<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Local News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.comen-usThu, 25 May 2017 07:21:38 -0400Thu, 25 May 2017 07:21:38 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Glenn's Long-Range Summer Outlook]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 09:24:49 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Glenn-Summer-Outlook-Part-6.jpg NBC10 First Alert Weather Chief meteorologist Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz reveals his long-range summer outlook so that you can make your summer plans. ]]> <![CDATA[Officials Ban Smoking on Jersey Shore Boardwalk]]> Thu, 25 May 2017 06:58:58 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Wildwoods-Boardwalk.jpg

Officials have voted to ban smoking on the Wildwood boardwalk next year.

The ban would take effect on Jan. 1, but officials plan to ask people to refrain from smoking this year.

Mayor Ernie Troiano tells The Press of Atlantic City the boardwalk is susceptible to fires. Officials also raised concerns about secondhand smoke.

Ocean City banned smoking on its boardwalk three years ago.



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<![CDATA[10 at 7: What You Need to Know Today]]> Thu, 25 May 2017 07:09:36 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Clock_Wht.jpg

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


TODAY'S TOP STORY 

Suspect Surrenders After Barricade Situation in Delco CVS: A man is in custody after he allegedly robbed a Delaware County CVS and barricaded himself inside when police and a SWAT team arrived. Investigators say the unidentified man entered the CVS store on 295 East Baltimore Pike in Media Wednesday night armed with a gun and announced a robbery. Police were notified and the two employees inside managed to escape unharmed. As the suspect headed to the front door of the store he was met by responding officers, investigators said. The suspect then allegedly ran to a storage room inside. A SWAT team then arrived at the scene. After a standoff, the suspect surrendered to police and was taken into custody, officials said. No one was injured during the incident.

    YOUR FIRST ALERT FORECAST  

    Downpours and possible thunderstorms are expected for Thursday. But Friday is expected to be dry and partly sunny. Saturday is expected to be sunny temperatures in the high 70s. But late Sunday could see showers and thunderstorms that could move into Monday. Tuesday and Wednesday are expected to be dry. High Temp: 68 degrees.  Get your full NBC10 First Alert forecast here.

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    WHAT YOU MISSED YESTERDAY

    Bartender Sells Cocaine While Working at Restaurant: A bartender is accused of selling cocaine while working at a restaurant in Radnor, Pennsylvania. Edson Arechaga, 31, of Bridgeport, is charged with possession with intent to distribute and other related offenses. Police say they first investigated possible drug activity at Estia Taverna, a restaurant located on the 200 block of N. Radnor Chester Road. During the investigation, police determined Arechaga was selling drugs while working as a bartender at the restaurant. Arechaga allegedly sold cocaine to undercover officers four separate times. Investigators say Arechaga would exit the back of the restaurant while he was still in uniform and meet with the undercover officers. He was arrested Wednesday around 12:30 p.m. while selling cocaine to an officer, investigators said. Police also found marijuana inside his car, according to officials.

    AROUND THE WORLD

    Raids, Arrests as UK Seeks 'Network' of Attackers: Security forces rounded up more suspects Wednesday in the deadly Manchester concert blast and soldiers fanned out across the country to national landmarks as an on-edge Britain tried to thwart the possibility of additional attacks. Officials scoured the background of the British-born ethnic Libyan identified as the bomber, saying he was likely part of a wider terrorist network. Additional arrests were made both in Britain and in Libya in the bombing that killed 22 people and wounded scores more. Abedi was known to U.S. authorities before the attack, multiple U.S. intelligence and law enforcement officials told NBC News. Among those taken into custody in Libya were the suspected bomber's father and his younger brother, the latter of whom confessed to knowing "all the details" of the attack plot, Libyan anti-terror authorities said. British Home Secretary Amber Rudd said Abedi "likely" did not act alone in the strike at the close of an Ariana Grande concert Monday night and that he had been known to security forces "up to a point." Meanwhile, officials probed possible travel by the alleged bomber, looking for clues to new threats.

      TODAY'S TALKER

      Addiction Counselors Die from Opioid Overdose at Chester County Facility: Two counselors at an addiction treatment center in Chester County died of opioid overdoses Sunday afternoon, according to a statement issued by Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan. First responders found the counselors in separate rooms at the Freedom Ridge Recovery Lodge in West Brandywine Township. Both were unresponsive. Needles, baggies and cigarettes littered the scene. The counselors each tested positive for heroin and fentanyl. Residents at the facility attempted to revive the counselors using naloxone, which reverses the effects of an overdose if administered immediately. “If anyone is wondering how bad the opioid epidemic has become, this case is a frightening example,” Hogan said in news release. “The staff members in charge of supervising recovery addicts succumbed to their own addiction.”

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      A LITTLE SWEETENER 

      Sick Dog to Reunite with Family 2 Years After Disappearing: A dog found near death will be reunited with her owners two years after she disappeared. Five-year-old Cali was found at a rest stop in south New Jersey in April, the Asbury Park Press reported. The emaciated Rhodesian ridgeback was taken to Broken Promises Sanctuary, where volunteers set out to bring her back to life. "She was all but dead," said sanctuary president Stuart Goldman. A mobile veterinarian stabilized the dog with a series of treatments. The sanctuary was able to get in contact with Cali's owner, Brittney DiBartolo, after finding the dog's microchip. DiBartolo and her family searched everywhere for their pet when she disappeared from their Long Island home in 2015. The family moved to North Carolina in 2016. Cali's miracle story seemed perfect until doctors found she had cancer that had spread through her nose and behind her eyes. Broken Promises rose to the occasion again when it found a center in Pennsylvania that treated the sick dog with specialized radiation delivered by robotics. Cali's tumors shrunk and she returned to a healthy weight. Treatment bought the dog another year and a half of life. The hardy canine is scheduled to be reunited with her family in June so long as her health permits. Read more.


