<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Weird News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/weird http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.comen-usThu, 27 Apr 2017 16:56:29 -0400Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:56:29 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[3rd Graders Find Boa Constrictor in Back of Classroom]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 12:56:08 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/boa+constrictor+classroom.jpg

A third grade class in New Jersey was surprised to find a strange snake slithering through their midst Tuesday. 

The third-graders in Ms. Reilly's class in the Princeton public school district found the boa constrictor in the back of their classroom.

They thought at first it might have been their class pet, also a boa constrictor they call Cuddles. But when the students saw that Cuddles was still in her cage, they realized this was a new snake.

The kids alerted Ms. Reilly, and she ushered the children out of class as the science teacher came in and removed the snake, according to school officials. He kept it in a cage overnight, and the students named it Zeus.

The science teacher theorized that Zeus was drawn to the classroom by Cuddles. 

The students were already comfortable around Zeus because they'd spent time with Cuddles. Ms. Reilly used the opportunity for a creative writing assignment in which the theme was to imagine where he came from.

It's still not clear where he came from. Animal Control picked him up Wednesday.  

<![CDATA[Milwaukee Man Removed From Delta Flight After Bathroom Break]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 11:46:03 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Delta-Plane-Generic.jpg

A Milwaukee man was removed from a Delta Airlines flight in Atlanta last week after going to the bathroom during a delay on the flight, according to footage and witness accounts. 

Video of the incident was posted to social media Friday, showing what appeared to be a flight attendant and a second employee asking the passenger to leave Flight 2035 from Atlanta to Milwaukee just moments after he returned from what he said was an emergency bathroom run. 

“I need more information sir. I haven’t done anything and I paid for this ticket and I actually have– I have to get home,” Kima Hamilton said to the first employee who asked him to leave the plane to discuss the matter.

But when Hamilton asked the man if the plane was going to depart when he exited, the attendant replied with “I don’t know what’s going to happen.”

Multiple passengers are seen recording the conversation as it unfolds, some even asking the attendant if Hamilton would be able to return to the plane.

In a second conversation with what appeared to be another employee, Hamilton was told that his bathroom break had forced the plane to return to the gate. 

“Because we had to come back, that’s why we want to talk to you about that,” the employee is heard saying before telling Hamilton their conversation was “inconveniencing everyone.”

Hamilton explained that he had tried to use the bathroom earlier but was told he needed to wait, otherwise the plane would lose its place in line for takeoff. After 30 more minutes, he said he could no longer hold it and it was an emergency. 

Witnesses noted the plane did not move while Hamilton was in the bathroom. 

Hamilton, who told Milwaukee NBC affiliate TMJ4 that he is an art teacher, continued to plea with officials, telling them he had a field trip with 94 students the next morning and needed to return home.

Soon there was an announcement telling everyone they would need to leave the plane, passengers told TMJ4.

"The whole thing was uncalled for,” Michael Rosalino, who was sitting across the aisle from Hamilton, told the station.

One passenger who filmed the incident wrote in a blog post that she witnessed “the most outrageous treatment of a paying customer.”

“Not only did your staff truly harm and humiliate one person who was forced to pay hundreds of dollars for a new same-day flight, but you forced the rest of us passengers to endure a 2 hour saga of watching a man being targeted for having a bathroom emergency,” Krista Rosolin wrote. “I am disappointed and horrified at how Delta Airlines staff treated their customers/passengers.”

Rosolin told NBC News she felt the urge to record the incident "to have video of whatever transpired." 

“What I couldn’t understand was, 'Okay, why is this being pursued against him when we didn’t move?'” she said. 

Hamilton told TMJ4 that the rest of the passengers were able to re-board the flight and he was forced to stay back. Delta did refund him for part of his ticket, but his luggage remained on the plane and he ultimately purchased a flight home for three times the original price via another airline.

"It all escalated so fast," he said.

In a statement to NBC, Delta said its “flight crews are extensively trained to ensure the safety and security of all customers.”

“It is imperative that passengers comply with crew instructions during all phases of flight, especially at critical points of takeoff and landing,” the statement read.

The incident comes as airlines face heightened scrutiny following incidents on United Express and American Airlines flights in recent weeks. 

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File
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<![CDATA[Drug Smuggler Turns Meth Into Art]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:57:36 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NC_potterymeth0426_1920x1080.jpg

A man's elaborate plan to deal drugs ended in disaster when detectives discovered he had pottery shipped to Florida that was covered with $600,000 worth of meth paste.

