<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Top Stories]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com en-us Thu, 29 Jan 2015 07:26:48 -0500 Thu, 29 Jan 2015 07:26:48 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Imprisoned Hit Man Gives LA Speech]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 04:36:02 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/150128-lapd-mafia-hit-man-meeting.jpg

The president of the LA Police Commission called for an investigation into the use of LAPD resources to arrange a secretive meeting among an imprisoned ex-Mexican Mafia hit man, top law enforcement officials and wealthy business leaders, calling it "embarrassing."

Rene Enriquez, who is known as "Boxer," was given a police escort to a secured downtown LA location on Spring Street, where sources said he was to give a crowd of about 125 firsthand insight about the inner-workings of the criminal enterprise.

"A whole lot of city resources were wasted here when they shouldn't have been," Police Commission President Steve Soboroff said.

Enriquez's appearance required a "multi-hour SWAT and LAPD presence," Soboroff said.

The cost of the operation, which included crossing county lines, was not immediately known. It was unclear how many other agencies were involved in Enriquez's appearance.

Enriquez, who is the subject of the book "The Black Hand: The Bloody Rise and Redemption of 'Boxer' Enriquez, a Mexican Mob Killer," worked his way up from enforcer to shot caller for the organization known as La Eme before his arrest and conviction. He is serving two 20-to-life sentences for murder.

The LAPD did not comment on the specific topics of the session but explained it served an educational purpose.

"LAPD in conjunction with local police chiefs from Los Angeles County and Young Presidents Organization (YPO) met this evening with a convicted criminal who was part of an ongoing criminal enterprise," the LAPD said in a statement to NBC News.

"The purpose was to learn how a transnational criminal enterprise was built, branded and marketed. Threats to our region remain terrorism and transnational criminal enterprises. It is the hope that we can learn and develop better strategies to counter these threats to our region,” the statement said.

A source who attended the session said Enriquez had the air of a corporate leader, providing "a rare look into life of a criminal corporate executive." The source, who asked not to be named, said Enriquez discussed "gang franchising, marketing, sales, merchandising and branding."

“We live in a dangerous city,” said another man who attended the session.

A spokesman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, which is responsible for Enriquez, had no immediate comment on the appearance, and was checking late Wednesday to see whether it had been approved.

"People make mistakes and it's our responsibility to find out exactly what happened," Soboroff said. "We need to find out how exactly much that cost and see how much money we can recover. "

NBC4's Willian Avila contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[In Case You Missed It: Yesterday's Top Stories]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 06:15:02 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Possible-Racial-Profiling.jpg

Didn't have a chance to catch the news? Here are yesterday's top stories.

Woman Suspects Snow Shovelers Were Racially Profiled
A local woman’s suggestion that two shovelers she hired to work on her sidewalk Tuesday were racially profiled by Lower Merion Police has sparked an investigation.

City Maintenance Worker Accused of Beating Teen on Trolley Surrenders to Police
Damon Oliver, 40, surrendered to investigators at Philadelphia Police's East Detective division on Wednesday morning, Philadelphia Police tell NBC10. He is a maintenance worker with the city's Department of Parks and Recreation, officials said.

Former Bucks County Band Teacher Admits to Sex With Teenage Student
Bridgett Szychulski, 31, carried on the sexual relationship with a 14-year-old Lenape Middle School student in 2012, police said. She was a band teacher at Central Bucks High School South and pregnant at the time of her arrest last year.

GoDaddy Pulls Controversial Super Bowl Ad
GoDaddy announced Tuesday that it would not air an ad slated to run during the Super Bowl after an early preview on the “Today Show” spawned a wave of criticism on social media.

Man Shoots Girlfriend in the Mouth, Killing Her: Police
The 36-year-old woman was involved in a domestic situation with her 64-year-old boyfriend on the 2600 block of Muhlfeld Street Wednesday afternoon, according to police.



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<![CDATA[Water Main Break Causes Icy Road Conditions in Cheltenham]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 06:57:11 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/cheltenham+water+main+break+ashbourne.PNG

A salt truck headed to the scene of a main break in Cheltenham Thursday morning as water spewed across area roads, causing icy conditions for local drivers.

An 8-inch cement line broke near Ashbourne and Oak Lane roads shortly after 5:30 a.m., officials said.

Police blocked off the nearby streets to prevent motorists from heading down the dangerous and slippery streets.

Nearby residents may be experiencing low water pressure as crews work to repair the break.

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<![CDATA[10 at 7: What You Need to Know Today]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 07:13:46 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Clock_Wht.jpg

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

TODAY'S TOP STORY

Malaysia Declares Missing MH370 an "Accident," Search Called Off: A search for survivors aboard a Boeing 777 that has been missing since March, 2014 has been called off and the plane's disappearance has officially been declared an accident. According to Malaysia's Department of Civil Aviation, all 239 people who were on the flight are presumed dead. Investigators believe the plane crashed in the Southern Indian Ocean. An underwater search for wreckage from the plane will continue.

