<![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-usSat, 23 Sep 2017 03:44:02 -0400Sat, 23 Sep 2017 03:44:02 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA['Wanted You to Feel My Pain': Fugitive Shoots Ex's Mom]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 23:56:04 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Limerick+Woman+Shot+in+Chest+Mugshot+comp.jpg

A mother answering the doorbell at her Limerick home was shot in twice Friday afternoon by her daughter's ex-boyfriend, authorities said.

The gunman, identified by police as 30-year-old Greg Feldman, fled the area immediately after and remains on the run.

Amy Hermann, 48, told detectives she was speaking with her daughter, Rebecca, when Feldman came to the door of their home along Long Meadow Road around noon, according to court documents.

He asked to see Rebecca and when the mother refused, Feldman said "I have something for Becca" before allegedly pulling out a long-barreled handgun and firing two shots, authorities said.

Amy Hermann was hit by bullets in the chest and neck. She told detectives Feldman tried to fire additional shots, but the gun jammed, the court documents said. He then dropped his bookbag, grabbed the victim's cell phone and left.

He did not have a concealed firearm permit, police said.

The mother was rushed to a nearby hospital where she was able to speak with detectives about what happened. Her condition was considered serious.

Rebecca Hermann told police she spoke to Feldman in a call to her mother's phone after the shooting.

Feldman allegedly told her "I wanted you to feel my pain," according to the criminal complaint.

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said Feldman, a resident of Harleysville, is believed to be armed and is dangerous. He has red hair and a light complexion. He was last seen driving a black 2016 Mazda sedan with Pennsylvania license plate KFC-4605.

Officials are asking the public to keep their eyes peeled for him. They caution, however, not to confront him, but to immediately call 911.

Despite being a fugitive, Feldman has already hit with 11 charges including Attempted Murder, Aggravated Assault, Robbery and Burglary.

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<![CDATA[Expect Center City Gridlock With These Weekend Events]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 08:32:06 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/Joe+Kaczmarek+-+File039.jpg

A beautiful start to autumn this weekend will bring thousands into Center City, Philadelphia for several events, including three walks and runs along city streets. Here's some details to those events that if you're driving into Philadelphia, you know about — and avoid.

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<![CDATA[Gottahava Wawa...Delivered: Wawa Launches Delivery]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 21:16:18 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Wawa+Delivery.jpg

You can now get a Shorti, iced tea and chips delivered right to your front door thanks to a new delivery service launched by Wawa this week.

The Delaware County-based convenience chain teamed up with GrubHub to offer online ordering and delivery.

Four stores — two in Philadelphia and two in the suburbs — are currently offering the service:

  • Academy and Grant
  • 21st and Hamilton
  • Ardmore
  • Bethlehem

More stores will be added in the future, according to Wawa's website.

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Most Wawa made-to-order staples are on the online menu including breakfast foods, hoagies, teas, coffees, smoothies as well as snacks like chips.

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Orders must total $10 or more and there's a $1.99 delivery fee. You can order by going to WawaDelivery.com or directly through GrubHub.

Wawa joins another fast food chain in the delivery game: McDonald's. The Golden Arches and Uber Eats launched delivery in Philadelphia in June.

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<![CDATA[First Flight from Puerto Rico Arrives in Philly After Maria]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 23:27:43 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/First_Flight_from_Puerto_Rico_Arrives_in_Philly_After_M.jpg

After surviving Hurricane Maria's wrath and enduring countless delays, the first flight from Puerto Rico arrived in Philadelphia Friday night. NBC10's Brandon Hudson reports.

<![CDATA[NBC10 First Alert Weather: 90s in the Forecast]]> Sat, 23 Sep 2017 00:02:51 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NBC10_First_Alert_Weather__90s_in_the_Forecast.jpg

Isn't it fall? You wouldn't know it based on the temperatures that we're expecting next week. NBC10 First Alert Weather Chief Meteorologist Tammie Souza has your most accurate forecast.

