<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - National & International News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/national-internationalhttp://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.pngNBC 10 Philadelphiahttp://www.nbcphiladelphia.comen-usFri, 24 Mar 2017 12:18:34 -0400Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:18:34 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA['Devastating': 2 Dead, 18 Students Hurt in School Bus-Big Rig Crash]]>Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:39:59 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/titus-bus-crash4.jpg

An East Texas track coach was one of two people killed in a crash involving an 18-wheeler and a bus that also left at least 18 high schoolers injured Thursday night.

Mount Pleasant High School's boys and girls track teams were returning home from a track meet in Paris at the time of the crash, according to Mt. Pleasant Independent School District Superintendent Judd Marshall.

The 18-wheeler, headed north on U.S. 271, swerved into the southbound lanes and struck the boys team's bus, according to Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Lonny Haschel.

Marshall said the 18-wheeler also hit a car behind the bus, which was driven by one of the team's assistant coaches. The female driver died in the crash.

"I have never seen something like this before," Marshall said. "It's so sad and devastating."

The driver of the 18-wheeler — later identified as 50-year-old Bradley Ray Farmer, of Missouri — was also killed in the crash, authorities said.

Three coaches and 18 of the 32 students on the bus were injured in the crash. One coach and one student were transported to Tyler hospitals by helicopter in severe condition.



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<![CDATA[Man Who Broke Up Fight Between Teens in Viral Video Receives Honor in Atlantic City]]>Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:54:10 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Ibn-Ali.jpg

Ibn Ali, the 27-year-old father of five who broke up a fight between two teens in a viral video, was honored for his actions in Atlantic City Wednesday. Ali was in tears as he described the impact his mother had on his life.

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<![CDATA[Spanish Lifeguard Founded Group Saved Thousands Refugees]]>Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:19:21 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/migrants-AP_17063596037427.jpg

When Spanish lifeguard Oscar Camps traveled to the Greek Island of Lesbos to help rescue migrants from drowning in September 2015, he was overwhelmed by the magnitude of the crisis—hundreds of men, women and children desperately throwing themselves onto barely seaworthy boats to escape from Turkey to Greece, NBC News reported.

 

"When we got to Lesbos we realized that no one was there," Camps told NBC Latino, "there were no volunteer organizations or governmental institutions, and people were drowning. So we had to start working fast. And on our first day, we rescued people with almost no gear—swim fins and a neoprene wetsuit."

 

Since then, two islands in the Mediterranean—Lesbos in Greece and Lampedusa in Italy—have become battlefronts in a much wider political war about border security and immigration. Camps used his life savings to found the nonprofit Proactiva Open Arms, an organization that helped over 140,000 migrants reach land safely. It has also rescued another 20,000 caught adrift, trapped on coastal cliffs and in direct danger of drowning.



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<![CDATA[NY Studio Imagines ‘World’s Longest Skyscraper' in Midtown]]>Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:13:56 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Oiio+Studio+lead.jpgAn architecture studio has presented a striking U-shaped building for midtown Manhattan. Oiio Studio, based in New York City and Greece, has posted renderings of the building, dubbed “The Big Bend,” to its website. “What if we substituted height with length?” the tongue-in-cheek post reads. Oiio introduces the building as a reaction to the city's developers building further upwards in the pursuit of prestige. There’s little chance such a building will come to fruition, and architects at the studio are “well-known for designing subversive proposals to stir discourse among the profession,” according to Architizer. Still, renderings of the building offer an interesting take on how developers may follow lofty buildings like 432 Park Ave. and 111 W. 57th St. as they look to set new records and bring attention to their ambitious, if impractical, projects.

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<![CDATA['Pizza' Hoax Shooter Pleads Guilty to Gun Charges]]>Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:58:40 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_16340258437479-Comet-Ping-Pong-Gunman.jpg

A man who police said was motivated by false internet rumors to fire an assault weapon inside a Washington, D.C., pizzeria pleaded guilty to a federal gun charge and a D.C. assault charge Friday.

Edgar Maddison Welch faces 18 to 60 months in prison for assault with a dangerous weapon and 18 to 24 months for interstate transportation of a firearm. He will remain in custody until sentencing.

Welch fired multiple shots inside Comet Ping Pong on Dec. 4 after driving from North Carolina to investigate a conspiracy theory about Democrats harboring child sex slaves, authorities said.

