<![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 Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:21:01 -0400 Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:21:01 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Vigil Held for Mom Killed by SEPTA Bus]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:44:25 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Sheena-White.jpg

Friends and family gathered in South Philadelphia Monday night to remember a young mother who was struck and killed by a SEPTA bus while she was crossing the street with her son.

A vigil was held for 29-year-old Sheena White on 15th Street and Washington Avenue. Loved ones prayed, sang songs and released balloons in her honor.

On Friday, White and her 8-year-old son Kenny were walking on 15th and Washington when they were hit by a Route 27 bus.

The mother and son were in the crosswalk at the time and were struck as the bus made a left onto Washington Avenue, officials said.

"They ran in front of the bus and she was caught by the front of the bus," said Capt. Anthony Ginaldi.

Ginaldi said she was pulled under the front tire. When officers arrived, they found the boy trying to revive his mother.

“He was in the street by his mother asking his mommy to just get up,” said Sheena’s mother Delores White while in tears.

Sheena White died from her injuries at the scene. Kenny was treated for several cuts, bruises and a badly injured leg at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He was released Monday and will now live with his grandmother.

“He has no mother and no father,” Delores White said. “I’m what he’s got.”

Kenny will require a wheelchair due to the injuries he suffered. But the family says the emotional scars are far more damaging than the physical.

“I’m going to get him some professional help,” Delores said. “As I said he has no mother and no father right now.”

Sheena White’s sister LeKesha White told NBC10 she hopes the accident will lead to changes that will prevent another tragedy.

“These blindsides are what’s killing these people,” she said. “They were in the crosswalk. He should’ve seen them.”

The bus driver involved in the accident has not been charged though police continue to investigate. NBC10 reached out to SEPTA for comment. They told us they would not respond at this time since the incident is still under investigation.
 



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<![CDATA[Mumia Selected as Commencement Speaker for College]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 23:25:05 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/PHI+mumia+abu+jamal+042611.jpg

Prisoner, former death row inmate, author and journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal will give the commencement speech at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont.

The college announced Monday that Abu-Jamal, who received his Bachelor of Arts from Goddard in 1996, was selected by the Fall 2014 graduating class.

Abu-Jamal, 60, was sentenced to death for the 1981 murder of Officer Daniel Faulkner. Prosecutors later agreed to a life term after a federal appeals court ordered a new sentencing hearing, citing flawed jury instructions.

Since his arrest, Abu-Jamal has gained supporters worldwide who claim he is innocent of the crime and the victim of a racist legal system. Many opponents however, including Faulkner's widow and Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, maintain that Abu-Jamal was Faulkner's killer.

Abu-Jamal currently resides at the Mahanoy State Correctional Institution in Frackville, Pa. after he was transferred there from death row in 2012.

Officials at Goddard College say his commencement remarks were prerecorded and will be played along a short video from filmmaker Stephen Vittoria. Vittoria released a documentary on Abu-Jamal titled “Long Distance Revolutionary: A Journey with Mumia Abu-Jamal” in 2012.

“As a reflection of Goddard’s individualized and transformational educational model, our commencements are intimate affairs where each student serves as her or his own valedictorian, and each class chooses its own speaker,” said Goddard College Interim President Bob Kenny. “Choosing Mumia as their commencement speaker, to me, shows how this newest group of Goddard graduates expresses their freedom to engage and think radically and critically in a world that often sets up barriers to do just that.”

The commencement ceremony will take place October 5 at the Haybarn Theatre at Goddard College at 123 Pitkin Road in Plainfield, Vermont starting at 4 p.m. 

Goddard College is a liberal arts college with locations in Plainfield Vermont, Port Townsend Washington and Seattle, Washington.



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<![CDATA[First Philly Suburb Turns on Red Light Cameras ]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:45:25 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/209*120/b83583ccfcab4c1dbaf2e7c32ccb9fce.jpg

The warning period is about to end for red light camera violators in Abington Township, Montgomery County. Starting Wednesday, anyone who runs a red light will receive a $100 fine.

On August 1, Abington Township became the first Philly suburb to use red light cameras.

