<![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 Sat, 20 Sep 2014 06:01:02 -0400 Sat, 20 Sep 2014 06:01:02 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Police Car Slams Into Dunkin' Donuts]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:48:02 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/cop+car+into+dunkin+donuts+berlin.jpg

A South Jersey police vehicle slammed into a doughnut shop Friday morning.

The police SUV crashed into the Dunkin' Donuts shop along White Horse Pike in Berlin, New Jersey just before 11 a.m. Winslow Township Police said the SUV crashed into the building after colliding with another car.

The unidentified Winslow Township Police officer suffered minor injuries, according to investigators. The other driver refused treatment.

No customers or employees inside the store reported any injuries, according to police.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead, you could see the Winslow Township Police SUV right through the front window of the coffee shop with the driver's side door open.

Police said the crash caused structural damage to the building. No word yet on when repairs will be made.

Investigators said that the officer wasn't headed to a call at the time of the wreck. The cause of the wreck remained under investigation Friday afternoon.

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<![CDATA[Russian Firm Buys American Brewery Pabst ]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:40:16 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/getty-PBR.jpg

Pabst Brewing Company, North America’s largest privately held brewing company, is the latest U.S. beer firm to be sold to an international buyer.

Russia-based brewer and beverage company Oasis Beverage and TSG Consumer Partners LLC, an American private equity firm, are partnering to buy PBC. TSG, based in San Francisco and New York, will take a minority stake, The New York Times reported.

The Pabst Brewing company, owned by billionaire investor C.Dean Metropoulos, is best known for Pabst Blue Ribbon, a beer brand that has become a favorite in recent years among hipsters. The Los Angeles-based company has more than 30 beers in its portfolio, according to Pabst's website. Other notable brands include: Colt 45, Old Milwaukee, McSorley's, Stag, Schlitz, and Lone Star.

Oasis Beverages is the biggest independent brewer in Russia, according to the Times.

“Pabst Blue Ribbon is the quintessential American brand – it represents individualism, egalitarianism and freedom of expression – all the things that make this country great,” Oasis' Chairman Eugene Kashper said in a statement. “The opportunity to work with the company’s treasure trove of iconic brands, some of which I started my career selling, is a dream come true. It will be an honor to work with Pabst’s dedicated employees and partner distributors as we continue to build the business.”

Pabst Brewing Company was founded in Milwaukee in 1844 by Jacob Best and later sold to brewing magnate Paul Kalmanovitz. When Kalmanovitz died in 1987, the company was aquired by the Kalmanovitz Charitable Foundation. The IRS forced the foundation to sell the company to Metropoulos due to a federal law that bars charities from owning for profit-businesses.

In 2009, one of America’s biggest cultural icons, Anheusher-Busch, was sold to the Belgium-Brazilian brewer InBev.

In 2002, Miller Brewing Co. was sold to South African Breweries PLC for $5.6 billion, creating SABMiller, the world’s second largest beer company in the world.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 10 Philadelphia

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<![CDATA[Take the Phone Quiz: iPhone 6 or Android? ]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 22:57:56 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/pile+of+phones1.jpg

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus hit the shelves at Apple Stores on Friday morning, ending weeks of anticipation by Apple fans.

At some Apple stores, lines have stretched around the corner for days or even weeks. Apple sold more than 4 million phones in online preorders on the very first day they were available. And this weekend, the company is expected to make billions. According to Bloomberg Business Week, the phone line accounts for more than half of Apple's $171 billion annual revenue.

But is the phone for everyone? More importantly, is it for you?

We put together this Phone Wizard to help you find out. We examined the key features of eight state-of-the-art phones, looking at things like battery life, size, operating system and camera quality. After you answer a handful of questions about your personality, preferences and habits, we identify the phone that we think is right for you.

Now, don't get carried away: Just because we tell you the Samsung Galaxy S5 is better for you than the iPhone 6 Plus (that 4K HD is just so important to you, right?) doesn't mean you should go and buy one today. At least visit your local retailer to see how it feels in your hand before plopping down a few hundred dollars. But consider this a starting point. 

