<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.comen-usSat, 25 Mar 2017 11:45:23 -0400Sat, 25 Mar 2017 11:45:23 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[A Warm Saturday for the 35th Murphy Cup Regatta]]> Sat, 25 Mar 2017 07:44:23 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019994178_1200x675_906330691844.jpg

Teams of rowers are arriving along the Schuylkill River for the 35th Murphy Cup Regatta. The crews have been training in the up and down weather this winter and today's temperatures will be a nice welcome to the first official weekend of Spring. NBC10's Randy Gyllenhaal has more.

<![CDATA[One Dead After Shooting Outside Allentown Nightclub]]> Sat, 25 Mar 2017 09:54:15 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Allentown_shooting.PNG

Allentown Police are looking for a man who began shooting at random people outside of an Allentown nightclub early Saturday morning. 

According to Police, two people were wounded and one was killed after a man with a handgun began firing at people outside of Club Dubai, located inside the American Plaza in Allentown, just after 2 a.m.

Police fired a shot at the suspect, who then entered a car and fled the scene. Police are unsure if the man was injured by the gunfire.

The three victims were transported to local hospitals. One victim, identified as 28 year-old Paul Junior Prieto of Easton, Pa,  later died from his injuries. 

The investigation is ongoing. Police ask anyone with information on the shooter to contact the Allentown Police Department Detective Bureau at 610-437-7721. 

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<![CDATA[Nunes Backs Down From Assertion Trump Was Monitored]]> Sat, 25 Mar 2017 02:51:15 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/656523922-devin-nunes-trump-intelligence.jpg

The chairman of the House intelligence committee has backed down from his assertion that Donald Trump and his aides were "monitored" by U.S. spies — a claim the Republicans have cited this week in emails to loyalists.

As NBC News reports, Rep. Devin Nunes told reporters Friday he can't be sure whether conversations among Trump or his aides were captured in the surveillance that has become a source of controversy since Nunes made it public in two news conferences this week.

A spokesman for Nunes, Jack Langer, asserted that the Congressman did not explicitly say Trump was spied on when he briefed reporters Wednesday that he was "very concerned," that "the intelligence community incidentally collected information about American citizens involved in the Trump transition."

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<![CDATA[Teen Hit by Car, Holds on to Hood as Driver Takes Off]]> Sat, 25 Mar 2017 08:16:59 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019994163_1200x675_906332739672.jpg

A driver at the Jersey Shore is facing several charges after hitting a teenager and driving away with the victim holding on to the hood of the car.

According to Police, the driver, 23 year-old Terick DeBose of Toms River, hit a parked car at Pinter Elementary School in Lakewood, New Jersey on Friday and tried to take off from the scene.

A teenager then tried to stop him from leaving, when Police say DeBose stepped on the accelerator and ran right into him.

Police say DeBose then continued to flee and began traveling at an estimated 40 miles per hour on E. Countyline Road with the teenager still holding on to the hood of the car.

After a brief chase by police, DeBose was stopped and arrested on various charges including leaving the scene of an accident and a host of motor vehicle summons.

<![CDATA[Family Hopes For Answers After Shooting Death of 13-Year-Old]]> Sat, 25 Mar 2017 00:11:40 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019992214_1200x675_906219587988.jpg

Family members of 13-year-old Khiseer Davis-Papther are speaking out after the teen was shot and killed inside a Nicetown Chinese restaurant earlier this month. NBC10's Brandon Hudson spoke with family members, who are hoping for answers.

<![CDATA[First Responders Rescue Woman Trapped in Burning Home]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 23:57:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Web+Drew+11pm+-+23143529_23020850.jpg

Police Officers in Aston, Delaware County ran into a burning home early Friday and were able to pull a woman to safety. NBC10's Drew Smith explains it took more than the officer's to save her life.

