<![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 Sat, 30 May 2015 08:52:25 -0400 Sat, 30 May 2015 08:52:25 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Newborn Baby Found Dead in Duffel Bag]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 23:57:40 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Philadelphia-Baby-Suspiciou.jpg

Police are investigating the death of a newborn baby whose body was found inside a duffel bag.

The infant was found inside a house on the 5800 block of Norfolk Street at 5:28 p.m. Friday. He was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where he was pronounced dead at 5:59 p.m.

Police told NBC10 the child's 22-year-old mother gave birth to him Thursday and did not take him to the hospital. The woman then went to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Thursday night and complained of pain but did not report giving birth, according to investigators.

The woman's sister went to her home on Norfolk Street where she discovered the child's body and then called police.

Latifah Taylor, the mother's neighbor, told NBC10 the woman moved in less than six months ago.

"They've been very quiet, friendly," Taylor said. "I wouldn't say anything out of the ordinary."

Neighbors said they didn't know she was pregnant.

"Having a child myself, it just hurts my heart to hear something like that," said Ashley Newman. "She could have went another route but I just hope her and her family the best."

The mother is still at the hospital. Police searched through her home to gather evidence. No charges have been filed.

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<![CDATA[Person of Interest in Sex Assaults Surrenders]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 23:54:23 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/199*120/Rosewood+Street+Sex+Assault+Photo.JPG

A person of interest in connection to a pair of home invasions and sex assaults in South Philadelphia is currently in custody, according to police.

Raheem Felder surrendered to police Friday after a warrant had been issued for a parole violation, police said.

Sources close to the investigation confirmed that red gloves and sneakers matching the victims' description from the attacks were found during a search of Felder's mother's home along the 1300 block of South Chadwick Street Thursday.

Special Victims Unit investigators along with US Marshals could be seen taking items from that home around 5 p.m Thursday. The home isn't far from one of two home invasions and sex assaults that have put the neighborhood on alert.

Police confirmed the investigators were searching for clues for a man wanted not only in an attack about four blocks away on Chadwick Street but also nearby Rosewood Street.

Roberta Felder, who owns the home where police searched, asked for her son Raheem Felder, who police called a person of interest, to surrender to police. Friday afternoon police told NBC10 a warrant had been issued for Felder's arrest but only for a parole violation, not for the sexual assaults. Raheem Felder later turned himself in. He has not been charged with the sexual assaults and home invasions.

Court records show Felder was arrested in May, 2001 for robbing a man at an ATM and shooting him in the head when he tried to fight back. The victim survived the shooting.

A year later Felder was convicted of aggravated assault and attempted murder in connection to the shooting. He was sentenced to 8 1/2 to 17 years in prison to be followed by ten years of probation. Records show he was denied parole five times because of misconduct and negative recommendations from the Department of Corrections. In August, 2013 he was granted parole and released in November that same year. He remains on parole until 2018. Friday's warrant was issued after he allegedly violated his parole on a weapons charge.

The suspect in the home invasions and sex assaults stole a victim's car during an initial break-in then returned to sexually assault a resident along Rosewood Street, Philadelphia Police revealed.

Earlier Thursday, Lt. Anthony McFadden outlined a new timeline for the crime and unveiled new surveillance photos of the suspect.

McFadden said the investigation has revealed that the suspect may have entered the home along the 1800 block of South Rosewood Street Monday, taken items, including the resident's car keys, then left the home in the victim's car. McFadden said new information points to the suspect then returning to the home an hour later to confront the 35-year-old female resident, demand money and ultimately sexually assault her.

At the news conference, police announced the City of Philadelphia's Mayor's Office issued a $10,000 reward for the apprehension and conviction the wanted man.

"We hope that that reward will encourage people in the South Philadelphia community to assist us in identifying and apprehending this offender and ridding this neighborhood of this threat," said Philadelphia Police Captain John Darby.

On Wednesday, Police released surveillance video, which McFadden explained, was taken between the time that the suspect broke into the victim's home and returned to sexually assault her.

The video shows the suspect in the victim's hatchback. You see him park in front of a fire hydrant a few blocks from the victims home at 4:51 a.m. Monday. You then see the man – who appears to be in his 20s and stands between 6-feet and 6-feet, 2-inches tall who was wearing black pants, a black long-sleeved zip-up jacket and a hat – get out of the vehicle and appear to quickly look around before reaching back into the vehicle.

New still photos of the suspect were taken in the area as the suspect left the residence on foot the second time, McFadden said.

Someone may have tried to break into the same home where the assault occurred on Wednesday morning, sources with knowledge of the investigation said. Police have yet to say if that reported attempted burglary is connected to the earlier attack.

Police did, however, connect an earlier sex assault on a 35-year-old mother of two inside her South Philly home back in March to this case. During that incident on the 1700 block of S Chadwick Street the suspect was also wearing red gloves and choked the woman, police said.

"This individual is dangerous and he may be looking through the neighborhood and has the time to case the area and look for any weaknesses in the neighborhood in regards to security," said Philadelphia Police Capt. John Darby.

If you have any information on the incidents, please contact Philadelphia Police. If you spot him, police want you to call 911 immediately.



Photo Credit: Surveillance image released by Philadelphia Police
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<![CDATA[Police ID Man Found Dead in Suitcase]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 21:17:37 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Tinicum+Body+in+Suitcase.JPG

Police identified a man who was found dead inside a suitcase in Delaware County Thursday afternoon.

