<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Top Stories]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com en-us Mon, 21 Apr 2014 04:06:07 -0400 Mon, 21 Apr 2014 04:06:07 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Man Dies After Parachute Fails During Skydiving Jump ]]> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 01:12:10 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/parachute_monroe_township.JPG

A man died after his parachute failed during a South Jersey skydiving jump Sunday afternoon. He landed in a Sewell backyard in the 100 block of Tuckahoe Road.

Arkady Shenker, 49, wore a specialized parachute known as a "wing suit," which allows a skydiver to move forward while descending. It is unclear whether the suit opened properly, according to the Gloucester County prosecutor's office. Its functionality will be investigated by federal authorities.

"We seen him coming down. He was going around and around and the chute was here and he was here," said witness Lamont Dye. "As soon as I seen that I knew he was in trouble."

The Brooklyn native was parachuting with Freefall Adventures in Monroe Township. He was an experienced skydiver with 350 jumps and a frequent visitor of Freefall Adventures. His last jump from an airplane occured at about 2 p.m. There were 15 others onboard the plane that took off from Cross Keys Airport. 

As Shenker drew closer to the ground, his parachute did not open. Witnesses said he was spiraling as he was coming down fast. Emergency Medical Services transported him via helicopter to Kennedy Hospital in Washington Township where he was pronounced dead at 3:38 p.m.

While at the scene, NBC10 reporter Na'eem Douglas saw more skydivers parachuting from the sky hours after the Shenker's accident. 

Rutledge Mayor C. Scott Shields died March 25, 2011 in a Freefall Advenutures skydiving accident.

Freefall Adventures describes their skydiving experience on their website: "Taking skydiving from the eXtreme to the mainstream, our skydives are made from 13,500 feet, 35% higher than our competition. Utilizing the latest technology, combined with our specialized skydiving instruction, we can have you in the air making your first skydive within minutes of your arrival."

NBC10 reached out to Freefall Adventures. The company replied they had no comment. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the accident.

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<![CDATA[Police Need Help Finding 2 Missing Teens]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 23:43:22 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Michael_Edwards_Zebedee_Matthews.jpg

The Camden County Police Department is looking for two missing Camden teens.

Zebedee Matthews, 16, was reported missing Sunday from his home on the 600 block of Benson Street. He is described as a black male, 5’6 ½”, 115 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair. He has been reported missing three times before and is known to frequent Leonard Avenue in Camden.

Michael Edwards, 15, was last seen when he left his home on the 700 block of Berkley Street. He was reported missing Saturday night. He is described as a black male 5’5, 120 points, with brown eyes and black hair. He was last seen wearing a red sweatshirt and blue jeans. He has never been reported missing before and may be in Pennsauken.

Anyone with information on their whereabouts is asked to call the CCPD tip line at 856-757-7042.
 

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<![CDATA[90-Year-Old Vet Shares Secrets to Life Success]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:44:54 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/9+bombaiders.jpg

“Work harder than anyone else.” That’s the advice that really stuck with Bruce Williams. It came from his father James R. Williams, one of the original Tuskegee Airmen of World War II who celebrated his 90th birthday on Saturday.

James volunteered for the Army Air Corps in 1943 while he was a senior at Lower Merion High school. He was trained as a pilot in Tuskegee, Alabama and flew a B-25 Bomber with the 477 Bombardment Group. General Julius Beckton Jr. and fellow Tuskegee Airmen Roscoe Draper came to the party held at the Devon Senior Living Center all the way from Washington D.C. All three men grew up in Bryn Mawr and know what it was like growing up when Jim Crow laws were still in effect.

When they were young there was a “blacks only section” at the Bryn Mawr movie theater. James wasn’t even accepted into the military right away. He told Main Line Today in 2011 that he didn’t let that stop him.

Bruce says that despite this his father never let him use racism as an excuse. “Don’t allow anyone to bring you down.” Bruce used Martin Luther King and Jackie Robinson as models who “never complained.”

“If your football coach tells you to run 4 laps, run 5. If your teacher tells you to read a chapter, read the whole book.”
Jame

himself was testament to this kind of work ethic. In 1946 he was discharged and then went to medical school. After college he went back into the Air Force around 1960 as a doctor during the Vietnam War.

“If you really want to do something you can do anything.” That’s what Bruce said he learned most from his dad. James used to go around to schools with other Tuskegee Airmen and talk to children about their life during World War II. Given his age James is no longer able to travel and do that but his message still resonates.

Bruce didn’t finish college at first but then looking up to his father’s story he decided to go back and now has a job at a telecommunications company.
“He’s not the type to say you did something good,” Bruce said of his dad. “He doesn’t often show his emotions.”

However, surrounded by friends, family, and former army buddies, Bruce said his father “had a smile on his face the whole time which is rare” as he enjoyed good company and reminisced about his long life.



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<![CDATA[Nurse Stabbed at L.A. Hospital]]> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 01:22:06 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/LAgenerics+crime+scene+police+tape+do+not+cross.jpg

A nurse was in critical condition after allegedly being stabbed by a man who bypassed a hospital’s weapons screening area in Sylmar early Sunday.

Authorities said 26-year-old Romero Carnailla ran into the Olive View-UCLA Medical Center, located in the 14400 block of Olive View Drive around 2 a.m., according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Security and law enforcement officers were searching the hospital for the man until they heard a woman screaming. They found her a short time later suffering from stab wounds to her upper and lower torso, officials said.

She was taken to a trauma center in critical condition.

Authorities took Carnailla into custody. A knife was found at the hospital, deputies said.

Officials said it appears the attacker did not know the victim.

Carnailla faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon and battery, sheriff's officials said. He was being held on $55,000 bail.

County Services Bureau, a law enforcement operation that presides over nearly 200 Los Angeles County facilities, was handling the investigation.

The incident marked the first of two stabbing attacks on an on-duty nurse in Southern California on the same day.