Prosecutors dropped a third charge of possessing a firearm during a crime of violence.



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<![CDATA[Top News: Britain Mourns, Health Care Vote Postponed]]>Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:44:05 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-656952476-sm.jpgView daily updates on the best photos in domestic and foreign news.

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<![CDATA[Watch: Diver Removes Hook From Shark's Belly in Florida]]>Fri, 24 Mar 2017 06:01:41 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/186*120/032417+shark+saved+by+diver.png

New video is being released of a shark encounter like no other along the South Florida coast.

According to NBC affiliate WPTV, divers from Emerald Dive Charters near Jupiter saw a lemon shark that was nudging and bumping one of them, Josh Eccles, out of the water. After a closer look, Eccles saw a huge hook sticking out of its stomach.

He was able to pull it out – possibly saving the shark’s life – before everyone swam their separate ways. Divers say those sharks are common this type of year in the area.



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<![CDATA[2 Trains Sideswipe at NYC Station, No Injuries Reported]]>Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:10:46 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/NJT+Train+Damage+2.png

An Amtrak train bound for Washington, D.C., had a minor derailment as it was leaving New York's Penn Station at the height of Friday's morning rush, bumping an NJ Transit train and shattering windows but causing no serious injuries, authorities said. 

NJ Transit said one of its trains on the Montclair/Boonton line was coming into the Manhattan transit hub shortly after 9 a.m. when the departing Acela sideswiped it between the north tube and the station. Amtrak said its Acela Express Train 2151 from Boston "had a minor derailment while moving at a slow speed" leaving Penn, and then "made contact" with the NJT train. 

"The rear of the train was still on the platform, and all 248 passengers have exited the train onto the platform and into the station safely," the statement said. "Service into and out of New York Penn Station will be delayed while we investigate this incident." 

Photos posted to social media showed the accordion-like component between the cars of the Amtrak train crunched in one spot. More severe damage was apparent on the NJ Transit train; photos showed twisted pieces of metal in parts, and passengers said some windows of the back cars were knocked out. 

The Federal Railroad Administration said it sent investigators to the scene. 

Jordan Geary was sitting next to his wife on NJ Transit train 6214 when he says he heard a loud "explosion" next to his head. Some of the windows were disconnected and some smashed, Geary said, adding, "Thankfully everyone is okay." 

A transportation source familiar with the investigation said about 300 people were aboard the NJ Transit train at the time. NJ Transit said several minor injuries to customers and crew were reported, but everyone was expected to be OK. 

Scott Parsons, a passenger in the last car of the train, described hearing a loud screech. Bright sparks followed, he said, and the lights went out. 

NJ Transit tweeted that it was preparing to offering only outbound service from New York Penn for the evening commute, on an apparently limited basis. Officials said service would terminate in either Newark Penn Station or Secaucus. In the meantime, Midtown Direct trains were diverted to Hoboken.

Amtrak said Acela Express and Northeast Regional service would be running but with delays between Newark and New York. Its high-speed Keystone Service will end in Newark, where passengers can transfer to Northeast Regional trains into New York. Amtrak's Empire Service passengers will be transferred to Metro-North for service into and out of Grand Central Terminal. PATH was cross-honoring tickets for both Amtrak, including Keystone Service, and NJ Transit riders, but photos showed PATH trains were jam-packed by late morning, and the evening commute was expected to be a nightmare.

Arrival and departure screens in Penn Station were littered with cancellations and delays. The MTA said Long Island Rail Road service was not affected.



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<![CDATA[Donald Trump Through the Years]]>Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:41:55 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Trumpthumb.jpgWhat Donald Trump's presidency will look like is unclear to many observers. He has not previously worked in politics, and has made contradictory statements on policy issues in several areas during his campaign. Despite the unknowns, Trump has an extensive public profile that, along with his real estate empire and the Trump brand, grew domestically and internationally over the last few decades. Here is a look at the president-elect's personal and career milestones and controversies.

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<![CDATA['Devastating': 2 Dead Vaquitas Found Floating in Gulf of California]]>Fri, 24 Mar 2017 02:31:29 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/3-22-17-Dead+Vaquita+Found+Floating+in+Gulf+of+California+Sea+Shepherd.jpg

The remains of two vaquitas, a critically endangered species of porpoise, were found in the waters off the coast of California in the span of one month. A conservation group calls the discovery alarming.

