<![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 Wed, 23 Jul 2014 04:00:18 -0400 Wed, 23 Jul 2014 04:00:18 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Charges to be Filed Against Mom of Baby Left in Car]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 01:03:07 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Walmart-Generic.jpg

Charges are expected to be filed on Wednesday against a woman who allegedly left her baby boy alone inside a vehicle outside a Philadelphia Walmart.

A witness found the 6-week-old boy in the car seat of a 2005 Highlander at the parking lot of the Walmart on Franklin Mills Boulevard around 6:30 p.m. on Monday. The witness then called police.

By the time police arrived, the child’s 35-year-old mother had already returned to the vehicle. The child was evaluated by medics and then taken to St. Christopher’s Hospital. He was then released to his father.

The child’s mother was taken to Special Victims Unit where she was interviewed. On Tuesday, Special Victims announced they expect to file charges some time on Wednesday against the woman. According to investigators, surveillance video shows that the child was alone in the vehicle for almost 30 minutes before he was found.
 



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<![CDATA[Councilman Asks Mayor to Decriminalize Small Amounts of Pot]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:24:01 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Sonic+Marijuana+062714.jpg

A Philadelphia councilman is calling on Mayor Michael Nutter to sign a bill that would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.

On Tuesday Councilman Jim Kenney sent a letter to the Mayor asking him to sign and implement City Council Bill 140377. The bill, which was passed by city council in June, creates a civil penalty for the possession of a small amount of marijuana, defined as 30 grams or less. Currently, anyone who is caught with one ounce of marijuana or more is arrested.

“Just this week, it was reported that another 264 citizens have been arrested since this Bill overwhelming passed City Council on June 19, 2014,” Kenney said. “Every day Mayor Nutter fails to act, more young people will be handcuffed and jailed for a minimal offense—something that doesn’t happen anywhere else in Pennsylvania. If implemented by the Mayor, the procedures outlined in Bill 140377 will allow thousands of police hours to be better spent on preventing violent crime, and it will save thousands of people a year from interacting with the criminal justice system for non-violent incidents."

In the letter, Kenney stated that based on partial data, Philadelphia Police are on pace to arrest nearly 4,000 people for simple marijuana possession, with over 80% of those individuals being African American.

“The disparity present here is totally unconscionable,” Kenney said.

If the bill is signed, anyone caught with a small amount of marijuana would get a ticket for $25. The Nutter Administration has until the next council session, which is slated for September 11, to make a decision on the bill. The Mayor’s Office says Nutter is currently reviewing the bill’s potential impact.

 



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<![CDATA[Baggage Handler Smuggles Drug Money Through Airport]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 01:14:19 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Philly-International.jpg

A former baggage handler at the Philadelphia International Airport was sentenced to 11 years in prison for his involvement in a large-scale drug organization.

From February 2010 to July 2011, James Mickens, 30, of Philadelphia used his Airport access card to smuggle hundreds of thousands of dollars in drug money through Philly International, in order to avoid detection by law enforcement. Mickens was working as a baggage claim handler for US Airways while smuggling the money.

Mickens made several trips to Los Angeles, California for the drug organization which purchased and transported several kilograms of cocaine and hundreds of pounds of marijuana back to Philadelphia as checked luggage.

In addition to the 11-year prison term, a judge also ordered five years of supervised release and a $200 special assessment for Mickens.

The FBI, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations and the Philadelphia Police Department were all involved in the investigation leading to Mickens’ arrest.
 



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<![CDATA[Man Accused of Paying Underage Girls for Sex]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:49:59 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Adam-Carnevale.jpg

More allegations have surfaced against a Mercer County man who was arrested last May for allegedly attempting to sexually assault a 14-year-old girl. Adam Carnevale, 27, of Lawrence Township, is now accused of paying money to at least six underage girls in exchange for sex.

“Shocking,” said Carnevale’s neighbor, Shalom Levin. “That’s the only thing to say. Shocking.”

According to police, Carnevale repeatedly paid the girls money, clothes, alcohol and cigarettes for sex. Investigators say the six victims ranged in age from 12 to 17.

Carnevale allegedly found his victims through social media sites such as Facebook. After Carnevale found the 12-year-old victim he immediately asked her if she wanted to perform oral sex on him for cash, according to police.

Police also say he threatened to put a 15-year-old girl’s nude photographs on the Internet if she didn’t perform oral sex on him.

Carnevale allegedly gave the girls $40 to $60 per encounter and would often have sex with the girls in parking lots and even inside his parent's home.

Carnevale was arrested last May by Falls Township Police after he allegedly tried to sexually assault a 14-year-old girl. The new allegations against him surfaced while he was in prison.

Carnevale remains in jail on a $1 million bond. Police continue to investigate whether more victims are out there.

If you have any information on Carnevale or any other victims, please call Falls Township Police at 215-949-9100. 



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<![CDATA[Bicyclist Shot Several Times in West Philly]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:25:14 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/West-Thompson-Street-Shooti.jpg

A man is fighting for his life after a shooting in West Philadelphia.

Police say the victim, who is in his 40’s, was riding his bike on the 4900 block of West Thompson Street around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night when an unidentified gunman opened fire.

The man was struck several times and the suspect fled the scene. The victim was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where he is currently in critical condition.

No arrests have been made at this time. Police continue to investigate.



 



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<![CDATA[Metal Falls From Sky, Hits Home]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:10:28 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/ponder+house.jpg

A piece of metal fell from the sky and crashed into the roof of a Denton County mobile home over the weekend.

Rachael Thompson and Richard Myszkowski heard a loud bang Saturday morning while they were feeding their 11-month-old inside their home on Seaborn Road near Ponder.

When they went outside to inspect, they found what looked like a metal turbine on the roof of their mobile home.

Thompson said it weighed only a few pounds but hit with enough force to put a large gash in the metal roof.

"It was like somebody threw a hammer at the house," she said. "What else is going to fall out of the sky?"

Luckily, the object didn’t penetrate the home, as the family of five was inside at the time.

 

"Thank God it fell on the roof," Myszkowski said.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the matter, and a spokesperson said they are working to identify the object.

The family believes it may have fallen from a plane, as they see frequent air traffic in the area.



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<![CDATA[Locals React to Ban on Flights to Israel]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:27:14 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/delta+flight+israel.jpg Lu Ann Cahn speaks to local residents on the FAA's ban on flights to and from Israel.

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<![CDATA[Suspect Crashes Into Fire Truck During Police Chase]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:36:24 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Car-Into-Fire-Truck.jpg

A firefighter is recovering after a vehicle struck a fire truck during a police chase in Wilmington.

