<![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, 19 Jan 2017 18:46:54 -0500Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:46:54 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Wyoming School Says Guns Not for Grizzly Bears]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:26:46 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NC_devosbears0119_1500x845.jpg Grizzly bears near Wyoming schools got national attention after Donald Trump's Education Secretary nominee mentioned them in a Senate hearing early this week. Betsy DeVos suggested teachers in Wapiti, Wyoming, may need guns to fend off bears.]]> <![CDATA[Bobcat Put Down After Attacking 3 People in Conn.]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:49:21 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Colchester+bobcat+1200.jpg

A sickly looking bobcat attacked three women at a Connecticut farm run by a social service organization in Colchester late Tuesday morning and has been put down, according to officials at the scene.

Colchester fire officials said the bobcat bit one person and scratched two others in the greenhouse on the property of the Caring Community, a residential and day program on Waterhole Road in Colchester.

The bobcat jumped on one women and scratched the other two when they came to her aid.

The bobcat was gone from the greenhouse by the time police arrived and went into the woods, but the bobcat charged at the officer instead of running away. 

All women are clients of the Caring Community and were brought to the Marlborough Medical Center, according to officials from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. 

They are expected to be OK.

DEEP officials said it's unusual for bobcats to attack humans.

A neighbor in Colchester said this was the second bobcat attack in two days.

"My neighbor heard a ruckus and went outside. The dog was seriously injured," Beth Coleman, of Colchester, said. 

The bobcat was shot and killed at the scene and the state Department of Health will test it for rabies. 

Photo Credit: Colchester Fire Department]]>
<![CDATA[Massive Gator Spotted in Nature Preserve in Florida]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:26:00 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/011617+massive+gator+lakeland.jpg

Footage of an alligator that looks almost too massive to be real was posted to the Lakeland Police's Facebook page Monday.

According to the post, Kim Joiner was taking an afternoon stroll Sunday in the Circle B Bar Reserve when the gator was spotted.

The big gator is seen lumbering across a grassy path as a group of spectators take photos.

Lakeland Police told NBC 6 that the gator is real.

Photo Credit: Lakeland Police Facebook]]>
<![CDATA[Abducted Baby OK After 18 Years]]> Sun, 15 Jan 2017 00:12:23 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/MobleyFamilyReunion_opt.jpg

The case of a baby abducted from a Jacksonville hospital nearly 18 years ago has been solved, police said Friday, with the newborn girl grown into a healthy young adult.

Kamiyah Mobley was found alive and well in South Carolina, Jacksonville sheriff’s deputies announced at a news conference.

According to NBC affiliate WTLV-TV, over 2,000 leads came out in the year following her abduction, but all ran dry and the case remained cold for nearly two decades. But officers found Mobley, who was living under a different name, and received a DNA sample which later proved she was the abducted infant.

A tip sent to the National Center for Missing and Exploted Children last year helped break the case, sheriff's officials said on the department's Twitter account. 

Police did not release the name Mobley has been living under, but did announce the arrest of 51-year-old Gloria Williams on charges that include kidnapping. It was not immediately clear if she had an attorney.

Mobley was taken from University Medical Center on July 10, 1998, just eight hours after she was born. According to reports at the time, a woman posing as a health care worker entered her room saying the child had a fever and needed to be checked before grabbing Mobley and leaving the hospital.

Surveillance video could not identify the person who took Mobley, with nurses at the time saying that person had been with the baby hours before the abduction. A camera inside the nursery was broken and there were no photos taken of Mobley before the abduction.

Mobley is now in good health, and "a normal 18-year-old woman," according to the sheriff's Twitter account. Her biological family is "elated" but the victim will determine how she'll make contact with them. 

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<![CDATA[Thieves Steal Oversized Teddy Bears From Flower Shop]]> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 11:19:13 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/bearheist.gif Police in Marietta, Oklahoma are looking for two thieves who carried out an unusual heist. The pair stole nine life-sized stuffed animals after smashing into a flower shop. Surveillance video shows a suspect in a black hoodie hammering out windows and stealing several large stuffed animals. ]]> <![CDATA[4-Year-Old Who Read 1,000 Books Gets Library of Congress Tour]]> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:46:46 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/181*120/011317+georgia+girl+library+of+congress.jpg

A 4-year-old girl from Georgia who has read over 1,000 books in her short life got a true thrill this week – a visit to the top library in the country.

