<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Weird News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/weird http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.comen-usFri, 24 Jun 2016 18:28:13 -0400Fri, 24 Jun 2016 18:28:13 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Llama Enjoys Leaf Blower's Breeze at Houston Zoo]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 12:52:42 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/llama-breeze.jpg Fiesta the llama enjoys the breeze when zookeepers at the Houston Children's Zoo use a leaf blower to clean to clean stalls.]]> <![CDATA[Kitten Rescued From Car Engine]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 09:03:13 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/westport+kitten+rescue_1200.jpg

A kitten went for a bit of an unexpected ride in Fairfield County, Connecticut, on Wednesday.

A woman stopped at Dunkin Donuts in Norwalk and came out of the restaurant to find someone looking under her SUV.

The person told her he saw a kitten jump up under her car, but neither of them could find it.

After a few minutes, the woman drove off and made her way to the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport, where she was working at a horse show.

When she got out of her car, she heard meowing from her engine compartment. She located some Westport firefighters, who were at the club on standby for the horse show and asked them to take a look.

The firefighters found a kitten that had crawled up into a space between the front bumper and the radiator. He had no plans of coming out, according to Westport fire officials.

The crews worked for two hours to raise the vehicle and remove some car parts to get to the area where the kitten was hiding.

Westport's animal control officer took the rescued cat to a veterinarian to be checked out.

The staff at the club have decided to keep the cat and have named him "Bumper."

Photo Credit: Westport Fire Dept.]]>
<![CDATA[Robo Dog Does Dishes, Plays Fetch]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 06:13:17 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/robot9.jpg

A new robotic pup does a lot of things real dogs are known for — it plays fetch, hides under the dinner table and even cleans up dirty dishes — only without the slobber.

Boston Dynamics, a Massachusetts-based robotics company, unveiled the SpotMini robotic dog in a YouTube video on Thursday.

The mechanical canine looks like a cross between a dog and giraffe, weighs about 55 pounds and, according to Boston Dynamics, is one of the quietest the company has ever built.

Boston Dynamics' larger Spot robot made headlines in February when the company posted footage of an interaction between the robot and a tiny terrier.

In the latest video, SpotMini can be seen performing a variety of tasks, including fetching a soda for a person, playing keep-away with the same drink and loading dishes into the dishwasher.

The pup also climbs stairs and slips on a banana peel at one point. But the video shows the robot is able to quickly right itself.

According to Gizmodo, SpotMini can be taught to perform tasks autonomously, like a real dog.

The only downside? It doesn't look like you can adopt one of these robotic Rovers.

Photo Credit: Boston Dynamics
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<![CDATA[Calif. Wildfire Animal Rescues]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 04:34:06 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/border+fire+animal+12.jpg

As crews work to contain the massive Border Fire burning in southeast San Diego County, countless animals left temporarily homeless are reuniting with their owners.

Over the past several days, San Diego County Animal Control workers and the San Diego Humane Society have been scooping up wayward animals, including horses, chickens, donkeys, emus, dogs, sheep and rabbits, and keeping them at makeshift shelter locations.

On Thursday, many of them went home.

About 20 horses were picked up Thursday from a shelter set up at the Circle T Ranch. Seven belong to Bill Butters of Campo. He said he was extremely grateful for the shelter.

And he would know — he opened up his own ranch as a shelter during the 2003 Cedar Fire.

“I used to be in emergency animal rescue and when I’ve gone on rescues and you only have 10 or 15 minutes to get out because the fire’s close … you usually have a problem,” he said.

The owner of Circle T Ranch, Lisa Lightfoot, said things at her makeshift shelter went smoothly. She credits Border Patrol officers, who for the first time took part in animal rescue efforts.

The officers shuttled supplies to animal owners, she said.

San Diego County Animal Services also on Thursday released photos of some of the rescued animals. Check out the gallery above.

The animal organization said Wednesday in a Facebook post it took on the role of "Donkey Uber" to help a homeowner who had no way to evacuate their donkeys.

The organization recommends having a disaster plan for pets in place.

Photo Credit: San Diego County Animal Services]]>
<![CDATA[Whale Fossils Found at Landfill]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 09:26:34 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Fossil+Find.jpg

When paleontologist Melissa Macias saw bone jutting out of a cliff near a landfill construction project in Southern California, she knew she had found something big.

It turned out the fossils found at the Bowerman Landfill in Irvine belonged to what was once a sperm whale, the largest toothed mammal in the world.

