<![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 Wed, 25 Nov 2015 05:28:27 -0500 Wed, 25 Nov 2015 05:28:27 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[WATCH: Officer Saves Skunk Trapped in Orange Juice Carton ]]> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 23:55:19 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Cop-Saves-Skunk.jpg

As an officer in the Ocean Gate Police Department in New Jersey, it’s Jonathan Whitney’s job to serve and protect members of the community, even if that member runs on four legs rather than two. That’s why Ptl. Whitney didn’t hesitate to help when he spotted a skunk with its head stuck inside a Burger King orange juice carton earlier this month in Ocean Gate.

“I wanted to help it,” Whitney told NBC10.

Ptl. Whitney recorded himself as he tried to figure out how to help the animal.

“Come here buddy,” Whitney says in the 2 ½ minute clip. “You got to get this off your head, man.”

The situation was especially tense for the officer given the fact that he had already been sprayed by a skunk prior to the recorded encounter.

“I know how bad it was to get sprayed,” Whitney said. “My heart was racing the entire time.”

Despite his nervousness, Whitney knew he had to act quickly.

“I realized that if I didn’t take it off, there was no way he was going to get that thing off,” Whitney said.

Whitney was finally able to remove the juice carton and the skunk scurried away. Whitney then smiled in front of the camera celebrating the successful rescue.

The video was posted on the Ocean Gate Police Department Facebook page back on Nov. 19 and has already been viewed over 23,600 times. The clip also comes with a disclaimer; if you see a wild animal in need, don’t approach it, and contact a professional instead.

“Please don’t do what I did,” Whitney said.

Check out the full video of the rescue above.

Photo Credit: NBC10.com]]>
<![CDATA[Wild Turkeys Wander Philly Neighborhoods]]> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 11:11:36 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000012856622_1200x675_572414531606.jpg Wild turkey sightings have been reported in a Northeast Philly shopping center and in Southwest Philadelphia near Bartram's Garden. The birds may be trying to blend in until Thanksgiving passes. ]]> <![CDATA[Gobble Gang: Turkeys Invade Denver Suburb]]> Sun, 22 Nov 2015 23:22:41 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/169*120/tuekry-112215.PNG

A rafter of fearless turkeys swarmed a suburb of Denver, Colorado, merely days before the birds' presumed worst nightmare: Thanksgiving. 

On Sunday morning, Amy and Ruben Rodriguez counted about 18 of the avian guests on their front yard, NBC affiliate KUSA reported. 

The couple watched the turkeys peck and gobble on their lawn, according to KUSA.

Hopefully the gang gets out of there before Thanksgiving. 

Photo Credit: Amy and Ruben Rodriguez ]]>
<![CDATA[Philly Jesus: God's Number for Me is Seven -- $70M]]> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 11:12:45 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/200*120/LOVE+PARK+Philly+Jesus.JPG

Philly Jesus' attempt to raise $70 million so he can take his message of Christ worldwide got off to an anemic start, but that isn't keeping him from keeping the faith.

More than a week into his GoFundMe campaign, Philly Jesus had raised just $67.

"I do believe with all my heart that God is going to make this prosper because he knows my heart, he knows the sincerity of my heart," Philly Jesus, whose given name is Michael Grant, told NBC10.

Grant has spent about two years preaching to whoever is willing to listen while taking plenty of selfies near Love Park in Center City, and even performing his fair share of park fountain baptisms.

Originally, his goal for global reach started with raising $70,000 for a Philly Jesus-mobile — like the popemobile. That fundraising effort stalled at $1,600 before he launched his loftier multimillion dollar campaign last week.

So why $70 million?

"It's the breakdown and expenses of what the Philly Jesus Ministry is gonna be," said Grant. "It's going to need that to go global."

He also said he has a special place for the number seven since it is greater than the devil's number of 666.

"God's number for me is seven," he said.

He lists "tour buses," "helicopter/jet," business cards, computer equipment, cameras, "working capital" and "Building/stadium" in a breakdown of items the $70 million would fund.

"I'm just trying to further what I do and take it across the globe... bringing the story of Christ to life on the streets and preaching the word of God to all creation," he said.

If Grant reaches his goal, he'll travel to "all countries that will let me step foot on their land," but promises not to forget his roots.

"I'll definitely be at LOVE Park even when this goes globally and I'm traveling all over the world and doing what I do at LOVE Park around the world, I will be making visits back to LOVE Park on a regular basis because that's where it all started," he said.

For now, Grant continues to share the message of Christ. And naturally, he has plans for the holiday season.

"Christmas is coming up and I'm going to be out on the streets of Philadelphia putting the 'Christ' in Christmas," he said.

Photo Credit: Instagram - Philly Jesus
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<![CDATA[56-Year-Old Grudge Over $300 Leads to Vandalism: Police ]]> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 22:49:10 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Paul-Donovan.jpg

A grudge over $300 that lasted for 56 years led to the repeated vandalism of a gravestone at a Montgomery County cemetery, according to police.

Paul Donovan, 68, of Phoenixville, was arrested last week and charged with theft and vandalism.

Police say Donovan repeatedly vandalized a man’s gravestone at the St. Matthews Cemetery in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. The vandalism, which lasted from the Spring of 2014 to Nov. 6 included black and red paint, as well as tar on the same gravestone.

“This vandalism has occurred on at least four occasions,” said Whitemarsh Police Lieutenant Christopher Ward. “It really disturbed and bothered the family.”