<![CDATA[Boy, 3, Shoots Uncle Inside SUV With Officer's Gun]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 20:20:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Center+City+shooting+2.jpg

A 3-year-old boy accidentally shot his uncle in the shoulder just before noon Friday as they sat in an SUV in Center City, police said.

The boy found the handgun hidden under the passenger seat after police say another uncle, who is a Philadelphia Housing Authority police officer, put it there. 

The shooting at 16th and Arch streets occurred as downtown streets began to fill with lunchtime crowds. The little boy, police said, was sitting in the back seat of a sports utility vehicle parked at the corner while the man shot was sitting in the driver's seat.

Numerous police cruisers swarmed the intersection near The Phoenix apartment building, which houses the Tir Na Nog restaurant, across 16th Street from Love Park.

The boy somehow unbuckled himself from the child seat and found the gun. The uncle hid it because he had to run into City Hall for an errand, but did not have his badge with him, police said.

The child shot it once and struck his uncle, who is believed to be in stable condition at a nearby hospital.

The gun used in the shooting is not believed to be his service weapon.

The uninjured uncle is being questioned by police. They expect to file charges in the shooting.

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<![CDATA[13,000 Bags of Heroin Found at Delaware Best Western Hotel]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 19:20:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/13000+Bags+of+Heroin+cp.jpg

Thousands of doses of heroin have been diverted from the streets after Delaware authorities confiscated the illicit opioids during a search of a Dover hotel.

The drugs were discovered as U.S. Marshals, Dover Police and Delaware State Police took 27-year-old Cameron Norwood and 25-year-old Natasha Morris into custody at the Best Western Galaxy Inn at 1700 E. Lebanon Road in Dover Thursday, officials said.

Norwood was wanted on a probation violation, state police said.

During a search of the hotel room and a 2000 Saturn Aura sedan, officials found 13,000 bags of heroin — 96 grams — and a loaded 9mm handgun, state police said.

Norwood and Morris have been charged with drug possession with intent to deliver, possession of a firearm, conspiracy and related offenses. They are being held on $170,000 cash bail. It is not clear if they retained legal counsel.

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<![CDATA[Delaware to Honor 3 Fallen Firefighters Killed in Wilmington]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 22:18:11 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Delaware_to_Honor_3_Fallen_Firefighters_Killed_in_Wilmington.jpg

This weekend, Delaware will honor three fallen firefighters killed in a Wilmington house fire one year ago on Sunday. NBC10's Tim Furlong spoke with fallen Captain Leach's mother and tells us how they plan to honor these heroes.

<![CDATA[High School Blitz: Week 4 Highlights]]> Sat, 23 Sep 2017 00:04:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/High_School_Blitz__Week_4_Highlights.jpg Fall has finally arrived and it was hot on the football field this week. Here's the highlights.]]> <![CDATA[Game of the Week: Unionville vs. Oxford]]> Sat, 23 Sep 2017 00:04:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Game_of_the_Week__Unionville_vs._Oxford.jpg The High School Blitz's Week 4 Game of the Week pitted Unionville against Oxford. Who will prevail? Here's the highlights.]]> <![CDATA[The Wildwoods Warns Irish Festival Crowds of Dangerous Waters]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 20:36:59 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Wildwood_Warns_Crowds_of_Dangerous_Waters_Amid_Popular_Holid.jpg

Large crowds are in The Wildwoods this weekend for the annual Irish Fall Festival, but authorities are urging beach goers to stay out of the water. Shores are experiencing dangerous rip currents due to storms Jose and Maria. NBC10's Jersey Shore Bureau reporter Ted Greenberg is in North Wildwood.

<![CDATA[Lehigh Valley Congressman Criticized for Statement Amid Health Care Repeal Effort]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 22:15:29 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Lehigh_Valley_Congressman_Criticized_for_Statement_Amid_Heal.jpg

Lehigh Valley congressman Matt Cartwright is under fire for his statement regarding Senator John McCain amid the health care debate. NBC10's Steven Fisher got reaction from Cartwright and others about his comments.

