<![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 Sat, 04 Jul 2015 20:22:15 -0400 Sat, 04 Jul 2015 20:22:15 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Stop Selling 'Gun Grip Case,' Get Free PR Services]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 06:42:31 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Cell_Phone_Gun_Case1.jpg

Leave it to a public relations agency to make a good PR move.

Swordfish Communications, a South Jersey PR agency, announced Thursday it will offer its services free of charge to any retailer currently selling the iPhone “Gun Grip Case” -- which looks like a real handgun — as long as they stop selling it.

"This was a misguided idea from the start, and it’s not a matter of if someone will get killed, but when,” said Swordfish founder Gary Frisch. “Retailers who are currently selling these need to stop, and we’ll reward them by providing some free PR service, starting with announcing that they’ve discontinued sales of the product.”

The offer applies to any retail store, including mom-and-pop shops, chain stores and online retailers.

New Jersey State Police denounced the controversial phone case saying, “it’s not a good idea. It looks real, and it could put people’s lives in danger.”

The case features a realistic handle, trigger and trigger guard and it's made to fit into a waistband. When the “trigger” is pulled, the case produces the sound of gunfire.

“Somehow, some retailers thought this was just another gimmicky product,” Frisch said. “This is a great opportunity to rethink that choice, generate positive publicity by doing so, and possibly save lives.” 



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<![CDATA[Brewers' Big Eater Breaks Phillies Cheesesteak Record]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 22:45:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/brewers+coach+cheesesteak.PNG There's one man in the bullpen who is living it up while he's in Philadelphia. One of the team's employees displayed a record-setting stunt for our NBC10 cameras this afternoon. CSNPhilly's John Clark has more.

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<![CDATA[Cat Saved From Engine After 28-Mile Ride to Chocolate Plant]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 13:14:25 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/cat+rescue+engine.jpg

An orange and white cat survived a 28-mile journey in the engine of a pickup truck a Mars Chocolate North America employee was driving across state lines to his job Thursday, authorities say.  

Animal control authorities were called to the plant in Hackettstown after the cat was spotted in the engine following the trek from East Stroudsburg, officials said.

With the help of the town's public works department and Mars employees, the cat was freed from the fan blades. It ran off, but was caught by police after a brief chase on foot.

The animal was turned over, unharmed, to an animal control officer.

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<![CDATA[Hollywood Hills 'Campsite' Fight]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 07:04:17 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/188*120/7-2-2015-HHCampsite.JPG

A Hollywood Hills homeowner is fighting back and calling accusations from neighbors "lies" after they claimed to see people openly drinking and having sex on a "campsite" being rented out on her property.

Advertised through the Airbnb website, the site was marketed as a "Hollywood Hills Camping Retreat" on La Punta Drive, but sits in the middle of a multimillion-dollar neighborhood. For the cost of $35 per night — or $800 a month — people get a tent, spectacular views and are within short walking distance of the Hollywood sign.

The listing appeared to have been taken down as of Thursday morning.

But people living in the well-heeled locale are unhappy at the way they claim renters are behaving during their stays — smoking, having sex and drinking — within view of the surrounding mansions.

"People buck naked, people doing sex out in open. Drinking," resident and father Sanjeeb Kumar told NBC4. "Our own backyard, it's scary. Scared to come out."

"I think it's really hard when a lot of us have children and we are driving by and the kids see strange things and ask, 'Why is that going on there?'" another neighbor said.

A woman who identified herself as the homeowner, an actress named Dita de Leon, told NBC4 on Thursday those accusations are lies and that her security cameras "never captured anything like that."

"They're fabricating lies that people are having sex in public, that's not true," she said. "That's false. Unless they can produce proof that happened, that's false, and they were not my guests."

"Maybe somebody was trespassing and decided to have sex — if it even happened. I have no firsthand knowledge of it," de Leon continued.

De Leon said that when she first posted her ad on Airbnb, she did so because she loved her home so much, she wanted to share the experience of being there. That, she says, is not breaking any rules.

"As far as I'm concerned, I'm not breaking any laws by sharing my property with my guests that I invite to visit up here and to enjoy my dream home," she said.

"I put an ad out on Airbnb to rent out a tent so what was being rented was an actual tent, not the property. So there is no property rental," de Leon added. "I rented out a tent. the people that came here were staying as my guest, as my visitor, for free. That was the misconception, that I was renting out this piece of dirt."

