<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Top Stories]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com en-us Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:22:43 -0400 Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:22:43 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[2 in Police Custody for Fatal Carjacking That Killed 3]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 06:48:58 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*135/carjacking+crash+victims+thomas+reed+terrence+moore+keirerra+williams.jpg

Two days after a carjacking that killed three siblings, Philadelphia Police have two persons of interest in custody -- a 19-year-old male and a man in his 20s. 

The Police Department's forensics team lifted finger prints from the stolen SUV and located a bloody t-shirt around the corner from the crash.

"You can run but you can't hide but for so long. You've got to pay for what you done," said the victims' uncle Antonio Moore. 

A memorial continues to grow for the siblings who were struck and killed by carjackers while they were helping their mother sell fruit along a North Philadelphia street Friday morning. Their mother, another woman and the carjacking victim are fighting for their lives as police search for the men responsible.

"I'm gonna miss all three of them," said Ronnie, a neighbor of the victims. "They were very good, respectable children." 

The five pedestrians were working at the fruit cart on the corner of Germantown and Allegheny Avenues around 11:15 a.m. on Friday when a white Toyota 4Runner, stolen minutes earlier by two men, blew a tire and jumped the curb, Philadelphia Police Homicide Capt. James Clark said.

The large SUV plowed into the group, skidded across a grassy lot and rammed head-on into a tree.

Thomas Reed, 10, drew his last breath on the street, Clark said. His 15-year-old sister Keiearra Williams was taken to Temple University Hospital where she died a short time later. Their 7-year-old brother, Terrence Moore, was rushed to St. Christopher's Hospital for Children where, despite doctor's efforts, he died.

"That's my son ya'll took away from me," said Terrence's father. "Whoever you all are, turn yourselves in!"

Officials said the three were helping their mother sell the fruit to raise money for their church.

"I've been in the homicide unit for six years and this is one of the saddest cases I've come across," Clark said. "You have three innocent children who had the rest of their lives in front of them that were taken in this fashion. It's very sad. It's very tragic and we will find the individuals that are responsible."

The children's 34-year-old mother and 69-year-old family friend Thelma Brown were also seriously hurt. Clark said the mother is in extremely critical condition at Temple University Hospital.

A sixth victim, the woman who was carjacked, is also in critical, but stable condition at Temple. She was in the SUV when it crashed. Clark said she is a real estate agent and had just finished showing a home near 6th and Cumberland Streets when the men forced their way into her SUV at gunpoint. That's about a mile from the crash scene.

At first, the suspects had the real estate agent drive, but then forced her into the back seat as one of the men took the wheel, Clark said. Detectives believe the SUV was traveling at a very high rate of speed when the tire blew.

Both suspects fled the scene on foot after the crash. A manhunt is now underway. The suspect's descriptions are not fully clear, but one was wearing a white T-shirt and basketball shorts. Police say he was armed with a gun. The other suspect is wearing an orange shirt and basketball shorts.

Authorities say the men may be injured from the crash and they have alerted all area emergency rooms to be on the lookout for anyone who comes in with car crash injuries.

Homicide detectives have also obtained some surveillance video from both scenes and plan to look for any identifying photos of the suspects.

The city is offering a $100,000 reward to anyone who provides information that leads to an arrest and conviction of the men. The reward had begun at $20,000, but continued to rise as each child passed away and additional donors chipped in.

The Fraternal Order of Police added an additional $10,000 to the reward for the arrests of the men wanted in the fatal accident. To receive the $10K, the men must be in police custody by noon Monday.

"There are really no words for how I feel right now, but we do need to find these people and that needs to be our focus right now," said Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey. "Finding the people responsible for this crime and get them in custody as soon as possible before they harm anyone else."

A vigil for the victims was held Saturday at the site of the crash.

<![CDATA[2 High School Students Dead in New Jersey Crash]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 06:46:42 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/ambulance-shutterstock_12161325.jpg

Officials say two high school students died in a New Jersey car crash Saturday.

The two were passengers in the car that crashed in Randolph, N.J., near 48 Ironia Road, at around 1:30 p.m., according to the  Morris County Prosecutor's Office.

They were students at Randolph High School, according to authorities.

In a statement Sunday, Randolph Township Schools Superintendent David Browne said in a statement that the shchool would be open Monday and counseling services would be provided to students.

"Our entire school community is in mourning and our thoughts are most certainly wih the families and friends of the two students, beloved by so many," Browne said. 

The victims' exact ages and identities were not immediately released, nor were the circumstances surrounding the crash.

