<![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-usSat, 28 May 2016 00:17:52 -0400Sat, 28 May 2016 00:17:52 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Black Bear Spotted in Quakertown]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 21:46:41 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/Quakertown+Bear.jpeg

A curious black bear was spotted snacking on seed from a Quakertown resident's bird feeder on Thursday, according to NBC10 viewer Darrin Trocine.

Officials in the Bucks County town confirmed the bear was spotted in a yard on Whittier Court, a residential cal-de-sac on Thursday.

Trocine said he was alerted to the bear's presence by a police officer on his street. "...being that this has never happened in all the years I lived back here of course I wanted to see the bear and I walked back in my yard and he was eating out of my neighbors bird feeder," he told NBC10.

"The bear just looked like he was lost he was very calm he laid down here and there and walked back and forth a little until he walked out through my other neighbor's yard," Trocine said there has never been a bear in his development that he's know about.

Officials said the bear wandered away and was not captured.

Photo Credit: Darrin Trocine]]>
<![CDATA[Teen's Glasses Used for Art Prank]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 11:07:11 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/0526-2016-SFMOMAGlasses.jpg

A prank by a San Jose, California, teen has gone viral and made news around the world.

TJ Cruda and his friends put a pair of glasses on the floor at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art earlier this week. The reaction from museum attendees was something Cruda and his friends could not believe.

Visitors pondered the glasses as if they were part of the exhibit and some even took photos.

Cruda, who graduated from Evergreen Valley High last week, posted pictures of the stunt on Twitter, quickly getting tens of thousands of retweets. Some observed that Cruda himself is now a "post modern artist."

Photo Credit: TJ Cruda
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<![CDATA[Flintstones Car Parked Illegally]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 21:06:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/052616+key+west+flintstones+car.jpg

Authorities in Key West spent Thursday trying to meet the Flintstones, or at least the owner of an illegally parked car that looks like the modern Stone Age family's.

City officials said they found the vintage car in the right of way in the 800 block of Emma Street Thursday.

The city posted a photo of the car on its Facebook page, and the owner was found a short time later.

"Thanks to everyone who helped on this! And thanks for all the funny remarks. This island is awesome!" the city's post read.

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Photo Credit: City of Key West
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<![CDATA[Man Climbs Hollywood Sign]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 10:17:25 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/hollywood-sign-climb-chopper.JPG

A self-described YouTube prankster was arrested Wednesday after climbing the Hollywood Sign and waving a white flag that read, "I'm Back."

The man, identified as Vitaly Zdorovetskiy, was discovered on the letter "D" of the sign at 6 p.m. The Los Angeles Police Department said he had been there for about 20 minutes.

LAPD said officers were en route as the man, dressed in all camouflage gear, climbed up and down the sign and began a slow descent down the rugged hillside. He was eventually detained by park rangers at 6:40 p.m. after climbing down the hill.

LAPD officers arrived and took over the investigation. The "I'm Back" flag was likely a reference to a past visit to Mount Lee. 

"The reason for that, I believe, is that a year ago this individual had been arrested for trespassing on the property," said LAPD Capt. Cory Palka.

Jail records indicate Zdorovetskiy, 24, was released late Wednesday on bond after his arrest on suspicion of trespassing. A court date was scheduled for June 15.

The man was linked to the stunt via a Snapchat video he posted as he climbed the sign.

"I'm all the way up, nothing can stop me now," Zdorovetskiy boasted into the camera from atop the sign. 

The street up to the sign from the Beechwood Canyon area has several signs indicating restricted access to the property. Security personnel are assigned to the area, Palka said. 

A second man detained at the scene and questioned by officers told NBC4 he was just out for a run and ended up too close to the sign. 

NBC4's Irene Moore and Jonathan Lloyd contributed to this report.

Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Going to Prom in Trooper Car?]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 08:19:05 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/teenprom.jpg

An accident on the road to prom could have spelled disaster for two New Jersey high school seniors, but the two troopers who responded to the scene stepped in to get the boys to the dance in time. 

Edward Fengya and Reno D’Agostini, students at MATES-Ocean County Vocational Technical School, were headed to prom in a car borrowed from Fengya's mom on Friday, May 6 when they got into an accident, according to New Jersey State Police. The car careened off the Garden State Parkway, hit a utility pole and became disabled.

Troopers Chris Jones and Charles Garrison responded to the crash, along with Fegya’s mom. The teens were a bit shaken up, according to the troopers, but neither was injured. 

But they still needed to find a way to get to prom. 

Jones stepped up and offered to take the teens to prom in their trooper car. 

After pulling up to the yacht club on Long Beach Island, Jones walked up to the door with Fengya and D'Agostini and jokingly asked the chaperone, "Hey, do these two belong to you?"

Jones shook the teens’ hands, and the students entered the prom safely and with a new experience to talk about.

