<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Local News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.comen-usWed, 22 Feb 2017 01:22:18 -0500Wed, 22 Feb 2017 01:22:18 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Carjacking Victim Lies About Missing Boy: Police ]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:21:13 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Stolen+Vehicle+Carjacking_22631771.jpg

A carjacking victim is accused of lying to investigators about a missing boy in Philadelphia because he wanted to "watch the police work harder."

Marcus Fletcher, 22, was arrested and charged with false reports.

Late Monday night, Fletcher flagged down Philadelphia Police on the 1500 block of Wingohocking Street. He told the officers he was a pizza delivery driver and that he was robbed and carjacked by two men, one armed, while making a delivery on the 4600 block of N. Sydenham Street. 

Fletcher said the men stole his wallet, which included his ID and credit cards, $30 in cash, his phone and his 1995 Ford Escort. Fletcher said the men then drove his vehicle down the block. Fletcher also told police his 4-year-old nephew was inside his vehicle when it was carjacked, investigators said.

Police located Fletcher's vehicle within minutes about a half-mile away on the 4300 block of N. 16th Street where it was parked, locked and unoccupied.

Detectives interviewed Fletcher as police launched an extensive search in the area that included helicopters, officers on the ground and K9 units. Police say Fletcher gave several accounts on how the robbery occurred and was unable to provide a detailed description of the boy or the child's parents.

After several hours, Fletcher allegedly admitted to police that he lied about a missing child. Police say Fletcher told investigators he had been robbed before but didn't believe officers provided him adequate service at the time. He allegedly told police he made up the story about the missing boy in order to "watch the police work harder."

While Fletcher has been charged and accused of lying about the missing boy, police say they believe he was telling the truth about being robbed and carjacked. They continue to investigate.

<![CDATA[Animal Control Officer Accused of Sexually Assaulting Boy]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:30:01 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Saul-Barson.jpg

A New Jersey animal control officer was arrested Monday after he allegedly sexually assaulted a boy at a park in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Saul Nathan Barson, 29, of Lambertville, New Jersey, is accused of sexually assaulted a 13-year-old boy at the Pat Livezey Park in Solebury Township, Pennsylvania back on February 3. Police say Barson met the victim through SnapChat.

Barson is charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, statutory sexual assault, sexual assault, indecent assault, corruption of minors and criminal use of a communication facility.

Barson had worked as an Animal Control Officer in Princeton, New Jersey since 2015. Upon learning about the allegations against him, Princeton suspended Barson without pay pending further developments in the case.

Police also say another man, identified as 21-year-old Nicholas Fischer, sexually assaulted an underage victim at the same park. Fischer met the victim through the dating app Grindr, according to investigators. Police say the two incidents occurred less than a week apart though they don't believe they're related. 

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<![CDATA[NJ Police Officer Tracks Down and Meets Birth Mom ]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 23:48:01 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Officer+Finds+Birth+Mom+_22645095.jpg

Long Beach Island Police Officer Megan Keller already has a four year old daughter. But up until last month, she had never met her own biological mother. She had been adopted at birth after her mother had her at 18.

That all changed when New Jersey passed a new state law that unsealed adoption records. Keller was one of more than 1,000 adopted adults are now in possession of their birth records after submitting applications of the request, according to the New Jersey Department of Health. 
With the new tools at her disposal, Megan took advantage. Now, something that she was unable to attain for decades- her original birth certificate- arrived by mail. 
“I sometimes pinch myself, ‘Wow, did that really happen?’” Keller said. 
The new paperwork revealed her mother to be Alicia Combs, who currently lives in North Carolina. After years of being in the dark, Keller took advantage right away and booked her travel to visit her biological mother last month. Despite never meeting, Keller says the experience did not make her feel alone. 
““It was just hugs and tears. It wasn’t like meeting strangers, though.”
 Combs was overwhelmed by the sudden discovery after dealing with her decision all since she was 18. 
“A rollercoaster of all kinds of emotions. All the pain of when I put Megan up for adoption came out but then all the joy of her finding me.” 
There’s also more than meets the eye. While Keller resides in Surf City New Jersey, she also found her long-lost sister Jenna to be living in Surf City, North Carolina. 
“I don’t use the word coincidence anymore. Everyone’s connected.”
Driven by her goal to fill her family’s medical history, Keller set out on the quest to find that missing piece. She says her adopted parents, Kathie and Jim Cochrane, pushed her towards that goal and never discouraged her. 
“I would never deny her the right to find out her roots,” Kathie said. 
The reunion has inspired Keller to intertwine the branches of her family tree. The Cochranes are set to meet the Combs in May. She has also already booked a return trip to North Carolina next month, where she plans to meet a second sister and grandmother. 
“It’s really been quite a whirlwind,” Keller said. 