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<![CDATA[Lehigh County School Bans Boys From Sports Team]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:42:53 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/field+hockey_generic.jpg

No boys allowed. A school board in Lehigh County confirmed a committee's decision to ban boys from its field hockey team after concerns they caused injuries to girl players.

The Allentown School Board ruled 8-1 that boys would be prohibited from playing on school-sponsored teams that are usually all-female in the United States.  The vote upheld a decision made by a school committee in the Pennsylvania county Sept. 4.

"We had an injury where there was an incidental collision between a boy and a girl," Russell Mayo, Allentown School Board president, told NBC10 earlier this month. "Upon legal counsel, we decided that we would err on the side of safety."

The PIAA - the state's governing body of high school sports -- decided earlier this summer that boys who do play on girls' teams are not allowed to participate in post-season games.

But not everyone in the Allentown School District, which includes William Allen High School and Louis E. Dieruff High School, is in agreement with the decision.

"The girls were disappointed because [the boys] were a great part of the team," Inez Seyler, Dieruff's field hockey coach, told LehighValleyLive.com. "I'm disappointed because they don't really have a sport that is comparable to field hockey for boys."

"It's going to be heartbreaking to them," added Karen Nilson, William Allen's coach.

Mixed gender teams are allowed under the PIAA's rules, but only under special circumstances that protect girls on the team from injury or disqualification for size differences from potential male teammates.

Other standards for Pennsylvania schools, under the Pennsylvania Department of Education, support the right to a "physical environment for safety." This includes physical standards along with social, emotional and intellectual. These policies are intended to protect students' wellness and physical health.

<![CDATA[Boat Crashes on Delaware River]]> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 05:44:31 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/River+Generic+River+Water+Generic.JPG

Two men were hospitalized after they crashed a boat along the Delaware River just after midnight Saturday.

The recreational boat struck an unknown object in the river as it passed Unruh Avenue heading north in the Tacony section of Philadelphia, police said.

No word on the pair's condition.

Stay with NBC10 for more on this developing story.

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<![CDATA[2 Shot During West Oak Lane Robbery]]> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 05:34:23 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/tlmd_police_generic_police_tape_police_lights_fishtown_722x406_2202385257.jpg

Two people were shot during a robbery in the city's West Oak Lane section late Friday night.

The shooting took place at the 7100 block of North 19th Street just before 11 p.m.

One victim is in critical condition, while the second is in stable condition after suffering a gunshot wound to the arm, according to police.

Investigators are looking for the gunman and anyone with information is urged to call police.

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<![CDATA[First Alert Weather: Warm End to Summer]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 23:41:46 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008162563_1200x675_331453507944.jpg This is the last weekend of the summer and it's going to be a warm, and a little wet, one.]]> <![CDATA[Local Domestic Violence Group React to Goodell Apology]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 23:32:49 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008162494_1200x675_331452483731.jpg Local domestic violence groups react to Roger Goodell's apology over the Ray Rice case. He's calling for better training to handle abuse in the NFL. NBC10's George Spencer has more.]]> <![CDATA[Students Rally After Confederate Flag Display]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 23:30:10 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008162533_1200x675_331451459787.jpg Students at Bryn Mawr College rallied Friday for a better policy to address issues like the one arose when a confederate flag was displayed in a dorm on campus.]]> <![CDATA[Parking Fight Leads to Standoff]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 23:08:57 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/meriden+condo+complex.jpg

A Meriden resident will face felony charges after a conflict with a neighbor led to a police standoff during which she slipped knives under her apartment door and threatened to shoot police and other residents, then blow up or burn down the building.

Police said Regine Rivers, 48, who lives in the condo complex at 775 West Main Street in Meriden, began arguing with another resident over a parking dispute around 3:30 p.m. Friday.

Emma Guzman-Valentin identified herself as Rivers' target. She said Rivers parked over the line Thursday, leaving no room for Guzman-Valentin's car, then ignored a note Guzman-Valentin left asking her to park properly.

Rivers confronted her today.

"She started cussing and bad talking, and talking about how I messed with the wrong one and she's from Chicago," Guzman-Valentin explained. "I was like, 'Listen, it's no big deal. I just need you to move your vehicle. You don't need to take it further, but if you want to take it further, let me know.'"

