<![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 Sun, 21 Dec 2014 11:02:35 -0500 Sun, 21 Dec 2014 11:02:35 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[NY Motorcycle Club Gives Gifts to Kids at CHOP]]> Sun, 21 Dec 2014 10:16:36 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/199*120/ny+motorcycle+club+gifts+chop+kids.JPG The motorcycle club, Highlanders America, traveled from Long Island, New York to Philadelphia to give gifts to the children at Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania.]]> <![CDATA[Bar Patron Shot When Angry Boyfriend Returns: Cops]]> Sun, 21 Dec 2014 09:34:22 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/201*120/mcgeehans+northeast+philly+bf+shooting.JPG

An angry boyfriend returned to a Northeast Philadelphia bar after an argument with his girlfriend and fired his gun, shooting another customer early Saturday morning.

The couple were arguing at McGeehan's Rock Bottom, located at 4401 Cottman Ave. around midnight, leading the boyfriend to leave the bar only to return moments later with a gun, police said.

It is unclear if the 23-year-old victim knew the shooter.

The suspect turned himself into authorities several hours after the shooting occurred.

As responding officers investigated what occurred at McGeehan's, another man arrived on the scene and fired a shot in an unrelated incident, authorities said.

Police took the second shooter into custody.

<![CDATA[Double Shooting in Montgomery County]]> Sun, 21 Dec 2014 06:45:51 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/ambulancegeneric.jpg

A shooting victim was airlifted to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Sunday morning, one of two people wounded in a Montgomery County shooting.

The two victims were shot near West Fornance and Powell streets in Norristown around 12:30 a.m., officials said.

The second injured person was also rushed to a local hospital, authorities said.

It is unclear what condition they are in.

No arrests have been made.

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<![CDATA[1 Dead, 1 Hurt in Massive Del. Apartment Blaze]]> Sun, 21 Dec 2014 06:04:30 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/harbor+street+delaware+fire.JPG

One person is dead and another hurt after a blaze tore through a New Castle County apartment building early Sunday morning.

The 2-alarm blaze erupted around 2 a.m. at the Harbor House Apartments on Harbor Drive, in Claymont, Delaware, officials said.

An unidentified person was pronounced dead at the scene, while rescuers rushed another person to a local hospital for treatment. The injured person's condition is unknown.

At least one resident escaped by climbing down a ladder, according to reports.

Crews got the blaze under control at 5:06 a.m. -- about three hours after they arrived on scene.

Investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire.

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<![CDATA[Mayor, Philly Police Speak on NYC Officer Deaths]]> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 21:38:43 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/01generic-police-lights11.jpg

The fatal shootings of two New York Police Department officers prompted reactions from officials nationwide, including some from our area. On Saturday a gunman shot and killed two NYPD officers sitting in their squad car in Brooklyn before running to a nearby subway station and turning the gun on himself, officials said.

A Philadelphia Police spokeswoman called the shootings a “horrible act of terror.”

"Intentionally murdering a police officer is not the way to solve anything," she said in a statement to NBC10. "In fact it destroyed the lives of two families (those of these officers) that had absolutely nothing to do with the events taking place across this country. Our thoughts and prayers are with New York Police Department and the families of these officers. All of us in this country must really take a look at ourselves and our actions and get this right, because the loss of human lives surely isn't the answer."

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter took to Twitter to address the shooting.

Officials with the Gloucester Township Police Department also announced their support for the NYPD.

“The men and women of the Gloucester Township Police Department stand in solidarity with our brother and sisters of the New York City Police Department and mourn the loss of their two assassinated officers,” they wrote in a released statement. “By the order of Chief Harry Earle, all Gloucester Township Police Officers shall be wearing mourning bands over their badges for 7 days.  Please keep the murdered Officers, their families, the NYPD, and all law enforcement your thoughts and prayers.”

The deadly Brooklyn shootings occurred in the wake of nationwide protests against police in relation to the recent grand jury decisions not to indict the officers involved in the deaths of Mike Brown and Eric Garner. The decisions prompted several protests in our area, including one demonstration at the King of Prussia Mall Saturday.

