<![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 Sat, 02 Aug 2014 02:47:27 -0400 Sat, 02 Aug 2014 02:47:27 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[3-Year-Old Girl Killed, 3 Others Shot]]> Sat, 02 Aug 2014 00:34:59 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Edding+Street+shooting+ground.PNG

A 3-year-old girl, shot as she sat on her front porch, has died after a man opened fire along a Philadelphia street following an argument. Three others were also hit by gunfire.

Gunshots rang out around 9:40 p.m. on Friday along the 1500 block of S. Etting Street near 27th Street in the Grays Ferry section of the city, police said.

Philadelphia Police Capt. Michael Gormley said two men began arguing along the block when one pulled out a gun and started firing.

A stray bullet hit the girl in the left side of her chest, Gormley said. Witnesses tell NBC10.com that the girl was getting her hair done when she was struck.

Officers arriving on the scene put her in a patrol car and rushed her to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, officials said. But despite trauma doctor's efforts, she was pronounced dead at 10:21 p.m.

Three other people were also hit by the gunfire, police said. The other man involved in the argument was shot in the head. He was rushed by officers to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, police said. He remains there in critical condition.

Two other women, who Gormley says were bystanders, were grazed by bullets. One in the left leg and another in the right arm. They were both also taken to HUP.

Witnesses say the shooter fled the scene on his bicycle. Police have taken a person of interest into custody near the scene, but have not identified him as a suspect.

A large number of police remain on the scene as they collect evidence.

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<![CDATA[Roller Coaster Gets Stuck in NJ]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 22:42:36 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/nj+nitro+gets+stuck.jpg

A roller coaster billed as a "maximum thrill-level," "gut-munching" ride at a Six Flags amusement park in New Jersey got stuck on its way up to the 230-feet-high peak, forcing passengers to exit the ride and walk down alongside the tracks. 

Officials at the Great Adventure park in Jackson said the Nitro roller coaster experienced a power failure as it was approaching the incline Friday afternoon. 

Park personnel climbed the access stairs to remove the passengers on the stuck coaster and walked them safely down to ground level, officials said. 

No one was hurt.

The ride was shut down for the remainder of Friday night. It's not clear when it will reopen. 

According to the amusement park's website, the first hill on the Nitro is 233 feet high. The coaster reaches 80 miles per hour as it zooms into the second hill, about 180 feet high. 

<![CDATA[Revving Up Their Engines and the Economy]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 23:59:22 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Pocono+Raceway.PNG A weekend of racing is taking place at the Pocono Raceway and NBC10's Doug Shimell talks to visitors there about how the event is also boosting the local economy.

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<![CDATA[Free Concert Parking Pricey at 2 AC Casinos]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 23:43:18 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000007745508_1200x675_314490947811.jpg Two Atlantic City Casinos drastically raised their parking prices the night of a free Blake Shelton concert and it's possible they could do it again for the Lady Antebellum concert Sunday night.]]> <![CDATA[Detectives Questioning Dad After Baby Critically Hurt]]> Sat, 02 Aug 2014 00:03:30 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/2-month-old+critical+bassinet+removed.PNG

Homicide detectives are investigating what led to a 2-month-old boy being hospitalized in extremely critical condition.

Witnesses tell NBC10.com that the child's father came out of his home along the 6200 block of Old York Road in the Ogontz section around 4 p.m. on Friday and screamed for help.

The man was yelling for someone to drive him to the hospital as the child laid limp in his arms. Blood could also be seen coming from the boy's ear, said one witness, who asked not to be named.

That witness then rushed the man and baby to nearby Albert Einstein Medical Center in their own car. Police say the boy was then transferred to St. Christopher's for Children where he remains in extremely critical condition.

Detectives found the injuries to be suspicious and decided to bring the father in for questioning at Philadelphia Police Headquarters.

Police say the mother was at work at the time of the incident.

Back at the home, crime scene investigators removed a bassinet as evidence. Family members tell NBC10.com that they believe the injuries were sustained when that bassinet toppled over.

Still, the investigation continues.