<![CDATA[Radnor Township Commissioner Under Investigation]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 22:17:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Radnor_Township_Board_of_Commissioners_Official_Under_Invest.jpg

Radnor Township's president of the Board of Commissioners is under investigation by the Delaware County District Attorney. Authorities have searched his home but have not yet released the reason for the investigation. NBC10's Deanna Durante has the details.

<![CDATA[Montco News]]> Thu, 26 Jan 2017 21:09:07 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Valley+Forge+Tourism.jpg
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<![CDATA[Philadelphia Prepares for Hurricane Maria Evacuees]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 22:13:43 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Philadelphia_Prepares_for_Hurricane_Maria_Evacuees.jpg

Philadelphia's first flight to Puerto Rico left this morning, while others are waiting to make it back home. NBC10's Aaron Baskerville spoke with a Montgomery County woman who was honeymooning and is now stuck on the island. He joins us from Philadelphia International Airport.

<![CDATA[Mentalist Oz Pearlman Wows NBC10 With His Tricks]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:38:01 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Oz_Pearlman_Visits_the_NBC10_Studios.jpg

Mentalist Oz Pearlman came to NBC10's student to discuss his upcoming show and wow us with his tricks.

<![CDATA[NBC10 First Alert Weather: Warm Start to Fall]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 20:00:18 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NBC10_First_Alert_Weather.jpg

The first day of fall kicks in with unseasonably warm temperatures with today's high of 83 degrees. NBC10's First Alert Chief Meteorologist Tammie Souza lets us know when we can expect this summer-like weather to end.

<![CDATA[Disaster After Disaster: Reaching Loved Ones and How to Help]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:36:04 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/stthomashurricaneirma_1200x675.jpg

From whole islands losing power to entire neighborhoods flooded, millions of people have been affected by a string of natural disasters, and they are in need of help. It's hard to watch as loved ones or even strangers in Mexico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Florida, and Texas continue to suffer in the aftermath of hurricanes and earthquakes.

That's led many people to want to help. But there are better -- and worse -- ways to give, and even some scams out there.

Here's what you need to know:

Q: What if I need to reach family and friends in Puerto Rico to see if they need help?

A: The Puerto Rican government suggests anyone looking for family or friends call the Federal Affairs Administration at 202-800-3133. You can also visit the American Red Cross' online Safe and Well Registry to search its list of people who have registered as safe.

The City of Philadelphia also has published a new page on its website of resources to help people find help and share information.

Q: Where can I donate?

A: First, a few steps you should take in order to find the right organization for you to donate to:

  1. Who have you heard about? Donate to organizations you know are reliable and trustworthy.
  2. Double check the charity is real. You can go to websites such as CharityCheckCharity Navigator, and GuideStar to make sure your donation goes to the right place.
  3. Designate where you want the money to go. Some organizations allow you to pick where you want the donation to go, such as the Earthquake Efforts in Mexico or Hurricane Relief in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  4. Be aware of the scams. GoFundMe pages and other individually-run funds are less trustworthy, so only give to who you trust. If you are texting to donate, confirm the number with organization on their website or by calling.

Q: What organization could I give to?

A: The following are examples of organizations that are known for their relief services and are currently working on site in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Mexico:

United for Puerto Rico


Global Giving

Catholic Charities

American Red Cross

American Kidney Fund

Save the Children

Mercy Corps

Q: What do they need?

A: Each situation is different, but the overarching necessity is money. By sending money, the organizations can use those fund in any way they see necessary: food, water, shelters, etc.

Q: Can I still send items such as clothes, water bottles, or blankets?

A: If you would like to send a non-monetary donation, please check with the organization. Many times, these items go to waste because they are not needed at the time of arrival. If items are needed, they will be on the organization's website. You can also call to find out what to send and where to send it.

Q: How much could I give?

A: The amount is up to you, and any amount is helpful. It can be a one-time gift or multiple gifts over weeks or months as an ongoing effort to hep.

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<![CDATA[Former Playground Worker Charged With Rape]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 19:56:35 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Ronald+Coleman+mug.jpg

A man who used to work at a Philadelphia playground has been charged with sexually assaulting a 18-year-old man, who had special needs, inside a rec center.

