<![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 Sun, 23 Nov 2014 12:05:27 -0500 Sun, 23 Nov 2014 12:05:27 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Mom Who Shot, Killed Kids, Dies: Police ]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 12:01:16 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Tabernacle+NJ+shooting-3.jpg

A Burlington County mother accused of shooting her three kids in her bedroom before turning the gun on herself has died, according New Jersey State Police.

Jeaninne LePage died at Cooper Hospital in Camden, New Jersey, Sunday morning the police source confirmed to NBC10.

LePage, who was hospitalized since she and her children were found in her bed last Thursday, is the responsible for killing two of her children before turning the gun on herself, said New Jersey State Police. .

Police found the weapon — which has been in the family for a long time — close to LePage.

Eight-year-old Nadia Harriman and her 14-year-old brother, Nicholas Harriman, died, according to New Jersey State Police.

Alexander Harriman, 11, remained in severely critical condition at Cooper University Hospital Sunday, officials said. LePage, 44, also remained hospitalized at Cooper.

Neighbors identified the victims Thursday, but authorities waited to confirm their names until they family members, including the children's father who was located in Maryland, were informed of the deaths.

Another relative who lives in the house found the victims around 9 a.m. and called for help.

"When police got there, they found a really horrific scene,’ said Jones. The victims were found in the same room and police believe they were shot with the same handgun, which was found at the scene."

Neighbors said that LePage shared the bed with her children and was in financial troubles.

Investigators believe the shootings occurred sometime between 5 and 9 a.m.

Nine people live in the house. They have all been accounted for and were interviewed by police, who assured neighbors early in the investigation that there was no manhunt and no reason for anyone to feel threatened or alarmed.

LePage tried to hide the shootings, according to police.

"A pillow was used to muffle the gunshot sounds, which we believe is why the other members of the house didn't hear the gunshots," said Noble.

Investigators said they will determine what charges LePage will face if she survives.

The shootings shock the quiet community.

Members of the community organized a candlelight vigil Thursday night at Tabernacle's Town Hall, located at 163 Carranza Rd. At the vigil, children remembered their classmates.

Students and staff at Seneca High School — where Nicholas attended — had a moment of silence for the family Friday morning. Grief counselors were also on hand at local schools Friday to talk with grieving students and staff.

A trust fund was set up at PNC Bank under LePage-Harriman Memorial Fund.

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<![CDATA[2 Dead, 1 Missing in NJ House Fire]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 12:04:56 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/112314fire2.JPG

Two people are dead and a third is missing after an intense fire overtook a New Jersey home early Sunday, a fire official said.

Firefighters arriving at the home on Union Avenue in Paterson Sunday morning were pushed back by the heavy flames, said Paterson Fire Chief Michael Postarino.

One person was discovered dead on the first floor, and a second was found on the stairs, Postarino said. The house - home to three people and a dog, according to a neighbor - was left with the windows burned out and the facade blackened by the blaze.

Officials were still working to identify the victims. One person remains unaccounted for, Postarino said.

The flames also damaged a neighboring building, and seven people who lived there were displaced, Postarino said.

<![CDATA[And We Have a Philly Marathon Winner]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 11:29:20 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/187*120/Dan+Vassallo.JPG

Sunday was a very special day for a Massachusetts man who crossed the Philadelphia Marathon finish line as a winner for the second time in four years.

Dan Vassallo, 29, of Peabody, MA. finished the 26.2 mile race with an unofficial time of 2:17:27 qualifying him for the 2016 Olympic trials.

"It was really tough those last couple miles, but it was really nice to have a field with me there that I could either stay ahead of or chase down, " said Vassallo. "It was fantastic."

Vassallo also won the Philadelphia Marathon in 2010.

"Philadelphia has always had a special place in my heart. This is probably the best sports town in America."

We couldn't agree more, Dan!

Vassallo's win was followed up by Leonora Petrina, the female winner.

"It's pretty cool, actually, I didn't expect to win," said Petrina, who's run many half-marathons, but never a full. "I was hoping for top 5."

Her unofficial time was 2 hours and 39 minutes.

Petrina is orginally from New Zealand, but now lives in New York.

The winners come from a pool of about 30,000 runners.

Add those runners to about 60,000 spectators and you have for a very crowded race route that spans from the Ben Franklin Parkway through Old City and Center City and has many roads closed until about 6 p.m Sunday.