That all changed when New Jersey passed a new state law that unsealed adoption records. Keller was one of more than 1,000 adopted adults to receive a copy of their birth record after the state started taking applications, according to the New Jersey Department of Health. 

With the new tool at her disposal, Keller finally had her answer.

“I sometimes pinch myself, ‘Wow, did that really happen?’” Keller said. 

The new paperwork revealed her mother to be Alicia Combs, who currently lives in North Carolina. After years of being in the dark, Keller found Combs on Facebook, and within weeks she had booked travel for her first visit.

Keller described the experience of meeting her mother for the first time as liberating.

“It was just hugs and tears," she said. "It wasn’t like meeting strangers, though.”

Combs was overwhelmed by the sudden discovery after dealing with her decision to put her daughter up for adoption since she was 18. 

“A rollercoaster of all kinds of emotions," Combs said. "All the pain of when I put Megan up for adoption came out but then all the joy of her finding me.”

But that wasn't the only reunion for Keller. While Keller resides in Surf City, New Jersey, she also found her long-lost sister Jenna to be living in Surf City, North Carolina. The two also met on her visit.

“I don’t use the word coincidence anymore. Everyone’s connected," Keller said.

The goal to filling her family’s medical history sent Keller on this quest. She says her adopted parents, Kathie and Jim Cochrane, pushed her towards that aspiration and never discouraged her.

“I would never deny her the right to find out her roots,” Kathie Cochrane said. 

The reunion inspired Keller to intertwine the other branches of her family tree. The Cochranes are set to meet the Combs in May. She has also already booked a return trip to North Carolina next month, where she plans to meet a second sister and grandmother. 

“It’s really been quite a whirlwind,” Keller said. 

<![CDATA[Inmate Allegedly Beaten By Correctional Officers]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:15:28 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Derrick+Houlihan.jpg_22643214.jpg

In an NBC10 exclusive, Mitch Blacher and the investigators are looking for answers after an inmate was allegedly assaulted by as many as six officers at the Montgomery County Corrections Center.

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<![CDATA[Man Accused of Shooting Guards at Willingboro VFW ]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 23:09:37 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Brandon-Washington.jpg

Police arrested a man accused of shooting two security guards at the Willingboro VFW earlier this month.

Brandon Washington, 31, was arrested Tuesday at a home on the unit block of Pageant Lane in Willingboro, New Jersey by members of the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force and Burlington County Sheriff’s Department Fugitive Unit.

Police say Washington was being escorted from the Willingboro VFW on Creekview Road back on February 16 by two security guards when he took out a handgun and opened fire. Both guards were shot and suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Washington is charged with attempted murder.

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<![CDATA[Local Jewish Community Centers Increase Security ]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:33:26 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019482192_1200x675_881966147695.jpg

Local Jewish centers have increased their security after a series of threats nationwide. NBC10 South Jersey Bureau Reporter Cydney Long has the latest.

<![CDATA[Local Adoption Agency Speaks on Increasing Wait Time ]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:04:04 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Adoption+Wait+Time+_22643227.jpg

NBC ‘Today’ show anchor Hoda Kotb, 52, announced that she has adopted a baby girl named Haley Joy. NBC10’s Erin Coleman spoke to a local adoption agency about the increasing wait time to adopt.