De Leon said she's been at the home since January and was sad to hear that her ad was no longer on the Airbnb site.

Airbnb gave the following statement to NBC4:

"The listing is no longer on the site. Airbnb guests expect unique and authentic travel experiences and in turn communities rightfully expect considerate visitors. We have had more than 40 million guests stay with Airbnb. Problems for hosts, guests and neighbors are extremely rare but when they happen, we work fast to make things right."

Neighbors also voiced concerns that a fire could be sparked as campers have been seen smoking, even though a sign in front of the property, which is surrounded by dry brush, says smoking is not allowed.

"We have a major drought situation, that could go up, take the whole hillside and take the houses with it," a resident said.

De Leon said she has a no-smoking policy, and she later showed NBC4 the tents pitched on her property,

According to the now-offline campsite listing, campers may use the mansion's bathrooms during their stay for an extra fee.

Neighbors are hoping to have the campsite closed down, and are working to have the city check for any possible zoning violations.

The city issued a statement Thursday saying that it is "in the preliminary stages of an investigation on this property."

De Leon told NBC4 that she has no plans to take the tents down, which makes some of her own tenants uncomfortable.

"It's supposed to be a safe place and you don't know who you are inviting up there," said Tess Roussin, who rents a home from de Leon. "I don't think it's appropriate but I'm just a renter."

Michael Larkin contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Move Over Vanilla, Burger Chain Adds Bug-Flavored Shake]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 09:12:07 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/shakes1.jpg

What began as a burger chain's April Fools Day trick might soon be a mainstay on the menu. Cricket milkshake, anyone?

Beginning July 1, Wayback Burgers will unveil an Oreo Mud Pie milkshake with Peruvian chocolate-flavored cricket powder.

Oddly enough, the bug-flavored shake had some customers chirping when Wayback Burgers tested it out at a Long Island, New York, chain for a limited time in April.

"We had it for two hours. There were people lined up to try it," Wayback Burgers President John Eucalitto told CNBC News about the shake's test run.

Insect consumption, or entomophagy, is know to be a high-protein and highly sustainable alternative to traditional animal protein sources. A 2013 report by the UN noted that 2 billion humans worldwide consume insects. Still, bugs on the menu might be a tough sell to consumers.

"People think maybe we're grinding up crickets in the back room," said Eucalitto. In fact, he said, the insects are farm raised domestically.

Along with the cricket shake, the fast casual chain is also unveiling a jerky-flavored milkshake complete with Slim Jim garnish. The Cheshire, Connecticut-based company has over 95 Wayback Burger locations worldwide.

The Oreo Mud Pie Cricket Protein Milkshake will be available until to the end of September, but could become a permanent menu item, the company said. 

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<![CDATA[Man Wins $500K After Phone Records Doctors Mocking Him]]> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 06:30:06 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-117009763.jpg

A Vienna, Virginia, man was awarded $500,000 after he unintentionally recorded his doctors mocking and insulting him while he was under anesthesia.

The plaintiff, who chose to remain anonymous, sued anesthesiologist Dr. Tiffany Ingham and three other medical professionals, who were released from the case. Ingham, 42, and her practice were ordered by a Reston, Virginia, jury to pay the plaintiff, The Washington Post reported.

The plaintiff used his phone to record post-procedure advice and aftercare instructions from his doctors during the April 2013 colonoscopy procedure.

While checking his phone on his way home, the plaintiff found he had recorded the entire examination and heard his doctors insulting him when he was under anesthesia.

Ingham was recorded mocking the amount of medicine needed to anesthetize the plaintiff.

"After five minutes of talking to you in pre-op, I wanted to punch you in the face and man you up a little bit," Ingham is heard saying.

Ingham and others mocked the plaintiff for taking many medications. One of the plaintiff’s medications, Gabapentin, was prescribed to treat an irritation in his genital area. A medical assistant touched the man's genitals and commented she might have contracted a sexually transmitted infection.

Ingham is recorded saying the medical assistant might get "some syphilis on your arm or something," then added, "It's probably tuberculosis in the penis, so you’ll be all right."

The genital area is typically not involved in a colonoscopy.

