<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.comen-usSat, 19 Aug 2017 14:49:42 -0400Sat, 19 Aug 2017 14:49:42 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[NBC10 Clear the Shelters: Hundreds of Pets Find Homes]]> Sat, 19 Aug 2017 14:39:59 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*129/Providence+Animal+Adoption+CTS+Cat+2.JPG

Thousands of animals in our area are up for adoption Saturday as NBC10 tries to Clear the Shelters as part of a national initiative to find homes for cats, dogs and other pets.

In the greater Philadelphia region, 49 rescues and shelters are waiving adoption fees the day. (Find the shelter closest to you.)

The goal is to #ClearTheShelters by finding 'furever' homes for as many animals as possible. Leading up to the event, more than 3,000 pets had already found homes thanks to Clear the Shelters and by 2:30 p.m. Saturday another 600-plus had already found homes including 73 at the Lehigh County Humane Society in Allentown, Pennsylvania and 64 at the Camden County Animal Shelter in Blackwood, New Jersey.

NBC10 personalities Keith Jones and Jessica Boyington joined in the fun at the Brandywine Valley SPCA located at 1212 Phoenixville Pike in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Before the shelter opened at 10 a.m., people were already lined up and soon after the event began, one couple adopted a 14-year-old dog and a family that had lined up since 6:30 a.m. walked away with a beloved pooch.

Telemundo62’s Jaime Becerril and Christian Cazares were at the ACCT Philly on 111 Hunting Park Avenue in Philadelphia where Always Best Care Senior Services donated $3,000 to the effort.

At the Brandywine Valley SPCA in New Castle, pets got hugs from their new owners who lined up to get to take home their new loved one.

It was mostly cats and dogs that got adopted but at least one hamster found a home after being adopted from the Abington SPCA.

And at the Pennsylvania SPCA, "Laverne found her Shirley, or something like that," during a dog adoption.

Share you photos and videos as well as your #LoveMyPet stories on NBC10, the NBC10 app and on social media using the hashtag #CleartheShelters.



Photo Credit: NBC10 - Derrick Cheston
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<![CDATA[Eagles CB Gets Green Hairdo]]> Sat, 19 Aug 2017 14:42:38 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Jalen_Mills_gets_Eagles_Green_Hair_Shape_up.jpg

CSN Philly's John Clark joins Eagles' cornerback Jalen Mills at the barber shop.

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<![CDATA[Beyond Adoptions, Companies Give Shelter Donations]]> Sat, 19 Aug 2017 14:12:58 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000022413467_1200x675_1028229700001.jpg

Always Best Care Senior Services donated $3,000 to ACCT Philly as part of NBC10's and Telemundo62's Clear the Shelters event. NBC10/Telumndo62 president and general manager Ric Harris takes part in the check presentation.

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<![CDATA[Md. Man Admits to Stabbing, Killing Sister, Cousins: Police]]> Sat, 19 Aug 2017 14:19:50 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Antonio+Shareek+Williams.jpg

Police in Maryland said a man confessed to the fatal stabbings of his 6-year-old sister and his two young cousins while they were lying in bed.

Antonio Shareek Williams, 25, was charged with three counts of first-degree murder and three counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of the three girls in Prince George’s County. Police said their bodies were discovered around 7:30 a.m. Friday in a home in the 6400 block of Brooke Jane Drive in Clinton, Maryland.

Investigators said Williams was left in the home by his mother to watch over Nadiara Janae Withers, 6, who police described as his sister, Ariana Elizabeth DeCree, 9, and Ajayah Royale DeCree, 6, his two cousins.

The DeCree sisters are from in Newark, New Jersey, who were in Clinton and visiting for the summer. They are the daughters of the suspect’s mother’s cousin, police said.

When the mother, Andrena Kelley, returned home from work early Friday morning, she discovered the girls in their beds, suffering from what appeared to be stab wounds.

The Prince George’s County Fire Department responded to the scene, but all three children were pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said they found a 2-year-old girl, who was unharmed, in the home when they arrived. She was another sister of the suspect.

Investigators said Williams was arrested and later provided a full confession of how he stabbed and killed the three girls while the kids were sharing a bed. They said he did not provide a reason for the attack.

Williams is in custody of the Department of Corrections on a no-bond status. Police said they had no word about a lawyer for him.