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<![CDATA[2014 Philadelphia Marathon]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 09:35:37 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/249*120/MArathon+Winner1.JPG Take a look at runners and spectators at the 2014 Philadelphia Marathon Sunday as they packed the Parkway as well as the 26.2 mile race route. ]]> <![CDATA[Men Going Blind Take on Philly Marathon]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 07:55:48 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008728709_1200x675_362415171934.jpg Three men who are suffering from a rare disease that is causing them to go blind are running 26.2 miles today in Philadelphia -- just blocks away from where Philly docs are working on a cure for their conditions.]]> <![CDATA[Philly Marathon Underway]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 08:16:14 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*160/9d3dc9a44f9b11e3b17612ef1cbf7aa18.jpg Watch the elite runners kick off the Philadelphia Marathon on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

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<![CDATA[NBC10 First Alert Weather: Warm Sunday]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 08:14:00 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008728554_1200x675_362411075940.jpg Temperatures are on the rise and that trend will continue as we move into Monday. ]]> <![CDATA[Mayfair Tire Slasher Tries to Damage SEPTA Vehicle: Police]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 08:59:41 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/David_Toledo+Mugshot+Mayfair.jpg

A man already on probation for slashing the tires of dozens of cars in Philadelphia’s Mayfair community was arrested again after he allegedly tried to vandalize a SEPTA vehicle.

David Toledo, 46, was arrested and charged with harassment, possessing an instrument of crime with intent and criminal mischief.

A SEPTA employee told police he was sitting inside his vehicle parked on the corner of 1600 Creston Street Wednesday at 5:30 a.m. when he spotted a man, later identified by police as Toledo, bending down near the vehicle’s tire. Another SEPTA employee who was parked near the area told police he also spotted Toledo placing an object near the tire.  

Toledo then walked back to his home on the same street, according to the witnesses.

The first SEPTA employee told investigators he looked at the object Toledo allegedly placed and found a glue mouse trap with several nails attached to the glue side.

Toledo was later arrested at his home without incident. He was taken into custody on 10% of $25,000 bail.

Toledo first made headlines when he was arrested and later sentenced after he slashed the tires of more than 50 cars near his former home in the Mayfair section of the city. Prior to his arrest and conviction, Toledo spoke to NBC10 several times when the tire slashings were first reported.

"I hope the cops get them before the neighbors find out who it is because something bad is going to happen," said Toledo after cars were vandalized in March, 2012. "My wife said 'somebody is watching us watching the cops' because when they're here nothing happens."

Authorities said Toledo, a butcher, also slashed his own tires to seek media attention.

"This will be the last time that you're going to get my car because you will get caught," Toledo told NBC10 after his tires were slashed. "The $10,000 reward, I don't want the money, all I want is their hands so I can smash them so they can never do it again."

After his conviction, Toledo was sentenced to two years of probation, avoiding jail time.

Toledo is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Dec. 23 in connection to the latest incident.

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<![CDATA[Man Killed During Hunting Trip With Dad: Police]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 23:47:34 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/West-Windsor-Hunting-Accide.jpg

A man was shot and killed during a hunting trip with his father in West Windsor, New Jersey, according to police.

The accidental shooting occurred Saturday afternoon on the 1200 block of Old Trenton Road. Officials have released little information on the incident so far but said a man in his 70's and his 45-year-old son were hunting Canada geese on a large property they owned. The father and son were properly licensed to hunt the birds, according to investigators.

Police initially told NBC10 the elderly man accidentally shot his son in the back of the head. However, they later told NBC10 the victim died from a gunshot wound to the head and neck from his own firearm.

Responding police officers and medics found the victim in a patch of woods on the property. After several life saving attempts were made he was pronounced dead at the scene.

"The initial call was for a hunting accident out here at the farm," said West Windsor Township Police lieutenant Matthew Kemp. "Medics and police officers were immediately dispatched and came across a person who was obviously deceased. Everything appears to be an accident. We're just dotting the "I's" and crossing the "T's" to be sure that's what it is." 

Police also said the father and son were the only two people in the hunting party.

West Windsor Police and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office are investigating the incident. They have not yet released the victim’s identity. An autopsy is scheduled for next week.

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<![CDATA[Woman Goes Missing After Leaving Day Care Center]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 09:01:18 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Jessica-Padgett-FB.jpg

Police are searching for a missing Pennsylvania woman.

Jessica Padgett, 34, of Whitehall Township was last seen Friday around noon leaving her job at the Duck Duck Goose Child Care center on Canal Street in Northampton.

