<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Top Stories]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com en-us Mon, 06 Jul 2015 16:08:21 -0400 Mon, 06 Jul 2015 16:08:21 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[$50 Million Project Will Bring Medical Complex to Cherry Hill]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 15:44:16 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/penn+medicine+sign.jpg

A $50 million project that will see a long-vacant clothing store become a medical complex will go before Cherry Hill Township's planning board Monday night, officials confirm to NBC10.

The project, announced Saturday, will see an affiliate of the University of Pennsylvania Health System redevelop what was a Syms store on Route 70. 

The Syms store has been closed since 2012. 

The Courier Post has more details about the project.



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<![CDATA["Highly Destructive" Beetles Found on NJ Ash Trees]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 15:39:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/l_emearld-ash-borer_600x400.jpg

In the 1960s, the Beatles inspired a "tree-hugging" generation of hippies. Now, New Jersey residents should be on the lookout for a different kind of beetle that are attacking their ash trees. 

The emerald ash borer, a "highly destructive" beetle, has been detected in five New Jersey towns across three counties, New Jersey Department of Agriculture officials reported Monday.

“Emerald ash borer is a fast-moving, highly destructive invasive pest, which could lead to the death of ash trees,” said New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher. “Now that the beetle is in New Jersey and is starting to spread, we ask that towns put plans in place to respond to the beetle.”

The Department of Agriculture encourages municipal officials and residents of Bridgewater and Hillsborough in Somerset County, Westampton in Burlington County and Ewing and West Windsor in Mercer County to visit the New Jersey Emerald Ash Borer website where they can find resources on how to protect their ash trees or what to do with dead or dying trees.

Philadelphia began removing its ash trees in January ahead of the bug's arrival.

The bug, which is native to Asia, is a metallic green color and about a half-inch long. Female emerald ash borers lay eggs on the bark of ash trees and the larvae bore into the bark, cutting off the flow of nutrients, eventually killing the tree. The Department of Agriculture says tree death occurs three to five years after they are first infested.

A private citizen in Bridgewater first spotted the insects in New Jersey in May 2014. The beetles are now present in 25 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces, according to the Department of Agriculture report. 

The report says the state has set up traps in ash trees to track EAB’s potential spread in 27 Burlington County towns, three Camden County towns, eight Hunterdon County towns, 10 Mercer County towns, 11 Middlesex County towns, 2 Monmouth County towns, 3 Morris County towns, 15 Somerset County towns and eight Union County towns. The complete list of towns can be found here

The Department of Agriculture recommends not moving any firewood during the infestation and also suggests that residents of affected towns burn all wood that is purchased.

Report signs of the beetle to the Department of Agriculture at 609-406-6939.



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<![CDATA[Boston Marathon Bomber Files Preliminary Motion for New Trial]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 15:26:37 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP8930819036281.jpg

Lawyers for convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have filed a preliminary motion for a new trial.

The motion was filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Boston.

"A new trial is required in the interests of justice and judgments notwithstanding the verdict are required as a matter of evidentiary insufficiency," the motion reads.

Tsarnaev's lawyers said the motion was filed following the court's suggestion at a status conference, as a placeholder to address the court's concerns about ensuring compliance with time and preservation requirements.

The court had given Tsarnaev until Aug. 17 to submit any post-trial motions and supporting material. Additional filings are expected before that date.

Tsarnaev was formally sentenced to death on June 24.

In May, a federal jury condemned Tsarnaev to die for bombing the 2013 marathon with his brother, Tamerlan. Three people were killed and more than 260 were injured when the brothers detonated two pressure-cooker bombs near the finish line.



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<![CDATA[46 Crashes Over Holiday Weekend, But Just 1 Alcohol-Related ]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 15:18:19 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/car+crash+generic.jpg

Just one of the nearly four dozen crashes investigated by Pennsylvania State Police's Troop K was alcohol-related.

Troop K, which covers Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties, investigated 46 auto accidents from July 3 to July 5. 

During the holiday, 29 drivers were arrested for Driving Under the Influence, though.

In addition to the crashes, state troopers also issued 604 citations, 265 of which were speeding violations.



