<![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 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:42:49 -0400 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:42:49 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Man Falls Off Boat in Bucks Co. ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:59:00 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/235*120/Rescue8.JPG

The Philadelphia division of the United States Coast Guard were on the Delaware River in Bucks County Friday afternoon looking for a boater who fell ino the water.

Officials say that a man fell off a boat in the water at Neshaminy State Park in Bristol, leaving the watercraft unmanned.

The man hasn't resurfaced, according to authorities.

This story is developing. Check back for details.

<![CDATA[Splash and Dash]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:14:39 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000006784160_1200x675_230563395874.jpg Westtown School's Splash and Dash fundraiser is being held on Sunday, April 17.]]> <![CDATA[Minimum Wagers Can't Afford to Live in Philly]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:27:59 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/paycheck200.jpg

A new report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) found bad news for minimum wage workers.

The national report entitled Out of Reach found that the average minimum wage worker in Pennsylvania would need to earn at least $17 an hour--more than two-and-a-half times higher than the state's $7.25 minimum wage--in order to afford a two-bedroom dwelling.

According to the report, in the Philadelphia region, the average two-bedroom costs $1,135 dollars a month. A person would have to work three full-time jobs at minimum wage or earn at least $45,400 annually to be able to afford two-bedroom housing anywhere in the region.

NLIHC's Senior Vice President for Policy, Linda Couch, said the report findings show a gross mismatch in earnings and housing costs, and force workers to make some difficult financial decisions.

"In the Philadelphia area, someone would have to earn more than $21 an hour to afford the average two bedroom apartment; $21 an hour is leaps and bounds above what the minimum wage is in Philadelphia," Couch said.

"So their options are to move further and further away and to contribute to traffic and congestion; or to live, maybe in substandard housing, which no one wants for anyone in our communities; or to pay really high percentages of their income toward their housing costs, which leaves them less for other of life’s necessities like food, and clothing and health care."

County-by-county breakdown on hourly wage needed for a typical 2-bedroom dwelling:

NLIHC has conducted the national report to document changes in housing costs and wages in the U.S. since 1989. The report calculates the housing wage -- the amount a person would need to earn in order to afford housing--for each state, including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

Nationwide, this year's report found that the average hourly wage needed to afford a two-bedroom at fair market value is $18.92, more than two-and-a-half times the federal minimum wage of $7.25.

According to Couch, even a modest increase in the federal minimum wage would have little impact on the nation's housing affordability to wage earnings gap.

"The federal minimum wage, if it was to be raised to $10.10 or $12.10 would still be insufficient to meet people’s really basic needs like housing," she said.

"For a lot of people, the minimum wage is the ceiling; its what they earn now and what they’ll probably earn in a couple of years. Where ideally, that would be the floor, and that would be where we would start from and people would move up. But people’s wages are stagnating and in a lot of markets people’s wages are going down just as rents are going up.”

The report found an even larger gap between earning wage and housing costs in New Jersey and Delaware.

The NLIHC report found that New Jersey has the 5th highest housing wage in the nation at $24.92. Delaware came in 12th with a housing wage of $20.09.

On Friday, local activists gathered in locations throughout the Philadelphia region to demand an increased minimum wage of $15.

<![CDATA[Your Flyered Up Photos]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:28:24 -0400 click here for more information on the contest. ]]> click here for more information on the contest. ]]> http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/FlyeredUp+alexdonnelly41.jpg Fans throughout the region are showing their Flyers spirit on Twitter, sending NBC10 their "FlyeredUp" photos. The winner of the contest will win two tickets to the first 2014 Flyers playoff game on April 22. Check out our photo gallery and click here for more information on the contest.