Police determined the vandal was targeting one family and set up a surveillance camera in the tree above the gravestone. They then captured surveillance images of the suspect which NBC10 released last week. After that, the tips came in leading to Donovan’s arrest, officials said.

Police say Donovan has a relative who is buried at St. Matthews not far from the vandalized gravestone. After his arrest, Donovan allegedly confessed to the crime. What police say was most shocking however was his motive behind it.

“The suspect claims that 56 years ago when the deceased was 10 and this subject was 12, he claims that the [deceased] stole money from him and 56 years later he was getting back at him,” Lt. Ward said. “So for 56 years he lived with this grudge. He only realized that he had passed away within the last two years.”

Donovan allegedly claimed he would pay the victim’s family the money the vandalism cost them, minus the $300 he says he’s still owed from 56 years ago. 

Donovan is set to appear in court in December.

Photo Credit: Whitemarsh Township Police ]]>
<![CDATA[450 Pork Tamales Seized at LAX]]> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 17:14:26 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/151102-tamalez-seized-lax-1.jpg

Hundreds of tamales were seized by customs agents at Los Angeles International Airport earlier this month, federal officials said Wednesday.

Stuffed inside the 450 leaf-wrapped treats were not drugs, weapons or other contraband — only pork meat, which customs agents say could potentially introduce foreign animal diseases into the U.S.

The bust was made Nov. 2 during an inspection of plastic bags belonging to a passenger who had arrived to LAX from Mexico. According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the traveler declared bringing food into the U.S., but did not disclose that it contained pork meat products.

A customs agriculture specialist inspected the traveler's bags and found the tamales filled with pork. The tamales were seized and destroyed, and the traveler was given a $1,000 fine for commercial activity with the intent to distribute, officials said.

"Although tamales are a popular holiday tradition, foreign meat products can carry serious animal diseases from countries affected by outbreaks of Avian Influenza, Mad Cow and Swine Fever," said Anne Maricich, the CBP acting director of field operations in Los Angeles.

According to the CBP, customs agents in the 2014 fiscal year intercepted more than 1.6 million animal by-product, meat and plant-soil quarantine products nationwide.

Photo Credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection
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<![CDATA[Annual Tradition of a Scuba Diving Santa]]> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 13:09:51 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NC_christmasdiving1117_1500x845.jpg A scuba diving Santa and his reindeer helpers decorate a tree 80 feet below the surface of waters off Japan's Sado Island.]]> <![CDATA[WATCH: Biker Grabs Passenger's Toes]]> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 10:43:47 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/zim-killgore-motorcycle-toe-grabber.gif

As if you didn't need a reason for why sticking your feet out of a moving car would be a bad idea.

How about this?

A motorcyclist surprised an unsuspecting passenger when he grabbed her feet while he was riding next to the car on a freeway.

Zim Killgore, a photographer, filmed himself cruising down a San Diego highway on his motorcycle when he noticed a pair of Halloween-themed feet poking out the window of a Toyota Camry.

As Killgore catches up to the car, the video dramatically slows down — and Killgore's gloved hand reaches out and grabs the lounging person's toes.

The passenger's feet immediately pull back, and Killgore zooms past — and you can see the passenger peer out the window at her toe pincher.

"Don't stick your feet out the car or else I'll grab 'em," he wrote in the video description.

Photo Credit: Youtube/Zim Killgore]]>
<![CDATA[Nude Man Breaks Into Massage Parlor]]> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 00:53:00 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/11PT_VO_NAKED_MASSAGE_T_KNSD7O9T_1200x675_568914499780.jpg

A naked man apparently found the cover he was seeking as he stole T-shirts from a massage parlor in the Hillcrest neighborhood of San Diego, though his lower half was still left exposed to the elements.

Security cameras caught the bizarre break-in Monday night at Happy Head Massage on University Avenue.

Clad in nothing but his shoes, the suspect climbed in through a back window and began wandering around the business, owner Michael Pritsker told NBC 7 Tuesday.

After a shower in the bathroom, the man is seen on surviellance video walking to the reception area. He grabs shirts from a rack and takes lotion from nearby shelves.

"Just pure silliness... watching this character break in just to steal lotion and some T-shirts," said Pritsker. "I could’ve given him one for free if he really wanted one."

Video shows the nude man then running out the front door.

The owner said he did not recognize the suspect. After San Diego police officers responded Tuesday, Pritsker said he decided not to file a police report because nothing of large value was taken.

However, if the suspect is found, Pritsker can decide whether to file a report and press charges.

<![CDATA[Zebras Escape from Circus, Lead Police on Chase]]> Mon, 16 Nov 2015 10:29:41 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/zebras-loose.jpg

Two zebras escaped from a circus in West Philadelphia on Sunday, leading police on a wild chase for miles through the city.

The zebras, according to witness accounts, somehow got loose from the UniverSoul Circus outside the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, near 52nd Street and Parkside Avenue in Fairmount Park and ran out of the front gate.

Police Radio confirmed about 2 p.m. that zebras were loose in West Philadelphia and officers were trying to catch them.

"All I saw were two cops chasing the zebra, "said Rashad Smith, a witness. "We thought it was a horse." 

Police sources said about 2:20 p.m. that one zebra had been caught and the second remained on the lam. The fleeing zebra, according to sources, made it up to City Avenue — more than two miles from where the animals escaped.

By about 2:40 p.m., the second fleeing zebra had been successfully caught, although the location where police finally stopped the zebra was not immediately clear.

There were no reports of any injuries to the animals or to any people, and it was unclear how the zebras escaped.

