<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Local News]]> Copyright 2016 http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com en-us Sat, 13 Feb 2016 12:25:19 -0500 Sat, 13 Feb 2016 12:25:19 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Boy Scouts Camp Out in Bitter Cold]]> Sat, 13 Feb 2016 10:30:30 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000013974223_1200x675_622402115833.jpg A President's Day tradition has hundreds of boy scouts from across the country camping out in dangerously cold weather. ]]> <![CDATA[Police Investigate 2-Car Crash Near Smyrna]]> Sat, 13 Feb 2016 08:06:57 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Korean+War+Veterans+Memorial+Highway.PNG

Delaware State Police are investigating a two car crash that occurred around 5:45 p.m. on Friday near Smyrna.

Police reports say that Elizabeth Gray, 34, was driving Southbound on Korean War Veterans Memorial Highway then drove into the center median, according to Delaware State Police. Gray later drove into the northbound lanes, where she struck a 2011 Chevrolet Cruz, driven by Ashkia Dickerson, 24.

Dickerson and her 18-year-old passenger were both transported to Bayhealth Kent General Hospital  where they were treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Gray was transported to the same hospital before being airlifted to Christiana Medical Center for serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Gray was cited for careless driving and no proof of insurance, according to state police.



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<![CDATA[Apartment Building Catches Fire]]> Sat, 13 Feb 2016 08:32:33 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Foxwood+Manor+Apartments.PNG

A fire broke out at an apartment building in Middletown Township early Saturday morning.

The fire started at around 5:27 a.m. at Foxwood Manor Apartment Building. Residents made it out safely.

The fire was under control around 6:06 a.m. 

The American Red Cross responded and was available to assist those in need. 

"We are assessing the needs of those affected and will provide emergency assistance such as lodging, food and clothing if necessary," Anthony Tornetta of the American Red Cross said. 



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<![CDATA[Body Art Abound! Tattoo Convention Takes Over Pa. Convention Center]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 23:45:04 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000013972162_1200x675_622297667513.jpg Tattoo artists will leave their marks on scores of people this weekend looking to get a little ink on their bodies. NBC10's Keith Jones hears from folks going under the needle about why they love their tattoos.]]> <![CDATA[Senior Sweetheart Dance in South Philly]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 23:41:17 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000013972160_1200x675_622294083666.jpg Everyone was on the dance floor at a local sweetheart dance for South Philly senior citizens.]]> <![CDATA[Be Prepared: Frigid Campout for Local Boy Scouts]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 23:40:54 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Cold+Boy+Scouts+Campout.jpg Hundreds of boy scouts are spending the night in tents near Valley Forge National Historic Park as part of a hundred year old annual campout. They're not letting the dangerous cold phase them. NBC10's Aundrea Cline-Thomas reports.

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<![CDATA[A Goodwill Love Story: Staffer Joining Dress Shopping Frenzy]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 22:23:11 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Goodwill+Love+Story+Photo.jpeg

This Valentine’s Day weekend love will certainly be in the air for one Goodwill employee shopping for her dream gown at the eighth annual “Running of the Brides” event at Goodwill in Pennsauken, New Jersey.

Yahaira Valentin, store manager of Goodwill in Bellmawr, New Jersey and her fiancé Francisco Santos, transportation manager for Goodwill, are being called the “Goodwill Couple of the Year.” The couple met on the job, and once they were both single, their love began to blossom.
When Santos proposed, he had one of his guys drive a truck to the Bellmawr store and the employees told Valentin that a shipment of really valuable goods came in and she needed to hurry back to the loading dock.

When she arrived, Santos surprised her by jumping off the truck and proposing. The store caught the whole thing on their security footage and gave it to the couple as a keepsake. Yahaira says she plans to arrive at the store at 6 a.m. Saturday to find the wedding dress of her dreams.

Valentin won’t the only one.

