<![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, 03 Jul 2015 08:23:05 -0400 Fri, 03 Jul 2015 08:23:05 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Teacher Running Again After Broad Street Run Collapse]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 08:22:53 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/joe+maguire+heart+broad+street+run+collapse.JPG

For most people, the Broad Street Run is simply a race -- a competition. But Philadelphia’s 10-miler proved to be more than just a test of endurance for some people.

Elementary school teacher Joe Maguire, 33, was about 2.5 miles into the Independence Blue Cross-sponsored event when he felt some numbness in his legs.

“Leading up to it, the whole day felt completely normal,” Maguire said. “I thought of [the tingling] as a little cramp, slow down a bit, maybe it will go away.”

The next thing he remembers is waking up in an ambulance, strapped down. An EMT explained to him that his heart had stopped beating and that they shocked him and brought him back.

“A family member received a phone call, and then I checked my phone, and I had a text saying ‘Your loved one had an accident, please meet them at Temple Hospital,'” said Lauren Maguire, Joe’s wife.

A nurse at Penn happened to be running past Joe soon after he collapsed and immediately stopped to help. She began performing CPR alongside a few other racers, including a doctor who had also stopped.

The doctors at Temple University Hospital placed a defibrillator in his left side, just under the skin.

“That will watch his rhythm 24 hours a day and if it ever detects a fast rhythm it will deliver a shock to his heart that will return his heart to normal within seconds,” said Dr. Josh Cooper, one of Maguire’s cardiologists.

Maguire has since undergone genetic testing and a follow-up exam, and they’ve all come back completely normal. He has not had any complications, and doctors are running more tests to try to discern the true cause of the incident.

Today, Maguire is getting back into a more regular exercise schedule.

“I started running a mile every day down the shore.”

Maguire said he was put at ease a bit because he trusts the defibrillator. He tries not to worry too much about it happening again.

Cooper added that the people who came to Joe’s aid are the real heroes, prime examples of what to do when a situation like this arises.

“When someone passes out in public, people need to take action.”

As for Joe’s outlook, his wife explained, “He loves life and he appreciates what he has and shows that every day.”

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<![CDATA[NBC10 First Alert Weather: Holiday Showers]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 07:24:58 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000011028565_1200x675_475828803961.jpg Conditions will be dry today, but showers will move into the area for the holiday weekend. NBC10 First Alert Meteorologist Sheena Parveen has your full July 4th forecast.]]> <![CDATA[Wawa Marks July 4 With Fireworks, Concert in Philly]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 07:20:04 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000011028544_1200x675_475829315546.jpg Nearly half a million people are expected to attend festivities on the Ben Franklin Parkway for Wawa Welcome America celebration.]]> <![CDATA[1 Dead in Crash on I-95]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 06:41:07 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000011026936_1200x675_475779139831.jpg One person was killed after an SUV rear-ended a tractor trailer on I-95 in Chester, Delaware County.]]> <![CDATA[NBC10 First Alert Weather: Drier Day]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 05:48:13 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/7DayJuly4th.PNG It will be dried Friday, but NBC10 First Alert Meteorologist Sheena Parveen says there are showers in the forecast for Independence Day.]]> <![CDATA[10 at 7: What You Need to Know Today]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 06:31:21 -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

Phone Uploads Photos of Thieves: Detectives in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania are hoping someone can identify two men they'd like to interview in the theft of a pizza delivery driver's car, cash and smartphone after photos of them were uploaded to the victim's Google Drive. The driver was making a delivery for Best Quality Pizza in Lansdowne early Monday to the Park Lane East apartments along Beverly Boulevard and he returned to find his car gone, police said. Along with it, $500 cash and his white Motorola smartphone.

Police recovered the car a few hours later, but without the cash and phone. The phone's GPS tracking was also switched off. Still active, however, was the automatic uploading of photos taken with the phone's camera. The victim logged into the account Tuesday to find pictures of the young men, police said.

