<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Local News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com en-us Wed, 01 Apr 2015 12:45:01 -0400 Wed, 01 Apr 2015 12:45:01 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Police ID Victims of Plane Crash]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 11:25:14 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Joe+Deal+Brandywine+Airport+Crash.jpg

Days after a deadly airplane crashed not far from a suburban Philadelphia airport, authorities identified the victims.

Col. Richard Poch of West Chester, and Joseph Deal of Drexel Hill died in Sunday afternoon's Piper PA28 crash Saunders Lane and Andrews Drive -- not far from Brandywine Airport in West Goshen, Chester County, West Goshen Police said Wednesday.

Witnesses on the ground suggested the single-engine aircraft may have lost power -- the engine sputtering -- and then stalled before crashing into the woods and bursting into flames.

"Shortly after taking off the plane started to sputter and then basically took a nosedive and came down in the woods," said Bob Fleming, of Goshen Fire Company.

It had taken off minutes earlier from Brandywine Airport -- roughly two miles away.

"We couldn't see anything, just heard a big bang," said Frank Kraus, a neighbor.

Kraus added he was thankful the tragedy was not any worse, considering the proximity of several homes and a large senior living housing complex to the crash site.

"Thank God for the pilot," he said. "But then the pilot and his passenger didn't make it which is sad. Sad to hear that people didn't make it."

Deal, a 64-year-old certified pilot, attended Cardinal O'Hara High School and Drexel University, said his family. He left behind five siblings and a fiance.

"Joe was a kind soul and a wonderful man," said a family statement. "He was someone who everyone loved. His passion for adventure was only out-weighed by his love of family and friends, and his dedication to helping others."

Poch, who was 67, left behind a wife, two children, five grandchildren and three siblings. The U.S. Air Force veteran will be laid to rest Wednesday.

An official cause of the wreck remained under investigation.



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<![CDATA[Trying to Curb Distracted Driving]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 10:06:30 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/tlmd_tlmd_texting_while_driving3.jpg P.A.D.D. or People Against Distracted Driving are trying to the message to teenagers about the potentially deadly dangers of texting while driving.
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<![CDATA[Free Tax Prep Service in Jeopardy]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 09:18:41 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009913963_1200x675_421143619600.jpg The service, which assists over 1,000 Delaware County residents, is located in the Granite Run Mall which is set to close for redevelopment.]]> <![CDATA[Police Investigating Hit-&-Run]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 09:16:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009913948_1200x675_421134915726.jpg The crash occurred in the Overbrook Park section of Philadelphia overnight when a driver lost control of his vehicle and smashed into a pickup truck.]]> <![CDATA[New Report Suggests Delaware Education Overhaul]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 09:23:13 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009913464_1200x675_421123139926.jpg The Education Advisory Council is recommending Delaware get rid of certain school districts as well as make changes to the state's funding formula.]]> <![CDATA[Dog Makes It Out of Apartment Fire]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 08:32:50 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009912565_1200x675_421099587626.jpg A one-alarm fire called firefighters to an apartment in Clifton Heights, Pennsylvania early Wednesday morning. No one was inside the apartment but a dog was rescued by fire crews.]]> <![CDATA[Philly Has Top 20-Bad Traffic]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 09:34:09 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/210*120/New+Jwersey+GSP+Garden+State+Parkway+Traffic+Generic+Traffic.JPG Philadelphia has taken 20th in a study that says Philly has some of the worst traffic and most delays. Some drivers spend up to 70 hours a year just sitting in rush hour traffic.

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<![CDATA[NBC's Viera Show Features New Jersey Teen]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 08:40:17 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/Angels+of+God+Kaitlyn+Darrow.JPG Gloucester County High School senior Kaitlyn Darrow gets a moment in the spotlight for a charity she started to provide clothes for those in need. Katilyn started Angels of God Clothing Closet when she was 12 and is featured Wednesday on the "Meredith Viera Show."

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<![CDATA[Parents of Baby Mauled by Ferrets in Court]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 07:55:55 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Child+Ferret+Attack+Parents+Fraim.jpg

A Pennsylvania couple charged with neglect after the family's pet ferrets severely mauled their 1-month-old girl is set to appear in court for a preliminary hearing Wednesday.

Burnie Fraim, 42, and Jessica Benales, 24, are set to appeared before a Commonwealth District Court judge in Sharon Hill around 10 a.m.

Wednesday's preliminary hearing comes after an earlier hearing was delayed so the couple could undergo psychiatric evaluations, which they were ordered to do as a condition of their bail.