A dog walker was walking in the area of the old Westinghouse plant Thursday near 2nd Street in Tinicum, Pennsylvania -- not far from Philadelphia International Airport -- when he saw the suitcase, said the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office.

The man called police who came out and unzipped the suitcase to discover the man’s body stuffed inside the large brown case. On Friday police identified the victim as 40-year-old Scott Stephen Bernheisel. Bernheisel's last known address was in Philadelphia, according to records.

Jim Martin -- who walks his dog in the area called "Back Road" that sits just below flights paths -- said that he saw the case in the weeds a few days back and he noticed something strange about it.

"I smelled a smell -- you mentally think something, then you're like pause, pause it's my imagination," said Martin.

Officials have not yet revealed a cause or manner of death. They continue to investigate.



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<![CDATA[Town Meeting Shooter Sentenced to Life]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 18:28:33 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/205*120/rockne_newell_1.JPG

A man who opened fire during a municipal meeting in Pennsylvania, killing three people, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three life sentences plus 61-120 additional years behind bars Friday.

Rockne Newell was in court for a hearing in Stroudsburg Friday when he entered the guilty plea on all charges. District Attorney Dave Christine said Newell's sentencing was the longest rendered by the court in the 33 years he's been a lawyer.

Newell was accused of killing township zoning officer David Fleetwood and residents Gerard Kozic and James LaGuardia and wounding a fourth person. Ross Township officials had condemned his property and then bought it at a sheriff's sale, saying he owed thousands of dollars in fines and had generated complaints that he lived in a storage shed, built an illegal culvert and used a bucket outside as a toilet.

Newell packed a rental car with guns and ammunition and drove to the August 2013 municipal meeting, about 85 miles north of Philadelphia, authorities said.

He used a Ruger Mini-14 rifle to blast a barrage of gunfire through a wall into the meeting room, and began firing at people trying to flee. When he ran out of ammunition, Newell retrieved a revolver from the car, and returned, but was tackled by two men attending the meeting and shot in the leg during the scuffle, authorities said.

Ross Township zoning officer David Fleetwood, Gerard Kozic, and James LaGuardia died of their injuries. Three others were wounded.

"I wish I killed more of them!" Newell shouted when a state trooper arrived on the scene, the trooper said.

During Newell's preliminary hearing in November 2013, prosecutors played audio of the shooting rampage and its aftermath. In it, Fleetwood told a 911 dispatcher that he'd been shot in the stomach and identified Newell as the shooter.

"I can't move. ... Please hurry, please hurry," he said. He died at the hospital about an hour later.

Linda Kozic, who was shot in the leg, could be heard urging her 53-year-old husband, Gerard, to breathe and "stay with me."

In a jailhouse interview with The Pocono Record three weeks after the shootings, Newell said, "I'm sorry innocent people got hurt, though I know 'sorry' doesn't fix anything."

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<![CDATA[Motorcyclist Killed in Crash Near Platt Bridge]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 21:20:04 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Platt-Bridge-Motorcycle-Cra.jpg

A motorcyclist was killed after an accident near the Platt Bridge Friday.

The motorcyclist crashed on Route 291 approaching the Platt Bridge just off of I-95 northbound in Philadelphia. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. He or she has not yet been identified.

Police continue to investigate the cause of the crash.
 

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<![CDATA[Priest Convicted of Sexually Assaulting Woman]]> Sat, 30 May 2015 03:17:54 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/220*120/05.29.15_Marcelo-De-Jesumaria.JPG

A Catholic priest was found guilty Friday in federal court of sexually assaulting a woman aboard a flight from Philadelphia to LAX.

A federal jury found Father Marcelo De Jesumaria, who is based out of Arrowhead, California, guilty of abusive sexual contact on the US Airways flight to Los Angeles last August.

The FBI told the NBC4 I-Team that a female passenger, identified in legal documents only as "BD," woke up during the flight to find the priest’s "hands on her breast, groin, and buttocks."

De Jesumaria had previously served in the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Bernardino, but was removed from the ministry in November when the allegations against him surfaced, the diocese said in an emailed statement. He is a member of the Chicago-based Congregation of the Resurrection, which will determine his future in the priesthood, the statement said.

Last year, the NBC4 I-Team exposed the growing problem of sexual assaults reported aboard airplanes. The FBI told NBC4 that most of the assaults happen on red-eye flights when the cabin is dark and the victims are asleep or dozing off.

The FBI urges anyone who is assaulted aboard a plane to immediately report it to the flight crew while still in the air.

"Criminal activity aboard an aircraft that is reported several days or weeks after an incident occurs presents greater challenges for investigators," said FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller.

In the US Airways incident, FBI agents met De Jesumaria at the gate, when the plane landed last August. They gathered enough evidence to indict him in October.

Friday, after a three-day trial in federal court, a jury found De Jesumaria guilty of abusive sexual contact, which is defined as "the intentional touching… of the groin, breast, inner thigh or buttocks of any person with the intent to abuse, humiliate, harass, degrade and arouse."

De Jesumaria will be sentenced Aug. 24. He faces a two-year statutory maximum sentence.