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<![CDATA[School Budget Crisis: Protestors Blame Corbett]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 21:30:58 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000007745454_1200x675_314487363670.jpg People are gathered outside Governor Corbett's office in Center City protesting the cancelled cigarette tax vote that involves the school budget crisis that could include teacher layoffs.]]> <![CDATA[WEATHER: Stormy Saturday Morning on Tap]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 21:29:14 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000007744728_1200x675_314452547980.jpg Tomorrow will be a rainy start to the weekend and next week is expected to sunny with a return to higher temperatures.]]> <![CDATA[I-495 South Open, But More Work Needed]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 21:31:39 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/200*120/tilting+delaware+bridge.JPG The southbound lanes of the I-495 bridge have re-opened ahead of schedule, but work on the northbound side is still being done around the clock.]]> <![CDATA[Lifeguards Distracted on the Stand]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 21:45:34 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/texting+lifeguard.jpg The I-Team's Jonathan Vigliotti went undercover to see which lifeguards were keeping an eye out on safety, and which ones were distracted by their phones or friends.]]> <![CDATA[Car Burns Along Busy Manayunk Street]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 21:18:33 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Manayunk+Ave+Car+Fire+crop.jpg

Firefighters in Philadelphia were called in put out a raging car fire along a busy city street on Friday evening.

The gray Ford Taurus caught fire around 5:20 p.m. along Manayunk Avenue near Green Lane in the Manayunk section of the city, officials said.

Witnesses at the scene tell NBC10.com the car was smoking and small flames were coming from underneath the engine.

A passerby grabbed a towel and tried to smother the flames and a neighbor used a fire extinguisher, but the fire persisted. In the meantime, others called 911.

Firefighters were on the scene and dousing the flames with water in two minutes, according to witnesses.

The fire department said the fire was placed under control within 15 minutes. The cause of the fire is still unclear.

No one was hurt.

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<![CDATA[Police Believe Missing Boater Faked His Death]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 20:16:56 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/andy+biddle+faked+death.PNG

A Jersey Shore man who has been missing since a boat he was driving crashed near shore two weeks ago may not be missing at all. Police believe he faked his death and is now on the run.

Egg Harbor Township Police say they believe Andy Bittle, an off-shore boat racing champion, is alive and well. The 45-year-old has been missing since July 20 when the pontoon boat he was piloting hit an unlit buoy just off shore near Longport, N.J.

Biddle and his passenger, Justin Belz, were thrown overboard. Belz swam to shore and called for help, but Biddle was never found.

But detectives have reason to believe the entire crash was staged to elude the law.

Egg Harbor Police charged Biddle with several counts of Theft by Deception in the months before his disappearance. They allege the man defrauded customers of boat sales. He is also accused of fraud at his employer.

Investigators tell NBC10's Ted Greenberg that Biddle previously tried to disappear under suspicious circumstances.

"I'm continuing the investigation as if he were still alive," Det. Ray Theriault said. "Given the knowledge that I have with what’s occurred in the past, certainly makes me skeptical."

On Friday, NBC10 obtained a flier issued to law enforcement agencies warning them to be on the lookout for Biddle. A day earlier, Egg Harbor Police issued an arrest warrant for new charges related to the boat crash.

"The boat that he was allegedly thrown overboard on was stolen by the business that he was part of," Theriault said.

Belz offered no comment when asked about Biddle's disappearance. Our crew was asked to leave when they tried to speak with Biddle's family at his home.

Biddle has contacts throughout the United States and around the world, according to the flier.

Police are asking the public to be on the lookout for the man and contact them with tips.

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<![CDATA[RECALL: Crackers, Pretzels Pulled from Shelves]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 18:27:10 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/marys+gone+crackers.jpg

Giant Food Stores and Martin's Food Markets have removed Mary's Gone Crackers from the shelves.

The snacks may contain almond, an allergen not listed on the ingredient label.

The products in the recall are:

  • Mary's Gone Crackers -- Gluten Free, 6.5 oz., UPC 89758000010 with a sell by date of APR 01 2015 and a lot number of CK3999
  • Mary's Gone Crazy Sea Salt Sticks & Twigs Pretzels, 7.5 oz., UPC 89758000051 with a sell by date of JAN 01 2015 and a lot number of PR1433

Officials have received no reports of illness so far. The products are safe to consume for individuals who do not suffer from an almond allergy.

People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to almonds may run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

Symptoms of food allergies typically appear within a few minutes to two hours after a person has eaten the food to which he or she is allergic.

Allergic reactions can include hives, flushed skin or rash, tingling or itchy sensation in the mouth, face, tongue, or lip swelling, vomiting and/or diarrhea, abdominal cramps, coughing or wheezing, dizziness and/or lightheaded-ness, swelling of the throat and vocal cords, difficulty breathing, and loss of consciousness.