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<![CDATA[Mixed Weekend]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 23:54:50 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019992236_1200x675_906214467670.jpg

It will be a mixed weekend with temperatures near 70 Saturday, but dropping again on Sunday. Rain moves in Saturday afternoon and sticks around. NBC10 First Alert meteorologist Tammie Souza has your neighborhood forecast.

<![CDATA[Republican Health Care Bill Withdrawn]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 23:43:42 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019992196_1200x675_906208835739.jpg

Pennsylvania Republicans among the no votes that led to Friday's canceled vote on the House Republican's Health Care bill. NBC10's Keith Jones has reaction from both sides.

<![CDATA[State Laws May Change for Sandy Victims]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 23:08:25 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019989858_1200x675_906006595720.jpg

Some homeowners are still feeling the effects of Superstorm Sandy. But now, a possible state law change could change the situation some homeowners have been in. NBC10 investigative reporter George Spencer explains.

<![CDATA[Monsignor William Lynn to be Retried]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 20:42:20 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/MONSIGNOR+LYNN+WALK+CJC_22052069.jpg

A Catholic church official's 14-year legal odyssey over his handling of sex-abuse complaints won't end anytime soon after a Philadelphia judge said Friday he would be retried on child endangerment charges.

Monsignor William Lynn had served nearly three years of a three- to six-year sentence when the Pennsylvania Supreme Court tossed his conviction because of trial errors. That was the second time Lynn's conviction had been thrown out after a sweeping 2012 trial that unearthed decades of hidden complaints from locked vaults at the archdiocese.

Lynn, 66, appeared weary but unfazed after the ruling Friday. He will be back in court next week for the judge to decide how many church-abuse victims can testify at the retrial. His lawyers could also appeal and try again to have the case dismissed.

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams — who revived the case after his predecessor reluctantly concluded no church leaders could be charged in 2005 — is in his last year of office and under federal indictment. Eight people are running to succeed him.

"They can't dismiss the case. Hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of dollars were spent investigating the archdiocese and prosecuting Lynn, so what's the next prosecutor going to do?" asked defense lawyer Jeffrey Lindy, who represented Lynn for a decade, but is no longer involved in the case. "They're not going to say, 'OK, we proved our point, let's go away.'"

Lynn could also seek a plea with a time-served sentence, although he has not been interested in plea negotiations in the past.

Lynn is accused of endangering a single altar boy, a city policeman's son who testified that he was abused in about 1998 by a priest transferred to his parish. Lynn, the longtime secretary for clergy, had reviewed 50 years' worth of secret files to prepare a list of problem priests. He labeled the one in question, William Avery, a suspected predator. Lynn told jurors he made the list to try to address the problem, only to have Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua have it destroyed. Bevilacqua, excoriated in two grand jury reports, was never charged.

Lynn's lawyers call him a scapegoat for the archdiocese.

After years of twists and turns in his case, the defense recently accused prosecutors of hiding exculpatory evidence that some investigators felt the altar boy, who battled years of heroin abuse, was not credible. He testified that he was molested by two priests and a Catholic school teacher — and all three, including Avery, were convicted.

An independent psychiatrist in 2015 concluded his accounts were so inconsistent it was impossible to know if he had ever been sexually abused, according to a defense motion. The evaluation came as part of the young man's lawsuit against the archdiocese, which was settled after the criminal trials for an undisclosed sum.

Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Gwendolyn Bright refused to dismiss the case over that issue, but invited an appeal before she sets a trial date. The defense will weigh the option..

Williams, who is accused of taking more than $100,000 in gifts in exchange for official favors, remains in office.

If the case is retried, Bright wants fewer than a dozen church-abuse victims to testify. The first trial featured 23 such witnesses, providing weeks of testimony the appeals court later called unfair to Lynn.

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<![CDATA[OK Foods Recalls Chicken Products Due to Possible Contamination]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 21:22:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/RecalledBreadedChickens.jpg

OK Food Inc. is recalling about 933,272 pounds of breaded chicken products that may have been contaminated with metal and other materials, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.

