<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Weird News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/weird http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com en-us Sun, 26 Apr 2015 02:24:06 -0400 Sun, 26 Apr 2015 02:24:06 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Bison Herd Shot After Stampeding Through Upstate NY Towns]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:29:56 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/buffalobuffalobuffalo.jpg

A herd of bison that stampeded through a string of upstate New York towns on Friday after it somehow got loose from a farm near Albany, has been shot.

The 15 creatures, two calves among them, traipsed through several backyards, trampled a fence and even crossed the New York State Thruway as they headed south, local NBC affiliate WNYT reported.

The animals had escaped from Gem Farms in Schodack, and authorities said all had been shot at Schodock Island State Park — a last resort, authorities told WNYT, since they would rather corral the beasts.

The bison were shot by people working for the family that owns the herd, according to WNYT. The son of the bison's owner told the station his family has been trying to corral loose bison for years, with little success.

Authorities were warning locals not to approach the animals, which can weigh more than 1,000 pounds.

"Stay away. Just stay away from them," Bethlehem Police Lt. Thomas Heffernan said. "They’re large, unpredictable animals."

<![CDATA[Launching Moonshine Into Space]]> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 21:03:26 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Onyx+Moonshine+Space.jpg

Moonshine is going to the moon. Well, almost.

A Connecticut distillery plans to launch a 750-milliliter bottle of moonshine 22 miles into space next month. It will be the first time a full-sized bottle of liquor leaves the earth’s atmosphere.

“Onyx Moonshine is all about attempting things that haven’t been done before, which is the true essence of the American spirit,” Onyx Spirits Company co-founder Adam von Gootkin said in a statement Tuesday. “It’s amazing to think that 150 years ago our ancestors were arrested for illegally selling moonshine and here we are, legally sending a bottle into space. This is just one small adventure of many more to come.”

Company officials will fasten the bottle of liquor to an aeronautical weather balloon, along with a rock glass and silver platter, and launch it into space May 2.

The apparatus – two years in the making – is equipped with GoPro cameras, GPS technology, a radar deflector, parachute and foam covering to protect the bottle when it lands on Long Island Sound.

Rain dates are slated for May 3, 9 and 10 in case weather gets in the way. The exact time and location of the launch is still to be determined, but the East Hartford distillery said it will take place somewhere in western Connecticut.

Onyx Moonshine, which got its start in 2011, announced the launch in observance of Earth Day and the company’s “commitment to sustainable business practices.” The distillery produces the country’s first ultra-premium moonshine and New England’s first aged whiskey.

Photo Credit: Onyx Moonshine
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<![CDATA[Clowns Brawl With Protesters ]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 09:59:53 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/186*120/4-18-2015-ClownBrawl.JPG

Clowns brawled with animal rights protesters under a circus big top in San Bernardino Friday night.

Hundreds of spectators watched the fight break out when workers allegedly tried to stop the activists from forcing their way inside after the Ramos Bros. Circus show began.

Two protestors were arrested following the melee, while two circus employees were injured when the fight broke out at 8:08 p.m., according to a San Bernardino Police Department spokesman.

Ringmaster Oliver Ramos claimed his lip was split after he was hit on the face with his megaphone in trying to keep protestors outside.

"All of a sudden when I turned around one of them jumped on top of my uncle - he's over 68-years-old - and they started beating on him and I reacted," Ramos said. "When I pulled them off they hit me with a megaphone in the face and all these ladies started scratching me on the face."

However protester Nicholas Shaw-McMinn claimed they were protesting non-violently, and that protesters were the ones attacked by the circus workers.

"Employees locked us on the property and wouldn't let us leave. They assaulted... multiple protestors, some with weapons," Shaw-McMinn said.

He also claimed one of the workers placed him in a choke hold during the clash.

The activists, who said they are members of the Direct Action Everywhere group, provided video which showed them protesting outside the big top before the melee.

The Ramos Bros. Circus website boasts that the show features "animals from all over the world," showing images of lamas, camels and horses.

Ramos said he does not mind activists protesting on the street but wants them to stay off the property where the circus is performing. He also believes something has to be done to prevent further clashes occurring

"These people are just crazy fanatics… it has to stop. These people are getting out of hand," Ramos said.

However it seems they will not be staying away, as more than 100 protesters are expected to show up for more demonstrations taking place Saturday.

