<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.comen-usThu, 25 Aug 2016 16:33:50 -0400Thu, 25 Aug 2016 16:33:50 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Manayunk Hit-&-Run Knocks Philly Sgt. Out of His Shoes]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 16:12:13 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Main+Street+Manayunk+Officer+Struck.JPG

A tow truck driver chased down a suspected drunk driver after the driver ran down a Philadelphia Police sergeant making a traffic stop along Main Street in the city’s popular Manayunk neighborhood, said Philadelphia Police.

The crash around 12:30 a.m. along southbound Main Street near Shurs Lane knocked the officer out of his shoes.

Surveillance video obtained from a nearby business shows the moment of impact where the officer is seen standing next to a police car talking to a fellow officer when suddenly he is knocked away by a passing vehicle.

The officer, a sergeant who wasn’t immediately identified, was knocked about 15 feet into the air. The impact left him bleeding from his legs and arms, with a broken collarbone and suffering from head and neck injuries, said police. He was upgraded to stable condition at the hospital.

The police cruiser involved in the initial traffic stop near some of Manayunk’s popular bars had on its emergency lights at the time of the crash.

The driver of a blue Toyota Rav4 suspected of striking the officer fled the scene, said investigators. An alert tow truck driver gave chase for a about a mile and alerted police to the suspected hit-and-run driver around Ridge Avenue.

21-year-old Colin Murphy from Schwenksville, Pa. was then arrested.

"He did appear to be under the influence of alcohol so he was taken into custody, said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small.

Murphy is charged with Aggravated Assault While DUI, Criminal Mischief, DUI and related offenses. He has yet to be arraigned on the charges and it's not clear if he has retained an attorney.

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<![CDATA[Portrait Honors Nation's Oldest Living Veteran]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:50:02 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NC_overtonportrait0825_1920x1080.jpg An artist known for painting more than 300 portraits of fallen soldiers presented a portrait to the nation's oldest living veteran, Richard Overton of Austin, who turned 110 in May.

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<![CDATA[How Did Woman Who Died Zip Lining Fall From Platform?]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:22:02 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Delaware-Zip-Line.jpg

Delaware State Police were searching for clues after a woman died following a 35-foot fall from a zip line course in Bear Wednesday afternoon as the company that runs the course claims the victim disconnected herself from safety measures.

Tina Werner of Felton, Del., was visiting the Go Ape Zip Line & Treetop Adventure at Lums Pond State Park on Howell School Road around 1:40 p.m. Wednesday when she fell from a platform while waiting to descend on a zip line, state troopers said.

Go Ape employees administered first aid in an attempt to save Werner's life before paramedics rushed the 59-year-old woman to Christiana Hospital, where she later died from her injuries.

Werner was apparently trying out the zip line as part of her bucket list, NBC10's Tim Furlong reported. The company that runs the course says she appeared to disconnect herself from a safety system before falling.

Go Ape released a statement Thursday that said the company has safely served more than 6 million customers, is "deeply saddened" by Werner's death and is cooperating with external investigators.

The statement says Werner underwent safety training on staying attached to the safety system and had proceeded to the final platform in Site 4 before falling.

"Participant witnesses have stated that at the time of the accident the participant had unfortunately disconnected herself from the safety system," the statement said.

"We confirm that a full inspection of the course, with particular focus on the last platform at Site 4, has been undertaken and all of the course and associated safety equipment was and remains in sound operational condition. Nothing was broken or unserviceable," Go Ape said.

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On Thursday, state police said they didn't suspect foul play in Werner's death. An autopsy was planned.

"The Go Ape team is deeply saddened by this tragic occurrence," Chris Swallow, the Director of Go Ape wrote in a released statement Wednesday. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends and in particular to those who were on the course with her at the time."

<![CDATA[Rap Video to Welcome 4th Graders]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:46:58 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/217*120/reed0823.png

A suburban Chicago student-teacher’s passion for music and his classroom has garnered internet acclaim and offers of school supplies after a rap video he made was posted to social media.