New Jersey State Police said the boys' mothers were "quite impressed" with the troopers, and added, "So are we." 

Photo Credit: Alison Carroll]]>
<![CDATA[Detroit Police Want Philly Officers to Dance: #RunningManChallenge]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 13:28:37 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/196*120/Detroit+Police+Running+Man+Challenge.JPG

Are Philadelphia Police ready to dance?

The Detroit Police Department called out Philly and some other major city police departments in a Facebook video of the #RunningManChallenge.

"I’m calling out Cincinnati, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, we out of here, join the DPD," says Detroit Chief James Craig toward the end of the video.

The video is the latest in a series of viral videos where officers in uniform -- in Detroit's case dozens of the city's police -- let loose and dance to Ghost Town DJ’s "My Boo." The challenge seems rooted with the University of Maryland’s Men’s Basketball Team, reported USA Today Sports.

And Detroit’s, which also promotes getting a job with the Michigan department has been one of the most successful with nearly 5 million views in less than 48 hours.

And, Detroit Police aren’t the only ones calling out Philly PD as Abington Township Police in Montgomery County also laid down the #RunningManChallenge gauntlet.

Philly PD have yet to reveal if the challenge will be accepted as Sgt. Eric Gripp, Philly Police social and digital media manager simply said, "Disco Stu doesn't advertise."

Photo Credit: Detroit Police Department Facebook
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<![CDATA[Ospreys Drop Fish, Kitten From Nest]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 09:52:02 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/osprey+nest+stratford.jpg

The Stratford Fire Department is plagued with an unusual problem: Two ospreys that built a nest above the station are dropping sticks, fish and even a kitten in the path of unsuspecting firefighters below.

The ospreys, which can grow up to 2 feet long with wingspans over 5 feet, have nested on a communication antenna at the fire station along the Connecticut shoreline.

They often drop large sticks, and in some cases entire fish — their main source of food — in front of the main entrance below.

"We have ospreys that have built a nest up there and basically it's causing a little bit of problems with dropping stuff down on the main entrance of the fire station," said Stratford Fire Chief Robert McGrath.

An air conditioning unit was damaged last week after a dropped bass landed inside. Firefighters said the birds dropped a kitten on Sunday.

The other concern is that the nest could prevent the communication antenna from operating properly, according to the chief.

"It could compromise the signal going back and forth from the two towers," said McGrath.

According to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, osprey are no longer endangered. The nest can be moved if there are no eggs inside, which firefighters say is the case with this one.

DEEP officials said April and May are egg-laying months for the birds, so firefighters are working on a plan to get the feathered visitors to leave.

"It's entertaining, I can tell you that, at best. But really, it's a nuisance," McGrath said.

Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut]]>
<![CDATA[NYPD-NYFD Brawl During Charity Game]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 16:00:38 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/fdny+nypd+brawl.jpg

A charity football game between members of the FDNY and the NYPD was meant to be a family-friendly outing in Coney Island but quickly turned into a bloody brawl when a verbal dispute escalated on the field. 

New York's Finest and New York's Bravest met on the field at the MCU Park Saturday for a friendly football game, the proceeds of which would go to help families in both departments. But the Fun City Bowl ended with fists flying. 

"I think one of the FDNY guys exchanged words with the NYPD player and then from there, I couldn't see what was happening, I just saw the crowds come around the player," said Angel Zayas, a freelance photographer who was filming the game on the sidelines. "I heard it happening before I saw it happening." 

Zayas watched one of the firefighters walk away with blood dripping down the side of his face.

"He was pulled out of the crowd, the FDNY guy," he said. "It was trickling out the side, you could see the blood on the side of his head." 

Moments later, a second fight broke out, and players on the sidelines ran to the center of the field to jump in as families watched from the stands.

Zayas described another FDNY member being tackled, "and then they surround him and everyone jumps into the center of that."

Then the arguing, fighting and tackling subsided, and the crowd cheered and applauded in an attempt to encourage the goodwill. Handshakes and hugs were exchanged between the red and the blue, and a man could be heard telling one of the teams: "Listen up. Don't embarrass yourselves, you hear me?"

"At the end, they were all talking, it was like water under the bridge," Zaya said. 

The NYPD said in a statement, "Football is a competitive sport, whether it is the NFL Super Bowl or the annual NYPD-FDNY challenge. It is part of the spirit of the sport, but it all ends on the field."

The game ended with the NYPD winning 29-13. 

It's not the first time the teams have brawled during a charity game. Last year, members of the NYPD and FDNY fought on the ice during a hockey match at Nassau Coliseum. 

Photo Credit: Angel Zayas]]>
<![CDATA[Texas Man Reels in Shark]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 09:59:38 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/052216+Shark+Plano+man.jpg

A Plano, Texas, man's "catch of the day" almost took a chunk of his leg.