YOUR FIRST ALERT FORECAST

Prepare for another cold, dry start to your day. Some light snow will be moving in Thursday evening. Cloudy with light snow today. High temp: 38 degrees. Get your full NBC10 First Alert forecast here.

WHAT YOU MISSED YESTERDAY

Funeral Planned For Local Teacher Found in Schuylkill River: A funeral service has been scheduled for local teacher Christopher Tully, whose body was found in the Schuylkill River on Sunday. Tully, who was underdoing treatment for depression, went missing after jumping out of his parent's car along the City Avenue Bridge on Jan. 6. Find out when and where the funeral will be held here.

AROUND THE WORLD

Co-Pilot Was Flying AirAsia Jet Before Crash: Investigators say it was the co-pilot, not the captain, who was flying AirAsia Flight 8501 before it crashed into the ocean last month. Co-pilot Remi Emmanuel Plesel reportedly took control of the plane when it began its sharp descent and Captain Iriyanto monitored. The new information was retrieved from the flight's data recorders.

TODAY'S TALKER

Philly Fire Department Sex Scandal?: Reports have surfaced indicating that several employees of the Philadelphia Fire Department may be involved in a widespread sex scandal. According to reports from the Philadelphia Daily News, a female paramedic allegedly had sexual encounters with several Philadelphia firefighters, paramedics and supervisors in firehouses both on and off-duty.

The City of Philadelphia has yet to speak on the allegations, but the Philadelphia Firefighter’s Union has confirmed that an investigation of the department by the city’s Inspector General’s Office is underway.

SPORTS SPOT

Phillies Name Chairman: David Montgomery has returned to the Philadelphia Phillies as its new chairman, after stepping down as the team's president and CEO in August. Montgomery had taken a medical leave due to a bout with jaw cancer. The Sixers win at home against the Detroit Pistons.

PHOTO OF THE DAY

See more Top News Photos here.

THROUGH IGER'S EYES

@lenola34 caught this photo of a bird in flight with the Philadelphia skyline beaming behind it.

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TODAY'S VIRAL VIDEO

This drone video shows the current state of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland, where more than one million people died at the hands of Germans during World War II. See the breathtaking drone footage of the camp here.

A LITTLE SWEETENER

Puppy Bowl 2015: While millions will tune in to watch the Super Bowl on Feb. 2., millions of others will be tuned in to a cuddlier version of the annual sports finale: Puppy Bowl. Animal Planet's annual Puppy Bowl showcases adorable puppies nuzzling against footballs. Read more about “Puppy Bowl XI” here


That's what you need to know. We've got more stories worthy of your time in the Breakfast Buzz section. Click here to check them out


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<![CDATA[Center City Lululemon Burglarized Days After Roof Collapse]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 07:06:09 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/201*120/lululemon-philadelphia.jpg

Burglars tore through a a Center City yoga and athletic apparel store early Thursday morning-- less than two days after bricks smashed through the retailer's roof, injuring three woman.

Officers found the door of the Lululemon Athletica store, located at 1527 Walnut St., busted in and clothes scattered throughout the store early Saturday morning, police said.

Lululemon had been closed since Tuesday evening, when the facade of a neighboring building crashed through the roof, causing a portion of the ceiling to collapse onto three 27-year-old friends, who were inside shopping at the time.

All three woman were treated at Hahnemann University Hospital and released. One of the victims, Alli Friedman, released a statement Wednesday thanking rescuers and hospital staff for their help.

Investigators are still working to determine exactly how much was stolen in the burglary, which occurred sometime overnight.

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<![CDATA[Car Crashes into Olney Home After Shots Hit Driver, Passenger]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 07:00:32 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/220*120/american+street+olney+double+homicide+and+crash.PNG

Shots struck two men in a car in Philadelphia early Thursday morning, sending their vehicle across a sidewalk and into a home before they died from their injuries.

The 20-year-old driver, who was shot in the head and hand, was speaking to police when they arrived at the scene of the crash on the 5500 block of American Street in the Olney section of Philadelphia around 12:45 a.m., officials said.

Unaware that he had been shot, the man told police he was hurt from the accident, authorities said.

The driver and a 21-year-old male passenger were rushed to Albert Einstein Medical Center, where they were both pronounced dead.

Three other passengers -- one of whom may have been the gunman -- were in the vehicle when the crash occurred, police said.

All three ran from the scene. Investigators recovered a handgun from the vehicle.

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<![CDATA[Deadly South Philly House Fire Kills 2]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 07:22:45 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/daly+street+deadly+fire+south+philly.PNG

A police officer rushed into a South Philadelphia home early Saturday morning as flames tore through the property, claiming the lives of two people who were trapped inside.

There were no working smoke detectors in the home on the 300 block of Daly Street, near Wolf and 4th streets, where the fire broke out around 1:30 a.m., said Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer.

The officer, who was first at the scene, entered the home to try to save the two residents -- a man and his girlfriend, but was unable to reach them through the heavy smoke and flames, officials said.