Prosecutors charged each of the Delaware County parents with five counts of endangering the welfare of children earlier this year after their newborn, Skyy Fraim, had her nose and cheek eaten away and upper lip shredded by as many as three ferrets. The baby was strapped into a car seat that was sitting on the floor of the family's Darby home.

Fraim was upstairs sleeping and Benales was in the restroom at the time of the attack, police and the family told NBC10. Fraim said they believed the animals broke out of a mesh pen where they were being kept.

The baby underwent emergency surgery where stents had to be placed in her nose for breathing, police said. She was released from the hospital late last week and placed into foster care along with four of her siblings. Officials say she will most likely have to undergo more plastic surgeries however.

All five children and both parents have special needs and were in the care of three social service agencies at the time of the mauling, authorities told NBC10. Seven case workers were assigned to the family.



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<![CDATA[Considering Cell Tower in Bucks County]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 07:06:58 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/477000939.jpg Officials in Bucks County community will make a decision Wednesday night about a controversial cell tower. A proposed Verizon tower would be placed behind the firehouse and bring in some revenue but neighbors worry it could be an eyesore.

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<![CDATA[Phillies' New Burger Features 9 Patties, 2,200 Calories]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 11:38:37 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Citizens+Bank+Park+Wayback+Burgers+Triple+Triple+CBP+Burger+Cheeseburger.jpg

Got a craving for one of the biggest burgers around? Look no further than the home of the Phillies.

On Tuesday night, the Phillies revealed the “Wayback Triple Triple” cheeseburger available this season at Citizens Bank Park

The super sandwich from the Newark, Delaware-based Wayback Burgers packs 2,200 calories -- more than the daily recommended value -- and 61 grams of saturated fat (if you can get the whole thing down) into one bun, nine beef burger patties and nine slices of cheese plus one slice of tomato and some lettuce.

The Phillies announced the culinary creation will be available at the Alley Grill during Phillies home games. The team has yet to finalize the price for the behemoth burger.

Other burgers and grilled chicken sandwiches will also be available at three Wayback Burgers ballpark locations (behind Sections 120, 135 and in the Left Field Plaza).

Other new items on the menu include Phillies Wine from Chaddsford Winery, milkshakes and floats at the Turkey Hill Creamery and new Phillies Topped Dogs.

The lesson here, go to the ballpark hungry and leave happy, even if the Phillies don't win.



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<![CDATA[Suspect Stabs Man in Leg]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 08:42:41 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/208*120/Hollywood+Street+Stabbing+4-1.JPG

Philadelphia Police searched for a suspect in the stabbing of a man along a Philadelphia street.

The stabbing took place around 3 a.m. Wednesday along the 2500 block of Hollywood Street in North Philly.

Officers found a man suffering from a stab wound to his leg. He had lost a lot of blood, said police on the scene.

He was rushed to Temple University where his condition wasn’t known.

Police didn’t reveal a motive for the stabbing.



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<![CDATA[10 at 7: What You Need to Know Today]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 07:05:18 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Clock_Wht.jpg

Here are the 10 things you need to know to start your day from your friends at NBC10.

TODAY'S TOP STORY

Autopsy Pending For Parents Found Dead With Chainsaw Lacerations Inside Montgomery County Home: An autopsy will be performed Wednesday for a couple found dead in their Montgomery County home with lacerations from a chainsaw on Tuesday.

The 48-year-old man and his 43-year-old wife were discovered by their 14-year-old son, who told police he found his parents unresponsive inside their home on the 1100 block of Country Lane in Lower Moreland at around 12:50 p.m. on Tuesday. A chainsaw was found lying near their bodies. One of the deaths has been confirmed a homicide, the other is under investigation.

YOUR FIRST ALERT FORECAST 

Grab your winter coat today.Temperatures plunged overnight, and today is expected to be cold and breezy with wind chills in the 20s. The sun will provide a bit of a warm-up in the afternoon. High temp: 54 degrees. Get your full NBC10 First Alert forecast here.

WHAT YOU MISSED YESTERDAY

Vineland Man Dies After Being Taken Into Police Custody: A man who was being held by Vineland police died while in custody. A witness says he saw police beating him in the middle of the street. The man, identified as Phillip White, was arrested at a home on the 100 block of Grape Street in Vineland, New Jersey around 11 a.m. Tuesday. He died shortly after while being taken into custody. Witnesses said officers were extremely physical with White after he was already restrained and unconscious on the street. Officials are investigating the arrest.