The store will open at its usual time, 9 a.m., but Juli Lundberg, Public Relations Manager at Goodwill, says “It’s craziest in the morning; there are people there at 6 a.m.”

The store has developed a ticketing system to manage the hundreds of customers that come to the event every year. As shoppers arrive, they are given a numbered ticket and when the doors open, they will be admitted based on that number.

Lundberg explains, “Employees will allow 15-18 brides at a time to maintain crowd control and keep it a nice experience for the women."

“The women literally run through the store to get to the bridal room. All the employees stop working to clap and it’s just an amazing moment," Lundberg said.

The store started the event eight years ago when the recession hit. Many brides didn’t have a lot of money to spend on their weddings and the Goodwill wanted to help brides look gorgeous on a budget.

That year, they only had about 40 gowns. Now, thanks to donations from local bridal salons, 400 gowns grace the store in a dedicated bridal room.

These dresses typically retail between $900 and $2500, but the Goodwill offers these brand-new gowns for between $99 and $300 and gently used gowns starting at just $39.

Gowns aren’t the only thing for sale on Saturday — the store also has jewelry, bridal veils, bridesmaid dresses, and mother of the bride dresses available.

Brides come from all over to attend the event — they have had people from New York City, Long Island, and Washington D.C. Just Friday, someone called the store and said “I’m not going to say where I’m calling from, but it’s really far away. Do you think it’s worth me making the trek?”

Brides are able to find extraordinary dresses for an amazing price, but they aren’t the only people benefiting from this event.

“This is like a fundraiser for us, the money we make allows us to offer job training and career services to our employees, so the event is really an all-around grand slam for everyone” Lundberg asserts.

Tips for Shoppers:

  • If you want the best selection, come early. If you want a calmer shopping experience, come in the afternoon.
  • Wear proper undergarments so you can see how they dress will actually fit.
  • Travel light, these gowns weigh a lot. You don’t want to lug a heavy purse around with you.
  • Bring your mom or your friends so they can give you a second opinion.
  • Come with an open mind — if you find something that’s too big, a seamstress can make alterations so it fits perfectly



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<![CDATA[Dangerous Dip for Polar Bear Plungers]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 21:06:23 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Polar-Bear-Plunge.jpg Saturday afternoon, there will be a lot of adventurous people in Sea Isle City plunging into the ocean to raise money for the Polar Bear Plunge. But it will be dangerously cold. NBC10’s Ted Greenberg reports on the preps underway to keep people safe.

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<![CDATA[Valentine's Weekend Vows at City Hall]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 20:47:48 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000013969324_1200x675_622043203973.jpg Many couples tied the knot at City Hall Friday for the annual Valentine’s Day Wedding Extravaganza, where about 50 couples exchanged their vows in front of several judges.]]> <![CDATA[Schuylkill River "Trail Watch" Aims to Ease Crime Fears]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 20:54:02 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Schuylkill+River+Trail+Winter_18380608.jpg Philadelphia officials are trying to find volunteers to train to canvas the Schuylkill River Trail in groups and keep an eye out for crime, after the recent outbreaks of crimes on the trails. NBC10’s Rosemary Connors reports with how Philadelphia officials are hoping a “Trail Watch” will calm people’s fears.]]> <![CDATA[PSPCA Warns of Officer Impersonators]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 23:48:12 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/PSPCA+Officer+Cold+Weather+Uniform.jpg

A group impersonating animal control officers from the Pennsylvania SPCA (PSPCA) seems to be committing acts more and more frequently and they're warning animal owners to be vigilant in checking credentials, according to a spokesperson for the agency.

Gillian Kocher from the PSPCA says that in the last month, there have been at least five cases of dogs being stolen or attempted to be stolen.

Real PSPCA officers will be in uniform and have both a badge and an ID card from the state, Kocher says. Officers would only be in plainclothes if they were undercover, but that is rare.