With his cameras rolling, adventure fisherman George Saber reeled in a shark a mile and half off the Corpus Christi coast.

"He obviously wasn't a monster shark, so I figured I'd bring him on board, get the hook out and get some cool pictures," Saber said. "He turned around, turned towards me and started thrashing. Things got pretty intense."

The Atlantic Sharp-nose was about three feet long, Saber said.

"All I was thinking was, 'get my feet out of the way' when the shark was nipping at my feet. It got closer and closer to my groin," he recalled. "She picked up her energy again and it turned into a dance off."

Saber, who fishes in a kayak, said he wasn't scared.

"Being scared in certain situations is going to work in somebody's disadvantage. It's about being calm and composed," he said.

Online: Saber's narrated YouTube video

Photo Credit: George Saber]]>
<![CDATA[Man Who Wheeled Corpse Down Street Charged with Murder]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 09:48:52 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/dead-body-dolly-0520.jpg

A man seen wheeling his wife’s dead body on a dolly through a Staten Island neighborhood was charged Saturday with murder, authorities said.

Anthony Lopez was spotted early Friday morning carting the body along Post Lane in Mariner's Harbor. He ran away when police pulled up, dumping his wife's body in the grass.

Police nabbed him just before 11 a.m. Saturday after receiving a tip that he was seen in East Harlem. He gave up after a brief foot chase.

Lopez, 31, had changed his appearance by shaving his head, police said.

Later in the day, police charged Lopez, a Bronx resident, with second-degree murder and concealment of a human corpse, authorities said.

There was no indication that he has a lawyer who could comment on his behalf.

Law enforcement sources said there was evidence of trauma on the body of Lopez's wife, who has been identified as 26-year-old Aduba Obiamaka.

Investigators told NBC 4 New York that they suspect Lopez strangled his common-law wife and was attempting to dispose of the body.

The sight of Lopez wheeling the body along the street was alarming, neighbors said.

Cherise Taylor said she was disturbed when she saw the woman's body steps from her front window.

"Half naked, half dressed," said Cherise Taylor. "This don't make no sense, this is not that type of block. This is not that type of neighborhood.

Lopez had been arrested more than 50 times between 2000 and 2016 on charges including robbery, larceny, assault and drug crimes, police sources said.

Taylor said she knows Lopez and that he lives in the area.

"He just walks around," she said. "Don't bother nobody. Everyone's got their issues."

Photo Credit: NBC 4 New York]]>
<![CDATA[Blimp Makes Emergency Landing in Philly]]> Fri, 20 May 2016 23:48:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/BlimpCrash.jpg

A blimp floated seemingly out of control before landing and deflating in what appeared to be a construction zone off I-95 in Philadelphia Friday evening.

The blimp was spotted floating by NBC10 viewer Sheree Revilla over the Delaware River before 7 p.m.

It made an emergency landing in Fishtown near Delaware Avenue and Beach Street, Philadelphia police said, and could be seen deflated on the ground as SkyForce10 flew over the scene.

Officials said two people were on board at the time, but no injuries were reported. PECO Energy was requested to help clear wires that may have been involved in the landing.

The FAA and NTSB were notified, according to police, and nearby I-95 had to be closed for a time as crews worked to secure the area.

The deflated blimp has the word Bostik written on the side. An adhesives company by that name has a plant in the area, but calls to the company went unanswered.

The crash recalled another incident from October, when an unmanned, runaway military blimp broke free from its mooring in Maryland and floated all the way to Muncy, Pennsylvania, before crashing into a field. The runaway blimp kept officials busy for hours as it floated with two fighter jets on its tail.

Photo Credit: SkyForce10/Sheree Revilla
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<![CDATA['School' Misspelled on Diploma ]]> Fri, 20 May 2016 17:24:48 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/211*120/Diploma+Cover+5.20.16.jpg

Graduates at a Southern California high school are getting one last laugh before saying goodbye after the school distributed diploma covers with a typo.

A graduating senior at Ontario High School posted a photo to Twitter that shows a diploma cover handed out Thursday with the letters "h" and "c" transposed in the word "school."

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School officials said the misspelling was a printing error made by the graduation products company.

"The principal has informed all Ontario graduates that the company has been contacted and will mail a corrected diploma cover to each graduate along with an apology letter," Chaffey Joint Union High School District Superintendent Mathew Holton said in a statement.

The diploma covers were distributed to about 550 seniors at a Thursday evening commencement ceremony, school officials said.

Holton added that the Ontario Class of 2016 was the first to graduate in a new stadium on campus with over 5,000 family members and friends in attendance.

Photo Credit: @jacedoooo_ via Twitter
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<![CDATA[Ferris Bueller's 'Day Off' in 2016]]> Fri, 20 May 2016 09:38:47 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Ferris+Bueller.jpg

If Ferris Bueller were to re-create his epic day off in 2016, how much would it cost?