Anti-police graffiti which read, “Cop Lives Don’t Matter” was also discovered earlier this week in West Philadelphia.

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<![CDATA[Protesters Stage Die-in at King of Prussia Mall]]> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 23:49:09 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/King-of-Prussia-Protest.jpg

Demonstrators held a die-in at the King of Prussia Mall during one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

"Join us the Saturday before Christmas, as we shut down the largest mall on the East Coast," demonstrators wrote on the No Justice No Peace Facebook page. "They can try to gloss over it with the holiday, shove it under the rug, and move on with life. But we will not be silenced."

Protesters gathered in the busy suburban mall's food court, located at 160 N. Gulph Road, around 5 p.m. They dropped to the floor and staged die-ins at 5:15 p.m., 5:25 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. They also marched throughout the mall and parking lot for an hour and a half, chanting and carrying signs. More than 180 people attended.

The public die-in was one of many protests occurring nationwide to draw attention to the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police.  The demonstrations followed two separate grand jury decisions not to indict the officers involved in the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

Protesters often shout, "I can't breathe," to reference the final moments of Garner's life, which were captured on video.

The King of Prussia Mall protest occurred the same day when two NYPD officers were killed by a gunman in Brooklyn in an ambush attack. Protesters at KOP told NBC10 they did not condone any type of violence against police.

"I'm not anti-police," said Amber Black, one of the organizers of Saturday's protest. "A lot of times that's misconstrued, that people are just anti-police just because. I am anti-police brutality." 

Black also thanked the police officers who surrounded the protesters as they staged the die-in.

"I really appreciated the help we had from police to make sure that everything ran smoothly," she said.

Vance Diezel, who runs a kiosk near the food court, told NBC10 the demonstration blocked business on what should have been his busiest day.

"We're not doing any business because of it," Diezel said. "They can have their opinions, that's fine. But it affects us. We're here trying to make a living." 

Officials with the King of Prussia Mall, aware of the scheduled die-in, said safety was their top priority.

"We respect anyone's right to assemble on public property, however... our shopping center is private property," reads a post on the King of Prussia Mall's Facebook page. "Our first concern is always to maintain a welcoming and safe environment for tenants and guests. Should a demonstration occur, keeping that environment would be our first goal."

"However, our ongoing policy has been that demonstrations are not permitted on mall property."

Neither the protesters nor police reported any problems during the demonstration.

"We were here for peace," said Deandra Jefferson, another organizer. "We first got a call from the manager and he was worried about it. I assured him we weren't here to cause any ruckus. We simply wanted to make our voices heard." 

Along with the KOP protest, another die-in took place near the Bala Cynwyd Shopping Center located near the intersection of City and Belmont avenues.

A group of nearly 200 middle school students, along with their chaperones, gathered along City Avenue near Monument Road around 9 a.m. and staged a die-in in the intersection for about 20 minutes.

A protest was also held at the Christiana Mall.

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<![CDATA[Elderly Woman Struck, Killed by SUV in Delaware]]> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 22:48:58 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Road-Generic1.jpg

An elderly woman was struck and killed by a vehicle in New Castle, Delaware Saturday night.

A New Castle woman was driving a 2013 Chevrolet Equinox on Cox Neck Road at 6:13 p.m. when she suddenly struck Jean Caricchio, 78, of Newark, Delaware. Caricchio had walked directly into the path of the vehicle, according to investigators.

Caricchio suffered several traumatic injuries in the accident and was later pronounced dead at the scene. Caricchio was not in the area of a designated or marked crosswalk when she was struck, police said.

The female driver was not hurt in the crash. No charges have been filed though Delaware State Police continue to investigate.

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<![CDATA['Cop Lives Don't Matter' Graffiti Hits Philly Street]]> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 21:16:13 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Cop+Lives+Dont+Matter+Graffiti.jpg

In the wake of more protests against police nationwide as well as the shooting deaths of two NYPD officers, local police continue to search for the person or people responsible for anti-police graffiti spotted along a busy avenue in West Philadelphia.

Three messages were scribbled in spray paint on a fence, bar and abandoned church on Baltimore Avenue between 48th and 50th streets.

