The Investigators

  • Investigations

    Wednesday, Aug 21, 2019

    Investigating the Lawsuit Against Philly Police Officials

    Investigating the Lawsuit Against Philly Police Officials

    We're learning more about the federal lawsuit against former Philadelphia Police Commisioner Richard Ross and several other members of the department. NBC10 investigative reporter Mitch Blacher has the newest details.

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  • Investigations

    Tuesday, Aug 20, 2019

    Lawsuit Tied to Commissioner Ross’ Resignation

    Lawsuit Tied to Commissioner Ross’ Resignation

    Investigative Reporter Mitch Blacher combed through dozens of detailed allegations from two veteran police officers. Both officers were women, minorities and detailed the specific allegations of racial and sexual harassment they faced at work. Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross resigned after the lawsuit accused him of not properly handling the allegations.

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  • Investigations

    Tuesday, Aug 20, 2019

    NJ Could Take the Lead on Smart Guns

    NJ Could Take the Lead on Smart Guns

    New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed into law earlier this year a measure making smart guns - which are designed to only be fired by its owner - available in the state, reversing a previous state law stopping them from hitting the market. But some say it's a product they don't trust. NBC10 Investigative reporter Mitch Blacher explains.

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  • Investigations

    Friday, Aug 9, 2019

    Ghost Forests in South Jersey: Clear Signs of Climate Change

    Ghost Forests in South Jersey: Clear Signs of Climate Change

    Salt water from the rising Atlantic Ocean is killing a forest outside Atlantic City, New Jersey. The ocean has risen 1.5 feet in South Jersey since 1911, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminstration. It has risen six inches since the 1980s.

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  • Investigations

    Wednesday, Aug 7, 2019

    Johnny Doc and Bobby Henon Appear in Court

    Johnny Doc and Bobby Henon Appear in Court

    Union leader John Dougherty and Philadelphia Councilman Bobby Henon argued that their cases should be tried separately. Both men are swept up in a 116 count federal indictment revolving around embezzlement and conspiracy.

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  • Investigations

    Tuesday, Aug 6, 2019

    Second ACCT Philly Leader Out of Office in a Year

    Second ACCT Philly Leader Out of Office in a Year

    Susan Russell, the executive director of ACCT, is resigning from the shelter in Philadelphia after only serving 10 months. ACCT is one of the lowest funded animal shelters in any major American city and is in desperate need of leadership. With Russell's resignation, it is the second time the executive director has been changed since 2018.

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  • Investigations

    Monday, Aug 5, 2019

    Has the Number of Hate Groups Increased?

    Has the Number of Hate Groups Increased?

    According to civil rights advocates at the Southern Poverty Law Center, the number of hate groups across the nation has cracked 1,000. In the aftermath of the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, NBC10 investigative reporter Mitch Blacher takes a look back at an earlier report on hate groups in the Pennsylvania region.

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  • Investigations

    Wednesday, Jul 31, 2019

    Gov. Tom Wolf Announces $4.3 Million Plan to Help Remove Lead From Philadelphia Schools

    Gov. Tom Wolf Announces $4.3 Million Plan to Help Remove Lead From Philadelphia Schools

    Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf committed more state money to getting lead out of Philadelphia schools. NBC10 Investigative reporter Mitch Blacher spoke to the governor about his plan as well as what he’ll do about lead in Pennsylvania homes.

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  • Investigations

    Monday, Jul 22, 2019

    What Newest Bankruptcy Means for South Philly Refinery

    What Newest Bankruptcy Means for South Philly Refinery

      The owners of the decades-old gas refinery in South Philadelphia have once again filed for bankruptcy. This time, however, it’s to close down the facility. But could another entity buy the property?  

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  • Investigations

    Tuesday, Jul 16, 2019

    Wrongful Philadelphia Convictions: Chester Hollman Goes Free, Is Willie Veasy Next?

    Wrongful Philadelphia Convictions: Chester Hollman Goes Free, Is Willie Veasy Next?