She went home and returned 15 minutes later with a kitchen knife, according to Guzman-Valentin.

"She comes out with a knife, a kitchen knife, and threned me with her knife," Guzman-Valentin said. "She was pointing the knife at me like she wanted to stab me with it."

Guzman-Valentin said Rivers had a drink in her other hand.

"She was intoxicated. You could tell, because she even admitted herself that," Guzman-Valentin said. "she's like, 'Look, I am drunk, and I ain't moving no car, and that's why I got a drink in my hand and I'm walking.'"

According to Guzman-Valentin, Rivers began walking down West Main Street with the knife and drink in tow.

Residents were frightened and called the police. By the time authorities arrived, Rivers had gone back inside her apartment and turned up the music on her stereo, making conversation near impossible, police said.

A SWAT team and hostage negotiation team were called in, and residents were evacuated from the complex. While authorities were attempting to communicate with Rivers, she began slipping knives under the apartment door, according to police.

Police said she threatened to shoot authorities and other residents of the complex and told them she was armed with a 9mm handgun. She also threatened to blow up or burn down the building.

"She proceeded to threaten the cops, that she had a gun, she was going to make a bomb and she was going to blow up the place," Guzman-Valentin said. "It just got crazy. It got really out of hand."

Because Rivers refused to turn down the volume on her stereo, police called CL&P to cut the power to the building so they could communicate with her.

Authorities managed to contact Rivers'  boyfriend, who was not home at the time. Police said he was cooperative and told them the couple had lived in Meriden for only two weeks after moving from out of state.

Rivers eventually opened the door and was taken into custody, police said. Authorities brought her to the hospital, where she will undergo a psychiatric evaluation. It’s not clear when she will be discharged.

"I'm stunned, because in all my years, never have we witnessed anything like this," Guzman-Valentin said. "This same lady approached me last week in a loving, nice manner, and then for her all of a sudden to threaten me in this fashion – it blew me away. It blew me away and it scared all of us."

Charges are pending, but police said Rivers will face both felony and misdemeanor counts. Her bond has been set at $500,000.

No firearms have been recovered.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 10 Philadelphia

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<![CDATA[4 Charged in Murder of Boy, 9]]> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 00:52:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/antonio_smith_8-21.jpg

Four people were charged in connection with the murder of 9-year-old Antonio Smith, Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said Friday.

Derrick Allmon, 19; Jabari Williams, 22; and Michael Baker, 19,  and an unnamed man all face charges of first-degree murder. Williams also faces a charge of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

Antonio was found shot multiple times Aug. 20 in a backyard in the city's South Side Grand Crossing neighborhood.

At a Friday news conference announcing the charges, McCarthy said the men -- who are all documented gang members -- were driving around in two separate cars looking to confront members of a rival gang.

McCarthy says the men located the gang members they were looking for in the 1200 block of East 71st Street, and Williams handed Allman a gun and told him to shoot.

"As Allman approached his intended targets on foot, he came across Antonio Smith in a rear yard of a residence. Believing that Antonio Smith was yelling a warning to his intended victims, Allman shot Antonio Smith multiple times, wounding him fatally," McCarthy said.

McCarthy says Allman fled the scene and discarded the .380 calibre handgun in a nearby sewer, which was recovered by investigators Thursday. Police say the same handgun has been traced to two other shootings this year, including a murder.

Antonio's mother, Brandi Murry, said the boy had walked out of the family's house by himself that day while his older brother and sister were watching him after he threw a "temper tantrum" because he got into trouble.

Murry said she rushed home from work and called police to report him missing, and that's when officers arrived and told her what happened to her son.

"I don't even understand it, why anyone would do this," Murry said. "I'm praying for the whole city right now ... not even just for my son and my family, I'm praying for everybody. And I don't even want any other parent to even go through this."

Antonio would have entered the fourth grade this fall.

“He was just a kid,” said family friend Bridgett Jackson. “You should not have to bury a kid.”