AROUND THE WORLD

Arkansas Legislature Approves Religious Freedom Bill: The Arkansas state legislature on Tuesday passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which is similar to an Indiana law that has already sparked a storm of criticism over fears it be used as a cover for discrimination.

Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he's sign the bill. He believes the bill is meant to strike a balance between religious freedom and equal protection of the law. But sexual orientation is not covered by anti-discrimination laws in Arkansas, and legal experts have said the measure could open the door to the discrimination of gays and lesbians.

TODAY'S TALKER

Philadelphia's District Attorney Shows Off His Dance Moves: Philadelphia's District Attorney, Seth Williams showed off the mambo at a charity event last week and says he is an avid salsa dancer. Now, he wants to learn merengue and tango.

The district attorney participated in the Dancing for Our Future Stars dance competition on March 21 to raise funds for the Independent Mission Schools run by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The attorney's routine, alongside dance teacher Katie Miccarelli, was inspired in the iconic characters of Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze in the film Dirty Dancing. Check out the DA's dance moves here.

SPORTS SPOT

Phillies' Giles Hurt: Phillies pitcher Ken Giles left the game with a back injury on Tuesday. The Philadelphia Eagles announced the signing of receiver Miles Austin. Get your full sports news at CSNPhilly.

PHOTO OF THE DAY

See more Top News Photos here.

THROUGH IGER'S EYES

@marpaf captured this great photo of Boathouse Row.

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TODAY'S VIRAL VIDEO

A mom gets a pleasant surprise when she goes to her 14 week ultrasound: she witnesses her baby clapping along to "If You're Happy and You Know It, Clap Your Hands," and her husband is there to catch the adorable scene on camera. Watch the amazing video here.

A LITTLE SWEETENER

Play Pac-Man on Google Maps: People can now play Pac-Man from the convenience of their desks. Google Maps introduced a new online version of the classic arcade game on Tuesday in celebration of April Fools' Day. All you have to do is click on the Pac-Man icon in the lower left corner beside the Earth icon, and use your keyboard arrows to move your little yellow man through the maze. Test your Pac Man skills!


That's what you need to know. We've got more stories worthy of your time in the Breakfast Buzz section. Click here to check them out


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<![CDATA[Philly's DA Wants More Out of His Dance Moves]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 06:32:47 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/seth+williams+dancing1.jpg

Philadelphia's top prosecutor knows some 'Dirty Dancing,' but he wants add some new moves to his repertoire.

District Attorney Seth Williams showed off the mambo at a charity event last week and says he is an avid salsa dancer. Now, he wants to learn merengue and tango.

The district attorney participated in the Dancing for Our Future Stars dance competition on March 21 to raise funds for the Independent Mission Schools run by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

The attorney's routine, alongside dance teacher Katie Miccarelli, was inspired in the iconic characters of Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze in the film Dirty Dancing.

"I thought people would identify with the film and thus enjoy our dance. It was fun," Williams, 48, said while adding that he spent two months preparing to dance the mambo.

"I danced since I was a kid watching my parents,” he said.

The prosecutor noted that he would like dancing to be part of his daily life, but the closest he has been to that was when he was studying law.

"When I was in law school I went to a nearby place to dance salsa because I thought it’s great," Williams remembered.

The DA took part of the charity event in an effort to keep children and teens in Philadelphia off the streets and in school. In total, $275,000 was collected.


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<![CDATA[Teen Knocks Man Unconscious at SEPTA Station]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 18:55:46 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/SEPTA-Knockout.jpg

Police are searching for a teenager who was caught on video knocking a man unconscious at a SEPTA station following an argument on a train.

The ordeal began Monday afternoon as a train moved towards the 15th Street SEPTA station in Center City. Surveillance video shows a 60-year-old man and a teenager arguing for 20 minutes, police said.

“We have a grown adult engaging in an argument with kids who were not a problem before he got on the train,” said SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel. “So there are a lot of questions that have to be answered here.”

The video also shows several teen girls trying to calm the man and teen down as the argument continues. One girl is spotted in the video recording the confrontation on her cellphone.

The train arrived at the 15th Street Station around 3:15 p.m. Surveillance video then shows the teen punching the man in the face on the platform, knocking him out cold. The teen and witnesses then leave the scene. 

The man was taken to the hospital and treated for concussion-like symptoms. He remains hospitalized and police have not yet spoken to him.

Police say they are trying to track down the girls spotted on the train to ask them about what led to the assault.