Dwayne Reed, 25, a first-year student teacher at Jane Stenson Elementary School in Skokie, posted a rap video titled “Welcome to The Fourth Grade” on YouTube over the weekend. He said he chose a more creative and engaging way to introduce himself than a boring old newsletter so many students have grown accustomed to.

“I wanted a cool way to introduce myself to the students and the parents I was gonna have,” Reed said.

Reed, originally from the East Garfield Park neighborhood but now living in Skokie, said the idea came to him when a filmmaker friend, Ty Gotham, said he wanted to make a music video.

“I think I’m somewhat gifted at music,” Reed said. “It’s simply a way for me to try to connect with my students.”

Sue O’Neil, principal at Jane Stenson, says she’s happy to be working with Reed.

“I think he’s gonna bring a lot of creativity and I just think the kids are gonna relate to him really well,” she said.

Reed said the video was shot Saturday, edited just after midnight Sunday morning and posted to YouTube.

Users on the social media site Reddit were quick to share the video, encouraging Reed with praise and offering to donate school supplies to his class.

“That would be so amazing,” he said. “I would love for them to donate supplies to my kids. A lot of the students here are low income."

Reed says basic supplies like notepads, pens and folders, to winter clothes and shoes would all be helpful donations. 

He plans to use his passion for music to help kids come up with their own songs to help them study.

“Regardless of how cheesy it is, if it helps them remember something, if it helps them excel on the test, or in life, I’m fine with it, I’m backing it,” he said. “You can’t disconnect music from true life, so if we want our students to live excellent lives, we gotta have music involved in that.”

Reed said his enthusiasm and positivity are heavily tied to his faith and he doesn’t agree with some of the more negative comments that plague posts like his on social media—specifically those that say he will lose his enthusiasm as time goes on.

“My joy, my enthusiasm, my passion isn’t necessarily tied or weighed down by teaching,” he said. “I have that joy, that enthusiasm for every aspect in my life.”

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<![CDATA[Fire Burns at Delaware Manufacturing Plant]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:11:18 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/IKO+Fire.JPG

A fire burned at manufacturing plant a short distance from I-495 in Delaware Thursday afternoon.

Flames broke out around 1 p.m. at the IKO Global plant along Hay Road in Wilmington, Delaware.

No word yet on possible injuries.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead, you could see firefighters focusing their efforts on what appeared to be some sort of conveyor belt apparatus.

The company – with plants around the world – does roofing, waterproofing and insulation, according to its website.

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<![CDATA[What If Apple Really Ditches the iPhone Headphone Jack?]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:11:55 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/183*120/GettyImages-516859294.jpg

The next iPhone may be too skinny for the traditional headphone jack.

The potential change is something that has many wondering how the absence of the 3.5 mm headphone jack could impact some of the ways people use their iPhones — and what it will do to the multi-billion dollar market for headphones.

Apple hasn't commented on any of the rumors, but it's believed the lack of a traditional headphone jack would require Bluetooth headphones or an adapter to plug in to the phone's lightning port.

Steve Wozniak, who left Apple in 1985, told the Australian Financial Review he believes the potential change, which Apple has not confirmed, would "tick off a lot of people."

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<![CDATA[Fact Check: Clinton Campaign Associates Trump WIth Russian Spy]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:54:54 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/clinton-trump-etica.jpg Hillary Clinton's campaign has insinuated that Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump is associated with a possible Russian spy. NBC10’s Keith Jones has the details on the claim that is being called "a Kremlin deception" by our partners at FactCheck.org.

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<![CDATA[Armed Montco Home Invasion Leaves 1 Hurt]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:33:28 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/220*120/Hatfield+Home+Invasion+Maple+Avenue.JPG

Masked gunmen dressed in all black pried open a locked door and forced their way into a Montgomery County home overnight leaving one of four people inside hurt.

The suspects broke into the home along Maple Avenue near E Vine Street in Hatfield some time before 1:35 a.m. Thursday, said Hatfield Township Police.

Once inside the armed men stole jewelry, money and the victims’ cellphones before feeling, said investigators.

Once of the victims suffered minor injuries during the attack, said police.

