<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Local News]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com en-us Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:37:50 -0400 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:37:50 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Man Shot, Killed Inside Chester City Home]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:30:54 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/police-line-generic722.jpg

A man was shot and killed inside a Chester City home Wednesday evening.

The victim was inside a home on the 1100 block of Hancock Street when an unidentified gunman opened fire.

The man was struck at least once and was later pronounced dead. Police have not yet identified the victim.

The suspect is described as a man between the ages of 19 and 30 wearing a red and black leather coat.

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

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<![CDATA[Woman's Ears Nearly Fall Off After Brutal Assault]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:05:22 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Virtua-Hospital.jpg

A homeless woman is fighting for her life after she was brutally assaulted in Camden.

Investigators say 54-year-old Sharleene Lightfoot was attacked sometime between 10 p.m. Monday and 1 a.m. Tuesday on or near Mount Ephraim Avenue in the area of Sheridan and Jackson streets. They also say more than one person may have been involved in the beating.

“It looked like she was dragged somewhere and beaten several times,” said Camden County Police Captain Greg Carlin.

Despite her severe injuries, Lightfoot miraculously managed to walk to Virtua Hospital and check herself in. 

“If it wasn’t for the grace of God getting her to the hospital by herself, she walked there and she collapsed, she wouldn’t be with us today,” said Lightfoot’s sister Rachel Robertson.

Lightfoot’s ears were nearly severed off after the attack. She also suffered several lacerations, head trauma and a collapsed lung. She is currently intubated and in critical condition.

“She has a broken eye socket,” Robertson said. “She has three fractured ribs and her face looks like a watermelon. She has blood on the brain. And someone did this to her.”

Several days after the brutal assault, police are still trying to track down the culprits, which has been difficult due to Lightfoot’s condition.

“There were some things that she managed to say,” said Captain Carlin. “It sounded like she was trying to say there was more than one perpetrator. We’re not certain of that.”

Lightfoot is scheduled for another surgery Thursday. After that, police and family members are hoping she’ll be able to provide more details about what happened.

A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest. If you have any information, please call Camden County Police at 215-546-TIPS.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 10 Philadelphia

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<![CDATA[Meredith Vieira Reveals #WhyIStayed]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:01:35 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Vieira+on+set+crop.jpg

Amid the ongoing domestic violence controversy surrounding NFL player Ray Rice, Meredith Vieira opened up about her own past struggle in an abusive relationship as part of the #WhyIStayed movement.

“I want to explain to you why I stayed,” she told her audience in a pre-taped segment that aired Wednesday on her talk show.

During the segment, Vieira described how difficult it was to leave a former boyfriend who physically and mentally abused her. She stayed with the man partly out of fear, but also out of guilt, she said.

“Every time we would have a fight he would then start crying and say, 'I promise I won't do it again' and I would feel like maybe I contributed, somehow, to this,” she said. “And they are saying this about Ray Rice's wife, that it takes two to tango.”

The situation escalated one evening when the man threw her naked into a scalding shower, and then threw her outside into the hallway of their apartment building where she was forced to hide in a stairwell for two hours until he came, she revealed.

The video of Ray Rice hitting his now-wife, Janay Rice, prompted many on social media to ask the question of why she stayed with him. A victim of domestic violence, Beverly Gooden, explained why she stayed and began the Twitter campaign #WhyIStayed and #WhyILeft, motivating other victims of domestic violence to share their stories.

The national conversation has unfolded ahead of Domestic Violence Awareness month in October.

“We all have to accept the fact that it's not just an issue with the NFL, it's an issue with all of our lives and until we take it seriously, more and more women are going to get abused,” Vieira said.

Despite knowing how difficult it can be to escape an abusive relationship, Vieira said she would advise her daughter Lily, 21, to leave.

“We didn't have shelters when this was happening to me. There was no hotline. I would say call the hotline," Vieira explained.