“The puncher has some serious questions to answer,” Nestel said. “The other kids have no jeopardy of being arrested. They saw something that occurred and they can probably provide very good information and they can certainly provide very good video and audio of what occurred on the train.”

Police are also checking local high schools and social media and are asking anyone with information to come forward.
 

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<![CDATA[Missing People in Our Area]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:08:47 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/generic+Missing+Girl.jpg

Stephanie Caraballo

Stephanie Caraballo, 33, of Philadelphia was last seen in the Philly area on March 28 and has not been seen since then.

Caraballo's sister told NBC10 she had just been released from a mental hospital prior to her disappearance. She is the mother of four children, according to her sister.

Caraballo is described as a light skinned Hispanic female standing 5-foot-2 with an average build and brown eyes. She also has died blonde hair worn in two braids.

If you have any information on her whereabouts, please call Philadelphia Police at 215-686-3353.

Rachael Lynn Manzo

Rachael Lynn Manzo, 17, of Pittsgrove, New Jersey, was last seen Sunday night and was reported missing around 10:30 a.m. Monday.

Friends told police Manzo texted an unidentified man Sunday and may have planned on meeting him. Police also say there are indications she left her home on her own accord.

Manzo is described as a white female standing 5-foot-1 and weighing 100 pounds with blonde hair and blue eyes. Police also say she may be carrying a book bag and wearing Ugg boots.

If you have any information on her whereabouts, please call the New Jersey State Police Bridgeton Station at 856-451-0101.

Carmelo Rosario

Carmelo Rosario, 15, of the 700 block Ferry Avenue in Camden, NJ was last seen at his home on Saturday, March 22 before being reported missing.

Rosario is a Hispanic male standing 5'7" and weighing 110 pounds with green eyes and brown hair. He was last seen wearing a green T-shirt, black jeans and black Nike sneakers.

His family told police he has never been reporting missing in the past, but often visits Walt Whitman Park in New York, the Cherry Hill Mall and Woodlynne, New Jersey.

If you have any information on his whereabouts, please call the Camden County Police Department at 856-757-7042.

Kyle Kelly

Kyle Kelly, 13, was last seen on Friday, March 27 at Wayne Academy School, on the 5500 block of Wayne Ave. in the city's Germantown section. He usually takes the "K" SEPTA bus to his home on the 2900 block of West French St. after school, but failed to do so on Friday.

Kyle is 5'4", 100 pounds with brown eyes and gold-colored hair. He also has braces.

He was last seen wearing a blue colored shirt and navy pants.

Anyone with information on Kyle's whereabouts is urged to call Central Detectives at 215-686-3093 or 3094.

Jerry Joyce

Jerry Joyce, 58, was last seen at his residence in the Nova Nursing Home located on the 1700 block of Ellsworth Street Friday, March 27 before being reported missing.

Jerry, who suffers from schizophrenia and requires daily medication, was permitted to stay out Friday night until Saturday, March 28, but never returned.

Jerry is 5”8, 200 pounds with brown eyes, short black hair and a mustache. He was last seen wearing a red and black plaid shirt, dark sweatpants, a gray headed sweatshirt and a dark knit cap. 

He has gone missing in the past, but always returned, according to police. Jerry is known to frequent the 1700 Spruce St. and 1700 Washington Ave. area. 

Anyone with information on Jerry’s whereabouts is asked to call the South Detective Division at 215-686-3013.


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<![CDATA[Missing Man Found Dead in Schuylkill River]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:22:56 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Vito-Maglio-Sr.jpg

A man who went missing last year was found dead inside the Schuylkill River Friday after police say he had been shot several times in the head.

Vito Maglio Sr., 69, of Philadelphia was last seen leaving Macaroni’s Restaurant Lounge on 9315 Old Bustleton Avenue around 6 p.m. back on Dec. 14.

On Dec. 16 police found a 2008 GMC Yukon on the 5800 block of North Beechwood Street. The vehicle had been on fire but the flames were extinguished, according to investigators. Investigators later determined the vehicle belonged to Maglio.

On Friday, Maglio’s nude body was spotted by a passer-by floating in the Schuylkill river near the U.S. 1 highway overpass in East Falls around 4 p.m. Police say Maglio died of multiple gunshot wounds to the head. His death has been ruled a homicide.

No arrests have been made and police have not yet released information on any suspects. They continue to investigate.
 

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<![CDATA[Alleged Pants-Dropping Fire Chief Retires]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 07:28:33 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Dennis-Brooks.jpg

A fire chief accused of dropping his pants in front of a female guard during a security check is set to retire.