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<![CDATA[NBC10 First Alert Weather: Cool & Windy]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 05:37:00 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000007693892_1200x675_312859203878.jpg The strong storms we saw overnight are heading out of our region, but the wind gusts and cooler air does stay with us. NBC10 meteorologist Bill Henley has what you can expect for your Monday, as well as your 7-day forecast.]]> <![CDATA[5 Shot, 1 Dead Outside Feltonville Home]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 06:32:55 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/185*120/Feltonville+Shooting.JPG

One person is dead and four others were injured in a shooting outside a Feltonville home early Monday.

The shooting happened outside a home in the area of Rising Sun Avenue and Rockland Street just after 12:30 a.m.

One man was pronounced dead on the scene, another was taken to Temple University Hospital. Three women were rushed to Einstein Medical Center, according to police.

The identities of the victims have not been released.

Police say they found more than 30 shell cases outside the home.

The deadly shooting is under investigation.


<![CDATA[In Case You Missed It: Yesterday's Top Stories]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 06:34:28 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/250*120/Mom+Son+Shot+Ridley.JPG

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

Father Shoots Himself After Killing Son, Injuring Girlfriend: Police
A Philadelphia man is dead after police say he shot and killed his son, critically injured his girlfriend and then turned the gun on himself.

2 in Police Custody for Fatal Carjacking That Killed 3 at Fruit Stand
Two days after a carjacking that killed three siblings, Philadelphia Police have two persons of interest in custody -- a 19-year-old male and a man in his 20s.

Mom, Daughter Killed in Garden State Parkway Crash
A mother and her daughter are dead after their car slammed into a pickup truck on the Garden State Parkway Saturday afternoon.

"Mom from Hell" Charged After Boy  With 27 Bruises Walks into Policing Center
A woman from suburban Philadelphia, who police have dubbed a "mom from hell," was arrested after her 11-year-old son walked into a policing center with 27 bruises and welts on his body.

Toddler Crashes Jeep, Runs Home to Watch Cartoons
Police say a toddler crashed a Jeep into an Oregon home, then ran back to his home to watch cartoons


<![CDATA[Ramsey "Confident" Manhunt Over in Deadly Carjacking]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:21:38 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/carjackers+run+down+kids+fruit+stand.PNG

Homicide detectives are questioning two men in connection with a carjacking that ended with the running down of a crowd of five people along a Philadelphia street. Three children, all siblings, who were in the group were killed.

The persons of interest, one 19-years-old and the other in his 20s, were taken into police custody on Sunday. The younger man turned himself into detectives alongside his mother and their pastor, sources said. U.S. Marshals and city police later took the older man into custody that evening.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said Monday morning he's confident the men either are or know who are responsible for Friday's deadly crash.

"I am satisfied that we don't need to have a manhunt out there right now," he said. "Let's deal with what we have now and unless things take a turn then we're pretty confident that we have people who have valuable information to bring this to a successful conclusion."

It was around 11:15 a.m. on Friday when a speeding white Toyota 4Runner lost control at Germantown and Allegheny Avenues in the Tioga section of the city and ran into the sidewalk. The large SUV, which had been stolen at gunpoint a short time earlier, plowed into five people selling fruit for their church on the corner, police said.

Thomas Reed, 10, his 15-year-old sister, Keiearra Williams, and their 7-year-old brother Terrence Moore were killed, according to police. Their mother, 34-year-old Keisha Williams, and their 65-year-old neighbor Thelma Brown were also hurt.

After running down the group, the SUV then slammed into a tree. The two suspects ran from the scene, but inside the car was it's owner. That woman, who police haven't identified, is a realtor who was carjacked at 6th and Cumberland Streets before the crash, officials said.

The carjacking victim was also critically hurt, but has been able to speak with police. Ramsey said she has been a great help to the investigation.

Sources say detectives have also been relying on forensic evidence -- fingerprints on the the stolen vehicle and a bloody shirt located nearby -- to help narrow down their manhunt.

Ramsey said his investigators are speaking with the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office about filing charges and expect to have an announcement later on Monday.

NBC10.com will carry any news conferences live right here. This story will also be updated as we obtain new information.

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<![CDATA[NBC10 First Alert Weather: Windy Monday]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:52:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/CSN+jul+28.JPG We'll feel some cooler temperatures Monday to start off our work week. NBC10 meteorologist Bill Henley has more of what you can expect in the 7-day forecast.

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<![CDATA[Heavy Rain, Roof Leak Evacuates Center City Apartments]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:44:00 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Flooded+Apartments+edit.jpeg

Residents of a Center City apartment building received a rude awakening overnight when heavy rain and a major leak forced the evacuation of their homes.

Thirty-six residents of Midtown Apartments on 12th and Walnut streets were out on the street, dogs, cats and babies in hand, in the middle of the night after the storms and heavy rain caused the roof of the building to leak into hallways and homes.