If you are the victim of domestic violence, you can reach the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or TTY 1-800-787-3224. The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence has information about keeping yourself safe.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 10 Philadelphia

<![CDATA[WATCH: Man Uses Banana to Rob Grocery Store]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:01:24 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Banana-Robber-Lead.jpg

Police are searching for a man who was caught on camera using a banana to rob a local grocery store.

The man entered the Tejada Grocery store on the 3800 block of Poplar Street Tuesday around 9:15 a.m.

Surveillance video shows the man picking up a banana from a counter and placing it inside his sweatshirt.

Police say the man then approached the 24-year-old store clerk and pointed the banana through his sweatshirt at her as if it was a handgun. He then allegedly demanded money and cigarettes from the clerk.

The man grabbed an undetermined amount of cash and fled on a bicycle, according to investigators. He was last seen riding his bike on 40th Street towards Wyalusing Avenue.

The suspect is described as a thin man standing between 5-foot-9 and 5-foot-11 and weighing 140 pounds. He was last seen wearing a hooded sweatshirt with “Pacific Coast Hollister 19” on the front in red lettering and black pants.

If you have any information on the man’s identity, please call 215.686.TIPS (8477).

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 10 Philadelphia

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<![CDATA[Mark Your Calendars for the Next Great Shredder Event]]> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 16:27:54 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Shredder+2014+1200x675.jpg

The next Great Shredder Event will be held on Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Center, 3601 South Broad Street.

This year, Allstate is teaming up with NBC10 and Telemundo62 to help the public protect itself by offering FREE shredding services to permanently destroy personal documents. In addition, your favorite NBC10 and Telemundo62 anchors and reporters will be on-site to greet you, sign autographs, take photos and help you with your items.

Shred-it, the official document destruction service company of the Great Shredder Event, will be on-site to ensure all personal information is kept secure and confidential at all times.

More information about the Great Shredder Event, including specific instructions, directions and event activities, will be posted in the weeks ahead. In the meantime, be sure to mark your calendars for Saturday, October 18th, 2014 for NBC10 and Telemundo62’s next Great Shredder Event!

<![CDATA[Outpouring for Baby Who Died After Pregnant Mom Shot]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:43:59 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/megan+doto+newborn+nicoletta+rose+killed.jpg

Dozens of people have raised thousands of dollars for the funeral of a newborn baby as authorities continue to search for the man accused of fatally shooting the infant's pregnant mom on a Philly street Sunday morning.

A GoFundMe page for Nicolleta Rose, the daughter of 25-year-old Megan Doto, was launched Tuesday -- the same day authorities named 27-year-old Devon Guisherd as a suspect in the pregnant woman's murder.

"Baby girl Nicolleta Rose survived but due to the amount of time she lacked oxygen to the brain she could not live," according to the fundraising website. "Nicolleta fell asleep in her paternal [grandmother's] arms, joining her mother in heaven."

More than $3,000 was raised in less than a day on the site, which indicated a funeral for the infant will be held Saturday. Doto believed she was having a boy and planned to name him Carmine, but the baby turned out to be a girl. 

Leann Hill, a coworker of the paternal grandmother, created the GoFundMe campaign hoping to ease funeral costs. Hill says anything left over will go to Doto's surviving two children. 

Doto was eight-months pregnant with Nicolleta when she was shot while sitting with a man outside a home on the 1500 block of Adams Avenue in the city's Frankford neighborhood Sunday, according to officials.

Medics rushed Doto to Temple University Hospital where she underwent an emergency c-section. Doctors pronounced Doto dead a short time later, according to police.

The deceased woman's boyfriend, who is the father of the newborn, said the baby girl died less than an hour after her delivery. Hospital officials said that the child died Monday at 1:13 a.m.

An arrest warrant was issued for Guisherd, of the 4200 block of Penn Street in the city's Frankford section, late Tuesday morning.

"He's considered armed and extremely dangerous," Philadelphia Police Captain James Clark said. "He has a very violent history and we need to get him off the streets." 

Clark said they were able to identify Guisherd as the suspect through tips from the public. 