Photo Credit: Prince George's County Police Department
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<![CDATA[NBC Reporter, Boy, Cops Save Dog Darting Through NJ Street]]> Sat, 19 Aug 2017 11:33:49 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/IMG_3562.PNG

Editor's Note: Reporter Pat Battle was covering a story in Hackensack Friday when she encountered a small dog darting through the busy streets. With the help of a boy nearby, several police officers and some other people, the group corralled the stray dog — and became fast friends. This happened one day before NBC 4 and Telemundo 47's annual Clear the Shelters event. Read Pat's heartwarming story below. 

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It takes a village to clear the shelters.

Case in point: After filing my story for our 5 p.m. newscast Friday, I spotted a little black dog running across the lawn in front of the Bergen County Courthouse in Hackensack.

The closest person to her was about 50 yards away — a young boy who I assumed the dog had gotten away from and who was trying to catch her. Not. Ethan was only trying to help a dog he assumed was in trouble.

The streets were fast filling up with cars as people exited the busy courthouse on a Friday afternoon. The dog ran into the road, oblivious as the traffic surrounded her.

The boy was calling her, I was calling her — she listened but didn't obey.

A Hackensack police officer stopped his car to help and joined in the effort to catch the dog. The dog came when I called but dashed away when I tried to grab her. Thus began a 30-minute chase that brought 10 strangers together to catch a dog that weighs less than 10 pounds.

Three police officers, three children and four adults — including this reporter — spent the next 30 to 40 minutes trying to coerce and corral this little dog to safety.

We finally cornered her in a parking lot across the street. Sgt. Anthony DiParisi called for backup. Fortunately, the responding officer was the department's renowned dog whisperer, officer Sean Briggs, and his partner Jessica DeJesus.

Now the little black Chihuaua mix was hiding under a dumpster, lured out inch by inch with morsels of turkey and chicken we got from sources who shall not be named.

After multiple failed attempts to snag her, Officer Briggs finally grabbed her, and the little dog seemed grateful for the rescue. Licking our hands and faces, tail wagging, she remained clutched in the officer's arms.

With no collar, he had to take her to see if she had a microchip. She's off to the Bergen County animal shelter where she will spend the next seven days.

If no one claims her, Ethan and his mom say they will be thrilled to adopt the little dog that we named "Go-Go" because she never stopped running until she felt the love.

You don't have to go through all this to rescue a little dog or a big one — just help us #ClearTheShelters on Saturday.



Photo Credit: Provided to Pat Battle/NBC 4 NY
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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Your Pet Adoption Photos]]> Sat, 19 Aug 2017 14:37:53 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/164*120/Brandywine+SPCA+14+year-old+dog.JPG Hundreds of pets in the Philadelphia region up for adoption found new homes Saturday during the annual Clear the Shelters event. A total of 49 shelters and rescues in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware matched people with the "purfect" pet.

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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Families Add New Members]]> Sat, 19 Aug 2017 12:15:48 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Families_Add_New_Members.jpg

Families lined up at the Brandywine Valley SPCA in West Chester, Pennsylvania Saturday morning in order to find a new members for their families. NBC10's Keith Jones and Jessica Boyington are there to help Clear the Shelters with fee-waived adoptions.

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<![CDATA[Shelters Waive Adoption Fees to Give Pets a 2nd Chance]]> Sat, 19 Aug 2017 10:21:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Local_Shelters_Waive_Adoption_Fees.jpg

NBC10's Keith Jones and Jessica Boyington are at the Brandywine Valley SPCA in West Chester to help clear their shelter. BVSPCA is one of about 50 shelters to waive adoption fees Saturday for Clear the Shelters.

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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Today's the Day to Find a New Pet]]> Sat, 19 Aug 2017 14:18:16 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/20160719+dogs+and+cats.jpg

Tonia Sewell thought that she and her boyfriend would keep the pointer-mix puppy for just five days, until Saturday's Clear the Shelters adoption drive at the Humane Society of Greater Miami.

But instead of giving up the puppy, they decided to keep it. Call it a foster fail.

“The biggest successful foster fail,” Sewell, of Miami Beach, said over the hubbub at the Humane Society Saturday morning.

Clear the Shelters, the third annual pet adoption drive sponsored by the NBC- and Telemundo-owned television stations, culminates today with more than 900 shelters participating in 76 communities across the country. Since this year’s event was launched in the last month more than 40,000 animals found homes.