NBC4 asked the Diocese of San Bernardino for comment and they emailed this statement:

"The Diocese of San Bernardino considers the actions alleged of Father De Jesumaria in the federal indictment to be sinful and unlawful. We removed him from ministry in the diocese immediately after we became aware of this allegation in November and we are deeply regretful of any harm that may have occurred as a result of his actions. He belongs to a Chicago-based religious order, the Congregation of the Resurrection, that will determine the future of his priesthood."

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<![CDATA[Teen Girl Shot in Kensington]]> Sat, 30 May 2015 00:17:14 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Police+Line+Police+Tape+Police+Generic+Frankford.JPG

A teen girl is fighting for her life after a shooting in Kensington late Friday night.

The girl was on the 3500 block of Stouton Street around 11:30 p.m. when an unidentified gunman opened fire. The girl was struck at least once in the abdomen. She was taken to Temple University Hospital where she is currently in critical condition.

No arrests have been made.
 



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<![CDATA[Mold Concerns at Atlantic City Fire Station]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 23:55:09 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Mold-Firehouse.jpg Some Atlantic City firefighters are living in tents after mold rendered their living quarters unsafe.]]> <![CDATA[Tractor Trailer Overturns on I-476 ]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 23:31:45 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/I-476-Crash2.jpg

A tractor trailer overturned on I-476 in Springfield Township, Delaware County Friday night.

The accident occurred near Exit 5/St. David's. Officials say fuel from the tractor trailer spilled after the crash.

Officials have not yet revealed whether the driver or anyone else was injured in the accident. The tractor trailer is blocking both northbound and southbound lanes on I-476 and only the shoulder is getting by both ways.

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


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<![CDATA[Person Struck in Broad Street Hit-&-Run]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 22:56:57 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Broad-Street-Hit-and-Run.jpg

One person was hurt in a hit and run crash on Broad Street in South Philadelphia.

The victim was on Broad and Passyunk Avenue Friday night when he or she was struck by a vehicle which fled the scene, officials said.

The victim was taken to Jefferson Hospital. Officials have not yet revealed his or her condition. They also have not yet released a description of the hit-and-run vehicle.

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

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<![CDATA[Woman Accused in Fatal Road Rage]]> Sat, 30 May 2015 06:39:28 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/ducati+motorcycle+alleged+road+rage.JPG

A woman was under arrest Friday, accused of murder for striking and running over a motorcyclist on a busy San Diego highway at rush hour.

Imperial Beach resident Darla Renee Jackson, 26, was driving a black Nissan Altima northbound on Interstate 5 near E Street in Chula Vista at around 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers say Jackson and a man on a red Ducati motorcycle got into some type of disagreement.

After the two drivers transitioned from I-5 to eastbound State Route 54 and passed National City Boulevard, Jackson hit the Ducati from behind and ran over the rider, CHP officers say.

The motorcyclist — identified by friends as 39-year-old Zachary Buob — died about an hour later at a hospital. A Santee resident, Buob was an active duty chief petty officer in the Navy's special operations.

Jackson was arrested and now faces one count of murder in what officers are calling a road rage incident. She was booked into Las Colinas Detention and Re-entry Facility and is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.

The crash caused a Sig Alert for more than two-and-a-half along SR-54 in the middle of a very busy evening commute. Investigators are in the process of tracking down drivers who may have witnessed the act of road rage from start to finish.

Anyone who may have seen anything involving these two vehicles should contact the CHP investigator at (619) 220-5492.

Describing the victim, friend Kathryn Cramer said Buob served in the military for more than 20 years and completed many tours overseas.

"He was so strong but his heart was so sweet," she said in an email. "He was truly one of the 'good guys' and my heart is broken. My prayers are with his Mom and Dad and family. He loved them so much."

Another good friend, Tim James, told NBC 7 Buob worked as an elite special boat operator, but motorcycles and trucks were his passion — only overshadowed by his love for family and friends.

"Zach was energetic, intelligent and a superb leader. He would light up any room he entered with his friendliness and wittiness...a heart of gold," said James in an email.

CHP Officer Jake Sanchez warned drivers Friday to not let road rage ever escalate to such a deadly point. He warned drivers not to pick fights with others on the roadway because you don't know what that person may be going through or if that person could be capable of something like this.


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<![CDATA[Teen Paralyzed in Shooting Needs New Wheelchair]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 22:20:06 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Jabar-Wright.jpg

A local family is in need of money to buy a new wheelchair for a boy who was paralyzed after he was shot in the back nearly a decade ago.

Jabar Wright’s grandfather, Benjamin Wright, was a community activist who spoke out against the violence in Philadelphia. This made him a target of criminals in the neighborhood, according to his family.

On January 28, 2006, Jabar, who was six-years-old at the time, was in the backseat of Benjamin’s car in North Philadelphia when three gunmen opened fire.

While police say Benjamin was the intended target, Jabar was shot in the back of the neck. The boy survived the shooting but was paralyzed from the neck down.

Police identified the gunmen as Donte Rollins, Chris Powell and Raheem Collins. The family testified against all three men who were eventually sentenced to 120 years in prison. Despite this, Jabar’s family still endured threats from friends of the gunmen which continued for several years.

Jabar went through several surgeries and years of grueling recovery, defying expectations from doctors that he wouldn’t live long enough to become a teenager. Now at the age of 15, Jabar faces yet another challenge.

Jabar underwent a 10-hour spinal surgery on July 16, 2013 in which a rod was placed in his spine to correct a severe case of scoliosis, according to his family. The family told NBC10 the surgery added three-inches to his height, meaning his wheelchair was no longer able to accommodate him. They also say their insurance is unable to cover the cost of a new chair.