Fire crews were on the scene within three minutes of receiving the call, Saywer said. The blaze, which began in the first floor of the home before spreading, was brought under control within 20 minutes, he said.

Family members said the couple had space heaters running and candles lit to help heat their home, however fire officials have yet to confirm those details.

"I didn't know what to do," said Christina Andrews, a relative of the man killed in the blaze. "I wanted to run towards it, but he grabbed me back."

The man had recently returned home from a local hospital, where he received treatment for pneumonia, said Andrews, who said both he and his girlfriend were killed.

The 2nd floor of the home had recently undergone repairs for a fire that occurred several years ago, she added.

Authorities have not yet identified the victims. The police officer was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.

No word yet on the fire's cause.

The deadly tragedy occurred on the same block where an explosion leveled three homes and injured eight people, including two infants, in 2013.

Sawyer reminded the public to make sure they have working smoke alarms in their homes and provide ample room for space heaters. He also suggested families create an escape plan in case of fire.

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<![CDATA[Baby Boy Dies at Delaware Day Care]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 23:50:34 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Miami+Police+Line+Generic.jpg

A baby boy died at a Delaware day care Wednesday, sparking a police investigation.

The 10-month-old boy was found unresponsive by a worker at Handy’s Little Disciples day care on Layton-Davis Road in Millsboro, Delaware. The worker tried to wake the baby up but was unable to do so.

Police were called to the day care and the baby was taken to Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, Delaware where he was later pronounced dead. Police have not yet identified the child. Officials at the Delaware Division of Forensic Science are trying to determine a cause of death.

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

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<![CDATA[Report: Sex Scandal in Philly Fire Department]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 07:02:17 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Firefighter-generic-0214.jpg

An investigation is underway after a report of a sex scandal in the Philadelphia fire department.

The Philadelphia Firefighter’s Union confirmed with NBC10 that the city’s Inspector General’s Office is currently investigating the department. They did not reveal the reason why however or go into further detail.

The Philadelphia Daily News is reporting that the investigation is related to allegations of sexual encounters in firehouses across the city. A female paramedic filed an unspecified complaint against another employee which led to allegations that she had sexual encounters with several Philadelphia firefighters, paramedics and supervisors in firehouses both on and off-duty, according to the Philadelphia Daily News.

Sources with the paper also reported the paramedic has photos, texts and videos implicating the men.

The City of Philadelphia has not formally addressed the allegations and it’s unclear at this time how many city staff members are allegedly involved.
 



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<![CDATA[Instagram Down for a 2nd Time This Week]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 22:54:25 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/158539421.jpg

The photo-centric social media site Instagram was down Wednesday night, just two days after it suffered a similar outage.

The website Is It Down Right Now showed the site as being down shortly after 10:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday. By 10:40 p.m. ET it said the site was back up and reachable.

The site went down on Tuesday around the same time that Facebook, which owns Instagram, suffered a widespread outage lasting roughly 40 minutes.

Instagram has about 300 million users, compared to Facebook's 1.25 billion.

Users took to social media on Wednesday night to report the problem and the pain of not being able to post their photos.



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<![CDATA[Pizza Order Leads to Standoff]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 22:21:02 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/pizza-assault-arrest-gurney.jpg

Police in Irving, Texas, said a man ordered a second pizza during a four-hour standoff that resulted from his first attempt to order a pizza.

Daniel Gurney called a nearby pizzeria Tuesday night. The manager recognized Gurney as a former customer who once used a bad credit card, so he called police to report him for fraud.

When police ran a check on the address given by the pizzeria manager, they learned that Gurney had four probation violation warrants for aggravated assault. Officers responded to his location in the 2400 block of McClure Street at about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Police said that an officer arrived to arrest Gurney, who did not cooperate. He tried to escape through the back door, but he was met by police. He then retreated into the house, refusing to come out.

Given Gurney's violent history, police called in a SWAT unit. Authorities said they used beanbag rounds, tear gas and flash-bang grenades before Gurney surrendered peacefully.

During the standoff, a different pizza delivery man arrived at the house with a pizza. Police told the man to leave.



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<![CDATA[Funeral Info for Local Teacher Chris Tully]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 21:05:32 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/ChristopherTully.jpg

A viewing and funeral service will be held for a Pennsylvania teacher whose body was found Sunday in the Schuylkill River.

A viewing for Christopher Tully, 40, will be held Thursday, Jan. 29, between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. at the Monti-Rago Funeral Home on 2531-35 South Broad Street in Philadelphia. Another viewing for Tully will be held Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. at the same home.

Tully's funeral will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at the Epiphany of Our Lord Church on 11th and Jackson streets in Philadelphia.

Tully's body was pulled from the Schuylkill River around 1:20 p.m. Sunday in the water off Kelly Drive near the Falls Bridge in East Falls.

Tully had gone missing after jumping out of his parent's car along the City Avenue Bridge near East Falls on Jan. 6. He was last seen running south on City Avenue towards the Schuylkill Expressway.