Ingham signed a post-operative note indicating the plaintiff had hemorrhoids. According to the lawsuit, Ingham stated she planned to note hemorrhoids even though she found none.

The plaintiff claimed he experienced mental anguish, lack of focus and anxiety after the incident. He said has had to see other healthcare professionals and be placed on anti-anxiety medications.

The plaintiff sued for defamation, intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress, violation of Virginia health codes and medical malpractice. The Washington Post reported the jury awarded the man $100,000 for defamation and $200,000 for medical malpractice, as well as the $200,000 in punitive damages.

Ingham had worked out of the Aisthesis anesthesia practice. An Aisthesis employee told The Associated Press Ingham no longer works there.



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<![CDATA[Man Sues, Says His Beer Had a Dead Rat Inside]]> Wed, 24 Jun 2015 13:32:01 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/steel-reserve-beer.jpg

A North Texas man filed a lawsuit against MillerCoors and 7-Eleven Monday, saying he drank a beer that had "a dead rat marinating in it" two years ago.

According to the lawsuit, in August 2013 Marco Antonio Navarro bought a 24-ounce can of Steel Reserve beer from a 7-Eleven store along Highway 356 in Irving.

When he got home, Navarro said he cracked open one of the cans and began drinking the beer. He reported he soon felt a "tingle on his lips and noticed the liquid was not flowing out properly," according to the lawsuit.

Navarro's sister said she used her camera phone to take a picture inside the can and realized there was a "dead rat marinating in it."

The lawsuit filed on Navarro's behalf said he "immediately vomited, then continued to suffer from abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, allergies, and back pain, amongst other pain and injuries."

Navarro received medical treatment totaling more than $49,000, according to the lawsuit, and sought the counsel of a therapist after reporting having trouble eating, drinking and maintaining personal relationships.

Now, nearly two years later, he is suing to recover the cost of his medical treatment and for damages due to past and future pain, mental anguish and loss of earning capacity up to but not more than $300,000.

In a statement to NBC 5 Wednesday, MillerCoors addressed the lawsuit and said the following:

"Our brands are produced under incredibly strict standards, and there is nothing more important than the quality of our products and safety of our legal drinking-age consumers.  While we take all customer claims seriously, we do not believe there is any merit to the lawsuit."

NBC 5 as also reached out to 7-Eleven for comment, but as of this writing there has been no response.

Navarro is represented by Garcia, Dubove & Trujillo.

CLICK HERE to read more about this story from our media partners at The Dallas Morning News.



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<![CDATA[DUI Suspect Offers Cop Lotto Number]]> Tue, 23 Jun 2015 17:19:35 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/middletown+police+cruiser.jpg

A man arrested on drunken driving charges in Middletown told police he was a state lottery employee and offered the police officer winning lottery numbers to drop the charges, police said.

Police approached Robert K. Eldridge Jr. 41, of Cromwell, on Union Street, near DeKoven Drive, just after 3 p.m. on June 14 when he was stopped at a green light and appeared to be passed out behind the steering wheel.

When Eldridge came to, he attempted to start the car but then noticed the officers, police said. According to the araingment report, Eldrige's eye's were bloodshoot and gloosy and his speech was slurred, prompting the officer to ask how much he'd had to drink. 

He responded that he’d had “a couple drinks,” beers,” and a couple shots of “fireball.”

At the scene, he kept telling officers he was going to lose his job at the lottery, according to police.

After a failed field sobriety test, Eldridge was handcuffed and transported to the police station for testing.

While at the police station, Eldridge kept asking if there was any way to work things out and whether he could just call someone for a ride, police said. Then he offered the police officer winning lottery numbers to resolve the charges, according to the arraignment report.

Breath tests revealed Eldridge’s blood alcohol level was .1638, then .1642, according to police.
He was charged with operating under the influence and possession of narcotics. Police released him on $5,000 bond. He is due in court on June 29. 

Officials from Connecticut Lottery said Eldridge is not a lottery employee and has never been.

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<![CDATA[Man Pees on Slot Machine in PA Casino]]> Tue, 23 Jun 2015 12:33:59 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/slot+machines+generic.jpg

A New Jersey man took a gamble that backfired over the weekend.