"It's exciting for a paleontologist to find any fossil, but it's amazing to find something this size and so well-preserved," she said.

After weeks of evaluation, the sperm whale fossils were unveiled to the public Tuesday at the landfill. The fossils found could be up to 12 million years old and include 18 teeth, skulls parts and a flipper bone.

This is not the first time a fossil has been found at the Orange County landfill, though it is the largest. The landfill is located at what was once the bottom of the ocean, which makes it a perfect location for fossils, according to Julie Chay, spokesperson for Orange County's waste management department.

Chay said paleontologists are hired as contractors during certain construction projects to monitor digging and look for potential fossils. Macias was working as a contractor monitoring a buttress-building project when she discovered the fossils.

The fossils were put in casts and brought to a nearby trailer, where they have been studied for the past month.

After the unveiling, the original fossils will be on display at the landfill and the casts will move to the Cooper Center, which preserves and manages fossils, according to Jere Lipps, the center's director.

"These fossils paint an amazing story," Lipps said. "It was a great find."

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Julie Chay]]>
<![CDATA[Bear Hides From Police in Tree]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 06:55:16 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/bear+in+tree+paramus.jpg

A young black bear chased by police in New Jersey on Wednesday ran up a tree and lingered there before being safely tranquilized and captured by wildlife officials. 

Authorities said the 119-pound male yearling had an injured leg and is believed to have been hit by a car several days ago in Saddle River. 

The bruin has been spotted in several neighborhoods recently and may have been fed by humans, NorthJersey.com reports.

Police in Washington Township got a call about the injured bear Wednesday and chased it into Paramus, where it ran across a backyard and climbed up a tree, authorities said. 

Video shows the bear hanging out on some branches, looking down at the people surrounding the tree, its tongue lolling out of its mouth. 

The bear is expected to recover and be released into the wild at some point.

Photo Credit: NBC 4 New York]]>
<![CDATA[So, It Wasn't a Tsunami Off Jersey Shore, Delaware]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 13:20:04 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/192*120/Meteotsunami+Cape+May.JPG

What the National Weather Service initially called a weather-related meteotsunami off the coast of the Jersey Shore and Delaware during severe storms Tuesday afternoon actually wasn't a tsunami after all because it didn't go far enough.

"A meteotsunami, like all tsunamis, is a propagating wave train," said said U.S. NWS Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in a Facebook update. "While the sea-level anomaly shown in the figure did show up on other nearby tide gauges, it did not advance far beyond the mouth of Delaware Bay. In particular, it did not reflect from the shelf edge to come back to threaten the coast in the manner of the meteotsunami of June 2013. Since it did not propagate far, we cannot call the event a meteotsunami."

The peak of the event occurred right around 3:15 p.m. Eastern Standard Time and caused water levels to drop to around 0.5 meters, said the Honolulu, Hawaii-based Tsunami Warning Center.

So what’s a meteotsunami?

"A meteotsunami is generated when a high-speed straight-line windstorm (usually called a de recho) passes over shallow water," wrote the Tsunami Warning Center on Facebook. "The speed of a tsunami in deep water is hundreds of km per hour, but in shallow water it's much slower. If the water depth is 20 meters (as it is off the mouth of Delaware Bay), the tsunami speed is only 50 km/h. A low-pressure atmospheric system traveling at 50 km/h (or sustained winds of 50 km/h) can therefore kick up a "tsunami" (the process is called Proudman Resonance). So you can get a tsunami-like phenomenon generated not by an earthquake but by weather. We call these things meteotsunamis."

A similar meteotsunami along the Jersey Coast in 2013 impacted coastlines up and down the East Coast.

This time the incident, which the National Weather Service said was part of an "interesting" weather day, didn't make significant landfall.

"The waveform in the figure may simply be the result of wind piling up water down Delaware Bay," said the NWS. "It clearly was a weather-induced long-wavelength phenomenon, but, unlike 2013, those waves were not the result of Proudman Resonance across the continental shelf (the atmospheric pressure record from Cape May shows a broad pressure pulse coincident with the waves rather than what was seen in 2013: a pressure pulse preceding the waves by more than an hour). The source area of this event appears to have been too small to sustain a tsunami; the waves rapidly dissipated."

Click here for more about potentially dangerous meteotsunamis.