Consumers who have purchase these products should discard any unused portions and bring their receipt to a Giant or Martin's location for a full refund.

This is the chains' third product recall since June.

Customers may call Giant and Martin's Customer Service at 1-888-814-4268 or Mary's Gone Crackers at 888-258-1250.

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<![CDATA[Driver Carjacked Near Oxford Valley Mall]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 23:54:11 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Langhorne+oxford+valley+mall+carjacking.PNG

Police are searching for a suspect who they say carjacked a woman in a parking lot near the Oxford Valley Mall in Bucks County.

The carjacking took place in a lot adjacent to the mall at 777 Middletown Boulevard in Langhorne, Pa., police say. The suspect, a man, walked up to the victim, brandished a knife and stole the car, police said.

The victim ran to a nearby Firestone auto shop for help. She was not hurt.

Police are checking nearby businesses for surveillance video. They continue to investigate the incident.

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<![CDATA[Help Find Princess Sophie: Therapy Bird Missing]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 16:51:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/princess-sophie-cropped.jpg
Princess Sophie has been missing for three days — and her wings could have taken her anywhere.
The blue-headed parrot escaped Monday from her cage, which hangs in the backyard of her owner, Elsie Gould Matthews. She was last seen near Roosevelt School in Pennsauken. Sophie has vibrant coloring and a blue head with green wings.
“It’s very stressful when you lose a pet,” Matthews said.
And Sophie isn’t just a pet. Matthews says she is a therapy bird.
Matthews, who works as an outreach coordinator at the Margaret Winchester Enrichment Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, brings her pet bird to work twice a month.
“Sophie is very sweet,” she said.
Mathews has posted fliers at nearby pet supply stores, shared her flyer on Facebook, visited vets in her area and walked the neighborhood with with friends while calling Sophie’s name and whistling.
The pet owner suspects Sophie hasn't traveled far.
She is asking for others in the Pennsauken area to keep an eye out for the brightly colored bird and to offer food and water in their backyard feeders. She recommended treats like millets, peanuts, or blueberries -- Princess Sophie’s favorite.
If you spot Sophie in your backyard, Matthews said you can offer her a treat.
“She might step up on your hand because she’s that tame,” Matthews said.
She asks if you do find her and are able to approach her, to put her in a small animal cage or wrap her in a towel, and reach out to her immediately.
“I’m hoping that somebody sees her soon,” she said.

Photo Credit: Elsie Gould Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[9 Local Men Nabbed on Prostitution Charges: Police]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 19:38:34 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Handcuffs-generic-custody.jpg

Nine local men are facing prostitution charges after police say they solicited undercover officers to engage in sexual acts for money.

The Philadelphia Police Department's Citywide Vice Unit conducted the sting on Thursday across the department's 16th District, officials said. That covers parts of Mantua and West Philadelphia.

The following suspects were taken into custody:

Steven Reed, 52, of the 4200 block of Parkside Avenue, Philadelphia

Pedro Louis Sorita Para, 27, of the 600 block of North 42nd Street, Philadelphia

Erick Riddick, 26, of the Unit block of North Yewdall Street, Philadelphia

Joseph Johnson, 46, of 100 block of North 55th Street, Philadelphia

Andrew Blakey, 25, of Revere Road, Drexel Hill, Delaware County

Roger Dozier, 50, of the 1900 block of South 57th Street, Philadelphia

Preston Catchings, 56, of the 500 block of Gross Street, Philadelphia

Tiras Porteous, 33, of the 500 block of Allengrove Street, Philadelphia

Thomas Brown, 49, of the 5400 block of Westminister Avenue, Philadelphia

All have been charged with one count each of Patronizing Prostitution and Solicitation. Officers also confiscated $2,969 in cash, six cars and SUVs and one loaded handgun.

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<![CDATA[Suspected Child Predators Arrested: Police]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:04:53 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/child-predators-park-wiliam.jpg

Two Pennsylvania men, including a 53-year-old from Philadelphia, are accused of downloading images depicting children engaged in graphic sexual acts, according to the Pennsylvania's Office of the Attorney General.

William Bairstow of the 300 block of Hellerman Street in the city's Lawndale section was arrested in late July after an undercover investigation revealed he allegedly disseminated child pornography online.

Authorities tracked graphic files shared on a peer-too-peer network to the IP address of Bairstow's computer, according to the Attorney General's Office.