Police say they were in pursuit of a suspect driving a stolen vehicle Tuesday night. During the chase, the suspect crashed his vehicle into a ladder truck at the intersection of 11th and Washington Streets. The impact caused the front of the suspect’s vehicle to catch fire.

Two people inside the car, including the suspect, were injured in the crash. Police say they had to use a stun gun against the suspect before he and his passenger were taken to the hospital. The suspect was later taken into custody. Police have not yet revealed his identity or the specific charges against him.

A firefighter also suffered minor injuries during the crash. Investigators say the fire truck was responding to a call at the time of the accident. 

 

 



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<![CDATA[Co. That Sold Gate That Killed Girl Under Scrutiny]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:41:16 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Wynter-Larkin-Lead.jpg

New details continue to emerge on the company that sold the security gate that crushed a young girl to death at a Rita’s Water Ice last month.

On June 28 a one-ton security gate at the Rita’s Water Ice in Brewerytown suddenly gave way and fell on top of 3-year-old Wynter Larkin, crushing her to death.

Three weeks after the tragedy, NBC10 has learned that city inspectors found problems with another security gate in the same neighborhood sold by the same company, Day or Night Door Service in Gloucester City, New Jersey.

David Woods, the owner of Day or Night, sold the security gate to Rita’s Water Ice six years ago, according to his wife. Woods however, is unable to speak due to a violent incident earlier this year. Last February a man beat woods with a hammer while robbing him in West Philadelphia. Police say he was hit so hard he lost his speech.

While L&I isn’t responsible for inspecting the gates, officials told NBC10 they checked more than half a dozen security gates Woods sold to businesses on West Girard Avenue. L&I Commissioner Carlton Williams says they found a loose bolt on one of those gates and issued the business owner a violation. Officials have not yet confirmed however whether or not Woods’ company installed that gate.

Some Brewerytown officials believe L&I should check more than just the gates sold by Woods.

“All of these buildings around here are old,” said Valerie Graham. “They need to come and check every one of them.”

The owner of Fast Door, a company that installs security doors, told NBC10 that building owners should get their doors inspected at least once a year by the installer. He also says the fact that the Rita's Water Ice had bolts in its door was risky, given that trolley cars can run up and down the street.

Maintenance, care and inspections of roll down security gates are the responsibility of the property owner, according to City of Philadelphia property codes.

Property records list P&G Development as the owner. Attempts to reach P&G were unsuccessful.
L&I officials say they inspect these gates if they receive complaints of apparent defects. There are no open violations, and there is no violation history related to the gate, according to L&I.

Philadelphia Police continue to investigate the Rita’s Water Ice accident. No charges have been filed at this time.

"Whatever we come across in terms of the investigative piece of it we will turn that over to the District Attorney's Office," said Philadelphia Police Lieutenant John Stanford.

Former Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham told NBC10 that in order for any charges to be filed, investigators would have to determine that whoever placed the door outside the building had some awareness that it could fall.



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<![CDATA[Mayor Asks Borough to Cover Legal Fees]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:56:40 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/School-Board-Member-Attack.jpg

Council members in Penns Grove, New Jersey denied a request from the Mayor to have the borough cover the cost of his legal fees in connection to a recent incident that was captured on video.

Penns Grove Mayor John Washington was charged earlier this month with aggravated assault for his alleged role in an attack on a police officer at Penns Grove Middle School.

Witnesses say Penns Grove School Board member Walter Hudson, 33, assaulted a police officer during a youth basketball game at the school back on July 10. NBC10 obtained surveillance video showing a man, who police identified as Hudson, tossing the officer to the ground as children ran to the opposite end of the school gym.

Witnesses told NBC10 that the ordeal began as several youth basketball teams were being dismissed. A large group of teens had gathered on school grounds, prompting officials to call police to break up the crowd. As officers tried to manage the crowd, Hudson allegedly interfered. When police warned Hudson to back off, he allegedly shoved an officer to the ground and punched him.

"The officer advised him he was going to be arrested and that's when the altercation happened," said Penns Grove Police Chief Gary Doubledee, who added the assault victim was hospitalized with a torn labrum and had to be sedated.

During the incident, Mayor Washington allegedly grabbed the officer’s left arm while he was trying to arrest Hudson. Washington was accused of obstructing the administration of law and was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer. Penns Grove councilwoman Jeanette Jackson was also charged for allegedly interfering in Hudson’s arrest.

Both Washington and Jackson held a meeting on Tuesday around 5 p.m. at the Penns Grove Borough Hall in which they tried to convince the Penns Grove Council to make the Borough cover their legal fees in connection to the incident. The council voted to deny the request however. Both Mayor Washington and Councilwoman Jackson were recused and did not vote.

Many residents who attended the meeting were glad the request was not approved. Angry residents also pushed for Hudson to be removed from the school board during a meeting earlier this month. School board members claimed their hands were tied however.

"File a complaint,' said Solicitor Mark Toscano of the Penns Grove Board of Education. "Press charges if you feel that way because this board doesn't have the legal ability to give you the redress that you seek."

According to Toscano, under the law the board can't discipline one of its members. Instead it's up to the school ethics commission. Parents say they filed complaints but were told that officials were investigating.

"I'm very disappointed in the whole thing," said Penns Grove Borough Councilman Carl Washington. "But again, my main concern is the youth."



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<![CDATA[Marine Wife Had Affair: Court Docs]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:57:49 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Erin-Corwin-Jon-Corwin-Mari.jpg

The missing 19-year-old pregnant Marine wife may have been having an affair with a married neighbor who was also a Marine, newly published court documents show, as detectives said Tuesday they are "looking for a crime scene" in the search.

Erin Corwin had a possible secret relationship with 24-year-old then-Marine Cpl. Christopher Lee, both Lee's neighbor and Corwin's friend told investigators, according to a court documents obtained by The Desert Sun.

Detectives investigating her disappearance said in a statement Tuesday they have received information of possible places to search for evidence of foul play, but emphasized there is still "not enough evidence to rule out that Erin Corwin could be voluntarily missing."

"We are looking for a crime scene," San Bernardino County Sheriff's Capt. Leland Boldt said in the statement.

Deputies on Tuesday would not address the information in the affidavit for a search warrant, which state that officials believed the Corwins' neighbors, Lee and his wife Nicole, had evidence about the disappearance.

Corwin, who is three months pregnant and was last seen leaving her Twentynine Palms home June 28, told her husband she was headed to Joshua Tree National Park to look for hiking trails, authorities said.

Her husband, Marine Cpl. Jonathan Corwin, reported her missing the next day. Erin Corwin’s car was found in Twentynine Palms two days after she disappeared.

Erin Corwin’s friend in Tennessee told deputies the woman was having an affair with Lee, who might be the father of her unborn child, according to the documents, and Lee was afraid his wife would find out.