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


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      <![CDATA[Police ID Suspect in Barricade Situation at CVS]]> Thu, 25 May 2017 07:03:03 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/CVS+Pharmacy+Photo+_23734664.jpg

      Police in Delaware County took a man into custody after he allegedly robbed a CVS store and barricaded himself inside when police and a SWAT team arrived Wednesday night.

      Media Borough police said Kwesi Hudson of Wilmington, Delaware -- wearing all black clothing, a hoodie and a mask around his face -- entered the CVS store on 295 E Baltimore Pike in Media around 9:45 p.m. armed with a gun and announced a robbery. Police were notified after two employees inside handed over an undisclosed amount of money.

      As the suspect headed to the rear loading dock he was met by responding officers, investigators said. The suspect then made a dash for the front door where other officers met him, police said.

      The suspect then fled into a storage room near the rear of the store, police said.

      A SWAT team then arrived at the scene.

      Investigators found the store workers unharmed in a locked restroom, police said.

      After a standoff, the suspect surrendered to police around 11:25 p.m. and was taken into custody. Police said they found a weapon nearby.

      No word yet what charges Hudson could face.

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      <![CDATA[Ex-Boyfriend of Woman Killed in Fire Dies by Suicide: Police]]> Thu, 25 May 2017 06:47:50 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Pregnant+Woman+Dead+in+Fire+_23685720.jpg

      The ex-boyfriend of a woman who was found dead following a suspicious North Philadelphia fire died by suicide a day later, according to police and the woman's husband.

      Tavonia Love, 35, was found dead inside the second-floor bedroom of a building on the 2100 block of West Susquehanna Avenue after a fire Sunday morning. Police have not yet determined the cause of the fire or her death but say it was suspicious in nature.

      The building where Love was found dead was owned by her ex-boyfriend, Dr. Anthony Eubanks, according to investigators. Eubanks planned on turning the building into a medical clinic for the needy. On Monday, only a day after Love's death, Eubanks was found dead. Investigators ruled his death a suicide.

      Eubanks also had a prior relationship with Tavonia Love, investigators said. Tavonia Love's husband Kenneth Love told NBC10 their relationship ended however and Eubanks was charged with assault and harassment in 2016.

      "He attacked her and choked her with the dog leash," Kenneth Love said.

      Kenneth Love told NBC10 his wife traveled to the Philadelphia area last week for a court hearing in the assault case. He also claims she was staying in a rental home in order to avoid Eubanks.

      "They said, 'Stay away from him. He will kill you one day,'" Kenneth Love said.

      Eubanks was not charged in Tavonia Love's death prior to his own death. Police and the fire marshal continue to investigate.


      SUICIDE PREVENTION HELP: The National Suicide Prevention Hotline (1-800-273-8255) is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Text HOME to 741741 for a Crisis Text Line.




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      <![CDATA[NBC10 Responds: Man Still Missing Luggage Months After Trip]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 20:02:45 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NBC10_Responds_Man_Still_Missing_Luggage_Months_After_Trip.jpg In Wednesday’s NBC10 Responds, an airline never returned a man’s missing luggage. Harry Hairston and the NBC10 Responds Team detail what to do in the case that your luggage is lost.]]> <![CDATA[Coach Fired in Hazing Scandal Sues After Charges Are Dropped]]> Thu, 25 May 2017 06:48:57 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Conestoga+Hazing+HUDSON+11P+PKG+-+00004211_23735424.jpg

      A former Pennsylvania assistant high school football coach who was fired amid a hazing scandal is filing a lawsuit against school district officials after it was determined the allegations were false.

      Thomas Batgos was fired in March, 2016 shortly after charges were announced against three Conestoga High School football players who were accused of sodomizing a younger player. Batgos and the other coaches were accused of failing to supervise the players. Investigators later found that the accusations were not true however and the assault charges were dropped.

      Batgos is now suing Conestoga’s principal, the Tredyffrin/Easstown School District superintendent and the father of the accuser for defamation and fraud.

      “Everyone knew from the very beginning there was no substance to these allegations of a mob-like sodomy of this young man,” Brian McCarthy, Batgos’ attorney, told NBC10.

      McCarthy said his client has had a difficult time restoring his name and moving on in his life. Batgos is seeking $50,000, according to the lawsuit. McCarthy told NBC10 it’s less about money however and more about restoring his reputation.

      “You can put a price tag on a personal injury,” McCarthy said. “You can put a price tag on a home. But what’s a man’s reputation?”

      NBC10 reached out to the school district as well as the Chester County District Attorney’s Office. They have no comment at this time due to the pending litigation.

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      <![CDATA[Bartender Sells Cocaine While Working at Restaurant: Police]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 20:45:35 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Edson-Arechaga.jpg

      A bartender is accused of selling cocaine while working at a restaurant in Radnor, Pennsylvania.

