<![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-usTue, 28 Mar 2017 02:23:16 -0400Tue, 28 Mar 2017 02:23:16 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Ex-Doctor Accused of Hacking Into Accounts of HS Classmates ]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:16:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Peter-Grossman.jpg

Police arrested a former Philadelphia doctor accused of hacking in the email, cellphone and social media accounts of several women who he was classmates with in high school.

Peter Grossman, 29, is charged with impersonation and theft of identity, elements of computer theft and invasion of privacy.

Investigators say Grossman, who worked as a physician at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, illegally gained access to the accounts of several of his female classmates from Delran High School in Burlington County, New Jersey where he graduated in 2005. Grossman allegedly made digital copies of more than 2,000 personal photographs.

The investigation began in September of 2016 after one of the women went to the Delran Police Department reporting she suspected her email and cellphone accounts had been illegally accessed. After officials identified Grossman as a suspect, they executed a search warrant at his home in Philadelphia and seized six of his electronic devices that had digital storage capabilities, investigators said. They then found photographs of 25 women, 12 of whom have been identified, according to officials.

Investigators say Grossman also illegally gained access to their iCloud, Snapfish and Facebook accounts. The accounts included passwords that were easily determined by information posted on the victims' public profiles.

“This case presents an excellent warning concerning passwords, and why they must be complex in order to withstand attempts by hackers and anybody else to gain access to private accounts,” Burlington County Prosecutor Robert D. Bernardi said. “Using the name of a child or some other known personal detail will often result in a password that is vulnerable to being hacked.”

Officials are still trying to identify the remaining women in the photographs. If you believe you’re a victim please call the Delran Police Department at 856-461-4498 extension 149.

Grossman is no longer employed with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

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<![CDATA[Police Search for Gunman Following Barricade Situation]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:30:01 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Shooting+Spring+Garden+Street_23043723.jpg

Police are searching for a gunman who fired shots from a building under construction in Philadelphia, nearly striking a woman in the parking lot.

Police first received a 911 call from three workers around 6 p.m. Monday. The workers told police they were inside a renovated building on the 100 block of Spring Garden Street when they heard gunshots. As responding police officers spoke to the men, a woman who is an employee of one of the businesses on the block approached them. The woman told police she was walking towards her car in the parking lot when she heard gunshots that then hit her vehicle, nearly striking her. 

"She's really lucky because those bullets missed her by inches," said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small.

Police declared a barricade situation and set up a staging area around the building, blocking off Spring Garden Street, several exits on I-95 and a nearby SEPTA station. Officers searched through the building but didn't find a gunman or a weapon. They did find an open fifth floor window of the building that had two bullet markings however.

Police eventually gave the building the "all-clear" and reopened the closed roads. They continue to search for the suspect and have not yet determined whether the woman in the parking lot was the gunman's intended target.

<![CDATA[Safety Deposit Box Falls, Crushes Worker to Death ]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 23:13:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Cheltenham+Bank+Safety+Deposit+Box_23042656.jpg

A worker died from his injuries after a large safety deposit box fell on top of him inside a Wells Fargo Bank in Cheltenham, Pennsylvania.

Jonathan Maust, 35, of Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania and two other workers were inside the old Wells Fargo Bank on 2401 Cheltenham Avenue shortly before 1 p.m. Monday. The men were attempting to move a large safety deposit box from the bank to a new location. Suddenly the deposit box tipped over and fell on top of Maust. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Cheltenham Police, OSHA and the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office are all investigating the incident.

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<![CDATA[AG Threatens Pulling Money From Philly, Sanctuary Cities]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:47:32 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-648743644.jpg

The Philadelphia Police Department budgeted $500,000 to outfit police recruits with bulletproof vests in the current fiscal year -- to be paid for through a federal grant.

Another $162,500 in federal money is slated to go toward the department’s High Intensity Drug Traffic Area (HIDTA) investigations.

Two other grants for police will provide $1,450,000 “to improve the quality of life in all neighborhoods” and $934,000 for the salaries and benefits of 25 police officers.

The money in all four, listed in the city budget, are part of millions that the city of Philadelphia gets annually from the U.S. Department of Justice.

But Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Monday that those dollars are in jeopardy because of Philadelphia’s ongoing refusal to turn over undocumented immigrants to federal authorities. The city, like dozens of others, does not honor what are known as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainers. Mayor Jim Kenney and other city officials have argued that the detainers violate the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution.

In a surprise press conference Monday at the White House, Sessions renewed a months-long threat by the Trump administration that “sanctuary cities” will either comply with ICE detainers and other immigration laws or lose DOJ grants.

“I’m urging states and local jurisdictions to comply with these federal laws. Moreover, the Department of Justice will require that jurisdictions seeking or applying for Department of Justice grants certify compliance as a condition of receiving those rewards,” Sessions said. “Failure to remedy violations could result in withholding grants, termination of grants, and disbarment or ineligibility for future grants. The Department of Justice will also take all lawful steps to claw back any funds awarded.”