Photo Credit: US NWS Pacific Tsunami Warning Center
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<![CDATA[Arrest After Distressed Emu Spotted]]> Tue, 21 Jun 2016 20:32:45 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/burned+emu.jpg

A man was arrested on Monday evening in Campo, California, after discharging a shotgun when an animal control officer responded to an emu in distress outside his home, sheriff’s officials said.

Sean Michael Shepherd, 31, was taken into custody on suspicion of negligent discharge of a firearm and felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

He was being held on $30,000 bail on Tuesday evening. It wasn't immediately clear if he has an attorney.

Sheriff’s deputies said the bizarre situation surfaced about 6 p.m. Monday in the 28000 block of State Route 94. An animal control officer on patrol spotted an injured emu. As he approached the animal, a man came out of his home and exchanged heated words with the officer, deputies said.

The emu doesn't belong to the suspect, but is his neighbor's animal, officials said.

That’s when the man went inside and returned with a shotgun, firing it into the air, deputies said.

No one was hurt. The emu ran away and disappeared, according to authorities.

The animal’s feathers were apparently burnt. While it wasn't clear what caused the emu's injuries, the incident happened in the area of the Border Fire, which has spanned 7,500 acres near Potrero and caused some injuries to animals.

Photo Credit: San Diego County Animal Services]]>
<![CDATA[Toddler Practices Lockdown Drill]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 07:34:04 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/fb+viral+lockdown+photo.jpg

What one mother said first seemed like an adorable photo of her young preschooler being “mischievous,” quickly turned into a wake-up call for many.

Stacey Wehrman Feeley took a photo of her 3-year-old daughter standing on a toilet at first because she “thought it was funny,” she wrote in a now-viral Facebook post.

The photo shows the little girl in a bright dress standing on a toilet with her arm against the wall.

“The moment she told me what she was doing I broke down,” Feeley wrote. “She was practicing for a lockdown drill at her preschool and what you should do if you are stuck in a bathroom. At that moment all innocense [sic] of what I thought my three-year-old possessed was gone.”

The Michigan mom went on to talk about how the photo speaks to the issue of gun control currently sweeping the nation.

“Politicians - take a look,” she wrote. "This is your child, your children, your grandchildren, your great grand children [sic] and future generations to come. They will live their lives and grow up in this world based on your decisions. They are barely 3 and they will hide in bathroom stalls standing on top of toilet seats.”

The post has since been shared more than 22,800 times and received nearly as many likes.

Just over a week after the massacre at an Orlando nightclub, gun control has been at the forefront of a national debate.

Most recently, a divided Senate voted down four gun control measures proposed from both sides. Monday's votes came after Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., led a near 15-hour filibuster last week demanding a Senate response to the Orlando killings. Murphy entered the Senate shortly after the December 2012 massacre of 20 first-graders and six educators in Newtown, Connecticut, but that slaughter and others have failed to spur Congress to tighten gun curbs. The last were enacted in 2007, when the background check system was strengthened after that year's mass shooting at Virginia Tech. 

“I am not pretending to have all the answers or even a shred of them, but unless you want your children standing on top of a toilet, we need to do something,” Feeley wrote.

Photo Credit: Stacey Wehrman Feeley
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<![CDATA[Ride a Glass Slide 70 Stories Up]]> Tue, 21 Jun 2016 10:30:31 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/knbc-us-bank-tower-skyslide1.jpg

Anyone brave enough to plunge down a glass slide 70 stories in the air will get their chance this Saturday when an observation deck off the side of the West Coast's tallest building opens to the public.

The 45-foot slide transports riders from the 70th floor of the U.S. Bank Tower at 633 West Fifth Street in downtown Los Angeles to an open-air observation deck on the 69th floor of the building.

Made of clear glass 1 1/4-inch thick, the slide was airlifted onto the tower in March. The public opening of both slide and deck will be commemorated by an all-day block party on Saturday.

Individual tickets to the deck and slide range from $8 for children to $48.

The 1,018-foot-tall U.S. Bank Tower, owned by Overseas Union Enterprises Limited, will lose its title as the tallest building on the coast when the nearby Wilshire Grand Tower is completed in 2017. That 73-story building, developed by Korean Air, will be 1,100 feet high.

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<![CDATA[Dads Stack Cheerios on Sleeping Kids]]> Mon, 20 Jun 2016 12:46:14 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Cheerios-Recall.jpg

A new challenge is sweeping the internet. This time, fathers of infants are challenging each other to see who can stack the most cereal on top of their child's head.