To encourage families to find a new pet, whether puppies, older cats, rabbits or iguanas, all of the participating animal shelters and rescue organizations are reducing or waiving adoption fees.

When the day began, Sissi, a grey-furred cat with long whiskers, was available for adoption at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter in Fairfax, Virginia. She is super fluffy and a little shy.

At the New Hampshire SPCA in Stratham, Spike needed a new family after his owner died.

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And at Muttville, a senior dog rescue in San Francisco, a 12-year-old bubbly former stray named Sierra was ready for a permanent home.

At the Humane Society of Greater Miami, which saw almost 100 adoptions during last year's event, there was a line outside before the shelter opened Saturday morning. An hour in, about 100 people had come through looking for a pet.

“We’re hoping to break last year’s record for sure,” said Toni Diaz, the associate director of development.

Sewell had already fostered some kittens and thought she would take a break when the Humane Society called about the puppy, which looks like a Jack Russell Terrier. Her boyfriend had always wanted a dog, she said.

“It was meant to be,” she said. “We fostered him for a week. He got along with our cats and that was it.”

The need remains great. The number of animals entering shelters each year is about 6.5 million, 3.3 million dogs and 3.2 million cats, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Though the number has declined from about 7.2 million in 2011, with the biggest drop in the number dogs, approximately 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized each year.

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On the happier side, about 3.2 million shelter animals are adopted annually and another 710,000 are returned to their owners.

In the Washington D.C. area, dogs, cats, a guinea pig and a sun conure or parakeet were adopted in the first hours of the adoption drive. Marcel Green of Gaithersburg, Maryland, lined up early — at 4 a.m. outside the Humane Rescue Alliance — to find a dog for his mother. More than six hours later he and his father, Bruce, were headed home with a 2-month-old chocolate colored puppy.

On the opposite side of the dog-cat divide was Raymond White, from Washington, D.C., who spotted a gray-and-white cat while watching the local NBC station.

“They said come and adopt a cat, and I always wanted one,” he said.

White named his cat “Blessed.”

At the Collin County Animal Services shelter in McKinney, Texas, more than 150 cats and dogs were available for adoption. 

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Clear the Shelters began in Texas in 2014 as a partnership among the NBC and Telemundo stations in Dallas-Fort Worth and dozens of North Texas animal shelters. More than 2,200 homeless animals were adopted that first year, the most in a single day in North Texas.

A year later the number jumped to nearly 20,000 as the adoption drive went national, with more than 400 shelters taking part across the country. Last year, as the event was extended over a month, 53,000 pets were adopted from 680 shelters, 13 of which were emptied.



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<![CDATA[Felines Up for Adoption Take to NBC10's Keith Jones]]> Sat, 19 Aug 2017 10:02:52 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/201*120/Keith+Jones+Cat.JPG

NBC10's Keith Jones and Jessica Boyington play with some adoptable felines at the Brandywine Valley SPCA in West Chester, Pennsylvania that are up for adoption at Saturday's Clear the Shelters event.



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<![CDATA[Joy Unleashed: Rescue Pet Turns Therapy Dog]]> Sat, 19 Aug 2017 09:48:41 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Bella-CTS-Mystic.jpg

From tough beginnings to better lives, rescue pets often inspire people with their perseverance. In fact, one Connecticut dog is changing lives with her story.

These days you will find Bella spending her time at work as a therapy dog. She visits schools, hospitals and retirement homes, such as Academy Point at Mystic.

Bella is 10 1/2 years old, and her life is full of meaning and love. However, like a true underdog tale, Bella’s story didn’t start out this way.

“Like a dog unleashed running full out, like the white streak that was Bella,” read Bella’s owner, Jean Bauer.

Bauer lives in Stonington and wrote a book based on Bella's life called “Joy Unleashed: The Story of Bella, the Unlikely Therapy Dog.” Bella’s story started far from Connecticut on a beach in Puerto Rico.

“Dead Dog Beach is particularly sad because dogs are not only dumped there, they are tortured, they are killed, so she was a very lucky survivor,” said Bauer.

Bauer adopted Bella and notes that, at first, the transition was tough.

“She was a wild puppy. She was so wild in fact we had to have her on a leash in the house,” said Bauer.

The vet suggested something to keep Bella busy: to work as a therapy dog. 