He did not give a deadline for compliance.

The DOJ gave $26 million in grants to Philadelphia in the 2015 fiscal year, which a city spokeswoman said was the most recent year in which a comprehensive total is available.

“The Attorney General’s comments today are a direct attack on public safety,” Kenney spokeswoman Lauren Hitt said. “He is threatening to take away money from the police department for what amounts to nothing more than good police work. Undocumented residents and their family members are much less likely to call law enforcement when they are a witness to or a victim of a crime if they know that the police will turn them in to ICE. And if residents can’t call the police, then it is extremely difficult to get criminals off the street. If we are forced to change Philadelphia’s policy on this, all of our residents will be less safe.”

Sessions argued the exact opposite.

“Such policies cannot continue. They make our nation less safe by putting dangerous criminals back on the street,” he said.

Hitt indicated that Philadelphia is still weighing its options when it comes to detainers.

"Today’s announcement did not present any issues we were not already evaluating, and we have very skilled outside counsel helping us evaluate what the real threats to funding are and what our legal options are," she said.

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<![CDATA[Another Victim of Serial Child Rapist Comes Forward: Police]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 18:07:44 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/William+Thomas+Bucks.JPG

Editor's note: This story contains graphic details.

An alleged child rapist in Bucks County faces new charges after another woman came forward accusing him of sexually assaulting her.

William Thomas, 58, of Morrisville is charged with rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, corruption of minors and other related offenses after the woman told police he sexually assaulted her when she was a child.

The woman told investigators she interacted with Thomas in the mid to late 1990s at his Pleasant Lane home, his Falls Township home, his Pennsbury Woods apartment and a home in Yardley. Police say in addition to sexually abusing her, Thomas also showed her child pornography, watched her as she took showers, gave her marijuana, groped her and professed his love for her.

Thomas is already accused of sexually assaulting at least six other underage girls throughout the years in Bucks County including two sisters who spoke out at the beginning of March.

"I am a victim of William Thomas," one of the women said during a press conference at the Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA) in Jamison, Pennsylvania.

The two sisters, who are now in their 20s, said Thomas sexually abused them when they were children growing up in the Levittown area of Bucks County. They said Thomas was their babysitter at the time of the abuse.

"Children are so young and innocent and nobody deserves something like this," one of the victims said.

The women said they want other victims to get help.

"I was being taken advantage of by a grown, adult child molester," one of the sisters said. "I hope that anyone else that was affected by this man, please step up. You will be heard."

Thomas was first charged on February 5 with child rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, aggravated indecent assault on a child, possession and dissemination of child pornography and other related offenses.

Investigators say the child rape allegations date as far back as 40 years.

Falls Township Police first zeroed in on Thomas last November after receiving a call about sexually explicit writings found on a piece of plywood at the Midway Village mobile home park, said a criminal complaint obtained by NBC10 that contains graphic details of alleged assaults. Thomas had worked as a handyman on a vacant trailer and a new owner found the words describing the sexual assault of two young girls, including names, physical descriptions, parents' names and a date of an alleged assault — Christmas 2014 — police said.

The writer referred to his penis as "one-eyed Willie," police said.

Police compared the writing on the wood to numerous work orders written by Thomas to find that the writing matched, according to police.

Police interviewed the alleged victims but due to the trauma of their assaults, they didn't name Thomas directly by name, officials said. Investigators described many of the victims as "broken people."

Investigators searched Thomas' home at Midway Village and found more than 1,000 prominently displayed photographs and pictures that "depicted naked children, the majority of which were prepubescent" and some that chronicled "molesting," according to the criminal complaint.

Investigators also found writings dating back to the 1970s that documented molestation of children as young as 3 years old, police said.

They also found 500 to 1,000 pairs of prepubescent girls' underwear, some hanging above Thomas' bed, as well as toys and dolls, some with "aftermarket genitals which Thomas created," according to investigators.

"We don't know whether or not he was distributing it," said Weintraub.

The search also uncovered drug paraphernalia and baggies that tested positive for marijuana and methamphetamine.

Police interviewed Thomas and he allegedly admitted to having sexual attraction to children dating back to his adolescence. He admitted to pleasuring himself to the child pornography that he has gathered over the decades, police said.

He also admitted to sexually assaulting a family member and a couple children he babysat and also exposing himself to another child, according to police.

Police looked into Thomas' past and discovered other allegations of sexual assault dating back to the 1970s, when a man said Thomas sexually assaulted him when he was just 8 to 11 years old, police said. Thomas would have been 5 1/2 to 6 years older.

In 2010, police investigated Thomas' former Levittown home after a homeowner looking to flip it found "some disturbing items" including a handmade "child-size sex doll," Polaroids of naked children and graphic handwritten notes about performing sexual acts on young girls, according to the criminal complaint. No charges came from that early police report and some of the discoveries were made after police were alerted.

Back in 2000, Thomas was indicted for child abuse after he admitted to writing a graphic note and giving it to a child in Bradford County, Pennsylvania, police said. He told investigators he was taking drugs and on pills at the time and didn't mean to write the note. No word yet of what came of that allegation.