Tully, an award-winning teacher at the Middle Bucks Institute of Technology and father of three, suffered from depression and was on his way to treatment when he ran away, said his loved ones.

"Even though he's 40, he's still my baby and I want him to come home," said his mother Mary Tully.

A GoFundMe page was set up to raise money for a reward for information leading to his whereabouts. The reward reached $10,000.

Investigators have not yet revealed how Tully died. They continue to investigate.

A spokesperson for the Middle Bucks Institute of Technology released a statement on Tully's death.

"Mr. Tully will be remembered as an exemplary teacher who spent 12 years on staff with us, having a positive impact on the lives of our students and all with whom he worked," the spokesperson wrote. "In 2014 he was named Outstanding Career and Technical Educational Teacher by the Pennsylvania Association for Career and Technical Education. We knew him as an outstanding teacher and person."


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<![CDATA[Historic Drone Flight in Cape May]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 22:35:21 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NJ-Drone.jpg History happened in the skies over Cape May County Wednesday as a first of its kind drone took flight in the Garden State. NBC10's Ted Greenberg reports.]]> <![CDATA[Pittsburgh Sinkhole Swallows Car]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:33:49 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009361527_1200x675_390606915839.jpg A sinkhole caused by a water main break is causing big problems near Pittsburgh.]]> <![CDATA[Communities, Crews Prepare for Freezing Temperatures]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 01:03:37 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009358551_1200x675_390376003712.jpg Outreach organizations are helping people at risk during these bitter cold temperatures and crews are also working to keep local roads safe as the temperatures drop. NBC10's Cydney Long reports.]]> <![CDATA[Exec VP Addresses Criticism of EDM Concert]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 21:30:59 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/BeachGlow-EDM.jpg

The executive vice president of a popular EDM concert that has recently generated controversy spoke during a town meeting in Wildwood, New Jersey Wednesday.

Heather Kunkel, an executive vice president of BeachGlow: Concerts for Charity, read a statement during the meeting, defending the concert and addressing several recent allegations. Kunkel's son, 19-year-old Dane Kunkel, created the concert three years ago. More than 7,000 people attended the Festival at East Garfield Avenue and the Boardwalk in Wildwood last year. The electronic dance music show raises money for a selected charity or cause. BeachGlow raised $40,000 for the American Red Cross during last year’s concert.

Another BeachGlow Music Festival is set to take place between two piers in Wildwood over the July 4th weekend. City officials are also in the process of finalizing a three year contract with BeachGlow. 

Yet some in the Wildwood community are not happy about the concert’s return due to complaints the concert received regarding underage drinking, arrests and profanity from the performers.

“We don’t want not only children but adults exposed to this kind of language,” said Steve Tecco, the President of the Greater Wildwood Hotel and Motel Association.

Officials with Morey’s Piers also wrote a letter to Wildwood mayor Ernie Troiano Jr. opposing the concert’s return. The letter cites the 37 arrests made during the last show as well as reports of widespread underage drinking, including an incident in which a teenage boy was found wandering half-naked after soiling his clothing.

“We’re trying to create revenue for the city without blackening the eye of the city,” Mayor Troiano Jr. said. “Yeah, kids get stupid and do stupid things but it’s not just because of the EDM concert.”

In the statement she read during Wednesday's meeting, Heather Kunkel denies allegations that the concerts are associated with alcohol and drugs. She also assured the town that organizers were equipped to handle the event and refuted claims that the city of Wildwood failed to provide documentations of paid services provided to BeachGlow. She also addressed the complaints of foul language and the claim that 37 people were arrested during one of the concerts.

YOU CAN READ HER FULL STATEMENT HERE.



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<![CDATA[Group Claims They Know How to End Child Poverty]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:38:16 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009360276_1200x675_390588483530.jpg A children's rights group claims it has the answer to end 60 percent of child poverty.]]> <![CDATA[Philly School District Installs Online Teacher Application]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:54:34 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009359106_1200x675_390407747522.jpg The Philadelphia School District is going digital in an attempt to make hiring new teachers easier.]]> <![CDATA[Del. Governor Signs "National Catholic Schools Week" Proclamation]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:53:40 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009359126_1200x675_390414915859.jpg Students around the country are celebrating "National Catholic Schools Week" and in Delaware today, Governor Jack Markell signed a proclamation recognizing the annual celebration.]]> <![CDATA[Seahawk Marshawn Lynch Could Be Fined]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:47:12 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009359752_1200x675_390482499807.jpg Comcast SportsNet's John Clark gives a live report at the University of Phoenix stadium in Glendale, Arizona where Sunday's Superbowl XLIX between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks will take place.]]> <![CDATA[Dorney Park Owner Challenging Allegations Against Employee Safety]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:35:10 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009360473_1200x675_390604867825.jpg The owner of Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom is challenging allegations that the park failed to protect its employees from extreme heat. ]]> <![CDATA[Chip Kelly Connection to Patriots Runningback]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:37:13 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/blountbakpat.jpg Patriots runningback LeGarrette Blount was severely punished by Chip Kelly when he played for him at Oregon, but as he's now Superbowl bound, he has a "chip" on his shoulder.

