<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Weird News]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/weird http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com en-us Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:35:00 -0500 Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:35:00 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Card Game Sells 30K Boxes of Poop]]> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:57:10 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/smelly2.jpg

Instead of coal in their stockings, thousands of Cards Against Humanity customers will be getting a box of poop—bull poop.

The creators of the popular card game protested Black Friday by removing their products from their website, instead only offering one item—a box of “Bulls*@t” for $6.

The box, which quickly sold out to more 30,000 purchasers, contained actual feces, to this dismay of many fans hoping the move was a prank. Last year, the party game was sold on Black Friday for $5 more than its actual price.

The product was described on the company’s website as “literal feces, from an actual bull,” which could be used to “fertilize your garden, adorn a festive tree, or surprise a loved one with a gift of poop.”

Writing on the package claimed the box was made in China, but the poop was made in America.

Despite the description, and a Frequently Asked Questions section that specified the contents even more, some customers raised a stink.

According to the Cards Against Humanity blog, one viewer wrote in “I used my mom’s credit card to buy this she’s going to be livid when I tell her that it was literal cow poop please cancel my order.”

Another said the “ad was misleading” and one said they thought the box “was a new expansion all about poop.”

Chicagoan and game co-creator Max Temkin tweeted about the box, saying “if you buy the poop expecting it to be something else that’s not poop, you’re actually buying a valuable life lesson for $6.”

The game’s official Twitter page also replied to several tweeters clarifying they did in fact purchase poop.

While some called on the company for a refund over the smelly stunt, others are taking advantage of their newly acquired feces, selling the box on eBay for much more than the purchase price.

Card’s Against Humanity’s Twitter feed claims the boxes cost $5.80 to make and mail, and they donated their $6,000 in profits to Heifer International.



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<![CDATA[Custody Battle Over Beagle]]> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:47:07 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/193*120/10671339_10152948457798606_8213781100913123741_n.jpg

Is it Daisy? Or is it Annie?

The pending results of a DNA test could determine who will gain custody of a 4-year-old beagle found wandering along a rural Stafford County road. The dog’s now at the center of heated custody battle.

In late September, Bill Hoyt, who runs the Stafford SPCA, said Stafford residents had been contacting him for days about a malnourished beagle. The residents said the female dog had been out there for weeks.

Hoyt contacted Stafford County Animal Control, but three days later, he said they’d still not taken the dog into custody. So Hoyt took things into his own hands, decided to pick up the animal, and named her Daisy.

“She was a wreck,” Hoyt said. “She was so anemic from blood loss because she was so infested with fleas they were basically sucking her dry.”

Within a few days, the SPCA posted and distributed fliers with Daisy's picture. It was then that Hoyt said the Spindle family came forward to claim Daisy. They told Hoyt the pup, which they said was named Annie, was theirs.

But for Hoyt, the details weren’t adding up.

"[The] Spindles said she'd been missing for three days, our witnesses say 30 [days]. They're saying she's a nursing female, the vet says she's not nursing. They're saying the dog is about two and half years old, I've got vets saying the dog is no younger than four," he said.

The SPCA refused to turn the dog over to the Spindles, worried that it’s not the same dog they’re claiming to look for and concerned over the conditions of the Spindle’s property. So began a custody battle over Daisy… or Annie, depending on whom you ask.

In November, Stafford County deputies executed a search of the shelter. The sheriff’s office filed for the warrant alleging theft of an animal.

“I don’t know how pulling a dog from the middle of the road out of traffic becomes theft or larceny,” Hoyt said.

But according to court filings, the prosecution believes Hoyt should have let animal control handle the situation from the beginning.

In the meantime, a judge has ordered a DNA test to compare Daisy with the Spindle’s other beagles to see if she is in fact Annie.

Both the Stafford County Commonwealth’s Attorney and the Spindle family declined to comment on record. All parties will be back in court next week when the results of the DNA test could be revealed.

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<![CDATA[Teen Admits Stock Millions Hoax]]> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:16:08 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/generic+money+new.jpg

A Queens teen says a viral magazine story portraying him as a stock-market whiz was all made up.

A day after New York magazine published a story online describing how Stuyvesant High School senior Mohammed Islam made millions of dollars by trading stocks in his free time, the teen admitted to the Observer that he'd lied and that he has not invested a single dollar in the stock market. 

"I am incredibly sorry for any misjudgment and any hurt I caused," he said in an interview with the Observer Monday. "The people I'm most sorry for is my parents. I did something where I can no longer gain their trust." 