<![CDATA[Illegal Immigration Crackdown Begins in Philadelphia]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:41:11 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Police+ICE_22643179.jpg

A pair of memo's outlining President Trump's new immigration plan are now being put into effect in Philadelphia. NBC10's Lauren Mayk talks to a family on edge and breaks down how the new policies are being enforced.

<![CDATA[U.S. Airman Tackles Delaware Robbery Suspect: Police]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:08:40 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Brian+McCain+mugshot+copy.jpg

A U.S. Airman came to the aid of a woman who was being robbed Saturday night in Dover, Delaware, police said.

The 30-year-old woman was walking to her car on the 100 block of West Loockerman Street when the suspect, identified by police as 33-year-old Brian McCain, approached her, investigators said. McCain then ordered the woman to give him her purse and she complied, according to police.

A member of the U.S. Air Force witnessed the incident and chased McCain who was fleeing on foot, police said. The Airman tackled the suspect to the ground and recovered the woman's purse, according to investigators. He was not injured during the incident.

Dover Police arrested McCain a short time later. He is being held on a 2nd degree robbery charge. 

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<![CDATA[Del. Police Give Hero's Farewell to Girl Battling Cancer]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:15:02 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/New+Thumb.jpg

A courageous girl received a fighter’s farewell Monday afternoon as she battles cancer.

In an effort organized by the Delaware State Police and the Wilmington Police Department, Zoe Haupt was led out of her room at DuPont Children’s Hospital and into a personal escort to her home in Hockessin.

During her stay at the hospital, there had been many visits by Delaware Police to talk to patients. However, as she battled stage 4 Neuroblastoma, Zoe was never allowed to participate and meet with them. That changed Monday however.

Lined by nearly 50 members of both police departments, Zoe was met with cheers as officers applauded her courage for fighting the disease.

“Zoe was escorted home like the true warrior she is," a Delaware State Police spokesperson wrote.

Accompanied by her parents Jennifer and Zackary, and by her brother Chase, Zoe was able to take pictures with officers.

She and her family were then driven home by Delaware State Troopers, and followed by a brigade of police cars.

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<![CDATA[NJ Teacher Accused of Having Sex With Student ]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:31:56 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/William-Jacobs.jpg

A South Jersey teacher was arrested for allegedly having sex with a high school student.

William Jacobs, 32, of Folsom, New Jersey is charged with official misconduct, sexual assault, endangering the welfare of a child, tampering with a witness and obstruction.

Jacobs was a teacher at Buena Regional High School in Buena Vista Township. Investigators say Jacobs engaged in sexual relations with a 17-year-old female student at the school on more than one occasion between November, 2016 and January, 2017. Jacobs also allegedly told the girl not to cooperate with police when the investigation began.

Jacobs was taken into custody Tuesday morning by the U.S. Marshals Service in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He is currently lodged at the Broward County Correctional Facility pending extradition to New Jersey.

The Buena Regional School District is fully cooperating with the investigation.   

Photo Credit: New Jersey State Police ]]>
<![CDATA[NJ Officer Sues Department Over Discrimination]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:15:39 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Hillside+NJ+Police+Department1.jpg

A New Jersey police officer has sued her department, saying she endured years of racial and gender discrimination that included supervisors telling her to style her hair like a white officer.

The civil lawsuit filed by Hillside Sgt. Qiana Brown, who is black, claims in the suit she has improperly been denied a promotion to lieutenant. Brown says she earned the second-highest score on the department's promotion test, but four white men have, so far, been promoted ahead of her.

Brown also says in the lawsuit that supervisors prevented her from pumping breast milk and told her to style her hair like a white officer. Supervisors referred to her hair as "kinky" and "not conservative," according to the suit.