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<![CDATA[Top 10 Most Popular Name Choices for April's Calf Released]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 10:33:54 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_17105735261797.jpg

The first round of votes are in, April the giraffe fans.

Animal Adventure Park, the upstate zoo that made national headlines and livestreamed the giraffe’s pregnancy for millions of people around the globe, released the top choices after the first round of voting for names for her calf. 

The first-round voting contest was being held for 10 days.

Those choices were released Tuesday evening. 

The 10 choices include: "Alyssa's Choice," Apollo, Geoffrey, Gio, Harpur, Noah, Ollie, Patch, Patches and Unity.

Now it's time for the second round of voting that will be held for five days. 

You can vote for your favorite name.

Animal Adventure Park is offering the public a chance to give him one at nameaprilscalf.com, where anyone who wants to vote on a name can do so for $1 per vote. There is a five-vote minimum, and people can vote as many times as they want. 

“Now we move to round two,” the zoo said Tuesday evening on Facebook.

The zoo on Facebook said it will select the winner on April 30 at 6 p.m.

Funds raised will be split between the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, Ava's Little Heroes and Animal Adventure Park.  

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After months of waiting, April gave birth in Harpursville, New York, while an audience of about 1.2 million people watched live online. 

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The calf's spindly legs wobbled as he attempted to stand on its own. But shortly before noon, the zoo shared an adorable photo of April nuzzling him while he stood beneath her trying to nurse. 

"All is well," the caption read.

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April teased her millions of global adorers for weeks, showing signs of near-but-not-quite labor and otherwise enchanting her audience with cute right-at-the-camera gazes and tongue flicks, snack noshing and nuzzling with her much younger but handsome 5-year-old beau. 

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April's pregnancy was catapulted into global headlines in late February after YouTube briefly yanked the zoo's live stream following complaints by animal activists that it violated the site's policies concerning "nudity and sexual content." Thousands upon thousands of commenters voiced their frustration on Facebook and YouTube, and the stream was restored within an hour or so.

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Patch said the natural curiosity surrounding giraffes and their birthing process was a huge factor in drawing crowds. 

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"I think the fact that she's a giraffe and she's a neat species that people are interested in, that's fostered a lot of the attention," he said. "The fact that you'll get to witness the miracle of birth from an animal that you really don't get to see give birth — that's neat."

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He added that April's pregnancy was more than just live entertainment, but a teachable moment and source for education.

Photo Credit: Animal Adventure Park via AP
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<![CDATA[Who's The Fairest? 'Most Beautiful Bulldog' Takes Home Crown]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 10:38:32 -0400 Owners: Angela and Tom Miller ]]> Owners: Angela and Tom Miller ]]> http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Winner-Prudence---Angela--Tom-Miller---Des-Moines---Iowa.jpg Proud pet parents from Washington to Illinois bought their English bulldogs to vie for the title of "Most Beautiful Bulldog" at Drake University. Punk rockers, cheerleaders and one Audrey Hepburn walked and pranced for judges in front of 1,200 bulldog fans at the university's 38th "Beautiful Bulldog Contest."

Photo Credit: Mohamad Izzuddin Suhaimi/Drake University]]>
<![CDATA[Nordstrom Selling 'Fake Mud' Jeans With Hefty Price Tag]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 06:24:35 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/211*120/nordstrom+fake+mud+jeans.jpg

Nordstrom is lighting up the internet with some expensive jeans that are caked in fake mud.

On its website, the luxury fashion retailer is selling a pair of working class-inspired jeans coated with what Nordstrom calls "caked-on muddy coating."

The price? $425!

The Barracuda Straight Leg Jeans "embody rugged, Americana workwear that's seen some hard-working action" and when worn show "you're not afraid to get down and dirty," according to the description online.

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It quickly generated a storm of interest online after TV host Mike Rowe blasted them as "a costume for wealthy people who see work as ironic – not iconic" in a Facebook post."

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Even U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., tweeted about it:

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Nordstrom didn't immediately reply to request for comment from NBC over the internet's response.

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Photo Credit: Nordstrom.com
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<![CDATA[Couple Married 69 Years Die 'Hand in Hand': Report]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:36:15 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/old-hands-generic.gif

An Illinois husband and wife, married for 69 years, had a bond so strong they died minutes apart Saturday, hand in hand, at a Skokie hospital, according to their obit.

