<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.comen-usTue, 28 Jun 2016 18:38:12 -0400Tue, 28 Jun 2016 18:38:12 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Several Vehicles Crash on I-95 in Philly ]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 18:12:00 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/I-95-Multi-Vehicle-Crash.jpg

Emergency crews are at the scene of a multi-vehicle crash on I-95 in the Bridesburg section of Philadelphia. The accident occurred on I-95 northbound at Bridge Street early Tuesday evening. 

Two northbound lanes are closed at the scene of the crash and traffic is backed up for miles. Officials have not yet revealed whether anyone was seriously injured.

This story is developing. Check back for updates.

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<![CDATA[What Is Accompanying Evening Thunderstorms]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 17:27:51 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/SEVERE+THREAT+copy.jpg

Tuesday hasn’t exactly been the best day. It’s overcast outside for much of the area, and the humidity is pretty nasty. Tonight, the Lehigh Valley, Berks County and the Pennsylvania suburbs will all be seeing some thunderstorms this evening.


The biggest threat from these storms will be damaging wind, gusting to 50 miles per hour or more. There will also be frequent lightning strikes and a chance for some small hail. Because these storms are coming during evening rush hours, heavy rain and some roadway flooding is also a concern. They’re not really moving very fast. You almost never see thunderstorms move at 25 miles per hour (usually they’re moving at 40 miles per hour or more), so we’re concerned about roadway flooding as the rain will sit over places longer than it normally does.


If you’re in Philly, Delaware or New Jersey, you do have a shot at seeing some thunderstorms, but they should have weakened by the time they get to you. The timeline for that is after 7:30 p.m. We’re still thinking that the Shore will only get hit with remnants of these storms. Showers should be the worst of it for them. All of the rain should wrap by the time the clock strikes midnight. 

<![CDATA[Del. School Teacher Faces Child Porn Charges ]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 17:21:20 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/William-Herkins.jpg

A Delaware elementary school teacher was arrested after he allegedly shared child pornography online.

Officials say they executed a search warrant at the Claymont home of William Herkins, IV on Tuesday and seized several electronic devices. Their investigation revealed Herkins downloaded and shared multiple files of child pornography on the internet over an extended period of time, police said.

Herkins, who worked as a teacher at Carrcroft Elementary School in Wilmington, was arrested and charged with dealing in child pornography. Additional charges against him are possible as the investigation continues, according to officials.

Herkins is being held at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on $1,250,000 secured bail. Officials say any concerns about Herkins can be directed to the Child Predator Task Force at 302-739-2030.

Photo Credit: Delaware Child Predator Task Force ]]>
<![CDATA[Obama Urges Calm Following Brexit ]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:56:56 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/OBAMA_FOR_MAC_1200x675_711548995969.jpg

President Obama urged calm following Britain's vote to exit the European Union.

In an interview broadcast Tuesday on National Public Radio, the president, who opposed Brexit, said the spirit of international cooperation would not be lost in the wake of Britain's historic decision.

"There's been a little bit of hysteria post-Brexit vote, as if somehow NATO's gone, the trans-Atlantic alliance is dissolving, and every country is rushing off to its own corner," Obama told NPR. "That's not what's happening. What's happening is that you had a European project that was probably moving faster and without as much consensus as it should have," he said.

Obama Added that the Brexit vote provides a moment for Europe to reflect on how to balance the voices of nationalism without foregoing integration.

"The basic core values of Europe, the tenets of liberal, market-based Democracies — those aren't changing. The interests that we have in common in Europe remain the same," Obama said. "I don't anticipate there's going to be major cataclysmic changes as a result of this."

<![CDATA[What a Montco Library Wants on GoFundMe]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:59:37 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Pottstown+Library.jpg

When you’re in the midst of a $755,000 renovation like Pottstown Regional Public Library is, every little bit counts.

That’s why the library’s executive director, Susan Davis, decided to try out a $5,000 campaign on the popular crowdfunding website GoFundMe.

“Someone we hired as a marketing consultant recommended it,” Davis said. “This seems to be taking off.”

So far, 10 donors have pledged $1,130. The money will go to some new features, including movable shelving that can be arranged to accommodate events the library will host, Davis said.