They read "PPD Killed Brandon Tate Brown," "F--- the Cops" and "Cop Lives Don't Matter."

Brandon Tate Brown is the man shot in the head and killed by a Philadelphia Police officer on Monday following an altercation during a traffic stop. The last message is a play on the chant "Black Lives Matter" that demonstrators have been using recently while protesting against police treatment of African-Americans.

The protests in Philadelphia and other cities around the nation began after grand juries declined to indict white officers in two high profile cases surrounding the deaths of unarmed black teen Michael Brown and the chokehold death of Eric Garner.

It's not clear when the structures were tagged.

"Back in the day you could really run to a cop and trust the cop, but now people are scared to go to cops," nearby resident Sharon Weaver said after seeing the message on the fence.

Kale Good, another resident, said he doesn't agree with defacing a person's property, but that he understands how a person might feel it's the only way to have their voice heard.

"I think what the person is trying to express is that they feel police in general are disregarding their lives or aren't valuing their lives, and so they probably feel an amount of frustration and this is how they expressed it," he said.

A painter was removing the "Cop Lives Don't Matter" message from the fence around noon Friday.

"It’s a shame that someone defaced someone else’s property. We’re going to handle it as a vandalism case, just like we would any other,” Philadelphia Police spokeswoman Tanya Little said.

Little said it is one person's point of view and that the department has and continues to have positive interactions with the community.

"Regardless what the message said, even if it said ‘I love the police,’ this was really a crime against someone else, the property owner," she said.

There were no leads or an estimate on the vandalism's cost, police said.

The city would handle removing the other messages, Mayor Michael Nutter's spokesman, Mark McDonald, said. He didn't immediately have further comment on the graffiti.

NBC10 also reached out to the police union, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5, for reaction.

The physical anti-police commentary comes a day after city leaders condemned online commentary by a Philadelphia Fire Department paramedic.

The medic, who works in Southwest Philadelphia, posted a photo to his personal Instagram account of two black men pointing guns at the head of a white police officer. The accompanying message said: "Our real enemy ... Need 2 stop pointing guns at each other and at the ones that's legally killing us and innocents."

The post has since been deleted, an apology made and investigation launched.

On Saturday, a gunman shot and killed two NYPD officers sitting in their squad car in Brooklyn before running to a nearby subway station and turning the gun on himself, officials said. A Philadelphia Police Department spokesperson called the execution-style slayings a "horrible act of terror." 

"Intentionally murdering a police officer is not the way to solve anything," the spokesperson said in a statement to NBC10. "In fact it destroyed the lives of two families (those of these officers) that had absolutely nothing to do with the events taking place across this country. Our thoughts and prayers are with New York Police Department and the families of these officers. All of us in this country must really take a look at ourselves and our actions and get this right, because the loss of human lives surely isn't the answer."

A rally in support of the Philadelphia's men and women in blue was held on Friday night in the Mayfair section of the city.

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<![CDATA[Holiday Shopping Frenzy During Super Saturday]]> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 20:26:53 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009016378_1200x675_375556675929.jpg Today is known as Super Saturday, one of the busiest shopping days of the year, and NBC10's Monique Braxton spoke with those getting their last minute holiday gifts.]]> <![CDATA[Man Dead After Being Shot 4 Times]]> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 21:58:46 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Miami+Police+Line+Generic.jpg

A man died from his injuries after he was shot four times in Philadelphia Saturday night.

The 24-year-old man was on 16th and St. Paul streets at 7:07 p.m. when an unidentified gunman opened fire.

The man was struck once in the back of the head, twice in the chest and once in the right leg. He was taken to Temple University Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 8:05 p.m.

No arrests have been made. Police have not yet released a description of the suspect.

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

<![CDATA[NBC10 First Alert Weather: Cloudy, Cold Night]]> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 19:56:37 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Cold-Saturday-Night.jpg NBC10 First Alert Meteorologist Michelle Grossman says Saturday night will be cloudy, but the dry and cold conditions will last into Sunday.

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<![CDATA[Girl Shot in the Head in Chester]]> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 19:14:48 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/tlmd_police_line_generic722.jpg

A young girl is fighting for her life after a shooting in Chester Saturday night.