Authorities said some of Thomas' past residences in Bucks County include a home on Pleasant Line in the Pinewood section of Levittown; Pennsbury Woods apartments on New Falls Road in Levittown; Midway Village mobile home park on Bristol Pike in Morrisville. He also worked as a handyman and subcontractor while owing his own home improvement business called Thomas Construction.

Thomas is currently being held in Bucks County prison on $750,000 bail. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Tuesday.

Authorities urged anyone with information about other possible victims to contact Falls Township Sgt. Christopher Clark at 215-302-3315 and/or Bucks County Detective Lt. Robert Gorman at 215-340-8141.

Photo Credit: Bucks County District Attorney’s Office
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<![CDATA[Retired NJ Man Celebrates 100th B-Day by Going Back to Work]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:07:33 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Bill+Hansen+_23043615.jpg

Not many people have the chance to celebrate their 100th birthday. Bill Hansen of Haddon Township, New Jersey decided to use the special opportunity to do something he’s wanted to do for about three years now: go back to his old job. 

“I hate being retired,” Hansen said.

Hansen, a retired permit coordinator, was greeted with a standing ovation and a birthday cake when he visited his former job at Hutchinson Plumbing, Heating and Cooling in Cherry Hill, New Jersey Monday. But the celebration was short-lived. Hansen was there to work.

Hansen had asked the company’s CEO Fred Hutchinson if he could return for his birthday. Hutchinson granted his wish and gave Hansen a full day’s workload and even drew up a one-day contract.

“He took off about 15 minutes after we signed that agreement to get to work,” Hutchinson said. 

Hansen went from one job to the next as former co-workers wished him a happy birthday throughout the day.

“Fred has to pay me one dollar for today,” Hansen said.

Hansen retired three years ago at the age of 97 but not before training his replacement, Carl Canfield.

“I can only hope that I can aspire to be half the man that that gentleman is,” Canfield said.

Prior to his 32 years at Hutchinson, Hansen spent nearly 40 years working for other companies, including Exxon.

“I never had a job where I didn’t want to go to work in the morning,” Hansen said. “I was blessed.”

Besides his love of work, Hansen credits his wife and family for his happiness. He also said they’re part of his latest goal.

“To live to see my youngest granddaughter graduate,” Hansen said. “That’ll be in 2024.”

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@KRYSTALKLEI]]> <![CDATA[Rainy Stretch With Roller Coaster Temperatures Continues]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:10:40 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/rain-generic-GettyImages-456729820.jpg

Temperatures have been on a roller coaster for what seems like months. The most recent ride? A high of 77 degrees at the Philadelphia International Airport Saturday, followed by a high of only 45 degrees Sunday, and forecast temperatures in the low 70s by tomorrow. In addition, it’s been a rainy stretch of days. Let’s break down exactly what’s going on with our weather pattern.

Weekend Rise and Fall

This past Saturday we saw temperatures climb all the way to the upper 70s, with just isolated showers across the area.

Why? A large storm was set up to the west of our region. North of us was a boundary layer (this one a cold front) that was connected to this storm. That layer was dividing the cold air from the warm air trying to surge in from the southwest. Our area was under the warm air “zone”. Meaning, the cold air was kept north, and with southwest winds, our atmosphere was being fed warmth to boost our temperatures well above average (21 degrees above average in Philly, to be exact).

But, all good things must come to an end. And they did, quite quickly. Overnight Saturday into Sunday morning, the winds shifted direction. Take a look at the wind map from one model. It shows the winds coming almost directly from the east (the non-tail end of the barbs points in the direction the winds are going). An east flow forces chilly ocean air atop us. As the winds shifted, this led the way to the cold front slinking southward across our area.

The result? A high of only 45 degrees in Philadelphia (as in 11 degrees below average and 32 degrees colder than the previous day).

As we sat ahead of the storm center, which was creating severe thunderstorm threats to central and southern portions of the country, we also sat in a rather moist set-up. That means we had plenty of moisture in the sky (thick clouds) all the way down to the surface (something we’ll sometimes refer to as high dewpoint temperatures)   So, we were able to tap into periods of light rain showers and misting. However, not much steady rain was experienced over the weekend.

Monday Return to Warmth

Remember that warm air that was surging over the region from the southwest on Saturday? Well, it made a comeback quickly on Monday.

Winds shifted direction again Monday morning. Take a look at the wind map below for Monday. It shows the barbs constantly flowing in from the southwest. A warm air pump!

In addition, a warm front stalled over the southern half of the region.
As a result, especially in southern zones across our region, temperatures made a return to the 60s and even 70s. Temperatures were cooler farther north due to the stalling of the warm front. The warmth continues Tuesday. In fact, Tuesday morning temperatures will be quite mild in the 50s, and highs will again be spread from north to south. Southern zones should see 70s, again. Mid 60s are possible for Philadelphia. Lower 60s or upper 50s for northern most spots.