The library, which is organized as a non-profit, is getting its first major renovation since it was converted from a post office in the 1960s. The demolition phase is underway, and the entire project is expected to be complete by September or October.

A $300,000 state grant is helping to pay for the project, Davis said.

Her assistant, Tracey Iezzi, said people are already marveling at what’s been uncovered during this first phase -- mosaic tile floor, marble trim, a glass ceiling pane.

“In the 60s, they painted over it,” Iezzi said of the marble trim. “There’s a purple color and a yellow color and we’re like, ‘Why would you paint over marble?’”

For more information about the library renovation and specifics of what the GoFundMe campaign will pay for, go here.

<![CDATA[Orlando Club Massacre: 911 Logs Tell Story of Horror]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 12:59:23 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-539631606.jpg

Police released logs from the Orlando massacre on Tuesday, providing a narrative of the horror inside the Pulse nightclub on June 12.

The document includes the notes that 911 dispatchers took on what callers were telling them and what officers were saying over their radios over the course of three hours, NBC News reported. The timeline begins with "Shots fired" entry at 2:02 a.m.

Note after note laid bare the fear, panic and carnage that filled the club where 49 victims were killed before gunman Omar Mateen was shot dead by police. In the first few minutes, dispatchers could hear gunfire, cries for help, and heartbreaking silence. As clubgoers ran for their lives to various corners of the building, calls came in from restrooms, the kitchen, an office. 

The entry at 5:15 a.m. ET, "Subj down" marks the end of the bloodshed.

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<![CDATA[The Healers: Afghan Hospital Labors Amid Civil War]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 12:38:00 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Afghanistan_Hospital.jpg

A pregnant woman shot in the face by errant gunfire. An elderly man riddled with rifle rounds. Boys and girls ripped apart by rocket propelled grenades.

Afghanistan’s civilians are being injured and killed in greater numbers now than any time since the beginning of the U.S.-led war in late 2001. It's the result of fighting between the Taliban and government security forces, which has escalated since the withdrawal of U.S. troops. 

The Emergency Surgical Center in Kabul is where many of wounded come to heal, often from villages and towns across the provinces surrounding the capital. Their injuries are often similar: a bullet or shard of hot metal has torn through the bodies, piercing internal organs, breaking bones, destroying limbs.

For two months last fall, photographer Victor J. Blue documented the latest fighting season’s toll. Click through to see those images (WARNING: Some images are graphic).

Photo Credit: Victor J. Blue ]]>
<![CDATA[Philly POPS to Play Wawa Welcome America! Events]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 12:24:39 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000015993118_1200x675_714417731639.jpg The Philly POPS will be playing four special concerts in Philadelphia and at the Shore over the holiday weekend as part of the Wawa Welcome America! festival. Hear from POPS President Frank Giordano and guest vocalist Justin Hopkins, a Philly-born actor and singer who'll perform with the POPS, about what makes the holiday shows special and where you can catch them.]]> <![CDATA[First Alert Weather: Storms, Then Sun]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 12:23:09 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000015993119_1200x675_714417731766.jpg Storms will roll through Tuesday, but then the sun -- and the heat -- will make a return. NBC10 First Alert Meteorologist has the full forecast through what's shaping up to be a hot holiday weekend for the Fourth of July in his 10-day outlook.]]> <![CDATA[Wawa Welcome America! Brings Museum Without Walls, Movies]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 12:21:55 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000015992983_1200x675_714404419553.jpg As the Wawa Welcome America! festivities continue, here are events you can check out on Tuesday.]]> <![CDATA[First Alert Weather: Threat of Severe Storms]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 12:20:43 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000015992706_1200x675_714389059812.jpg The NBC10 Weather Team has issued a First Alert for Berks and Lehigh counties from 3 p.m. until 10 p.m. Those areas could see the most severe storms later Tuesday. Other areas will see some stormy weather as well. First Alert Meteorologist Bill Henley has the outlook for your neighborhood.]]> <![CDATA[Pat Summitt's Storied Coaching Career in Photos]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:33:13 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-73800271.jpg