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<![CDATA[Swarthmore College Applications Skyrocket]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:33:04 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009361528_1200x675_390609987580.jpg It will be harder to get into Swarthmore College in Delaware County because the college received so many applications for admittance.]]> <![CDATA[Delco Woman Recognized for Police Support Rally]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:43:54 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009360100_1200x675_390566979993.jpg Earlier this month, people in Delaware County rallied in support of police. Wednesday, the community rallied behind the woman who organized it all.]]> <![CDATA[American Bible Society Moves to Philly]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:48:07 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009359761_1200x675_390474819864.jpg The American Bible Society announced today its headquarters will move from New York City to Philadelphia.]]> <![CDATA[Dad of Teen Driver Charged in Fatal Crash in Court]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:18:42 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009361702_1200x675_390618179509.jpg The father of the 15-year-old driver charged in the accident that killed three students from Council Rock High School appeared in court and waived his right to a preliminary hearing.]]> <![CDATA[Top Security Preparations for Superbowl Weekend]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:24:53 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009361589_1200x675_390614083520.jpg From homeland security to US Customs and Border Protection, Superbowl security is top priority in Phoenix. NBC10's Keith Jones spoke with the customs commissioner about this weekend's strict security.]]> <![CDATA[Woman Hurt in Lululemon Collapse Speaks Out]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:58:54 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Lululemon-Wall-Collapse.jpg

One of the three women injured after bricks crashed through the roof of a popular Center City store thanked the people who saved her life.

"I wanted to extend my sincere thanks to the unknown people who helped me get out from under the rubble at Lululemon," said 27-year-old Alli Friedman in a released statement. "You are heroes who helped someone you didn't know. Thank you!"

Friedman and her two friends were inside the Lululemon Athletica store on 1527 Walnut St. Tuesday around 3:25 p.m. As they were shopping, a parapet wall on the east side of a building on 1529 Walnut St. dislodged and fell onto the store's roof. Friedman and her friends were hurt as the roof of the store partially collapsed.

"She said all of a sudden they heard rumbling and the next thing you know, she was at the bottom, buried," said Friedman's father Howard Edelman.

Friedman and her two friends were rescued by first responders and taken to Hahnemann Hospital where they were treated and later released.

"I also wanted to thank the Philadelphia Fire Department and the EMTs who transported me and my friends to the hospital," Friedman said. "Also, thanks to the emergency room staff at Hahnemann Hospital for their compassion and professional care."

Officials with Licenses and Inspections believe water infiltration as well as freezing and thawing could have caused the brick to become dislodged in the wall of the 1529 building.

"In general water infiltration combined with extreme weather conditions can result in deteriorated structures in older masonry buildings," an L&I spokesperson wrote. "Our records indicate the building at 1529 Walnut Street was built in 1926."

The owner of the 1529 building hired the Harman Group, Structural Engineers and William Proud Masonry Restoration Co. Inc to stabilize and repair the property, according to L&I.

"The Department confirmed that all loose masonry debris has been removed; the wall has been sealed and flashed to prevent any further water infiltration," the spokesperson wrote. "Tomorrow the wall will be secured using temporary steel bracing that will span along the entire length of the rooftop penthouse where the parapet partially collapsed."

After the repairs at 1529 Walnut St. are finished, the owner of Lululemon will conduct an engineering survey of the building and begin shoring and repairing the collapsed roof. L&I officials will continue to monitor repairs to both buildings.



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<![CDATA[NJ State Police Celebrate "Super Landon"]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 22:01:47 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009360108_1200x675_390569027590.jpg New Jersey State Police are celebrating a four-year-old boy they like to call "Super Landon" who has formed a special bond with trooper Andrew Silpino.]]> <![CDATA[Woman Suspects Shovelers Were Racially Profiled ]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 01:20:55 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Possible-Racial-Profiling.jpg

A local woman’s suggestion that two shovelers she hired to work on her sidewalk Tuesday were racially profiled by Lower Merion Police has sparked an investigation.

Deborah Saldana of Penn Wynne, Pa. first shared her story Tuesday night in the Facebook group Lower Merion Community Network. 

“We hired two kids to shovel our sidewalk,” Saldana wrote. “These were “African American” kids (one is actually Haitian), that have come to our house and shoveled before.”

As they were shoveling, Saldana said two police officers stopped them behind her home and ran background checks on them while they sat outside in the cold.

“It just seemed wrong to have them sitting there,” she said. “They didn’t have weapons. They just had shovels sitting to the side.”

Saldana said her father went to check to see what was going on and was told by the officers they were conducting an investigation. The shovelers then went back to work after 20 minutes, according to Saldana.

“The cops came to the door to tell my father that from now on, “anyone” shoveling in Lower Merion, except if it’s your own property, needs a permit from the township, a $50 permit that has to be valid if they check,” Saldana wrote. “We paid the kids and they were okay, a little shaken up. I wonder if the same would have happened it if was white kids shoveling?”