The friend also provided text messages showing that Lee was planning to take Erin Corwin hunting on the day she disappeared. They were going to spend a "special day" together to celebrate her pregnancy at an undisclosed location, the documents said.

Lee initially denied an affair with Erin Corwin but later admitted the two were "close" and had kissed, according to the documents. He denied having a sexual relationship with Erin Corwin and told deputies the day she disappeared that he went hunting in Joshua Tree National Park alone.

Deputies believed Erin Corwin "could have been harmed by an unknown firearm," the documents stated. Her cellphone was turned off after she allegedly left with Lee so officials were unable to track her using GPS, but a witness saw them leaving together in his car, deputies said.

The document also describes information about the behavior of Christopher and Nicole Lee that led detectives to believe "they were concealing evidence."

The tire tracks on Christopher Lee’s Jeep were similar to tire tracks found near Erin Corwin’s car, the documents said.

When questioned by detectives, the owner of a Yucca Valley home where the Lees were storing belongings before moving said Nicole Lee told her that Christopher Lee was worried that he did not have an alibi for the day of Erin Corwin’s disappearance.

The owner told deputies that Nicole Lee said detectives did not have a case against them without a body, and that she berated her husband for "not being able to keep his lies straight," the documents stated.

Detectives "believed they were concealing evidence and discussing further plans of action to likely conceal or destroy evidence," according to the documents.

Deputies served the search warrant at the Yucca Valley home and arrested Christopher Lee on July 4 for possessing a destructive device, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

The felony arrest was not related to the search for Erin Corwin, officials said. Lee was released two days later after posting bail.

Lee was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps on July 7 and has moved back to his home state of Alaska, NBC affiliate KMIR reported.

Erin Corwin is described as 5 feet, 2 inches tall, weighing 120 pounds and three months pregnant, officials said. She has light brown hair and blue eyes.

Any information regarding the whereabouts of Erin Corwin can be shared through the Specialized Investigation Division 909-387-3589 or dispatch at 909-387-8313. Those who wish to remain anonymous can contact the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or go to www.wetip.com.



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<![CDATA[Sand Tunnel Caves In, Kills CA Man]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 01:20:14 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/07-22-2014-half-moon-bay-credited.jpg

A man was killed at a Bay Area beach on Monday after a giant hole he was digging in the sand collapsed and buried him, according to fire officials.

When responding Cal Fire crews showed up at Francis State Beach in Half Moon Bay about 5:30 p.m., they found a man in his 20s “completely covered by sand,” authorities said.

Officials say the man was standing in a 10-foot deep "tunnel" when the sand started caving in around him.

“It is one of those situations that can go from having a good time on the beach with friends and family to extremely dangerous and critical within seconds,” Cal Fire’s Jonathan Cox said.

The man was identified by the San Mateo County Coroner's Office as 26-year-old Adam Pye, of San Lorenzo. A memorial page remembering Pye was setup on Facebook.

More than 30 firefighters from around San Mateo County responded to the scene and – along with bystanders – managed to extricate the man from the hole in about half an hour, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Firefighters are using the man’s death as an opportunity to remind the public about the “hidden dangers associated with the beach.”

“Remember to stay away from cliffs, use caution when swimming in big surf and refrain from digging too deeply in the sand," Cal Fire said in a press release.



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<![CDATA[Border Children in Berks County]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:55:57 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Border-Children-in-Berks-Co.jpg Local lawmakers met with several immigrant children who are staying at a home in Berks County. NBC10's Rosemary Connors finds out how representatives from our area are handling the crisis.

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<![CDATA[Crime Concerns in Delaware]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:06:36 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Wilmington-Anti-Violence-Ra.jpg Fed up citizens in Wilmington gathered to discuss ways to stop the violence in their community. NBC10's Tim Furlong has the story.

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<![CDATA[Prisoner Sues Pizza Place He Tried to Rob]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:02:51 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Nigel-Sykes-Mugshot.jpg

A man is suing the same Delaware pizza place that he tried to rob several years ago.

Nigel Sykes, 23, filed a lawsuit against Seasons Pizza as well as the police officers who arrested him four years ago, claiming he was assaulted and injured at the time. It is the latest in a string of unsuccessful complaints Sykes has filed since his 2010 arrest and subsequent guilty plea.

"It's a mockery," said Andy Papanicolas, the Director of Operations at Seasons. "It's a joke for it to even make it to the courts. It's pretty pathetic."

On Nov. 30, 2010, Sykes entered the Seasons Pizza restaurant on the 600 block of Maryland Avenue in Wilmington, police said. Sykes was armed with a gun and demanded money but was detained by several employees inside, according to police. During the struggle, the gun was discharged though no one was struck. He was eventually arrested by responding police officers.

According to Delaware Online, Sykes was linked to at least eight other robberies at the time of his arrest.

While serving time in February of the following year, Sykes filed a lawsuit, without an attorney, against both Seasons Pizza and the Delaware State Police. In the complaint, Sykes claimed he was forced by an unidentified person to rob Seasons Pizza.  Sykes stated he was knocked unconscious at least twice by employees at the restaurant and then shot several times with tasers by responding police officers.

Sykes claimed he was escorted to a police vehicle and then punched in the stomach and head and then slammed against the trunk. In the complaint, Sykes sought compensatory damages of $100,000 from the Delaware State Police as well as $100,000 from Seasons Pizza, accusing them of “violating his civil rights.”

The court dismissed Sykes’ complaint on May 9, 2011. An amended complaint was also dismissed after the court determined that he did not follow the proper processes.

In July of 2011, Sykes pleaded guilty to charges against him in relation to the attempted robbery at Seasons as well as a previous robbery. He was sentenced in April of 2012 to 15 years for robbery and attempted robbery.

In July of 2013, Sykes once again sued Seasons Pizza and the Delaware State Police, making the same allegations. His complaint was once again dismissed without prejudice.

On Feb. 5, 2014, Sykes filed an amended complaint that was more detailed than the initial one and was also against the Newport Police Department and three officers rather than the Delaware State Police, in addition to Seasons Pizza.

In the amended complaint, Sykes admitted that he entered the business and displayed a revolver handgun.

“The defendant handed me $140,” Sykes wrote.

Sykes then claimed he was grabbed by one of the employees as he tried to leave the store.

“After a short struggle, the defendants successfully obtained the handgun from me,” he wrote. “That is when the assault began.”

In the complaint, Sykes claimed the employees punched and kicked him and poured hot soup over his body.

“I was unarmed and defenseless and had to suffer a brutal beating by all the employees of Seasons Pizza,” Sykes wrote.

Sykes claimed he was eventually knocked unconscious and then assaulted by three responding Newport Police officers.