“Jabar does not qualify for another standard wheelchair for another two years,” said his mother Alicia Wright. “In this young man’s life he has endured many surgeries, two spinal infusion surgeries, a pacemaker surgery, flat lining twice, just to name a few things. But he never complains. He’s always grateful, humble and thankful.”

The family set up a GoFundMe page asking for donations for a new and bigger wheelchair for Jabar. Their fundraising goal is $60,000.

“As a mother, the worst feeling in the world is to know that your child has a dire need for something and you cannot provide,” Wright said. “My boy said, ‘mom, this chair hurts,’ and it killed me that I couldn’t make it happen right then and there. So I’m coming to all of you and asking to please help me take my son out of his misery of his chair that is too small and uncomfortable for him.”

CLICK HERE TO DONATE.
 



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<![CDATA[2 Wanted in NJ McDonald's Attack Captured on Video]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 22:05:04 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/mcdonalds+attack+hoboken.jpg

Authorities say one of the two men caught on surveillance video sucker-punching and kicking another man inside a Hoboken McDonald's, leaving the victim hospitalized with massive head trauma, has turned himself in to police.

Paul Mailoni, 26, of Carmel, New York, the suspect seen throwing the punch, was charged with aggravated assault and endangering an injured victim, authorities said Friday. He appeared in court in Jersey City, and bail was set at $100,000. 

It's not clear what provoked the attack at 3:30 a.m. Monday. There were witnesses, but no one can say what led to the the punch on the unsuspecting customer, according to police. Some video suggests the men may have been drinking. 

In a criminal complaint from the Hudson County prosecutor's office, the victim was described as "suffering from blleding in the brain and had a portion of his skull removed in surgery."

Mailoni already had a warrant out for his arrest, but police were unable to locate him until he turned himself in. 

Police are still looking for the man seen delivering what Hoboken Police Chief Ken Ferrante described as a "soccer-style kick" to the victim on the floor. 

After the attack, the two men are seen on video casually leaving the restaurant, food bags in hand. 

The victim remains in the hospital, according to police. Investigators are not releasing the video of the actual attack or identifying the victim, other than to say that his parents live in New York. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Hoboken police. 

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<![CDATA[Congress to Question Amtrak After Deadly Derailment]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 21:21:52 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000010583492_1200x675_454220867674.jpg Members of congress will question the president of Amtrak about the deadly train derailment that happened here more than two weeks ago. The possible causes of the derailment are likely to be discussed, as is funding and railroad safety. Chuck Todd, Moderator of NBC's Meet the Press spoke with NBC10's Keith Jones and Jacqueline London.]]> <![CDATA[Charter School Dedicates Memorial Garden to Lewis Katz, Marcy Dalsey]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 21:28:37 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Katz-Dalsey.jpg It has been one year since a plane crash claimed the lives of six people including local businessman Lewis Katz and Marcy Dalsey. Their legacy lives on at the charter school they founded together. NBC10's Keith Jones reports.]]> <![CDATA[Flier Singles Out African-Americans]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 21:14:56 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/05-29-15_Toscana-Flier-Controversy.jpg

Controversy is shaking up a Southern California apartment complex after a flier appeared in community elevators specifically asking African-American residents to speak quietly and to turn down music levels at night.

The fliers were posted in at least two of the elevators at the Toscana Apartments, located near the campus of University of California, Irvine, and advised and reminded residents about the appropriate noise levels, citing several recent complaints.

And, at the bottom left, this:

"We would like to remind our African-American residents to keep conversation volume down and reduce music levels between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.”

The complex is located about a mile from the UC Irvine campus, many students live at this complex.

"I definitely feel uncomfortable here, I don't feel safe here,” one resident, who did not want to be identified by name, told NBC4.

The flier ends by thanking residents for their cooperation and is signed as if it is from Toscana’s management. It includes the actual address and phone number to Equity Residential, the company which manages the complex.

"I want the lease cut off, I don't feel comfortable here, I don't want to be a part of this community and obviously the apartment complex doesn't want us to be here either," the resident NBC Los Angeles interviewed said.

The regional manager for Equity Residential, Mary Linder, categorically denied any involvement.

"The flier is a fake. No one from Equity, not any of our employees or Equity Residential had anything to do with the creation or the distribution. We're outraged with the content and we are investigating it," Linder said.

Still, some residents remain infuriated.

"This is what happens, they try to deny it and they try make it private and try to talk to us and try to deal with it, they send cops and security to intimidate and try to stifle us," a resident who asked to be identified as DD said.

Irvine police did visit the complex Friday, mostly hearing residents concerns.

"(I’m) really surprised,” resident Christine, who asked to be identified by her first name, said. “I think it's horrifying that someone would write specifically about one culture and point that out."

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<![CDATA[Boehner, Colleagues React to Hastert Allegations]]> Sat, 30 May 2015 05:46:31 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Dennis-Hastert-1981.jpg

Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert's old school employer, current House Speaker John Boehner and family member are speaking out after the federal government charged Hastert with allegedly evading banking rules and lying to the FBI.

"The Denny I served with worked hard on behalf of his constituents and the country," Boehner said in a statement. "I'm shocked and saddened to learn of these reports."