"He will never graduate eighth grade, go to high school or get married," neighbor Rebecca Sankey said.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 10 Philadelphia

<![CDATA[Suspects Wanted in Brawl, Robbery Outside Wawa ]]> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 00:07:24 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/198*120/wawa+suspect.JPG

Police are looking for five people who they say started an argument that turned into an armed robbery outside of a local Wawa convenience store.

Two customers, a 31-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman, were involved in a verbal altercation with a group of three women and two men inside an East Mount Airy Wawa in the early morning of September 9. The argument moved outside of the store on the 7200 block of Germantown Avenue and that's when the male victim was hit over the head with an unknown object, police said.

With the hit, the victim was knocked to the ground. When he looked up, he saw one of the suspects was holding a gun while another went through the female victim's car taking her cell phone and $300 cash, according to investigators.

The men took off on foot and the three women jumped into a green Ford Explorer with a partial license plate of JHX, police said.

One of the male suspects is said to be between the ages of 25 and 30 and about 5'5' tall with a full beard. He was last seen wearing a black jacket and blue jeans. His male companion is in his early to mid 20s, 5'10' with a goatee. All three women are said to be around 20 years old and between 5'2' and 5'6' tall.

Neither victim was injured in the incident.

Police are asking that anyone with information on the crime or the suspects to call 911.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 10 Philadelphia

<![CDATA[Man Accused of Murdering His Family Has Local Ties]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 21:20:58 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/tlmd_asesino_hija_nietos1.jpg A man from Camden County is accused of killing his daughter and her six children before turning the gun on himself Thursday. NBC10's Ted Greenberg spoke with local family members.

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<![CDATA[NBC10 First Alert Weather: Summer Weekend]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 21:09:46 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008161854_1200x675_331418691822.jpg NBC10 Chief Meteorologist Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz says our last days of summer will be very "summer-like" with temperatures rising into 80s this weekend.]]> <![CDATA[SEPTA Ads: Free Speech or Hate Speech?]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 21:08:46 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/tlmd_septa_autobus.jpg A group wants to put anti-Muslim ads on SEPTA buses. Now, the fight is heading to court.]]> <![CDATA[Residents of Accused Shooter's Hometown Asked to Stay Inside]]> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 00:05:40 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/eric_matthew_frein_suspect_trooper_killing.jpg

Residents in Monroe County are on high alert and have been asked to stay in their homes by state police Friday as the manhunt for Eric Frein, who's wanted for ambushing and killing a trooper last week, continues.

Barrett and Price Township residents have been ordered by officials to take shelter inside their homes immediately. They're asked to stay indoors and away from windows and doors.

An intense late-night search Thursday also concentrated on the area around Frein's parents' home in Barrett Township, with roads blocked and residents kept from their homes temporarily. Thursday's search began just hours after the 31-year-old fugitive was added to the FBI's Most Wanted list.

Frein is charged with killing Cpl. Bryon Dickson in an ambush shooting outside state police barracks in Blooming Grove last Friday.

Another trooper was injured in the ambush.

Schools in the area were closed for a third day Friday as a safety precaution.

A $175,000 reward is being offered for information leading to Frein's arrest.

This story is developing.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 10 Philadelphia

<![CDATA[Ex-Manager of Famed Diner Sentenced]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:41:56 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/tick+tock+diner+murder+for+hire+plot.jpg

The former manager of a famous northern New Jersey diner was sentenced to eight years in prison for plotting to kill the co-owner of the restaurant, who is his uncle by marriage.

Georgios Spyropoulos, 46, of Clifton plead guilty in July to conspiracy to murder his former boss. On Friday, he received the eight-year sentence, which included nearly seven years of parole ineligibility under the No Early Release Act.

Authorities have said an informant told them Spyropoulos was searching for a hitman to torture and kill his boss, Alexandros Sgourdos. They alleged that Spyropoulos believed Sgourdos was withholding profits and keeping a large amount of cash in a safe.

Sgourdos co-owns the Tick Tock diners in Clifton and Manhattan.

Spyropoulos was arrested in April 2013 and indicted on attempted murder and other charges.