William Robert Compton, 53, of Manalapan, was arrested on Friday after he allegedly relieved himself in the coin tray of a slot machine at Parx Casino in Bensalem, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania State Police arrived on the gaming floor at 4:35 p.m. for the report of the man urinating on a slot machine. Compton resisted arrest, getting physical with officers when they attempted to take him into custody, police said.

Parx Casino management issued a permanent eviction banning Compton from all its properties.

Compton was taken to Bucks County Correctional Facility. He remained there on Monday in lieu of $50,000 bail.

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<![CDATA["Adorable" New Octopus Discovered]]> Mon, 22 Jun 2015 10:13:39 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*129/20150618_111418_SJM-OCTOPUS-0619-01_300.jpg

A researcher at the Monterey Bay Aquarium is deciding what to name a tiny octopus she has found and been unable to identify.

"I thought that since this animal is so adorable, I should name it adorabilis," Stephanie Bush, postdoctoral fellow at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, told Santa Cruz Sentinel. "I'm supposed to be this really serious stoic scientist, but I'm still human. It's just so cute."

Bush also discovered that one such octopus laid eggs last year that have yet to hatch.

The octopus is very similar to — and in the same genus as — the flapjack octopus that's been on display at the aquarium for months.



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<![CDATA[Surfboard Breaks World Record]]> Sun, 21 Jun 2015 03:41:05 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Huntington-Beach-Biggest-Surfboard-Record-.jpg

Surf City USA laid claim to another bit of surfing legend Saturday as a group of surfers banded together to break a world record.

With hundreds looking on, 66 surfers, including surf champions, celebrities and local heroes, rode a custom 42-foot-long surfboard off the shore in Huntington Beach Saturday, breaking the Guinness World Record for "Most People Riding a Surfboard at Once."

"It was crowded, it was scary, but we had to focus," said Tim Stamps, a participant. "We were all happy, everyone was screaming and yelling. It was a good time."

The record hadn't been broken in over a decade, since 47 people clambered onto a board on March 5, 2005, according to the city of Huntington Beach. To break the record, the surfers had to successfully surf unassisted for 10 seconds.

The surfers in Huntington Beach were also hoping to claim the title of riding the "World's Largest Surfboard," but that record attempt remained unconfirmed Saturday morning.

The official record-holding surfboard is 39-feet and 4-inches, Huntington Beach said.

The record-breaking event was part of Huntington Beach, Seal Beach, Newport Beach and Long Beach's celebration of International Surfing Day festivities.

"Nobody fell off and it was the most thrilling ride," said another participant, Debbie Beacham.
"Just the whole camaraderie of it, it was an exciting moment."



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<![CDATA[Brakes Fail, Street Dept. Truck Splits Utility Pole Into 3]]> Sat, 20 Jun 2015 19:54:00 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Philadelphia+Streets+Department+Dump+Truck+Crash+Umbria.JPG

A Philadelphia Street Department worker claimed his brakes failed causing his dump truck to splinter a utility pole into three pieces Saturday morning.

The crash along Umbria Street at Parker Avenue – that’s right next to the parking lot for SEPTA’s Ivy Ridge Regional Rail Station – knocked down power lines around 9:25 a.m. then came to rest near a tree across the street. PECO didn’t reveal how many, if any, customers lost power.

The wreck left the city worker behind the wheel of the dump truck with some cuts and bruises, said Philadelphia Police. He told investigators that his brakes gave way before he slammed into the pole.

The force of the wreck left the front of the truck badly damaged and caused a wheel to bend at a 45-degree angle.

The crash caused traffic troubles in the area as crews worked to clear the scene.



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<![CDATA['Rally Squirrel' Tries to Take Out Utley at Phils Game]]> Fri, 19 Jun 2015 21:40:02 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Squirrel+Phillies+Dugout+JC.jpg

It looks like the St. Louis Cardinals brought another mascot with them to Citizens Bank Park Friday night: the Rally Squirrel.

A gray squirrel stole the show at the game by climbing up the protective net behind home plate before taking a jump to the top of the Phillies dugout more than 10 feet below. The furry rodent then leapt into the dugout sending players like Chase Utley scurrying.

The Cardinals are known to be friendly with gray squirrels after one ran across home plate during the 2011 National League Division game against the Phillies in St. Louis. The Phils went on to lose the series.