Besides the town and the police department, the suit names Hillside's police chief, two other high-ranking officers and a former mayor as plaintiffs. Messages seeking comment from the town and the police department were not returned Tuesday.

Brown has worked for the department since 2003. She's seeking undisclosed damages, back pay and seniority.

Brown contends that her troubles with the department began in 2009 after she reported officers sleeping on duty and improperly unholstering their guns. And when she was promoted to acting sergeant later that year, Brown said she wasn't paid a sergeant's salary, which she says went against department rules and past practice involving a white predecessor.

The suit also says that Brown and another female officer are the only two department members who haven't been accepted into the department's Fraternal Order of Police, the labor unit that advocates on behalf of the officers.

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<![CDATA[Robber Swipes Cash, Gift Cards From NJ Church: Police]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:34:30 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/evesham_man_church.png

Evesham township Police are asking for help identifying a man who stole money and gift cards from a church.

A man entered St. Joan of Arc Church at 100 Willowbend Road in Marlton, New Jersey at 6:15 p.m. on Feb. 13, police said in a Facebook post.

Investigators determined the suspect hid inside a guest room on the second floor of the church and waited until 11 p.m. to begin walking around the building, stealing cash and gift cards from various rooms.

Police believe the suspect then contacted a taxi cab company for transportation to an area near the Philadelphia Airport.

The suspect is described as a stocky built male in his mid-40s with a thin mustache.

Police asked anyone with information to contact Evesham Police Department at 856-983-1116, the Confidential Tip Line at 856-983-4699, or email at Facebook@eveshampd.org. Anonymous tips can also be texted to 847411.

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<![CDATA[Twin Girls, Mom, Boyfriend Hurt After Car Hits Disabled Van]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 22:51:13 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Kids+involved+Accident+4P+VO++-+00010002_22640316.jpg

A family of four, including 2-year-old twin girls, were injured after a car struck their disabled minivan in Northeast Philadelphia Tuesday afternoon.

A 28-year-old woman told NBC10 she was driving with her 28-year-old fiancé as well as her two-year-old twin daughters when their minivan caught a flat tire. They then pulled to the side on Woodhaven Road (Route 63) westbound near Thornton Road around 1 p.m.

As her fiancé went outside to change the flat, a Honda sedan slammed into the minivan, police said. The woman, her fiancé, and her daughters were all injured in the crash and taken to the hospital.

One of the twin girls as well as the woman's fiancé are in critical condition. The other twin girl is also being treated for serious injuries while the woman suffered minor injuries.

The crash shut down Woodhaven Road. As SkyForce10 hovered overhead a short time later you could see the van and sedan smashed up against the center barricade and a third car stopped in the roadway as emergency vehicles blocked the road. Woodhaven Road was later reopened.

Police continue to investigate the crash.

<![CDATA[SEPTA El Trains Collide Just Outside Philly]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:15:57 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/236*120/Upper+Darby+69th+Street+SEPTA+Crash+MFL+4.JPG

An out-of-service SEPTA Market Frankford Line subway train crashed into two other trains at the 69th Street Terminal just outside Philadelphia Tuesday morning, injuring four people and knocking seven cars off the track during the busy rush-hour commute. 

Tuesday night officials announced trains would be in service at the terminal Wednesday morning.

"It's still undecided whether or not they will use the loop first thing in the morning," said Scott Sauer, SEPTA's Assistant General Manager of System Safety.

The collision left the operator of the No. 57 train critically injured, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority said. Another operator and two passengers were also injured in the crash but the injuries did not appear life-threatening.

It was not clear why the passengers were on the train since it wasn't in service, said SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch. Busch didn't have details on their injuries but said they have been described as non-life threatening. The second train operator was treated and released, he said.

Upper Darby police asked commuters in a tweet to avoid the busy terminal after the three-train wreck on looping turnaround tracks, where trains turn around at the end of the line.