“I think Bella communicates with residents in a way people can't,” said Nancy Chaput, the director of community relations at Academy Point, an assisted living center for seniors. 

Chaput said Bella has brought so much joy to the residents, that most of them have read her book. The book helps speak for Bella, but really it’s her wagging tail and constant companionship that is her real communication.

“I wish my Bichon was here, but my Bichon is gone. And to see another dog here it's a wonderful feeling. It's a feeling of home again,” said Marge Ciminera, a resident of Academy Point.

It’s a welcome home, only a rescue can understand.

“Bella didn't mind not having the words, she spoke fluently with her whole body, a gift to all she serves and was simply joy unleashed,” the book closed. 

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<![CDATA[Police Shoot, Kill Knife-Wielding Man After Wife Attack]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:01:43 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/police+involved+shooting9.JPG

A knife-wielding man was shot and killed by police after lunging at cops responding to a domestic violence call in New Jersey early Friday, authorities say. 

The suspect, identified as 60-year-old Leroy Frank, stabbed his estranged wife multiple times in a home on Greenbrook Drive in Bloomfield, prosecutors said. Cops responded to the scene after getting a call shortly before 8 a.m. 

When police arrived, they found Leroy still holding the knife, investigators said. The officers tried to disarm him, but he lunged at them, at which point one of the cops fired his service weapon two times, according to officials. 

It wasn't clear where Leroy was hit. Investigators had initially said he was taken to a hospital in critical condition, but prosecutors later said he was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The stabbed woman, who is 54 but has not been identified, was hospitalized in stable condition. The officer who shot Leroy was taken to a hospital for evaluation after complaining of chest pains. 

It wasn't immediately clear if any prior domestic violence calls had been made from the home. The area was cordoned off as authorities investigated.

Neighbor Greg Silverstein was stunned to learn Frank pulled a knife on his estranged wife; he called the couple next door his favorite neighbors. 

"He just seemed like a decent guy, it's really shocking," he said. 



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<![CDATA[Jessica Boyington Is Not Up for Adoption, These Dogs Are]]> Sat, 19 Aug 2017 09:18:03 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Clear_The_Shelters_Event.jpg

NBC10 looks to clear the shelters Saturday, as we join Keith Jones and Jessica Boyington at the Brandywine Valley SPCA where plenty of dogs are up for adoption.

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<![CDATA[2 Shot at NJ Turnpike Rest Stop, Troopers Talk to Rapper]]> Sat, 19 Aug 2017 08:35:24 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/BECKFORD+NJ+TURNPIKE+SHOOTING+PKG+11PM+b+-+01004415_WNBC_000000.jpg

Police say two people were shot at a rest stop on the New Jersey Turnpike Friday evening.

New Jersey state police detectives were seen questioning several people inside the Thomas Edison service area in Woodbridge, including a man several witnesses identified as a rapper who goes by the name Money Bagg Yo. 

The Memphis rapper, whose real name is Demario White, was scheduled to perform in Newark Friday night. It's unclear what role, if any, he or anyone in his group played in the shooting. 

White and several other men were seen being escorted to a waiting police car, though they were not placed in handcuffs. 

The conditions of the two people shot are also unclear. But rest area workers who aided the injured, including one shot in the head, say they were alert and talking. 



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<![CDATA[NBC10 Clears the Shelters Day Is Here]]> Sat, 19 Aug 2017 08:30:39 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/206*120/Brandywine+Clear+the+Shelters.JPG

Linda Torelli from the Brandywine Valley SPCA joins NBC10's ted Greenberg to discuss Saturday's Clear the Shelters event and introduce us to a furry friend up for adoption.



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<![CDATA[Protect Your Eyes During Solar Eclipse]]> Sat, 19 Aug 2017 07:53:23 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Solar_Eclipse_Warning.jpg

NBC10's Drew Smith discusses the dangers of looking at an eclipse without the approved glasses or a pinhole viewer.

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<![CDATA[Paint on the Face: Vandals Deface Frank Rizzo Mural]]> Sat, 19 Aug 2017 09:36:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/Frank+Rizzo+Mural+Paint+Vandal.JPG

As the debate over if the Frank Rizzo statue should remain on city property continues, a mural of the late Philadelphia mayor was defaced overnight.

A police officer patrolling the area around the Italian Market in South Philadelphia – once a Rizzo stronghold – heard breaking glass just before 3 a.m. Saturday in the area of 9th and Montrose streets, police said.