The UniverSoul Circus told NBC10 the animals were fine and they released a statement shortly after they were captured:

Two zebras briefly went on the loose from the UniverSoul Circus site today in Philadelphia, both have been safely corralled with no injuries. An investigation is currently underway.

The runaway zebras caused a frenzy on social media as witnesses posted videos, pictures and jokes about the animals. Even Philadelphia Police posted a lighthearted tweet after the animals were captured.

It was no laughing matter to animal rights activists however, who have been protesting the UniverSoul Circus, demanding that they stop using animal acts for entertainment.

"Oh it's not funny at all," said Marianne Bessey of the Animal ACTivists of Philly. "It's a really horrific experience for the zebras who probably saw a chance to escape and thought they were gonna maybe get some outside time instead of being inside a small pen. And instead they end up in traffic running and terrified." 

Rachel Mathews, the PETA Foundation Counsel, also released a statement:

Yet again, animals have escaped a circus and been chased through a city they never should have been taken to in the first place. UniverSoul needs to retire its animal acts immediately, and all kind families should refuse to buy a ticket to any circus that exploits animals. PETA is asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to investigate immediately to ensure that the animals are receiving veterinary care and have safe and proper enclosures.

Sunday was the UniverSoul Circus' last night in Philadelphia. Aside from the zebra incident the circus also made headlines in late October, after a trapeze artist fell three stories when his high-flying stunt went awry. He suffered a lower back injury but was eventually released from the hospital.

Photo Credit: Twitter/@Key_BlackBeauty
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<![CDATA[Worker Finds Child Porn on Customer's Phone]]> Fri, 13 Nov 2015 20:31:50 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WEB-+DEANNA+6P+PKG+CELL+PHONE+PORN+-+18-04-44-20_17355286.jpg After Samuel Kaye brought his cellphone to get fixed, he ended up busted for child porn possession, along with other charges. A worker discovered images on the man's phone and called police. NBC10’s Deanna Durante reports with more.]]> <![CDATA[6,000-Pound Boom Box Fish Tank]]> Fri, 13 Nov 2015 14:25:11 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Butler+2.png

Jimmy Butler told Animal Planet’s “Tanked” crew he wanted an aquarium for his new River North, Illinois, pad that fish would be able to ‘bump’ in – and that’s exactly what he got.

The Chicago Bulls guard was featured on the popular show that tricks out tanks, and told the aquarium masters he loves music and wanted his new addition to reflect his off-the-court passion.

In the heart of River North, Butler just purchased the 10,000 square foot mansion for $4.3 million. It includes a 750-bottle wine cellar, 3-car garage, spacious deck, 'man cave' and billiards table – one thing it didn’t have is a super swanky fish tank, but luckily that’s now changed.

What Animal Planet’s Wayde King and Brett Raymer revealed to him was a 6,000-pound epic boom box aquarium that even has speakers inside so his new fish can hear the music too.

The two initially offered up a basketball-themed tank, which Butler immediately put the kibosh on.

“Terrible idea!” Butler said. “Terrible! The basketball idea is not the right idea for this situation.”

He went on to push them in the music direction, saying, “I’m a really big music guy.” What might be unexpected to some is that the Bulls star is big into country music.

Butler’s reaction to his new massive old-school boom box tank, which they surprised him with on his way back from Bulls practice, was nothing short of amazement.

“OH! This is beautiful man!” Butler said. “This is better than I could have ever imagined … This is big time.”

The team even put 50 fish inside the tank in honor of the Chicago Bulls' 50th anniversary.

The full "Tanked" episode airs on Animal Planet Friday, Nov. 13 at 9 p.m. CT.

Back in July, Butler reportedly signed a $90 million, 5-year-contract to stay with the team.

Photo Credit: Animal Planet
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<![CDATA[Angry Diner Arrested for Assault Over All-You-Can-Eat Pancakes]]> Mon, 16 Nov 2015 10:24:48 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/natasha+west.jpg

A Chicago woman was arrested last Friday after police say she became “irate” and threatened a waitress over unlimited pancakes.

Natasha West, 27, was dining with friends at a Denny’s, located at 9217 Cicero Ave., when a friend ordered the $4 all-you-can-eat pancakes, according to Oak Lawn police.

The friend began sharing the pancakes with West but a waitress said that was not allowed as the offer was only good for one diner at a time. After that, police allege West became irate, swearing and swinging her fists at the server several times.

West and her friends left without paying and West allegedly kicked a door several times on her way out.

The restaurant’s manager called police to give a description of the car the group left in and it was stopped a short time later by a Hometown police officer near Southwest Highway and Pulaski Road.

Police said the group was taken back to the restaurant where one friend paid the bill and West was identified by employees as the “irate” customer.

She was charged with assault and damage to property.

The waitress was not injured in the incident, police said. West's attorney information wasn't immediately available.

Photo Credit: Oak Lawn Police]]>
<![CDATA[Deer Lands in Backseat After Crash]]> Fri, 13 Nov 2015 08:29:30 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/plano+deer.jpg

As a longtime driver of tractor trailers, Christopher Coleman, of Frisco, Texas, has encountered all kinds of obstacles on the road.

But none compare to what he experienced while driving home from work on Wednesday.

Coleman was driving on the Sam Rayburn Tollway near Spring Creek Parkway in Plano at about 4:30 p.m. when he said he noticed a deer on the side of the road.

"I admired it and, by that time, I heard a loud bang," Coleman said.