In honor of the 30th anniversary of the 1986 Chicago classic "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," Chicago Magazine calculated the cash needed to pull off Ferris, Cam and Sloane's iconic adventures, from parking downtown to repairing a severely damaged Ferrari.

Three people would rack up $42 for four hours of parking, $66 for tickets to the Willis Tower Skydeck and $261 for field-level Cubs tickets, according to the magazine.

The magazine calculated $80 for lunch at Cochon Volant Brasserie, "the fanciest French resto in the Loop serving lunch on weekdays"; $66 to get into the Art Institute of Chicago; and $3,000 for permits and security for the Von Steuben German Day Parade.

As for Ferrari repairs? The mag estimated Cam's damage at $1 million, for an all-day total of $1,003,515.
A movie tribute called Ferris Fest, complete with screenings, bus tours and a recreation of Ferris' room, takes place this weekend at filming sites across Chicago.

<![CDATA[Woman Sacrificed Chickens ]]> Fri, 20 May 2016 06:54:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/20160519+Rooster+Survived.jpg

A Northern Virginia woman has been accused of sacrificing as many as 12 to 15 chickens each week in her townhome in suburban Sterling, Virginia.

Mercy Carrion was arrested May 5 after a confidential informant working with Animal Control officers witnessed her slaughtering the chickens, according to the Loudoun Times-Mirror, which first reported the charges.

Carrion was charged with three misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals, the Times-Mirror reported.

Authorities believe the sacrifice was part of a religious offering.

"It's one of our more interesting cases,” said Officer Patrick Breslin of Loudoun County Animal Control.

“Any time we see any sort of violence with any animals it’s alarming for the community," Breslin said. "But this one in particular is a little more alarming.”

The details of the case are disturbing. The informant told Breslin that Carrion would carry out the sacrifices on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday of each week at her home in the 100 block of Sherwood Court.

In some instances - while the chickens were still alive, Carrion would bury the chickens in the back yard, or burn them.

Breslin said authorities seized two cauldrons from the home, as well as instruments that he described as "various animal torturing devices."

The Times-Mirror reported that Animal Control officers saw blood spatter on the walls of Carrion's living room.

Neighbors described hearing the chickens frequently. "Every morning," said neighbor Aurora Gutierrez.

"The fact that these animals were killed in an inhumane manner -- that's what we’re focusing on here," Breslin said.

But there was one piece of good news: As police searched the home, they found one rooster still alive. The rooster is now at the Loudoun County Animal Shelter until a court decides what’s next for him.

Photo Credit: NBC Washington]]>
<![CDATA[Surf and Turf Arrest]]> Thu, 19 May 2016 20:00:42 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-482996433+%281%29.jpg

A Vermont man accused of stealing beer, lobster and Angus steak from a supermarket faces retail theft charges, authorities say.

State police said they were notified of a retail theft/trespassing incident at Hannaford Supermarket in Rutland on Wednesday.

An investigation found that Anthony Sargent, 53, of Rutland City, had gone into the store in violation of a notice against trespass and stole $105.63 worth of items, police said.

Police say Sargent concealed the products under his shirt.

The beer, lobster and steak were recovered by the store when Sargent was stopped in the parking lot. He fled the scene before authorities arrived, but was later located by probation and parole officers, officials said.

Sargent has a court date set for June 13. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney.

Photo Credit: Getty Images, File]]>
<![CDATA[NYC Ad Agencies' Post-It Notes War to End]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 14:21:41 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/mic-drop-close-up.jpg Rival New York City ad agencies wage war in the form of Post-it notes. See photos of their creative jabs.

Photo Credit: Havas Worldwide]]>
<![CDATA[Police Chase Ends in NJ Cemetery]]> Thu, 19 May 2016 07:01:06 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/tlmd_generic_police.jpg

A driver who ran a red light in New Jersey sparked a police chase that ended in a cemetery, where he was brought down by a stun gun after an attempt to flee on foot, authorities said.

The driver, whose identity wasn't disclosed by police, ran a red light at about 11:15 a.m. Wednesday in New Brunswick and refused to stop for a Rutgers University police officer.

The officer broke off the pursuit, but the driver's 2002 Honda Accord was spotted by a Piscataway police officer who picked up the chase.

The driver turned in to Resurrection Cemetery and circled several headstones near a funeral service before his Honda became stuck in a muddy area, said Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey.

Four squad cars surrounded the Honda.

At one point during the chase, an officer was struck by the vehicle and fired a single shot at the driver, Carey said.

The officer was taken to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital where he was treated for an unspecified injury and released.

The driver attempted to flee but was stopped by a stun gun. He was taken to a local hospital to be treated for a minor injury, Carey said.