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<![CDATA[Your #PhillyGram Photos]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:51:12 -0400 We're showcasing your best #PhillyGram pictures online at nbc10.com. Be sure to tag your favorite Instagram photos with #PhillyGram. Send us photos that illustrate why we love the Philly area and what makes it so great.]]> We're showcasing your best #PhillyGram pictures online at nbc10.com. Be sure to tag your favorite Instagram photos with #PhillyGram. Send us photos that illustrate why we love the Philly area and what makes it so great.]]> http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*160/10246103283358058508130491112062n.jpg We're showcasing your best #PhillyGram pictures online at nbc10.com. Be sure to tag your favorite Instagram photos with #PhillyGram. Send us photos that illustrate why we love the Philly area and what makes it so great.

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<![CDATA[City Chocolate Factory Reopens]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:38:02 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000006782164_1200x675_230507587868.jpg Blasius Chocolate Factory reopens after being closed for unpaid taxes. Mayor Nutter's office said they were warned about their unpaid taxes before they were closed.]]> <![CDATA[First Alert Weather: Easter Weekend Forecast]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:34:38 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/200*120/Easter+Bill.JPG Get outside this weekend and enjoy your holiday full of warmth and sunshine!]]> <![CDATA[Floating Pop-Up Park Coming to the Delaware]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:33:05 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/164*120/Penns+Landing+Spruce+Street+Harbor+Park+Popup.jpg

A river is a strange place for a pop-up park but a temporary park featuring a beach, fountains, lily pads and more is going to soon be a reality in Philadelphia.

The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation announced Friday its plans to create the Spruce Street Harbor Park on the Delaware River this summer.

The DRWC points to a series of floating barges that will serve as the centerpiece of the project located at Penn’s Landing Marina at Columbus Boulevard and Spruce Street.

The positioning of the pop-up park near the Great Plaza gives people who head to the area for a festival, concert and/or movie the chance to relax a little, according to officials.

"Spruce Street Harbor Park, thanks in part to a grant from ArtPlace America, stands to substantially augment the already fantastic lineup of summer events at Penn’s Landing," said DRWC president Tom Corcoran. "By creating new spaces, we’re showing Philadelphia and the region just how beautiful and accessible the waterfront can be.”

Some of those attractions at the pop-up park include hammocks, a mist walk and summer foods.

The project is a partnership between the DRWC and a group of designers.

"Not only are these spaces amazing, they're cost effective and immediately attainable. Their ephemeral quality keeps us intrigued and our attention focused on what's next," said project collaborator David Fierabend of Groundswell Design Group.

The park is expected to open June 27 and will welcome visitors until Aug. 31.

Photo Credit: Delaware River Waterfront Corp. ]]>
MELISSA S. TREACY | THE ALTERNATIVE PRESS OF LOWER PROVIDENCE]]> <![CDATA[High Schoolers Launch 'Kits for Kids']]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:14:58 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/carousel_image_3e4a1ec02727ce5c6555_Screen_shot_2014-04-17_at_9.46.52_PM.png

It was intended to be a simple family trip to Inida. They’d planned just to see family and tour the area from which their ancestors hailed. But a basic request to see a school where his mother formerly taught led Ajey Bhagwat, a junior at Methacton High School, to form an organization to help change the world, one backpack at a time.

Bhagwat said that once he returned home to the United States, he wanted to gather his friends to form a group called Kits for Kids.

“I wanted to find a way to help kids in India,” said Bhagwat. “I went there over a summer, but I knew I couldn’t do it alone.”

He spoke with a fellow Methacton junior, Vinay Parakala.

“The school is close to Ajey’s family there,” said Parakala. “Kids there cannot afford an education, but this school is free.”

Though there is no tuition at the school, students still often lack the ability to purchase very basic needs, such as notebooks and pencils.

“I knew about the school, that it was there,” said Bhagwat. “I just never thought much about it. I’d never visited it before, but I made it a point to go on my second trip.”

During that visit he realized he wanted to make a difference.

“I realized how fortunate I am to have an education, to have a school, clothes on my back,” he said.

Parakala came up with the “Kits for Kids” name and gathered a group of the boys’ friends, including Pooja Bobba, Ajay Benno, Varun Belur, Jeffrey Li and Elaine Shiao, all students at the high school. The group quickly divided roles and shared the workload to spread the word via marketing, communications, event planning and preparation.