"I opened the door to head out and there was sort of a waterfall coming from the ceiling and an inch of water on the ground," said one resident.

The water caused the electrical and fire alarm systems to short.

Most evacuees were taken in by family or friends. About a dozen are being housed at Continental Charter School on South 7th Street.

Licenses and Inspections says that the building, which PMC Property Group lists as "newly renovated," has more than a dozen code violations. Although what those violations are is unclear at this time.

Crews are working on the leak and the building is under repair, according to fire officials.


<![CDATA[Kids Play In PAL Citywide Baseball]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:06:41 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Baseball+Bat+Generic.jpg Championship games will be held Monday at Campbell's Field in Camden for the Police Athletic League's youth baseball program.

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<![CDATA[Del. Governor to Sign Teen Tanning Bill]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:19:37 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Tanning-Bed-040512.jpg

Governor Markell plans to sign a bill aimed at reducing teens’ risk for melanoma -- which, in the simplest terms, mean no tanning for teens -- starting Monday.

The bill goes into effect at noon and will ban anyone under the age of 18 from using tanning facilities, regardless of whether or not they have their parents permission.

Under current law, minors between the ages of 14 and 18 can tan with parental consent.

Delaware Governor Markell will be joined by State Representatives Paul Baumbach, Dennis E. Williams, and David Wilson, and Senator Bethany Hall-Long, when he sings the bill.

The bill will also require signs warning of the dangers of tanning be posted inside tanning facilities.


<![CDATA[Synthetic Pot Hospitalizations]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:25:07 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Synthetic-Pot-NYC.jpg

More than a dozen people in New York City were hospitalized after using synthetic marijuana in the last few days, officials said.

The city’s health department said that 15 people were hospitalized since Thursday with “severe adverse reactions” to the drugs, which are known by names like "K2" and "Spice." All of the victims hospitalized in that span lived in Harlem and Chelsea.

The agency warned people to steer clear of the group of drugs, which can cause hallucinations and seizures.

“K2, Spice, Green Giant – no matter what you call it, synthetic cannabinoids are dangerous and illegal,” Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett said. “I urge people not to use these products, which have caused a huge spike in emergency room visits this year.”

The Health Department says ER visits for drug reactions have more than doubled so far this year.

Synthetic marijuana products, designed to mimic the effects of real pot, were sold legally in stores earlier this decade labeled as incense or potpourri, but they were banned by the federal government in 2012.

Health officials are asking anyone with information on the sale of the designer drugs to call 311.

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<![CDATA[SoCal Lightning Kills 1, Injures 8]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 04:24:37 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/venice-beach-lightning-sand.jpg

A 20-year-old man has died in the hospital after being struck by lightning at Venice Beach on Sunday, officials said. Seven other beachgoers were also hospitalized, including one with critical injuries.

The victims were in or near the water next to the pier when the bolts touched down about 2:20 p.m., the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

"All of a sudden it was the loudest thunder I've ever heard, it was like a scene out of 'Jaws,' all the mothers were going into grab their kids to drag them out of the water," said witness Joe Doro.

Thirteen people, who were all in or near the water when the bolts touched down, were checked out by firefighters at the scene. Eight of them were taken to hospitals, including seven adults and a 15-year-old, the LAFD said.

The Los Angeles County coroner's office confirmed that the man died at Marina Del Rey Hospital.

A swimmer who was released from the hospital Sunday night said he doesn't remember the lightning strike, but recalls being rescued by friends from the water after suddenly losing consciousness.

"The next thing you know I was struggling to get my head back above the water," said the swimmer, who identified himself only as Paul. "Thank God they were brave enough to just jump in and not hesitate."

"I understand one person didn't make it. I just want to say that my thoughts go out to that person's family," Paul added.

A video taken at the scene shows the frantic moments when rescuers pulled another person who appeared to be unconscious out of the water.

A beachgoer who was about 50 yards away from the pier said he felt a jolt of electricity from his feet to the top of his head when the lightning struck.

"We all got up off the ground and we were just amazed by what had happened," Eric Amparansaid. "We saw some commotion by the waterline and another person was struck by the lightning, and he was unconscious lying on the beach. The lifeguards were already there doing CPR on him."

Witnesses said the clap of thunder sounded like an explosion.

"A flash and simultaneously the loudest clap of thunder I’ve ever heard in my life, because it was so close. I thought it was like a bomb almost," said witness Ned Walker.

On Santa Catalina Island, a 57-year-old man who was on an Avalon golf course was also struck by lightning. He was hospitalized in stable condition, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. He was expected to survive.

In Redondo Beach, a home and car parked in its driveway in the 1600 block of Haynes Lane were damaged by a bolt of lightning. No one there was hurt.