      Edson Arechaga, 31, of Bridgeport, is charged with possession with intent to distribute and other related offenses. 

      Police say they first investigated possible drug activity at Estia Taverna, a restaurant located on the 200 block of N. Radnor Chester Road. During the investigation, police determined Arechaga was selling drugs while working as a bartender at the restaurant.

      Arechaga allegedly sold cocaine to undercover officers four separate times. Investigators say Arechaga would exit the back of the restaurant while he was still in uniform and meet with the undercover officers. He was arrested Wednesday around 12:30 p.m. while selling cocaine to an officer, investigators said. Police also found marijuana inside his car, according to officials.

      Investigators contacted a health inspector to check if any food or beverage at the restaurant was tainted with drugs. The inspector closed down the restaurant and a K9 officer searched the establishment. Police say the dog found a trace amount of a controlled substance on two refrigerator door handles behind the restaurant bar. No other drugs were found however.

      Police also say they’ve identified another person of interest in the case who is being investigated by narcotics officers. The restaurant will remain closed until health inspectors determine it’s safe to serve the public.



      Photo Credit: Radnor Police ]]>
      <![CDATA[Mary J. Blige to Headline Wawa Welcome America Festival]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:25:04 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Mary+J+Blige+Headshot+WWA.jpg The 25th Anniversary Wawa Welcome America! Festival on the Ben Franklin Parkway on the Fourth of July is featuring musical pioneer and "the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul," Mary J. Blige. Blige will headline for the first time.

      Photo Credit: maryjblige.com]]>
      <![CDATA[Man Arrested for Teen's Murder in '12 Charged in Break-In]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 21:24:01 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Dante-Robinson.jpg

      A South Jersey man who was charged more than four years ago along with his brother in the murder of a 12-year-old girl but was later released is now charged in connection to a home invasion.

      Dante Robinson, 21, of Clayton, New Jersey, is accused of breaking into a home in the Kay Lane area in Sicklerville, New Jersey around 12:30 a.m. Monday. Robinson is charged with robbery, burglary, aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of a child, theft, and conspiracy to commit robbery.

      Police say Robinson suffered an injury during the incident and is being treated at Cooper University Hospital. He will be sent to Camden County Jail pending a pretrial detention hearing after he's released.

      In October of 2012, Robinson and his younger brother Justin Robinson were arrested and charged in the murder of 12-year-old Autumn Pasquale in Clayton. Police say Autumn was riding her bike to a friend's house when Justin and Dante lured the girl into their home with the promise of trading bike parts.

      Two days after she disappeared, Autumn's body was found in a recycling bin near the boys' home. Both were charged with murder. Justin Robinson was sentenced to 17 years in prison in 2013 after he admitted to strangling Pasquale. He pleaded guilty in adult court to aggravated manslaughter, saying he alone and not his brother strangled Autumn. Dante Robinson was released from a youth correctional facility after pleading guilty to obstruction in connection to Pasquale's death.



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      <![CDATA[Montco News]]> Thu, 26 Jan 2017 21:09:07 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Valley+Forge+Tourism.jpg
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      <![CDATA[Boil Water Advisory Issued for Parts of Delaware]]> Thu, 25 May 2017 06:45:55 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WaterMainBreak+Suez.jpg

      Officials in Delaware issued a boil water advisory for areas north of Wilmington Wednesday over possible contamination caused by a water main break in Bellevue.

      Officials worked all day Wednesday to repair the main and pressue was restored by 3:30 p.m., but the boil water advisory remained in effect, according to the SUEZ Water Delaware facebook page.

      Officials advised used in the affected areas to bring all water to a rolling boil, let it boil for a full minute then cool before using, or to use bottled water. The same was suggested for any water used to wash dishes.

      Affected communities are as follows:

      ARDEN

      ARDENCROFT

      ARDENTOWN

      BELLEMEADE

      BEVERLY WOODS

      BRANDYWINE RIDGE

      BUCKINGHAM GREENE

      BUCKINGHAM HEIGHTS

      CARPENTER WOODS

      DARLEY

      DARLEY WOODS

      DELAVIEW

      GREEN ACRES

      HIGHLAND WOODS

      HILTON

      INDIAN FIELD

      LONGVIEW FARMS

      MERIDEN

      NORTHFIELD

      OLD GATE LANE

      PRINCETON ESTATES

      RAMBLEWOOD

      RYAN ESTATE

      SHERWOOD GREEN

      SILVERCROFT

      STONE CREEK

      SUNSET FARMS

      SUTTON PLACE

      TIMBER RUN

      TIMBERWOOD

      TOP OF THE HILL APTS

      VEALE TRACT

      WEMBLEY

      WESTERLOO

      WESTWOOD

      WINDYBUSH

      WOODCROFT

      WOODSIDE HILLS

      WOODVIEW VILLAGE

      WYCLIFFE



      Photo Credit: SUEZ Water Delaware]]>
      <![CDATA[President Trump Lays Out Budget Proposal]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 19:50:34 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/President_Trump_Lays_Out_Budget_Proposal.jpg NBC10 is breaking down President Trump’s budget proposal. NBC10’s Lauren Mayk dug through the proposal to find out how it affects our viewers.]]> <![CDATA[Less Homework in West Chester Schools ]]> Thu, 25 May 2017 06:44:51 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/West_Chester_School_Board_Approves_Plan_That_Decreases_Home.jpg

      The West Chester school board approved a plan Wednesday night that will ease the homework load for students.

