<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Weird News]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/weird http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com en-us Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:39:34 -0400 Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:39:34 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Crashed Butter Truck Clogs Major NY Artery for Hours]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:32:23 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Hutchinson-River-Butter-Crash.jpg

A tractor-trailer carrying butter crashed on the Hutchinson River Parkway Tuesday afternoon, clogging the traffic artery through the evening rush.

The truck was heading north on the parkway when it slammed into the King Street Bridge, near the New York-Connecticut state line, at around noon, police say. The truck burst into flames upon impact.

No one was injured, but the Hutchinson River Parkway was closed for hours as crews cleaned up.

It reopened at 6:30 p.m.

Tractor-trailers aren't permitted to travel on the parkway in part because of its low-hanging overpasses.
 

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<![CDATA[Bear Sightings Put Spook on Halloween Plans]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 23:41:25 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/bear+sighting+nj.JPG Some New Jersey families are concerned about trick-or-treating on Halloween because of recent bear sightings in their community. Pat Battle reports from Wayne.]]> <![CDATA[Officer Asked to Lick Driver's Feet]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:10:54 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Ofc-Patrick-Quinn.jpg Authorities are looking for other potential victims after a local school district police officer was accused of asking a woman for sexual favors in exchange for not taking her to jail.]]> <![CDATA[Mom Accuses Daughter of Stealing Dog]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:58:23 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/217*120/chihuahua+bobby+custody+dispute+isabel+cotto+shuler.JPG

A mother and daughter are taking their dog custody woes to court – a dispute with 2,500 miles between the two parties.

Jackeline Biddle Shuler claimed her mom promised her custody of the chihuahua, named Bobby, after she offered to adopt and relocate the dog from her mother's Puerto Rico home, where the pet lived in unhealthy conditions.

"When I went to pick her up at the airport, she handed me the carrying case and said 'Here's your dog,'" said Shuler, who added she already spent more than $700 on food and vet appointments for the chihauhua.

But Shuler’s mom, Isabel Cotto, is taking her to court, alleging her daughter committed a crime – dog theft.

Shuler disagrees with her mother's assertion, and text messages and voicemails from Cotto refer to Bobby as the daughter's pet, according to an attorney for Shuler.

Cotto filed a complaint in Long Branch, New Jersey in July. 

The next trial date is scheduled Nov. 10 in Long Branch, where Shuler serves as a councilwoman.
 

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<![CDATA["Hello Kitty" Arrested on DUI Charge]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:49:11 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2014-10-29+at+6.11.06+AM.png

Police say a Maine woman who was pulled over while wearing a Hello Kitty costume was arrested on a drunken driving charge.

Gorham police say officers stopped 37-year-old Carrie Gipson, of Westbrook, at about 2 a.m. Sunday because she was driving in the wrong lane.

They say she refused to take a breath test and was arrested for operating under the influence. She was taken to the Cumberland County jail.

Her police mugshot shows her wearing a red and white Hello Kitty costume, minus the doll's mammoth head.

There was no immediate response to a phone message left by The Associated Press at a residence believed to be Gipson's.



Photo Credit: AP Photo/Cumberland County Sheriff's Office Jail]]>
<![CDATA[Custody Dispute Over 'Bobby' the Chihuahua]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 23:23:16 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008492919_1200x675_349079107801.jpg A New Jersey woman is taking her mother to court over ownership of a Chihuahua named "Bobby."]]> <![CDATA[Caught on Cam: Halloween Decorations Stolen from Home]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 07:17:56 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/halloween+decorations+stolen.jpg

Police are asking for the public's help in identifying a woman who was caught on surveillance video stealing Halloween decorations from the front steps of a South Philadelphia home.

The woman, described by police to be between 30 and 40-years-old, can be seen walking up to the heavily decorated front stoop of a rowhome along the 1100 block of Fitzgerald Street around 3:25 a.m. on October 23.

She looks up-and-down the street before uniting a figurine attached to a railing. Police say once the woman frees the decoration, she then fled the scene.

"I think it's terrible," said Josephine, the homeowner. She was only willing to provide her first name to NBC10. "If she would have knocked at my door and she would have liked [the decoration] that much, I probably would have gave it to her."