Padgett’s husband also told police he last heard from her on the phone around 1 p.m. Friday.

Police found Padgett’s phone and her vehicle at the Dollar General parking lot on 2016 Main Street in Northampton. Padgett was nowhere to be found however.

Padgett is described as a white woman standing 5-foot-4 and weighing 130 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. She also has a tattoo of a footprint on her shoulder.

Police say there is no indication of foul play so far but they continue to investigate.

If you have any information on her whereabouts, please call the Northampton Borough Police Department at 610-261-0404.

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<![CDATA[Springfield Cougars Thank Their Biggest Fans]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:25:43 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008726170_1200x675_362329155829.jpg After a successful, undefeated regular season, the Springfield Cougars decided to thank their biggest fan for her unwavering support.]]> <![CDATA[NBC10 First Alert: Warmup Ahead]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:17:21 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008726962_1200x675_362326083914.jpg We're in for a big warmup over the next few days before another drop in temperatures. NBC10's Brittney Shipp has the details.]]> <![CDATA[High School Blitz Highlights: Playoffs]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 22:09:02 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/HS-Blitz-Playoffs.jpg The playoffs are here! NBC10 shows you high school football playoff highlights from across the region.

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<![CDATA[Person Killed in Montgomery County Condo Fire]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 23:13:15 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Horsham-Condo-Fire.jpg

At least one person was killed in a condo fire early Saturday morning in Montgomery County.

The fire broke out around 3:30 a.m. at the Brookwood Condominiums on the 300 block of Green Meadow Lane in Horsham, Pennsylvania. It took firefighters about two hours to bring the flames under control.

After the fire was put out, firefighters found the victim’s body inside. Officials have not yet revealed his or her identity.

The Red Cross is currently helping four families who were displaced due to the blaze.

Officials continue to investigate.

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<![CDATA[Mysterious Bucket a Key Part of Pennsville-Salem Rivalry]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 22:18:39 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Mysterious-Bucket-in-Footba.jpg A missing bucket adds a sense of mystery to a historic rivalry between two South Jersey high school football teams.

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<![CDATA[Game of the Week: Pennsville vs. Salem]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 22:48:09 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Pennsville-Salem-Game-of-th.jpg Check out highlights from the High School Blitz game of the week between Pennsville and Salem.

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<![CDATA[High School Football Playoff Matchup: Great Valley vs. Springfield]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:02:07 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008726175_1200x675_362307651903.jpg Great Valley took on Springfield in a high school football playoff matchup. Check out the highlights.]]> <![CDATA[Band of the Week: Pennsbury High School Marching Band]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 23:59:48 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Pennsbury-Marching-Band.jpg Members of the Pennsbury High School marching band are putting the final touches on their Thanksgiving Day parade performance.

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<![CDATA[Play of the Week: Nazir Williams and Cappadonna Miller]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 23:29:19 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Play-of-the-Week-Nazir.jpg This week’s play of the week goes to Nazir Williams and Cappadonna Miller of Bridgeton for their fancy “hook and ladder” trick play.

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<![CDATA[Man Shot, Officer Struck by Car: Officials]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:15:07 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/North-Philly-Officer-Struck.jpg

A driver chasing after the gunman who shot his friend struck a responding police officer with his car, according to investigators.

The ordeal began Saturday at 5:14 p.m. when a gunman opened fire and an unidentified man was shot six times.

When the gunman started to flee the scene, a friend of the victim began to chase after him in his car, according to police. As he was chasing after the suspect, the driver struck a police officer who had just arrived at the scene of the shooting, investigators said.

"A friend of this male allegedly was going after the shooter and a police officer tried to stop the car," said Philadelphia Police Sergeant John Gushue. "This person struck the officer with the car."

The officer suffered scrapes and bruises to his arms and legs. He was taken to Episcopal Hospital and then later released. The shooting victim was taken to Temple University Hospital where he is in critical but stable condition.

The driver who allegedly struck the officer while chasing after the gunman was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a vehicle on a police officer.

The initial gunman remains on the loose though police were able to recover his weapon at the scene. They have not yet revealed a description of the suspect.

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

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<![CDATA[Man Leads Police on Chase After Grabbing Kids: Police]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:11:03 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Upper-Darby-Police-Pursuit.jpg

A man is in custody after he allegedly kidnapped his own children and then led police on a wild chase through Darby and Philadelphia.

