<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Weird News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/weird http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.comen-usMon, 05 Dec 2016 03:32:19 -0500Mon, 05 Dec 2016 03:32:19 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Soon: 'Star Wars' Battle Drones]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:28:48 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/1130-2016-StarWarsDrone.jpg

It's the fight sure to get a lot of buzz this holiday season.

"Star Wars" X-Wing, Millennium Falcon and TIE fighter battle drones are coming to a store near you.

"Everybody wants to fly one, and now they can," said Kyle Dahl with drone-maker Propel.

Propel is focusing on "Star Wars," letting players fight with their smartphones.

"There's an app on your phone and it registers your battle," Dahl said. "How many hits, who you hit, who you killed."

Up to 24 drones can play at the same time, with top speeds of 35 mph.

The drones go on sale Friday and cost $240 each.



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<![CDATA[Santa Claws: Beaver Picks Through Christmas Decor at Dollar Store]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 08:53:14 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/20161130+Beaver+Thumb.jpg

Haven't we all been there at the holidays -- rifling through the boxes of pre-lit trees, prowling the shelves for just the right holiday bauble?

When it's time to decorate your dam, you have to hit the store! And that's just what this shopper did in Charlotte Hall, Maryland, on Monday.

Except this shopper was a beaver.

And its claws are better for digging through mud and sticks than through a dollar store. Police were called after the little critter damaged some of the merchandise.

"As an law enforcement officer, you just never know what your next call might be," read a Facebook post from the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office.

The beaver was safely captured by animal control and taken to a wildlife rehabilitator, the sheriff's office said.

(To wait for the after-Christmas sales, of course.) 



Photo Credit: St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[TV Thief Makes Getaway on Bicycle]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 09:47:45 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000018178783_1200x675_821750851594.jpg A burglar was caught on camera riding away with a 65-inch television Thanksgiving night from Mecca Furniture at 101 E Venango Street in Philadelphia's Kensington neighborhood.]]> <![CDATA[Woman Reunited With Lost Rings]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 08:29:31 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/rings-lost-trash-1130.jpeg

A New York City woman who accidentally ditched her wedding band, engagement ring and one other ring was able to get the priceless pieces of jewelry back with the help of city sanitation workers.

The Sanitation Department said that workers sifted through more than 200 bags of garbage at a New Jersey transfer station this week to help the woman find the lost rings.

According to the Daily News, which first reported the ring rescue, the woman put the rings in a paper towel while preparing duck meatloaf at her Tribeca apartment on Thanksgiving and accidentally tossed the paper towel in the trash. 

The rings were picked up by sanitation workers on Friday, along with about 13 tons of garbage. But the News reports that the rings hadn't been dumped by the time the woman called about the rings. 

The woman and three family members went to the station on Monday and they worked with sanitation crews to sift through the garbage for about 2 hours. 

Then, sanitation workers said, the woman let out a cry of joy after she found the rings in one of the bags.

Sanitation workers said they'd also helped people retrieve jewelry, money and luggage in other similar incidents. 



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<![CDATA[Werewolf, Gorilla And Santa All Caught on Trail Camera]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 07:42:09 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NC_trailcam1130_1920x1080.jpg A Kansas police trail camera was set up after reports of mountain lion sightings and yielded some hilarious surprises.

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<![CDATA[Philadelphia-Based Artist to Debut X-Ray Art]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 12:22:10 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/XRay+Art+1.jpg

Almost 30 years ago, Philadelphia-based radiologist Susan Summerton started collecting x-ray photos that coincidentally resembled letters, numbers, and shapes. Using those radiographic images of bones, organs, muscles and surgical materials, she embraced her artistic abilities and created reproductions of words and symbols.

The Temple grad named her medical artwork collection Xray Artistry, and is set to showcase it in her first solo gallery show at Large Format Digital Printing (LFDP) in New Jersey.

LFDP will host a public opening ceremony of the exhibit on Friday, Dec. 2, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at 19 Bridge Street in the Stockton borough of New Jersey. The gallery runs through Jan. 6, 2017.

Summerton’s unique blend of medicine, photography, anatomy and art received recognition from prestigious organizations; in 2014, she submitted a piece of Xray Artistry to an international contest sponsored by the Radiologic Society of North America. The artwork received an Honorable Mention and was featured at the Society’s annual meeting, where she was selected as “Best New Exhibitor.” In October, the Philadelphia Native was invited to present her Xray Artistry collection at the prestigious Parallax Arts Fair in London, England.

Summerton— who works with a large group of radiologists in Philadelphia called Radiology Affiliates Imaging (RAI)— also uses her artistic vision to make customized gifts for anyone interested in owning a piece of the medical artwork.