As both Teresa and Isaac Vatkin, 89 and 91 respectively, lay unresponsive with shallow breath in the hospital Saturday, their family members placed them side by side and hand in hand, the Daily Herald reports. The couple died "peacefully," 40 minutes apart.

"I didn't want them to be scared," their granddaughter Debbie Handler told the newspaper. "I thought maybe if they knew the other was there, it would help."

According to the Herald, the couple met in Argentina, where they were both originally from, and settled in Skokie. They raise three kids in the US — Isaac starting his own kosher meat distribution business and Teresa a homemaker and manicurist.

Isaac learned to use a computer in his 80s and researched Alzheimer’s disease for possible cures when Teresa began to develop the ailment, according to the Herald.

"You didn't want to see them go," their grandson William Vatkin told the newspaper, "but you couldn't ask for anything more."

A joint funeral service was held for the couple Monday in Arlington Heights.

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Greg M. Cooper, File]]>
<![CDATA[300 Pounds of Banned Yak Meat Seized at NYC Airport]]> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:46:00 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/YAK+MEAT.jpg

Customs agents seized nearly 300 pounds of banned yak meat at JFK Airport after a shipment was found hidden in sweaters, shawls and pants, officials said Tuesday.

While yak meat is not illegal in America, importing the meat from countries affected by foot-and-mouth disease or other infectious cattle viruses is prohibited. In this case, the seized meat came from Nepal. 

Certain seeds are also prohibited from import into the United States due to concerns about possible native plant contamination. Those, and dung pods, were included with the yak meat in the 291-pound-plus seizure.

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, foot-and-mouth disease is a "worldwide concern that can spread quickly and cause significant economic damage." The import from Nepal was destroyed, authorities said.  

It wasn't clear if authorities had identified the person or persons responsible for the shipment. 

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<![CDATA[This NJ Virtual Reality Ride Will Have Your Skin Crawling]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 19:55:25 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/VR+ride+6_23332990.jpg A New Jersey theme park is unveiling what it calls the world's tallest and fastest virtual reality drop ride that will prey on people's fears of heights and spiders.]]> <![CDATA[Batter Up: Toddler Helps Older Brother Lose Tooth]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:07:20 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/loosetoothfeuerherd.jpg

Siblings are great, especially when they help you overcome your fears. 

That’s what happened to one little boy, whose loose tooth was so close, and yet so far, from falling out. Amid promises of ice cream, candies, and movies, he cried as his parents set up for the string-tied-to-door trick. 

“I didn’t know that anybody actually did that,” said Carson Daly on “Today,” admitting that he found the practice to be a little antiquated.

As the boy sobbed in a video, which the co-hosts played for audiences on “Today,” his little brother took a bat to the string, and the tooth tumbled out. A moment of shocked silence was then consumed by laughter when the whole family realized such a stressful ordeal was over.

“Is that not amazing? Little brother for the win!” exclaimed Savannah Guthrie.

Photo Credit: Press Herald via Getty Images
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<![CDATA[The Real Origin of '420']]> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:26:33 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/DIT+420+ORIGINS+THUMB.jpg

There have been many myths about where the slang "420" originated from, but here's the real story behind the term.

<![CDATA[Mystery in C: Who Stashed Gold Inside a British Piano?]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 07:32:57 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_17110502014108-british-piano-mystery.jpg

British officials say they've been unable to trace the rightful heirs to a trove of gold coins found stashed inside a piano and worth a "life-changing" amount of money.

The school that owns the piano and the tuner who found the gold are now in line for a windfall after a coroner investigating the find declared it treasure. But a couple who owned the piano for three decades before donating it to their local school will likely miss out.

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Coroner John Ellery said Thursday that, despite a thorough investigation and a public appeal for information, "we simply do not know" who concealed the coins.

The hoard was discovered last year when the piano was sent for tuning in Shropshire, central England. Under the keyboard — neatly stacked in hand-stitched packages and pouches — were 913 gold sovereigns and half-sovereigns minted in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Piano tuner Martin Backhouse said when he found the pouches and slit open the stitching, he thought: "Ooh, it looks like there's rather a lot of gold in this."

The hoard, which weighs 6 kilograms (13 pounds), has not been formally valued. But Peter Reavill of the British Museum has said the trove is worth a "potentially life-changing" amount.

Revenue from items declared "treasure" is generally split between the owner — in this case, the Bishops Castle Community College — and the finder.