    Questions still surround numerous high-profile cases from the early 1990s because of renewed interest in recent years. A string of overturned murder convictions is leading to pressure to look into other cases. One man, Chester Hollman, was freed this week after 28 years behind bars. A witness recanted.

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  • Investigations

    Monday, Jul 8, 2019

    New Lead Law Proposal on Hold With Philly Council on Break

    New Lead Law Proposal on Hold With Philly Council on Break

    A Philadelphia councilwoman who proposed improvements to the city's 2011 law on lead poisoning said she fully expects a vote on the new legislation before the end of 2019.

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  • Investigations

    Monday, Jul 1, 2019

    Hahnemann Hospital's Owners Owe Millions to Different Businesses

    Hahnemann Hospital's Owners Owe Millions to Different Businesses

    The fight to keep Hahnemann Hospital open is very much alive throughout Philadelphia. However, the medical institution's closure is becoming inevitable as it has been revealed that the hospital's owners owe over $88 million to more than 30 different businesses.

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  • Investigations

    Monday, Jul 1, 2019

    Jude's Journey Revisited: Looking Back on His Transition

    Jude's Journey Revisited: Looking Back on His Transition

    Jude Navas gave NBC10 an inside look in late 2017 and early 2018 at the journey he took to transition. Now living in Texas with his girlfriend, Navas has some wisdom to share during 2019 Pride Month.

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  • Investigations

    Thursday, Jun 27, 2019

    A Timeline Of Hahnemann Hospital’s Financial Struggles

    A Timeline Of Hahnemann Hospital’s Financial Struggles

    Hearing the plans to close Hahnemann Hospital, workers are worried about their jobs and the 40,000 people who go to the hospital’s emergency room each year. It turns out, the hospital had been facing financial problems for years. Despite the warning signs, Philadelphia politicians say they weren’t aware it was in such bad financial shape.

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  • Investigations

    Wednesday, Jun 26, 2019

    How the Closure of South Philly Refinery Impacts Taxpayers

    How the Closure of South Philly Refinery Impacts Taxpayers

    The closure of the South Philadelphia Refinery impacts workers far beyond the layoffs. Taxpayers who have been supporting Philadelphia Energy Solutions will be impacted as well.

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  • Investigations

    Tuesday, Jun 25, 2019

    Billions in Debt, Refinery Avoided Air Regs, Records Show

    Billions in Debt, Refinery Avoided Air Regs, Records Show

    The Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery owed billions to city and state governments, according to public and court records filed during the company's bankruptcy filing last year.

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  • Investigations

    Tuesday, Jun 11, 2019

    Philly L&I Wants More Money for Construction Compliance

    Philly L&I Wants More Money for Construction Compliance

    After years of accidents and occasional tragedies, the Philadelphia Department of Licenses and Inspections is asking for more funding to strengthen its construction enforcement arm.

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  • Investigations

    Tuesday, Jun 11, 2019

    Philly L&I Seeks More Money for Construction Investigations

    Philly L&I Seeks More Money for Construction Investigations

    The Philadelphia Department of Licenses and Inspections is seeking more funding for its Audits and Investigations Unit as it tightens residential construction permitting and contractor compliance, officials told NBC10 Investigators.

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  • Investigations

    Wednesday, Jun 5, 2019

    How New Tracking Rules for Addicted Babies Are Working

    How New Tracking Rules for Addicted Babies Are Working

    In 2018, more than 1,800 babies were born addicted to drugs in Pennsylvania. This epidemic is difficult to solve because it's been hard to evaluate exactly drastically it's damaging communities. For years, their addiction was not a reportable medical condition. That has changed, and it's having a positive effect on the children and their families. 

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  • Investigations

    Wednesday, Jul 24, 2019

    Paycheck Problems for Philadelphia Public Workers

    Paycheck Problems for Philadelphia Public Workers

    The City of Philadelphia has issued more than 7,000 make-good checks since April to public employees. The reason? A payroll system with millions of dollars in upgrades is still not operating properly. Mayor Jim Kenney's chief of staff, Jim Engler, promised that all employees will receive the the right pay.