To learn more about Xray Artistry, view artwork, or place custom orders, visit www.xrayartistry.com or contact Dr. Susan Summerton at 856.981.6783.



Photo Credit: Artwork and Photos by Susan Summerton, MD]]>
<![CDATA[3 Die Post-Calif. Thanksgiving Meal]]> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 10:16:04 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/antioch+hall.jpg

Parishioners sent up prayers for the three people who died and the 14 others who were sickened following a Thanksgiving dinner put on by a Brentwood church.

Golden Hills Community Church Senior Pastor Larry Adams said the parish in Brentwood, California has been serving holiday meals for decades and was deeply saddened by the tragic turn at a charitable event that turned accidentally deadly.

"No one's ever gotten sick in more than 30 years," he said. 

Last week's deaths were "more than heartbreaking," Adams said. But in the aftermath, he said, his concern is "not us or our reputation. It's people."

There were still many unanswered questions than answers on Tuesday, a day after Contra Costa County health officials announced that eight people were taken to Sutter Delta Medical Center in Antioch on Friday and Saturday after eating the church-hosted turkey- and stuffing-meal at the American Legion Hall in Antioch.

Health officials initially said five people had been sickened, but that number rose to 14 Tuesday evening. The Contra Costa County Coroner’s office has not yet identified the three who died.

The three people who died came to the event from two assisted living facilities, Minerva’s Place and Minerva’s Place IV, according to the Department of Social Services. No one would speak to a reporter at one of the facilities, but health inspectors were seen walking into one of the residences.

Contra Costa County Public Health Dr. Louise McNitt said at a Monday news conference that there was no concrete evidence yet that a food-borne illness sickened the people, but "that's usually what it is." She said norovirus had been ruled out. A total of 835 people ate the meal.

All the patients ate food from the same holiday event, health officials said Tuesday. Investigators said they were busy collecting biological samples for testing at county and state public health labs.

Adams said he is anxiously awaiting the test results to come back: "First of all, we don't even know that our dinner was the source of the problem. But that doesn't matter because precious people died. So we're concerned about that -- no matter what the source -- which is why we're trying so hard ... to help County Health find the source because if it was from us, we want to fix it. And if it wasn't from us, then we still want to help the people who hurt."

Seattle-based food expert attorney William Marler said he suspects, from what he’s heard and read, that the most likely culprit is a bacteria called Clostridium perfringens, which is often mistaken for the 24-hour flu. The majority of outbreaks are associated with undercooked meats, often cooked in large quantities and which sit out for long periods of time. It’s rarely fatal, but it can be.

“It’s not unusual for just a few people to get sick out of hundreds,” Marler said in an email to NBC Bay Area. “They may have been the only ones that ate the tainted portion or perhaps had underlying health issues that made them more vulnerable.”

Marler said it reminds him of a case in Iowa years ago where only a few people got sick and one died during a Thanksgiving dinner for the elderly.

On Monday, Dr. Marilyn Underwood, environmental health director for Contra Costa County Health Services, said she did not know who was responsible for preparing the food, but they did say some of the food was brought in from other facilities and some was prepared at the hall. She added that after interviewing the food handlers about food safety techniques, "they all sounded very appropriate."

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 6 Americans — or 48 million — gets sick every year from food-borne illnesses, commonly referred to as food poisoning.

NBC Bay Area's Stephen Ellison, Sharon Katsuda, Gonzo Rojas and Terry McSweeney  contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[$1.6M Gold Flake Theft Video]]> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 19:17:56 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/gold+bucket+thief.jpg

A quick-moving crook capitalized on a 20-second window of distraction by armored truck guards in bustling midtown Manhattan to steal a bucket of gold flakes worth nearly $1.6 million, surveillance video obtained exclusively by NBC 4 New York shows. 

The theft happened in broad daylight on a September afternoon on West 48th Street. Surveillance video shows a man loitering, keeping watch on an armored truck.

Then one guard leaves to make a pickup, and the other guard heads to the front seat to grab his cellphone. Those 20 seconds were long enough for the thief to strike. He goes to grab the 86-pound bucket and makes a run for it, though he clearly has difficulty maneuvering it.

"I think he just saw an opportunity, took the pail and walked off," said NYPD Det. Martin Pastor, who's overseeing the investigation. Police believe the man had no clue what was inside the bucket. 

The video shows the thief setting down the heavy bucket, putting it on his shoulder, then taking a breather. He takes another few steps and pauses again. The normally 10-minute walk takes him an hour. He then jumps into a van at 49th Street and Third Avenue. 

Police believe the man is hiding out in the Orlando or Miami area with the bucket of gold -- something Pastor believes the thief never knew until he opened it up.

"I think when the lucky charm opened up the bucket, he seen the rainbow and seen the gold." 