Later Sunday morning, another nurse was stabbed by a man at a Torrance hospital. She suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

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<![CDATA[Discovery Channel Scuttles Everest Stunt After Tragedy]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:14:54 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/mount+everest+climb.JPG

A televised stunt on Mount Everest that was supposed to have aired on the Discovery Channel next month has been canceled, days after an avalanche on the world's highest peak claimed the lives of at least 13 Sherpa guides.

Veteran climber Joby Ogwyn, a wing-suit flier and BASE jumper, had been planning to attempt the first wing-suit jump off the summit on May 11, a feat set to be aired live, NBC News reported. He said Saturday he had lost his Sherpa team in the Friday tragedy.

"In light of the overwhelming tragedy at Mt. Everest and respect for the families of the fallen, Discovery Channel will not be going forward with Everest Jump Live. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the whole Sherpa community," Discovery spokeswoman Laurie Goldberg said.

The avalanche that swept down the mountain's upper slope Friday was the deadliest disaster ever recorded on Everest.

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<![CDATA[Four Injured in I-295 Car Accident]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:04:59 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/200*120/accident_295_deptford.JPG

Four people were injured in an accident on I-295 at exit 20 on Sunday afternoon.

The accident occured about 4:40 p.m. in West Deptford, N.J.

A woman and child were transported to Cooper Medical Center by ambulance.

The left southbound lane remained closed an hour later, but the roadway was clear by 6 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Easter Bunny Continues Family Tradition]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:30:51 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Easter-Bunny-Dance.jpg

David Bolner, Owner of Traub Bakery was very surprised to see the Easter Bunny outside of his Prospect Park establishment this morning.

Five years ago one of his younger employees 18-year-old Jessica Dougherty asked him if she could dress up like the Easter Bunny and wave to the passing cars.

“She’s a character,” said Bolner. “I told her I would even buy her the costume.”

This Easter however Jessica is away at Duke University. So who’s in the Bunny suit?

Her brother.

Jessica’s younger brother AJ is now the one bunny hopping and waving to cars on Lincoln Avenue in Prospect Park. Meanwhile, children have been coming in to the bakery, asking for hugs and getting their picture with the Easter bunny.

Watch video of the bunny in the link embedded above.



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<![CDATA[Police Seek Person of Interest in Hit-and-Run]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:43:27 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/joel+witherspoon+victim+hit+and+run+target+copy.jpg

Collingdale Police Chief Robert Adams wants to speak with Conroy Williams.

Adams says Williams is a person of interest in an intentional hit-and-run case.

Police in suburban Philadelphia rushed to the scene of a hit-and-run this morning to find a bloodied man and a crashed sports utility vehicle that appeared to have been intentionally used to run down the victim.

The scene played out Saturday morning just before 5:30 a.m. along the 900 block of Bedford Avenue in Collingdale, Delaware County, Pa.

According to Collingdale Police a Range Rover rammed into a parked white Cadillac as the driver, Joel Witherspoon, was either exiting or entering his vehicle.

The SUV ended up crashed into a nearby Chrysler 300 – no driver in sight.

The victim managed to stumble onto a nearby lawn where he collapsed. Medics tended to Witherspoon and took him to Crozer-Chester Medical Center for treatment for severe head injuries as well as lower body injuries, according to police.

As the victim underwent surgery Saturday morning, police talked to witnesses at the scene.

Those witnesses, along with the victim himself, told police that it appeared the SUV was lying in wait for the victim. Once the man was out of the car, the driver used the Range Rover as a battering ram, witnesses said.

That’s when the driver of the Range Rover hopped out and into a waiting SUV driven by another person. Police said that second SUV was a light color blue and carried a man and a woman away from the scene.

Police say the alleged driver was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, but didn’t release any further details about possible suspects in the case.

The rampage left the front and rear driver side doors of the Cadillac damaged, according to police. Witherspoon is in stable condition as of Sunday afternoon.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Collingdale Police.

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<![CDATA[Teen Dies After Falling From SUV]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:43:47 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Memorial-for-Arlington-teen.jpg

A 17-year-old Texas girl died on Saturday morning after she was hit by a moving vehicle that she fell out from, police said.

At about 2:45 a.m. police responded to a call at the 1500 block of South Cooper Street in Arlington. When officers arrived to the address they found Lelys Leyva-Monreal injured in the roadway with three other people who were trying to assist her.

According to police, Monreal and four other passengers were inside a sports utility vehicle traveling southbound on South Cooper Street. As the vehicle was moving Monreal began hanging out of an open window from the SUV.

One of the passengers attempted to pull Monreal back inside the vehicle but was unsuccessful. The young woman exited through the window and landed on the roadway. She was then struck by the moving SUV, police said in a news release.

The driver stopped the SUV and three of the passengers inside came to the aid of Monreal. However, the driver went back to the vehicle and took off leaving the other passengers on the roadway with Monreal.

The young woman was transported to Medical Center in Arlington by an ambulance and died a short time later due to her injuries, police said.

Officials do not know if alcohol was involved in this tragic incident and it's unknown why Moreal fell or jumped from the SUV window.

Accident investigators have been able to locate the driver of the SUV after speaking to witnesses, said police. 

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<![CDATA[Counterfeit Clothing Suspect: I'm Guilty by Association]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:00:22 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/abdel-salaam-muhammad-bobbitt-salaam.jpg

A man who was accused of selling counterfeit clothing with his father is speaking out, claiming he is guilty by association and had nothing to do with the crime.

On Thursday around 9 a.m., Muhammad Bobbitt-Salaam, 29, and his father, Abdel Salaam, 48, were arrested at the People's Choice and Discount Clothing store at 531 Avenue of the States in Chester, Delaware County.

Police claim both men were selling counterfeit shoes, clothes, sunglasses and purses bearing the names of designers like Michael Kors, Louis Vuitton, Nike and Gucci.

More than $150,000 in fake merchandise was confiscated by police.

The arrests come after a year-long investigation by Homeland Security agents who enlisted the help of private investigators that went undercover to make purchases at the store, according to the Delaware County District Attorney's Office.

"Both legitimate businesses and consumers are cheated when low-quality fake goods unfairly compete against actual brands of known quality in the marketplace,” said District Attorney Jack Whelan.