The investigation uncovered several thousand videos and images containing suspected child porn on the suspect's computer, according to officials.

Twenty-four-year-old Alexander Park of Lemont, Centre County was also taken into custody for uploading pornographic images of minors, according to authorities.

Park uploaded the files, which showed juveniles engaged in graphic sexual acts and poses, to two separate websites, according to investigators.

Both suspects were released on bail. A preliminary hearing for Bairstow is scheduled for Aug. 14 and Park is due in court Aug. 6.

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<![CDATA[Weekend Construction Along Broad Street ]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:50:13 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/construction_generic.jpg

Drivers in Philadelphia should expect delays on North Broad Street during weekends in August as crews work on the roadway's center median.

Construction along North Broad Street between Buttonwood Street and Glenwood Avenue will start 7 p.m. Aug. 1 and continue until 5 a.m. Aug. 4, according to the Philadelphia Streets Department. 

Commuters are not permitted to park in this section during this time period and some lane restrictions will be in place.

The work, which has already been underway for several weeks, will continue throughout the mont.

Crews will be at work Aug. 8 to Aug. 11, Aug. 15 to Aug. 17, and Aug. 22 to Aug. 24 from 7 p.m. each Friday night until 5 a.m. the following Monday morning.

The construction spans a 2.5 mile portion of Broad Street that runs from Center City to North Philly.

Motorists are advised to allow extra time traveling around the work areas.

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<![CDATA['Pipe Bomb' Found Along NJ Trail]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:16:11 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/Cherry+Hill+Hazmat.JPG

Crews responded to a Camden County, New Jersey trail Friday morning after someone found a suspicious looking pipe.

According to Cherry Hill Township Police, someone found a crudely-capped section of PVC pipe along Borton Mills Trail near the corner of Brace Road and Borton Mill Road in Cherry Hill around 7 a.m.

Firefighters and the county bomb squad joined police in the investigation.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead a short time later you could see crews at the scene. Local dispatchers didn't immediately reveal what caused the situation, which was simply described as a hazmat scenario.

As the K-9 unit searched the rest of the park, the bomb squad recovered the device and rendered it safe, according to police.

No other improvised devices were found and the area was reopened later in the morning.

Anyone who knows who left the device or saw anything suspicious is asked to contact Cherry Hill Police at 856-488-7828.

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<![CDATA[Delaware Raises Weekend Tolls]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:30:23 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/219*120/toll-booth.jpg

Make sure to grab that extra change if you are traveling through Delaware this weekend.

DelDOT is set to raise its toll prices an extra $1 on the weekends for commuters along the busy Route 1 -- a popular route to the Delaware Beaches and campgrounds. The weekend toll rate was already $1 higher than during the week.

The revenue from the price hike will be used to fund paving and other transportation projects statewide.

The tool for cars will remain at $1 during the week then increase to $3 from 7 p.m. Friday to 11 p.m. Sunday.

Delaware E-ZPass customers will still continue to receive current discount rates.

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<![CDATA[First Philly Suburb Turns on Red Light Cameras ]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:13:14 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/209*120/b83583ccfcab4c1dbaf2e7c32ccb9fce.jpg

Officials have flipped the switch on red light cameras in Abington Township-- making the Montgomery County municipality the first Philly suburb to use the devices.

The law allowing the devices to be used outside of Philadelphia was passed more than two years ago and Abington Township voted on installing the cameras last April.

A 60-day grace period -- during which the cameras will record violations, but drivers will receive only "warnings notices" -- begins Friday.

Actual tickets will be issued starting Oct. 1.

Abington officials said the cameras will encourage drivers to think twice before running a red light, hopefully reducing accidents in the area.

Abington Police Chief Bill Kelly has told AAA that the red light cameras were chosen for locations where there are a significant number of red light violations, accidents, accidents with injuries, and accidents involving red light violations.

The red-light cameras will cover three intersections:

  • Route 63 (Moreland Road) & Fitzwatertown Road
  • Route 611 (Old York Road) & Susquehanna Road
  • Route 611 (Old York Road) & Old Welsh Road

The Township will not gain any revenue from the program, except to reimburse them for the actual program expenses, like equipment and personnel costs.

The red-light program will last one year. At that point, officials will evaluate its effectiveness and vote on extending the program.

<![CDATA[Four Weeks Later, Far From A Return to Normal]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 10:40:18 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/237*120/gesner+fire+3+onlookers.jpg

It is much quieter now on Gesner Street.