Criminal charges hadn't been filed.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Trucker in Loincloth in Wal-Mart:PD]]> Thu, 19 May 2016 05:13:34 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/walmart+sign+generic.jpg

A New Mexico truck driver is facing charges after authorities said he exposed himself to a woman inside a New Jersey Wal-Mart, wandered around the store in a loincloth, began masturbating and then urinated on the floor and himself when police went to take him into custody.

Authorities said they were called to the Teterboro Wal-Mart early on Tuesday after a woman there reported that the trucker exposed himself.

Officers looked at live surveillance cameras and found the man wandering around the store using only hanging cloths to cover his lower half.

Authorities said he periodically moved the cloths to expose himself and at one point began masturbating in front of customers.

Security guards and officers eventually tracked the man down, and authorities said the man began to quickly walk away but continued to masturbate.

Officers said they then tackled the man to the ground, and he urinated on himself and the floor.

It’s not clear why the trucker, who was charged with lewdness and released on $1,000 bail, was acting in such a way.

Authorities said that he had parked his truck there to rest and a partner who was with him was unaware of his actions.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Philly Jesus: 'I'm Innocent' of Store Trespass]]> Wed, 18 May 2016 16:04:59 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Philly-Jesus.jpg

Philly Jesus may preach a message of peace but he is putting up a fight against trespassing charges stemming from his arrest at a Center City Apple Store.

“We will fight this case to the very end,” said Michael Grant, aka Philly Jesus.

Grant, 29, spent 12 hours behind bars after his May 2 arrest inside the store at 1607 Walnut St. He claims he was lawfully in the store charging his phone. Investigators allege that he refused to leave despite being asked three times because a cross he had with him was blocking an aisle. Grant claims the employee that asked him to leave was offended by his appearance and garb.

Grant, in full Jesus garb, and Philadelphia-based criminal defense attorney Brian Zieger appeared in Philadelphia Municipal Court Tuesday for a preliminary hearing on defiant trespassing and disorderly conduct charges. In front of Judge Henry Lewandowski, Grant rejected participation in an accelerated misdemeanor program that would have settled the case since he maintains his innocence.

“I’m disgusted how the Apple Store treated me,” said Grant. “I’ve been going in there nearly every day for the past two years. I am an Apple customer, I have an Apple iPhone and this is how they treat me?”

Grant refused to remove the cross and he was then asked to leave the store, according to police. The store manager then contacted police.

“I was calm to police and replied, ‘No, I have a right to be here just like everyone else in here,’” said Grant who spends most days in the Center City area of Love Park and Dilworth Plaza giving blessings, the occasional fountain baptism, and taking photos with tourists.

Grant said he sang "Locked up" by Akon as he was arrested.

“My lawyer requested the video footage from the Apple Store to show that I’m innocent of all charges,” Grant told NBC10.

Grant, a recovering heroin addict who is popular among tourists and Center City regulars who donned the Philly Jesus persona about two years during his recovery, doesn’t fear losing his case.

“I never lose, I either win or learn,” said Grant. “I’m a winner… and I’m not surprised how I was treated. “Jesus did say haters gonna hate.” (Grant is paraphrasing John 15:18.)

Grant said part of the reason he is fighting the charges against him is because “Christians are being discriminated against very aggressively all over the country” including being refused jobs and college admission.

“I will fight all of the false reports going around and fight these charges of trespass and disorderly conduct,” said Grant. “I am innocent, bless up, I love you all, God bless you all!”

Grant is due back in court on June 17. He remains free on his own recognizance.

When reached for comment earlier this month, Apple referred to Philly Police for comment.

Photo Credit: Jen A. Miller]]>
<![CDATA[Warning to Residents After Bear Sighting Near MontCo High School]]> Wed, 18 May 2016 11:02:10 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Franconia+Township+Black+Bear+Souderton.jpg

Police in Montgomery County have a warning for residents: if you see a black bear, keep away and call police.

The bear was last seen near Souderton Area High School along Lower Road around noon Tuesday, said Franconia Township Police. Investigators even released a grainy photo of the animal near some trees.

“Attempts to (tranquilize) it were unsuccessful,” police said on Facebook. “If it is spotted call 911 and report its location. DO NOT APPROACH THE BEAR. LET IT GO and it will move on. It is as afraid of you as you may be of it.”

Police described the bear as being around 2 years old and weighing between 125 to 150 pounds.

This wasn’t the only recent bear sighting in the Philadelphia region. A bear turned up along the Wissahickon Creek in Philadelphia last Friday and someone spotted a bear at the Penn Oaks Golf Club in Thornbury Township, Chester County over the weekend.

The game commission isn’t sure if it’s the same bear moving around the area or multiple animals.

Photo Credit: Franconia Township Police
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<![CDATA[Firefighters Rescue Dog From Pond]]> Wed, 18 May 2016 17:05:54 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/199*120/51716doggy.jpg

Firefighters in New Jersey rescued a dog that became stranded on an island of debris in a pond Tuesday after chasing a flock of geese.