The "Protest Ramos Bros. Circus" Facebook page says: "Traveling animal acts perpetuate animal cruelty, inhumane care, public safety hazards and distorted images of wildlife.

"As compassionate animal lovers we must stop animal entertainment and extend our love to all animals. Animals are not our (sic) to use, they are not our property; they are beings that desire the same freedoms as us."

It also claims circus animals are trained using methods such as whipping, hitting, poking, and shocking with electrical prods.

<![CDATA[Officers Confiscate Gator While Executing Search Warrant]]> Sun, 19 Apr 2015 15:11:52 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/41815alligator.jpg

It wasn't exactly what they were looking for, but police in New Jersey made a startling discovery Saturday while executing a search warrant: an alligator.

A Long Branch resident apparently was keeping the reptile as a pet, police said. Officers confiscated the beast, which eventually was turned over to the state Division of Fish & Wildlife.

A maximum fine of $25,000 is possible for housing such a reptile, Long Branch police said.

It's likely a new home for the gator will be found in a zoo or aquarium, police said.

Photo Credit: Long Branch Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Church Welcomes Broad Street Runners]]> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 23:39:22 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000010065120_1200x675_429957187979.jpg Chris Cato explains why Our Lady of Hope Church is opening it's doors to all runners in of the Blue Cross Broad Street Run.]]> <![CDATA[Brawl Breaks Out in Rittenhouse Zara Store]]> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 21:04:25 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Zara+Brawl.jpg

Several women got into an all out brawl in the middle of a popular clothing store in Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square neighborhood Friday afternoon.

At least five women slapped, threw punches and pulled hair while toppling over store displays and sending clothes flying around 3:20 p.m. inside Zara at 1715 Walnut Street. One woman climbed on top of a display table and jumped onto another woman during the fight.

Some shoppers stood and watched in disbelief while others recorded the scene and posted videos to social media sites.

A store security guard worked to break up the battle as employees called 911. 

A Zara employee confirmed the fight happened, but would not comment further. It's unclear what spurred the brawl.

The women were gone by the time police arrived. No arrests have been made and the incident remains under investigation, police said.

WARNING: Videos contain explicit language. Viewer discretion is advised.

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<![CDATA[Ben & Jerry's Unveils Ice Cream Burrito]]> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:38:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/ben-jerry-ice-cream-burrito.jpg

Cup, cone or burrito?

Ben & Jerry's is unveiling a new ice cream burrito, its new treat that splits the difference between a sundae and a waffle cone.

The Vermont-based ice cream company will now serve you any two flavors of ice cream tucked into a chewy waffle wrap and topped with fudge and cookie crumbs — just in time for April 20.

The company not-so-subtly timed the treats to the unofficial pothead holiday, promising it will cure "the ultimate case of the munchies."

Thursday, Ben & Jerry's unveiled another new concoction: A special release beer called Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale brewed in collaboration with New Belgium Brewing. It's described as a brown ale laden with chocolatey, salted caramel, vanilla goodness. 

Some of the proceeds from sales of the beer will go to an environmental group fighting the effect of climate change on mountains. More details will be released later this year.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Ben & Jerry's
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<![CDATA[Woman Booted From Flight for Jabbing Snoring Seatmate With Pen ]]> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 12:50:27 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/CCwAShhUgAATA-81.jpg

A passenger aboard a Southwest Airlines flight leaving Chicago was removed from the plane Thursday after officials said she poked her seatmate with a pen to stop him from snoring.

The woman was aboard Flight 577 scheduled to depart from Midway International Airport at 3:04 p.m. heading to Manchester-Boston Regional Airport when the incident occurred, airline officials said.

The plane was still at the gate when the woman tried to silence her snoozing seatmate by poking him with a pen, Southwest spokesperson Brandy King told NBC Chicago.

“The flight departed shortly after the passenger was removed,” King said. “The passenger in question will be accommodated on a later flight.”

King said no arrests were made and there were no injuries reported.

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<![CDATA[Office Manager Accused of Posing as Dentist, Performing Root Canals]]> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 19:34:52 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/dental-office-crop.jpg.jpg

A 45-year-old dental office manager has been arrested for allegedly performing procedures on unsuspecting, uninsured patients for a cash discount while the dentist was away, and purposely scheduling procedures for them when she knew the doctor would be out of the office.