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      <![CDATA[Hackers Hold Films and TV Shows for Ransom]]> Thu, 25 May 2017 00:01:01 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Hackers_Hold_Films_and_TV_Shows_for_Cash.jpg

      From your computer to your tablet to your phone, it's easier than ever to get the latest movies and TV shows. It's also easier ever to steal them and it's not just the hackers who can get into trouble for doing it. NBC10's Randy Gyllenhaal explains.

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      <![CDATA[Caught on Video: Officer Saves Deer From Storm Drain]]> Thu, 25 May 2017 06:46:41 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Officer_Saves_Deer_From_Storm_Drain_1200x675_952713283600.jpg

      A New Jersey police officer is credited with rescuing three deer in the past year. He is now affectionately known as "The Deer Whisperer," and his latest rescue was caught on camera. The cute baby deer was trapped in a storm drain. Officer Timothy Majek, a 22 year veteran of the Woodbridge Police Department, quickly came to the rescue. Majek, a self-professed animal lover, jumped into the drain and lifted the fawn to safety. 



      Photo Credit: Woodbridge Police Department]]>
      <![CDATA[Delaware Beaches Prepare for Memorial Day Weekend]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 20:25:19 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Delaware_Beaches_Prepare_for_Memorial_Day_Weekend.jpg Memorial Day Weekend marks the unofficial start of summer. NBC10's Tim Furlong shows us how beaches in Delaware are preparing for the holiday weekend.]]> <![CDATA[Eagles Players Compete for Parking Spot]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 20:18:47 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Eagles_Players_Compete_for_Parking_Spot.jpg The Eagles returned to the NovaCare Complex on Wednesday for practice. Competitiveness on the field is expected, but NBC10’s Rosemary Connors explains how the competition has gone way beyond the field.]]> <![CDATA[Dirt Bike Strikes Child, Flees Scene in Wilmington]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 16:55:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/CHOPPER+DIRT+BIKE+HIT+N+RUN+WILMINGTON++-+15543324_23729657.jpg

      A child sustained injuries during a hit-and-run incident in Wilmington Wednesday afternoon.

      Skyforce10 footage showed the child being lifted onto a stretcher and put into an ambulance near the intersection of Pleasant and Van Buren streets.

      Wilmington Police confirmed a dirt bike was involved in the accident. The driver fled the scene.

      The child sustained a laceration to the head and was treated at a nearby hospital.



      Photo Credit: SkyForce10]]>
      <![CDATA[State Police Search Chesco Cars Amid Security Concerns ]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 20:00:57 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/State+Police+Chester+County+Search_23732604.jpg

      Only two days after the NBC10 Investigators aired an interview with a former Chester County employee who claimed cyber security gaps were putting first responders and citizens at risk, Pennsylvania State Police searched through mobile computers at the county’s Government Services Center.

      NBC10 was there Wednesday as Pennsylvania State Police Information Security officers searched through patrol cars at the center, located on Westtown Road in West Chester.

      NBC10 Investigative reporter George Spencer first spoke with David Cucchi, a former employee for the county who claimed he was fired from his job after speaking out about cyber security concerns. 

      “I had a meeting with them and I said, ‘Hey, do you guys realize that there is no protection on these laptops?’” Cucchi said.

      Cucchi told NBC10 a new computer-aided dispatch system was rolled out to every Chester County fire engine, ambulance and local police car last summer. He also claimed the cyber security gaps were so glaring that they may have endangered the personal information of any citizen who called an ambulance or was stopped by police and could have opened up both state and federal records to hackers.

      “There is absolutely no idea what information has been compromised from our citizens,” Cucchi said.

      A Pennsylvania State Police spokesperson did not confirm Cucchi’s specific claims but told NBC10 Chester County’s three-year record security certification is set to expire later this year. The spokesperson also said State Police sped up their review after cyber security concerns surfaced.

      A Chester County spokesperson reiterated Wednesday afternoon that to their knowledge no sensitive information has been breached or compromised. The spokesperson wouldn’t answer any additional questions on Cucchi’s claims however due to his pending lawsuit against the county.  

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      <![CDATA[Loved Ones, Lawmakers, Police Fight to Stop DUI Drivers ]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 23:59:56 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Drunk+Driver+Generic+Photo+_23730466.jpg

      Repeat DUI drivers are killing at an astounding rate, according to PennDOT and AAA. But the NBC10 Investigators discovered efforts to get them off the road sooner are going nowhere.

      According to multiple studies by the Traffic Injury Research Foundation, in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware at least 40 percent of deadly drunk driving crashes involve repeat offenders.

      In Pennsylvania and New Jersey, repeat drunk driving isn’t a felony. In Delaware it’s only a felony after the third time a driver is caught drunk.

      “Unfortunately when it comes to impaired driving it is not on the radar screen of legislators,” Stephen Ernie, the head of the Pennsylvania DUI Association, said. “Until members of the general assembly realize that public health policy should be their number one priority, we are going to be fighting an uphill battle.”

      The NBC10 investigators found 13 bills sitting idle in the Pennsylvania legislature that would make drunk driving laws tougher. Each bill calls for stricter sentences for repeat drunk drivers. State Senator John Rafferty, who is also the chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee in Harrisburg, explained why those bills haven’t become law.