In video provided by the North Texas Tollway Authority, the deer is seen darting into oncoming traffic before slamming into Coleman's Mercedes Benz. The deer bounced off his hood and shattered his windshield and sunroof. Coleman thought the deer flew over his car, but it ended up in the back seat.

"I seen a deer in my backseat, and my first thought was, 'I have to get out of the car before it starts moving, because if it starts moving I'm dead,'" he said.

In photos taken by Plano firefighters at the scene, the deer is wedged behind the driver's seat. It was taken that way to a tow yard in Plano.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department removed the deer's body Thursday. Game wardens said deer are on the move right now because it's mating season.

Looking back at what happened, Coleman said he's amazed he's at home without a scratch.

"It was just a blessing. I was just happy to be alive," he said.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Conn. Homeowner Gets Pot in Mail]]> Fri, 13 Nov 2015 01:47:42 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/east+windsor+pot_1200.jpg

An East Windsor, Connecticut, homeowner was surprised to receive a package containing six pounds of pot on Thursday.

The person called police to say they had received the package from Florida from an unknown sender. The homeowner opened it and found the packaged marijuana inside.

The pot has a street value of approximately $6,000, according to police.

Authorities are investigating.

Photo Credit: East Windsor Police]]>
<![CDATA[Rape Suspect Hit With Frying Pan]]> Fri, 13 Nov 2015 06:45:06 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/anthony-prestopine-suspect-in-rape-trial.jpg

Police in Mercer County, Pennsylvania say a woman fought off a suspected rapist with a frying pan.

According to WKBN, investigators said the woman invited Anthony Prestopine, 33, to her home in Sharon.

She told police she fell asleep, and when she woke up Prestopine forced himself on her.

When Prestopine wouldn't leave, the woman said she hit him in the face with a frying pan, according to police.

Prestopine was charged with rape.

Photo Credit: Sharon Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[600 Bobbleheads Left Near Doorstep]]> Fri, 13 Nov 2015 17:59:57 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Denorfia+bobbleheads.jpg

Several roommates were miffed when 600 bobbleheads bearing the face of a former Padres player mysteriously turned up near their doorstep in University City, San Diego.

Now they're resorting to handing them out as party favors.

The woman who answered the phone at the San Diego Police Department told Philip Jia it was the strangest call she’d ever received.

Jia and a handful of his young 20-something roommates in University City asked if an officer could come out and take a look at the items someone dumped in the middle of their condo complex street.

Hundreds of Padres bobbleheads littered the pavement and they all had the same face.

“I’m now a huge Chris Denorfia fan,” said Philip Jia, who along with his roomates had never heard of the former Padres player now sitting in more boxes than they could carry.

And so began the great bobblehead mystery of 2015.

“We opened them up expecting to find something a little more nefarious,” Jia said, referring to when they first opened the bobblehead boxes.

“We thought it was from a drug cartel or something,” echoed roommate Jalena Lau. “But when we went through them, they were just regular bobbleheads."

The police department sent an officer who took a report, but advised the group to simply help out their HOA and clean the mess up.

They loaded about half the Denorfia bobbleheads into their apartment, decorating the bedroom of a roommate who wasn’t home and went to bed.

They left the rest in the street and by morning they were gone, presumably taken by neighbors.

The roommates gave them away to co-workers, friends, and family members, but the bobbling Denorfias still hold a hefty presence inside their home.

A huge stack lines the front entry and another pile sits under the inside basketball hoop.

“Actually, we had a huge Halloween party and a lot of our friends came over and it was kind of a like a present we gave out to everyone,” said Lau.

The roommates never heard back from police, so if the Denorfias were stolen or some kind of contraband, it wasn’t reported.

The real Chris Denorfia was traded from the Padres back in July of 2014 and now plays for the Cubs.

The roommates, who’ve considered flooding the Ebay market where some of the same figurines are listed for $20, say the Denorfia Bobblehad demand apparently just isn’t what it used to be.

Photo Credit: Steven Luke]]>
<![CDATA[Petition to Save Nun’s Job After She Receives DUI]]> Fri, 13 Nov 2015 10:21:43 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000012727986_1200x675_565658179605.jpg Sister Kimberly Miller, a Philadelphia nun and school teacher at Little Flower High School for Girls, is on leave after a video surfaced of her failing a sobriety test, and now there is a petition to save her job.]]> <![CDATA[Runaway Emu Captured Alive]]> Fri, 13 Nov 2015 06:46:14 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/socialEMU+-+00-00-12-28_17338702.jpg

A runaway emu that eluded police and animal control officers in Delaware for months was finally captured Thursday. 

The emu, which caused at least two schools to go into a "soft lockdown" while on the loose, was finally captured, alive.

The emu, which officials believe is an escaped pet of an owner who has yet to claim it, was on the loose in Delaware for months, eluding police and animal control officers.

On Thursday, several people were able to wrangle the elusive bird. Among the group were workers from Three Palms Petting Zoo in Clayton.

The emu will get a check up at the zoo before its eventually put up for adoption.

<![CDATA[Skateboarding Dog and More Bizarre World Records]]> Thu, 12 Nov 2015 15:04:38 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/DogWorldRecord.jpg From dogs on skateboards, to people doing laps on a track on their hands, here are some of the world's most bizarre world records.]]> <![CDATA[Rogue Drone Slams Into Seattle Ferris Wheel]]> Thu, 12 Nov 2015 08:12:03 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Seattle+Great+Wheel.png

A rogue drone struck a giant Ferris wheel and crashed through a plastic patio table in downtown Seattle on Wednesday, police and employees said.