The officer rushed toward the mural to find a group of masked people with mason jars full of white paint and spray paint vandalizing the mural.

One of the paint-filled glass jars smashed onto Rizzo’s face leaving a large splash of paint over Rizzo’s nose. Vandals also wrote the words “Kill Killer Cops” and “Rest in Peace David” – apparently a reference to David Jones, who was shot and killed during a June traffic stop.

The officer gave chase and caught up to one of the suspected vandals but the others got away, dropping jars of paint along the way.

This was at least the third time the Rizzo mural was vandalized including as recent as May.

“The mural of Frank Rizzo has been both beloved and reviled since its creation in 1995 by artist Diane Keller,” Mural Arts Philadelphia executive director Jane Golden said earlier in the week. “Given our history about community-driven projects, perhaps it is time to have a conversation about whether this mural should stay or be replaced by something else.”

The argument over removing honors to Rizzo includes a statue of the politician.

The bronze statue of Rizzo, Philadelphia's polarizing former police commissioner and mayor, was defaced late Thursday with the words "Black Power" written in white spray paint.

The vandal also wrote "The Black community should be their own police" on the steps of the Municipal Services Building on John F. Kennedy Boulevard in Center City where the statue stands.

The string of vandalism follows renewed calls for the removal of public images in the wake of the deadly violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, and national discussion over how to handle statues and monuments linked to racism and other emotionally charged issues. 

Driven by Philadelphia Councilwoman Helen Gym, there is growing support for removing tributes to Rizzo, who died of a heart attack in 1991. Some call the statue and mural reminders of Rizzo's strained history with the African-American and gay communities during the late 1960s and 1970s. 

Rizzo, a hard-charging, big-mouthed icon of head-cracking law enforcement in Philadelphia, served as police commissioner for four years before serving two terms as the city’s mayor from 1972 to 1980. His friends, family and fans remember him as a devoted public servant unafraid to speak his mind. Thousands of people signed a recent online petition to keep the statue in place.

Rizzo's detractors saw his police force as corrupt and brutal.

Lowlights from his time as police commissioner include an incident in 1970 of officers raiding the Philadelphia headquarters of the Black Panthers and forcing the men to strip in public.

For those who knew and covered him, like former cop and retired Inquirer reporter Thomas J. Gibbons Jr. and NBC News correspondent Andrea Mitchell, Rizzo can't be easily compared to other politicians. And Rizzo doesn't belong in the same category as long-gone Confederate leaders whose statues are coming down across the country.



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<![CDATA[After the Storm: Double Rainbows, Lightning and Fiery Skies]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:33:39 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/rainbow+and+lightning.jpg A strong line of storms brought heavy rain and high winds, but it also created a spectacular show as it moved out Friday evening.

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<![CDATA[Surf Concerns in Atlantic City Rise]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:22:52 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Surf_Concerns_in_Atlantic_City.jpg

As safety concerns rise in New Jersey beach towns, some families are opting to stay out of the water. NBC10's Ted Greenberg has the story.

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<![CDATA[#CleartheShelters: Fee-Free Adoptions at a Shelter Near You]]> http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Clear+the+Shelters+Brandywine+SPCA+Furlong+4+Dog+Hug.JPG

Animal shelters across the country are teaming up with NBC and Telemundo stations to find loving homes for pets in need.

The third annual Clear the Shelters event, a nationwide pet adoption initiative, will be held Aug. 19, 2017. Hundreds of shelters in 20 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico will waive or discount fees as part of the one-day adoption drive. 

The goal is to #ClearTheShelters by finding 'furever' homes for as many animals as possible. Over 53,000 pets were adopted during last year’s event, but millions more remain homeless. Every year, 7.6 million animals end up in shelters nationwide — and only 2.7 million are adopted, according to the ASPCA.

Dozens of local shelters will take part this year in Clear the Shelters. Refer to the interactive map above to identify a participating shelter near you.

Prefer a list? Check it out below:

Pennsylvania

Berks County

Bucks County

Chester County

Delaware County

Lancaster County

Lehigh County

Montgomery County

Northampton County

Philadelphia County 

Susquehanna County

New Jersey
Atlantic County

Burlington County

Camden County

Cape May County

Gloucester County

Mercer County

Ocean County

Salem County

Somerset County

Sussex County

Delaware
New Castle County



Photo Credit: NBC10 - Tim Furlong
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<![CDATA[NJ Lifesaver: Trooper Performs CPR on Woman on Side of GSP]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:01:45 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/202*120/Didier+Paul+CPR+GSP.JPG

The quick actions of a New Jersey trooper saved a woman’s life along the Garden State Parkway.