Scattered Thunderstorm Potential

With warm air across the region, some isolated to scattered thunderstorms are possible as yet another system passes just to our south Tuesday afternoon. Isolated showers may cross the Delaware Valley in the morning Tuesday, but with the storm centers’ passage late day, enough energy across the region could bring some spotty thunderstorms to the area. These storms are not expected to be severe. The best chance for thunderstorms will be the warmest locations, south.

Here’s a look at one model projection for the late day thunderstorm potential:

Notice the small spots of orange and red on the map near us. This indicates the scattered nature of the storms.

Overall, we’ll remain cloudy through Tuesday, but finally see sunshine breakout Wednesday. Temperatures Wednesday will also take one last tumble, although not as grand. Temperatures are forecast in the upper 50s and low 60s.

More rain to come by late week! We’ll get into more detail on that in the days to come.

Stay with the NBC10 First Alert Weather Team for the latest weather updates including alerts, maps and forecasts.

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<![CDATA[Dog Survives Stabbing]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:23:26 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000020019970_1200x675_907728451701.jpg Officers say a pit bull was stabbed and left for dead over the weekend. NBC10 has the latest on the dog’s recovery at the SPCA.]]> <![CDATA[Truck Gets Stuck, Damages Covered Bridge in Cherry Hill]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:53:43 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/covered+bridge+damaged+vo_20170327154641+-+00-00-06-27_23038969.jpg A covered bridge in Cherry Hill suffered major structural damage Monday when a tractor-trailer trying to cross, got stuck.

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<![CDATA[Family of Long-Haired Baby Speaks Out After Ellen Show Appearance]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:04:49 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Baby+Beautiful+Hair_23041026.jpg

A viral video of a Montgomery County baby and his luscious locks landed him on the Ellen Show. NBC10’s Erin Coleman spoke to his family about the video views and the hair that keeps on growing.



<![CDATA[Man Stops Hit-and-Run Driver by Hanging on Car: Police ]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:20:36 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Man+Stops+Hit+and+Run+Driver+_23040644.jpg

Police say a 19-year-old man stopped a hit-and-run driver after he tried to flee the scene of a crash in Lakewood, New Jersey.

The 19-year-old man was looking for a car on sale shortly before 1 p.m. Friday on East County Line Road when he witnessed Terick Debose, 23, of Toms River, crash his Toyota Camry into a parked car in the parking lot of the nearby Piner Elementary School, according to police. The 19-year-old man told Debose to stop but he allegedly accelerated towards him. The 19-year-old then jumped on top of the hood and held on as Debose continued driving, police said.

“I was just in awe,” said Cindy Paolicelli, a witness. “You never see something like that in real life. I was so afraid he was going to get thrown from the car.”

As the 19-year-old held on, Debose sped up an estimated 40 miles per hour before he finally stopped a quarter of a mile down the road, according to investigators. He was then taken into custody by responding police officers.

“I said, ‘How did you get off the car?’ He said, ‘I just kept pleading for the guy to please stop the car and let me get off,’” Paolicelli said. “I think it’s crazy for a fender bender to just freak out and cause all this havoc.”

The 19-year-old suffered a minor knee injury. Police say Debose had several outstanding warrants for his arrest and a suspended driver’s license. He was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, leaving the scene of an accident and leaving the scene of an accident with an injury with a suspended license.

<![CDATA[Philly Councilman Hosts Syrian Refugees: 'Glad to Have Them']]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 17:03:47 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/david-oh.jpg

About 40 to 45 refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and other countries who have relocated to eastern Pennsylvania in recent months met Monday at City Hall in Philadelphia at the behest of Councilman David Oh.

The purpose of the gathering was to “let them know they are welcome,” according to the councilman’s spokesman, Matthew Pershe.

Man of the refugees who attended live in northeastern Pennsylvania, where a large community of Syrian Americans live, and Philadelphia, Pershe said.

Oh said in a release prior to the 10 a.m. event that a message he hoped the families would receive is that local government “is here to help and to serve them.”

“This is a welcome party -- a chance to let our refugee community know that they are welcome, they are celebrated, and we are glad to have them in Philadelphia,” Councilman Oh said.

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<![CDATA[Man Commits Lewd Acts in Front of Women Shopping: Police]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:01:25 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Kitties+Lewd+Acts+Arrest+Marvin+Wiggins.jpg

A man in a "Show Me Your Kitties" t-shirt turned a request for advice on what to purchase for a baby shower or house warming gift into a lewd act, police in Delaware said.

Dover police charged Marvin Wiggins, 56, with criminal trespass and multiple counts of disorderly conduct, lewdness and harassment after they say he touched himself inappropriately in front of women varying in ages inside several Dover area stores Thursday and Friday.

The Colonia, New Jersey man, wearing the "Kitties" shirt and sweatpants during each incident began the interactions by asking for gift advice before fondling himself through his clothing while asking women to look at his genitalia through his pants, police said.

The masturbating suspect struck at least three locations including Target, T.J. Maxx and Kohl’s stores, police Cpl. Mark Hoffman said. There were multiple victims at some locations.