Ronald Coleman, 32, has been charged with rape, sexual assault, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment and other crimes.

The assault allegedly occurred Sept. 20 inside the rec center located at 1700 S. Broad Street.

Coleman was an employee at nearby DiSilvestro Playground; he was a seasonal, part-time employee, city officials said. He no longer works for the city.

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<![CDATA[Pizza? Pasta? 10 Foods That Didn't Start out Pumpkin Spiced]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:47:46 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/20170922+Pumpkin+Spice+Potato+Chips.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Activist Gets OK to Burn Flag at Pennsylvania Town's Fair]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:57:38 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/confederateflag1.jpg

A Pennsylvania activist has gotten permission to burn a combination Nazi-Confederate flag to protest a town fair's decision to allow the sale of Confederate flags.

Gene Stilp says he'll burn the flag Friday in a garbage can at the Columbia County courthouse after getting permission from the county commissioners on Thursday.

Stilp tells The (Wilkes-Barre) Times Leader he's upset that the Bloomsburg Fair is allowing six vendors to sell Confederate flags this year. The same fair drew national headlines last year when a vendor sold swastika flags before he was asked to leave.

Fair board president Paul Reichart says organizers have asked this year's vendors to display just one flag and put any they sell into bags. He says if the situation gets out of hand, fair officials will take action.

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<![CDATA[Sen. Pat Toomey Talks About His Tax Reform Plan]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 08:55:16 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Senator_Toomey_Talks_Tax_Reform.jpg

Senator Pat Toomey has big ideas for tax reform, but what could they mean for you? NBC10's Lauren Mayk spoke to Senator Toomey to find out.

<![CDATA[New Hope Juried Arts and Crafts Festival This Weekend]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:48:33 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/New_Hope_Juried_Arts_and_Crafts_Festival.jpg

NBC10's Erin Coleman joins Abby Langsted and Monique Perry to discuss the New Hope Juried Arts and Crafts Festival

<![CDATA[ATM Skimmers On the Loose in Philly Area]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:57:15 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/ATM_Skimming_Warning.jpg

ATM thieves in our area could steal your money without you even knowing it. NBC10's Randy Gyllenhaal explains and has some tips for how you can protect yourself.

<![CDATA[How Philadelphia Region Is Helping Hurricane Maria Victims]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:58:51 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Help_for_Hurricane_Maria_Victims.jpg

NBC10's Matt DeLucia explains how people in our area are helping those affected by Hurricane Maria.

<![CDATA[20 Skimming Devices Found on Philly ATMs So Far This Year]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:50:01 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/ATM+Skimmer+Mag+Stripe.jpg

Investigators in Philadelphia say they found skimming devices designed to steal a person's debit card data installed on 20 ATM machines around the city this year.

The most recent discovery was made Sept. 15 on a cash machine attached to a bank along Rhawn Street in Philadelphia's Fox Chase section. A second device was found at a branch on Moreland Road in Willow Grove, Montgomery County the same day.

Capt. Roland Lee, commanding officer of Philadelphia Police's Major Crimes unit, said detectives are working to identify two men believed to be involved in those thefts.

The men, whose photos were captured on surveillance video, may be connected to other skimming cases across the city and towns in Montgomery and Bucks counties, Lee said.

The skimmers they used had two pieces: a magnetic stripe and chip reader to record the card number; and a pinhole camera used to capture a person's pin number as they enter it.

The devices are hard to see. The camera and its microchip are about the size of a quarter.

"To a person not suspecting, this looks like [its] part of the regular equipment," Lee said. "It'll be the same color, everything. You'll never know the difference."

Batteries keep the skimmers working for about a day before the installer comes back to retrieve it.

With both your electronic card number and pin, the card can then be reprinted and used to make fraudulent purchases, Lee said.

Lee said technology employed in the skimmers is not advanced. The devices can be built with materials purchased online or at a electronics store.

"A person who has a little electronic or mechanical skill can put it together," he said.

Doug Johnson with the American Bankers Association said skimming can net thieves as much as $60,000 — far more than a bank robbery.