Authorities said Valbona Yzeiraj, of White Plains, was arrested Thursday following a grand jury indictment earlier this month. The Albanian-born woman pleaded not guilty to charges of assault, unauthorized practice of a profession and reckless endangerment at her arraignment later in the day.

Prosecutors allege the woman acted as a dentist at Ultimate Dental Care of Riverdale in the Bronx, one of three offices within the practice, while the licensed dentist was on vacation or out of the office and offered patients procedures at a discount for cash payments.

Yzeiraj was employed as an office manager at the facility; she is not licensed to practice dentistry in the state of New York.

Authorities allege Yzeiraj performed complex procedures, including root canals, on patients. She also pulled teeth. The alleged fraud came to light when at least four patients complained about complications they suffered after being treated by her, officials say.

Yzeiraj was fired from Ultimate Dental Care when the company found out she had been posing as a dentist from late 2012 to summer 2013, prosecutors said.

She is also accused of stealing $20,000 from her employer.

Neither the company nor Yzeiraj's attorney have returned messages seeking comment on her arrest. 

<![CDATA[Man Seriously Burned Trying to Kill Bedbugs in Car: Police]]> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 08:48:59 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/bedbug-530019917.jpg

Police say a man was seriously burned after he doused a rental car with rubbing alcohol to kill bedbugs and then lit a cigarette inside the car on Long Island.

Scott Kemery, 44, was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital with first- and second-degree burns following the fire just after 5 p.m. Tuesday in the parking lot of the King Kullen Supermarket in Eastport, according to police.

Kemery, of Bridgehampton, told police that he had bedbugs in the rental car from Florida and that someone had told him that saturating them with alcohol would kill them.

After dousing the car with rubbing alcohol, he sat in the car and lit a cigarette, police say. He was able to escape the burning car on his own.

Officials said the fire did not appear to be criminal in nature, according to Newsday

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Burglary Caught on Cat Cam]]> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 00:45:45 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/hells+kitchen+cat+cam.JPG

A thief broke into a Hell's Kitchen apartment through a window Monday afternoon, and the resident's cat cam caught the burglary on tape.

The video shows the thief climbing up scaffolding to get to the window — which was closed but had a broken lock — and stealing an iPad and laptop. Police say he also took jewelry and a digital camera.

In an interview with NBC 4 New York Tuesday, the victim said she'd installed the home camera to watch her cats while she was at work. 

"People thought I was crazy to spend $200 on a camera, plus another $100 a year to record the video so I could watch my cats," she said. "But it really unexpectedly came in handy." 

The video shows the burglar climb in through the window and acknowledge one of the cats, which watches him warily from its perch on a pillow.

He then rummages through the victim's desk, touching her laptop, picking up cords and stuffing items in his pockets as he looks around the room. The robber, in a black hat and jean jacket, pops in and out of the view of the camera as the cat watches him from a rug — first alone, then with the company of another feline.

The robber stuffs his stolen items in a black bag and eventually leaves through the front door after shutting the window he climbed through.

The woman, who asked not to be named, said she was terrified watching the video at work. Soon after, she received a notification that an app on her iPad had been disabled. 

"I knew someone had to have my iPad, because I keep it in my apartment," she said. "I had to watch it a couple of times and be like, this guy is in my apartment and looking at my stuff."

The woman said the camera system has proved invaluable: "If I didn't have this, there's no way I would know when it happened, how he came in, what was touched, what was compromised."

She has filed a police report and turned over the video to police. Anyone who recognizes the man in the video is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS. 

<![CDATA["Better Than Your Average Studio": Apartment Features Shower in Kitchen ]]> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 11:47:03 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Shower-head-generic-7308089.jpg

If you made a move to New York City with hopes of making a meal in the shower like the eccentric “Seinfeld” character Kramer, now’s your chance.

A real estate agent in Manhattan’s Lower East Side is advertising a studio apartment featuring a shower stall in the kitchen. It’s not clear if the shower’s drain comes with a garbage disposal like the one the 1990s sitcom character had installed so he could make salads, but the agent calls the setup “better than your average studio!”

“Although the shower is in the kitchen, YES it's in the kitchen, it has a separate room for your bed, so the kitchen/living area can easily accommodate a sofa and small table & chairs & more!,” the listing for the small apartment reads.

Rent for the apartment, at Orchard and Delancey streets, is $1,795.

The listing went viral after it was first spotted by Gothamist, but Business Insider reports that the arrangement isn’t as strange as it may seem.