The vaquita porpoise is on the verge of extinction, with only 30 left in the world, conservation group Sea Shepard says.

"It is devastating," said OonaLayolle, captain of Sea Shepard. "It's been like three years we are now patrolling the north of the Gulf of California and this is really what we don't want to see. It's just so sad."

Loyolle, who has been heading the organization for four years now, said they work in collaboration with the Mexican government to battle illegal fishing and poaching in the oceans.

According to Sea Shepard, a pre-born vaquita was found floating in the Gulf of California, just south of San Felipe on March 12.

Just a week later, the carcass of a female adult vaquita was found in the waters off Baja California.

“Having a preborn death is devastating," Loyelle said.

Loyolle said the vaquitas are getting trapped by illegal fishing nets placed on the sea bed to catch the totoaba bass.

The fish are popular for their swim bladders which are smuggled into China and sold on the black market. Often, they are used for medicinal purposes, bringing in $20,000 per kilo, Loyolle said. 

She added that fisherman catch the totoaba, take the swim bladders and then throw the fish back into the sea. 

Sea Shepard crews found 17 floating dead totoabas without swim bladders recently. 

On March 14, they found 66 dead totoabas. Loyolle said the numbers tell an alarming story--that the market for swim bladders is getting bigger which could impact the vaquita population as well.

She said their organization is doing what it can to help the rare mammal.

“When we started this campaign, we wanted to do anything that was possible to save the Vaquita," she said. "But what we’re doing there is also saving so many other species because those nets are catching a lot of different marine creatures, like sharks [and] whales. So cleaning the bottom of the sea from all those illegal nets is really important.”

California Assemblyman Todd Gloria, D-San Diego, has introduced a bill to help save the vaquitas. The bill would make it illegal to possess or sell fish products caught in the northern Gulf of California with a gillnet.



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<![CDATA[Who's Who in Trump's Brain Trust]]>Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:38:49 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/223*120/trump-cab-adv-th.jpgHere's a look at the people who are closest to Donald Trump in the White House, his advisers and his picks for the top jobs in his administration. The nominees for Cabinet positions need Senate approval.
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<![CDATA[Trump Forces a Vote on Health Care Bill ]]>Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:18:44 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/HealthCareAM0324_MP4-149036463772500001.jpg

President Trump has issued an ultimatum to House Republicans on the health care bill designed to repeal and replace "Obamacare": vote today or no deal. If there's no deal, then Obamacare stands. In the option on the table, conservatives want to get rid of guaranteed coverage for maternity leave, mental health and emergencies. Some 32 Republicans were ready to vote no, enough to keep the bill from passing, but jockeying for support continued Friday ahead of the vote.

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<![CDATA[Tax Preppers Profit by Blocking Free, Easy Returns: Analysis]]>Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:32:32 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/turbotaxfeuerherd.jpg

What if you could do your taxes for free, and fast? You could, but TurboTax makers Intuit and H&R Block have spent big bucks lobbying to make sure that never happens, NBC News reports.

For years, tax prep companies have pushed back against "return-free filing" legislation that would have allowed the IRS to greatly simplify taxes for over 60 million people by offering pre-populated returns.

The industry would rather people keep using Free File, which was used by 2.6 million people last year.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren's "Tax Filing Simplification Act of 2016" was endorsed by law professors and economists. It never made it out of committee.

An Intuit spokeswoman said a proposed government program "minimizes the taxpayers' engagement in the process of their own compliance." H&R Block said taxpayers could miss out on valuable tax savings.



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<![CDATA[A Top US General Says Russia May Be Supplying Taliban]]>Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:14:21 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/afghanistanfeuerherdIII.jpg

Russia may be influencing and supplying the Taliban in Afghanistan, the top U.S. general in Europe told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday, NBC News reported.

Russia has largely been absent in Afghanistan since the Soviet Union's disastrous war there in the 1980s, but its role seems to be growing today, said Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, who also serves as NATO's Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, according to Reuters.

"I've seen the influence of Russia of late — increased influence in terms of association and perhaps even supply to the Taliban," Scaparrotti said.

His testimony comes in the wake of the Taliban's reported capture of the hotly contested town of Sangin in Afghanistan on Thursday.



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<![CDATA[Commerce Chief's Shipping Business Raises Conflict Questions]]>Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:22:48 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-629852548.jpg

When private equity billionaire Wilbur Ross Jr. signed on to be President Donald Trump's commerce secretary, he agreed to divest millions of dollars in assets, NBC News reported.