"If vicious, vindictive men like Georgios Spyropoulos held sway, we would live in a much more violent world,” said New Jersey Attorney General John Hoffman. “Fortunately, law and order – in the form of the New Jersey State Police – prevailed in this case, and his elaborate plot to have his uncle tortured and murdered has instead ended in a lengthy prison sentence for Spyropoulos.”

<![CDATA[Chrome Back in Action at Parx Racetrack]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:40:15 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/450243826.jpg California Chrome is hitting the track -- right around the corner at Parx Casino Saturday. NBC10's Matt DeLucia has the story.

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<![CDATA[Sunday School Teacher Sentenced for Child Porn]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:03:54 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/steven+almond.jpg

A Delaware County Sunday school teacher who pleaded guilty earlier this year to child pornography charges must spend at least six months in custody.

Steven Almond, a former deacon at Middletown Presbyterian Church in Media, Pennsylvania where he taught Sunday School and coached basketball, was arrested last year after detectives found dozens of child porn videos on his home computer.

On Friday, a Delaware County judge setenced Almond to six to 23 months in custody -- the first six months to be split between a drug treatment program and house arrest, according to Delaware Cuonty courts.

After he serves his sentence, Almond must complete seven years probabtion as a sex offender. He also must surrender his computer.

In June 2013, police searched Almond's home on W. Forestview Road in Parkside and pulled out four computers, a hard drive, flash drives, multiple cellphones and nearly two dozen CD/ DVDs.

Detectives say they found more than 50 videos believed to be child pornography, some of which showed children who appeared to be under the age of 5.

According to investigators, Almond, 55, told police that he had files of teenage pornography on his computer although he said he never had any inappropriate contact with children. He also told detectives that he knew it was illegal to pay for child porn, but he didn't think it was illegal to download child porn since its free and in the public domain.

Almond lived just steps away from Parkside Elementary School and was a coach in the "Upward Bound" basketball league.

In June, he pleaded guilty to one count each of child pornography and criminal use of a communication facility as dozens of other counts were dismissed, according to courts records.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 10 Philadelphia

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<![CDATA[Warehouse Fire Still Burning, Investigation on Hold]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:54:14 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/199*120/Kensington+Warehouse+Fire+parallax.jpg A four-alarm warehouse fire overnight is still burning hours later as investigators wait to discover the cause of the blaze. NBC10's Cydney Long has more. ]]> <![CDATA[UDel Students Protest Handling of Sex Investigation]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:49:42 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/221*120/UDEL+Protest.JPG University of Delaware students took a break from classes to protest the school's handling of a sex investigation.]]> <![CDATA[Stranded Travelers Relieved to be Home]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:26:13 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/cab+san+lucas+hurricane+odile+amage.jpg

What started as a vacation for travelers in Cabo quickly turned into a days long nightmare when Hurricane Odile tore through the tourist destination.

More than 300 travelers were relieved to make it back to Los Angeles International Airport after the tropical storm turned hotels upside down, leaving visitors without power, water or a functioning airport to get home.

“Once I heard people screaming I knew it was serious,” said traveler Nicole Wilczynski. “The wind was knocking through the door. I thought it was going to knock down the door.”

When word got out that there was a flight available to the U.S., thousands of stranded travelers lined up for a chance to board.

“There was a hotel that was just devastated and they said ‘that’s where you guys start,’” sai traveler Matt Mejer. “Maybe 5,000 people just waiting to get a plane.”

Those who made it back on the plane were treated to hamburgers as they eagerly awaited touching down at LAX.

“When we got back to the United States there was a big cheer,” said Alaska Airlines Capt. Thomas Kemp.

Thousands of people were still stuck in the hurricane-ravaged vacation spot Wednesday night, and Alaska Airlines continued their efforts to get weary travelers home.

<![CDATA[Attempted Break-Ins in New Castle County]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:22:39 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008160402_1200x675_331357251640.jpg Police in Hockessin, Delaware are warning residents about attempted break-ins that are occurring while people are home. ]]> <![CDATA[Hurricane Strands Local Couple in Mexico]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:31:46 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Cabo+Frank+Trotsky+Megan+Trotsky.jpg

“It was the worst experience of their entire lives.”