Investigators said the No. 57 train slammed into the back of the No. 67 train -- both trains were waiting to make the return trip to Philadelphia -- and the wreck then sideswiped the No. 51 train traveling in the opposite direction on another track. The trains were out of service at the time of the crash, SEPTA said. 

SEPTA said seven cars were derailed. SkyForce10 footage showed one car tipped over at a 45-degree angle -- its wheels dislodged from the body of the train -- and six other cars partially off the track as crews responded.

A man who lives near the scene told NBC10 Philadelphia's Pamela Osborne he heard a loud noise followed by the sound of fire engine sirens. 

"I heard a big bang...I knew something big happened but I didn't know what until I got here and saw this mess," William Stamm said.

The wreck left the 69th Street stop out of service for hours as state officials and National Transportation Safety Board investigators investigate the crash, SEPTA said.

SEPTA used shuttle buses to get passengers from 69th Street to 63rd Street. Passengers could be seen boarding the buses around 9 a.m. The line that runs from Upper Darby to the Frankford section of Northeast Philadelphia experienced delays throughout the day.

The crash impacted West Chester Pike, Market Street and Victory Avenue at one point, police said.

SEPTA got trains moving again early Tuesday afternoon. The trains operated out and back into the terminal as the loop remained closed so investigators could sort through the scene. SEPTA riders experienced delays and crowded conditions during the evening rush.

The Market-Frankford Line is equipped with advanced signaling technology called Automatic Train Control, or ATC, which should prevent two moving trains from the same section of tracks, former SEPTA spokesman, and current NBC10 employee, Manny Smith said. A SEPTA headquarters dispatcher would also be controlling the line and giving permission to engineers to move into and out of the loop.

The systems in place ensure optimal turnaround times at the terminal since trains at peak hours arrive at least every four minutes, Smith said.

The max speed on the curve is 10 mph, SEPTA said.

The MFL Line has been operating with limited cars due to under-body crack concerns.

This crash comes nearly two years after a deadly Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia's Frankford neighborhood.

Photo Credit: SkyForce10
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<![CDATA[Wilco to Rock XPoNential Music Festival]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:31:57 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Jeff+Tweedy+Wilco.jpg

Music fans unite.

WXPN -- the member-supported radio from the University of Pennsylvania -- announced dates to their annual XpoNential Music Festival as well as the headliners of the first night. 

The event will take place Friday, July 28, through Sunday, July 30, on the Camden, New Jersey waterfront.

Wilco, Conor Oberst and Philly's own Hop Along will headline the July 28 lineup at the BB&T Pavilion. Oberst will be performing at the festival for the first time, while Hop Along and Wilco have played at the 3-day event in previous years.

XpoNential Music Festival will reveal the complete lineup in March when 3-day passes go on sale, organizers said in a news release. Last year's headliners included Ryan Adams and The Shining, Alabama Shakes, Gary Clark Jr. and Brandi Carlile.

Tickets to Day 1 of the music festival will be available for purchase Friday at noon through Ticketmaster, the BB&T Pavilion box office or phone at 800-745-3000.

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<![CDATA[Children's Scholarships Available for Philly Students]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:54:55 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019473383_1200x675_881603651907.jpg

The deadline to apply for a four-year scholarship from the Children's Scholarship Fund of Philadelphia is almost here. CSFP Executive Director Ina Lipman and parent Jaqueline Robinson talk about the benefits of the program.

<![CDATA[NBC10 Responds: Cell Phone Bill Promises Broken]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:15:02 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019469392_1200x675_881511491650.jpg

NBC10’s Harry Hairston helps a family who jumped on a deal that was supposed to lower their Sprint phone bill but wound up disappointed.

<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters Success Story]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:44:08 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019470002_1200x675_881506883941.jpg

NBC10’s Katy Zachry tells the success story of Ridley, a dog who found her forever home thanks to NBC's national effort to "Clear the Shelters."

<![CDATA[Online How to Videos: Saving or Costing?]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:38:01 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019469363_1200x675_881484867756.jpg

NBC10’s Matt DeLucia speaks with an expert about home improvement and how certain online advice could cause more harm than good.