Saldana also told NBC10 she didn’t buy the officers’ explanation. 

“I think it was profiling,” she said. “I hate to say it. I know we live in a really heated climate right now. I would like to think it was the permit. I think it was just a superficial excuse.”

Lower Merion Police told NBC10 they are investigating the incident and have made numerous attempts to speak to Saldana but have not yet heard back from her. They also said based on their investigation so far, they made two stops in Penn Wynne at 11 a.m. and 2:40 p.m. for canvassing and soliciting. None of the people stopped were teenagers, according to Lower Merion Police Superintendent Michael McGrath.

“There were a total of five people in two incidents,” said McGrath. “Two gentlemen were in their 40’s, two were in their 30’s, and one of the 30-year-olds was accompanied by an 18-year-old. We’re not aware of any kids being stopped.”

No permit is required for kids to shovel in the Township, according to McGrath.

“We do want to make it very clear that kids can go out and make after school money or day off from school money,” he said.

McGrath told NBC10 the two officers involved in the stops are done with their shifts but will be interviewed when they return to work.

McGrath insisted that the reported stops had nothing to do with race and that both encounters were friendly.

“The officers were stopping them because they were soliciting for business in the neighborhood,” McGrath said. “We made stops for that 141 times last year in documented incidents because the township code requires anybody making any business-type solicitation to have a permit and give identification. This is something the community has requested for many years and it’s been on the books for decades...As far as them not being placed in police cars, that would be confining somebody when it wasn’t warranted in this case, When it came back that there may be an issue of a warrant, at that point those people were asked to sit on the curb until we resolved the issue. They were both cleared up. Nobody was arrested. Nobody was handcuffed.”

Saldana told NBC10 she doesn't know for sure whether the shovelers she hired are teenagers even though she believes they are. Despite this, she also doesn't believe their age is the real issue.

"I've never seen any white kids stopped for their permit regardless of age," she said. "I still have to wonder. I don't jump to conclusions. I don't pass judgments very quickly. But it was just my gut instinct because you never see anybody else stopped. So that's kind of the logical deduction." 



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<![CDATA[ First Look into New 30th St. Station]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 20:39:01 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009359811_1200x675_390503491668.jpg Amtrak is working with several partners to create a "district plan" for the 30th Street Station area.]]> <![CDATA[Man Shoots Neighbor: Police]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 01:31:37 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Mayfair-Shooting.jpg

A Philadelphia man was arrested after he allegedly shot his neighbor.

The shooting occurred on the 4700 block of Meridian Street at 4:50 p.m. Wednesday. The 20-year-old man allegedly pulled out a gun and shot his 21-year-old neighbor three times, striking him in the back, stomach and left arm.

The 21-year-old victim was taken to Aria-Torresdale Hospital where he is currently in critical condition.

The neighbor was later identified by witnesses as the shooter and arrested, according to investigators.

Police have not yet revealed the motive behind the shooting. Witnesses said they heard an argument prior to the shooting however.

Police did not recover a weapon but found five shell casings near the scene of the shooting.

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<![CDATA[Hernandez Trial Begins Thursday]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 07:23:42 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/tlmd_aaron_hernandez_miami.jpg

Opening statements are set for Thursday in the Aaron Hernandez murder trial following a two-day delay because of the blizzard.

A full jury including 12 jurors and 6 alternates was seated Monday. Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh spent more than a week questioning potential jurors to weed out people who are biased, have a hardship, or have a valid reason to be excused. More than 1,000 people were originally called.

Hernandez, 25, is charged with killing Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old semiprofessional football player from Boston who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee. At the time of the killing on June 17, 2013, Hernandez had a $40 million contract with the Patriots.

Prosecutors say Hernandez and two other men, Carlos Ortiz and Ernest Wallace, picked Lloyd up at his home in Boston's Dorchester section and took him to an industrial park near Hernandez's home in North Attleborough, where he was shot to death.

Prosecutors haven't said who pulled the trigger but said Hernandez orchestrated the killing. Ortiz and Wallace have pleaded not guilty to murder charges and will be tried separately.

Nearly 300 people are on the prosecution's list of potential witnesses, including Patriots coach Bill Belichick and team owner Robert Kraft.

Among the others listed as potential witnesses is Hernandez's fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins. Prosecutors have said Jenkins lied dozens of times to the grand jury investigating Lloyd's killing, including when she said she couldn't remember where she disposed of a large box from the basement of their home that Hernandez apparently told her to get rid of. She had been granted immunity before her grand jury testimony.

The trial, expected to last six to 10 weeks, will not be the end of Hernandez's legal troubles. He faces separate murder charges in Boston, where he is accused of killing two men after one of them accidentally spilled a drink on him at a nightclub in 2012. That trial date has not yet been set.



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<![CDATA[NFL Debuts 1st Anti-Domestic Violence Super Bowl PSA]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 02:52:14 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/footballs.jpg

The NFL will air its first public service announcement against domestic violence as part of its No More campaign during the Super Bowl on NBC on Sunday.