The father and son were arraigned shortly after their arrests and charged with trademark counterfeiting and dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities, according to the DA's office.

After being released on 10-percent of $10,000 bail, Bobbitt-Salaam reached out to NBC10 and maintained his innocence.

“I’m not a store owner,” Bobbitt-Salaam said. “I have nothing to do with purchasing or counterfeiting any property. I wouldn’t even know how to go about doing that.”

Bobbitt-Salaam says he wasn’t even there when police initially arrested his father.

“I had just finished a workout when I received a phone call that something was going on at my father’s store,” he said. “I checked it out to make sure everything was okay.”

Bobbitt-Salaam says he watched police search the store from a distance when he was suddenly approached by an officer.

“I told them my name,” Bobbitt-Salaam said. “They put handcuffs on me and sat me against the wall. I asked them what my charges were. They told me to sit there and just wait. I waited and I asked them again but they never told me.”

Bobbitt-Salaam says he was then taken to police headquarters where he was asked a series of questions.

“I answered truthfully,” he said. “They asked me if I worked at the store. I told them ‘no’ and that I was a student pursuing two fields.

Bobbitt-Salaam claims he attends American Beauty Academy and will return to the Delaware County Technical School of Nursing in September to pursue careers In barbering as well as nursing.  While Bobbitt-Salaam says he had nothing to do with any illegal business at the store, he also admits to often going inside.

“It’s my father’s store so of course I would frequent the store,” he said. “Of course I would be there from time to time. There’s a barbershop next door to the store so I’d be in the barbershop practicing my craft.”

After speaking with investigators, Bobbitt-Salaam claims the officers gave him the impression that the charges against him would be dropped.

“They kind of gave me a false hope,” he said. “They didn’t say I was going to be released but they said to just answer a few questions. They hinted that I would be released.”

Bobbitt-Salaam says he was then sent to a holding cell with his father who vouched for his son’s innocence.

“He told them I had nothing to do with it,” Bobbitt-Salaam said. “I told them I had nothing to do with the situation. It just kind of went on deaf ears. They ignored the situation. Next thing you know they sent down charges that they gave to my father then all of a sudden they put the charges on me too.”

Despite the fact that officials conducted a year-long investigation prior to his arrest, Bobbitt-Salaam still claims he was wrongfully arrested.

“If you did a year-long investigation then you would know that I’m really not even at the store because I’m in school,” he said. “To do a year-long investigation and come up with that information makes no sense.”

While the accusations against him and his father have not yet been proven in the court of law, Bobbitt-Salaam, who is pursuing careers in barbering and nursing, claims the damage to his reputation has already been done.

“Due to this situation I can’t even go to school,” he said. “These kinds of accusations, you can’t receive licenses in any of those fields with these kinds of charges. Even if I’m proven innocent, people don’t forget, it’s still there. It puts me in a bind. I just feel like it’s unjust. This has really put me in a deep depression.”

Bobbitt-Salaam admits that he’s been in “minor trouble” in the past but has never faced accusations as serious as the ones he currently faces. While he’s in the process of obtaining a lawyer, he claims he doesn’t plan on taking any legal action.

“I don’t wanna receive any handouts,” he said. “I don’t wanna add anymore wood to the fire. I just wanna be vindicated. I don’t have any ill will towards anyone. They did their jobs. But I just think a mistake was made.”

NBC10 reached out to Public Information Officer Emily Harris of the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office for a response to Bobbitt-Salaam's comments.

“I really can’t comment as to why he would say that,” Harris said. “Those are the charges that stand. He will remain charged until he’s found guilty or innocent in court.”

Bobbitt-Salaam and his father are both due in court on April 29 for a preliminary hearing.

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<![CDATA[Normal SEPTA Service Resumes After Tunnel Fire]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:17:53 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Brendan-Lowry.jpg

Regular service has resumed on SEPTA's Market Frankford Line after a small trash fire near 30th Street Station.

Officials say a rubbish fire broke out on the westbound side in a tunnel on 31st and Market Sunday afternoon.

While the fire was quickly placed under control, the El train was shutdown on the Market-Frankford Line both westbound and eastbound between 15th and 40th street stations.

Shuttle buses were used between 15th and 40th. Trolley routes 10, 11, 13, 34, and 36 were also diverted to the 40th and Market street station.

Shortly after 3 p.m., SEPTA officials announced that regular service resumed though passengers may experience some delays.

No one was injured during the fire. Officials continue to investigate the cause.

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<![CDATA[Doctor's Return to Boston Marathon 'Like Therapy']]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:36:14 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Dr+Howard+Palamarchuk+1.jpg

When the Boston Marathon gets underway tomorrow, Dr. Howard Palamarchuk will be there, right beyond the finish line, ready to finish what he started last year.

“We’re going to go back and when we hit that point, we’re going to finish the job this time, just like many people are going back to finish the race,” Palamarchuk said.

That point is the point in the day last year, when two bombs went off, killing three people and injuring 264. It was well after all the elite runners had come through, and right as the biggest group of runners -- what Palamarchuk and some of his students call the ordinary runners -- were about to start crossing the finish line. Many had family and friends who’d gathered there to witness the triumph of making it 26.2 miles.

“You have to almost wonder if they [the alleged bombers] planned it that way,” Palamarchuk said. Although he tries not to dwell on what happened next, there are still triggers that parachute him back into moments of anxiety. Stretchers. The smell of gunpowder or fireworks. A beautiful, clear blue day. The commanding tone of a voice over a loud speaker.

“Going back? It’s feeling very strange,” Palamarchuk said from his office at the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine four days before the race. This will be his 29th year working the Boston race. Each year, Palamarchuk, who is Director of Sports Medicine at the school, takes a group of 10-12 medical students up to work the race. Most are getting ready to graduate.

“These are the students who’ve given a hard four years of work. It’s like a road trip for them. They have fun,” Palamarchuk said. The Temple group, along with other medical professionals, all work under a tent that runs the size of a city block. After runners finish the race, they can take a detour into the tent to get checked over and treated, if necessary. Palamarchuk fondly refers to it as blister patrol, “because normally that’s really about as bad as it gets.”