Business Insider says that many old tenement buildings were initially built without running water but were forced to add pipes to comply with state law at the turn of the 20th century. Then, when another law was passed requiring tubs, sinks and basins to have running water, some landlords built tubs into the kitchens of apartments to avoid having to install a second set of water pipes.

The site reports that a city law passed in 1969 more or less ended the practice, but a rare apartment may still feature a tub or shower stall in their kitchens.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Cookie Monster Gropes Teen Girl in Times Square: Cops]]> Tue, 14 Apr 2015 14:00:26 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/times+square+cookie+monster.jpg

A man dressed as Cookie Monster was arrested for allegedly groping a 16-year-old girl's chest in front of the Toys "R" Us store in Times Square Sunday.

Police picked up the New Jersey man on charges of forcible touching, harassment and acting in a manner injurious to a child after he allegedly touched the girl's breast in front of the toy store.  

Law enforcement sources tell NBC 4 New York prosecutors declined to press charges against the man because the victim lost sight of him for a bit and, given the costume, they say it is impossible to prove beyond a reasonable doubt which person groped her. 

Controversy over costumed characters in Times Square has mounted in recent years. The issue gained momentum last summer when a man dressed as Spider-Man allegedly demanded more money from a tourist who had posed with him before growing belligerent with a police officer and then punching the cop. Prosecutors recently declined to press charges in that case.

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton has referred to the characters' wild behavior as Times Square's "Elmo issues," and the NYPD has posted fliers in the Crossroads of the World reminding tourists they don't have to pay for photos taken with the characters.

In the last three years, a man dressed as Cookie Monster was charged with shoving a 2-year-old, a person attired in Super Mario's overalls was accused of groping a woman and an Elmo figure pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct after unleashing an anti-Semitic tirade.

The city council is considering requiring licenses and background checks for costumed performers but copyright issues have held up final approval, since most of the costume wearers are not authorized by the characters' owners.

Mayor Bill de Blasio has endorsed the licensing plan, saying the characters had "gone too far."

Even those dressed as superheroes, he said, have to "play by the rules or you won't be working here any longer."

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Chimp Swats Down Drone at Dutch Zoo]]> Tue, 14 Apr 2015 10:19:10 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/MonkeyDrone.jpg

The chimpanzees at a zoo in The Netherlands created their own no-fly-zone for drones Friday.

A drone was zipping through their habitat at the Royal Burger's Zoo for an animal TV show when one of the chimps grabbed a tree branch and knocked the drone to the ground.

The drone was likely destroyed, but the camera captured the entire episode, as well as the chimpanzees inspecting the camera.

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<![CDATA[Sea Lion Pup Gets "Detained"]]> Mon, 13 Apr 2015 07:13:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Sea+lion+in+squad+car.JPG

Sheriff’s deputies had an unusual suspect in the back of their patrol squad car this week in Imperial Beach, San Diego, California.

Let’s just say fingerprinting him could be tough.

A sea lion pup wandered away from the shoreline on Wednesday and waddled five blocks to Mar Vista High School. School staff called in San Diego County sheriff’s deputies to “investigate.”

Deputies detained the little guy, or put him in the back of the patrol car. Animal Control officers and SeaWorld workers arrived soon after to tend to the pup.

In a news release, sheriff’s deputies jokingly described attempting to figure out the sea lion’s motive.

“While deputy sheriffs attempted to interview him as to his activities, he clammed up and requested his lawyer,” the news release said.

On a serious note, an increasing number of sea lion pups, in search of food, are washing up on California's shores and scientists have said they don't know the remedy.

Photo Credit: San Diego Sheriff's Department
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<![CDATA[Woman Enters Plea Over Marriages]]> Sat, 11 Apr 2015 20:08:27 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/serial+bride.jpg

A New York City woman accused of getting married 10 times over an 11-year period as part of an apparent immigration scam pleaded not guilty to felony fraud charges in Bronx court Friday -- and then got arrested again a short time later for allegedly trying to evade a subway fare. 

Liana Barrientos, 39, was arrested along with her 19-year-old niece when she went through the emergency exit door at the 149th Street and Grand Concourse subway station without paying the fare, police said. She was charged with theft of service and criminal trespassing. 

Barrientos was arraigned in Bronx Criminal Court Friday night on those charges, and released on her own recognizance, the district attorney's office said. Her niece was also released on her own recognizance. 