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<![CDATA[NBC10 Responds: Woman Says PECO is Slow to Fix Damage]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 10:58:17 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000015991966_1200x675_714337347960.jpg West Philadelphia resident Rhonda Burroughs says a PECO transformer exploded and burned near her home in April, leaving the sidewalk and hedges at her home damaged. She says the utility company promised they'd fix the damage within two weeks. When they didn't, she called Harry Hairston and NBC10 Responds.]]> <![CDATA[Brawling Wedding-Goers Injure Police Officer in South Jersey]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 10:16:48 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/233*120/hilton+garden+inn.JPG

Brawling wedding-goers at a South Jersey hotel found themselves in jail over the weekend after police say they assaulted police officers who tried to break up the fight.

The fight erupted just before 9 p.m. Sunday during a wedding at the Hilton Garden Inn on Atrium Way in Mount Laurel, according to Mount Laurel Police. As an officer responded, the brawl involving several people spilled out of the hotel. The officer tried to break it up, but a man involved in the fight and others punched and kicked the officer. The fighting crowd eventually dispersed when more officers arrived at the hotel.

Police said a family argument that happened during the wedding reception sparked the brawl. Joseph E. Mooney, 34, of Philadelphia, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault of a police officer. Mooney, according to Philly.com, was the groom. A 17-year-old, who is not being identified because he's a juvenile, was also arrested and charged with aggravated assault on police, authorities said. The teen was released pending a court hearing, and Mooney was released after posting 10 percent of $5,000 bail, police said.

The officer suffered a concussion and cuts and scrapes in the incident, police said. He was treated at an area hospital and released. 

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<![CDATA[Stocks Rise for 1st Time Since Brexit Vote]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 12:32:04 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/wall-street1.jpg

U.S. stocks rose Tuesday following gains overseas, rebounding after a sharp two-day sell-off on the surprise U.K. "Brexit" vote to leave the European Union, CNBC reported.

The Dow Jones industrial average traded up about 140 points in the early afternoon after opening more than 200 points higher. 

"We're still very much in reaction mode right now for U.S. equities," said Jeremy Klein, chief market strategist at FBN Securities.

U.S. crude oil futures held more than 1.5 percent higher, just above $47 a barrel.

In the last two trading days, global markets have lost a record $3.0 trillion, according to Howard Silverblatt of S&P Dow Jones Indices.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[First Alert: Strong Thunderstorms Possible]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 08:37:32 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000015988350_1200x675_714223683811.jpg Scattered showers will dog parts of the area throughout the day, with heavy downpours at times. Areas without rain will see cloudy skies, and a few strong thunderstorms have the potential to move in later. What can you expect in your neighborhood? NBC10 First Alert Meteorologist Bill Henley has the forecast. ]]> <![CDATA[Officer, Good Samaritan Save Kitten Tossed from Moving Car]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 12:48:45 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/bridge+cat+gallery+5.png

A Good Samaritan and a police officer sprung into action when someone tossed a kitten from the window of a moving car on the Walt Whitman Bridge last week.

Jean Finizio was headed to work in New Jersey when she saw a kitten running in the median of the bridge.

"We were inching along the bridge when I saw the kitten, I almost didn't believe what I saw," explains Finizio, who then pulled over to try and get the kitten to jump into her car. She heard the cat crying from outside the car and when she got out to locate the kitten, she found it clinging her back tire.

Delaware River Port Authority Officer Richie Ridolfi coincidentally happened to be crossing the bridge headed toward Philadelphia at the same time a call was made about a kitten being thrown from a car window.

"I'm the biggest animal lover," Ridolfi said. "As soon as I get a call about any animal on the bridge, I'm the first person to get there."

Ridolfi sprung into action and found Finizio in the middle of the bridge. The two were going to do whatever it took to get the kitten to safety.

Finizio explained to Ridolfi that as she pulled over on the bridge to avoid hitting the kitten, the small, frightened animal jumped into her tire well. 

"I laid on the ground, in the middle of the bridge, under the car trying to reach for the cat, but she must have gotten scared and she ended up crawling into the undercarriage," Ridolfi recounted. 