A 30-second ad will air for $4.5 million, but the NFL has already released a chilling 60-second version. The ad is based on a real 911 call a domestic violence victim made in October.

The unsettling video starts out showing a disheveled home, with an unmade bed, books thrown on the floor, a sink piled up with unwashed dishes and a fist-sized punch in the wall. A woman is speaking in a rushed tone with the 911 dispatcher, pretending that she is ordering a pizza.

The dispatcher soon realizes the woman is unable to speak openly in her house because her abuser will hear. The final scene shows a framed picture of a woman torn from the wall and left by the trashcan.

The screen fades to black, and a message appears in white: “When it’s hard to talk, It’s up to us to listen.”

“The goal of the PSA is to activate and engage the vast audience of men and women across America in saying NO MORE to domestic violence and sexual assault,” No More director Virginia Witt told Today.com.

The NFL has faced a number of high-profile domestic abuse allegations involving its players, most notably Ray Rice.

That case inspired many women to speak out on social media using the hashtag #WhyIStayed and #WhyILeft and restarted debates about the NFL's history of players accused of domestic abuse.

“Public awareness is the first, essential step toward changing the culture into one where domestic violence and sexual assault no longer happen,” said Witt.



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<![CDATA[Homes Evacuated for Possible Carbon Monoxide ]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 01:33:19 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Carbon-Monoxide1.jpg

Four homes in the Germantown section of the city were evacuated due to possible carbon monoxide.

The homes are located on the 6000 block of Woodstock Street. No one was injured during the incident.

Officials have not yet revealed whether carbon monoxide was actually detected.

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<![CDATA[Man Shoots, Kills Girlfriend: Police ]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:41:17 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Woman-Shot-in-Southwest-Phi.jpg

A man is in custody after he allegedly shot and killed his girlfriend in Southwest Philadelphia.

The 36-year-old woman was involved in a domestic situation with her 64-year-old boyfriend on the 2600 block of Muhlfeld Street Wednesday afternoon, according to police.

The boyfriend allegedly took out a gun and opened fire, striking the woman at least once in the roof of her mouth. She was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where she later died from her injuries.

The woman's boyfriend was arrested. Police have not yet revealed his identity.

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



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<![CDATA[Troop Leader Steals From Girl Scouts: Police]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:43:43 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Heather-Lynn-Belford.jpg

A Troop Leader was arrested after she allegedly stole thousands of dollars from the Girl Scouts. 

Heather Lynn Belford is accused of stealing $3,411.28 from Cub Scout Pack 27 while she served as the Committee Chair/Cub Master. She is also accused of stealing $7,318.88 from Girl Scout Troop 7343 and the Girl Scouts of America of Eastern Pennsylvania while she served as Troop Leader.

Belford served as the Committee Chair of Cub Scout Pack 27 between May and June, 2014 and was the Troop Leader of Girl Scout Troop 7343 from August, 2013 through June, 2013. Both groups met regularly at Oaks Elementary School in Upper Providence Township.

As Committee Chair and Troop Leader for the two groups, Belford was given a PNC Bank card and a TD Bank card to pay for Girl Scout-related supplies and activities. Belford allegedly used the cards to withdraw money for personal expenses instead.

Belford used the PNC card for 13 unauthorized transactions in June of 2014 which led to a loss of $3,411.28 for Cub Scout Pack 27, police said. She also used the TD Bank card to make 41 unauthorized transactions between April and June of 2014 which led to a loss of $7,318.88 for both Girl Scout Troop 7343 and the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania, according to investigators.

Belford was arrested and charged with several counts, including felony theft, theft by deception, receiving stolen property and access device fraud. She was arraigned Wednesday afternoon and her bail was set at $5000 unsecured. Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 4.

The theft caused significant financial losses for the Girl Scout troops, according to officials. While the District Attorney’s Office will seek restitution, they are also asking for short term donations.

If you would like to donate, email Cub Scout Pack 27 at pack27cubmaster@gmail.com or visit the Girl Scouts website.

Community youth groups or youth sports league volunteers who would like training on fraud prevention can call the District Attorney’s Office at 610-278-3098 or can request a program via the District Attorney’s Office website.



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<![CDATA[City Maintenance Worker Charged in Trolley Assault]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 01:15:51 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Damon+Oliver+Trolley+Assault+mugshot.jpg

A city maintenance worker has been charged with beating a teenage girl on a SEPTA trolley last week after an argument over a book bag, authorities said.

Damon Oliver, 40, surrendered to investigators at Philadelphia Police's East Detective division on Wednesday morning, Philadelphia Police tell NBC10. He is a maintenance worker with the city's Department of Parks and Recreation, officials said.

Oliver was caught on surveillance video punching a 17-year-old girl named Shay in the face after an altercation on SEPTA's Route 17 trolley along Girard Avenue last Wednesday, police said.

Police and the girl said Oliver, who was sitting, was upset Shay's book bag hit him during the ride.