But one asset Ross plans to keep is his stake in Diamond S Shipping Group Inc., one of the world's largest owners and operators of medium-range tanker vessels.

In a new administration full of successful businessmen dealing with a complex web of conflict-of-interest concerns, Ross' part ownership of Diamond S Shipping stands out.

A Center for Public Integrity examination of Diamond S Shipping's operations found its vessels sail under Chinese flags, even as Ross is being tapped to take an unusually muscular role shaping U.S. trade policy under President Trump's "America First" mantra. 

Ross has said he doesn't believe the shipping investment presents a conflict, NBC News reported.



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<![CDATA[Little Girl Takes Pope’s Skullcap]]>Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:35:13 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/POPEHAT.jpg

A girl had the chance to get up close and personal with Pope Francis on March 22 and used the opportunity to grab his skullcap right off his head.

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<![CDATA[Royal Family Photos: Kate Meets With a Family Support Group]]>Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:18:44 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-656886686-sm.jpgA look through the years at the royal family.

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<![CDATA[Policing the Schools]]>Thu, 23 Feb 2017 22:32:00 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/policing-schools-th.jpg

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<![CDATA[Thousands Mourn Medic in NYC Who 'Died as a Hero']]>Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:42:12 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/yadiro+arroyo+wake+EMT.jpg

Thousands of family, friends and colleagues of slain FDNY emergency medical technician Yadira Arroyo packed into a funeral home in the Bronx to say their final goodbyes.

The two-day wake for the 44-year-old mother of five began Thursday and will continue Friday at the Joseph A. Lucchese Funeral Home in the Van Nest neighborhood. Viewing times will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Hundreds of FDNY officials in white caps and matching gloves stood in front of the funeral home on Morris Park Avenue, quietly milling around as they waited to enter. A sea of navy blue stretched along Hunt Avenue as company members patiently waited to pay respect to their fallen comrade.

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. expressed his condolences to Arroyo's family and mentioned the outpouring of supportive calls and messages from hundreds throughout the borough to her family, who live in the Bronx. 

"This is really a show of support for someone who was truly a hero," he said. "It is tragic, it's hurtful, it is painful, but her life and legacy will continue to be celebrated through her sons."

EMS Bronx Division Commander Alvin Suriel said, "Everybody has seen the video, she fought. Because somebody is taking your ambulance, what are they going to do with the ambulance? Are they going to commit the next terrorist attack? Are they going to run over 10 people on the block?" 

"She certainly lived as a hero, and died as a hero for the city," said FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro.

FDNY paramedic Alex Tull, who worked with Arroyo, says his colleagues are still in shock as they mourn for the sister they lost. "Yadi," as she was affectionately called, was like a mother to their station, always making sure everyone was fed before their shifts and treating her patients like family, he said. 

"That was Yadi. She was just -- the light. She always made me smile," Tull said. "At Station 26, we're really gonna miss her, but we're getting though it by remembering the good times and sticking by each other."

Several other colleagues echoed Tull's sentiments as they recalled the 14-year veteran's outgoing nature and ability to put whomever she came into contact with at ease.

David Cadogan, who worked with Arroyo for 14 years of his 17-year career, described Station 26 as a family, one where she was the matriarch. He called her "one of the most confident, well-respected and caring individuals" he's ever worked with.

"In this field, your name is your reputation. As you can see, her name, her reputation is impeccable," Cadogan said. "I miss her. That's one of the dynamics of this station that makes this so hard for us -- we're literally a family."

Arroyo's funeral will be held at St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church in University Heights at 11 a.m. Saturday. She will be buried at St. Raymond's Cemetery following the procession.

Hundreds of people lit candles at a vigil for Arroyo Sunday night at the scene where her life was taken. Family and friends shared stories about the selfless, hard-working mom. 

The man accused of killing her, Jose Gonzalez, is behind bars. His attorney says he's severely mentally ill.

In a show of force, mourning members of the FDNY packed the Bronx Criminal Courthouse Wednesday for Gonzalez's hearing, which he skipped.

The EMT was killed last Thursday after she and her partner tried to stop the 25-year-old from hijacking the ambulance they were riding in. Police say Gonzalez put the ambulance in reverse, ran over Arroyo, then went forward, dragging her into an intersection.

Gonzalez has 31 prior arrests and four prior misdemeanors on his record, authorities say. He faces murder, manslaughter and robbery charges.