After Dover police posted a victim-captured photo of the suspect holding a Target shopping cart, tips came in that led investigators to Wiggins, police said.

Investigators continued Monday to receive reports about Wiggins' alleged behavior. Hoffman urged victims of lewdness crimes to immediately report suspicious behavior to police since a lewd act can escalate into something more serious.

In this case, Wiggins never touched any victims, police said.

Wiggins remained jailed Monday on $6,500 bond, Hoffman said.

Dover police urged anyone with more information or who might have been victimized to give them a call at 302-736-7130.

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<![CDATA[Philly Welcomes 'Immigrant Business Week']]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 18:27:49 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/190*120/food+truck+generic.png

Many immigrants have come to Philadelphia with an entrepreneurial spirit.

The city is acknowledging them with its first Immigrant Business Week (IBW). It runs from March 27 to April 1 and celebrates immigrant entrepreneurs and their contributions to society.

"Immigrants play a key role in Philadelphia's population growth, neighborhood revitalization and economic development," said Miriam Enriquez, director of the Office of Immigrant Affairs.

In February, New American Economy (NAE) released data supporting Enriquez's statement and highlighted immigrants' positive impact in communities across the country.

According to NAE, immigrants paid $6 billion in taxes and were responsible for $13.5 billion in spending power in 2014. Immigrants are also 43 percent more likely to be entrepreneurs than the native-born population.

In celebration of the estimated 40,000 immigrant entrepreneurs in Philadelphia, the city will be hosting several networking opportunities and educational workshops throughout the week. As part of it, Philly is promote diverse food trucks across the city.

"Food trucks and food carts have served as a creative pathway for many immigrants to create employment and revenue-generating opportunities," Enriquez said. "Through 'Food Truck Spotlight,' Philly food and culture lovers can conduct a tour of both great cuisines from around the world and the neighborhoods where these five food trucks are located. They will also experience immigrant stories of entrepreneurship up close — and appreciate this hard work using all the senses!"

To see the full list of Immigrant Business Week events, click here.  

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<![CDATA[Pedestrian Finds Skeletal Remains Off Chesco Road]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:45:45 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/201*120/Caln+Township+Body.JPG

Police in Chester County investigated after a person out for a walk came across skeletal remains within walking distance of a hospital, a YMCA and a trio of schools.

The person was walking near Fisherville Road, not far from the Route 30 Bypass, when they came across the body Friday about 20 to 30 feet off the roadway, Caln Township police said.

Officers and the Chester County Coroner’s Office spent Friday afternoon collecting the remains for further testing, police said.

No word on the identity of the body as of Monday, authorities said.

Officers hoped to determine if the discovery has anything to do with a 52-year-old women who went missing from the Brandywine Hospital in July.

The location where the body was fond is less than a mile from the Brandywine YMCA, Friendship Elementary School, Reeceville Elementary School and North Brandywine Middle School.

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<![CDATA[Laundromat Owner Shoots Robber, Bystanders Pick Up Cash: PD]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:34:45 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Laundromat+Shooting_23029023.jpg

A laundromat owner who shot a robber as well as a bystander in North Philadelphia Sunday afternoon won't face charges, police said.

Investigators say the ordeal began at 4:19 p.m. when a 42-year-old man armed with a knife entered a laundromat on the 2800 block of N. 5th Street. The armed man forced the laundromat owner, who was behind the counter, to give him $2,000, investigators said.

As the robber left with the money, the laundromat owner grabbed a revolver and began to chase him, police said. as he made his escape, the robber threw the money in the air as the owner ran after him, police said.

"I saw one of the guys running with a pack of money," Angel Perez, the owner of a store next to the laundromat, said. "When this guy ran he told him three times, 'Stop! Stop! Stop!'"

The owner then fired five shots and struck the robber twice in the chest, investigators said. A 51-year-old woman, who investigators say was an innocent bystander, was also shot twice in the left hand.

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Surveillance video showed neighbors swarming the sidewalks and picking up the cash the suspect had thrown to the ground.

"People running north, south, west, east," witness Elvin Gonzalez said. "Then all of a sudden I'm like, 'Why are people coming back?' Because they saw the money flying in the air."

Police say all the money that the robber stole and threw to the ground was stolen again by the onlookers. At a news conference Monday, they urged those people to turn the money over to authorities or face possible consequences.

Both the alleged robber and the woman were taken to the hospital. The robbery suspect was listed in critical condition while the woman was listed as stable.

The owner of the laundromat was taken into custody for questioning. He has a license to carry and cooperated with investigators. since the owner thought the suspect was armed and feared for his life, he wasn't charged with the shooting, police said.