“We split the work evenly,” said Parakala. “Elaine and Pooja did the communicating, while Jeffery did the website.”

Soon the group had its organization up and running. They were able to raise funds for school supplies with unique events, like a Super Mario Tournament, which allowed players to donate a $5 entry fee to play.

“We then use that money to buy the supplies and ship them to India,” said Bhagwat.

Other events included an ongoing supply drive at the school, where high school students brought in brand new pencils, pens, notebooks and erasers to donate. They also participated in the Holy Festival at the Holy Bhratiya Temple in Lansdale for both publicity and to ask for donations.

Kits for Kids will also host a Movie Night at the high school’s auditorium open to the public and families. For just a $5 suggested donation, those in attendance can enjoy an affordable night of family fun and give to a worthy cause.

Once funds are raised, the seven students unite to purchase the school supplies and assemble the kits. Each “kit” is a backpack containing one notebook, two folders, five pencils, a protractor and rule, a pencil sharpener, black and blue pens, an eraser and a pencil case.

The school students, who reside about four hours east of Mumbai, Bhagwat said, can’t afford even these basic items.

“In August and September, we hope to send more,” he said. Shipments to the Bal Vikas School in Kulgaon, India, are made as often as the group can fill the backpacks.

Li said he focuses on promoting the events via the group’s website and on Twitter and Facebook.

The busy high school students don’t plan to stop there.

“I hope that if the school is filled with supplies, we could move into other countries, or perhaps another state in India,” said Bhagwat.

The group also hopes to expand outside of the Methacton community to grow its reach.

“We are speaking with kids at Abington, North Penn, Upper Dublin and Spring-Ford to start clubs in their areas,” said Bhagwat. “We hope that when we go to college, others will continue the club here.”

Through their charity work, the students say they have learned a lot.

“In general, we are able to go to school,” said Bhagwat. “If I need a pencil, I ask a friend for one, or I pick one up, and I just write. I get to go to school, and not worry about having enough paper to do my homework.”

He said his club hopes to take that same worry from others.

“I hope with this worry out of their mind, the kids can focus on their education,” he said. “Education is a way out of poverty, and with the right educational tools, they can break the cycle of poverty.”

All funds raised by the organization go directly to the purchasing and shipping of school kits for children. There is no cost or paid help for the program.

For more information on Kits for Kids, visit the group’s website here, like the Facebook page here or follow it on Twitter @KitsFor_Kids.

This story was published through a news content partnership between The Alternative Press of Lower Providence and NBC10.com

Photo Credit: Melissa S. Treacy | The Alternative Press of Lower Providence]]>
<![CDATA[In Case You Missed It: Yesterday's Top Stories]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:12:17 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Mom+Drives+into+River+Joann+Smith.jpg

Didn't have a chance to catch up on local news yesterday?

Girl Called Dad for Help After Mom Drove Into River
The husband of a New Jersey woman accused of driving their three children into a river says one of the teens called him from the sinking van.

McNabb Serves 1-Day Sentence for DUI
Former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb has been released from an Arizona jail after serving a one-day sentence for a DUI arrest late last year.

Son Accused of Killing Pregnant Mom
Police say Leon Wilson, 21, stabbed his mother, 42-year-old Scarlett Wilson, multiple times.

Ex-Honors Student Sentenced in 'Jihad Jane' Plot
A Maryland teenager convicted with two American women in a Jihadist terror plot has been sentenced in Philadelphia to five years in prison.

Armored Truck Thieves Pulled Off Earlier Heist: Police
Police say the men brandished assault rifles during the latest robbery.

Teens Who Shared Explicit Photos Arrested for Child Porn
Two New Jersey teens are facing criminal charges after allegedly sharing nude photos of other teens, some of whom were engaging in sex acts, police said.

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<![CDATA[Caught on Cam: Knife-Wielding Woman Attacks]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:58:14 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/191*120/Chester+Police+on+Camera.JPG

An attack by a knife-wielding woman on an officer from a Delaware County police department was caught on a cell phone video camera.