Seattle Great Wheel security workers reported the bizarre collision to police around 4:45 p.m. local time, police spokesman Mark Jamieson told The Seattle Times. Authorities confiscated the aircraft, and they're looking for the owner.

The patio where the aircraft landed was closed, and the ride was inspected for damage. It re-opened a short time later, according to the station. No injuries were reported, according to the newspaper.

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<![CDATA[Elderly Woman Fires Gun at Robbers]]> Thu, 12 Nov 2015 05:41:23 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/11115+elderly+woman+shoots+burglars.jpg

She may look like any ordinary elderly woman, but police said this 88-year-old from Miami is a crime-fighter.

Burglars tried breaking into the home of Arlene Orms, until she managed to scare them away. Many residents in her neighborhood are still talking about it.

"I was in shock. I couldn't believe it, and I can't believe how she reacted. That was awesome," one neighbor said.

In the dark of the night, some would-be prowlers tried to break into Orms' home, but police said she fought back.

The scene unfolded in the 6000 block of Northwest 2nd Street, when police said burglars knocked down Orms' door. But they didn't get far.

The feisty homeowner fired one shot from her 25 caliber Beretta, sending the culprits running for their lives.

The next morning, Orms didn't speak to the media, just quietly cleaned up the front entrance to her home. She did give a stern look, which spoke volumes.

The suspects are still on the run. If you know anything about this case, you're asked to call police.

Photo Credit: NBC6.com]]>
<![CDATA[Marilyn Monroe Statue Stolen]]> Thu, 12 Nov 2015 09:58:07 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Bristol+Mariyln+Monroe+statue+1200.jpg

It took less than four minutes for someone to run off with Marilyn Monroe.

Marilyn's Pub in Bristol, Connecticut, caught someone on camera stealing the restaurant's Marilyn Monroe statue just before 5:30 a.m. Sunday. The thief first backed a white van up to the patio area and walked up to the life-sized Marilyn statue. The burglar, covering his or her face from the cameras, headed back to the vehicle, opened the doors, then rushed back to sweep the 42-pound statue before dashing away.

"I think it's terrible. I think it's a sad state of affairs that somebody would take something so nice that was put at a location at an establishment for enjoyment for everybody," Marilyn's Pub patron Enrico Chiarillo.

"They steal the plants, the pumpkins, the bows off the building. The statue? That's a little too far," Diane Baral, who owns Marilyn's Pub, said.

Baral couldn't believe it when she saw the surveillance video and said it's a blow to have their well-known and well-loved blonde bombshell stolen. Inside the restaurant, another life-sized statue stands as well as pictures of Marilyn along the walls. The famous actress is an important part of the pub that's been in Bristol for three years.

"Everyone likes the Marilyn experience. They come and take pictures," said Baral.

Now Baral and the people who love sitting with the statue hope the thief caught on camera does the right thing.

"Just bring her back. She belongs here. If you like her that much, come here every night and have a couple beers with her," patron Denise Dionne said.

"Please return her. She belongs here. No questions asked. Bring her back," said Baral.

Baral says they're not going to replace Marilyn, so their only hope is the person who took her brings her back.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the statue is asked to call Bristol police.

Photo Credit: Marilyn's Pub]]>
<![CDATA[Family Finds Black Widow in Grapes]]> Thu, 12 Nov 2015 04:22:41 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Black+Widow+Found+in+Grapes+Cropped.jpg

A Bucks County woman found a not-so-pleasant surprise in a batch of grapes she bought from a local BJ's store.

Amy Reed bought organic grapes from BJ’s Wholesale Club in Langhorne Monday evening, but did not open the grapes until Tuesday. When she did open them, she found a black widow spider crawling around the fruit.

"I was just like, 'what is that?'" Reed said. "We got pliers and we picked it up and it kind of fell over. Then we could see the red hour glass on its stomach and I was like, 'You've got to be kidding me.'"

Reed and her husband Hooman Noorchashm contacted the store Wednesday morning and said they were “very cooperative." They also said an official with BJ’s called the family, and even referred them to the grower in California that the grapes came from, who apologized and said that black widows are a problem out there.

"I guess the issue is especially with the organic, there's less pesticide and there are more bugs," Reed said. "More bugs means more spiders come and eat the bugs." 

Noorchashm, who is a physician along with his wife, told NBC10 they are solely concerned with keeping the public safe.

"Everything we're doing is for public health," he said. "We have no secondary motive." 

A spokesperson from BJ's sent NBC10 the following statement: 

The safety and well being of our Members is the top priority at BJ's Wholesale Club. All of our clubs follow very strict food safety procedures. We have zero tolerance for products that do not adhere to our strict guidelines for fresh, high quality foods. We are aware of the black widow spider a Member found in a pack of organic grapes at our Langhorne, PA location. We have inspected all other grapes and discovered no spiders or other insects. We are taking this matter extremely seriously and working with our vendor to take appropriate measures.

Black Widows are usually dark with a reddish hourglass shape on their abdomen. The spiders are venomous and their bites can be harmful to humans though rarely fatal. Bites from the spiders can cause severe muscle pain, abdominal cramps and muscle spasms.

"I wouldn't even think if I had chest pain or if one of the children had collapsed, I would have never thought toxic spider bite," said Reed who is an anesthesiologist in the intensive care unit at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. "I just wouldn't have." 