Earlier, Barrientos walked past a line of media on her way into the Bronx courtroom; neither she nor her attorney spoke to reporters. Barrientos took a seat in a back row as she waited for her name to be called; at one point she pulled out a hairbrush and combed her hair until a courtroom officer told her the behavior was not permitted.

Barrientos is charged with offering a false instrument after allegedly obtaining marriage certificates with 10 men between 1999 and 2010. She never filed for divorce, the criminal complaint alleges, though several of her husbands, seven of whom are from so-called "red-flagged" countries including Egypt, Turkey, Georgia, Pakistan and Mali, filed divorce paperwork after using her to file applications to become lawful permanent residents of the United States.

Only two of their applications for permanent residency were approved; one of the husbands whose application was rejected was deported to his home country of Pakistan in 2006 after a Joint Terrorism Task Force investigation found he made threatening statements toward the United States.

Barrientos is allegedly currently married to four men -- husbands she acquired in 2001, 2002, 2006 and 2010. At one time, she was married to as many as eight men, authorities allege. She was arrested after applying for a 10th marriage in the Bronx in 2010; during that process she signed documents saying it was her first and only marriage, which prosecutors say constitutes fraud.

The complaint alleges Barrientos filed for marriages in different towns each of the 10 times since her first marriage in 1999, mainly in Westchester County and on Long Island.

During a 10-month period in 2001 and 2002, the complaint alleges, she applied for and received eight more marriage certificates.

Federal investigators from Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security brought the case to the attention of the Bronx district attorney's office.

In a statement, an ICE spokesman said the case was referred to prosecutors because an investigation revealed irregularities in some benefits received in relation to the marriages.

-Katherine Creag and Lori Bordonaro contributed to this report 

Photo Credit: AP
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<![CDATA[An Alligator in Pennsylvania?]]> Thu, 09 Apr 2015 01:18:30 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Alligator-Stock-Image.jpg

Police are investigating an unconfirmed sighting of an alligator in Pennsylvania.

A resident told the Southwest Regional Police Department he spotted what he believed was an alligator in the Monongahela River in Belle Vernon, Fayette County around midnight.

The man told police the animal was six to seven feet long and was swimming upstream against the current of the river.

Officials also determined there was a possible earlier sighting of the animal around 2 p.m. Tuesday.

The Southwest Regional Police Department is working with the US Coast Guard, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and the Pittsburgh Zoo in the investigation.

If you have any information, please call the Southwest Regional Police at 724-929-8484.

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<![CDATA[Coyote That Attacked Man in NJ Yard Tests Positive for Rabies]]> Fri, 10 Apr 2015 21:33:47 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/coyote+attack.jpg

The coyote that attacked a 77-year-old New Jersey man as he was working in his yard earlier this week was rabid, officials have determined.  

The female coyote, which was eventually tracked down and euthanized after the attack in Saddle River Monday morning, tested positive for rabies, according to the New Jersey Department of Health, which conducted the exam.

It is the sixth coyote in New Jersey to be identified as rabid in the last 25 years, according to the Department of Health. 

John Zeug, 77, received eight rabies shots -- a complete first round of treatment -- immediately after the encounter in his Twin Brooks-area home in the heavily wooded town of Saddle River Monday morning. He's expected to undergo another round of shots Wednesday. 

He said he at first yelled at the animal when it wandered near his home, and it ran into the woods. But the coyote came back and sunk its teeth into him, creating a puncture wound visible through his tattered jeans. Zeug said he didn't see the animal coming.

He was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Officers spotted the animal running through a neighbor's yard later in the day and called in animal control and officers from the state Division of Fish and Wildlife, police said. The responding officers found the coyote in the woods and euthanized it, police said. It was taken to a lab for testing.

Authorities believe the coyote made her den under a log cabin on Zeug's three-acre property. Zeug said seven dead coyote pups were found behind the shed; it wasn't clear how they died. 

Saddle River police and city officials are now on the lookout for a possible mate or other possible offspring of the rabid coyote.

Police say they believe the same coyote attacked a neighbor's dog last week; that dog, a labrador retriever named Jack, needed 30 stitches to close his wounds. 

That dog is also expected to receive anti-rabies treatment. 

Workers in the area Monday said they saw a coyote acting aggressively toward dogs; police said coyotes are attracted to the canines' sound.