The problem was discovered when the Oklahoma-based company received five consumer complaints that stated metal objects were found in the "ready-to-eat" chicken, USDA said.

The ready-to-eat breaded chicken items were produced on various dates from Dec. 19, 2016 through March 7, 2017. A list of the products subject to recall can be found here.

The recalled products have the marking “P-7092” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The breaded chickens were shipped to retail locations and institutions nationwide.

After and internal investigation, the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service said the objects in all the complaints came from metal conveyor belting.

"There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products," the USDA said. "Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider."

Customers are being urged not to consume these products and should throw away or return them.

For more information about the recall, contact Abby Brown at (479) 312-2409. Media with questions about the recall can contact Jordan Johnson at (501) 944-7891.

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<![CDATA[Vecaro LifeStyle Recalls Hoverboards Due to Fire Hazard]]> Sat, 25 Mar 2017 04:48:01 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/recalled-hoverboard.jpg

Three different types of Vecaro brand self-balancing scooters have been recalled, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The recall impacts the Glide 65, Drift 8 and Trek 10 scooters after at least three reports of the hoverboards smoking. Hoverboards have one wheel at each end of a platform and are powered by lithium-ion battery packs.

The lithium-ion battery packs in the self-balancing scooters/hoverboards can overheat, posing a risk of smoking, catching fire and/or exploding.

No injuries or property damage have been reported.

The hoverboards come in black, white, red, blue, gold, silver, graffiti print and flame print.

The products were sold at The Audio Shop and Stereo Zone in California and online at VecaroLifeStyle.com from November 2015 through November 2016 for between $300 and $400.

If you have one of these self-balancing scooters, you should stop using them and contact Vecaro for a free repair or a credit toward another product.

If you’re thinking of buying a hoverboard, the safety commission says you need to look for a mark or label that reads "underwriters laboratories standard UL 2272." That's the highest safety standard.

And if you do have a hoverboard that hasn't been recalled, here are three things you can do as a precaution:

  • Do not charge them overnight.
  • Do not charge them unattended.
  • Have working smoke alarms and a fire extinguisher nearby.

For more information on the recalled products, contact Vecaro toll-free at 855-637-4061 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or online at www.VecaroLifeStyle.com and click on Recall Notice at the bottom of the page for more information.

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<![CDATA[Bigs in Blue Program Aims to Connect Police, Children]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:49:34 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/bigs+in+blue1.jpg

Philadelphia Police have a new way to bond with the children in their communities. The Bigs in Blue program aims to connect police and children by having the officers serve as mentors and friends to children.

<![CDATA[ Warm Weekend]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 23:09:04 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019989170_1200x675_906004547800.jpg

If you have outdoor plans this weekend, you're in luck. Saturday's temperatures will near the 70s. NBC10 meteorologist Tammie Souza has the details.

<![CDATA[Kevin Hart Receives Honor for 'Kevin Hart Day']]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 23:44:53 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WEB+Kevin+Hart+Day+-+18160315_23019238.jpg

Councilman David Oh visited Kevin Hart on the set of "Untouchable" Friday, to present the Philly comedian with a plaque marking July 6 as “Kevin Hart Day.”

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The presentation took place in between takes of the actor-comedian's latest film project "The Untouchables" at Sun Center Studios Friday afternoon.

“Kevin Hart is a fantastic ambassador for the City of Philadelphia, and this is a simple way to show him gratitude,” Councilman Oh said of "Kevin Hart Day."

City Council recenty passed the "Kevin Hart Day" resolution, selecting the date to coincide with the comedian's birthday.

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<![CDATA[Hockey Coach Arrested After Alleged Abuse]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 22:19:35 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WEB+Furlong+5pm+-+17361328_23020081.jpg

Walter Tracy Ferinden's arrest doesn't mean the investigation against him is over, prosecutors in Delaware said. Now, police are urging other potential victims to come forward.