This isn't the first time Josephine had decorations stolen. She said Christmas decor has also gone missing from in front of her home.

The suspect is described as thinly built and standing around 5-feet-5-inches tall. She had her hair pulled into a bun and was wearing a white hooded sweatshirt, jeans and black sneakers.

Anyone with information is asked to call Philadelphia Police at 215.686.TIPS.



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<![CDATA[Beloved Exotic Cat Goes Missing]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 05:10:19 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/exotic+cat+missing.jpg

An African cat continues to roam a Delaware neighborhood as its owner keeps the search going to bring "Boo" home.

Boo is not your typical house cat. Boo's owner Richard Todd said his large African Savannah cat has lived with his family for nine years.

"He sleeps with my children," Todd said.

Boo went missing nearly two weeks ago.

"He saw a bunny rabbit, and it distracted him and off he went," Todd said.

Neighbor Brandon Burns said he spotted the cat Monday morning. Burns said Boo reminded him of a bobcat.

However Todd assures neighbors have nothing to worry about despite Boo’s exotic look.

“He is not a ferocious cat in any way, he is a standard domesticated cat, he just looks different,” Todd said.

The cat got loose in a neighborhood filled with young families, right next to Forwood Elementary School.

Burns doesn’t want to take any chances.

“I have a 2-year-old daughter at home and she is staying inside 'til they catch this thing,” Burns said

NBC10’s Tim Furlong called the Delaware SPCA, who came right to Burns' house in Graylyn Crest. The team warns if anyone sees Boo, to not try and catch him, although they do not believe he would hurt people or animals.

Instead residents are encouraged to call New Castle Police if they spot the animal.



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<![CDATA[Stranger Sleeping in Man's Bed: PD]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 13:19:54 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/sullivan+Edited.jpg

A Clinton man woke up in the middle of the night to find a stranger sleeping next to him early Saturday.

Police arrested Tyler Sullivan, 22, of the Higganum section of Haddam, on charges including criminal trespassing and disorderly conduct.

At 1:35 a.m., a man in a home on East Main Street heard the front door open and thought that it was his wife. He rolled over expecting it to be her, but instead saw an intruder he didn't know sleeping next to him. When the stranger wouldn't leave at the resident's request, the man called 911.

Sullivan was still in the man's bedroom when police arrived and was very drunk, according to police. He later told police that he forgot what happened and "thought he was at his mother's apartment in the same complex," police said in a news release.

Police charged Sullivan with first-degree criminal trespass and disorderly conduct and took him in a police cruiser to the station for processing.

He was released on a $1,000 surety bond and is scheduled to appear in Middlesex Superior Court in Middletown on Nov. 4.



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<![CDATA["Crook" Arrested for Burglary]]> Sun, 26 Oct 2014 07:50:54 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/josephine+crook+burglary+kohls+alhambra.gif

A woman with the last name of Crook was arrested for burglary at a department store in Alhambra Friday night, police said.

Josephine Crook, 49, was arrested at a Kohl’s department store on the 1200 block of South Fremont Avenue and is suspected of commercial burglary and possession of burglary tools. Crook allegedly was in possession of a pair of wire cutters and a pair of scissors.

Crook allegedly took ladies’ undergarments and failed to pay for the items she concealed in her empty purse, police said.



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<![CDATA[First Cat Cafe Opens in Oakland]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:08:43 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*160/catcafe.jpg

America’s first cat café opened its doors Saturday in Oakland.

At the Cat Town Café, people can buy a latte and an hour of playtime with adoptable felines.

The owners hope this new business will help find homes for East Bay cats.

Internationally, cat cafés are popular in urban areas. This new venture in Oakland was the first to master the logistics and health code approvals in the U.S.

A similar idea is in the works in San Francisco.

The Cat Town Café features an area called the Cat Zone — where cats will roam freely and are available for adoption.

Walk-ins are welcome if space permits, but for a $10 donation, you can make a Cat Zone reservation ahead of time.

 

Cat Town and OAS volunteer Katie K. plays with Glynda, the first @cattowncafe cat!