YOUR FIRST ALERT FORECAST 

Friday is expected to be dry with a mix of sun and clouds but Saturday could see some showers. Saturday showers are expected to clear out in time for fireworks. The sun is expected to return on Sunday. High temp: 84 degrees. Get your full NBC10 First Alert forecast here.

WHAT YOU MISSED YESTERDAY

3 Girls Hit By Car After 2-Vehicle Crash: Delaware State Police say three girls were hit by a car forced onto the sidewalk after colliding at about 5:15 p.m. Wednesday in Newark. Troopers say 21-year-old Cristian Zavala-Vazquez of Newark was driving on Kirkwood Highway when he tried to make a left turn. Police say Zavala-Vazquez's vehicle drove into the path of a car driven by 88-year-old Ahmad Amini of Hockessin and when the two vehicles collided, one was forced onto the sidewalk and hit three girls, ages 13 and 15. Amini and the three girls were taken to Christiana Hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening.

AROUND THE WORLD

Mass Shootings "Contagious," Study Says: Police have said so for years and now scientists have measured the effect: Mass shootings and school attacks do inspire copycats. As many as 20 to 30 percent of attacks are set off by other attacks, according to researchers at Arizona State University and Northeastern Illinois University. The effect lasts about 13 days, they write in the report published Thursday in the Public Library of Science journal PLoS ONE. "On average, mass killings involving firearms occur approximately every two weeks in the U.S., while school shootings occur on average monthly," wrote Sherry Towers, a research professor at ASU, and her colleagues.

TODAY'S TALKER

Fencing to be Constructed for Pope Visit: Philadelphia officials plan to construct an 8-foot tall fence to enclose a more than 4 mile stretch of Center City for Pope Francis' visit in September, multiple sources with knowledge of security plans tell NBC10. The perimeter fence will start to be erected on Monday, Sept. 21 and cover a 4-and-a-half mile swath of downtown. The area will then be swept by security personnel and go through rolling security checks through the weekend, sources said. On Friday, Sept. 25, the day before the pope arrives, sources said a no vehicle zone will be established on the outside of the fence stretching up to four blocks away. It's not clear if roads will remain open inside the fence before Friday. Learn more about the Pope visit here.

 

SPORTS SPOT

Phillies Lose to Brewers 7 to 8: Phillies Pitcher Chad Billingsley said he had trouble "putting guys away." Phillies Interim Manager Pete Mackanin said Billingsley is still on his way to getting healthy. Get your full sports news at CSNPhilly.

PHOTO OF THE DAY

See more Top News Photos here.

THROUGH IGER'S EYES

@isaiasespinosa snapped this cool image of the Philadelphia Art Museum.

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

TODAY'S VIRAL VIDEO

Two women in a canoe on the River Shannon stumble across one of nature's greatest phenomenons; a murmuration of starlings.Watch the video here.

A LITTLE SWEETENER

Brewers' Big Eater Breaks Cheesesteak Record: Milwaukee Brewers bullpen catcher Marcus Hanel ate 18 cheesesteaks in the last three days, that's six a day. He held the three-day record but decided to eat No. 19 and broke the four-day record too. Hanel said the whole thing has been fun and he may go for 20, 21 or even his 22nd cheesesteak next. Learn more about the cheesesteak record here.

 


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<![CDATA[Four Shot, Two Dead in Robbery Gone Wrong in Nicetown]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 07:31:56 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/NicetownShooting.PNG

Four people were shot, two killed in a robbery gone wrong in Nicetown early Friday morning, police said.

A gunman wearing a ski mask approached a group of people along the 1900 block of Juniata Street around 2 a.m. and tried to rob them.

A person in the group then pulled out a gun and shots were exchanged, according to investigators on the scene.

Police said in all, four people were hit including the alleged suspect who fled from the scene, collapsed and died a short distance away.