 



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<![CDATA[Blake Shelton Helps Flood-Stranded Neighbor ]]> Fri, 19 Jun 2015 12:38:08 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/edt-blake-shelton-voice.jpg

One Oklahoma man thinks country star Blake Shelton is a "pretty good fella" after the singer and "The Voice" judge helped yank his truck from a flooded road.

Roho Hartman was driving near Ardmore, Oklahoma, when he got stuck in waist-deep water dropped by Tropical Storm Bill, NBC affiliate KFOR reported.

A passerby saw Hartman and started to help push his stalled truck up a hill. A few minutes later, another good Samaritan with a familiar face arrived.

“The guy said, ‘Are you ready?'” Hartman told KFOR. “I thought, 'That looks like Blake Shelton.' That's exactly what I thought.”

The man didn't just look like the singer – it was him.

Oklahoma native Shelton used a rope to help get the truck out of water, but Hartman needed one more favor.

“I said, 'Hey, could you give me a ride home?'” Hartman said. “He said, ‘Where do you live?' I said, ‘Just right over yonder.'"

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While riding shotgun in Shelton's Dodge truck, Hartman got a phone call from his wife.

“I said, 'You wouldn’t believe it, Blake Shelton pulled me out and he's going to go ahead and bring me on home,'” Hartman said. “(I) said, ‘You better slick up, you know, we’ll be there in just a minute.'”

Shelton dropped Hartman off at home, but didn't leave before snapping a photo. Hartman said he "hit it off real good" with Shelton and thinks maybe they'll stay in touch.

“Get him on that Facebook deal, however that is, I don’t know nothing about it,” Hartman said. “It was pretty good, he’s a good fella I think, I like him.”

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<![CDATA[Cow Leads Deputies on Chase in Hildago County]]> Tue, 16 Jun 2015 09:25:39 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Cow-on-the-Run-061215.jpg

Thursday was a rough day for a cow in Hidalgo County, but she survived being dumped onto the highway and leading deputies on a chase.

She was on her way to San Isidro when the door on the trailer flew open, spilling her into traffic of Expressway 281.

"The latch just popped open on a bump, all the bumps that the expressway has, latch came out and it just came undone," said Jaime Carrales, who was transporting the cow. "Luckily, I looked in the mirror, and there she was on the side. She was on the ground."

Traffic stopped as a Hidalgo County Sheriff's deputies and several other men chased the baffled two-year-old bovine.

She wasn't interested in being tied up again, so she jumped the divider and ran toward an open field.

As her handlers closed in, she found cover in a citrus grove.

"This has never happened to me before," Carrales said. "Obviously she was in pain. She doesn't look like she broke anything, but she's scarred up."

A team of four men tried to corral the 1000-pound cow and only found success when she got cornered in a family's backyard.

"Luckily, the sheriff (deputy) was close in the area and he had a rope," Carrales said. "And we had to rope her and we had some hard time getting her in, but we did. Luckily nobody got hurt."

Carrales said she didn't have a name before, but they'll start calling her 'Lucky' now.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Bear Breaks Into NJ Fridge]]> Mon, 15 Jun 2015 13:06:42 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Bear-NJ-Kinnelon-0615.jpg

A New Jersey family caught a bear trying to beat the heat on camera over the weekend.

Viewer Jonathan Markley sent NBC 4 New York surveillance video showing a black bear pawing its way into an outdoor fridge at his home in South Glen Estates in Kinnelon. 

The video shows the bear trying to get into the refrigerator as two cubs walk about in the background. Eventually, the mischievous bear gets its way into the fridge, biting into two cold drinks.

The bears left the home after finishing the drinks.

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<![CDATA['Swifties' Marry in Concert Lot]]> Mon, 15 Jun 2015 10:57:43 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-475553586.jpg

A South Jersey couple who went out of state to elope at a Taylor Swift concert got a special wedding day surprise.

Cape May County’s Katy Harris married her sweetheart Chris Eisenmann outside of Swift’s show Friday at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. And, Harris shared the whole "tailgate" wedding experience on her Instagram feed:

Harris shared a series of text messages from last month between her and Eisenmann where they discussed moving their wedding -- originally set for from 12-13-14, which was Swift’s 25th birthday – to the musician’s concert in Philly.