It's not clear how many people may have had their financial information stolen in fraud schemes connected to the 20 recovered devices. Lee said there have been others found in the suburbs.

And surely there are devices that were successfully used and retrieved by thieves.

So how can you protect yourself?

  • Check the ATM before a transaction.
    Lee suggests running your hand around the card reader and pin pad, tugging at the hardware. If something is loose, you may want to avoid using that ATM.
  • Cover the pin pad with your hand when entering the number.
    Keeping your pin number private can derail any attempts to reuse your card information.
  • Go into the bank to make a withdrawal.
    This isn't always a viable option, but if the bank is open, you may want to pay the teller a visit to keep your card information safe.

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<![CDATA[Farm Animals for Therapy? Wilmington Considers It]]> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 20:53:56 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Farm+Animal+Therapy+Chickens.jpg

A Wilmington city council member has proposed an ordinance that would allow farm animals, such as goats, donkeys, and chickens, to act as service animals for those community members in need.

Councilman Nnamdi Chukwuocha introduced the idea earlier this year to expand the types of animals allowed to be used as therapy companions for people with depression, anxiety, or other needs.

There are popular programs in hospitals and assisted living centers that bring dogs and cats in to visit with patients and residents.

The Lorelton Assisted Living Center in Wilmington invites dogs into their facility as part of their Paws for People program. Residents light up when spend time with their furry friends.

"She makes me feel on top of the world when she comes," said resident Dee Jubb, when talking about her puppy pal. "She gives me so much. She really does."

But goats, donkeys and chickens running wild in the city? Not everyone is sold on the idea.

Karen Ferrucci teaches agricultural science at William Penn High School. The New Castle school features a working farm that has been beneficial to students.

Still, Ferrucci is concerned about how the program would be implemented and the well-being of the animals in the crammed, urban environment.

“I don’t want necessarily to say it’s a bad idea because if it helps people, that’s great. I think there needs to be a close monitoring, maybe some sort of registration," she said.

There are limited studies that show caring for farm animals can help people with mental health disorders have better treatment outcomes.

A spokesperson for the Wilmington city councilman said nobody came to him and asked for farm animals to be allowed in the city.

Chukwuocha now recognizes that here are multiple unanswered questions about the animals and their health and has decided to temporarily put the bill on hold.

He hopes to revisit the issue in the future.

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<![CDATA[15-Yr-Old Gives Birth to NJ Detective's Baby: Officials]]> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:08:42 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Camden-County-Police.jpg

A 32-year-old New Jersey detective is charged with repeatedly sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl, who later gave birth to his baby, according to Camden County officials.

Detective Rafael Martinez Jr. allegedly had sex with the teen several times at his home between Sept. 1, 2016 and Aug. 18, 2017, according to an official complaint.

In mid-August, Martinez admitted he was the father and signed the baby’s birth certificate on the night the child was born.

DNA samples from the mother, Martinez and the baby confirmed that he is the father, officials said.

The teen also identified Martinez as the father of her child in a recorded interview with investigators, officials said.

Martinez was suspended without pay after the criminal complaint was filed in early September, Camden County Police Department spokesman Dan Keashen said.

It is not clear if Martinez has retained legal counsel.

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<![CDATA[Health Care Repeal Could Hurt Philly's Homeless]]> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 23:42:38 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Health_Care_Repeal_Could_Hurt_Philly_s_Homeless.jpg

Funding from Obamacare helps keep vulnerable Philadelphians off the streets. But that money could dry up with a new push to repeal the Affordable Care Act. NBC10's Brandon Hudson explains.

<![CDATA[Local Puerto Ricans Fundraising for Hurricane Victims]]> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 23:41:25 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Local_Puerto_Ricans_Fundraising_for_Hurricane_Victims.jpg

Philadelphia residents say they need to do something to help their relatives and neighbors in Puerto Rico devastated by Hurricane Maria. So they came together Thursday night to gather ideas and make plans to help. NBC10's Aundrea Cline-Thomas reports.