The piano was owned for 33 years by Graham and Meg Hemmings, who donated it last year to the school near their home. But Meg Hemmings said she's not bitter at missing out on treasure that was right under her nose.

"The sadness is, it's not a complete story," she said. "They've looked and searched for the people and they unfortunately haven't come forward.

"It's an incomplete story — but it's still an exciting story."

Photo Credit: Richard Vernalls/PA via AP
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<![CDATA[NJ Man Spent Days Getting High in Home With Corpse: Police]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:39:45 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/man+lives+with+corpse.jpg

A 35-year-old New Jersey man is facing charges after a woman who lived with him died and he continued to reside with her corpse and use drugs for several days, police say.

Hopatcong Police say Matthew Schmarr spent three days getting high while the body of the 52-year-old woman lay nearby.

Officers checked on Schmarr last month after the mother of the child went to police reporting said she received a suspicious text message from him. She said she was worried about him and the woman he lived with.

When officers entered the Hudson Avenue home they found Schmarr passed out in bed. Across from him in another bed was the corpse of the 52-year-old woman.

Police say Schmarr bought heroin, crack and cocaine in Paterson before the morbid three-day period that he spent with the corpse.

Schmarr had allegedly discovered the woman was dead on Saturday, March 18, but did not alert police. Instead, according to investigators, he continued to use drugs. 

On Monday, March 20, he showed the corpse to a friend, who advised him to call police. But instead, police say Schmarr turned on an air conditioner and researched decomposition on his cell phone. Police said he also arranged prescription pill bottles around the woman's body to make her death look like a suicide.

Moreover, police say Schmarr sold the woman’s laptop to a taxi driver he knew.

Schmarr continued to live in the home and sleep in the same room with the corpse until officers woke him up on March 21.

He was arrested for outstanding warrants from Roxbury and Hopatcong and later charged with failure to report a death and child neglect. Police said the latter charge stemmed from Schmarr taking drugs in the company of a child that he was caring for at some point during the three-day stretch.

Police said possible additional charges by the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office are pending.

The woman’s exact cause of death has yet to be determined.

<![CDATA[Burglar Settles in for Nap After Preschool Break-in]]> Wed, 19 Apr 2017 08:20:47 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/New-Orleans-preschool-burglary.jpg

A burglar made himself at home in a New Orleans preschool this week, even making himself a bed out of stuffed toys, a mat and a blanket and settling in for the night, NBC News reported.

New Orleans police are looking for the man, seen on security video entering Clara's Little Lambs Preschool Academy through a window Sunday and climbing over cribs to get inside.

He wandered through several rooms, taking a snack from food and drink in the staff break room, before crawling out the same window before 7 a.m. Monday, police said.

"He took the food with him when he left," Sonjia Joseph, the school's owner and director, told NBC affiliate WDSU. "We could see very clearly on the camera he had toilet paper."

Photo Credit: New Orleans Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[New Hampshire Farm Lets You Do Yoga With Baby Goats]]> Wed, 19 Apr 2017 11:10:25 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/200*120/Screen+Shot+2017-04-18+at+1.40.45+PM.png

The latest fitness trend might just convince some people to slap on yoga pants, especially if they love baby animals.

Jenness Farm in Nottingham, New Hampshire, has gotten a lot of attention after introducing yoga with baby goats as a part of their business a few weeks ago. The tiny goats are let loose while yoga students get into various yoga positions. 

The result is a mix of the relaxed mindfulness that yoga offers and some chaotic cuteness. 

Jenness Farm raises dairy goats for a variety of products, such as goat milk, soaps, and other bath and body items, but visitors have been able to get up-close-and-personal with the animals on their yoga mats for the past few weeks. 

Owner Peter Corriveau said many followers of the farm's Facebook page suggested he offer the yoga class after similar ones have been seen trending in other areas. He has run Jenness Farm since 2001 and knew that his goats would be perfect for the job since he bottle raises them himself.

“Goats are very intelligent and curious,” he said. “Within the first hour of their life they are up and walking around. They are very playful.”

The farm recruited local yoga instructor Janine Bibeau, a frequent visitor of Jenness Farm and a fellow goat-lover. The first few classes have been a big hit and presented a new way to bring in yoga newcomers.

“This is unlike any yoga that I’ve ever taught,” said Bibeau, “you can come into this room feeling tired or sad and you are going to leave a lot more joyous and energetic. After the last class that we taught, my face was sore from smiling the whole time.”