The unidentified girl was on the 1000 block of West 7th Street around 5:30 p.m. when a gunman opened fire.

The girl was struck at least once in the head. She was taken to the Crozer-Chester Medical Center where she is currently in critical condition.

Officials have not yet revealed the girl’s age or whether or not she was the intended target.

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

<![CDATA[Lighting Ceremony for "Charlie Brown" Christmas Tree]]> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 19:29:29 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Reading-Tree-Lighting-Cerem.jpg

A lighting ceremony was held Saturday for the infamous “Charlie Brown” Christmas tree in Reading, Pennsylvania.

The 50-foot spruce tree was lit during a rededication ceremony in Penn Square around 5:30 p.m. Mayor Vaughn D. Spencer, City Council President Francis G. Acosta and Reading residents attended the ceremony.

The city was at the center of controversy in November after many residents called it “ugly” and even compared it to the sad-looking tree in “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Acosta initially led a group of citizens interested in having the spruce replaced by a fuller tree.

Acosta later changed his mind however and instead decided to have residents redecorate the tree.
Another tree, which was meant to serve as the replacement, instead went up in Reading’s City Park.

After Saturday’s rededication ceremony, several public showings of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” were held at a nearby movie theater.

<![CDATA[Do You Recognize This Man? Police Seek Help]]> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 19:30:26 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/john+doe+unidentified+man+choking+temple+hospital.jpg

Police are asking for the public's help identifying a man who has been hospitalized for more than a week.

The unknown man was admitted to Temple University Hospital on Dec. 12 around 6 p.m. after he suffered a choking incident while eating food, authorities say.

The patient has remained unconscious since his admittance.

Hospital staff and police have been unable to identify the man, so now authorities are asking for the public's assistance.

Anyone with information about his identity is urged to contact Philadelphia Police's East Detective Division at 215-686-3243/3244.

<![CDATA[RECALL: Chili Seasoning Kits at GIANT]]> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:30:15 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GIANT-Experiment.jpg

Officials with GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN’S Food Markets are warning customers of a recall of chili seasoning kits due to undeclared peanut and almond allergens.

The following products were removed from sale from GIANT and MARTIN’S stores after officials determined they may contain peanut and almond allergens that are not declared on the product’s ingredient statements:

  • Carroll Shelby Chili Mix, 4 oz., UPC 7239610000
  • Carroll Shelby White Chicken Chili, 3 oz., UPC 7239610019
  • Wick Fowler 2-Alarm Chili Kit, 3.625 oz., UPC 7109200069
  • Wick Fowler False Alarm Chili Kit, 3.25 oz., UPC 710920011

People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts or almonds are at risk of a serious or life threatening allergic reaction if they consume those products. Symptoms of food allergies normally appear within a few minutes to two hours after an allergic person has eaten the food.

Allergic reactions include hives, flushed skin or rash, tingling or itchy sensation in the mouth, face, tongue or lip swelling, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, coughing or wheezing, dizziness, lightheadedness, swelling of the throat and vocal cords, difficulty breathing and loss of consciousness.

The products are still safe to consume for those who don’t suffer from a peanut or almond allergy. So far GIANT/MARTIN’S have not received reports of any illnesses.

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<![CDATA[Man in Elf Costume Charged with DWI: Police]]> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 13:18:42 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/santahat.jpg

Police say an elf on the sauce is facing drunk driving charges in New Jersey.

Riverdale police tell NJ.com that 23-year-old Brian Chellis was found passed out in a car early Friday morning wearing an Elf on the Shelf costume.

Lt. James Macintosh says the Cedar Grove man was asleep behind the wheel of a van with its engine running, lights on and music blaring. He says Chellis was in a red shirt, red pants, and white ruffled collar.

Macintosh says that Chellis seemed confused about where he was and had an open can of beer in the car. He was issued a summons and released to a family member.

A message left seeking comment from Chellis wasn't immediately returned Saturday.

<![CDATA[Holiday Gift at the Pumps; Gas Prices Down in NJ]]> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 13:05:32 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Gas+pump+generic.jpg

Motorists are getting a holiday gift at the pumps in New Jersey.

AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of a gallon of regular gas in the state on Friday was $2.43. That's down another 12 cents from last week, when prices were down 10 cents from the week before.

Motorists were paying $3.28 a year ago and this marks the 14th straight week that gas prices have fallen in New Jersey.

The national average price on Friday was $2.45, down 15 cents from last week and down from $3.21 from last year.

AAA spokeswoman Tracy Noble says that this is the lowest Americans are paying at the pump since 2009.

Prices are expected to remain relatively low into 2015, barring any unexpected spikes in global prices or declines in domestic production.

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<![CDATA[Deadly Western Pa. Apartment Fire]]> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 12:59:34 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Generic+Fire+Generic.jpg

Authorities have released the name of a man who died following a fire at a western Pennsylvania apartment complex.

The Washington County coroner's office said 66-year-old James Springer was pronounced dead about an hour after the blaze was reported at his residence in Washington, Pennsylvania.

Officials said the fire was reported at about 8:40 p.m. Friday at the Washington Arbor Apartments.

Police officer Michael Cain told The (Washington) Observer-Reporter that smoke was so thick on the fifth floor that emergency workers couldn't see more than a foot.

Officials said police and firefighters carried some of the residents on the sixth through ninth floors down the steps on their backs.

An autopsy is planned to determine the cause and manner of Springer's death. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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<![CDATA[Man Struck, Killed by 2 Cars in Bethlehem ]]> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:32:26 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Road-Generic1.jpg

A man died from his injuries after he was struck by two cars in Bethlehem Township early Saturday morning.

The unidentified man was walking in the right lane of Route 22 westbound at 4:55 a.m. when he was struck by the front end of a vehicle passing by. He was then struck by a second vehicle’s front tire.
The victim died from his injuries. Officials have not yet revealed his identity.

The drivers of the two striking vehicles, a woman and a man, were not injured in the crash. No charges have been filed but officials continue to investigate.

If you have any information on the crash, please call the Pennsylvania State Police at 610-861-2026.

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<![CDATA[NJ Woman Sexually Assaulted 5-Year-Old Boy: Ofc.]]> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 13:29:47 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/02242011+generic-handcuffs.jpg

Authorities say a 33-year-old Englewood woman has been indicted after they say she sexually abused a 5-year-old boy.

The Record reports that Roxanne Hewitt was indicted by a grand jury in Hackensack on Thursday in the April incident.

She was charged with two counts of first-degree aggravated sexual assault, second-degree aggravated sexual assault and endangering the welfare of the child.

It wasn't immediately clear if she had an attorney.

The newspaper reports that the victim's mother reported in April that her son had been sexually assaulted. The relationship between Hewitt and the victim wasn't known.

<![CDATA[New Lawmakers Bring Fresh Eyes to Pa.'s Problems]]> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 12:40:13 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/Pa+State+House.jpg

Twenty-eight are Republicans, five are Democrats. Six are women. And once they're sworn in next month, all of them will get a vote in the Pennsylvania Legislature.

The newest class of freshmen lawmakers, including three House members who made it to the Senate, have not had much opportunity to bask in their recent victories as they spent time picking caucus leaders, setting up offices and navigating their way around the Capitol. And, oh yeah, figuring out what to do about that enormous state budget deficit.

They bring new blood and tend toward idealism, but can also fall back on shopworn campaign clichés.

"I think you get up to speed on the issues as quickly as you can," said Tedd Nesbit, a Republican taking a Mercer County seat in the House. "And you try to rein in the costs of doing business in Pennsylvania. It's going to be a difficult task to get the priorities in line with the revenues we currently have."

Mike Driscoll said he got the sense during a get-to-know-each-other dinner for freshman at a Harrisburg hotel that most were eager to get things done.

"We're not naive coming in, we know there's a $2 billion budget deficit," said Driscoll, a Philadelphia Democrat elected to a House seat. "We're hoping for better revenues, the economy is getting a little better -- we hope. But we also recognize we're in a hole."