After the unsuccessful rescue, traffic began to build, and the group decided it would be best to move the car to the end of the bridge to retrieve the kitten.

"I had a police escort all the way to the Camden service station but I was so scared of what could happen to the kitten, I could hear it crying from the engine," said Finizio, "It's unnerving, I'm a cat lover and the last thing I wanted was to hurt it."

After reaching a parking lot at the end of the bridge, the group was able to rescue the kitten from the car's undercarriage.

After getting a few cute photos to share the story, Finizio and Ridolfi agreed the little kitten needed to be checked out and find a good home.

"I took her to Philadelphia Animal Hospital to make sure she was not injured or sick, and I took a few photos to post on Facebook to see if anyone was interested in adopting the her," said Ridolfi, who offered to pay for all of the vet fees in return for a good home for the kitten. 

The kitten, appropriately named "Bridgette," is now living comfortably at her new home. 

Police have not tracked down the person responsible for throwing the kitten from the car.

Photo Credit: Richie Ridolfi]]>
<![CDATA[NJ School Celebrates 12th Year with 100 Percent Grad Rate]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 07:02:20 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000015988146_1200x675_714209859671.jpg LEAP Academy University Charter School in Camden County celebrated its commencement this week. The graduation marks the 12th year in a row that the school had a 100 percent graduation rate.]]> <![CDATA[Residence to Open for Former Juvenile Lifers]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 07:01:32 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000015988305_1200x675_714217027731.jpg After a Supreme Court ruling that minors cannot be sentenced to life without parole that will release some 300 juvenile lifers back to Philadelphia, plans are in the works for a place for those released to stay. A temporary residence specially for former juvenile lifers will open on 8th Street in Callowhill. Some could get out as early as the fall.]]> <![CDATA[10 at 7: What You Need to Know Today]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 06:41:58 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Clock_Wht.jpg

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


Houses Caves In with Pregnant Woman, Child Inside: A rowhouse in North Philadelphia caved in overnight while a pregnant woman, a child and other people were inside. It started with a leak through the roof, house manager Kenyatta I. Lusk told reporters, and then about 1 a.m., the roof of the rowhouse partially collapsed, falling into the second floor and causing damage throughout the house. Water poured through the roof and floors into buckets around the house. Lusk, whose bedroom took the brunt of the collapse, said the house, on Atlantic Street near 24th in the Tioga neighborhood, had been in good shape prior to the leak. He was not home at the time of the collapse. "Before this happened, everything was up to code, the landlord was on top of everything, not a slumlord," Lusk said. "When I got here, there was water coming down ... and it just fell apart.” Lusk said a woman who is seven months pregnant and a 9-year-old child with Down syndrome were inside at the time, and that three other adults, including himself, also live there. He said there were not any very serious injuries, but that his sister who was in the house at the time suffered a fall and was waiting to be checked out by medics.


Parts of the area could start Tuesday with some heavy rain and thunderstorms. Heavy rain at times is expected for much of Tuesday but an all day consistant rainfall is not expected. Tuesday evening could see some of the strongest storms however. The sun is expected to return for Wednesday and Thursday with temperatures in the 80s. There's a chance of a shower for Friday but temperatures could reach 90 degrees Friday and Saturday. High Temp: 83 degrees Get your full NBC10 First Alert forecast here.

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Man Kills Wife with Crossbox 9 Days After Marriage: A man was arrested after he allegedly shot and killed his wife with a crossbow nine days after they got married. Paul Kuzan, 40, is charged with murder and other related offenses in the death of his wife, 42-year-old Pamela Nightlinger, according to police. The couple had just gotten married on June 17, according to Philly.com. During a domestic incident inside their home on the 3100 block of Willits Road Sunday, Kuzan allegedly shot Nightlinger through the chest with a crossbow. The bolt from the crossbow penetrated Nightlinger's body, then went through the couch and into the wall, said Philadelphia Police Capt. Anthony Rinaldi. Neighbors called 911 after Nightlinger stumbled to their home and collapsed in their doorway, bleeding profusely. Officers arrived to find Nightlinger in a pool of blood. She was rushed to Aria Torresdale hospital where she died a short time later. Kuzan was later arrested in connection to the incident.