Bibeau has goats of her own, but they are a bit calmer than the hyperactive baby goats that like to jump on top of people while they pose. Her older goats will simply come up and cuddle while she practices her yoga. 

The energetic baby goats are a good representation of how chaotic life can get. Her students are challenged to remain mindful, but of course are encouraged to pet and play with the goats during the class.

Interest in the class has exploded since photos and video from the first few classes have gone viral on Facebook. There is already a long waiting list to get into a class, but Corriveau says that they are working on expanding the yoga area to let more people in at once. 

For more information on goat yoga at Jenness Farm you can visit their website here.

<![CDATA[Mountain Lion Snatches Family Dog From Bedroom: Owner]]> Tue, 18 Apr 2017 05:59:48 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/0417-2017-PescaderoMtLionHome.jpg

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office is reminding residents on the Peninsula to lock and secure their homes after a women reported that a mountain lion attacked her dog in Pescadero, California.

Deputies responded early Monday morning to a report of a mountain lion entering a home and snatching a small dog. Vickie Fought told deputies she and her 12-year-old daughter were sleeping in a bedroom with their small dog at the foot of their bed and the back door open a crack.

Fought said they woke up in the middle of the night when their dog, Lenore, started barking.

"That's when I saw what I thought was our bigger dog walking in," Fought said.

Seconds later, Fought said Lenore, a 15-pound Portuguese Podengo, went silent.

Fought said she thought Lenore finally recognized the bigger dog. That was until, Fought added, "I saw the lion walk back out the door."

Fought's bed is about a foot away from the back door. Fought said she did not see the lion's head. However, by the animal's size and walk, she knew exactly why Lenore went silent.

"As it walked down our path, I thought, 'That looks a lot like a lion,'" she said.

Then she saw evidence that confirmed her fears. "Wet, very clear, large paw prints walking in," Fought said, adding that she also saw drops of blood.

The Foughts live in the hills of Pescadero, an area where it is not uncommon to see a mountain lion in the fields near their house. But Fought never expected a mountain lion to walk into their house.

"It's hard to fathom," she said. "It's beyond what we thought."

The Department of Fish and Wildlife were notified of the incident, the sheriff's office said.

On Monday, a state wildlife warden looked for paw prints or any sign of the mountain lion near the property but did not appear to find any evidence other than the blood on the bedroom door.

For mountain lion safety tips, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/Keep-Me-Wild/Lion.

NBC Bay Area's Cheryl Hurd contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Giant Easter Gator Breaks Into Family’s Porch]]> Mon, 17 Apr 2017 22:02:54 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/235*120/gator+on+porch.JPG

A 9-foot alligator gave a South Carolina family a scare Easter morning, but they managed to capture it all on video. Homeowner Steve Polston says they thought someone was breaking into their house when they found the gator had climbed on the porch.

<![CDATA[National Animal Cracker Day: Fun Facts]]> Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:04:49 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/DIT+ANIMAL+CRACKER+FACTS+THUMB2.jpg

April 18 is National Animal Cracker Day. Here are some fun and surprising facts about the sweet treats.

<![CDATA[Coachella Pickpocketer ID'd Thanks to 'Find My Phone': PD]]> Mon, 17 Apr 2017 16:28:58 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Coachella-Phones-Stolen-041717.jpg

A New York man was arrested at Coachella Friday with more than 100 cell phones in his backpack, Indio police said.

Reinaldo De Jesus Henao, 36, faces grand theft and possession of stolen property charges. Officers say Henao was walking through the crowded California music festival picking pockets.

The crime spree was discovered when several people noticed their phones were missing and activated the “Find My Phone” feature, police said. Those signals led the victims to Henao.

Security guards detained him and when Indio police arrived they found more than 100 phones in Henao’s backpack, according to police. Some of the phones were returned to the victims that day or the next.

Dan Marshall with Indio police said most of the phones were taken from concert-goers near the Sahara Tent and they seemed to be a mix of Apple and Android devices. He wasn't sure whether customers had used the iPhone or Android version of the "Find Your Phone" app. The common thread was that many of the stolen phones were "phablets," phones with big screens, he said. 

Jail records did not list an attorney for Henao who could speak to the accusations.

Between 90,000 and 125,000 people were expected to attend the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival over two weekends this year, with Lady Gaga and Kendrick Lamar among the dozens of bands playing.

If you're still missing your phone, check in with the festival's Lost and Found or call Indio police at (760) 541-4291.