The crushing burden of the state's public-sector pension plans, an issue that has haunted policymakers for more than a decade, is at the top of many of their minds. Some said they would support moving new hires into a 401(k)-type program, or a hybrid of that and the existing pension, but those sorts of changes won't do much to address the billions in new costs the plans will require in the coming years.

"As far as finding the new revenue, I confess, it's going to be a very tough path," said Republican Brett Miller, a public school guidance counselor from Lancaster County. "Just to take more and more money out of the taxpayers is not the answer."

Judy Ward, a nurse from Blair County, said liquor privatization could be part of the solution.

"I mean, it's a one-time fix but it could help," said Ward, a Republican.

Many of the new members said they will be watching the new governor, Democrat Tom Wolf, to see what kind of leadership he offers amid strong Republican majorities in both chambers (30-20 in the Senate, 119-84 in the House).

"I think at the end of the day, Gov. Wolf is going to have the issues he likes and the issues he needs," said Peter Schweyer, a Lehigh County Democrat and former legislative aide.

Wolf backs an extraction tax on natural gas in the Marcellus shale formation, a debate that could end up bringing changes to the existing impact fee. Camera Bartolotta, a Republican who ousted Sen. Tim Solobay in Washington County, said she won't let that money disappear without a fight.

"That is vital, absolutely critical to my district, especially," Bartolotta said. "If we lose the impact fee we'll never see it again."

Cris Dush, a Republican elected to succeed retiring House Speaker Sam Smith in Jefferson County, said he wants to improve the business climate and make the state's electrical supply more reliable by creating Pennsylvania's own grid system. He also wants to bolster the Legislature's oversight role by granting it subpoena power.

"Right now we have members of the administration and other branches of the government that have no accountability, when they can turn around and say, 'Well, I'm just not going to show up,'" said Dush, a retired prison guard.

The plight of the very poor in her Philadelphia House district is at the top of Democratic representative-elect Leslie Acosta's mind, including better schools and economic development.

"The power structure right now is a difficult environment coming in, bottom line," Acosta said. "There's going to have to be some negotiation, some flexibility in order to get an agenda forward."

Pat Stefano, a Republican who flipped an open seat southeast of Pittsburgh, said lower business taxes and a better business climate are among his priorities, but he's also determined to find common ground with Democrats.

"Right now I'm in a learning phase," Stefano said. "I'm going to pick up the philosophy (from) the campaign: God gave you two ears and one mouth. Use them in proportion."

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<![CDATA[NJ Transit Bus Driver Sentenced in Fatal Crash]]> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 12:34:48 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WEB+NJ+Transit+Bus.jpg

A veteran New Jersey Transit bus driver who struck and killed a man in Passaic while driving recklessly last year has been sentenced to three years of probation.

The Record reports that Catherine Collier, of Passaic, said at her sentencing Friday that she didn't mean to kill 49-year-old Joseph Currier. He had just gotten off Collier's bus in September 2013 and was struck in a crosswalk after she ran a red light.

Passaic County prosecutors say Collier sped up at an intersection as the traffic light was turning from yellow to red and ran the red light before hitting Currier.

The 67-year-old pleaded guilty to fourth-degree assault-by-auto.

Collier had faced up to 10 years in prison. She worked for NJ Transit for 25 years.

<![CDATA[Deadly Shooting in Wilmington, Del.]]> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 12:12:06 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/police-lights-generic-0311.jpg

Wilmington police are investigating a fatal shooting that claimed the life of a 43-year-old man.

Police say officers were dispatched to the 700 block of Vandever Avenue in Wilmington on Friday night after receiving reports of a shooting.

Police say when the officers arrived they discovered a man, identified as Derrick Caudle of Wilmington, suffering from a gunshot wound to the abdomen. Caudle was taken to the hospital where he died of his injuries early Saturday.

Police say no suspects have been identified, and are investigating the incident.

<![CDATA[Runners Raise Funds for Shane Montgomery Search]]> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 11:25:12 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/237*120/Shane+Montgomery+Missing+College+Student.JPG

Dozens of runners participated in a 5K run in Philadelphia's Manayunk neighborhood Saturday morning to help return attention to Shane Montgomery, who went missing early Thanksgiving morning after a night out with friends.