In a statement, U.S. Senator Mark Kirk said anyone who had ever worked with Hastert is "shocked and confused" by the new developments and that the former speaker "should be afforded, like any other American, his day in court to address these very serious accusations." 

Hastert supported Kirk's campaign for U.S. Senator in 2010.

Officials from the Illinois school district that used to employ Hastert as a teacher and wrestling coach said Friday they have no information regarding the alleged misconduct with which Hastert was charged.

"The District was first made aware of any concerns regarding Mr. Hastert when the federal indictment was released on May 28, 2015," a Yorkville Community Unit School District #115 spokesperson said in a statement to NBC Chicago.

In a Facebook interview with Charles Hastert of Joliet, nephew of Dennis Hastert, the family member said: 

"I don't believe it. Denny has always been honest and clean as they come. He is loved by his family and community."

Federal charges were handed down Thursday against Hastert, accusing him of evading banking rules and lying to the FBI when asked about them. The Department of Justice and IRS allege the 73-year-old made repeated withdrawals from his accounts and handed the cash over to an unnamed person "to compensate for and conceal his prior misconduct."

In its statement, Hastert's former school district said it had no knowledge of the alleged misconduct, nor had anyone come forward to report misconduct.

"If requested to do so, the District plans to cooperate fully with the U.S. Attorney's investigation into this matter," the district said. 

A federal law enforcement official on Friday afternoon told NBC News the misconduct involved an alleged sexual relationship between Hastert and a former male student at the school.

Hastert's employment with Yorkville Community Unit School District #115 began in 1965 when he was hired to teach history and coach the wrestling team. Eleven years later, Hastert was named Illinois Coach of the Year after leading Yorkville to state wrestling championship.

He left the district in 1981, shortly after entering politics.


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<![CDATA[Fun Weekend in Philly ]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 21:09:50 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000010583950_1200x675_454248003569.jpg Outdoor events are heating up across our area for this last weekend of May. NBC10's Randy Gyllenhaal reports from Center City with the top three events you need to know about this weekend.]]> <![CDATA[Police Have Message for Families]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 21:15:20 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Wildwood-Police-Billboard.jpg Police at the Jersey Shore are telling parents how they should talk to their children about officers. Their message on a sign is an effort to build a better relationship between police and children. NBC10's Ted Greenberg explains. ]]> <![CDATA[Fingers Lost in South Philly Stabbing]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 12:39:52 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/Stabbing+Knife+Generic.PNG

A 74-year-old man walked himself to the hospital after fingers on his right hand were cut off in an stabbing, police said.

It happened along the 1200 block of Daly Street in South Philadelphia around 6:30 Friday morning.

Police said a 58-year-old man was also stabbed. His injuries were to the leg and hand. That man was transported to Jefferson Hospital.

The 74-year-old was listed in critical condition at Methodist hospital.

Police said an arrest in the case had been made, but did not name the suspect.



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<![CDATA[Dig In! Philly's Top 10 Slices of Pizza]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 07:24:54 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/161*120/lazaro+pizza+philly.jpg Zagat recently released a top-tier list of the best slices of pizza in Philadelphia. Did your favorite place crack the Top 10?

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<![CDATA[Caught on Cam: Bear Walks Through Berks County Yard]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 06:53:34 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000010567693_1200x675_453730371635.jpg A Maidencreek Township resident's surveillance cameras captured a bear wandering through his yard.]]> <![CDATA['Blatant Disregard for Safety;' Driver Zips by Bus]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 06:59:07 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/LAkewood+School+Bus+Pass+Alfonso+Rodriguez-Rojas.jpg

Police in New Jersey arrested a driver who they said was caught on dashcam video showing a "blatant disregard for the safety of others" Thursday.

The video, shot by a motorist in Lakewood, showed a green Ford F-150 pickup crossing the double yellow line to zip pass a school bus that had its stop lights on and was loading children along E County Line Road near Apple Street around 7:25 a.m., said Ocean County prosecutors.

Lakewood Police officers quickly tracked down the alleged driver, 36-year-old Alfonso Rodriguez-Rojas, and charged him with improper passing, reckless driving, passing a stopped school bus and driving on a suspended license.



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<![CDATA[Glenn's Blog: A Quiet Hurricane Season?]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 20:18:03 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/hurricane+generic.jpg

THANK YOU, EL NINO (IN ADVANCE)

Lots of meteorologists have been trying to predict how active each hurricane season will be for a long time-some for 30+ years. A few have even been right. The ones most likely to be right, or close to right, are in years dominated by El Nino, or its opposite condition, La Nina.

I explained the strengthening El Nino in a prior blog. This massive warming of the Tropical Pacific Ocean has effects worldwide. It usually leads to an extremely active typhoon season in the Western Pacific. The Atlantic Ocean tends to react in the opposite way-a much less active hurricane season. But El Nino isn’t the only factor. We can’t just say that every moderate to strong El Nino year will feature a below average number of Atlantic hurricanes.

There are four major factors in pre-season hurricane forecasts:

1.    El Nino/La Nina.

El Nino leads to bigger thunderstorms in the Pacific, and the winds coming out of the tops of those storms move into the Atlantic. Those winds create “shear”, which interrupts the development of tropical storms. They need generally light winds all the way up through the atmosphere. Shear will often push the higher clouds away from the center of the storm, leaving just the lower-level swirl. That type of storm will either weaken or just not develop.
Effect on hurricane activity: negative

2.    Ocean Temperatures.

Hurricanes feed off of warm ocean waters-the warmer the “better”. We closely follow not only the actual temperatures, but their “Anomaly”, or difference from average for the date. Ocean temperatures in much of the Tropical Atlantic are below average (the blue color).