“As I was making our homemade outfits for Taylor (as I have done every two years when she comes to town) a joke about wearing my gown to the concert turned into us driving to Philly to get a marriage license and planning a ceremony outside of Lincoln Financial Field right before walking into the concert in our tux and gown,” wrote Harris.

Philly.com reported that the couple kept some wedding traditions in place – they drove separately to the venue. They then exchanged vows in the concert parking lot in front of a group of Swifties, family members and friends as Harris’ brother officiated.

And, it seems Swift took notice and made her super-fan’s special day even more special.



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<![CDATA[Police Look to 'Stop' Sign Vandal]]> Mon, 15 Jun 2015 08:31:53 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/140089228.jpg

Investigators in Pennsylvania searched for Berks County vandal who seemingly wanted drivers to stop.

Someone spray painted lines and the word “Stop” on the roadway near Route 100 and Kutztown Road in Herford Township, Berks County at some point between Monday and Friday, said Pennsylvania State Police.

The vandal also tampered with a stop sign in “an attempt to adjust traffic patterns on that roadway,” said a release from state police.

Police asked anyone with information to contact Trooper Marshall Hummel at the Reading barracks at 610-378-4011 or send a confidential tip to the Berks County tipline at 1-877-373-9913.



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<![CDATA[World's Largest Rubber Duck Now Has Baby Duck]]> Mon, 15 Jun 2015 07:24:06 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000010767213_1200x675_463670851813.jpg The world's largest rubber duck coming to town for the Tall Ships Festival on the Delaware River on starting June 29 now has a 10-foot baby duck named "Rocky." The baby duck was in Philadelphia's Franklin Square Friday as part of its tour of the city.]]> <![CDATA[Misspelling Costly in Montgomery County]]> Fri, 12 Jun 2015 10:14:33 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/238*120/Sign+Misspelling.JPG

How much does a misspelling cost?

In Montgomery County, the answer is $4,000!

A county employee recently noticed the error on 26 signs that began popping all around town.

One of the signs is placed outside the courthouse in Norristown.

The misspelling?

"Comissioners" is spelled with only one “m,” when it should have two.

Montgomery County officials said it will take about 10 days to fix all the signs.



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<![CDATA[Cicadas Swarm Reporter Standing on Top of Tank]]> Thu, 11 Jun 2015 09:40:03 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/CIcada_KSNT.jpg A Kansas reporter tries to report on top of a tank when swarming cicadas interrupt her.]]> <![CDATA[Peeping Tom Dressed as Woman]]> Wed, 10 Jun 2015 08:55:41 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/060915_walmart.jpg

Police say a man dressed in women's clothing is accused of using a mirror to try to see into a women's restroom stall inside a Wal-Mart store in Woodbridge, Va.

The 53-year-old victim told police the man entered the restroom in the 14000 Worth Ave. store about 10:30 p.m. May 15, stood in front of the stall and tried to use a mirror to see into the stall she was using.

When the victim confronted the man, he immediately fled the store. 

The Prince William County Police are asking anyone with information about this case to call Crime Solvers at 703-670-3700. You can call anonymously and receive a reward up to $1,000 if your tip leads to a conviction.

The victim described the suspect as a white male between 44 and 55 years old who stands 5-foot-10 and weighs 220 pounds. He was last seen wearing a pink top and carrying a large red-and-black handbag.



Photo Credit: Prince William County Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Passenger Jumps Out of Taxi, Shoots Man]]> Tue, 09 Jun 2015 12:37:02 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/1216-taxi-generic.jpg

A guy got out of a taxicab and shot a man along a Philadelphia street Tuesday morning.

The passenger exited the taxi at Palm and Ogden streets in West Philadelphia around 10:45 and shot a man in his 20s two times in the torso, said Philadelphia Police.

After the shooting the shooter got back into the brown taxi and fled the scene, said witnesses.

Medics rushed the victim to Presbyterian Hospital where he remained in critical condition Tuesday afternoon, said police.

Nearby school Belmont Academy was temporarily placed on lockdown as police searched for clues.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Philadelphia Police.

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<![CDATA[2,200 Baby Pigs Escape as Truck Flips on Highway]]> Tue, 09 Jun 2015 10:21:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/PigSpotlightTruck.jpg

This little piggy went whee, whee, whee, as it fled a flipped truck along with thousands of its brethren.