So far it seems that the "Cheerio Stack Challenge" record is 16 cheerios high. Participating dads have been creative with cheerio stacking attempts, with some dads posting pictures of their sleeping children with cereal stacked atop their heads, noses, and even feet.

The challenge started when the Facebook page "Life of Dad" posted a picture of a sleeping child with cheerios stacked atop his nose, and called for parents to try it themselves.

"Parents of infants, can you top 5???" the post challenged. "Prove it when you do!"

By Monday morning, the Facebook post had garnered about 24,000 likes and 30,000 shares since it was posted June 16.

Photo Credit: File--AP
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<![CDATA[Luggage Washes up on Same Beach as Suspected MH370 Parts]]> Mon, 20 Jun 2016 08:57:06 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/160620_-_blaine_find_1_-_0639_6fc0bd6341ba095bb0fc487030877450.nbcnews-ux-2880-1000.jpg

American adventurer Blaine Gibson said he has found personal belongings washed-up on the same beach where he previously discovered three potential parts of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, NBC News reported. 

He found three more possible pieces of the plane on a beach on the Madagascan island of Nosy Boraha earlier this month. He also recovered the sole of a shoe, a prayer cap, cell phone case, and luggage and other bags.

A spokesman for the Australian government's Joint Agency Coordination Centre, which is coordinating the search, said Malaysian authorities would be investigating the possible find. 

Photo Credit: Blaine Alan Gibson]]>
<![CDATA[Citi Sues AT&T Over 'Thanks' Rights]]> Fri, 17 Jun 2016 11:16:32 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/citi-att-split-0616.jpg

AT&T is being sued for its plans to say “thanks” to its customers, Reuters reported.

Citigroup filed a trademark infringement suit in the U.S. District Court of Manhattan last week saying the telecom giant’s recently unveiled “AT&T thanks” program could cause confusion with the bank’s longstanding “thankyou” rewards program, according to Reuters.

Citi has held the trademark to the phrase “thankyou” since 2004 and said in the suit that AT&T was “knowing, intentional, and willful” when it announced the program on June 2.

Citigroup also owns the website domain thankyou.com and has credit cards co-branded with AT&T.

AT&T spokesman Fletcher Cook told Reuters that Citigroup doesn’t “own the word ‘thanks’” and that the company plans to defend against the suit.

Citigroup declined to comment further to Reuters.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Hoverboard Sparks Grocery Fight: PD]]> Fri, 17 Jun 2016 08:35:24 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/supermarket-beating-0616.jpg

A father punched a manager at a Kosher supermarket in Brooklyn in a wild confrontation that was allegedly sparked when one of the managers chucked a peach at the man's daughter when she wouldn't get off a hoverboard at the store.

Three people were arrested after the brawl broke out at Central Market on Division Avenue in Williamsburg on June 9, police said.

The store erupted in chaos shortly after a 24-year-old woman came into the store on a hoverboard and got into an argument with store managers, according to police. Witnesses told NBC 4 New York a nephew of the woman had been riding the hoverboard inside the store and employees asked him to stop.

Police said that one of the managers allegedly chucked a peach at the woman while another tackled her to the ground. The woman's family told NBC 4 New York the manager actually threw a soda can at her, leaving her with a cut under her eye.

“I believe it was a can, a can of Coke,” the woman’s 41-year-old father, Mark Soto, said. “My daughter tells me after the fact, when she felt something hit her in the face, she looked down and saw a can of Coke. There was no peach.”

After the can or peach was allegedly thrown, Soto showed up and confronted the men.

Video from the interaction that was posted to Facebook shows Soto punching one of the managers in the face near a checkout line as several people yell. Soto tells the manager "I'll kill you" several times as other workers in the store yell.

Soto then walks around the checkout lines as several employees hold up cardboard boxes as shields. Soto again threatens to kill the man before leaving.

Soto denies he yelled racial threats during the brawl and says the video only shows him as the aggressor. He says he said things in the heat of the moment that he would not have followed through with.

“I might have said a couple of words out of anger, but nothing that I would actually, physically do to anyone. I would never harm anyone,” he said.

The two managers and Soto were all charged with assault after the incident, police said. Only one of them — the man accused of throwing the peach — is being charged with a felony. Because of the injuries the victim reportedly sustained, the peach is being considered a weapon. Soto and the other manager are facing misdemeanors.

The grocery store declined to comment Thursday, but the man who posted the video to Facebook said in a post that the manager was falsely accused of throwing a peach at the girl.