But last year, one bomb went off and then another, turning their blister-patrol tent into more like a wartime trauma center.

“When we heard that first explosion, we really didn’t know what it was. There was a lot of confusion at the beginning. And then the second explosion,” Palamarchuk remembers. “It was quiet. Then we started hearing screaming, and then lots of screaming and crying."

Matthew Rementer, one of the Temple med students, remembers those initial moments of uncertainty too. The image that comes back first to his mind is heroic – people running to ground zero, running straight toward whatever was happening.

“The Boston EMS, police and fire personnel took the lead and ran into the street to help bring in the victims,” Rementer said. “You know, most people’s instinct would be to run away.”

Inside the tent, Matt, Palamarchuk and everyone else got a glimpse of what type of injuries were headed their way when regular programming was interrupted for breaking news on the television monitors set up among the workers.

“A student looked at me with pleading eyes, ‘Should we leave? Are we in danger?” Dr. Palamarchuk said. “You fight back fear. It’s just like war, I guess.” He distinctly remembers the voice of a man named John Anderson, the announcer in the medical tent, focusing everyone in that moment of panic.

“He simply said something like, ‘This is not the time to panic. We are all professionals. This is what we’ve trained for.’”

Matt, 26, quickly contacted his mother to let her know something was going on, but not to worry, that he was fine. "I knew she'd be worried." He remembers “everyone coming together; how well everyone functioned in that tent. . .The trauma surgeons and ER doctors helped lead the treatment while everyone stayed calm and just did what they had been trained to do.”

The most critically injured were rushed to trauma centers. People inside the tent gave a lot that day and "we saw some horrible things that day," Palamarchuk said.

After the last patients were moved through, the medical tent was turned over to authorities as part of the crime scene. Matt and the other students headed back to Philadelphia.

“It was difficult coming home that day and I just wanted to stay busy and focus on my daily routine to keep myself distracted. The 10 of us that were up there helped each other heal by discussing that day and how we all handled it. The school also brought in therapists to help us deal with the situation,” Rementer said.

Ally Bress, who was also a third-year podiatry student who wasn't able to make the trip, said it was a very solemn time when Matt and the others returned to school.

“You could tell that they had been through something traumatic and I personally, was not going to ask them about it and waited for them to come talk to me when they were ready. After a few days, everybody started to get back into the regular routines and eventually, some of them started opening up about their experiences,” Bress said.

Dr. Palamarchuk had a week of vacation when he returned, so he spent that time at his home in Bucks County, counting on the comfort of routine. "I have a good family. Good support. My kids are my therapy," he said at the time. Over the past year, he has found that even with a lot of support, there are times when his mind takes him to places he doesn't want to go. For weeks he kept up with the news of the bombings, "almost obsessively. And there were images that I went online and looked at, not in the beginning, but after a little time had passed and sometimes I wish I hadn't, you know. And  there are those triggers that will bring the experience back to me. . .I would say it's been an up and down year of good and bad moments."

Eventually, talk at school turned to making the trip back to Boston for this year’s marathon. This will be Ally’s first trip. When people ask her, “Why go?” her answer comes without hesitation. “To put it simply, why not?”

“I was ecstatic when Dr. Palamarchuk and Matt Rementer said they wanted to return. This is the culmination of four years of hard work and dedication and now, we’re going to be a part of something really special.”  And this year, their trip is paid for in full because the school chose Temple's Sports Medicine Club as one of 8 projects to feature on the Owl Crowd fundraising website.

Ally, 26, said she considers it an honor to be involved. “Unfortunately, these types of threats are a part of our daily lives now and I don’t think we can live in fear every day; if we did, we would be bunkered down in our houses forever.”

Matt, who has always wanted to be a doctor, loves working big races. “I wanted to go back this year to show that we are strong and that nothing will stop us from going out and doing what we love. This race is one of the top marathons in the world and it is a very unique experience to work it.”

Dr. Palamarchuk never questioned whether he’d return either. “Even still, I’m nervous. What bothers me is that what I see now when I imagine walking into that tent is that the stage will be set again for whatever could happen. That’s all I can see. I can’t see the runners coming down the street yet.”

But he can see closure.

“I think it will be like therapy. The idea that we didn’t finish our job, we need to go back and finish what we were meant to finish.”



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<![CDATA[1 Dead in SUV Apartment Crash]]> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 03:26:37 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/web-giselle.jpg

A vigil was held Sunday night for a beloved teenage girl who was killed in her sleep when an SUV plowed into her bedroom at an apartment building in Southern California.

Emergency personnel responded around 3:50 a.m. Sunday to reports of a vehicle into a building near Avenue R and 10th Street in Palmdale, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Two affected units of the apartment complex were evacuated after the Nissan Pathfinder careened into the complex.

Giselle Mendoza, a 16-year-old sophomore at Palmdale High School, was pronounced dead when firefighters arrived at the apartment, officials said. Officials said she likely died on impact.

Authorities arrested 20-year-old driver Roberto Rodriguez on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. Preliminary reports indicated that his blood-alcohol level was twice the legal limit, sheriff's officials said.

Rodriguez faces charges of DUI and vehicular manslaughter. He was released on $100,000 bail Sunday night and was due in court Tuesday, April 22.

At the time of his release, Rodriguez expressed condolences to the family, but would not respond to NBC4's questions over whether he was drinking or what caused the deadly crash. 

“Sincerely, I’m sorry. It wasn’t my intention. Just, I'm sorry," Rodriguez told NBC4's Gadi Schwartz.

Mendoza’s grieving family members said they want justice. The father said it seemed too soon that Rodriguez had been released.

“Me and my brother loved her so much,” said the girl’s sister, Yadira Mendoza, as she struggled to hold back tears. “She passed away and they couldn’t do nothing for her.”

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sgt. David Sauer said Rodriguez, pictured right, may have been driving home when he missed his turn.

"We just heard a witness who said that he estimated the speed to be about 80 miles an hour," Sauer said.

About half of the 11-unit complex was eventually evacuated due to leaking fuel, officials said. Residents would be allowed to return once the SUV was removed from the building.