A photo posted by Cat Town Oakland (@cattownoakland) on

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<![CDATA[Man Stole 500 Pairs of Used Panties]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:29:47 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/police_generic21.jpg

A Petaluma man's underwear-stealing crime spree is over.

Felony charges are pending against Benjamin Hawkins, 18, after police discovered 500 pairs of stolen panties along with firearms in his bedroom, according to the Argus-Courier.

Police say they were onto Hawkins for weeks, ever since a neighbor reported that she'd had two guns and some underwear stolen out of her home.

Cops contacted him and he told them that they could search his mom's home -- but not his bedroom, the newspaper reported.

So police got a warrant and searched his bedroom where they found 500 pairs of panties, two guns, and stolen jewelry, the newspaper reported.

He was arrested Tuesday, at which time cops found five pairs of underwear "shoved down his pants," the newspaper reported.

Police say that other victims came forward to report Hawkins had been prowling in other homes.

Hawkins is in jail on $40,000 bail.

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<![CDATA[Airline Reveals "Hobbit" Flight Safety Video]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:46:14 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2014-10-23+at+1.40.11+PM.png

Air New Zealand has released a "Hobbit"-themed in-flight safety video that is anything but boring.

Entitled “The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made," the four-minute clip begins with two “Hobbit” trilogy fans on a flight who are shocked when they discover Elijah Wood, a.k.a. Frodo Baggins, is across the aisle. Then, an elfin stewardess begins giving flight safety instructions.

The video combines “Hobbit” themes with safe air travel practices, including an orc in an oxygen mask and a man wearing a life jacket who pulls out a golden ring.

The trilogy's director, Peter Jackson, and special effects artist Richard Taylor also make appearances in the video.

Air New Zealand calls itself the "official airline of Middle-earth" and this isn't the first time it has paid homage to the country's "Hobbit" legacy. On Oct. 31, 2012, the airline released the in-flight safety video "An Unexpected Briefing," which featured an appearance by Peter Jackson. On Nov. 19, 2013, the airline released an ad that featured "Hobbit" actor Dean O'Gorman.

The third and final film in the "Hobbit" trilogy, “The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies,” opens December 17.

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<![CDATA[Why You May Spot Teal Pumpkins This Halloween]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 15:36:55 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NC-teal-pumpkins.jpg

Halloween can be a challenge for parents of trick-or-treaters with food allergies.

Screening candy can be difficult and some children may feel singled out because they receive less than their friends.

However, the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) group has started a new campaign called the “Teal Pumpkin Project” that recommends giving out non-food treats and letting other families know by painting a pumpkin teal and placing it on porches.

Possible non-food treats include: glow bracelets, pencils, vampire teeth, mini notepads, and playing cards. You can see more on FARE’s website.

“Food allergies are potentially life-threatening. When we are looking at a Halloween celebration, it is really nice to provide something that is safe,” FARE spokeswoman Veronica LaFemina told Today. She noted that one in 13 children in the United States has a food allergy.

In a post on FARE’s blog, the campaign said that it has reached nearly 5 million people on Facebook. The hashtag #TealPumpkinProject is also filled with photos from many Twitter users embracing the campaign.

Here is some of what people have shared:


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<![CDATA[Lady Liberty to Don Halloween Costume: Report]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:46:57 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP13062605022.jpg

This year, even the Statue of Liberty will be getting dressed up for Halloween, according to USA Today.

The newspaper reports that Joe Boxer founder Nick Graham is planning to fly vividly colored 60-foot-wide bow ties hanging from helicopters in front of Lady Liberty beginning 8 a.m. Oct. 31 to mark the launch of an eponymous menswear brand.

The bow ties, one black and one white, will pass about 1,000 feet in front of the statue to create the illusion that the monument is wearing the neck wear.

"It's going to be a big collection, so what better way to launch it than the Statue of Liberty," Graham told USA Today.

Two ties will pass in front of the statue for several hours before heading up the Hudson River.

Graham said the stunt hasn’t been approved yet by the FAA.

The National Park Service said it is aware of the plans, but wouldn’t have any say about the flyby since the helicopters won’t pass directly over Liberty Island.