Community leaders said the workers never threw anything and that they are the victims.

“Two innocent people were arrested, both of them being managers,” community activist Isaac Abraham said.

Community activist Gary Schlesinger says the managers were wrongfully arrested and had “nothing to do with the altercation that was outside of the store.” 

Gothamist first reported the grocery store fight.

Photo Credit: Provided by Gary Schlesinger
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<![CDATA[First Wawa Store Moves Down the Street]]> Fri, 17 Jun 2016 19:51:49 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Original+Wawa+Ridley+County.PNG

A mini parade was held as this original Wawa in Delaware County moved down the street.

After 50 years of convenience store service, the first Wawa, which opened in 1964 at MacDade Boulevard and Swarthmore Avenue relocated to a new "Super Wawa" about a half-mile up MacDade Boulevard.

The new Wawa, located at 1730 MacDade Boulevard, allows employees to maintain their jobs and will employ 30 additional workers because of the expanded size and food services offered.

On Friday, officials from Delaware County joined Wawa representatives as well as customers of the original store for a grand opening at the new store.

A ceremony including a parade of Wawa history and a hoagie-making contest for charity contributed to the celebration.

Photo Credit: NBC10 ]]>
<![CDATA[8th-Grade Speech Apes Candidates]]> Thu, 16 Jun 2016 14:21:44 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/207*120/aiello+grad+speech.png

Whoever wins this year’s presidential election might want to call this Chicago-area eighth-grader up as a speech writer.

Jack Aiello is a young teen with big dreams ahead of him — and potentially a slot on "Saturday Night Live" or in the White House.

The Arlington Heights middle schooler has quickly garnered Internet praise for his hilarious graduation speech, which included impersonations of the 2016 presidential candidates. 

Aiello’s entire roughly 350-student graduating class was tasked with writing a graduation speech as part of an English assignment. The speeches were then evaluated by teachers and staff before three finalists were selected.

"He was hands down No. 1 because it was going to speak to the kids," principal Brian Kaye said.

Video of the eight-minute speech was posted to YouTube last week and has since received more than 23,000 views. It was also shared on Twitter by his school, Thomas Middle School.

"I’ve decided that since we’re in the middle of an election year, that I would do my graduation speech in the style of some of the 2016 presidential candidates," Jack begins in the video.

But what unfolds after that is a series of spot-on impersonations that few in the audience could have anticipated from the soon-to-be-high-schooler described by many as "humble."

"We’re learning languages from Spain, from France, from Germany and China," he said during his first impersonation of Donald Trump. "You know, people say I don’t like China, I love China. I mean, I love China. I mean, I have so many terrific friends in China. But I took Spanish and let me just tell you, by the way, that it was fantastic. Muy fantastico."

Trump is followed in the speech by Ted Cruz, President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and finally, Bernie Sanders.

"I’d like to start off by thanking the great hardworking teachers of Thomas Middle School,” he said during an impersonation of Clinton. "They’ve been our champions. They’ve given us the skills to get us through sixth grade and through seventh grade and through eighth grade. And now we’re going to take those skills and apply them to high school."

Each impression was met with laughs and cheers from the crowd.

"As far as schools go, TMS is in the top one half of one half of one percent of schools in the entire country," he said as Bernie Sanders, ending his speech as the hundreds of people in the audience cheered and gave him a standing ovation. 

Jack’s parents say the teen has been doing impressions since he was a child and they weren’t surprised by his desire to do the speech as the 14-year-old is very much into politics.

"He’s been doing them since he was very young — family members, teachers, he even makes up his own silly voices and he’s been doing that for a very long time," said his mother, Carla Aiello. "And then with the election, he watches the news clips and he just absorbs everything."

Jack, who is as much a fan of Dana Carvey as he is of politics, hopes to have a career in politics or comedy in the future, his parents said, noting that his current dream is to meet Carvey. 

"If you were to ask him what he really wants to do, he really truly does want to be president someday. He feels a great desire to be a leader," said his father, John Aiello. "A politician or a comedian, which the lines do sometimes blur."

The family even took the teen to Iowa for the caucuses earlier this year, where they say he met Sanders and former Republican hopefuls Carly Fiorina, Marco Rubio and Rand Paul. 

"He’s a unique 14-year-old, but a humble kid," John Aiello said. 

And as for the viral fame he’s since received for his speech, the family says they’re just trying to take it all in.