Trooper Didier Paul resuscitated the 70-year-old woman using CPR around 4:20 p.m. Thursday along the southbound lanes.

Dashcam video released by New Jersey State Police shows Paul responding to Joan Murphy of North Wildwood and another person outside of a Chrysler minivan. "Hello can you hear me?" Paul says as he approaches the woman. You see the trooper helping Murphy into the van.

In the video you see that Paul quickly realizes Murphy isn’t breathing so he lays her down on the shoulder and begins CPR as traffic zips by on the other side of the van.

Murphy quickly regained consciousness and began to breathe on her own, even responding to Didier's questions, "are you OK?" after Paul administered several chest compressions, police said.

Middle Township medics arrived and took the woman to a nearby hospital where she was listed in stable condition.



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<![CDATA[NBC10 in Barcelona: 'This is Not A Way of Living']]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:13:20 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Barcelona+nighttime+vigil+Alicia.jpg

BARCELONA — The soft red glow of hundreds of candles could be seen from down La Rambla, a popular thoroughfare for tourists and residents in Barcelona, Spain.

Those gathered around their flames had tears in their eyes. Some sang songs, played the guitar or hugged each other.

They were there to honor the 13 people who died and more than 100 who were injured Thursday in an apparent terrorist attack.

Up and down the very same road a driver plowed through pedestrians just 24 hours earlier, flowers and handwritten notes remembered the destruction left in its wake.

Memorials sprouted up in areas where individual people died, including a small child who one witness said appeared to be "sleeping" in their final moments.

"This is not a way of living," said Juan Bautista Garvers, a tourist from Argentina, pointing to a brown stain on the ground.

“We can’t be here killing each other. Everyone remembers Sept. 11th, Paris, Germany, London. It’s just so sad.”

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Garvers and his wife were on their third visit to Barcelona, strolling down the relaxed corridor of La Rambla with its Gothic architecture and labyrinthine alleyways, when they saw a van careen down the main walkway. Some pedestrians jumped out of the way in time, but countless others could not.

“It was so painful, so difficult, seeing a little one like that,” Garvers said.

Throughout the day Friday, mourners paid homage to the place where that child and several others died. Two people held signs offering free hugs to strangers. Many accepted the offer. 

Then, as the sun set and La Rambla sprang into nightlife, hundreds of demonstrators gathered for an anti-fascist and anti-terrorist march.

They chanted "No fascism in Barcelona" and "Fascism is terrorism" as police watched from the sidelines. Cars pulled over to let them pass.

"It's been a very sad mood, a very somber mood," said an Englishman named Arthur, who declined to provide his last name. He said this march was an attempt to prove that Barcelona would not be intimidated by terrorists. 

Tourists who refused to change travel plans expressed similar determination.

New Jersey resident Zhannetta Cheshun said she didn't even consider rescheduling her 10-day trip. She would fly to Spain with her children and husband, board a cruise liner and explore the Mediterranean unfazed, she said. After all, Barcelona would now be "the safest city in the world" as police closely monitor the Spanish haven, she said. 

But one thing did give the Cheshuns pause. Their friends and travel companions were trapped inside a cafe just one block from where Thursday's attack happened. Police would not let them leave, and the cafe owner closed the gate to prevent anyone from getting inside.

Cheshun worried about their safety when she first heard news of the attack, but quickly resigned herself to continue as planned.

"I never wished to live in this kind of world," she said, adding that her husband is a 9/11 survivor.

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Alex Cheshun worked in the World Trade Center and stopped for coffee the morning of Sept. 11. The detour added 10 minutes to his commute but potentially years to his life, he said.

“There is nothing we can do about it,” Cheshun said, with an air of inevitability echoed in parts of Barcelona and other cities impacted by terrorism.

At the Barcelona airport, a family from Delaware patiently waited for their luggage to arrive. Two pre-teens blew gum bubbles as their mother, Amy Cole, tried to herd the lot. Her family would soon embark on a Disney cruise departing from Barcelona and, after two years of planning, the Coles would not turn around. Instead, the mother of two explained to her daughters that the world is filled with terrible surprises.