A Northeast Philadelphia woman complained to NBC10 in January that a group of animal activists came to her home and pretended to be animal control officers.

They claimed her Rottweiler was being abused after seeing a photo circulate on social media. The PSPCA had already determined the dog was being cared for properly, officials said.

The 8-year-old dog wound up in New York state before the PSPCA stepped in and returned the canine to his owner.

The group members denied saying they were with animal control.

Kocher says if there are ever any concerns over whether or not an officer is really with the PSPCA, people can call the cruelty hotline at 866-601-SPCA.



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<![CDATA['Siberian Express' for Valentine's Weekend]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 23:51:46 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/frozen+flower.jpg

IF YOU THINK IT'S COLD NOW ...

The temperature only reached 26 degrees this afternoon, which is 17 degrees below "normal". And that’s just the appetizer. The main course comes over the weekend, when we will add even colder air AND much stronger winds. The combination will push wind chill readings down to levels rarely seen around here in the past 30+ years.

The lowest temperatures and wind chills are expected Saturday night into early Sunday. Predictions for Sunday morning lows and wind chills:

Location Temperature Wind Chill
PHILADELPHIA 2 degrees -17 degrees
ALLENTOWN -1 degrees -20 degrees
READING 0 degrees -20 degrees
ATLANTIC CITY 5 degrees -15 degrees
WILMINGTON 1 degree -18 degrees
TRENTON 0 degrees -18 degrees
MT. POCONO -9 degrees -32 degrees


As cold as this is, it will be even worse in New England. Look at the low temperatures (not wind chills!). Temperatures as low as -20 and wind chills of -45 in upstate New York. Ouch!!!

THEN COMES THE SNOW

There may be some snow showers early Saturday, thanks to the Great Lakes. Strong winds will push arctic air over the warm, unfrozen waters, which lead to Lake-effect snows. When winds are real strong, some of those snow showers can make it all the way to this area. Sometimes they line up in “streets”, where one place can get heavy snow, while no snow falls only a few miles away.

But more widespread snow will be moving into the area Monday. It’s hard to imagine that it would turn to rain a mere 36 hours after we have near zero degree temperatures. But it will. A storm moving up from the Deep South will bring a lot of moisture here, but also a lot of warm air. That means the storm will change to rain across the entire area.

The first map is for Monday at 7 p.m., and the 2nd one for Tuesday at 7 a.m. The differences in just 12 hours are incredible:

The blue colors are snow-the darker the blue the heavier the snow. So, the storm starts as snow across most of our area Monday, especially in the afternoon. It could be all rain right at the shore. The pink area is sleet, which is possible for a short period Monday night before the change to rain.

The second map shows that the snow has lifted WAAAY north (into New York state!) and west (west of Harrisburg). Most computer models agree with this: it will be raining everywhere in our area for the Tuesday AM rush. That yellow zone is heavy rain. It could be a really wet rush hour.

Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz
Chief Meteorologist, NBC10 First Alert Weather



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<![CDATA[NJ 2nd Grader Surprised by Soldier Dad]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 20:50:30 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WEB-+Soldier+Surprise+-+14-33-30-04_18380367.jpg

It was a very special surprise for one second grader in South Jersey Friday.

Army Specialist Joseph Adams returned from deployment in South Korea a little early to surprise his son Joseph Jr. at B. Bernice Young Elementary School in Burlington.

Students from the school gathered for a special safety assembly, but, instead of Joseph's card having a safety message written on it, his card had a very special message.

It read, "My dad just came home from South Korea and is standing RIGHT BEHIND ME!"

Students gave Joseph clues, then his dad emergend from behind a curtain to complete the surprise.

Specialist Adams' wife Tammy, a former student of the Young School, and their 4-year-old son were also at the school for the special reunion, just in time for Valentine's Day.

Specialist Adams has served in the Army for nearly 9 years and was deployed to Iraq in 2009-10.