"We’re enjoying it," John Aiello said. "We’re trying to look at it as a blessing, as fun. Be yourself and don’t change and smile a lot."

Photo Credit: John Aiello]]>
<![CDATA[Car Jumps Curb, Strikes 4 in Front of South Street Hoagie Shop]]> Tue, 14 Jun 2016 07:03:42 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/238*120/South+Street+Primos+Hoagie+Crash+Wide.JPG

A driver jumped the curb and struck a group of people – possibly breaking limbs – outside a popular South Street hoagie shop overnight.

The 21-year-old driver somehow wound up smashing into Primo’s Hoagies at 326 South Street a little after 1 a.m. Tuesday, shattering a glass panel in front of the hoagie shop.

The car struck three men and one woman. All four were rushed to Jefferson University Hospital in stable condition with possible broken arms and legs, said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small.

The 21-year-old driver and her passenger remained on the scene and spoke to accident investigators, said Small.

Police didn’t expect to file and serious charges but the investigation continued early Tuesday as officers blocked off the 300 block of South Street.

Primo’s, which has a four-star rating on Yelp, was closed at the time.

Photo Credit: NBC10]]>
<![CDATA[Officials Close Delaware Beach to Protect Birds]]> Mon, 13 Jun 2016 08:25:46 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/197*120/Cape+Henlopen+State+Park.JPG

The first piping plover nest of the season has been found at Cape Henlopen State Park's Gordons Pond, and that means a half-mile stretch of beach will be closed.

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control made the announcement Saturday.

The department says a half-mile stretch of beach between the Observation Towers and the Herring Point dune crossover will be closed to the public beginning Monday. The steps are taken to minimize disturbances to the tiny endangered shorebirds.

The area will remain closed until the last of the plover chicks are fledged, usually in late August.

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<![CDATA[Philly Customs Find 4.9 Kilos of Cocaine in Woman's Drink Cans]]> Fri, 10 Jun 2016 20:39:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Hot+Chocolate+Cocaine+Can.jpg

U.S. Customs and Border Protection detained an Upper Darby woman after finding $300,000 worth of cocaine in 10 cans of chocolate drink.

Tiwanda Rechele White-Pinkton, 38, arrived at Philadelphia International Airport on May 23 after a visit to Montego Bay in Jamaica, said Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in a news release Wednesday.

Customs officers at first discovered a white powdery substance in two cans inside the Upper Darby, Pennsylvania woman’s luggage and testing revealed the substance to be cocaine, said CBP.

In total, officers found 4.9 kilograms (nearly 11 pounds) of cocaine concealed in the cans, said CBP.

Pennsylvania State Police arrested White-Pinkton on drug dealing and criminal conspiracy charges.

"Transnational criminal organizations employ many unique concealment methods to smuggle their deadly drugs into the United States, and Customs and Border Protection officers must remain vigilant to stop these attempts," said Port of Philadelphia CBP director Susan Stranieri. "We’re hopeful that this arrest sends a strong message that CBP officers in Philadelphia remain committed to intercepting illicit narcotics before it can reach our communities."

Across the country, CBP officers seize around 9,000 pounds of narcotics daily.

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<![CDATA[Young Trespasser Caught Hugging Neighbor's Dog]]> Fri, 10 Jun 2016 05:02:48 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/dog-hugger.jpg

When Louisiana mom Hallie Mallet checked surveillance footage from her garage, she realized the camera had caught a young trespasser — but all he wanted was a hug from her dog.

Mallet saw a boy carefully set down his bike and sprint into her garage toward her dog, Dutchess, who was furiously wagging her tail. After giving Dutchess a quick hug, the boy ran back out and peddled away, NBC's "Today" show reports.

Mallet posted the footage on her Facebook page asking neighbors to help identify the drive-by hugger.

"Anyone know who this sweet little boy is? Every now and then when he rides his bike he will quickly come and love on my dog or play fetch real quick, but always leaves quick like he doesn't know if he should be here! I'd like to tell him he's welcome to stay and play, she loves the attention!" Mallet wrote in the post.

Neighborhood mom Ginger Breaux recognized the young trespasser as her 9-year-old son, Josh, according to "Today." The boy is now invited to visit Dutchess any time.

Photo Credit: Hallie Mallet
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<![CDATA[Mayor Helps Reunite 'Jeremy' With Wedding Band]]> Fri, 10 Jun 2016 16:40:23 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/210*120/Princeton+Wedding+Band+Found.JPG

"Jeremy" is no longer missing his wedding band.