<![CDATA[Building Fire Erupts in Bucks County]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 21:12:44 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/giphy+%288%29.gif

Crews battled a fire in Bucks County at a metal manufacturing company on Friday evening.

The fire, which spread to three alarms, broke out at Metal Finishing Corporation on State Road in Croydon. Crews were trying to get the fire under control just before 5:30 p.m. 

By 6:15, the fire had spread to three alarms.

Heavy flames and smoke could be seen as SkyForce10 hovered overhead.

Officials said the fire was brought under control about 7:15.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or what may have caused the blaze.

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<![CDATA[Cherie Amoore Guilty of Kidnapping Baby From KOP Mall]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 20:48:08 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Cherie-Amoore-Newest.jpg

Cherie Amoore, the 33-year-old Merion woman who last year stole a baby from the King of Prussia mall, was found guilty of kidnapping and concealment of a child in a Norristown courtroom Friday.

Accompanied by lawyer, Marc Steinberg, Amoore took the stand in front of Judge William R. Carpenter to accept a guilty verdict in a stipulated bench trial, by which she gave up her right to a jury trial and to testify in her own defense.

Prosecutors described Amoore as "trolling the King of Prussia mall" on March 31, 2016 – striking up conversations with at least two mothers who were there with newborn baby boys – before grabbing 7-week-old Ahsir Simmons at the food court and running out with him.

The prosecution say the action was the culmination of an elaborate scheme that involved Amore pretending she was pregnant and holding a baby shower before the kidnapping, and introducing the infant to her family members as her own afterwards.

Neither Amoore nor her lawyer offered comment at the verdict.

Amore is free on bail, pending sentencing. The prosecution has indicated that at sentencing they will request that Amore serve years behind bars.

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<![CDATA[Residents Speak Out About Health Benefits in Jeopardy]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:06:55 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019986807_1200x675_905893955814.jpg

New provisions in the proposed GOP healthcare bill would eliminate some coverage areas for families across the country. And now, residents are speaking out about what they could be losing.

<![CDATA[Sinking Ships, Exploding Buildings: Dems Cheer on Twitter ]]> Sat, 25 Mar 2017 05:02:42 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/657057390-Paul-Ryan-Health-Care-Vote.jpg

Democrats took to Twitter on Friday to mock the failure of the GOP's health care bill, usings GIFs of sinking ships and exploding buildings to mark the failure of the American Health Care Act, the Republican health care plan. 

Tim Ryan, a Democratic representative from Ohio, tweeted a GIF of what appears to be the Titanic breaking in two. He added no commentary. 

The House Democrats were more explicit, tweeting a GIF of an empty multi-story building collapsing, with the text: "The House Republican #TrumpCare health bill." 

Other Democrats were more serious even as they celebrated the failure of what Republicans hoped would be President Trump's first legislative victory. Instead the Republicans' substitute for the much maligned Obamacare was pulled from consideration by Speaker Paul Ryan with Trump's agreement after it was clear that Republicans did not have the votes to pass it.

Trump, who earlier had been insisting on a vote, told the Washington Post's Robert Costa that he did not blame Ryan for the bill's defeat. Trump insisted that Democrats were to blame, according to The New York Times.

Rep. Adam Schiff, a Democrat, tweeted "Art of the Squeal" in reply, playing off of Trump's book, "Art of the Deal."

Democratic Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania asked House Republicans to end their "obsession with repeal, & work in a bipartisan way to keep what's working and fix what isn't?"

New York Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney taunted Trump and Ryan in his tweet, telling them, "We're not tired of winning yet. Ready when you are to talk real solutions to fix ACA for American people."

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders called the defeat of the "disastrous Trump-Ryan health care bill" a major victory for working families and everyone who stood in opposition.

Finally the spokesman for former President Barack Obama, Kevin Lewis, tweeted out a 2010 photograph of Obama in a fighting stance on the day that the Affordable Care Act passed Congress.