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<![CDATA[Pa. Ranks 2nd for Elevated Lead Levels in Kids]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 17:24:25 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/203*120/21216lead.jpg

More children in Pennsylvania had elevated levels of lead in their blood than 19 other states, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In 2014, 1.28 percent of children under the age of 3 tested positive for having an elevated amount of the toxic heavy metal in their blood, HealthGrove, a health information website, reported in an examination Wednesday.

Among the five counties in Southeastern Pennsylvania, Philadelphia had the highest percentage at 0.9 percent. Bucks County had the lowest at 0.3 percent. More than 33,000 additional children were tested in Philadelphia, however.

Southeastern Pennsylvania, where the majority of the state's population is centered, had some of the lowest levels across the commonwealth.

Warren County in Northwestern Pennsylvania and Blair County in Central Pennsylvania ranked highest.

Nationwide, among the 21 states that reported lead levels, New York was highest.

Other states with the highest levels were: Ohio, 0.96 percent; Rhode Island, 0.81 percent, Wisconsin, 0.77 percent; and Connecticut, 0.69 percent.

Also making the list: New Hampshire, 0.67 percent; Indiana, 0.54 percent; Vermont, 0.43 percent; Massachusetts, 0.37 percent and Maryland, 0.3 percents. 

However, not all states report childhood blood-lead levels to the CDC, notes HealthGrove.

Elevated blood levels are defined as equal to or greater than 10 micrograms per deciliter of lead in blood for children. No safe blood-lead level in children has been identified, according to the CDC.

"Even low levels of lead in blood have been shown to affect IQ, ability to pay attention and academic achievement," the CDC website states. "And effects of lead exposure cannot be corrected."

Many cases of lead poisoning are traced to lead-based paint and are not solely the product of contaminated water. 

Elevated lead levels can also be linked to contaminated water, as in Flint, Michigan, which attracted national attention when it was learned that the percentage of children age 5 and younger with elevated blood-lead levels had nearly doubled after the city switched its primary source of water to the Flint River.

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<![CDATA[Surviving the Valentine's Day Freeze]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 18:04:46 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/168*120/GettyImages-499941286.jpg

The Northeast is prepared for the most frigid Valentine's Day in over a decade, but don't wind up with a frozen heart! Rick Pennypacker of Penny's Flowers in Glenside gave NBC10 some tips for handling flower deliveries amid the Arctic blast:
 

1. Order for the day before
It's the busiest weekend of the year for florists everywhere, so ordering early will give you the most choices and arrangement options. Order for the day before the cold hits to avoid exposing the flowers to bone-chilling air.

2. Get them inside quick
Most flowers are very climate-sensitive, and while most are shipped in refrigerated containers even the hardier varieties cannot handle freezing conditions. " They can freeze very quickly from the delivery truck to the door," warned Pennypacker. "Get 'em inside and get them in a vase as quick as you can!"

3. Experiment with longer-lasting flowers
For those who might venture beyond the tried-and-true red rose, other longer-lasting blossoms like Gerbera daisies and mini-carnations could provide a nice alternative. Pennypacker also recommended Asiatic and Oriental lilies, which bloom several separate heads on each stem.

4. Flowers need love
To get the most out of your flowers, make sure to keep the vase full of water and prune the stems regularly. Be sure to follow your florist's instructions and use provided "flower food" packets.

5. Tropical flowers are risky

Needless to say, flowers from hot and humid climates like orchids need extra care in the cold. Pennypacker noted that tropical flowers can be extremely delicate, and require extra care even in moderate temperatures. The "Siberian Express" won't mix well with that Paradise flower bouquet!



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<![CDATA[Kind Waitress Surprises Boy With Autism]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 14:48:13 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Braeden+and+Perry.PNG

One Philadelphia-area mom is thankful for the kindness of a waitress toward her autistic son.

Kathleen Tarzwell and her son, 7-year-old Braeden, went out to brunch earlier this month at Bittersweet Kitchen in Media, Delaware County, Pa. Braeden brought his best friend, a plush platypus named Perry.