<![CDATA[Saint Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:45:40 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Saint_Jude_Walk_Run_to_End_Childhood_Cancer.jpg

NBC10's Erin Coleman joins Nicole Emerson and Holly Barilla to discuss the Saint Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer. Here's a link to sign up and donate.

<![CDATA[Baseball Fans Rethink Safety After Foul Ball Hit]]> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 18:15:08 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Foul_Ball_Hit_Causes_New_Safety_Concerns_for_MLB.jpg

After a foul ball hit a 5-year-old in the face at a Yankees game, baseball teams are now rethinking their own safety precautions. Now, fans are saying they're happy with the precautions the Phillies have taken.

<![CDATA[Local Responders React to Mexico Earthquake]]> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 18:06:54 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Local_Responders_React_to_Mexico_Earthquake.jpg

After the deadly earthquake in Mexico, local emergency responders are making sure they're prepared for any emergency in our area. NBC10's Cydney Long spoke to some responders about what their training consists of.

<![CDATA[Main Line Rolex Robbery Suspect Says Police Have Wrong Guy]]> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:52:47 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Radnor+Jewelry+Store+Robbery+Gun.jpg

A man accused of stealing $100,000 worth of Rolex watches at a gunpoint from a Main Line jewlery store pleaded not guilty in court Thursday. 

Wearing a white fedora hat and gray suit, Joseph Taylor entered Bernie Robbins Jewelers in Villanova on Aug. 15 shortly before 5 p.m. asking to try on watches, investigators said.  

Store manager Gad Azuelous asked for ID, but instead Taylor pulled out a semi-automatic handgun and pointed it at him, police said. Then, Taylor walked behind the counter and, when Azuelous opened the Rolex case, took nine watches and fled the store.

The value of the stolen watches is more than $100,000, according to Azuelous.

Three days later, an anonymous tip led Radnor Township police to a man who matched Taylor's description. The source of that tip told police Taylor had been released from prison about three weeks prior and was in Philadelphia, investigators said.

After a background check, Radnor police passed the information to Philadelphia police, who took Taylor into custody Aug. 24. He was found wearing a tarnished gold bracelet Azuelous recalled from the day of the robbery, police said.

Taylor, however, maintained his innocence on court Thursday. The judge granted him bail.

"Not guilty," Taylor said as he left the courtroom. "The judge gave me bail because I deserve it." 

But Taylor will still head to prison because of felony convictions and other charges in different counties. 

"It's important for me to be here and make sure that this doesn't happen again, and if it takes him off the streets, then we did our part," Azuelous told NBC10. 

Photo Credit: Radnor Township Police Department
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<![CDATA[96-Year-Old Becomes Honorary Nurse]]> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:27:26 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/96_Year_Old_Becomes_Honorary_Nurse.jpg

One 96-year-old has spent nearly a decade accomplishing her goals, but being a nurse for a day may be one of her favorite accomplishments. NBC10's Rosemary Connors has the story.

<![CDATA[Lawsuit Dropped in Cop-Related Shooting Death of Tate-Brown]]> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:51:56 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Brandon+Tate+Brown+Full.jpg

The mother of a 26-year-old man who was shot in the back of the head by a Philadelphia police officer in 2014 has withdrawn a civil lawsuit against the department.

Brandon Tate-Brown was killed early on the morning of Dec. 14, 2014 during a traffic stop on Frankford Avenue in the Mayfair section. The shooting occurred in the same police district David Jones was killed this summer during a police confrontation.

Tate-Brown’s mother, Tanya Brown-Dickerson, came to the “painful decision” to withdraw a civil suit when her health began to fail, her cousin, Black Lives Matter PA activist Asa Khalif, said.

“Emotionally, she can’t afford it. The stress is too much for her heart,” he said on behalf of the family. “Losing a child and battling the system can take a toll. At the end of the day, there is no amount of money that is acceptable to bring a loved one back.”

Brown-Dickerson dropped the suit on Sept. 13, 2017. In the court filing, the family's attorney said they are "facing a contested trial, in which it is not possible to know how the jury or court might rule." However, Brown-Dickerson's "decision should not be taken to mean that she approves of the police officers' conduct," court documents said.