“We tried to talk to them in terms they understand,” Cole said. “But you have to keep living. Anything can happen at any time.”

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In the streets of La Rambla, Leah Israel, a tourist from the country of Israel, was thankful for the moments of solidarity that came after Thursday’s attack. She recalled hearing screams and seeing people scatter when the car tore down street. All of a sudden chaos erupted, she said.

“I started calling for my mom and she was yelling my name,” Israel said. “We saw a baby doll drop on the floor. People just dropped whatever they had and ran.”

Employees at a nearby market distributed free food and beverages for people trapped inside during the attack, Israel said. It was a hint of the unity that continues to be shown throughout the city despite fear of what could happen next.

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NBC10 Digital reporter Alicia Victoria Lozano is reporting from Barcelona, Spain in the wake of Thursday's terror attacks. Look for her reports on the NBC10 app and NBC10.com. Follow her on Twitter or visit the NBC10 Facebook page for live reports.



Photo Credit: NBC10/Alicia Lozano
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<![CDATA[Bannon Plans to 'Crush the Opposition' Back at Breitbart]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:23:04 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_17230611688308.jpg

After his exit as Chief White House Strategist, Steve Bannon returned as the executive chairman for Breitbart News Friday, a spokesman for the site confirmed to NBC News. Confirmation from the company came shortly after the site published an article titled "'Populist Hero' Stephen K. Bannon Returns Home to Breitbart."

Bannon himself expressed excitement about his return, telling the Weekly Standard in an interview published moments after the company's announcement that he felt "jacked up," and referred to the site as one of his "weapons."

"Now I'm free. I've got my hands back on my weapons. Someone said, 'it’s Bannon the Barbarian.' I am definitely going to crush the opposition," Bannon said.

"And now I’m about to go back, knowing what I know, and we're about to rev that machine up," he added, referring to Breitbart. "And rev it up we will do.



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<![CDATA[As Philly Debates Rizzo Statue, Program Highlights New Monuments]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 23:37:59 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/thumbnail60.jpg

The Frank Rizzo statue has been a lightning rod as some call to have it removed. But what about future monuments? A program looks to create works that better reflects the city's citizens and values. NBC10's Brandon Hudson reports.

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<![CDATA[Kitten, Puppy Up for Adoption in Camden County]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:19:24 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Kitten_and_Puppy_for_Clear_the_Shelters.jpg

NBC10's Rosemary Connors speaks to Mike Bricker about the animals up for adoption at the Camden County animal shelter including these two cuties.

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<![CDATA[Uber Driver Rapes Intoxicated Passenger: NYPD]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 23:23:03 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/uber-file.jpg

Police are looking for an Uber driver who allegedly drove an intoxicated woman from Manhattan to his home in Queens and raped her, police said. 

The driver picked up the 31-year-old victim on East 52nd Street at about 1:40 a.m. Thursday, according to police. She passed out at some point, and she awoke in the Uber driver's home on Sanford Avenue in Queens. 

She asked the driver where she was, and he allegedly told her they were in his home. When she remembered they'd had sex, the driver allegedly told her he'd used protection and to "please don't tell the police," the NYPD said.

The woman told the driver to take her home, then called police. 

Police are still searching for the driver.

An Uber spokeswoman said the report is "very concerning" and that the company is looking into it.



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<![CDATA[NBC10 Responds: Unclaimed Property Warning]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:15:16 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NBC10_Responds_Unclaimed_Property_Warning.jpg

NBC10's Harry Hairston has a warning for you about companies trying to charge you for your unclaimed property, and how you can make sure they don't get in between you and your wallet.

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<![CDATA[South Jersey Library Wins Eclipse Funding]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:11:54 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/South_Jersey_Library_Wins_Eclipse_Funding.jpg

A South Jersey library is one of 75 chosen by NASA to receive grant funding and special resources for Monday's solar eclipse. Now, as local kids learn about what exactly the eclipse is, the library is planning more fun ways for the kids to experience the event.

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<![CDATA[Witnesses Speak on Barcelona Terror]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:11:37 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Witnesses_Speak_on_Barcelona_Terror.jpg

One woman who was taking her mom to Spain for a short vacation witnessed first-hand the terror attack on Thursday. Now, that witness is speaking out about what she saw.

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