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<![CDATA[Teen Mom Dies After Philadelphia Stabbing]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 15:25:22 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Anita-Cotton-Lead.jpg

A 17-year-old teen mom died early Sunday morning after police say she was stabbed in a drugstore parking lot in Philadelphia.

Police were called to the Walgreens parking lot at Broad Street and Hunting Park Avenue in the Hunting Park neighborhood just before 3:30 a.m. When they arrived, they found Anita Cotton suffering from several stab wounds to her neck, back and arm.

Kimberly Knight told NBC10 she was sitting on her porch across the street from the scene when she spotted a large group of young people fighting. 

"She was stabbed," Knight said. "She was holding her neck. Then she went right down." 

Cotton was taken to Albert Einstein Medical Center where she was pronounced dead at 3:40 a.m. The homicide was one of several on a violent night throughout Philadelphia.

Friends of Cotton say she was likely walking back to her home in Nicetown at the time of the stabbing. 

"She was probably watching the fireworks," said Latoya Donaldson. "That's all I can say. I dont know what happened but I know she's not the type to want to be in a fight."  

Friends and family told NBC10 Cotton leaves behind a young daughter. 

"She was always out there," said Novella Davis, the victim's neighbor. "She had the baby on the porch playing with the baby. She was a good mom." 

Detectives continue to investigate the fatal stabbing and police did not release any information on a suspect or motive early Sunday morning. They also say they have surveillance video of the fight leading up to the stabbing. 

A $20,000 reward is being offered for an arrest in the case. 



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<![CDATA[Shark Spotted Off Margate Beach, Swimmers Called Ashore]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 14:12:39 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Margate+Shark+Sighting.jpg

Lifeguards in Margate City, New Jersey called swimmers out of the Atlantic Ocean Monday afternoon after spotting a shark fin close to shore.

The shark was spotted off the Gladstone Avenue beach just before 1 p.m., beach patrol told NBC10.

Lifeguards jumped into a rowboat and went out to investigate the sighting. They said the shark appeared to be chasing a large school of fish nearby. They did not say what species it was.

No one was injured. Swimming was allowed again about an hour later.

The public is on a heightened alert for the fish after a series of attacks in North and South Carolina over the past few weeks. Shark attacks among humans are extremely rare and there have been no shark attacks along the Jersey Shore or Delaware beaches.

A half-eaten dolphin carcass washed up in North Wildwood last month sparking interest of vacationers and shark lovers on social media.



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<![CDATA[Caught on Camera: Restaurant Robbery]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 12:51:53 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/robber+suspect+bing+bing+dim+sum.png

Police are looking for a robbery suspect whose actions were captured on surveillance cameras at Bing Bing Dim Sum restaurant in South Philadelphia last month.

The suspect approached the restaurant at 1648 E Passyunk Ave. around 3:30 a.m. on June 24 on a dark-colored mountain bike, pried the window open with a metal object and stole $500 in cash, several bottles of liquor and an iPad, according to Philadelphia Police. The suspect spent about six minutes inside the restaurant, according to the footage.

Philadelphia Police described the suspect as being 20 to 30 years old and unshaven. At the time of the robbery, he was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and a baseball cap.

Anyone who sees the suspect is urged not to approach him and to call 911 immediately. To submit a tip call 215.686.TIPS (8477) or text a tip to PPD TIP or 773847.



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<![CDATA[Suspect Arraigned in Camden Officer Shooting]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 12:20:04 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000011053641_1200x675_478075459716.jpg Police arrested Victor Bennet after they say he shot officer Prince Reed on Wednesday.]]> <![CDATA[Toddler Mistakenly Given Excessive Dose of Gardasil]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 13:38:44 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/vaccine-OTSstock.jpg

An audit found five South Jersey children were likely given the wrong immunizations during a Salem County-sponsored "Shots for Tots" clinic, health officials said. The most egregious error, officials said, was when a toddler boy was likely given an excessive dose of a cervical cancer vaccine.

The free clinic was operated by the Salem County Health Department at Memorial Hospital of Salem County in Mannington Township, officials said. It has since been shut down.

Officials reviewed 22 patient records during an annual audit and found irregularities with shots given to at least five children between July 2014 and June 2015.