It all started last Sunday when a Chester City police officer responded to a 911 call about a woman waving a knife at people at a gas station along 9th Street.

"She was wielding a knife and yelling and screaming at people walking past her," said the witness who caught the entire incident on camera.

The video shows the officer approach the woman and the woman throwing the knife at him.

The witness, who asked to remain anonymous, says that although the woman did attempt to hit the officer with the knife, his reaction was unnecessary. He can be seen on the video hitting her several times before Tasing her.

"...Just because he's an officer of the law and he wears a badge, doesn't take away he used excessive force on this female."

Chester Police Commissioner Joseph Bail told NBC10's Neferti Jaquez that although the video doesn't look good for the officer, the public should wait to jump to conclusions.

"We will have it investigated," said Bail. "Anytime we have officers involved in questionable activity, it's bothersome to us."

The officer, who was injured in the attack is off the streets. An investigation is underway.

The woman in the attack is facing multiple assault charges.

MELISSA S. TREACY | THE ALTERNATIVE PRESS OF LOWER PROVIDENCE]]> <![CDATA[Local Woman Earns Scholar Award for Ph.D. Work]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:39:09 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/best_0c05dcb1846487c1a322_Screen_shot_2014-04-17_at_10.03.07_PM.png

An Audubon native was recently awarded an esteemed scholarship for her work at Alvernia University, located in Reading, Pa. Tracey Brown, who now lives in Pottstown, is a Ph.D. student with the university, studying Leadership.

She was one of just 85 doctoral students nationwide to be selected for a $15,000 Scholar Award from the P.E.O. Sisterhood.

"I was sponsored by Chapter CE of Lansdale,” said Brown.

Brown is the daughter of Robert and Linda Woodruff, of Audubon, and is married to Kevin Brown of Trooper, Pa. She is a 2003 graduate of Rosemont College where she obtained a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in counseling psychology simultaneously. She was the recipient of a Cornelian Scholarship and the Alumni Association Scholastic Excellence Award, among many other honors.

Brown’s accomplishments do not stop at the classroom Recently, she co-authored the book "Nature-Centered Leadership: An Aspirational Narrative” and contributed to the “Berks Vital Signs: Community Indicators Report.”

She doesn’t let the local or even national borders stop here, either. Brown has also presented her research at international conferences in New Zealand, Croatia, and Canada.

"At Alvernia University, I was the Graduate Assistant to the Institutional Review Board and I’ve been selected as an O'Pake Graduate Leadership Fellow,” she said. She is also a Senior Lecturer of psychology at Montgomery County Community College.

Brown said that the PSAs were designed as a way to assist women in the world attempting to pursue a doctoral degree.

"The P.E.O. Scholar Awards (PSA) was established in 1991 to provide substantial merit-based awards for women of the United States and Canada who are pursuing a doctoral level degree at an accredited college or university," said Brown. “The P.E.O. Sisterhood, founded January 21, 1869, at Iowa Wesleyan College, Mount Pleasant, Iowa, is a philanthropic educational organization interested in brining increased opportunities for higher education to women.”

Since its early start, the organization has continued to grown throughout the nation, including a local chapter in Lansdale.

"There are approximately 6,000 local chapters in the United States and Canada with nearly a quarter of a million active members," said Brown.

This story was published through a news partnership between The Alternative Press of Lower Providence and NBC10.com

Photo Credit: Alvernia University]]>
<![CDATA[1 Year Later: Who Killed Beloved Fruit Stand Vendor?]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:12:14 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Don+Ly+15June1944-18April2013.jpg

One year ago Friday, Don Ly was stabbed to death near his own home as he prepped for his day as one of the popular food vendors in University City.

"He comes out around 5 a.m. every morning to load up his fruit truck and that’s when he was attacked," Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said at the time.

Ly was stabbed in the abdomen, throat, chest and arms as he prepared his food stand and van that were parked along the 400 block of Vollmer Street in South Philadelphia.