Marshall said that the festival had reconnected hundreds of lost phones to patrons, well beyond the number that were stolen. 

Photo Credit: Indio Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Bloody Brawl Caught on Camera at SoCal Wal-Mart]]> Sun, 16 Apr 2017 20:40:02 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/208*120/walmart-fight-041617.JPG

A bloody fight that broke out inside a Wal-Mart in Hesperia, California, was caught on camera Saturday night.

The fight at the 13401 Main Street store left a man unconscious and prompted a hazmat cleanup, Victor Valley News reported.

The brawl began in the women's clothing section over a disagreement between customers that turned violent, the newspaper reported.

When authorities arrived, a man involved in the fight was found in a pool of blood, prompting the cleanup.

An 11-year-old was hit during the fight, the newspaper reported.

Video of the fight obtained by NBC4 shows two women engaging in the fight before two men join in. 

Photo Credit: Cabover Kid]]>
<![CDATA[Upset Over Cleanups, Vandal Tags SEPTA Police Cars: Police]]> Sun, 16 Apr 2017 13:21:36 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Dorian+Murray+SEPTA+Vandalism+Grafitti.jpg

SEPTA police jokingly apologized to a 20-year-old man accused of tagging SEPTA police vehicles because he was upset that SEPTA removed his graffiti on their system.

A judge arraigned Dorian Murray of Thouron Avenue in East Mt. Airy with tagging SEPTA police vehicles Saturday in North Philadelphia.

SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel said that Murray tagged the police vehicles because he was upset that SEPTA kept cleaning his graffiti tags. Nestel even offered a (joking) "we're SORRy."

Murray, 20, who has previously served probation for criminal mischief charges, faces criminal mischief, vandalism and possession of an instrument of crime charges. Court records don’t list a specific attorney who could comment on his arrest.

Photo Credit: SEPTA Police
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<![CDATA[The Buck Stops Here: Feuding Deer Caught on Camera]]> Fri, 14 Apr 2017 18:48:04 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/DEER27.jpg

An Ohio police officer’s dash cam caught two deer run out from some trees, get up on their hind legs and scuffle. The fight didn’t last long before they put down their dukes and ran off.

Photo Credit: Westerville Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Are Jerusalem's Easter Pilgrims Taking the Wrong Path?]]> Fri, 14 Apr 2017 10:09:32 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/485464721-Jerusalem-Orthodox-Via-Dolorosa.jpg

Christian pilgrims have retraced the last steps of Jesus Christ along Jerusalem's Via Dolorosa, but some scholars say he may have taken another route, NBC News reported.

Dolorosa is traditionally believed to be the path through the Old City he took when he was condemned to die, given a cross, forced to wear a crown of thorns, and ultimately crucified.

But Reverend Hector Patmore, a scholar on the life of Jesus at Jerusalem's St. George's College, says the Via Dolorosa is unlikely to be the right route.

An ancient map shows where Jesus was tried, allowing scholars to work backwards to show a much shorter route starting at the Tower of David.

Photo Credit: Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images, File
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<![CDATA[Wild Ride: Horse Escapes Stable, Makes Way Across Philly]]> Fri, 14 Apr 2017 19:48:33 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/HorseRunaway.jpg Philadelphia Police returned a horse to its owner after the animal got loose Friday morning and made its way across much of the city as a man gave chase on a bicycle.

Photo Credit: NBC10 - Derrick Cheston]]>
<![CDATA[Homeless Man Robbed NYC Churches to 'Get Back at God': DA]]> Fri, 14 Apr 2017 07:58:17 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/ChurchesTempleBurglaryQueens.jpg

A homeless man faces burglary and hate crime charges after he allegedly robbed four churches, one of which he stole from three times, in Queens, New York, because of his hatred of God, according to prosecutors.

Woznik allegedly told police at the time of his arrest he was "mad at God" and denounced religion, saying his break-ins were an attempt to retaliate.

"I'm mad at God. I don't like church no more. I don't want to deal with religion," court documents say he told police. "I'm sick and tired of hearing about religion. I don't break into houses, only churches. I break in to get back at God."

Joseph Woznik was arrested Wednesday, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said Thursday.

Between March 21 and April 10, Woznik allegedly broke into the Bangladesh Hindu Maunder Temple in Flushing, Blessed Virgin Mary Help of Christians church in Woodside, St. Mary's Romanian Orthodox Church in Elmhurst and St. James Episcopal Church in Flushing, according to criminal complaints.