A whopping 2,200 baby pigs ran amok onto an Ohio highway when a tractor-trailer carrying them flipped over Monday evening, NBC affiliate WDTN reported.

The big rig flipped around on U.S. Route 35 in Xenia around 7 p.m., sending the piglets squealing across the highway southeast of Dayton, officials said.

Multiple fire departments, paramedics, police officers and nearby citizens attempted to wrangle the baby pigs and take them to the county fairgrounds, where volunteers and fire crews helped cool off hundreds of pigs.

The company shipping the pigs was sending another rig to pick the piglets up, WDTN reported.



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<![CDATA[Armed Cop Impersonator Arrested]]> Tue, 09 Jun 2015 09:52:44 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/150607-police-impersonator-ventura.jpg

A cop impersonator armed with a gun was arrested after police officers spotted him dressed in a full Los Angeles Police Department uniform next to a fake squad car in a Ventura parking lot Sunday, police said.

Officers responding to a report of four suspicious males at Capri Avenue east of Johnson Drive found the suspect wearing a full LAPD uniform, including a badge, name plate, duty belt and gun, according to Ventura Police Department news release.

Oliver James, a 44-year-old Glendale resident, allegedly identified himself an off-duty LAPD officer, police said. He was standing next to a black and white patrol car that had "Police" written on the side and a siren on the roof.

Investigators learned that James was neither an LAPD employee nor a sworn police officer, the release said. The car was sold by the LAPD in 2012 and had been unregistered since then.

James was arrested and booked on suspicion of impersonation of a police officer and carrying a firearm.

The car was impounded and the three other males were released at the scene.



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<![CDATA[Bison Escape Take Over NY Freeway]]> Sat, 06 Jun 2015 22:44:48 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/ULSTER+COUNTY+BISON_6.jpg

Four bison escaped from a farm Upstate and took to the New York State Thruway to evade their owner and police on Saturday.

The bison could be seen running on and along the sides of the heavily-traveled toll road. The animals were eventually captured and taken back to their farm in Saugerties.

Police said the bison's joy ride didn't result in any accidents or injuries.


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<![CDATA[Occupant Tries to Hide Under Car Crashed Into Home]]> Sat, 06 Jun 2015 14:12:01 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Gloucester+Township+Car+Crash+Spring+Ride+Court.jpg

Police K-9 teams didn’t need to look far to find two people who fled after their car slammed into a South Jersey home.

The white sedan crashed into the front of a vacant home for sale along Spring Ridge Court near Somerdale Road in Blackwood around 2 a.m. Saturday, said Gloucester Township Police.

An investigating K-9 officer found one of the occupants trying to hide underneath the wreck, said police. A short time later, officers found the second occupant hiding out in the backyard of a nearby home.

No one was hurt.

Police took in both occupants for questioning.



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<![CDATA[Grandmother, 99, Finishes College]]> Sat, 06 Jun 2015 06:37:38 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/6-5-15+99+year+old+grandmother+graduates+college.JPG

She’s old enough to remember the Great Depression, World War II, the Civil Rights Movement, the collapse of the Berlin Wall, and most recently, the rise of the digital information age.

Adding one more historical event to her life, 99-year-old Doreetha Daniels graduated college on Friday, accomplishing her own personal goal of earning a college degree before turning 100.

“I accomplished what I wanted to do… this is my dream come true,” she said.

Daniels stole the show at the graduation ceremony at the College of the Canyons when she was presented her diploma for associate of the arts degree from College of the Canyons.

She’d been dreaming of going to college since she was a young girl growing up in Nebraska. Her final inspiration to go to school came when she watched her grandchildren get their master’s degrees.
“So I said well, I’m not doing anything, I’m tired of my hobbies, so I’m going to go to school,” Daniels said.

She lost her driver’s license after suffering two strokes during her seven years studying at the college. Her son said despite the impediment, she didn’t slow down.

“Yeah, she’s fragile but her mind is sharp as a tack,” Robert Daniels said.

Daniels also interned at the counseling office and stole the hearts of the entire staff.

“You are so inspirational and have impacted the lives of all those who had the honor of working with you,” College counselor Liz Shaker told Daniels.

Now that she has her associate’s degree, her family is encouraging her to go for her bachelor’s. Doreetha said she’ll think about it.



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