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<![CDATA[Cats Burned to Death Outside Elementary School]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:50:28 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Cats-Burned-to-Death-Outsid.jpg

The gruesome deaths of a cat and three kittens near a South Jersey Elementary School have sparked a police investigation.

On Monday, a teacher at Washington Avenue Elementary School in Pleasantville, New Jersey found the dead animals in the staff parking lot. According to police, the cats had been burned to death, though they’re not exactly sure when.

“Staff had been reporting the smell for a week,” said Pleasantville Police Ptl. Rob D’Arcangelo. “They assumed it was the dumpsters, which is in close proximity.”

School officials are currently looking through a surveillance camera near the area to see if the incident was recorded.

“We don’t want people associating animal cruelty with the school,” said Tim Newkirk, a teacher at Washington Avenue. “I can tell you the teachers in this school donate a lot of money to animal shelters and things like that.”

This isn’t the only incident of animal cruelty near the school. Last year a burned, dead dog was found in the same area. That case remains unsolved. Officials are investigating whether the two cases are related.

If you have any information on either incident, please call Pleasantville Police or the Atlantic County SPCA.
 



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<![CDATA[Man Caught With 'Ebola' Heroin at NJ Hotel: Police]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:52:29 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/ebola+heroin.jpg

A man called "Hammer" sold "Ebola" out of a New Jersey hotel room, according to police.

Toms River Police arrested a 47-year-old New Jersey man Monday after finding more than 600 packets of heroin, many of them branded "Ebola," along with crack cocaine inside a room at the Ramada Inn along Route 9.

Toms River Police executed a search warrant on Barnabas “Hammer” Davis’ hotel room after the Lakewood Township Police Department's Street Crimes Unit tipped them off to alleged drug dealing out of rear suites at the hotel.

Investigators found 633 wax folds containing heroin and about 40 grams of crack cocaine in Davis’ possession, according to police.

Officials said the heroin had a variety of "trademark" stamps, including the brand name "Ebola."

Davis was charged with heroin and crack cocaine possession with the intent to distribute. He remained at Ocean County jail Wednesday, unable to post $300,000 bail.

Information on an attorney for Davis wasn't immediately available.

Investigators said the Ramada Inn staff was unaware of the drug dealing and fully cooperated with the investigation.



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<![CDATA[WATCH: Officers Chase Horse Through NYC Streets]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:01:50 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/runaway+horse+nyc.jpg

A runaway carriage horse is back at work after leading police on a chase through Hell's Kitchen over the weekend.

Stephen Malone, carriage driver and industry spokesperson, told NBC 4 New York the horse returned to work Monday after escaping from the stables on 37th Street Sunday morning.

NBC 4 New York obtained video that shows the horse cantering down 11th Avenue, opposite taxis and a bus, as police cars, lights flashing, follow behind.

Eventually, one of the squad cars pulls in front of the horse. The horse's owner, with the help of the NYPD, corralled the animal a few blocks away and brought it back to the stables.  

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Zombie Scarecrow Terrorizes Philly ]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:36:51 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Zombie-Scarecrow-Prank.jpg

If you spot a silly scarecrow walking through the streets of Philly this Halloween, think twice before you laugh and take pictures with him. A terrifying, flesh-eating zombie could be behind the smiling mask.

That’s the premise of a scary, but funny prank video shot in the streets of Philadelphia. The video shows popular YouTube prankster Ed Bassmaster wearing a goofy scarecrow mask and greeting people at various spots in Philly.

As the unsuspecting Philadelphians smile and take photos, Bassmaster removes his mask, revealing a face covered in zombie makeup.

Reactions in the video range from horrified screams to hysterical laughter. Yet perhaps the best, and arguably most “Philly” reaction, comes from a man near the halfway point of the clip. Rather than scream in terror as Bassmaster takes off his mask, the man picks up a skateboard and repeatedly tells the “zombie” to back up. Bassmaster then runs away as the man yells towards him, “ain’t nobody running from that!” If there’s ever a zombie apocalypse, hopefully the skateboard-wielding Philadelphian will be around to protect us.

It’s not the first Halloween-themed Philly prank from Bassmaster that’s gone viral. Last month he walked through Philly wearing Vampire makeup. The reactions, as you could imagine, were equally hilarious.
 