The law allowing the devices to be used outside of Philadelphia was passed more than two years ago and Abington Township voted on installing the cameras last April.

A 60-day grace period -- during which the cameras recorded violations but drivers only received warning notices -- expires October 1. After that, violators will be issued $100 tickets.

Abington officials said the cameras would encourage drivers to think twice before running a red light and reduce accidents in the area.

Abington Police Chief Bill Kelly told AAA that the red light cameras were chosen for locations where there are a significant number of red light violations, accidents, accidents with injuries, and accidents involving red light violations.

The red-light cameras will cover three intersections:

  • Route 63 (Moreland Road) & Fitzwatertown Road
  • Route 611 (Old York Road) & Susquehanna Road
  • Route 611 (Old York Road) & Old Welsh Road

The Township will not gain any revenue from the program, except to reimburse them for the actual program expenses, including equipment and personnel costs.

The red-light program will last one year. At that point, officials will evaluate its effectiveness and vote on extending the program.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 10 Philadelphia

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<![CDATA[Officer Assaults Partner During Lovers' Quarrel: Sources]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:50:26 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/police+badge+overtime+02262013.jpg

A Philadelphia Police officer is on desk-duty after he allegedly assaulted his female partner and lover during an argument, according to NBC10 sources.

Lieutenant John Stanford told NBC10 the two unidentified 18th district officers got into an argument Friday near police headquarters while they were both on-duty and in uniform. The argument ultimately escalated into a fight. 

Sources tell NBC10 the two officers were having an affair and the alleged assault is being investigated as a possible domestic dispute.

According to investigators, the female officer, who has worked in the department for nearly 20 years, suffered facial injuries, including fractures and bruising, and was treated at a local hospital. They have not yet revealed her condition.

The male officer is currently on desk duty and his gun was confiscated pending the outcome of the investigation. Officials with Internal Affairs are handling the case.

"Any time you have a situation like this it's something very serious," Stanford said. "The department looks at it in a very serious way. It's not going to be something taken lightly. Necessary action will be taken once a thorough investigation is completed." 
 



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<![CDATA[Popeye's Gunman May Have Killed Pregnant Mom: Police]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 18:00:58 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Pregnant-Mom-and-Suspect.jpg

Philadelphia Police are searching for a suspect in a fatal shooting outside a Popeye’s Chicken restaurant who may have also killed the pregnant girlfriend of his alleged accomplice.

Markese Martin, 25, of the 1700 block of W Godfrey Avenue is wanted for the shooting death of 42-year-old Kenneth Woods. On September 23 around 4 p.m., Woods was shot in the chest in the parking lot of the Popeye’s Chicken on the 4200 block of Broad Street.

Woods was taken to Temple Hospital by an unidentified civilian and was pronounced dead at 5:37 p.m.

On Friday, homicide investigators issued a warrant for Martin for the shooting death of Woods. Police also arrested 20-year-old Megan Jones of Blue Bell, Pa. as well as 26-year-old Kord Rozier of the 1300 block of E. Price Street in connection to the shooting. Both Jones and Rozier are charged with murder and other related offenses.

Markese Martin is also considered a person of interest in the murder of Rozier’s pregnant girlfriend Jasmine Williams. On September 24, Williams, 25 and Rozier were on the 1600 block of W Nedro Street when a gunman opened fire. Williams was struck several times. She was taken to Einstein Hospital where she was pronounced dead at 1:03 a.m.

Williams was 8-months-pregnant with Rozier's child at the time of the shooting. Doctors delivered her baby girl but the infant was pronounced dead at 2:16 a.m. Rozier was also struck in the shooting but survived after treatment at Temple University Hospital.

Family members told NBC10 Rozier planned to surrender in connection to the Popeye’s shooting prior to his girlfriend’s death. They believe Rozier was specifically targeted once his alleged accomplice found out he was going to turn himself in to authorities and that Williams was an innocent bystander.

Martin is considered armed and dangerous. If you have any information on his whereabouts, please call the Homicide Fugitive Squad at 215-686-3068, 215-686-3334 or call 911.
 