"When you have a young lady and you have a newborn baby that never was given a chance, I just think it touched their hearts," Clark said.

Family members of the suspect insist Guisherd is innocent, but investigators are still searching for the man who they are calling a fugitive.

Anyone with information on the suspect's whereabouts is urged to contact police at 215-686-3334 or 3335.

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<![CDATA[What Parents Need to Know About Car Seat Safety]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:45:05 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/carseat2.jpg NBC10's Vai Sikahema talks to Kelsy Stenger, a Child Passenger Safety Technician at CHOP, about what parents need to know about car seat safety.

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<![CDATA[Preliminary Hearing for Man Charged in Duffel Bag Death]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:41:53 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008136461_1200x675_330277443651.jpg Jeremiah Jackson, the man charged with killing Art Institute student Laura Araujo in July and putting her body in a duffel bag, is in court today for a preliminary hearing.]]> <![CDATA[Car Bursts Into Flames at Philly Int'l]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:19:09 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008136272_1200x675_330270787621.jpg A car on the tarmac at Philadelphia International Airport was engulfed in flames late Wednesday morning. No word on what caused the car to erupt, but no one was injured in the fire.]]> <![CDATA[First Alert Weather: Cool to End the Work Week, Warmer Weekend]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:18:46 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008136437_1200x675_330277443563.jpg More fall-like weather is expected this week with especially cool nights and early mornings. It'll be warmer this weekend with a high of 82 on Sunday.]]> <![CDATA[50 Immigrants Become US Citizens on Constitution Day]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:16:22 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/National-Constitution-Cente.jpg Fifty immigrants gathered at the National Constitution Center for a Naturalization Ceremony to become American citizens Wednesday morning. ]]> <![CDATA[Trooper Cruiser Involved in I-95 Accident ]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:37:47 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/trooper-95-accident-wednesday.JPG

A person is entrapped after an accident involving a state police trooper police car on I-95 in Tinicum Township, Delaware County.

The accident occurred about 11:30 a.m. on I-95 near New Bartram Avenue.

Two lanes are getting by on I-95 Southbound.

It is unknown if the civilian or a state trooper has been entrapped. Injuries have been reported, but are unknown at this time. Medics are at the scene.

This is a developing story and updates will be posted here.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 10 Philadelphia

<![CDATA[2-Year-Old Pa. Boy Featured in NYC Billboard for Down Syndrome]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:58:57 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/porter2+copy.jpg

Porter Thompson, like most two-year-olds, takes swim lessons at the YMCA and loves to watch Elmo on Sesame Street.

What sets Porter apart though is that he has an extra 21st chromosome which means he has Down syndrome.

Porter was picked to be featured in the National Down Syndrome Society’s (NDSS) annual video presentation in New York City this year.

Porter’s picture is one of 200-some photographs that were hand selected by the Society out of over 2000 entries.

On Saturday, September 20 thousands of people will get to see what his mom Danielle describes as “a really big smile” displayed on a big billboard at Duffy’s Square right near the McDonalds.

Danielle, Porter and Porter’s grandmother will be traveling from their home in East Norriton to the big apple to see Porter make his video debut.

The video shows both children and adults who have Down syndrome and how they are living their lives with their friends and family by their side.

Porter is full of personality but isn’t walking yet. Danielle explained that weak ankle joints and low muscle tone is typical of those with Down syndrome.

To talk, Porter often uses sign language that his 4-year-old sister Penny helps him learn.

Porter is full of personality too. “He’s the kid you find sitting on top of the table,” Danielle said.

He also has some pretty mature taste buds for a toddler.

“He’s definitely our foodie.” Recently Porter had his tonsils and adenoids taken out and the day after surgery he was already asking for pizza.

Danielle also described her son as resilient and so these are some of the traits that the annual video presentation aims to capture.

Following the video Porter and his family will board a bus that will take them to Central Park where they will walk with thousands of others in the NDSS’s Buddy Walk that’s celebrating its 20th year.