Islam initially told New York magazine that his net worth was "in the high eight figures" and that he began trading penny stocks when he was 9 years old. He said that he swore off investing when he lost money that he had made tutoring, then studied up on finance and eventually began playing the stock market, trading commodities like gold and oil and quickly amassed a fortune.

But in the interview with the Observer Monday, Islam, who is the president of his school's investment club, said he only saw success in his simulated trades -- and that he led the New York magazine reporter to believe he'd made more than $72 million in those trades. 

"All I can say is for the simulated trades, I was very successful. The returns were incredible and outperformed the S&P," he said. 

After Islam and a friend, Damir Tulemaganbetov, also mentioned in the New York magazine article, canceled a CNBC appearance Monday, they decided to come clean to the Observer through an interview conducted at a public relations office. 

Islam said, "my dad wanted to disown me" and that "my mom basically said she'd never talk to me" after they read the story.

"Their morals are that if I lie about it and don’t own up to it then they can no longer trust me. … They knew it was false and they basically wanted to kill me and I haven’t spoken to them since," he said. 

During their lunchtime interview with New York magazine, Islam and two of his friends had spent $400 on apple juice and caviar. They told the reporter they planned to attend college next year but also hoped to start a hedge fund in June, after Islam turns 18 and is old enough to get a broker-dealer license.

In an updated version of the article online, New York magazine adds in an editor's note that Islam "provided bank statements that showed he is worth eight figures, and he confirmed on the record that he’s worth eight figures." It has not yet acknowledged the Observer story.



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<![CDATA[$1M Lottery Ticket Held for Months]]> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:29:54 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/1215-lotterywinner.jpg

Aaron Monsey held on to a $1 million Powerball ticket for nearly six months before he decided to claim his prize.

The winning ticket was sold at the Sterling Park Exxon (formerly Getty Mart) at 209 E. Holly Ave. in Sterling. The ticket matched the first five numbers of the June 21's Powerball drawing, but missed the Powerball number.

When Monsey checked the numbers several days later, he said he was short on time and didn't claim his prize -- he simply went back to work as a carpenter.

Monsey claimed the ticket months later, just a week before the 180-day time limit was set to expire. So why'd he hold on to a $1 million ticket for so long?

"It's not enough money to retire on..."

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<![CDATA[Calif. Mailman Works the River]]> Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:11:54 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/waterbymail.jpg

As Santa readies his reindeer, and U.S. postal carriers take to their feet and trucks, one person delivering the mail this holiday season will be dropping off packages by boat.

Rick Stelzriede, 61, of Tracy is the only postal carrier with a river route in California, according to the U.S. Postal Service. Still, he downplays his unusual role.

"I am the only mailman on the water but I mean, it's no big deal," he said. "I could be a postman in the city and do the same job."

The job entails hopping into his 21-foot aluminum boat, and slogging through 60 miles of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, six days a week to get mail, bills and Christmas presents on time to his 23 customers. He doesn't stop for wind, rain, hail, sleet or the thick mess of seemingly endless river weeds and kelp.

"Yeah, it's hard to get to, remote and totally, totally off the wall," he said, opening mail boxes set on the docks and waving "hasta manana" to some of folks along his route.

Stelzriede signed on with the U.S. Postal Service as an independent contractor after a he noticed a veteran water courier on the river route. When that carrier retired some years back that's when Stelzriede "got his shot," said the Postal Service's spokesman in Northern California, Augustine Ruiz. Stelzriede also has customers along a more traditional route, Ruiz said, which he delivers to by mail truck or on foot.

Ruiz joked that Stelzriede is probably the only mailman to meet a river otter on his route or have his pony tail chewed on by a sea gull.

Since he took the job, Stelzriede hasn't stopped, boating along a route between San Francisco and the Central Valley that's been around as long as the Gold Rush.

At the end of the day, the pony-tailed mailman - fully aware of his role in history on the Pony Express - feels he's completed a job well done.

"I really feel like I did a service for someone," he said. "I brought them their mail."



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<![CDATA[$125K Rare Button Heist on the Main Line]]> Sat, 13 Dec 2014 07:18:14 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/217*120/Velsaquez.JPG

A Main Line resident is out more than $100,000 after someone stole her nationally-recognized antique button collection recently.

That resident, Sara Dreisbach, 86, believes she knows who stole her collection -- and also believes she helped with his getaway.