Daliyah Marie Arana was named “Librarian For The Day” at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C., touring the facility Wednesday with her family and Carla Hayden, the 14th Librarian of Congress.

Arana’s mother told Atlanta NBC affiliate WXIA-TV that her daughter – who started reading on her own at the age of two – joined the state’s 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program and “developed that love of learning and that love of books”

Haleema Arana reached out to Hayden to see if there was a way to enhance her library experience and was invited to the nation’s capital.

Photo Credit: Twitter / @LibnOfCongress
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<![CDATA[Echo Accidentally Orders Dollhouses]]> Tue, 10 Jan 2017 11:40:49 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/amazon-echo1.jpg

Be careful what you say around Alexa.

A San Diego TV station’s report on Friday about an Amazon Echo — and how a young girl in Texas accidentally bought a dollhouse and 4 pounds of cookies through the smart speaker — prompted a slew of dollhouse orders across the region.

Here’s what happened: San Diego CW 6 reported on the Texas story, and one of its news anchors said: “I love that little girl saying, 'Alexa ordered me a dollhouse,'” according to the station’s report.

The artificial intelligence assistant “wakes up” when it hears its name and performs the command spoken.

And that’s exactly what happened in this case, as a number of San Diegans reported that their Amazon Echo ordered the toys upon hearing the television anchor's "command."

News anchor Jim Patton told The Verge that he wasn’t sure how many dollhouses were ordered by Alexa, but he didn’t think any of the devices went through with the purchases.

The Echo does have parental controls. You can turn off the ability to shop by voice or require a confirmation code before every order.

Photo Credit: AP (File)]]>
<![CDATA[13 Facts About Friday the 13th]]> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:00:54 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/edt-149816715.jpg Many people have araskavedekatriaphobia (also known as friggatriskaidekaphobia), or fear of Friday the 13th. Click to see 13 frightening facts about the special date.

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<![CDATA[Community Embraces Goat Neighbors]]> Mon, 09 Jan 2017 20:31:57 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NC_goats0109_1920x1080.jpg A large herd of goats has become a popular fixture in one Florida community. Neighbors have been visiting and feeding the goats for years, but many had no idea how the animals ended up there.

Photo Credit: WJHG-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Deer Trapped on Frozen Conn. River Rescued]]> Tue, 10 Jan 2017 20:23:46 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/deer+trapped_simsbury+ice.jpg

A deer was euthanized after it was trapped on thin ice on the Farmington River in Simsbury, Connecticut, along Riverside Drive, for hours Monday.

The deer was euthanized by a local veterinatian after officials observed it had not moved much since the rescue, DEEP said on Tuesday. 

The vet determined the deer had a broken shoulder and jaw, amongst several other injuries, DEEP said. 

On Monday, couple of coyotes chased the deer and it wound up on the ice, according to Simsbury's animal control officer, Mark Rudewicz.

At one point, the deer was in the water, but it was able to pull itself up onto the ice and make its way toward the edge of the river, Rudewicz said, but the animal got stuck there, its legs in a split on the icy surface of the river.

The deer appeared to be exhausted, but Rudewicz had hoped that after it rested and gained some strength back, the deer would be able to make it back to the river bank on its own.

To help, an animal rights group threw dirt onto the ice to provide a source of traction, but three rescuers eventually made their way onto the ice to haul the animal up onto the riverbank with the help of ropes and a sheet.

After several attempts, they succeeded in pulling the deer off the ice and the animal eventually ran off into the woods before being seen again on Tuesday.

"Human emotion is, you know, you want to rescue it. There's that humane component. It's an animal, we're here to help everyone," Rudewicz said.

Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut]]>
<![CDATA[New York Subway Riders Ditch Pants]]> Mon, 09 Jan 2017 11:59:33 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NO+PANTS+THUMB.jpg New York Subway riders were in full winter attire except for their pants as part of the annual 'No Pants Subway Ride.']]> <![CDATA[Surfing on Lake Michigan in Winter]]> Fri, 06 Jan 2017 18:43:35 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/SURFER_CHICAGO_THUMB.jpg Hear from a group of surfers who ventured out to surf on Lake Michigan in the middle of winter.]]> <![CDATA[Auto Dealer Commercial Bloopers Go Viral ]]> Fri, 06 Jan 2017 13:47:17 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/WhiteBearMitsubishi.png A blooper posted on an auto dealer's Facebook page may prove to be the better marketing strategy, after White Bear Mitsubishi's outtakes reel gathered millions of views in just two weeks. The commercial, posted on Dec. 23, 2016, tickled viewer funny bones after a white bear mascot is shown slipping multiple times throughout the recording. (Video courtesy White Bear Mitsubishi)]]> <![CDATA[Near-Deadly Diner Drive-in Has Patrons Ducking for Cover]]> Thu, 05 Jan 2017 15:06:48 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Fowlerville-Farms-SUV-vs-Restaurant.jpg

Three people enjoying a night at a Michigan diner nearly died Tuesday when an SUV plowed into the restaurant just inches from where they were sitting.

Video from Fowlerville Farms Family Restaurant shows the harrowing incident, where the blue vehicle bursts through the wall one booth over from a set of three diners who were quietly reclining. The bench two of the diners are sitting on shakes, but after a moment of stunned inaction, they jump up to help the people in the SUV.

Police told NBC affiliate WDIV that the driver may have accidentally hit the gas when she meant to hit the brake, sending her through the central Michigan building's wall at about 6:20 p.m.

No one was hurt, the restaurant said in a post on Facebook Tuesday night, but photos showed a strip of the diner looking like it had been hit by a tornado.

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Nevertheless, the Fowlerville Farms Facebook post said it was planned to be open Wednesday. The restaurant, right off I-96 in Fowlerville, was established in 1987.

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Photo Credit: Fowlerville Family Farms Restaurant
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<![CDATA[Camera Rolls as Boy Dangles From Chairlift]]> Thu, 05 Jan 2017 10:03:12 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NC_chairliftrescue0104_1920x1080.jpg For the second time in two weeks, a skier captured video of a child dangling from a chairlift at Utah's Sundance Mountain Resort. On Monday afternoon, a young boy skiing with friends was snagged by the moving chairlift. By all accounts, the roughly 10-year-old child, who was not injured, remained calm through the ordeal.

Photo Credit: KSL-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Mandy Moore Shower Mosaic ]]> Thu, 05 Jan 2017 16:12:02 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-629176044.jpg

A mural of Mandy Moore was said to be found inside an apartment shower in Queens — a piece of art that inspired the singer and actress to respond on Twitter.

Roommates apparently discovered the life-sized, sepia-toned mural after they bought the apartment. It appears to depict a bikini-clad Moore brushing back her hair.

The mural came to light after Peter Kaplan posted a photo of it to Twitter on Monday, writing “My friend’s friend bought an apt in Queens and there was a Mandy Moore mosaic in the shower.”

A text message accompanying the photo suggests that some people didn’t believe the mosaic was of Moore, but a years-old photo of the singer matches up perfectly.

Moore, 32, even responded to Kaplan on Twitter: “It’s equal parts flattering and terrifying??”

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Some Twitter users chimed in with photos and descriptions of unusual mosaics they’d discovered in bathrooms over the years. Others posted tweets of admiration or sarcasm — “it’s the most magical thing ever” and “it’s a fabled mandy moorsaic.”

Still others weren’t so happy about the mural’s existence. One apparent Queens resident wrote: “damn these people for giving my borough a bad name!”

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Photo Credit: Getty Images, File
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<![CDATA[Extremely Rare Whale Washes Up]]> Thu, 05 Jan 2017 06:32:44 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Blainesville%27s+beaked+whale1.jpg

A Blainesville's beaked whale washed up dead on a New Jersey beach, only the second time in a generation the extremely rare specimen has been seen on the region's shores.

The Marine Mammal Stranding Center reported Wednesday that the 15-foot male weighed roughly 800 pounds when it was found at Island Beach State Park. It was already decomposing when found, so it was not clear when the animal actually died. 