As of 11 p.m. Sunday, hundreds of Southern California Edison customers in Redondo Beach were without power. The utility said it hopes to have power restored by 6 a.m. Monday.

The lightning strikes occurred as a thunderstorm hit the island, causing minor flooding and setting two small fires in the brushy backcountry that were quickly doused.

Monsoon conditions moving in from Arizona were expected to bring small amounts of rain -- up to a quarter-inch -- all throughout Los Angeles County through the evening, according to David Sweet, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

“There is that potential for brief heavy amounts,” Sweet said of the rain. “In most places it will be small.”

In Avalon, about two-thirds of an inch was recorded in about 30 minutes, weather officials said. One man was apparently injured in a lightning strike and minor flooding reported in the area, according to wire reports.

After a cloudy night, the sun was expected to be out again Monday. Temperatures were expected in the mid to upper 70s inland areas and 80s and 90s inland.

Weather officials said the rainfall was too localized to make any dent in the state's ongoing drought crisis.

Kate Larsen and Gadi Schwartz contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Closing Casino Trying to Find Workers New Jobs]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 06:52:11 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/casiono-hotel74342967.jpg The Showboat Casino is holding a job fair in Atlantic City Monday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to help workers find new jobs.

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<![CDATA[Parents of Malnourished Girls to Be Sentenced]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 06:16:52 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000007695699_1200x675_312861251980.jpg Carole and Vincent McDonald of Delaware County are scheduled for sentencing Monday for the malnourishment of their two young daughters. The girls were removed from the family home in October 2013.]]> <![CDATA[Mom in Court for Allegedly Beating Son]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 06:18:49 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Samantha-Starnes.jpg Samantha Starnes of Upper Darby is scheduled to appear in court today for allegedly beating her son for not doing his chores. The boy showed up at an Upper Darby police station beaten and bruised.

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<![CDATA[Power Outages]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 05:43:57 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000007695726_1200x675_312865859568.jpg Some area residents lost power during the strong storms overnight. Here's the latest outages.]]> <![CDATA[Chaos After Calif. Lightning Strike]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:59:30 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/venice-lightning-rescue.jpg

Beachgoers reported seeing a bright flash, hearing the sound of a loud explosion and witnessing the chaos that ensued along the coast during a fatal lightning strike in Venice on Sunday afternoon.

"It was the loudest thunder I've ever heard," said witness Joe Doro. "It was like a scene out of 'Jaws,' all the mothers were going in to grab their kids to drag them out of the water."

The lightning bolts touched down about 2:20 p.m. near the pier, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

Eight people who were in and near the water were taken to the hospital, the LAFD tweeted, including a 20-year-old man who was later pronounced dead. Five other people were treated and released at the scene.

"You heard this crackle, this giant bolt up in the sky that I've never seen like that - and I'm from the Midwest, and we see lots of lightning," Doro said.

People who were on the sand as far as 50 yards away from the pier reported being shocked.

"I felt heat pressure on top of my head and just kind of an electric buzz through my body," said another witness.

Eric Amparan, who was playing volleyball when the lightning bolts touched down, said he saw a woman calling for her father, who had been pulled out of the water by rescuers and was apparently unconscious.

"She was crying and saying, 'Daddy, daddy, daddy,'" he said. When she overheard that her father was breathing, she said, "'Daddy, I love you,'" he added.

Alexandria Thompson, who tweets news on her Twitter account @Venice311, was at home near the beach when she inadvertently recorded the thunder.

"It actually sounded like there was debris falling," she said. "I mean it was the craziest thing I've ever heard."

Thompson headed for the beach, where county lifeguards and Los Angeles city firefighters were treating more than a dozen people.

<![CDATA[Friends Pray for Texas Doctor]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:04:52 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/072714+Brantly+family.jpg

A relief group official says two American aid workers have tested positive for the Ebola virus while working to combat an outbreak of the deadly disease at a hospital in Liberia.

Ken Isaacs, a vice president of Samaritan's Purse, says told The Associated Press on Sunday that 33-year-old Dr. Kent Brantly was stable and in very serious condition.

Brantly is the medical director for the group's Ebola care center on the outskirts of the Liberian capital of Monrovia and has been diagnosed with the very disease he was trying to help fight.

Isaacs identified the second American, Nancy Writebol, as a worker with an allied aid group SIM, or Serving in Mission, which runs the hospital. He said she was in stable and serious condition.

He said both Americans have since been isolated and are under intensive treatment.

Friends of Brantly told NBC 5 he is not only  a great person but is also a great doctor.

“Kent is a humble family man, soft-spoken yet deep thoughts and very intelligent,” said Jason Brewington, a friend and colleague from John Peter Smith Hospital.