Braeden ordered chocolate chip pancakes and bacon for himself, and for Perry. His mom says although Braeden usually has unique responses to people, he has never ordered for Perry before. 

“I’m always entertained by Braeden’s interactions with people,” Kathleen said. “He always has these responses that seem kind of premeditated, but it’s just his way of interacting with people.”

To his mom’s surprise, the waitress serving the family brought a plate out for Perry.

“Braeden was very happy,” Kathleen said.

Kathleen keeps a “short list” of restaurants where she knows Braeden will be comfortable. Bittersweet Kitchen was a relatively new addition to the list, and now might be on the top of the list. 

“Even the smallest acts of kindness don’t go unnoticed,” she said. “He will always remember this.”
 



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<![CDATA[Mom: 'Carbon Monoxide Detector Saved Our Lives Last Night']]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 22:19:58 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/carbon-monoxide-detector1.jpg

A potentially deadly situation for one family turned into a learning lesson for hundreds of others.

Lauren Geary was at home Sunday night with her husband and two children when their carbon monoxide detector went off. Lauren quickly took her kids out of bed and went outside while her husband opened all the windows in the house.

“It was chilling, knowing what could have happened to us if we stayed in the house for a couple more minutes even,” Lauren said.

Shortly after Lauren called 911, first responders came and discovered the CO was coming from the family’s basement boiler.

If not for the detector, officials told Lauren she and her family would have faced a much more tragic ending.

“It was a crummy situation for us, but it turned into a situation that helped others,” Lauren said.

After the incident, Lauren took to her many social groups to warn everybody how important it is to have a carbon monoxide detector in their homes.

“I just hope that this can bring awareness to other people,” Lauren said. “You hear stories of this stuff, but it’s not often that it’s in your backyard.”

Since sharing her story, Lauren says hundreds of people have reached out to tell her they've gotten a new CO detector or have updated their old ones.

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<![CDATA[Fight Breaks out on High School Bus]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 14:59:47 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Christiana+High+School.PNG

Two students walked off a school bus, one getting sprayed in the face with a chemical substance, earlier this week after a fight broke out between four students over a thrown piece of candy. 

The fight started when a female student threw a piece of candy that struck another female student. The two females got into a verbal altercation, which prompted two other students to get involved. As the four were arguing, a male student tried to intervene but was punched, according to Delaware State Police.

Three of the students involved in the fight proceeded to assault the victim, police said. 

As the fight was occurring, the bus driver pulled over and called 911. The victim was able to get off the bus, but one of the students from the fight followed and sprayed him in the face with a chemical substance, according to State Police. 

The victim was transported to Christiana Hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries. 

Two female students, aged 16-years-old and 17-years-old, and a 17-year-old male student were arrested and charged with 2d degree assault. 

“The Christina School District will continue to cooperate with the Delaware State Police in its investigation,” the school district wrote in a statement. 



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<![CDATA[Cheers for CHOP]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 12:57:42 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000013966400_1200x675_621829187580.jpg The Valley Forge Casino will be hosting an event featuring local celebrities to help raise money for the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Emergency Department.]]> <![CDATA[Dancing Love Story]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 12:56:36 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Dancing+Couple+Interview+-+11-20-30-24_18376839.jpg Two Pennsylvania Ballet dancers will be performing in "Don Quixote" at the Academy of Music in March. But, the real love story is the one off the stage.]]> <![CDATA[Kitten Cuddles and Puppy Kisses]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 12:19:45 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000013962663_1200x675_621780035554.jpg Pet Plan pet insurance is hosting an adoption event in Newtown Square, Delaware County from 10am until noon on Friday. Donations will be accepted and prizes could be won.]]> <![CDATA[Student With Zika Recovers, Is 'Feeling Well']]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 12:45:59 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/LeightZika.jpg Lehigh University said in a message to students, staff and faculty that a student had traveled abroad over winter break and later tested positive for Zika virus. The student has since recovered "and is feeling well."]]> <![CDATA[Search for Missing Teen With Disabilities]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 10:14:33 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Missing+West+Chester+Teen+John+Thomas+Parker.jpg

Police outside Philadelphia released a new photo Friday as they and the FBI continued the search for a missing teenager with developmental disabilities.