Captain Joe Coletta of the Bloomfield Fire Department waded into waist-high water to rescue the pooch from Clarks Pond behind the local middle school.

A video of the rescue shows the dog standing atop floating tree branches and other debris and carefully walking toward Coletta, who climbs out of a rowboat to retrieve the dog.

The dog, named Iggy, had been stranded for about an hour. His owner Carlos Velez told NBC 4 New York he had been walking him next to the school field when Iggy spotted some geese, got free of his leash and chased them all the way into the pond filled with muck and debris. 

Velez was frantic.

"The neighbor called the fire department while I was screaming," he said. 

Coletta jumped into the water not knowing how deep it was. 

"I had a good guy with me, he would have come and got me," he said, shrugging off the danger. 

It was shallow enough, and finally Iggy came over to him.

"You could see he was exhausted, it was trudging through. His legs kept getting stuck and I think that's when he kind of said, 'I'm going to give up and come to you,'" he said. 

Coletta says he's saved plenty of cats and even ducklings. But this was his first dog rescue. 

Photo Credit: Bloomfield FD]]>
<![CDATA[Meet the 'Game of Thrones' Dothraki Language Creator]]> Wed, 18 May 2016 07:12:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/DAVIDPETERSON.jpg

When the misogynistic, male Dothraki characters launch into curse-laden tirades on "Game of Thrones," viewers have a 35-year-old Southern California father and a University of California Berkeley graduate to thank for what they hear.

David J. Peterson invented Dothraki, the language spoken by the crass race of nomadic horse warriors first described in George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Fire and Ice," on which the HBO series is based. "It's a lot of fun," Peterson said Tuesday, in his first, interactive Facebook Live interview. Especially coming up with the curse words, he added.

Peterson has been working for "Game of Thrones" since 2009. The language was used frequently in the show's first two seasons, and has resurfaced in season 6, which premiered in April. Peterson has created 4,000 Dothraki words — so many that he’s not even fluent in his own language.

Peterson never expected to be paid to create fake languages.

"I wanted to be an English teacher," the Garden Grove, Calif.-resident said. "My mother cued me into linguistics. I wasn’t really interested, but she nagged me to try."

He had studied and invented languages in near obscurity since 2000, when he was a sophomore at UC Berkeley.

"There are thousands of people who create languages for fun," he said. "It's a different art form. We were all were quite certain no one would be paid. It wasn’t an activity people looked on kindly."

His friend, Sai, also was flabbergasted that his pal made "conlanging"  a career.

"David is the first full-time professional conlanger ever," Sai said, referring to someone who invents language. When the two started out, pretty much every conlanger thought getting paid for the work was "so completely unrealistic."

That dream turned to a paying reality seven years ago, when the "Game of Thrones" creators called upon the Language Creation Society, which Peterson co-founded, to come up with a fully formed language for the show. There was an "intense" contest, Peterson remembered with about 40 other contestants. Peterson won. And the "Dothraki" and "Valyrian" languages were born. The languages are not based in any other language, like the Romantic or Semitic languages. "That would be like plagiarism," Peterson said, who says he "just comes up with" new words, without having a specific process.

He now creates languages for a handful of shows. He's the "alien language and culture consultant" for the Syfy original series "Defiance"  in 2011, and also for NBC's "Emerald City."

And while he won’t say how much he gets paid, Peterson did say those are his only jobs, and there’s no need to wait tables on the side. He makes enough to support his wife, Erin, who is the executive director of the Long Beach Bar Association, and 5-month-old daughter, Meridian.

Before "Game of Thrones," the Long Beach native had quietly studied the finer arts of language from 1999 to 2003, earning a bachelor's in English and linguistics from Cal. He then attended UC San Diego from 2003 to 2006, where he earned a masters in linguistics. Peterson also speaks Spanish, French, German, Russian, Esperanto, Arabic and American Sign Language.

He's an author, too. Peterson's latest book, "The Art of Language Invention,"  (Penguin $17) takes readers on a journey of the languages he's created for television and film, including Dothraki, High Valyrian, Castithan, Irathient, Indojisnen, Sondiv and Shiväisith.

If you need the video CliffsNotes, Peterson has made some YouTube videos on "conlanging," or inventing languages.

And thanks to the shows, he has some unusual notoriety.

"Every time 'Game of Thrones' comes back on, the interviews start again," Peterson said.

Learn These Dothraki Words
Addrivat (v.) to kill
Gort (adj.) muscular, stout
Hake (n.) name
Jahak (n.) braid
Karlinat (v.) to gallop (said of a horse)
Lajak (n.) warrior
Mawan (n.) quiver
Nhizo (n.) raven
Qoy (n.) blood
Vezh (n.) stallion
Zhokwa (adj.) great, large

Can You Speak Like Daenerys? 