"She was not scared of us, didn't run ... kind of challenged us and moved away," said Saddle River Police Capt. Jason Cosgriff. "A lot of Saddle River is woods, lots of places for coyotes to run around."

Anyone who sees a wild animal that appears sick or is acting aggressively or is unusually friendly should call police, they say. Coyotes are normally shy animals, according to the health department. 

Authorities have noted that it's become "quite common for coyotes to enter into urban and residential areas and in many cases make small wooded areas their home," according to the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife.

Last month, a family in Closter showed NBC 4 New York an old doghouse in their yard in which two roaming coyotes had taken up residence.

People who encounter a coyote should never run away; instead, they're encouraged to "haze" the animal with techniques like making loud noises or throwing sticks or objects towards but not at the coyote, the Humane Society says.

Photo Credit: NBC 4 New York]]>
<![CDATA[Police Want Volunteers to Get Drunk ]]> Wed, 08 Apr 2015 20:00:44 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/tlmd_alcohol_470x265.jpg

Police officers in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania want you to help them by getting drunk on their dime. And no, it’s not a trap.

The Department announced Monday that they’re looking for volunteers to participate in a “field sobriety coordination testing school” for officers. The officers involved in the school are working to get a certification which would allow them to use different techniques while enforcing the DUI laws in the Pennsylvania Commonwealth.

“To successfully conduct this training the police department needs 20 volunteers who are willing to consume alcoholic beverages under supervision,” a Newtown Township PD spokesperson wrote. “Upon reaching various levels of intoxication, the volunteers will be asked to perform 3 field sobriety coordination tests which officers will administer.”

Volunteers must be between the ages of 21 and 55, less than 45 pounds or more overweight and not on any medication that has a negative reaction to alcohol.

The classes will take place May 5, May 6 and May 7 at the BPG Conference Center in Newtown Square. The volunteers will be needed May 6 and May 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

"All dosing of alcoholic beverages will be monitored and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided," the spokesperson said.

Interested? Email PFC Joseph Vandegrift at vandegriftj@newtowntownship.org or call 610-356-0602 voice mail #135.

<![CDATA[NYPD Crack Down on Churros Vendors]]> Tue, 07 Apr 2015 16:36:55 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/tlmd_549700_10151360284140732_1049549368_n.jpg

The NYPD has begun cracking down on people who sell churros in subway stations, DNAinfo reports.

The website reports that several women have been arrested or ticketed by cops for selling the crunchy pastries inside the city’s subway system. One woman told the site that after she was arrested, cops confiscated her churros, took her to a precinct station and snacked on the treats in front of her.

“They take the churros, saying they need them for evidence and that they will return them, but they don’t return them,” Ana Alvarado told DNAinfo in Spanish. “When they get to the precinct, whoever wants one grabs one, and whatever is left they put in a black bag.”

Alvarado, a 43-year-old who emigrated from Ecuador and lives in Queens, says she has been arrested seven times in the last two and a half years, but continues to hawk the snacks to feed herself and her two sons, ages 9 and 12. She said that once she gets arrested at one station, she has taken to moving to another.

“We live running and hiding from police,” she told DNainfo. “If I don’t work, who is going to feed my kids?”

Several other vendors who spoke to DNAinfo also recalled being arrested or ticketed, with some being hauled away to holding cells for the night.

The NYPD didn’t respond to the site’s requests for comment, but the MTA says that any commercial activity in the subway system is illegal unless a vendor gets permission from the transit authority.

Vendors charged with selling food without a license can face fines ranging from $500 to $1,000, DNAinfo reports.

Subway vendors are finding themselves in cuffs more often, according to statistics reported by the New York Post. The paper reports that 89 vendors were arrested this year through the first half of March, nearly double the number of arrests over the same period in 2014.

DNAinfo also reports that three churros vendors were arrested last month at the L train platform in the Union Square subway station.

<![CDATA[Stuck Raccoon Causes Stir in Center City]]> Tue, 07 Apr 2015 15:52:06 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/192*120/Raccoon+Center+City+Banner+Basilica.JPG

A wild animal caused necks to crane and traffic to slow around Philadelphia’s basilica Tuesday morning.

A raccoon became stuck on a banner pole across from Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Center City along Race Street around 9:30 a.m.

People could be seen stopping along the sidewalk to snap photos of the wayward animal moved back and forth atop the banner. Cars also slowed to check out the strange sight.