Effect on hurricane activity: negative

3.    Sea Surface Pressures

If average surface pressures are below average, odds of tropical development go up. The opposite is also true. Pressures in the Tropical Atlantic have been above average.
Effect on hurricane activity: negative

4.    Saharan Dust
The most dangerous hurricanes often start as disturbances that move off the African coast and move westward across the Atlantic. If there’s a lot more dust in the air coming off the Sahara Desert, it acts to suppress those eastern Atlantic (“Cape Verde”) storms. This graphic shows a LOT of dust from Africa to the Caribbean just a month ago.

Effect on hurricane activity: negative

So, you see EVERY major factor points to a relatively inactive Atlantic hurricane season. That’s why every forecast I’ve seen predicts a below-average season. Of course, as they say, “All it takes is one to make it a bad season.” Andrew proved that in the relatively “quiet” season of 1992-one of the strongest and most damaging in history.


You can watch Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz every weekday on NBC10 at 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Follow him on Twitter @HurricaneNBC and stay informed when weather changes on the NBC10 app and with the NBC10 First Alert Weather Team on Facebook: NBC10Weather.



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<![CDATA[Woman Gives Female Youth a Second Chance]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 20:31:46 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/A-Place-of-Their-Own-Ebonye.jpg

Even after experiencing trauma as a young adult, North Philadelphia native Ebonye White found a way to transform her grief into something positive.

After the loss of her father, mother and cousin, White started an initiative to provide transitional housing for young women who want the opportunity to live a better life. She calls it “A Place of Their Own." 

As a youth, White grew up in a neighborhood where she battled many challenges, plagued by the devastating loss of both her mother and father. White’s father died after he was shot eight times and her mother succumbed to cancer the summer before White was set to graduate from Hampton University, where she received her undergraduate degree in education.

“I kept on striving because in the back of my mind, I could hear my mom’s voice saying that I was her winner because she’s always called me her winner growing up," White said. "That was my inspiration. I realized that there are other people who have probably been through similar situations or harder situations than I had, and I had to find a way to be selfless because someone else may have endured the same circumstances.”

After having a conversation with her three sisters in 2012, White decided that they “needed to do something for us that we could call our own” and that’s how her initiative "A Place of Their Own" came to life.

After White registered as an LLC, the initiative took a brief hiatus until right before her cousin passed away in 2015. White realized that she wanted to create a transitional home for women and thought her cousin could be the face of the organization.

“In February of 2015, on Valentine’s Day, I lost my cousin, so that made me go even harder at pursuing this transition home for girls,” White said. “My younger cousin was one of those females who fell victim to the street, with a lot of the addictions that young women face, so I wanted to find a way so that somebody else’s child could survive or have a support system.”

With the support of her former classmates and friends and the financial backing of private donors, White was able purchase property in Philadelphia. However, the home needs extensive renovations before it can be up and running: doors, windows, plumbing, painting and furniture.

With a fundraising goal of $100,000 to cover the costs of the structural repairs and indoor furnishings, White has launched a website online where clothing and accessories can be purchased to raise an online donation fund to increase revenue. White hopes to break ground on the renovations this summer and have the house move-in-ready by January 2016. The house is located in North Philadelphia off 11th Street and Rising Sun Avenue.

The property can provide a home to six to eight girls. White wants the housing initiative to target youth in juvenile detention and the foster care system. Local community members and White’s colleagues have already signed on to provide support, coaching and motivation to future residents.

“I want to be able to show young people how to start their own businesses and so they’ll be having workshops, and we’re trying to help to actually build up the whole person, so we’ll have fitness classes, nutritional things going on, as well as spiritual opportunities,” White said.

A Place of Their Own, LLC is hosting a banquet on Saturday to help White achieve her fundraising goal and spread awareness about her current efforts and design aspirations for the transitional home. The banquet costs $30 to attend and will take place at Karima’s Banquet Hall on 1928 W. Hunting Park Avenue from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Entertainment includes performances from two soloists, poetry and spoken word. Guests will also receive dinner, enjoy the ambiance of tasteful décor and listen to White speak out about the importance of her cause.

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<![CDATA[Flash Flooding Concens at the Jersey Shore]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 18:25:32 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/South-Jersey-Flood-Concerns.jpg There are renewed worries about flash floods at the Jersey Shore after Thursday's soaking downpours left parts of Ocean County underwater. Cars got stuck in water that gushed onto roads in just minutes. NBC10's Ted Greenberg reports from Toms River which got most of the flooding.]]> <![CDATA[Excitement Builds at Dover International Speedway]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 18:21:17 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Dover-Raceway-Excitement.jpg Race weekend at Dover International Speedway Engines has engines revving and excitement building. NASCAR fans look forward to this weekend all year long. NBC10's Tim Furlong reports from the speedway.]]> <![CDATA[Philly Beer Week Kicks Off in Center City]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 18:37:38 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Philly-Beer-Week-Kickoff1.jpg Beer Week in on tap in Philadelphia and it's expected to draw large crowds to the city. While they're visiting, they can also visit a pop-up art exhibit at the Philadelphia Art Museum. NBC10's Randy Gyllenhaal has the details from Center City.]]> <![CDATA[Mom Chases iPhone Thief After Son, 6, Punched in Face: Cops]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 23:44:03 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/laundromat+chase.jpg

A would-be thief who tried to grab a 22-year-old mother's iPhone at a Bronx laundromat punched the woman's 6-year-old son in the face when the boy stepped in his way as he tried to flee the mother's grasp, authorities said.