Photo Credit: NBC 4 NY]]>
<![CDATA[4K Rabbis Fail #MannequinChallenge]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 03:47:04 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Rabbi+Mannequin+Challenge.PNG

Their attempt was ambitious, but when 4,000 rabbis took the so-called "mannequin challenge," the result was something less than statuesque.

The rabbis had gathered at their group’s headquarters in Brooklyn for their annual Chabad-Lubavitch conference, also known as “kinus.”

While taking the time to pose for their annual “class portrait” on Sunday, the group also filmed the thousands of rabbis attempting to do the #MannequinChallenge by standing completely still and in silence.

"It's hard to get thousands of rabbis to stay still, but we went for it," the organization said in a caption for the video.

While most participants followed instructions, not everyone complied. One man is seen sitting down in the beginning of the video while several others turn their heads or wave.

“Stop moving! He’s moving!” one man is heard yelling in the video, which can be seen on the Instagram account @chabadorg.

NYPD officers working security at the event also participated.

The gathering of Lubavitch rabbis has tried its hands at social media in years prior. Two years ago, the group took what they claimed to be the “world’s biggest selfie” using a large camera extender and fish-eye lens.

The rabbis work as emissaries of the Lubavitch sect in over 80 countries around the world, returning to Crown Heights every year for the conference.



Photo Credit: NBC New York via @chabadorg/Instagram]]>
<![CDATA[Caught on Video: Woman Spends 7 Hours Vandalizing Car]]> Tue, 29 Nov 2016 08:50:26 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/CyZFR9_VEAA1FgM.jpg

A Los Angeles woman said her Thanksgiving nightmare started when a stranger broke a windshield wiper off her car and etched hundreds of words all over the vehicle over seven hours.

Surveillance cameras over the street in East Hollywood on Thursday night captured the act. In the footage, the vandal is also seen lying on and jumping on the car, denting the hood.

"I just broke down and started crying," owner Stacy Omelianoff said when she saw her car.

The vandal started late Thanksgiving night and continued inflicting the damage, which will likely cost thousands of dollars, all the way past sunrise.

"I couldn't believe it," Omelianoff said. "They were on this car working for hours."

People walked and drove by -- some even took photos -- but didn't try to stop the vandal.

"It's terrible," Omelianoff said. "This is what it comes to here. All people care about is themselves."

The woman was arrested after a mechanic eventually called the police. Witnesses said officers struggled with the woman, who had a bag over her head because she couldn't stop spitting at officers.

Omelianoff said she was told the woman was homeless and would likely be released after a 72-hour mental evaluation.

She said her insurance may not cover the damage and her friends have set up a Gofundme page to raise money for repairs.



Photo Credit: Adrian Arambulo]]>
<![CDATA[Woman Runs Triathlon, Breaks Fingers, Delivers Baby in 1 Day]]> Tue, 29 Nov 2016 12:09:33 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NC_wildthanksgiving1128_1920x10801.jpg

A Tacoma, Washington woman has quite a story to tell after her unexpectedly hectic Thanksgiving. It started with a triathlon, took her to a hospital, and ended at the dinner table with baby pictures.

Rhonda DiCostanzo was up before sunrise on Thanksgiving morning. She kneaded some dough for the dinner rolls and headed out to participate in a YMCA triathlon.

As she was crossing the finish line, she tripped, fell, and broke two of her fingers. DiCostanzo works as a midwife at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma. She hurried over to the ER, where she knows some nurses, to get her hand fixed up.

"And I heard this lady come in, and she was obviously in very active labor and was obviously going to deliver very quickly. You could just hear it," DiCostanzo said.

Jessica Morales could not wait a minute longer. The hospital delivery staff were still on their way. So DiCostanzo rushed over, with her hand still injured, and single-handedly delivered Morales's baby boy.

When all was said and done, DiCostanzo served Thanksgiving dinner to 16 people.

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<![CDATA[Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Expands to Montco, Bucks]]> Mon, 28 Nov 2016 14:24:41 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/spotted+lanternfly1.PNG

Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding said the discovery of the Spotted Lanternfly in 25 more municipalities in southeastern Pennsylvania is cause for vigilance, not alarm.

Citizen reports of the pest allowed the department to expand the quarantine, said Redding.

"If they had simply ignored what they found, that would have allowed the pest to spread, potentially reaching more areas and creating a larger problem," Redding said. "If we're going to be successful in eradicating this pest, it's going to take a collaborative effort."