Dennis Brooks, the head of Atlantic City's Fire Department will retire on Wednesday, according to a spokesman for the Atlantic City mayor.

Brooks was placed on administrative leave amid allegations of sexual harassment from a female security guard.

“She was appalled,” said the woman’s attorney Sebastian Ionno. “She was just in complete shock.”

Ionno told NBC10 the alleged incident occurred March 5 as Brooks was passing through a metal detector during a standard screening inside the Atlantic City Fire Department building. The woman claimed her request for Brooks to “remove metal from pockets” quickly turned inappropriate.

“At that point, Chief Brooks undid his belt, pulled down his pants and told my client he was having a bad day,” Ionno said. “Standing there in his underwear, one of the highest ranking members of the Atlantic City government.”

Ionno and the worker sent a complaint letter to the city’s attorney calling on city officials to preserve any evidence, including surveillance video, that may have captured the alleged incident. Ionno told NBC10 his client hasn’t decided yet whether she wants to file a lawsuit. At this point however, Ionno wants Brooks to be reprimanded and does not want the worker to face any repercussions.

“Even though she is concerned about the consequences against her, she felt she had to do this for herself and for other employees,” Ionno said.

Earlier in March, NBC10 obtained surveillance video allegedly showing Brooks dropping his pants.

NBC10 reached out to Brooks for comment. We have not yet heard back from him. At this point, police say they are not conducting a criminal investigation. The Atlantic City Mayor’s Office told NBC10 an internal investigation is underway however.
 

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<![CDATA[10 Questions for Philly's Mayoral Candidates]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:10:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/DebateForMayor_1200x675.jpg

NBC10 and the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce have partnered to bring you the first official debate among all six 2015 Philadelphia Mayoral Candidates right here on NBC10 on April 7 at 7 p.m. moderated by Jim Rosenfield.

In an effort to help keep you informed about each candidate and their political stance on various issues, we've asked all six the same 10 questions.

Click on a candidate's picture below to see the questions and their answers.


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<![CDATA[Teen Boy Shot in South Philly]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 17:44:19 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/South-Philadelphia-Shooting.jpg

A 14-year-old boy is in the hospital after he was shot in South Philadelphia late Tuesday afternoon.

The teen was on 13th and Christian streets at 4:37 p.m. when an unidentified gunman opened fire.

The teen was struck once in the left buttocks. He was taken to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where he is currently in stable condition.

No weapon was recovered and police have not released information on any suspects.

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



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<![CDATA[Firefighter Takes Hostages in Firehouse: Police]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:59:36 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Paul-Jones.jpg

Police identified a volunteer firefighter accused of holding four other firefighters hostage in the basement of a Montgomery County firehouse Tuesday.

Paul Jordan, 25, was taken into custody after a standoff situation at the La Mott Fire Company, No. 1 on Penrose Avenue in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, officials said. The ordeal began around 10:40 a.m. when Jordan, who investigators say was armed with a 9mm handgun, fired a shot into the wall of the building, according to police.

"Before we received the call he did fire one shot into the wall," said Cheltenham Township Police Chief John Norris.

After the shot, some people ran from the building but four others remained. Jordan, a former firefighter, almost immediately released one hostage before hunkering down with the other three, said police.

Hostage negotiators got in contact with Jordan by phone then in person after police cleared the ground floor of the building, said investigators.

After about one hour, officers in SWAT gear detained Jordan on the ground and took him away from the scene.

"He gave up to the SWAT team without a fight, there were no problems," said Norris.

A short time later, police could be seen loading Jordan into a police van and that van driving off toward the police station on Old York Road.

"The main thing is nobody got hurt," said Norris.

Jordan was a volunteer firefighter who'd been in an ongoing argument with the fire company that eventually led to his dismissal, said Norris. Police said Jordan was "distraught about the termination."

Investigators didn't elaborate on the reason for the dismissal. Jordan also worked for the Salvation Army Emergency Response Team and is also the property manager for the Philadelphia Housing Authority.

"He's a respectable person," said Kyeisha Harris, Jordan's neighbor. "You never thought people could do something like that. It don't make no sense. Like, would he just snap? I don't know." 

Police took Jordan and four hostages in for questioning. Jordan was then taken to Norristown State Hospital for a psychiatric observation. Charges against him are pending.

Jamaal Robinson, one of the hostages, told NBC10 he was doing fine after the tense ordeal.

"I've been in the military so it's not scary for me," he said.