<![CDATA[Flyers, Comcast Team Up to Host Military Member Job Fair]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:42:01 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000020011996_1200x675_907400259886.jpg

The Flyers will be hosting a unique event for military members looking for jobs. The team is hosting a free hiring fair and participants have the opportunity to attend Tuesday night’s game as well. Comcast’s Senior Director of Veteran Military Affairs Bob Langol and Comcast employee Vineet Mehta are in our NBC10 studios to tell us more about the Hiring Our Heroes event. Get more info: www.hiringourheroes.org/events 

<![CDATA[Power Out on the Main Line]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:05:31 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/Snow+Power+Lines+Snow.JPG

A power outage left thousands of customers on the Main Line in the dark Monday morning.

PECO reported around 2,000 lost power in the area of Radnor, Wayne and Villanova after a wire came down around 8:20 a.m.

PECO didn't immediately know what caused the wire to fall but said it got people back online around 9:30 a.m. though the power company's website didn't immediately reflect the change.

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<![CDATA[Rock Thrown Through Philly Synagogue Window for 3rd Time]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 22:23:46 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/218*120/Temple+Meorha+Keneseth+Chai+Synagogue+Vandalism.JPG

For the third time in recent months, a Northeast Philadelphia synagogue is cleaning up broken glass left by vandals.

A maintenance worker arrived to Temple Menorah-Keneseth Chai on Tyson Avenue Monday morning to find a broken window and baseball-sized rock inside the decades’ old temple, Philadelphia Police said.

Workers at the temple believe the vandalism took place sometime between Friday night and Monday morning. Police say surveillance video shows two teens between the ages of 12 and 14 sitting outside the synagogue Sunday shortly after 5 p.m. and they are currently searching for them. Investigators are treating the incident as a vandalism rather than a hate crime.

The FBI investigated after December and January incidents of vandalism that prompted the Citizens Crime Commission to offer a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the repeated vandalism. The synagogue installed surveillance video after eight windows were broken in the January incident.

No one was injured in any incident. Synagogue President Malcolm Adler claimed the synagogue was also vandalized three to four years ago when someone painted a swastika on an outside wall. 

Adler believes the synagogue was being targeted.

"No other church was damaged in this area, just us," Adler said.

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<![CDATA[NBC10 Responds: Missing Health Insurance Refund]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 09:27:45 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000020008370_1200x675_907245123898.jpg

Harry Hairston and NBC10 Responds help a couple whose long wait for a health insurance refund wasn’t looking promising.

<![CDATA[5 Millennial Jobs That Parents Just Don't Understand]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 07:51:07 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/millennial-generic.jpg

Millennials tend to have head-scratching job titles that just don't make sense to their parents, NBC News reported.

To be an "influencer" or "app developer" is a relatively new trend that might lead some to believe their millennial friend or family member doesn't have a real job.

Take, for example, the up-and-coming position of social media manager. A social media manager is involved with managing and growing a brand's social media presence. Responsibilities usually include creating content, managing partnerships, strategizing ad campaigns and interacting with customers.

NBC News rounded up four other "millennial jobs" that it turns out are actually pretty important.

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<![CDATA[Montco Zoo's Beloved Animal Curator David Wood Dies]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:04:06 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Elmwood+Park+Zoo+Dave+Wood+Bald+Eagle.jpg

A Montgomery County zoo is mourning the loss of its animal curator, a man who has cared for animals for more than four decades.

The Elmwood Park Zoo announced the zoo's animal curator David Wood died March 22 from complications from dermatomyositis. Wood was 61.

"I can’t overstate how important Dave Wood’s work was, certainly to our zoo, as well as the community worldwide," Elmwood Park Zoo’s executive director and CEO Al Zone said. "He had an incredible amount of knowledge, and I learned so much from him. He was also a great advocate for wildlife and the environment."

Wood began his career as keeper at the Philadelphia Zoo in 1973, eventually caring for the Philly zoo’s large mammals. After stints at the Palm Beach Zoo in Florida and Mill Mountain Zoo in Virginia, Wood came to the Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown as animal curator in 2005, the zoo said.

He oversaw the expansion of the Montco zoo’s animal collection including bringing giraffes to the zoo in 2013, the zoo said while crediting Wood with the zoo attendance surge. He also served as the zoo’s Philadelphia Eagles ambassador -- bringing Noah the Eagle to Eagles home games for the past three years -- and he was instrumental int he zoo's upcoming Trail of the Jaguar exhibit set to open this spring.

"Dave’s passing is a tremendous loss and we will miss him terribly," Zone said. "But I know he was very excited for the zoo and the direction it was going in. In truth, Dave Wood’s passion and commitment to the zoo has ensured we will continue to grow and remain strong for many years to come."

Wood is survived by his wife Laurie Smith Wood and many other family members and zoo colleagues. The family asked that memorial donations by made to the Elmwood Park Zoo’s Development Department at 1661 Harding Boulevard, Norristown, PA 19401.

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<![CDATA[Man Held 6-Year-Old Child Hostage in New Jersey: Police]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 17:15:42 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/elizabeth-standoff-composit.jpg

A man held a 6-year-old child hostage in an apartment in Elizabeth, New Jersey, for more than five hours on Sunday, officials said. 