A nurse was fired after officials learned a 2-year-old boy was injected with a high dose of Gardasil, the cervical cancer vaccine. The child's mother and pediatrician were notified late last month, officials said.

Health officials are not sure whether the child would suffer negative effects, but said he may be at risk of neurological damage. Shots of the HPV vaccine are given to boys and girls starting at age 9.

The audit also found $20,000 worth of vaccines were not properly refrigerated. The drugs were thrown away.



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<![CDATA[Amber Alert in NJ]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 13:13:16 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/New-Brunswick-Amber-Alert.jpg

An Amber Alert has been canceled after a 9-month-old boy who authorities say was abducted by his father at knifepoint near Rutgers University was found safe, authorities say. 

State Police say that William Merino was snatched from a home on South Talmadge Street in New Brunswick, by his father sometime Monday morning.

The home is blocks from the edge of the university's George H. Cook campus.

He was found safe at about noon, New Brunswick police say.

The boy's father, also named William Merino, is in police custody.

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<![CDATA[Delaware Ranks High in Best States to Earn Money]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 11:47:14 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000011046512_1200x675_477829699729.jpg A report from moneyrates.com says that Delaware is the 8th best state in the nation to make a good living, while Pennsylvania and New Jersey rank in the 20s.]]> <![CDATA[Body Pulled From Delaware River]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 10:09:16 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/River+Generic+River+Water+Generic.JPG

A body was pulled from the Delaware River at about 8 a.m. Monday morning, according to Philadelphia Police. 

The unidentified man's body was found near 700 S Christopher Columbus Boulevard near the Dockside Condos shortly after 8 a.m.

No word yet on a cause of death or identification of the man.



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<![CDATA['Oreo Thins': Cookies Get Slimmer, 'Sophisticated' Look]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 10:56:28 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP88321729079oreothins7615.jpg

Oreos are getting a skinny new look, and its maker says the new cookie is a "sophisticated" snack for grown-ups that isn't meant to be twisted or dunked.

Mondelez International Inc. says it will add "Oreo Thins" to its permanent lineup in the U.S. starting next week. The cookies look like regular Oreos and have a similar cookie-to-filling ratio, except that they're slimmer. That means four of the cookies contain 140 calories, compared with 160 calories for three regular Oreos.

And since they're for adults, Oreo says they weren't designed to be twisted open or dunked. That's even though about half of customers pull apart regular Oreos before eating them, according to the company.

"If people want to do that, it's clearly up to them," said Janda Lukin, senior director of Oreo for North America at parent company Mondelez International.

In explaining what exactly made them more grown-up, she said that if regular Oreos are like pancakes, then Oreo Thins would be like crepes.

Despite having fewer calories per serving, Mondelez says the new cookies aren't meant to be a diet snack. Still, the "Thins" name could be a stealth way to appeal to people who want to watch their weight, without the stigma of being seen as a diet food.

Although the original Oreos started in the U.S. in 1912, Americans won't be the first to taste the Thins. The slimmer cookies were rolled out last year in China to address the company's tumbling cookie sales in the country.

Lukin said the slimmer cookies helped win back "lapsed users" in China, or younger women who wanted something that wasn't quite as rich. In the first eight months, she said Oreo Thins generated $40 million in sales.

During a conference call in April, Mondelez CEO Irene Rosenfeld had noted the success of the Thins in China and said the company would make them available "around the world."

The Thins could help the company's North American cookie business, which declined in the first three months of this year. Mondelez said the Thins will be available starting July 13, and that they'll cost the same as regular Oreos.

Lukin noted that it took months for the company to perfect manufacturing for the Thins. Early on, she said 60 percent of the cookies were breaking, but that the rate eventually came down to 3 percent. 



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<![CDATA[Naked Woman Walks Into NJ Wawa]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 14:52:50 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Delran+Naked+Woman+Wawa.jpg

The workweek after the long holiday weekend began in a strange way for some people stopping by a South Jersey Wawa Monday morning after a naked woman walked into the busy convenience store.

The incident happened around 6 a.m. at the store along U. S. 130 in Delran. NBC10 cameras covering Delran native Carli Lloyd’s Women’s World Cup hat-trick accidentally captured the unidentified women — with no clothing at all — walk into the Wawa.