For weeks the Southwest Philadelphia block was laden with clamor from police and fire vehicles, protesters, grievers, and visits from local celebrities and political leaders in the wake of the deadly July 5 fire that destroyed 8 homes, displaced 32 residents and killed 4 young children.

Now, Gesner Street resident Peter Elpha said, "All of the noise is over."

"All of the people that were coming to the street, where are they? They are not here. So, we the people who live on the block, have to take care of our business and pull it together," Elpha said.

Neighbors who live alongside the fire damaged homes say they're still struggling to regain any sense of what used to be normal on their street.

For Gesner Street resident Jenebu Sesay, 'pulling it together' has meant days spent moving mounds of personal items, clothing, furniture and toys that were ruined by water and smoke damage from her basement to the curb.

"Last week my whole backyard was filled high with things. A lot of things were special to me. Most of our clothes, everything is spoiled," she said.

Sesay, who is currently living in a hotel while she and her daughter look for a new residence, said coming back to the place she once called home is now an eerie experience.

 "It's scary. Sometime when I come here I don't want to go outside," she said.

Gesner Street resident Jackie McFadden described the block as a once vibrant place, where it was common to see neighbors sitting out on their porches and children playing along the sidewalks.

"People usually would be out. The families and the kids used to be outside," McFadden said. "I guess they don't want to come out and see those houses like that."

Elpha said he and a block captain are hoping to get people back outside enjoying their street again.

"Most days in the summertime like this and on Saturdays and Sundays, the block captain would block off the street, open the fire hydrant and have everybody come out. He wants to try to revamp and do that again," he said.

The fate of the eight charred homes is still unknown.

On Thursday, Department of License and Inspections Commissioner Carlton Williams and Chief of L&I's Emergency Services and Abatement Unit Scott Mulderig were in back-to-back meetings discussing whether the homes should be razed.

Residents say they're hoping the homes get rehabbed instead of torn down.

"It's going to look crazy if they tear it down and turn it into a yard or something. I don't want to see them taken down," McFadden said.

"To have eight homes damaged on the block is no good," Elpha said. "I would like to see the block rebuilt and then maybe the street can come back to normal."

<![CDATA[Another Town Considers Beach Fees]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 11:19:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/l_l_20130612-wildwood-1200.jpg

One of the most popular FREE beaches in New Jersey may not be free for much longer.

Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano Jr. confirmed that officials are considering implementing beach fees.

The mayor said it was far from a done deal, but that the town is always looking for ways to make more money. Beach fees are just one possible option.

This is not the first time a cost for beach use has been suggested. In 1976, 1981 and 2013 the possibility of charging beachgoers was discussed — and then rejected.

The charge would help offset maintenance costs. Troiano told the Wildwood Leader about $2 million is spent annually maintaining the beach.

When it was discussed in 2013, officials believed $1.2 million in new revenue would be added from the fee.

Not everyone thinks charging for sand and surf is best. John Siciliano, Executive Diretor of the Greater WIldwods Tourism Authority, said he would like to see the beaches remain free of charge.

"Free beaches separate the Widwoods from other shore towns that charge a fee," Siciliano said. "That distinction draws people to our island and has been an asset for tourism."

Without the beach fees, the cost of beach maintenance falls on taxpayers and tourism authority tax revenues generated by visitors.

The topic is expected to be discussed at the Board of Commissioner's meeting on August 6.

<![CDATA[Suspicious Package Turns Out to Be Nothing]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:03:42 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/Center+City+Package.JPG

A suspicious package caused a stir in Center City Philadelphia Friday morning.

The package, described by Philadelphia Police as having tape wrapped around it, was found on the 1200 block of Pearl Street -- a short distance north of the Vine Street Expressway -- around 10:40 a.m.

Police said people were being cleared from the area.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead a short time later you could see people gathered on the sidewalk nearby as police investigated along the closed street. A few minutes later the bomb squad exploded the package.

Police said the package wound up not being dangerous and the scene was cleared before 11:30 a.m.

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<![CDATA[$50 Parking for 'Free' AC Concert]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 10:37:17 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/holiday9-wallet-money-generic.gif

Thee was no "Free Parking" in Atlantic City last night even if there was a free show from a superstar.

A free concert wound up costing some people $50 after at least two Atlantic City casinos upped the charge for parking to a surprising level for some visitors.