Police in Princeton, New Jersey posted photos of a silver ring to its Facebook page Tuesday in hopes of tracking down who lost the ring along Nassau Street (Route 27) near Pine Street – that’s not far from Princeton University.

The wedding band has "Debbie and Jeremy June 1999" inscribed inside the band, said Princeton Police.

It turns out that Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert knows a Debbie and Jeremy living in town and that Jeremy is the ring's owner, said police.

"He was contacted and will pick the ring up," said police. "Thank you Mayor Lempert!"

Photo Credit: Princeton Police Department
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<![CDATA[Alleged Cannon Thief Arrested]]> Thu, 09 Jun 2016 05:25:53 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/0512-2016-CannonRichmond.jpg

Richmond police said they have arrested a man they say stole a WWI-era cannon outside the Veteran's Memorial Hall.

Lt. Felix Tan said officers took Dezi Adsuara, 44, of Vallejo into custody on Tuesday night, after detectives said they had "compelling evidence" against him. They had been looking for him since the cannon was stolen on May 11, a story first reported by NBC Bay Area.

Adsuara also goes by Roland Joseph Garcia, police said.

The cannon was returned a day after NBC Bay Area aired the story of the stolen cannon by a man who bought the ancient piece and called police to say he saw the story on the news, and realized he had unwittingly bought the stolen merchandise.

Surveillance video at the scene of the crime shows two people in a truck pulling into the lot, cutting the cannon's chain and towing the one-ton brass and iron weapon away. The theft took place in under a minute. Police said that only one suspect sold the cannon, and if he talks, police may get the identity of the second.

Anyone with information should call Richmond Police Property Crimes Detective T. Kaiser at (510) 672-0764.

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<![CDATA[Caution: Alligator Crossing]]> Tue, 07 Jun 2016 11:59:27 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/060616+gator+in+crosswalk.jpg

An alligator was caught on camera using a crosswalk in Flagler County, in northern Florida, Monday morning.

According to the Flagler County Sheriff's Office, the gator was spotted in the bushes near the intersection at Cypress Point Parkway and Cypress Edge Drive in Palm Coast.

FCSO Cpl. Kenny Goncalves said the gator was more than 5 feet long. It was sitting by the crosswalk and suddenly scampered across the roadway in the crosswalk.

"He just walked in the crosswalk like it was normal," Cpl. Goncalves said.

Officers stopped traffic to allow the gator to cross, which they said took about 30 seconds.

A trapper from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission was called, but before his arrival the gator went to a wooded lot and back to its natural habitat.

Photo Credit: Mark Olson / FCSO Facebook]]>
<![CDATA[Dallas Signs: 'Gorilla Deserved It']]> Mon, 06 Jun 2016 09:13:55 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/216*120/gorilla_deserved_it.png

For the third time in eight days, someone altered electronic road signs on Dallas-area roadways, this time to say "Gorilla deserved it."

The latest message is an apparent reference to the fatal shooting of a gorilla named Harambe at Cincinnati Zoo after a child fell into its exhibit on May 28.

An NBC DFW viewer tweeted a photo of a portable sign early Sunday morning on Cedar Springs Road between the Katy Trail and Carlisle Street in Dallas.

Similar incidents were reported on Saturday, May 28 in Cockrell Hill — when signs said "Donald Trump Is a Shape-Shifting Lizard" and "Bernie for President" — and on Tuesday, May 31 in West Dallas, where a third sign read "Work Is Canceled — Go Back Home."

TxDOT officials said those signs belonged to a contractor performing work along Interstate 30, and the hacking was only possible by physically opening a control panel on the sign.

Tampering with such signs is a third-degree felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

If you notice suspicious activity around portable signs, especially when there is no construction, contact TxDOT or local police.

Photo Credit: NBC DFW
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<![CDATA[Farmer, Buried Up to Chest in Soybeans, Talks About Silo Rescue]]> Sat, 04 Jun 2016 13:38:50 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NJ+Farmer+in+Soybean+Silo.jpg Tense moments for South Jersey farmer Chris Probasco when be was buried up to his chest in soybeans. The man was trying to clear a jam in a silo when the crop gave way under him "like quicksand," he said. Six-hundred thousand pounds of soybeans had him trapped, according to firefighters. It took them hours to get him free. NBC10's Aundrea Cline-Thomas spoke with Probasco after the rescue.