Brewington helped supervise Brantly during his four–year residency in maternal health and family medicine at JPS Hospital in Fort Worth. But, their story doesn’t start there. The men’s wives were friends years before the Brantlys moved to North Texas. Brewington describes his friend as man devoted to the Lord.

“In this case when you’re called to do something, to go somewhere, you have two options — either to answer that call or not,” Brewington said.

Brantly, a father of two, answered. Brewington said he worked on various missions all across the world but most recently worked in Haiti, Nigeria and Tanzania.  

“He and his wife, I think before they even met, knew they wanted to do missions, and they have always lived their lives with that in mind at some point they would be on the mission field in a hospital doing what no one else wants to do,” Brewington said.

“That’s a calling not everyone has — it’s a passion that not everyone has and I’m glad to be a part of Kent and Amber’s family in that regard.”

At the Southside Church of Christ where the Brantly Family are members, Brantly has been added to the prayer list.

“When we heard about the fact that he had come down with the virus we were all very touched, and one of the first things that we do is get him on a prayer list because we believe the avenue for this healing of this particular virus, which there is no cure for, is God," said Keith Crow, member of Southside Church of Christ.

"God is going to have to pull him through it."

<![CDATA[I-95 Opened After Crash in Ridley Township]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:11:20 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Police-Lights-Generic-Chase.jpg

According to police, I-95 northbound was closed in Ridley Township due to a multi-vehicle crash just before 11:00 p.m. Sunday.

The closure was from I-476 to the Stewart Avenue exit and was reopened within 20 minutes.

One car is on its side near milemarker 8 near the Stewart Avenue exit.

It is unknown if there are injuries at this time.

NBC10 will provide updated details here as they develop.

<![CDATA[Uber Driver Arrested After Assault]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 20:01:57 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/police-lights-night-shutterstock_54084688.jpg

Police have made an arrest after a woman claimed an Uber cab driver sexually assaulted her earlier this month.

Police arrested 31-year-old Reshad Chakari of Alexandria, Virginia, and charged him with second-degree sexual abuse.

On July 20, police had responded to the 1400 block of Rhode Island Ave., NW, where a woman reported that an Uber Cab driver had sexually assaulted her. According to the police report, the woman said Chakari touched her while she was sleeping in the car.

"Rider safety is Uber's #1 priority. We take reports like this seriously and are treating the matter with the utmost urgency and care," said Taylor Bennett, spokesperson for Uber Technologies. "It is also our policy to immediately suspend a driver’s account following any serious allegations, which we have done. We stand ready to assist authorities in any investigation.”

Stay with News4 and NBCWashington for more on this developing story.

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<![CDATA[Stormy Start to the Work Week]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:42:58 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/980419.jpg

The National Weather Service issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 2:00 a.m. Monday for the following Pennsylvania counties: Berks, Bucks, Lehigh, Carbon, Monroe, Lancaster, Montgomery, Chester and Northampton.

"We are heading into a stormy pattern. Different areas will see different things," said NBC10 First Alert Weather meteorologist Brittney Shipp.

Storms began north and west of Philadelphia starting Sunday evening.

The strongest storms will be seen in the Poconos area overnight, according to Shipp. The areas under the watch can expect heavy downpours, frequent lightning, gusty winds and hail is possible.

Hail and flooding was reported in Chester County, according to the NWS.

Along the I-95 corridor, the chance for pop up thunderstorms continues overnight.

The thunderstorms will linger Monday with precipitation likely in the morning hours and again in the afternoon. There will be light rain starting at 5 a.m.

A cold front is on its way resulting in cooler temperatures Tuesday.

The NBC10 First Alert Weather team is tracking the weather changes and updated details will be posted here. 

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<![CDATA[After 62 Years, Missing Soldier Comes Home to Rest]]> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 07:25:55 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/smithgene5683.jpg

Walking up to the bright yellow house with deep blue shutters on Troy Avenue in Wilmington, Delaware, laughter poured from the front door. Though they'd suffered a loss, the family inside was not mourning but rather celebrating the homecoming of Colonel Eugene Smith’s remains 62 years after his plane went missing.

Inside this home, snapshots of the life of the Air Force Colonel, fondly known as Uncle Gene, covered every table. Susan Beckman, Smith’s niece and the only remaining relative with memories of the late colonel, describes dressing up as a kid to visit with Uncle Gene on one of his brief trips home between deployments.

"I'd come to this house and there he'd be, sitting casually in a chair reading the newspaper," Beckman says.

When he was not reading the day's news, Uncle Gene would serve as the playful jokester of the family.