      “Who votes against this?” NBC10 investigative reporter Mitch Blacher asked.
      “Nobody votes against it,” Rafferty said. “It’s whether the bills come up or not.”

      Rafferty was able to get an ignition interlock bill passed out of the committee he controls. Harsher DUI sentences have eluded him so far with other committees however.

      “If there are 13 bills that aren’t making it to a vote, there are people out there, your colleagues, who don’t think this is important,” Blacher said.

      “It’s my job to make sure they realize that and to educate them and I will continue to, just as I did with the ignition interlock,” Rafferty replied. “I will continue to push this legislation forward.”

      New Jersey and Delaware have also had state laws requiring ignition interlock devices for some offenders. Law enforcement officials told NBC10 that’s not enough however.

      “Ignition interlock doesn’t stop them from driving,” Newark Police Lieutenant Andrew Rubin said. “It might stop them from driving that specific car but there is nothing to say they can’t borrow a friend’s car.”

      The drunk driver who struck and killed Pat Crowley’s 23-year-old son Liam was driving a truck that was registered to his mother. He was also a six-time drunk driver.

      “He hit the side of the pickup truck and he never recovered,” Pat Crowley said.

      Crowley watched his son linger in a coma for several days. Doctors told him there was nothing left to do.

      “I had to make the decision to put him out of his misery and pull the plug,” Crowley said. “That was not easy.”

      Crowley wants stiffer laws but realizes lawmakers may never fully understand his pain.

      “What’s the cost of a life?” Crowley asked. “It means nothing unless it’s a life that means something to you.”

      Drunk driving isn’t the only issue. Drugged driving is also becoming a common occurrence in our area as Debra Iwaniec knows far too well. Her son Kenton Iwaniec’s fifth day as a Pennsylvania State trooper was his last due to a drugged driver.

      “No one deserves to die that way,” Debra Iwaniec said. “No one deserves to suffer at the hands of a drunk or drugged driver.”

      The woman who struck and killed her son was driving 73 mph in a 45 mph zone. She had oxycodone and vodka in her system.

      “She crosses the center line, hits our son head on,” Iwaniec said. “He never saw her.”

      According to PennDOT, more than 8,000 drivers have been killed or injured since 2010 by a drugged driver. They also say 12,000 more have been hurt or killed by someone who was under the influence of both drugs and alcohol. Pennsylvania State Police Corporal Scott Davies is trying to bring those numbers down.

      “Those numbers are a lot higher than what we’re showing on paper,” Corporal Davies said.

      Davies, who trains both Philadelphia and Upper Darby Police on how to catch drugged drivers, believes the reason for the high numbers is because most officers aren’t trained to detect them. In Pennsylvania there are only 174 drug recognition experts, according to Davies. The experts work specifically to test suspected drugged drivers. While officers can use a breathalyzer for a suspected drunk driver, when drugs are involved there needs to be a blood test — which requires more time and money.

      “We don’t test them for the drugs because it costs money for the test,” Davies said. “It takes more time.”

      In Delaware, Newark Police Lieutenant Andrew Rubin is one of 23 drug recognition experts in the state.

      “You don’t know how many lives you may save because you took some guy off the street,” Rubin said. “We’d like to get more.”

      While both Lieutenant Rubin and Corporal Davies train police in their states, they told NBC10 they can’t keep up. They’ve caught people driving while on legally prescribed painkillers and illegal stimulants like cocaine but say the most common drug they’ve found is marijuana.

      “We’ve had an increase, I think, in the number of multiple offenders,” Rubin said.

      If not for a drugged driver, Trooper Iwaniec might be working alongside Rubin and Davies. Since his death, his mother has become a fierce advocate to get police more help.

      “Everything that Kenton was, or would have been, was taken in an instant because someone else decided to drive impaired,” she said.

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      <![CDATA[SEPTA Adjusts to Changing Times]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 14:56:47 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/SEPTA_Adjusts_to_Changing_Times.jpg

      NBC10’s Rosemary Connors speaks to SEPTA general manager Jeff Knueppel about the changes the agency is making as they look to increase SEPTA Key usage.

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      <![CDATA[How Much Homework is Too Much?]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 18:19:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/How_Much_Homework_is_Too_Much.jpg

      A Chester County school district will decide whether to cut back on homework for students in an important vote on Wednesday night. NBC10’s Aundrea Cline-Thomas reports from West Chester with more on the proposed changes.

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      <![CDATA[Autopsy for Doctor's Death Inside Montco Jail Released]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 16:35:33 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Pennsburg+doctor.jpg

      The death of a doctor held at Montgomery County Correctional Facility remains a mystery.

      And it may be that way forever.

      The autopsy for David Kennedy, a pediatrician from Pennsburg who was being held on charges of children pornography and who died Dec. 18, could not determine a cause of death.

      “We did quite a bit of testing and were not able to come up with anything substantial,” First Deputy County Coroner Alex Balacki said Wednesday. “There were no physical injuries and nothing of toxicological significance.”

      The county has declined to provide specific details about the circumstances of Kennedy’s death inside the jail. A spokeswoman for the county did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Balacki would only confirm that Kennedy was indeed found inside the correctional facility in Eaglesville.

      The District Attorney’s office is not currently investigating Kennedy’s death, a spokeswoman said in an email Wednesday.