The ordeal began Friday around 10:45 p.m. after Mateen Jones, 36, of Philadelphia found out his ex-wife was out and had left their two children at her mother’s house in Darby Township, police told NBC10.

Jones, who police said was intoxicated at the time, allegedly drove to his former mother-in-law’s home, kicked in the door and grabbed his two sons, ages six and one.

Jones then placed them in his truck and drove off without buckling their seatbelts, according to investigators.

The boys’ grandmother then contacted police and gave a description of her former son-in-law’s truck to responding officers.

Police told NBC10 officers eventually spotted Jones’ truck and attempted to pull him over. Jones allegedly refused to stop however and continued traveling with his children inside.

Not wanting to engage in an all-out pursuit due to the children being inside the truck, police helicopters shined lights on Jones’ truck, allowing police cars to follow.

Jones drove along I-95 and ended up in South Philadelphia, police said. The chase finally ended on the railroad tracks near Christopher Columbus Boulevard and Reed Street after two of his tires blew out, according to investigators.

Jones was arrested and charged with burglary, criminal trespassing, reckless endangerment, endangering the welfare of children, DUI, fleeing or attempting to allude and other related offenses. Police also told NBC10 Jones was driving with a suspended license.

He is currently being held in the Delaware County Prison.

None of the children were hurt during the incident.

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<![CDATA[Philly Prepared for Possible Ferguson Protests: Police]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:08:41 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP382838914497.jpg

A Philadelphia organization plans to demonstrate if a grand jury decides there is not enough evidence to indict a St. Louis-area police officer who fatally shot an unarmed teen in August. And officials with the Philadelphia Police Department said they are ready for any local rallies.

"The department anticipates demonstrations following an announcement in the grand jury decision in Ferguson," a spokeswoman for Philly Police said. "We will be on hand to ensure the safety of all citizens, ensure property is protected and minimize disruption to the residence and businesses in our city."

While the grand jury decision has yet to be made, the Philadelphia International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement has already taken steps to rally if Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri on Aug. 9, is not indicted.

If the demonstration happens, it would begin at Philadelphia's City Hall and head north along Broad Street, ending when the group reaches Cecil B. Moore Avenue.

"I think that it's everyone's right to have a peaceful protest if they like," said Emily Opperman, a Temple University senior.

The organization will not march if the grand jury indicts Wilson, who is currently on paid leave from the force.

The decision is expected to come down in the next few days and potential charges range from first-degree murder to involuntary manslaughter.

Ahead of the grand jury decision, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a sate of emergency and activated the National Guard. President Obama urged calm, telling ABC News citizens have the right "to protest actions that they think are unjust, but using any event as an excuse for violence is contrary to rule of law and contrary to who we are."

Philadelphia Police reiterated Obama's words.

"We will work to ensure that people can express their 1st Amendment right in a peaceful and safe manner."

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<![CDATA[Homeless Man Arrested for Shooting Temple Student]]> Sat, 08 Nov 2014 19:40:14 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/179*120/temple+student+shot+1500+n+17th+street.JPG

Police arrested a homeless man Thursday for shooting at Temple University student outside a house party earlier this month.

Authorities stopped Derek Hancock, 45, while he was on the college's North Philly campus Thursday and took him into custody for allegedly shooting a 19-year-old student in the hip during a robbery attempt along the 1500 block of North 17th Street on Nov. 8.

Police said the teenage victim was standing outside the North Philly house around 1 a.m. when Hancock approached him and said, "Give me everything you got," according to officials.

The student charged at the gunman, who pulled a handgun from his waistband and fired, investigators said.

The victim is recovering. Meanwhile Hancock is facing attempted murder and robbery charges. 

<![CDATA[Armed Robber Pistol Whips Man, Steals $1,500: Police]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 12:37:02 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/2800+block+cecil+b+moore+home+invasion.JPG

An armed robber invaded a North Philly home and pistol whipped a man Saturday morning before taking off with more than $1,000 in cash and a smart phone.

The suspect broke into the home, located on the 2800 block of Cecil B. Moore Avenue, just after 6 a.m. and struck the male resident in his face with a gun, police said.

The robber then fled the scene with $1,500 and an iPhone, authorities said.

Medics rushed the victim to Hahnemann University Hospital in stable condition, according to officials.

Police are still searching for the suspect.

<![CDATA[Ex-Cop Sentenced for Having Sex with Informant]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 11:43:42 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/steve+hadley+police.jpg

A southern New Jersey police officer will not have to serve a prison term for using his position to engage in sexual conduct with a female informant..