With country and NBC's The Voice superstar Blake Shelton playing for free on the beach Thursday afternoon, nearby casinos Bally’s and Caesars cashed in by charging $50 to park in their garages.

The price tag to drop a car was anywhere from five to times more than the normal $5 or $10 charge normally seen in Atlantic City on a weekday.

The price hike could be due to supply and demand or as a way to make some extra money in a town struggling to attract gamblers like it used to.

NBC10 reached out to the casinos’ parent company Caesars Entertainment for comment about the price to park.

With Lady Antebellum set to perform another free show on the beach this weekend, people are wondering if parking will be spiked again.

Stay tuned.

<![CDATA[Police Shoot Suspect Dead Near Tavern]]> Sat, 02 Aug 2014 00:55:31 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/211*120/Winslow+Township+Police+Activity.JPG

Police shot and killed a suspect in a wooded area of Camden County Friday morning.

Local authorities remained mum on exactly what brought officers to the 400 block of Berlin New Freedom Road in Winslow Township shortly before 9 a.m.

Patrons at the nearby Golden Nugget Tavern reported hearing gunshots as police investigated a trailer down a nearby dirt road.

One person was taken from the scene and and later died at Cooper University Hospital, according to county prosecutors.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead a short time later you could see investigators focusing on the small trailer. That investigation continued through the morning.

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<![CDATA[Daughter Seeks Justice for Dad After Hit-&-Run]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 08:52:02 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000007739914_1200x675_314228803630.jpg Chris Cato explains how a Anita Garza is fighting to find the driver who killed her father, Wilfried Fleischmann, as he tried to cros Interstate 95.]]> <![CDATA[In Case You Missed It: Yesterday's Top Stories]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 08:41:02 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/ground+zero+buried+ship.jpg

Didn't have a chance to catch up on local news yesterday? Here's what you missed.

Mystery of Ship Buried Under World Trade Center Site Revealed
Remnants of an 18th-century ship found buried in soil 20 feet under the World Trade Center site four years ago have been traced to Colonial-Era Philadelphia, according to a new study.

No Swimming at NJ Beach After Failed Test
Some bathers along the Jersey Shore won’t be able to go into the water after a beach failed water quality standards.

Woman Stabbed in Center City
A young woman landed in the hospital and a man she possibly knew landed in custody after a stabbing near a popular running trail in Center City Philadelphia.

Ground to Be Broken on New Outlet Center in South Jersey
A formal ground breaking is scheduled for next Thursday for the Gloucester Premium Outlets in Gloucester Township, N.J.

Woman Choked With Rope in Attack: Police
A man is facing attempted murder charges after he allegedly attacked a woman in broad daylight and tried to strangle her with a rope. 

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<![CDATA[Deadly Pedestrian Crash]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 12:19:43 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/Academy+Road+Deadly+crash.JPG

A person died after being struck by a sport utility vehicle early this morning.

The crash around 4:445 a.m. closed Academy Road near Morrell Avenue in the Morrell Park section of Northeast Philadelphia after the SUV struck a utility pole then the pedestrian.

The pedestrian died at the scene.

Philadelphia Police said that the driver remained on the scene after the deadly crash and cooperated with investigators. The wreck left the SUV with heavy front-end damage.

The investigation continued through the morning as traffic delays in the area continued for hours.

Photo Credit: NBC10.com]]>
<![CDATA[Back to Bathing at NJ Beach]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 08:36:10 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/barnegat+beach.jpg

Health officials allowed bathers to return to a Jersey Shore beach that was closed after a failed water quality test.

Barnegat Light’s 25th Street Beach on Long Beach Island failed a recent water test, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection's Cooperative Coastal Monitoring Program.

DEP spokesman Larry Hajna said that the closure occurred after a test Tuesday revealed unacceptable levels of Enterococcus. The bacterium is used by the state to indicate the possibility of other bacteria in the water.

Tests on Wednesday revealed an acceptable level of the bacteria at the Ocean County beach and the state reopened the beach in time for the weekend.

Hajna said that it isn't uncommon for bacteria to increase in the water at bayside beaches like the 25th Street Beach following heavy rainstorms -- like Sunday's downpours -- because the water doesn't flush out as quickly as it does on the oceanside.

The same beach recently landed on the Natural Resources Defense Council’s list of the 10 worst beaches in New Jersey when it comes to water quality.