“They handcuffed me behind my back,” Sykes wrote. “I was aroused from my state of unconsciousness only to realize that I was handcuffed and being tasered. I was tasered a total of three consecutive times while handcuffed.”

In the lawsuit, Sykes claimed one of the officers called him a racial slur and that he was denied medical treatment despite paramedics being at the scene. Sykes claims he continues to suffer the effects of the beating, including bruises, headaches, contusions and burns.

Sykes sued the Newport Police Department for $100,000, three Newport Police Officers for a total of $60,000, Seasons Pizza for $100,000 and six employees of Seasons Pizza for a total of $120,000.

On April 17, the court dismissed the claims made against the Newport Police Department as well as one of the officers. However, the court also allowed Sykes to proceed on the assault claims against Seasons Pizza and its employees as well as the excessive force claims against the two other Newport officers.

On July 16, attorneys for the two officers filed a motion to dismiss Sykes’ complaint.

Executives at Seasons Pizza's corporate office say that everything that happened to Sykes was caused by his decision to rob the store. Newport Police Chief Michael Capriglione told NBC10 the lawsuit was a frivolous waste of taxpayer time and money.



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<![CDATA[Road Rage Leads to Stabbing at Gas Station]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:54:20 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/knife3.jpg

A man is in the hospital while another is in custody after a road rage incident led to a stabbing outside a gas station in Collingdale Tuesday afternoon.

Police tell NBC10 that 34-year-old Stanley Williams of Philadelphia was driving  along the 300 block of Mac Dade Boulevard when another driver cut him off. Williams and the man then began to argue at a nearby Sunoco Gas Station, according to investigators.

Police say Williams left the gas station and then returned in his wife's silver Lexus while she sat on the passenger side. He then allegedly took out a knife and stabbed the victim in the arm.

"He decided to come back which now makes him the aggressor," said Collingdale Police Chief Robert Adams.

Responding officers say they spotted Williams driving the Lexus away from the scene and turning left onto Staley Avenue, which is a dead end.

A Darby Police Officer then found the Lexus parked on Staley Avenue while it was still running, according to investigators. The officer says he then spotted Williams and his wife walking away from the car. They were both detained by responding police officers.

Investigators say they found blood on the side rear door of Williams’ car and front right tire. They also say the windshield was smashed.

Williams was taken into custody after a witness identified him as the man who stabbed the victim, according to police. He is awaiting a formal arraignment on charges of simple assault, aggravated assault, harassment and other offenses. He will be arraigned Wednesday morning. Williams' wife was not charged.

The victim, a Darby resident, was taken to the Delaware County Hospital and treated for a stab wound to the left arm. He is currently in stable condition.

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<![CDATA[7th Life Claimed in Building Collapse: Suit]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 03:27:23 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/building_collapse_photo_email17.jpg

More than a year after the fatal Market Street building collapse in Philadelphia, widow Bonnie Johnson is publicly blaming her husband's death on the accident. Danny C. Johnson would be the 7th fatality.

Johnson's family filed a wrongful death suit against 18 defendants -- businesses and people -- including the Salvation Army, developer Richard Basciano, his firm STB Investments and employees with both companies who engaged in email conversations about dire safety concerns before Basciano's building collapsed on top of the Salvation Army thrift store on June 5, 2013.

The lawsuit tells a story that pits the New York developer against the Salvation Army, contending that the thrift store stood in the way, literally, of Basciano's grand plans for developing his properties along Market Street. During the demolition process, the two teams engaged in an email battle over procedures and safety concerns. The suit claims that both parties were aware of a potential collapse, but that greed and self-interests kept them from acting on behalf of workers and thrift store customers.

Johnson, 59, was one of the 19 shoppers inside the Salvation Army Thrift store that Wednesday morning. It was a discount day, which traditionally drew more customers. When the Basciano property at 22nd and Market collapsed on top of the store,Johnson was trapped; buried in debris for about an hour.

Johnson suffered from traumatic arm and leg injuries that day. He also inhaled "excessive dust and debris" which the suit claims exacerbated his pre-existing heart and respiratory issues.

“For more than three weeks after the collapse Mr. Johnson was in and out of the hospital suffering from cardiac complications, pulmonary injuries, and the crushing of his lower body,” according to attorney Jeff Goodman.

Johnson, who was working as a truck driver at the time, died on June 28, 2013.

“Medical records and a forensic pathologist have confirmed his death was caused by those injuries in this preventable tragedy,” Goodman added in a statement.

According to the lawsuit, Basciano bought up a number of properties along Market Street in the 90s. In recent years, Basciano saw an opportunity to redevelop his Market Street properties, according to the suit. The Salvation Army was standing in his way because they refused to sell to him.

The lawsuit says Basciano oversaw demolition and was even there the morning of the collapse.

"Eyewitnesses indicate that Basicano was on site in the moments leading up to the collapse, however, he was remarkably nowhere to be found as soon as the building fell," the lawsuit reads.

The suit was filed by Saltz, Mongeluzzi, Barrett & Bendesky, the Philadelphia firm that is representing the majority of victims.

Johnson left behind a widow and five adult children.

The collapse killed six other people and injured 13.



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<![CDATA[Bicyclist in Critical After Being Struck by Car]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:57:29 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Miami+Police+Line+Generic.jpg

A bicyclist is fighting for his life after an accident in the Hunting Park section of the city.

Police say the 20-year-old man was riding his bicycle on the 4200 block of Broad Street Tuesday night when he was struck by a vehicle.

The unidentified victim suffered a head injury. He was taken to Temple Hospital where he is currently in critical condition.

Police say the striking vehicle remained at the scene.

This story is developing. Stay with NBC10.com for updates.
 

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<![CDATA[Woman Sexually Assaulted Near Logan Square Fountain]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:38:05 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/police-line-generic722.jpg

A man is in custody after he sexually assaulted a woman near the fountain at Logan Square, according to police.

Police say the 31-year-old homeless woman was sexually assaulted by a homeless man around 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday at 19th and Logan Circle.

Responding officers found the suspect and took him into custody. He has not yet been identified.

This story is developing. Stay with NBC10.com for updates.
 



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<![CDATA[2 Boys Rescued After Falling Into River]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:29:00 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/River-Generic.jpg

Two young boys are recovering but alive after a river rescue in the Tacony section of the city.

Investigators say the 10-year-old and 11-year-old boys were underneath the Tacony Bridge on the 6400 block of New State Road around 6:15 p.m. Tuesday. Suddenly, the 10-year-old boy slipped and fell into the Delaware River. 

Police say the 11-year-old boy jumped in to help him but was unable to get him out. Both boys held onto a wall as police and port authority officers responded to the scene.

The officers dropped life preservers into the river and pulled them out. The children were checked out by medics at the scene and are expected to be okay.
 