The last time this particular type of whale washed up in the state was 1989. Part of that animal is in the center's museum in Brigantine.

According to the conservation charity WDC, the whale is known for a beak that resembles a dolphin's, and prefers deeper, tropical waters. 

Photo Credit: Marine Mammal Stranding Center]]>
<![CDATA[Llama Runs Free on Roads Near Athens, Georgia]]> Wed, 04 Jan 2017 17:27:27 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/llama-loose-athens-georgia.jpg

A llama was on the lam in Georgia for a little while Wednesday afternoon, bringing out sheriff's deputies and, according to two witnesses, slowing traffic as onlookers gawked. 

The woolly scofflaw was seen in Oconee County, on the 10 highway near Athens, which is east of Atlanta, according to the county sheriff's Facebook page. "We can't make this stuff up," deputies added in a post reporting the loose llama.

A photo shared to the department's Facebook showed a brown llama with a white neck and black spots around its left eye and mouth.

It appeared to have been wrangled by a captain.  Another photo posted just before 5 p.m. ET showed the llama in custody, along with the caption, "Captain Hale, llama whisperer." Other posts on social media showed the llama surrounded by law enforcement officials.

Athens resident Hannah Martin tweeted two pictures showing a llama on a road Wednesday around the time of the sheriff's Facebook post.

She told NBC she spotted the llama about 100 yards away, galloping down the median on Epps Bridge Road, and said traffic nearby had stopped.

"I think everyone was just really taken aback," she said.

She and her boyfriend pulled over to take pictures. Martin's boyfriend, Matt Bridgers, said the llama was a fast runner.

"I at first thought it was a homeless person with a really big backpack," Martin said. "Then I saw it galloping down the median and I realized it was a llama."

In 2015, a pair of loose llamas being chased by Arizona law enforcement brought business on the internet to a near-standstill as people watched live feeds from helicopters. Even Sen. John McCain and the Arizona Cardinals watched that llama drama unfold. (The llamas were safely corralled.)

Martins and Bridgers said they weren't aware of that precedent when they pulled over for this llama.

Photo Credit: Oconee County Georgia Sheriff's Office / Twitter user @definatley
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<![CDATA[Utah Woman Says Plane Dropped Feces on Her Home ]]> Wed, 04 Jan 2017 15:01:57 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NC_planewaste0104_1920x1080.jpg A Salt Lake City woman says a commercial plane dropped human waste on her car and home, and it isn't the first time this has happened. "At first I thought, 'Wow, some bird really took a dump on my car!" said Bethany Bowker. "It's disgusting." ]]> <![CDATA[Virginia Woman Finds Anaconda in Apartment Toilet]]> Wed, 04 Jan 2017 19:37:56 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/blue_peacock_background.jpg

This probably isn't something you thought you needed to be afraid of.

Think again?

A Virginia woman called Animal Control last week after she found a snake in a toilet in an Arlington County apartment. To repeat: She. Found. A. Snake. In. A. Toilet.

An animal control officer was able to safely remove the "lost and confused" snake and brought him to the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, the animal shelter said in a Facebook post Tuesday.

The snake is a juvenile yellow anaconda, the animal shelter said. Yellow anacondas can grow to be 13 feet long and to weigh more than 100 pounds.

The shelter has named him Sir Hiss.

Well, they think the snake is a him. It's hard to tell, with snakes.

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Fortunately, animal control officers were able to find a specialist who will be able to care for the snake, animal shelter officials said. The snake will not be available for adoption, because the shelter finds that snakes that grow that large -- and have special care needs -- aren't appropriate for adoptions.

"We highly encourage anyone thinking about having a snake as a pet to do extremely thorough research to determine whether they will be able to adequately care for their snake," they said. "...Plus, [no one] likes being surprised by a lost and confused snake in their toilet!"

True. So, so very true.

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No one knows exactly how the snake got into the toilet, but there is a "high, high, high likelihood" that someone in the building owned the snake and it either got out of its enclosure or it was abandoned, said Chelsea Lindsey, a communications specialist with the Animal Welfare League.