A South Jersey couple’s 10th anniversary vacation to Mexico's Baja Peninsula turned from a six-day trip to paradise to a multi-day nightmare after Hurricane Odile slammed a popular resort.

The storm, which hit Cabo San Lucas late Sunday as a Category 3 hurricane, stranded Pitman, New Jersey’s Frank and Megan Trosky in their resort and away from their twin children.

Frank’s mother Pat Trosky talked to NBC10.com about her kid’s ordeal.

The vacation for Frank, 38, and Megan, 35, began with romantic sunsets -- posting photos to Facebook -- along the west coast of Mexico and appeared to be the perfect trip until disaster approached. Their resort, Capella Pedregal, told guests to stay put when Odile stormed in, according to Pat.

Pat touched base with her son Sunday afternoon.

“I said, ‘what’s going on with the Hurricane?... Are they evacuating you?’ and he said, ‘no.’ He said the entirely hotel is concrete.”

Frank told Pat that the resort only cleared out the ground floor prior to the storm.

Pat talked to her son briefly the day after the storm and she said her son told her that the damage -- from what NBC10 First Alert Weather chief meteorologist Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz said was the worst hurricane to ever hit Cabo -- appeared much worse than anticipated.

“The room above them, the roof blew off and they wound up with two inches of rain in their room,” said Pat.

The resort suffered extensive damage to the point where they posted a message to their website offering refunds to any guests set to visit in the next month.

But a decision had to made about what to do with guests stranded on the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula.

The Troskys were supposed to fly home on Tuesday. With little cell service, scant food and water and no flights out of town, the Troskys and about 120 others boarded a bus chartered by their resort in hopes of making the 1,000-mile journey north to San Diego, California, said Pat.

Frank, an attorney, and Megan, a Philadelphia hoagie shop owner, wanted to get home to their kids, said Pat.

Megan’s mom and dad have been staying with Nola and Bryce while their parents are out of town.

“The twins don’t know that mommy and daddy are stuck,” said Pat. “They knew that mommy and daddy were supposed to come home on Tuesday and they told the twins that there were problems at the airport and their flight was going to be delayed and that they’d be back probably Friday.

Pat said the kids keep going to school and going about their delay routines but the absence of their parents is hard to ignore.

“Now the twins are asking, ‘where’s mommy and daddy?’ And (Megan’s parents) are telling them they might not be home until Monday. So they are getting upset over the whole thing.”

Their parents’ journey hasn’t been an easy one.

“As they were moving north, people on the bus when they stopped would fall asleep outside on the road because it was so hot without air conditioning when they turned the bus off,” said Pat.

Pat said that she got lucky and got a hold of her son early Friday morning at a bus stop midway up the peninsula.

“They were at a gas station in the middle of nowhere (somewhere near Guerrero Negro)… and they were able to get some sort of cellphone,” said Pat. “He told us that’s where they are and they are going to keep going forward.”

Pat said her son told her that tourists were clamoring the buy any food they could whenever the bus stopped since food and water were scarce.

“They went long periods of time with very little,” said Pat.

Poor road conditions, mudslides and washouts slowed the journey. Pat said her son told her the ideal situation would be to cross the border into San Diego to grab a flight home from there.

“He is not going to do anything else in Mexico, he wants to get on the other side of the border.”

If the Troskys had stayed put it is possible they could have made it out of Cabo since the U.S. State Department evacuated more than 500 Americans from the area Thursday into Friday. But those flights came too late for the Troskys who slowly trekked up the peninsula on that hot, crowded bus.

Pat said that she filed a form with the State Department on Tuesday and has since spoke to everyone from congressmen to Frank’s coworkers at the Gloucester County Office of the Public Defender in hopes of getting her loved ones home.

Pat said that here local representatives have been helpful but that she has received little help from the federal authorities.

“It just seems like the State Department and the (U.S.) Consulate are dropping the ball on this one in not assisting Americans in getting out of a place that has been hit so hard.”

The State Department didn’t respond Friday to NBC10’s request for comment.

NBC10 also reached out to Megan and Frank but hadn’t heard back.

The irony of it all is that the Troskys often visit Mexico but had never visited the West Coast of the country before.