Photo Credit: Courtesy of David J. Peterson
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<![CDATA[Mom Makes 'Permission Slip' for Sons to Climb Trees]]> Tue, 17 May 2016 09:46:37 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/tree+generic.jpg

When Julie Holcombe's twin sixth-grade sons told her a man approached them to ask them to stop climbing a tree on a school's property because he was worried about a possible lawsuit if they fell, she was incensed that her children were being discouraged from playing outside.

So the mother from Yardley, Pennsylvania, typed up a letter and a "permission slip" for climbing trees, and gave it to her sons so they could show it to anyone else who approached them, she told Today Parents.

"My children have permission to climb any tree they so desire," wrote Holcombe. "I encourage it, whenever they can, for as long as they both shall live."

Holcombe pointed out that she wanted her children to be outside getting exercise after school and that it is "sad" and "ridiculous" to worry about lawsuits instead of letting them play.

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<![CDATA[West Philly 'Chick' Turns Table on Pesky Squirrel]]> Mon, 16 May 2016 15:07:26 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000015311914_1200x675_686656579743.jpg NBC10 crews found a gutsy chick taking on a pesky squirrel in an empty West Philly lot Monday. The squirrel chased the baby bird before it turned around and held its ground, sending the squirrel away to a nearby ledge. Mama bird soon arrived with food for the courageous chick.]]> <![CDATA[Baby Opossum Found in Toilet]]> Mon, 16 May 2016 14:05:15 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/opossum+in+toilet.jpg

A woman made a startling discovery earlier this month when she found a baby opossum in her toilet in San Diego.

The Pacific Beach resident had no idea how the little critter got there but alerted San Diego County Animal Services, and an animal control officer responded to “rescue” the animal, authorities said.

Animal control officers said in a Facebook post that they don’t believe the opossum came into the toilet through the plumbing before being found May 1.

After the homeowner found a second opossum in her home, she discovered a broken window, which is likely how the furry creature got inside.

The opossum is doing well after his toilet swim and recovering at Project Wildlife, officers said. The baby opossum will be released back into the wild once he’s old enough to survive on his own.

Finding rodents in the toilet isn't quite as rare in Southern California as you might think — a boa constrictor was found slithering in a toilet last year at a downtown San Diego PR firm.

And just last week, a python was found in a shower in South Park.

Photo Credit: San Diego County Animal Services
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<![CDATA[Turtle OK After Windshield Crash]]> Fri, 13 May 2016 18:15:13 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/051316+turtle+into+windshield+i-4.jpg

Turtle power!

Nicole Marie Bjanes was driving on I-4 in Deltona on Monday when a turtle came crashing through her windshield.

Florida Highway Patrol officials said another car hit the turtle while it was crossing the highway and propelled it into the air. Bjanes posted photos on Facebook showing her shattered windshield with the turtle upside-down on her dashboard.

"I really can't even believe it!!! Thanks for all your concern. I am a lucky girl," Bjanes wrote on her post. "All the people who stopped and the EMT and trooper were taking pics....unbelievable, and the guy at the hospital was laughing at how he should word the incident!!! Life is good and sometimes a little crazy....someone is keeping my on my toes and entertained."

Bjanes said she was shaken up but otherwise alright. The turtle was checked out and also found to be in good shape and returned to some nearby water.

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Photo Credit: Nicole Marie Bjanes
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<![CDATA[Robot Dino Roasted at Exhibit Fire]]> Fri, 13 May 2016 11:35:37 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/CiSGLNbVEAA1zoH.jpg

A spark from a welding iron ignited a fire Thursday that caused the extinction of a 90-foot-long robotic dinosaur that was set to be part of an exhibit at a New Jersey theme park.

The animatronic Argentinosaurus was reduced to a charred skeleton at Overpeck County Park in Leonia, police said.

The exhibit, called "Field Station: Dinosaurs," is moving to the park this month after operating in Secaucus since 2012.

Exhibit creator Guy Gsell told The Record newspaper that a welder was putting finishing touches on the Argentinosaurus when a spark started the blaze.

The dinosaur was roasted to its skeleton. None of the exhibit's 33 other dinosaurs was damaged. Leonia police tweeted a picture of two of the surviving dinosaurs, saying "they refused to give a witness statement."

The exhibit is still on track to open Memorial Day weekend, Gsell told The Record, and he plans to rebuild the Argentinosaurus robot.

Argentinosaurus fossils were discovered in Argentina in the 1980s.

Photo Credit: Leonia Police Department
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<![CDATA[Missing Lab Found 720 Miles Away]]> Wed, 11 May 2016 08:47:57 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Dominguez_and_Brownie.jpg

After three years and 720 miles between them, a New Mexico man and his beloved pooch, Brownie, were reunited in San Diego County.