Then, the snake could have traveled through pipes, Lindsey said -- it has been known to happen, as snakes seek out water. But it's also possible the snake slithered through another hole and decided a nice body of water was a good place to hang out. "Snakes are very good at getting into small places," Lindsey said.

Reports of snakes in toilets aren't common, but have happened before. "This is not the first time I have ever heard of this," Lindsey said.

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Photo Credit: Animal Welfare League of Arlington
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<![CDATA[$6M New Year's Jewelry Heist]]> Tue, 03 Jan 2017 07:54:14 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/6MillionJewelryHeist.jpg

Police are searching for three men who looted a jewelry wholesaler in Korea Town for $6 million in gems Saturday night.

The suspects entered the KGH Holdings store at around 11 p.m., police said. They allegedly pried and hammered their way into the store near 36th Street and Sixth Avenue.

While 1 million revelers, and an unprecedented number of police officers, were focused on the New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square, the men stole approximately $6 million in jewelry from two safes inside the store. 

The suspects had been waiting inside the building since 10 p.m. and entered through a freight entrance after climbing the stairs to the sixth floor, authorities said.

Police told NBC 4 New York the thieves stuffed their backpacks with rings, diamonds, necklaces and even an 18 karat gold bracelent before fleeing down a sixth-floor stairwell.

There were no injuries reported as a result of the incident.

The New Year's Eve Heist follows a million-dollar break-in on Christmas Eve, when thieves smashed their way into the Dennis Basso fur store on 69th Street and Madison Avenue.

Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS.

Photo Credit: NYPD]]>
<![CDATA[Stolen Flatbed Truck Drags Police Car With NJ Officer Inside]]> Mon, 02 Jan 2017 14:52:14 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/15873116_10158030551935578_4975840385283479364_n.jpg

A police car with an officer inside accidentally got hooked to a stolen flatbed truck and was dragged along the New York State Thruway Monday morning.

The Suffern Police Department said the debacle started when officers in East Rutherford, New Jersey, spotted a stolen flatbed truck out of Hackensack.

They tried to stop the truck but it fled on Route 17 with police in hot pursuit.


As the truck neared the New York State Thruway in Suffern, one of the East Rutherford police cars in chase "inadvertently" became hooked onto the rear of the flatbed with the police officer inside, Suffern Police said.

Dispatcher audio captured the high-speed chase as it happened. 

"Speed approximately 55 miles per hour…vehicle’s not stopping," an officer tells the dispatcher. 

One minute later, the officer sends an urgent update: "We got a crash…we got a crash… still going… still going…going 17 north…17 northbound…"

The truck chase continued on the Thruway until the flatbed was stopped on Route 59 near the Suffern border. 

Police said the driver of the flatbed was arrested and no one was injured. 

Photo Credit: Suffern Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Twins Arrive in Different Years]]> Mon, 02 Jan 2017 06:57:04 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*122/GettyImages-73781080.jpg

San Diego twins born within minutes of each other will always have one unique difference: One was born in the final minutes of 2016, the other in the very first minute of 2017. 

The twin girls, born at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns, will share a lot over the years, just not their birthdays — or birth years, the hospital said.

One girl came into the world at 11:56 p.m. on Dec. 31, while the second was born at 12:00 a.m. on January 1, 2017, according to the hospital.

The family declined to give interviews or further information about the unique situation. 

Though certainly rare, the situation is not new to San Diego. A similar birth happened last year when two babies, scheduled to be delivered later on in January, were born in different years. 

The twins – baby girl, Jaelyn, and baby boy, Luis – were born at 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 31 and at 12:02 a.m. on Jan. 1, respectively, to mother Maribel Valencia, 22, and her husband, Luis.

Photo Credit: Getty Images, File]]>
<![CDATA[Wax Presidents For Sale]]> Mon, 02 Jan 2017 10:45:34 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/wax+presidenst.jpg You can now make a presidential-sized purchase from a historical wax museum in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The Hall of Presidents and First Ladies had been in business for over 60 years. The collection features life-sized figures of the presidents and one-third-scale figures of first ladies. The figures are dressed in their authentically recreated inaugural gowns. The auction is scheduled for January 14th.