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<![CDATA[Rex Tillerson Finally Answers NBC's Andrea Mitchell]]>Fri, 24 Mar 2017 04:44:31 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_17004410616591-Rex-Tillerson-Secretary-State-Nominee.jpg

NBC News' Andrea Mitchell has been waiting for weeks for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to answer one of her questions. On Thursday, she finally got her soundbite, NBC News reported.

At a photo op with the Saudi foreign minister, Tillerson broke his pattern of silence or "no comment" replies to speak to the veteran foreign affairs correspondant. It was the first time he answered one of her questions since he was confirmed.

Mitchell asked if Saudi Arabia and the U.S. were in agreement when it came to defeating ISIS.

"I think as you saw from our meeting yesterday on the coalition to defeat ISIS there's great unanimity around the effort to defeat ISIS, not just on the battlefield but also off the battlefield and around the world. So yes I would say there's great unanimity," Tillerson replied.



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<![CDATA[Calif. Governor Calls GOP Health Plan a 'Disaster']]>Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:04:18 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_17024731043189.jpg

As Congress wrestles over the House Republican health care bill, California Gov. Jerry Brown attacked the legislation, alleging that any lawmaker who supports the legislation will find "their name is going to be mud," NBC News reported

"This bill is not health care reform, or repeal and replace — it's death, disease and suffering," said Brown, a Democrat, in an exclusive interview airing this Sunday on NBC's "Meet The Press."

"It's a terrible thing. Now, yeah, it'll cost money, billions of dollars which we wouldn't have. Around the country, we're talking hundreds of billions. So it's a disaster. If it does happen to get out of the House, I would imagine the Senate is going to take a very hard look at it because anybody with their name on this bill. In most districts in America, their name is going to be mud. No question about it."



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<![CDATA[Baby Girl Born in Haverford YMCA Parking Lot]]>Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:06:53 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/BABY+BORN+IN+PARKING+LOT+%28PALMER+RAW%29+-+17224401_23004984.jpg

There was a very special delivery in the cold parking lot of a Delaware County YMCA Thursday morning.

Dana and Tim Lu were on the way to the hospital to deliver baby number three when Dana realized the baby had other plans.

Dana told NBC10 she said to her husband: "Forget it, call 911, she's coming now."

So, Tim called 911 and drove into the parking lot of the Haverford YMCA, then followed instructions from the operator to help bring the couple's newborn into the world. 

There was a little "more participation than I would have thought," Tim laughed, describing delivering his daughter, Marielle, in the back seat of the car.

"Once I realized that there was nothing else I could do but have her in the car, I was like 'OK this is what we're gonna do,'" Dana said. She said the birth was fast and little Marielle cried and the couple knew she was OK.

When police arrived, the baby's umbilical cord was still attached, and Dana was already comforting the newborn and keeping her warm.

Four officers and two ambulances made for quite a scene in the YMCA parking lot, so news of the special delivery spread quickly on social media.

Baby Marielle and her mom were doing well at Bryn Mawr hospital and getting ready for the impatient newborn to meet her two older siblings.



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<![CDATA[Judge Mutes MMA Fighter's Mic After Angry Outburst During Hearing]]>Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:30:05 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/032317+john+chavez+bond+court.JPG

A judge ordered former MMA fighter John Chavez to remain in custody one day after the 29-year-old led police on a manhunt that prompted several South Florida schools to be placed on lockdown.

Chavez appeared in court Thursday morning via video conference where he faced charges for aggravated assault, burglary and eluding police.

He became irate during the hearing and had his microphone shut off after arguing with the judge. Video of the exchange shows Chavez pacing and guesturing at Judge Mindy Glazer while handcuffed. Judge Glazer eventually asked a corrections officer to "take him out" of the holding area.

While he was given bond on the new charges, a previous bond for a felony charge was revoked – assuring he will remain behind bars until his trial.

According to a police report, the Mixed Martial Arts fighter became upset when he discovered his mother had obstained a restraining order against him and started waving a knife around. 

When officer's responded to the home, Chavez fled on to the grounds of a local elementary school. He was captured hours later outside a nearby home. Hialeah Police Sgt. Carl Zogby said Chavez suffers from depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. 

"Imagine -- big, strong, trained fighter having a psychiatric crisis, armed with a knife -- potentially very dangerous," Zogby added.

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