Three other people were taken to the hospital with gunshot wounds, one man died. A man and a woman were listed in stable condition.



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<![CDATA[NBC10 First Alert Weather: Chance of Rain Looms Over 4th of July]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 23:46:41 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000011023677_1200x675_475595843961.jpg The timing of rain on Saturday could affect firework shows. NBC10's First Alert meteorologist Sheena Parveen breaks down the holiday forecast.]]> <![CDATA[FBI Agents Visit Allentown City Hall]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 23:41:45 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000011023066_1200x675_475583043981.jpg FBI agents were at the Allentown City Hall asking about contracts.]]> <![CDATA[Stop Selling 'Gun Grip Case,' Get Free PR Services]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 06:42:31 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Cell_Phone_Gun_Case1.jpg

Leave it to a public relations agency to make a good PR move.

Swordfish Communications, a South Jersey PR agency, announced Thursday it will offer its services free of charge to any retailer currently selling the iPhone “Gun Grip Case” -- which looks like a real handgun — as long as they stop selling it.

"This was a misguided idea from the start, and it’s not a matter of if someone will get killed, but when,” said Swordfish founder Gary Frisch. “Retailers who are currently selling these need to stop, and we’ll reward them by providing some free PR service, starting with announcing that they’ve discontinued sales of the product.”

The offer applies to any retail store, including mom-and-pop shops, chain stores and online retailers.

New Jersey State Police denounced the controversial phone case saying, “it’s not a good idea. It looks real, and it could put people’s lives in danger.”

The case features a realistic handle, trigger and trigger guard and it's made to fit into a waistband. When the “trigger” is pulled, the case produces the sound of gunfire.

“Somehow, some retailers thought this was just another gimmicky product,” Frisch said. “This is a great opportunity to rethink that choice, generate positive publicity by doing so, and possibly save lives.” 



Photo Credit: Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Facebook]]>
<![CDATA[Sights and Sounds of Wawa Welcome America Holiday Plans]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 22:32:07 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000011020939_1200x675_475338819998.jpg Wawa Welcome America is providing a number of events to help Philadelphia celebrate the 4th of July. NBC10 photojournalist Bruce Ryan shows the sights and sounds of set-up.]]> <![CDATA[Driver Killed in Fiery Roosevelt Boulevard Crash]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 00:02:46 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Driver+Killed+Fiery+Boulevard+Crash.jpg

A driver was killed after his car hit a tree and it burst into flames along the Roosevelt Boulevard Thursday night, police said.

The crash happened in the northbound lanes near Conwell Avenue around 9 p.m., officials said.

Police and witnesses tell NBC10 that other drivers immediately came to help the victim.

Phillip Vasserman said he was in the park across the street and ran over when he heard the crash. He said a number of people tried to pull the man, described by police as middle-aged, from the car and a nurse tried to perform CPR. The man could not be saved, however.

Philadelphia Police's Accident Investigation Division is on scene.



Photo Credit: Phillip Vasserman]]>
<![CDATA[Explosions Heard as 3-Alarm Warehouse Fire Burns]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 06:37:50 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Folcroft+Warehouse+Fire.PNG

A roof partially collapsed and explosions could be heard inside a Folcroft, Pennsylvania warehouse as a three-alarm fire tore through the building Thursday night.

The fire started around 7:30 p.m. in the depot located along the 1000 block of Henderson Boulevard, fire officials said.

Officials believe oxygen containers are exploding from the intense heat inside the building. Firefighters have been unable to enter because of the danger.

It was nearly three hours before firefighters were able to bring the fire under control, officials said.

There are no reports of injuries. Officials have called in hazmat crews to assist.



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<![CDATA[Fence Being Built Around Center City for Pope's Visit: Sources]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 06:41:44 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/pope+francis+popemobile+crowd.jpg

Philadelphia officials plan to construct an 8-foot tall fence to enclose a more than 4 mile stretch of Center City for Pope Francis' visit in September, multiple sources with knowledge of security plans tell NBC10.