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<![CDATA[Flushed Engagement Ring Found]]> Wed, 11 Nov 2015 06:09:10 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/218*120/flushedring-111015.PNG

A woman in Jurupa Valley in Riverside County, California, learned the hard way that you have to remember where you put your engagement ring after she accidentally flushed it down the toilet.

But all was not lost. The engagement ring was found.

Carissa Wolter told NBC4 that she placed her engagement ring and earrings in a tissue while she cleaned the bathroom.

She was frantic when she realized that in the midst of cleaning that she tossed it in the toilet and flushed.

"It's like a needle in a haystack. How would you find a ring and two small earrings in a sewer?" Wolter said.

A crew helped lift the manhole cover connected to her home and they found the priceless jewelry.

They said she was lucky to have a low flow sewer main. Otherwise the ring would have been a goner.  

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<![CDATA[Runaway Emu Causes Lockdown at Delaware Schools]]> Thu, 12 Nov 2015 00:22:01 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Runaway-Emu-Delaware.jpg

Drew Hurst told NBC10 he didn’t know what to think when his grandson told him a giant bird caused a lockdown at Spring Meadow Early Childhood Center in Townsend, Delaware. 

“You weren’t allowed to go play in school because a giant emu was running around in your playground and it was being chased by police?” Hurst asked.

“Uh huh,” his grandson replied.

It turns out his grandson was right. A runaway emu was spotted nearby Spring Meadow as well as Old State Elementary School Monday leading to a “soft lockdown” at both schools. Officials sent a letter alerting parents and informing them that students remained inside the building while normal activity continued. Fortunately no one was hurt during the incident.

The emu, which officials believe is an escaped pet of an owner who has yet to claim it, has been on the loose in Delaware for months, eluding police and animal control officers.

“I am getting frustrated,” said Dan Stonebraker who runs the 3 Palms Petting Zoo in Clayton, Delaware. “Yesterday we were out there for a few hours and we got closer than ever. We had our hands on it, physically, twice.”

Officials say shooting the bird with a tranquilizer is a last resort and have been trying to safely capture it. Stonebraker said emus are relatively safe unless they’re cornered. Officials warn residents not to get too close or threaten the emu due to its sharp talons.

Officials believe the emu can survive the upcoming Delaware winter but they’re trying to capture it soon before it wanders off into traffic and causes an accident.

<![CDATA[Arrest in D.C. Sex Abuse Case]]> Wed, 11 Nov 2015 08:48:23 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/SEX+ABUSE+dc.jpg

One of two women caught on video groping and twerking on a man in a gas station in Northeast D.C. has been arrested after an attack the victim said humiliated him.

Ayanna Marie Knight, 22, of Las Vegas, was charged with third-degree sexual abuse, police said late Tuesday, explaining that an "observant pedestrian" alerted them of Knight's location. Police are still looking for the second woman.

Video released Monday by the Metropolitan Police Department shows the man waiting in a checkout line at a gas station on the 1700 block of New York Avenue NE about 4 p.m. Oct. 7 when a woman in front of him begins to dance and rub her body against him. A second woman, dressed in red, follows the man and appears to grope him repeatedly.

According to a police report, the women "used force and grabbed (the victim's) groin and buttocks multiple times in a very aggressive manner without his permission and without his consent."

The victim told News4 he was humiliated by the attack.

"I was assaulted sexually," he said, asking that his name be withheld. "I felt 100 percent violated. I felt really humiliated also, because when someone is just grabbing your body parts without your permission, no matter who it is, that's just a violation completely."

The man said he tried to back away, but the woman continued to advance.

"As they were grabbing me, it wasn't like they were grabbing pants or anything like that," he said.

The victim asked two cashiers at the gas station to call police, but they "just sat there," he said. Frustrated, he walked outside and started dialing the number himself. He said he tried to get into his car, but the women grabbed his arm and in an effort to prevent him from leaving. 

He broke free, walked into the gas station's car wash and called police. The women eventually left, he said.

Some on social media said they thought the victim should have welcomed the attention, but a D.C. group that fights public sexual harassment and abuse said viewers should remember they're watching footage of a crime.

"It's not a joke. It shouldn't be taken lightly," said Jessica Raven, interim executive director of Collective Action for Safe Spaces.

"This is a prime example of the public sexual harassment and assault that people across our city experience on a near-daily basis, and it is completely unacceptable," she added. "It absolutely happens to men, too, and it is not OK."

Anyone with information that can help police is asked to call 202-727-9099.

Editor's Note: Video of the incident on the D.C. police YouTube page had been made private as of 4:45 p.m. 

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<![CDATA[911 Dispatcher Helps Deliver Baby]]> Mon, 09 Nov 2015 10:15:26 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/baby+at+home.jpg

A grandmother delivered her grandson with the help of a 911 dispatcher over the phone while paramedics were on the way in Orange County Friday.

"Get him to cry," 911 dispatcher Velecia Aguilar said in the recording. "Tap his foot a little bit."

Around 5 a.m., as paramedics were responding to Lauren Roberson's home in San Juan Capistrano, Orange County Fire Authority 911 dispatcher Aguilar talked her mother-in-law through the delivery of Roberson's second child.

In the 911 call recording, Aguilar walked through the steps of delivery, and the baby, Mason Anthony Roberson, was born just before paramedics arrived to take him and his mother to the hospital.

As the baby cries in the 911 audio, Aguilar can be heard saying, "There we go! That's what I needed to hear."

She congratulated the family over the phone after the precious bundle was born.

Mason is the second child of Lauren Roberson, 30, and her husband Anthony Roberson, who welcomed his son's birth on his own birthday.