The event kicked off at 9 a.m. outside the Goals Fit location at 4450 Main St. in Philly's Manayunk neighborhood.

Donations were accepted for the Help Find Shane Montgomery fund and participants were  encouraged to wear green in honor of the missing 21-year-old West Chester University student.

The Roxborough native was last seen leaving Kildare's Irish Pub --  only a short walk from the race start -- more than three weeks ago.

Each day without Shane has been wearing on his family, who are working to hire the Garden State Underwater Recovery Unit, a volunteer diving recovery team, to aid with the underwater search, said Kevin Verbrugghe, Shane's uncle.

"We’re not holding up well," Verbrugghe said.

Ongoing search efforts, including the use of sonar and underwriter cameras in a search of the Schuylkill River, have brought about few clues for Shane, who was last seen walking toward the Manayunk Canal.

"The prevailing theory is that he went into the river and where is he now? Tides change and there’s all kinds of debris under there," FBI Supervisory Special agent J.J. Klaver said Thursday.

Debris could have trapped the missing college student's body underwater, he explained.

A reward for information that leads investigators and the family to Montgomery still stands at $65,000. Friends and family continue to support the search efforts on their own as well.

Anyone with information is asked to call Philadelphia police at 215.686.TIPS.

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<![CDATA[Kids Stage Die-In Protest on City Avenue]]> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:11:47 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/239*120/die+in+kids+protest+city+ave+ON+GROUND.JPG

Dozens of children, along with their parents, gathered along busy City Avenue Saturday morning to stage a die-in protest to draw attention to the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police.

"We have to begin to dialogue with our children at an early age about social injustices in our world," read a flyer passed out by organizers early Saturday morning. "Today's primary goal is to show the world that our children's lives do matter!"

The public die-in was one of several local protests, including one scheduled at the King of Prussia Mall Saturday afternoon, and nationwide following the police officer-involved deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. 

The group of nearly 200 children, along with their chaperones, started marching along City Avenue near Monument Road around 9:20 a.m., according to organizers.

The kids then laid on the ground, as their parents stood with their hands in the air.

Some of the children participating were as young as 8-years-old.

Photo Credit: Matt DeLucia]]>
<![CDATA[Man Shot 8 Times, Killed in Kensington]]> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:01:08 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/196*120/kensington+hartville+shot+8+times.JPG

A shooter opened fire on a man, killing him in Philly's Kensington neighborhood late Friday night.

The unidentified victim, who appears to be in his 20s, was shot in the face, chest, groin, back and hand along the 3100 block of Hartville Street, near Allegheny Avenue, around 9:45 p.m., according to officials.

Police rushed the man to Temple University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 10:01 p.m., authorities said.

The motive in the deadly shooting is unknown. Investigators said the suspect was wearing a white skull cap and was last seen running northbound on Hartville Street. 

<![CDATA[Attempted Burglary Turns Deadly in NE Philly]]> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 11:50:49 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/217*120/vandike+street+deadly+burglarly+wissinoming.JPG

A man and his nephew caught a burglar in the act early Saturday morning in Northeast Philly, leading to a physical altercation that left the suspect dead.

Police responded to a home on the 6100 block of Vandike Street, near the intersection of Torresdale Avenue and Benner Street, in the Wissinoming section of Philadelphia around 2 a.m. to find a 23-year-old man dead, according to officials.

Officers initially arrived on scene after receiving reports that a suspect was attempting to steal tools from a a garage on the home's property, according to investigators.

The resident heard the suspect, and he and his nephew confronted him, police said.

The pair began fighting the burglar, who sustained a head injury during the altercation, authorities said.

The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:07 a.m.

No charges have been filed as investigators continue to sort out what happened.

Stay with NBC10 for more on this developing story.

<![CDATA[Woman Shot by Owner in West Philly Bar: Police]]> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:00:30 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/211*120/56th+west+philly+shooting.JPG

A bar owner shot a woman he claimed was attacking him early Saturday morning in a West Philly bar.

Police responded to the 601 Bar, located at the corner of 56th Street and Wyalusing Avenue, at 2:50 a.m. for a report of a man being assaulted by a woman.