UK Business in Limbo in Face of Years of Brexit Uncertainty: The impact of Britain's vote to leave the European Union was swift and painful for Ed Bussey's small tech firm in London. The founder and CEO of Quill, an online content company, had been looking to fill a software development job paying 70,000 pounds ($95,000) a year that's been open for six months. He had a job interview set up with a promising candidate from EU member Italy on Friday — the day after the vote. "Because of what had happened on Thursday, he was not prepared to up sticks and move to London," Bussey said with chagrin. "He was saying: 'Look, I'm not sure I'm not going to get booted out in two years.’" Businesses in Britain already are seeing the impact of the seismic vote to have the country leave the other 27-nations in the trading bloc and strike out on its own. Companies large and small are feeling the shockwave which left Britain in uncharted waters, unclear of what the future will hold.


IKEA Recalls Dressers Blamed in 3 Toddler Deaths: Ikea will recall a line of chests and dressers after the deaths of three toddlers in two years, the company confirmed Monday. The company will offer full refunds or store credit to anyone who ever bought one of its MALM line dressers, and it will also stop selling them, Philly.com reported. The company told NBC News Monday night that it was issuing a recall. "We are announcing this recall today given the recent tragic death of a third child. It is clear that there are still unsecured products in customers homes, and we believe that taking further action is the right thing to do," Ikea representative Christina Kaiser said in a statement Monday. The recall will extend to millions of dressers, according to Philly.com, some of which were bought more than 10 years ago. The recall applies to the 27 million products addressed by a 2015 repair program, plus additional units.


Phils Beat the Diamondbacks: The Phillies won against the Arizona Diamondbacks 8 to 0. Get your full sports news at CSNPhilly.

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South Jersey Swimmer Heads to Olympics: South Jersey swimmer Kelsi Worrell is heading to Rio. The 21-year-old won the 100-meter butterfly at the U.S. swimming trials Monday night with the second-fastest time in the world this year at 56.48 seconds. With the win, Worrell earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic team for the first time in her career. Worrell was born in Voorhees Township, New Jersey and grew up in Westampton Township, NJ. She attended Rancocas Valley Regional High School in Mount Holly before swimming at the University of Louisville. Read more here.

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<![CDATA[First Alert: Thunderstorms Possible]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 05:21:37 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000015986831_1200x675_714181187682.jpg Showers throughout the region, especially down the Shore, will be heavy at times throughout the day Tuesday. Parts of the area could also see strong thunderstorms later in the day. NBC10 First Alert Meteorologist Bill Henley has the details for your neighborhood, plus the 10-day outlook. ]]> <![CDATA['Very Scary': House Caves with Expectant Mom, Child Inside]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 05:56:49 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/193*120/tioga+house+collapse.JPG

A rowhouse in North Philadelphia caved in overnight while a pregnant woman, a child and other people were inside.

It started with a leak through the roof, house manager Kenyatta I. Lusk told reporters, and then about 1 a.m., the roof of the rowhouse partially collapsed, falling into the second floor and causing damage throughout the house. Water poured through the roof and floors into buckets around the house.

Lusk, whose bedroom took the brunt of the collapse, said the house, on Atlantic Street near 24th in the Tioga neighborhood, had been in good shape prior to the leak. He was not home at the time of the collapse.

"Before this happened, everything was up to code, the landlord was on top of everything, not a slumlord," Lusk said. "When I got here, there was water coming down ... and it just fell apart."

Lusk said a woman who is seven months pregnant and a 9-year-old child with Down syndrome were inside at the time, and that three other adults, including himself, also live there.

He said there were not any very serious injuries, but that his sister who was in the house at the time suffered a fall and was waiting to be checked out by medics.

"Very scary," Lusk said.

"I was just grateful I wasn't home, and then my concern was for the rest of the house," he continued.

The Red Cross assisted the displaced people. The Red Paw Relief Team also responded to help with a cat and kittens in the house at the time. Inspectors from the city's Department of Licenses and Inspections responded to the scene to investigate.

Photo Credit: Pete Kane / NBC10]]>