The link to the Instagram account of Obama's former photographer, Pete Souza, was titled, "The Obama White House."

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<![CDATA[DC's Missing Teens: What's True and What's Not]]> Sat, 25 Mar 2017 07:28:10 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/20170324+Missing+DC+Kids.jpg

An Instagram post claiming 14 girls had disappeared in D.C. over a 24-hour period went viral across social media Thursday. 

But that post is inaccurate. While the disappearance of any child is reason for concern, at no point in recent weeks have 14 girls disappeared from D.C. in a single day, police said Friday.

Since March 19, D.C. police have shared 20 missing person fliers on Twitter; 10 of these people were juveniles. As of Friday, six of these juveniles had been found; four still were missing.

D.C. police have said there has been no increase in the number of missing persons in their jurisdiction. They're just sharing information in a new way. 

"We've just been posting them on social media more often," Metropolitan Police Department spokeswoman Rachel Reid said.

Since implementing the tactic, Commander Chanel Dickerson, the new leader of the Youth and Family Services division, said the department has been able to close cases more quickly. 

But the increased social media attention has caused concern in the D.C. area, especially since most of the teens on the missing-persons fliers were black or Latino. D.C. has long had a large minority population and is currently about 48 percent black.

Derrica Wilson, co-founder of the Black and Missing Foundation, called the police department's new tactic “a blessing and a curse,” WAMU reports.

When News4 spoke with Wilson last year, she expressed concerns about the lack of attention missing people of color get from the media.

But despite increased attention in recent weeks, some of the information being shared on social media by celebrities and bloggers is inaccurate, increasing concern in the community but spreading falsehoods.

Here's what you need to know about children reported missing in D.C.:

What Exactly Is Happening in DC?
According to local police data, the number of missing child cases in the District dropped from 2,433 in 2015 to 2,242 in 2016. The highest total recently, 2,610, was back in 2001.

So far this year, the District has logged a total of 501 cases of missing juveniles, many of them black or Latino, according to the police department. All but a handful have been solved.

Twenty-two juvenile cases remained open as of March 24, according to the department's website. Police only had the photos of 13 of these youth, who are considered “critical missing persons.”

That number changes frequently. The police department updates the number of current missing person cases daily. 

Does DC Have a Human Trafficking Issue?
All of the teens who have reported missing in 2017 left voluntarily, police spokeswoman Karimah Bilal said.

Dickerson said she thinks the department's new tactic has fueled concerns that teens in the city are being kidnapped.

"Because of the number of releases, there have been concerns that young girls in the District of Columbia are victims of human trafficking or have been kidnapped," she said. 

There's no evidence to suggest that D.C. has a human trafficking problem, the police spokeswoman said. 

"We look at every case closely to make sure that doesn't happen, but to my knowledge, that hasn't been a factor in any of our missing person cases," Bilal said. 

So far, all of the juveniles reported missing 2017 left their locations voluntarily, she added. 

Then Why Am I Seeing This All Over Social Media?
Several high-profile accounts, including some belonging to celebrities, have shared graphics containing inaccurate information about the number of missing juveniles in D.C. 

Actress Taraji P. Henson, rapper LL Cool J and hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons were among the celebrities who shared the post claiming that 14 girls had vanished in a single day.

Some people deleted their posts once they were made aware of the inaccuracies. 

"When relaying information about this, we have to be careful we relay the correct info because these are all peoples little girls," singer Kehlani posted on her Instagram account after she deleted the inaccurate photo.

Why Do Teens Run Away?
A number of issues can factor into a child's decision to leave their home. According to the National Runaway Safeline, most of their callers identified family dynamics, peer and social issues or abuse as reasons why they left or were contemplating leaving. 

"We need to find out the underlying reasons that so many young people in the District of Columbia have chosen to leave home voluntarily because they feel they have no other alternatives," Dickerson said. 