Cheltenham Township Police blocked roads in the area as the situation played out. Police from nearby areas also responded to the scene as investigators urged people to avoid the area, which isn't far from a shopping center along Cheltenham Avenue and the Lynnewood Gardens apartments; and sits next to John Russell Park.

The La Mott fire company has been around since 1910. Firefighters there are responsible for protecting more than 2,100 people in their immediate area, which includes homes, two schools a major shopping mall, numerous churches and one major apartment complex, according to the fire company’s website. It’s one of five fire companies in Cheltenham Township.

“Historical La Mott” includes land inside the township that is outlined by Old York Road to the east, Penrose Avenue to the west, Beech Avenue to the North and Cheltenham Avenue to the south.



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<![CDATA[How to Prepare for Allergy Season]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 20:20:03 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/allergy-season-168997935.jpg The cold weather seems to be stalling the inevitable - spring allergies! NBC10's Tim Furlong has more on how you can prepare before the flowers bloom.

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<![CDATA[NJ Man Dies While in Police Custody]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 07:10:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Phillip-White.jpg

Officials are investigating the death of a New Jersey man who died while in police custody Tuesday.

"As many of you have already heard, earlier today a tragedy occurred involving Officers and a citizen," said Vineland Police Chief Timothy Codispoti. "Sadly, this call for service resulted in an “in–custody, non-shooting death” which is being investigated by the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s office"

The man, identified as Phillip White, was arrested at a home on the 100 block of Grape Street in Vineland, New Jersey around 11 a.m. Tuesday. He died shortly after while in custody.

Witnesses told NBC10 officers were extremely physical with White after he was already restrained and unconscious on the street.

"They punched him, stomped him, kicked him and then they let the dog out of the car," said Ricardo Garcia. "The dog bit him on his face and around his body. There's no call for that. Once a man is handcuffed and unconscious, you should have stuck him in the patrol car and take him to the police station. Instead they decided to beat him right here." 

A dog is heard barking on a police dispatch recording of the incident.

"118 West Grape," the dispatcher says in the recording. "Subject...hyperventilating. Officers out."

An officer is also heard on the recording.

"Slow all units down," the officer says. "Subject under...tried disarming me." 

The Cumberland County Prosecutor's Office is currently investigating the incident. A spokesperson for the office told NBC10 White was being arrested but they haven't revealed why.

White's aunt, Valerie White, told NBC10 she is desperate for answers.

"Why, what he was doing, I don't know," she said. "I'm trying to get answers and closure now. He lived a street life but he was a human being. Bottom line." 

While police have not yet released information regarding what led to the arrest or how White died,  Chief Codispoti expressed his condolences for his family.

"Our sincere thoughts and prayers are with the family of the deceased and with the Officers involved," he said. " I ask that everyone allow time for our justice system to now investigate this matter to its truthful conclusion. The Vineland Police Department is cooperating with the prosecutor’s office and I urge anyone with information regarding this incident to contact the prosecutor’s office with your information. At this time updates regarding the progress of this investigation are being released through the prosecutor’s office."

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<![CDATA[Couple Found Dead With Wounds From Chainsaw]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 10:52:04 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/178*120/Lower+Moreland+Home.JPG

A community is in mourning after a teen boy discovered his parents dead with wounds from a chainsaw inside a Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, home Tuesday.

"It strikes home," said Eric Shallcross, a family friend. "It's unbelievable."

The 14-year-old boy told police he found his parents unresponsive inside their home on the 1100 block of Country Lane in Lower Moreland around 12:50 p.m. Investigators said the victims, a 48-year-old man and his 43-year-old wife, had lacerations from a chainsaw that was found lying nearby. 

Prosecutors confirmed one of the deaths was a homicide while the other is under investigation. Officials also say they are not searching for any suspects in the case.

Police are not identifying the couple pending the notification of all family members.

Aside from their 14-year-old son, the couple had two other boys who were not in the home when they were found dead. Eric Carswell, the pastor of Bryn Athyn Church, was teaching religion class to one of the children when the school learned about the incident.

"This is not what we would wish for anybody," Carswell said. "I'm very grateful for a sense that the boys have an extended family that is really taking good care of them."

Friends of the victims gathered at Bryn Athyn Cathedral Tuesday night for a prayer vigil.

Friends also told NBC10 there were problems in the couple's marriage.

"I knew they had some complications with their marriage," Shallcross said. "But a lot of marriages do. Most marriages do, I'm sure."

An autopsy on the couple is scheduled for Wednesday, said prosecutors.

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