"He couldn’t stand to see a baby in one of those wooden play pens," Beckman says. "He always wanted to play with the kids. He would say, 'No baby deserves to be behind bars.'"

Beckman was only 6 years old when her mother told her the plane taking Smith to his new post at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska had crashed into Mount Gannett and was missing. Less than two weeks later on Dec. 4, 1952, her family received his death certificate, his body still unrecovered.

"Not having a funeral was hard," Beckman says. "Around the holidays we'd put wreaths on a gravestone we had made for Uncle Gene, but he was still not home. It was hard for us, for all of the families of the people on the plane, to find peace."

Though memories of Smith remained strong as the years passed, his family never stopped waiting for a sign of his missing plane. That sign came in June 2012, when the Alaska National Guard discovered the crash site during a training mission.

As remains were uncovered by the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC), Mike and Peg, Smith’s two remaining living siblings, gave samples of DNA with hopes of finding a match. At the end of May 2014, that match was made with a small fragment of skull.

"I always thought that if they found him, I'd be able to identify him," Beckman says. "I didn't think there would be so little left."

Finding Uncle Gene after 62 years was bittersweet for his family. Peg died shortly after the crash site was found, and the identification was made almost a year to the day after Mike's death.

"Mike would always keep Gene’s nameplate and picture in his room," says Terry Coen, the wife of Smith's nephew Jim. “Bringing Gene home is wonderful, but it hurts to know that Gene's siblings, especially Mike, couldn’t know that they finally found their brother."

Though that small piece of bone, now even smaller after DNA testing, was all that was found of Smith, he was brought home with full military honors. His coffin, wrapped in an American flag, was escorted by a military Col. from the JPAC headquarters in Hawaii to Philadelphia International Airport.

Upon landing, Smith was greeted by an Air Force Honor Guard and members of the Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial Society (VVMS).

"We all saluted," says Tom Nienal, a member of PVVMS. "If we could have, we would have shaken hands. To us, that means welcome home."

In addition, 19 members of Smith's family, including nieces, nephews and cousins of all ages, gathered to bring him back to his home. They hugged, smiled, laughed and cried tears of joy as the procession of police, military representatives, and family led Smith back home. The clouds overhead cleared, leaving a shinning blue sky to guide them.

Uncle Gene will be laid to rest under full military honors, complete with a 21-gun salute. He will be placed beside his parents and most of his siblings at All Saints Cemetery in an extra plot his family did not even know existed until around the time he was found.

Smith is one of 17 service members that have been recovered and positively identified from the crash. Thirty-five passengers and crewmen have yet to be discovered. As JPAC continues its investigation, Beckman hopes that all of the missing people on that flight are found so their families can have some closure.

"We will finally be putting him to rest the right way," Beckman says. "Every person on that plane deserves that…their final place should not be on the side of that mountain."

<![CDATA[Grad Student Charged for Hidden Bathroom Cameras]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:26:23 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Javier+Mendiola-Soto+bg.jpg

University of Delaware officials say a graduate student hid video cameras in women's restrooms throughout the campus, capturing footage for roughly two years.

The student, who has been identified as 38-year-old Javier Mendiola-Soto of Mexico has been arrested and charged with 21 counts of criminal violation of privacy.

Police confiscated video evidence in early July and determined that the videos have not been published online or shared with other individuals, according to the university.

Mendiola-Soto allegedly installed the hidden cameras in restrooms in the Delaware Biotechnology Institute, Hugh Morris Library, Memorial Hall, ISE Lab, and Willard Hall Educational building.

"It is extremely disturbing that this crime was perpetrated against our community invading the privacy of so many women on and around this campus,” University of Delaware President Patrick Harker said.

"We are taking this matter extremely seriously, cooperating with the Delaware Attorney General’s office and conducting this investigation with urgency and a deep respect for the privacy of the victims, in coordination with the Middletown Police forensics team."

The university is offering counseling services for students and employees who may have been victimized by the privacy breach.

Mendiola-Soto is currently in custody at the Howard Young Correctional Facility in Wilmington, Del. University officials say his visa has been revoked and he is ineligible for release on bail.

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<![CDATA[27th Annual Irish Pub Tour de Shore]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 19:27:55 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000007690822_1200x675_312814659915.jpg The 27th Annual Irish Pub Tour de Shore took place today, starting in Center City, Philly and ending in Atlantic City.]]> <![CDATA[Wedding Photos Lead to Rap Cameo]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 06:49:45 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/195*120/we+still+coming.jpg

After Amy and Ian said "I do," they never thought their wedding photo shoot would go viral.

"It just started taking on a life of its own," said the groom's mother, Suzanne Hicks. " It was like a domino effect."