In the civil suit, which was filed in September 2015, Tate-Brown’s family accused police of wrongful death, using excessive force and violating his constitutional rights. They also accused police of lying about what happened the morning Tate-Brown was killed.

The police department initially said two officers pulled him over because he was driving without his headlights on. The department later said Tate-Brown matched the description of a robbery suspect. When he was pulled over, surveillance video showed a prolonged interaction between Tate-Brown and police that led to a scuffle and, eventually, his death.

Investigation details changed over time, prompting Tate-Brown’s family to accuse the police department of tampering with evidence. But officials later said the confusion emerged from a miscommunication between investigators and spokespeople who were bombarded with media requests for more details.

“As a result of Ms. Brown-Dickerson’s efforts, the Philadelphia Police Department was required to change the official story of the shooting of Brandon Tate-Brown to reflect that he was not reaching into the right passenger side of his vehicle for a gun when shot in the back of the head by a police officer, but was shot at the rear of the vehicle. It took the mother’s legal action to bring forth those facts,” the family’s attorney, Brian Mildenberg, said in a statement.

Fights and protests erupted when former District Attorney Seth Williams announced the officers involved in the shooting were cleared of wrongdoing. Both remain employed with the police department, Philadelphia police spokesman Capt. Sekou Kinebrew said.

“We’re now just finally grieving,” Khalif said of losing his cousin. “It’s this emptiness that never goes away. The holidays are coming and Halloween was his favorite. And Thanksgiving, we have a seat for him.”

Photo Credit: Family Photo
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<![CDATA[Lawmakers Discuss Health Care Bill]]> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 18:20:44 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Lawmakers_Discuss_Health_Care_Bill.jpg

A health care showdown is underway as Republicans push another health care bill. Now, politicians in both parties are analyzing the pros and cons of the potential bill. NBC10's Lauren Mayk explains.

<![CDATA[Family Members Struggle to Make Contact With Puerto Rico]]> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:25:39 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Family_Members_Struggle_to_Make_Contact_With_Puerto_Rico.jpg

For the thousands of Philadelphians with ties to Puerto Rico, the past few days have been troublesome. Many family members are attempting to make contact with family and loved ones in Puerto Rico, but with no luck. NBC10's Aaron Baskerville spoke with those here in Philadelphia who are desperately trying to make contact.

<![CDATA[Hit By Boat, Fin Amputated, This Young Seal Is Headed Home]]> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:13:35 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Seal+Flipper+Amputated+Larger.jpg

After getting his flipper amputated due to a tragic accident, a young seal is being brought to his new home.

In April, the seal was hit by a boat and “because of the damage done to the flipper it had to be amputated,” a spokeswoman for the Marine Mammal Stranding Center (MMSC).

According to the center, the young male was found in Long Beach Island on a beach in the town of Barnegat Light.

He had gashes on his back and his rear flipper was almost detached. The seal’s flipper was amputated at the Marine Mammal Stranding Center.

His injuries make it impossible for survival in the wild, so he has been at MMSC in Brigantine ever since his accident.

But on Friday, after seven months of rehab, the harbor seal will be leaving MMSC and joining six other seals in his new, permanent home, the Aquarium of Niagara, New York.

Photo Credit: Marine Mammal Stranding Center]]>
<![CDATA[PAWS Chefs Night: Enjoying Food, Helping Pups]]> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:53:00 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/PAWS_Chefs_Night.jpg

NBC10's Rosemary Connors learns how you can support no kill shelters while enjoying a bite to eat. For more information, please visit www.phillypaws.org.

<![CDATA[Woman's Profane Rant Over Veteran's Service Dog Goes Viral]]> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:22:13 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Service-Dog-and-Bill-Austin.jpg

For Army National Guard veteran Bill Austin, his dog JP has been more than just a pet; he’s an integral part in his struggle to cope with his PTSD. Austin, a Delaware native who currently lives in Montana, said JP even wakes him up when he’s having nightmares about his past battles.