John Thomas Parker, 14, walked away from the Devereux Leo Kanner Learning Center in West Chester, Pennsylvania around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and hasn’t been seen since. The Learning Center is a facility for children with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

West Whiteland Township Police say Parker, who stands around 5-foot, 7-inches tall and weighs around 110 pounds, may have walked to a nearby train station to try and leave the area. Officials notified his family who live in Washington, D.C.

Parker was captured on surveillance video as he was leaving the facility. He was wearing a T-shirt, jeans and black sneakers. He was also carrying a bright green backpack. Police say Parker may have changed his clothing however to khaki pants and a black jacket. They also say he may no longer have on the green backpack.

Parker has tattoos on his left arm. If you have any information on his whereabouts, please call 610-692-5100.
 



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<![CDATA[New Delaware Toll Road Coming]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 08:28:26 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000013962414_1200x675_621599811673.jpg Delaware residents will be able to learn more from DelDOT about the construction of Route 301, a new toll road running from Route 1 to the Maryland border.]]> <![CDATA[Northeast Braces for Coldest Air in More Than Decade]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 07:19:44 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/160212-weather-forecast-jpo-409a_9ea4db3e03a31b840d54be61456c8022.nbcnews-ux-2880-1000.jpg

Forecasters warned Friday that the Northeast would experience what could be the coldest temperatures in over a decade this Valentine's Day weekend, NBC News reported. 

Several cities are facing the prospect of subzero temperatures, the product of a weather system called the polar vortex, a large cyclone that sits above the North Pole all year round. The National Weather Service said the "life threatening" icy blast was set to arrive in the region Saturday, but the coldest air would not arrive until Sunday morning.

Boston's forecast low of -2 looked relatively balmy compared to the outlook for -9 in Hartford, Connecticut. Albany was forecast to experience -10 with -11 possible in Worcester, Massachusetts, according to The Weather Channel.

Meanwhile, New York City is forecast to have 2 degrees on Saturday.

"For people stepping outside on Sunday morning, it's going to be like walking into a freezer," said Weather Channel Lead Forecaster Michael Palmer. 



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<![CDATA[Raw Video Shows Heroin Antidote Saving Mom's Life]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 10:03:42 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Narcan-Antidote-Video.jpg

A public overdose in South Jersey shows the raw reality of the heroin epidemic and the power of an antidote that's saving lives, even as people fail to take advantage of programs geared toward kicking the habit.

"It's a problem in every neighborhood... from Winslow to Camden, from Haddonfield to Cherry Hill," said Camden County Freeholder Director Lou Cappelli.

Cellphone video shows a woman unconscious and in the depths of a heroin overdose — dying on the side of Crowne Point Road in West Deptford. Her face is blurred to protect her identity.

Bystanders rush to save her, with one woman performing chest compressions.

"Her lips are blue," a person can be heard saying in the video.

A woman says, "She needs Narcan."

Officers from the West Deptford police station — just down the street — flocked to the scene and administered a dose of Narcan, a nasal spray used as an emergency treatment during an opioid overdose.

"It's not the strength of what the doctors have or anything like that, but it's strong enough to reverse all the symptoms and bring you right back from death," said Chief Samuel DiSimone.

That's what happened in this case. The woman still had to be taken to the hospital, but she survived.

Cappelli co-chairs the Opiate and Heroin Addiction Awareness Task Force in Camden County. This year, the county initiated "Operation Sal," which provides intense counseling to patients who are given Narcan.