The teen suffered a broken nose and her eye was swollen shut.

Oliver is charged with Making Terroristic Threats, Simple Assault and Recklessly Endangering Another Person.

A spokesperson with the Department of Parks and Recreation said they were investigating and that it was too soon to say whether Oliver will be fired.

NBC10 obtained a copy of the affidavit Wednesday night which shows that police apprehended Oliver after a co-worker identified him as the man in the video.

The co-worker picked Oliver up a few blocks away from where he left the trolley after the assault, according to the affidavit. The co-worker told police Oliver had called him claiming he needed a ride because he was forced to jump off the trolley after a group of high school students attacked him.

A day later, the co-worker saw video of the attack on YouTube and recognized Oliver, according to the affidavit.

Neighbors told NBC10 Oliver has a daughter the same age as the victim.

"A coward," Oliver's neighbor Sheila Jones said. "That's all I can say. A coward. Any man that touches a girl is a coward."



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<![CDATA[This Week's Wednesday's Child]]> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 17:34:19 -0500 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[Mom Shocked at Suspect's Death]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:43:23 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/012715+samuel+brown.jpg

The mother of a Florida teen who was gunned down at a 2007 party said she was shocked when the suspect in the shooting was found shot to death in a car on the side of I-95.

Trina Kancey said she's finally getting closure, although it's not the kind she wanted or expected.

Kancey's son, 16-year-old Samuel Brown, was attending a graduation ceremony at the Polish American Club of Miami back in June 2007 when he was shot and killed along with another victim.

"I will never forget that's a day that is embedded in me forever," Kancey said. "He was the peacemaker that night, the peacemaker who was killed. He was killed."

Prosecutors identified Labron Brown as the gunman and he was arrested. But Labron Brown, who was just 15 at the time of the shooting was released after prosecutors dropped the charges following two years of court hearings.

Just one witness out of the 300 people who were packed into the club came forward, but the witness later recanted their story.

"My son's friend didn't even want to testify and that's hard as a mother," Kancey said. "My son stuck up for you and you wouldn't come to the court and give a deposition."

Kancey said she kept an article of the day Brown was released.

"I don't know why I kept it, I guess as a reminder that he was free and he got away with murder," she said.

Brown was arrested again in 2012 in connection with the shooting death of a man during a robbery in Miami Gardens. But again the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office didn't have enough evidence to prosecute.

"I was like, wow he killed somebody else, now they have him and I was shocked to learn he was out again," Kancey said.

Flash forward to Saturday, when two men were found shot to death inside a car on I-95 near Northwest 54th Street in Miami-Dade. The driver of the car was Labron Brown.

"I was just like, wow, another mother has to bury her son," Kancey said. "I wasn't rejoicing because he was killed because I know how it feels as a mother to lose a child."

Messages left by NBC 6 for Labron Brown's mother weren't returned Tuesday.

The shooting, which also left 23-year-old Kenneth McCoy dead, is under investigation.

Kancey said she has prayed every day since her son was killed, but now her prayers are directed somewhere else, to Labron Brown's mother.

"I pray for her that she gets through this and I know that was her only child and I hope he comforts her and he comforts me, that's my prayer for her," she said.

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<![CDATA[Buried Zombie Cat Returns From Grave]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:38:36 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/NC_zombiecat0128001.jpg Ellis Hutson buried his cat, Bart, after it was hit by a car. Hutson says he found the cat "cold and stiff," but five days later the cat came back. "It's a miracle. All I can think is, 'It's a miracle.' " said Hutson. "I can't explain it. The cat was buried. The cat was dead, and my neighbor brought it back to my house." ]]> <![CDATA[1 Dead in Wisconsin Plane Crash]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:31:12 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/plane+crash+wisconsin.jpg

One person is dead and two others injured after a small plane crashed in Wisconsin Monday morning.

Officials said an initial investigation indicated the plane was having problems and attempted to land eastbound on Center Road in the Town of Hoard in central Wisconsin when it crashed.

Clark County Sheriff Gregory Herrick said the pilot said the plane started to ice up from the weather and began losing altitude. The pilot notified the Minneapolis Air Control Center of their emergency and their attempt to land on the road.

While they were attempting to land, a wing caught a tree and caused the plane to hit a ditch and crash into several other trees, officials said.

Officials said 56-year-old passenger Martin Siegwart, from Boone, Michigan, was killed in the crash.

Herrick said the pilot, 27-year-old Mark Siegwart from Hammond, and his friend, 41-year-old Nathan Smoot from North Pole, Alaska, were flying a recently purchased plane back to Alaska from the Griffith Airport in Hammond, Indiana. The pair had stopped in Cadillac, Michigan to pick up Siegwart’s father, Martin, who planned to accompany them on the trip.

Mark Siegwart and Smoot were taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield in stable condition. Smoot has since been released from the hospital, officials said.

The accident is under investigation by the FAA and the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.



Photo Credit: Clark County Sheriff's Office]]>