      Kennedy was arrested last November after a nurse practitioner at Personal Care Pediatrics in Pennsburg allegedly found images on a cell phone she was given to answer any emergency calls for the practice during the Thanksgiving weekend, said the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office.

      While using the phone, she allegedly found the sexually graphic photographs of children and other sexual images, authorities said. 

      "The investigation revealed that the images belonged to Kennedy," the DA’s office alleged in a joint statement with Upper Perkiomen Police Department at the time. 

      Kennedy, 48, was the 25th county inmate to die in custody since 2007, according to an NBC10.com report earlier this year.

      In two of those deaths, resulting lawsuits led to $462,500 in settlements, the county said. Federal court records indicate that one of the settlements was for $325,000 in the death of Patricia Pollock.

      The 25-year-old woman died Sept. 27, 2011 from "acute fulminant verrucous endocarditis," or sudden and severe inflammation of the heart, according to the county. 

      Before she died, Pollock had been in custody on $10,000 bail for theft and DUI charges, according to a published report. The lawsuit contended that the jail's medical staff ignored Pollock's symptoms for more than four days before she was eventually transported to Mercy Suburban Hospital in East Norriton, where she died. It remains unclear how much of that settlement was paid by the county, since the contractor that handled the jail's medical services at the time was also a defendant in the lawsuit.

      In addition to Pollock's death, 17 other inmates died from medical emergencies or illnesses, county records show. 

      Five of the inmate deaths were by "suicide, hanging," with a sixth described as "hanging in cell."



      Photo Credit: Montgomery County DA's Office]]>
      <![CDATA[Philadelphia Police HQ Moving to Iconic Building: Report]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 13:48:58 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Philly_Police_HQ.jpg

      Philadelphia Police headquarters are on the move.

      The plan is to move out of the so-called "Roundhouse" at 750 Race Street to the former Philadelphia Inquirer Building at 400 N. Broad Street, the Philadelphia Business Journal reported:

      "The Philadelphia Police Department will reportedly relocate its headquarters and several other related law enforcement agencies to 400 N. Broad St. and spur what is estimated to be a $200 million-plus redevelopment of the 500,000-square-foot building, according to PBJ sources."

      The former home of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News is owned by developer Bart Blatstein and has sat vacant for several years.

      Police Commissioner Richard Ross and other law enforcement leaders will join city leaders to officially announce the deal Wednesday afternoon.

      Police headquarters moving to North Broad Street will help with the revitalization of the area that has included the renovation of the Divine Lorraine and other construction projects. 

      SEPTA’s Broad Street Line subway along with various bus lines makes the new headquarters more accessible than the agency’s current home off Interstate 676 near Old City.

      The decision to move north rather than west came after a long debate over a plan to locate to 46th and Market streets in West Philly.

      The Philadelphia Business Journal is a newsgathering partner of NBC10.



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      <![CDATA[CEO Responds to Calls for Her to Resign Over Trump Support]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 11:20:32 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/digiorgio+trump+pensilvania.jpg

      Philadelphia’s largest Latino-serving organization is breaking its silence after a controversy erupted when its CEO was photographed at President Donald Trump’s Harrisburg rally in April.

      Carolina Cabrera DiGiorgio, head of Congreso de Latinos Unidos, came under fire in recent weeks from immigration groups who called for her resignation. Several letters and petitions directed at the organization’s executive leadership circulated on social media asking for her immediate removal.

      Tuesday evening, two weeks after the footage of her clapping at the rally made its way into the news, Congreso’s board of directors issued a statement.

      "While we do not support any administration's policies that could negatively impact the Latino community we serve, we do remain supportive of and confident in Carolina's leadership and vision for Congreso", said board chair Esperanza Martinez Neu.

      "She has a genuine devotion to our most disadvantaged individuals, and the ability to remain unbiased and focused with regard to complicated matters affecting the community. Under Carolina’s leadership, we expect Congreso will have a strong voice advocating for issues important to the Latino community."

      On Monday, a coalition of more than 15 groups sent a letter to the board asking DiGiorgio be immediately fired, claiming her support of Trump puts her ability to lead the Latino community in question.

      "How can a community who has been directly affected by the oppression of Trump's administration trust a leader who is supporting the oppression our Latinx community is facing? The first step in rebuilding that trust is accountability. No more avoidance, it's time that our people are heard," that letter read.

      Congreso has largely stood by the embattled CEO, who is married to the chairman of Pennsylvania’s Republican party. Valentino DiGiorgio also spoke at the rally. 

      On Wednesday, the Philadelphia Daily News waded into the controversy and wrote an opinion column defending Carolina DiGiorgio and calling for the removal of Erika Almiron, executive director of Juntos and vociferous DiGiorgio detractor.

      The column compared cries for DiGiorgio's ouster to Cold War-era McCarthyism.

      "Americans don’t — or shouldn’t — believe in guilt by association. In the 1950s, Wisconsin Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s actions gave us a new word for accusations without proof, innuendo, and guilt by association," columnist Stu Bykofsky wrote.

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      <![CDATA[False Nuclear Plant Alert Accidentally Sent to NJ Residents]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 20:14:50 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/False-Alarm.jpg

      A false nuclear power plant warning was accidentally sent to residents in Salem and Cumberland counties Tuesday night.