“They try to go away for their anniversary every year,” said Pat. “And up until this year, they always went to Cozumel or one of the beaches on the East Coast of Mexico…I said, ‘why are you going to Cabo?’ and they said, ‘because we’ve never been there.’”

The Troskys aren't alone as there are reports of hundreds of other trapped American tourists in Mexico. If you know anyone trapped in Mexico please email us at phillywebteam@nbcuni.com.

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<![CDATA[Teacher Accused of 5 Sex Assaults]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 23:07:47 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/teacher+arrest1.jpg

A northern New Jersey high school teacher who was accused of sexually assaulting three 15-year-old students is now being accused of assaulting two more students, authorities say.

Nicole Dufault,  35,of Caldwell, was arrested Wednesday night for the alleged assaults inside Columbia High School in Maplewood and in her car since last year, the Essex County prosecutor's office said. The students were allegedly assaulted during the summer months and the school year, authorities said.

Dufault pleaded not guilty to charges involving the initial three students Friday morning. It wasn't clear when she would be arraigned on the additional charges.

Authorities said the additional two students did not just come forward; rather, "we just reached the stage in the investigation where the charges involved these students could be added," according to the prosecutor's office. 

Dufault was being held on $500,000 bail at the Essex County Correctional Facility and police say they removed two children from her custody.

Information on Dufault's attorney wasn't immediately available.

The investigation began with school officials, who then flagged law enforcement, according to the prosecutor's office. 

Board of Education president Elizabeth Daugherty said in a statement Friday that the allegations "deeply disturbing," but declined to discuss how the investigation began, citing confidentiality rules. 

Daugherty said the board and the administration will cooperate with authorities in their investigation. 

Some parents were stunned by the news of the teacher's arrest Thursday and went to the school in search of information.

"We need to know what happened, when it happened and why it happened," said one mother who did not want to give her name. She said when she called the high school for answers, the person who picked up hung up on her. 

"That's not acceptable," she said. 

No one answered Dufault's home door Thursday, but neighbors said Friday they were shocked by the accusation. 

"I thought she was a responsible adult, taking care of the kids, raising the family, and then all of a sudden it's like, bam," said Donna Lee. "That's what's so shocking, and it's the kids who are suffering in all this." 

Nancy Ursitti said Dufault is a "sweet" woman and the "gentlest mother to her children."

"I'm shocked," she said. 

Prosecutors say Dufault is a language arts teacher and has worked at the school for nine years.

The school was offering counseling and other assistance.

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<![CDATA[Man Arrested in Deadly Gym Attack: Police ]]> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 02:26:39 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/osaka-front.jpg

A 46-year-old plumber was arrested on homicide charges after police say he picked up a steel gym bar at a Bally's Total Fitness and attacked another club member, striking him on the head "several times" before dropping the piece of equipment and leaving the scene.

South San Francisco Sgt. Tom Neary told NBC Bay Area that Kenneth Osako picked up a steel bar, similar to one from a lat pull-down machine, and struck the other gym member with a fatal blow at about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday night.

The San Mateo County Coroner identified the gym member as Diego Galindo, 43, of San Bruno.

Galindo was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where he died on Thursday from his injuries, police said. Also on Thursday, a team of officers arrested Osako at a plumbing job site in San Francisco on Kansas Street, after he agreed to surrender, Neary said.

It was unclear if Osako was represented by an attorney. A legal representative for Bally's did not return a phone call on Friday. Osako declined a request for a jail-house interview.

Osako, whose mug shot shows an eye piercing of a barbell, was booked into San Mateo County jail on charges of murder. He was not allowed bail.

San Mateo County Assistant District Attorney Karen Guidotti said on Friday morning that her office did not yet have the police report, and the earliest Osako would be in court would be on Monday.

Neary said investigators were interviewing people to figure out a motive and whether Osako and Galindo knew each other. There were several witnesses in the gym who saw parts of the attack, police said.

A co-worker of Galindo's at Carneceria Pepa said Galindo and Osako knew each other only in passing, and he described Galindo as a friendly guy, who liked cars and motorcycles.