About two minutes later, the woman left the Wawa — apparently empty-handed — got into a car packed with clothes and belongings and drove off.

All the while, some customers went about their mornings, grabbing coffees and other items — pulling up and leaving the store. One man watched the woman enter the store before turning away, getting into his car and driving off as if nothing had happened. Others stopped and watched the incident play out.

It’s unclear what happened inside the store, but employees asked the woman to leave and threatened to call police, according to witnesses. Wawa had no comment.

The woman didn’t appear to purchase or take anything from the store.

Delran Police told NBC10 that they weren’t aware of the incident.



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<![CDATA[NY Woman Is World's Oldest]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 15:44:26 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/world%27s+oldest+person+brooklyn+1.jpg

A Brooklyn centenarian celebrated her 116th birthday Monday by being certified as the world's oldest living person. 

Guinness World Records presented Susannah Mushatt Jones with a certificate naming her the world's oldest person on Friday, three days ahead of her birthday. Jones takes the title for oldest woman from Jerlean Talley, a Michigan woman who died in June at 116.

The recordkeeping organization said that Jones is celebrating her milestone Monday with family and again on Tuesday with members of her housing community. 

Jones was born July 6, 1899. At that time, the Spanish-American War had just ended, William McKinley was president and "automobile" was still a new term.

Jones was the daughter of Alabama sharecroppers and the third of 11 children, all of whom she has outlived. She moved to New York City during the Roaring Twenties and has more than 100 nieces and nephews.

"Are you an old lady or a young lady?" asked her niece Lois Judge during an interview earlier this year with NBC 4 New York's Roseanne Colletti.

"I'm old," Jones said.

Judge said Jones credits her longevity to not drinking, smoking or partying.

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<![CDATA[Pope's Barber Cuts Ramon's Hair]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 18:01:32 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/BA+Gallery+Barbershop-7.jpg Before he was elected Pope, Fr. Jorge Bergoglio, got his hair cut right up the block from where he lived next to the Cathedral of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Telemundo 62's Ramon Zayas got his hair cut by the barber while interviewing him about the pope.

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<![CDATA[Firefighters Rescue 7 From Balcony of Burning Home]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 08:42:49 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000011048004_1200x675_477894723638.jpg Atlantic City firefighters rescued seven people trapped on the balcony of a burning home.]]> <![CDATA[Grateful Dead Break Records]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 09:34:01 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/soldier+field+grateful+dead+crowd.jpg

The Deadheads have done it again at Chicago's Soldier Field, breaking the ticket sales record for the third night in a row during the final show Sunday night.

Prior to the first of the three shows Friday night, the record number of tickets sold at the stadium was 67,936 at U2's 2009 "360 Tour" stop, according to Soldier Field.

On Friday, the Grateful Dead sold a record 70,764 tickets to fans in Chicago and across the country. The next night, they sold even more — 70,844. And finally, the record-smashing third performance on Sunday saw 71,000 ticketholders.

The three-day show was the final performance by the band. When tickets sold out within minutes after they first went on sale in March, the Grateful Dead added a second two-day show in Santa Clara, California.

After selling out on Ticketmaster, passes to the Soldier Field show immediately hit the secondary market, where three-day passes were priced as high as $116,000. As the concert dates drew nearer, the price of tickets on sites like StubHub dropped drastically.



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<![CDATA[Big Money in Store for Atlantic City Casino]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 07:43:44 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/borgata-hotel-sign.jpg The Borgata Casino Hotel in Atlantic City could be getting tens of millions of dollars in an expected tax refund on Monday.

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<![CDATA[Renting Out Your Place for Pope's Visit? Be Ready to Pony Up the Tax]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 07:39:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/For+rent+generic+sign+722.jpg A new law in Philadelphia requires people renting their homes for the Pope's visit or any other event to pay a tax. NBC10's Katy Zachry reports the city is implementing a hotel tax on those properties.]]> <![CDATA[Group Opens Fire on Man in Frankford]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 07:36:10 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000011046789_1200x675_477872195590.jpg Philadelphia Police say a group opened fire on a man in Frankford on Sunday night, landing him in the hospital.]]>