When they arrived they were met by the 71-year-old owner who told police he shot a woman after she attacked him. The 33-year-old woman suffered a graze wound to her right thigh and was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where she is currently in stable condition.

The owner told police he had a permit to carry. His weapon was recovered at the scene.

The owner was taken to Mercy Hospital and treated for several bites and bruises he suffered during the initial attack, according to police.

The owner has not been charged. Police continue to investigate the incident. 

<![CDATA[Man Shot in Face, Killed in Nicetown]]> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:32:20 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/210*120/cayuga+street+nicetown+homicide.JPG

A man died early Saturday morning after he was shot in his face, back and groin in the city's Nicetown neighborhood.

The shooting happened near the intersection of 16th and West Cayuga streets around 3 a.m., police said.

The 22-year-old unidentified victim was rushed to Temple University Hospital, but he succumbed to his injuries, officials said.

He was pronounced dead at 3:35 a.m., authorities said.

No arrests have been made.  An investigation is underway.

<![CDATA[Staples Data Breach]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:40:59 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009014053_1200x675_375336515821.jpg Staples is warning customers that nearly 1.2 million credit cards could have been exposed during a security breach earlier this year. Here's which stores could have been affected.]]> <![CDATA[Caught on Cam: North Philly Serial Robbers]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:42:02 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009014055_1200x675_375336515822.jpg Police are asking for information on the men seen on this video. They're wanted in connection with a string of grocery store robberies in North Philadelphia.]]> <![CDATA[Toddler's Christmas Wish Comes True]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:40:09 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009013705_1200x675_375316035998.jpg After being away for Air Force training, a mother came home -- just in time to surprise her son as he visited Santa. ]]> <![CDATA[Hundreds Rally in Mayfair to Support Police]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:30:18 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/201*120/POLICE+RALLY.JPG

Nearly 300 people braved the cold to chant peaceful messages in support of Philadelphia law enforcement Friday night in the city's Mayfair section.

Community members, officers and family of police officers gathered at Frankford and Cottman aves for one purpose -- to peacefully show support for their brothers and sisters in blue.

"... All these cops are helping us and protecting us from all the bad things that are happening," said one of the youngest supporters, Lea Newman.

Organizers, who insist that Philadelphia Police Department was in no way associated with the rally, pulled the event together late this week and took to Facebook to get the word out.

On the page, they emphazed the importance of keeping the rally peaceful -- with its sole purpose to show Philadelphia Police that Philadelphians are behind them.

"Any negative signs of people causing any kind of disturbance will be asked to leave," said organizers.

The rally follows much unrest in Philadelphia as well as the rest of the country following protests against police after decisions in favor of law enforcement in the Eric Garner chokehold death and the death of Michael Brown.

It also follows a police-involved shooting Monday in Mayfair. Brandon Tate-Brown was shot and killed along the 6600 block of Frankford Ave., after he allegedly reached for a loaded handgun -- stolen last year -- during a traffic stop.

Family maintains that Tate-Brown, who had served five years in prison for aggravated assault, was trying to get his life back on track by being a "good guy."

The rally had nothing to do with Tate-Brown's shooting, said head organizer Donald Garvey.

"We decided to do this because we feel like officers are being unfairly judged in light of what's happening nationally," said Garvey.

"Policemen are not saints, they're men and women that go to work everyday and try to do their jon and do the best they can," said supporter Brian Trait.

<![CDATA[Pope Responds to Local Student's Letter, Sends Animals]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:13:22 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009013468_1200x675_375269443914.jpg Gabriella Lupold, a 4th grader at St. Thomas the Apostle School in Glen Mills wrote a letter to Pope Francis and what she -- and the rest of the school's student body -- got in return was a HUGE surprise. ]]> <![CDATA[NJ Woman Loses Her Pet Bobcat Rocky]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:08:09 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009013488_1200x675_375275075957.jpg Rocky, the pet bobcat infamous for escaping his New Jersey home will not be returned to his owner, Ginny Fine. Rocky escaped his home for the last time in October and has been living at a zoo ever since. NBC10's Ted Greenberg has the story. ]]>