A candlelight vigil was held for Mendoza at 8 p.m.



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<![CDATA[6 Shot During Easter Party]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:06:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/montgomery+easter+shooting.jpg

Six people were shot Sunday while attending an Easter gathering in a Chicago suburb.

Officials said a group of people were in a garage for an Easter party around 12:30 a.m. in the 1300 block of Jackson Street in far west suburban Montgomery when someone started shooting.

Four men and two women were shot. Five people were transported from the scene and one person was taken to an area hospital by a friend, according to Montgomery Police Chief Daniel Meyers.

It was not immediately clear what their conditions were.

Children were in the home at the time of the shooting, but no children were injured, according to authorities.

Meyers said the residents of the home had not had prior incidents involving shootings or gangs, but noted police plan to look into any activity at the home over the last few weeks.

“This area is pretty quiet,” he said.

Police are searching for a male suspect, Meyers said.

“We’ll continue this [investigation] for days until we have a suspect or someone in custody,” Meyers said.

Police ask that anyone with information on the shooting call area crime stoppers at (630) 892-1000.

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<![CDATA[Monday is Deadline to Register to Vote in Pa. Primary]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:57:39 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Pa+Primary+Registration.jpg

Monday is the last day to register to vote in the May 20 Pennsylvania primary election. Any applications received after the deadline will be processed in time for the next election cycle.

Voters must register with a party in Pennsylvania to cast a vote in a primary.

Democrats will choose among four candidates for a nominee to go up against GOP Gov. Tom Corbett in what is is expected to be one of the most competitive races in the country for an incumbent governor.

You can't register online, but you can find out more about registering at VotesPA.com.

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<![CDATA[St. Peter's Church Bells Ring in Easter]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:22:01 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/St+Peters+Church.jpg

When Philadelphia's historic St. Peter's Church, where George Washington once worshiped, was built in 1761, it was the tallest structure in the city. It kept that distinction for 140 years until the statue of William Penn was erected atop City Hall in 1901.

The bell tower was added to the church at at Third and Pine streets in the mid-19th century to accommodate a set of bells gifted to the church by Benjamin Chew Wilcocks, a grandson of Benjamin Chew, the Pennsylvania lawyer who advised the Founding Fathers as they drafted the U.S. Constitution.

Prominent architect William Strickland, who also designed the nearby Merchants' Exchange Building, built the tower.

The church tower did not fare as well.

"Apparently his architecture and artistic skills were better than his engineering," said Peter Hopkins, music director of St. Peter's. "He didn't build this tower strong enough to ring these bells the way they were designed."

The eight bells, which together weigh several tons, were designed to be rung by pulling ropes that swing the sturdy bells upside down in a circle.

"The first time they did that the tower started shaking," said Hopkins. "They realized immediately, 'We're in deep trouble.'"

To remedy the situation, the tower was shored up with metal beams. And, instead of swinging the bells, a rope pulls the clapper against the bell.

For almost two years, the bells have not sounded at all. The problem was not the bell tower but the church next to it.

A structural inspection in 2012 determined that the roof over the church sanctuary was in imminent danger of collapse, and the church was immediately closed. Both the sanctuary and bell tower were strictly off limits. After about six months of repair work, the Episcopal congregation was able to use the sanctuary again. But by then, no one knew how to ring the bells anymore.

"We had lost the habit, and also several of our most faithful bell ringers moved," said Hopkins. "We're just getting restarted with a new group of volunteers again this week."

It took the congregation about a year to find three people with the dedication to learn how to ring the bells and build the upper body strength to do it properly. They debuted on Sunday for Easter services.

You can hear a sample of the St. Peter's bells here.


This story is reported through a newsgathering partnership between NBC10.com and NewsWorks.org.
 



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<![CDATA[Father of Slain Boy Seeks Justice]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:20:36 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/%5BNECN%5DJeremiah_Oliver.jpg

The father of 5-year-old Jeremiah Oliver, whose body was found Friday off a Massachusetts highway, is seeking justice for his murder.

Jose Oliver, Jeremiah’s father, is sad, angry and demanding answers as to how his young son ended up wrapped in a blanket, stuffed in a suitcase on the side of the road.

“I want answers,” said Oliver, outside his New Britain, Conn., home just hours after receiving the news from the medical examiner. “It brings some kind of peace but not no closure because he’s dead. I didn’t get to enjoy him.”

The Worcester County District Attorney confirmed Saturday that the body found along Interstate 190 in Sterling, Mass., was that of the missing boy.

The active, happy-go-lucky kid lived with his mother, two siblings and his mother’s boyfriend. His father says it’s been two years since he last saw his children.

“He was always happy. He had that puppy dog look in his eyes and that smile. Just innocent. An innocent kid.”

Jeremiah was last seen by relatives in September but wasn't reported missing until December after his 7-year old sister told school counselors she hadn’t seen him in weeks. Authorities have said they feared he was dead.

Jeremiah's mother, Elsa Oliver, 28, pleaded not guilty in March to charges including kidnapping, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and reckless endangerment, according to The Associated Press. Her boyfriend, Alberto Sierra, 23, pleaded not guilty to similar charges.

The fallout from Jeremiah’s disappearance got three Massachusetts Department of Children and Families employees fired.

According to police, Jeremiah’s demeanor hid an allegedly tumultuous home life. The family was being monitored by state social workers for two years after allegations of abuse and neglect first surfaced in 2011.

An investigation following the disappearance found that the assigned social worker missed mandatory monthly visits for months leading up to the disappearance.

The grieving father places a lot of blame on the state.

“The three people from DCF that got fired? I don’t think that’s enough. I believe they should go to jail too for neglect on my son,” says Oliver, who refused to discuss the potential of any future lawsuit against the state.

Olga Roche, DCF Commissioner, released a statement saying they’re deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Jeremiah and their focus is now on his two remaining siblings.

However, with the shock still settling in, Jose is left to only wonder what could have been.

“I asked him once, ‘what do you wanna be when you grow up?’  He said, “I wanna be a police officer,” Oliver said, holding back tears.  “They took that away from him.”