Steven Hadley received a suspended five-year term when he was sentenced Friday.

Hadley, who served 10 years on the Egg Harbor City force, had pleaded guilty in October to official misconduct as part of a plea bargain with Atlantic County prosecutors. In return, they agreed to dismiss four other counts of official misconduct.

Hadley was paralyzed in a car crash that occurred on Sept. 24, 2013, the same day the charges were filed against him. Authorities have said Hadley's pickup left the Garden State Parkway and struck a tree.

The 32-year-old Port Republic resident spent seven months in the hospital following the crash.

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<![CDATA[New Jersey Gas Prices Still Falling]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 11:37:58 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/gas+pump+generic1.jpg

Motorists continue to see lower prices at the pumps in New Jersey.

AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of a gallon of regular gas in the state on Friday was $2.73, down 3 cents from last week. That's also much lower than the price from a year ago, when motorists were paying $3.18.

This marks the tenth straight week that gas prices have fallen in New Jersey.

The national average price on Friday was $2.84, down 7 cents from last week. That's also much lower than the national average from a year ago, when motorists were paying $3.22.

Analysts say the lower prices are mostly due to abundant global oil production that has led to falling crude oil prices.

<![CDATA[7 Kids Removed from Roach-Infested Home]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 11:34:40 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/tlmd_police_fire_lights_generic.jpg

Police in West York say two adults face charges and three others were taken into custody after they found two apartments where seven children lived in unsafe, filthy and unsanitary conditions.

The York Daily Record/Sunday News
reported Saturday that the children were getting medical attention and in protective custody.

The paper says in one home cockroaches were on floors, ceilings, furniture, mattresses and the inside of the refrigerator.

In other unit, a cheese product was sprayed on walls and there was no edible food or drink in the fridge.

Two adults were charged with endangering the welfare of children and reckless endangerment. Police say their investigation continues.

The building's other four units were clean and normal, but those residents had to leave because the property was condemned.

<![CDATA[NJ Online Gambling Underwhelms]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 11:22:50 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/KNSD_Online_Gambling_Could_Become_Le_012612_61_mezzn_722x406_2190628508.jpg

Internet gambling in New Jersey has been underwhelming in the year since it began, and it is now under attack by opponents looking to shut it down, even as it provides a small bit of help to Atlantic City's struggling casinos.

When Internet gambling was launched, it was hailed by many as a potential game-changer that would help reverse years of declining revenues at what were then Atlantic City's 12 casinos. Gov. Chris Christie's administration expected online betting to bring in $1 billion in its first year.

But only one-tenth of that -- just over $111 million -- has materialized. Four casinos have closed and a fifth is poised to do so next month. And one Internet gambling company, Ultimate Gaming, left the market after an unsuccessful fling with the Trump Taj Mahal.

But even the small revenue boost from online gambling is helping the casinos that offer it. In several months, Internet winnings were the difference between the surviving casinos posting a revenue decline or an increase compared with a year earlier.

"We've had some victories and we've had some losses," said David Rebuck, director of the state Division of Gaming Enforcement. "From a regulatory standpoint, it's working really well, without any catastrophes, meltdowns or scandals. On the negative side, it was projected to be a much stronger financial performer."

The industry was plagued by problems in its infancy, including the geolocation software used to ensure that a gambler is physically within New Jersey's borders. That issue has largely been resolved, and false rejections now occur less than 5 percent of the time, Rebuck said.

A more serious problem is the continuing reluctance of many banks to process Internet gambling credit card transactions, even though the U.S. Justice Department has declared Internet gambling legal as long as it is done within a single state and does not involve bets on sporting events. That has left automated bank transfers as the main way players fund accounts. New Jersey authorities have met with many credit card companies and banks to tout their strict regulations and oversight of the industry but have failed to change many minds.

And on top of all this is a well-funded push by casino magnate Sheldon Adelson for a law banning Internet gambling nationwide. The Casino Association of New Jersey urged the state's congressional delegation to resist any attempt to pass such a law.

Rebuck said a goal for the industry's second year is to increase player pools in online games like poker. He has been in discussions with authorities in Nevada and the United Kingdom about reciprocal agreements to expand online gambling but says no deal is imminent. The expected approval of PokerStars' new owner, Amaya, to offer Internet gambling in New Jersey is still under review and won't happen until early 2015 at best, Rebuck said.