<![CDATA[NBC’s 'This is Us' Pushes Drumstick Workout Craze]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:07:34 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/Fuel+Fitness+Drumstick.JPG

NBC10’s Cydney Long explains the newest fitness craze that uses drumsticks to trim down and how NBC's hit show "This Is Us" shined light on the workout.

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<![CDATA[School Bus, Student's Car Collide Near NJ High School]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:03:51 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Hammonton+High+School+Wide.JPG

A school bus and car collided in South Jersey Tuesday morning.

There were students on board the bus when it crashed with a car driven by a student along Old Forks Road near the White Horse Pike (U.S. Route 30) in Hammonton -- near Hammonton High School -- around 7:15 a.m., Hammonton police said.

No children on the bus were hut, police said. It wasn't clear if the driver was hurt.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead around 8 a.m., there were no obvious signs of the collision on school property.

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<![CDATA[Man Drags Woman Into Basement, Brutally Assaults Her: Police]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:38:26 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/HIGHLAND+PARK+SEX+ATTACK+NJ+SOTVO+11P+-+00004120_WNBC_000000015+copy.jpg

Police in New Jersey are searching for a violent criminal after a woman with a baby was found covered in blood on a front porch in Highland Park.

The 36-year-old woman told police that a man dragged her off the street at gunpoint and then brutally assaulted her in a basement on Sunday.

Police said the victim was walking on Harper Street around 5:30 p.m. when the man came up and pointed a gun at her. 

The man forced the woman into the basement of a nearby building, where he punched her repeatedly and sexually assaulted her, according to police.

The suspect eventually took off and the woman ran to a nearby home for help. The homeowner said she heard the doorbell ring and opened the door to find the woman with her face bloody. 

The woman was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, where she was listed in stable condition.

Additional details about the baby that was said to be with the woman weren't immediately known. 

Her attacker was still on the loose Monday night. Police said they believe he is in his 20s. 

<![CDATA[Crews Rescue Suspected Drug Dealer From NJ Cliff After Chase]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:17:12 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/anthony+lora+trapped+palisades.jpg

A suspected drug dealer became trapped on the side of a steep cliff in New Jersey Monday night as he ran from police following a drug sting, authorities said.

Anthony Lora, 22, was left hanging on for dear life as rescuers scaled the jagged cliffs of the Palisades to reach him.

Police say Lora was selling drugs, including cocaine and ecstasy, to undercover officers in a stairway off Hudson Terrace in Fort Lee around 5 p.m.

At some point, he took off and ran into Palisades Interstate Park, which lines the western side of the Hudson River just north of the George Washington Bridge. 

Authorities said Lora eventually came to a ledge and started climbing down the side of a cliff in the darkness. With officers cornering him from above and from the Henry Hudson Drive below, Lora latched onto a tree and became stranded.

Red and blue lights lit up the night near the George Washington Bridge as rescuers tried to reach him.

Rescuers set up in at least three locations and a rappel team led him to safety about three hours later. No one was reported injured in the rescue.

Lora was taken into custody on drug charges and for resisting arrest. Additional charges are pending, according to authorities.

Lora was also wanted by the NYPD for armed robbery, and authorities said he will be extradited to New York to face armed robbery charges.

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<![CDATA[Americans Die in Australian Plane Crash]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:17:00 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019469354_1200x675_881482819643.jpg

NBC10’s Pamela Osborne has been following breaking news from Australia, where a plane has crashed killing a group of American golfers as well as the pilot.

<![CDATA[Woman, 88, Plows into NJ Neighbor's Home: Police]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 06:56:09 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/CAR+INTO+HOUSE+NJ+PHOTO+WITHG+ZOOM+-+01000306_WNBC_000000015144.jpg

An 88-year-old woman plowed through a house in New Jersey Monday, destroying the front of the home, authorities say.