Oliver says he’s heading to Fitchburg, Mass., on Sunday. No funeral arrangements have been made at this point.
 

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<![CDATA[2 Men Arrested in Home Invasion of Elderly Couple]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:13:51 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Modesto-Circle-Chester.jpg

Two men are in custody after they allegedly broke into a Chester City home, tied up an elderly couple and then stole their vehicles.

According to police, the suspects broke into a home on the 1700 block of Modesto Circle in Chester City, about two blocks away from Widener University Wednesday night.

Nearby residents say they heard banging on the walls of the home and called police. When police arrived at the home, they found an elderly couple in their 80’s tied up and duct-taped inside of a pantry.

The couple told police the suspects stole their vehicles and fled the scene after tying them up.

On Saturday, police told NBC10 that two men were arrested and taken into custody in connection to the home invasion and theft.

Police have not yet released the identities of the suspects or the specific charges against them.

Stay with NBC10.com for more details on this developing story.

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<![CDATA[Boy and Girl Die in NY House Fire]]> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 01:29:39 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/siblings+killed+queens+fire.jpg

A brother and sister, both 4 years old, died Sunday after a fire erupted in a Far Rockaway home, officials said.

The blaze began in the basement of the home on Bay 30th Street just before midnight. Investigators said they believe one of the children may have been playing with a lighter when the fire started.

After firefighters put out the blaze the siblings were rushed to a nearby hospital where they were pronounced dead on arrival, police said.

Officials said the two died of smoke inhalation. Authorities have identified the boy as Jai'Launi Tinglin and the girl as Ayini Tinglin. The two were half-siblings.

Another 4-year-old girl, Jai'Launi's twin, along with a 55-year-old aunt and their 63-year-old grandfather, were also inside the home at the time. They were taken to area hospitals, where officials said they were listed in stable condition.

One of the aunt's coworkers said the family is devastated.

"It's a very close-knit family, they are really upset, just trying to put the pieces together and figure out what the next step is going to be," said Joseph Ferramosca.

Authorities said there were no working smoke detectors in the home. 

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<![CDATA[Your Easter Photos]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:38:57 -0400 ]]> ]]> http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/Easter_DSC_1952.jpg Happy Easter! Check out our Easter Sunday gallery!



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<![CDATA[Man Found Shot to Death in Van]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:37:05 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Man-Found-Dead-in-Van.jpg

Police are investigating the shooting death of a man who was found inside a minivan in the Tioga section of the city.

Police received a call around 8 a.m. on Sunday for a shooting on the 3300 block of North 18th Street.

When they arrived, they found the body of a 30-year-old man inside a van parked on the street. Investigators say the unidentified man had been shot once in the head and at least six bullet holes were found in the van’s windshield. 

No arrests have been made. Police have not yet released a description of any suspects or recovered a weapon.

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<![CDATA[9 Dead, 32 Wounded in Chicago]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 23:26:54 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/216*120/4+kids+shot+chicago.png

At least nine people have been killed and 32 others wounded in shootings across Chicago since Friday.

Of the 41 people shot, 16 of them were shot on Easter Sunday.

The weekend's latest shooting took place just after 7:30 p.m. near 67th Street and Michigan Avenue where four children were injured.

Police said the shooting took place in the Park Manor neighborhood.

The kids were coming from a park near Brownell Elementary School when witnesses say a car pulled up and someone in the car asked them a question. The group fled but someone in the car opened fire striking three girls and one boy, witnesses said.

"I thought it was firecrackers but I saw everyone running," said witness Kimyana Bryant. "My mom ran over to us. I was trying to get all the kids from the park. I brought them over here so they could be in the house with us."

Police could not yet confirm details on the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

A 15-year-old girl was in stable condition and an 11-year-old girl was listed in critical condition. Both were transported to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, according to authorities.

A 14-year-old boy and a 14-year-old girl were both taken to Comer Children's Hospital. The boy was last listed in stable condition and the girl was in serious condition.

At least 23 shell casings were seen on the ground near the scene.

"You can't even come to the park and enjoy yourself without this happening," said witness Christiana Sanders. "The kids should be able to come into their community without worrying about violence. It needs to stop."

No one was in custody as of Sunday evening.

On Sunday afternoon, a man was shot in the 6800 block of South Laflin Street.

A 20-year-old man was shot in the face around 3:30 p.m. and transported to Mount Sinai Hospital for treatment and a 25-year-old man was shot in the shoulder and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in serious condition, police said.

Around 1 p.m. Sunday, two people were fatally shot in the 2800 block of South Sawyer Avenue.

A 33-year-old man was fatally shot in the head and a 19-year-old man was shot in the chest.

The 19-year-old man was taken in critical condition to an area hospital, but police said he later died of his injuries.

Police said the two were traveling in a vehicle when an orange hummer drove alongside and fired shots.

Area Central detectives are investigating, according to Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Veejay Zala.

Around 9 a.m. Sunday, two men suffered gunshot wounds to their backs in the 8300 block of South Ada Street, Zala said.

Both men were taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in serious condition.

As of Sunday afternoon, police were still trying to determine what caused the shooting.

Just after 5 a.m. Sunday two people were found shot to death in a Garfield Ridge home, police said.

The two were found unresponsive just after 5 a.m. Sunday inside a home in the the 5300 block of South Austin Avenue, said Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Jose Estrada.

Both suffered gunshot wounds to the body, according to authorities. Police believe the shooting may have been a murder-suicide.

The Cook County Sheriff's office said the man found dead was Javier Acevedo, a Cook County Department of Corrections officer who worked at the Cook County Jail.

Around 2:40 a.m. two people were shot in the Altgeld Gardens neighborhood, police said.

The two were standing in a courtyard in the 1000 block of East 132nd Street when they heard shots and felt pain, Estrada said.

A 39-year-old man was shot in the upper left thigh and a 29-year-old man was shot in the left buttocks. Both were taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in good condition.

Police said both victims were being uncooperative and noted one has gang affiliations. The shooting is being treated as possibly gang-related.

Ten minutes earlier, a man was shot in the 2600 block of South Kildare Avenue.