So far, no one has joined the program.

"Even after you're clinically dead — brought back to life by Narcan — folks aren't convinced that they should go get help," said Cappelli.

Last year alone, Narcan saved 450 people in just Camden County. It's the antidote for heroin overdoses but not the solution to the growing problem.

"The video is reality," said Cappelli. "That's what's out on the streets of all of our municipalities."

The woman who overdosed declined NBC10’s request for an on-camera interview. She said she is fine and her biggest concern was for her young daughter, who has seen the video and has read the comments.


Stay tuned: A Generation Addicted, an NBC10 digital exclusive report exploring the tragic world of heroin and opiate addiction in the Philadelphia area and beyond, is coming March 21.



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<![CDATA[Water Main Break Coats Cars in Ice]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 20:38:51 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/West+Philly+Water+Main+Break+Mailbox+Snowy+Street.JPG

A water main break caused an icy mess that stopped traffic and SEPTA routes in West Philadelphia Friday morning.

The break along 63rd Street between Haverford and Girard avenues around midnight caused SEPTA to shuttle Route 15 trolley passengers between 60th and 63rd streets. The Route 10 trolley was also delayed eastbound at one point.

The break left ice on the road and coated cars causing police to block more vehicles from driving in the area. Salts trucks were called in to break up the ice.

The break continued to spill water onto the roadway through Friday morning as Philadelphia Water Department crews worked to find the source of the break. The water department eventually found a fire hydrant that seemed to be the root of the issue.

The water department shut off service to homes for hours as they worked to replace the hydrant and line.

No word yet on when the roadway will reopen.



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<![CDATA[NJ Escort May Have Been Strangled]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 21:09:44 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/gilgo+beach+shannan+gilbert.jpg

The New Jersey escort whose 2010 disappearance led to the discovery of 11 butchered bodies on a Long Island beach may have been strangled, a newly released autopsy report found.

The family of Shannan Gilbert announced that an autopsy performed by famed forensic pathologist Michael Baden didn't conclude how the 24-year-old escort died, but noted that she had been the victim of some violence.

"Michael Baden comes to disturbing conclusions," family attorney John Ray said.

Family members said the findings — which showed no evidence Gilbert died of natural causes, a drug overdose or by drowning — should spur authorities to open a murder investigation into Gilbert's death, which has never been ruled a homicide. 

"We're demanding they activate a homicide investigation for Shannan Gilbert," Ray said.

The findings' release comes years after Suffolk County medical examiners said the autopsy was inconclusive. Police had suggested Gilbert possibly drowned or succumbed to the elements not long after she vanished in May 2010. 

Gilbert was on a call on Long Island and was last seen screaming and running from a home in the Oak Beach complex, where she met her client. Before she disappeared, she called 911 from a client's home and told an operator someone was trying to kill her.

It was during the massive search for Gilbert that authorities discovered 11 sets of human remains believed to be linked to at least one serial killer. The first of those remains was found by a K-9 unit in December 2010.

Nine sets of remains — eight women and a man — belonged to prostitutes, authorities said. Another set of remains belonged to a baby girl. Five of them, including the infant, have not been identified. 

Gilbert's remains were found 18 months later, in December 2011, in a marshy area near Gilgo Beach, on the island’s south central shore. The client she was with the night of her disappearance has been ruled out as a suspect in her death. 

Gilbert’s family is involved in a civil suit with a doctor who lives on Gilgo Beach. They believe he may know more about her disappearance. 

No one has been charged or named as a suspect in the killings. Police don’t believe Gilbert's death is connected to the deaths of the others. 

Last month, it was announced that two FBI agents would assist Suffolk County police in their 5-year-old investigation into the human remains found along Gilgo Beach and Ocean Parkway.