Who Is Considered a 'Critical Missing Person'?
Police in D.C. define a “critical missing person” as any person under the age of 15 or over the age of 65.

The circumstances surrounding their disappearance can also result in a "critical missing" designation. Currently, 18 juveniles who were reported missing in 2017 have been listed as critical missing persons, according to the police department's website.  

Why Were No AMBER Alerts Issued for These Juveniles?
Missing children have to meet a set number of criteria to have an AMBER Alert issued. 

The Department of Justice recommends the following:

  • There is reasonable belief by law enforcement that an abduction has occurred.
  • The law enforcement agency believes that the child is in imminent danger of serious bodily injury or death.
  • There is enough descriptive information about the victim and the abduction.
  • The child is 17 years old or younger.
  • The child’s name and other critical data elements have been entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) system.

But none of the cases that are currently open in D.C. meet that criteria, police said. 

"We have no evidence in any of these cases that anyone was kidnapped or is the victim of sex trafficking," Dickerson said. 

What's Being Done to Help These Teens?
The police department's biggest push has been using social media to share information about missing people in the city. Dickerson said the department still needs the public's help. 

"In order to find out the root cause of this issue and ensure that our runaway numbers decrease, then we have to work together," she said Friday during a Facebook Live broadcast. 

Dickerson said adults should not let children stay in their homes without the permission of that child's parent. 

"That's what we found in some cases. We found our missing persons in the home with other adults," she said. 

Dickerson said anyone who sees a child out of school during school hours should get police involved. 

"There may be some issues going on with that child," the police commander said.

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<![CDATA[Write-In Candidate Pulls Off Stunner in Philly Election]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:35:41 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Emilio+Vazquez.jpg

Democratic write-in candidate Emilio Vazquez pulled off a surprise victory in a North Philadelphia special election to replace disgraced state Rep. Leslie Acosta, who gave up her seat following a corruption conviction.

His victory was announced Friday morning after the city Election Board hand tallied all 2,483 write-in votes.

Vazquez became an improbable winner in a race that saw the Democrat originally slated for the ballot knocked off following a residency challenge.

That left only Republican candidate Lucinda Little on the ballot for a district -- the 197th -- that is 85 percent Democrat and 5 percent Republican. Little received only 198 votes on Tuesday.

The write-in votes were tallied in about three hours by election workers for the Philadelphia City Commissioners.

Vazquez received 1,964 votes, followed by Cheri Honkola, who received 280 votes, Deputy Commissioner Tim Dowling said.

Another 120 or so votes were "scattered" among other people, Dowling said.

All of the ballots cast will be preserved for any potential legal challenges, which candidates Little and Honkola have voiced as a possibility.

Leaders of the Pennsylvania Republican Party even gathered to call into question the results. A day after the special election, a group of Republicans called for the state attorney general to investigate what they alleged were violations of the election code and irregularities during the voting.

Meanwhile, Latino leaders in the community expressed their own concern for a process that led to a special election without a Democrat on the ballot.

“It just continues to substantiate why voters in that district have earned the right to be cynical. The 197th has made national news as a symbol of the Democratic party’s weakness," Israel Colon, former director of the city’s multicultural office during Mayor Michael Nutter’s tenure, told NBC10 this week. "What is happening in this sector of the Latino community is nothing more than a microcosm of an antiquated Democratic party in our city that has lost its way -- only concerned with preserving its power and its own existence.”

Editor's note: Earlier version of this story reported Emilio Vazquez's name as Vasquez.

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<![CDATA[Licenses for Prescribing Narcotic Proposed by Bucks Lawmaker]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:20:34 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-467024279-suboxone.jpg

A state lawmaker from Bucks County introduced legislation Wednesday that would strengthen Pennsylvania's oversight of prescriptions for the powerful narcotic Suboxone.

The drug, also known as Buprenorphine, is often used by people recovering from addiction to opioids like heroin and Oxycontin.