A man was standing on a sidewalk with another man when two unknown offenders struck them with a baseball bat, police said.

One of the offenders then displayed a firearm and shot at the men, striking a 34-year-old man in the thigh.

The victim was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in stable condition, police said.

An hour earlier, a 25-year-old man was walking on a sidewalk in the 2400 block of South Hamlin Avenue when a dark-colored SUV drove by and an occupant fired numerous shots at the man.

The victim was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in stable condition with a wound to the abdomen. Police said the shooting appears to be gang-related.

Around 10 p.m. Saturday, a 22-year-old man was shot when the group he was standing in became involved in a verbal argument with another group of men across the street in the 7200 block of South Perry Avenue.

The man was taken to Stroger Hospital with wounds to the face, chest and forearm, according to authorities. He was last listed in serious-but-stable condition.

Thirty minutes earlier, a 16-year-old boy was driving a Nissan westbound in the 7600 block of South Dorchester Avenue when a man on a sidewalk fired numerous shots at the vehicle.

The teen drove himself to Advocate Trinity Hospital with a gunshot wound to the upper back, Estrada said.

Around 7:15 p.m., another 16-year-old boy was shot. The teen was standing in an alley in the 5900 block of South Maplewood Avenue when an offender approached and fired shots in his direction, police said.

Just before 5:30 p.m., a third 16-year-old boy was shot in the 1700 block of West 85th Street.

The teen was standing on the sidewalk when a passenger in a silver vehicle fired shots at him.

Police said the teen suffered wounds to the stomach and right leg and was taken in serious condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center.

About 45 minutes earlier, a 20-year-old man was shot in the shoulder and back of the head while standing near a vacant alley in the 0-100 block of West  112th Street. The man was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in stable condition.

Just before 3 p.m., a 25-year-old man was shot during an apparent robbery attempt.

The man was walking down the street when an unknown offender "engaged him in conversation," Estrada said.

The man then showed a gun and demanded money, according to authorities.

A struggle ensued between the two men and the victim was shot in the hand. He was taken in good condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center.

Around 2:40 p.m. Saturday in the 6900 block of South Halsted Street, police said a 21-year-old man was shot in the abdomen and was taken to John H. Stroger Jr., Hospital of Cook County in serious condition.

Details surrounding the shooting were not immediately available.

Two people were injured in a shooting just before 1 p.m. Saturday in the 6600 block of South Maryland Avenue.

Two men were walking down the block when they became involved in a verbal argument with a group of men, according to Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Zala.

Someone in the group pulled out a handgun and began firing at the victims as they fled.

A 23-year-old man was shot in the back and a 21-year-old man was shot in the leg. Both were taken in serious condition to Stroger Hospital.

At least five others have been killed and 11 others wounded since Friday.

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<![CDATA[Easter Sunday Services]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 08:46:29 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000006790625_1200x675_231941187675.jpg Several Easter Sunday services are taking place in our area today. NBC10's Matt DeLucia has the details.]]> <![CDATA[Man Shot, Stabbed to Death Inside Apartment]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 07:00:04 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Gloucester-Township-Shootin.jpg

Police are investigating the death of a man who was shot and stabbed inside a Gloucester Township apartment.

Gloucester Township Police were called to the Millbridge Garden Apartment Complex on 1341 Blackwood Clementon Road on Sunday around 2:15 a.m. for a report of a shooting and stabbing.

When police arrived, they found a man who was suffering from stab wounds and gunshot wounds.

The man was flown by medevac to the Stratford Campus of Kennedy University Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

No arrests have been made. Police have not yet released information on any suspects.

Stay with NBC10.com for more details on this developing story.

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<![CDATA[In Case You Missed It: Yesterday's Top Stories]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 07:39:52 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/sea+isle+fire+brenda+maguire.jpg

Didn't have a chance to catch up on local news yesterday?

Man's Legs Severed by SEPTA Train
A man had both of his legs severed on Friday after being run over by a SEPTA Regional Rail train.

Fire Guts Million Dollar Jersey Shore Beach Homes
A fast-moving 7-alarm fire, fanned by strong ocean winds, burned million dollar homes to the ground and damaged nearly a dozen others in Sea Isle City, N.J. on Good Friday.

Teen Suspended for Asking Miss America to Prom
A Pennsylvania high school student is in hot water for asking Miss America to prom during a question and answer session at school.

Your Flyered Up Photos
Fans from across the area show off their Flyers spirit.

Inmate Dies Shortly After Arriving at Prison
Corrections officials say an inmate has died shortly after arriving at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna.

Man Steals Women's Dog, TV on Their First Date
A  New Jersey woman says a man she met on a dating website stole her dog and her flat-screen TV.

Argument Over Shoes Leads to Stabbing at Mall: Witness
A man is hospitalized after an argument over a pair of shoes escalated to a physical fight at a local mall Saturday.



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<![CDATA[Fire Guts Million Dollar Jersey Shore Beach Homes]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:01:32 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/sea+isle+fire+brendan+c.jpg

Investigators are set to return to the scene on Monday to try and determine the cause of a massive 7-alarm fire that ripped through beachfront homes in Sea Isle city.

The fast-moving fire, fanned by strong ocean winds, burned million dollar homes to the ground and damaged nearly a dozen others in Sea Isle City, N.J. on Good Friday.

As the rubble smoldered Saturday morning, crews returned to the 7800 block of Pleasure Avenue at the beach to put out some hot spots.

Flames began to flicker around 4 p.m. Friday and quickly spread to a total of three structures sharing the same lot, city officials said. In total five homes were consumed.

"It was just amazing how fast the first house went up in flames," said witness Daniel O'Connell, who is staying on the island with his family for the Easter holiday. "I followed the smell [of smoke] and speeding police cars to the house where there was just a small amount of smoke coming out of the basement of one of the houses."

Within minutes, however, O'Connell said the fire simply erupted.

"The police were attempting to put out the fire with fire extinguishers, but at that time it was too late," the 15-year-old Jenkintown, Pa.-native told NBC10.com. "The house started pouring black smoke out of the basement, so I rode around the block [on my bike] to get up wind of the fire and out of the smoke. From here, I could see the flames erupting and traveling up the house."