An employee at the Hindu temple found cash missing from three donation boxes forced open on March 21, prosecutors said. Fingerprints lifted from the boxed allegedly matched Woznik's. 

Woznik allegedly burglarized St. James Episcopal Church three times between March 24 and April 10, according to prosecutors. He allegedly stole a Canon digital camera, $1,800 in cash and three checks; two of those items were recovered from his backpack at the time of his arrest, investigators said.

With it being Holy Week, religious leaders said they're not angry, but they do hope he gets help.

"I would tell him that he should find God first and see that God is not a reason to do something bad or damaging," said Justin Bertea of St. Mary's Romanian Orthodox Church.

"Maybe for us as a religious organization, we haven't lived up to what we need to do," said Rev. Paul Lai of St. James Episcopal Church. "So that's why someone who was in a crisis didn't get the help."

The 23-year-old could face up to 15 years in prison if he's convicted.

Woznik is also wanted by Orange County officials in Florida on a fugitive from justice charge. He is accused of burglary, grand theft and criminal mischief, according to prosecutors.

Photo Credit: NBC New York / St. James Episcopal Church]]>
<![CDATA[Philadelphians, You Can Rent-a-Chicken]]> Thu, 13 Apr 2017 06:42:45 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/rent-a-chicken.jpg

Rent-A-Chicken, the America's first chicken rental business, has brought its services to our doorstep... literally. You can now rent a chicken from the company at home if you live in Philadelphia or the surrounding areas.

Although this is new and perhaps even alarming for those in the Philadelphia area, companies have been renting chickens, so customers can get fresh eggs, for years. Rent-A-Chicken is just now ensuring that urban-livers get to have the same chicken-renting privileges as those who live in the suburbs or country. 

The rental comes with two laying hens, ready to provide you with eggs, but you will get a chicken coop and enclosed run, 50 pounds of feed, a water dispenser and feeder, delivery and set up, and a tutorial and manual.

The rental lasts for warmer seasons, and Rent-A-Chicken will take them back for the winter. 

The company prefers that you contact them for all inquiries including prices and requirements for rental. 

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Goose Chases Fox on Video]]> Wed, 12 Apr 2017 13:49:35 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/DIT_ANI_GOOSEVFOX_041217_2-149201885635400001.jpg

A police officer in Ogden, New York, captured footage of a goose chasing a fox. The goose flapped its wings and honked in order to show the fox to scare it away.

<![CDATA[Woman Finds Live Scorpion in Bag of Spinach]]> Tue, 11 Apr 2017 12:32:55 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/216*120/2017-04-10_2307.png

A live scorpion was sitting in a salad mix that a Chevy Chase, Maryland, couple bought from a Giant grocery store last week, the couple said.

Shanmukha Pranay Rajeev Jerripothula said he and his wife bought a bag of spinach from a local Giant on Friday evening. On Monday afternoon, his wife, Sri Sindhusha Boddapati, opened the bag to make lunch when she noticed something unusual.

“I saw something inside the bag crawling,” she said. “I thought it was a cricket in the beginning, and then I noticed when it was [in] the bottle that it is a scorpion.”

Boddapati was able to capture the scorpion in a water bottle and recorded cellphone video to send to her husband, who was at work. He returned home and took the bottle to the store.

“I told them not to sell the spinach anymore, because it might contain a scorpion,” Jerripothula said.

The grocery store pulled the Giant brand spinach nearly six hours after finding out about the scorpion and being contacted by News4. Giant Food of Landover, Maryland, issued a statement to News4 Washington:

“Customer satisfaction is our highest priority. We regret any inconvenience to our customer. We take the quality of our products very seriously, and we are following up with the supplier to take every step to ensure this isolated incident does not occur in the future.”

The company did not issue a recall of any product.

According to the Mayo Clinic, only about 30 of the estimated 1,500 species worldwide of scorpions produce venom toxic enough to be fatal. They said scorpion stings are painful but rarely life-threatening. Young children and sometimes the very old are most at risk of serious complications.

Over the weekend, Fresh Express issued a recall of some of its prepackaged salad mix after a dead bat was found inside a container sold in a Florida Wal-mart, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Two people said they found a dead bat in their purchased package, and that they had eaten some of the salad before discovering the animal, according to a CDC statement. But the center added that both people "report being in good health."

Photo Credit: NBC4 Washington]]>