Police asked anyone who might have spotted anything suspicious or with information about the home invasion to call detectives at 215-855-0903 or email them: policetips@hatfield-township.org.

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<![CDATA[Church Offers 'Racists Anonymous' Meetings in NC ]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:18:57 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NC_racistsanonymous0825_1920x1080.jpg A North Carolina church launches a "Racists Anonymous" program aimed at changing hearts and minds. Sick of the shootings and racial unrest, Reverend Nathan King says he wanted to do more than pray. For the past month, Trinity United Church of Christ in Concord has been holding weekly support group meetings in its fellowship hall, and it's gaining traction. "It's to deal with the racism within ourselves and to eliminate the racism within ourselves," King said.]]> <![CDATA[Minn. Bridge Collapse Survivor Charged With Joining ISIS]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:30:01 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/217*120/AP_817556148506.jpg

Mohamed Amiin Ali Roble, 20, who in 2007 survived a bridge collapse in Minneapolis that killed more than a dozen people, has been charged with conspiring to support ISIS, federal prosecutors said Wednesday, NBC News reported.

Roble is accused of traveling to Syria and joining the terror group after he turned 18. The FBI says he used a $91,000 settlement he received from the bridge collapse to fund the group. Authorities believe he lives in Syria. 

Roble was just weeks shy of his 11th birthday in 2007 when the school bus he was riding in was caught on a Mississippi River bridge in Minneapolis that collapsed.

Thirteen people were killed and 145 people were injured, including Roble.

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<![CDATA[Drone Footage Shows Earthquake Damage in Italy]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:20:13 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Italy-Pescara-Drone-CR-147213673411100001.jpg Drone footage from the earthquake-hit Pescara del Tronto on Thursday showed scenes of devastation with buildings reduced to rubble in the central Italian town. Rescue crews raced against time looking for survivors from the earthquake that leveled three towns in central Italy on Wednesday. At least 247 people have died.]]> <![CDATA[Student Banned From Wearing Black Lives Matter T-Shirt]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:02:08 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NC_blmshirt0825_1920x1080.jpg When Mariah Havard arrived at Arizona's Buckeye High School for picture day Tuesday wearing a Black Lives Matter T-shirt, the 10th grader says she was told to go to the school's office, where she says administration leaders told her the shirt wasn't allowed. "I wasn't able to wear the shirt anymore because somebody made a complaint," Havard said. "I was a little bit confused as to why I wouldn't be able to wear something so meaningful to me."

Havard's family and others believe the 15-year-old was treated unfairly, especially because they say the school has a history of allowing students to wear shirts supporting a cause, including some that could be considered offensive. The school district had not issued a response when KPNX reached out for comment. ]]>
<![CDATA[Local Volunteers Travel to Help Louisiana Flood Victims]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 09:49:43 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Red+Cross+snip.PNG The devastating floods in Louisiana have left over 100,000 homes ravaged. NBC10.com’s Sara Smith is in Baton Rouge following the state’s recovery efforts.]]> <![CDATA[Woman Shocked by Trump's 'Bigot' Comment at Rally]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 09:40:42 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-594878936.jpg

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who has been aggressively courting African-American voters in recent weeks, accused Hillary Clinton of being a "bigot" who panders to minorities.

"Hillary Clinton is a bigot who sees people of color only as votes, not as human beings worthy of a better future," Trump said Wednesday during a campaign rally in Jackson, Mississippi.

The remark appeared to catch many in the predominately white crowd by surprise, particularly a woman standing on stage behind Trump. Video of the woman grimacing at the comment as her eyes widened in shock was shared on social media. Her reaction seemed to encapsulate the audience's uncertain response: a delayed round of staggered cheers and applause.

"She doesn't care what her policies have done to your communities," the businessman continued. "She has no remorse. She's going to do nothing for Hispanics and African-Americans."

During an interview Wednesday night with CNN's Anderson Cooper, Clinton dismissed Trump's comments and accused him of "peddling" hate speech.

"He is taking a hate movement mainstream," the former secretary of state said, arguing Trump is "very much peddling bigotry and prejudice and paranoia."