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<![CDATA[New Report Reveals Rise in Police Officer Deaths]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:48:13 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000007651062_1200x675_311350851770.jpg A newly released report reveals that the total number of police offices killed in the line of duty has risen sharply this year. NBC10's Keith Jones takes a look at the local numbers.]]> <![CDATA[NJ Teacher Allegedly Has Sex With Student ]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:26:07 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Joseph-Towns1.jpg

A New Jersey high school teacher accused of having sexual relations with one of his students surrendered to authorities Tuesday afternoon.

Thirty-four-year-old Joseph Towns of the 3900 block of Bayshore Road in Cape May was an English teacher at Middle Township High School when he allegedly had a year-long sexual relationship with one of his students, according to the Cape May County Prosecutor's Office.

He's facing numerous charges including sexual assault, endangering the welfare of a child, criminal sexual contact and possession of child porn.

Towns turned himself into the Prosecutor's Officer around 1 p.m. Tuesday and was immediately jailed.

His bail was set at $175,000. He has already posted bail and been released.

If convicted on all charges, Towns could face up to 70 years in jail.
 



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<![CDATA[Dog Nearly Chokes to Death After Being Tied to Fence]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:57:11 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Dog-Nearly-Chokes-to-Death.jpg

Officials are searching for the owner of a pit bull who nearly choked to death after being tied to a fence.

Pennsylvania SPCA officers responded to a tip at Awbury Park in North Philadelphia early Tuesday morning where they found a dog tied to the chain link fence outside the park’s tennis court.

Investigators say a short cable and electrical tape were wrapped around the animal’s neck and the dog was showing signs of choking.

According to the tipster, the animal had been tied to the fence since 8 p.m. on Monday.

"The dog was tied so shortly to the fence that she couldn't support herself and had been choking," said George Bengal, Director of Humane Law Enforcement. "Abandoning a pet is a crime and, in this case, it could have resulted in a slow and painful death."

SPCA officers rescued the dog and renamed her Venus. She is now being treated ta the PSPCA’s Shelter Hospital and is expected to recover.

The PSPCA is offering a $500 reward to anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the people or person responsible for the incident. If you have any information, please call 1-866-601-SPCA.



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<![CDATA[Toddlers Left Alone in Car Outside Police Building]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:38:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Heat_Generic_Sun_Generic.jpg

A man was arrested on Monday after he allegedly left two toddlers by themselves inside a car that was parked outside a police building.

On Monday at 1:12 p.m., police were alerted to a vehicle containing two unattended children that was parked on the rear lot of the Cherry Hill Police Administration Building. Responding officers found the vehicle and two children, ages 3 and 1, inside. The passenger window of the vehicle was lowered, according to investigators.

Police say they later located the driver who they identified as 30-year-old Dwayne Kemp of Philadelphia. Kemp told police he had been inside the building at the Violations Bureau while the two children were in the car, according to investigators. He was arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of children. He was later released on a summons.

Police have not yet revealed Kemp’s relationship to the two children. 
 



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<![CDATA[2 Men Struck, Killed by Freight Train ID'd]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:36:05 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Freight-Train-Fatal.jpg

Officials identified two men who were struck and killed by a freight train in Lehigh County Monday afternoon.

Inivestigators say 24-year-old Padraic Cremins and 22-year-old Timothy Dadario, both of Allentown, were crossing a set of railroad tracks on the 1500 block of Chestnut Street in Upper Milford Township around 3:30 p.m.

As they were walking, they were both struck by a Norfolk Southern Train that was passing through.

Dadario was pronounced dead at 4:15 p.m. while Cremins was pronounced dead at 4:17 p.m. The coroner ruled both deaths as accidental. Both men died from multiple blunt force injuries.

The Lehigh County Coroner's Office, Pennsylvania State Police and Norfolk Southern Police department continue to investigate the incident.



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<![CDATA[Durst Urinates on CVS Candy: Cops]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:44:08 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/2715242.jpg

A New York City real estate heir acquitted of his neighbor's murder a decade ago is back in trouble, this time for a bizarre outburst in which police say he urinated on a rack of candy at a Texas drug store.

Police say multimillionaire Robert Durst unzipped his pants in a Houston CVS, exposed himself and then urinated on a cash register and candy before walking away from the store just after noon Sunday, Houston NBC affiliate KPRC reported.
 
He had left the scene by the time police arrived, but on surveillance video he did not appear to have been agitated or argumentative before the incident, police said.
A store manager said he recognized the man as a regular customer who was at the store to pick up a prescription, police said. 
 
Durst is now being charged with criminal mischief, a class B misdemeanor. He has not been taken into custody.
 
His lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Durst has been making national headlines for decades, for his admitted role in a grisly killing.
 
He was acquitted in 2004 in Galveston of the murder of an elderly neighbor after the man's dismembered body parts were found in Galveston Bay.
 
Durst had been arrested in 2001, jumped bond, was found in Pennsylvania trying to steal a sandwich and a Band-Aid from a grocery store and eventually faced trial in the murder. He claimed he had shot Morris Black in self-defense during a struggle over a gun, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Although Durst was acquitted of murder, he was sentenced to and served time in prison for evidence-tampering and bond-jumping in connection with the case.
 
He later served more time in jail for violating the terms of his parole, in part for returning to the boarding house where he had shot Black.


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<![CDATA[Sleeping Man Dumped Into Recycling Truck]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:43:15 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/dumpstergeneric1.jpg

A man who fell asleep in a dumpster woke up in the back of a garbage truck.

San Francisco firefighters had to rescue the man who became stuck inside a Recology cardboard recycling truck early Tuesday morning.

The truck driver said he was doing his normal routine at about 6:30 a.m. – lifting trash into his truck – when he heard yelling from the back of the truck. He drove straight to the nearby fire station at 16th and Irving streets to get the man out.

Veteran firefighters who helped free the man are calling the bizarre rescue “a first.”

The man was partially crushed by the truck’s hydraulic system, which is used to compact the cardboard to make more room. He suffered shoulder injuries but is expected to be OK.

Recology spokesman Robert Reed said 20-year veteran driver Mike Jones immediately shut the hydraulic system off when he realized what was happening.

“He heard this gentleman pounding in the back of the truck,” Reed said. “He actually talked to the gentleman from the cab of the truck and said ‘I’m going to drive you to the fire station.’”

The man was awake enough to mumble responses back to the firefighters and paramedics as they wheeled him to a waiting ambulance.

Authorities said it appears the older man was sleeping in the dumpster when it was picked up and tossed into the back of the Recology truck.

The driver’s quick actions earned Jones a nice title from Battalion Chief Smith.