After a few hours, animal control officers were able to coax the animal down from its perch.

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<![CDATA[Man Says DMX Robbed Him at NJ Gas Station: Police]]> Mon, 06 Apr 2015 08:20:27 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/DMX3.jpg

A man claimed one of the biggest rappers of the late-1990s grabbed thousands of dollars right out of his hand at a New Jersey gas station Easter Sunday.

A 21-year-old man told Newark Police that the incident began as a conversation between himself, DMX and the rapper’s entourage outside an Exxon gas station along the 600 block of McCarter Highway (Route 21) around 12:30 a.m.

DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, and the man began to talk about rap music, said police. During that conversation a member of DMX’s entourage pulled out a gun and demanded the victim turn over his money, according to police.

The victim took about $3,200 out of his pocket. The victim told police that DMX -- who hails from Yonkers, New York -- then grabbed the money out of his hand and got into one of four black Escalades driven by members of DMX’s crew.

The victim then chased the Escalades down McCarter Highway for a short period, said police.

The victim reported the robbery to police. The investigation into the incident continued Sunday and police didn't immediately file any charges.

DMX rose to prominence in the late 1990s with hits including “Ruff Ryders Anthem” and “Party Up.”

He performed as part of the Masters of Ceremony Hip-Hop Reunion at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center Saturday night, according to Ticketmaster. The venue is only about 1 mile from the gas station where the robbery occurred.

Police are in the early stages of the investigation.

Calls to the offices of Brian J. Neary, who according to Billboard represents the rapper, were not immediately returned. Neither were calls to DMX's talent agents, nor emails to his booking team.

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<![CDATA[Duo Uses Stroller to Swipe Baseball Bats: Police]]> Tue, 07 Apr 2015 01:20:24 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Dicks+Sporting+Goods+Stroller+Theft+Hatch+Nicolle+Hatch+Edward+Hatch.jpg

Police in South Jersey asked for the public’s help to find a duo accused of using a baby stroller to swipe high-end baseball bats.

A man and a woman pushing a baby stroller walked into the Dick’s Sporting Goods store on Nixon Drive Tuesday night around 8 p.m., said Mount Laurel Police.

The duo then cut the security locks on five Easton Mako Torq BBCOR baseball bats valued at nearly $2,750 and put the bats into the stroller before leaving the store, said investigators.

Police later identified the alleged shoplifters as Edward Hatch, 37, and Nicolle Hatch, 33, both of Philadelphia.

The duo also swiped a $500 iPhone 6 from the Funplex on Route 38 on March 27 after it was left unattended at the prize counter, said police.

Police issued multiple arrest warrants for both suspects on a variety of charges including criminal mischief, theft and conspiracy counts.

Police asked anyone who knows the Hatch's whereabouts to contact Mount Laurel Police at 856-234-8300, confidentially at 856-234-1414 ext. 1599 or on Facebook.

Photo Credit: Mount Laurel Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Man in L.A. Punches Police Dog, Rams Cruiser]]> Sun, 05 Apr 2015 17:27:45 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/219*120/arrest3.jpg

A man in Los Angeles who allegedly caused a woman serious injuries in a domestic violence dispute punched a police dog and injured an officer in a cruiser as police pursued him in Orange County, officials said.

California Highway patrolmen had to use a Taser on the man to subdue him after he bailed from his vehicle on the 605-to-405 freeway transition, a CHP spokesman said. He fought with officers and repeatedly punched a K-9 unit before he was taken into custody.

The chase began in La Palma at around 12:15 a.m. in the 7300 block of Walker Street, about three hours after a domestic violence call, according to a La Palma Police Department spokesman.

Jose Manuel Jara, 40, allegedly sent his girlfriend to a hospital with serious injuries, Sgt. Ron Wilkerson said. As police chased his pickup after failing to get him to stop, Jara allegedly turned his vehicle around and rammed a cruiser, injuring a female officer who had been with the department for 27 years.

The chase eventually reached 100 mph before Jara's vehicle disabled, according to the CHP.

Jara was taken to a hospital with injuries he received while he was being apprehended, the CHP spokesman said.

The injured officer faced non-life threatening injuries and was taken to a local hospital, police said.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[New York City Subway Dance Party]]> Fri, 03 Apr 2015 22:50:43 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/2-party-aa.png

Some subway riders didn't know when they entered a train car with velour red rope that they had walked into a dance party. 