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<![CDATA[Dashcam Arrest of Princeton Professor]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 06:54:33 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000013958533_1200x675_621490755867.jpg Dashcam video surfaces showing Princeton Professor pulled over for speeding, but the routine stop led to the woman's arrest over unpaid tickets. The African-American professor claims the arrest was racially motivated.]]> <![CDATA[Power Goes Out Following Underground Fire in Center City]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 08:47:27 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/social-fire+-+18041214_18368179.jpg

Crews responded to black smoke and reports of an underground explosion in Center City Thursday afternoon.

Thick, black smoke could be seen coming from a manhole as SkyForce10 hovered above the area of 21st and Walnut Streets in Philadelphia before 6 p.m.

Video from the ground in the area showed smoke and flames emerging from underground.

PECO was called to the scene and officials confirmed the area was being evacuated.

PECO said 400 customers were without power due to the incident. By Friday morning that number was reduced to around 50 -- mostly residential customers by Friday morning, said PECO.

By Friday morning, the closure around the blast site was reduced to only the 2100 block of Walnut Street as crews used a jackhammer near the fire site.



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<![CDATA[What's on Phillies' Spring Training Packing List?]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 05:53:25 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Phillies+Baseball+Generic.jpg From bats to balls to a hot dog gun see what the Phillies need when they take the field in Clearwater this spring.

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<![CDATA[Democratic Debate Wrap]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 23:56:46 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000013958526_1200x675_621494851548.jpg Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders sparred in Milwaukee during the latest debate, agreeing on some issues and showing their differences on others. NBC10's Lauren Mayk has the wrap.]]> <![CDATA[Villanova Gives Humanitarian Award]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 23:54:59 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000013958546_1200x675_621491267896.jpg Villanova University's office of disability services awarded its humanitarian award Thursday evening. NBC10's Wildcat Keith Jones was on had to help with the ceremonies.]]> <![CDATA['Headed to the White House Exhibit' at NCC]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 14:23:50 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/185*120/Headed+to+the+White+House+National+Consitution+Center.JPG

NBC10 and Telemundo62 have announced their joint sponsorship of “Headed to the White House,” a timely new exhibit at Philadelphia’s National Constitution Center opening on February 12. The exhibit is designed to engage students, families and visitors of all ages with the presidential election season by leading them on an interactive journey through the political process.

“NBC10 and Telemundo62 are proud to partner with the National Constitution Center,” said Ric Harris, President and General Manager of NBC10 and Telemundo62.  “We’re excited to share fascinating stories about the democratic process and its impact on our viewers throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.”

Headed to the White House was created by the National Constitution Center and uses artifacts, interactive modules, multimedia and role-playing opportunities to guide visitors along the campaign trail and into the Oval Office. The exhibit is timed to coincide with the 2016 presidential election and the National Democratic Convention taking place this July in Philadelphia.

“Partnering with the National Constitution Center provides NBC10 and Telemundo62 access to historians and Constitutional experts with unique insight into the political process,” said Anzio Williams, Vice President of News for both stations. “We are especially excited to be able to share these insights with both our English- and Spanish-speaking audiences.”

Headed to the White House is scheduled to open Friday, February 12and will run through November 13. For more information, visit www.constitutioncenter.org. You can also buy tickets HERE.



Photo Credit: National Constitution Center]]>
<![CDATA[New Trail Watch to Improve Safety Along Schuylkill River]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 06:55:16 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/River+Run.jpg

Runners, walkers and cyclists of the beloved Schuylkill River Trail are encouraged to join the newly formed Schuylkill River Trail Watch.

The formation of the trail watch is an initiative which started in late 2015 after a spike in criminal activity along the river.

Councilman Kenyatta Johnson is collaborating with stakeholders to provide information sessions for those interested in participating.

The Trail Watch aims to improve the overall safety of the trail, and to address concerns about robbery, harassment, and overall security.

Councilman Johnson will be joined by the Philadelphia Police Department, the Schuylkill River Development Corporation, and several other organizations on Thursday, February 11th for an information session.



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