"At this point we do not know what the motive is," Small said.

Police still have never given a motive in the crime but since nothing was taken it appears the killer possibly targeted Ly.

One year later no suspect has turned up in the case despite a $25,000 reward and surveillance video that police say shows Ly's killer.

The video shows the suspect casually walking away after the murder. Police say one clue that could help lead them to the suspect is that he was wearing "Chuck Taylor" sneakers on the morning of the murder.

Ly was well-known in the community where he ran his fruit stand at 34th and Chestnut Streets in University City.

"It makes you sick. He just always smiled. He was a special person. You know that from just seeing him over the years. He was my age," long-time customer "Suzanne" said.

Family members told NBC10's Jesse Gary that Ly moved here from Vietnam and was a very private person.

"It's hard without him around," said Hoanh Ly, victim's son. Family members say their sweet-mannered father had no known enemies.

"Never had any issue with any neighbor," said the younger Ly. "He was a very caring father, he was a very hard-working person all his life, he was a very, very great man as a husband, as a father and as a grandfather as well."

One year later, Ly's son public plea to find his father's killer remains unanswered:

"I am U.S. Army veteran, also I am my father's son and I am asking/begging the members of the public for help, if anyone knows anything, please contact the police."

Anyone with information in this unsolved murder should contact Philadelphia Police.

Photo Credit: Family Photo]]>
<![CDATA[Armored Truck Thieves Pulled Off Earlier Heist: Police]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:53:04 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Garda+Armored+Truck+Heist+TD+Bank.JPG

Armed gunmen made off with more than $100,000 in cash after holding up an armored truck on a delivery in Northeast Philadelphia. And investigators believe it isn't the first time the same thieves have struck.

The story plays out like scenes from the movie The Town as masked thieves target armored cars in broad daylight.

The latest heist took place around 9 a.m. on Thursday in the parking lot of the TD Bank branch at 6635 Frankford Avenue in the Tacony section of Philadelphia, police said.

Police say two men, armed with assault rifles and wearing black bandannas over their faces, held up a Garda armored truck employee during a cash delivery.

The gunmen fled in a white van and ditched that vehicle along the 6600 block of Tackawanna Street -- which is around the corner from the bank. Police say the men then jumped into a white Cadillac Escalade and fled. There may have been other occupants in the second car, police said.

The Cadillac was found later Thursday in the parking lot of an apartment complex on the 7900 block of Henry Avenue in Roxborough, according to police.

Authorities searched an apartment in building F of the complex and recovered a large amount of cash, presumably a portion of the $105,000 stolen in the morning heist, said investigators.

One suspect is described as 6-foot-1-inches tall, 160 lbs. and was wearing jeans and a gray hoodie. The other man is 5-foot-8-inches tall, thin build and was wearing jeans and a black hoodie.

Thursday's heist took place a little more than a mile from another Garda armored truck heist along Frankford Avenue on Halloween last year.

In that robbery, two suspects wore Scream masks and brandished assault rifles as they held up an armored truck delivery man. Those suspects made off $310,000.

Investigators confirm the two heists are connected.

The FBI and Philadelphia Police continue to investigate and the suspects in both crimes are still on the loose.

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<![CDATA[Residents Enjoy 1st Affordable Easter Meal in Years]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:23:55 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/grocery-store-lg.jpg The Fare & Square Grocery Store is the first non-profit grocery store in the area thanks to Philabundance. In six months it has changed how people in Chester, Pa. buy food.]]> <![CDATA[2 Rescued During Store Fire]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:03:28 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000006777377_1200x675_230281283660.jpg Firefighters plucked two people from a building along Clinton Avenue in Trenton, N.J.]]> <![CDATA[Tour Bus Goes Up in Flames]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 06:58:09 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Tour+Bus+Fire+Route+30.jpg No one was hurt after a tour bus burst into flames while driving along Route 30.]]> <![CDATA[Mumps Outbreak Reported at College]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:20:31 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/stevens+tech+mumps.jpg

A college campus in northern New Jersey is on alert after eight fraternity brothers were diagnosed with the highly contagious mumps disease.