Police are looking for Dreisbach's long-time assistant Humberto Velasquez in connection with the heist. Velasquez is accused of swiping the best of the victim's collection while helping her move and then posting them on eBay to sell.

"He took the best of the collection," said the victim's daughter Holly Perry. "So she has a lot of buttons still, but the best of the buttons are gone."

Another button collector, who knew well of Dreisbach's collection and signature "selling style" alerted her to the theft. Velsaquez's name was listed as the return address on the eBay auction, said police.

"He knew that this collection was for my retirement and that I was not ever to sell it and he took it anyway," said Dreisbach.

Perhaps the biggest kick in the stomach for the victim, she may have added in his getaway when she bought him a ticket to his native Nicaragua for the holidays.

The victim and her family estimate the stolen collection was worth nearly $125,000.

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<![CDATA[High Driver Nabbed After Slow-Mo Pursuit: Chief]]> Fri, 12 Dec 2014 21:39:48 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Police-Lights-Generic-Chase.jpg

5 mph.

That's how fast a man, high on PCP, drove as transit police pursued him through Kensington Friday night, SEPTA Police tell NBC10.

Transit officers attempted to stop the driver around 7 p.m. along the 300 block of E. Allegheny Avenue, but he didn't comply. So the officers followed.

"He was so heavily under the influence that he didn't see police vehicle or hear [the] siren," Chief Thomas J. Nestel said in a tweet to NBC10. "My tweet was going faster than the pursuit."

Nestel said the driver eventually stopped several blocks later at Emerald Street and was placed under arrest. A search of the man's car turned up more PCP in the driver's compartment, officials said.

No one was hurt.

"The most dangerous thing that happened during this 'pursuit' was traffic slowed down as they passed the chase," Nestel said.

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<![CDATA['Holly Wood' Fakes Being an Officer: Police]]> Fri, 12 Dec 2014 11:19:36 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/tlmd_generic_police.jpg

A South Jersey woman driving her elderly father faces charges of impersonating a police officer after police said she supplied outdated ID during a traffic stop.

A Winslow Township Police officer pulled over Holly Wood’s car around 11 a.m. Thursday at Williamstown and Sicklerville roads in Sicklerville, New Jersey because the car had tinted windows, tinted front windshield and tinted license plate cover, police said.

During the stop, Wood, 44, identified herself as a Chester County corrections officers and supplied corrections officer ID, said police.

The officer ran the Blackwood woman’s information and found an active warrant for her arrest. Further investigation revealed that Wood hasn’t worked as a corrections officer for nine years, said police.

Police said previous traffic stops of Wood would be reviewed and that they expect additional impersonating an officer charges.

William Wood, 72, who was in the passenger seat, identified himself as a retired Philadelphia Police officer. Wood’s dad was also taken into custody after an arrest warrant from Atlantic City came up for William Wood, said police. Investigators didn’t reveal if he actually served as a Philly officer.

Police arrested both Woods without incident on the outstanding warrants. William Wood was released on bail while Holly Wood was sent to county jail while she awaited impersonating officer charges.



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<![CDATA['Piggyback Bandit' Assault]]> Thu, 11 Dec 2014 20:34:35 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/021612+piggyback+bandit+king+5+blurred+cropped.jpg

A man known as “the Piggyback Bandit” apparently attended three high school sporting events in the D.C. area in the past week.

A meeting was held Thursday night at a local high school after reports that Sherwin Shayegan may have been in the locker room during Tuesday night's varsity basketball game between Good Counsel High School and St. John's College in the district. A Good Counsel parent told News4 a man fitting Shayegan's distinctive description stood behind the visitor's bench, poured water for players, and even went into the locker room at half-time and gave some shoulder massages. That parent says everyone assumed he was there in some official capacity.

Good Counsel basketball parents met with coaches to discuss ways to prevent something like that from happening again.

Over the weekend, Shayegan allegedly grabbed the arm of a player at a high school hockey game in Ashburn, Virginia, authorities said. He then tried to get the player into a locker room, investigators said.

He also showed up at a basketball game at Kettle Run High School Monday evening, according to the Fauquier County Sheriff. He stood behind one team's bench and acted like a team manager, providing water and folding jerseys. He may have entered the Freedom High locker room and approached players, according to the sheriff.

Officials told him to leave the school, and he did.

Shayegan, 31, has been accused in similar incidents across the country. He is known for seeking piggyback rides from high school athletes.