Clinton is set to address Trump's recent attacks in a speech in Nevada on Thursday afternoon.

Critics have repeatedly accused Trump of pushing racist and bigoted views during his campaign, including calling for the U.S. to build a wall across its Mexican border to stem illegal immigration and to fight terrorism by temporarily banning Muslims from entering the U.S.

Trump also gave a vague preview of his new immigration policy, which is slated to be unveiled next week. Without offering any specifics, he said any immigration policy he supports must pass three tests: It should improve the wages, safety and quality of life for U.S. citizens.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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<![CDATA[NBC10 Responds: Car Repair Trouble]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:56:24 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000016816582_1200x675_750704707728.jpg Beverly and Michael went through financial hardships when the engine in their 2011 Kia seized. When questions about the car's warranty and upkeep came into play, they called Harry Hairston with NBC10 Responds.]]> <![CDATA[Calif. Man's Car Stolen With Father's Ashes Inside]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:34:51 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/08-24-16+stolen+ashes.JPG

A San Diego man, who had his car stolen last week, is asking for the person responsible to return his father’s ashes to him. The ashes had been inside the car, along with a cellphone that held a final message from his father.

Zachary Johnson, 22, moved into his new apartment on the 800 block of Date Street in downtown San Diego Friday night.

He told NBC 7 that he had parked his 2011 White Chevy Malibu in front of his apartment but the next morning, he couldn’t locate it. He said at first he thought his car may have been towed and began making phone calls.

After a while, he realized it had been stolen.

Johnson said he doesn’t care about getting his car back—he just wants his father’s ashes returned to him.

"It’s like I lost him again. It’s not as devastating but pretty close,” he said. “I thought I'd always have him, his ashes with me—now it looks like I'm not going to.”

Johnson told NBC 7 that he had listened to the message his father left on the cellphone from time to time for strength.

“It was just telling me that he loved me and stuff,” he said. “I missed his call so he left me a voicemail. It was a week before he passed away.”

Also in the car were mementos of Johnson’s life, including his high school diploma.

“Everything in there is replaceable except the stuff they gave me and my dad's ashes. They can keep it all. I would do anything to get that stuff back. It’s very heartbreaking,” he said.

Johnson said his father’s ashes are in a wooden box shaped like a cross with jewels on it. He's hoping the person who took will return it to him, along with the cellphone.

Photo Credit: NBC 7]]>
<![CDATA[Chester County Farm Closing After 60 Years]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:17:29 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/211*120/Glenville+Farms.JPG Glenville Farms located in Cochranville, Chester County is being sold after 60 years in business. the farm says increased taxes and lower milk prices led to its decline.

Photo Credit: Google Earth]]>
<![CDATA[Dramatic Images: Deadly Quake Rocks Central Italy]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:04:40 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-595018736.jpg Searchers scrambled to rescue people in central Italy where a 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck early Wednesday, collapsing homes as residents slept and killing dozens.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Bullets Fly Into Germantown Home, 2 Shot]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 07:51:02 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/21st+Street+Double+Shooting+Germantown.JPG Shots were fired into a home along N 21st Street near Nedro Avenue in Germantown where eight people, including five children, were inside. Detectives are talking to witnesses and going through surveillance for more clues after a woman inside the home & a man outside of it were shot.

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<![CDATA[Cops Stumble Upon Gator in Tub ]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 06:57:18 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/gator+in+tub.jpg

Police responding to a call about a burglary at a Staten Island home encountered an unusual suspect — a three-foot-long alligator, and it was in the bathtub. 

The reptile was hanging out in the empty tub when police responding to the anonymous call arrived at the abandoned Mariners Harbor home.

Animal care workers took the gator for evaluation. They're also looking into how the gator got into the tub.

The NYPD tweeted responding officers were "surprised" by the reptile, but no one was injured. The department tweeted photos of cops smiling next to the crate.

No arrests have been made.