The students at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken were 18 to 21 years old and fully vaccinated against mumps, according to the school. They lived in the same fraternity house, and some were members of the lacrosse team, according to other students on campus. 

They were sent home to be isolated from other students during the infectious phase of the illness.

James Shannon, a junior who said he was an acquaintance of the sick students, said they seemed to be OK.

"From what we heard from the other guys in the house, on the team, they said they're doing fine," said Shannon. 

The mumps vaccine, which all students are required to have before attending Stevens Tech, doesn't provide full protection, according to doctors. A similar outbreak was reported at Fordham University earlier this year. 

Stevens Tech sent an email to students urging them to visit a doctor if they showed symptoms of mumps, including swollen and tender glands on their face, fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness and loss of appetite. 

Hoboken residents were also being alerted to the outbreak. 

Shannon said he went to the health center last week when he had the flu. 

"They were extra cautious to make sure it wasn't the mumps," he said. "Seems like everyone in the administration is on high alert." 


<![CDATA[Deadly Cab Crash]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 06:57:40 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Old+York+Road+Cab+Crash.JPG

A driver died when a car and taxi cab collided overnight in Philadelphia.

The deadly crash closed the intersetion of Old York Road and 71st Avenue in the city’s West Oak Lane neighborhood shortly after 1:30 a.m. Friday.

The drivers of both cars were rushed to nearby Einstein Hospital, according to Philadelphia Police officers on the scene.

The driver of the car, a 35-year-old man, later died while the cabbie remained hospitalized with undisclosed injuries.

The crash left the front end of the PHL Taxi badly damaged and the driver side of the sedan smashed inward.

The cause of the wreck remained under investigation Friday morning.

Police didn't say if the cab was taking a fare at the time of the wreck.

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<![CDATA[McCord Takes the 1st Shot in Gov.'s Race]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 06:07:18 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000006776567_1200x675_230241347926.jpg Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Rob McCord takes shots at Democratic opponent Tom Wolf and Republican Gov. Tom Corbett.]]> <![CDATA[WATCH: Bears Eat From Birdfeeder in NJ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 05:15:32 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/206*120/bears-birdfeeder.JPG

Three black bears surprised a New Jersey neighborhood when they boldly ran through several backyards, climbing fences and snuffling around a birdfeeder, which was caught on video by a local landscaper.

The bears were spotted near Eyland Avenue in Succasunna last week.

Mike Sippel said he noticed the bears darting through yards and lumbering over fences, and then captured them on video gathering around a birdfeeder.

Authorities believe the bears are looking for something to eat after a winter of hibernation.

"They're hungry, looking for an easy food source and a birdfeeder is the place to go," said Lt. Gerard Hardiman, of Roxbury Police.

Sippel says the bears then left the birdfeeder, crossed the street and scared a woman who was outside with her dog.

"The lady over there was screaming and her dog was barking," Sippel said.

Hardiman says the best thing to do if you see a bear is to make loud noises and try to scare them off.

During their Succasunna adventure, the bears didn't attack anyone, and left without incident.

<![CDATA[Fire Leaves Home Charred]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 05:46:00 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/Tinicum+House+Fire.JPG No one was home and investigators are working to find a cause of the blaze in Tinicum Township, Pa.

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<![CDATA[Classes Canceled at Pa. University]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 06:57:41 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Cheyney-University-CollegeTransfer.net.jpg

Students at a suburban Philadelphia university got an unexpected Good Friday break today.

A water main break that knocked out water service caused official to cancel classes Friday at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania’s main campus in Cheyney, Pa.

A message posted to the university’s website said that while classes won’t be held, offices “will be opened and staffed.”

No details were given about when repairs would be made to the broken pipe and no timetable was given for when water service would be restored.

The university was established in 1837 as America’s first African-American institute. Today the college boosts an enrollment of about 1,200 undergrads made up of students of a variety of races and cultures.