“If he hadn’t heard him, he would have been trapped in that all day long and may have died,” Smith said. “So he is a hero. He saved his life.”

Had the man remained in the truck, he would have ended across town at Recology’s Recycle Central at Pier 96, dumped onto a tipping floor larger than basketball court with recyclables piled up 20 feet high.

Jones went through a debriefing with the company safety team and then went back to finish his route.



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<![CDATA[Beretta Leaves MD After New Gun Law]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:10:34 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/181*120/0909-maryland-flag-generic.jpg

Gun maker Beretta U.S.A. will move all of its manufacturing out of Maryland to a new factory in Tennessee, the company announced Monday, after protesting Maryland's strict gun law passed last year.

The company met with employees Tuesday to tell them that 160 manufacturing and related jobs would move. Beretta's headquarters, including about 95 administrative and executive jobs, will stay in Accokeek, Maryland.

Previously, the company had said it would use the new Tennessee plant only for making new products. That plant will be an expansion for the company and may eventually employ 300 people, said Jeff Reh, Beretta's general counsel.

"We are fairly upset about even having to consider a move," Reh said. "Our preference would have been to stay and grow in Maryland for decades to come.

"But we have to be prudent about our future, and we have more chance to expand and grow in a state that is more positive to the second amendment," Reh said.

Beretta was active in lobbying against Maryland's Firearm Safety Act of 2013, considered one of the nation's most restrictive gun laws. It bans 45 types of assault weapons and prohibits buying ammunition magazines with more than 10 rounds. Gun buyers must be fingerprinted and licensed before buying a handgun.

Gun buyers and gun shops sued to stop the law from taking effect, but a federal court refused to block the law, and it went into effect in October.

Gun-control groups have said the law is partly responsible for statistics showing gun deaths in Maryland fell 24 percent in the first five months of 2014 compared with the same period in 2013.

Beretta said the legislative battle over the bill was a wake-up call for the company. One version of the law would have outlawed gun manufacturing in Beretta's home state; that version passed the state Senate and was supported by the governor, and was stopped in the state House, after Beretta lobbied hard against it.

"The obvious conclusion is that political developments can have an economic effect," Reh said. "It's really not fair for a legislature to just blithely pass restrictions without expecting some kind of reaction."

Jeff Cooper, the company's general manager, said in a statement: "The possibility that such restrictions might be reinstated in the future leaves us very worried about the wisdom of maintaining a firearm manufacturing factory in the state."

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley issued a statement, saying his administration was "disappointed with this decision" and pointing out other job growth in the state -- the administration says Maryland has created more than 24,100 total jobs since last June.

Prince George's County spokeman Scott Peterson echoed that disappointment, adding, "if there were any issues that the county could have addressed to keep Beretta here, you can be sure that we would have addressed them immediately."

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<![CDATA[Man Dumped in Garbage Truck]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:38:33 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/07-22-2014-recycling-rescue-2.jpg

A man who fell asleep in a dumpster woke up in the back of a garbage truck.

San Francisco firefighters had to rescue the man who became stuck inside a Recology cardboard recycling truck early Tuesday morning.

The truck driver said he was doing his normal routine at about 6:30 a.m. – lifting trash into his truck – when he heard yelling from the back of the truck. He drove straight to the nearby fire station at 16th and Irving streets to get the man out.

Veteran firefighters who helped free the man are calling the bizarre rescue “a first.”

The man was partially crushed by the truck’s hydraulic system, which is used to compact the cardboard to make more room. He suffered shoulder injuries but is expected to be OK.

Recology spokesman Robert Reed said 20-year veteran driver Mike Jones immediately shut the hydraulic system off when he realized what was happening.

“He heard this gentleman pounding in the back of the truck,” Reed said. “He actually talked to the gentleman from the cab of the truck and said ‘I’m going to drive you to the fire station.’”

The man was awake enough to mumble responses back to the firefighters and paramedics as they wheeled him to a waiting ambulance.

Authorities said it appears the older man was sleeping in the dumpster when it was picked up and tossed into the back of the Recology truck.

The driver’s quick actions earned Jones a nice title from Battalion Chief Smith.

“If he hadn’t heard him, he would have been trapped in that all day long and may have died,” Smith said. “So he is a hero. He saved his life.”

Had the man remained in the truck, he would have ended across town at Recology’s Recycle Central at Pier 96, dumped onto a tipping floor larger than basketball court with recyclables piled up 20 feet high.

Jones went through a debriefing with the company safety team and then went back to finish his route.



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<![CDATA[Rapper Sued After Allegedly Slapping Woman at Philly Concert]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:38:24 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/Coachella+2014+Friday+April+11+Artist+Photo+%2843%29.jpg

Harlem-born Rapper A$AP Rocky, a.k.a. Rakim Mayers, is being sued after he allegedly slapped a woman during last year's Made in America festival in Philadelphia.

And apparently, this isn't the first time he's raised his hand to a woman after a performance.

Montgomery County residence Lisamarie Wade filed suit against A$AP Rocky last week claiming that he slapped her in the face, knocking her to the ground, as he walked through the crowd at the Made in America festival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway last September.

Wade says she suffers from migraines, muscle spasms and various other injuries, including a bruised ego, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit also names Live Nation and 15 other members of Rocky's entourage.

Wade is seeking at least $75,000 in damages.

Last year's incident is the second in which Rocky is accused of slapping a woman. That alleged assault was caught on camera.

A YouTube video of the "F&*^%$# Problems" rapper apparently slapping a female fan after she tapped him on the head and blew him a kiss as he made his way through the crowd at his concert in Sydney, Australia went viral in June 2013.

The video has since been removed from YouTube.

Rocky was arrested in July 2012 for his part in the violent beating of a man in New York and again later that year for allegedly beating up two men who took a picture of him, according to Rolling Stone Magazine.

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<![CDATA[Philly to Pay $1.4M for Posting Gun Permit Info Online]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:53:13 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/207*120/531167561.JPG

The City of Philadelphia will pay $1.425 million to thousands of citizens in a class-action lawsuit settlement over the release of confidential gun permit information online. The city is also changing how it handles permit data as part of the deal.

The agreement announced on Tuesday would distribute the funds among 3,265 Philadelphians who appealed either having their gun permit revoked or application denied. It still must be formally approved by a Common Pleas judge during an October hearing.

The suit centered around the posting of what attorneys argued was detailed information about individuals who filed an appeal for gun permits with the Department of Licenses & Inspections. The appeals were plotted on an online city map for four days in August 2012. The information included the applicant’s name, address and reason for the appeal.

Benjamin Picker, an attorney with McCausland Keen & Buckman who represented plaintiffs in the lawsuit, said such information must remain private under Pennsylvania’s firearm laws and that the postings left some people vulnerable.