The man walked into the laundromat on Boone Avenue in Crotona Park East shortly before 5 a.m. Sunday and tried to sell the woman DVDs. She said she wasn't interested in buying any, and the man grabbed her iPhone, which was charging on a chair next to her, authorities said.

The suspect tried to run off with the phone but the woman grabbed him, trying to keep him there. He managed to break free with the phone and started running toward another exit when the 6-year-old boy stepped in his path.

Police say the suspect punched the young child in the face, knocking him to the ground, before running out to the parking lot. The boy's mother chased the suspect outside and wrestled her iPhone from the suspect before he managed to break free and ran off again.

Surveillance video shows the mother chasing the suspect back and forth across the laundromat (above).

The woman suffered minor injuries in the altercation and her 6-year-old son had facial swelling and lacerations. Both were treated at an area hospital.

"I really can't imagine a grown man punching a 6-year-old in the face," said Luis Rodriguez, a patron at the laundromat. "That's horrible." 



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<![CDATA[Hastert Received Odd Phone Call During C-SPAN Show]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 17:30:24 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/hastert-cspan.jpg

Video posted to a "MyC-SPAN" account on Thursday of a phone call former House Speaker Dennis Hastert received during an appearance on the network has raised questions as to whether there's any link between the call and the federal charges brought against Hastert.

The Washington Journal episode aired on a Nov. 13, 2014, one week after the midterm elections. The caller identified himself only as "Bruce" from Illinois.

"Hello, Denny," the caller said.

"Do you remember me from Yorkville?" he added, before laughing and hanging up.

"Yeah, go ahead," said Hastert.

"I think he's gone," said C-SPAN host Pedro Echevarria before moving onto the next caller. 

Hastert on Thursday was charged with making regular regular withdrawals from his bank accounts below a limit that would require reporting and then lying to federal officials when asked about those withdrawals. The Department of Justice and IRS allege Hastert, 73, withdrew $1.7 million from various banks between 2010 to 2014 and provided the funds to an unnamed person "to compensate for and conceal his prior misconduct."

The indictment did not specify the alleged misconduct or identify "Individual A" other than saying the person was someone from Yorkville, Illinois, where Hastert was employed as teacher and wrestling coach from 1965 to 1981. District officials on Friday said they had no knowledge of any alleged misconduct.

A federal law enforcement official on Friday afternoon told NBC News the misconduct involved an alleged sexual relationship between Hastert and a former male student at the school.

"The Hill" newspaper noticed the video after it was posted to the C-SPAN website.


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<![CDATA[Man Shot Neighbor 19 Times]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 22:13:07 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/CV-SWAT-Marjerus-Reynolds.jpg

Police released the name of the man Friday accused of shooting his neighbor 19 times before sparking a 10-hour-long standoff with law enforcement at an apartment complex in Chula Vista, south of downtown San Diego.

According to the Chula Vista Police Department (CVPD), Michael Majerus, 42, shot and killed neighbor Nicholas Reynolds, 43, at the Mission Gardens apartment complex located at 160 E Street on Thursday morning. Witnesses told police the men had a long-standing dispute over neighborhood issues.

Police said Majerus shot Reynolds 19 times with an AR-15 rifle as Reynolds was getting into his car at the apartment complex.

After the deadly rounds were fired, Majerus barricaded himself inside his apartment along with his wife, Laura, and two young children, still armed with the AR-15.

Dozens of police officers and SWAT officials surrounded the apartment complex and crisis negotiators were called in as a lengthy standoff with Majerus ensued.

A number of other agencies were called in for backup, including the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, the San Diego Police Department and National City Police Department.

Officials shut down major roads in the area and evacuated dozens of residents from the apartment complex as the standoff unfolded.

MTS assisted in transporting evacuees to the nearby Norman Park Senior Center where the residents remained for hours. The American Red Cross provided food to the evacuees and police officers throughout the very long day.

After hours of on-again off-again negotiations with the suspect and sending a direct message to Majerus via news cameras, the suspect released his wife and the children from the apartment at around 3:35 p.m. They were unharmed.

Majerus remained holed up inside the apartment.

About an hour later, three shots rang out. CVPD Lt. Fritz Reber said the first came from a police test canon shot. The second was inside the apartment and did not come from officers. The third was a flash bang grenade that shattered a window so the SWAT team could send in two robots and check on the suspect.

One robot spotted a man down in an upstairs room, and a SWAT team soon followed to confirm. They found Majerus dead inside from a single self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Police said two other handguns were found inside the apartment.

Investigators believe there was no verbal argument before Majerus shot his neighbor. According to the CVPD, officers had been called on two prior occasions to the apartment complex regarding the ongoing dispute between the neighbors.

However, in both instances, police determined there was no crime and no police report was filed. Police confirmed Majerus had no significant criminal history.

The deadly shooting remains under investigation. No other residents or law enforcement were injured in the standoff.
 



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<![CDATA[$20K Reward for Arrest in Fatal Philly Shooting]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 17:11:46 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/tlmd_police_line_generic722.jpg

A $20,000 reward is being offered for an arrest in the shooting death of a man in Philadelphia.