Click here for more news from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

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<![CDATA[2 Busted for Selling Counterfeit Goods: Police]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:59:47 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/abdel-salaam-muhammad-bobbitt-salaam.jpg

Authorities seized counterfeit clothing, shoes, sunglasses and other items from a store in Chester, Delaware County Thursday following a year-long investigation that involved agents from Homeland Security.

Muhammad Bobbitt-Salaam, 29, and Abdel Salaam, 48, both of Chester, were arrested around 9 a.m. at the People's Choice and Discount Clothing store at 531 Avenue of the States.

It's there that authorities say the men were selling counterfeit shoes, clothes, sunglasses and purses bearing the names of designers like Michael Kors, Louis Vuitton, Nike and Gucci.

More than $150,000 in fake merchandise was confiscated by police.

The arrests come after a year-long investigation by Homeland Security agents who enlisted the help of private investigators that went undercover to make purchases at the store, according to the Delaware County District Attorney's Office.

"Both legitimate businesses and consumers are cheated when low-qualitty fake goods unfairly compete against actual brands of known quality in the marketplace,” said District Attorney Jack Whelan.

The men were arraigned shortly after their arrests and charged with trademark counterfeiting and dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities, according to the DA's office. Bail for both men was set at 10-percent of $10,000.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 29.

<![CDATA[Philly-Made Cupcake Best in Amerca: The Daily Meal]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:47:04 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/205*120/CUpcake6.JPG

How sweet is this? A local bakery is serving up one of America's best cupcakes, according to The Daily Meal.

Whipped Bakeshop at 636 Belgrade Street in Philadelphia
has been recognized as the 17th best cupcake in America.

The Daily Meal's list of 101 Best Cupcakes in America focuses on the Bakeshop's chocolate truffle cupcake. The delicious confection is described as a moist chocolate cupcake topped with Belgian chocolate meringue, buttercream icing and filled with house-made truffle cream.

Sounds good to us.

Most of the cupcakes at the Whipped Bakeshop sell for around $3 a pop.

Also on the list at no. 79 was Lancaster Cupcake in Lancaster, Pa., Sweet Somethings in Wilmington, Delaware at no. 82 and Cupcake Heaven, also in Wilmington at 101.

Topping the list of 101 Best Cupcakes was Pink Cake Box in Denville, New Jersey.

Rankings were based on things like menu variety, presentation, online reviews and culinary value, according to The Daily Meal.


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<![CDATA[Local Radio Station Opens Up Lines of Communication]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:52:37 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000006774351_1200x675_230005315772.jpg Power 99 opened up their lines for a discuss on school violence. They had experts and school officials on-hand to answer questions and give advice to callers.]]> <![CDATA[Marriage Equality Rally]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:18:52 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000006773052_1200x675_229803075867.jpg Officials and others in Montgomery County held a rally Thursday afternoon for marriage equality. NBC10's Deanna Durante has more.]]> <![CDATA[No Charges for Controversial Wrestling Team]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:06:49 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000006773049_1200x675_229799491505.jpg No charges will be filed against wrestlers from the Paulsboro High School wrestling team regarding a controversial photo, prosecutors say.]]> <![CDATA[Duct-Taped Men Shot, Dumped on Tracks]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 04:43:18 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/208*120/LAWNCREST.JPG

One man is dead and another critical in a bizarre double shooting in the Lawncrest section of Philadelphia Thursday evening, according to authorities.

Two men were found shot and duct-taped on train tracks near a wooded area at Adam and Newtown Avenues just before 5:45 p.m., police told NBC10.

Police say that both men were shot three times, only one of them survived.

The survivor, who is listed in critical condition, at Temple University Hospital was able to talk to police and tell them what happened.

Police said it appeared the men were targeted.

The deadly double shooting is being investigated as an abduction and murder.

Surveillance video in the area could help police in their investigation.

Police are looking for a van, although they haven't released a description. They also hope to know more about the suspect/s Friday.

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