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  • Investigations

    Thursday, May 23, 2019

    Climate Change Is Adversely Affecting Jersey Berries

    Climate Change Is Adversely Affecting Jersey Berries

    The famous New Jersey berries are facing climate change threats. There has been much more rain this year, which causes fungus to grow in the crops. When fungus develops it makes it hard to control these crops, especially when it continues to rain.

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  • Investigations

    Friday, May 24, 2019

    Former Lover of Priest Talks of Fathering His Son

    Former Lover of Priest Talks of Fathering His Son

    Tess Engelhardt says she met the Rev. Robert Dreisbach while in college. During the next 15 years, their friendship turned into a romantic relationship. Engelhardt had a son fathered by Dreisbach and said the Diocese of Allentown told her to sign a non-disclosure agreement if she wanted any financial child support.

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  • Investigations

    Monday, May 20, 2019

    More Pollen, More Problems from Climate Change

    More Pollen, More Problems from Climate Change

    NBC10 is looking at the effects of climate change now and in the future. NBC10 First Alert Weather meteorologist Krystal Klei spoke with some experts who say climate change may mean bigger pollen problems.

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  • Investigations

    Monday, May 20, 2019

    A Rise in Mosquitoes Is More than Nuisance

    A Rise in Mosquitoes Is More than Nuisance

    The mosquito population is growing. Is climate change to blame? NBC10 First Alert Weather meteorologist Krystal Klei speaks to an expert.

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  • Investigations

    Friday, May 17, 2019

    'Capture Rate' Fail: Red-Light Camera Issues in Philadelphia

    'Capture Rate' Fail: Red-Light Camera Issues in Philadelphia

    A federal whistleblower lawsuit filed by two former workers who oversaw Philadelphia's red-light camera program has brought some allegations of shoddy camera work to the forefront of a debate on traffic safety.

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  • Investigations

    Tuesday, May 7, 2019

    NBC10 Investigators: Tracking Philly City Council’s Multi-Million Dollar Money Pot

    NBC10 Investigators: Tracking Philly City Council’s Multi-Million Dollar Money Pot

    The NBC10 Investigators are tracking the Philadelphia City Council's multi-million dollar money pot. The council-controlled fund is set up to help non-profit community groups. But that's not what investigative reporter Mitch Blacher found when he checked to see who got money and how it was used.

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  • Investigations

    Monday, May 6, 2019

    School Districts Stockpiling Huge 'Rainy Day' Funds

    School Districts Stockpiling Huge 'Rainy Day' Funds

    Some school districts in the Philadelphia suburbs and Lehigh Valley have amassed large "rainy day" funds, or budget surplus accounts, while still raising property taxes every year. The state Department of Education sets an annual cap on the amount district can raise in new taxes, but their regulations can be circumvented by districts. Here's how.

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  • Investigations

    Monday, May 6, 2019

    Here Are School Districts Most Often Asking for Higher Taxes

    Here Are School Districts Most Often Asking for Higher Taxes

    A list of school districts in the Philly burbs and Lehigh Valley that have most often sought state approval to circumvent limits on school tax increases.

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  • Investigations

    Thursday, Apr 25, 2019

    Toxic Breast Implants? FDA Probing Side Effects on Women

    Toxic Breast Implants? FDA Probing Side Effects on Women

    Complications from a specific type of breast implant, known as textured shell-style, may be causing severe side effects for some women. A federal agency is now investigating.

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  • Investigations

    Monday, Apr 29, 2019

    VA Secretary Says 'Burn Pits' Plan Not Yet Ready

    VA Secretary Says 'Burn Pits' Plan Not Yet Ready

    The head of the Veterans Affairs Administration, Secretary Robert Wilkie, told NBC10 during an interview in Delaware on April 29 that he is awaiting more data from the Department of Defense about the effects of "burn pits" on military personnel before moving forward with an all-encompassing plan. Burn pits were large-scale garage disposal dump sites at military bases overseas. Their use has since been discontinued. Thousands of veterans have filed claims with the VA related to side effects the vets believe have arisen from their exposure to the garbage pits.