“Some people listed ‘I carry large sums of money at night’ as part of their appeal and that wound up online,” he said. “This is obviously a public safety issue.”

Picker said the information was posted by the city as part of its Open Data initiative promoting transparency. The data was taken down after the Philadelphia Police Department learned the information had been published.

"They probably didn’t realize that it was against the law to put this information out there," Picker said.

Mark McDonald, spokesman for Mayor Michael Nutter, said the city does not admit to wrongdoing as part of the settlement.

“The City could have faced a financial exposure of many millions more than the actual settlement,” he said as to why officials chose to settle.

As part of the agreement, the city will also alter several policies regarding how it handles gun permits -- formally called a License to Carry Firearms or LTCF. The changes include not releasing confidential gun permit information in-person or electronically, no longer requiring applicants to provide references and refund the $15 application fee for those who are denied a permit.

McDonald said the changes would go into effect whenever the settlement is approved.

As for the money, 2,188 people would receive between $440 and $450, according to Picker. Those people actually had their information posted online. The other 1,077 people were not exposed publicly, but Picker said the database may have had security flaws so they were also included in the case. Each plaintiff in the smaller group would get a check for $25.

The settlement approval hearing is set for Oct. 29.


Contact Vince Lattanzio at 610.668.5532, vince.lattanzio@nbcuni.com or follow @VinceLattanzio on Twitter.



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<![CDATA[Person Rescued After Falling Into Manhole]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:25:55 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/166*120/manhole7.JPG

A person was rescued from a manhole after falling in Tuesday afternoon.

The victim fell into the manhole on the 2500 block of N. Philip Street in West Kensington just before 1 p.m.

Fire and police crews were able to rescue the victim a short time later.

SkyForce10 was over the scene as the rescued person was placed on a stretcher and transported to a nearby hospital.

No word on injuries or how the victim fell into the hole.

This story is developing.



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<![CDATA[Newark Police to Be Placed Under Monitor as Feds Find "Pattern of Unconstitutional Policing"]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:15:20 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/newark+police1.jpg

The Newark police department will be put under a monitor, the Justice Department announced Tuesday as it issued a report alleging that as many as 75 percent of police stops in New Jersey's largest city over the last several years were not legally justified.

The investigation began in 2011 and the Justice Department reviewed thousands of police documents and interviewed officers and commanders as well as residents in drafting the report.

In addition to the unconstitutional stops, investigators found use of force by Newark police officers was unreasonable in about 20 percent of all arrests where force was used. Only one excessive force complaint has been filed against Newark officers in the last six years.

The report concluded that "the black community bears the brunt of NPD's unconstitutional stop practices," according to a copy obtained by NBC 4 New York.

It found black residents were the subject of police stops at higher rates than whites considering the city's population as a whole. But the report also said more data was needed to make a race-based comparison of police stops to victims' descriptions of criminal suspects.

The Justice Department report also alleged Newark police under-reported their confrontations with citizens or inaccurately documented those stops. The report also documented property theft within the department's prisoner property unit, officials said.

The Justice Department said Newark police cooperated with the investigation and Newark's new mayor announced earlier this month that reforms were being implemented.

United States Attorney Paul Fishman said Newark's residents "need to know the police protecting them are doing that important -- and often dangerous -- work while respecting their constitutional rights."


Fishman said there is no evidence of racial profiling by Newark police; he said poor training is a leading factor for unjustified stops in higher crime neighborhoods.

The report calls for improved training and supervision of officers, more intense review of use of force cases, clear practices for police stops, improved data collection and more rigorous procedures for safekeeping personal property among other steps.

The city agrees in principle to the findings, documents show. There will be court-enforced independent monitoring of the reforms moving forward.



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<![CDATA[That Stench in South Philly? Blame it on Jersey]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:45:50 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/stinky_448x336.jpg

South Philadelphia has been getting really stinky lately. Seriously stinky. Sort of reminiscent of cat pee, according to some South Philly residents who commented on a story posted by their neighborhood news publication, Passyunk Post.

"...I smelled it the other morning and thought my older cat might have peed in one of the rooms, but couldn't locate any." - Krissy

"I shut our windows the other day because it was so bad" - Kyle

The Post says they've received multiple complaints about a mysterious smell, which strikes at the most random of times, over the last few weeks -- three to be exact. They say most of the complaints come from the area south of Snyder, but also from as far as Front and Ritner.

So, why the sudden stench? 

Well, it's not cat urine -- and it's NOT coming from the city of Brotherly Love, says Philadelphia's Air Management Services Office (AMS).

"Most likely it is coming from New Jersey due to wind direction," they said.

A new natural gas power plant in West Deptford will open in less than two weeks and South Philadelphia is downwind from the plant.

The plant is what AMS is blaming for the smell and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is not exactly denying the claim.

"We're not necessarily taking full blame for the odor, though the signals seem to be pointing in that direction," the NJDEP told the Passyunk Post.

They're currently conducting their own investigation into the odor.
 

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<![CDATA[Van Flees Scene of Hit & Run]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:45:06 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/white+van+camden+hit+and+run+7.20.jpg

Surveillance video shows a white van fleeing from the scene of a hit and run, which critically injured a pedestrian.

The vehicle struck the male victim around 9:20 p.m. Saturday near High and North 27th streets in Camden.

After hitting the pedestrian, the van fled down 27th Street toward River Avenue, according to police.

The pedestrian was transported to Cooper Medical Center, where he was treated for his injuries.

Investigators describe the vehicle as a white van with front end and passenger's side damage. It may be a Ford that is from the early 2000s, according to police.


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<![CDATA[Sexual Predator Drags Woman Walking Out of NJ Starbucks: DA]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:53:58 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/west+new+york+rape+attempt.JPG

Police in West New York, New Jersey, are searching for a man who allegedly tried to rape a woman after she left a coffee shop on the Hudson River waterfront last week, authorities say. 

The suspect grabbed the woman as she was leaving a Starbucks on Riverwalk Place at about 10 p.m. July 15, the Hudson County prosecutor's office said. He dragged her into nearby bushes and began to assault her but ran off when he heard voices nearby. 

Hospital workers checked the woman for signs of sexual battery, and prosecutors are looking to see if they can match any DNA picked up from the victim's clothing. 

Neighbors say the development in the area is safe and well-lit, but the path across the street is usually deserted after sunset.

Women said they would take extra precautions after hearing news of the attack.

"I'm a little more reluctant to come down here at night to grocery shop," said resident Jin Kim. 

Hina Ali of Union City said while the path and the stairs where the alleged attack took place are normally her quickest route home, she planned to take a detour for the time being. 

"I would walk all the way -- a mile -- and take a safe route," she said.