The guarantied municipalities, by county, are:

  • Berks County: Alsace, Amity, Centre, Colebrookdale, Douglass, District, Earl, Exeter, Hereford, Longswamp, Maiden Creek Maxatawny, Oley, Pike, Richmond, Robeson, Rockland, Ruscombmanor, Union and Washington townships, and the boroughs of Bally, Bechtelsville, Birdsboro, Boyertown, Centreport, Fleetwood, Kutztown, Lyons, St. Lawrence and Topton
  • Bucks County: Milford and Richland townships and Richlandtown, Quakertown and Trumbauersville boroughs
  • Chester County: East Vincent, East Coventry, North Coventry and South Coventry townships and Spring City
  • Lehigh County: Upper Saucon, Lower Macungie, Upper Milford, Lower Milford, Whitehall, and South Whitehall townships; the boroughs of Alburtis, Emmaus, and Macungie; and the cities of Allentown and Bethlehem
  • Montgomery County: Douglass, Marlborough, New Hanover, Upper Hanover, Upper Providence and West Pottsgrove townships, and the boroughs of East Greenville, Pennsburg, Pottstown, Red Hill and Royersford
  • Northampton County: Bethlehem City

The quarantine of the infested areas restricts movement of any material or object that can spread the pest. This includes, but is not limited to, firewood or wood products, brush or yard waste, remodeling or construction materials and waste, packing material-like boxes, grapevines for decorative purposes or as nursery stock, and any outdoor household items such as lawnmowers, grills, tarps and other equipment as well as trucks and vehicles not typically stored indoors.

The Spotted Lanternfly is an inch-long, black, red and white spotted pest and is native to China, India, Japan and Vietnam. The species is invasive in Korea, where it has attacked 25 plant species that also grow in Pennsylvania.

Prior to its discovery in Berks County in the fall of 2014, it was not found in the United States.

Adult female Lanternflies lay egg masses on any flat surface, including outdoor furniture, equipment, stone and block and vehicles in autumn, said officials.

If you go camping or hiking, Redding advised to check your equipment before and after you leave the woods to make sure you do not have an egg mass on your equipment.

Each egg mass contains 35 to 50 young Spotted Lanternflies. If you see an egg mass, scrape it off, double bag it and throw it in the garbage, or place the eggs in hand sanitizer or alcohol to kill them.

If you are in a quarantine zone and see one of the pests, Redding stressed that you should kill it as there is no need to report it.

If you live outside the quarantine zone and see a Spotted Lanternfly, place it in alcohol or hand sanitizer in a leak proof container and submit the sample to your county Penn State Extension office or to the department's entomology lab for verification.

It is stressed that you do not move live pests as there are places in the quarantine area that do not have active populations of the Spotted Lanternfly.

For further information and to access the "Spotted Lanternfly Checklist" click here.

If you live outside the quarantine zone and see a pest, photos of Spotted Lanternflies can be submitted to badbug@pa.gov. You can call the Invasive Species Report Line at 1-866-253-7189 to report details of the sighting and your contact information.



Photo Credit: Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture]]>
<![CDATA[French 'Spiderman' Scales Skyscrapers Harness-Free]]> Mon, 28 Nov 2016 11:25:13 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/20161124_Spain_1.jpg Alain Robert, 54, has a lifelong passion for scaling skyscrapers and other structures with only his hands and a good pair of climbing shoes despite his frequent arrests by police for unauthorized stunts. The French daredevil added the Agbar Tower in Barcelona, Spain, to his repertoire of over 100 conquered buildings and structures on Nov. 25, 2016. See some of his wildest climbs from around the world.

Photo Credit: Manu Fernandez/AP]]>
<![CDATA[Fla. Woman Accused of Shooting at Guests Who Stayed Too Long]]> Thu, 24 Nov 2016 10:05:20 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/112216+Alana+Annette+Savell.jpg

A Florida woman who thought her house guests overstayed their welcome was arrested after she shot one of them, authorities said.

Alana Annette Savell, 32, was arrested Monday on a charge of aggravated battery with a firearm, Bay County Sheriff's Office officials said.

A woman told authorities that she had gone to Savell's home with a friend. Savell said they started drinking and were getting too loud, and said she didn't want them in her home.

Savell armed herself with a handgun and started shooting at their feet from the doorway of the home, officials said. The woman was hit in the legs and was taken to a hospital for treatment. Savell's boyfriend was also hit in the leg with a bullet during the shooting, authorities said.

The boyfriend allegedly told authorities that he told Savell that if someone is told to leave their property three times, she is to get the gun and shoot it at the ground. If that doesn't work, she's supposed to shoot them in the leg.

Savell was booked into jail. It's unknown if she's hired an attorney.



Photo Credit: Bay County Sheriff]]>
<![CDATA[Shocking Photos Show Inside Abandoned Lincoln Mall in Illinois]]> Wed, 23 Nov 2016 08:22:03 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/lincoln+mall+thumb.jpg It has been nearly two years since the Lincoln Mall in south suburban Matteson, Illinois, closed its doors. But take a look inside today, and things already look drastically different inside the abandoned building.