The structures were side-by-side townhouses, each about 2,000 square feet, according to Sea Isle City Mayor Leonard Desiderio. According to data on the real estate website Zillow.com, the beachfront homes were listed for more than $2 million.

"The wind was blowing hard from the beach, going towards the bay," said Loretta Giello, who has a summer home on 85th Street. "And I kept hearing sirens and sirens, and I saw so much black smoke that I started to run down there to see what was happening."

NBC10 First Alert Weather Meteorologist Sheena Parveen said onshore winds were gusting near 15 to 20 mph at the time of the fire, which is pretty typical.

Giello said multiple fire engines have responded from different shore towns but that Sea Isle City is not as easy to access because the bridge coming in from Avalon is closed.

"So the fire trucks had to go all the way down Route 9, or the Parkway, until they get into Sea Isle and that's another 15 or 20 minutes," Giello said. Mayor Desiderio said however, he did not think the bridge being out affected response time.

Cape May County fire dispatch radio, posted to YouTube, shows the first call went out at 4:27 p.m. and that the Sea Isle Fire Department requested mutual aid from nearby fire departments about five minutes into the response, before Sea Isle crews were on scene.

A total of 14 fire companies from up and down the Jersey Shore responded to the blaze, fire officials said.

Mayor Desiderio said there were no injuries, but that 11 nearby homes were also damaged due to the intense heat from the fire. He said the homes that burned are vacation homes, not year-round homes.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Sea Isle City is a small Cape May County city of around 2,000 year-round residents that swells in the summers when vacationers flock to its beaches. But like much of the Jersey Shore, it was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

That storm damage cost the city an amusement park just this year, when the owner of Gillian's Funland said the severely damaged park would have to close.



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<![CDATA[Beautiful Easter Sunday]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 07:18:45 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Easter-Sunday-Forecast.jpg We're in for a beautiful Easter Sunday. NBC10's Tedd Florendo has the forecast.

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<![CDATA[Easter Sunday: Today's Events ]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 06:16:27 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/easter-egg-generic722.jpg

From Easter Sunday services to shows to karaoke, several exciting events are taking place in our area today.

Easter Sunday Services

Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church, 2800 W. Cheltenham Avenue, Philadelphia, 6 a.m. service, 10 a.m. service

Christ Church, 2nd and Market Streets, Philadelphia, 9 a.m. service, 11 a.m. service

Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul, 18 Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, 8 a.m. service, 9:30 a.m. service, 11 a.m. service, 12:30 p.m. service

Get the full weekend events guide, including times, locations and tickets, here.

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<![CDATA[Colorful Proposal at Run or Dye 5K]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 06:58:01 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/197*120/run+or+dye+race+proposal.JPG

A colorful run turned sparkly when a Delaware County man proposed to his long-time girlfriend as she crossed the finish line.

Mike Lombardi of Swarthmore, Pa. waited for his girlfriend of seven years, Dina DiCampli, to complete the Run or Dye 5K race Saturday while wearing a top hat, tuxedo shirt and bow tie and holding a bouquet of gerbera daisies.

"Seven years ago I met the love of my life and I can't wait to marry her," Lombardi said.

As DiCampli approached the finish line, Lombardi got down on one knee and popped the question.

"It's time to run the marathon together babe," he said.

The proposal shocked DiClampi, who appeared to have blue hair after being splattered with safe, eco-friendly powdered dye along the course.

A mutual friend introduced the couple when Lombardi was a senior at Monsignor Bonner High School and DiClampi was a senior at Ridley High School.

"I said yes," she exclaimed as a broad smile crossed her face.

 

 

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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[Elderly Man Killed in Hit & Run]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 06:58:01 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Blurry-cars-generic.jpg

A elderly man died after he was struck by a vehicle in Philadelphia Saturday.

The accident occurred on the 8100 block of Bustleton Avenue in the Rhawnhurst section of the city around 9 p.m., according to police.

Officials say the driver remained at the scene and an investigation is underway.

Stay with NBC10 for more on this developing story.

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<![CDATA[3 Sexual Assaults in 3 Weeks at Local University: Officials]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:22:49 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/west+chester+university+generic.JPG

A local university has issued safety warnings to students in the wake of three sexual assaults that occurred over a three-week span on its campus.

The most recent assault occurred at 2:28 a.m. Saturday at an on-campus residence at West Chester University, according to a timely warning posted to the school’s Department of Public Safety website.

The victim, who attends the college, did not know the assailant. Officials describe the suspect as a white male standing approximately 5-feet 4-inches tall with a thin build. He was wearing a black hoodie.

Two other attacks were reported earlier in the month.

Officials learned of a separate assault from a third party report on April 10. The incident occurred April 4 around 4 a.m. in an on-campus residential facility, according to the school website. The victim knew her assailant, who investigators describe as a 19-year-old white male West Chester University student.

Another WCU student knew the suspect who assaulted her on March 30 around 8 p.m. Officials describe the attacker as a 24-year-old white male.

Authorities ask anyone with information about any of the three crimes to call the University’s Department of Public Safety at 610-436-3311.
 

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<![CDATA[Argument Over Shoes Leads to Stabbing at Mall: Witness]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:33:20 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/236*120/hamilton+mall.JPG

A man is hospitalized after an argument over a pair of shoes escalated to a physical fight at a local mall Saturday.

Two male customers had a verbal altercation over shoes inside a Kicks USA store in the Hamilton Mall in Mays Landing, N.J. shortly before 3 p.m., according to witnesses at the scene.

One of the customers became so irate that he started to tear apart the store, throwing merchandise before taking a fixture and hitting the other man, witnesses say.

The attacker threatened to return with a gun before fleeing the scene.

Blood splatter was visible near the entrances of the Kicks USA store and Macy's department store.

A section of the mall was cordoned off and the shoe store remained closed until about 5 p.m. while police investigated.

Investigators say the victim is being treated for non-life threatening injuries at a local hospital.

Anyone who may have witnessed the event or has any information about the suspect is asked to call the Township of Hamilton Police at 609-625-2700.

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