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<![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[Dad: Son Stopped Me From Killing Alleged Abuser]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:42:15 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/071814+raymond+frolander.jpg

A Florida father who made national headlines when he beat a man unconscious after finding him sexually abusing his 11-year-old son says he did what he had to do and would have killed the man if his son hadn't stopped him.

"My immediate feeling was to kill him, so he will never hurt anyone again," the father told NBC affiliate WESH.

The father, whose identity wasn't revealed to protect the victim, said he doesn't regret his reaction after he says he caught 18-year-old Raymond Frolander with his son last week.

Frolander was left bloodied and bruised, but the father said it could have been worse.

"My son saved Raymond. Raymond was motionless on our floor. I went to the kitchen to grab a butcher knife and my son stopped me. My son came in front of me and saved his attacker's life," he said.

Frolander remains behind bars without bond on a sexual battery charge. The father wasn't charged.

The father said he treated Frolander like his own son but claims the man left town after a sexual assault attempt three years ago that the victim never told anyone about. But Frolander recently returned, the father said.


He also said he thinks his son forgave Frolander, otherwise the beating would have been fatal.

"I think he must have because, he saved his life," the father said. ""It's going to be a long time before I can ever forgive that, if I can."

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<![CDATA["Slender Man" Stabbing Victim Receives Military Purple Heart]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:37:36 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/wis-stabbing-purple-heart.jpg

The parents of a young Wisconsin girl stabbed 19 times, allegedly by classmates, say someone has anonymously sent the girl a very special gift: a card and an actual military purple heart.

The card simply read: "The only heart I could find -- be strong."

Though the stabbing victim has been receiving purple hearts made from paper, this is the first military medal that's arrived. 

"Our family continues to be so moved by the prayers, well wishes, packages, financial support and purple hearts from around the world," the family said in a statement. "Our little girl has received thousands of (paper) purple hearts from numerous countries and from every state in the United States."

Upon hearing of the gift, Wisconsin Secretary of Veterans Affairs John Scocos said he wasn't at all surprised by the gesture.

"Those who receive this military recognition do so because they have been wounded or killed in an action against an enemy of the United States or as a result of an act of any such enemy or opposing armed forces. American service men and women are also moms and dads, uncles and aunts brothers and sisters. It does not surprise me that a decorated veteran unselfishly gave this amazingly brave and courageous little girl something from his or her heart."

Through Monday, a "Hearts for Healing" fund created in the girl's honor had received more than $50,000 in donations.

Prosecutors say the 12-year-old victim was stabbed by acquaintances who tried to kill her in hopes of becoming agents of "Slender Man," a fictional character notorious for stalking and terrorizing children. The accused told investigators they believed Slender Man had a mansion in a Wisconsin forest and they planned to go live with him after the slaying.

Though the pair are being tried as adults, NBC News is not publicly identifying them or showing their faces. Doctors earlier this month said one of the girls was mentally incompetent to stand trial.

Wisconsin law requires attempted homicide cases to start in adult court if a suspect is at least 10, but the girls' attorneys have said they hope to see the charges moved to juvenile court, where more services might be available.

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<![CDATA[Man Describes Finding Chicago Girl Shot at Sleepover by Stray Bullet]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:17:24 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Shamiya_Adams_solo.jpg

The man who found an 11-year-old girl after she was fatally shot by a stray bullet in Chicago Friday night is speaking out about the "devastating" violence that left a community reeling.

Shamiya Adams was with friends at a sleepover when the bullet come came through the bedroom window of a home in the 3900 block of West Gladys Avenue in the Garfield Park neighborhood.

Aaron Hill was the adult host at the party, and says his four daughters, aged 11 to 17, were also in the room when the shooting occurred. Hill went into the room when he heard the commotion.

"I ran out of the room crying. When you go in the room and see something like that, it's devastating," Hill said.


Hill said the girls still haven't been able to talk about the incident, and are staying with relatives.

"It's been hard, it's been hard. They ain't been back in the house since it happened," Hill said.

Area churches and community groups have come together to show support, donating $8,000 in reward money for information leading to an arrest.

"This crime was so vicious and of great magnitude that it needs to be encouraged that whoever knows, because somebody somewhere knows something," the Rev. George Daniels said.

The family is hoping a police camera on the corner of the street will yield surveillance video that captures the shooter on tape.

"It's crazy that I stop them from being outside, put them in the house, and they ain't even safe in the house anymore," neighbor Tamika Collins said.

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<![CDATA[Suspicious Package Shuts Down PATCO Trains]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:20:22 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/166*120/Police+Activity+8th+Market.JPG

Transportation officials shut down all service on PATCO as police officers respond to suspicious package at a station.

Both westbound and eastbound trains were stopped for about 15 minutes beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday after authorities received reports of a suspicious package at the 8th and Market streets station, according to officials.

Authorites reopened the station and allowed normal service to resume around 9:15 a.m. after determining the package was not dangerous.

There may be some residual delays of approximately 10 to 15 minutes on the westbound lines.


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<![CDATA[Conference in Wilmington to Stop the Violence ]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:06:09 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/violence+7-19.jpg

Residents of one city in Delaware are dealing with extreme acts of violence every day and are finally ready to do something about it.

“You get tired of hearing about the shootings in Wilmington; you get tired of the situations that nobody is willing to stand up for,” said 19-year-old Keith James.

James is the director of a community outreach program called Operations of Keys to Success. He, along with many other young people, are at the front line of this change because they say it is their job to discourage future violence.

“Everyone aspires to be P. Diddy or Jay Z, but no one wants to aspire to be Martin Luther King or Malcolm X,” James said.

Chief of Police Bobby Cummings, along with other city leaders and community groups, are holding a conference calling for the end to violence in Wilmington.

Recent crime has led community activists to bring awareness to the ongoing brutality in Wilmington.  In the past month, a woman was killed when she was struck by a stray bullet and a aburn victim's fundraiser came to an end when shots were fired.

The press conference will be held at the Parkway Academy North at  304 S. Harrison St. from 5 p.m. to 6p.m. Tuesday. 

The event aims to put the city on the right track by focusing on three major issues seen within the community: drug use, violence, and mental illness awareness.

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<![CDATA[1 Hurt in Pa. Turnpike Crash]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:03:28 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/225*120/new+turnpike+pic.PNG

At least one tractor-trailer was involved in a crash on the Pennsylvania State Turnpike that prompted officials to close portions of the highway during the morning rush hour Tuesday.

One driver suffered a minor injury in the accident that happened in the southbound lanes near mile marker 25 just past Lansdale around 6:30 a.m., according to officials.

The collision initially caused traffic to backup on the busy highway for six miles.

The tractor trailer was cleared from the roadway around 7:40 a.m. and the lanes reopened, although there were some residual delays.



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