The groom, originally from South Florida, and his bride from Michigan wed during Memorial Day weekend in Detroit. The couple and their bridal party quickly gained fame after a photo of them went viral, accompanied by a message snapshot where a woman texted a wedding photo shoot invite to the wrong person. The stranger then responded, "We Still Coming".

"The 'we still coming' text message was like a hoax, it was fake. Somebody somehow got a hold of this picture -- we don't know where or how -- and they put this fake text with it," said Hicks.

Although the text is fake, there is a real story behind the photo. The best man says they stopped at Michigan Central Station to take wedding pictures and upon arriving a rap group named 7262 was filming a music video at the same spot.

"We were in a good mood, we were all celebrating the wedding and we went over there to say what's up," said Mike Maloney, the best man. "They said they were filming. We said let's hear the song and then one thing led to another, we made friends with them, started dancing with them, and the next thing we know we're on all these internet sites."

Since its July 1st upload, 7262's "Anthem" video already has nearly 200,000 views. The best man says it was an unexpected collaboration; however, they were practicing their moves prior to the video anyway.

"I mean, we were definitely ready to dance cause we were there for a wedding. So we were ready to dance for the reception so we were already working on our moves before that," said Maloney.

Photo Credit: Adam Sparkes]]>
<![CDATA[22 Wounded, Boy Killed in Chicago Weekend Shootings]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 18:50:35 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/23_SHOOTINGS_7-77-14.jpg

Editor's Note: NBC Chicago includes shootings that took place between 6 p.m. Friday and 12 a.m. Monday in the weekend violence report.

Shootings Saturday and Sunday increased the total number of people shot in Chicago over the weekend to 23.

Casualties over the weekend include a 13-year-old boy who was shot and killed at about 6 p.m. Friday in the 700 block of South California Avenue. Six others were also wounded in a shooting that witnesses say was a drive-by.

"As a result again of guns being introduced into what otherwise would have been a fist fight, we have seven kids shot ... and one of theme dead," Chicago Police superintendent Garry McCarthy said Sunday.

"At the end of the day if we stem the flow of guns coming in and we put people in jail for possession of firearms, we'll see the murder rate and violent in this city plummet."

A 3-year-old was also critically wounded Friday night when he was shot at about 10:15 p.m. in the 4400 block of South Sacramento Avenue. The bullet struck the young boy in his abdomen and exited through his hip, officials said. Police say the child's mother's boyfriend was the intended target.

Alger Sanchez, 19, and Anton Aseves, 22, were charged Sunday night with aggravated battery-discharge of a firearm and two felony counts of attempted murder in the first degree.

Nine shootings were reported Saturday afternoon through Sunday morning.

A 32-year-old man was grazed in the neck by a bullet 8 a.m. Sunday on the 2900 block of North Milwaukee Avenue. The victim told police that he was shot by an unknown person in a grey vehicle. He took himself to an area hospital where he was listed in good condition. Police say the victim has documented gang ties. No one is in custody.

At about 3:50 a.m. Sunday, a man was shot while sitting in the back of a car outside a party at 58th and Wolcott. Police say two people began arguing outside of the car, and one of them fired a gun, striking the individual inside the car. The victim was taken to a local hospital where he was listed in critical condition.

Police say a woman and her boyfriend were walking out of a nightclub in the 100 block of West Huron when they became involved in an altercation with another man. The boyfriend produced a gun, which he dropped during the struggle, according to police. The woman picked up the gun and place it in her purse, but was shot in the leg when her boyfriend reached for it. She's listed in stable condition at a local hospital.

At about 4:40 a.m., police say a man walked into Christ Hospital with a bullet wound to his right ankle. The victim says he was walking down the street in the 5600 block of South Emerald Street when he was approached by two males who asked if he was from the neighborhood. He said he kept walking, heard shots, and felt the pain in his ankle. Nobody is in custody for the shooting.

A 27-year-old man walking in the 2600 block of West Augusta at about 11:15 p.m. Saturday says he suddenly felt pain and discovered he was shot in the hip. He took himself to a local hospital where he was listed in stable condition. Police say he is a documented gang member. Nobody is in custody for the shooting.

A 15-year-old boy was shot in the 133rd block of South Eberhart at about 10 p.m. The victim says he was walking down the street, heard shots and felt pain in his neck. He was listed in stable condition.

A 36-year-old man is listed in stable condition after he was shot near the Eisenhower Expressway at about 8:45 p.m. Saturday. The victim was talking to a woman at a gas station in the 600 block of South Independence when he says an individual approached the pair with a gun and announced a robbery. The man says he tried to knock the gun away but it discharged, striking him in the stomach. The man drove to the highway ramp where the was met by EMS. Nobody is in custody for the shooting and attempted robbery.