No other beaches in the area were closed and no other beaches in the state failed the water quality standard, according to monitors.

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<![CDATA[SEPTA Launches 'Blitz,' Closes Trolley Tunnel]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 07:07:15 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/SEPTA+Trolley+Generic+SEPTA+Generic.JPG

SEPTA is looking to overhaul a major Center City line while inconveniencing the fewest commuters.

But that doesn’t mean thousands of commuters won’t have to change their plans for a couple weeks.

The transportation agency will close the Center City trolley line between 40th and Market Streets in University City to 13th Street in the heart of Center City for 17 days starting Friday night after 9.

The “Trolley Tunnel Blitz” campaign is intended to improve and fix worn overhead wiring, 30-year-old tracks and outdated stations. According to SEPTA, crews will work nonstop to improve safety while increasing reliability of the Route 10, 11, 13, 34 and 36 trains.

More than 660 trolleys carry about 40,000 riders daily along the underground tunnel.

During the construction period, which is scheduled to wrap up in time for the morning rush on Monday, Aug. 18, commuters riding the trolley in from West Philadelphia will need to hop off at 40th and Market to pick up the Market-Frankford subway.

Removing existing concrete surfaces, replacing concrete-embedded track switches, replacing 24,000 feet of worn overhead wires and putting down more than 14,000 feet of new rails are among the major work needed to be done by a crew of about 225 workers. They will also paint stations.

SEPTA officials said they choose to do the work now because early August is when they see the fewest commuters. Also, by starting the work on a weekend, they are only inconveniencing commuters during 10 weekdays.

"This 'blitz' concept is used in the transportation industry because it allows organizations to maximize productivity during improvements projects while minimizing the period of inconvenience to passengers and communities we serve. This is especially true when there is a single track operation, like our trolley tunnel," said SEPTA Deputy General Manager Jeff Knueppel. "Because the Center City tunnel is used 24 hours a day and is a five-mile, single track operation, it is difficult for our crews to get productive work windows. Without this blitz and 17-day closure, we'd have months of nighttime and weekend shutdowns to complete all of the projects."

SEPTA didn't reveal the total cost of the project, which is being funded by Pennsylvania Act 89.

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<![CDATA[Gunfire Erupts, Officer Kills Suspect]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:21:19 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/183*120/Northwood+Police+Shooting.JPG

A Philadelphia Police officer opened fire after a woman inside a home signaled that everything wasn’t OK when the officer investigated a burglary report in the city’s Northwood section.

Two 15th District officers responded to a tripped security alarm at a home on the 900 block of Wakeling Street around 12:30 a.m. Friday.

When they knocked on the door a man answered and told them everything was OK with him, the other man in the home and a woman in the home. Since the man wasn’t the homeowner, the officers asked to speak to a female resident who said everything was OK but signaled to the officers that that wasn’t the case.

Investigators said that the man then pointed a gun at the officer’s head.

“The officer, in a defensive mood, put his left hand up basically pulled out a gun,” said Capt. George Fuchs.

The suspect shot three times, said investigators.

“Thank God the officer was not struck,” said Fuchs.

The officer, a six-year veteran, returned fire, discharging more than one dozen rounds. It wasn't clear if the officer's partner also opened fire.

The suspect was hit and died. His alleged accomplice got away. The manhunt continued through the morning.

Investigators hoped a car recovered at the scene will help lead to the second suspect.

This was the tenth time this year and second time this week that a Philadelphia officer opened fire while in the line of duty.

Police said that an initial investigation into Friday's incident showed that the woman and a man were forced into their home by two masked men. Once inside those men removed their masks and demanded money -- that was when the police responded to a tripped alarm.

Neighbors, including fellow Philly officers, said that burglars have recently targeted the neighborhood.

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<![CDATA[1 Shot in Robbery on NJ Transit Platform, 3 in Custody]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 07:33:51 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NJ-Transit-Shooting.jpg

A person believed to be a commuter was shot during a robbery at a train station in New Jersey Friday morning, police say.

The victim was shot and robbed on the New York-bound platform at the New Jersey Transit station on West Grand Street in Elizabeth at about 4:50 a.m., police say.

The victim was taken to a local hospital. No other injuries have been reported.

The shooting is not affecting train service. Police cordoned off the part of the platform where the shots were fired, but commuters were allowed to wait for their trains nearby. 

Three suspects have been taken into custody, police say. It's not clear if more people were involved.