The perimeter fence will start to be erected on Monday, September 21 and cover a 4-and-a-half mile swath of downtown. The area will then be swept by security personnel and go through rolling security checks through the weekend, sources said.

On Friday, September 25, the day before the pope arrives, sources said a no vehicle zone will be established on the outside of the fence stretching up to four blocks away.

More than 1.5 million people are expected to come to Philadelphia to see Pope Francis and take part in a Sunday mass along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. It will be his first visit to the United States since becoming the Roman Catholic church's leader. The pope will make eight public appearances while in the city over a two-day span September 26 and 27.

It's not clear if roads will remain open inside the fence before Friday. City officials said they were not ready to release road closure details at a briefing last month about mass transit operations during the pontiff's visit.

Mayor Michael Nutter did say visitors and residents should "be prepared to walk for miles" during Pope Francis' time in the city.



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<![CDATA[Brewers' Big Eater Breaks Phillies Cheesesteak Record]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 22:45:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/brewers+coach+cheesesteak.PNG There's one man in the bullpen who is living it up while he's in Philadelphia. One of the team's employees displayed a record-setting stunt for our NBC10 cameras this afternoon. CSNPhilly's John Clark has more.

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<![CDATA[Woman, 2 Others Questioned in Throat Slashing Murder: Sources]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 23:27:04 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Regina-Brunner.jpg

Homicide detectives are questioning a woman and two others after raiding a West Oak Lane home Thursday as part of the investigation into the throat slashing murder of an 85-year-old woman, sources tell NBC10.

Police entered a home along the 6600 block of Bouvier Street Thursday afternoon and took a laptop into evidence, according to sources. A witness told NBC10 a woman lives there. A person answered the door at the home, but did not comment.

Investigators confirmed they were speaking to three people in connection with the brutal murder of Regina Brunner, but would not elaborate.

Brunner was found by her son in the first floor bedroom of her Roumfort Road rancher in East Mt. Airy Tuesday morning. She had been severely beaten and had her throat slashed with a knife. Her Toyota Corolla was stolen before being recovered the next day in North Philadelphia. Police also recovered a knife in a church playground near the car. It had been wiped-down.

Police said the woman's ATM card was used at least twice Sunday by more than one person, sources said. The motive appears to be robbery.

Philadelphia Police Homicide Capt. James Clark tells NBC10 investigators are "making significant progress" in the case.

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<![CDATA[Stolen Phone Uploads Pictures of Suspects to Cloud]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 23:45:41 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Upper+Darby+Stolen+Smartphone+Car+Suspects+blur.jpg

Detectives in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania are hoping someone can identify two men they'd like to interview in the theft of a pizza delivery driver's car, cash and smartphone after photos of them were uploaded to the victim's Google Drive.

The driver was making a delivery for Best Quality Pizza in Lansdowne early Monday to the Park Lane East apartments along Beverly Boulevard and he returned to find his car gone, police said. Along with it, $500 cash and his white Motorola smartphone.

Police recovered the car a few hours later, but without the cash and phone. The phone's GPS tracking was also switched off.

Still active, however, was the automatic uploading of photos taken with the phone's camera.

The victim logged into the account Tuesday to find pictures of the young men, police said. One shirtless and tattooed with the Philadelphia skyline and LOVE statue, both holding a sawed-off shotgun.

"I was shocked," said the man who asked to keep his identity hidden."It would be nice if I got my phone back, but I think the most important thing is that they're off the streets."

The firearm in photos have detectives more concerned. They're hoping someone recognizes the men and notifies investigators.

"It's a nasty, nasty weapon," Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said. "They basically set themselves up for, hopefully, their demise and getting that gun off these street."

Anyone with information is asked to call Upper Darby Police at 610.734.7693.



