"Compliments of ACME," Perkins told Nicol. "You cant be out there without jumper cables." 

Perkins then stayed with Nicol as the workers checked her car.

"She had some things to take care of so I just said, 'Let me just stay with you until we get it done,'" Perkins said.

Yet as kind as Perkins had been to her, Nicol was still shocked by what happened next. Perkins walked over to the service counter and tossed his credit card onto Mike's keyboard.

"I got this," Perkins said. "Get her whatever she needs. Just make sure she's taken care of." 

Knowing Nicol was short on cash, Perkins paid for the new battery she needed for her truck. Mike replaced the battery and she was on her way. Nicol told NBC10 Perkins' actions brought her to tears.

"Thank you from the bottom of my heart," she said. "Kindness in humanity does prevail."

Perkins gave a simple explanation for his actions.

"I like to do good deeds when I can and she certainly looked like she could use the help," Perkins said. "So I stopped and helped her."

He also told NBC10 he hoped his good deed could inspire others during the Holiday season.

"If we find people in need, let's help each other out," he said. "It makes the world a better place." 

Nicol told NBC10 she plans to take what Perkins did for her and "pay it forward" by doing a good deed for someone else.

"Jim is a true inspiration to all of us and I would only hope that his kindness will inspire others to just be kind," she said. "That's all we need to keep fostering in this crazy world today. Whether it's rioting in the streets, hunger, domestic violence, or just a simple broke single mom with a dead battery in the grocery store parking lot, just be kind to one another. Not just this season, but throughout the year. There is plenty of kindness in all of us to snuff out the negative and make things better for everyone."



Photo Credit: Anne Nicol]]>
<![CDATA[Snowstorm Changing Travelers Plans]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 21:47:01 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008750235_1200x675_363569219624.jpg NBC10's Doug Shimell talks to travelers in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania about their holiday plans and the impending nor'easter.]]> <![CDATA[A Close Look at "Stop and Frisk"]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 07:29:40 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008750809_1200x675_363638851804.jpg Philadelphia citizens and the ACLU are speaking out against the Philadelphia Police Department's "stop and frisk" practices. NBC10's Mitch Blacher investigates. WATCH part two of the investigation HERE. ]]> <![CDATA[Death of Wife of Cooper CEO Ruled a Homicide: Report]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:10:13 -0500 Credit: Courier-Post Online ]]> Credit: Courier-Post Online ]]> http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/John+Joyce+Sheridan+1200+x+675.jpg

The death of the wife of the CEO of Cooper Hospital was ruled a homicide, according to a report from the Philadelphia Inquirer. The Inquirer reported Tuesday they obtained a copy of Joyce Sheridan's death certificate which listed her manner of death a homicide. They also reported her husband, John Sheridan, Jr.'s death certificate listed his manner of death as "pending investigation."

NBC10 reached out to Sheridan family representative Thomas Wilson. Wilson did not confirm a cause of death however.

John Sheridan, Jr., the head of Cooper University Health System, and his wife, Joyce, were found unresponsive in the bedroom of their Montgomery Township, N.J. home on Sept. 28. The 72-year-old husband was pronounced dead at the scene. Joyce, 69, was taken to a nearby hospital and later died.

On Nov. 18, a family member told The Courier-Post newspaper Sheridan Jr. and his wife were violently stabbed before their bedroom was set on fire.

Investigators had said the fire was deliberately set, but had not released an exact cause of death. Officials have said the public was not at risk. Prosecutors have also said the four sons are not suspects in their parents' deaths.

A family member, who was not named in the report, told the paper Joyce Sheridan was stabbed eight or more times in a violent attack.

John Sheridan, Jr. had "tentative" stab wounds on his side and an unspecified penetrating wound in his neck that may have hit his jugular vein, according to the report. He was found beneath an armoire that was doused with gas and set on fire, the paper reported.

Two knives were recovered at the scene — one in the bedroom and another in a different location on the property, the report stated.

The family member did not say who might have been behind the stabbing.

NBC10 reached out to the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office, but we have not received a response.

In a joint statement, the couple's four sons said they would not be commenting until the investigation is finished.

"From the beginning we have said that no one wants answers about our parents' deaths more than us. Real answers will only come after a full and thorough investigation," the statement read. "We do not condone releasing information in a piecemeal fashion because of frustration with the process, it is not helpful to getting to the truth about what happened to our parents. We are committed to getting to the truth and that means we will not comment while the investigation is ongoing."

The family has hired a private investigator to launch an independent probe into the deaths.



Photo Credit: Courier-Post Online]]>