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<![CDATA[Woman Hurt After Car Slams Into Sunoco Gas Station]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 21:33:25 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Car-Into-Gas-Sation.jpg

A woman was hurt after her car slammed into a gas station in the Port Richmond section of the city.

The unidentified woman was driving on Castor Avenue and Richmond Street Monday night when she somehow lost control of her vehicle. The car slammed into a Sunoco Gas Station and knocked a gas pump off its base.

Officials say nothing caught fire in spite of the collision. The woman was taken to a local hospital. Officials have not yet revealed her condition or the cause of the crash.

This story is developing. Stay with NBC10.com for updates.



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<![CDATA[Enterovirus May Cause Polio-like Symptoms]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:52:03 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Enterovirus+D68.jpg Children with Enterovirus D-68 may be showing signs of paralysis. NBC10's Jim Rosenfield has more on what the CDC is saying about the virus.

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<![CDATA[Firefighter Grant Awarded in Delaware]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 01:07:14 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008233601_1200x675_335084099613.jpg A Firefighter Grant was awarded to one of the busiest fire company's in Delaware: the Aetna Hose, Hook, and Ladder. The funding will provide the department with new firefighting gear.]]> <![CDATA[Rutgers Camden and Camden County College Agreement]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 01:05:33 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/rutgers_camden_722x406_2190562219.jpg Officials from Rutgers Camden and Camden County College signed a new agreement Monday to expand the existing partnership between the two schools.

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<![CDATA[Amnesty Boxes Placed in Philly Schools]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 01:03:05 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Amnesty-Box.jpg New Danger Dropboxes will be placed in high schools across the city, allowing students to dispose of drugs, weapons, or any other dangerous items they may have on their person before entering school or going through the metal detector. NBC10's Rosemary Connors has more on these new amnesty boxes.

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<![CDATA[Mark Your Calendars for the Next Great Shredder Event]]> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 16:27:54 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Shredder+2014+1200x675.jpg

The next Great Shredder Event will be held on Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Center, 3601 South Broad Street.

This year, Allstate is teaming up with NBC10 and Telemundo62 to help the public protect itself by offering FREE shredding services to permanently destroy personal documents. In addition, your favorite NBC10 and Telemundo62 anchors and reporters will be on-site to greet you, sign autographs, take photos and help you with your items.

Shred-it, the official document destruction service company of the Great Shredder Event, will be on-site to ensure all personal information is kept secure and confidential at all times.

More information about the Great Shredder Event, including specific instructions, directions and event activities, will be posted in the weeks ahead. In the meantime, be sure to mark your calendars for Saturday, October 18th, 2014 for NBC10 and Telemundo62’s next Great Shredder Event!
 

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<![CDATA[Boardwalk Injuries Spark Big Pay-Out]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:55:02 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008233955_1200x675_335113795824.jpg According to a study by the Press of Atlantic City, in the last 5 years, $1.8 million has been paid out to people who claim they were injured on the boardwalk.]]> <![CDATA[Gunman Shoots Man in the Face Inside Home]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 22:03:40 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/police-line-generic722.jpg

A Camden man was killed Monday night after he was shot in the face inside a home.

Police were called to a home on the 1200 block of Thurman Street. When they arrived they found a man inside the home suffering a gunshot wound to the face. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officials have not yet revealed the victim’s identity or a description of any suspects.

This story is developing. Stay with NBC10.com for updates.
 



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<![CDATA[Rabbi's SUV Catches Fire on Rosh Hashanah]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 21:05:53 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Rabbi-SUV.jpg

Officials are investigating a fire that destroyed a rabbi’s SUV that was parked outside an Atlantic City Synagogue on Rosh Hashanah.

Rabbi David Kushner of the Rodef Sholom Synagogue tells NBC10 he parked his Ford Explorer in the temple’s parking lot Wednesday and left it there as he walked home. Around 2 a.m. Thursday, firefighters were called to the scene after the vehicle somehow caught fire.

Kushner volunteers at the Hatzolah EMS in Monmouth County. The fire destroyed his SUV as well as his EMT equipment inside. The flames also caused minor damage to the synagogue.

Kushner told NBC10 he believes the fire was set intentionally.