According to news accounts, Shayegan, originally from Seattle, has spent years traveling from state-to-state, sometimes earning money by panhandling. Investigators have found he sets up residence, then begins researching local high school men's athletic teams on the Internet. He goes to games often pretending to be a trainer for the visiting team to escape the scrutiny of home-team parents.

According to KING 5 in Washington state, where Shayegan used to live, he was banned from high school sporting events in five states because of his antics.

According to KING 5:

"Shayegan's antics stretch back to 2008 and had been mainly confined to Washington and Oregon. But since last fall, he has worked his way east to Montana, North Dakota and Minnesota, leaving a trail of befuddled athletes in his wake.

"Shayegan has asked for piggybacks, attempted to pay for piggybacks and just sprung one upon an unsuspecting kid. He favors basketball games, but he also has leapt onto hockey, soccer and football players.

"He has pretended to interview athletes for a term paper, acted as a team manager or just tried to blend in with the crowd for a piggyback payoff."

Shayegan is charged in Loudoun County with assault and battery. He was arrested at a home in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

His mother has told reporters her son has Asperger's syndrome and is compulsively reliving his years as a high school sports team manager.



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<![CDATA[Feces-Covered Animals Found in Home]]> Thu, 11 Dec 2014 16:12:06 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/animal+house1.jpg

Dozens of animals were found in a Long Island home Wednesday as the woman who lived there was being evicted, according to the Suffolk County SPCA.

Officials said close to 100 exotic birds, more than 20 cats and one dog were being removed from the Huntington home.

Some of the birds were in cat carriers and standing in 7 to 8 inches of feces, the SPCA said. The birds included macaws, parrots and African Greys. Vets were called to the scene to evaluate the animals.

The woman who lived in the home signed over the animals to the SPCA.

The organization is asking for cash donations along with bird food and supplies. 


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<![CDATA[Wriggles Under Window for Break-In]]> Tue, 09 Dec 2014 21:36:28 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/1209-nova-burglary.jpg

Newly released video demonstrates just how far a man went to break into a Fairfax County tobacco shop three weeks ago.

Surveillance camera footage from Nov. 16 shows a man slowly driving into the Huntington Tobacco Mart’s empty parking lot shortly after 2 a.m. Though not recorded on video, police say he shattered the glass on a barred window.

He's seen on video wriggling underneath one of the bars to gain entry. The passageway is so tight that his clothes start to ride up and he is forced to twist his neck 90 degrees in order to fit.

Once inside, the man darts through the store and grabs merchandise. He then leaps over the counter, his hands full and his bag overflowing with stolen goods. The man then flees the scene.

Contact Fairfax County Police if you recognize him.

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<![CDATA[Man Steals $1K in Breast Pumps: Police]]> Tue, 09 Dec 2014 16:23:45 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Breast+Pump+Theft+Burlington+Coat+Factory+Brick+Township.jpg

A man caught on camera tried to swipe about $1,000 worth of breast pumps from an Ocean County store, said police in South Jersey.

Brick Township Police responded to the Burlington Coat Factory along Brick Boulevard on Dec. 1 after being alerted to a case of attempted shoplifting.

Employees told investigators that a man left the department store without paying for three Media Freestyle Breast Pumps valued at $1,000, said police.

Once outside the store, the man dumped the pumps -- for an undisclosed reason -- and fled on foot, possibly getting into a white SUV, said investigators.

Police said the same man could be responsible for a similar breast pump heist from a Burlington Coat Factory in Freehold, New Jersey.

Anyone who recognizes the man from surveillance video is asked to contact Detective Daniel Waleski at 732-262-1170 or the Brick Township Police Department at 732-262-1100.



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<![CDATA[Hunters Find ATM in Middle of Woods]]> Wed, 10 Dec 2014 16:56:56 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Discarded+ATM+Hunters.jpg

A father and son on the hunt for game in eastern Pennsylvania instead found an automated teller machine in the middle of the woods.

Pennsylvania State Police responded to a wooded area off the unit block of Orchard Street in Rockland Township, Berks County around 9:30 a.m. Saturday after the men reported finding a stand-alone MAC machine.

Police said they don’t know how much if any money was in the ATM. It also wasn’t clear when the automated teller machine was dumped in the area.

On Tuesday, police released a photo of the black and blue-colored money machine in hopes that someone might know where it came from.

Anyone with information is asked to contact PSP Reading Barracks at 610-378-4011.