It’s the first year the Thompson family will be participating in the NYC Buddy Walk but they have been involved in the local Buddy Walk since Danielle first found out she was pregnant with Porter.

“I’m a little Buddy Walk obsessed.”

On October 4th, Porter, Penny, Danielle and the rest of “Porter’s Peeps” will put their yellow marshmallow peep-colored shirts on for the CHOP Buddy Walk at Villanova University.

October marks National Down Syndrome Awareness Month.

Last year “Porter’s Peeps” had the largest team of walkers with them. Danielle recalled though what she felt as a mother the first year they participated in the walk.

The family was greeted by Radnor High School’s football players and cheerleaders and they were all cheering “Porter.”

“I felt their support then and I lost it.”

That kind of support continues to pour in for Porter.  “Porter’s Peeps” is one of the top fundraisers with close to $6,000 worth of donations.

Besides the 2 mile walk around the track, there is also moon bounces, face painting and other family-fun activities.

In the meantime fun planned for Porter on Saturday following the Central Park Walk includes a trip to the toy store and hopefully a picture with Elmo.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 10 Philadelphia

<![CDATA[Child Dies After Falling 9 Stories in West Philly ]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:21:37 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/198*120/child+dead+falls+west+philly+window+42+locust.JPG

It was a tragic morning for a father who woke up to find his young daughter had fallen nine stories from a window to her death.

Without thinking, he rushed to the pavement below their West Philadelphia apartment building where he held his 8-year-old daughter's lifeless body, said police.

The victim shared a room with her 10-year-old sister and she too woke up to find her younger sibling had fallen out of their bedroom window located on the ninth floor of their building at 42nd and Locust, a neighbor tells NBC10.

The child fell around 7:45 a.m. and was pronouced dead at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia 45 minutes later.

Neighbors visibly shaken by the tragedy say the girls and their father, an undergraduate student at the University of Pennsylvania, had recently moved into the building.

"They were the nicest family," the building's manager told NBC10.

An investigation is underway, but police say that they believe the young girls death was a tragic accident.

No one has been charged in the incident.

Stay with NBC10 for more on this developing story.

<![CDATA[Fear of Trooper Shooting Suspect Closes Pocono-Area Schools]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:42:42 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/eric_matthew_frein_suspect_trooper_killing.jpg

Public school officials in the Poconos canceled classes Wednesday, while the parochial school system canceled buses as authorities continue to search for a survivalist accused of killing a Pennsylvania State Trooper and wounding another outside state police barracks.

The Pocono Mountain School District canceled Wednesday classes "due to safety concerns for our students at bus stops with an armed and dangerous gunman still on the loose in the area," a statement on the district website reads.

Authorities are still searching for 31-year-old Eric Frein, who allegedly fatally shot Cpl. Bryon Dickson, 38, and critically wounded Trooper Alex Douglass Friday night.

Buses were not running Wednesday for students in the Notre Dame School System, part of the Diocese of Scranton, according to a post on the district's Facebook page. Classes at Notre Dame Elementary School and Junior and Senior High School in East Stroudsburg, as well as Monsignor McHugh in Cresco, were still held.

State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said Frein, of Canadensis, Pa., is considered armed and "extremely dangerous."

Noonan warned residents in the area to be alert and cautious as authorities continue to search for the suspect, who is described as a heavily armed survivalist who holds a vendetta against police.

"He has made statements about wanting to kill law enforcement officers and also to commit mass acts of murder," Noonan said. "What his reasons are, we don't know. But he has very strong feelings about law enforcement and seems to be very angry with a lot of things that go in our society."

Hundreds of law enforcement officials are combing the dense woods of northeastern Pennsylvania, although authorities admit they are unsure of Frein's location.

Frein was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder, homicide of a law enforcement officer and other related offenses. The suspect's father described him as an excellent marksman who "doesn't miss," according to a police affidavit.

Officials with the Pocono Mountain School District decided to cancel classes Tuesday night. It is unclear if students will return to school Thursday.