Police said the driver lost control and crashed through the house next door to where she lives on Mountain Avenue in Washington Township at about 1:30 p.m., throwing debris into the front yard.  

The homeowner was the only person home at the time but was in another room and uninjured, police said. A dog in the living room was briefly trapped by the vehicle but was rescued and is OK, the homeowner said. 

The house sustained serious structural damage, and buildings inspectors will determine if the home will need to be condemned.

The driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. She received a summons for careless driving. 

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<![CDATA[Gunman Fires Shots at Officers: Police ]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:19:21 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Shots+Fired+at+Police+Officers+in+Olney_22631069.jpg

A gunman fired shots at police officers in the Olney section of Philadelphia Monday night, said police.

Officers were on 5th and Champlost streets around 10 p.m. when a suspect fired shots, according to investigators.

None of the officers were injured during the shooting. A SWAT team searched for the suspect in nearby Fisher Park but came up with no suspect as of Tuesday morning.

Investigators have not yet revealed what led to the shooting.

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<![CDATA[Deliveryman Makes Up Story About Missing 4-Year-Old: Police]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 22:29:53 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Stolen+Vehicle+Carjacking_22631771.jpg

UPDATE: Police have identified and charged the man. NEW DETAILS HERE


After undergoing an extensive search involving helicopters, officers on the ground and K-9 units, police learned that a man's report that armed robbers stole his vehicle while a missing boy was inside was completely false and he lied to investigators.

The 22-year-old man told investigators he was a pizza delivery man who was watching his friend's 4-year-old son. The man claimed he was carjacked by two armed men when he made a delivery to a home on the 4600 block of Sydenham Street around 9:30 p.m. Monday. He also claimed the boy was still inside the car during the carjacking.

Police found the man's vehicle about a half a mile away on the 1600 block of Saint Pauls Street but no one was inside.

After a large search throughout the neighborhood, police learned that the man lied to investigators, officials said. A 4-year-old boy was not inside the car or missing in the neighborhood.

Police have not yet revealed whether the man will face any charges. They are currently speaking to his friends to find out why he made the false report. [[238427591, C]]

<![CDATA['Vigilante' Puts Stickers on Vehicles Parked in Bike Lanes]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 01:08:58 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Bike-Lane-Vigilante.jpg

A self-described “bike lane vigilante” released a video showing him placing tow-away stickers on vehicles that he says were illegally parked in bike lanes in Philadelphia. Throughout the 3-minute, 20-second long video, the cyclist places the stickers on the vehicles and tells drivers who are illegally parked to move.

“What I’ve noticed is that once one vehicle is blocking the bike lane, other drivers seem to think it is more acceptable to also block the bike lane in front or behind the first vehicle,” he said. “I often see clusters of two to four vehicles blocking the bike lanes.”

The man, who wanted to remain anonymous, told NBC10 he was motivated by several incidents.

“Seeing many of the same vehicles constantly blocking the bike lanes, lack of enforcement, seeing a cyclist fall after getting their wheel stuck in trolley tracks when they were avoiding a stopped vehicle in the bike lane, and a hypocritical driver both blocking the bike lane and then aggressively driving and honking at me when I had to avoid a second vehicle in the bike lane,” the man said.

In recent years, the Philadelphia Parking Authority has encouraged city bike riders to report cars or trucks that are parked in bike lanes.

It is illegal for a vehicle to stop or park in a bike lane with a "No Stopping" sign. Vehicles may load or unload in a bike lane with a "No Parking" sign but can't stay for more than 20 minutes.

The man said all the vehicles he placed the stickers on were either blocking a bike lane while double parking other vehicles in or parked in “No Stopping” zones. He also told NBC10 drivers have at times reacted to him aggressively or violently.

“I’ve been threatened, swerved into and hit by a vehicle’s mirror,” he said. “I filed a police report. The police recommended aggravated assault and lesser charges but the DA refused to press the case. The message the DA is sending to cyclists is that they are on their own.”