“It’s hurtful but it’s not anger,” Kushner said. “It’s more of a sadness that this is a reality in our time. I think it behooves all of us to be aware that these types of actions happen in the world and to be vigilant in order to prevent it.”

Several Holocaust survivors and their families attend Rodef Sholom. While police have not determined a cause of the fire, they tell NBC10 they’re not ruling out the possibility that the blaze was a hate crime and intentionally set. 

“The high holidays are a time of introspection and looking at the past and looking forward into the future,” Rabbi Kushner said. “To have an incident like this puts a real damper on the holiday.”

With Yom Kippur beginning Friday night, police plan on increasing patrols around the Synagogue. Synagogue leaders also tell NBC10 they’re in the process of hiring their own private security.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 10 Philadelphia



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<![CDATA[8 Kids Hurt in South Philly School Bus Crash]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 18:54:17 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/South-Philly-School-Bus-Cra.jpg

Several children were injured after a school bus and car collided in South Philadelphia.

The bus was taking students home from the Al-Aqsa Islamic Academy Monday afternoon when it collided with a car at 15th and Passyunk streets.

Eight children were hurt in the crash. They were taken to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and treated for minor injuries.

Officials continue to investigate the accident.



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<![CDATA[NJDOT Road Closures in Camden County]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 20:15:31 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/a0146-000130a.jpg

Several lane closures are in effect this week on I-295 in Bellmawr, Mt. Ephraim and Gloucester City in Camden County, New Jersey due to a milling and pavement project. The following closures will take place at the following locations and times.

Monday 8 p.m. – Tuesday 5 a.m.

  • NJDOT will be closing I-295 northbound left lane and Exit 26 to Route 42 northbound/I-76 westbound.
  • Route 42 northbound will have two lanes closed from just south of the Creek Road overpass to Klemm Avenue
  • Route 42 southbound left lane will be closed from m Browning Road to just past Creek Road
  • Two lanes will be closed on I-295 northbound for a quarter mile near Exit 25/Route 47. One lane will be maintained during the work.

Tuesday 8 p.m.-Wednesday 5 a.m.

  • Route 42 northbound will have the two right lanes closed from about Creek Road to Klemm Avenue. Motorists on Route 42 northbound/I-76 westbound will be unable to access Exit 1C (Market Street) or Exit 1D (Route 130 northbound).
  • Motorists on Route 42 northbound/I-76 westbound will be directed to stay right and take the I-676 split (Exit 2) to Collings Road (Exit 1) westbound. From there motorists take I-76 eastbound to Exit 1C (Route 130 southbound) to the Market Street Exit to Route 130 northbound.
  • Motorists on I-295 northbound will be directed to take Exit 28/Route 168 Blackhorse Pike to I-295 southbound to Exit 26/I-76 westbound.

Wednesday 8 p.m.-Friday 5 a.m.

  • Route 42 northbound will have the right lanes closed and the I-76 westbound Exit 1C (Market Street) and Exit 1D (Route 130 northbound) will be closed.
  • Motorists on Route 42 northbound/I-76 westbound will be directed to stay right and take the I-676 split (Exit 2) to Collings Road (Exit 1) westbound. From there motorists take I-76 eastbound to Exit 1C (Route 130 southbound) to the Market Street Exit to Route 130 northbound.
  • Route 295 southbound Exit 26 to I-76 westbound also will be closed for those three nights with a signed detour. Motorists will be directed to Exit 25A (Delsea Drive) to I-295 northbound to Route 42 northbound/I-76 westbound.

Electronic message signs will be used to notify motorists of the lane closures and detours. Motorists can check www.511nj.org for real-time travel information.
 



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<![CDATA[Falling Golf Cart Kills Beloved Philly Zoo Employee]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 01:12:35 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/zoo+worker+crushed+by+golf+cart.jpg

A longtime, beloved employee of the Philadelphia Zoo died after a golf cart fell on top of him while he was working Monday morning.

The victim was a mechanic who was working alone in a maintenance garage, co-worker Michelle Jamison said.

"The golf cart, from what I've been told, was up on a lift and somehow fell on him," said Jamison, who is also a union health and safety representative at the zoo.