There was a domestic dispute in the home on at Clarkson Avenue and Carteret Street and the child's mother left at about 9 a.m., Elizabeth police said. The mother cooperated with officials, said Kelly Vance, spokeswoman for Mayor J. Christian Bollwage.

"The man stayed there with the 6-year-old and barricaded himself," Bollwage said.

According to Bollwage, he wasn't cooperating with police. 

That's when police turned to a suspect's friend, Andre Williams, for help. 

"Once I knew they had a bulletproof vest for me I knew that there was the chance that I would have the opportunity to go in and talk to the guy," Williams said. 

The hostage situation ended peacefully at about 2:30 p.m., Vance said.  

No weapons were found and the child was unharmed, Vance said.

The man, 38-year-old LeRoy Boyd, was charged with second-degree kidnapping and third-degree possession of cocaine. He's being held at Union County Jail pending a first appearance in the case. 

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<![CDATA[Firefighters Battle Fire in Wilmington's Downtown Area ]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 18:53:08 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Fire+Wilmington+Businesses+_23027267.jpg

Firefighters battled a large fire at a building in downtown Wilmington, Delaware.

The two-alarm fire started at a sneaker store on 405 North Market Street at 2:10 p.m. Sunday. Around 60 firefighters and EMS workers from several companies responded to the scene as thick, heavy black smoke blanketed the area.

"It seemed surreal when I came out," said George Jones, the owner of the nearby D&H Restaurant. "End of days type scenario. It was crazy. It was crazy."

Firefighters first tried to battle the blaze inside the building but realized they had to take the fight outdoors instead.

"Fire conditions were overwhelming," said Wilmington Fire Chief Michael Donohue. "All members were evacuated and we went with basically a defensive exterior attack."

Firefighters were able to place the blaze under control at 5:32 p.m. The sneaker store is a total loss and the fire also damaged several other businesses and apartment units. While no injuries were reported the Red Cross is assisting five adults.

"As soon as the cop was banging on the door he wouldn't even let us grab extra stuff," said Stacy O'Dell who was forced to evacuate her apartment due to the fire. "He was just like, 'Come on! Let's go! You guys gotta go!'"

The area along 400 North Market Street is currently closed off to traffic and officials are asking residents to avoid the area, even during Monday's morning commute. They continue to investigate the cause of the fire.

<![CDATA[Coywolves Spotted in Philly? ]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 09:33:24 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Coyote+Footprint+in+the+Winter.jpg

Big Foot and the Lochness Monster have always been the most popular urban myths. Could "coywolves" in Philadelphia be the next one?

Mike Weilbacher, executive director of the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education is collecting testimonies from staff and residents who have reportedly spotted coyotes in the Roxborough area and writing about it in his blog.

Although the sightings are rare, they are of no surprise to Weilbacher who believes coyotes have been populating across Pennsylvania for a while.

"Historically, we've had wolves in Pennsylvania, but they were vanished from the state," he said. " Since then, coyotes have been moving up from the southwest because there are no wolves to prey on them."

However, Weilbacher says that it's possible that these four-legged animals are hybrid coyotes.

"These coyotes have dog and wolf DNA in them; people have been calling them 'coywolves'," he said.

This explains why coyotes-- a western species more likely found in prairie and desert -- are acclimating themselves to suburbs and big cities.

The dog-wolf-coyote hybrid is slightly bigger than a coyote's average size, Weilbacher said. However, all else remains the same.

"They can eat a variety of things. They're most likely eating small animals such as mice, rodents and squirrels -- but they can also eat berries and fruits," he said.

Weilbacher claims the few sightings are due to the species' elusiveness and shyness.

"Coyotes are quiet and do not like being seen," he said. "More people have seen footprints than anything else."

To read Weilbacher's blog about the "coywolf" and coyote sightings, click here. 

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<![CDATA[Police Stop Man from Raping Girl a 3rd Time: Officials]]> Sun, 26 Mar 2017 22:06:46 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/police+lights+%282%295.jpg

A New York City man is in custody after Pennsylvania state police thwarted his plan to meet and rape an 11-year-old girl for the third time in Lehigh Valley, according to investigators.

Sandro Zhinin was arrested in Hanover Township Saturday. Police say they received a tip that the 33-year-old was traveling to Pennsylvania Saturday to meet the child before taking her to a hotel. Investigators then set up surveillance at the playground and Zhinin was taken into custody once he arrived, police said.

According to police, Zhinin had executed this plan twice before.

Police say that after Zhinin connected with the girl online, he met her at a playground on March 4, drove her to a hotel and sexually assaulted her. He then sexually assaulted her again one week later on March 11, police said.

Zhinin is being held on $500,000 bond. He will be charged with rape of a child, statutory sexual assault, unlawful contact with a minor, corruption of a minor, and criminal use of a cellphone, according to state police.

<![CDATA[Loved Ones Mourn Philly Business Owner Who Died at 55 ]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 22:13:04 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Maxi-Senderowitsch.jpg

Friends and family are mourning a Philadelphia business owner who passed away over the weekend. Maxi Senderowitsch died Saturday after a sudden illness. He was 55-years-old.