Photo Credit: @NYPDPaws
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<![CDATA[NBC10 in Louisiana: Responding to Historic, Deadly Flooding]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:24:47 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-591968858.jpg

The worst natural disaster since Superstorm Sandy has decimated parts of Louisiana, killing 13 people and destroying more than 100,000 homes. Assisting in the recovery efforts are dozens of people from the Philadelphia area.

NBC10.com's Sara Smith has traveled to Baton Rouge and will share stories of pain, loss and hope among residents and the aid teams helping them rebuild their lives.

Sara is no stranger to disaster recovery. She spent five years working for the American Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Her experience will give you a unique view at how recovery efforts take place following a natural disaster.

Follow Sara's dispatches from Louisiana here and on Facebook and Twitter.

Thursday, August 25

Today, I take you into the flood zone. I'll be going along with Team Rubicon, a volunteer organization made up of veterans and first responders who go into disaster areas and provide much-needed clean-up. In Baton Rouge, Team Rubicon is mucking out houses in nearly 100 degree heat every day, all day. It's a never-ending job. Team members go into houses that have been damaged by flood water and remove all of the damaged furniture, carpet, drywall and anything else that needs to go.

You may have seen piles of stuff along the roadway during President Obama's visit to the area. A lot of those piles are being made by volunteers with Team Rubicon.

Watch for more later here and on the NBC10 facebook page.

Wednesday, August 24

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Full disclosure: I'm no stranger to disaster response. I spent nearly five years working as an employee for the American Red Cross. In my time as a communications specialist, I was sent to a few disasters outside of the local area, including New York and New Jersey for Superstorm Sandy and Mississippi and Arkansas for a massive tornado outbreak. So, when I was asked to go to Baton Rouge in the midst of a disaster no one seems to be talking about, there was no way I would say no. I drove in to Baton Rouge from New Orleans this morning, and it was odd, because if you didn't know there was a flood a few miles away, you wouldn't know there was a flood a few miles away. Traffic was light, businesses are open, people are doing their normal things. Thing is, there is... And it's a big one - so I'm told and so the pictures show. I, personally, haven't seen  the flooding, but stick with me, I will get there.

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What I have seen is the massive gathering of resources. The headquarters of the Red Cross operation in Baton Rouge is buzzing with activity, the parking lot of the Home Depot is transformed into a relief center headed by Team Rubicon, and everywhere you turn, there are signs for donation drop offs and help for those affected. Just last night, more than 2300 people spent the night in a Red Cross shelter. I'm told the work is just beginning.

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More than a dozen volunteers from the Red Cross in Eastern PA alone are here helping. They are driving supplies and meals into areas where folks are beginning to clean up. They are sheltering folks who have no where to go, they are counseling families about next steps and how to handle the realization that everything may be gone. Two volunteers from our area are even working hard to make sure the trucks that deliver food and supplies are in tip top shape for the work they must do. Mary Noll from Montgomery County will spend possibly six weeks on the job inspecting and caring for those trucks... All 97 of them that are here right now. She says she misses her family but thinks it's important to be here.

More notes from Baton Rouge to come.

Tuesday, August 23

I'm heading south to cover the Louisiana floods. Flying into New Orleans and then driving up to Baton Rouge. I'll make sure to share updates as I have them.

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<![CDATA[Total Solar Eclipse in 2017]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 07:02:31 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/total+eclipse.jpg

North America will see its first total eclipse since 1979 in a year, and some people are planning ahead by booking hotel rooms.

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon crosses between the earth and the sun, which is blocked out. The moon and the Earth will be perfectly aligned for a few minutes on Aug. 21, 2017. 

But viewers in the tri-state area will have to settle for a partial eclipse. The prime viewing spots in the eastern United States include most of South Carolina, central Tennessee and a sliver of Georgia.

Self-described eclipse chaser Mike Kentrianakis told KPCC, a public radio station in California, that the best viewing spots for the total eclipse will be within a 70-mile wide path that stretches from the Pacific Northwest to South Carolina. 

"Oh, it's bigger than the Super Bowl, much bigger," said Kentrianakis

The next total solar eclipse after the 2017 alignment will happen in 2024.

Read more at KPCC.

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