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<![CDATA[#ItsATrap: Jersey Devil-Hoarding Police Warn of DWI Checkpoints]]> Fri, 03 Jun 2016 12:26:01 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/ackbar.jpeg

New Jersey State Police, claiming they have the Jersey Devil in their possession, dug up a clip from “a galaxy far, far away” to warm you #ItsATrap.

State Police posted to Facebook about its plan (along with a video of Admiral Ackbar’s famous line from Stars Wars: Return of the Jedi) to set up DWI checkpoints in parts of South Jersey this weekend and they want you to know why even if they are joking about where fine money may go.

“This Saturday, June 4, 2016, the New Jersey State Police will set up sobriety checkpoints in the Maurice River Township, Cumberland County and Toms River, Ocean County areas,” wrote state police.

“Now, before some of you blow your gaskets, just think about this for a minute. We're announcing WHEN it's going to happen. We're announcing WHERE it's going to happen. If you get mad because our checkpoints disrupt your drinking and driving, well, too bad. [[381765971, C]]

“The purpose of announcing the checkpoints is to hopefully deter people from getting behind the wheel after drinking. The goal of the checkpoints is to prevent drunk drivers, not make arrests.”

State police even anticipated possible anger over the fines that could be gained from checkpoints by having fun with Garden State folklore.

“What's that we hear? Ah yes, it's the conspiracy theorists banging the war drums. What? Money grab? Entrapment? Well, you got us. It's true. The fine money collected from the DWI checkpoints is used to pay for the expenses of housing, feeding, and scientific experiments performed on the Jersey Devil. Yes, that's right, we captured him 13 years ago during a DWI checkpoint in South Jersey. It's a big, State secret. Shhhh!”

The simple way to avoid being pulled over is to not drink and drive, say police.

“If you plan on drinking anywhere in this state or beyond, have a designated driver, arrange for transportation or stay where you are. It’s not worth the risk of hurting or killing yourself, a friend, a loved one, or innocent motorist.” [[257191461, C]]

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<![CDATA[Great Dane Rescue]]> Fri, 03 Jun 2016 15:26:17 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Dog+rescue+in+Middletown+1200.jpg

Firefighters come to the rescue on a daily basis, but the rescue of a dog in Middletown was out of the ordinary.

Firefighters responded to Hendley Street around 7:30 a.m. Friday after a resident spotted a Great Dane on a neighbor’s roof.

Firefighters said the dog’s owners were at work, so firefighter Mike Souza climbed a ladder to rescue the dog.

At first, the pup growled, but it soon warmed up to Souza, who guided the dog back through the open window.

“He had to really scooch to get back in because he was really tall,” Souza said. “I think he was happy to be back inside!”

Souza, who has been on the job for 28 years, said this was a first for him.

“A really unique situation, a unique call,” he said.

A woman who identified herself as the dog's owner responded to the Facebook post said the dog was in the basement with her other Great Dane and he is a "Houdini" who apparently pushed his way through a locked door and opened windows to get outside and "say hello to all the new neighbors."

Photo Credit: Middletown Fire Department]]>
<![CDATA[6-Year-Old Calls 911 on Dad]]> Thu, 02 Jun 2016 11:54:38 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/boy-calls-911.jpg

A 6-year-old Massachusetts boy nearly got his father in trouble with the law when he called 911 to say his dad had driven through a red light.

"My daddy went past a red light. He has a black truck. He was in the brand new car, my mommy's car," Robbie Richardson told the 911 dispatcher in Quincy.

"He had to go to the car wash and then he went past the red light," Robbie continued.

"He did?" the dispatcher responded.

"Mmhmm," Robbie said.

The boy, who was home at the time of the call, then handed the phone to his father. Mike Richardson laughed and apologized to the dispatcher, who let him go.

"I just couldn't do anything else but laugh," Richardson said in an interview with necn.

He called the incident a misunderstanding and said he didn't break any traffic laws when he turned right on red at the intersection of Copeland Street and Furnace Brook Parkway.

"The light was red so I stopped, looked and I turned," he explained.

But Robbie insisted his dad should be held accountable.

"I told the police — I told them to give him a ticket," Robbie said.

Police posted an audio recording of the 911 call on the department's Facebook page Thursday.

"It can be very stressful at the 911 dispatch center so this was kind of something to smile about," said Quincy police Det. Karyn Barkas.

Photo Credit: necn]]>