A 24-year-old man is listed in stable condition after he was shot in the calf at about 1:30 p.m. in the 1700 block of West Farwell Avenue. Police say the victim is a documented gang member with a felony conviction. Nobody is in custody for the shooting.

Police say the victim of a shooting at about 12:45 p.m. Saturday is not cooperating with investigators. The 26-year-old man was sitting the driver's seat of a car at 52nd and Hoyne when he was shot. He's listed in serious condition with a wound to the chest after a friend drove him to a local hospital.

<![CDATA[People Hit by Car at Zombie Walk]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 18:29:23 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/zombie+walk+crash.JPG

Passersby were hit by a car Saturday evening while the annual Comic-Con Zombie Walk took over downtown San Diego, the San Diego Police Department confirmed, and the whole incident was caught on cell phone video.

Police said a deaf family with small children in the black Honda Accord was stopped near 2nd and Island avenues just after 5:30 p.m., waiting for participants of the Zombie Walk to cross.

After several minutes the 48-year-old father slowly rolled forward, trying to get out of the area.

According to the SDPD, several people from the crowd of zombies allegedly surrounded the car and began punching it. Police said the car windshield was shattered by the crowd.

The family was frightened, police said, so the father drove forward again. As he drove, he struck a 64-year-old woman with the side of his car.

In a video posted to YouTube, you can see the woman in a pink shirt -- who was not part of the zombie march -- falling under the car and sustaining a serious arm injury.

The zombie crowd then chased the driver on foot as the family drove toward a police officer down the street, officials said. The driver stopped when he arrived at the location of the police officers.

Officials said the victim was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. She’s expected to recover.

Two other people were also left with minor injuries. 

The car's driver has been cited, but he will not be criminally charged. The incident remains under investigation by police. 

However, witnesses in the crowd give a very different account. 

After watching the scene, Sean Foley told NBC 7 the Honda driver started honking incessantly as he was stuck behind the several pedicabs and vehicles leading up to the parade on 2nd Avenue. 

When he started inching forward, a parade watcher sat on his hood, Foley said. As the driver continued to accelerate, others stood in front of the car. 

"People began shouting for him to stop so as not to run through a parade that included [sic] children and babies in strollers at which point he floored his car through the crowd," Foley wrote in an email.

Diana Jackson, who said she was about 10 people away, told NBC 7 on Facebook that the driver took off with such aggression "that his tires squealed."

Counter to police information, Foley said the driver's window was broken after he hit people, not before. 

"The only reason he was surrounded by a crowd who was angry was because he was pushing his car through a crowd that was trying to watch the parade," said Foley.

Foley said the woman who suffered the arm injury was run over by both the front and back wheels. 

According to the Twitter page for the SDZombieWalk, participants of the event had nothing to do with the incident. Many tweeted that they were stunned by the turn of events at the walk and wished a speedy recovery to woman injured in the incident.

Organizers released another video that shows "no zombies touching the car that we can see" and nobody beating the car, according to ZombieWalk's post on its Facebook page.

Photo Credit: YouTube]]>
<![CDATA[This Week's Wednesday's Child]]> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 18:34:19 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/meaganvai.jpg NBC10's Vai Sikahema introduces you to some of the area's amazing young people who dream of being connect to a loving forever family. Visit the Wednesday's Child Home Page on NBC10.com

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<![CDATA[Remembering the Deadly Limerick Twp. Tornado]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 13:45:58 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Limerick-Tornado-New.jpg

Tom Walters still remembers the chaos in Limerick Township two decades ago when a violent tornado ripped through the Montgomery County town.

“We were literally using the doors that were blown off the house for stretchers,” Walters said.

Sunday marks the 20th anniversary of the event that changed the town forever. On July 27, 1994, a tornado touched down in Limerick around 11:45 p.m. The twister intensified to an F3 and had peak wind speeds between 158 and 206 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

“A twister in the middle of Ridge Pike,” said Walters, who was the Limerick Fire Chief at the time. “Dancing back and forth.”

The twister caused major devastation to “the Hamlet,” a housing development that was under construction at the time. The tornado destroyed 20 of the 27 occupied homes. It also killed a family of three while injuring 25 other people. A savings bond owned by one of the victims, a 10-month-old child, was found the next day in Bath, Pennsylvania, about 40 miles north, according to officials.

The tornado also tore through Limerick’s business area, causing over $5 million in property damage.

“Once you got over the shock and surprise, you had a job to do,” Walters said.

Today the devastating twister serves as a learning tool for the town. Fire officials say if a similar storm hit their town, they’re now  trained to be ready.

NBC10 aired a story on the Limerick twister last year. You can view it in the video embedded above.

Photo Credit: NBC10.com]]>