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<![CDATA[Missing Rafter Found in Trash Can]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 18:04:44 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Raft+of+missing+man.jpg

Officials looking for a man who disappeared on a rafting trip across the Long Island Sound say they found him sleeping in a garbage can in Connecticut Thursday morning.

The man, 33-year-old William Brandon McCreery, disappeared after heading on a rafting trip from Greenport, New York, Wednesday at about 5 p.m., officials say. McCreery called a friend at about 7 p.m., indicating that there was a problem.

Police and members of the Coast Guard say they started searching for McCreery after receiving reports about boaters knocking on doors in Clinton, Connecticut, seeking help. 

Officials found McCreery later Thursday sleeping in a garbage can in Clinton. It's not clear if he was suffering from hypothermia.

Clinton and Greenport are separated by about 16 miles of water. 



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<![CDATA[Bat-Wielding Women Attack School Bus, Hurt Child: Police]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:57:31 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Roosevelt+Boulevard+School+Bus+Broken+Window+Thumb.jpg

UPDATE: Philadelphia Police said they recovered the SUV used in the attack.


An irate group of women, armed with mace and a baseball bat, went after a school bus full of children along the Roosevelt Boulevard in Northeast Philadelphia Thursday afternoon, leaving a teenage student cut up from broken glass, police say.

“For someone to get out of a vehicle and use a baseball bat and break a window of a yellow school bus knowing that it’s full of students – that’s pretty bizarre,” said Philadelphia Chief Inspector Scott Small.

The apparent road rage incident occurred around 3 p.m. when the bus stopped for a red light in the southbound lanes of the Boulevard (U.S. Route 1) near Levick Street, according to Philadelphia Police.

An initial investigation revealed that a group of 14- and 15-year-olds -- 21 students in total -- on the bus began yelling at a Chevrolet Tahoe full of women.

“There was some verbal argument between the students on the bus as well as four occupants of the Chevy Tahoe,” said Small.

The women became angry and pulled their green SUV in front of the bus, blocking its path, said police.

Two women then got out of the SUV and began attacking the outside of the bus using a baseball bat and mace, said investigators. During the attack the women sprayed mace onto the front of the bus and broke the window directly behind the bus driver, sending broken glass onto a student who injured his wrists. Police said that student is expected to be OK.

The unidentified driver of the Tahoe and her passenger got back into her vehicle and drove off down Horrocks Street, said investigators.

Police said there was no indication the women also tried to board the bus.

The bus stopped a short time later across the street from Gilbert Pruance Elementary School at Horrocks and Hellerman streets. The school nurse then treated the injured student and sent him on his way.

It wasn't clear what school the students attend, but they apparently don't attend school in Philadelphia.

Investigators continued to search for the Tahoe and its driver Thursday evening. It wasn't clear if the on-board bus video were operational at the time of the attack.



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<![CDATA[PHOTO: Snakes on Subway Train]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 08:43:15 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/erichertzog-crop.jpg

Snakes on a plane? Fuggedaboutit. In New York City, surprised subway riders discovered two snakes on a train.

Eric Hertzog said he got on the C train at Canal Street this week and saw the man with the snakes. One snake was hanging from the railing, while another was between his legs.

The man started playing with the snakes, Hertzog told NBC 4 New York. One passenger nearly sat beside the reptiles, but ran to the other side of the car when he realized the snakes were there, Hertzog said.

The man put the snakes in bags and then into his backpack before exiting at 14th Street, Hertzog said.

Hertzog posted the photos on his Instagram account (below).

Other than service animals and working dogs for law enforcement, the MTA prohibits bringing animals on trains unless "enclosed in a container and carried in a manner which would not annoy other passengers."

 



Photo Credit: Eric Hertzog]]>
<![CDATA[Sears 'Outraged' by Sale of Swastika Rings]]> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 08:44:16 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Swastka-Ring.jpg

Sears shares in the "outrage" caused by the sale of rings with a swastika symbol on several websites including the Sears Marketplace.