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  • Investigations

    Friday, Apr 26, 2019

    Living with Lead: Enough Children in Philly Getting Tested?

    Living with Lead: Enough Children in Philly Getting Tested?

    Lead poses a big threat to children who live in older homes, but are enough children being tested? The NBC10 Investigators took a look at the numbers.

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  • Investigations

    Monday, Apr 8, 2019

    NBC10 Responds: Protecting Yourself Against Phone Phishing

    NBC10 Responds: Protecting Yourself Against Phone Phishing

    An NBC10 viewer was the latest victim of a scam where she was called to confirm personal information over the phone. She went with her first instinct and called NBC10 Responds to find out her next move. NBC10 Responds and Harry Hairston share tips on avoiding the phone phishing scam.

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  • Investigations

    Thursday, Mar 21, 2019

    Gov. Wolf Pitches Multi-Billion Dollar Plan to Get Lead Out of Schools

    Gov. Wolf Pitches Multi-Billion Dollar Plan to Get Lead Out of Schools

    Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is now pitching a multi-billion dollar plan to get the lead out of schools. NBC10 Investigative reporter Mitch Blacher has been tracking the impact of lead poisoning throughout the area for years. Here is a closer look at the latest plan to fix the problem.

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  • Investigations

    Tuesday, Mar 19, 2019

    Living With Lead: Children Being Plagued by Poison

    Living With Lead: Children Being Plagued by Poison

    More than 2,500 children in Philadelphia are living in houses with lead and parents are demanding answers from the Philadelphia Housing Authority. The NBC10 Investigators find out how the city is working to stop lead poisoning.

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  • Investigations

    Thursday, Mar 14, 2019

    Veteran Says Open Air Burn Pits Caused Health Problems

    Veteran Says Open Air Burn Pits Caused Health Problems

    A veteran says open air burn pits used to get rid of garbage and waste on military bases throughout the Middle East caused him health problems, including an incurable lung disease and chest pains. He also says he has to use a pacemaker at the age of 39. He's one of thousands of soldiers who have made claims related to the burn pits.

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  • Investigations

    Thursday, Mar 14, 2019

    Penn Researcher Wants VA to Improve Burn Pits Health Care

    Penn Researcher Wants VA to Improve Burn Pits Health Care

    More than 11,500 healthcare claims by military personnel related to overseas military burn pits have been submitted to the Veterans Administration, yet only two in 10 have been approved. Congress and researchers are taking notice.

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  • Investigations

    Friday, Mar 8, 2019

    Another Suspect Charged in Philadelphia With Stealing Deeds

    Another Suspect Charged in Philadelphia With Stealing Deeds

    NBC10 Investigators are exposing a new crime to the Philadelpia area: stealing deeds. Prosecuters allege another suspect tried stealing city houses by faking deed transfers. NBC10 Investigators have the latest on how this deed fraud is affecting home owners.

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  • Investigations

    Tuesday, Mar 5, 2019

    NBC10 Investigators: Police Admit to Violating Policy When Chasing Wrong-Way Driver

    NBC10 Investigators: Police Admit to Violating Policy When Chasing Wrong-Way Driver

    A driver going the wrong way on Interstate 95 near the Philadelphia International Airport on Monday, March 4, was chased by police. The wrong-way driver's pickup truck eventually crashed head-on with another vehicle. Now, Philadelphia police are admitting the officers violated their pursuit policy.

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  • Investigations

    Thursday, Feb 28, 2019

    Philly Ambulance Ride Along: The Nonstop Lives of EMS Techs

    Philly Ambulance Ride Along: The Nonstop Lives of EMS Techs

    The jobs of Philadelphia EMS technicians and paramedics are among the busiest and most stressful in the city. Jeremiah Laster, a deputy chief with the Philadelphia Fire Department, gave NBC10 an insider's look at a day in the life saving lives in America's sixth-largest city.

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