Mason was born two weeks early weighing 7 pounds, 11 ounces.

Both mom and baby were doing well, and now grandma has an amazing story to tell.

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<![CDATA[Strange Lights Appear in Calif. Sky]]> Mon, 09 Nov 2015 14:44:40 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/BRIGHT-LIGHT-SD-1107+2015.gif

Viewers across California and parts of the West Coast reported seeing a strange, large flash of light across the Pacific Ocean Saturday night as the U.S. Navy was conducting a missile test.

Many viewers called NBC San Diego, NBC Southern California and NBC Bay Area reporting a green and blue colored streak of bright light through the sky, reported as far south as Mexico and as far north as the Bay Area. Some viewers even reported seeing it in Nevada, Colorado and Arizona. 

"It was really slow and then exploded really gray and there was some blue lights it just looked really weird," Sokhom Thoeun, who was walking on a San Diego beach with his family, told NBC7.

"I'm like it's not a firework, it's not a falling star, it's not the moon... I don't know what it was... but it was the coolest thing I've ever seen in my life," said witness Jessica Blecker.

Cmdr. Ryan Perry with the Navy's Third Fleet said the Navy Strategic Systems Programs conducted a scheduled Trident II (D5) missile test flight at sea from USS Kentucky, causing the bright light.

Read the Navy's full statement below: 

"Navy Strategic Systems Programs conducted scheduled Trident II (D5) missile test flight at sea from USS Kentucky, an Ohio Class SSBN, in the Pacific Test Range off the coast of Southern California. The tests were part of a scheduled, ongoing system evaluation test. Launches are conducted on a frequent, recurring basis to ensure the continued reliability of the system. Each test activity provides valuable information about our systems, thus contributing to assurance in our capabilities.

The missile was not armed. Strategic Systems Programs does not routinely announce missile testing. Information regarding the test launch of Trident II (D5) missiles is classified before the launch."

Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles confirmed through the U.S. Navy at Point Mugu that the light was a missile test. However, the location of where the missile was fired has not been disclosed, Capt. Jonathon S. Spaner, commander of Sector San Diego and San Diego Captain of the Port, told NBC7's Bridget Naso

The Coast Guard sector said it spoke with the Department of Defense and confirmed it was a missile test. The Orange County Sheriff's Department tweeted the bright lights were the result of a Naval test fire off the coast. 

Los Angeles International Airport officials warned residents earlier that overnight air traffic patterns would be altered Saturday and continuing into next week because of activity from a nearby military base.

LAX officials said it would deviate from its "Over-Ocean Operations" that are typically in effect from midnight to 6:30 a.m. During those hours, incoming flights normally land at LAX from over the
ocean to reduce noise for residents living east of the airport.

"Due to the military airspace activity, however, incoming flights will use the overland westerly route when approaching the airport," according to LAWA.

Outbound flights will continue to take off to the west, over the ocean. The change in overnight operations will continue through Nov. 12, according to LAWA.

The lights prompted a flood of phone calls and police called news outlets to tell them to tell residents not to panic because 911 was inundated with reports. 

NBC 7 continues to investigate the bright light. Did you see the light? If so, tell us where you were below in the comments thread. 

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<![CDATA[Huge Gator Caught in Parking Lot]]> Mon, 09 Nov 2015 07:10:11 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Gator2.PNG

A 12-and-a-half-foot, 800 pound, 50-year-old alligator was caught Saturday morning in Sugar Land.

According to NBC affiliate KPRC, the gator was near Oyster Creek behind a shopping center and was discovered when employees arrived at work.

The gator, which has since been nicknamed “Godzilla” because of its size, was in the back parking lot where employees park their car.

KPRC reports alligator hunter Christy Kroboth and an officer tried to tie up the reptile but he fought a tough fight.

“We tried to do a front catch with him where you hold jaws and get him taped, but he was so big," she said. "His jaws were too big for my hands. ."

“We tried several different attempts on how to catch him," Kroboth continued. "Finally, we thought we had him wore out enough to put two people on the back of him and kinda outweigh him, which clearly did not work."

She told KPRC 2 in Houston, “He still had some fight in him. Obviously no death roll or anything like that. So we were all able to get off safely then he was able to swat me with the tail.”

Godzilla will reportedly live out the rest of his days at an alligator farm in El Campo.

Photo Credit: KPRC]]>
<![CDATA[No More 'Charlie Brown' Tree for Reading]]> Sun, 08 Nov 2015 10:30:28 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000012667067_1200x675_562049091540.jpg Reading is making up for last year's 'Charlie Brown' tree by getting a lush, handsome fir tree donated for its downtown Christmas display. ]]> <![CDATA[Bunny on Boston Train]]> Sat, 07 Nov 2015 21:04:52 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/CTNKV6BXAAAE8tB.jpg

Ever wonder how rabbits get around the city? Much like us, they hop on the train.

Transit police shared a photo of a bunny sitting in a seat on an MBTA train, asking passengers to keep their furry friends in their carriers and out of harm's way.

Photo Credit: MBTA Transit Police
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<![CDATA[Congressional Candidate Helps Rescue People Stuck in Elevator]]> Fri, 06 Nov 2015 20:49:48 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Gordon+Elevator+Save.jpg

A Lower Merion Township commissioner running for U.S. Congress can add rescuer to his resume after he helped people escape a stuck elevator outside his campaign office.

Brian Gordon is a Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania's 2nd District. He was working at his campaign headquarters on the 7th floor of a Bala Cynwyd office building Friday afternoon when one of the elevators became stuck between floors, his campaign said.