When the worker did not show up to a regular 10 a.m. meeting, his boss sent someone over to the garage to check on him. They found him pinned under the cart.

The man, 59, was pronounced dead just before noon after he was rushed to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. His name is not being released until family members are notified.

Jamison said the death was very upsetting, especially for people who knew the victim.

"Beautiful person. The nicest man you'd ever want to meet," Jamison said. "My heart is broken."

Dana Lombardo, Director of Communications for the zoo, said the victim was a "great friend and well-respected colleague. He was a big part of our zoo family," she said. "It's a very sad day here. He will be missed terribly."

Grief counselors are being made available for zoo staff.

Lombardo said as far as anyone could recall, it may be the first time a worker had died on the job at the Philadelphia Zoo.

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<![CDATA[Teen Girl: Catcaller Attacked My Boyfriend]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:36:43 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008223236_1200x675_334420035718.jpg

A man who tried to defend his pregnant girlfriend from a group of catcallers ended up in a Philadelphia hospital with a broken jaw.

The victim, 20, was attacked around midnight Friday in Southwest Philadelphia as he walked along the 6500 block of Dicks Avenue with his 17-year-old girlfriend, who is five-months pregnant, and her sister.

The girlfriend, who did not want to be identified, told NBC10 they were approached by a group of men.

“Three guys started catcalling me,” the girl said. “My boyfriend was standing next to me. He started to say, ‘That’s rude. That’s disrespectful. I’m her boyfriend and I’m right here.’”

The girl says the men then approached her boyfriend.

“They kind of made a circle around him,” she said. “They were pretty large guys. Then one man standing in front of him came out of nowhere and punched him on the side of the jaw.”

The punch knocked her boyfriend unconscious. The three men fled on foot, going westbound on Buist Avenue, according to Philadelphia police.

“Half of his jaw was separated,” the girl said. “I was screaming. My sister was screaming and people stopped. The cops came eventually.”

The victim underwent hours of surgery at Hahnemann Hospital. He was released from the hospital Monday. The victim's sister told NBC10 the lower part of his jaw was bolted and wired shut after it was split in half during the attack.

"He can't speak, he's hunched over when he walks and he'll have to be fed through a syringe for at least the next eight weeks," his sister told NBC10.

Philadelphia police do not have detailed descriptions of the assailants. One man they described as is in his 30s, heavy build, with facial hair. He was wearing a red hoody. The other two men were wearing dark clothing and one of them is described as thin.
 

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 10 Philadelphia

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<![CDATA[Kids Hurt in South Philly School Bus Crash ]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 18:54:45 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/South+Philly+School+Bus+Crash+1.jpg Eight children were hurt in a school bus crash in South Philadelphia Monday afternoon. An NBC10 viewer sent us these photos from the scene of the crash.]]> <![CDATA[National Crime Crackdown Program]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 12:02:59 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008231166_1200x675_334883907947.jpg Camden and Wilmington were selected by the federal government to take part in a program to end city violence. NBC10's Matt DeLucia is tracking the efforts of local leaders as they head to Washington to combat crime.]]> <![CDATA[Teenage Dad Dies in House Fire]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 13:11:02 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Helen+Street+Fire+Christian+Rivera.jpg

A teenager died after fire tore through his Philadelphia home early Monday.

The blaze broke out around 6 a.m. on the 2700 block of Helen Street in the Kensington section of the city.

Firefighters quickly got the fire under control but it was too late for  an 18-year-old found dead inside.

Family members later identified the victim as Christian Rivera, a father to a young boy.

Rivera had spent Sunday at Puerto Rican Day festivities with his 18-month old son Avion, according to family members. The young boy wasn't with his father at the time of the blaze.

Fire Chief Derrick Sawyer said that the man shared the home with his mother who was hospitalized at the time due to an unrelated health issue.

The cause of the blaze remained under investigation. It's possible that the home was without power and that the family lived by candlelight.

Sawyer said that this was the 24th fire death in the city so far in 2014, already tying the total amount of fire fatalities from last year.