Photo Credit: Seph Lawless]]>
<![CDATA[Conn. Woman to Become Fastest to Visit All 196 Countries]]> Wed, 23 Nov 2016 08:02:36 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/ManosdelUruguay.jpg

Cassie DePecol is afraid of flying.

"I'm not going to lie, even more than being kidnapped or killed, the flying, for me, is the most nerve-racking," she said. 

But the anxiety isn't stopping the Connecticut-native from becoming the fastest person, as well as the first woman, to visit all 196 countries in the world. 

DePecol, who is from Washington, said she didn't travel too much until she went to college. 

"I studied abroad in Costa Rica," DePecol told NBC Connecticut while she was in the Congo on Tuesday. "Then after that, I saved up about $2,000 from lifeguarding and I traveled to about 25 countries over the course of two years." 

The 27-year-old said she was living the "nomadic lifestyle" by backpacking, hitch-hiking and working odd-jobs abroad.

"That’s when I realized how much I loved travel and I knew I’d find my career in travel," she said. 

Now, DePecol is at the tail-end of her 196-country expedition that she started in July 2015, setting her up to become the first woman to travel the world in the least amount of time. 

The trip isn't just about colorful sunsets, delicious cuisines and unparalleled selfies from atop of mountains; DePecol is a peace ambassador with the International Institute of Peace Through Tourism. 

Through the organization's endorsement, DePecol is able to set up keynote sessions with students at universities in all the countries she is visiting. DePecol talks to students about a number of topics related to the environment and peace, including sustainable tourism, sustainable development, economics and entrepreneurship. 

"It would be amazing to change the world in a major way and, of course, that’s my dream," DePecol said. "But I’m trying to take these small steps towards, eventually, changing the world in a more positive way — a more impactful way —for future generations."

And DePecol isn't alone on wanting to make an impact. The world traveler has dozens of sponsors and supporters who back and help fund her mission. 

Europe was the starting point of her journey, as a way to "ease into traveling again."

"I hadn't traveled for a couple of years so I was a little bit rusty," DePecol said. "Those first six months were really tough for me."

So far, her most memorable experience was in the small, Oceanic country Vanuatu. The country, which is in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, was devastated by a cyclone a year prior to DePecol's arrival.

Despite the residents' struggles, they welcomed the American with open arms.

"That was the first experience I was really thrown into humanity in a positive way," DePecol said. "I walked around the streets with my expensive camera slung over my shoulder and I was invited into these peoples' shack-houses and they wanted to show me their way of life and their family and how to make Kava, which is this specific drink to that region."

Vanuatu was also one of the first places that DePecol spoke to a group of more than a hundred students. 

"I wasn’t really that confident with speaking and didn’t really know what I was talking about at that point, but they understood me and we laughed and we really understood each other, even though we come from completely different lands," she said. 

The Middle East was another place that surprisingly resonated with DePecol, who said she feels the "safest and most comfortable" in the region. 

"It’s just completely not what you see on the news all the time, all this negative stuff," she said. "It's a whole different thing that is so beautiful."

But DePecol is quick to say she is not relocating to a Middle Eastern country, or anywhere abroad, once the expedition is over. 

"The more I travel, the more I realize that States is where I belong," she said. 

DePecol still has 13 countries to get to before breaking the Guinness World record for fastest time to visit all countries, which was previously completed by Yili Lui within three years and three months

According to DePecol, she is on track to break that record by finishing her travels within 16 months, making her the first documented woman to ever do so.

Up next, the explorer said she is most excited to visit Pakistan after it took four months to get her visa approved. 

"I plan my travels around visas, student meetings and weather patterns," she said. 

DePecol will move back to Los Angeles, where she was living previously, when she finishes her around-the-world expedition. She is planning on finishing her documentary, her book and will speak at universities in the area.

She said she already has a long list of places she wants to revisit. 



Photo Credit: Cassie DePecol]]>
<![CDATA[Runaway Bull Scampers Along I-95 in Philly, Up to School]]> Wed, 23 Nov 2016 00:32:24 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Bull+on+Interstate+95+Sixerschix.jpg

A young bull escaped from a Philadelphia slaughterhouse Tuesday afternoon, leading police on a chase past a city high school and down Interstate 95.

The 550-pound bovine broke free from a truck outside the Saba Live Poultry meat processing facility along the 2100 block of North Hancock Street in the city's Kensington neighborhood around 2 p.m. Tuesday.

"Well when I opened the door the animal took off," Pablo Rosario, the owner of Saba Live Poultry, told NBC10 late Tuesday. 

A worker at the plant, who refused to give his name, also told NBC10 that staff were preparing to unload the bull from the truck when it charged them and scampered off.