Gordon helped the building's receptionist pry open the elevator doors and lower down a ladder so the five passengers could climb out. A campaign staffer filmed the whole rescue.

After an elevator rider apologized to Gordon, he replied, "I live for this stuff." He then took a moment to stump for his campaign.

It seemed he gained a few votes with several people announcing they'd support him.

Gordon is challenging incumbent Chaka Fattah in the April Democratic primary. He's running on a message of inclusion, equal protection and the environment, his website shows. Attorney Dan Muroff has also announced he'll run for Fattah's seat.

Fattah has led the 2nd District since 1995, but faces a federal indictment where he's accused of misusing federal grants and charitable donations. He has denied any wrongdoing.

Congressman Fattah is married to NBC10 News anchor Renee Chenault-Fattah, who is currently on leave from the station. She has not been charged.

Thursday, the congressman's son, Chaka Fattah, Jr., was found guilty of 22 counts of fraud in a separate federal case. The junior told NBC10 exclusively hours after the verdict was read that he plans to appeal the ruling and doesn't believe he'll spend time in prison.

Photo Credit: Brian Gordon for Congress
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<![CDATA[Chesco Halloween Candy Needle Hoax]]> Fri, 06 Nov 2015 21:20:26 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Twix+with+needles+Kennett+Square+USE+halloween+candy+PD.jpg

Following an intensive investigation, the Kennett Square Police Department and Chester County Detectives have determined that an earlier report of needles found in Halloween candy in Kennett Square, PA is unfounded.

Police in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania said they were notified about midnight Sunday that Halloween candy handed out in the borough's Stenning Hills section had been tampered with. Needles were discovered inside five wrapped Twix bars handed out to four different children in the area, police said.

The Kennett Square Police Department first alerted the community via its Facebook page on Sunday morning, saying that a "needle-type item was found inside five wrapped Twix bars given to four different children the evening of Oct. 31, 2015 in the Stenning Hills area of the borough."

Police said the two children have since recanted their stories.

"Sometimes proving that a crime did not happen is as important as proving that a crime did happen," said District Attorney Tom Hogan. "In this case, law enforcement treated the initial report seriously, notified the community for the sake of safety, but kept doggedly investigating the matter. As a result of that persistence, we are now able to assure the citizens of Kennett Square that nobody was trying to harm any children with Halloween candy." 

The children involved, aged 11 and 12, will not be formally charged but will instead be dealt with by their respective parents. Both families apologized for the incident, recognizing the serious impact it had on the community.

"Anybody who has raised kids knows it sometimes takes some work and time to get the full truth behind an initial story," District Attorney Hogan added. "At this point, we are simply glad that we can assure the parents and children of Chester County that Halloween remains a safe and fun event."

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Police said they immediately began investigating and the candy and wrappers were immediately submitted for examination. They later released photos of the candy in question showing needles sticking out of the chocolate bars.

In Gloucester County, New Jersey, Woodbury Heights Police said they received a report of a needle or pin being found in a Snickers Almond chocolate bar.

Another report of a razor blade found in a Halloween Snickers bar was also being investigated in Bristol Borough, Bucks County.

And a girl in western Pennsylvania admitted to making up a story about finding a razor blade in her candy after cutting her mouth with the blade, requiring stitches.

Police asked that anyone with information about candy tampering contact their respective department.

Photo Credit: Kennett Square Police
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<![CDATA[California Shack Selling for $2M]]> Fri, 06 Nov 2015 05:39:06 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/1105-2015-PaloAltoShack.jpg

A 180-square foot shack in Palo Alto, California, can be yours for just under $2 million.

The one bedroom, one bathroom shack is 85 years old, according to Estately. The shack is located in the Barron Park neighborhood, near Stanford and top elementary schools.

Neighbors are shocked at the price tag.

"I cannot believe it. That's crazy," Palo Alto-resident Viresh Rustagi said. "We moved here in 2011. House prices have almost doubled since that."

The shack sits on a 6,800-square foot lot, so it is primed for a tear down. The listing states it is a great spot to build a dream home.

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<![CDATA[Without Limbs, Football Player Defies Odds]]> Sat, 07 Nov 2015 05:57:48 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/HD+CLINE+THOMAS+11PM+TSE+AND+BROLL+-+21-15-20-27_17266328.jpg

"If they discount me, then you will be laying on the ground."

The words of this seventh-grade football player seem common, but they come from a 12-year-old who is playing against heavy odds.

Gaven Toney of Chester County, in Pennsylvania, was born without arms and legs. He's not letting that stop him on the field.

NBC10 attended a game at Henderson High School on Thursday night where Gaven's team from Stetson Middle School took on rival Pierce and Gaven took plenty of hits. Running on special shoes, he kept up just fine and held his ground, making plays to help his team.

The young defensive tackle takes his cues from the Philadelphia Eagles.

"I watched the Eagles and (running backs) DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews," he tells NBC10. "I want to come out and see if I can put in the work and I tried to see what happens."

As for his future, Gaven hopes to become a football player or analyst when he grows up.

Gaven's coach, Mitch Hoffman, said "It's moments like this, and being around kids" like Gaven, that make coaching worth it.

Gaven has tried other sports in the past, but this is his first year on the football team, something that still worries his mom.

"Usually I'm hoping he doesn't get hurt and that he gives his all every time– he tries it no matter what," Jeanelle Toney said.

Photo Credit: NBC10
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