The 7-year-old Labrador retriever was spotted wandering the streets last week in the Otay Mesa area when someone scooped him up and took him to the County Animal Services’ care facility in Bonita.

Animal Services workers traced his microchip to the dog’s owner in Santa Teresa, New Mexico: Ricardo Dominguez.

Dominguez was alerted to the amazing discovery late last week when his girlfriend called him.

“She said, ‘They found Brownie. I say, ‘What? Where is he? San Diego? Do I want to keep him? Hell, yeah,” according to a news release from County Animal Services.

Dominguez said Brownie disappeared several years ago from his horse ranch even though the dog owner had someone watching the pup.

Last Friday, Dominguez drove 720 miles nonstop through the night from a job site in El Paso, Texas, to pick up Brownie in Bonita.

Dominguez said Brownie is healthy, but seems more protective and territorial than three years ago. It wasn’t clear how the dog got all the way to San Diego County.

Still, Dominguez said he’s happy to have Brownie home. When he picked him up in Bonita, the pooch bounded over to him, jumping in his arms.

“He looks up through the door at me in my cowboy hat and his eyes were, ‘Wow, is that you?,’” the Animal Services news release said.

Photo Credit: San Diego County Animal Services]]>
<![CDATA[60 Lbs. of Opium Found in Tea Bags]]> Wed, 11 May 2016 04:41:25 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/opium2.jpg

Three women were arrested at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport Tuesday after authorities found 60 pounds of opium hidden in their luggage.

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol confirmed the women were on an international flight from Vietnam to Chicago.

The three women — ages 52, 57 and 58 — were among many travelers selected for additional screening at the airport’s international terminal when authorities say they found packets of opium concealed in bags of tea leaves.

The women were arrested by Chicago police at 4:20 p.m. and taken into custody. Charges were pending Tuesday evening, police said.

Further details on how the suspected drugs got into the women’s luggage weren’t immediately known.

Photo Credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection]]>
<![CDATA[Suspected Serial Burglar Uses Mickey Mouse Ornament, Shovel to Break Into Montco Home]]> Wed, 11 May 2016 05:17:34 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Whitpain+Twp+Burglaries+Shovel.jpg

Police in Montgomery County have released new surveillance video showing an alleged burglar bust his way into a home with a shovel.

The incident happened Monday afternoon in the township’s Blue Bell section.

First, the man tries ramming through the door. When that doesn’t work, he tries to use a Mickey Mouse lawn ornament to bust through. When that failed, he found a shovel and smashed the door open. Once inside, police said he ransacked the place.

The burglary is one of three that happened Monday in the township. Police believe the same burglar is responsible for two others. He could also be responsible for break-ins in nearby towns, police said.

<![CDATA[Escaped Inmate Found 48 Yrs Later]]> Tue, 10 May 2016 19:14:10 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Stackowitz.jpg

A man who escaped from a prison work camp in Georgia 48 years ago was found Monday, 990 miles away in Sherman, where he has been living under an assumed name and running a boat repair business.

Robert E. Stackowitz escaped on Aug. 22, 1968 from the infirmary at the Carroll County Prison Work Camp in Carrolton, Georgia, where the then-23-year-old was serving a 17-year sentence for "robbery by force," according to the U.S. Marshals Service.

Stackowitz was known around Sherman as Bob Gordon and the U.S. Marshals fugitive team learned about the alias around five months ago, which led the marshals and Connecticut State Police to 70 Route 39 in Sherman, where Stackowitz was taken into custody without incident, authorities said.

State police said that when he opened the door for troopers and U.S. Marshals he said "I figured this day was coming."

The 71-year-old escapee was taken to Danbury Superior Court on Monday and is being held on $100,000 bond in Bridgeport while he awaits extradition back to Georgia.

Neighbors described Stackowitz as a good neighbor who would help clear snowy driveways in the winter.

"Everyone has a little backstory I guess," said David Schneiderbeck. "His is a little more elaborate than most."

-- Marc Santia contributed to this story

Photo Credit: Georgia Department of Corrections]]>
<![CDATA[Officers Finds Gator Foot in Truck]]> Tue, 10 May 2016 04:25:33 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/050916+alligator+foot+dashboard+fwc.jpg

A Florida man was slapped with a citation after Florida Fish and Wildlife officers made an unusual find in his dashboard: an alligator foot.

FWC officers stopped the truck to check for a day-use pass in a wildlife management area near Lake Okeechobee when they found alligator parts scattered inside the cab, the agency wrote in a Facebook post Monday.

Among the parts was a gator foot hanging out of the truck's dashboard.

The driver claimed the parts were from an alligator he had hunted a few years ago, but the smell told officers otherwise, the FWC said.

The man then confessed to killing the gator a few days before without a permit and was cited for the violation, authorities said.

Photo Credit: FWC]]>