      The message, which claimed a Nuclear Power Plant Warning was in effect for the two New Jersey counties, was broadcast on television, prompting thousands of phone calls from panicked residents to Cumberland County dispatchers.

      Officials say the alert was a false alarm and they were conducting their regularly scheduled exercise with the PSEG Salem/Hope Creek Nuclear Power Station. A training message was created in order to test an electronic communications system at 8:45 p.m. Tuesday, officials said.

      The message was intended for a small group of emergency management personnel who were participating in the exercise but was publicly broadcast due to a coding error, officials said. The coding error was later identified and corrected.[[423965074, C]]

      "The message was not initiated from the County level but from the State of New Jersey," Cumberland County public safety director and OEM coordinator Ed Conrow said Wednesday.

      Cumberland County OEM said it initiated its SwiftReach reverse 911 to alert residents of the false alarm. After a little more than an hour, more than 69,000 calls were made with less than half answered, OEM said.

      Officials say residents in both counties have nothing to worry about and there is no warning or emergency in effect. They apologized for the mistake. [[423858964, C]]


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      <![CDATA['Clerks' Actress Lisa Spoonauer Dies in New Jersey at 44 ]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 13:51:32 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/clerkdeathsmith.jpg

      An actress who starred in the 1994 award-winning movie "Clerks" has died. Lisa Spoonauer was 44.

      The George Hassler Funeral Home says Spoonauer died Sunday at her home in Jackson, New Jersey. The cause of death wasn't released.

      Kevin Smith cast Spoonauer in the role of Caitlin Bree in his first movie, which was set in the New Jersey convenience and video stores where he worked in real life.

      On Instagram on Tuesday, Smith wrote that she was one of "the chief architects" of the movie. Smith said, "Lisa was easily the most natural and authentic voice in the room."

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      She soon left acting and became a restaurant manager and event planner.

      She is survived by her husband, her daughter and a stepson.

      Her funeral is scheduled for Saturday.


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      <![CDATA[NBC10 Mornings On The Road At Wawa In NJ]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 11:25:54 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/IMG_9275wawaaa1.JPG The NBC10 morning team spent this Wednesday morning at the Wawa in Galloway Township for #NBC10mornings on the road.

      Photo Credit: Megan Holmes NBC10 ]]>
      <![CDATA[GIF Celebrates Milestone and Philly Is Crying]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 09:49:01 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-74146469-%281%29.jpg

      Cheer up Philly! According to a new study, the city of brotherly love is the saddest city in America.

      The mobile app Tenor celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Graphics Interchange Format, better known as GIF, by creating a breakdown of the most popular emotions and images among the top 10 U.S. markets based on GIF search behavior.

      While “Wow” was most popular in Chicago and “Wink” in Los Angeles, Philadelphia’s top search was for the “Cry” GIF, according to Tenor. We’re guessing the recent struggles of the city’s major sports teams may have had something to do with Philadelphians feeling blue.

      Still, the findings should be taken with a grain of salt. Any study that claims New Yorkers are “happy” can’t be completely trusted. 



      Photo Credit: Getty Images/Aurora Creative]]>
      <![CDATA[Driver Strikes Pedestrian Along I-95]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 09:14:47 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/216*120/I95+Crash+Pedestrian+Bridge+street.JPG

      A car struck a person walking along Interstate 95 Wednesday morning causing major traffic troubles for commuters on the busy highway.

      The person was struck in the northbound lanes approaching the Bridge Street/Harbison Avenue Exit in Philadelphia's Bridesburg neighborhood around 8:20 a.m., Pennsylvania State Police said.

      The victim’s condition wasn’t immediately released.

      First responders blocked off three lanes of the roadway - only one got by - as police investigated.

      Police do not know why the person was walking along the interstate.



      Photo Credit: SkyForce10]]>
      <![CDATA[Spots Where Kids Eat Free This Summer]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 07:47:53 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Summetime_Spots_Where_Kids_Eat_Free.jpg

      Dining out with the family can be expensive. So, NBC10 has found spots in our area where kids can eat free this summer.

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      <![CDATA[Wrongly-Convicted Man Free After 24 Years]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 18:22:53 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Shaurn-Thomas.jpg

      A Philadelphia man imprisoned for nearly a quarter century for a crime he did not commit is now free.

      Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Rosemarie DeFino-Nastasi vacated Shaurn Thomas’ conviction and sentence, paving the way for his release early Tuesday evening.

      NBC10 was there as Thomas embraced his family members.

      "It's been a struggle," Thomas said. "Hard struggle. Just can't give up. That's why I'm here today."

      In 1994, a jury convicted Thomas of murder in the 1990 killing of Domingo Martinez that happened when Thomas was just 16 years old. He was sentenced to life in prison.

      Thomas called his time behind bars a learning experience.


      "I learned a lot in prison, I learned... maturity, I learned to respect things and I learned that family will be there -- no matter what -- at the end of the day," Thomas told NBC10.

      Thomas and his mother, Hazeline Thomas, insisted he was elsewhere at the time of the killing, according to a news release from the Pennsylvania Innocence Project and Dechert law firm, which worked pro bono on the case.

      "Shaurn engaged in a decades’ long struggle to prove his innocence," attorney James Figorski said. "I joined him in that struggle, and many times it seemed that we would never succeed and he would remain in prison for the rest of his life."


      Authorities threw out the conviction in 2015 after a witness admitted to lying about Thomas' role in the killing.