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<![CDATA[Fire Captain Wanted Sex With Girl & Her Mom: Prosecutors]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 17:43:24 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Jesse+Kopala.jpg

Police said a Camden County, New Jersey volunteer fire captain thought he was meeting a woman and her underage daughter for sex Wednesday, but in reality he was greeted by undercover detectives.

Jesse Kopala, of Stratford, was arrested in Mount Laurel after visiting a predetermined meeting location, police said.

The 39-year-old captain with the Stratford Fire Department had been communicating with an undercover investigator with Burlington County's High-Tech Crimes Unit. According to prosecutors, Kopala told the detective, who was posing as a mom, that he wanted to have sex with a young girl and have the mother participate.

Kopala was charged with Criminal Attempt Sexual Assault and Criminal Attempt Endangering the Welfare of Children. He is being held in the county jail on $75,000 bail.

The case is being referred to a grand jury.

It's not immediately clear whether Kopala has retained legal counsel.



Photo Credit: Burlington County Prosecutor's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Wheelchair-Accessible Taxi Cabs Now in Philly]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 06:38:34 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000011020358_1200x675_475292739779.jpg Philadelphia now has a wheelchair-accessible taxi cab and it rolled through city streets on Thursday afternoon.]]> <![CDATA[NJ Families Losing Homes in Mortgage Scam]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 22:30:57 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/families+losing+homes+mortgage+scam.PNG

For the last 15 years, William Friedrich’s family has made a lot of memories living in their South Jersey home.

"It’s not so much me but it’s my kids. I mean, this is the only home they’ve ever known,” Friedrich said.

The Friedrich family fell on hard times last year and weren’t able to pay their mortgage. In a desperate attempt to save their Berlin home, he contacted a mortgage modification company after getting a flyer in the mail.

“We thought, you know, it was God sent this guy calling us. We got that paper, you know,” he said.

But the Federal Trade Commission says the company was a fraud. The Friedrichs lost thousands of dollars and are now being evicted. They have to leave by July 15.

"They're going to take all of this all away from all of us,” Karen Friedrich said sobbing.

The Friedrichs aren’t alone. The feds say 500 people across the country fell prey to this scheme. In the Philadelphia area, we spoke with nearly a dozen.

Every family has a similar story. They turned to Hope Services, also called HAMP Services, to modify their mortgages and lower their interest rates. Now, they're fighting to keep their homes.

“They told me that they were a government program. That they would make my home affordable,” said Margot Garcia of Pennsauken.

“I thought thank God somebody is helping me save my house,” said Sewell resident Deborah Krug.

Adding trust was the use of President Barack Obama’s name and professional looking information. Some thought it was a program started by the government, but in fact the name was slightly different.

The real government program is The Home Affordable Modification Program or HAMP. It uses a phone number ending in the letters “H-O-P-E.”

“They repeatedly reference government programs specifically programs related to Obama. They use Obama's name quite a bit,” said Federal Trade Commission attorney Jonathan Cohen.

Cohen said the homeowners had to make three payments to the phony mortgage modifiers.

“Hundreds of customers made these trial mortgage payments. Unfortunately, not a single one reached any of their lenders,” he said.

Instead, Cohen says, those behind this scheme stole around $2.5 million in payments.

According to court documents, the money was allegedly spent on things such as trips to Las Vegas, country club dues and sports memorabilia.

"This is devastating for these individuals that are individuals who have already experienced some form of financial hardship,” Cohen said.

The FTC went undercover and busted the group that they say took the money.

Investigators asked Hope Services for a loan modification on a vacant lot, made the initial payment and then followed the money. The FTC recorded on video one of the suspect’s girlfriends cashing their check.

"Unfortunately these scams are very common," Cohen said.

For the Friedrichs and others, there’s little time to worry about what Hope Services did. Now they need a roof over their heads and a new place to call home.
“I’m not going to lie to you. It’s not going to be easy. We’re going to have a lot of hard times. There might be nights in motels. There might be nights in the car,” William Friedrich said.