Police responded to the 1600 block of South 18th Street Thursday night for the report of a person with a gun. When they arrived they found a man lying on the street with multiple gunshots to the body. The unidentified victim was taken to Presbyterian Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 10:27 p.m.

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

A $20,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction. If you have any information, please call Philadelphia Police.
 

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<![CDATA[4-Year-Old Girl Falls Out of Pa. Home]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 16:43:13 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/ambulance+generic1.jpg

A young girl is recovering after she fell out of a home in Berks County Friday afternoon.

The 4-year-old girl was inside a home on the 1600 block of Lincoln Court in the Berks County Housing Authority Complex in Laureldale, Pennsylvania when she fell out of a second-story window.

Medics arrived at the home and the girl was taken to the hospital. Officials say she was conscious and crying when they transported her. They have not yet revealed her condition but don’t believe her injuries are life-threatening.

Police are currently investigating how the girl fell.
 



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<![CDATA[Hastert Paid To Hide Sexual Relationship: Official]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 16:07:07 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Dennis-Hastert-1981.jpg

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert was making payments to a man in order to conceal a sexual relationship they had while the man was a student at Yorkville High School, a federal law enforcement official told NBC News on Friday.

Hastert was indicted Thursday with making regular withdrawals from his bank accounts below a limit that would require reporting and then lying to federal officials when asked about those withdrawals. 

The Department of Justice and IRS allege Hastert, 73, withdrew $1.7 million from various banks between 2010 to 2014 and provided the funds to an unnamed person "to compensate for and conceal his prior misconduct." The indictment said Hastert promised a total of $3.5 million to the unnamed person.

The indictment did not specify the alleged misconduct or identify "Individual A" other than saying the person was someone from Yorkville, Illinois, where Hastert was employed as teacher and wrestling coach from 1965 to 1981. District officials on Friday said they had no knowledge of any alleged misconduct.

Hastert's name was removed Thursday from the Washington, D.C. lobbying and law firm where he worked, and a spokesperson there said Hastert had resigned.

If convicted of the charges against him, Hastert faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. 

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<![CDATA[Rescued Dog on Instagram]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 15:23:13 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Yorkie-Dog-Rescue-NY.jpg

A tiny Yorkshire terrier that was dumped down a trash chute in the Bronx in September has recovered from its injuries and has a new home -- and its very own Instagram account.

The ASPCA said that the dog, named Frankie, is thriving with a new owner, months after the pup was found at the bottom of the chute with a fractured skull and neurological trauma that left him nearly blind.

Veterinarians monitored Frankie for three months after he was rescued, and he quickly became a favorite at the ASPCA.

Frankie didn’t have to wait long to find a new home once he recovered, the ASPCA said. The rescue said an Amherst College student home on winter break visited the rescue and fell in love with the pup and eventually returned to adopt him.

The ASPCA said that after a difficult adjustment process compounded by his partial blindness, Frankie is at home with his new owner. He even has an Instagram account chronicling his adventures and collection of stylish sweaters.

“He is now well-adjusted, like any other fun-loving, cuddly Yorkie,” his owner said. “He loves his new home where he is meeting lots of new people and experiencing new things.”


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<![CDATA[Vet Dies After Drop at SoCal Fair]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 17:48:03 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/5-29-15+Navy+Death+San+Bernardino+Fair+FreeDrop+USA.JPG

A Navy veteran died several hours after a mishap on a platform dive attraction making its debut at a Southern California fair Thursday night, authorities said.

Sabrina Gordon, 31, of Hesperia fell from the FreeDrop USA ride at the San Bernardino County Fair Thursday night at 8:14 p.m., and was airlifted to a hospital, deputies said. Less than five hours later, at 12:20 a.m. Friday, Gordon died.

Her heartbroken family remembered her as a wonderful person whose death could have been prevented.

“She was a very funny little girl… Always independent, doing her own thing,” Lyle Bell said, Gordon’s father.

She followed her father’s footsteps and joined the Navy right out of high school.

“Like I did and my dad… His father, two older brothers, one younger… we all served,” he said.

It appeared Gordon hit the air cushion and bounced onto the asphalt ground, subsequently injuring her head, according to her father.

"This was stupid, this was something for professional stunt people," Bell said.

Three platforms let participants jump 20, 28 or 36 feet onto the inflated pillow that stands 13-feet tall, according to a news release from the fair. FreeDrop USA was making its debut in California at the fair, according to the release.

A video posted to the San Bernardino County Fair's Facebook page showed the attraction in action, and its caption described the ride as "no bungee cords, no wires, no harnesses, just pure free fall."

"The ride was immediately closed and will remain so indefinitely," San Bernardino County Fair CEO/General Manager Geoff Hinds said in a statement. "The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is conducting a thorough investigation."

Gordon reportedly dove off the 28-foot platform, according to the fair’s news release.

She was working at the fair for a vendor when friends egged her into making the jump.

"There were no safety nets ... this accident could have been completely avoided," her husband said, Clifford Gordon. He was not there when she fell but said that when they saw the attraction days before, they both agreed it was too dangerous.

The company that makes FreeDrop defended its safety record in a statement, saying more than 50,000 people have made safe jumps on the ride across the country.

Fair Board of Directors President Paul Russ said in a statement: "This is a heart wrenching tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family."



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