The man told NBC10 he’s not just trying to help cyclists but drivers as well.

“I both drive and bike in Philly and it is to both drivers' and cyclists’ advantage to keep the bike lanes clear,” he said. “When cyclists are forced into traffic, it is not only dangerous to cyclists but it also often upsets any drivers that are now stuck behind that cyclist. I try my best to stay out of the way of other drivers but blocked bike lanes prevent me from doing that. All for the convenience of a single driver.”

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<![CDATA[New National Security Adviser Grew Up in Philadelphia]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 04:15:51 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_17051722575985.jpg

President Donald Trump selected Army Lt. General H.R. McMaster as the new national security adviser. McMaster grew up in the Roxborough section of Philadelphia. NBC10's Keith Jones spoke to his family members.

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@HURRICANENBC10]]> <![CDATA[First Alert Weather Blog: Will March Be as Warm as February?]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:18:31 -0500 //media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Warm-February-Weather-Blog-5.jpg

After a “cooldown” Monday (still WAAAAY above normal), Philadelphia temperatures are running 6.5 degrees above normal for February. With another unseasonably warm week ahead, it looks like we'll end the month as either the warmest or 2nd warmest February on record (going back to 1884).

Here is the “meteorological winter season” stats (as of the 20th):
December 2016     1.3 degrees above normal
January 2017          5.5 degrees above normal
February 2017        6.5 degrees above normal (may end up around +9)

That would make it one of the warmest winters on record.

You would think that record warmth along the U.S. East Coast would be a fairly localized thing-it can’t be unseasonably warm all over, can it? Historically, that has been the case. Warm in the East, Cold in the West, and near normal in the middle of the country-that would be a typical winter pattern.

But take a look at U.S. temperatures so far this February (compared to normal):

That is virtually the ENTIRE continental U.S. above normal. And we’re closer to normal than practically any other area! All-time February records are about to be set across numerous states.

How about January 2017? It doesn’t look a whole lot different:

Look at how warm Southern Canada was compared to normal. That means that even when air was coming from Canada into the U.S. it wasn’t as cold as in “normal” years.

Considering that February will be our 22nd month of above normal temperatures in the past 23, we should probably expect another mild month-or two-or three ahead. Allentown has had 23 straight months of above normal temperatures! When we say “normal”, we’re talking about the traditional last 30 year period, 1981-2010. Remember, those decades were the warmest already! If we used the period 1971-2000, for example, there would be even more yellow and reddish colors on the above maps.

We’re breaking records that, in many cases, weren’t set that long ago. This is because the clear warming trend since the 1970s has continued. If anything, it’s been accelerating. Here are some temperature records set in just this decade in Philadelphia:
            *2nd warmest year on record (2016)
            *Warmest December on record (2015-by far!)
            *Warmest November on record (2015)
            *Warmest year on record (2012)
            *Warmest spring on record (2012)
            *Warmest July (2011)
            *Warmest summer (2010)
            *Warmest June (2010)
            *Most 90 degree days (2010)


As we’ve seen, odds favor a warmer than normal month. But how warm? Are there any signs of a significant pattern change? Not really. Here are the maps of temperatures around 5000 feet compared to normal from the main U.S. model (GFS) for March 1 and March 8. That level in the atmosphere gives us a general idea of the basic low-level temperatures:

You see plenty of cold air in Canada and the western half of the U.S (blue and purple). But it doesn’t seem to move our way. We may see a bit of that colder pattern by the middle of the month, but here is a climate model’s overall prediction for March 2017:

And it’s not as if the U.S. is alone in having unseasonable warmth. Take a looks at Europe this week! That’s a lot of red (WAAAY above normal)!

Yes, we’ve had some cold months and even cold winters in the past decade. We’ve also had our snowiest and second snowiest winters. But the real cold we’ve seen in the past seems to be a thing of the past-so far. For example, the last time we got below zero in Philadelphia was so long ago it happened before even I started working here: 1994!

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