“This is leaving family, family, friends. It’s like I don’t even know. It’s destroying, it’s destroying me inside,” Karen Friedrich said.

The FTC has filed a civil suit against five California men connected to Hope and HAMP services. NBC10 reached out to them. Only one of their attorneys responded saying his client did not solicit homeowners and was not aware HOPE and HAMP services were out of compliance with mortgage modification regulations.



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<![CDATA[More NJ Man O'War Sightings]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 16:48:42 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000011020328_1200x675_475288643571.jpg While you are walking along the beach during the holiday weeekend, watch out for these jellyfish-like creatures with a painful sting. Sightings have been recorded from Ocean City all the way to Long Beach Island.]]> <![CDATA[Holiday Traffic Picks Up in Delaware]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 16:36:59 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000011020026_1200x675_475279939516.jpg Beach-goers are migrating down the shore for the holiday weekend, and that means traffic will be extra heavy on the majors. NBC10's Tim Furlong reports on the best time to travel, and the best places to buy gas.]]> <![CDATA[Wet Start to the Holiday At The Shore]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 16:23:34 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000011019985_1200x675_475272259693.jpg Many people started the holiday weekend early on Thursday down the shore. NBC10's Drew Smith reports rain washed away vacationers first beach day.]]> <![CDATA[Preparing for the Pope: Reporting from Argentina]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 17:41:08 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Argentina+Pkg_next+week_TEMPLE_E-Mail+16+x+9+22.jpg NBC10's Jim Rosenfield and Telemundo 62's Ramon Zayas traveled to the homeland of Pope Francis in Argentina for a revealing look at how Fr. Jorge grew up, his passions, the controversy that followed him to Rome and what friends say you can expect from Pope Francis during his time in Philadelphia.]]> <![CDATA[National LGBT 50th Anniversary]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 15:08:33 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000011017552_1200x675_475109443936.jpg Philadelphia is home to the LGBT Civil Rights Movement. Equality Forum Executive Director, Malcolm Lazin sits down with NBC10's Rosemary Connors to discuss the National LGBT 50th Anniversary and celebration.]]> <![CDATA[NJ Leaders Seeking Storm Aide from State]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 14:58:11 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000011017078_1200x675_475087939891.jpg Some counties in New Jersey are still recovering from last week's serve weather. NBC10's Monique Braxton is in Woolwich, Township, Gloucester County were local leaders hope Governor Chris Christie's office can offer some relief aide.]]> <![CDATA[Philadelphia on Track For More Water Main Breaks Than Previous Years]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 14:03:51 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/224*120/Water+Main+Breaks.JPG Days apart, two water mains burst, flooding Philadelphia streets. NBC10's Mitch Blacher reports the city is on track to have hundreds more water main breaks than our initial investigation revealed.

Photo Credit: NBC10 Investigators]]>
<![CDATA[Cat Saved From Engine After 28-Mile Ride to Chocolate Plant]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 13:14:25 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/cat+rescue+engine.jpg

An orange and white cat survived a 28-mile journey in the engine of a pickup truck a Mars Chocolate North America employee was driving across state lines to his job Thursday, authorities say.  

Animal control authorities were called to the plant in Hackettstown after the cat was spotted in the engine following the trek from East Stroudsburg, officials said.

With the help of the town's public works department and Mars employees, the cat was freed from the fan blades. It ran off, but was caught by police after a brief chase on foot.

The animal was turned over, unharmed, to an animal control officer.