The suspect's father, Kenneth Osako Sr., said his son was a good kid. He showed NBC Bay Area his son's room, which was filled with different over-the-counter prescription pill bottles and fitness supplements.

"I just hope he gives us a call and let us know what happened," he said.

When asked if he would support his son either way, Kenneth Osako Sr. said "No, if he's guilty, he's guilty. I don't support anybody that's wrong."

On Friday, it appeared to be business as usual at the gym at 180 El Camino Real. Some members didn't even know about the brutal attack less than 48 hours before hand.

"My trainer acted like nothing had happened," Carlos Sosa Jr. told NBC Bay Area.

NBC Bay Area originally incorrectly identified the weapon as a barbell. Neary said Friday that the piece of gym equipment was "a weapon of opportunity."

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Man Buys iPhone 6, Drops It on Sidewalk]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:46:17 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2014-09-19+at+11.13.16+AM_edited-1.jpg

It's official: the new iPhone has hit the streets.

Jack Cooksey was reportedly the first person to leave the Apple store in Perth, Australia, with an iPhone 6. The 18-year-old shakily opened the phone's white package, but when the box lid came off, the gadget fell to the pavement. The blunder happened during a live International Business Times UK video broadcast, as a crowd of onlookers gasped and booed.

Luckily, the phone was unscathed.

"It's fine," Cooksey says in the video. His ego may not have fared so well.

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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[13-Year-Old Boy Charged With Raping 8-Year-Old]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:12:36 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/tlmd_handcuffs11.jpg

A 13-year-old Delaware boy faces a rape charge for an assault on an 8-year-old child.

The Harrington teenager’s guardian accompanied him as he turned himself into Harrington Police Thursday.

Police said that they began investigating the teenager about a month ago after an 8-year-old girl said he sexually assaulted her inside his home.

NBC10 isn’t naming the suspect since he is a minor and accused in juvenile court.

After Thursday’s arrest, the teenage boy was taken to Stevenson House Juvenile Detention Center unable to post $5,000 secured bail.

Police didn’t reveal any more details about their investigation.

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<![CDATA[Billboards Support Gun-Carrying Philly Mom]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 21:51:47 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/shaneen+allen+mother+legal+gun+billboard.jpg

Billboards are dotting several major New Jersey roadways in support of a Philadelphia mother who is facing weapons charges after she voluntarily told police she had a legally owned gun in her vehicle during a minor traffic stop.

The New Jersey Second Amendment Society, the Second Amendment Foundation and Gun Talk Radio raised approximately $4,000 to purchase four massive signs located on Route 322 and Route 40 in Atlantic County after some of the members from the gun rights advocacy organization learned of Shaneen Allen's story.

"We saw injustice," said Frank Jack Fiamingo, New Jersey Second Amendment Society president.

Twenty-seven-year-old Allen, of Philadelphia, told police officers she had a handgun in her car and presented her concealed carry permit for Pennsylvania when she was pulled over for a routine traffic stop in Atlantic County, N.J. in October 2013.

But her Pennsylvania gun license has no bearing in New Jersey and instead of receiving a ticket, Allen was arrested.

Authorities charged the single mother of two with unlawful possession of a weapon and hollow point bullets. If convicted, she could face up to 10 years in prison.

"When she crossed the border into New Jersey, she was not involved in a crime," Fiamingo said. "You travel into New Jersey with a gun at your own peril."

Superior Court Judge Michael Donio and Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain initially denied Allen entry into Atlantic County's Pretrial Intervention program, which would keep her from serving jail time and expunged her record of any charges.

Their decision came under fire after former NFL player Ray Rice was allowed into the program after he knocked his fiancee unconscious in a Revel Casino elevator in February.

"When you compare the crimes, he punches his girlfriend out," Fiamingo said, "she crossed the border from Pennsylvania into New Jersey."

McClain later sent Allen a letter stating her trial was postponed while he reviews his office's position on the matter.

Meanwhile the billboards continue to draw passing drivers' attention to Allen's case.

Along with the funds donated for the campaign, another approximately $2,000 was raised to help  Allen with her finances as she fights the charges.

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