Photo Credit: WGAL-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Roads In Canada Turn Into Ice Rinks]]> Fri, 30 Dec 2016 14:21:23 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2016-12-29-13h35m11s220.jpg Parts of Canada have seen so much ice building up on the roads that residents have been putting on their skates. Laura Spink posted a video from Peterborough on Monday showing an adept skater moving around with ease over the icy road. Many others also used the opportunity to show off their skating skills with Michael Daoust & Nicolas Daoust posting a video of a skater pulling shapes in the middle of a residential street in Quebec.

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<![CDATA[NY Driver Crashes, Strips and Flees]]> Fri, 30 Dec 2016 19:02:00 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/CAR+VS+HOME+3_WNBC_000000014439904+copy.jpg

Authorities on Long Island say a man drove through yards and a home before crashing into a deck, ripping off his clothes and fleeing police. 

The chaos unfolded on the South Shore Thursday night. 

Officers arrived at a home on Ridgewood Drive in Shirley around 11:30 p.m. to find a collapsed pool and a flooded home with John Winn’s blue 1998 Ford sticking out of it, according to Suffolk County police. 

The 32-year-old allegedly lost control of his car before he drove onto two lawns and crashed through several fences before slamming into a deck. His car ricocheted off the deck and hurtled into the home. 

The home was occupied at the time; no one was injured. 

The force of Winn’s vehicle caused the deck to crumble into a pool, which caused the pool to collapse, flooding the home. 

After crashing into the home, he took off his clothes and ran away, according to police. He was caught by officers a short time later. 

He was taken to Brookhaven Medical Center in East Patchogue for evaluation. 

Winn was later arrested on charges of driving while ability impaired by drugs, reckless endangerment in the second degree and leaving the scene of an incident without reporting. 

It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney who could comment on the allegations.

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<![CDATA[Robbers Use Heavy Equipment to Steal ATM]]> Fri, 30 Dec 2016 07:47:51 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/SKYLIFT+ATM.jpg Some robbers in Texas were determined to make off with an ATM. Dramatic surveillance video shows the heist as it unfolded at a Texarkana Credit Union in the early hours of December 23rd. The suspects stole a Skylift from a nearby construction site to load the ATM to a stolen rental truck. The thieves left the Skylift behind.]]> <![CDATA[Couple Dies Within Hours After 63 Years of Marriage]]> Thu, 29 Dec 2016 11:32:49 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/dolores-trent-winstead-hospital-today-161228-tease-03_350fbc8db2a252b5943ed70f00352441.today-inline-large.jpg

The Winsteads did everything together through their 63-year marriage, like watching the late-night news at 9:30, their daughter told the "Today" show.

And until last month, Delores, 83, and Trent, 88 were remarkably self-sufficient, Sheryl Winstead said. Then Trent fell, and had to be hospitalized.

"I just don’t know how I could live without him," Winstead recalled her mother saying, just a day before Dolores slumped over in her chair by Trent's bedside. 

The staff in their Nashville hospital moved their beds next to each other, where they spent their final hours together — after Trent learned his wife was dying, "his heart began to fail," Winstead said.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Sheryl Winstead]]>
<![CDATA[See It: Florida Bald Eagles Eggs Hatch]]> Sat, 31 Dec 2016 12:47:49 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/baldeaglefeuerherd.jpg

The eagle has landed...er... hatched.

Nest watchers received a treat Saturday morning as a live video feed poised over the nest of two Florida bald eagles who were waiting for eggs to hatch got the payoff they were expecting. It's a baby bald eagle.

American bald eagles Harriet and her mate M15 have been taking turns incubating the eggs since they were laid in late November in their Fort Myers-area nest, NBC affiliate WFLA reported.  

An area real estate company provides a live look at the nest with its "southwest Florida eagle cam." 

Dick Pritchett Real Estate has provided the live video stream of the nest for four years, according to WFLA's report. 

So far no signs of hatching from the second egg in the nest. Stay tuned!

Photo Credit: AP
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<![CDATA[Amazon Echo Could Play Role in Murder Case]]> Thu, 29 Dec 2016 08:46:35 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Amazon-echo.jpg

The Amazon Echo is a voice-activated smart speaker that plays music, gives the weather forecast and updates its owner's shopping lists, among other everyday tasks.