"Like many who have connected with our company, we are outraged that more than one of our independent third-party sellers posted offensive items on Sears Marketplace," said a statement posted by Sears Holding Company staff Tuesday. "We sincerely apologize that these items were posted to our site and want you to know that the ring was not posted by Sears, but by independent third-party vendors."

Sears responded to NBC10's requests for comments after Jennifer Steinberg of Delaware told NBC10 she was browsing the Sears marketplace website when she spotted the rings baring the symbol selling for up to $155.

“I was more incredulous because Sears was a company that was founded by Jews,” Steinberg said.

The description for the swastika ring, manufactured by jewelry company CET Domain, said the following:

This Gothic jewelry item in particular features a Swastika ring that’s made of .925 Thai silver. Not for Neo Nazi or any Nazi implication. These jewelry items are going to make you look beautiful at your next dinner date.

"When we became aware of the existence of these offensive items, we immediately prevented the items from being purchased on the site and then proceeded to remove them from the site yesterday (October 13, 2014)," said Sears.

The swastika ring was also listed on Amazon.com. Rabbi Ellen Bernhard of the Jewish Foundation of Delaware told NBC10 she was “horrified” when she saw the rings.

“I can’t even imagine in my wildest dreams,” she said. “I don’t know what anyone was thinking when they produced this or marketed this. It’s so insensitive.”

Sears Marketplace is not the official Sears website but is instead described as a “community of sellers working with Sears.”

A spokesperson for Sears told NBC10 the company removed the item from the website once they were made aware of it.

“The offensive item, which was listed by independent third-parties on Sears Marketplace, violates our guidelines, and was removed as soon as we became aware of its existence on our site,” the spokesman said.

A search for "swastika" on the Sears site Tuesday yielded no results.

"We take this issue very seriously and are taking the appropriate steps, as we communicated to the Anti-Defamation League," read Tuesday's statement. 

In a corresponding statement posted to the ADL's website, the group praised Sears for removing the swastika ring.

“They took this situation very seriously and took immediate steps to remove the items from their website,” Lonnie Nasatir, ADL Chicago Regional Director said. “We deeply appreciate their efforts and believe they did the right thing by removing this product immediately and making clear that they believed the third-party sellers had exercised very poor judgment.”

The ADL went on to explain in a letter to Sears Chairman and CEO Edward Lampert, that they are grateful for the speedy response after alerting Sears to the swastika as a symbol of Nazi Germany.

The swastika also holds meaning in a variety of other cultures and religions including Buddhism, Hinduism and ancient European cultures.

NBC10 reached out to CET Domain for comment. We have not yet heard back from them.

Sears said it would work to improve its filters to prevent the sale of similar items in the future. 

Sears is no stranger to Holocaust era item controversy on its website. Over the summer, Sears along with Amazon, Walmart and other online retailers faced heat for a posting featuring the gate of Dachau concentration camp as a piece of home decor. As pointed out by Digiday, Sears faced extra criticism because under related items it listed ovens -- victims of the holocaust were often cremated in ovens at concentration camps.



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<![CDATA[Swastika Rings on Sears Website Spark Outrage]]> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 13:33:10 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Swastka-Ring.jpg

UPDATE: Sears sent out a statement Tuesday saying they have removed the rings from their Marketplace site and that they are 'outraged' that the rings appeared on the site.


A jewelry manufacturing company is at the center of controversy after rings with a swastika symbol were listed on several websites.

Jennifer Steinberg of Delaware told NBC10 she was browsing the Sears marketplace website when she spotted the item.

“I was more incredulous because Sears was a company that was founded by Jews,” Steinberg said.

The description for the swastika ring, manufactured by jewelry company CET Domain, said the following:

This gothic jewelry item in particular features a Swastika ring that’s made of .925 Thai silver. Not for Neo Nazi or any Nazi implication. These jewelry items are going to make you look beautiful at your next dinner date.

The swastika ring was also listed on Amazon.com. Rabbi Ellen Bernhard of the Jewish Foundation of Delaware told NBC10 she was “horrified” when she saw the rings.

“I can’t even imagine in my wildest dreams,” she said. “I don’t know what anyone was thinking when they produced this or marketed this. It’s so insensitive.”

Sears Marketplace is not the official Sears website but is instead described as a “community of sellers working with Sears.”