State Rep. Geno DiGirolamo, a Republican from Bensalem, said earlier this March that federal oversight exists for the drug, but state regulation is lacking.

"Buprenorphine/Suboxone has become a drug that is abused, misused and is now out of control here in Pennsylvania," DiGirolamo wrote in a letter to other lawmakers March 9. "We must work to control diversion of Buprenorphine/Suboxone and assure that it is utilized only in conjunction with drug and alcohol addiction treatment licensed by the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs."

The district DiGirolamo represents is at the crossroads of some of the nation's largest drug trafficking routes, according to local and federal law enforcement. Bensalem, in particular, has been a popular meeting place for traffickers who serve dealers in Philadelphia and New York City, officials say.

To pay for Pennsylvania oversight and regulation of the narcotic, DiGirolamo's legislation calls for an annual $10,000 fee for prescribers who receive licenses. The bill also requires establishment of penalties for failure to adhere to the new licensing.

Across Pennsylvania, opioid addiction is ravaging big cities like Philadelphia as well as suburban towns and rural areas. Gov. Tom Wolf has declared the rising number of overdose deaths across the state as an epidemic.

NBC10 helped raise awareness of the opioid crisis with its Emmy-winning special, "Generation Addicted," in March 2016. Online coverage accompanying the television special shows the wide range of people affected.

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<![CDATA[In Two Minutes: Health Care Repeal-and-Replace Explained]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:42:07 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019916846_1200x675_902760515659.jpg

Need a little context and detail to the massive undertaking that Republicans in Washington, D.C., have embarked on? Here's your explainer.

<![CDATA[2 Trains Sideswipe at NYC Station, No Injuries Reported]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 20:19:00 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/NJT+Train+Damage+2.png

UPDATE: Riders Brace for Travel Nightmare After Amtrak Derailment Wreaks Havoc at Penn Station

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

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

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

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

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

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

NJ Transit said about 1,000 people were on the train at the time and several minor injuries to customers and crew were reported, but everyone was expected to be OK. 

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

PATH was cross-honoring tickets for both Amtrak, including Keystone Service, and NJ Transit riders, but photos showed PATH trains were jam-packed by late morning, and the evening commute was expected to be a nightmare. Click here for the latest transit alternatives.

Arrival and departure screens in Penn Station were littered with cancellations and delays. The MTA said Long Island Rail Road service was also experiencing delays.

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<![CDATA[Woman Tried Sneaking Drugs into Prison in Her Mouth: Police]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:37:34 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Building+C+James+T+Vaughn+Prison+Delaware+Hostage+Standoff+Areals.jpg

A Woodside, Delaware, woman has been charged with trying to smuggle heroin and marijuana into the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center during a visit.

Ashley M. Everett, 32, was arrested Wednesday and charged with two counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, two counts of promoting prison contraband and possession of drug paraphernalia, Delaware state police said.

Police said Everett entered the visiting area of the correctional center to visit an inmate. A correctional officer told Everett she would be searched for any contraband. Everett became emotional, and after officers searched her they allegedly found .084 grams of raw heroin and 3.52 grams of marijuana in a bag inside her mouth.

It's unclear if Everett has an attorney.

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<![CDATA[Mother, Son Stabbed to Death Inside Their N.J. Apartment]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:49:45 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/MAPLE+SHADE+Mother+son+death.jpg

A mother and her six-year-old son were found stabbed to death inside their apartment in Maple Shade, Burlington County, late Thursday night, officials said at a press conference.

Sasikala Narra, 38, and her son Anish died from multiple stab wounds, the county medical examiner ruled. Their deaths are being investigated as homicides, the county prosecutor said Friday.

They were found about 9 p.m. by a man identified as the husband and father of the two victims.

A source told NBC10's Cydney Long that investigators had not yet found the murder weapon and that the husband and father was at work at the time.

No motive in the stabbings, which occurred at Fox Meadow apartments in the 100 block of Fox Meadow Drive, was identified.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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