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<![CDATA[Some Charges Dropped as Fallen Hero Officer Leaves Jail]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 11:59:40 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Decoatsworth-Scar.jpg

A judge released a former hero Philadelphia police officer who once pleaded guilty to charges he drugged and assaulted two alleged prostitutes after dropping some of the most serious charges against the fallen hero.

Richard DeCoatsworth, 28, who once faced a $10 million bail on serious charges, was released on his own recognizance Monday morning after a judge tossed out sex crime charges.

"After an intense follow up investigation by the District Attorney's Office it was determined there was not enough evidence to proceed to trial with the trafficking and sex crime charges against this defendant," said a statement from DA Seth Williams' office.

The domestic violence case continues against DeCoatsworth with the next court hearing set for next month, said court officials.

After DeCoatsworth removed his earlier guilty plea earlier this year, his then defense attorney Charles Peruto Jr. said that his client -- against attorney advice -- wanted to go to trial on the original charges against him.

The disgraced former officer had earlier pleaded guilty to promoting prostitution, simple assault and a drug charge. In exchange, prosecutors had dropped a long list of more serious charges including rape and making terroristic threats.

DeCoatsworth faced counts including rape, assault case, false imprisonment, firearms and drug charges after he allegedly made two women take drugs and perform oral sex on him at gunpoint. The 28-year-old was also charged with assaulting his live-in girlfriend in an incident on May 9.

"When you're charged with a million crimes that will give you a million years and you're offered a sweetheart deal, a lot of people will take it," Peruto said. "This guy doesn't want a deal. He wants his day in court and I can't blame him. He doesn't want to plead guilty to a crime he did not commit." 

Attorney Lloyd Perry now represents DeCoatsworth, according to court filings. Parry successfully petitioned Monday to have his client's cellphone records entered in court.

According to an earlier indictment, DeCoatsworth allegedly forced a woman into prostitution at a Days Inn motel in the Lawncrest section of Philadelphia in May of last year. Lawyers later argued that cellphone conversations would reveal the true nature of the relationship between DeCoatsworth and the woman.

DeCoatsworth was shot in the face during a September 2007 traffic stop. After being shot, he chased the suspect for some time before collapsing. Police say he was able to radio enough information about the shooter for other officers to nab him.

He was honored for his heroism in 2008 with a Top Cop award and sat next to First Lady Michelle Obama during President Barack Obama’s first address to congress at the U.S. Capitol.

His reign as a top cop began to unravel in the coming years. The city has already spent at least $1.5 million defending itself against DeCoatsworth's checkered past in the department including a couple alleged violent incidents.

DeCoatsworth left the Philadelphia Police force on disability in December 2011.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 10 Philadelphia



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<![CDATA[Fire Destroys Montgomery County Home]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 09:22:04 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008229447_1200x675_334846019568.jpg A fire gutted a home in Upper Dublin, Pennsylvania early Monday morning. Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the blaze.]]> <![CDATA[Union Volunteers to Repaint Battleship]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 09:39:55 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/Big+Gun.jpg

A major painter's union wants to help repaint the Camden Waterfront's historic Battleship New Jersey.

The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades will reveal their initiative, “Fire Power for Freedom,” Monday. Renovations to the ship’s exterior should take place over the next few weeks.

TripAdvisor names the Battleship New Jersey, which sits on the Delaware River just across from Center City Philadelphia, as the No. 1 attraction in Camden.

“Finally took the time to visit the Battleship NJ and were not disappointed” said one reviewer, Greg P. “It's an important piece of US history and you owe it to yourself to visit it!”

The old ship is a unique, local part of naval history that people have admired for decades. Now it will be an even prettier part of naval history -- IUPAT will donate materials and manpower to repaint the ship.

The launch event will take place at 11 a.m. on the mighty vessel herself.
 

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 10 Philadelphia

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<![CDATA[2 Cities Aim to Cut Crime Through Federal Program]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 09:14:01 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008229410_1200x675_334843459735.jpg Wilmington, Delaware and Camden, New Jersey look to be selected to take part in a federal program aimed at cutting back city crime and violence. NBC10's Matt DeLucia reports.]]>