Senderowitsch was the owner of Max & Fink, an irrigation and landscaping company. He also helped build Nana’s Kitchen, a café located at the Kaiserman Jewish Community Center in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. Nana’s Kitchen also prepares meals for students at Jewish Day schools.

Senderowitsch was also a veteran of the Israel Defense Forces. He is survived by a wife who owns Nana's Kitchen and four daughters who sent NBC10 a statement about their father.

"My father was an extraordinary man. One of those people that you only meet in a movie or a story. He was a renaissance man; if he couldn't buy it, he made it. He believed in equality and social justice as he acted upon it every day. 'Every problem has a solution, and sometimes it holds a sacrifice,' he would say. Along with my mother, my father lived many lives in his short stay with us. He reinvented himself everyday and strived for a better life for all of us. We thank them both for that, as they made us resilient, passionate, intelligent, and cultured.

Our parents taught us that the greatest gift is life. That we have to cherish every moment, start new projects, and have goals that reach the stars, for every day is a victory.

They taught us that life is for the moment and to enjoy the present. That living is fruitless unless we have love, happiness, and each other. We are lucky to harvest these teachings from our parents.

If we celebrate his life, we have to celebrate it as a unity with our mother. Their love is an example for all of us. They have been inseparable since the age of 15; partners in life. Their love is an unbreakable bond that will live forever. It's so strong, that it still feeds our souls every day and for years to come.

We are so lucky to have had him as such an integral part of our lives. He left a piece of him in our hearts and everyone who has gotten to know him. His legacy will be passed on for generations to come and our grandchildren will know him like he was never gone.

He was a pacifist and always had a reason for peace. Whether we were fighting between the sisters or complaining about politics, he always had a way to look at things in an understanding way.

He was the most cultured man we know. He read every morning the US, Argentinian, and Israeli news. There wasn't a thing he didn't know. Very up to date with the latest news, especially when it came to agriculture and eco-friendly living. Through that, he always had ideas and projects to make the world a better place. Starting from himself, to his family, to the community, and the world as a whole."

"My strong, healthy, exemplary dad left us yesterday. For over two weeks he fought like the ox that he is to stay, but yesterday he finally got some peace. Such a loving and loved man, touched so many lives, that hundreds of us are missing him already.

His funeral will be held on Tuesday, March 28th at 2:00 pm at the Har Nebo Cemetery on 6061 Oxford Avenue in Philadelphia. We will be walking him one last time to his resting place. All friends, family, and those who loved my dad are welcome to attend.

Mi papá, we have so many things to say. Thank you for forming our beautiful and united family with mom. Thank you for being, for listening, for understanding, for loving us, and for being such an amazing father. Thank you for everything that you have taught and have left with us forever, and for showing us the example of being a great man and even more so, a human being. You left us too soon, but you gave us a lot of life. We are left with your smile, and the beautiful memories of you. Thank you. I love you forever mi papá querido. I miss you already."

A page has been set up to raise money for his funeral and burial. Click here if you would like to donate.

<![CDATA[Runners Embrace Chilly Morning at the Philadelphia Love Run]]> Sun, 26 Mar 2017 08:39:51 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000020000640_1200x675_906707011824.jpg

Runners were geared up for chillier temperatures this morning at the Philadelphia Love Run Half Marathon. NBC10's Matt DeLucia has more details from the starting line.

<![CDATA[Man Dies After Being Struck by SUV]]> Sun, 26 Mar 2017 11:29:57 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/del_accident.PNG

Police report a man has died after being struck by an SUV in New Castle County early Sunday morning. 

Around 1:30 a.m., Police say the man was walking in the parking lot near the Nueva Rodeo, located at 2000 Firedancer Lane in Bear, Delaware, when a driver in a Cadillac Escalade struck him. The driver then ran into another parked car and into the building of the Alpha Worship Center. 

The driver then fled in an unknown direction. 

New Castle County paramedics treated the victim at the scene. He was then transported to Christiana Hospital where he was pronounced dead. 

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Master Coporal J. Aube at 302-365-8483 or call Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333. 

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<![CDATA[Judge Rules Against Former Detectives in Overtime Dispute]]> Sun, 26 Mar 2017 07:01:44 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/gavel-shutterstock_355826472.jpg

A federal judge has ruled against three former detectives who claimed that the Delaware attorney general's office refused to pay them overtime.

Robert Durnan, Gerald Christian and Mark Forbes also alleged in their 2014 lawsuit that they were subjected to retaliatory reassignments or duty restrictions after their attorney sought payment for overtime accrued since November 2010.

But the judge on Friday granted summary judgment to the state Department of Justice and former deputy attorney general Tim Mullaney.

The lawsuit claimed the men's duties, primarily returning fugitives to Delaware, were taken over by other employees who lacked the proper training, including the late Attorney General Beau Biden's former chauffeur.

Court records also indicate that Durnan was eventually terminated after officials found several pornographic and crude emails on his state email account.