The man placed blame on the truck driver, saying he failed to properly pull the truck into a loading dock.

The animal then began a more than 4-mile trek through several city neighborhoods and onto two highways.

One of his first stops was at Kensington High School along East Cumberland Street. Witness Pete Colon said the bull darted in front of his car before walking up to the school.

"He stopped at the doors and looked at his reflection in the glass, then ran toward Thompson Street," Colon said.

"I did not believe my eyes," said Karen Harr, who spotted the animal as it ran loose in Fishtown. "I did not believe what I was seeing. I pulled over at this fire hydrant and that's when it ran right by me straight up Commerce Street to Delaware Ave. I was afraid of it charging my car."

The bull then made its way onto the northbound lanes of Interstate 95, heading against traffic.

Stunned drivers stopped their cars as the scared steer meandered through the jam.

A woman, who did not want to give her name, said at first she thought a horse was running at her car.

"[I] thought it was going to trample over and smash me and my car," she said after tweeting a photo of the bull staring at her through the windshield.

From there, the bovine made its way back onto city streets in Chinatown. It ducked into some brush and trees next to the Interstate 676-95 interchange at 7th and Vine streets. Police and state conservation officers cornered him there.

Concerned about the public's safety, a Pennsylvania Game Commission conservation officer fired on the animal three times using a 12 gauge shotgun, killing it.

"In an extreme situation, in an emergency situation, for public safety, we chose to put it down," Pennsylvania Game Commission conservation officer Jerry Czech said.

No humans were injured in the incident, police said.



Photo Credit: SixersChix
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<![CDATA[Wandering Child's Mom Drunk: Police]]> Mon, 21 Nov 2016 15:42:34 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Nicole-and-Matthew-Glaser.jpg

A Middletown couple admitted to being so drunk they couldn't remember what happened when their 8-year-old son with autism was found wandering the streets alone and partially naked Saturday morning, according to an arraignment report.

Officers responded to a report of a young child in the roadway on East Street, near the intersection of Ridgewood Road. When they arrived they found an 8-year-old child wandering the area, police said.

The child was naked from the waist down and his feet were dirty from mud and grass. Police noted that it was 40 degrees outside Saturday morning.

Police discovered the child had left his home, which was nearly a mile away from where he was found, without his parents’ knowledge.

When questioned, the boy’s parents, identified as Nicole Glaser, 35, and Matthew Glaser, 38, said that they drank large amounts of vodka Friday night and didn’t remember what happened in the morning, according to police. Nicole Glaser told police she'd had 18 shots, according to the report.

Both were charged with risk of injury to a minor and issued $50,000 bonds. Attorney infomation was not listed.

Nicole and Matthew Glaser, who have no prior cases with the state Dapartment of Children and Families, have been ordered to undergo sustance abuse treatment and a judge issued a protective order. 

The couple are due back in court on Jan. 6.



Photo Credit: Middletown Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Slain 'Home Invader' Was Trying to Surprise Friend: Pros.]]> Fri, 18 Nov 2016 13:32:58 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Hamilton+Home+Invasion+Friend.JPG

A New Jersey woman called 911 to say she shot an intruder in her home Thursday, but investigators say the intruder was a friend who'd been trying to surprise her.

The incident that left Kelvin Watford dead in Hamilton Township played out inside the unidentified woman’s home along Genesee Street around 11:20 p.m. Thursday, said Mercer County prosecutors.

The woman told prosecutors that Watford, 50, was on the phone with her and said he was not in the area as he returned from a trip.

As they spoke, the woman heard a dog barking and noises outside her house, causing her to grab her gun, investigators said.

“She heard someone inside of her house and walked to her bedroom door, still on the phone,” according to a news release from prosecutors. “She then opened her bedroom door, observed the shadow of a person in the dark on the stairs, and fired one gunshot.”

Watford died at the scene from a gunshot wound to his chest.

Prosecutors said an initial investigation found the shooting was accidental and no charges were filed, though the incident remained under investigation.



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<![CDATA[FBI Hunts 'Spelling Bee Bandit']]> Fri, 18 Nov 2016 13:53:01 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/200*120/Spelling+Bee+Bandit+Good.JPG

The FBI is offering up to $1,000 for information that can lead to a bank robber — nicknamed the "Spelling Bee Bandit" for his misspelling of the word "robbery" on hold up notes — that is wanted for multiple heists in the Greater Boston area.

Investigators believe the suspect robbed four different banks in Massachusetts, including Arlington, Reading and Burlington, over a two-week period. The latest robbery occurred at a TD Bank at 79 Lynnfield Street in Peabody, Massachusetts.

In every case, he put on sunglasses and handed a demand note to the teller with "Robery" (sic) written on it, according to the FBI.