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<![CDATA[Granite Run Mall Officially Closes Doors]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 12:11:46 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000011017185_1200x675_475101251671.jpg The Granite Run Mall moves one step closer to beginning a $20 million redevelopment project by closing the doors to its common area on Wednesday. The Delaware County building is slated to be demolished completely later on this year.]]> <![CDATA[Truck Hits Power Lines in DE]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 12:08:44 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000011017101_1200x675_475091011768.jpg Delaware energy crews work to restore power to hundreds of homes and businesses along Marsh Road in Wilmington after a waste management truck ran into power lines early Thursday morning.]]> <![CDATA[Manco & Manco Owners Plead Guilty, Face Up to 5 Years]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 16:43:24 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/210*120/e32ec3c362b446049066d609a597b753.jpg

The owners of popular New Jersey restaurant chain Manco & Manco Pizza pleaded guilty Thursday to tax evasion, lying to IRS agents and structuring cash payments to avoid reporting requirements.

The announcement came from U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman on July 2, as Charles and Mary Bangle of Somers Point pleaded guilty in Camden federal court.

According to court documents, Charles handled day-to-day operations of the restaurant while Mary dealt with cash and payroll.

Charles Bangle admitted to underreporting his income on his 2010 U.S. individual income tax return. He avoided $91,577 in taxes according to the indictment.

Mary Bangle admitted that she was interviewed by IRS special agents in 2012 about her bank account. She lied and stated that she only kept enough cash to handle payroll and a few bills, when she was actualy keeping more for personal use. She also lied about cash deposits into her bank account.

Both are facing charges that carry sentences of up to five years in prison.

Attorneys for the couple said both had accepted responsibility for their actions. Vincent Sarubbi, an attorney representing Charles Bangle, said in an email that his client will dispute some of the government's factual contentions about the alleged conspiracy at the October sentencing hearing.

Mary Bangle's attorney, Rocco Cipparone, said in an email that federal sentencing guidelines recommend that she receive a sentence of probation.

Sentencing for both defendants is currently scheduled for October 8 of this year.

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<![CDATA[Child Falls Out Window in West Kensington]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 16:40:52 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/ChildFallsFromwindow.PNG

A young child was rushed to the hospital after falling out a window in Philadelphia Thursday, police said.

The six-year-old boy fell out a second-story window of a home in the 100 block of West Huntingdon Street in West Kensington.

The child was taken to St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children for a possible fractured hip and arm, but his exact condition was not immediately known.

The incident is under investigation.
 



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<![CDATA[Battleship NJ Celebrates America's 239th Birthday, Holds Naturalization Ceremony]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 13:17:25 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/Naturalization+ceremony+on+the+Battleship+NJ.jpg

America will commemorate its independence Saturday and about four dozen people will celebrate in a special way – by becoming American citizens.

This July 4 aboard the Battleship New Jersey, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will administer the Oath of Allegiance to 46 men and women.

According to a press release from Battleship New Jersey, the 46 citizenship candidates come from 28 countries, with Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe and South America all represented. Five of the soon-to-be citizens are members of the military.

USCIS celebrates Independence Day each year with naturalization ceremonies across the country and this year is no different – more than 50 ceremonies will add more than 4,000 citizens to the nation’s population the week of America’s 239th birthday.

Look for photos and posts about the ceremonies on social media using the hashtag #newUScitizen.

For more information on USCIS and its programs, please visit www.uscis.gov or follow us on Twitter, YouTube and the USCIS blog The Beacon



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<![CDATA[Roosevelt Mall Flea Market Returns After 20+ Years]]> Fri, 26 Jun 2015 12:14:25 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/200906fleamarket.jpg

The Roosevelt Mall Flea Market is back after a 20+ year absence!

The vintage market will return to the mall's parking lot on Cottman Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia.

Every Sunday starting in July, vendors will be featuring high-quality vintage items from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Stop by and check out some vintage antiques, collectibles, jewelry, clothing and accessories, along with household goods, pottery, glassware, and more!

No new merchandise or sports-related clothing will be permitted at the market as a courtesy to the vendors.

The market is officially located between the Dunkin’ Donuts and Wendy's at 2323 Cottman Avenue.

For more information, visit the Phila Flea Markets website or call (215) 625-FLEA [3532].

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