A spokesperson for Sears told NBC10 the company removed the item from the website once they were made aware of it.

“The offensive item, which was listed by independent third-parties on Sears Marketplace, violates our guidelines, and was removed as soon as we became aware of its existence on our site,” the spokesman said. “We are contacting the sellers to strongly voice our concern over their lack of judgment.”

Rabbi Bernhard doesn’t believe Sears did enough however.

“It’s absolutely not good enough,” Bernhard said. “There needs to be an explanation and there needs to be an apology.”

NBC10 reached out to CET Domain for comment. We have not yet heard back from them.  



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<![CDATA[Woman Snatches Eagles Fan's Prosthetic Leg]]> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 08:03:07 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Eagles-Leg-Theft-New.jpg

Philadelphia Police found a missing prosthetic leg after a local musician claimed a woman stole it from him outside Sunday night's Eagles-Giants game at Lincoln Financial Field.

Sonny Forriest Jr., a Vietnam veteran and musician who performs outside of Phillies and Eagles games, told NBC10 he was singing in the parking lot around 8:30 p.m. when the theft took place.

Forriest Jr., who began using a motorized wheelchair after losing his leg, said he had taken off his prosthetic leg during his performance. He was packing up his car to get going when a group of people danced around him.

"There were some friends who were partying with the leg, then they put it back," Forriest Jr. said.

As he continued to sing, Forriest Jr. said he was then approached by a woman in her 20's who was wearing Eagles gear.

“She jumped in my lap,” Forriest Jr. said. “She gripped my leg and I didn’t even know it. I looked down and she took my leg! Then she disappeared! A young lady came up, snatched my leg off my chair and took off!”

This wasn't the first time Forriest Jr. had his leg stolen -- it also happened in the 90s, he said.

Despite the theft, Forriest Jr. remained in good spirits when he spoke to NBC10 and even performed a few songs. He also had a message for the person who snatched his leg.

“It’s a shaaaame, the way you mess around with old men!” he sang. “It’s a shaaaame the way you hurt me!”

Forriest Jr. filed a police report as police searched for clues. On Monday around 1 a.m., a SEPTA conductor found the prosthetic leg on a train at the other end of the Broad Street Line Subway at the Fern Rock Transportation Center in Olney and then contacted police.

Police reached out to Forriest Jr. to return the leg. Reunited with the leg, Forriest Jr. said he doesn't wish for the woman who snagged his leg gets help.

"Somebody need to talk to her, she don't need to go to jail."

Investigators said that it appeared in total that three women took part in the heist.

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<![CDATA[4 Charged With Smuggling Cocaine Inside Xbox ]]> Sat, 11 Oct 2014 20:28:18 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/X-Box-Heroin-Lead.jpg

Four men were arrested after they allegedly smuggled thousands of grams of cocaine inside Xbox video game consoles. 

Felix Josue Rodriguez-Pabon, 22, Nelson Audelin Martinez, 26, Wilson Michael Herrera, 20, and Yefries Guillen Herrera, 22, all of Reading, Pa., are charged with delivery of a controlled substance and other related offenses.

On Wednesday, officials with Homeland Security Investigations and U.S. Customs and the Border Protection Office of Philadelphia contacted the Berks County Drug Task Force about kilos of cocaine being smuggled from the Dominican Republic to various addresses in Berks County.

According to investigators, one of the shipments described as “Video Game Xbox 360 Use” was sent to a home on the 500 block of Spruce Street in Reading, Pennsylvania. The shipment was an Xbox video game console containing around 1100 grams of cocaine with a potential street value of over $100,000, police said.

On Friday, around 2 p.m., investigators spotted several men on the 500 block of Spruce who they believed were waiting for the package. The suspects were identified as Rodriguez-Pabon, Martinez, Wilson Herrera and Yefries Herrera.

An undercover federal agent then delivered the package to Yefries Herrera around 3:30 p.m., according to police. Herrera allegedly accepted and signed for the parcel before going back inside the home.

Ten minutes later, Herrera allegedly left the home, carrying a bag containing the Xbox game console and walked over to another house on Spruce Street where he met the three other suspects. He then placed the bag into the open trunk of a black Acura and closed it, according to investigators. Officials followed the vehicle as it left the area.