The unknown robber is described as a slim man in his late 30s or early 40s who is between 5'11" and 6'2" and approximately 160 pounds. They said he has a "local" accent.

The suspect has become increasingly aggressive with tellers in each subsequent robbery, according to authorities. They are hoping the announcement of the reward will help lead to his arrest.

Anyone with information concerning these robberies should call the FBI Boston Division's Violent Crimes Task Force at 1-857-386-2000.



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<![CDATA[Video Captures Whale Visiting NYC Near Statue Of Liberty]]> Fri, 18 Nov 2016 07:44:26 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/whale-holland-tunnel.jpg

A whale was spotted swimming near the Statue of Liberty Thursday morning, just as wildlife officials announced that two endangered species of the aquatic mammals were detected in the waters off New York for the first time. 

Video posted by Daniel Gallagher on Instagram showed the whale coming up for air — or perhaps catching a glimpse of the Manhattan skyline — near the Holland Tunnel on Thursday morning.

The Coast Guard issued an advisory to boaters after the whale was first spotted near the Statue of Liberty at about 8 a.m. 

The species of the whale is unclear, but it comes not long after a high-tech buoy named "Melville" -- presumably after the writer of the classic whale-hunting novel Moby Dick -- picked up the sounds of a North Atlantic right whale and a sei whale for the first time in the New York Bight, the indentation of the Atlantic Ocean that stretches from Cape May to Montauk Point.

The buoy was deployed 22 miles south of Fire Island by the Wildlife Conservation Society, which runs New York City's zoos and aquariums, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.

There are thought to only be 500 North Atlantic right whales left in the world, according to the conservation society. They can grow to about 60 feet in length and were deemed the "right" whale because whalers determined it was the best species to hunt, according to the WCS. The WCS said that the buoy picked up the telltale "up call" of the animal on Oct. 26. 

A sei whale, meanwhile, was detected on Oct. 31. The species can grow up to 65 feet and is rarely seen in New York waters. Like the North Atlantic right whale, sei whales were targets of commercial whalers before being added to federal and international endangered lists. 

They're not the only endangered whales picked up by the buoy; the WCS said that it has made several detections of fin whales -- the world's second-largest mammal behind the blue whale -- between July 23 and Nov. 16.



Photo Credit: Daniel Gallagher]]>
<![CDATA[Thief Swipes 170-Year-Old Painting]]> Fri, 18 Nov 2016 07:37:56 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/great-falls-paterson.jpg

Authorities are looking for the thief who stole a 170-year-old painting showing Paterson's iconic Great Falls from the New Jersey town's museum.

Museum officials said the $9,000 oil painting was on loan from a collector and was expected to be displayed as part of the city's 225th birthday. But it disappeared without a trace recently, and no security cameras were installed in the building to catch the thief.

"The painting was right here," said museum director Giacomo DeStefano. "Right here next to the other one donated by the same person."

DeStefano said he wasn't sure when the painting was removed, saying "It becomes like part of the furniture" but that they would have been able to find out if the city installed cameras at the museum that subsists off a $350,000 yearly budget. He said the painting was likely stolen during the day, when the building's security alarm and motion detectors were shut off. 

"I really can't imagine someone walking out of a museum with a painting like that," said volunteer David Ferrari.

The last theft was 18 years ago, when someone stole a couple of Colt revolvers.

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<![CDATA[Thrill Seeker Bungee Dunks Cookie 240 Feet, Breaks Record]]> Fri, 18 Nov 2016 06:19:29 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2016-11-17-at-5.00.42-PM.jpg Simon Berry just wanted a cookie, his tea and a little thrill. The 24-year-old combines the three in a record-breaking bungee dunk for 240 feet with a perfect aim for Guinness World Records Day.

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<![CDATA[2-Hour Wait for Gold Toilet]]> Wed, 16 Nov 2016 11:26:21 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GOLD_AP_16259825556036.jpg

Patrons at the Guggenheim are standing in line for up to two hours to use the bathroom at the Fifth Avenue museum, but they don't seem to mind the wait. 

Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan replaced the toilet in the museum's fourth-floor restroom with a fully functional replica cast in 18-karat gold as part of his "America" exhibit, which opened in September. 

According to Vulture, which first reported the long wait, the golden throne has become quiet the attraction. 

The exhibit is currently on open-ended display. The toilet is the first piece Cattelan has exhibited since his 2011 retrospective at the Guggenheim. 

The museum says on its website that the exhibit "offers a wink to the excesses of the art market but also evokes the American dream of opportunity for all."