Despite its slow start, Internet gambling has its fans, many of whom say they gamble more frequently now that they can do it in their living room.

"It's convenient. I don't have to drive to AC," said Dennis Lopez of Somerset, an avid online poker player. "If I really feel like playing, I don't have to go to a casino or find a local game. I can just fire up my laptop and play in a matter of seconds."

Internet gambling revenue has been slowly declining in New Jersey in recent months, leading Deutsche Bank analyst Andrew Zarnett to reduce his revenue estimate for 2015 from $250 million to $150 million.

Others are more optimistic. On Monday, the Pala Indian tribe of California is expected to launch its Internet gambling site in New Jersey, the first tribe to do so. Rebuck said another company wants to join the New Jersey market as well, but he would not identify it. And Cathy Ruela, a 31-year-old from Morris County, recently won the state's largest online jackpot while playing slots on her laptop: $1.3 million.

"Internet gambling has worked out pretty damned well for me," she said.

<![CDATA[Philadelphia Marathon: Legacy Runners]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 10:13:55 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/199*120/philly+marathon+legacy+runners.JPG NBC10's Matt Delucia talks to runners that will be participating in their 20th Philadelphia Marathon.]]> <![CDATA[Stranger's Photo Washed Up in Sandy]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 10:59:49 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/sandy+wedding+photo+copy.jpg

When Hurricane Sandy hit Massapequa two years ago, so much was lost but at least one special thing survived all the destruction.

Inside a pile of debris on her front lawn, homeowner Leah Welsh found a vintage black-and-white photo showing a woman in a dress pinning a flower onto a man's tuxedo.

"I called my husband over and I said, 'Can you believe that I just found a picture? And look at the condition of it, it's perfect,'" said Welsh.

The picture is from a different time. Welsh does not know who the two people pictured are, but it's clear the photo captured a special moment.

"I think this is a photo of daughter putting a boutonniere on her father on her wedding day," she said.

She noted how apparent it was the two were happy.

"Just the smiles on their faces and the love you can see between them," she said.

"It actually brought tears to my eyes because... I couldn't believe that I found it," she added.

Welsh tried her best to find the owners but had no luck. Two years later, she dug up the photo again in another effort to locate the owners.

"Sandy was a huge devastation for a lot of people, and you can replace materialistic items and personal belongings, but a picture is really special," she said.

There was a promising development after her interview with NBC 4 New York late Friday: Welsh said she got an email from someone saying they were related to the people in the photo. She's hoping this may finally be her chance to return the photo to its rightful owners.

<![CDATA[Runner Beat Brain Tumor to Compete in Philly Marathon]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 10:10:15 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/189*120/black+and+white+hospital+room+generic.JPG Joshua Schrier overcame a serious diagnosis to be able to compete in the 2014 Philadelphia Marathon.]]> <![CDATA[Fire Spreads From Philly Bar to Vacant Buildings]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 09:27:49 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Fire-Generic.jpg

A fire broke out in the back of a Philadelphia bar, which is under construction, and spread to two neighboring vacant properties early Saturday morning before firefighters were able to get it under control.

Crews responded to reports of smoke and flames on the 3000 block of Kensington Avenue in the city's Kensington neighborhood just after 3:30 a.m., officials said.

The blaze was under control just after 4:15 a.m., authorities said.

There were no reported injuries.

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<![CDATA[Man Stabbed in Back, Collapses on Philly Street]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 12:26:38 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/182*120/stabbed+oustide+rite+aid+kensington.JPG

A man crumpled to the ground outside a Philadelphia drug store early Saturday morning -- after stumbling from where he was stabbed a block away.

Police found the 30-year-old victim outside the Rite Aid at West Lehigh Avenue and North American Street in the city's Kensington neighborhood around 2:45 a.m., nearly 30 minutes after he was stabbed in the lower back and left hand on the 200 block of West Lehigh Avenue.

Police rushed the victim to Temple University Hospital in critical condition, officials said.

The stabbing occurred about 30 minutes before police found him along the 200 block of West Lehigh Avenue.

<![CDATA[Police Stop Abduction Suspect After Pursuit]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:28:21 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008723597_1200x675_362081859824.jpg Police stopped a work van along the tracks that run along Columbus Boulevard in South Philadelphia.]]> <![CDATA[Ferguson Protests Planned in Philadelphia]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 23:46:54 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP382838914497.jpg People are planning on protesting in Philadelphia once a grand jury decides whether or not to prosecute a police officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown.

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