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<![CDATA[Deer Damages NJ Home With Woman Inside]]> Sun, 07 Dec 2014 11:20:20 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Deer-in-Home-Lead.jpg

A Galloway Township, New Jersey, woman received an unexpected visitor Saturday afternoon while she was in the middle of cooking.

The woman told police she was inside her home on Northampton Road and placing sweet potatoes in the oven when a deer suddenly burst through her front door and ran into her house.

The woman said she managed to follow the deer into the back of her home and lock the animal inside her master bathroom. She then contacted police.

When police arrived they found shattered glass on the front storm door and a damaged frame on the main door indicating the deer was strong enough to run through the doors and enter the home. After a brief standoff, the officers managed to safely escort the deer out of the home and release it back into the wild.

Police said the deer caused significant damage to the bathroom while it was locked inside.

The homeowner was not injured during the incident.



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<![CDATA[Philly Jesus Rejoices, Charges Dropped]]> Thu, 04 Dec 2014 09:01:06 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Philly+Jesus+Arrest+Ice+Skating.jpg

The District Attorney of Philadelphia announced its intention to withdraw charges against Philly Jesus, according to a statement from the Center City celebrity's attorney.

"The DA's decision reaffirms our contention all along: Philly Jesus' arrest for pre-textual charges was without legal merit," said Charles Gibbs, an attorney for 28-year-old Michael Grant -- who wears a long white robe and carries a staff while reciting scripture in LOVE Park.

Grant --the City of Brotherly Love’s pious answer to Times Square’s Naked Cowboy-- pleaded not guilty Thursday to disorderly conduct and failure to disperse charges.

An officer arrested him on Nov. 14 for allegedly soliciting money from tourists who were taking photos with him, according to reports.

A recovering drug addict, Grant embraced Jesus as part of his efforts to maintain his sobriety.

"I considered myself completely healed and cured when I surrendered my heart to Jesus Christ,"  Grant, who said he has been sober since June 4, 2013, told NBC10 in September.

Shortly after his arrest, the BBC announced it would tell his story, which includes occasionally baptizing people in the fountain of LOVE Park.



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<![CDATA[Man Busts Store Window, Steals Beer]]> Thu, 04 Dec 2014 13:28:03 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/henry4.jpg

A man was arrested early Thursday morning after he allegedly smashed a store window with a baseball bat and then walked off with a 12-pack of Heineken.

Mark Henry, 55, of Nashua, was charged with burglary after a witness called police after seeing Henry break into Pigeon's Market at 168 Wilson St., in Manchester, around 12:20 a.m. Police located Henry at the intersection of Wilson and Somverville streets. He was still carrying both the baseball bat and the beer when the officer stopped him.

Henry was scheduled to appear in Manchester DIstrict Court on Thursday.



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<![CDATA[Philly Jesus Fights Charges, Pleads Not Guilty]]> Thu, 04 Dec 2014 09:01:06 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Philly+Jesus+Arrest+Ice+Skating.jpg

Philly Jesus is fighting charges after entering a not guilty plea in court Thursday.

Police charged 28-year-old Michael Grant -- better known as Philly Jesus -- with disorderly conduct and failure to disperse in mid-November.

Grant, who declined to comment on the case Thursday, told NBC10 last month the officer accused him of soliciting in LOVE Park -- his usual hangout where tourists and locals often take photos with him as he quotes sermon.

But the local celebrity -- the City of Brotherly Love’s pious answer to Times Square’s Naked Cowboy -- insists he never charges people, tweeting about it hours after his arrest on Nov. 14.

“I tell people I do not charge," he explained last month. "But tips and donations are always welcome."

Known for wearing a long white robe and carrying a staff, Grant sported his signature outfit while in court Thursday.

A recovering drug addict, Grant embraced Jesus as part of his efforts to maintain his sobriety.

"I considered myself completely healed and cured when I surrendered my heart to Jesus Christ,"  Grant, who said he has been sober since June 4, 2013, told NBC10 in September.

Shortly after his arrest, the BBC announced it would tell his story, which includes occasionally baptizing people in the fountain of LOVE Park.

Grant is due back in court Dec. 15.



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<![CDATA[Former Fire Chief's Home Goes Up in Flames]]> Wed, 03 Dec 2014 17:06:56 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Fire+Chief+Fire+Mount+Ephraim.JPG

The home of a retired South Jersey fire chief went up in flames Wednesday leaving two people hurt.