      His mother said Thomas fought every day in prison to clear his name.

      "I'm proud because ... he was innocent and he did something about it," she said.

      "It is gratifying to know that we were able to help Shaurn Thomas obtain his freedom after witnessing the injustice to which he was subjected," Figorski said. "All of us are ecstatic that Shaurn Thomas will finally be free with his family."

      The Philadelphia's District Attorney's Office has until a June 13 hearing to decide if they plan on retrying Thomas.

      While they couldn't get back the last 24 years of Thomas’ life, his legal team was glad to give the now 43-year-old a future.

      "We are so grateful to our partners in righting this terrible injustice," said Marissa Bluestine, legal director of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project.

      "Dechert has been a champion for Shaurn, with the team tirelessly working on finding the truth and proving him innocent. We are all so overwhelmed by this result. While we cannot get back the last quarter century of his life for Shaurn, we can give him a future."

      Thomas told NBC10 that future doesn't include plans for a permanent return to Philadelphia.

      "Philadelphia caused me too many heartaches," he said. "You can always remember the truth. Can't remember a lie. That's what set me free today." 

      While he won't return permanently he still took the time to explore the city again on Wednesday. He visited the Philadelphia Museum of Art and took a tour of the NBC10 studios. He also reflected on the fact that for the first time in more than two decades, he has the freedom to choose what he wants to do.

      "Get to smell the trees and see the sun," Thomas said while smiling.

      Most importantly, Thomas is getting the chance to get reacquainted with the loved ones who stuck by his side and helped keep him going. 

      "Family, prayer, hope," he said. "Keep writing. Keep fighting. Never give up."



      Photo Credit: NBC10 ]]>
      <![CDATA[App Helps People Save a Life With CPR]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 13:34:23 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/PulsePoint+App+3.JPG

      Photo Credit: NBC10]]>
      <![CDATA[Luxury Homes Abandoned for Years to Be Torn Down]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 06:46:09 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Luxury_Homes_Abandoned_for_Years_to_Be_Torn_Down_in_NJ.jpg

      Luxury townhouses that were abandoned for 15 years in Wanaque, New Jersey, will be torn down, and neighbors are happy to hear it. Jen Maxfield reports.

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      <![CDATA[NBC10 Morning Team on the Road at Wawa]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 11:55:37 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/179*120/Ted+Greenberg+Tracy+Davidson+Vai+Sikahema.JPG

      Tracy Davidson, Vai Sikahema, NBC10 First Alert Traffic reporter Jessica Boyington and NBC10 First Alert Weather meteorologist Bill Henley took the #NBC10Mornings show on the road visiting an Atlantic County Wawa Wednesday.

      The fifth stop on the months-long on-the-road tour was the new convenience store at 275 W. White Horse Pike (at Pomona Road) in Galloway, New Jersey. [[424071304, C]]

      Wawa mascot Wally Goose joined in on the fun as the Morning Team, plus NBC10 Jersey Shore reporter Ted Greenberg, handed out free cups of coffee. Ted also shows how Wawa is helping out an area autism group. [[424027554, C]]

      Some folks from nearby Stockton University also stopped by to say hello. [[424033744, C]]

      What a great ride it's been.



      Photo Credit: NBC10]]>
      <![CDATA[NJ Family Who Won $429M Jackpot Gives Back to Community ]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 23:56:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Community_Comes_First_for_NJ_Family_Who_Won_429_Mil.jpg

      A year after winning a $429 million dollar jackpot, a New Jersey family decided to pour it back in to the community. NBC10's Erin Coleman exclusively reports on this family's generosity. CLICK HERE to apply for the Smith Family Foundation grant.

       

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      <![CDATA[Chester County Mom Still Missing After More Than a Month ]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 23:46:43 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Anna-Bronislawa-Maciejewska-Gould.jpg

      Authorities and loved ones continue to search for a Chester County mother who has been missing for more than a month.

      Anna Bronislawa Maciejewska-Gould, 43, was last seen by her husband leaving her home on Hedgerow Lane in Malvern, Pennsylvania at 9:45 a.m. back on April 10. Her husband said she was in a “panic” and she never arrived at her job at Voya Financial in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

      Maciejewska-Gould was driving her 2011 Navy Blue Audi A4 with the Pennsylvania license plate HTF 2919 at the time of her disappearance.

      NBC News recently published a report on her disappearance that included interviews with family members who claimed she abruptly canceled a scheduled trip to her native Poland. The trip is an annual tradition for Maciejewska-Gould who planned on bringing her 4-year-old son with her to visit her father on his 80th birthday, according to her nephew. The family members also said Maciejewska-Gould called out of work the week of April 3 which was unusual for her.

      A group of residents searched through Malvern Tuesday night, spoke with neighbors and handed out fliers.

      “The biggest problem is there has been so much time that’s gone by and that concerns all of us,” Alan Neves, a member of the search group, told NBC10.

      Maciejewska-Gould is a white female standing 5-foot-4 with blue eyes and dark blonde hair weighing 160 pounds. If you have any information on her whereabouts, please call Pennsylvania State Police at 610-486-6280 or the Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers at 1-800-4PA-TIPS (1-800-472-8477).

      You can also email tips to Findingannam@gmail.com and donate to the Finding Anna Maciejewska GoFundMe page.



      Photo Credit: Pennsylvania State Police ]]>