Inside was a DJ with a soundboard, strobe lights, glow sticks and music playing. The party, caught on video, is now going viral on YouTube.

Meir Kalmanson, 25, and his friends threw the party on March 26 in order to help commuters connect with each other. They said they hope to start a conversation and break down imaginary walls between New York City commuters.

“One guy told me he was in a depressing state of mind for weeks now, and this act of joy and unity opened his eyes to happiness and the kindness of people,” Kalmanson told NBC New York. 

In the video, some passengers on the 3 train seem perplexed at first and some seem unaffected. First one, then two, then three brave folks get the underground party started.

As more and more passengers began to join each other dancing in the confined space to Tobu’s “Mesmerize,” bystanders laughed and applauded. Those standing on the subway platforms smile, take notice, and some join in.

Kalmanson and his team set up their dance party after rush hour so they would have space for both their equipment and people to move. People were laughing out loud and grabbing their cameras as the team was setting up, he said. When he began to dance and urged others to join, Kalmanson described the atmosphere as “amazing” and “magical.”

“I love making videos that bring positive energy and smiles to the people who watch my work," he said.

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<![CDATA[Phillies' New Burger Features 9 Patties, 2,200 Calories]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 11:38:37 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Citizens+Bank+Park+Wayback+Burgers+Triple+Triple+CBP+Burger+Cheeseburger.jpg

Got a craving for one of the biggest burgers around? Look no further than the home of the Phillies.

On Tuesday night, the Phillies revealed the “Wayback Triple Triple” cheeseburger available this season at Citizens Bank Park

The super sandwich from the Newark, Delaware-based Wayback Burgers packs 2,200 calories -- more than the daily recommended value -- and 61 grams of saturated fat (if you can get the whole thing down) into one bun, nine beef burger patties and nine slices of cheese plus one slice of tomato and some lettuce.

The Phillies announced the culinary creation will be available at the Alley Grill during Phillies home games. The team has yet to finalize the price for the behemoth burger.

Other burgers and grilled chicken sandwiches will also be available at three Wayback Burgers ballpark locations (behind Sections 120, 135 and in the Left Field Plaza).

Other new items on the menu include Phillies Wine from Chaddsford Winery, milkshakes and floats at the Turkey Hill Creamery and new Phillies Topped Dogs.

The lesson here, go to the ballpark hungry and leave happy, even if the Phillies don't win.

Photo Credit: Getty Images/Wayback Burgers]]>
<![CDATA[Google Maps Introduces Pac-Man Feature ]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 04:51:01 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/photoGoogle+Maps+PAC+MAN.jpg

Let the office productivity fall even more.

If March Madness wasn’t enough of a distraction, people can now play Pac-Man from the convenience of their desks.

Google Maps introduced a new online rendition of the classic arcade game on Tuesday in celebration of April Fools' Day. Click on the Pac-Man icon in the lower left corner beside the Earth icon, and use your keyboard arrows to move your little yellow man through the maze.

Not all addresses typed into Google Maps are playable areas. Cities, including New York, N.Y., appear to work best because of the number of roads. Pac-Man can’t play in some rural and suburban areas such as Hoover, Alabama, and Burlington, Massachusetts, because there aren’t enough roads for Pac-Man to get around.

Click here to try your hand at Pac-Man and see how high a score you can earn. Just make sure your boss isn’t looking.

<![CDATA["Stop Pooping" Along Trail]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 07:31:46 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/ss3-31-15-1.jpg

To whoever has been pooping on the public bike path in Hampton, Illinois – please stop, officials have asked.

“Stop pooping on bike path,” read two new signs along the trail. And no, it’s not a message directed towards pets.

Apparently joggers who poop along the path have been an increasing problem for Hampton over the past two years, the city’s Public Works supervisor Scott McKay told NBC station KWQC.

"When the individual does it, it does it right in the lane. It’s not on the center line. It’s not off on the grass," he said. 

McKay said there's certainty the act is done by a human and not an animal because the culprit adorns it with toilet paper and leaves the same footprints.

So now he's taken matters into his own hands. In case the runners were under the guise that it was okay to use Mother Nature’s open roadways as their personal toilet, they now have a friendly reminder educating them otherwise.

McKay said he hopes the signs solve the problem.

Photo Credit: Tiffany Liou/KWQC]]>