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<![CDATA[Man Arrested in Air Horn Incidents]]> Mon, 14 Nov 2016 20:11:30 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/222*120/air-horn-el-segundo-mug.jpg

An air horn that sounds like a train has been terrorizing the residents of El Segundo for weeks, but police in the Southern California city have just arrested a man in connection with the noise — with air horn equipment inside his car, they say.

The bust came early Sunday at 4 a.m. — around the time many of the alarmingly loud incidents would occur.

"The sound is like a train coming through the neighborhood," said El Segundo Police Lt. Ray Garcia.

The noise has been plaguing residents on the west side of the city for weeks. Police have received numerous reports of an extremely loud air horn going off before residents spot a getaway car, a blue four-door sedan driven by a man.

Oftentimes, officers couldn't catch the air horn blower because the person would blare the horn and then "beat feet," police said. At times, officers on the east side of town could hear the noise and would hurry over, only to find that the perpetrator had taken off.

Sunday morning, officers once again heard the noise, then made a traffic stop at Grand Avenue and Main Street directly after. In a blue 2006 Chevrolet Aveo, they spotted air horn equipment inside the car, police said.

The commotion drew several residents from their homes, claiming they were victims of the air horn aggravator. They initiated a citizen's arrest, according to El Segundo police.

John W. Nuggent was then taken into custody by police, police said. He was booked at El Segundo jail on a misdemeanor charge of suspicion of disturbing the peace and his car, with horn inside, was impounded. 

Garcia said the air horn aggravator has been sounding his horn almost every single night.

"He's been doing this for weeks, and we've been chasing him for weeks — but we got him," Garcia said.

Garcia said they aren't exactly sure why the man allegedly has an "ax to grind," but believe that he thinks someone in the area has wronged him in some way, and this is his way of getting back at them.



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<![CDATA[Storm Drain Bald Eagle Dies]]> Tue, 15 Nov 2016 12:36:10 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NC_eagles_1500x845.jpg

One of the two bald eagles rescued from a storm drain in central Florida last week has died.

The injured eagle, which was receiving treatment at the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey, died Monday night, the center said in a statement.

The eagles became trapped in a drain in Orange County near Orlando Thursday. One was able to fly away but the other was taken to the Audubon Center and later placed in intensive care.

"Our team, along with Dr. Robert Hess and the staff at the Winter Park Veterinary Hospital made every attempt to save this beautiful bird," Katie Warner, Director of the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey, said in the statement. "We’re going to continue educating the community on why we must conserve Florida’s environment to help prevent the loss of our nation’s symbol of freedom. We’d like to thank the community for the outpouring of support."

The bird was one of 65 injured or sickly bald eagles to be treated at the center in Maitland this year.



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<![CDATA[Woman Sues Zara Over Dead Rat]]> Tue, 15 Nov 2016 19:26:26 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-4542614291.jpg

A Manhattan woman is suing Spanish fashion retailer Zara after she says she found a rat sewn into a dress she bought at one of their stores.

In a lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court last week, 24-year-old Cailey Fiesel says that she not only suffered emotional distress but was diagnosed with a rodent-born disease after wearing the dress.

Court documents say that Fiesel bought two dresses “off-the-rack” at Zara’s Greenwich, Connecticut, store back in July and hung them in her closet. In mid-August, she wore the black dress in question for the first time.

While at work, Fiesel says she started to notice a “disturbingly pungent odor” but couldn’t figure out where the offending smell was coming from. “She was unable to escape this odor,” according to court papers.

Throughout the day, Fiesel says she noticed something that felt like a loose string from her dress rubbing against her leg. She didn’t give much thought to it and reached down to try to find the string. That’s when she says she made the grisly discovery.

“To her utter shock and disbelief, as she ran her hand over the hem of the dress she felt an unusual bulge and suddenly realized that it was not a string that was rubbing against her leg but was instead a leg rubbing against her leg. The leg of a dead rodent that is,” court documents say.

“Paralyzed with fear,” Fiesel jumped out of her chair as coworkers gathered around her desk. Court documents claim that when she took off the dress she found a dead rodent sewn into its hem, the bulge of its body hidden beneath the fabric.

Photos of the dress included with the court papers “conspicuously [depict] the dead rodent with at least one of its appendages protruding.”

The lawsuit claims that Fiesel “has sustained significant personal injuries and emotional distress” and “a large rash that was diagnosed as a rodent born disease” as a result of Zara’s negligence.

It was Zara’s duty “to prevent its products from being manufactured and sold with disease causing rodents sewn into them,” the suit says.

Fiesel is seeking unspecified damages.

A spokesperson for Zara USA told NBC 4 New York the company is aware of the allegation and is investigating the matter.

"The brand has stringent quality controls and health and safety standards worldwide that are followed and met in manufacturing, including stitching and pressing," the spokesperson said. "We are committed to ensuring that all of our products meet these rigorous requirements."



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