The Mount Ephraim home belonging to retired Camden Fire Chief Joseph Marini caught fire shortly before 10 a.m.

Marini wasn’t home at the time of the blaze but his stepson suffered critical burns and another man suffered smoke inhalation, investigators said.

An initial investigation revealed that workers were using a paint stripper in the basement of the 3rd Avenue home when it went up in flames, said Camden County Chief Fire Marshal Paul Sandrock.

It took firefighters about 30 minutes to bring the single-home blaze under control.



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<![CDATA[Stall Mall Brings Buying to the Bathroom]]> Thu, 04 Dec 2014 10:42:45 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/toilet+paper+pass+bathroom+stall.jpg

Two business heavyweights are teaming up for an ad campaign to get people to shop while sitting on the toilet.

Online shopping giant Amazon and consumer goods giant Proctor & Gamble will put ads inside public bathrooms — including ones in Philadelphia — encouraging users to do a little shopping while they're in the stall.

According to a CNNMoney report, the basic premise is that people will use the Amazon app on their smartphones to scan bar codes on the ads and receive special sales in the "Sit Shop, & Save” campaign.

The so-called “Stall Mall” campaign includes sales on products including Charmin toilet paper, Crest 3D Whitestrips and Febreeze.



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<![CDATA[Ugly Costs More at Christmas Sweater Shop ]]> Tue, 02 Dec 2014 11:16:16 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/ugly-sweater.jpg

Jeremy Turner has taken his obsession with ugly Christmas sweaters the masses. 

He's the owner of the Ugly Christmas Sweater Shop, a Dallas store he has stocked with more than 1,000 sweaters on the sales floor. He says there's another 8,000 in back. He's even recorded a song called "Ugly Christmas Sweater" that he sings for countless hours every day.

"It don't matter if I'm good or bad, 'cause Santa brought a sweater that is really rad," he sang.

The uglier, the better, in Turner's opinion, for both the customer and his bottom line. 

"We price them by ugliness," he said.

Turner isn't the only business owner hoping to capitalize on less appealing apparel. 

The popularity of ugly sweater-themed holiday parties has created a cottage industry each Christmas season, as revelers across the country scour thrift stores, eBay and shopping malls in search of wackier and tackier winter wear. The trend has translated to eight-figure sales for some businesses and even inspired novelty lines at major retailers such as Forever21 and Target, according to Business Insider.

Thai Ho, who spent more than $100 in the Ugly Christmas Sweater Shop, said the sweaters are worth the money.

"It's for my brother and he's graduating this winter and he likes ugly stuff," he said.

The store, located at 6333 E. Mockingbird Lane, is only open until Dec. 27.



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<![CDATA[Stolen 'Peanuts' Holiday Decorations Found]]> Mon, 01 Dec 2014 11:42:52 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/201*120/Located+Peanuts+Characters.JPG

A family got back their beloved "Peanuts" Christmas decorations, but the "Grinches" who took the hand-painted items over the weekend remain on the loose.

Three wooden “Peanuts”-themed decorations that were stolen from the front lawn of a home in the Magnolia section of Gloucester Township, New Jersey over the weekend turned up on the front step of a man's Somerdale, New Jersey home just hours later, The Gloucester Township Police Department posted to Facebook Monday morning.

After going missing sometime after 9 p.m. Saturday, Pig Pen, Marcie and Peppermint Patty were discovered by 11 p.m. that same night, police said. A man called the Somerdale Police Department after two young men in a white vehicle pulled up to his home, left the decorations on the front step and rang the doorbell before quickly leaving the scene.

Somerdale Police then returned the decorations to the owner.

With the "Peanuts" decorations found, police diverted their attention from recovering the items to capturing the people who took the decorations. If you have any information on the theft, please call the Gloucester Township Police Department's anonymous tip line at 856-842-5560.
 



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<![CDATA[Thief Steals Holiday Decorations From Home]]> Mon, 01 Dec 2014 12:06:31 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Peanuts-Characters.jpg

UPDATE: Police recovered the decorations and returned them to the owner.


Police are searching for an alleged “Grinch” who stole holiday decorations from a home in Gloucester Township, New Jersey.

Three wooden hand-painted “Peanuts” character decorations were stolen from the front lawn of a home in the Magnolia section of the town between 9 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. Sunday. The stolen characters were decorations of Pig Pen, Marcie and Peppermint Patty, police said.

If you have any information on the theft, please call the Gloucester Township Police Department's anonymous tip line at 856-842-5560.
 



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