<![CDATA[Flames Tear Through West Philly Home]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 08:45:56 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/211*120/5100+reno+street+west+philly+fire.JPG

Firefighters are battling heavy flames and smoke in West Philadelphia Wednesday morning.

The blaze broke out around 7 a.m. in a home on the 5100 block of Reno Street, according to officials.

All occupants were able to escape the fire and there are no reported injuries.

Stay with NBC10 for more on this developing story.

<![CDATA[Man Shot in Face While Waiting for Bus]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 08:40:02 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/216*120/17th+and+york+street+shooting.JPG

A bullet lodged into a man's face when he was shot by a drive-by shooter while waiting for a bus in North Philadelphia late Tuesday night.

"Just before midnight, 22nd District Police were on patrol in the area of 17th and York streets when they were approached by a male who stated he had just been shot," said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small.

Police rushed the 36-year-old victim to Temple University Hospital, where he is in critical yet stable condition, according to officials.

The victim told authorities a silver car with tinted windows slowed as it drove past him and the driver opened fire before speeding away from the scene, Small said.

The man could have suffered additional injuries if the bullet had continued to move through his head instead of becoming lodged, according to police.

Authorities are searching for the suspect, who may have been captured by surveillance cameras in the area.

"One business in the area that does have cameras," Small said.  "Hopefully those cameras recorded something that can help us with the investigation."

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 10 Philadelphia

<![CDATA[Philly Cracks Down on Jury Duty Dodgers]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 06:55:31 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Jury-Duty-New.jpg

Philadelphia officials have a warning for those who constantly skip out on jury duty. If you continue to ignore it when you’re called upon, you could be arrested.

According to officials, only 13 percent of the 576,000 Philadelphia residents who were summoned for jury duty last year actually showed up. The statewide average is 40 percent. Supervising Judge Jeffrey Minehart calls the low turnout in Philly compared to the rest of Pennsylvania “unacceptable.”

“That shows not only a disregard for their civic duty but also a disrespect for the court system,” Judge Minehart said.

Judicial leaders say skipping out on jury duty wastes a big part of the court’s half-million dollar budget for printing summons and reminder cards as well as postage.

Officials say they’re now cracking down on those who don’t show up though they admit only one overlooked summons is unlikely to get you in trouble.

“It’s the people who have missed twice,” Judge Minehart said. “ who have a history of not showing up.”

Officials say they sent notices to 52 of the city’s most consistent Jury Duty dodgers. Those individuals are required to appear Wednesday on the ninth floor of the Criminal Justice Center building.

“If you miss tomorrow we will send the sheriffs after you at some time,” said Philadelphia Jury Commissioner Dan Rendine. “You will receive a knock at your door some night.”

Click here for more information on Jury Duty.


Copyright Associated Press / NBC 10 Philadelphia

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<![CDATA[In Case You Missed It: Yesterday's Top Stories]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 06:49:55 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/eric_matthew_frein_suspect_trooper_killing.jpg

Didn't have a chance to catch the news? Here are yesterday's top stories.

Profile of Gunman Who Ambushed State Troopers Released
The killer had a grudge against the Pennsylvania State Police. He regularly visited a local shooting range to keep his skills sharp. He made several trips to a state police barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania, picking just the right hiding spot from which he could launch an ambush and make his escape.

'Played Out': Gamblers, Workers Bid Farewell to Trump Plaza Casino
The last blackjack hand dealt before the Trump Plaza casino closed its doors in Atlantic City Tuesday morning was a 21, for the house.

Franklin Mills Changing Name to Philadelphia Mills
The largest outlet shopping area in Philly announced a redevelopment worth millions -- that includes a name change -- Tuesday.

4 Confirmed Cases of Enterovirus D68 at CHOP
Officials at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia confirmed four cases of Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) among their patients.

Central Bucks County Middle School Band Teacher Accused of Having Sex With Teen
A high school band director in suburban Philadelphia has been suspended following allegations of sexual misconduct with a student.