But prosecutors in Arkansas believe one such virtual assistant may hold something far more crucial: data that can help in a murder trial.

The case against Bentonville resident James Bates is gaining national attention after prosecutors confirmed there is an active warrant to obtain information from his Amazon Echo, NBC News reported.

While Benton County prosecutor Nathan Smith told NBC News they're not trying to force Amazon to comply with the warrant — and the e-commerce giant says it has refused anyway — the case is putting a spotlight on how newer types of personal technology have become sought-after pieces of evidence.

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<![CDATA[The Crazy Year in Politics (Besides Trump and Clinton)]]> Wed, 28 Dec 2016 13:23:17 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/2016-crazy-year-in-politics.jpg

It's a tradition for NBC News to sum up the oddest, silliest and most head-scratching political moments of the year, but this year was a strange one.

Even if the social media fodder from the deeply divisive battle between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton election now feels as stale as Christmas leftovers, there were plenty of other hilarious moments from 2016 that remind us that we're all human — even in politics.

There was the good old-fashioned physical humor of Ben Carson spectacularly bungling his entrance to the February ABC News debate. That month, fellow candidate for the Republican presidential nomination Jeb Bush implored an audience to "please clap" as he spoke at a town hall.

Democrats weren't strangers to unintentional comedy either: California Senate candidate Loretta Sanchez tried dabbing at the end of a debate, earning a side-eye from her eventually victorious opponent.

And that doesn't even touch on Ken Bone, Birdie Sanders and the rest of politics' funniest moments of the year.

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<![CDATA[Lame Duck: Parents Angry Over Broken Hatchimals]]> Wed, 28 Dec 2016 20:42:19 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Hatchimals+Close+Up+Eyes+Lit.jpg

The Hatchimal was one of the toughest gifts to get this Christmas season, but what was supposed to be a furry little companion has turned out to be a headache for parents in our area.

Some said the furry bird-like animatronic was a lame duck – either failing to break out of its shell as designed or not doing anything more than lighting up.

Others, like Patricia Crispell, believe the toy curses when it makes noise.

“I just turned it off and told her just turn it off and lay there with it and we'll take care of it from there,” she told her 9-year-old daughter.

Crispell, of National Park, New Jersey, said the $60-plus toy sounds like it’s saying “F--- Me.”

The mother said she called Spin Master, the company that makes the toy, on Tuesday and spent two hours on the phone only to be disconnected. They’ve yet to hear from the company.

NBC10 received nearly three dozen reports via email, social media and phone from Philadelphia-area parents who made similar claims of the toys malfunctioning.

One woman, named Megan, said two of the five Hatchimals her family purchased didn’t work.

Beth Royals said her family spent seven hours on Christmas Day trying to get the bird to hatch out of its shell. Eventually they just broke the shell themselves.

Many parents lamented that they spent hours waiting in line to get the toys and some paid more than retail price for them, only to have their children disappointed.

Spin Master did release a statement to NBC10 late Tuesday apologizing for any defective toys.

"Unfortunately, with toys that incorporate a high level of technology, there are also some cases where the product may not perform as expected. We are committed to doing everything possible to resolve these issues,” the statement read in part.

If you’re having trouble with the toy, you can call Spin Master’s customer care line at 800-622-8339.

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<![CDATA[You Can't Expense That Llama: 2016's Wackiest Claims]]> Mon, 26 Dec 2016 06:15:19 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/145441415-llama-generic.jpg

A llama brought in for a photo shoot may just be the zaniest expense request of 2016, according to a survey of more than 430 business travelers, NBC News reports.

A $28,000 bottle-service tab, a blow-up doll and personalized bobblehead figurines also made the list of oddest expenses that the travelers or a colleague tried to push through, per the survey by travel and expense management firm Certify.

Workers trying to expense something offbeat or expensive, or pass off personal expenses as something related to work, can be incurring a risk, experts say.

"You might think of it as a joke, but it could come back to haunt you in the office," said Dan Schawbel, author of "Promote Yourself: The New Rules for Career Success."

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