The car arrived at a home on the 1600 block of Hancock Boulevard in Cumru Township, Pennsylvania. Once police arrived, three of the suspects allegedly fled the home on foot. Officials eventually apprehended them and took them into custody, according to police.

After obtaining search warrants for the homes on Spruce Street and Hancock Boulevard, police obtained the following items, according to investigators:

  • 1100 grams of cocaine with the potential street value in excess of $100,000
  • Representative kilogram substitute containing a testable quantity of cocaine
  • Miscellaneous x-box game console and parts.
  • Miscellaneous documents pertaining to the defendants
  • Miscellaneous packaging material related to cocaine
  • Heat sealer machine
  • Additional miscellaneous x-box components and shipping packaging
  • Cutting agent related to cocaine.
  • Five counter-surveillance cameras
  • Over fourteen cellular telephones
  • Box of .40 caliber ammunition and loaded gun magazine
  • Digital scale
  • Plastic bag containing "crack" cocaine
  • Approx. $600.00 in U.S. Currency

Investigators also said they found Xbox gaming consoles on the kitchen table inside the Cumru Township home which had been disassembled.

The four suspects were processed and arraigned at the Berks County Sheriff’s Department Central Processing Center Saturday.

Officials continue to investigate.
 



Photo Credit: Berks County District Attorney ]]>
<![CDATA[Strange Metal Object Falls From Sky]]> Fri, 10 Oct 2014 15:00:24 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/mystery+metal+secaucus.jpg

Workers at a New Jersey treatment plant say they saw a heavy, metallic object fall from the sky Wednesday, and they want to know where the potentially deadly projectile came from.

The employees at Secaucus Treatment Works said the 5-by-5 inch piece of metal debris hit a railing, ricocheted off a concrete tank, then hit the ground. It landed about 25 feet from where employees were working.

"It came close. It came pretty close," said employee Victor Suppa.

It "could have killed somebody, absolutely" if it hit anyone, added operations foreman Steven Bronowich.

The workers said the object isn't part of the plant and there were no planes in the sky at the time. They were afraid to touch it at first, but they later picked it up and examined it.

They went online in search of answers and came up with all sorts of theories.

"We went on the website and we looked up space shuttle tiles, and you could see that picture there, it basically matches up with that," said Bronowich.

It seems unlikely; the last space shuttle mission was more than three years ago. So far, no one has been able to give employees a theory that seems to fit.

Employees handed the tile over to the county health department. Officials there tell NBC 4 New York it appears to be made of ceramic, metal and rubberlike layers. They were giving the piece to the FAA Friday.  

Follow Michael George on Twitter at @MGeorge4NY


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<![CDATA[Mountain Lion Jumps on Car]]> Thu, 09 Oct 2014 13:43:37 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/1008-2014-SJ-MtLion.jpg

Surveillance video shows a mountain lion pouncing on top of a car in San Jose.

The homeowner said it happened around 3 a.m. Tuesday in the Almaden Valley Country Club neighborhood.

Residents in the area said the large cat may have come from the Almaden County Quicksilver Park, which has open space and several trails.

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<![CDATA[One Fish, Big Fish: Man Makes Record Catch]]> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 12:00:55 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/David+Walker+Records+Sheepshead+Fish+Delaware.jpg

The fish was how big?

A Pennsylvanian angler made an amazing catch during a sport fishing tournament off the coast of Delaware.

David Walker set a new Delaware state record when he caught a 17.1-pound sheepshead in the lower Delaware Bay over a rock pile on a green crab on Sept. 29, according to Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Fish & Wildlife

Wildlife officials said the 28-inch long fish that had a girth of 24 inches broke previous record holder Christopher Wentz’s 15.11 pound sheepshead catch from two years ago.

Sheepshead are known for prominent teeth, veritcal black bars of color and strong, sharp spines.

Walker, who hails from Boothwyn, described his record catch as “delicious,” according to wildlife officials.

Delaware officials recognized the catch since Walker caught it from a boat that departed and returned to a Delaware port.



Photo Credit: Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Fish & Wildlife]]>