"He has been trained to help me remember to take my medicine,” said Austin, who did tours in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. 

JP was with Austin when his family visited Kathy’s Crab House in Delaware City, Delaware, Friday. A diner at the restaurant reportedly went "crazy" over the service dog being allowed inside the eatery, according to R.J. Wisowaty, the owner of Kathy's Crab House.

Wisowaty posted a video on YouTube of the unidentified woman screaming at restaurant employees for letting the Great Dane, who was wearing a vest indicating it's a "PTSD service dog," inside. When the three-minute video begins recording, the woman is already upset about JP and in the middle of a diatribe against animals in restaurants.

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"I'm leaving because the food is nasty and there’s a dog,” the woman yells at restaurant employees in front of Austin and his family.

When an off-camera employee informs the woman that the dog's owner is a military veteran who "fought for our country," she calls the point irrelevant and says the restaurant should have a separate section for service animals.  

“My husband’s dad did too. My husband’s dad fought for the f------ country! So what? It’s still nasty to me!" she screams, adding that "It should be a separate section for a f------ animal!"

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As the irate customer continues to complain about how "gross" it is for a dog to be inside, Austin attempts to calm the heated exchange by telling an employee to "stop it" and asks the woman to "calm down for 30 seconds." The woman also yells at others inside the restaurant, accusing them of starting the confrontation, before finally leaving with another man.

"Like I said, it's disgusting to have an animal inside of a public restaurant," she yells before exiting.

The video has been gaining worldwide attention.

“It's making people understand that 'you know what, this is not the way we should be treating each other,'” Austin said.

Service dogs are allowed to stay with their handlers inside restaurants under the Americans With Disabilities Act.

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Police are currently investigating the incident but won’t release the woman’s information unless they decide to charge her with a crime. Meanwhile, strangers from around the world have reached out to both Austin and the restaurant since the video was posted.

“People are calling from Australia. People are calling from all over the United States,” said Kathy Wisowaty, the owner of Kathy’s Crab House. “They support him. They want to buy him a meal. They want to buy the dog a meal."

In the aftermath of the woman's outburst, a sign was placed outside the restaurant. It reads, "Service Dogs Welcome."

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<![CDATA[Local Impact of Hurricane Maria]]> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:27:06 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Local_Impact_of_Hurricane_Maria.jpg

NBC10's Randy Gyllenhaal is following the local impact of Hurricane Maria.

<![CDATA[Methacton Teachers End Strike, Return to Work on Friday ]]> Wed, 20 Sep 2017 18:36:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/188*120/MEthacton+Teacher+Strike+Picket+Line.JPG

After several days on the picket lines, teachers in the Methacton School District will return to work Friday after reaching an agreement with the school board and ending their strike.

The Methacton Education Association (MEA) and the School Board agreed to enter a non-binding arbitration Wednesday night. Classes will be closed Thursday in observance of a religious holiday. Classes will resume Friday as teachers return.

The negotiations between the Methacton School District’s Board of School Directors and the MEA had been ongoing since January as teachers sought a new contract. The teacher’s union said sticking points were over wages not being high enough to cover increasing health insurance premiums. Over 400 teachers and staff members in the Methacton School District went on strike Monday morning after they failed to reach an agreement Sunday night.

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Classes for about 5,000 students spread across the district's seven schools were canceled Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday during the strike.

During a school board meeting Tuesday night, the Board President publicly offered the non-binding arbitration option to the MEA.

“We chose this option to strategically move us in the right direction towards a settlement that addresses our priorities.” said Diana Kernop, MEA Co-President. “I feel the School Board’s desire to enter this process long before the strike’s maximum duration gives insight into the dynamics of the Board, reflects the unity and strength of our members and the groundswell of community support MEA has received.”

The last Methacton strike in 1985 lasted 25 days.

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<![CDATA[Puppies with a Purpose: Benefit for Service Dogs]]> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:59:37 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Puppy_with_a_Purpous.jpg

A fun bowling event is coming up that benefits service dogs for a group called Alpha Bravo Canine.